I'd like to respond to a letter of Dr. Harvey's that ran awhile back. He mostly focused on tobacco use. But he did say, "Chronic diseases account for seven out of every 10 deaths annually in the U.S. and more than 85 percent of health-care costs." The behavior change I'd like to suggest is one that folks might be more receptive to after the holidays; in the resolution season. Give veganism a chance.
I could play on your guilt over how badly animals that feed you are treated. Some may be swayed by that, and if you want to explore it, there's plenty to see online. In case the suffering of other sentient beings is not enough: be selfish. Eliminate meat and dairy because it's a good way to help avoid diabetes, heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and on and on. And you'll look better because you'll lose weight. Let me recommend a wonderful documentary and website, "Forks Over Knives."
But wait, wait; that's not all. You'll not only be saving the lives of innocent animals, and maybe your own, but also the planet. The damage done to the Earth by the meat industry exceeds that of all transportation in the country. Watch "Cowspiracy," too.
Eating meat is boring. When you discover how many fruits, grains and vegetables there are you'll realize what you've been missing. Even if you stick to garden burgers and tofu dogs, they're much better than they used to be. "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of the Earth (especially soybeans), and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you." Amen.
I didn't really respond to much of his letter other than the quote. Here's the link anyway. Thanks Doc, for giving me something to riff on.