Family Vs State  > Vegan Diet Support Statments
Fully Vegan young Thaxton family  with toddler Marylee and infant Sarah -- No sickly looking parents; no emaciated  or deficient looking children here!The Thaxton case sets a legal precedent of prejudicial action against those who raise vegetarian/vegan children and follow meat- and dairy-free diets. Conversely, one could easily bring "dietary abuse" charges against parents who feed kids a diet heavy in meat and dairy.

These are statements below are from Medical Establishment supporting the Thaxton's dietary/ lifestyle choices:

"Vegan diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including during pregnancy and lactation." 
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1994;59(suppl):1176S-1181S.

--"We now live in a world of Salmonella-tainted chickens, Listeria-covered cheeses, and beefburgers laced with estrogenic hormones and residues of potent antibiotics. There are very good reasons why parents would want to raise their son or daughter without fatty and contaminated meat and dairy products pouring through the child's bloodstream each day." Michael Klaper, M.D., author of Pregnancy, Children and the Vegan Diet

--1 of 2 Americans will die from heart disease. The excess saturated fat (mostly from animals) and cholesterol (completely from animals) will be the cause in almost every case. The American Dietetic Association claims that vegetarian diets reduce the risk for coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, kidney disease, and obesity.

--One in six teenagers' hearts showed significant blockage and the arteries of five-year-olds were clogged with fatty patches.1999 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions report 

--Cancer, the number two U.S. killer, is similarly associated with our huge consumption of animal fat and protein.

--"Cow's milk has become a point of controversy among doctors and nutritionists. There was a time when it was considered very desirable, but research has forced us to rethink this recommendation...dairy products contribute to a surprising number of health problems (including) chronic ear problems..." Benjamin Spock, M.D., "Child Care," 7th Edition

--Cow's milk can cause deficiencies in iron, essential fatty acids, and vitamin E, as well as contribute to juvenile onset diabetes and colic in babies. Cow's milk, with its high levels of insulin-like growth factor (IGF-I), is associated with elevated risks for prostate cancer and breast cancer. World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research

--"Milk products gave the highest correlation coefficient to heart disease, while sugar, animal proteins and animal fats came in second, third, and fourth, respectively." A Survey of Mortality Rates and Food Consumption Statistics of 24 Countries, Medical Hypothesis 7:907-918

Baby Matthew: Vegan mother nursed and Vegan baby food fed -- Happy and certainly not malnourished at all !!!--"At least 50% of all children in the United States are allergic to milk, many undiagnosed. Dairy products are the leading cause of food allergy, often revealed by constipation, diarrhea, and fatigue. Many cases of asthma and sinus infections are reported to be relieved and even eliminated by cutting out dairy." Natural Health, July, 1994, Frank Oski, M.D.,Chief of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Medical School

--"Scientific data suggest positive relationships between a vegetarian diet and reduced risk for several chronic degenerative diseases and conditions, including obesity, coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and some types of cancer." Journal of the American Dietetic Association, November 1997, 97(1)

--Male meat-eaters have a 50% chance of dying of a heart attack. Vegetarian men have a 4% risk. U.S. vegetarians have cholesterol levels 14% lower than meat-eaters; vegans (those who don't consume meat or dairy products) have levels 35% lower. JAMA, 1995;274:894

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"Significant athersclerosis is rare in peoples whose 
diet over the life span is predominantly vegetarian 
and low in calories, total lipids, saturated lipids and 

Nutrition and Athersclerosis by Louis Katz. 1958 

"The study measured testosterone levels in 696 
Oxford University men. Of the study participants, 
233 were vegan (ate no animal products) and 
237 were vegetarian (ate milk and dairy products). 
The remaining 237 subjects were men who ate 
meat on most days of the week...vegans had 
higher testosterone levels than vegetarians and 

British Journal of Cancer, 83(1), July 2000 

"Scientific data suggest positive relationships 
between a vegetarian diet and reduced risk 
for several chronic degenerative diseases and 
conditions, including obesity, coronary artery 
disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and 
some types of cancer." 

Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 
November 1997, 97(1) 

"Vegetarians often have lower mortality rates 
from several chronic degenerative diseases 
than do nonvegetarians." 

British Medical Journal, 1996; 313 

"Vegan diets are appropriate for all stages of the life 
cycle, including during pregnancy and lactation." 

Am J Clin Nutr. 1994;59(suppl):1176S-1181S. 

"Vegan diets can meet the nutrient and energy needs 
of pregnant women. Birth weights of infants born to 
well nourished vegetarian women have been shown 
to be similar to birth-weight norms and to birth weights 
of infants of nonvegetarians." 

Pediatrics. 1989;84 

"Vegetarian diets low in fat or saturated fat 
have been used successfully as part of 
comprehensive health programs to reverse 
severe coronary artery disease." 

Journal of the American Medical Association 
1995; 274 

"Vegetarian diets offer disease protection 
benefits because higher concentration of 
antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, 
carotenoids, and phytochemicals." 

Am J Clin Nutr. 1996;63(suppl) 

"Vegetarian diets offer disease protection 
benefits because of their lower saturated fat, 
cholesterol, and animal protein content and 
often higher concentration of folate 
which reduces serum homocysteine levels." 

J Am Diet Assoc. 1995;95 

"Mortality from coronary artery disease is 
lower in vegetarians than in nonvegetarians." 

British Medical Journal, 1994; 308 

"Vegetarian diets have been successful in 
arresting coronary artery disease." 

Am J Epidemiol. 1995;142 

"Serum cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein 
cholesterol levels are usually lower in vegetarians." 

Am J Clin Nutr. 1994;59 

"Vegetarians have a lower incidence of hypertension 
than nonvegetarians." 

Am J Clin Nutr. 1994; 59(suppl) 

"Type 2 diabetes mellitus is less likely to be a 
cause of death in vegetarians than nonvegetarians." 

Am J Clin Nutr. 1988;48(suppl) 

"Incidence of lung and colorectal cancer is lower 
in vegetarians than in nonvegetarians." 

Am J Clin Nutr. 1994;59(suppl) 

"Reduced colorectal cancer risk is associated with 
increased consumption of fiber, vegetables, and fruit." 

Cancer Causes Control. 1991;1:427-442. 

"Breast cancer rates are lower in populations that 
consume plant-based diets." 

American Cancer Society 
Cancer Facts and Figures, 1994 

"Some plant proteins may increase survival rates and 
decrease proteinuria, glomerular filtration rate, renal 
blood flow, and histologic renal damage compared 
with a nonvegetarian diet." 

Clinical Nutrition, 1995;10 

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