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All in all, it's an okay read but I really don't like be barked at as if I'm unintelligent. It feels as if someone has knocked on my door asking if I want to learn about their religion, and then they proceed to come in and sit down on my couch and yell at me because I'm going to hell. Let people make decisions on their own.

View 1 comment. Apr 09, Damien rated it liked it. I really liked the written text; that is, the first 8 chapters 98 pages. Chapter 9 was pages of recipes, most of which seemed odd, unappetizing, or disproportionate as far as ingredients went. The last part was especially true with some of the recipes I tried- they were basically good, but with some major adjustments could have been so much better. But I understand that these were intended with the maximum health benefits in mind, so maybe in about 10 years I will appreciate them more.

St I really liked the written text; that is, the first 8 chapters 98 pages. Still, i just discovered this guy, and I like him a lot. Told YOU! Other diseases that humans picked up from animals include yellow fever, bubonic plague, influenza, and leprosy. Feb 23, Vivian rated it liked it Shelves: reads , nutrition , animals. But animal-based diets put the land, the water, the air, a society's collective health, and even our collective pharmaceutical resources at risk. That's my business. That's everyone's business. If so, you've got to factor in the effect your diet has on the world around you.

It's nice if you recycle your plastic bottles, but in my book, there's no such thing as an environmentalist who, in his or h "You put your health at risk - that's your business. It's nice if you recycle your plastic bottles, but in my book, there's no such thing as an environmentalist who, in his or her daily life, partakes of a diet dependent on the animal agriculture that so outrageously fouls our land, sea, and air. If we truly believe what we say about the damage to our collective health and our shared environment that results from the animal-based diet, then we have a positive duty to make our case in as dramatic as fashion as possible.

Mar 13, Alexis rated it it was ok Shelves: There's not a lot of book in this book. There's only pages and then he goes into recipes. I wanted more argument! The first section of the book deals with what happened with mad cow disease in the US.

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Since I have heard a lot about mad cow in Canada, I found this pretty interesting. I am fascinated by animal diseases and zoonotic diseases that can leap from animal to human. Seriously, I could read about zoonotics all day, and find traceability systems to be fascinating. Canada is in the proce There's not a lot of book in this book. Canada is in the process of tracing most of our meat through the system.

It's interesting stuff, to me at leaset. Lyman then goes into the benefits of a diet that is low in or doesn't include animal products vegetarian or vegan. He avoids many of the things that I disliked about "The China Study", but still manages to be a bit strident, even though I agree with most of his points. I definitely liked him more than the annoying dude who wrote The China Study and his dietary advice is much better. May 16, NcSark rated it really liked it Shelves: factory-farming , animal-rights-and-vegan-related , health-nutrition. I first heard of Howard Lyman when he was featured in the documentary "Vegucated".

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His was one of the first books I read when I wanted to find out more about the vegan diet. A former cattle rancher and dairy farmer who went vegan at 50 years old, what more of an advocate could there be? He is not only living proof that a vegan diet can change your health he lost lbs.

Howard Lyman was also one of the first people to predict Mad Cow disease and go public with it and he discusses that in this book as well. Howard Lyman may be vegan now but he's still a cowboy: a straight shooter, doesn't mess about with words and genuinely wants to help people. I've since gone vegan and Howard Lyman remains one of my vegan heroes.

Mar 01, Mallory rated it liked it Recommends it for: those concerned about their health. A quick, easy read detailing the horrors of the Standard American Diet SAD and the ramifications it is taking on our health. Far beyond my normal propaganda, this book is smart, well-researched and convincing. If you want to live a long, healthy life, you may want to read what this former cattle rancher has realized by researching how Americans eat.

Oprah swore off beef then and there They lost, but if the Industry wants this guy hushed up so badly, he must have something to say worth listening to.

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Apr 07, Kathryn rated it really liked it. This book is a very good introduction to learning about veganism and nutrition.

I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because it's really just a summary of other more complex studies and more of a diet guide with a lot of recipes. It delivers a lot of information in a direct and brief way, however, the overall tone of it didn't appeal to me. Dec 21, Allegra S rated it it was amazing Shelves: work , read-in If you're still eating beef this book will seriously scare you into not doing that. Really interesting to hear about how different governments have managed the BSE problem and how that's turned out very differently in different countries. Read this book and make sure you're aware of the risks of eating beef!

Feb 28, Ellen rated it really liked it. A bit on the excessive, over expressive side but as a vegetarian it makes me feel better about my consuming choices. I really feel that until we stop slaying our animal friends we will never make peace with each other. The way you do anything is the way you do everything.

The ancient Egyptians worshiped cattle as the symbol of love.

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I believe our current society needs to work harder on respect for other life forms. Mar 28, Christa Cordova rated it it was amazing. Great read about how animal industries beef, poultry, dairy are effecting our health. The author is a former cattle rancher and he speaks plainly, without sounding preachy, which makes this book stand out from many of the others on this topic. Aug 13, Rae rated it it was ok Shelves: food-issues. Although this is a bit better than his first book, it's really just a rehash. He really makes you think about the safety and health factors of eating meat, but he'd gain more converts if he softened his presentation.

Seemed strident, argumentative and condescending at times. Jan 10, Pam rated it liked it.

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I had intended to purchase 'Mad Cowboy' and grabbed this by accident. It was pretty good, but a large chunk of the book is occupied by recipes. Like many vegan writers I find Mr Lyman a little hyperbolic, but if you can put that to the side he has some very good things to say. I still intend to get and read Mad Cowboy as I'm interested in the details of his transformative attitudes. May 23, Matt rated it really liked it. Never have used any of the recipes in the second half of the book, but that isn't necessarily why I bought it - the informative chapters at the beginning are the most helpful parts of the book.

For example: That cow's milk is actually not the best thing for your bones??!? It's got some students talking! Feb 06, Kartik rated it it was amazing. Jul 13, Leonora rated it it was amazing. Very thought provoking book especially considering that this book was written by a fourth generation cattle rancher. Mar 14, Jeannie rated it really liked it. This author doesn't have to argue This book just re-enforces the reasons I am vegan.

Loved all the great recipes in the book. Dec 20, Laura rated it it was ok Shelves: environment-health. This book is mostly recipes instead of his insights into the beef industry. His first book was better. I was pleasantly surprised that this book was not a rehash of Mad Cowboy. It is worth reading and has just as many surprising facts and well-written anecdotes as Lyman's first book.

Worth reading! Mar 19, Barb rated it really liked it. Really difficult to read but totally convincing of why a person should not eat meat products. Great recipes. Mar 14, Catherine rated it it was amazing. Part without recipes is short, but effective in keeping me away from industrialized meat.

I am glad I checked this out from the library, and even jotted down four of the recipes to try! Sep 16, Leslie Oldfather rated it it was amazing. That more than anything else stayed with me. May 12, Amanda rated it liked it. This book was a pretty scary account of the American food safety system. It inspired me to significantly cut back on my meat eating and experiment with a more vegetarian lifestyle. Oct 06, Deanna rated it it was amazing. Met Howard Lyman Saturday and bought this book.

Was done reading it the next day. Jul 17, Candace rated it liked it. I liked it. For my trouble, I wound up, along with Oprah and her production company, Harpo Productions, sued by a group of Texas cattlemen for the preposterous crime of Food Disparagement. Ludicrous and un-American as it may sound, thirteen states, including Texas, have laws on the books that attempt to protect the food grown in their states from insult, the First Amendment be damned.

I was charged with making slanderous statements about cattle and beef that brought shame, embarrassment, humiliation, and mental pain and anguish upon the thin-skinned, litigious cattlewimps of Texas. Oprah and I were vindicated in a courtroom in Amarillo, Texas, on February 26, A series of last-ditch, desperate, and ultimately failed appeals by some of the plaintiffs dragged the case on until August , when it was finally dismissed with prejudice by the presiding judge.

In the process of losing in the courts, the cattle industry may have nonetheless succeeded in casting a veil of fear over the media. On December 23, , the news broke that a Holstein cow slaughtered near Yakima, Washington, tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy BSE , or Mad Cow disease. BSE is one of a class of brain-wasting diseases brought on by prions—aberrant, misfolded proteins that have been shown to cross the species barrier to cause equally deadly encephalopathies in various other mammals, including humans. Veneman, jumped before the cameras to announce to the nation that the meat on our grocery store shelves was safe, owing to precautions she claimed were in effect that would keep the nerve tissue of slaughtered cows out of the human food supply.

She insisted that the safety of our food supply and public health are high priorities of this administration and high priorities of the U. She contended that in the year we have tested 20, head of cattle for B. Straining to put a positive spin on news that was about to devastate the United States cattle industry, she boasted, The presumptive positive today is a result of our aggressive surveillance program.

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This is a clear indication that our surveillance and detection program is working. Hearteningly, she told America, I plan to serve beef for my Christmas dinner. Her Undersecretary of Agriculture, Dr. Elsa Murano, added that the brain and spinal column of the sick cow—the parts most likely to be infected with prions—had been sent to a rendering plant, thus keeping it safely out of the human food supply.

All in all, it was a brilliant performance in the art of putting lipstick on a pig. Or, in this case, a dead cow. It was the kind of performance one would expect from a Department of Agriculture whose leading players, like Ms. Veneman herself, used to work as lobbyists for the cattle industry.

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The disease is here, and if we do not quickly address its challenges, it may be here to stay for generations to come. Mad Cow disease is one of a class of spongiform encephalopathies that crosses species barriers readily and destroys brain cells in its victims, leaving holes in the brain hence spongiform , bringing about a rapid neurological decline and death. It is likely that all mammals are susceptible to the disease; lions, tigers, cheetahs, pumas, kudu, and bison in zoos that were fed pet food contaminated with rendered material from sick cows developed spongiform diseases and died.

We cannot yet rule out the possibility that birds and fish a prion protein has been discovered in pufferfish may be susceptible as well. In sheep and goats, the disease is called scrapie; in cats, it is known as feline spongiform encephalopathy; in deer and elk, it is called chronic wasting disease; in humans, the disease was discovered in and given the name Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease CJD. While BSE has deservedly gotten more attention than any other prion disease in animals as a result of the Mad Cow outbreak in the U. CWD is believed to readily cross the species barrier between mule deer, elk, and white-tailed deer.

In captive populations of mule deer, incidence of the disease has been found to be as high as 90 percent or more. In wild populations, in areas such as Colorado and Wisconsin in which the disease is endemic, prevalence has been estimated as high as 15 percent. Since , infected animals have been detected in more than twenty-five elk farms throughout the West and Midwest. Meanwhile, anecdotal reports continue of hunters dying of CJD. In , a twenty-five-year-old man who shared deer and elk that his grandfather hunted succumbed to CJD. In and , about a half-dozen cases were reported of CJD deaths in deer and elk hunters, and in men who participated in wild game feasts that included venison and elk meat.

While I firmly believe that all meat is bad for you, the most dangerous meat in America today may well be wild game. Eating venison in America today is like playing Russian roulette. It would be foolish to eat venison in the frail hope that a species barrier might exist in prion diseases between deer and humans, when we now know that no such barrier exists between cows and humans. The more we learn about the transmissible encephalopathies, the more the notion of a species barrier seems like a quaint case of wishful thinking.

Traditionally, CJD was believed to occur sporadically in about one in a million people, usually over sixty years of age.

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The Mad Cow epidemic in England, however, gave rise to what is called new variant CJD, a wrinkle on the disease that has been definitively linked to the consumption of infected meat. As of this writing, new variant CJD has led to at least one hundred fifty-three quite miserable deaths in Europe most of those in England , and many of the victims have been young, in their teens and twenties. Since the disease-causing agent is not viral but is rather a misfolded protein, no known form of sterilization can contain or totally destroy it, and we are a long way from a cure, if indeed a cure will ever be possible.

There has been some rare hope, however, provided by the case of Jonathan Simms, a young man from Belfast who was diagnosed with new variant CJD at the age of seventeen, and was expected to die within a year. But his father won the right to treat him with an experimental drug, pentosan polysulphate PPS , and remarkably Jonathan is still alive today at twenty, and regaining some neurological function. Nothing can be more important to understand about the spongiform encephalopathies than this: the incubation period is long.

As I wrote in my first exploration of the subject, Mad Cowboy :. Mice can incubate the disease in just a few months. It takes cats a few years from being infected to display symptoms of disease. The incubation period in humans of CJD is thought to be from ten to thirty years. Therefore the cases of CJD that have arisen in the first half of the s could well have derived from the eating of infected beef in the early or mid-eighties, before BSE was even diagnosed. If so, these first deaths could prove reminiscent of the curiosity of the first handful of people who died of AIDS in the early s, before the numbers of mortalities exploded and the disease spread worldwide.

In cattle, the incubation period is thought to be at least four or five years, and yet most cattle are slaughtered before they are five. To those who understand something about the disease, it was no mystery when a twenty-year-old British vegetarian died of CJD; he is. This action might not be possible to undo.

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