With increasing industrialization, meat, poultry, fish and dairy products now account for between 60 and 80% of the pesticide and organo-chlorine residues in the American Diet.
Organo-chlorine chemicals are a family of industrial chemicals that have become widespread in our environment.
A number of these chemicals like PCB and dioxin have been shown to be potent immune system poisons .... of the pesticide residues, only about 10 per cent come from vegetables, fruits and grains.
So even if you consume only commercial rather than organic produce and LIMIT your meat, fish, dairy and poultry intake, you can partially avoid this pesticide and industrial chemical burden.
People who eat meat are at a higher risk of various viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitical infections such as toxoplasmosis, mad cow disease, e-coli, camphlobacter and salmonella bacteria.
There is a large body of scientific evidence from epidemiological studies, animal research, and randomized controlled trials in humans showing that high-protein foods, particularly excessive animal protein, dramatically increase the risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease, and many other illnesses.
In the short run, they may cause kidney problems, loss of calcium in the bones, and an unhealthy metabolic state called ketosis in many people.
The Bad News about Meat.....
If you are aware of any health problem which may compromise your general health, it is important to seek treatment. A Health and Wellness Counselor may help you, to bring you back in balance and to good health through healthy eating and living, especially a proper diet suited for your condition and the use of natural remedies, herbs and supplements.
Barbara is a qualified nutritionist offering Health, Nutrition & Lifestyle Counseling. She gives Healthy weight loss advice and promotes the Mediterranean diet. She is the author of the Med Life Diet - creating healthy lifestyle habits and attitudes for life !