The Protein Myth - Significantly Reducing the Risk of Cancer, Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes
While Saving the Animals and Building a Better World
“The comprehension of nature as it exists from the absurdly grotesque
to the implausibly sublime and the recognition that as human beings
we are equally a part of it all, transforms our egocentric aspirations
into a contemplation of the unity of life where we become more
at one with nature and the universe.” -- From The Protein Myth
The Protein Myth illustrates how we can avoid the major killer diseases by eliminating animal products from the diet. The book links the Western diet to many of the problems facing the world such as the killer diseases, obesity in children, the manufacture of drugs to treat counterfeit diseases, the cruelty of factory farming, the needless vivisection of animals, and the creation of poverty in the developing world. The Protein Myth makes a compelling case that the way to a healthier life is to end the abuse and exploitation of animals.
Part I is concerned with nutrition and how the right kind of diet can significantly reduce the risk of getting one of the major killer diseases. It challenges the healthcare industry to stop ignoring evidence that could save the lives of many people.
The second part of the book concerns itself with how the diet Americans and Westerners typically consume is the direct cause of many of the larger problems the world faces. It targets the industries responsible for creating these conditions through the deliberate abuse and exploitation of animals for profit.
The Protein Myth focuses on the killer diseases in relation to diet, the conflicts of interest and the dangerous medical information supplied to the public by private and government healthcare agencies, the curiosity research invented by university and medical center researchers in order to profit in the multibillion dollar animal research industry funded by the taxpayers, the harm the cruelty and exploitation of animals on factory farms causes to the environment and people’s health, the exploitation of the country’s children in the schools by the food industry, the effects of animal consumption in the Western countries on poverty and the environment in the developing world, and the global disaster towards which animal consumption is leading.
Drilling down further, The Protein Myth investigates the major private and government healthcare agencies like the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, and others. The journey leads to sumptuous balls where the American Cancer Society feeds their guests an assortment of cancer producing foods, it goes inside the nations schools where the children are pumped full of obesity producing junk by the food industry, it asks why the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society turn a blind eye to the known facts showing indisputably that avoiding animal protein could prevent many women from getting breast cancer, it examines university animal research laboratories which conduct needless and cruel research on innocent aniamls the sole purpose of which is to get billions of tax dollars from the public, it looks at factory farms mass producing meat in ways that are cruel to animals while destroying the health of the population and the ecological balance of the planet, it takes up the subject of drug companies manufacturing drugs to treat counterfeit diseases, and it ends by visiting the developing countries to see how multinational corporations are misappropriating the lands of the poor to feed the wealthy. The books focuses on the divorce of profit from ethics and the impact this has on the world such as in creating a drug addicted society.
An historical component adds to the text and traces the development of the role of nutrition in the 19th and 20th centuries, how the present myth about the consumption of protein took root, and how Homo sapiens became so dependent on other species for survival.
Unless their individual lives are threatened, most people are complacent about what goes on in the world. When it comes to the abuse and exploitation of animals, however, there is far more at risk than people generally assume. Namely, it jeopardizes their personal health, particularly the threat of falling victim to one of the killer diseases. Of near equal importance is that it endangers the welfare of the planet upon which everyone depends for survival.
The Protein Myth sets out a vision of a people learning how to better appreciate the other species that live with them on the earth. This can only lead to far better utilization of global resources and a healthier life through better nutrition for everyone.