Noted author and commentator Sam Harris recently announced in an "ask me anything" podcast that he is no longer vegetarian. The main reason he gave was that his health suffered while vegetarian, and improved once he went back to eating animals.
Mr. Harris is a highly intelligent, well-off American who has the resources to eat anything he wants or needs. His trouble is in keeping with a Psychology Today survey a while back that found that the main reason people quit being vegetarian is because they don't feel healthy.
Contrast this with the message promoted by many animal advocates: that all animal products are deadly poison, and a vegan diet will cure all ills.
The difference between the message we often present and the reality on the ground should give us pause. It also should make us appreciate – and promote – the work of Ginny Messina, the world's leading vegan Registered Dietician. Ginny isn't out to hype veganism for veganism's sake, but is instead committed to honest and thorough information so more and more people can actually thrive on a compassionate diet.
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