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Why do animal products make auto-immune diseases worse?

My Aunt was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and her rheumatologist suggested trying a vegan diet. I also met a woman who went vegan after she was diagnosed with Lupus. What is there in animal foods that causes auto-immune disease flare-ups?

Interesting. Dairy products increase mucus production which is why doctors may advise people to avoid dairy if they are ill. This is not propoganda, it's a fact that is stated in many of my academic nutrition books. My dad has been ill for a while now, his doctors have said dairy was making him worse so he has cut it out completely. Dairy was lowering his immunity, effectively damaging his health. (And none of the family thought dairy, of all things, would be the culprit!). My mum also has been told that she should be cutting down on her dairy intake because of her health problems.

The BBC did an article on how a vegan diet may help sufferers of arthiritis. I think it's really interesting:

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suppose that n=sqrtx+2 models the number of cases of an infection, in millions of a disease x years from now?

a) How many cases of the infection will there be 16 years from now? B) In how many years will there be 7 million cases?

I think I'm taking the same class you are. Here is what I came up with.

N=(sq root 16)+2
N=6 or 6 million cases

7=(sq root x)+2
7-2=(sq root x)+2-2
5= sq root x
so, 5^2 = x
x = 25 or 25 years.  (+ info)

Louping ill is a disease of which animal ?


-MD x30y  (+ info)

Would you stop eating animal products if it meant less risk of disease? READ WHOLE QUESTION, PLEASE.?

I am wondering how willing people would be to give up eating animal products (meat, dairy, eggs - everything that comes from animals) if studies were done to show that doing so would make you FAR less likely to develop many diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, etc. and also showed that you could get every nutrient you needed to be HEALTHY from non-animal sources. I'm not looking to argue the case for veganism. I'm curious as to whether people would be willing to change their eating habits if it meant a longer, healthier life or if their dietary habits and desires would override the desire to be healthier. Before answering, please read the question thoroughly:

I would not, because I have difficulty getting and retaining iron from non-animal sources (something about chelated v. non-chelated iron) and because dairy products are such a large part of my diet due to personal preference and spiritual belief.

Plus, I would rather live for quality rather than quantity, and I do love me some barbecue.  (+ info)

How do vegans and animal rights activists feel about euthanasia?

I know the general concensus is that most feel it is acceptable if it is in the best interests of the animal to keep it from being in pain from incurable disease or injury, but what if it is being done in the interests of a community because an animal is found to be dangerous? For example, if an animal such as a dog goes feral or turns on someone and attacks them without provocation, might it be appropriate to put it down? Especially if such an incident has happened more than once? why or why not? And if not, what would the appropriate intervention be in such a situation?

if an animal is ill the kindest thing anyone can do, is too have the animal put to sleep, i dont agree with pro- longing an animals suffering, after all its quality of life that it boils down too, i had my dog put down a couple of munths back he had cancer, and i did it before he started too suffer, i loved him too much to let him go threw that! as for the aggresive dog thing, it all depends on the situation, if the dog had been tormented by children, then he bite one of them, i dont think he should be put down, but if it was out of the blue and an un called for attack then yes it is best for the dog to be put to sleep. i had a neigbour who had a staffie, and her kids always used to pull its tail etc, the one day it turned on them, in the end the girl had stiches and we had the dog, never had a problem... but also we had another dog that was very nevous, and had a few mental problems, started hurting himself, and bit my brother and dad a few times, we tried 'dog counciling' and loads of things but in the end we had himput down, it broke my heart but he had no life! what my opinion is, it depends on the situation. a dog doesnt always bite because they are nasty, its there way of protecting themselves. hope this helps x  (+ info)

How do you feel about eating cloned animal meat?

Why do people have a problem with eating cloned animal meat? It is still just a cow. Its sort of like cutting a worm in half. In the end, you still have perfectly normal worms. Do you think twins are strange? Technically, one twin is the clone of the other. With cows, they simply make more "twins" (triplets, quintuplets, etc.). The only problem I perceive is that it may drastically reduce the gene pool, and possibly leading to an extinction (not complete extinction) of cows due to a disease or something the original couldn't defend against. If you don't like the idea of cloned animals, next time you see a twin you should shun one and say how gross they are.
For all of you who don't think its natural, or its fake, or will give you cancer, THEY ARE BORN THE SAME WAY!!! If you've heard of in vitro-fertilization, its when they take the male and female gametes, join them together, and put them into the female. With cloning, they take the very healthiest cow(s) DNA, put it in an egg, than use in vitro. They are live, normal, healthy cows. They would not give you cancer, because cancer is caused from radiation and (or) random occurrences within the cells. These cows would not be glowing, and would DEFINITELY not have cancer. If anything, I would rather eat cloned meat. Think about all of the deformities and disorders that you wouldn't need to worry about.

Definately NOT! I would only eat organic meat!  (+ info)

Do you believe 98% of heart disease could be prevented through lifestyle changes?

According to some reputable nutritional researchers, 98% of the cases of heart disease could be prevented and even reversed by serious changes to diet and exercise. I've read the studies (demographic & human & animal research) going back at much as 30 years. Do you believe this is possible?

What would convince you one way or the other?

"Bco4th6t..."'s answer is a good one, but Dr. Batmanghelidj is incorrect in a few things regarding water. He needed to emphasize the need for electrolytes from the correct kind of salt to be part of the hydration process in regard to the heart. Air dried sea salt is the correct salt to consume and it is important to get this kind of salt to allow the stomach to produce good HCL. The chloride ion used to make HCL comes from salt primarily. The air dried sea salt has a good balance of the potassium & chloride ions that is important.

1921 was the first reported case of myocardial infarction in the United States. Diet is the primary reason all that changed. Absolutely, no doubt about it, a dietary change in what people eat will have a profound effect on heart disease. The problem is that not only the type of food that eaten, but where and how the food is grown is important parts of this equation. Just put bad oil and bad gasoline in your car and see how long it lasts. Same idea.

"Red Angel" is also correct in regard to part of the puzzle. Homocystein proteins are generated as a result of the deficiencies of vitamin B-6, B-12, and Folic Acid. These bad guys create "sticky blood" and "sticky arterial walls." That encourages plaque build up and inflammation spots where cholesterol delivers fatty acids to make the repairs. Eating diets high in GRAINS, SUGAR, and CORNSTARCH ensures the increase in pattern B LDL cholesterol that contributes to the plaque menu of things that is difficult for HDL cholesterol to remove. Eliminating those 3 foods will eliminate the pattern B LDL and give a person great LDL cholesterol that now becomes good cholesterol.

The other thing that contributes greatly to this problem is the nanobacteria that gets into the body as a result of LOW STOMACH acid. Antacids being prescribed at a horrendous rate contribute to this bad guy and a lot of damage to the body, especially the arterial walls around the heart, kidneys, and pancreas. This bacteria bores into the layers of the arteries around the heart and calcium follows the blood trails and surrounds the bacteria creating hardening of the arteries.

By making sure you have adequate HCL, a diet high in fermented foods, good cholesterol numbers (men = 200 -240 total), and (women = 240 - 300 total), along with good LDL numbers with the correct ratio of pattern A to pattern B (minimal "B") of 160 to 170, and HDL numbers between 50 - 60, this would create a very healthy profile for longevity. Further by reducing the high omega 6 fatty acid containing foods and encouraging high omega 3 fatty acid foods that have good 3 to 6 ratios, will also help greatly.

Getting rid of the misinformation that drug companies are promoting regarding the cholesterol myth would be very helpful as well to get people on the right track to good health in regard to their heart. Eliminating the statin drugs would go a long way to helping heart patients as well.

Yes, I believe diet could, did, and can do again help erase heart disease. It is not magic, just good science as opposed to what is being done today by the medical community that is promoting an agenda that is very destructive by using drugs as a solution.

good luck to you  (+ info)

are dogs or cats more likely to spread disease and sickness to people without being vaccinated?

which animal, dogs or cats, neither of them being vaccinated, are more likely to catch a disease that will spread to humans?

vaccinations protect the animal. Humans don't really get the same diseases as cats and dogs.

The only vaccine for animals that protect the animal from a disease that humans can get also is the rabies vaccine. Both cat and dog can get this disease and when infected are probably both equally likely to bite a human.   (+ info)

Aside from rabies, can humans get a disease from dogs or cats that a human could not get from other humans?

With the exception of service animals, most health departments in the U.S forbid dogs or cats in places where food is sold (restaurants, grocery stores, etc.). In many countries throughout Europe, however, this is not the case.

I find it dificult to believe that, in those countries that allow people to bring their pets into these type of businesses, health departments are knowingy and willingly compromising the health of their citizens.

Is a service animal neccessarily any cleaner than someones pet? Are U.S pets more likely to carry a communicable disease than European pets? Does the presence of a pet in such places of business increase the chance of someone getting a disease that a human could not otherwise get from other humans that own a pet? I doubt it. It does kind of beg the question, however,. and that is why I am asking the question, "Aside from rabies, can humans get a disease from dogs or cats that a human could not get from other humans?"

Heartworm can be transmitted to humans. Your best bet is to ask a Vet.  (+ info)

Animal Disease?

What is DEFRAS role in managing animal disease?

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