To the Editor:

This week’s issue of Time magazine brings more documentation that vegetarians live longer than their meat-chomping friends.

A six-year study of 70,000 Seventh-day Adventists, published in the current issue of American Medical Association’s prestigious Journal of Internal Medicine, found that vegetarians and vegans have a 12 percent lower risk of death.

This is but the latest evidence linking meat consumption to killer diseases that kill 1.3 million Americans annually. It comes only two months after a discovery at the Cleveland Clinic that carnitine, contained in all meat products, is a major factor in heart failure.

Similarly, an Oxford University study of nearly 45,000 adults in last January’s American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vegetarians were 32 percent less likely to suffer from heart disease than people who ate meat and fish. A Harvard University study of 37,698 men and 83,644 women, in last year’s Archives of Internal Medicine, concluded that meat consumption raises the risk of total, heart and cancer mortality.

Indeed, each of us can find their own fountain of youth by adopting a meat- and dairy-free diet. An Internet search on “vegan recipes” or “live vegan” provides ample resources.

Kelvin Tinker


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I went out for lunch yesterday from work.


The act that I did this is none of this dude's business, and frankly, the preaching has become tiresome.

Dr Strangelove

As soon as I saw the title I just knew another letter from a vegetarian/vegan on the evils of meat. I think we need to have a study on vegetarian/vegan(s) because they seem to have a psychological problem with the eating habits with other people but fail to look at their own.

It all depends on how much a person eats—eating too much vegetables/fruits can kill you too. What I don’t understand is why you vegetarians/vegans worry about what other people eat? If want to eat that way that’s your business you people obvious don’t have much of a social life if all you do is worry what’s on other peoples plates?

Let’s get real the majority of heart disease in the U.S. are people overeating and being overweight—and yes there are overweight vegetarians/vegans. Life is all about choices I choose to eat meat with my vegetables in moderation—so stay off my plate Kelvin (Bloomberg) Tinker I believe you’d be happier in NYC?

Here are some facts that our vegetarian/vegan friends don’t tell us.

Fruit and vegetables can be as germ-laden (unhealthy) as meat.

According to the CDC, foodborne Illnesses associated with the consumption of fresh fruits and produce account for approximately 12% of the reported foodborne illnesses in the United States. Altogether, the CDC estimates that food-borne illness causes 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths each year in the United States. And reported cases represent only a fraction of the actual number because a vast majority of sufferers don’t go to a doctor or get an exact diagnosis.

What many people don’t realize is that raw fruit and vegetables can also be risky. In a study of more than 100,000 illnesses linked to food between 1990 and 2006, they caused more problems than poultry and beef combined.

Now the fruit and vegetable only crowd always harp on the evils of meat but they never harp that fruit and vegetables are just as deadly. Every time there is a meat recall we get a letter on the evils of meat. Every time there is a vegetable/fruit recall they’re silent.

No excuse me I need to go and eat some bacon.


Really? More "vegan" propaganda?

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