Think of the children!

There’s a report of neurological damage in the children of vegan/vegetarian women that was published in a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. It relates primarily to the effects of a lack of cobalamin/B12 which are well-known in adults, but less so in children.

Most vegetarians and vegans I know haven’t educated themselves on how to eat healthy without meat, and do themselves much more damage than benefit with their diet. If you’re going to make a lifestyle choice as big as becoming a vegan is, please take the time to learn about your choice.

8 thoughts on “Think of the children!

  1. “Most vegetarians and vegans I know haven’t educated themselves on how to eat healthy without meat, and do themselves much more damage than benefit with their diet. If you’re going to make a lifestyle choice as big as becoming a vegan is, please take the time to learn about your choice.”

    I find it funny that a man that, at least at one point, was proud of NOT eating veggies would make a statement like that …….has this changed Jai?

  2. Oh, I’m very well aware of how unhealthy my diet is… I was referring more specifically to people who change their diet (like cutting out meat+dairy) because they think it’s better for them, when they’re not eating properly, and thus doing themselves a lot more damage than if they -were- eating meat…

  3. yeah and like i plan on having something living and growing and kicking at me from the inside, for around nine hell-coloured months and having people grimace at me if i get ideas involving cigarettes, drugs and alcohol meantimes and then having this living thing literally explode from between my legs in a soggy mucousy bloody mess of shrieking misery only after a team of strangers have been coaching me to breath! push! for like hours and hours of unpaid (wo)manual labour. right! so i need not take this otherwise good-intentioned piece to heart < yay!>.

  4. how does one personal choices in diet affect their knowledge about other forms of eating? i’m disappointed in you Shane for replying with this….

  5. It was a question leslie……nothing more….

    I just found it funny to see and needed clearifacation on it…….

    Also, it has been my experence around these parts to assume that people are giving personal opinion and not general information….

    Also, I the thought of jai going veg made me laugh…..

  6. i agree with your point, whole hardly most vegan/vegetarians i know either don’t do the research or don’t upkeep their diet to remain healthy (warning huge generalization alert).

    but, if you look at these first case, the details of the circumstances of the mothers diet is practically non-existent, IE: . The cobalamin content of the supplements was unknown. and presumably the child (i am not a nutritionist or a doctor but) has a problem processing B-vitamin due to the fact that even when presumably normal levels of intake are achieved at 36 months she is still taking supplement, and they haven’t ruled out developmental issues either.

    and even in Case 2 the use of the supplement only relieved some of the childs symptoms of developmental arrest. they even fed the kid b12(chicken) and still no change, so wtf are they talking about?

    don’t get me wrong i agree a lack of B’s will be worse that a crowbar to the head i’ve seen dozens of friends fall victims to lethargy leathargy of the first year of vegetarianism, but i fail to see how they make the link.

    this whole article (based on 2 cases vrs. millions of people having a healthy vegetarian lifestyle.) seems reactionary and is blaming specifically diet in both cases, with sentences like; “The only reliable unfortified sources are animal products, including meat, dairy products, and eggs.” and then down plays just as good sources found in vegetables in the next sentence “Most naturally occurring plant sources of cobalamin are not bioavailable; however, plant foods fortified with cobalamin, such as some cereals, meat analogs, soy or rice beverages, and nutritional yeast (7), can be reliable and regular sources. “ i mean common nutritional yeast IS B12.

    it just frustrates me that based on 2 cases witch may or may not have anything to do with the parents already misunderstood diet, that they immediately assume it was a breast feeding issue and not an intake or processing issue. i know of 100’s of people who get B12 shots yearly (most of them meat eaters). it just seems to me that this article was a scare tactic and not science.

  7. i’m gonna take this hop skipping chance that there is no trace of irony/sarcasm in your just-passing-by and singingly declare oh me too, i like “this lady” lots as well.

    < smile>

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