|Enewsletter • May 13, 2001|
There is an addendum to this issue of Vegan Spam!
Compiled by Jack Norris
Good News for Ducks
The best news of the week is that the USA chapter of Viva! has succeeded in convincing Trader Joe’s to drop duck meat. Viva!USA has been informing grocery stores and their customers about the factory farming of ducks in an effort to persuade them to stop eating or selling duck meat. Trader Joe’s was one of the stores Viva! targeted. They found out this week that Trader Joe’s has decided not to sell any more duck meat.
Awhile back, The Onion poked a bit of fun at animal activists. We thought it was worth sharing.
Milk and Crohn’s: Again?
In the April 15 issue of Spam, we linked to a PDF of Paratuberculosis and Crohn's Disease: Got Milk? by Michael Greger, MD. We now have the article in html and a few comments about it here.
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease. It causes inflammation of the intestines which can result in nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, malabsorption of nutrients, and fistulas (holes in the intestines). It can occur in isolated parts of the intestines or it can be throughout the intestines.
People with Crohn’s suffer a wide range of intensity, and the symptoms tend to come and go. For some people, it can be life-threatening. People with Crohn’s are typically treated with steroids to decrease the inflammation. The steroids can have many unpleasant side effects. In short, it is not a disease anyone would want.
There has been much debate about the cause(s) of Crohn’s disease; it is generally considered to be unknown by most of the medical community. Michael Greger, MD has done a great deal of research on Crohn’s revealing that many, if not most, cases may be caused by a bacteria that is both hard to detect and hard to kill with typical antibiotic therapy. This bacteria resides in some cows and is likely transferred to humans through both milk and meat.
Unfortunately, some vegans have developed Crohn’s disease, which could lead someone to prematurely dismiss Dr. Greger’s research. However, there could be at least 4 explanations for a vegan getting Crohn’s:
Dr. Greger’s article is quite interesting and, once again, damning towards the animal agriculture industry which just can’t seem to live up to its responsibility of providing uncontaminated food. We encourage people to take a look at it.
Some people have been asking about what type of B12 supplements vegans should take [link to my article : )]. If you have not been regularly eating B12 fortified foods or taking a B12 supplement, we recommend starting off with sublingual B12. Using sublingual will ensure a rapid replenishment of your B12 stores. Here are two sources:
Both of these can be found at many health food stores as well as ordered on the Internet.
I would recommend allowing 1000 mcg per day to dissolve under your tongue until the bottle runs out.
After that, sublingual B12 would not be necessary and you can go back to eating fortified foods, a multivitamin containing B12, or normal (i.e., non-sublingual) B12 supplements. A vegan multivitamin can be purchased from Pangea.
Mad Cow and Activists
Recently, someone asked:
One member replied: