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Doctor’s Orders: Don’t Eat the Meat

If you’re a vegetarian trying to proselytize, it's worth studying a short history of meatless medicine.


Things are easier said than done, or so the old adage goes, and we couldn't agree more. That's why we do The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD), a monthly attempt to live better. Our challenge for June? Go vegetarian.

The Rev. Sylvester Graham, one of the granddaddies of American health food movement and the first nutritionist here to attract major public attention, believed that eating white flour and pork—two staples of the mid-nineteenth century—promoted lust and moral decay. He linked the stimulating forces of eating animal flesh with the excitability of one’s genital organs. Chicken pie also contributed to cholera and "excessive lewdness." Obviously, meat was to be avoided.

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