Re: Meat Eating

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Fri, 30 Jan 1998 16:36:43 -0800 (PST)

> I grew up near DC, and the only food I ate for my first 18 years was fruits
> fruits and vegetables grown in the garden in my parents back yard...
> You can probably imagine what happened when I left home for college and my
> diet became full of preservatives (institutional food, fast food,
> restaurant food). Yes, for almost two years I was unable to keep most food
> in my system and became a target for every flu and cold imaginable...
> The point being, we are poisioning ourselves with all the crap added...
> If we all put in gardens and ate what we grew, we'd be a lot healthier,

Your anecdote gives me exactly the opposite conclusion; your immune
system was underdeveloped because your early diet was insufficiently
diverse. Your body only had to deal with the microbes in your yard,
so it never developed antobodies for other common bacteria in food.
When you encountered many such foods all at once, naturally you
became sick.

Our health would not be improved by similarly limiting our diets to
what we grew (nor would the financial disadvantage of such a wasteful
practice be without health consequences). /Your/ health would have
been much more robust if your diet had been more varied as a child.
Children who travel a lot, in particular, have strong immune systems
from having experienced the marvellous variety of bugs our planet
has to offer.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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