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You're thinking I'm one of those wise-ass California vegetarians who is going to tell you that eating a few strips of bacon is bad for your health. I'm not. I say it's a free country and you should be able to kill yourself at any rate you choose, as long as your cold dead body is not blocking my driveway. -- Scott Adams (writer of Dilbert)

I don't understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced vegetarian diet is considered drastic, while it is medically conservative to cut people open and put them on cholesterol-lowering drugs for the rest of their lives. -- Dean Ornish, MD

When we kill the animals to eat them, they end up killing us because their flesh, which contains cholesterol and saturated fat, was never intended for human beings, who are naturally herbivores. -- William C. Roberts, M.D., editor of The American Journal of Cardiology

The optimal diet is the Asian diet -- a low fat, vegetarian diet -- not the Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean is better than U.S. diet, but the best diet is still vegetarian and vegan. -- Dean Ornish, MD

The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of "real food for real people", you'd better live real close to a real good hospital. -- Neal D. Barnard, M.D., President Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

When you go vegetarian or vegan for health reasons, your motivation changes from 'fear of dying' to 'joy of living.' -- Dean Ornish, MD

The average age (longevity) of a meat eater is 63. I am on the verge of 85 and still work as hard as ever. I have lived quite long enough and am trying to die; but I simply cannot do it. A single beef-steak would finish me; but I cannot bring myself to swallow it. I am oppressed with a dread of living forever. That is the only disadvantage of vegetarianism. -- George Bernard Shaw

Vegetarians have the best diet. They have the lowest rates of coronary disease of any group in the country ... Some people scoff at vegetarians, but they have a fraction of our heart attack rate and they have only 40 percent of our cancer rate. They outlive other men by about six years now. -- Dr.William Castelli, M.D.

99% of our patients stop or reverse the progression of heart disease by changing their diet and lifestyle. -- Dean Ornish, MD

Nothing's changed my life more. I feel better about myself as a person, being conscious and responsible for my actions and I lost weight and my skin cleared up and I got bright eyes and I just became stronger and healthier and happier. Can't think of anything better in the world to be but be vegan. -- Alicia Silverstone

Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. -- Albert Einstein

More and more we realize that vegetarian diet is a good idea. -- Dr. Edward Martin, head of Dept. of Defense Health

If you step back and look at the data, the optimum amount of red meat you eat should be zero. -- Walter Willett, M.D., of Brigham and Women's Hospital, director of a study that found a close correlation between red meat consumption and colon cancer.

By using our program, Mutual of Omaha was saving $30,000 per patient, and 348 of 350 heart patients were able to avoid surgery by changing their diet. -- Dean Ornish, MD

I do not regard flesh-food as necessary for us at any stage and under any clime in which it is possible for human beings ordinarily to live. I hold flesh-food to be unsuited to our species. We err in copying the lower animal world - if we are superior to it. -- Mohandas Gandhi

Your choice of diet can influence your long term health prospects more than any other action you might take. -- Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop

There is strong medical evidence that complete freedom from eating animal flesh or cow's milk products is a gateway to optimal nutritional health. -- Dr.Klaper

I know hundreds of people who have spent years and thousands of dollars on tests looking for ulcers or spastic bowels. I tell them to lay off all dairy products for two weeks. The results are usually so striking that it changes thier lives. -- David Jacobs

An important fact to remember is that all natural diets, including purely vegetarian diets without a hint of dairy products, contain amounts of calcium that are above the treshold for meeting your nutritional needs... In fact, calcium deficiency caused by an insufficient amount if calcium in the diet is not known to occur in humans. -- John McDougall

There exists a substantial body of competent and reliable scientific evidence that eating eggs increases the risk of heart attacks or heart disease ... This evidence is systematic, consistent, strong, and congruent. -- Judge Ernest G. Barnes

I don't eat meat, fish, or eggs. I was never a big meat-eater, but I've got more energy now. -- Shania Twain

I have been a vegetarian for about 10 years. And it really was due to the reading that I did. And they explain so that you understand why it's important for the planet's survival along with compassion for animals. It certainly made it much easier for me. I lost weight really fast. My mother died from cancer so this is all very personal to me. And I just would like the planet to be a better place. And I think you'll find a vegetarian diet to be really incredible these days. -- Linda Blair

I've been vegan for about 10 and a half years. It's been all good. I'm obviously much healthier. -- Woody Harrelson

The human body has no more need for cows' milk than it does for dogs' milk, horses' milk, or giraffes' milk. -- Michael Klaper, MD

In every respect, vegans appear to enjoy equal or better health in comparison to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. -- T. Colin Campbell, PhD Professor of Nutrition, Cornell University

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