Why Is Eating Meat So Unhealthy

By Dr. Bob McCauley

The reason that eating animal protein is one of the worst things for our health is simple. Let’s first establish that everyone always cooks their animal protein.  Rarely does anyonesteak tartare eat raw meat, fish, eggs or dairy, although there is a strong movement to consume raw dairy, in particular raw goat’s milk.   I am not against eating raw animal protein, but it certainly is not necessary for us to consume it if we wish to be healthy.  Eating raw animal protein is known as Paleo Diet.

The problem with animal protein is that it is a pre-formed protein chain of amino acids that are then brought to high temperatures during the cooking process.  The higher the meattemperature and the longer the animal protein is cooked at these temperatures, the more harmful the animal protein becomes to our health.  Although it is not desirable, exposing plant proteins (unstructured amino acids) to high temperatures does not have the same deleterious effects on our health.  A Harvard study showed that the consumption of red meat has been linked to the increased risk of Type II diabetes.[1]

“Regular consumption of red meat, especially processed, is associated with an increased risk for type 2 diabetes. The findings are important given the rising epidemic of diabetes and the increasing consumption of red meat.” – Frank B. Hu, MD, PhD

I always suspected this about protein structures and it was confirmed to me in a book called  Heal With Amino Acids and Nutrients.[2]

I was reading the book in my studies to become a Certified Nutritional Consultant, and Amino Acidsthere it was in black and white, exactly what I had always suspected and that is that cooked, pre-formed protein structures become chemically scrambled and many of the peptide bonds that link the amino acids together are completely destroyed.  This turns the protein structure into mush, unrecognizable and therefore unusable by the body.  The more it is cooked, the more dangerous it becomes.  Cooking animal protein at extremely high temperature also creates plastic-like substances (polymers) call acrylamides, which of course are toxic, extremely unhealthy and therefore do not belong in the body.

peptide bondsThe same problem would not occur if plant protein is cooked, although I certainly would not recommend it if it can be avoided.  If you want to consume meat, fish, eggs or dairy, do so with the realization that you are consuming them strictly for the taste of it, not for the nutrition.  A smaller handful of Spirulina and/or Chlorella will provide your body with all the nutrition it needs.

Nothing causes more disease than eating cooked animal protein other than people don’t keep themselves properly hydrated, meaning they simply do not drink enough water, and/or they don’t drink the right kind of water.  The right water is ionized water, spring water, mineral water or well-filtered tap water.  Distilled and reverse osmosis is NOT the right kind of water we should consume.

My effort, as always, is to educate people about health, and not to suggest that we make people stop eating animal protein.  I don’t care what people eat – it’s none of my business.  However I do offer some advice to those who want to listen, and that is to limit, if not entirely eliminate, animal protein of all kinds from your diet if your desire is to be healthy.  If you replace animal with algae, Spirulina and Chlorella, you will do an about face and quickly start moving closer to that goal.


[1] American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  August 2011

[2] Heal With Amino Acids and Nutrients by Billie Jay Sahley and Katherine M. Birkne.  Pain & Stress Publications (December 2001).  ISBN: 978-1889391205 .

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About Bob McCauley

Bob McCauley, ND (Robert F., Jr.) was raised in Lansing, Michigan and attended Michigan State University (BA, 1980 in Journalism). He is a naturopathic doctor, Master Herbalist and a Certified Nutritional Consultant. He has traveled extensively, both domestically and abroad, visiting over 32 countries. He published Confessions of a Body Builder: Rejuvenating the Body with Spirulina, Chlorella, Raw Foods and Ionized Water (2000), Achieving Great Health (2005), The Miraculous Properties of Ionized Water, (2006) which is the only book on the market that exclusively addresses Ionized Water, Twelve (Fiction, 2007) and Honoring the Temple of God (2008). He considers himself a Naturalist, meaning he pursues health in the most natural way possible. He studies and promotes nature as the only way to true health. From 2002-2004 he hosted the radio program Achieving Great Health, which was heard by thousands of people each day. His guests included some of the most well-known and respected names in the natural health world. With the help of his father, Dr. Robert F. McCauley, Sr. (Doctorate in Environmental Engineering, MIT, 1953) they started Spartan Water Company in 1992, which sold vended water machines in supermarkets. Robert Jr. founded Spartan Enterprises, Inc. in 1993. He is a Certified Water Technician with the State of Michigan. He is also a Type II Public Water Supply Specialist and has the certifications of S-5 and D-5. The McCauley family has a long history in the water industry. Bob's father pioneered environmental issues regarding ground water and drinking water quality. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1953 for his thesis on removing radioactive strontium from water. He earned his doctorate in Environmental Engineering in less than 2 years, one of the shortest doctoral studies in the history of MIT. He taught civil, sanitary and environmental engineering at Michigan State University for 18 years before retiring to run Wolverine Engineers & Surveyors of Mason, Michigan, for 17 years. His reputation throughout Michigan as a water quality expert was legendary. Bob worked for his father's company for 12 years learning the water business, which dealt primarily with municipalities, including water quality and sanitary sewer issues. After apprenticing with his father, Bob moved on to the bottled water business. He established greater Michigan's biggest selling bottled water: Michigan Mineral – Premium Natural Water. He was introduced to Ionized Water in 1995 and has done more to promote Ionized Water than anyone else in the industry. Bob often lectures and offers seminars on his Seven Component Natural Health Protocol . Bob is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and a Certified Master Herbalist. He is also a 3rd Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor of Songahm Taekwondo (American Taekwondo Association).
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