This is an odd title for Blue Planet Green Living. We don’t generally say flat out that our readers should buy a product, though we often make recommendations. We’re making an exception for The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony, by Will Tuttle, Ph.D., however.
Why? Two reasons, really.
Pass (by) the Meat, Please
The first, and most important reason to buy The World Peace Diet on March 12 (or any time) is that it will very likely reshape your thinking about the foods you choose to consume. Unless you’re already bypassing meat and dairy products, your diet isn’t as healthy as it should be.
I know, those of us in the US are drilled from a young age to believe we have to eat according to the USDA guidelines (remember the Food Pyramid and its many later permutations?). But those guidelines don’t take into account what’s happened to the foods we eat: The highly processed nature of the grains in packaged foods. The subtherapeutic levels of antibiotics administered to livestock. The filthy conditions in meat-packing plants, where E. coli and other bacteria and viruses contaminate the meat as it goes through processing.
The inhumane treatment of livestock and laying hens is another whole can of worms: The crowded, unhealthy conditions animals are raised in (think battery cages for hens and chickens, narrow farrowing crates for mother pigs, restrictive veal crates for baby calves, and the list goes on…). The brutal way chickens’ have their necks cut while hanging upside down from their legs on a fast-moving conveyor. The skinning alive of steers when the stun gun and the knife haven’t yet killed them. Chickens dropped alive into boiling water to loosen their feathers. And more, and more, and more.
If you’re reading this far, you probably already care about the animals whose lives are sacrificed for your diet. Perhaps you even have a few meatless days each week. If this is true for you, reading The World Peace Diet will no doubt push you farther along toward being a vegetarian — and perhaps even a vegan. Are you brave enough to consider such a radical change? It’s not easy to make the switch, until you learn how much difference it can make to your psyche and your health.
Improve Your Health
Consider these quotes from Chapter 5 of The World Peace Diet, “The Intelligence of Human Physiology”:
Besides clogging our body’s veins and arteries and contributing to heart disease and strokes, [the cholesterol and saturated fat in our blood] may block the capillaries that carry blood to individual cells, resulting in cells that are weak, lacking oxygen and nutrients, and unable to completely cleanse the toxins and carbon dioxide that are by-products of their aerobic processes. Swimming in this unhealthy environment, they may begin, over time, to degenerate and die off.
One example of this is the increasingly common occurrence of macular degeneration, which causes severe vision impairment and blindness, mostly in older people….
This clogging of brain capillaries by animal fat and cholesterol may also contribute to the diminished level of actual intelligence in cultures that eat diets high in animal foods. Clogged brain capillaries may reduce the brains’s efficiency and hinder its ability to make connections effectively….
Clogged pathways may also directly or indirectly cause low energy, chronic fatigue and a host of other ailments. In adult males, for example, the arteries in the vascular tissue of the genitals can become clogged by the saturated fat and cholesterol of an animal-based diet, diminishing the natural ability of many men to have an erection….
Kidney disease, kidney stones, and gallstones are another direct result of eating animal foods, since the kidneys have the difficult task of purifying our fatty, acidic blood….
The skin, the largest organ of elimination, is also severely burdened by the toxins in animal foods, and many of the skin maladies and allergic reactions we experience may be attributable to the body’s attempt to cleanse itself by passing toxins out through the skin. Our skin may be adversely affected by the excess fat and cholesterol in dairy products, which can clog the pores and may contribute to acne, allergic reactions, and excess body odor….
The cholesterol and large concentrations of saturated fat in animal foods increase our risk for obesity and the whole panorama of health problems to which being overweight contributes, such as diabetes and cancer….
When we get our protein from animal sources, we bring into our bodies much higher levels of toxic contaminants than we do by eating plant foods directly, because livestock feed grains are heavily sprayed with pesticides and these poisons tend to concentrate in animal flesh, milk, and eggs….
It is also well known that animal foods are heavily contaminated with viruses and bacteria such as salmonella, listeria, E. coli, campylobacter, and streptococcus, which can be harmful if not fatal to people, especially given our already overworked immune systems.
If this isn’t enough to make you rethink meat, there’s plenty more in this book that will. But Tuttle isn’t trying to scare the reader with unsupported statements designed to manipulate the truth to his point of view. He provides fact after fact to support his claims, to the tune of 56 references just in the 28 pages of Chapter 5. (Most other chapters have fewer citations, but they’re all well documented.)
But the book isn’t just about the perils to your health of an omnivorous diet.
As Tuttle says, The World Peace Diet “helps you understand the power of food, and the cultural mentality reinforced by our practice of food, for many levels of healing — physical, psychological, cultural, ecological, and spiritual.”
Why March 12?
I said there were two reasons to buy Tuttle’s book on March 12. The second reason is that for purchases made on March 12 only, many sponsors have donated excellent bonus gifts and prizes to anyone who buys The World Peace Diet.
These include downloadable audiobooks, recipes, music, e-books, discount coupons and the chance to enter drawings for some terrific prizes (like a weekend getaway!). There are over 50 gifts and prizes in all, and anyone who buys the book on March 12 (only) is eligible to receive them.
Here’s the link to this special campaign: http://worldpeacediet.org/promo.htm. You don’t have to purchase it through this link to qualify, but be sure to go read the information so that you know how to enter the drawing for prizes.
Again, from Dr. Will Tuttle: “You can help strengthen the forces of health, truth, transparency, sustainability, and peace by buying a copy of The World Peace Diet today (for yourself or to give to a library or friend). This will spread the message of compassion for all life. It’s a great way to help animals, the Earth, hungry people, and all of us — and to spread the message we believe in.”
When Joe and I heard Will Tuttle speak in Iowa City in late 2008, we were incredibly moved. The truth is, we both have struggled with our eating choices since that evening. I’m now eating a vegetarian diet, and many days — though not all — I eat a vegan diet. Joe is a bit more flexitarian in his eating preferences, generally conforming to relatives’ meal choices when we visit (I bring my own food or eat just the vegetables, fruits, and nuts), though his preference is to be vegetarian. He, too, aspires to be vegan.
We don’t claim to be perfect, and we’re no one’s role models. But we are on our personal journey toward a better, healthier lifestyle and a healthier, more humane diet.
I can’t say I’ve always been happy that I attended Tuttle’s lecture. “A mind once stretched never goes back,” a wise teacher once told me. And my mind has truly been stretched. I can’t go back to eating unconsciously, without considering the suffering of the life forms that I am devouring.
As I asked earlier, “Are you brave enough to consider such a radical change?” You don’t have to promise anything. Just read the book, and make up your own mind. Then let us know what you decide.
The Fine Print
Blue Planet Green Living does not receive any kickback or percentage of your purchase through Dr. Tuttle’s link. We are, however, Amazon affiliates, so any purchases made through Amazon ads on our website do contribute a small percentage to the operating budget of Blue Planet Green Living. (Oh, and we purchased our own copy of the book in 2008.)
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