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Eating Fewer Animal Products Helps Fight Flu

February 20, 2013

To The Readers’ Forum: The flu epidemic has invaded 48 states, overwhelming medical facilities, exhausting vaccine supplies, and killing 29 children and thousands of seniors....

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jamestownfan18

Feb-20-13 12:48 AM

Sounds like another vegetarian attempting to use nonsense in order to get the rest of us to stop eating meat.

Now for the facts: Influenza A viruses circulates almost exclusively among humans, and rarely infects other animals, and even more rarely jumps from non-human animal to human.

Influenza B viruses do effect many animals, including birds, pigs, horses, and whales. While it has the potential to create new mutant strains in other animals such as pigs, and then pass on to humans, this is not the typical way that humans get the flu. The vast majority of the Influenza virus are strains that stick to humans. Also, the cow, one of our biggest sources of meat, has a very rare incidence of getting flu and passing it to a human.

Also, we don't catch the Influenza virus from eating cooked meat. That is a myth.

If you are a vegetarian, that is fine. Just don't use myth to try to convince others.

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PhD1960

Feb-20-13 1:29 AM

JF18, what in the world are you doing up at 12:48 am? I'm awake, dealing with some food poisoning from bad tuna helper. I wish I'd had a salad. (TRUE.)

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Overdrive

Feb-20-13 2:12 AM

As Martha Stewart says...eggs taste so much better when you get them from your own henhouse!

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section6fan

Feb-20-13 2:49 AM

I realize this is mere anecdotal evidence, but I've never been more sick than when on an animal based diet. For years I stuck to a vegetarian diet then, believing the hype that I needed more protein in my diet, started adding lean meats back in occasionally. And every time I do, I am congested and have had more colds and ailments. I'm headed back to 'crazy' vegetarian land. I felt a lot better without animal products.

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Aaron1

Feb-20-13 5:08 AM

"Sounds like another vegetarian attempting to use nonsense in order to get the rest of us to stop eating meat." Agree; hiding behind the children is a favored techique to get folks to believe anything you say. This is exactly what our current president attemps to do with his clueless adgenda. In fact, he's out there now stumping for pre-schools for toddlers.

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Aaron1

Feb-20-13 5:10 AM

And yes, the President I speak of is Barrack Obama!

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oldlady

Feb-20-13 5:13 AM

Jamestownfan18 right on all counts. While fruits and veggies of all types are very important to good health, meats,fish, poultry have "sustained" all populations across the earth since the dawn of time. Yes we all need to be more selective about how much and what we eat but trying to convince all of humanity that what comes naturally to feed ourselves is wrong and unnecessary is, in a word. silly.

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carlaw

Feb-20-13 5:57 AM

Using the schools to achieve social justice, closing the gap, economic equality etc. is an expensive waste of time. Our educational system should be used to educate all those who can benefit to the best of their ability. More school doesn't help. Headstart proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt. Besides we don't have one freaked dollar to pay for it.

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crosshairs

Feb-20-13 6:36 AM

Go back to bed Jackson,we don't need anymore a opinions from you veggie nuts

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troglodyte

Feb-20-13 7:15 AM

Propaganda and moral exhibitionism. The migration of diseases from animals to humans is a single incident event for each disease, most in the remote past. It has no relevance to what we eat now whatsoever. There is no reason to believe a vegetarian diet improves immunity to infections.

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Seadog

Feb-20-13 7:44 AM

Hey Jackson - what about all those people that got sick from eating all those contaminated vegtables?

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troglodyte

Feb-20-13 8:02 AM

New influenza strains typically do originate from close human/hog/duck living situations in China. That still bears no relationship to what we eat here.

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sueanne

Feb-20-13 8:21 AM

Jackson paints a horrible situation from eating meat. This is a prime example of how a person will try anything to achieve their agenda. Shame on you jackson.

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Seadog

Feb-20-13 8:36 AM

I just passed a cow in a field with an ice bag tied to her head and a thermometer in her mouth. It looked like the farmer was bringing her a large bowl of chicken soup and a bottle of asprin.

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mrinbetween

Feb-20-13 9:24 AM

Good, more meat for me! I can't think of a worse life than living to be 120 years old and never having had bacon, eggs and a good steak.

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justsomegirl

Feb-20-13 10:53 AM

I have a number of vegan friends. Most of them have quite logical reasons for eating that way. I can say that none of those logical reasons made it into this letter.

Being vegetarian or vegan, if done right, can be healthy, easier on the planet's resources than a meat-based diet, and humane. I'm not saying it's for everyone, but I don't think it should be mocked.

I do, however, object to scare tactics and misinformation, which is what I felt this letter amounted to.

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formerlyphil

Feb-20-13 11:56 AM

search: "Study says leafy greens top food poisoning source."

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formerlyphil

Feb-20-13 12:06 PM

generally speaking you have to consume around twice as much nuts/fruit/vegetables to equal the same output of energy as produced by red meat.

also, a nice cab sav, red zin, sangiovese, or chianti surely needs a delmonico or filet mignon (preferably prepared pittsburgh style) to complete the marriage!

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DanFal

Feb-20-13 1:14 PM

I eat very little meat and I haven't had the flu in at least 6 years and I haven't had a cold in 3 years. One may have nothing to do with the other, but that certainly won't convince me that there is any reason to be eating dead animals.

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DanFal

Feb-20-13 1:16 PM

If you are a meat eater, that is fine.....just don't use myth to convince others to do the same.

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KabobBilly

Feb-20-13 1:27 PM

I haven't had the flu in over 10 years and I eat meat every day of my life. This is the dumbest letter I've seen in some time.

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formerlyphil

Feb-20-13 1:39 PM

ya me too kabob. i almost literally make it a point to eat red meat as often as i can. most weekends during my summer are filled with steaks, hot dogs, burgers, & venison. i haven't even experienced the common head/chest cold in 2+ years.

don't get me wrong. i also eat a ton of fruit. apples, oranges, bananas, mango, kiwi, strawberry, blueberry, cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew, etc. in addition to the vegetables (tomato, potato, garlic, onion, carrot, celery, beans, peas, greens like lettuce, mustard, & burdock) it's important to have a well balanced diet.

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sueanne

Feb-20-13 1:53 PM

Phil, it sounds like you are normal to me. I would eat at your house anytime.

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Larry1

Feb-20-13 2:11 PM

If we are not supposed to eat meat, why do we have teeth designed for tearing meat and eyes in the front of our heads like predators?

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sueanne

Feb-20-13 2:56 PM

We enjoy all cuts of meat, chicken, beef, pork and fish. We also enjoy fresh fruits and veggies. A balanced diet seems like a no brainer and i think most Americans would agree. Sure some don't believe in a balanced diet but thats their choice.

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