The China Study: My Favorite Chapter

For this blog, I didn’t want to go into to deep studies on why veganism is good for many reasons. That’s for a different audience. Instead, I want to discuss one of my favorite parts of this book that talks more about a story than about research.

By doing this I am not trying to promote that the research done in this book is just a joke. It has taken these authors years to gather on the information they need to make their research as well constructed as possible. They’ve even gone as far as to revise it and I’ve bought their revised edition. By no means should they be discredited without first looking through all their research throughly.

the-china-study-revised-expandedMy favorite chapter is called Repeating Histories -it is the last chapter of this book. It talks about how the author was digging into some family history, but then he discovered something more important. He found that scholars have been arguing about the nature of health for thousands of years. He found a dialogue that Plato had written. Socrates and Glaucon were the only characters and they discussed the future of their cities.

Socrates wanted a city built on simplicity, he thought that if foods were taken in moderation then people would live long and healthy lives.

Glaucon thought that a more, “civil,” way of doing things would be that every citizen should have the “luxury,” of eating meat. He thought, “they ought to recline on couches… and have the usual dishes and dessert of a modern dinner.”

Socrates warned that demanding such things would result in land disputes. To raise animals for meat would require a lot more land than simply growing plants. Socrates then predicted that due to this, law courts and doctors would be abundant. Meaning that Plato had predicted what things would look like thousands of years into the future.

The truth is that people have known for thousands that animal products aren’t that great for us. I think only just now has animal consumption recached it peak -but now it’s starting to decline.



100 Goals

Sounds pretty crazy right? I know 100 goals sounds like a lot. However, I’ve decided to use this as motivation so that way I can look at the goals I’ve already completed and maybe that will help motivate me to reach more of them. I’m crossing out the ones I’ve already completed.

1) Write a book

2) Learn how to make a wordpress theme

3) Have read at least 200 books

4) Have longer hair

5) Get rid of acene

6) Get rid of acne scars

7) Get back to 100 pounds

8) Have toned arms

9) Use only distilled water

10) Live off a garden

11) Do a plank for ten mintues

12) Become zero waste

13) Have a successful blog

14) Own my own house

15) Paint a elf in watercolor

16) Learn Greek

17) Learn how to make clothes

18) Teach the importance of health

19) Help people love themselves

20) Learn to play guitar

21) Have a successful YouTube channel

22) Make a animation

23) Run a marathon

24) Own a resturant

25) Learn to roller skate

26) Learn to ice skate

27) Put up pictures of things I love

28) Own a dog(I mean I have one, but my parents pay for him and he’s technically a family dog)

29) Make a cookbook

30) Teach horsemanship to others

31) Open people up to veganism

32) Use hydroponics

33) Study and do experiments on plant telepathy

34) Buy a necklace with a leaf pendant

35) Try sking at least once

36) Make at least 5,000 dollars a month

37) Do the splits

38) Do a handstand for twenty seconds

39) Make better food choices

40) Maintain a healthier weight

41) Help the homeless

42) Learn to surf

43) Go to Greece

44) Go to Japan

45) See wolves at Yellowstone

46) Sell homemade products

47) Live in a house with NO junk food

48) Live in a house with NO TV

49) Write a book with someone

50) Have a kid(ONE KID)

51) Learn sign language

52) Touch my toes without unstraighting my legs

53) Go 100% vegan

54) Make my own toothpaste

55) Learn to dance

56) Write at least one song

57) Read the China Study

58) Hike the Applachain Trail

59) Travel to the Carriben

60) Do cancer studies/research

61) Have a collection of make up form lush

62) Make my own perfume

63) Learn to fight

64) Do a DNA test

65) Own a horse

66) Buy a book with writing prompts and write something for each

67) Shower under a waterfall at least once

68) Build stuff for wildlife around my home

69) See pryor mustangs

70) Build a primitive shelter at least once

71) Help make college less expensive

72) Read at least five self help books

73) Read at least five vegan books

74) Build a tiny house

75) Drive or make a eco friendly car

76) Make at least one dress

77) Go zip lining 

78) Go mountain climbing

79) Have a solar powered home

80) Share food from my garden

81) Continue to learn how the human body works

82) Relearn Spanish

83) Use a standing desk

84) Make money online

85) Write at least one good play

86) Own a library

87) Make a comic

88) Get better at chess

89) Have a whole room of just books

90) Sleep under the stars

91) Grow old with someone

92) Make at least one app

93) See Paris

94) Go to Hawaii

95) Go to Mexico

96) Make a journal collage of pictures

97) Pay back my parents for taking care of me all these years

98) Live to at least 100

99) Try to love people every day

100) Try to help people reach their goals

I know I might not reach all of these goals, but even though life is short I don’t think I want to spend every day doing the exact same thing. I hope with enough motivation I’ll be able to complete all of these goals.

I actually made this post months go, but I didn’t post because I was afraid that I wouldn’t go through with some of these goals. However, after looking back, I changed it to goals that I think suit me better and if I change my mind I’ll add a different goal to the list. I know as times goes by our minds begin to think differently and sometimes we don’t end up doing the things we thought we wanted to do because other things became more important. Despite this, I still plan to complete 100 goals and use this blog to track my progress.