Wednesday, May 01, 2019

You Will Never Look at Your Life in the Same Way Again | Eye-Opening Speech!


Is Eating Animals A Personal Choice?

There is very little that will ever get someone as upset and defensive as when you tell them what to eat. many conversations about veganism find their way to this point: The statement that you can’t tell people what to eat because it’s their personal choice. This often comes in the adage: “I respect your choice to be vegan, you should respect my right not to be.” But when our right to make our own dietary choice begins to infringe upon the rights of others, whose rights take priority?


You see, what we choose to eat has a huge impact on the world in a number of ways, including environmentally, socially, and morally.  The animal products industry is the most environmentally devastating force on the planet.  Our choice to eat meat, dairy and eggs impacts more than just our stomachs: It tears down forests, uses insane quantities of water, creates massive pollution, and diverts over 80 percent of the world’s crops to livestock.  Crops that could otherwise easily feed the world’s hungry.

So while respecting your choice to eat animal products may seem important from a personal freedom standpoint, what about respecting the environment and the future generations who have to live in the wake of our destruction?  What about respecting the people who can’t put food in their stomachs because your right to eat animal products took precedence?

This may seem like an indirect effect of dietary choice but the links of the chain are clear when you look for them.  The way we live today removes us so severely from the origin of our food and the impact that it has.  We walk into a grocery store and grab something, or swing through the drive through without a second thought as to where the food came from, whom it came from, and at what cost.

We speak of personal choice and respect while animals are tortured and killed at the hands of our appetites.  So I will say this: If your choice is to eat animal products, then you should be aware of what those choices really entail.  I’d urge you to watch the footage in the video above.  If you find you cannot watch, then I’d ask you the question: If it’s not good enough for your eyes, why is it good enough for your stomach?  If you can't stand to see it or talk about it, how can you stand to eat it?

Which rights are more valid: Our right to eat dairy or a mother cow’s right to not have her child torn from her side and sent to slaughter?   When you choose to eat dairy, you support the veal industry.  You sentence a mother cow to a lifetime of forced pregnancies, endless milkings and infections, all culminating in her body giving out twenty years before her natural lifespan and her being sent to slaughter for cheap meats.
When you choose to eat eggs, your right to your breakfast comes at the cost of countless lives: Male layer chicks are ground up alive as they are of no use to the egg industry.  Layer hens are kept in cramped sheds on top of one another even in so-called cage free and free range facilities. their sensitive beaks are cut off without anesthetics.

When you choose to eat meat, you are literally putting your right to choose above another’s right to live.  You may say, “but these are just animals.”  I ask you to look into their eyes and tell me.  Is that not fear?  Do they not suffer?  They know what is coming when they walk up the chute to slaughter.  They hear the noises. They smell the blood.

It is important that we begin to live as though we are interconnected with each other, the animals, and the planet.  Because we are.  My choices for what goes inside my body affect more than just me.


I’m not saying personal rights aren’t important.  In fact, that’s the opposite of what I’m saying. But my right to choose ends where another’s nose begins.  Just as my rights do not extend to me being legally allowed to beat someone up, so to should my right to choose what I eat not extend to choices which devastate the environment, take food from the hungry, and torture and murder other beings.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Fatty Liver, High Cholesterol & A 25kg (55 Pound) Weight Loss

Here is my story, I am so honoured to be interviewed for this podcast. Please have a listen and feel free to pass it on to everyone you know. This is a message that many people need to hear. As you know I rarely share my personal information online (like my photo) but this time I am going out of my comfort zone in the hope that I can help someone who needs it.

It only goes for about 1 hour.

For those that don't know, a whole foods plant based (WFPB) diet is based on whole or minimally processed whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits. It excludes animal-based foods, including fish and dairy, and also highly processed foods such as oils (that means no olive oil or coconut oil).


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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Healthful Fish Is a Myth

Terri MacLeod of Access Hollywood and I recently discussed just how toxic fish can be. Since there are many myths about fish being healthful, I want to share Ms. MacLeod’s column on bad fats and fish:

Healthy Hollywood is still reeling over the idea that fish might not be the best thing for your diet.

After years of eating and loving fish, I was in shock when vegan guru and author of “Power Foods For The Brain,” Dr. Neal Barnard, compared fish to a “low tar cigarette.”

My love of fish just went up in smoke!

Healthy Hollywood met up with Dr. Barnard at the “Nutrition and Brain” summit held recently in Washington, D.C. where I was having breakfast with him and chatting about my favorite subject - “healthy/healing” nutrition. Then, his head-spinning proclamation about fish suddenly capsized my appetite for all things from sea.

“Many people have gotten the idea they should be eating fish and fish you could say maybe a better choice than beef. Fish is somewhat lower in fat, depending on how it’s prepared, and the fats are more of the goods fats, which are the omega-3’s, but and this is a big ‘BUT’…,” exclaimed Dr. Barnard.

Dr. Barnard favors a vegan/plant-based diet in order to achieve optimal health and decrease one’s risk for dementia. But, even Dr. Oz, was shocked when Dr. Barnard declared fish a diet don’t on his show back in March 2013. “As group, people who eat fish have more weight problems and have a higher risk of diabetes, compared with people who skip animal products altogether,” he declared to Healthy Hollywood.

In addition, all that hype about good fats in fish, like salmon, is another bottom-feeder, according to Dr. Barnard, who goes on to explain that 40% of salmon is fat and that 70 to 80% of that fat is not good for us. “Most of the fat in fish is not omega-3’s and it doesn’t do your body any good.”

Or, does it do any good for your waistline. “Every gram of fat is 9 calories. And, you don’t have to do a lot of math before you realize I’m not going to lose any weight if I’m eating salmon. Doctors will say that’s the point, ‘it is fatty fish’ and you want the fish for the good fat, but what they’re not realizing is only a tiny fraction of it is good fish. So, I wouldn’t go there,” explain Dr. Barnard.

Besides, the bad fat, fish can also be toxic, with dangerous levels of mercury and other pollutants, adding, “Keep in mind where fish are from. They live in what has become a kind of human sewer – the oceans and waterways.”

So, whether you take Dr. Barnard’s bait is up to you, but he insists it’s good to keep the dialogue going on our food system and keep in mind we are what we eat.

From Dr Barnard's Blog at http://www.pcrm.org/nbBlog/index.php/healthful-fish-is-a-myth

Monday, May 21, 2018