I had a discussion with one of my friends from high school (I’m coming up on my 40th high school reunion soon!), and he asked, “You don’t eat meat?”.

I said, “No, I don’t think it’s a big thing anymore.  I exercise a lot. I take care of myself.”

He said, “Well you know, we ate a lot of meat and stuff growing up and we turned out okay.”

As if, you know, my generation did.

I said, “Quite frankly… you’re full of shit.”

And he said, “Why is that?”

I told him,

“According to a study by Kaiser Permanente – which came out a short time ago – every single American is averaging 17 prescriptions a year. Our life expectancy has actually decreased as you’ve shown. Our health expectancy is rocketing low. We’re not okay. Stop bullshitting yourself.”

He looked at me and said, “Well, I’m still going to have a burger.”

On top of it, we rely on drugs and the means of treating disease, hopefully reversing them and usually, it doesn’t.

All we’re doing is treating symptoms for the most part.  We’re spending a lot of money for that kind of approach.

On top of it, the side effects from all those drugs are either the third, or fourth leading cause of death in this country.

It was published in the Journal of American Medical Association for the first time and the CDC will not even look at it.