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Wage a war on meat-based diet

Published 9:59am Wednesday, April 17, 2013

To the Editor:

The new link between meat consumption and heart disease, discovered by Dr. Stanley Hazen of the Cleveland Clinic, is just the latest evidence linking meat consumption to killer diseases that cripple, and then kill, 1.3 million Americans annually.

Hazen’s study showed that carnitine, an amino acid contained in all meat products, is a major factor in heart failure.

Similarly, an Oxford University study of nearly 45,000 adults in last January’s American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vegetarians were 32 percent less likely to suffer from heart disease than people who ate meat and fish. A Harvard University study of 37,698 men and 83,644 women, in last April’s Archives of Internal Medicine, concluded that meat consumption raises the risk of total, heart, and cancer mortality.

We have sacrificed the lives of 10,000 American personnel and trillions of dollars in waging two wars to avenge the deaths of 2,600 Americans in the 9/11 attacks.

When will we wage a bloodless, low-cost war on the killer meat-based diet, potentially responsible for as many as 1.3 million American deaths annually?

In the meantime, we have the power to raise our own life expectancy by adopting a meat-free diet. An internet search provides ample resources.

Felix Torres
Franklin, Virginia

  • Jeff Turner

    Hey Felix, how come you never comment back on here? Is it because you really do not live in Franklin…Va.?

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  • chilimac72

    If you want to reference Science try this fact out… where is the herbivore in the food chain? As the saying goes, there is room for all of God’s creations, right next to the mashed potatoes!

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  • simplifyingit

    “Hazen’s study showed that carnitine, an amino acid contained in all meat products, is a major factor in heart failure.”
    Another major factor in heart failure is living too long. or sleeping too much. or exercising too often. or drinking too much water. or too much laughter. or too much intake of vegetables. Breathing too fast. or breathing to slow. Or not enough sleep.

    My point is: If you want no meat in your diet, good for you. I don’t need guidance on what t

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  • Jeff Turner

    Has anybody ever met this Felix Torres? Supposedly he lives in Franklin, is that so? I would sure like to meet him.

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