On When Doctors Tell You to Eat Animals
What I will do is take this opportunity to ask if anyone's doctors have told them they should eat animals. And have your vets said your dogs should be eating animals?
As always, I'd like to plug Kerrie Saunders, Dr. Food, who does do remote consultations for those of you who don't live in Michigan (like yours truly). If your traditionally-trained physician tells you you need to consume animal products, don't be surprised, but also don't believe it. This includes women who are pregnant, by the way.
I have learned from experience that when I go for an annual exam (we
females really should do that, particularly when we're over 40), I
shouldn't divulge that I'm vegan, as that triggers a lecture about
osteoporosis, the dangers of soy (which I don't eat a lot of anyway),
B12, and, believe it or not, protein. I was recently at the doctor and
it was so strange telling the person who studied medicine (I know, not nutrition or biochemistry, but still . . .) how a vegan can be perfectly healthy, justifying the way I eat, and giving him a list of resources and websites.
absurd. He should be justifying his recommendation that adult humans
should drink the milk of cows, rather than nobody's milk or the milk of, say, chimpanzees, who are
closer to us genetically. Why is that, anyway?
As for dogs, I am not one to say that all dogs can thrive on an animal-free diet (at least not from a bag or a can alone). Violet does, but Charles always has some kind of issue that he doesn't have when his diet includes animals. I am currently dealing with his issues, with food rather than supplements (and he isn't eating any animals), but the average person probably wouldn't do what I'm doing. Oddly, my traditional vet finds no reason why dogs can't eat a vegan diet, yet my homeopath disagrees and is a proponent of supplementation via raw meat. Go figure.
How about you? Any difficulties with doctors or vets?