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(US/nd) Poisoned by protein: Rare disorder forces cattle ranchers to adopt vegan lifestyle for son

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    FARGO - As farmers and cattle ranchers, Val and Mark Wagner never expected to know the intricacies of a vegan diet. However, they’ve had to learn that and
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 31, 2011
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      FARGO - As farmers and cattle ranchers, Val and Mark Wagner never
      expected to know the intricacies of a vegan diet.

      However, they’ve had to learn that and much more to keep their
      youngest son alive. Two-year-old Eli Wagner has what’s called
      Ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC) deficiency. Basically, his body can’t
      break down protein properly. As a result, ammonia builds up in his
      blood, and that can lead to neurological problems and liver damage.

      “It’s a little hard to stomach when you’re a livestock producer and
      you’re raising a kid who might never be able to eat meat,” Mark Wagner
      said.

      As difficult a diagnosis as that is, Eli didn’t come by it easily.

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      full story:
      http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/345633/group/Life/

      SEE ALSO:
      Dept. of Eating: Why Vegan?
      A Month of Devouring Plants

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