Ed Driscoll

The Leitmotif Of The 21st Century

Glenn Reynolds reviews a topic (which Steve Green once posted on in the early days of VodkaPundit): “Death By Veganism“, and Nina Planck’s new book, Real Foods, whish apparently has launched a vegan-fueled flamewar on its Amazon review. A reader emailed the Professor this:

The Vegans are on the attack… Planck just wrote an op-ed piece in the NY Times today (May 21) discussing the lethality of unsupplemented Vegan diets (after yet another couple was convicted of murder for starving their infant by withholding animal protein.) But now it’s payback time, so the Vegans have come to try to destroy Planck for bringing science, not sentiment, to the subject of nutrition.

Politics and PETA won’t keep a baby alive when it’s deprived of the essential amino acids that can only be found in animal protein. And none of these Vegans have read Planck’s book…I have, and it’s good.

Glenn adds:

I had a girlfriend who was on a vegan diet. She came down with Kwashiorkor. Luckily, the folks at Cornell Student Health diagnosed it quickly, even though it’s a protein-deficiency disease normally found in starving third-world children, because they had seen it so often among women on vegan diets.

Am I the only one who had an instant flashback to Tom Wolfe’s “The Great Relearning” essay from Hooking Up upon reading that? There’s an earlier version of it online here: