--Weapons of Mass Destruction
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Each portion of saturated animal fat or
dietary cholesterol becomes a magic bullet
which compromises one's cardiovascular
system. Over the course of a lifetime,
these bullets prove to be humankind's most
significant weapons of mass destruction,
claiming more lives than traditional warfare.
In 1905, Ellen G. White wrote in "The Ministry
of Healing" (page 384):
"When the children come to the table, they do not
relish wholesome food; their appetites crave that
which is hurtful for them."
As a consequence of eating the standard American
diet, pediatrician Charles Attwood, M.D. noted
in his 1996 book, "Dr. Attwood's Low-Fat Prescription
"Nearly 70 percent of children who consume a typical
American diet have fatty deposits in their coronary
arteries - the earliest sign of coronary heart disease
--by the age of twelve."
The European Journal of Epidemiology (1999, volume 15:6,
"Animal food-groups were directly correlated to
mortality from coronary heart disease, defined as
sudden coronary death or fatal myocardial infarction
and vegetable food-groups (except potatoes) as well
as fish and alcohol were inversely correlated with
CHD mortality. Univariate analysis showed significant
positive correlation coefficients for butter (R = 0.887),
meat (R = 0.645), pastries (R = 0.752), and milk (R = 0.600)
consumption, and significant negative correlation
coefficients for legumes (R = -0.822), oils (R = -0.571),
and alcohol (R = -0.609) consumption. Combined vegetable
foods (excluding alcohol) were inversely correlated
(R = -0.519), whereas combined animal foods (excluding fish)
were directly correlated (R = 0.798) with coronary heart
disease death rates."