I grew up on a cattle station for the decade of my life.
I would go out and shoot a cow with my dad, skin it, quarter it.
I’d help with branding, de-horning, castrating.
I never thought much of it.
It was what you did on a farm.
I didn't know any different.
Around 12 I started to question, 'Why do we eat meat if it causes so much pain to other creatures?'
"Why are ‘we’ (our society) so comfortable with a process that is so inherently cruel?"
I decided I wasn’t comfortable with it - so started following a vegetarian diet at 12 year old.
My second question was - ‘do we need meat to survive?’.
Potentially I could justify eating animal products if my body truely needed it.
I went to medical school for 6 years.
I learnt I don’t need meat to survive.
I actually found the opposite was the case.
The preventable risk factors for bowel cancer:
- processed meat
- low fibre diet.
The preventable risk factors for myocardial infarct (heart attack):
- high intake of animal/saturated fat
The preventable risk factors for stroke:
- high intake of animal/saturated fat fat
The preventable risk factor for diabetes:
- high amounts of dietary saturated/animal fat
Risk factor for obesity:
- high amounts of saturated fat
- processed sugar.
I, just like you reading the above risk factors, started to see a trend.
Lets just put it this way:
After 10 years in the medical industy (6 in med school, 4 as a doctor),
I am yet to meet a patient who has suffered:
- heart attack
- or develop type 2 diabetes ...
...on a vegan diet.
It just doesn’t happen.
Just like putting the right fuel in your car matters. What you put in your mouth matters.
Heart attacks, strokes, type 2 diabetes and obesity are THE biggest burden on our health system.
I prefer promoting the prevention of disease rather than treating the devastating consequences of stoke, diabetic amputation and cardiac failure.
I truely believe preventive medicine is the key in improving the health status of Australians.
I truely believe the most effective way is by people giving up the ciggies and reducing/ceasing their intake of animal products.
I have discovered I don’t need meat to function at a high level - mentally and physically.
I have learnt that science consistently demonstrates meat ingestion directly correlates with increased incidence of cancer, stroke, diabetes and heart attacks.
I have learnt first hand, on one of the most ethical of cattle stations, that animal husbandry is causing billions of creatures so much unnecessary pain.
So my conclusion was - Why on earth would I ever eat meat?
I know it tastes good.
I know out ancestors ate it.
I know we have two very slightly pointy teeth.
But I’ve been blessed with living in the 21st century in a privileged country, where I have a choice in what I eat.
If I have the privilege and the power to reduce my burden on other animals, the environment and the public health system - I will most certainly give it my best shot. 😊
That’s why I went vegan 🌱
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