Non Animal Protocol (N.A.P)

27 Jul

When you hear the word, Vegan, what comes to mind?

The crunchy hippie with dread locks?

The conscientious young child who likes her bug collection too much to eat meat?

The rise of the vegan has been something of a health trend to watch for some time. Now, it has become a near mainstream approach for preventing and reversing heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. President Clinton, ultra marathoners Scott Jurek and Rich Roll, celebrities abound are all vegan converts. All moral arguments aside on eating animals, research proves this diet can actually lead to better health outcomes.

I posit that the inherent connotation that vegans eat as such to preserve animal rights is beginning to shift, medically speaking. A diet once reserved for “pansies,” hippies, animal rights activists, and the like has become a “prescribed” approach by doctors as a means to improve poor health.

Books like The China Study, works by Dr. Dean Ornish, and The Engine 2 diet are redefining how we view veganism. Social norms are changing dramatically as a result of this push to get vegan mainstream.

As such, I believe veganism should receive a new name, a fresh start, that properly defines this seismic diet shift.

Non Animal Protocol or NAP for short. Not only would a new name help continue to drive society to “eat more plants,” but it would also continue to allow doctors to use this approach medically to improve their patients outcome. No longer would patients recoil in terror at the sound of their cardiologist and rheumatologists recommending veganism as a prescription for health.

On a side note, I eat animals (in moderation) but understand the value in that a Non Animal Protocol could facilitate societal acceptance and progression towards improving health outcomes and general wellness of the population.

What are your thoughts on redefining veganism?

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2 Responses to “Non Animal Protocol (N.A.P)”

  1. luminousvegans July 30, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    Interesting post. I certainly do believe in the healthy benefits of a plant based diet. The other day I met a man who had gotten off the maximum dose of lipitor and cut his cholesterol in half after just 3 months on a plant based diet, no joke.

    However, the term veganism and the moral argument for animals can not be separated because the rights of animals are the very basis for veganism. Veganism is more than a diet, it is a lifestyle. This is admittedly easy to forget due to the constant onslaught of celebrities changing their diets and calling themselves “vegan”. I doubt Bill Clinton checks that his shoes are not leather, so to call him a vegan convert is a misnomer.

    I really like your idea of giving a new name (NAP is clever!) to plant based diets because I think it’s important to distinguish the difference between plant based diets and veganism.

    • hellbententrepreneur July 30, 2012 at 9:37 am #

      Thanks for the pithy comments, luminousvegans. No surprise about the man who got off lipitor w a plant-based diet. There are many who, like him, have had similar results, hence the impetus for this post.

      And as for the “vegan” misnomer, again that’s the reason why I believe, medically speaking, vegan does a poor job at classifying the reason why many seek out this approach diet approach for longterm health, hence the Non Animal Protocol.

      It would get more doctors on board with it and allow for the complete separation of diet for health and diet for moral reasons (which are dramatically different).

      Cheers,
      Craig

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