We Have Always Eaten Meat

We Have Always Eaten Meat

Great explanation of the basics of Veganism.

If you’re not already Vegan, and you think animals matter morally, then please go Vegan. It’s easy and great for you, incredible for the animals, and wonderful for the planet. If you’re already Vegan, please educate non-Vegans about why they should go Vegan. Please rescue, volunteer, adopt, foster, spay, and neuter the nonhuman refugees of domestication whenever you can. Please feed your nonhuman family Vegan where you can. These things are the most important, morally responsible things to do and are desperately needed by everyone.

To learn more about Abolitionist Veganism and the issues I’ve outlined in this post, check out The Master List Of Vegan Info:
https://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/master-list-of-vegan-info

Disclaimer: My only goal with this list is to produce as comprehensive a resource for Vegan information as possible. I am 100% Abolitionist Vegan and 100% against exploitation of nonhuman or human animals, any type of violence against human or nonhuman persons or property, welfare regulation, any form of speciesism, ethnic bigotry, genderism, ableism, heterosexism, etc., any of the large governmental or non-governmental nonhuman animal organizations, “happy meat,” vegetarianism, veg*nism, Meat-Free Mondays, or other forms of reductionism and anything else that makes it seem like any form of violence or exploitation of animals is ok. If any of those positions are endorsed on any site in this list, or any language is used to imply that, it’s not that I included that link because I agree, but simply because I don’t control every bit of information on all of these sites.

The Vegan Choice Blog

Is it justification enough to continue eating meat, dairy and eggs merely for the fact that we have done so in the past?  Just because humans have done something in the past, doesn’t mean it is right to continue doing so.  

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How Living Vegan Ends Our Participation In The Massive Ecological Problems Of Exploiting Animals

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I’m making separate posts on individual issues related to Veganism, so that anyone who wants a handy reference guide to each issue won’t have to go through my entire link list to find it. The links included in each individual post may not be updated regularly, so the Master List will be the only place to find complete updates. These posts will be comprehensive enough to cover most or all questions related to each issue however.

Disclaimer: My only goal with this list is to produce as comprehensive a resource for Vegan information as possible. I am 100% Abolitionist Vegan and 100% against exploitation of nonhuman and human animals, any type of violence against human or nonhuman persons or property, welfare regulation, any form of speciesism, ethnic bigotry, genderism, ableism, heterosexism, etc., any of the large governmental or non-governmental nonhuman animal organizations, “happy meat,” vegetarianism, veg*nism, Meat-Out Mondays, or other forms of reductionism and anything else that makes it seem like any form of violence or exploitation of animals is ok. If any of those positions are endorsed on any site in this list, or any language is used to imply that, it’s not that I included that link because I agree, but simply because I don’t control every bit of information on all of these sites.

Veganism is a social justice movement and a philosophy of nonviolence towards all sentient beings. It’s an Animal Rights movement, not an environmental one. However, there are incidental benefits to consuming a plants-only diet and many of those are environmental. Here is all the info I’ve collected so far for The Master List on these issues.

Section 4:
Ecological (primarily):

Sub-Section 4A:
Video Section:

“Making the Connection – Why Vegan? PART 1”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnlVS3sw_-s

“Making the Connection – Why Vegan? PART 2”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmMMm2Vh8YQ

“Sustainability and Food Choice: Why Eating Local, “Less” Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fws0f9s4Bas

“Planet Earth Is You – Carlos Chavira”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PAe1pZAewE

“Green Gold” – Documentary by John D. Liu:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBLZmwlPa8A

“Forest Gardening with Robert Hart (Complete)”:

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Sub-Section 4B:
Text-Based Info (primarily):

Sub-Section 4B1:
Environmental Destruction (primarily):

Book Review: “Food Choice And Sustainability: Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, And Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work” by Dr. Richard Oppenlander:
http://www.ourhenhouse.org/2014/02/book-review-food-choice-and-sustainability-why-buying-local-eating-less-meat-and-taking-baby-steps-wont-work-by-dr-richard-oppenlander

“What Would Happen To All The Animals If Everyone Went Vegan?” by Will Tuttle:
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/uncategorized/what-would-happen-to-all-the-animals-if-everyone-went-vegan

“Response to Criticism of Cowspiracy Facts”:
http://www.cowspiracy.com/blog/2015/11/23/response-to-criticism-of-cowspiracy-facts

“Number of Animals Killed to Produce One Million Calories in Eight Food Categories”:
http://www.animalvisuals.org/projects/data/1mc

“Livestock And Climate Change”:
http://www.worldwatch.org/files/pdf/Livestock%20and%20Climate%20Change.pdf

“Livestock Impacts On The Environment”:
http://www.fao.org/ag/magazine/0612sp1.htm

Peer-reviewed studies on livestock grazing impacts:
http://www.cof.orst.edu/hart/hartstudies.html#link%20to%20studies%20on%20livestock%20grazing%20impacts

“Top 10 Reasons Why It’s Green to Go Veggie”:
https://www.downtoearth.org/go-veggie/environment/top-10-reasons

“Food choices, health and environment: Effects of cutting Europe’s meat and dairy intake”:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378014000338

“Evaluating the environmental impact of various dietary patterns combined with different food production systems”:
http://www.nature.com/ejcn/journal/v61/n2/full/1602522a.html

“Meeting the demand: An estimation of potential future greenhouse gas emissions from meat production”:
http://www.nathanfiala.com/Meeting%20the%20Demand.pdf

“Land”:
http://www.vegansociety.com/resources/environment/land.aspx

“Environment”:
http://www.woodstocksanctuary.org/learn-3/global-environment-issues/environment

What goes into a burger:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/06/27/155527365/visualizing-a-nation-of-meat-eaters

“Eco-Invasion: Laying out the facts about invasive species”:
http://eco-invasion.blogspot.com/2009/11/general-misconceptions.html

“Climate Change” July 2009:
According to Elke Stehfest, it is necessary to cut global GHG emissions by 2/3 before 2050 to not exceed a critical point of warming. This is estimated to cost $40 trillion USD. By drastically reducing animal consumption, we can cut the bill by 50% or $20 trillion dollars.
Study:
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10584-008-9534-6
Report:
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16573-eating-less-meat-could-cut-climate-costs.html

“International Journal of Climate Change” June 2012:
The World Preservation Foundation estimated that the savings were closer to 80% or $32 trillion USD.
Study:
http://ijc.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.185/prod.142
Report:
http://www.worldpreservationfoundation.org/blog/news/global-warming-can-be-kept-below-2c-affordably-through-steep-reductions-in-livestock-production

“Nature” July 2013:
A more recent estimation of the global cost of “battling” global warming is $60 trillion dollars- or $30 trillion for 50% reduction and $48 trillion for 80% if these reduction in costs are still applicable.
Study (note: this is behind a paywall):
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v499/n7459/full/499401a.html

WPF June 2013:
“So there we have it – what’s killing the Great Barrier Reef is cattle.”
“…72% of the reef’s hard coral has died since the 1960’s…”
“…Fine silt (the major coral killer), over 75% of which comes from grazing lands… Nitrogen pollution, mostly particulate, from sediment erosion of grazing lands… Phosphorous pollution, mostly particulate, from sediment erosion of grazing lands…”
Study:
http://www.reefplan.qld.gov.au/about/scientific-consensus-statement/sources-of-pollutants.aspx
Report:
http://www.worldpreservationfoundation.org/blog/news/cattle-not-climate-change-killing-the-great-barrier-reef
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Sub-Section 4B2:
Sustainable (Veganic) Farming And Communities:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stock-free_agriculture

“Robert Hart”:
http://www.veganpeace.com/famousvegans/profiles/robert_hart.htm

Posts on this issue by Anders Branderud:

http://bloganders.blogspot.no/2014/04/vegan-permaculture-vegan-ecological-and.html

“Terra Frutis”:
http://www.terrafrutis.com

“Vegan Agriculture Network”:
http://www.goveganic.net/rubrique22.html

“Vegan Organic Network”:
http://veganorganic.net

“Veganic Gardening and Farming Resources” on Gentleworld:
http://gentleworld.org/veganic-gardening-and-farming-resources

“Club Veg’s website for Veganic Farming resources”:
https://clubveg.org/veganic-farming

“The Vegan Book of Permaculture: Recipes for Healthy Eating and Earthright Living by Graham Burnett”:
http://permanentpublications.co.uk/port/the-vegan-book-of-permaculture-recipes-for-healthy-eating-and-earthright-living-by-graham-burnett

“Spiral Seed”:
http://spiralseed.co.uk

“Stockfree Organic Services”:
http://www.stockfreeorganic.net

“One Path to Veganic Permaculture: From Organic to Veganic and Beyond….”:
http://veganicpermaculture.com

“Sunizona Family Farms”:
http://m.sunizonafamilyfarms.com

“My Vegan Corner of the World”:
http://thevegantruth.blogspot.com/2015/03/my-vegan-corner-of-world-by-long-term.html

“Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening”:
http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/build-underground-greenhouse-garden-year-round.html

“Veganic Gardening At Home”:
http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/2014/07/veganic-gardening-at-home

“No, Cows Don’T Make Fertilizer”:
http://appliedmythology.blogspot.com/2013/03/no-cows-dont-make-fertilizer.html

“Impressions from the 3rd Grade Farming Field Trip”:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/stephen-augustine/impressions-from-the-3rd-grade-farming-field-trip/4782848227858

Sub-Section 4B3:
GMOs:

Sub-Section 4B3a:
Videos:

“Genetic Roulette: The Gamble Of Our Lives”:
https://archive.org/details/GeneticRouletteTheGambleOfOurLives

“Daniel Bissonnette, at March against Monsanto, Vancouver”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGhRuO0JMzY

Sub-Section 4B3b:
Text-Based Links:

“How GMOs Unleashed a Pesticide Gusher”:
http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2012/10/how-gmos-ramped-us-pesticide-use

“Impacts of genetically engineered crops on pesticide use in the U.S. – the first sixteen years”:
http://www.enveurope.com/content/24/1/24/abstract

“USDA downplays own scientist’s research on ill effects of Monsanto herbicide”:
http://grist.org/article/usda-downplays-own-scientists-research-on-danger-of-roundup

“Too many stacked crop trait genes?”:
http://westernfarmpress.com/management/too-many-stacked-crop-trait-genes

“Are GMOs Worth The Trouble?”:
http://www.technologyreview.com/view/525931/are-gmos-worth-the-trouble

“37 Million Bees Found Dead In Ontario, Canada After Large GMO Corn Field Was Planted”:
http://www.herbs-info.com/blog/37-million-bees-found-dead-after-large-gmo-corn-field-planted

“StarLink corn recall”:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StarLink_corn_recall

“An overview of the last 10 years of genetically engineered crop safety research “:http://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Nicolia-20131.pdf

Non-GMO Shopping Guide:
http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com
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Sub-Section 4B4:
Updated info for images you can print and hand out as flyers:

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Sub-Section 4B4:
Other Environmental Solutions:

Recycling water:
http://greywateraction.org

“Garbage Warrior – Full Length Documentary”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNYFlcV9R1w

Intermarché – “Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2nSECWq_PE

“Local food, food miles and carbon emissions: A comparison of farm shop and mass distribution approaches”:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306919208000997

“The World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day in Japan”:
http://inhabitat.com/the-worlds-largest-indoor-farm-produces-10000-heads-of-lettuce-a-day-in-japan

“Edible film made from essential oils can protect foods better than plastic”:

Edible film made from essential oils can protect foods better than plastic

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Sub-Section 4B6:
Environmental Lists:

Another link list on Veganism and ecology:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/vegan-philosophy-forum/environment-note-by-rudy-steffen/229266517259531

This Section Of The Master List On Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/squeezeplay/posts/10202628212679707

This Section Of The Master List On my blog:
https://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/ecological-problems-of-exploiting-animals

If you’re not already Vegan, and you think animals matter morally, then please go Vegan. It’s easy and great for you, incredible for the animals, and wonderful for the planet. If you’re already Vegan, please educate non-Vegans about why they should go Vegan. Please rescue, volunteer, adopt, foster, spay, and neuter the nonhuman refugees of domestication whenever you can. Please feed your nonhuman family Vegan where you can. These things are the most important, morally responsible things to do and are desperately needed by everyone.

To learn more about Abolitionist Veganism and the issues I’ve outlined in this post, check out The Master List Of Vegan Info:
https://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/master-list-of-vegan-info

Do Doctors And Other Scientists Still Think Animal Substances Are Healthy?

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*Photo of Dr. Maggie DiNome, advocate of whole-food, plants-only diet for preventing cancer*

I’m making separate posts on individual issues related to Veganism, so that anyone who wants a handy reference guide to each issue won’t have to go through my entire link list to find it. The links included in each individual post may not be updated regularly, so the Master List will be the only place to find complete updates. These posts will be comprehensive enough to cover most or all questions related to each issue however.

Disclaimer: My only goal with this list is to produce as comprehensive a resource for Vegan information as possible. I am 100% Abolitionist Vegan and 100% against exploitation of nonhuman and human animals, any type of violence against human or nonhuman persons or property, welfare regulation, any form of speciesism, ethnic bigotry, genderism, ableism, heterosexism, etc., any of the large governmental or non-governmental nonhuman animal organizations, “happy meat,” vegetarianism, veg*nism, Meat-Out Mondays, or other forms of reductionism and anything else that makes it seem like any form of violence or exploitation of animals is ok. If any of those positions are endorsed on any site in this list, or any language is used to imply that, it’s not that I included that link because I agree, but simply because I don’t control every bit of information on all of these sites.

Veganism is not a diet, a health plan or a fitness regimen. It’s a social justice movement concerned with eliminating the intentional exploitation of nonhuman animals by human animals. However, people need to be informed about the health benefits and risks of consuming different substances. I prefer to use the health info merely to back up the fact that humans do not need animal substances in our diet. This is the only way we’re going to get people to go Vegan, not merely plant-based dieters.

Having said that, almost every major medical organization now promotes the fact that humans are healthier on a plants-only diet than one with animal substances in it:


 

Section 1:

1) The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly The American Dietetic Association): the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.

“It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19562864

2) The Mayo Clinic: the first and largest integrated not-for-profit medical group practice in the world, employing more than 3,800 physicians and scientists and 50,900 allied health staff. It spends $500 million dollars on research a year.

“A well-planned vegetarian diet can meet the needs of people of all ages, including children, teenagers, and pregnant or breast-feeding women. The key is to be aware of your nutritional needs so that you plan a diet that meets them.”

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vegetarian-diet/HQ01596

3) Dietitians of Canada (DC): is the national professional association for dietitians, representing almost 6000 members at the local, provincial and national levels. DC is one of the largest organizations of dietetic professionals in the world.

“A vegan eating pattern has many potential health benefits. They include lower rates of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. Other benefits include lower blood cholesterol levels and a lower risk for gallstones and intestinal problems.”

http://www.dietitians.ca/Nutrition-Resources-A-Z/Factsheets/Vegetarian/Eating-Guidelines-for-Vegans.aspx

4) The British National Health Service (NHS): is the largest and the oldest single-payer healthcare system in the world. It provides the majority of healthcare in England.

“With good planning and an understanding of what makes up a healthy, balanced vegan diet, you can get all the nutrients your body needs.”

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Vegetarianhealth/Pages/Vegandiets.aspx

5) The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF): team of nutrition scientists that conducts academic reviews of published research on issues of diet and public health. Aims to to advance the education of the public, and those involved in the training and education of others, in nutrition; and to advance the study of and research into nutrition for the public benefit, and to disseminate and publish the useful results of such research.

“A well-planned, balanced vegetarian or vegan diet can be nutritionally adequate… ”

“Studies of UK vegetarian and vegan children have revealed that their growth and development are within the normal range.”

http://www.nutrition.org.uk/publications/briefingpapers/vegetarian-nutrition

6) The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA): is the peak body of 5,100 dietetic and nutrition professionals providing strategic leadership in food and nutrition through empowerment, advocacy, education, accreditation and communication.

“…with good planning it is still possible to obtain all the nutrients required for good health on a vegan diet.”

http://daa.asn.au/for-the-public/smart-eating-for-you/nutrition-a-z/vegan-diets

7) The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP): a branch of the USDA that aims to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans by focusing on advancing and promoting dietary guidance for all Americans, and conducting applied research and analysis in nutrition and consumer economics.

“Vegetarian diets can meet all the recommendations for nutrients.”

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/healthy-eating-tips/tips-for-vegetarian.html

8) The National Institutes of Health (NIH): comprised of 27 separate institutes and centers, and with an annual spending of around $26 billion, NIH is the is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and health-related research.

“There is no single type of vegetarian diet…People who follow vegetarian diets can get all the nutrients they need.”

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/vegetariandiet.html

9) American Heart Association (AHA): with 22.5 million volunteers and 2,700 employees, AHA is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

“Many studies have shown that vegetarians seem to have a lower risk of obesity, coronary heart disease (which causes heart attack), high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus and some forms of cancer.”

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/Vegetarian-Diets_UCM_306032_Article.jsp

10) Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF): having invested over $1.35 billion in heart and stroke research, HSF is one of Canada’s largest and most effective health charities.

“Vegetarian diets can provide all the nutrients you need at any age, as well as some additional health benefits. Vegetarian diets often have lower levels of total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol than many meat-based diets, and higher intakes of fibre, magnesium, potassium, folate and antioxidants such as vitamins C and E. Vegetarian diets may lead to lower blood pressure, improved cholesterol levels, healthier weight and less incidence of Type 2 diabetes, all of which can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.”

http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/c.ikIQLcMWJtE/b.3484249/k.2F6C/Healthy_living__Vegetarian_diets.htm

11) American Diabetes Association (ADA): with 90 local offices across the US, the ADA utilizes 73% of its $34.6 million in fund raising (2012) to support research and projects concerning diabetes.

“A vegetarian diet is a healthy option, even if you have diabetes. Research supports that following this type of diet can help prevent and manage diabetes. In fact, research on vegan diets has found that carbohydrate and calorie restrictions were not necessary and still promoted weight loss and lowered participants’ A1C.”

http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/planning-meals/meal-planning-for-vegetarians

12) The Perelman School of Medicine (Penn Med): a medical school ranked second for research in 2012.

“A well-planned vegetarian diet can give you good nutrition. A vegetarian diet often helps you have better health. Eating a vegetarian diet can help you: [r]educe your chance of obesity; [r]educe your risk of heart disease; [l]ower your blood pressure; [l]ower your risk of type 2 diabetes.”

http://www.pennmedicine.org/encyclopedia/em_DisplayArticle.aspx?gcid=002465&ptid=1

13) Cleveland Clinic: is regarded as one of the top hospital in the United States. With around 1,700 staff physicians representing 120 medical specialties, this hospital helps patients not only from all 50 states, but from more than 100 other nations.

“There really are no disadvantages to a herbivorous diet! A plant-based diet has many health benefits, including lowering the risk for heart disease, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, and cancer. It can also help lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, plus maintain weight and bone health.”

http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/prevention/nutrition/food-choices/understanding-vegetarianism.aspx

14) University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC): with 4,200 licensed beds and 400 outpatient sites, UPMC is one of the largest medical centers in the world.

“If properly planned, a vegan diet can provide all the nutrients you need. In general, people who don’t eat meat: Weigh less than people who eat meat. Are less likely to die of heart disease. Have lower cholesterol levels. Are less likely to get: High blood pressureProstate cancerColon cancerType 2 diabetes.”

http://www.upmc.com/health-library/Pages/HealthwiseIndex.aspx?qid=abq2485

15) The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (UCLA): having research centers covering nearly all major specialties of medicine, UCLA is considered on of the top three hospitals in the US. This hospital has been ranked in the top twenty in 15 of the 16 medical specialties ranked in the US News ranking.

“Some of the health benefits of a vegetarian diet may include: [d]ecreased blood cholesterol levels;
and blood pressure; [l]ower incidence of heart disease, some forms of cancer, and digestive disorders like constipation and diverticula disease; [l]ower incidence of obesity and some forms of diabetes.”

http://www.dining.ucla.edu/housing_site/dining/SNAC_pdf/Vegetarianism.pdf

16) Kaiser Permanente: the largest managed care organization in the United States, published an article supporting the adoption of a plant-based diet earlier this spring.

“Healthy eating may be best achieved with a plant-based diet, which we define as a regimen that encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy products, and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods. We present a case study as an example of the potential health benefits of such a diet. Research shows that plant-based diets are cost-effective, low-risk interventions that may lower body mass index, blood pressure, HbA1C, and cholesterol levels. They may also reduce the number of medications needed to treat chronic diseases and lower ischemic heart disease mortality rates. Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity.”

http://www.thepermanentejournal.org/issues/2013/spring/5117-nutrition.html

*** A follow up written by Dr. John McDougall and his son, Dr. Craig McDougall concerning Kaiser Permanente’s warning about potential nutrient deficiencies:

“In our experience of treating more than 5000 patients with a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based (vegan) diet, with follow-up lasting as long as 28 years, we have not seen any deficiencies of protein, iron, calcium, or essential fatty acids.”

http://www.thepermanentejournal.org/…/fall/5552-diet.html

17) British Dietetic Association: The British Dietetic Association (BDA) is the only body in the UK representing the whole of the dietetic workforce… Founded in 1936, we are one of the oldest and most experienced dietetic organisations in the world… We provide a large amount of information for anyone interested in food and nutrition as well as dietetics as a career… Registered dietitians are qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level.

“Well planned vegetarian diets can be both nutritious and healthy. They have been associated with lower risks of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, certain types of cancer and lower blood cholesterol levels.”

http://www.bda.uk.com/foodfacts/vegetarianfoodfacts.pdf

18) Dr Michael Greger, MD: a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on a number of important public health issues. All proceeds from his speaking engagements and the sale of his books and DVDs are donated to his 501(c)3 nonprofit NutritionFacts.org, the first science-based, non-commercial website to provide free daily videos and articles on the latest discoveries in nutrition.

These are the top 15 causes of death, and a plant based diet can prevent nearly all of them, can help treat more than half of them, and in some cases even reverse the progression of disease, including our top three killers.

http://nutritionfacts.org/video/uprooting-the-leading-causes-of-death

19) Walter Willet, Chair of Harvard’s nutrition department: Founded in 1942, the Department of Nutrition has a long and respected history both nationally and internationally. As a component within the Harvard medical community, the department engages in a wide range of collaborative projects with scientists in other departments and institutions… The school has over 350 faculty members and nine academic departments representing major biomedical and social disciplines… The department has made significant contributions toward an understanding of the relationships between nutrition, heart disease and cancer; the relationships between dietary and genetic factors and obesity; and the uptake, balance, and requirements for dietary components. Department faculty members are currently conducting the largest detailed studies of relationships between dietary factors and major diseases. Already many important findings have emerged for breast and colon cancer, coronary heart disease, and diabetes.

Humans have no nutritional requirement for animal milk, an evolutionarily recent addition to the diet,” Willett and his co-author, David Ludwig, of Boston Children’s Hospital, wrote in an article published last September in the journal, JAMA Pediatrics. ”… the recommendation for three servings of milk per day is not justified and is likely to cause harm to some people. The primary justification is bone health and reduction of fractures. However, prospective studies and randomized trials have consistently shown no relation between milk intake and risk of fractures. On the other hand, many studies have shown a relation between high milk intake and risk of fatal or metastatic prostate cancer, and this can be explained by the fact that milk intake increases blood levels of IGF-1, a growth-promoting hormone.”

http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1704826&resultClick=3

Bonus: List of doctors who are well=known and promote a plants-only diet for curing diseases:
http://www.bigtentvegan.com/doctors-dieticians-and-nutritionists

Special thanks to Anders Branderud:
http://bloganders.blogspot.no/2013/08/humans-can-live-and-thrive-on-healthy.html


Section 2:
Science/Medical/Health/Nutrition:

Sub-Section 2A:
Video Section:

Sub-Section 2A1:
The Myths About Proteins:

“The Dangerous Truth About Protein” – Janice Stanger, Ph.D.:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R07FL1wVo4

“The Truth About Protein” – Dr. Tel Oren (MD):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR9iz8d_Dj4

“Forks Over Knives”:
http://hdmovie14.net/watch/forks-over-knives-2011

Dr. T. Colin Campbell explains the science of why animal proteins are toxic:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfsT-qYeqGM

Dr. T. Colin Campbell responds to Denise Minger’s attempt to refute his findings:
http://www.vegsource.com/news/2010/07/china-study-author-colin-campbell-slaps-down-critic-denise-minger.html

“How Do You Like These Apples?” By T. Colin Campbell, PhD:
http://nutritionstudies.org/how-do-you-like-these-apples

“Be Your Own Nutritionist”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Apu4EPyIsPg

“The Leaky Gut Theory of Why Animal Products Cause Inflammation”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_uy4kfQDkA

Animal Substances And Heart Disease:
“Low Carb Diets and Coronary Blood Flow”:
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/low-carb-diets-and-coronary-blood-flow

“One in a Thousand: Ending the Heart Disease Epidemic”:
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/one-in-a-thousand-ending-the-heart-disease-epidemic

“Cavities and Coronaries: Our Choice”:
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/cavities-and-coronaries-our-choice

“Heart Disease Starts in Childhood”:
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/heart-disease-starts-in-childhood
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Sub-Section 2A2:
Dairy:

“Nutrient Blocking Effects Of Dairy” – Dr. Michael Greger:
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/nutrient-blocking-effects-of-dairy

“Cow’s Milk Casomorphin and Crib Death”:
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/cows-milk-casomorphin-and-crib-death

“Cow’s Milk Casomorphin and Autism”:
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/cows-milk-casomorphin-and-autism
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Sub-Section 2A3:
Eggs:

“Eggs and Diabetes” – Dr. Michael Greger:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y96iiU31ySs

“Who Says Eggs Aren’t Safe?”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtGf2FuzKo4

“Eggs Versus Cigarettes In Atherosclerosis: One egg a day (whether factory farmed, free range or back yard), equals smoking 25,000 cigarettes” – Dr. Michael Greger:
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/eggs-vs-cigarettes-in-atherosclerosis
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Sub-Section 2A4:
TedX:

“The food we were born to eat: John McDougall at TEDxFremont”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5wfMNNr3ak

“Gladiators Were Vegan — John McDougall MD”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOWSc8VvOl4

“Plant-strong & healthy living: Rip Esselstyn at TEDxFremont”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAkEYcmCCCk

“Plant Based Nutrition: Julieanna Hever at TEDxConejo 2012”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgCSunBfREQ

“Tackling diabetes with a bold new dietary approach: Neal Barnard at TEDxFremont”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktQzM2IA-qU

“A vegan bodybuilding experiment: Joshua Knox at TEDxFremont”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKX-gNv0AwU

“Debunking the paleo diet: Christina Warinner at TEDxOU”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMOjVYgYaG8
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Sub-Section 2A5:
Miscellaneous:

Why all calories are not equal:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeYpjRlOBAw

“Troubled Teeth: Dealing with Dental Dilemmas”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Qd3sJR8jrE

“John A. McDougall, MD: Pregnancy & Children”:
https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/education/videos/free-electures/pregnancy-children

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Sub-Section 2A6:
Testimonials:

Sub-Section 2A6a:
Patients:

“Chris Wark’s Chemo-Free Colon Cancer Survival Story (Chris Beat Cancer)”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OyHanvUY28
http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com

“I Healed My Daughter’s Eczema With A Raw Diet”:
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-15509/i-healed-my-daughters-eczema-with-a-raw-diet.html

“Andrew Neuman: Recovered from Severe Ulcerative Colitis”:
https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/education/health-science/stars/stars-written/andrew-neuman

“Ups and downs of an ordinary life – my cautionary tale”:
https://theresanelephantintheroomblog.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/ups-and-downs-of-an-ordinary-life-my-cautionary-tale

Sub-Section 2A6b:
Doctors:

“Dr. Dinome, Canceling Cancer”:
http://darlingmagazine.org/dr-dinome-canceling-cancer

“Meet The Doctor Who Prescribes Vegan Diets”:
https://www.yahoo.com/health/meet-the-doctor-who-prescribes-vegan-diets-107329169648.html
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Sub-Section 2B:
Text-Based Info (primarily):

Sub-Section 2B1:
Infectious Disease And Domestication:

“Pandemic Prevention, Infectious Diseases, Aids, Climate Change, Influenza” – Dr. Michael Greger:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G20cooZOiYE

“Is swine flu ‘the big one’ or a flu that fizzles?”:
http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/media/links/p500/this-article.pdf

“70% OF HUMAN DISEASES LINKED TO ANIMAL AGRICULTURE”:
http://veganomics.com/2014/02/02/70-percent-of-human-diseaes-linked-to-animal-agriculture

“Farmaceuticals: The Drugs Fed To Farm Animals And The Risks Posed To Humans”:
http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/farmaceuticals-the-drugs-fed-to-farm-animals-and-the-risks-posed-to-humans
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Sub-Section 2B2:
Comparative Physiology:

“Humans Are Herbivores” – Chart Of Comparative Anatomy And Bio-Chemistry by Colin Wright:
http://postimg.org/image/tx0chrvxj

My blog post on this subject:
https://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/humans-are-herbivores

“Humans are naturally plant-eaters: according to the best evidence: our bodies” by Michael Bluejay:
http://michaelbluejay.com/veg/natural.html

“The Comparative Anatomy Of Eating”:
http://www.vegsource.com/news/2009/11/the-comparative-anatomy-of-eating.html

“A rational critique of the talk: ‘Humans Are Omnivores’ adapted from a talk by vivisectionist John McArdle, Ph.D” – by Laurie Forti:
http://www.ecologos.org/mcardle.htm

“Science Verifies That Humans Are Frugivores”:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/17111888/Science-Verifies-That-Humans-Are-Frugivores

“20 Questions On Atherosclerosis”:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1312295

“9 Reasons Your Canine Teeth Don’t Make You a Meat-Eater”:
http://freefromharm.org/photo-galleries/9-reasons-your-canine-teeth-dont-make-you-a-meat-eater

“Beyond Polemics”:
http://web.archive.org/web/20031206180418/http://venus.nildram.co.uk/veganmc/polemics.htm

“Are we omnivores, herbivores or carnivores?”:
http://meatyourfuture.com/2015/09/herbivores-carnivores
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Sub-Section 2B3:
Evolutionary Biology:

“Biological Adaptations”:
http://www.iol.ie/~creature/BiologicalAdaptations.htm

“Fossil Implies Our Early Kin Lived in Trees, Study Says”:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/11/1121_021121_PrimateOrigins.html

“Theories of Human Evolutionary Trends in Meat Eating and Studies of Primate Intestinal Tracts”:
http://148.202.18.157/sitios/publicacionesite/pperiod/esthom/esthompdf/esthom19/21-31.pdf

“Planet of the Starch-Eaters”:
http://thexvials.blogspot.ie/2008/02/planet-of-starch-eaters.html

“The Ancient Human Diet Is Starch-based”:
http://thewaytoeat.ca/2013/08/12/1120

“Chimpanzees use botanical skills to discover fruit”:
http://phys.org/news/2013-04-chimpanzees-botanical-skills-fruit.html#jCp

“Relating Chimpanzee Diets to Potential Australopithecus Diets”:
http://cast.uark.edu/local/icaes/conferences/wburg/posters/nconklin/conklin.html

“Diet and seasonal changes in sympatric gorillas and chimpanzees at Kahuzi–Biega National Park”:
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10329-005-0147-7

“Evolution and Prostate Cancer”:
http://urology.jhu.edu/newsletter/prostate_cancer511.php

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6r1lvVUxrnM/UHk1BRof4HI/AAAAAAAABs8/7ubepFMOyOc/s1600/Charles+Darwin+tree+of+life+poster.jpg
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Sub-Section 2B4:
Myths About Individual Foods And Nutrients:

Sub-Section 2B4a:
Myths About Proteins:

“The Mystique of Protein and Its Implications” By T. Colin Campbell, PhD:
http://nutritionstudies.org/mystique-of-protein-implications

“Vegan Protein”:
http://www.yourdailyvegan.com/learn/vegan-protein

“Protein for Vegans: Old Myths Die Hard”:
http://www.theveganrd.com/2008/12/protein-for-vegans-old-myths-die-hard.html

“Catching Up With Science: Burying the “Humans Need Meat” Argument”:
http://freefromharm.org/health-nutrition/catching-up-with-science-burying-the-humans-need-meat-argument

“Setting the record straight”:
http://michaelbluejay.com/veg/protein.html
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Sub-Section 2B4b:
Myths About Milk:

“5 Ridiculous Myths About Cow’s Milk”:
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/5-ridiculous-myths-about-cows-milk
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Sub-Section 2B4c:
Myths About B12:

“Vitamin B12 Deficiency—the Meat-eaters’ Last Stand”:
http://drmcdougall.com/misc/2007nl/nov/b12.htm

“Vegan B12 deficiency: putting it into perspective”:
http://nutritionfacts.org/2011/08/25/vegan-b12-deficiency-putting-it-into-perspective

“Vegan Sources”:
http://www.veganhealth.org/b12/vegansources

“Vitamin B12: Are You Getting It?”:
http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/vitaminb12

“B12 in Plant Foods”:
http://www.veganhealth.org/b12/plant

“THE VITAMIN B12 ISSUE”:
http://www.vibrancyuk.com/B12.html

“The Vitamin B12 Issue”:
http://libaware.economads.com/b12issue.php

“Vitamin B12 recommendations for Vegans”:
http://www.healthpromoting.com/learning-center/articles/vitamin-b12-recommendations-vegans

“Forum: B12 in plants?”:
http://www.veganforum.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?22-B12-in-plants

“More on nutrition”:
http://veganarch.blogspot.com/2008/02/more-on-nutrition.html

“Vegans and the Vitamin B12 Deficiency Myth”:
http://www.pamrotella.com/health/b12.html

“Vitamin B12 and Human Nutritional Evolution”:
http://donmatesz.blogspot.com/2011/12/vitamin-b12-and-human-nutritional.html
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Sub-Section 2B4d:
Myths About Omegas:

Omega 3 study (the source of the Omegas was algae that may have fed on GMO though):
http://clinicalnutritionjournal.com/article/S0261-5614(14)00076-4/fulltext
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Sub-Section 2B4e:
Myths About Estrogen And Cholesterol In Plants:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytoestrogens
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytosterols
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Sub-Section 2B4f:
Myths About Soy:

“THE SOY TRUTH EVERY VEGAN WANTS TO KNOW! 6 MYTHS DEBUNKED”:
http://inourishgently.com/6-soy-myths-debunked

“Is soy bad for your health?”:
http://freefromharm.org/health-nutrition/vegan-doctor-addresses-soy-myths-and-misinformation

“Soy And Your Health”:
http://www.pcrm.org/health/health-topics/soy-and-your-health
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Sub-Section 2B4g:
Myths about cellulose:

http://www.30bananasaday.com/forum/topics/how-do-i-respond-when-a-meat
http://www.ehow.com/list_7316466_foods-contain-cellulose_.html
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-blog/cellulose/BGP-20056281
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Sub-Section 2B4h:
Miscellaneous Myths about Plant-Based Diets:

“Seven Myths About Veggies”:
http://www.vegfriend.com/forum/topics/seven-myths-about-veggies

“Vegan Diets: Sorting Through the Nutritional Myths”:
http://freefromharm.org/vegan-diets-sorting-nutritional-myths

Myths about Vegan Diet:
http://www.yourdailyvegan.com/2014/03/04/paleo-advocate-warns-against-veganism-a-vegan-rd-response

“What Every Vegan Needs To Know about The Advantages And Pitfalls Of Vegan Diets”:
http://thevegantruth.blogspot.com.tr/2014/06/what-every-vegan-needs-to-know-about.html
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Sub-Section 2B5:
Miscellaneous:

“Introductory Human Physiology”:
https://www.coursera.org/course/humanphysio

“The Whole Food Plant Based Health Directory”:
http://www.wholefoodplantbasedhealth.com

Almost every major medical organization condemns the consumption of animal substances:
https://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/doctors-think-animal-substances-are-healthy

Database Of Vegan scientific articles:
http://www.veganfolks.com/vegan-scientific-articles

The Physician’s Committee For Responsible Medicine:
http://www.pcrm.org/health//diets/pplate/power-plate
https://www.facebook.com/PCRM.org
http://pcrm.org

“Genes Load The Gun, Lifestyle Pulls The Trigger”:
http://business.inquirer.net/167214/genes-load-the-gun-lifestyle-pulls-the-trigger

A letter about why milk is harmful by a doctor Kradjian:
http://notmilk.com/kradjian.html

“100 Scientific Reasons to NOT Eat Meat”:
http://badassu.net/100-scientific-reasons-to-not-eat-meat

“10 sexual benefits of going Vegan”:
http://roogirl.com/10-sexual-benefits-of-going-vegan

A post I wrote on FB with advice from Dr. Fuhrman on whole food diets:
https://www.facebook.com/squeezeplay/posts/10203386944047517

The LCHF diets at Rationalwiki:
http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Low-carb_diet

“Vegan Action”:
http://vegan.org

“NotMilk.org”:
http://notmilk.com

“Engine 2”:
http://engine2diet.com

“Dr. McDougall’s Health And Medical Center”:
http://drmcdougall.com

“Forks Over Knives”:
http://forksoverknives.com

“Vegan Bodybuilding And Fitness”:
http://veganbodybuilding.com

“Your Online Source for Plant-Based Research Articles”:
http://plantbasedresearch.org

“The Woodstock Fruit Festival”:
http://woodstockfruitfestival.com
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Sub-Section 2B6:
Studies On Animal Proteins:

Sub-Section 2B6a:
Animal proteins and cancer:
http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/6/1/163

“Animal Protein and the Cancer Promoter IGF-1”:
http://nutritionfacts.org/2013/02/14/animal-protein-and-igf-1

Sub-Section 2B6b:
Animal proteins and heart disease:
“Diet, lifestyle, and the etiology of coronary artery disease: The Cornell China study”:
The American journal of cardiology ISSN 0002-9149 CODEN AJCDAG:
http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=1667679

“Protein and Heart Disease”:
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/protein-and-heart-disease

Sub-Section 2B6c:
Animal proteins and diabetes:
“Dietary protein and risk of ischemic heart disease in middle-aged men”:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2954454

Animal proteins and inflammatory bowel disease:
http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=6373&catId=8

Animal proteins and Alzheimers:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24037034
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Sub-Section 2B7:
Studies On Dairy:

Sub-Section 2B7a:
Dairy & cancer:
“Milk consumption is a risk factor for prostate cancer in Western countries: evidence from cohort studies”:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17704029

“Milk consumption is a risk factor for prostate cancer: meta-analysis of case-control studies”:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15203374

“Hormones in milk can be dangerous”:
http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/2006/12.07/11-dairy.html

“Milk consumption and the prepubertal somatotropic axis”:
http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1475-2891-6-28.pdf

“Childhood dairy intake and adult cancer risk: 65-y follow-up of the Boyd Orr cohort”:
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/86/6/1722.abstract

“Milk and lactose intakes and ovarian cancer risk in the Swedish Mammography Cohort”:
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/80/5/1353

“Dairy products, calcium, and prostate cancer risk in the Physicians’ Health Study”:
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/74/4/549.abstract

“A Very-Low-Fat Vegan Diet Increases Intake of Protective Dietary Factors and Decreases Intake
of Pathogenic Dietary Factors”:
http://www.ornishspectrum.com/wp-content/uploads/A-Very-Low-Fat-Vegan-Diet-Increases.pdf

“Cure Breast Cancer By Avoiding All Milk Products”:
http://rense.com/general35/av.htm

“GALACTOSE CONSUMPTION AND METABOLISM IN RELATION TO THE RISK OF OVARIAN CANCER”:
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2889%2990313-9/abstract

“Cancer and Food”:
http://www.eugeneveg.org/pdf/Articles/EismanCancerandFood%5B1%5D.pdf

“Largest Study Ever”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dhn67FYqtw

“A prospective study of dietary lactose and ovarian cancer”:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15069693?dopt=Abstract

Sub-Section 2B7b:
Dairy causes infant apnea and crib death:
“Cow’s Milk Casomorphin, Crib Death, and Autism”:
http://nutritionfacts.org/2012/06/21/cows-milk-casomorphin-crib-death-and-autism

“Cow’s-milk-induced infant apnoea with increased serum content of bovine ß-casomorphin-5”:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21478761

Sub-Section 2B7c:
Dairy and autism:
“Beta-casomorphins-7 in infants on different type of feeding and different levels of psychomotor development”:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19576256

“Cow’s Milk Casomorphin and Autism”:
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/cows-milk-casomorphin-and-autism

Sub-Section 2B7d:
Dairy and osteoporosis:
“Milk, Dietary Calcium, and Bone Fractures in Women: A 12-Year Prospective Study”:
http://www.all-creatures.org/fact/fact-20080511.pdf

“Preventing and Reversing Osteoporosis”:
http://pcrm.org/health/health-topics/preventing-and-reversing-osteoporosis

“Three Daily Servings of Reduced-Fat Milk: An Evidence-Based Recommendation?”:
http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleID=1704826

“Why Does Calcium Leave our Bones From Drinking Calcium Rich Milk?”:
http://milk.elehost.com/html/why_does_calcuim_leave_the_bon.html

Sub-Section 2B7e:
Dairy and diabetes:
“Children and Diabetes”:
http://www.health.thesfile.com/children/the-power-of-nutrition-children/childhood-illnesses-prevention/children-and-diabetes

Sub-Section 2B7f:
Dairy and athsma:
“Asthma explained by common allergy to milk and dairy products”:
http://www.naturalnews.com/010443_cows_milk_asthma.html

Sub-Section 2B7g:
Dairy and Crohn’s disease:
“Crohn’s disease”:
http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/crohns-disease

Sub-Section 2B7h:
Dairy and other illnesses:
“High school dietary dairy intake and teenage acne”:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15692464

“The Myth about Milk and Protein”:
http://www.everydayliving.com/archives/myth_about_milk.htm

“Got Truth? The Dairy Industry’s Junk Science”:
http://www.pcrm.org/good-medicine/2012/autumn2012/got-truth-the-dairy-industrys-junk-science

“Health Concerns about Dairy Products”:
http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/vegdiets/health-concerns-about-dairy-products

“Protein Intake & IGF-1 Production”:
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/protein-intake-and-igf-1-production

“THE LINK BETWEEN DAIRY ALLERGIES, CHRONIC EAR INFECTIONS AND ASTHMA”:
http://wellbalancedblog.com/2011/01/17/the-link-between-dairy-allergies-chronic-ear-infections-and-asthma
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Sub-Section 2B8:
Studies On Meat:

Sub-Section 2B8a:
Meat and heart disease:

“PREVENT AND REVERSE HEART DISEASE”:
http://www.dresselstyn.com/site

“Ornish Diet Ranked First For Heart Health By U.S. News”:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/06/ornish-diet-heart-health-us-news_n_1188205.html

“Vegetarians have lower measured blood pressures and less hypertension than non-vegetarians”:
http://www.llu.edu/public-health/health/hypertension-white-calibration.page

Sub-Section 2B8z:
Meat (unsorted):

“Cardiovascular Disease Mortality and Cancer Incidence in Vegetarians: A Meta-Analysis and Systematic Review”:
http://www.karger.com/Article/Pdf/337301

“Organic Meats Are Not Health Foods”:
http://www.pcrm.org/health/health-topics/organic-meats-are-not-health-foods

“How Does Meat Cause Inflammation?”:
http://nutritionfacts.org/2012/09/20/why-meat-causes-inflammation

“Vegetarians Versus Healthy Omnivores”:
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/vegetarians-versus-healthy-omnivores

“Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death”:
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/uprooting-the-leading-causes-of-death

“Red Meat Consumption and Mortality: Results From 2 Prospective Cohort Studies”:
http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1134845

“Preventing Kidney Failure Through Diet”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLAmpWmuUk0

“Trans Fatty Acids in Dairy and Meat Products from 14 European Countries: The TRANSFAIR Study”:
http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/ap/fc/1998/00000011/00000002/art00570

“Vegetarian Dietary Patterns Are Associated With a Lower Risk of Metabolic Syndrome”:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3114510

“A Natural Cure For Impotence”:
http://www.raw-food-health.net/CureForImpotence.html

Sub-Section 2B8b:
Meat and cancer:

“Environmental factors and cancer incidence and mortality in different countries, with special reference to dietary practices”:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1140864?dopt=Abstract

“Cancer incidence in vegetarians: results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC-Oxford)”:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19279082

“Vegetarian diets and the incidence of cancer in a low-risk population”:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23169929

“Intensive lifestyle changes may affect the progression of prostate cancer”:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16094059

“Effects of a low-fat, high-fiber diet and exercise program on breast cancer risk factors in vivo and tumor cell growth and apoptosis in vitro”:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16965238

“Dietary fat in relation to tumorigenesis”:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/165553

“Hormones and diet: low insulin-like growth factor-I but normal bioavailable androgens in vegan men”:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2374537/pdf/83-6691152a.pdf

“The Answer to the Pritikin Puzzle”:
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-answer-to-the-pritikin-puzzle

“Prostate vs. a Plant-Based Diet”:
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/prostate-versus-a-plant-based-diet

“IGF-1 as One-Stop Cancer Shop”:
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/igf-1-as-one-stop-cancer-shop

“Protein Intake & IGF-1 Production”:
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/protein-intake-and-igf-1-production

“How Plant-Based to Lower IGF-1?”:
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-plant-based-to-lower-igf-1

“Ex Vivo Cancer Proliferation Bioassay”:
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/developing-an-ex-vivo-cancer-proliferation-bioassay

“Meat Consumption and Cancer Risk”:
http://www.pcrm.org/health/cancer-resources/diet-cancer/facts/meat-consumption-and-cancer-risk

“1907 New York Times Article Shows that Meat Causes Cancer. A century later, many people still haven’t heard the news.”:
http://pcrm.org/media/blog/dec2013/1907-emnew-york-timesem-article-shows-that-meat

“John McDougall, MD on Breast Cancer”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Joj0Qc-bkc

“Do fast foods cause asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis and eczema? Global findings from the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) Phase Three”:
http://thorax.bmj.com/content/68/4/351

“Meat, smoking have strongest links to cancer incidence rates”:
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270692.php

“Changes in prostate gene expression in men undergoing an intensive nutrition and lifestyle intervention”:
http://www.ornishspectrum.com/wp-content/uploads/8369.full_.pdf

“Intestinal Microbial Metabolism of Phosphatidylcholine and Cardiovascular Risk”:
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1109400?query=featured_home&

“A Very-Low-Fat Vegan Diet Increases Intake of Protective Dietary Factors and Decreases Intake of Pathogenic Dietary Factors”:
http://www.ornishspectrum.com/wp-content/uploads/A-Very-Low-Fat-Vegan-Diet-Increases.pdf

“Egg, red meat, and poultry intake and risk of lethal prostate cancer in the prostate specific antigen-era: incidence and survival”:
http://cancerpreventionresearch.aacrjournals.org/content/early/2011/09/15/1940-6207.CAPR-11-0354.short#aff-2

“Eating Meat Kills More People Than Previously Thought”:
http://www.naturalnews.com/025957_meat_eating_cancer.html

“A Vegan Diet (Hugely) Helpful Against Cancer (read comments)”:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-freston/vegan-diet-cancer_b_2250052.html

“Meat consumption and risk of breast cancer in the UK Women’s Cohort Study”:
http://www.nature.com/bjc/journal/v96/n7/full/6603689a.html

“Meat intake and risk of stomach and esophageal adenocarcinoma within the European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)”:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16507831

Sub-Section 2B8c:
Meat and diabetes:
“Associations between red meat intake and biomarkers of inflammation and glucose metabolism in women”:
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2013/11/27/ajcn.113.075663.abstract

“Link between high-fat diet and type 2 diabetes clarified”:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110411121539.htm

“Type 2 Diabetes and the Vegan Diet”:
http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/diabetestwo

Sub-Section 2B8d:
Meat and osteoporosis:

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http://news.cornell.edu/stories/1996/11/eating-less-meat-may-help-reduce-osteoporosis-risk

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http://www.drmcdougall.com/health/education/health-science/common-health-problems/osteoporosis

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http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/plant-based-diet-lowers-risk-hip-fracture-study

Sub-Section 2B8e:
Meat and arthritis:

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http://arthritis-research.com/content/9/1/R16

Sub-Section 2B8f:
Meat and Alzheimers:

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http://www.pcrm.org/health/health-topics/diet-and-alzheimers-disease

“”:
http://www.weebly.com/uploads/5/0/4/6/5046867/alzheimers.pdf

Sub-Section 2B8g:
Meat and Dementia:
“The Incidence of Dementia and Intake of Animal Products: Preliminary Findings from the Adventist Health Study”:
http://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/110296
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Sub-Section 2B9:
Studies On Eggs:

“Intestinal Microbial Metabolism of Phosphatidylcholine and Cardiovascular Risk”:
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1109400?query=featured_home
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Sub-Section 2B10:
Studies On Fish:

“Investigators Find Something Fishy with the Classical Evidence for Dietary Fish Recommendations”:
http://www.elsevier.com/about/press-releases/research-and-journals/investigators-find-something-fishy-with-the-classical-evidence-for-dietary-fish-recommendations

“Foods Rich in Omega-3 May Not Benefit the Heart, Study Suggests”:
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-03-17/foods-rich-in-omega-3-may-not-help-the-heart-analysis-finds

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http://www.nealhendrickson.com/McDougall/030200pufishisnothealthfood.htm

(Read the next 2 in order):
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http://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/food/fish/cholesterol
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http://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/food/hot-dog/cholesterol

“Dietary intake and status of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids”:
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/92/5/1040
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Sub-Section 2B11:
Miscellaneous:

Other info on diabetes:
http://spectrum.diabetesjournals.org/content/18/2/121.full
http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/23/health/time-marijuana-diabetes/index.html

“Dietary intake of carbohydrates and risk of type 2 diabetes: the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer-Norfolk study”:
http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9151926

“Transfat In Animal Fat”:
http://nutritionfacts.org/2014/02/27/trans-fat-in-animal-fat

“How Time Magazine Sacrificed Its Standards to Promote Saturated Fat”:
http://plantpositive.com/blog/2014/6/28/how-time-magazine-sacrificed-its-standards-to-promote-satura.html

Harmful Plant-Based Foods:
“Sugar Facts and Myths: Why Sugar is Bad for You”:
http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/sugar-facts-myths-zmaz71sozgoe.aspx
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Sub-Section 2B12:
Studies On Plant-Based Diet And Health:

Sub-Section 2B12a:
Plant-Based Diets And Heart Disease:

“Plant-based diet reverses heart disease”:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/424060-vegetarian-diet-to-reverse-heart-disease

“”:
http://www.pcrm.org/search/?cid=2260

“High-fiber diet could be secret to living longer for heart attack survivors”:
http://dailydigestnews.com/2014/05/high-fiber-diet-could-be-secret-to-living-longer-for-heart-attack-survivors
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Sub-Section 2B12b:
Plant-Based Diets And Obesity:
“”:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16164885

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17890496

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http://nutritionfacts.org/video/thousands-of-vegans-studied
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Sub-Section 2B12c:
Plant-Based Diets And Cancer:
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23075937

“”:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11857417

“”:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23530109

“”:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22295127

“”:
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/88/1/176.long#aff-1

“”:
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/89/4/1155.full

“”:
http://nutritionfacts.org/2013/02/12/less-cancer-in-vegan-men-despite-more-testosterone

“”:
http://nutritionfacts.org/2013/01/31/cancer-proofing-your-body
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Sub-Section 2B12d:
Plant-Based Diets And Psychology:

“Vegetarian diets are associated with healthy mood states: a cross-sectional study in Seventh Day Adventist adults”:
http://www.nutritionj.com/content/9/1/26

“Trans fat consumption and aggression”:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22403632
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Sub-Section 2B12e:
Plant-Based Diet Miscellaneous:
“Comparison of nutritional quality of the vegan, vegetarian, semi-vegetarian, pesco-vegetarian and omnivorous diet”:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24667136

CardioBuzz: ‘Lifestyle Medicine’:
http://www.medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/Prevention/47018

“Scientific Study: Plant-Based Diet Is The Most Healthy”:
http://www.emaxhealth.com/13123/plant-based-diets-healthiest-vegan

“”:
http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/32/5/791.full.pdf

“”:
http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.php

“”:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/behindtheheadlines/news/2013-06-04-Vegetarian-diet-linked-to-longer-lifespan

“”:
http://www.thepermanentejournal.org/…/fall/5552-diet.html

“”:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-stevens/vegan-diet_b_4282272.html

“”:
http://www.independentsciencenews.org/health/the-healthcare-doctors-forgot-ordinary-food-will-be-the-new-medicine
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Sub-Section 2B13:
Plant-Based Strength:

“”:
http://www.veganstrength.org

“”:
http://www.shaolinwugulun.org/profile/self/kung-fu-and-vegetarianism-629f

“”:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/10545857/Vegans-powered-by-raw-food-complete-year-of-daily-marathons.html

“”:
http://www.ecorazzi.com/2014/02/18/russian-olympian-and-vegan-alexey-voyevoda-wins-gold

“”:
http://www.pledgevegan.com/vegan-athletes/vegan-ice-skater-wins-silver-medal-2014-sochi-winter-olympics
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Sub-Section 2B14:
Plant-Based Longevity:

“Dr. Ellsworth Wareham – 98 years old vegan”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX58PyQwrcI

“60 Long-Term Vegans”:
http://thevegantruth.blogspot.com.tr/search/label/60%20Long-Term%20Vegans
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Sub-Section 2C:
More link lists on Veganism and health:

Vegan scientific blog:
http://www.veganfolks.com/resources

“”:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/vegan-philosophy-forum/health-note-by-abraham-hafiz-rodriguez/229282910591225

“”:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/23yqfsp6ok2h96y/5-XAnNflM_/English-Vegan%20Diet%20Health%20and%20Food%20Security/Reference%20List%20for%20Vegan%20Diet%20and%20Health.rtf
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Sub-Section 2D:
Books:

“Dying For A Hamburger: Modern Meat Processing and the Epidemic of Alzheimer’s Disease”:
http://www.amazon.com/Dying-Hamburger-Processing-Epidemic-Alzheimers/dp/031234015X

“Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure Paperback” by Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr.:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1583333002?ie=UTF8&tag=vegancom&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1583333002

“The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health” by T. Colin Campbell, PhD:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1932100660?ie=UTF8&tag=vegancom&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1932100660

“Rethink Food: 100+ Doctors Can’t Be Wrong” by Shushana Castle:
http://www.amazon.com/Rethink-Food-Doctors-Cant-Wrong/dp/0991358805/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1402603880&sr=8-1&keywords=rethink+food
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Separate post for just the medical info:

On my Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/squeezeplay/posts/10202343820330076

If you’re not already Vegan, and you think animals matter morally, then please go Vegan. It’s easy and great for you, incredible for the animals, and wonderful for the planet. If you’re already Vegan, please educate non-Vegans about why they should go Vegan. Please rescue, volunteer, adopt, foster, spay, and neuter the nonhuman refugees of domestication whenever you can. Please feed your nonhuman family Vegan where you can. These things are the most important, morally responsible things to do and are desperately needed by everyone.

To learn more about Abolitionist Veganism and the issues I’ve outlined in this post, check out The Master List Of Vegan Info:
https://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/master-list-of-vegan-info

 

The Nonhuman Refugees Of Domestication

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I’m making separate posts on individual issues related to Veganism, so that anyone who wants a handy reference guide to each issue won’t have to go through my entire link list to find it. The links included in each individual post may not be updated regularly, so the Master List will be the only place to find complete updates. These posts will be comprehensive enough to cover most or all questions related to each issue however.

Disclaimer: My only goal with this list is to produce as comprehensive a resource for Vegan information as possible. I am 100% Abolitionist Vegan and 100% against exploitation of nonhuman or human animals, any type of violence against human or nonhuman persons or property, welfare regulation, any form of speciesism, ethnic bigotry, genderism, ableism, heterosexism, etc., any of the large governmental or non-governmental nonhuman animal organizations, “happy meat,” vegetarianism, veg*nism, Meat-Free Mondays, or other forms of reductionism and anything else that makes it seem like any form of violence or exploitation of animals is ok. If any of those positions are endorsed on any site in this list, or any language is used to imply that, it’s not that I included that link because I agree, but simply because I don’t control every bit of information on all of these sites.

This section is meant to shed some light on some of the problems that are inherent in humans keeping domesticated nonhumans as companions.

Sub-Section 1B14:
Our Nonhuman Family Members:

Sub-Section 1B14a:
Moral Theory (primarily):

” ‘Pets’: The Inherent Problems of Domestication”:
http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/pets-the-inherent-problems-of-domestication

“Commentary #2: ‘Pets’ ” On The Abolitionist Approach:
http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/pets
http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/media/podcast/20090812-araa-commentary-2.mp3

“Commentary #4: Follow-Up to “Pets” Commentary: Non-Vegan Cats” On The Abolitionist Approach:
http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/follow-up-to-pets-commentary-non-vegan-cats
http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/media/podcast/20090817-araa-commentary-4.mp3

“Should We Keep Pets?” On The Abolitionist Approach:
http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/media/links/p163/the-institution.pdf

“Animal Care and Control: The Sad Failure of New York City’s Municipal Shelter System” On The Abolitionist Approach:
http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/animal-care-and-control-the-sad-failure-of-new-york-citys-municipal-shelter-system

“VegPets”:
http://yourcybercourt.info/arveg/vegpets.html

“Evaluation of cats fed vegetarian diets and attitudes of their caregivers”:
http://avmajournals.avma.org/doi/abs/10.2460/javma.229.1.70

“Obligate Carnivore: Cats, Dogs, and What it Really Means to be Vegan”:
http://www.amazon.com/Obligate-Carnivore-Really-Means-Vegan/dp/0974218006

“Vegan Diets for Dogs and Cats” by Armaiti May, DVM:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIMBX3jdYM0

“Dr. Andrew Knight introduces himself and his work with cats and dogs”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9m_liQppxQ

“Vegan Cat Ethics”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYA1kTJCl1Y

“Quack Veterinarians Who Feed Cats a Vegan Diet”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt9_hEbvlqM

“Metabolic Misconceptions”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4UZUrc-248

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Sub-Section 1B14b:
How To Feed Our Nonhuman Family Members Vegan (primarily):

“What’s Really in Pet Food”:
http://www.bornfreeusa.org/facts.php?p=359&more=1

Something I posted about feeding companion animals Vegan:
https://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/the-truth-about-pet-food

“Is it ‘unnatural’ to feed dogs a vegan diet?”:
http://thevegantruth.blogspot.co.nz/2011/11/is-it-unnatural-to-feed-dogs-vegan-diet.html
http://thevegantruth.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/v-dog-100-vegan-dog-food-owned-and.html

“Vegetarian Diets Can Be Healthy for Dogs”:
http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/vegan_dogs

“Making Your Own Vegan Dog Food”:
http://www.vegan-heartland.com/2012/06/making-your-own-vegan-dog-food.html?m=1

“Dog Health Survey”:
http://www.pkdiet.com/pdf/diet/Dog_Health_Survey.pdf

“Vegan Dog Food Products – Europe, U.S., Australia, N.Z.”:
http://thevegantruth.blogspot.com/2013/09/vegan-dog-food-products-europe-us.html

“The Vegan Feline: Can my feline companion be a vegan?” by Laurie Jeffreys DVM:
http://www.farmedanimalfriends.org/1/post/2013/05/the-vegan-feline-can-my-feline-companion-be-a-vegan-by-laurie-jeffreys-dvm.html

Vegan Cat Food Companies and Distributors:
Harbingers of a New Age (US, most other countries):
http://www.vegepet.com/
(They provide homemade recipes to use with the VegeCat supplement; they also provide the Vegecat Phi supplement that is pH adjusted for cats that are prone to urinary stones)
http://www.vegepet.com/international_distribution.html

Ami Cat (Italy, also available in the US and other countries):
http://www.v-pets.com
http://www.amipetfood.com
http://www.amipetfood.com/en/our-partners (Some distributors)
http://www.greenleafvegandist.com/where-to-buy.html (Distributes Ami in Canada)

VeganPet (Australia & New Zealand):
http://www.veganpet.com.au
http://veganpet.com.au/articles/?page_id=12 (distributors)

Benevo (Europe, South Africa, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan):
http://www.benevo.com
http://www.benevo.com/distributors
http://www.tiendanimal.es/ (Spain, distributor of Benevo and possibly others)

VegePet (Taiwan, not the same as the American company):
http://www.vegepet.com.tw

FeliGourmet (Germany):
http://www.veganversand.at/vegetarischetiernahrung/katzennahrung/index.php
(Also sells Benevo and Ami Cat)

VeganCats.com:
http://www.vegancats.com
Distributor of Ami, VegeCat in USA. They do ship internationally, but your country’s customs may reject the shipment.

The Mail Order Catalog for Healthy Eating:
http://www.healthy-eating.com
(I believe this company sells TVP that is made from non-GMO soy. You can use this for the VegePet recipes that require TVP if you are making those.)

Kitty Litter that tests urinary pH (check it a few months after transitioning, then once every few months thereafter. If pH becomes too alkaline, you should use the VegePet.com recipes with the “Vegecat Phi” supplement that is adjusted for cats that are prone to urinary stones.):

Health Meter Cat Litter:
http://healthmeter.blogspot.com

Ultra Monthly Monitor (Ultra Pet):
http://ultrapetcatlitter.com/products/ultra-monthly-monitor

Perfect Litter:
http://www.perfectlitter.com

Pet Ecology PerfectLitter:
http://www.perfectlitteralert.com

“Veggie Cats: Why should you test urinary pH?”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6waDDYO8J18

“Cats with Allergies on a Plant-based Diet”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHFT1B0_H_Y

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Facebook Pages On Vegan Cats And Dogs:
“Vegan Cats”:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/669599113104942

“Vegan Dogs Thriving”:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vegan-Dogs-Thriving/544580732238947

If you’re not already Vegan, and you think animals matter morally, then please go Vegan. It’s easy and great for you, incredible for the animals, and wonderful for the planet. If you’re already Vegan, please educate non-Vegans about why they should go Vegan. Please rescue, volunteer, adopt, foster, spay, and neuter the nonhuman refugees of domestication whenever you can. Please feed your nonhuman family Vegan where you can. These things are the most important, morally responsible things to do and are desperately needed by everyone.

To learn more about Abolitionist Veganism and the issues I’ve outlined in this post, check out The Master List Of Vegan Info:
https://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/master-list-of-vegan-info

Please Help Me With The Master List

I need help expanding the Master List Of Vegan Info.

As some of you may already know, I’ve been working on this project for a couple of years now:

https://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/master-list-of-vegan-info

My goal is to have as comprehensive a resource for Vegan info as possible, in an attempt to answer every question a human might possibly have in regards to our interaction with nonhuman animals.

Recently however, due to time constraints imposed on me by both various offline and online activity, I’ve gotten hopelessly behind on both collecting and organizing links for inclusion in that list.

I’m looking for some person or persons to help me with the organizational aspect primarily. I still have some time to collect links, but I don’t have much time to investigate whether those links belong on the list/why/what section, or to check whether they are already on there. In addition, I could use minimal help with collecting the links, as your time permits (basically just in case you see any that catch your eye).

I would appreciate for anyone interested in helping me to friend me on FB (if you and I are not already friends) and PM me stating you’d like to help.

I am looking for people who fit the following criteria:

A) You are 100% Abolitionist Vegan who is anti-SIC and anti-violence.

B) You have some significant amount of free time each week (state how much in your communication).

C) You are capable of discerning both relevance and accuracy in the content of pro-Vegan information.

The work you’ll be performing (one or more of these, depending on your time and ambition):

1. I have a list of links that I need organized into 2 groups: viable and questionable.

Viable links are ones that are pro-Abolitionist Vegan in tone (Or at least contain accurate scientific or other information that supports Veganism) and contain no blatantly irrational or factually false information or welfarist/speciesist/pro-violence content and will be immediately added to the list by me without further verification (I am trusting you).

Questionable links include ones that have partial Veganic info and may have welfarist/speciesist/pro-violence info or links included in the content, but are pro-Abolitionist Vegan in tone, and will be further verified by me for inclusion or dismissal in the master list. A short description noting which section of the master list they should go in for each link (including the sub-section designation) is entirely optional but appreciated.

If you come across links that are not necessarily pro-Vegan in tone, but include any info that supports the idea that Abolitionist Veganism is a more viable way of life than non-Veganism, feel free to make a 3rd category or simply note this with each relevant link.

2. You’ll be looking around on any website or forum you come across in your online surfing and collecting any links that are pro-Vegan in tone.

The hierarchy of importance, from most to least: ethical, medical, environmental, then Veganism-related. Recipe/fitness sites are acceptable but of much lower priority. Also, it would be helpful to concentrate on areas of the existing list that are sparse and need expanding.

3. You’ll be verifying that said links are pro-Vegan and that any claims as far as logic and science on said links are factually accurate (to the best of your ability). The same goes for the new links re: the description in #1 re: welfare/speciesism/violence.

4. You’ll send links to me through PM or email periodically so that I can include them in the master list. Your list should follow the format of my Master List with the same structure of headers for each sub-section. Each link should be in the format on my Master List i.e. the title above and the link below. Titles that are the actual title should have quotes before and after and ones such as “so and so’s blog” etc. should have no quotes.

5. If, after you perform any one or more of the above actions, you wish to optionally go through the existing content on the master list and make any notes as to whether a link should be moved to another section, and why, or should be deleted from the list altogether, I would welcome that. In fact, any ideas on re-organization are welcome.

6. The same as number 5, except you’ll be adding titles to the existing links on The Master List that have no titles with them. Titles that are the actual title of the page on the site should have quotes before and after and ones such as “so and so’s blog” etc. should have no quotes.

Note: I may accept or reject your conclusions regarding any specific link at any time, for any reason, stated or otherwise (although as time permits I will endeavor to explain to the best of my ability). Please do not take this personally. Your work will be much appreciated and inclusion of links on the list does not reflect on your character in any way. Only on my strictness for certain criteria, whether I have previously adhered to those criteria, or they are new. In fact, I commonly anticipate that less than half the links that any one person finds (myself included) will ultimately be added to the list. Anything more will be a pleasant surprise to me. Please remember, we’re not doing this for our own sake, but in an attempt to completely halt a system of horrendous atrocities.

Also, I’m not sure I can offer any compensation for this work, except for the knowledge that I will be using the powerful fruits of your labor in advocating that the exploitation of nonhumans comes to a swift and joyful end for all involved (and possibly credit in terms of a resume if possible). And you can feel free to use the list in your own advocacy as well.

If you’re not already Vegan, and you think animals matter morally, then please go Vegan. It’s easy and great for you, incredible for the animals, and wonderful for the planet. If you’re already Vegan, please educate non-Vegans about why they should go Vegan. Please rescue, volunteer, adopt, foster, spay, and neuter the nonhuman refugees of domestication whenever you can. Please feed your nonhuman family Vegan where you can. These things are the most important, morally responsible things to do and are desperately needed by everyone.

To learn more about Abolitionist Veganism and the issues I’ve outlined in this post, check out The Master List Of Vegan Info:
https://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/master-list-of-vegan-info

Disclaimer: My only goal with this list is to produce as comprehensive a resource for Vegan information as possible. I am 100% Abolitionist Vegan and 100% against exploitation of nonhuman or human animals, any type of violence against human or nonhuman persons or property, welfare regulation, any form of speciesism, ethnic bigotry, genderism, ableism, heterosexism, etc., any of the large governmental or non-governmental nonhuman animal organizations, “happy meat,” vegetarianism, veg*nism, Meat-Free Mondays, or other forms of reductionism and anything else that makes it seem like any form of violence or exploitation of animals is ok. If any of those positions are endorsed on any site in this list, or any language is used to imply that, it’s not that I included that link because I agree, but simply because I don’t control every bit of information on all of these sites.

Veganism Is The Future

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Veganism as coined by Donald Watson in England in 1944 ~ “A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude – as far as is possible and practical – all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.”

The primary mandate of Veganism can be expressed this way – “Do the most you can to not harm any animal at all, while not unnecessarily allowing yourself to be harmed.”

All roads lead to Veganism. If you follow the rules of logic there is no aspect of humanity that justifies anything less than Veganism as the only valid way of life.

Every moral concern, scientific fact, and rational argument supports Veganism as the most important moral stance that we can take.

Whether the issue is morality, biology, ecology, spirituality, or any other aspect of reality, the one set of principles that all humans should be following at a minimum is Veganism. For the sake of every living being and the entire planet.

On this blog I’m going to try to show you why I’m saying this. I may not always be able to articulate myself as clearly as I’d like to, but in order to fully explore these issues I encourage respectful dialogue. As long as you follow some simple rules in the comments section, namely to be polite, talk plainly and straightforwardly and pay attention to what’s been said before you, I think we should enjoy traveling down this road together.

~ Namaste

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If you’re not already Vegan, and you think animals matter morally, then please go Vegan. It’s easy and great for you, incredible for the animals, and wonderful for the planet. If you’re already Vegan, please educate non-Vegans about why they should go Vegan. Please rescue, volunteer, adopt, foster, spay, and neuter the nonhuman refugees of domestication whenever you can. Please feed your nonhuman family Vegan where you can. These things are the most important, morally responsible things to do and are desperately needed by everyone.

To learn more about Abolitionist Veganism and the issues I’ve outlined in this post, check out The Master List Of Vegan Info:
https://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/master-list-of-vegan-info

Disclaimer: My only goal with this list is to produce as comprehensive a resource for Vegan information as possible. I am 100% Abolitionist Vegan and 100% against exploitation of nonhuman or human animals, any type of violence against human or nonhuman persons or property, welfare regulation, any form of speciesism, ethnic bigotry, genderism, ableism, heterosexism, etc., any of the large governmental or non-governmental nonhuman animal organizations, “happy meat,” vegetarianism, veg*nism, Meat-Free Mondays, or other forms of reductionism and anything else that makes it seem like any form of violence or exploitation of animals is ok. If any of those positions are endorsed on any site in this list, or any language is used to imply that, it’s not that I included that link because I agree, but simply because I don’t control every bit of information on all of these sites.

Humans Are Naturally Herbivores

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I’m making separate posts on individual issues related to Veganism, so that anyone who wants a handy reference guide to each issue won’t have to go through my entire link list to find it. The links included in each individual post may not be updated regularly, so the Master List will be the only place to find complete updates. These posts will be comprehensive enough to cover most or all questions related to each issue however.

Saying that exploiting animals for food or other reasons is “natural”, and therefore it’s beneficial because we’ve been doing it for all of recorded history and that makes it morally justifiable is irrational, since many things we consider detrimental to humans regarding moral matters occur in nature (either perpetrated by humans on other humans or by nonhumans on other nonhumans).

We have been enslaving, raping, torturing and murdering humans for all of recorded history and most people don’t feel that those things are morally justifiable, even though they are completely natural. If it’s unnecessary to do something in the present and it harms a sentient being, then how does pointing to the fact that we did it in the past or that nonhumans do it make it morally justifiable?

In other words, the term “natural” has no bearing whatsoever on the subject of morality.

However, there is a real concept that relates to the term “natural” regarding our diet. That is what we call “nutritional science.”

According to biology, a species’ natural diet is made up of individual foods that that species can metabolize without those foods causing a member of that species to begin or continue to develop chronic disease. That is how science determines “natural” diets when we talk about all nonhuman animals.

Thus, if we take say, a cow, and begin to feed her animal flesh, we would see her begin to develop chronic disease (most notably atherosclerosis). That is how we know that the cow’s “natural diet” is herbivorous. We know the cow is what we call “a herbivore.” Physiology determines what dietary classification an animal is, not behavior. To illustrate this, we can do a thought experiment. Let’s say we take a pile of animal flesh and grind it up and mix it into a ground up pile of corn. Next to that, we put a pile of animal flesh, unground.

If we let a starving cow decide, they will eat the corn/meat mixture rather than the pure flesh (and we actually do feed ground up chickens and cows to cattle every day on farms). However, just because the cow chose to eat a pile of corn and meat mixed together, doesn’t mean they are an omnivore. Choosing to eat something didn’t change their dietary class from herbivore to omnivore because behavior doesn’t determine which dietary class you are, only physiology does.

Now, the thing is, humans undergo the same process of developing chronic disease that other herbivorous animals do.

The way it works is this. Let’s say you are a child that has never consumed animal substances. You eat a small bite of any animal substances, whether it be flesh, dairy or eggs. Doesn’t matter which of those substances, doesn’t matter how big.

Let’s call that *1 increment*

That 1 increment has what we’ll call “1 increment of animal proteins.” I focus on the proteins because the proteins are in every animal substance, cannot be separated out the way cholesterol or animal fats can be (proteins are the basic building block of all flesh, dairy and eggs), they are worse than cholesterol or animal fats and they are the one nutrient that is most misunderstood by non-scientists. The cholesterol and animal fats are also horrible though and contribute to this phenomenon, obviously.

When you consume 1 increment of animal proteins (those proteins being chronically toxic) they cause your body to begin to develop chronic disease of various kinds. The mechanisms for this toxicity are actually caused by the ratio of inessential amino acids in all animal substances.

When you consume the second increment of animal proteins, your body continues to develop chronic disease. A third increment continues this, and so forth.

When you have consumed a sufficient quantity of increments of animal proteins, your body will start to show symptoms of one or more of the diseases in question. This is mitigated by a variety of circumstantial factors, including, but not limited to: genetic pre-dispositions, environmental factors, amount and type of plant-based food consumed, etc. There is no telling from the beginning of consumption when and how these symptoms will first manifest, and which diseases the person in question will show symptoms from (unless tests have been performed to screen for genetic predispositions).

Now, when the person in question ceases consumption of animal substances, all other things being equal (no permanent damage to the immune system, or impending death, etc.) their body immediately begins to heal itself. This is why people who have horrible chronic diseases of all kinds, when they switch to a 100% raw plants-only diet, immediately see huge improvements and have cured most or all of the diet-related disease they had.

You can actually perform an experiment to verify this. This is why people with cancerous tumors can omit animal proteins and eat a 100% raw plant-based diet and watch their tumors shrink, and then re-introduce animal proteins and watch their tumors start to grow again. Many diabetes sufferers, when switching from the Standard American Diet to a 100% raw plant-based diet find that it’s dangerous to continue taking insulin after as little as 3 days.

Dr. T. Colin Campbell has done a 20-year study and correlated mountains of data just on this theory alone (not hypothesis, theory. 2 different things).

“But doesn’t ‘obligate herbivore’ mean ‘on pain of rapid death’?”

No. As I said, each increment causes a corresponding amount of disease. “Obligate herbivore” simply means that you begin to develop some amount of chronic disease from ANY amount of animal substances. It doesn’t speak to how much, in either instance.

In fact, if you eat animal substances but also plant substances, the beneficial aspects of the plant substances mitigate the harmful effects of the animal proteins, animal fats and cholesterol to an extent (plus any beneficial vitamins and minerals that happen to be present in the animal substances are a factor). Remember, the human body has the the ability to continually heal itself from harm that’s done to it – whether accidental or intentional. When you’re intentionally doing something harmful to yourself, it’s like you’re fighting a war inside your body, with the times you’re consuming the animal substances damaging your body and the times you’re not consuming them allowing your body to heal itself a bit.

People at this point are saying “but but but, we do get some nutrients from animal substances! How can this be, if they’re all toxic???”

The truth is that animal substances have nutrients that are not related to proteins, fats and cholesterol in them, that the animals only gained from eating plant substances. So you are getting recycled nutrients. These vitamins, minerals etc. would normally be very healthy for you, and indeed are still mitigating the effects of the toxic animal proteins somewhat, but animal proteins, animal fats and cholesterol are so toxic that there isn’t much the good nutrients can do. Indeed, many animal substances cause the human body to block the absorption of the good nutrients in both animal substances and plant based food.

You may ask “What about people who eat small quantities of animal substances….what about the Okinawans? Why are they so long-lived and healthy?”

You don’t need to do a study in Okinawa to extrapolate basic science to those people. They eat a diet low in animal substances. If someone in Okinawa ate no animal substances for their entire life, all other environmental factors being equal, they would be the healthiest person/people in Okinawa.

You might say “But my miscellaneous relative lived to the age of ___ and they ate tons of animal substances all of their lives. If animal substances are as toxic as you say they are, then how can that be?”

You have to remember one important thing here; the human body has the ability to heal. So if you eat animal substances for breakfast, along with some plant-based food, and then you don’t eat again for 3 or 4 hours, in the time you’re not eating, your body is trying to eliminate the toxic animal substances, and it’s using the plant-based food to try to do it. However, just as your body begins to get the upper hand, here you go eating more animal substances for lunch. Heal a bit, and then it’s dinner and more toxic proteins, fats and cholesterol all over again. And this pattern repeats and repeats every day. The best time for your body in this situation is while you sleep, but even with those longer periods of healing, if you eat flesh, dairy and eggs every day, you can’t fight off the symptoms of disease for very long. It’s like fighting a war against your own body by continuously, slowly poisoning yourself little by little. Totally freaking insane.

Also, the animal proteins and animal fats themselves can be used by the body to build it’s tissues and fuel it’s processes, however, since they are inferior to plant proteins and fats, the resultant body you build is just waiting to fail. That’s why there are so many athletes who consume certain amounts of animal substances, and exercise and other environmental factors keep them muscular, but they either die early, or have long-term chronic disease in their final years. Merely being “in good shape” when you’re younger does not mean your diet won’t eventually catch up to you. Older non-Vegans may sometimes seem healthy, but the stats belie that idea. I mean, just look at the booming pharmaceutical business. Most older people in developed nations are simply riddled with chronic disease. Then look at the percentage of Vegans with chronic disease.

Therefore, when we look at humans, and we see that the optimal diet for humans is fruits, vegetables and nuts (and arguably legumes and seeds can be added to that) and that any addition of animal substances like flesh, dairy or eggs causes chronic disease to begin or continue to develop , we can see that our natural diet is herbivorous also. This means that we are what we call an herbivore, which is a word that means not just browsers and grazers, but any being whose optimal diet includes only plant substances and no animal substances.

There are many different sub-classes of the main class called herbivores.

One sub-class is folivores, whose optimal diet is leaves (like koalas).
One is granivores, whose optimal diet is seeds (like mice and some birds).
There is a class called nectarivores, whose optimal diet is nectar (like the honey possum, and some bats, birds and insects).
Palynivores optimal diet is pollen (like bees).
Mucivores drink plant fuids, like sap (aphids are in this class, among others)
and xylophages have an optimal diet of wood (like termites).

If you look at the chart below, you’ll see that there is a sub-class of herbivorous animals called “frugivores.” These are beings like gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees, bonobos and humans, whose optimal diet is made up mostly of fruits, vegetables and nuts.

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Side note: just because we see miscellaneous videos of individual examples of these primates consuming termites, or even killing and eating monkeys does not mean they are omnivorous and that their optimal diet contains these things. Many of these behaviors are related to mating or because of human interference in their natural habitats and I suspect that the animal proteins consumed because of this affect them the same way they do us.

If you compare the anatomy of carnivores, “omnivores” and herbivores across a wide spectrum, you’ll see that in regards to every physiological adaptation that we have, when compared to the same types of adaptations in many different nonhuman species in all three dietary classes, we skew towards herbivores and away from omnivores in all cases. There is no instance where there is a significant adaptation that can be proven to relate us to omnivores, where it does not relate us more closely to herbivores.

This is because we are physiologically herbivores.

The truth is that before we came down from the trees, we were frugivores, and in all the many millennia that we’ve been consuming animal substances, our digestive systems have not adapted one bit to allow us to metabolize those substances better than we did back then. We developed chronic disease from them back then, and we do so now.

Right now you may be asking “If all this is true, then why does almost every scientists call humans omnivores?”

It’s because, to put it simply, most scientists use the term “omnivore” wrong.

Think about it; when we use the term “herbivore” in strictly nonhuman contexts, we are talking about beings who can only be optimally healthy if their diet does not include any animal substances, but only plant substances. I mean, if a horse or a giraffe accidentally eats some insects along with the plants they browse and graze, we don’t call them omnivores, right? Of course not!

Similarly, when we use the word “omnivore” strictly in nonhuman contexts, we are talking about beings who can be optimally healthy by eating either animal substances or plant substances, or both. It’s not because they choose to eat both, it’s because they are biologically adapted to eat both and not develop chronic disease from doing so.

However, the minute we start talking about humans, most scientists change their tune! They claim “humans are omnivores because ‘we eat both animal substances and plant substances’.”

Think about that for a second. With nonhumans, they eat what is optimally healthy for them, and we use their physiology to determine whether they are herbivores, “omnivores,” or carnivores. But when it comes to humans, we choose to eat both animal substances and plant substances, and the animal substances always cause us to develop chronic disease. And yet, we call humans “omnivores” because we choose to eat those things! Talk about bias!

You may be asking why this is relevant to the moral argument for Veganism. I believe it’s relevant because for one thing, it’s the truth, and nothing good ever comes of misrepresenting the truth. But above and beyond all that, I want the world to be a place where the truth about exploiting  nonhuman animals is made perfectly clear. And the truth is that there is no aspect of humans intentionally exploiting sentient beings that is more positive than negative. Indeed, in almost all cases, exploiting nonhuman animals has no real upside at all. Which means that intentionally exploiting animals will never help our situation. It can only harm us, as well as the nonhumans and everything on the planet.

It’s just the way it is y’all. We’ve got to deal with it.

Sources for the info presented in this post:

“Humans are naturally plant-eaters: according to the best evidence: our bodies” by Michael Bluejay:
http://michaelbluejay.com/veg/natural.html

“The Comparative Anatomy Of Eating”:
http://www.vegsource.com/news/2009/11/the-comparative-anatomy-of-eating.html

“A rational critique of the talk: ‘Humans Are Omnivores’ adapted from a talk by vivisectionist John McArdle, Ph.D” – by Laurie Forti:
http://www.ecologos.org/mcardle.htm

“Whatever Happened To Omnivora”:
http://paleovegan.blogspot.com/2010/06/whatever-happened-to-omnivora.html

“Taxonomy vs. Diet”:
http://paleovegan.blogspot.com/2010/07/taxonomy-vs-diet.html

“Science Verifies That Humans Are Frugivores”:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/17111888/Science-Verifies-That-Humans-Are-Frugivores

“20 Questions On Atherosclerosis”:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1312295

“9 Reasons Your Canine Teeth Don’t Make You a Meat-Eater”:
http://freefromharm.org/photo-galleries/9-reasons-your-canine-teeth-dont-make-you-a-meat-eater

“Beyond Polemics”:
http://web.archive.org/web/20031206180418/http://venus.nildram.co.uk/veganmc/polemics.htm

“Biological Adaptations”:
http://www.iol.ie/~creature/BiologicalAdaptations.htm

“Fossil Implies Our Early Kin Lived in Trees, Study Says”:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/11/1121_021121_PrimateOrigins.html

“Theories of Human Evolutionary Trends in Meat Eating and Studies of Primate Intestinal Tracts”:
http://148.202.18.157/sitios/publicacionesite/pperiod/esthom/esthompdf/esthom19/21-31.pdf

“Planet of the Starch-Eaters”:
http://thexvials.blogspot.ie/2008/02/planet-of-starch-eaters.html

“The Ancient Human Diet Is Starch-based”:
http://thewaytoeat.ca/2013/08/12/1120

“Chimpanzees use botanical skills to discover fruit”:
http://phys.org/news/2013-04-chimpanzees-botanical-skills-fruit.html#jCp

“Relating Chimpanzee Diets to Potential Australopithecus Diets”:
http://cast.uark.edu/local/icaes/conferences/wburg/posters/nconklin/conklin.html

“Diet and seasonal changes in sympatric gorillas and chimpanzees at Kahuzi–Biega National Park”:
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10329-005-0147-7

“Evolution and Prostate Cancer”:
http://urology.jhu.edu/newsletter/prostate_cancer511.php

The medical info:
https://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/do-doctors-think

If you’re not already Vegan, and you think animals matter morally, then please go Vegan. It’s easy and great for you, incredible for the animals, and wonderful for the planet. If you’re already Vegan, please educate non-Vegans about why they should go Vegan. Please rescue, volunteer, adopt, foster, spay, and neuter the nonhuman refugees of domestication whenever you can. Please feed your nonhuman family Vegan where you can. These things are the most important, morally responsible things to do and are desperately needed by everyone.

To learn more about Abolitionist Veganism and the issues I’ve outlined in this post, check out The Master List Of Vegan Info:
https://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/master-list-of-vegan-info

Disclaimer: My only goal with this list is to produce as comprehensive a resource for Vegan information as possible. I am 100% Abolitionist Vegan and 100% against exploitation of nonhuman or human animals, any type of violence against human or nonhuman persons or property, welfare regulation, any form of speciesism, ethnic bigotry, genderism, ableism, heterosexism, etc., any of the large governmental or non-governmental nonhuman animal organizations, “happy meat,” vegetarianism, veg*nism, Meat-Free Mondays, or other forms of reductionism and anything else that makes it seem like any form of violence or exploitation of animals is ok. If any of those positions are endorsed on any site in this list, or any language is used to imply that, it’s not that I included that link because I agree, but simply because I don’t control every bit of information on all of these sites.