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Book Overview: The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone

Here are things I want to share with you that I learned from Alicia.

Animals on Factory Farms 

  • Animals at the slaughterhouse are in constant terror. Being scared produces body chemicals that affect the muscles and other parts of the body, namely cortisol and adrenaline. Humans can become stressed from eating this meat. You eat fear, despair, and anger when you eat the meat of a dead animal.
  • Slaughterhouse wastes are used in livestock feed (that you end up eating second hand) like blood, bone, remains of cats and dogs
  • Animals on factory farms are pumped with hormones to increase their mass. Hormones are not good — we have our own and don’t need more — because they lead to cancers like breast and prostate
  • Mercury damages your brain, kidneys, and lungs: swordfish, mackerel, and tuna have the highest levels of mercury out of all fish
  • “The meat industry has created entities like the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Meat Institute, and the National Pork Producers Council, which spend millions and millions of dollars on print and television ads to cast their products in a positive light, despite evidence to the contrary” Continue reading

Book Overview: Forks Over Knives by Gene Stone

Things I learned from this book:

Why Cow Milk is Not For Humans

  • Cow milk –> calves; human milk –> babies. We adults do not fall under either of those categories, so we biologically do NOT need milk! If we did, we’d still be at our mother’s breast. Humans have no nutritional need for cow milk – it’s designed to get a baby calf from 70lbs to about 1000 pounds in one year. Then they start eating grass. End of milk once weaning is over.
  • Casein is the primary protein in cow milk, and it is one of the most potent chemical carcinogens ever identified. Yes, carcinogen. Definition: a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue.
  • Studies were performed on rats that show casein = cancer cells. One group was given a 20% casein diet, the other group 5% casein diet. After 12 weeks, the 20 percenters had high levels of cancer tumor growth but the 5 percenters had no evidence of cancer at all. Here is the cool part: they then switched the groups — the previous 20 percenters, now at 5 percent, had a reduction in the tumor growth. The previous 5 percenters, now at 20 percent, had an explosion in tumor growth. That means you can “turn off” and “turn on” cancer growth by decreasing or increasing (respectively) your intake of dairy! Continue reading