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Hey Mike

Appreciate what you do with the DP, but this is silliest, most quasi-spiritual and nonsensical argument against eating meat and dairy that I have ever heard. How about some rationalism?

1. Cancer cells feed almost exclusively on glucose, and the lactose in milk is made up of glucose and galactose. So there is some weight to the notion that consuming dairy isn't beneficial during cancer treatment. However, fermented dairy such as aged cheeses, and rendered dairy such as butter, contain very little lactose. In fact, for those who aren't lactose intolerant, it is more likely they begin having an adverse reaction to the milk protein casein later in life rather than any problems with the sugars it contains. Bottom line: dairy doesn't cause or promote cancer, at least not relative to other more inflammatory foods. There is no clinical study I know of which shows such a relationship.

2. Meat is a "dead" food? Fear and pain of slaughtered animals? Those claims are ridiculous and irrelevant as to whether meat is nutritionally good for humans to consume. You might as well be saying we should avoid all foods that are red, because red is an angry colour.

3. It's possible that the reason you feel tired and sluggish after eating meat is completely psychological. You do believe that meat is a "dead" food, so it follows that eating it may be an emotional hardship. I'm not your therapist though, so who knows. However, the most likely reason you feel energized after drinking a fresh pressed glass of organic juice is a combination of the sugar rush + positive emotional feedback due to drinking something you consider healthy. IOW, a self-medicated placebo effect.

Clinical studies have shown that diets rich in meats and vegetables and low in refined calories such as sugars, grains and starches, are the most effective at promoting health and weight loss. Conversely, more clinical studies are appearing which show both that: a) the cholesterol level in your blood has no relation to your risk of heart attack, and b) industrially extracted vegetable oils which are supposed to reduce your cholesterol (and are therefore "heart" healthy) actually promote coronary inflammation which can lead to heart disease. At the same time, animal fats and natural vegetable fats (olive, coconut, avocado) have been shown to be protective against heart disease.

When it comes to nutrition, how you feel about something should definitely be taken into account, but always with the caveat that your feelings might be entirely mistaken when subjected to clinical trial.

BTW, I certainly feel energized and healthy after eating a plateful of locally raised bacon!