Posts Tagged ‘dairy’

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

You don’t need milk to get calcium

No other species on this planet drinks another species’ milk, and no species drinks its own mother’s milk beyond the age of weaning because it isn’t necessary anymore. Then why do we drink it after babyhood? Mom doesn’t want us sucking on her the rest of our lives, right? The whole purpose of cow’s milk is to get a 70lb baby calf to become 1,000 pounds in a year. So you are drinking something that is MADE to make you fat–and quickly! If we wiped away technology, packaging, preservatives, etc., you are basically sucking out nasty puss with your lips on a dirty cow’s teets. Sick. You can get your calcium in other less-nasty (and much more healthy & humane) ways. Continue reading