From: Chris McLaine ( -188.8.131.52)
Subject: Anti-Vegan E.R. experience
Date: May 27, 2009 at 11:10 am PST
Last Saturday at 3 AM I was rudely awakened by a drunk maniac that was trying to get into my neighbors house. After asking him leave politely, he sucker punched me in the face and I ended up in the emergency room with 6 stitches, a couple of fractures to my eye socket and a flattened eyeball.
After a catscan they informed me that I would need surgery to repair my eye. I waited for the opthomologist to come in to examine me.
Since he is an eye doctor I thought I would start out by telling him that I was the only family member out of 6 that does not need glasses.
I explained that I believed my being a vegetarian was the reason.
Well, he said as he threw down his book on the table. All vegetarians are unhealthy and sick. "if you want to be healthy, you need to eat chicken,turkey, lean roast beef, and fish. It is the best way to ensure your body gets all it needs in an easy manner. Being vegetarian is too hard and costs too much money." said the Doctor.
Aside from being in a great deal of pain, my shock increased when I was being confronted in this way by a Doctor. He told me that less than 5% of doctors are vegetarian and that should tell me something. His demeanor totally changed towards me and even his normal questions resulted in him being short. " No, I said besides the issues we already spoke about is there anything else?" he said. He would say, look left, and then hey left is over here. He definitely had an emotional attachment to his beliefs.
Here I was in a hospital where lots of people are there because they are sick from their diets. Heart disease, strokes, cancer, and other dietary related illnesses like diabetes and obesity are everywhere. If I was feeling more alert, I could have pulled out my favorite come-back line. I like to tell people that there are more folks out there dying as a result of the way you are eating than they are from the way I choose to live and perhaps it would be better for you to focus on your choices rather than criticizing mine.
I told him that the destruction of the environment was not worth an "easier" way to get nutrition. I mentioned recent health scares like the Swine Flu and food bacteria contamination that are the result of factory farms. Do we really need bacon so much that we are willing to subject ourselves to super viruses and super bugs?
I have been a vegetarian for 22 years and a Vegan for 20 years. I have become numb to the constant antagonism of the non-vegetarian, but I was really shocked and amazed that a Doctor would have such a strongly negative view about vegetarians.
I have a follow up visit and while I know I will not make a convert out of him, I will seek to challenge his intellect into looking at some research that proves being vegan is healthy. Any educated, smart person knows that there are 2 sides to every story. Even if you decide not to believe it, there is value in understanding.
I have to admit on the other hand that the recent increased financial challenges have prevented me from affording all the variety I need to ensure proper nutrition. I don't eat enough fruits and nuts, and I could probably stand to give up on my belief that taking vitamins is unnecessary. Taking vitamins is unnecessary if you are getting all the proper variety in your diet. I realized that I am not currently getting all I need and will resort to taking some multi-vitamins until I get back to where I want to be.
Taking the time to learn about proper nutrition is the responsibility of everyone, but especially those who choose to live simply so others may simply live.
Has anyone else out there had an encounter with a Doctor like this?
Please reply with your best come back lines to non-vegetarians and we can assemble a collection.
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