It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way
Your article, “It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way” is right on the mark. It’s shameful how hospitals disregard the basic nutritional needs of their patients. In reading your article, I noticed that you are a vegan. My wife was on a strict vegan diet for 12 years. She researched veganism extensively and thought she was taking sufficient supplements to maintain her seemingly excellent health. She became a vegan for all the right reasons, as she was alarmed about the cruelty subjected on animals in slaughter houses and so-called turkey and chicken farms. The reason I am taking the time to write you is that my wife over the years changed from the very fit, energetic, happy individual to an almost listless, tired and unhappy person. Also, she developed severe dental problems resulting from a deficiency in her diet. Her jawbones badly deteriorated causing her to undergo several surgeries to repair the damage. You seem to be a great guy and I just wanted you to know what happened to my wife as a result of her vegan diet. Keep up the great articles!
Thanks for writing, Ken. Veganism is definitely not for everyone, and it’s the kind of thing that has to be approached carefully, since it is really easy to get malnourished if you are not careful. My family does it because we were vegetarians for many years, and my wife and daughter both are allergic to dairy, and we just had to cut it out of our diet. So I suppose we became default vegans of some kind. Personally, I said for years that I would never become a vegan because I almost always found them annoying, and some of them take it to crazy extremes – like not eating honey because it’s technically an animal product. No honey in my tea? I’d sooner eat beef tartar.
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Thank the Academy
Your Gamut in the 3/21/11 issue was the best I ever read in your publication–it is what a journal that provides important access surrounding a particular industry and should be about.
Thanks for writing, Craig. Covering the news is really enjoyable. But it is serving an audience that is truly rewarding. And National Underwriter has a truly excellent audience. As it turns out, the night I came home, my daughter hand-crafted for me a “Neal Awesome” award for being her dad. That made any lingering disappointment go away.