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The karma of meat-eating

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It would be best for us to stop eating meat. If we can’t, we should eat less and less, until we can. Chor Sokunthea

As the clock ticks on, mankind should evolve to be more civilised and humane. Hopefully, as Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as now they look upon the murder of men”.

Animals are in many ways like men. They have skin, flesh, bones and brain like what we have. Thus, they can feel the intense agony of pain and misery, and react with extreme anger and anxiety. Their agony and desperation in the hands of men are beyond description. Yet, many men who are supposedly the most intelligent and humane species on earth are acting in ways that are most brutal and cruel.

Often I am tempted to ask, “Are we really human if we aren’t humane? Are we really mankind when we are not kind to animals?” Perhaps it is more fitting to call ourselves Homo sapiens if we have not really graduated to the level of human beings or mankind. Sadly, only a small subset of the human race are showing compassion and benevolence towards animals. Surely, from the animals’ perspective, we are the collective killers of billions of sentient lives every year. Thus, we can’t deny that we are the most destructive ‘monsters’ on earth, since time immemorial.

Animals may not be empowered to fight back. Nonetheless, the natural law of equality and fairness shall always operate its way. We have been witnessing so many people killing animals by smashing, boiling, burning them or slicing their neck alive, often in the name of God. Such practices are so rampant especially in the dog meat trade as we often witness in the videos presented in social media.

Many of us may say, “Oh, they did it. I have no hands in it.” Yet, we still cannot absolve ourselves totally from the fact that supply is created by demand. Thus, the mouth that eats the meat has a hand in it.

Oh, my gosh, we, the meat-eaters are all responsible. Together, we created that collective karma. Thus, we have to face it. In fact, we are already reaping the result of what we sow. We may not know that their meat and organs that we eat are slowly disrupting our systems from within. Perhaps we should ask ourselves, “What are the greatest killers of mankind?” The answer may give us some insight into the karma of meat-eating.

Two weeks ago, I wrote about NCDs and pointed out that 70 percent of men or 40 million people are dying prematurely of NCDs every year. The percentage continue to rise year by year. Almost all the top NCD killers, namely heart attack, stroke, cancer and diabetes are strongly related to meat-eating.

Infographic: Cancer Research UK

Heavy consumption of red meat increases the incidence of cancer and artery narrowing that leads to heart attack and stroke. Besides the role of cholesterol in the narrowing of arteries, the bacteria in our gut is known to digest a nutrient called L-carnitine in meat and turn it into an arterial narrowing plaque.

In a recent Singapore study, Professor Koh Woon Puay of Duke-NUS Medical School found out that higher intake of red meat and poultry is associated with significantly increased risk of developing diabetes.

Research has also shown that our immune system attacks a sugar in red meat (Neu5Gc), causing a high level of inflammation that can eventually cause cancer. The discovery prompted Ajit Varki, the lead author of the Neu5Gc study of University of California to say, “Red meat is great, if you want to live to 45!”

All of the above illustrates that the collective karma of mankind accumulated through our collective wrong-doings are slowly manifesting in terms of bad health or premature death.

Are we taking the above preemptive warnings seriously? If we don’t, mankind could be heading towards his own total destruction. This world is not meant to be unfair where the winner takes all and the loser destined to be smashed, boiled, burned or having their necks hacked off alive forever?

The rampant use of anti-biotics in animal husbandry is of great concern. Antibiotics are used for growth promotion effects by adding them to animal foods at a dose that is likely to promote the emergence of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Residual anti-biotics present in the meat of these animals may also disrupt the normal human intestinal flora that helps in our digestion, maintenance of the integrity of our gut lining and enhancement of our internal body defence.

The emergence of indestructible superbugs and the disruption of normal human intestinal flora are two potential time-bombs of human destruction. These time bombs may explode anytime soon if nothing is done to contain the rampant abuse of antibiotics for accelerating animal growth for human consumption.

Experts are sounding their warnings from time to time. “There are now many infections that cannot be treated at all,” said Dr. Vicky Enne, a clinical microbiologist at University College, London. Are our policy makers heeding such warning? Sadly, many just don’t care.

In my column entitled ‘Antibiotic-resistant superbugs’, I pointed out that men may not be fighting men in the next world war. We may be dealing with the biological bombs of our own creation – the most elusive, invisible and smallest creature on earth – THE SUPERBUGS! We may be losing in this Third World War if we are not vigilant in doing the right things from now. If this happens, humankind shall be wiped out like the extinct gigantic prehistoric dinosaurs that once dominated the earth.

It appears to me that there is indeed a real big price for us to pay together, in time to come. The Law of Karma shall be operative whether we believe it or not. It is a natural law that extends beyond Newton’s third law of action that states, “Action and reaction are equal and opposite.”

Seriously, if mankind wants to control the damage and avert a total disaster, they have to act quickly to neutralise their bad collective karma together. Shall we be more humane, compassionate and benevolent to the harmless animals? If the answer is affirmative, it would be best for us to stop eating meat. If we can’t, shall we eat less and less, until we can?

Indeed, we should quickly look upon the murder of animals as we now look upon the murder of men, before karma hits back hard on us, and show us that we are indeed murdering ourselves. Our all-time genius, Leonardo Da Vinci can’t be wrong!

My next column will be on ‘Conferring immunity to babies’.

Dr. Victor Ti, MD, MFAM (Malaysia), FRACGP (Australia), Dip P Dermatology (UK), Dip STDs/AIDS (Thailand), Dip. AARAM (USA), LCP of Aesthetic Med.(Malaysia) is an experienced expat specialist generalist (Family Physician) of BH Clinic, Phnom Penh. As a specialist generalist, he is skillful at diagnosing all general diseases and excluding the sinister ones. Apart from the general diseases, Dr. Victor is also known for his skill in skin diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, minor surgery and aesthetic medicine. He can be contacted via email [email protected]

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