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Neal Barnard on Ellen Today

I know that Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi had a vegan wedding and I think that’s great. They’re clearly on their way and sending well-calculated messages to the world. I’ve been watching as Ellen’s talk about animals and their suffering has taken up more time on her show and that’s fantastic.

She had Wayne Pacelle on the other day. Nobody’s perfect.

She’s on the welfare train, I assume, at least from what she chooses to say (she loves animals and doesn’t want them to suffer and Californians should vote yes on Proposition 2), but at least she hasn’t started hawking happy meat. And maybe I’m reading into this, but there’s a look on her face when it seems she’s intentionally holding back because she doesn’t want to say what she’s really thinking. She settles for a very palatable, non-offensive, not in-your-face message about animals, which I’m sure is a conscious decision.

(Bill Maher, on the other hand, on Friday evening, at one point said something like "I can’t believe people still haven’t caught on to the fact that milk is poison." He joked about milk causing digestive and other problems that few people laughed at because they didn’t get it.)

Dr. Neal Barnard
of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine will be on Ellen’s show today, and I’ve got the television set to record. He tends to not talk about the animals and instead focus on health, and it’s about time that mainstream America heard his message.

Here’s the PCRM promo page for today’s show. I hope Dr. Neal gives dairy what it deserves. I’ll be back later to comment on his segment, which will probably be shorter than this post, but it’s better than nothing.

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  1. el #

    I will record it. And mention it to my omni diabetic mother-in-law.

    "she hasn't started hawking happy meat"
    However, she does hawk meat:
    Her petfood company doesn't offer vegetarian or vegan petfood.

    September 29, 2008
  2. Bea Elliott #

    I like Ellen. I'd like to think she is deliberately refraining from exposing too much to her audience and sponsers. She's a bright woman, I'm certain she can see through "happy meat".

    I hope Dr. Barnard spoke about dairy as it relates to menopause. For years I use to have awful "hot flashes" and "night sweats". Thankfully, they ended within weeks of eliminating dairy. Coincidence? I doubt it. It only makes sense that when natural hormones are imbalanced, consuming all the "other" artificial cow-milk hormones just exacerbated the problem.

    And at the ripe age of almost 54 how else do I know that my body is finally absorbing calcium through plant-based sources? My bones don't hurt as badly… when I ate dairy I hurt all the time. And on a frivolous note: my nails… just about can't be broken – that's a first! Dairy was poisoning me, no one will ever convince me otherwise. Milk sucks!

    Now, as far as giving "dairy what it deserves"… it deserves to be exposed and shut down and… well, the rest is certainly illegal.

    September 30, 2008

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