Animal Writes
From 30 November 2003 Issue

What Went Wrong?
By Robert Cohen -

When my close friend, Richard Grubman, died from Crohn's disease, and left behind two sons, Michael and Ethan, it was too late to ask "What went wrong?" 

When my friend, Spiro Nickles, suffered a heart attack in front of his children, and died in his living room, it was too late to ask "What went wrong?" 

When my college housemate, Didi Fuller, died from breast cancer, it was too late to ask "What went wrong?" 

When my friend and neighbor and mother of four children was diagnosed with leukemia, it was too late to ask "What went wrong?" 

When my father had a stroke, it was not too late to ask "What went wrong?" 

When my mother was diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes, it was not too late to ask "What went wrong?" 

When mom was later diagnosed with anemia, it was again not too late to ask "What went wrong?" 

Mom and Dad have recovered, dairy-free. A lifetime of dairy use contributed to their conditions, but both of my parents are now in their mid-eighties, and are remarkably healthy. I have no doubt that their dietary choices have contributed to their current state of good health. Mom and Dad live in the same town as I do. I visit often, and each time I do, I am impressed by the large bowls of fresh fruit that I see on the kitchen counter. There is no longer ice cream in the freezer. Neither is there yogurt in the fridge. Mom now drinks soymilk.

Health and disease are most certainly linked to diet. There are good and bad foods, just as there are good and bad fuels. Burn gas in your furnace, and few residues are left. Burn marshmallows, and it will become an internal mess. Burn high octane gas in your car's engine, and it runs smoothly. Burn kerosene, and you'll soon need an overhaul.

No additive known to humankind will negate the effects of a poor fuel. No vitamins or supplements will negate the effects of bad food.

Prevention is surely the best medicine.

In the case of disease, it's not necessarily what you eat that prevents illness. It's what you should not eat that causes or prevents disease.

Compassion to animals means not abusing them. Compassion to animals means not eating them, nor drinking their body fluids. Compassion to animals ultimately results in compassion to one's own body, for their flesh and milk are filthy, inefficient fuels that were not designed for human consumption.

Saturated animal fats, cholesterol, and sulphur-based amino acids in animal proteins challenge our digestive and cardiovascular systems. Concentrated dioxins, pesticides, and antibiotics in the bodies of cows, pigs, and chickens make those of us at the top of the food chain depositories for dangerous chemical residues.

Humankind's biggest curse: milk and dairy products. These are the dirtiest burning fuels with which the adult body contends. Milk and dairy products represent forty percent of the average American diet. Residues from milk, cheese, and other dairy products include intact allergenic proteins and powerful bovine growth hormones that have been identified as key factors in the progression of a vast array of human diseases.

My dear friend and webmaster, Dave Rietz has died from prostate cancer, and it is too late to ask "What went wrong?" 

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