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Kansas City Chiefs’ Gonzalez Saves Meat-Eater From Death

Written by PETA | July 9, 2008

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Perhaps seeking revenge for the treatment of the animal it came from, a piece of meat attacked and choked a California diner last Thursday—until Kansas City Chiefs star Tony Gonzalez stepped in to save the man’s life. Gonzalez heard calls for help from other diners who noticed that diner Ken Hunter had begun to choke. Gonzalez, having had no training in the Heimlich maneuver, nevertheless rushed in and applied the lifesaving technique as best he could—successfully dislodging the malicious meaty bit from Hunter’s throat.

Wonder how Gonzalez has such a knack for saving lives? Well, the 247 lb., 6’5″, nine-time Pro Bowl selection eats a diet rich with foods that also spare the animals’ lives—to stay strong he adheres to a mostly vegan diet! How ironic that out of a restaurant full of animal eaters, it was Gonzalez who stepped in and did the “save,” huh? If anyone knows where Mr. Hunter is, let’s send him a “Vegetarian Starter Kit” so he can learn about some other foods that are less likely to kill him.

Posted by Sean Conner

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  • C.R. says:

    Whether or not humans choke more on meat or vegetables using these statistics for an argument towards veganism is a fallacy. If chewed properly there are no foods that will inadvertently cause choking. I know that the only thing I have ever choked on is a Lego Brick.

  • S.Q. says:

    So why don’t veggies get revenge? How about the hundreds of thousands of insects that are killed every year to protect your veggie crops? BS about “organic farming”…the methods they use are equally cruel. Ever see a beetle slowly starve to death in a live trap or on a glue strip? Veganism kills. httpimages.springhole.netpicspestcontrol.jpg httpimages.springhole.netpicsveganphilosophy2.jpg Oh and Derek. I am not as dumb as you think I am. Children by far choke more on grapes nuts other crunchy vegetablesfruits and nonfood objects such as small toy parts. Hot dogs is only one meat product standing next to many vegetables and small toys. My father works as an emergency room doctor so I have my fair base of medical knowledge. httpwww.bcchildrens.caKidsTeensFamChildSafetySafeStartChokingprevention.htm

  • Liz says:

    I’m not a vegan but meatchicken is the most commonly choked on food by adults. It typically happens in restauraunts when people are talking laughing drinking while eating. Meat that is not chewed properly particulary steak has just the right consistency to block the airway. I don’t think meat is seeking revenge but I do think its a good thing to be aware of if we choose to eat it. I have a college friend whose wife and 2 little kids have come to visit him daily over the past 16 months or so hoping to see some signs of life as he is still in a coma. He wasn’t as lucky as the guy saved by Gonzalez as he walked away from the table while choking on a piece of steak. Just be careful.

  • Zeta says:

    Apparently PETA can blogs make it sound like being a vegitarian vega is the best thing in the universe and that meat “seeks revenge” on the person who eats it. I can think of many things I’ve choked on yet I can’t remember a single time I’ve choked on meat. Hhhhhhmmmmm…………..

  • Liz says:

    Soy is only bad if it is genetically modified as in some processed veggie burgers etc. Whole soy like misotofuedamame or any soy product that is made from the whole soy bean is very healthy. This is why the Asian diet is healthier than the western diet when it comes to soy. We’ve modified soy into soy protein isolates to make foods that no longer resemble the original soy bean. It can be made into anything that we can flavor to taste like beef or chicken or into soy barsetc. Check the label if it is organic it is not genetically modified. By the way phytoestrogens are also found in other legumes such as lentils chickpeas garlic celery seeds sesame and sunflower rice oats some fruits vegetables alfalfa mung bean sprouts sage fennel parsley. Phytoestrogens actually have a balancing effect on hormones because they stimulate the production of SHBG sex hormonebinding globulin a protein produced by the liver that binds to estrogen and testosterone in order to control how much of them are circulating in the blood at any one time.

  • Derek says:

    Tabitha Huh? What part of “inconclusive” didn’t you understand? Not to harp on the subject but there are no consistent valid studies that show positive or negative effects of phytoestrogens in humans…none. Let me repeat that…none.

  • Tabitha says:

    Not to harp on the subject but some of us actually have access to more than just Google. The definition of “phytoestrogens” alone shoud tell you SOMETHING isn’t right there. Unless you’re a woman going through menopause. Then it’s all good.

  • Derek says:

    Dr. Cochran I fully agree with your non sequitur comment.

  • Derek says:

    Lydia First of all soy does not contain estrogen it contains phytoestrogens which have some structural similarities to estadiols this has led to the debate over their estrogenic or antiestrogenic effects. The word for the day is “inconclusive” as in “The positive and negative effects of phytoestrogens and isoflavones on humans are inclonclusive.” I really hate Google and all the health”experts” it has spawned.

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    Peta is probably the best at non sequitur promotions of their cause. No they are the best.

  • Derek says:

    S.Q. Let me check my pocket as I sould have medical examiner records shoved in there somewhere. Although you likely only know how to “Google” topics try searching some real academic journals such as “Academic Emergency Medicine” “American Journal of Preventitive Medicine” “Journal of Clinical Forensic Medicine” “British Medical Journal” etc… Since you are likely limited in access to such journals there are such things as academic libraries even a simple Google search will turn up various sites not all good sources that quote statistics on choking incidentsdeaths. The one common theme is that ALL no matter how reputable or otherwise state the highest incidence of choking is on meat. The “classic” choking victim is an edentulous elderly person eating steak not carrots. In a child hot dogs are the biggest offender. I am not saying fruits and veggies don’t cause choking deaths but they are less likely to cause a choking death than meat excpet in infants but those results are irrevalent to the general population since most infants do not eat meat. I have served as medical examiner for my county for about the past 6 months and although there have been no choking related deaths I am confident that I am much more knowledgable on this topic than you.

  • Lydia Selwood says:

    The greatest danger for Vegans is their OVERCONSUMPTION OF SOY! Contrary to the popular belief that soy is some sort of healthy miracle food NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH! Soy contains ESTROGEN which is unhealthy for men in ANY quantity and unhealthy for women because it causes hormonal imbalances when added to what their bodies already produce! VEGANS are NOT healthy in general unless they have a VERY varied diet. MOST rely on soy equivalent to 5 birth control pills a day. Ever wonder why so many WESTERN women suffer from infertility? The soy in Asian diets is not the same. Incidentally all the “research” on the health benefits of soy was done by ArcherMidlanDaniels Corporation ConAgra that’s like the research that was done saying Aspartame is “safe” done by GD Searle Corporation under goodold Donald Rumsfeld CEO … The fox is guarding the henhouse!

  • Tabitha says:

    Wow. I thought I was pretty witty. The irony of it all is I got choked on a carrot last night. Was it avenging YOU Derek?

  • S.Q. says:

    I didn’t say a vegan diet was bad did I? I said an IMPROPER vegan diet is bad. I have some very good vegan friends who have lovely healthy children. I also have seen misinformed vegan parents who have very ill children. Then again I have seen children lashing out at parents because they want to eat cookies and cake just like thier friends at a birthday party. And Derek I would like to see those records you talk about.

  • Abby says:

    Antigone my posts were not meant to discuss the compassion or merits of eating meat versus not eating meat. I was merely pointing out how ridiculous and childish it is to act like a man choked because his food was intentionally attacking him and it is crazy to try to correlate Gonzales’ diet to his ability to stay calm and act quickly in the face of panic from others. It is wonderful that he acted as he did and saved another man’s life but for peta to try to credit his diet for it or to blame the choking victim’s diet for the choking is simply silly. It is a false illogical position that has nothing to do with the true merits of any particular diet.

  • Kurt K says:

    Apparently a vegan diet makes a person void of sanity!

  • Missy says:

    Apparently a vegan diet makes you stupid and unaware of how crazy you are.

  • Carla says:

    Gonzalez is just an all around good guy!!

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Apparently a carnivorous diet dulls ones ability to feel compassion.

  • Madison says:

    HEHEHEHE Classic then again now i’m Vegetarian I know longer Get nightmares of angry meat slices and animals trying to kil me Besides I feel Mentally and physically stronger now I’m veg. Besides I Have choved on meat over 5 times When I was i meat eater But unless You don’t know how to chew Vegtables It’s pretty hard to choke on vegtables plus Which one are you Most likely going to choke on? Vegtables or Meat…HHMMMM… tough one.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    S.Q. “An improper vegan diet can be just as bad as an improper omnivorous diet and it can sometimes be fatal. For instance some vegan parents fed their young infant mainly apple juice and soy milk. At six weeks he died.” Give it upthat’s an old story. The child wasn’t fed a vegan improper or not diet he was fed a starvation diet. Veganism was used as a line of defense in court. The judge didn’t buy it. Nowadays there are many healthy kids who have been vegan from birth. Of course they have intelligent caring parents unlike the manslaughterous “vegans.”

  • S.Q. says:

    Hmm if Mr. Gonzalez were eating steak at that time you would not call him ‘extremely gifted’…no? Meat eaters are not any less than you are Derek. There are plenty of kind amazing meat eaters who ARE quite smart. You don’t seem to be bashing any of the meat eating celebrities who support PETA. I guess money dulls the senses.

  • Derek says:

    Good thing I still eat eggs and dairy.

  • Abby says:

    Apparently a vegan diet dulls one’s ability to understand sarcasm.

  • Derek says:

    Apparently eating meat dampens a person’s sense of humor and ability to come up with an intelligent retort. I will clue in the three people Abby Tabitha and S.Q. on the true message of the post Tony Gonzalez is an extemely gifted athlete adheres to a mostly Vegan diet and cares about humans and animals. Just an interesting tidbit to those that think meat is not more likely to kill a person by choking check out some medical examiner or ER statistics and you will quickly find that while any number of food or objects can cause choking related deaths meat is by far the most common “offender.” So yes a vegetarian or vegan is irrefuatbly less likely to die a food related choking death than a meateater. Chewing food is a lost art in the United States just ask Joey Chestnut.

  • S.Q. says:

    An improper vegan diet can be just as bad as an improper omnivorous diet and it can sometimes be fatal. For instance some vegan parents fed their young infant mainly apple juice and soy milk. At six weeks he died. A good omnivorous diet contains healthy lean meats plenty of vegetables whole grains and reduced fat dairy products all in the right portions combined with exercise. A person who lives this lifestyle will most likely live to a ripe old age and not be at risk for any diseases. A healthy vegan diet will have good substitutes for meat and dairy. But neither one is better than the other. And as for my choking point it just implies that meat is no more likely to choke you than a vegetable. I have heard nothing of the sort. A vegan diet does not dramatically cut your risk of choking.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Gawd people never learned how to chew their food? S.Q. Just interested where you see “plenty of people” choking on food. For efficient digestion your food has to properly chewed and mixed with saliva.

  • Abby says:

    I guess vegetables don’t like being eaten and want to get revenge on humans because I know someone who was saved by the Heimlich after a carrot got lodged in his throat. Incidentally the business associate who saved him was eating a steak at the time. Apparently you can choke on things besides meat and apparently people who eat meat are capable of applying the Heimlich. Boggles the mind doesn’t it?

  • Tabitha says:

    Wow. I almost choked to death on a piece of bread once. Wheat must be seeking revenge too.

  • Roxanne says:

    Vegetarian diet really DOES save lives.

  • Sinon Robert says:

    given their greater content of cholesterol fat and carcinogenic compoundssubstances i’d say that animal products are way more likely to kill you choking is just one way your food can get the best of you.

  • Harley says:

    Man how amazing is that? If I wasn’t already a huge fan of football I know that this would have changed my mind!

  • S.Q. says:

    It was great that Gonzalez was able to help Mr. Hunter but I’ve seen plenty of people choke on vegetables and fruits nuts etc. Meat is not more likely to “kill” you.

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