Why I Don'T Promote a Plant-Based Diet

On a site about natural remedies, which talks about food and diet as part of being healthy, why would I want to point out the dangers of vegetarianism? Because I know that sooner or later someone is going to take offense at the fact that on this website when talking about diet, I only promote eating meat-based diets such as keto and carnivore.

You think I’m exaggerating how people might react? Consider this: the most popular dietary teaching for the last 60 years has been about the health benefits and even spiritual benefits of only eating plant-based foods. Ever since the Beatles came back from their stay in India, and began preaching about the spiritual benefits of vegetarianism, vegans and vegetarians have been praised and given accolades for their spiritual enlightenment in not eating anything that might come from any living breathing creature.

More About the Dangers of Vegetarianism

Shamed Into Becoming a Vegan

This is an eye-opening testimony of how this young woman, as a young girl was manipulated and shamed, by a teacher with an agenda, into becoming a vegetarian and then a vegan. She shares how this dietary lifestyle almost ruined her life, mental stability, and health. Also notice how difficult this is for her to express.

Are the So-Called Vegan Benefits Real?

What I’m about to share is going to go in direct opposition to both of those supposed “benefits”. Personally, I think that if vegetarianism was so good, there wouldn’t be a whole industry that has built up around making plants taste like animal flesh. If you don’t want to eat turkey at Thanksgiving, why are you cooking up tofurkey? Hamburger bad, but bean burgers are great? Just eat beans and stop trying to call it a burger.

Spiritual Dangers of Vegetarianism

Now, as a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, which I know is very unpopular in this day and age, I’m probably going to take a lot of heat for this next section. In fact, if I were to stand on a corner in some areas and share my thoughts on this, chances are pretty good that I would be attacked if not physically then verbally. But I’m going to share anyway, because I’ve noticed an alarming trend among many of those who call themselves “Christian”.

To Christians, the Church of Jesus Christ, the Bride: Be careful. Vegetarianism is spiritually dangerous and opens you up to demons. For more, see Spiritual Dangers of Vegetarianism.

Physical Dangers of Vegetarianism

Now, based on my own experience, I know that I have a lot of food sensitivities to plant food; fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, etc. I’d also learned about oxalates, which explains how some people can experience severe health problems from eating ANY plant foods.

However, in my research I found several articles by writers who were brave enough to buck the generally accepted philosophy of “Eat Plants Good – Eat Flesh Die!”.

Five Physical Dangers of Vegetarianism

  1. Leaky Gut – Since vegan and vegetarian diets use a lot of legumes (black bean burgers, anyone?) for protein, they run the risk of developing leaky gut. This is because legumes are high in antinutrients like lectins and phytates, a known cause of gut permeability.
  2. Soy Boy Boobs and Hypothyroidism – Processed soy products so often found in plant-based diets contain phytoestrogens, known hormone interrupters. In men, soy lowers testosterone and raises estrogen, often resulting in unsightly man boobs. Studies have also shown that too much soy can lead to problems with the thyroid, such as hypothyroidism.
  3. Anemia – Plants may have a type of iron, but it is non-heme iron and basically useless to the body. Anemia can lead to fatigue, issues with adrenal fatigue, insomnia, and other problems. The best source of heme-iron (heme as in hemoglobin/blood) is actual meat, with grass-fed beef being the best.
  4. Depression – Since Omega-3 fatty acids are what help keep humans on an even keel, the lack of this basic nutrient from fish or fish oils can lead to severe depression
  5. Vitamin B12 Deficiency – Good vitamin B12 is only available in meat, and while you can find all kinds of B12 supplements, most are not easily absorbed. Plus, certain health conditions can make it impossible to absorb B12. A B12 deficiency can lead to cognitive decline, fatigue, anemia, numbness in the extremities, weakness, and memory loss.

Personal Experience with Eating a Plant-Based Diet

A couple decades ago, I was in a situation where I went several weeks without any meat. I was eating primarily beans and rice, with maybe the occasional squirrel tossed into the bean pot. I became depressed (or maybe it was the situation) and could almost feel my very tissues screaming out for red meat. It was a physical craving in my very cells. Relief finally came when a hunter brought me some venison. I can tell you I could almost feel strength returning as my body absorbed the nutrients in that meat.
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