by Hilarion

"Much of the responsibility for the carnage among the animals rests with those who actually seek to promote the eating of dead flesh. These few have managed to convince most people that they must eat large quantities of animal protein in order to have a balanced diet. The false myth has been promulgated that man's body 'loses' protein through daily activity and that the loss must be replenished by eating animal flesh. Nothing could be further from the truth, for the human body is fully capable of recycling all of its own protein, requiring additional protein only during the youth phase of rapid growth and in the case of accidents (trauma)."

"Of course, few in The Western World could survive if they were abruptly to stop all protein intake, for their bodies have lost the ability to recycle any protein due to the large overdoses of protein that they have been taking for years. In effect, the body (specifically the liver) becomes 'lazy' and ceases to work at recycling its own protein, knowing that it will receive a large quantity of outside protein to use instead, and it does not wish to expend energy on a task (recycling protein) that is not necessary to survival."

"However, it would be found by any who cared to make the test that over a period of 12 to 18 months the body's ability to recycle its own protein could gradually be reawakened and that protein intake could eventually be cut to the equivalent of a mere 4 peanuts a day. Many could even do without this small amount, but We wish to allow for variations in metabolism and certain congenital conditions which require a minimal protein supplement on a daily basis."

"Any who care to proceed with this dietary revision and to gain the health and vigor that it will certainly bring should begin by dropping red meat from their diet, allowing only fish and fowl for a period of 4 to 6 months, these being gradually replaced with dairy foods like cheese and eggs. Periodic fasts should be undertaken for short durations, the safest fasts being those identified as juice fasts or fruit fasts without protein or oil sources. Also whole vegetables should be avoided while fasting. When the body fasts, many alterations in the metabolism can be effected more quickly, and a 'leap forward' in terms of diet change can be accomplished in a relatively short time."

"Fasting is a highly individual matter, and the person seeking to fast without supervision should monitor himself carefully and generally not overdo the process until some familiarity with it is achieved. We suggest a fast of no more than 3 to 4 days no oftener than once every 2 months as a 'safe' schedule to begin with."

"After the white meat has been fully replaced by dairy foods, there will come a point in time (roughly 8 months or so) when the dairy products give a sensation of 'fullness' and surfeit when eaten. This is the signal from the body that the dairy products can begin to be reduced. They can gradually be replaced with the 'lighter' forms of vegetable protein such as nuts and beans. Those dairy products that may not give the 'full' feeling can be continued -- for example, milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, goats' milk cheese, and the like. By the time the experimenter has reached the latter stage, a marked improvement in his health and vitality should have made itself felt."

"Many of the foodstuffs consumed in North America tend to leave residual quantities of mucus and the like in the intestines. This is true of most concentrated protein sources, particularly meat and also milk, eggs, cheese, and so forth. The great over-consumption of protein in the 20th Century has caused the loss of the ability to recycle one's own protein. This is a function primarily of the liver. Given time and appropriate prompting, the liver can be taught to reacquire this lost function."

"The only protein source that should be taken are the fresh vegetables, beans, peas, sprouts, and the like. Once the recycling function has been reawakened, these vegetable proteins will be more than enough for the normal adult who does not have a metabolic disorder requiring regular protein supplements."

"We might point out that most animals themselves are non-meat eaters. Moreover, the largest and strongest of the animals -- the horse, the water buffalo, the moose, the elephant -- are not only not carnivores but consume very little concentrated protein at all. They eat no eggs or other dairy foods. They consume no nuts as a rule. Most of their food is in the form of grains, grasses, shoots, leaves, and the like. And yet these powerful animals do not grow weak from lack of outside protein. There is little metabolic difference between the digestive systems of these animals and that of Man, except that man's recycling ability has been lost through over-indulgence in concentrated protein. We are in a position to say quite definitely that almost any person can, with some effort over a period of about one year to 18 months, reduce his protein requirement to the equivalent of a few peanuts per day."

"We should also mention that, during the upheavals shortly to befall The Earth, the supply of concentrated protein sources will shrink even in North America. The result will be considerable difficulty for those who have allowed themselves to become dependent on a large protein intake. They will find that the necessity of suddenly cutting that intake will produce the symptoms of acute protein shortage as their livers struggle to learn again the techniques of recycling. These include weakness, shakiness, general malaise, and inability to think clearly and coherently."