Our physical selves serve us in myriad small and large ways. Our body is our temple—the vessel for our consciousness. In an obvious hierarchical sequence, vibrant health becomes a stepping-stone to expanded consciousness: to joy, compassion, purpose, and love. One of the many incalculable gifts of vegetarianism is vibrant health.
Thousands of studies make this point and we have selected studies from this vast well of knowledge to drive it home. The vast majority of the studies used here to illustrate that a plant based diet brings astonishing health benefits are not single research studies, but rather giant, meta-studies. What is a meta-study? Meta-studies examine numerous individual studies on a single subject statistically. For instance, instead of examining one study on vegetarianism and breast cancer rates, whenever possible, we look at meta-studies that examine dozens of studies on this specific topic. Meta-studies are like super-science; they provide the best assurance that the material facts are right for most of us.
Each year, the meat industrial complex abuses and butchers nearly 10 billion cows, pigs, sheep, turkeys, chickens, and other innocent, feeling animals just for the enjoyment of consumers. Each year, nearly 1.5 million of these consumers are crippled and killed prematurely by heart failure, cancer, stroke, and other chronic diseases that have been linked conclusively with the consumption of these animals. Each year, millions of other animals are abused and sacrificed in a vain search for a ‘magic pill’ that would vanquish these largely self-inflicted diseases.”
—Alex Hershaft, Ph.D., President, Farm Animal Reform Movement