Has your family doctor ever advised you against smoking? Urged you to wear a bike helmet and an automobile seatbelt? Told you, ever so gently, that you ought to lose a few pounds? You wouldn't find any of these doctor's orders the least bit surprising, and although it might sting a bit to be told that you are overweight, you wouldn't be offended, least of all outraged, would you?
What if your doctor recommended that you stop eating meat, or at least cut your consumption way down? Offended now? Has your doctor stepped over some invisible line, moving imperceptibly from "common sense health advice" to "politically charged personal opinion"?
Although there are certainly doctors who openly tout the benefits of a no- or low-meat diet, most either remain silent on the issue or go the other way and actually scare patients into remaining carnivorous. My own doctor treats my vegan eating habits as a curiosity that she must patientlyRead More »from Doctors Without Burgers