When you have open heart surgery (better known as the open chest surgery) they insert an instrument in an artery that is super accurate in measuring blood pressure. After my surgery they told me that they had trouble trying to use my wrist because of the plaque buildup. So they had to go elsewhere to find an artery to use. I concluded from that bit of bad news that, in addition to the blockages they were bypassing, I have plaque buildup in all my circulatory system. My brother-in-law had mentioned a book to me (see below) that I might be interested in. I got it, read it, and realized that I might have avoided surgery all together if I had read it earlier. Now, following further research, I have cut out all meat and dairy products.
So, my vegetable garden has become a lot more important since I became a vegetarian (actually a “no-fat vegan”). I expect the garden will become my primary source of food. In the meantime the produce department of the grocery stores has become the most important section.
We are fortunate also to have two sources of organically grown vegetables in Abilene and a three-times-weekly farmer’s market (mostly offering non-organic produce).
Why did I become a vegetarian? Well, it certainly was not because killing animals and eating their meat disgusts me. It was not because I came to the conclusion that eating only vegetables would save the planet (even though there may be some truth in that). My mouth still waters at the thought of fried eggs, bacon, sausage, steak, pork ribs, fish, seafood, fried chicken, chicken-fried steak, barbeque and meat in general. I love all kinds of cheese and other dairy products. No one could love those delicacies more than me. It took some powerful scientific facts to shift me from a carnivore to a herbivore.
If I had the power, I would command everyone to immediately read two books: Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D. and The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II, M.D. The China Study is billed as “The most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted.” It is informative, disturbing and hopeful. I say, without reservation, it can save your life. In addition I would require everyone to watch the videos Forks over Knives and Planeat. After that, if you still want to eat meat and dairy, that’s your choice. My goal is to educate. If, in that process, you are converted then praise the Lord!