How often do you get sick?

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#16 Postby Kathryn » Sun Feb 12, 2006 11:10 am

robert wrote:Ash, sorry to hear you feel down or sick a lot. That doesn't sound good. I think it is an interesting topic to discuss because on paper, it looks like vegan should be sick less frequently. Vegans tend to eat the foods that keep the immune system strong. My my sister who is vegan tends to get colds pretty easily. I'm sure it's just an individual thing, because we can't seem to find any trend except for the report that vegans tend to get sick less than non-vegans based on people I've talked to.


I think a lot of it is genetic. And how would we ever know if person X (a vegan) would get sick more often or less often if s/he were not a vegan? Or if person Y (a non-vegan) would get sick more of less often if s/he were a vegan?

Many non-vegans, though, (even if they're vegetarian--see the book "Vegan Freak") seem to be threatened by veganism. Strange, isn't it, that a group of primarily peaceful folks can be seen as so threatening without even doing anything?

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#17 Postby Tarz » Mon Feb 13, 2006 8:36 am

Richard wrote:And when i do get ill on my vegan diet, people often say it's because I am vegan. They are deluded irrational morons.


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Re: How often do you get sick?

#18 Postby Tarz » Mon Feb 13, 2006 8:39 am

Kathryn wrote:Dontcha hate that?

Funny how people seem to blame a vegan/vegetarian diet for someone's state of health...but they never see the link between meat-eating and health.

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#19 Postby Gorilla » Mon Feb 13, 2006 9:27 pm

[quote="Odidnetne"]Rob, you think "Eating meat because of being sick" is bad? At my last job, I cut my finger with a knife that was in a sink beneath the bubbles. There was obvious bleeding, and this girl said "See, vegans don't get enough iron." at which point I screamed "WHAT ARE YOU (censored) STUPID? IF I CUT YOU WITH A (censored) KNIFE YOU WOULD YOU BE BLEEDING TOO!!!!"

....Ahhh, good times.

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lol Hilarious

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#20 Postby Gorilla » Mon Feb 13, 2006 10:17 pm

These are just some random thoughts and tips that have helped me. You probably know all this already or you might disagree with it.

I read that happy, positive, sociable people are less likely to get ill. (The flip side of course is that if you do too much socialising and don't get enough sleep then your immune system will be over-worked.)

I've found that I have been both mentally and physically healthier in the last 18 months, thanks not only to my nutrition and training practices but also to my social practices.

People will tease an individual for being different. I've found that the BEST way of dealing with any situation like this is to be SELF-DEPRECATING to the extreme and make the other person feel ultra-important. If someone criticises me in any way, even if it's just a "teasing" situation I always try to take what they say and expand upon it.

E.g. If someone teases me for not drinking alcohol or not eating animal products or whatever I say things like, "I know, I'm just not manly enough to drink intoxicating drinks etc" or "I'm just not strong enough to digest animal products", or "I'm not intelligent enough to do it any other way."

This probably goes without saying but the WORST thing you can do is to say nothing. This makes you look weak. Most of the time people just want to make contact with you. If you don't say anything you give the impression that you are hurt and feel negative towards them.
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#21 Postby Gorilla » Mon Feb 13, 2006 10:20 pm

Sometimes even when I've dealt with a situation in this way it still nags me later on and prays on my mind. That's when keeping a diary helps. I just write down everyting that's on my mind and put everything into perspective.

I find that if I concentrate on all the good qualities of the people with whom I have contact and focus on ways to make them feel good about themselves then my own worries become insignificant.

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#22 Postby Gorilla » Mon Feb 13, 2006 10:32 pm

Just one more thought:

It can be a touchy area when people discuss your lifestyle and say ignorant things about veganism.

I've thought a lot about how to deal with this, especially after reading Dale Carnegie's opus.

Have a look at this article (you'll probably need to copy and paste the address):

http://www.thorogoodpublishing.co.uk/dat/smp/166smp.pdf

Dale Carnegie's principles are listed at the bottom.

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Re: How often do you get sick?

#23 Postby veginator » Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:05 am

I just saw this very old thread and had to comment because it's something I've often thought about. Before I became vegan, I regularly got colds at least once a year. It's been about 3 years now since I've had a cold.

I've also read that many bugs that people think are the "stomach flu" are actually food poisoning. I haven't had any flu-like illness since going vegan.


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