Time magazine reports that vegetarians live longer than their meat-chomping friends.
Meanwhile, a six-year study of 70,000 Seventh-Day Adventists, published in the current issue of the American Medical Association's Journal of Internal Medicine, found that vegetarians and vegans have a 12 percent lower risk of death.
This is but the latest evidence linking meat consumption to diseases that kill 1.3 million Americans annually. It comes only two months after a discovery at the Cleveland Clinic that carnitine, a compound contained in all meat products, is a major factor in heart failure.
Similarly, a recent Oxford University study of nearly 45,000 adults in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vegetarians were 32 percent less likely to be suffer from heart disease than people who ate meat and fish. And last year a Harvard University study of 37,698 men and 83,644 women published in the Archives of Internal Medicine concluded that meat consumption raises the risk of heart and cancer mortality.
All of us can find our own fountain of youth by adopting a meat and dairy-free diet. An Internet search on "vegan recipes" or "live vegan" provides ample resources.
Bob Cartier, Rockville