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There are animal welfare vegans and animal only-fight-against-other-vegans abolitionist vegans. V-EGANISM is neither. Just as there are positive things and negative things about conservatives and liberals, there are positive things and negative things about welfarists and abolitionists. V-EGANISM avoids all 4 "political parties", and remains as an independent in thoughts and actions, only choosing what is right and just for animals, humans, and the environment. V-EGANISM however does have a mission statement which is how the founder of veganism, Donald Watson, originally coined the word's definition. It was a perfect definition then and it still is a perfect definition now! So the following paragraph is V-EGANISM's official Mission Statement--and nothing more, nothing less, we are simply called, "Vegan Activists", with no additives:

"V-EGANISM educates people and helps people and animals regarding the political and social justice cause, Veganism, which is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude--as far as is possible and practical--all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, cosmetics, household products, entertainment, service or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals, and the environment."

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Reply to Alex Jamieson's "I’m not vegan anymore"

The vegan community is abuzz right now in response to Alex Jamieson confessing on her blogpost: "I’m not vegan anymore".

As I write this, I see there are hundreds of responses to her post--me included. This is what I wrote in reply to her post:

If you’re not feeling/being healthy eating only cruelty-free foods then you’re not eating vegan in the way you personally should eat in being vegan. It would be best to see a vegan nutritionist; I believe you never mentioned going to a vegan doctor. They do exist and can help you eat vegan in a healthy way designed for you.

Everyone can’t be healthy vegans *in the very same way*, as we all have different needs. But we all can be healthy vegans in a way designed for us as individuals.

I don’t doubt that you still love animals, but to love animals as much as you could and should, you would be vegan and get professional nutritional counseling to be a healthy vegan for the sake of your own body as well as for animals and the planet.

I really hope Alex goes to a nutritionist.

I don't believe I ever posted this story of my own life but I did have a break in being vegan. After years of being vegan, I noticed the enamel on my teeth was deteriorating. I thought it was due to lack of calcium, so still a vegan, I took calcium supplements in hope that would solve the issue, but it didn't help. I ignorantly thought it was because I stopped eating dairy and stupidly didn't go to a vegan doctor about it. I then started drinking milk again.

When I finally went to my dentist for a regular check-up, I mentioned this to him (who, by the way, is not a vegan), he said to me: "Your enamel isn't deteriorating because you're vegan. It's because you're using a too hard toothbrush. As the years went by, enamel starts to erode by using a hard bristle toothbrush and pressing too hard on your teeth with it. It has nothing to do with being vegan." I felt very stupid but quite happy with the news. I then stopped drinking milk and became vegan again.

Valuable lesson learned!

If you are having ANY trouble at all with your vegan diet for life, please, please, please see a vegan doctor about it--or possibly any doctor, as I said my dentist wasn't even a vegan dentist who told me I was wrong. But a vegan doctor may have more answers to whatever issues you are having, so see them.

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