The greatest fault with high-protein diet is that your body i cannot store any appreciable amount of protein. It uses only what is needed and the rest is burned, up as energy or deposited in the body in the form of fat. As energy food, however, protein is inferior to carbohydrates or fats. The digestion of animal protein causes building of certain toxins. The nitrogen is transformed to urea or uric acid and, as in the case of sluggish metabolism and inefficient elimination, it is deposited in body tissues. This causes self-poisoning, or autointoxication.

A high animal protein diet also causes intestinal putrefaction and constipation. In addition, meat contains many toxins of metabolic origin, which remain in the tissues when the animal is killed. These toxins lay a further strain on the eliminative organs, particularly on the kidneys. Furthermore, most meats these days are loaded with antibiotics and other drugs used in animal feeding to speed the fattening process. The following drugs are used for this purpose: penicillin, streptomycin, tetracycline, aureomycin, terramycin, bacitracin, chlortetra cycline, oxytetracycline tylosin, and arsenic. It is estimated that 75 percent of all the beef sold in America today has been fed rations containing dietylstilbestrol, a synthetic hormone used to fatten livestock. It is known to be possibly carcinogenic. So if you eat lots of meat, you can be reasonably sure that you are receiving a heavy dose of this hormone each day, since much of it remains in the carcass after the animal is killed. According to drug manuals, stilbestrol can also cause edema, skin eruption, uterine bleeding, congestive heart failure, loss of libido in males, and many other disorders.

Most of the natural foods, such as grains, seeds, vegetables, and legumes are all-round foods, composed of well-balanced amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other vital substances. Meat, with the exception of some organ meats, is a one-sided protein food, practically void of most vitamins and low in mineral content.

A diet high in protein causes biochemical imbalance in the system, especially in respect to vitamins. It has been experimentally proven that vitamin B deficiency, especially deficiency in vitamin B«, can be caused by prolonged high animal protein diet.8 Recent research by the doctors at the Vascular Research Laboratory in Brooklyn indicates that the meat-eating habit could be a cause of widespread arteriosclerosis and heart disease.9 And, of course, it is common knowledge these days that meat, no matter how lean it is, contains a large percentage of saturated fats loaded with cholesterol, which raise the cholesterol content of the blood and may lead to heart disease. Currently, a high protein diet is under suspicion as a possible culprit in many degenerative diseases, including arthritis. At the recent annual Rheumatism Foundation meeting, Dr. Donald A. Gerber, professor of medicine at New York State University, stated that the development of rheumatoid arthritis could be caused by a defect in body chemistry which interferes with the metabolism of protein. He then suggested that a low protein diet may provide the answer to sufferers from arthritis.


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