And Two Important Ways They Are Different
The Surgeon General's December 2010 report, How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease, is a gift for anyone interested in health. Of course, everyone knows that smoking is "bad." This 727 page masterpiece vividly describes exactly how and why.
The Surgeon General has yet to release a report on the perils of animal foods. Yet compelling evidence shows striking similarities between smoking and eating meat, fish, dairy, and eggs. Here are twelve parallels between these dangerous habits.
1. Both smoking and animal foods damage your body through multiple mechanisms, including causing genetic changes, inflammation, and an increase in the free radicals that cause oxidative stress. Chronic illnesses, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, reproductive problems, and aggravation of diabetes are the inevitable result.
2. Industry rejects responsibility for the harm it causes in the face of overwhelming evidence. The tobacco, meat, and dairy industries deny their products are hazardous for as long as possible. These corporations blame heredity and every other theory they can fabricate for the effects of their deadly offerings. Tobacco companies have battled every legal attempt to hold them accountable for creating and marketing a deadly product. Now that lawsuits are threatening fast food giants, those companies are reacting the same way.
3. Both the tobacco and animal foods industries sponsor phony "research" and bash outspoken critics with every weapon money can buy. Potential critics are kept in line with strategies such as industry-provided research grants, opportunities to speak at conferences or publish papers, peer pressure, and fear of the personal attacks they witness against others.
4. Both tobacco and animal food industy associations manufacture controversy for their own gain. These corporations overemphasize irrelevant data or tiny discrepancies between studies to manufacture doubt out of scientific certainty. The industry mantra is