Greetings! In today’s class we shall look more into why meat is not necessary and reveal some data from a very interesting experiment.
Meat Not Necessary
Further opinion is here given that meat is not a necessary article of diet. Literature on this point is so voluminous in the various nations that an entire book would be required to reprint them. Only a few are given here.
“Even the most ardent advocates of a meat diet can not produce any scientific evidence to show that intestinal putrefaction to high degrees is in any way beneficial to the organism; hence, in seeking the best form of diet, meat as a source of protein may well be excluded and the requisite protein secured from…nuts, cereals, and vegetables.”
“The first element of treatment (for cancer) is an absolutely correct vegetarian diet, with the avoidance of coffee and alcohol in every form. A vegetarian diet needs no defense, for millions of human beings naturally live thus and escape cancer, and those in civilized lands are adopting it for health.”
A report of the rat feeding tests made in the Pillsbury Research Laboratory gives the comparative biological value of wheat as follows: Wheat germ 2.12 and then comments.
“From these results it can be concluded that wheat-germ protein is at least as good in quality as are the animal proteins.”
A notable health magazine editor in commenting on this report said,-‘Thus, one ounce of wheat germ contains as much protein as two-thirds of an ounce of average meat and four ounces of milk and protein that is equal to that of milk and meat….An ounce or two daily will be sufficient to insure a plentiful supply of excellent protein and without meat, milk, eggs, or other protein of animal origin.
“Soy beans and soy bean products constitute the chief source of protein food of hundred of millions of people–Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, and Manchus. Soy beans play a much greater role in the nutrition of these people than does wheat in this country, or rye in Germany, Scandinavia, and the U.S.S.R., for, unlike the cereals, which are chiefly used in the preparation of baked products (mostly bread), soy beans are converted into numerous products which can be substituted, in a general way for such foods as cow’s milk, cheese, eggs, and meat. For nearly fifty centuries the people of the Orient have subsisted on the products of the soy bean, and hundreds of millions of these people have never ever known the taste of cow’s milk. While these people are essentially vegetarians, the protein fraction of their diet, supplied or supplemented largely from soy bean products, is adequate and, according to Horvath, their diet is well-balanced. It is well known, furthermore, that the soy bean eaters of Northern China have greater stamina than the inhabitants of Southern China who subsist largely on rice. The soy bean is a highly nutritional and adequate food.”
Denmark’s Food Experiment
“It seemed desperate, but the solution was nevertheless extremely simple. The fact merely was that both people and pigs could not live. In Germany the pigs were allowed to live, and therefore the people died. In Denmark we killed our pigs, and lived directly on pigs’ food-their barely and potatoes. We took all the wheat bran from the cows, and put it in our whole-rye bread. The half of our bread consisted of bran.”
“Moreover, we took the grains from the distillers, which left us without brandy and whiskey…Some doctors were angry, and wrote that Hindhede put the people on pig food, and hen food. Yes, I did. It was my intention to put my people on pig food, a natural diet, to show how foolish we humans have lived!”
“The whole country was placed on a low protein diet. Believers in high protein suggested that the resistance against disease would decrease. My expectations were to the contrary. Who won? Well, the result was a great victory for the low protein diet. The state of health improved as never before. The doctors lost their business. The death rate went down during this period of rationing, October 1, 1917, to October 1, 1918, to 10.4 per one thousand, the lowest known death rate of any European country at any time.”
Thus does science today confirm as correct the counsel given many years ago for the guidance of a group of workers entrusted with the responsibility of operating the largest chain of sanitariums in the world, beginning with Battle Creek in 1866 and circling the globe.
Note this example written in 1906:
“In grains, vegetables, fruits, and nuts are to be found all the food elements that we need.” CDF 92
Grab a friend and share the wealth, from what you’ve learned in the School of Health! In next week’s class, we shall look into some more reasons for a plant-based diet. God bless!