By Ali Gatlin, Alexandria (Image/CDC)
U.S., state and municipal health authorities are working overtime and spending millions of dollars to stem the spread of Ebola, which has killed just one person in this country.
But where is the comparable effort to stem the spread of heart disease, strokes, cancers, diabetes and other chronic diseases that kill 1.4 million Americans annually and are linked conclusively to excessive consumption of animal products? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, that is 23 times the number killed by all infectious diseases combined, including AIDS, hepatitis, blood poisoning and intestinal infections.
Apparently, our society tolerates this massive assault on our public health because meat, dairy and egg products have powerful champions in Congress. Bacteria and viruses have none.
Yet each of us can take personal responsibility for our family’s health as well as our own by reducing and then dropping animal products from our menu. Fresh vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains contain all the nutrients our body requires and are touted by leading health authorities. Soy and nut-based meats, milks and ice creams offer a delicious transition treat. Lots of websites provide helpful transition tips.