Are You Eating Yourself Stupid?

TranquilpenStarred Page By Tranquilpen, 4th Mar 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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SCIENTISTS have discovered that going veggie could be bad for your brain - with those on a meat-free diet six times more likely to suffer brain shrinkage.

Whose Stupid,stupid?

Vegans and vegetarians are the most likely to be deficient because the best sources of the vitamin, B12, are meat, particularly liver, milk and fish. Vitamin B12 deficiency also causes inflammation and anaemia of the nervous system. Yeast extracts are one of the few vegetarian foods which provide some of the vitamin.

"Quick, pass The B12, I'm getting Shrink-brain."

A recent discovery by Oxford University shows that there is a link with brain shrinkage and low quantities of vitamin B12, when scientists who used memory tests, physical checks and brain scans to examine 107 people between the ages of 61 and 87. The same volunteers were retested five years later, and the medics found those with the lowest levels of vitamin B12 were also the most likely to have smaller brains. This confirms the earlier research done which had shown a link between brain atrophy and low levels of B12.

Go easy on the booze.

Brain scans of more than 1,800 people found that those who downed 14 drinks or more a week had about 2 percent more brain shrinkage than tee drinkers. The highest risk group were women in their seventies. The researchers also found that the hippocampus which is the part of the brain that stores memories was 10 percent smaller in beer drinkers than those who stuck to wine. And the inhalation of mariuana or cannabis was shown to have the exact same rotting-brain effect.

Eating Less Is More

Swedish researchers discovered, that being fat or obese is linked to brain loss. Of the 300 women scanned, it was found that those with brain shrink, all had an average body mass index of 27. Also, for every one point increase in their BMI the loss rose to nearly 20 percent. A BMI 25 to 30 is classed as overweight, above 30 is clinically obese. Calculate your own BMI to see if there is a possibility of brain shrinkage.

Time To Get Fishy

Scientist, Dr Deborah Gustafson of the University Hospital in Göteborg says that the risk is increased in obese people, of having high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, which can both contribute to brain drain. She added: “Obesity may also increase the secretion of cortisol, which could lead to atrophy.”

DoctorFernando Gómez-Pinilla of the University of California, Los Angeles said:
"It is a known fact that omega-3 oils found in fish, reduce the risk of dementia and other mental disorders They increase flexibility in synapses in the brain, the parts that transmit information and also boost memory and learning."

Conclusion

From my research it would appear, that when a strict vegetarian, or vegan diet is followed, it would be prudent to supplement one's vitamin B12 as some pretty conclusive evidence shows that such a rigid diet, has the ability to definitely reduce the size of our brain.


Quotes:

QUOTE: From What Vegans Really Are: “On top of this, all of the farm land that vegans grow their food on also gets polluted, to harvest these fields we need combined harvisters, now how many weasels, stoats, small non food little "cute" creatures do you honestly believe can out run a combined harvister's blades? not many im sure. People for the Eating of Tasty Animals." read on...



Quote from Dr. Melissa Clouthier in a discussion with her husband: "Please don't say vegans are stupid. Can you at least put it a nice way?" he urged. Well no, I can't. Actually, I had forgotten about the stupid vegan thing, but Glenn Reynold's post reminded me. He says he had a girlfriend who came down with Kwashiorkor from her vegan diet. Amusing and unsurprising." read on...


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As Andre' Hartslief, I strongly believe, that In life, there are no justified resentments.”We the old legends will become relics and fade away, while new giants emerge in our world of sobering truths.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
4th Mar 2012 (#)

Well some of the information is a little twisted - saying that equipment needed to grow food for people kills animals is true BUT we have to grow much more to feed cattle to then turn them into meat - so growing food for cattle is really more destructive in the long run.

On the whole I believe most people eat more meat than they need - or should eat for so many reasons.

It would not surprise me if people in the meat industry funded these studies.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
5th Mar 2012 (#)

Hello Mark, thank you for the star and for commenting on this article. There is a follow up article which will contain some interesting facts about the issue, whether meat is more expensive than vegetables to grow as well as some surprising health aspects about red meat in particular. I don't eat much meat either.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
4th Mar 2012 (#)

Good points well presented, although Mark makes good ones too. I need to turn my veggie daughter on to this article. Thanks for performing a great service Andre. People need to have this information.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
5th Mar 2012 (#)

It has always been a controversial topic Steve, so I was expecting a heated debate and off course I see and respect where Mark comes from. The sequel to this article stand firm under criticism scientific or otherwise, I was very surprised at what I discovered. Thank you for reading.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
4th Mar 2012 (#)

We are not natural predators. Incisors might make it a little easier to eat meat once it has been taken off of the animal and cooked, but the fact remains that we lack the instincts, speed, claws, jaw strength, larger teeth, and ability to safely digest raw meat that are characteristic of almost all predators. Try running a deer down on foot, catching and killing it, then tearing the flesh off and eating it without tools or fire and see what happens.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
5th Mar 2012 (#)

I like your humorous portrayal of what would have been a really hilarious way in which the cavemen had first tried to capture their "meals on legs", so having received superior cognitive and reasoning skills to that of the animals they needed for food, they produced the necessary tools with which to get the job done, rock or stone projectiles at first I think then spears and a bit later, bows and arrows boomerangs and so on.. Thank you for adding the humorous touch to an article which I had written with the intention for it to induce some light mirth, on an otherwise, serious issue, the likes of which have caused the deaths of several malnourished babies to vegan parents recently, which I briefly touch on in my next article on the same issue. Thank you as always for your very welcome comments dear Ivy.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
4th Mar 2012 (#)

Taken from Yahoo Q,& A. and with which I entirely agree.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
5th Mar 2012 (#)

Interesting and informative too. Thanks.

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author avatar Buzz
5th Mar 2012 (#)

Interesting findings, my friend. Thank you.

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author avatar Zach3000
5th Mar 2012 (#)

I found this article to be very interesting and funny. Thank you for a great read

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author avatar Tranquilpen
5th Mar 2012 (#)

Hello Zach nice of you to drop in, I am so glad you saw the humor in it, it was meant to be both. I do eat meat but very little, too expensive over here anyhow, but my next article on the subject is over delivering on the claim that we should eat some meat, no offence intended.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
5th Mar 2012 (#)

Very informative, thanks Tranquilpen...

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author avatar Tranquilpen
5th Mar 2012 (#)

Hello Delicia, glad you liked it it was supposed to bring a bit of a smile as well. The pictures are the key.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
6th Mar 2012 (#)

I agree for sure that people should take Vitamin B12 if they are going to follow a vegetarian diet. I am not vegetarian, but we do try to follow a rule of having several meat less meals per week.
Interesting that obesity also leads to brain shrink, that would be a good article too.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
6th Mar 2012 (#)

Hello Mark thank you so much for your insightful participation it is most encouraging to writers such as myself. Your suggestion is coming up as we speak, thank you.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
6th Mar 2012 (#)

Oh dear - my brain must be shrinking ata rate of knots - been veggie for sooooo long now!
Great article - wonderfully told.
I'm away now for 2 weeks hols. No commenting for a while - sorry!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
6th Mar 2012 (#)

Hello, Sheila, from my comments, you can clearly see what I'm on about with this article. I was shocked to read about several babies in recent times, dying so unnecessarily because of decisions made about their lives by parents.This is not a slur campaign against vegetarians, really, It is about the life threatening decisions made by the parents who follow or practice certain customs in cultural groups and religious sects and cults placing innocent babies in harms way for their own selfish reasons. Some babies requiring emergency surgery or blood transfusions, blood plasma, platelets or bone marrow or any other life giving donor support without which the child is sure die. I am saying, that surely that cannot be right in the eyes of the populace. Enjoy your hols and be very aware of changing weather patterns in whatever region of the planet you are visiting, I'll certainly miss you my friend :-)) X

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author avatar Retired
6th Mar 2012 (#)

Very informative...nicely written....

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author avatar Tranquilpen
6th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you Starrleena, what a welcome compliment.

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author avatar Retired
10th Mar 2012 (#)

Excellent information. I am vegetarian and don't want my brain to shrink. LOL

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author avatar Songbird B
11th Mar 2012 (#)

What a really interesting debate Andre' and an informative Star page article too.. I am not a vegetarian or much of a drinker, so there is just about hope for me dear friend! lol Am hoping my brain does not shrink too much or I could be in deep trouble! lol..I feel it teetering on the edge even as I type! \0/x lol

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author avatar Tranquilpen
12th Mar 2012 (#)

phew! just recovering from a fit of laughter at your comment. Thank you dear Bev for reading:-)) X

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author avatar Songbird B
12th Mar 2012 (#)

Now how I love to make you laugh my friend..Best gift any one soul can give to another..Hugs \0/x

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author avatar Tranquilpen
12th Mar 2012 (#)

Too true dear friend, a lasting gift to boot, when we delve into our little memory boxes of worthwhile past pleasures. "Nitey nite", It's 10:45pm.and I'm catching an early night. :-)) XXX

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author avatar Tranquilpen
12th Mar 2012 (#)

Oh what a dunce I am, I only just caught on to your hugs symbol \0/ \0/x Ta so much.

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author avatar l0belia
19th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you fo such information. Now, I really need to monitor my diet. ;P

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author avatar Tranquilpen
19th Mar 2012 (#)

Glad you enjoyed it l0belia

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author avatar Tini K
10th Apr 2012 (#)

Interesting article. I guess Mum was right then, about the fish.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
11th Apr 2012 (#)

I couldn't agree more. Thank you for reading Tinikay

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