When you think about it…why wouldn’t you choose a plant-based diet?

Embracing a plant-based diet is not only affordable, but can also reduce one's risk of heart disease and stroke.

Embracing a plant-based diet is not only affordable, but can also reduce one’s risk of heart disease and stroke.

Researchers determined that a major barrier to people adopting a plant-based diet was lack of information about such diets. Plant-based diets involve an increase in the consumption of fresh or minimally processed fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds and a decrease in foods derived from animals, including meat, eggs, and dairy.

Other barriers to embracing a plant-based diet include a perceived lack of taste and that a plant-based diet would be too expensive. While fresh fruits and vegetables in season are usually fairly easy to obtain without straining the family budget, out of season fruits and vegetables can be pricey. Grains and legumes, however, are relatively inexpensive and can feed a family far more cheaply than meat-based foods would. There are also other barriers, including the unwillingness or inability to change dietary habits for self and family.

However, perceived benefits include a healthier diet that would help people either lose weight or stay at their current weight. Additional health benefits include reduced risks for heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases.

Educating ourselves about the health benefits of a plant-based diet will have many of us running to our local supermarket to purchase plant-based ingredients to make tonight’s dinner. In fact, many of us may have a wide variety of plant-based foods in our cupboards already. Check yours out and see if you can make a healthy meal without using animal products because when you think about it…why wouldn’t you choose a plant-based diet?

When you think about it…if alternative medicine helps us, can it help our companion animals, too?

Under the guidance of a veterinarian, alternative medicines and practices can help animals just as they help humans.

We read daily about alternative medical treatments to help humans; what about alternative treatments to help animals?

Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, homeopathic remedies, chiropractic adjustments, and nontraditional methods to treat pain and disease are now flourishing in the veterinary medical profession*. Dogs who were unable to walk well because of arthritis and other joint problems can regain the use of their legs, giving them a better quality of life and a longer, well-lived life. Cats who have urinary tract problems can be given homeopathic remedies that support a healthier body overall and reduce the frequency and severity of these episodes. Dogs suffering from urinary incontinence, not related to their age, can get relief from pinched nerves by having their spine adjusted by a veterinarian who is trained in chiropractic medicine. Sometimes the animal’s guardians can be taught to do these adjustments at home, saving the dog trips to the vet and the guardian additional vet bills.

The more holistic medicine gains strength in the human medical community, the more we will see it gain strength in the veterinary community. As with traditional medical remedies/treatments, holistic ones are available from birth to death. If a guardian chooses to support his or her animal through the final stages of life, often alternative treatments can ease any pain the animal may be experiencing. By having remedies available at this time of transition, both the animal and the guardian can spend quality time in the final days/hours and can experience this time as a profound and intimate experience.

When you think about it…alternative medicine is not just for the human animal; the nonhuman one can benefit greatly as well.

*As with any medical treatment for your companions, always consult your veterinarian.

Vegan Diet Heralded as Health Solution

Paws Up!

To the World Preservation Foundation for its report on promoting vegan diets.

The World Preservation Foundation issued a report to the Members of Parliament in the United Kingdom entitled Plant-Based Diets: A Solution to Our Public Health Crisis.

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According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, collaborator on the report and Director of Research for the Nutritional Research Project for the National Health Association, “New dietary guidelines emphasizing nutrient-rich plant foods can enable modern populations to dramatically improve their health, dramatically reduce healthcare costs, while at the same time save millions of needless deaths from heart disease, strokes, cancer and diabetes. It is time for an evolution in healthcare where prevention via proper diet, not drugs, becomes the foundation of modern healthcare.”

A plant-based diet not only helps humans live more healthy lives, it reduces the amount of death and degradation to farmed animals, preserves the environment, reduces the amount of water used to process food, and creates a surplus food supply in areas where hunger is most prevalent.

Take Action: Please take a moment to thank the World Preservation Foundation for its in-depth report that promotes healthy plant-based eating. Then, take a look at your own eating habits. Are they in line with the report’s message? If not, what can you do today to eat healthy not only for yourself but for your planet?

Sam Rogers, Founder
World Preservation Foundation
Office 404, 4th Floor
Albany House
324/326 Regent Street
London W1B 3HH
Tele. No.: +44 (0) 1293 40 70 50
E-mail: info@worldpreservationfoundation.org


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