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107 Responses to A Vegetarian Diet Shrinks the Brain

  1. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    September 16, 2008 at 10:59 am
    Link: A Vegetarian Diet Shrinks the Brain - According to a new study, vegetarians and vegans are 6 times more likely to suffer from brain shrinkage than meat eaters
  2. Profile photo of Backfat
    Backfat Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 11:33 am
    Luckily, I`m a carnatarian. I believe that plants have the right to live.
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    itsallfake Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 11:33 am
    Suck it, Peta
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    modernbenoni Male 70 & Over
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    September 16, 2008 at 11:34 am
    Ok... But those veggies are hot...
  5. Profile photo of Backfat
    Backfat Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 11:34 am
    "The decision to eat meat is often attacked by veggies, but it now seems as though these kinds of affronts may just be a product of small-mindedness."
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Take that veggies.

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    Backfat Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 11:41 am
    At least it only shrinks their brains. I always thought that it shrinks something much lower.
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    dormetheus Male 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 11:44 am
    This article is misleading. While I am not fully vegetarian anymore, I have been.

    B12 can be found in dairy products, as well, which most vegetarians will consume (milk, cheese, etc.)

    B12 can be easily supplemented through vitamins, spirulina, etc.

    The target group (age 61+) are going to have brain shrinkage and memory loss anyway.

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    the_windy Female 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 11:45 am
    Red meat and poultry is gross. They look so dirty and bloody. >< So many diseases you hear about that comes from them too.
    I only eat fish. I`ve been doing that for about six years now.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 12:06 pm

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    DuckBoy87 Male 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 12:11 pm
    For every animal you don`t eat, I`ll eat four.
    For every vegetable you do eat, I`ll eat six animals.
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    Batmanners Male 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 12:15 pm
    hehe I-A-B was FUBAR for me for a sec...source code style.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 12:20 pm
    Wow- that was a serious glitch in the matrix there...
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    Backfat Male 30-39
    1897 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 12:21 pm
    yep/ Line 19 was all trashed there fer a bit.
  14. Profile photo of AmyNicoleduh
    AmyNicoleduh Female 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 12:22 pm
    hah, seriously. it was all codes!

    anyway, on topic, i`m a vegetarian myself.

    i`ve done my own research in the past, and i`m confident my brain won`t be doing any shrinking any time soon. ;]

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    Norris Male 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 12:27 pm
    This is exactly why you don`t turn into a vegetarian on a whim. That and if you really screw up and don`t eat any protein your skin will fall off }-)

    I have no problems with vegetarians/other restrictions whatsoever that:

    1) Are so for religious/cultural reasons
    2) are so for health reasons
    3) are so because they just don`t like meat

    Otherwise you`re just annoying and we don`t care.

    I would love to be in an anti PETA ad.

    "I would rather wear fur than be an Eco-Terrorist"

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    davymid Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 12:29 pm
    I`m scared... it`s either the LHC, or fancy himself has ripped a hole in the very fabric of the space-time continuum by reposting the ninja cat video two days in a row...
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    Foote Male 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 12:41 pm
    Vegetarians have a shrunken brain to begin with. 1. Plants are just as living as animals, a lot more plants had to die to make up a salad then eating a carnivoric meal. 2. Eating just vegetation makes your body malnurished in many different ways; you miss out on tons of proteins, amino acids, etc. that you cant get from vegetation.
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    YayBeans Female 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 12:45 pm
    Im a vegetarian and have been since I was 7. I am a senior in highschool and have a 92.3 GPA, which is better than all my other friends, who are all meat eatters. So I dont believe this at all. Being a Veg. has loads of health benifits. So if this article is true then sure, vegetarians have smaller brains, but we live longer :-)
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 12:45 pm
    I assure all the good looking vegan ladies I can supply you with all the necessary protiens you need :)
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    Myxgyglplx Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 12:47 pm
    I was a vegetarian for 8 years (vegan for 3). mY brane dndnt shrink and i be still smart az I evur waaz.


    me like meat now

  21. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
    375 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 12:47 pm
    A well balanced diet of both vegetable and meat products is the best way to go. Vegan diets can be very unhealthy, you do not get everything your body needs from vegetables. There is no such thing as a complete vegetable protein, connective tissues and joints benefit from animal products not vegetables. I have been competative bodybuilding for many years and have met a few "vegan" bodybuilders who look like skinny underware models, none of them would ever be able to enter a regular competition. I don`t eat a lot of red meat but the benefits of fish can do wonders for your body, especially your heart. Fanatical groups like peta should be taken as seriously as any cult.
  22. Profile photo of AmyNicoleduh
    AmyNicoleduh Female 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 1:04 pm
    lmao @ mcgovern.

    for those of you saying that vegetarians are foolish in their diet choices...

    just because you eat meat doesn`t mean you also have a balanced diet. regardless of whether you do or not, you should keep the rest of your diet in check. the same people who say they eat meat to be sure that their diet is rich in protein are also those who have an insufficient intake of other necessary food groups.

    and for another thing, i just can`t stand meat. i`ve never liked it, and i used to gag when i ate it when i was little. i`ve only been a vegetarian for two and a half years, but i couldn`t go back to eating meat even now. it`s the same thing as someone not liking brussel sprouts. you don`t like it, so you don`t eat it.

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    WHOISIT12345 Male 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 1:05 pm
    I KNEW IT!!!!!!!! :P
  24. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 1:06 pm
    A vegetarian diet is not necessarily a balanced diet either, ask any athlete. More words of wisdom from teenagers.
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    ByOwlPost Female 18-29
    519 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 1:07 pm
    To all carnivores and herbivores.

    Everyone gets defensive when they themselves feel attacked about
    their diet or even religion. I`m not saying that either side is the
    winner or looser in the arguments you`re having against each-other.

    You yourselves as a carnivore or herbivore reading this article, can
    tell it would be perceived as offensive to a person who does not eat
    meat. Plain and simple the article gives their evidence of why they
    think vegetarians have, to put it simply "brain shrinkage".

    I believe the individual who wrote this article should have stuck to
    their study`s results rather than insulting anyone with things such
    as "now seems as though these kinds of affronts may just be a product
    of small-mindedness."

    If anyone called someone "small-minded" because of the way they ate,
    which god they believe in, or even simple things, like which school
    you attend, they would likely be offended in some way.

    (c

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    ByOwlPost Female 18-29
    519 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 1:08 pm
    (continued)

    So i`d like to say this, I myself am a vegetarian, I have been my
    entire life. I`ll be 18 years old this november. I`m not going to say
    weather or not i believe this study is correct, but i have to say it
    worries me.

    Regardless, I`m firm in staying a vegetarian, not because i`m against
    people eating meat, but because it was how i was raised since birth,
    and it`s outside my comfort zone to eat animals. My boyfriend is a
    carnivore, my friends are carnivores, and heck, most of the people
    reading this are too. I don`t dislike any of you, and i don`t condone
    you for your eating habits.

    (continued)

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    ByOwlPost Female 18-29
    519 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 1:09 pm
    (continued)

    I wish that more people could be open minded about this. Please, no
    more small-minded jokes.

    The vegetarians that read this are offended, and really, we don`t
    much like the idea that our brains could in some way be deficient
    because of our way of eating. The information in this article was
    presented in an almost cruel way, it could have been said nicely.

    As a result, vegetarians are saying some things meat-eaters find
    offensive, and everyone keeps defending themselves by saying some
    pretty harsh things.

    Vegetarians? Does it matter to you if our IQ`s might be a bit lower
    because of our way of eating? Yes, what is written here sucks, but
    you probably wont change the way you eat, I`m not going to. I might
    go get some good vitamin supplements, but hey, lets let this argument
    rest.

    (continued)

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    ByOwlPost Female 18-29
    519 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 1:09 pm
    (continued)

    Carnivores? (I`m sorry if any of you find that term in any way
    offensive, i liked it when i was very young and i find it to be an
    endearing title. If it offends you, i`d like to apologize.) Anyway..
    This article may feel more like an ego boost to you, seeing as the
    material favors you. But i`d like to ask that superiority is left out
    of the blogging here, because it`s hurting and offending a lot of
    people.


    I feel like this argument is as old as time, who`s better than who?
    Does it matter? Can`t we all just play nicely..?

    If anyone responds to this in a way that says "I`m better than you"
    or "see, vegetarians are smart" , i believe you may have missed the
    point of what i`m saying here..

    Thank you.

  29. Profile photo of AmyNicoleduh
    AmyNicoleduh Female 18-29
    1158 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 1:12 pm
    A vegetarian diet is not necessarily a balanced diet either, ask any athlete. More words of wisdom from teenagers.

    --

    i didn`t claim it was. :]

    my point was, either way, whether you incorporate meat into your diet or not... your diet may not be balanced.

    you can`t only attack vegetarians and vegans.

  30. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
    375 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 1:13 pm
    I got bored after about 3 sentences of your rant, by the way, you ever heard of an omnivore? If you look at the teeth that we all have you will see that we have teeth for both crushing vegetables and for cutting and tearing meat, we were designed to be omnivores.
  31. Profile photo of chaitanya
    chaitanya Male 40-49
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    September 16, 2008 at 1:17 pm
    well. im vegetarian and i dont like when i tell someone im vegetarian and they respond "what the hell? YOU are vegetarian? YOU?" or "Stop lying. youre joking right?". well it aint a problem for me. i do get good marks and i am not being a show off but i get the best marks in the class and have been 80% up average for the last forever. i really
    there are tons of VEGETARIAN fOODS WITH Vitimin B12. this is definately written rudely/meanly.
  32. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
    375 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 1:17 pm
    i didn`t claim it was. :]

    my point was, either way, whether you incorporate meat into your diet or not... your diet may not be balanced.

    you can`t only attack vegetarians and vegans.


    Most people`s diets are not balanced, but thanks for pointing out something that everyone already knows

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    dilldog123 Male 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 1:18 pm
    You know, I actually prefer religious debates over fights about dratING FOOD.
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    AmyNicoleduh Female 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 1:21 pm
    Most people`s diets are not balanced, but thanks for pointing out something that everyone already knows

    --

    i`m pretty sure you did the same in your response to my post.

    maybe you should work on your hypocrisy.

    the condescending comments towards my age range wasn`t wise, either.

    age doesn`t change facts.

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    hehehenerd Male 13-17
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    September 16, 2008 at 1:22 pm
    O NO DAINTY! Meh, she has been acting odder than usual lately
  36. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 1:26 pm
    i`m pretty sure you did the same in your response to my post.

    maybe you should work on your hypocrisy.

    the condescending comments towards my age range wasn`t wise, either.

    age doesn`t change facts.


    How would you suggest I work on my hypocracy? (stupid comment) What makes you think my comment on your age wasn`t wise? You become wiser with age. Most of your last post really makes no sense anyway.

  37. Profile photo of Igmo
    Igmo Male 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 1:30 pm
    ....This isn`t going to change my dedication to vegetarianism.
  38. Profile photo of Assimilate13
    Assimilate13 Female 18-29
    134 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 1:34 pm
    Take vitamins (especially B Complex), take L-Lysine, consume dairy and eggs (free range if possible, of course). You`ll be just fine. What`s important is being educated about what you are putting into your body, and what you need to be healthy. This goes for veggies and non-veggies alike. There are healthy diets that include meat, and healthy diets that do not. Either way, people should think more about what they consume.

    BTW, vegetarian for almost 16 years. :)

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    AmyNicoleduh Female 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 1:36 pm
    How would you suggest I work on my hypocracy? (stupid comment) What makes you think my comment on your age wasn`t wise? You become wiser with age. Most of your last post really makes no sense anyway.

    --

    wow, you`re a smart one. >.>

  40. Profile photo of coconutnut
    coconutnut Male 18-29
    387 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 1:37 pm
    I`m a vegetarian. But I`m not a strict vegetarian. I eat fish. And duck. Well, cause they`re nearly fish aren`t they... And pigs, sheep, cows; anything that lives near water.
    - Bill Bailey
  41. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 1:37 pm
    How would you suggest I work on my hypocracy? (stupid comment) What makes you think my comment on your age wasn`t wise? You become wiser with age. Most of your last post really makes no sense anyway.
    --

    wow, you`re a smart one. >.>

    You on the other hand are not a smart one, is that all you got?

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    shizzamX Female 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 1:39 pm
    um. i`m a vegetarian and i`m smarter than most of the people in my classes.. and i`m having no problems learning japanese..
  43. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 1:39 pm
    You never even answere my questions, do you even know what hypocracy means? Pick up a dictionary if you need to.
  44. Profile photo of AmyNicoleduh
    AmyNicoleduh Female 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 1:40 pm
    You on the other hand are not a smart one, is that all you got?

    --

    calm down, honey. i`m not about to continue a futile argument with an individual so close-minded.

  45. Profile photo of AmyNicoleduh
    AmyNicoleduh Female 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 1:42 pm
    You never even answere my questions, do you even know what hypocracy means? Pick up a dictionary if you need to.

    --

    lmfao, maybe YOU should pick up a dictionary and learn to how to spell it, first.

    h-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y.

    ;]

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    dilldog123 Male 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 1:43 pm
    i would assume she didnt know what hypocracy meant, seeing as it is `hypocrisy`...
  47. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 1:44 pm
    You still didn`t answer the question. How should I work on my h-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y? Stop changing the subject and simply answer the question.
  48. Profile photo of AmyNicoleduh
    AmyNicoleduh Female 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 1:45 pm
    i would assume she didnt know what hypocracy meant, seeing as it is `hypocrisy`...

    --

    my point exactly.

    somebody wanna tell me what on earth "hypocracy" is?

    :]

  49. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 1:46 pm
    You can sit there an dwell on the misspelling of a word or just answer the question if you can.
  50. Profile photo of AmyNicoleduh
    AmyNicoleduh Female 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 1:49 pm
    You still didn`t answer the question. How should I work on my h-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y? Stop changing the subject and simply answer the question.

    --

    okay, i will.

    you ought to check the apparent perception of your own statements before judging others as obsolete, when it`s clear that yours are just as irrelevant.

    are you done nit-picking, now?

  51. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
    375 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 1:54 pm
    you ought to check the apparent perception of your own statements before judging others as obsolete, when it`s clear that yours are just as irrelevant.


    You didn`t actually answer it, you just talked around the question. I really don`t care about the perception of my statement, In my comments I did not point out the obvious like you did.

  52. Profile photo of Backfat
    Backfat Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 1:55 pm
    too all of the teenagers who are veggies who say they are "still" smart, or the like...

    Shrinkage of the brain will not truly affect you until you are in you 50+ years. If it were an instant thing, then the world would have known about it YEARS ago.

  53. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
    375 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 1:55 pm
    Don`t you have a class to go to or something??
  54. Profile photo of Igmo
    Igmo Male 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 1:57 pm
    *claps for ByOwlPost*
    You totally nailed it.
    Thank you.
  55. Profile photo of Backfat
    Backfat Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 1:57 pm
    also to anyone arguing either side of this:

    U R A douche.

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    AmyNicoleduh Female 18-29
    1158 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    You didn`t actually answer it, you just talked around the question. I really don`t care about the perception of my statement, In my comments I did not point out the obvious like you did.

    --

    you surely did point out the obvious.

    "A vegetarian diet is not necessarily a balanced diet either, ask any athlete. More words of wisdom from teenagers."

    that point was just as apparent as the one i made.

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    manditaaknfv Female 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 2:12 pm
    oh well for me :-D
  58. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 2:13 pm
    So says the all knowing teenager

    You should run for president, your life experience and intelligence are astounding.

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    Backfat Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 2:18 pm
    Flame on douchbags
  60. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 2:19 pm
    I`m sorry backfat, is no one paying attetion to you? Do you feel left out?
  61. Profile photo of Assimilate13
    Assimilate13 Female 18-29
    134 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 2:23 pm
    "U R A douche"; "Flame on douchbags"

    Yeah, I just have to say, for someone making disparaging remarks about teenagers (though I do agree they should make sure they are informed about the nutritional requirements and responsibilities of becoming vegetarian, should they choose that particular diet), you sure do carry out an argument like a person with a less-than-developed frontal lobe....

  62. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
    375 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 2:25 pm
    lol, you know nothing about my overdeveloped frontal lobe
  63. Profile photo of Backfat
    Backfat Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 2:28 pm
    "I`m sorry backfat, is no one paying attetion to you? Do you feel left out?"

    whew, thought I was invisible there fer a minute.

  64. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
    375 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 2:30 pm
    Your not invisible, we all still love you like the annoying little kid trying to butt in on someone elses conversation.
  65. Profile photo of Backfat
    Backfat Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 2:30 pm
    awesome!
  66. Profile photo of Assimilate13
    Assimilate13 Female 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 2:31 pm
    Um, Aahnold, I was talking to Backfat. Those quotes aren`t yours...
  67. Profile photo of AmyNicoleduh
    AmyNicoleduh Female 18-29
    1158 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 2:32 pm
    So says the all knowing teenager

    You should run for president, your life experience and intelligence are astounding.

    --

    yeah, i`ll do that.

    @@

  68. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 2:32 pm
    I know, i was just being a smart alec ;)
  69. Profile photo of Assimilate13
    Assimilate13 Female 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 2:34 pm
    ok. :)
  70. Profile photo of Backfat
    Backfat Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 2:34 pm
    Assimilate13,

    I made no disparaging remarks about teenagers or nutritional requirements. I was talking about the fact that arguing this topic is a waste of time.

    Although, I am enjoying it a little. Mostly because I have nothing better to do at the moment.

  71. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
    375 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 2:35 pm
    Me too, this is getting fun and I also have nothing better to do.

  72. Profile photo of Backfat
    Backfat Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 2:36 pm
    yeah, It`s like contraversy day on IAB. Too bad I`ll have something better to do soon. |-(
  73. Profile photo of Assimilate13
    Assimilate13 Female 18-29
    134 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 2:38 pm
    "I made no disparaging remarks about teenagers..."

    "too all of the teenagers who are veggies who say they are "still" smart, or the like..."

    Perhaps this points to the futility of having an argument online at all - tone of voice is very important. Your remark "too" all of the teenagers seemed a touch snippy. Regardless, I don`t see the point in arguing the pointless nature of a discussion by introducing equally pointless, juvenile one-liners.

  74. Profile photo of Assimilate13
    Assimilate13 Female 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 2:39 pm
    But perhaps my standards are too high. lol.
  75. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 2:41 pm
    I think its fun insulting all the teens who spout off a bunch of "facts" they read out of a magazine. I remember those days thinking adults knew nothing. I know 10 times as much now as I did then and now I realize I know nothing.
  76. Profile photo of Backfat
    Backfat Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 2:42 pm
    "Your remark "too" all of the teenagers seemed a touch snippy."

    Wow, you really do read too much into what is typed. Especially because "too" was a type, it sould have said "to". Does that make it better?

  77. Profile photo of Assimilate13
    Assimilate13 Female 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 2:48 pm
    In that context I have no way of knowing whether it was a typo or if you have bad grammar skills.

    But, no, to answer your question, that does not resolve the issue. :)

  78. Profile photo of Assimilate13
    Assimilate13 Female 18-29
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    September 16, 2008 at 2:51 pm
    "I think its fun insulting all the teens who spout off a bunch of "facts" they read out of a magazine. I remember those days thinking adults knew nothing. I know 10 times as much now as I did then and now I realize I know nothing."

    Well, hopefully we`ll all get to a point in our lives when we realize how little we truly know. But I think these teenagers are trying to form their identities and make choices that are in line with those identities, and mocking that doesn`t seem to serve much of a purpose, imo, as that will probably only firm their resolve. I`m not going to bash anyone for considering a vegetarian diet (as I said, I`ve been veg for 16 years, since I was 13), I just think too many people aren`t informed about how much work it really takes to be healthy while maintaining that diet. It took me years to figure it out.

  79. Profile photo of Backfat
    Backfat Male 30-39
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    September 16, 2008 at 2:53 pm
    weird, because all I was trying to say is that brain shrinkage won`t be noticable on a Veggie with vitamin deficency untill they are 50+, so teenages wouldn`t notice it. If it were noticable in teenagers, then this information would have been discovered YEARS ago.

    You probably shouldn`t try to read emothions, because they are REALLY hard to convey without tone of voice, and facial expressions.

  80. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
    375 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 2:53 pm
    So says the all knowing teenager
    You should run for president, your life experience and intelligence are astounding.

    --

    yeah, i`ll do that.

    @@


    Of course you will I would not expect anything less of a delusional 17 year old.

  81. Profile photo of Backfat
    Backfat Male 30-39
    1897 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 2:54 pm
    unfortunatly now is the time where I do have something better to do, so have fun guys
  82. Profile photo of Dakkar
    Dakkar Male 18-29
    1256 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 2:56 pm
    A lot of people are claiming they are not feeling an ill-effects of vegetarian diets in concern to this study. But how many of you are 60 years of age or older? That is where the real problem lies.

    Yes, you can take vitamins and other artificial supplements to get B12, proteins, and what have you, but its a different process in how the body is able to break them down and use them. Humans have been eating meat for certain nutrients for millennia. Its been less than a century since supplements have been available. Therefore, natural conditioning supports meat ingestion of nutrients more readily and easier than artificial ingestion.

    Especially as a young kid and young adults, the body can get by fine with artificial supplements, but it is less effective over time and with increasing age. Therefore, you`re 20 something vegetarians can be valedictorians. But we`ll check back in 50 years.

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    Dakkar Male 18-29
    1256 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 2:59 pm
    Just remember, vegetarianism exploded roughly half a century ago and veganism more recently. While there were vegetarians beforehand, they didn`t exist in as big of numbers. In the next 20 years, that population will be entering the later years in life.

    I think we will see the long-term effects of vegetarian diets in a very convincing sample of the population. I for one am predicting a spike in Alzheimer cases.

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    AahNold Male 30-39
    375 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 2:59 pm
    Assimilate13, the purpose it serves is to entertain me. If their identity is formed by my comments on IAB then I say HELL YA!!!
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    Assimilate13 Female 18-29
    134 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 2:59 pm
    "You probably shouldn`t try to read emothions, because they are REALLY hard to convey without tone of voice, and facial expressions."

    I believe I`ve already said something to that effect.

    All I ever really had an issue with was your insistence on throwing around pointless remarks about certain people being akin to feminine genital wash, while simultaneously arguing the futility of the conversation.

  86. Profile photo of Assimilate13
    Assimilate13 Female 18-29
    134 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 3:00 pm
    Well, then more power to ya, Aahnold.
  87. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
    375 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 3:02 pm
    female genital wash... I like the way that rolls of the tongue, sounds so up tight and proper.
  88. Profile photo of Assimilate13
    Assimilate13 Female 18-29
    134 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 3:03 pm
    That`s me, uptight and proper all the way. ;P
  89. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
    375 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 3:04 pm
    I`m getting goose bumps on my arms now!!
  90. Profile photo of mbor
    mbor Male 30-39
    269 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 3:04 pm
    "A Vegetarian Diet Shrinks the Brain" It`s about time!

    "you ever heard of an omnivore? ... we were designed to be omnivores." THANK YOU!

  91. Profile photo of Assimilate13
    Assimilate13 Female 18-29
    134 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 3:05 pm
    I believe a nice vegetarian meal may help you with that ailment.
  92. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
    375 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 3:07 pm
    O its not an ailment, I would call it a benefit. :)
  93. Profile photo of Assimilate13
    Assimilate13 Female 18-29
    134 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 3:08 pm
    Damn. I tried.
  94. Profile photo of Snivellus
    Snivellus Female 13-17
    605 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 3:16 pm
    So that`s why my no-longer friend was such a dumbass. It all makes sense now...

    I know, brain size does not affect intellect...

    Anyway, I really would like to be vegetarian... but my mom doesn`t let me. She says it`s unhealthy... I guess it`s true... -__-

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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10443 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 3:37 pm
    It is unhealthy... some people will never get it. Anyway, nice post.

    The 4 food groups are: Potatoes, Meat, Oil and Salt.

  96. Profile photo of Joolin
    Joolin Male 18-29
    1003 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 4:22 pm
    If you actually read the article, you`ll see that it only applies to vegetarians at an age when everything in your body starts going south, and also only if they don`t get enough vitamin B12, which is definitely possible to get in a vegetarian form. Myth: BUSTED!!
  97. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
    375 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 4:33 pm
    Myth: busted!!

    HAHAH loser

    I guess you know more than the scientists who did the study, you should tell them how stupid they are

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    ScytheofLuna Male 18-29
    33 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 4:50 pm
    Oh yeah, he`s a total loser... except that you clearly didn`t read the article, he`s merely restated the facts from said article. Studies show any number of conflicting sorts of datum depending on who`s engaging in the study, who paid to fund the study, and the general bias of those partaking in the research, however in this instance the research does seem sound. But as several people have pointed out, and as some of you are clearly far too dense to absorb, Vitamin B12 is a vital component in avoiding any detriment to your health if you choose a vegetarian lifestyle. If you want to eat animal corpse have at it. It certainly is within your right, but it is equally within other people`s right to choose alternately, and it only makes you look like an ass to berate them. Scientific studies are important building blocks in constructing an argument, but context is imperative. Scientific studies are the beginnings of fact, not the end.
  99. Profile photo of ScytheofLuna
    ScytheofLuna Male 18-29
    33 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 4:55 pm
    Vegetarianism requires that you consider alternative sources for vital nutrients. Animal carcass is not the only source for these nutrients, so the arrogant appraisal that this study somehow vindicates carnivores as being in the right is a flawed assertion to say the least. I`ve been a vegetarian for almost a decade and there has been no detriment to my health, and there are vegetarians far older than I am. Research studies are contradicted on a constant basis, so don`t look to a singular source if you`re looking for a justification for eating animals. I could cite an infinite number of reasons why vegetarianism is healthier, more ethical, and the nobler choice. Please enjoy your carrion, but don`t use science as a justification for it. You can buy vitamin B-12 in any pharmacy.
  100. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
    375 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 5:01 pm
    HAHA another loser

    I did read the article and don`t need it re-read back to me. I did`t read more than 2 lines of your stupid rant tho, waste of time.

    Your face looks like an ass

  101. Profile photo of AahNold
    AahNold Male 30-39
    375 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 5:04 pm
    Ethical, ha

    plants are alive when you eat them, at least the meat is dead. You plant killer you, murderer!!!

  102. Profile photo of opiebreath
    opiebreath Female 18-29
    15782 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 5:25 pm
    This article, more than saying vegetarianism is bad is saying that most vegetarians don`t look for the required nutrients in other sources like they need to.
  103. Profile photo of elkingo
    elkingo Male 30-39
    5385 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 6:26 pm
    If God didn`t want us to eat animals, then why did he make them out of meat?
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    Vagrant86 Male 18-29
    2557 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 6:45 pm
    go figure XD
  105. Profile photo of AndroidMetro
    AndroidMetro Male 18-29
    807 posts
    September 16, 2008 at 6:48 pm
    No wonder women are so dumb.
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    Samigator Female 13-17
    60 posts
    September 17, 2008 at 2:51 pm
    AndroidMetro, you dick.

    Its the vegetarians` fault that they suffer. They just dont take the pills to give them the vitamins they need.

  107. Profile photo of Rman1201
    Rman1201 Male 18-29
    247 posts
    September 17, 2008 at 9:33 pm
    Or it could just be the fact that everyone in the sample was over 61 years old. 61+ years old and testing the memory loss in 5 years. Give me a drating break

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