posted on Sep, 8 2010 @ 04:42 PM
Originally posted by weemadmental
what a lot of nonsense this is, all you need to know is that the teeth in your mouth have evolved to allow us to eat both meat and veg, there are lots
of different factors in life that stop us from reaching old age. if you look at vegans and vegetarians you will see that they need to consume extra
vitamins and minerals not found in plants to stay healthy, if they dont they dont have a long life, you just have to take things in moderation
That's not very logical when you think about it. You're assuming that evolution is perfect. It isn't. Evolution drives species to procreate. For
humans, they become sexually active in the first 1/5 of their lifespan, roughly. Meat is rich in resources and can be very nutritious for a growing
individual. When humans were still evolving hundreds of thousands of years ago, we didn't have farms mass-producing vegetables - we had to get
nutrients where we could find them.
The problem is, eating meat and dairy has been linked to long-term
diseases, like cancer and chronic illnesses. Evolution wouldn't affect
these, because it merely is concerned with getting the species to procreate. Hence, evolution is not perfect.
That's why we get cancer at all. Because we didn't evolve perfectly. Remember the appendix? That *used* to have a function, but it doesn't anymore.
By your logic, since we still have incisors to cut meat, we shouldn't ever get cancer, and we shouldn't have appendices. But we do.
You can't just look at the human body, and from that alone, determine what is and isn't going to be healthy in the long-term. Only epidemiological
studies which span several decades, like the one I cited above, can begin to answer the question of what is truly healthy for a human being on the
long term. There's been a few studies which claim to refute it, but these are laughable when you look at the data they are citing - usually a few
dozen people over a couple months.
edit to add - yes, taking extra vitamins like B12 can be beneficial, although the science behind that is not clear. The author himself does NOT take
any supplements whatsoever and is as healthy as a racehorse especially for his age. So I think again, you're relying on anecdotal myth, opposed to
scientific fact. Logic and reason are meaningless when you have an incorrect initial set of data. For some reason people are unable to look
objectively at the situation and do honest thinking, when their steak&cheese sandwiches are implicated as being unhealthy.
edit on 8-9-2010 by Son of Will because: (no reason given)