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Health Chief: Don’t Eat Anything With a Pulse!

Written by Michelle Kretzer | January 3, 2012

If it walks, hops, crawls, flies, slithers, has got eyes, a momma and a daddy, it’s meat.

It’s the first week of the new year, which means that gyms are flooded with folks determined to keep their resolutions to lose weight and be healthier in 2012. Chicagoans burning up the treadmill to Fox News Chicago’s morning edition got some advice that may have made them stop panting through the “uphill” setting and take notice: To lose weight, go vegetarian.

Dr. Terry Mason, chief medical officer of the Cook County Health & Hospitals System, asked Windy City residents to quit eating meat for a month and see how they feel. And by “meat” he means, “If it walks, hops, crawls, flies, slithers, has got eyes, a momma and a daddy, it’s meat.”

Dr. Mason has created the Restart4Health program, advising people on what he calls “TLC”—total lifestyle change. For people outside Chicago who are ready to start giving their bodies TLC in 2012, try the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s 21-Day Vegan Kickstart.

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  • Michael says:

    Hi…I was recently appalled when I went into the Foodstuff store in Evanston and saw two lobsters, not in water, out on display, alive and (seemingly) well. Does anyone here know where I can go to help these guys (or gas) out? In as civil as a tone as I could muster up, I spoke with the store manager, Matt. He told me that he agrees with my assertion that the display is cruel and abusive. And although he shared in my sense of shock, he calmly stated that is how the owner wants the display, and there is nothing he can do about it. He even told me that I was far from the only complainant, yet the owner basically had his heels dug in on this matter. I cannot express my sadness and outrage enough, but I do not know where to turn. I emailed PETA but other than that, any advice would be appreciated. Thank You

  • billy williams says:

    I refuse to eat anything that has a mommy.

  • billy williams says:

    If it moves,Don’t stop it. If it feels,Don’t hurt it. If it breathes,Don’t kill it. -Go Vegan!

  • Vanessa says:

    Great idea! Good luck!

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