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Sugar and high fructose corn syrup added to foods are responsible in part for the epidemic of high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.   In 1892, there were just two cases of diabetes per 100,000 people, according to a famous medical textbook by Sir William Osler, The Principles and Practice of Medicine. Today, the rate is 9 percent across all age groups, and sadly one of every three children is either diabetic or pre-diabetic."

Complex carbohydrates are much healthier than sugar  or high fructose corn syrup.  For those needing energy, lentils (see the complete protein they offer at https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/2Var6JvbPzn) and legumes in general are much better than grains or foods with added sugar or fructose syrup.  Lentils (http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4337/2) and better than beans (http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4283/2) since lentils about half the glycemic index (16 versus 29 per 100 grams) of beans and double the fiber (30 versus 16 per 100 grams).  Fiber and less sugars really helps to lower blood pressure and prevent diabetes. 

Studies show those consuming too many simple sugars [sweet fruits (rich in fructose like watermelon or bananas ► http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1846/2) or sodas or cookies or deserts or processed foods with added high fructose corn syrup or sugar] have higher blood pressure ►http://www.medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/Hypertension/21000.
Some recommend eating less than 15 g of fructose a day, less than half a banana.  No sodas or drinks with added sugar ► http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/05/25/startling-research-findings-a-newly-discovered-cause-of-high-blood-pressure-and-obesity.aspx. "

Sugar also makes people more violent as the studies below, and hundreds of others, indicate:
1.  sugar leads to mental stress ► http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25280418 (Nutrition. 2014 Nov-Dec;30(11-12):1391-7. )
2.  soda intake related to increase in violence ► http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22025524 (Inj Prev. 2012 Aug;18(4):259-63. )
3.  candy consumption as kid related to violence as an adult ► http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19794208 (Br J Psychiatry. 2009 Oct;195(4):366-7. )
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Animal Cruelty or the Price of Dinner? http://nyti.ms/1WxFogk

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No More Exposés in North Carolina http://nyti.ms/1Q6aOUa

Factory farm operators believe that the less Americans know about what goes on behind their closed doors, the better for the industry. That’s because the animals sent through those factories often endure an unimaginable amount of mistreatment and abuse.

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Barack Obama: Guns Are Our Shared Responsibility http://nyti.ms/1ODli0L

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Interesting analysis on Bernie Sanders position on gun control. #sanders #bernie #clinton #guncontrol

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A Durham tradition
Here is the last 11foot8 crash of 2015. Happy New Year, everyone!

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Bill Gates went vegan. Reasons why I did not eat meat for 19 years (12% of millennials have already given up meat in America):

The Survival of Humanity Argument

Veganism reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which is key to preventing ocean acidification.  If the ocean is too acidic, plankton dies and with that 50-80% of the oxygen we breathe is gone, making life impossible ► https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/gwKRRDiX3nc

The Hunger Argument

Number of people worldwide who will die as a result of malnutrition this year: 20 million 
Number of people who could be adequately fed using land freed if Americans reduced their intake of meat by 10%: 100 million 
Percentage of corn grown in the U.S. eaten by people: 20 
Percentage of corn grown in the U.S. eaten by livestock: 80 
Percentage of oats grown in the U.S. eaten by livestock: 95 
Percentage of protein wasted by cycling grain through livestock: 90 
How frequently a child dies as a result of malnutrition: every 2.3 seconds 
Pounds of potatoes that can be grown on an acre: 40,000 
Pounds of beef produced on an acre: 250 
Percentage of U.S. farmland devoted to beef production: 56 
Pounds of grain and soybeans needed to produce a pound of edible flesh from feedlot beef: 16

The Environmental Argument

Cause of global warming: greenhouse effect 
Primary cause of greenhouse effect: carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels 
Fossil fuels needed to produce meat-centered diet vs. a meat-free diet: 3 times more 
Percentage of U.S. topsoil lost to date: 75 
Percentage of U.S. topsoil loss directly related to livestock raising: 85 
Number of acres of U.S. forest cleared for cropland to produce meat-centered diet: 260 million 
Amount of meat imported to U.S. annually from Central and South America: 300,000,000 pounds 
Percentage of Central American children under the age of five who are undernourished: 75 
Area of tropical rainforest consumed in every quarter-pound of rainforest beef: 55 square feet 
Current rate of species extinction due to destruction of tropical rainforests for meat grazing and other uses: 1,000 per year

The Cancer Argument

Increased risk of breast cancer for women who eat meat daily compared to less than once a week: 3.8 times 
For women who eat eggs daily compared to once a week: 2.8 times 
For women who eat butter and cheese 2-4 times a week: 3.25 times 
Increased risk of fatal ovarian cancer for women who eat eggs 3 or more times a week vs. less than once a week: 3 times 
Increased risk of fatal prostate cancer for men who consume meat, cheese, eggs and milk daily vs. sparingly or not at all: 3.6 times.

The Waste Argument

Animal agriculture produces millions of pounds of waste daily in America alone.  A 2500 cow farm produces more poop than the city of Minneapolis (almost half a million people).  This has to be gotten rid of.  It can be infested with mad cow disease at times, swine flu, bird flu perhaps if not beef.

The Cholesterol Argument

Number of U.S. medical schools: 125 
Number requiring a course in nutrition: 30 
Nutrition training received by average U.S. physician during four years in medical school: 2.5 hours 
Most common cause of death in the U.S.: heart attack 
How frequently a heart attack kills in the U.S.: every 45 seconds 
Average U.S. man's risk of death from heart attack: 50 percent 
Risk of average U.S. man who eats no meat: 15 percent 
Risk of average U.S. man who eats no meat, dairy or eggs: 4 percent 
Amount you reduce risk of heart attack if you reduce consumption of meat, dairy and eggs by 10 percent: 9 percent 
Amount you reduce risk of heart attack if you reduce consumption by 50 percent: 45 percent 
Amount you reduce risk if you eliminate meat, dairy and eggs from your diet: 90 percent 
Average cholesterol level of people eating meat-centered-diet: 210 mg/dl 
Chance of dying from heart disease if you are male and your blood cholesterol level is 210 mg/dl: greater than 50 percent

The Natural Resources Argument

User of more than half of all water used for all purposes in the U.S.: livestock production 
Amount of water used in production of the average cow: sufficient to float a destroyer 
Gallons of water needed to produce a pound of wheat: 25 
Gallons of water needed to produce a pound of California beef: 5,000 
Years the world's known oil reserves would last if every human ate a meat-centered diet: 13 
Years they would last if human beings no longer ate meat: 260 
Calories of fossil fuel expended to get 1 calorie of protein from beef: 78 
To get 1 calorie of protein from soybeans: 2 
Percentage of all raw materials (base products of farming, forestry and mining, including fossil fuels) consumed by U.S. that is devoted to the production of livestock: 33 
Percentage of all raw materials consumed by the U.S. needed to produce a complete vegetarian diet: 2

The Antibiotic Argument

Percentage of U.S. antibiotics fed to livestock: 55 
Percentage of staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin in 1960: 13 
Percentage resistant in 1988: 91 
Response of European Economic Community to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: ban 
Response of U.S. meat and pharmaceutical industries to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: full and complete support

The Pesticide Argument

Common belief: U.S. Department of Agriculture protects our health through meat inspection 
Reality: fewer than 1 out of every 250,000 slaughtered animals is tested for toxic chemical residues 
Percentage of U.S. mother's milk containing significant levels of DDT: 99 
Percentage of U.S. vegetarian mother's milk containing significant levels of DDT: 8 
Contamination of breast milk, due to chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides in animal products, found in meat-eating mothers vs. non-meat eating mothers: 35 times higher 
Amount of Dieldrin ingested by the average breast-fed American infant: 9 times the permissible level

The Ethical Argument

Number of animals killed for meat per hour in the U.S.: 660,000 
Occupation with highest turnover rate in U.S.: slaughterhouse worker 
Occupation with highest rate of on-the-job-injury in U.S.: slaughterhouse worker

The Survival Argument

Athlete to win Ironman Triathlon more than twice: Dave Scott (6 time winner) 
Food choice of Dave Scott: Vegetarian 

The Fear-Stress Hormones Argument

When animals suffer for seconds/minutes during the sudden slaughter death, they release stress-fear hormones that age and sicken usgoo.gl/yxY4h. Fear hormones as well as astral vibrations that contaminate their flesh also prompt us into human-human conflict more often; we and animals share a lot of hormonal pathways, as neuroscience shows. Bill Clinton is vegan (goo.gl/0NjdS) and so are some CEOs (http://goo.gl/7laCI). Gandhi, Tesla, Edison, Einstein, Newton, DaVinci were vegetarian: goo.gl/IMJQJ

The Amazon and other Key Forests Argument

Rainfall and preventing desertification is achieved thru a complex hydrologic cycle that involves forests.  If we wipe out all forests, we are in big trouble, since forests generate 20-50% of the oxygen we breath and ensure we get rain.  Beef uses 160 times more land and 200 times more water per calorie than wheat, lentils, beans, potatoes do. Beef requires 28 times more land and 11 times more water than chicken and pork ► http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/21/giving-up-beef-reduce-carbon-footprint-more-than-cars.   If people go vegan or just without beef, you help save lots of water and forests.  

ESP-Telepathy Argument

It has been noticed that telepathy and other ESP functions become enhanced when meat is given up ► https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/UuoSukYzycu.  See also the telepathy and biophotons connection ► https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/1e7bYQEWmsa.  The MIT paper on biophotons in fresh fruits and veggies ► https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/ef6UA8yGtLk

Space Exploration Argument

How can astronauts go in space and raise cattle on their spaceship to get to Alpha Centauri?  lol.  You got to be kidding me.  The nice thing about veganism is that with vertical urban farms, people can get local food (fresh - picked up 2 hours before, thus very rich in biophotons) easily in any area and Earth can thus feed 50 billion vegans easily.  Going off-planet is a lot easier too when there are more scientists/engineers working on space travel, terra forming planets, etc.  Creating perfect weather, eliminating deaths from natural disasters, etc all these things require a lot of science.  

The Longevity Argument

Vegetarians and vegans were shown to live 7-12 years longer than non-vegetarians (take your B12 or a normal vitamin pill with B12 in it, as it's scarce in vegan foods and get B12 even if you eat meat and are over 50, because animal foods B12 is harder to assimilate as people age).  The Longest living people in North America are the vegetarian Adventists in Loma Linda, who reach 105 often.  Here is a Loma Linda doctor (I talked to him) who did surgeries at 95: http://goo.gl/MQqn3, after decades of being vegan.  This shows meat is not needed for longevity.  Mahatma Gandhi was vegetarian, just like 500 million people in India today and Albert Einstein, Leonardo DaVinci, Nikola Tesla, Isaac Newton, Pythagoras.  Did you know India is the most vegetarian country in the world?  :)  RED MEAT CAUSES CANCERhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/11316316/Red-meat-triggers-toxic-immune-reaction-which-causes-cancer-scientists-find.html

The Flu and other Diseases Argument

Without incredibly toxic and filthy factory farms, there will be no frequent epidemics of swine flu, bird flu, mad cow disease, etc.

The Poop Argument

There is fecal matter in virtually all American beef according to Consumer Reports ► http://www.inquisitr.com/2368247/all-ground-beef-in-the-us-is-contaminated-with-fecal-matter-according-to-consumer-reports/.  Also much of chicken meat has poop in it ► http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-freston/chicken-contamination_b_1655170.html

The IQ Argument

It's been noted that people with higher IQ are far more likely to give up meat.  "Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”  Einstein. On a similar note he stated, “Our task must be to [widen] our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” And on the day he became a vegetarian, Einstein wrote in his diary, “So I am living without fats, without meat, without fish, but am feeling quite well this way. It always seems to me that man was not born to be a carnivore.”  For more quotes on giving up meat from world's most amazing people, see this post ► https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/CapnTqw8Xix
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I don't understand how we can do this as a community, culture and nation. If you consume meat, you should know where your meat comes from...
3 min clip about the abuse of pigs in factory farms;  workers admit that if USDA would see this, it would shut down the facility, there is no manpower to monitor this and other slaughter industries.

All animals have souls, why eat one and spare the other? :)

IQ tests show pigs are smarter than dogshttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3122303/Move-Lassie-IQ-tests-reveal-pigs-outsmart-dogs-chimpanzees.html.

Cows normally live 20 years, but in factory farms they often live 2 years. :)  Billions of make chicks are ground alive by the egg industry.
Do we call this a soul full compassion? :)  lol

I know, in our world, everything revolves around efficiency (like why factory farming does some cruel things), but vegan diet is more efficient, uses less resources. :)  Protein from beef uses 150 times the land and emissions of protein from beans, lentils,  and 200 times the water.  It's inefficient.

Perhaps with more kindness, we will have world peace. :)  ♥ If we are not kind to animals, why would we be to humans? Love is in the air, all around us, we need no meat, a little meditation helps to develop empathy and compassion for animals ► https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/4DvZ8XPFBSm

For dozens of reasons I went vegan over a decade ago, see ► https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/UsxcV9Bycsb
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