This gastric disorder proved to be the “last straw” that broke down the natural resistance of her body to ptomaine or other poisoning. Those who consider that there is more enjoyment in partaking of non-flesh diet than the opposite, cannot think it wise to take any such risks.
This reminds me of a story told me some time since by a Nature Cure Doctor, an enthusiastic vegetarian, who was asked to attend a class of students who were being instructed regarding the poisonous effect of a certain herb. My friend asked how much would be considered necessary for a fatal dose for a healthy person.
He then asked for such quantity to be measured into a glass, and he drank same without more to do, to the consternation of all present. But neither then nor later did he appear to be any the worse. What would have happened to man unhealthy subject is another matter.
These illustrations are but small everyday matters. The risk of contracting one or more of the many tabulated diseases by the Vegetarian is remote. Should, however, any such misfortune overtake a non-meat-eater –and vegetarians do not always live both wisely and well– then the risk of such illness proving long, serious or complicated, is very small.
The same remark applies to accidents of all kinds. Every doctor knows how great the risk is, with a broken arm, leg, or fractured ribs or collar bone, or even only knees with most of the skin removed. The vegetarian should return to his ordinary occupation in record time, but if the patient happens to be a barman or a brewers drayman, the doctor knows he is likely to have a big job on.
Another risk the meat-eater runs is the false stimulating effect such foods have. So much so that he really comes to believe that he could not live without the roast beef of Old England. Every brain worker is safer without any such unwise stimulating foods in this world of rush and tear. “For”, says Dr. S. Henning Belfrage, “flesh foods contain substances which the body cannot use, and which have to be got rid of as waste material by the liver and the kidneys.” “And”, says the Rev.
Peter Green of Manchester, Chaplain to His Majesty the King, “I am convinced that, had I been a meat-eater, I should have had a serious breakdown from overwork some time ago. I believe meat poisoning to be a fruitful cause of mental and physical breakdown.” I might personally say ditto to that, but for the fact that had I not been for many years an abstainer from flesh, fish, fowl and alcohol, I should never have reached the present time to tell the tale.
I would like to close with a quotation from the Lancet, which should be considered by the medical profession to be above suspicion.
“It may be difficult to find any scientific reason why mankind should regularly include animal flesh in their diet.”.
Yes ! It might be added that Vegetarians have always been saying this, and what is more, proving it by their mode of living, or as G.B.S. says, “I need say nothing about my having been a vegetarian for half a century. The results are before the public”.