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Celebrity Deaths
« on: July 10, 2014, 10:22:50 AM »
This past weekend I took a very extended vacation. road tripping out west, arrived back exhausted but glad I did it. On the way I was listening to a bunch of CDs including a couple Beastie Boys albums (R.I.P. MCA). Curious about their catalog I did a Wikipedia search and while reading Adam Yauch's entry I came across these sentences under the "illness and death" section:

Yauch became a vegan under the recommendation of his Tibetan doctors. At the time, Yauch described the cancer as "very treatable".

Needless to say, he did not survive his cancer, and died soon after.

It reminded me a lot of the circumstances revolving the death of actor Michael Clarke Duncan, who famously became a vegetarian and spokesperson for PETA, and then died shortly after from a heart attack.

I don't want to suggest that veganism or vegetarianism is what killed these stars (that could get hostile rather swiftly). But I am curious about the extent to which our society views plant-based, carb-heavy diets as being a healthier alternative to diets that include animal protein. The idea that veganism is healthy is so accepted by our culture that it strikes us as a sensible notion that a man literally dying from a serious illness, should eliminate an important macronutrient such as animal protein from his diet, in an effort to improve his health.

It's sad that the ideas of human health and veganism are so associated that we don't bother to question the wisdom of abandoning omnivorism in favor of a purely vegetable diet in order to conform to religious dogmas or shady moralistic philosophies.


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Offline Warren Dew

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Re: Celebrity Deaths
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2014, 11:15:46 AM »
Valid point.  In the case of cancer, it may not be the loss of animal protein so much as the switch to higher carbohydrate dependency that a vegan diet virtually dictates.  Most cancer cells can metabolize blood sugar, but are incapable of metabolizing fats.

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Re: Celebrity Deaths
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2014, 08:08:48 PM »
Add Steve Jobs to the list. That idiot Ornish got to him before he could come to his senses.