Letter to the Editor
July 7, 2013
A recent issue
of Time magazine revealed more documentation that vegetarians live
longer than their meat-chomping friends. A six-year study of 70,000
Seventh-Day Adventists, published in the current issue of American
Medical Association’s prestigious Journal of Internal Medicine, found
that vegetarians and vegans have a 12 percent lower risk of death.
This is but the latest evidence linking meat consumption to diseases
that kill 1.3 million Americans annually. It comes only two months after
a discovery at the Cleveland Clinic that carnitine, 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 be 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 year’s Archives of Internal Medicine, concluded
that meat consumption raises the risk of total, heart and cancer
Indeed, each of us can find their own fountain of youth by adopting a
meat and dairy-free diet. An Internet search of “vegan recipes” or “live
vegan” provides ample resources.