CHENNAI: The powerful meat industry of the West has prevented the release of crucial studies revealing the harmful effects of consuming cooked meat, said BM Hegde, renowned medical scientist and former Vice-Chancellor of Manipal University.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 42nd World Vegetarian Fest conducted by the International Vegetarian Union, Hegde said avoiding meat alone will not cure diseases.
“We humans adhere to reductionism in this regard. We need to look at the issue not as bits and pieces. For instance, one necessarily need not eat anything to generate energy to do work in our body,” said Hegde.
“Sunlight has the potential to generate energy. The yogis in the Himalayas who practise pranayama are able to survive on little food due to this simple fact,” added Hegde.
Criticising the medical practice which looked at abnormalities as illnesses, Hegde said that the human mechanism was built to function with all these abnormalities in it. Elaborating on Mahatma Gandhi’s medical history, Hegde said that the father of the nation suffered from hypertension.
“Gandhi’s blood pressure level was 200/120. His doctor used to worry about the old man’s health and he had a frail body to complicate issues. But, he lived to be killed by Godse,” Hegde said.
“There is a five to 10 per cent chance of obtaining false positives in medical sciences when you apply the commonly accepted parameters to any healthy individual. But, that alone does not mean that you are sick,” he added.
Interestingly, Hegde also suggested that medical practitioners are rather keen to retain a healthy individual as a patient, rather than offering a cure. This is the case with diabetics, he said.
“Diabetics are advised to switch over from rice to chappatis by a few diabetologists. In reality, wheat gluten in these chappatis will damage the pancreas and keep the patient diabetic permanently,” Hegde said.