Vegan Resources: Health, Nutrition & Disease
Behold! One of the most comprehensive & extensive databases of scholarly articles regarding nutrition & the pressing need for a plant based diet you will ever find.
Most of these articles highlight the health risks associated with the Standard American Diet (S.A.D) of high meat & dairy consumption, but some of them focus more generally on improved dietic practices & the health benefits of plant based eating. It’s important that you don’t look at the quantity of articles, but look at the actual data – look at the evidence. Acknowledge the shortcomings, but notice that many of the gaps left in one study are filled or picked up by a subsequent study.
Please note that I am not a doctor. I’m also not a scientist (except for that time I had a Doctor Dreadful set – I was definitely a Mad Scientist then). I’m just passionate about veganism & it’s health benefits (& environmental benefits – & it goes without saying, the animal lives it saves is my driving force behind all of this). I'm not here to peddle pseudoscientific claims – where there are omissions, the studies acknowledge them – nothing here is to be taken as absolute fact, but instead as a piece to a much larger puzzle. Each study is another piece, & when you put each piece together, the larger picture becomes clearer.
I’m also not here to demonize meat & dairy – I’ll let these scientists & doctors & researchers do that for me. Ha-ha! But seriously.
I’ve categorized the articles into headings like Cancer, Diabetes, Kidney Disease, etc., based on the type of research you will find under that heading. Ideally this will make it easier to navigate. Under each heading I have alphabetized the research by the first author’s last name. For the sake of my sanity, I have left out many subsequent author’s names & replaced them with ‘et. al’, as is common practice in the academic community. If you are interested in seeing the rest of the author’s names, you can click on the handy-dandy link I’ve provided.
Each entry will have a name, a publishing date, a title, a link, & usually a short summary of the issues addressed in the study and/or the results/findings of the study. Some entries are in books, & I have provided the information you will need to track those books down if you so choose.
I’ve worked long & hard, ceaselessly, tirelessly. Every spare moment I’ve had, I found myself stealing away to read more articles, do more searches, delve deeper into the world of nutrition & biology. After all, it’s important to understand how our body works, and how what we put into it affects it.
By no means is this a complete list. There are many other studies out there, some I’ve come across and lost, others underneath stones yet to be turned over. I plan to add to this list as I come across new information and new studies. And please, if you have a scholarly article you would like to see added to this body of research; if you notice an error or repeated entry (please note that some entries are duplicated under different headings on purpose) that I may have overlooked during my zombie sessions late at night; or if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. You can message me via Instagram @veganacnesufferers or you can email me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via the "Contact" page.
Remember folks …
Correlation /= causation, but where there’s THIS much smoke .. there has to be fire.
Adebamowo, et. al, 2005. High school dietary dairy intake and teenage acne.
This study found a positive association with acne for intake of total milk and skim milk. They hypothesize that the association with milk may be because of the presence of hormones and bioactive molecules in milk.
Adebamowo, et. al, 2006. Milk consumption and acne in adolescent girls.
This study found a positive association between intake of milk and acne. This finding supports earlier studies and suggests that the metabolic effects of milk are sufficient to elicit biological responses in consumers.
Adebamowo, et. al, 2008. Milk consumption and acne in teenaged boys.
This study found a positive association between intake of skim milk and acne. This finding suggests that skim milk contains hormonal constituents, or factors that influence endogenous hormones, in sufficient quantities to have biological effects in consumers.
Danby, 2008. Diet and acne.
Danny, 2009. Acne, dairy and cancer: The 5alpha-P link.
Dairy consumption is associated with breast & prostate cancer, & acne.
Di Landro, et. al, 2012. Family history, body mass index, selected dietary factors, menstrual history, and risk of moderate to severe acne in adolescents and young adults.
This study used adolescents and young adults, and found 78% higher risk of acne in those drinking more than 3 servings per week of milk.
Milk consumption: aggravating factor of acne and promoter of chronic diseases of Western societies. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/19243483/
Melnik, 2011. Evidence for acne-promoting effects of milk and other insulinotropic dairy products.
Both, restriction of milk consumption or generation of less insulinotropic milk will have an enormous impact on the prevention of epidemic western diseases like obesity, diabetes mellitus, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases and acne.
Goldman, 2004. Antibiotic abuse in animal agriculture: Exacerbating drug resistance in human pathogens.
Recognizes that the casual use of antibiotics in the agricultural industry is a global issue threatening humans.
Siriken et. al, 2015. Prevalence and Characterization of Salmonella Isolated from Chicken Meat in Turkey.
Salmonella & antibiotic resistance in chicken.
Van Boeckel, et. al, 2015. Global trends in antimicrobial use in food animals.
Antimicrobial increase in chicken.
Torralbo, et. al, 2015. Higher resistance of Campylobacter coli compared to Campylobacter jejuni at chicken slaughterhouse.
Antibiotic resistance & prominence of campylobacter in chicken.
Witte, 1998. Medical Consequences of Antibiotic Use in Agriculture
Tucker, et. al, 2000. Plasma vitamin B-12 concentrations relate to cintake source in the Framingham Offspring Study
39% of Americans are B12 deficient. If vegans are only 1% of the population, how could B12 be a vegan issue?
Guyard-Nicodeme, et. al, 2015. Prevalence and characterization of Campylobacter jejuni from chicken meat sold in French retail outlets.
Campylobacter at the consumer level found in chicken in France.
Hansson, et. al, 2015. Associations between Campylobacter levels on chicken skin, underlying muscle, caecum and packaged fillets.
Campylobacter found in chicken skin/breast/muscle.
Allen, et. al, 2000. Hormones and diet: low insulin-like growth factor-1 but normal bioavailable androgens in vegan men.
Cancer IGF1 in vegans, vegetarians & meat eaters.
Allen, et. al, 2002. The Associations of Diet with Serum Insulin-like Growth Factor I and Its Main Binding Proteins in 292 Women Meat-Eaters, Vegetarians, and Vegans
Cancer IGF1 in ️vegans, vegetarians & meat eaters. Vegans have lower levels of IGF1 & higher levels of IGF1 inhibitors (although their relationship is not entirely understood).
Aune, et. al, 2009. Egg consumption and the risk of cancer: a multisite case-control study in Uruguay.
Egg consumption associated with an increased risk in all cancers. Suggests further research to corroborate.
Barnard, et. al, 1995. The Medical Costs Attributable to Meat Consumption.
Meat associated with increased cancer risk – these figures are also underestimated.
Barnard, et. al, 2006. Effects of a low-fat, high-fiber diet and exercise program on breast cancer risk factors in vivo and tumor cell growth and apoptosis in vitro.
These results show that a very-low-fat, high-fiber diet combined with daily exercise results in major reductions in risk factors for BCa while subjects remained overweight/obese. Not explicitly vegan but high fat diets are typically associated with meat, & high fiber diets are associated with vegetables & fruit.
Beasley, et. al, 2011. Post-diagnosis dietary factors and survival after invasive breast cancer.
Lowered intakes of saturated and trans fats are associated with improved survival rate after breast cancer diagnosis.
(http://appliedresearch.cancer.gov/diet/foodsources/sat_fat/sf.html Sources of high saturated fat: dairy, eggs, meat, pasta, candy).
Chan, et. al, 1998. Dairy products, calcium, phosphorous, vitamin D, and risk of prostate cancer (Sweden).
High consumption of dairy was associated with a 50% increase in cancer risk.
Chan, et. al, 2001. Dairy products, calcium, and prostate cancer risk in the Physicians’ Health Study.
Increased risk of prostate cancer with consumption of dairy.
Chan, et. al, 2011. Red and processed meat and colorectal cancer incidence: meta-analysis of prospective studies.
Meat associated with increase in colorectal, colon & rectal cancers.
Cho, et. al, 2003. Premenopausal Fat Intake and Risk of Breast Cancer.
Total fat intake didn’t indicate an increased risk of breast cancer – however ANIMAL fat intake IS positively associated with breast cancer.
Danny, 2009. Acne, dairy and cancer: The 5alpha-P link.
Dairy consumption is associated with breast & prostate cancer.
DeBruin, et. al, 2001. Detection of PhIP (2-amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo[4,5-b]pyridine) in the milk of healthy women.
Association between meat & breast cancer risk.
De Noni, et. al, 2009.
Review of the Potential Health Impact of Beta-Casomorphins and Related Peptides.
Donaldson, 2004. Nutrition and cancer: a review of the evidence for an anti-cancer diet. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/15496224/?i=1&from=flax%20seed%20colorectal Breast, colorectal & prostate cancer – an anti-cancer diet means less meat & more fiber.
Ganmaa, et. al, 2001.