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The Crime Of Raising Vegan Kids | When Diet Is Deadly

Raising children vegan is already a controversial topic, involving such hot-button issues as proper parenting, dietary choice, child nutrition, religious freedom and parental responsibility. But when a vegan infant or child becomes seriously ill or passes away, the debate moves from the realm of the controversial to the criminal.

At the time of this video’s release, a draft bill in Italy aims to impose jail time on parents who feed their children a vegan diet. The bill, proposed by Elvira Savino of the centre-right Forza Italia party, follows the fourth hospitalization of a vegan child in 18 months.

While the media flurry around the bill in Italy will no doubt soon be replaced with the next controversy of the moment, this is not the first nor will it be the last time the endangerment and death of children presumably being fed a vegan diet, has garnered international attention.

As with most stories in the media, there’s plenty of coverage surrounding the Savino bill, but not a whole lot of pertinent information being offered. [tweet this]

As the media largely runs on sensationalism and speed, selling editions and ad space trumps accuracy of presentation, and quantity outpaces quality every time.

Connecting a “vegan diet” with a criminally malnourished child is sure to sell, but what’s rarely discussed in these cases is specifically what the child was being fed and whether there were other contributing factors. When these details are provided—usually in follow-up stories quietly released long after the frenzy—the real problem is revealed. Let’s look at some examples:

In France, the 11-month-old daughter of a “militant” vegan couple died reportedly from severe vitamin deficiencies due to her diet consisting exclusively of her mother’s breast milk. Interestingly, the fact that she was “only” given breast milk is presented as a crime in and of itself.

Of course later it’s revealed that after being told their daughter had pneumonia in a previous trip to the hospital, the parents ignored the doctors orders and instead treated her illness with mustard, garlic and clay on the advice of a 35-year-old text on alternative medicine, with the mother’s vegan diet now but a side note. [1][2]

In England a baby died as a result of a raw vegan diet—which apparently consisted of tomato juice and water.[3]

In Atlanta, Georgia, the 6-week-old son of a vegan couple starved to death—this time on a mixture of soy milk and apple juice.

In perfect summation, the Atlanta prosecutor stated that:

“No matter how many times they want to say, ‘We're vegans, we're vegetarians,' that's not the issue in this case … The child died because he was not fed. Period.” [4]

 

If I fed a child an exclusive diet of Oreo cookies, would the resulting health consequences mean a vegan diet is dangerous for kids? Were a child in Europe, where Oreos do contain animal byproducts, fed the exact same diet, would their resulting health consequences mean a non-vegan diet is dangerous for kids?

In addition to the information that’s not offered, it’s important to take note of the writers’ language choices. The smallest tweak in vocabulary can infuse a presumably impartial report with extreme bias, essentially making the reader’s conclusion for them before they even read the story. In the Italy articles we have such gems as:

 

“New bill in Italy aims to jail parents who impose vegan diet on children[5][6]

“The bill follows a series of high-profile cases in which children became ill after allegedly being restricted to a vegan diet.”[7]

“It emerged he had been subjected to a vegan diet, leaving him dangerously malnourished and with low calcium levels.”[8]

“There have been four recent high-profile cases of malnourished children being removed from the care of their parents, after they had been coerced into adopting a vegan diet.[9]

“for making young children eat a vegan diet[10]

“Parents Who Insist on Vegan Diet for Children May Risk Jail in Italy”[11]

“Italian parents who force vegan diets on children face jail time..”[12]

 

Definitely fair and balanced.

In reality, we don’t know enough about the hospitalized children in Italy. I was only able to find individual stories on three of the four, with one not even sure if the child was fed a vegan diet.[13]

Still, the public is left with the message screamed in every headline, that veganism is a dangerous diet forcefully imposed upon children by their criminally irresponsible parent’s adherence to militant ideology.

Once again, sensationalism sacrifices objective truth.

The reinforcement of these falsehoods reach far beyond the case in Italy. The misinformation and disinformation surrounding nutrition and the true impact of animal products on our health and the health of our children is a global issue. It results in such absurdities as Savino’s bill.

Now I’m not saying parents shouldn’t be held responsible for their child’s health—quite the opposite. Were Savino simply calling for accountability when a child’s inadequate nutrition leads to severe illness or death, I doubt there would be much resistance.

But she states her purpose is to “stigmatize the reckless and dangerous eating behavior imposed by parents who pursue a vegan diet, to the detriment of minors.”

She states that vegetarian and vegan diets are by default deficient in zinc, iron, vitamin D, B-12, and Omega-3, as well as “quality protein” and saturated fat.

The bill then calls for a punishment ranging from one year for even feeding a child a meatless diet to up to six years if such a diet results in the child’s death.

Shockingly enough, there exists something of a legal precedence for this in Italy. In April 2015, Italian courts ordered a mother to feed her son meat once a week after her former husband—who “took his son out for meals at McDonalds and prepared desserts, meat and dairy dishes on weekends”—complained that the macrobiotic diet his mother had started him on—the actual specifics of which again are not included—was putting him at risk. Oddly enough, the father was also ordered to not feed his son meat more than twice on weekends.

While this is certainly a more extreme manifestation, Savino’s bill is just another example of the perverse reversal of truth inherent in the medical and nutrition fields.

To illustrate what I mean, in 2013, Savino proposed a bill calling for an increase in support for children with blood disorders and cancers. In her current bill she’s essentially calling for force-feeding meat to children,

Study after study has shown the connection between consuming animal products and incidents of cancer, with the WHO now classifying certain processed meats definitively as class one carcinogens.[14] And while WHO only evaluated red and processed meats, the largest study on diet and cancer in human history— following a half million people for over ten years now—additionally included poultry, offal, eggs and dairy in their analysis, and found that poultry consumption was most associated with the risk of developing lymphoma (with a significantly increased risk of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, all grades of follicular lymphoma, B-cell lymphomas in general, including B-cell chronic lymphatic leukemia, including small lymphocytic leukemia and prolymphocytic lymphocytic leukemia)—“up to triple the rates for every 50 grams,” the equivalent of just a quarter of a chicken breast. [15][16]

And while people eating a plant-based diet are definitively less likely to develop all forms of cancer combined, a University of Oxford study conducted over more than 12 years showed the greatest protection provided was against blood cancers.[17][18]

So in essence, Savino is insisting children consume foods that severely increase their risk of the very cancers she’s claiming to fight, while criminalizing their most effective prevention. [tweet this]

It’s a perfect illustration of the perverse self-sustaining cycle upon which corporatized medicine, the animal products industry, and some governmental programs depend. Make a big show about the honorable “search for the cure.” Hold fundraisers and marches. Make ribbons and social media challenges. Pull in billions of dollars for research. And be sure to ignore the mounting and long-standing evidence that simply changing our diets would prevent the vast majority of diseases, save thousands if not millions of lives, and trillions of dollars, which may be the point after all. So doctors, nutritionists, and governmental organizations continue to recommend eating animal products, decry the dangers of veganism, then propose more programs and initiatives to combat the inevitable rise of diseases, vowing nobly to fight the epidemics of their own creation.

 

It’s absolute madness.

 

And if we’re going to play the false duality game of using isolated cases of children obviously fed unbalanced diets that happened to not contain animal products as proof that veganism as a whole is dangerous for kids, it’s only fair to apply the same logic in reverse.

How many children have been hospitalized due to diets that do contain animal products? If we really want to help the most children possible, shouldn’t we look at the main cause of illness and death?

In Italy, just like the United States, heart disease is the number one killer.[19][20][21] We’ve long had proof that a balanced vegan diet can prevent and even reverse heart disease.[22][23][24][25][26][27][28]

One in three children in Italy are overweight or obese, one of the highest rates internationally.[29][30][31][32] The largest study to date on body mass index showed the only group within the ideal weight range was vegans, with even the average vegetarian coming in overweight.[33]

Still even vegetarian children grow up thinner and even taller[34] than meat-eating kids. But at least those kids get to grow wider, gaining along with the weight “twice the risk of dying from heart attack, more cancer, gout…arthritis,” [35] diabetes and more.[36][37][38][39][40][41][42][43][44][45][46][47]

And while “vegetarian diets in general confer protection against cardiovascular disease, some cancers and death” (total mortality), vegan diets “offer additional protection for obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease mortality.”[48][49][50] Only vegans showed significanlty lower levels of the cancer-promoting growth hormone IGF-1, with fully plant-based diets even reversing cancer growth.[51][52][53][54][55]

Childhood diabetes alone “cuts nearly 20 years” off their life expectancy.[56]

We are condemning our children to death under the guise of their care.

This woeful inadequacy of our system’s self-induced impotenece was made painfully evident when an 8-year-old boy weighing 200 pounds was removed from his home when authorities determined his condition to be a form of medical neglect.[57][58] While it’s encouraging to see overnutrition recognized as but the other end of the malnourishment spectrum, such state intervention leaves authorities with the difficulty of determining exactly when a child’s weight is dangerous enough.[59] So they offer pathetically empty recommendations for yet more government programs, the absolute farcicality of which bioethics professor Arthur Caplan elucidates with depressing clarity:

“one could get ethical whiplash in a world where one arm of government is so concerned about a child's weight that it removes him from his home, while another branch of government argues that french fries and tomato paste on pizza should be counted as servings of vegetables.”[60]

It’s fortunate that Savino is focusing on these isolated cases of supposed “vegan” malnourishment, because even if governments were to intervene in the other side of the spectrum, the sad reality is that there are simply too many overweight children to place. And after all, “who will take care of their health when neither their government nor their families seem to know how?”[61]

Savino’s insistence that iron, protein, b12, and omega three must come from animal products ignores the fact that these “foods” are a package deal. Along with animal protein comes cancer.

The vitamin D and calcium in dairy comes complete with “acne…premature puberty, multiple pregnancies…breast cancer, prostate cancer, other hormone-dependent cancers, declining sperm counts, excess estrogen, and heart disease.” [62][63][64][65][66][67][68][69][70][71][72][73][74][75][76]

To get the daily recommendation of b12 from eggs, for example, you’d be consuming an en entire year’s worth of cholesterol. [77][78]

The omega-3 in fish includes the bonus of mercury and PCBs, which adversely affect brain development, result in lower IQ scores, and increase cancer risk and mortality in cardiac patients.[79][80][81][82][83][84][85][86][87][88][89][90][91][92][93][94][95][96][97][98]

Yet when we just skip the middle animal and obtain these nutrients from their original plant sources, they come packaged with the disease-fighting and health-promoting compounds like antioxidants and fiber,[99][100][101][102][103][104][105][106] that are completely absent in animal products. b12, when not present in fortified foods, is easily and cheaply supplemented. And vitamin D supplements are advised for anyone not gaining adequate exposure to the sun.[107][108]

I could spend months attempting to unravel the insanity we’ve collectively created. I’ve linked my complete nutrition video series and ongoing vegan parenting and vegan kids series below.

Additionally, I’ve provided an absurd amount of additional information, citations, and resources at the base of this post.

In the end, I actually hope this video has helped achieve what Savino says is her goal—to increase personal responsibility for our children’s nutrition and welfare. I also hope this video has shown that this must be an individual effort.

We cannot trust what we’re told. So do the research. Take accountability. This is life and death.

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Are School Lunches Killing Our Kids?
Forcing Kids To Be Vegan?
Vegan Parenting Series (ongoing)
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Why Your Doctor Is Lying To You
How NOT To Die
What’s Really Killing You
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Selected Additional Resources (see citations & bibliography for many more):
Animal Protein & Cancer-Promoting IGF-1 (with research links) by Dr. Michael Greger
Article On Safe Pregnancies (with research links) by Dr. Michael Greger
Being Vegan, Breastfeeding, and Infant Safety by Tracy Cassels, PhD
Vitamins & Supplements Worth Taking by Dr. Michael Greger
The Health Impact Of Dairy (with research links) by Dr. Michael Greger
How Seafood Can Impact Brain Development (& dangers of fish oil supplements) by Dr. Michael Greger
Vegetarian Diets for Children: Right from the Start Guide to nutrition & meal ideas by PCRM
Vegetarian Diets: Advantages for Children Guide to nutrition & meal ideas by PCRM
Nutrition For Kids Guide Booklet with more meals & nutrition info by PCRM
Resources for Raising Vegetarian and Vegan Children from Boston Veg Society
Real Vegan Kids from Vegan Health.org


Dr. Greger's annual talks are an invaluable collection of the most current nutrition science. See the citations below and/or bibliography for the accompanying posts on his website Nutritionfacts.org, where you can access a wealth of free information. His newest book How Not To Die is a fantastic resource for anyone wanting to take hold of their health. You can see all of my interviews thus far with Dr. Greger here.

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8 Comments

  1. sally anne hubbard on 08/17/16 at 8:57 pm

    Wow. How horrible to lie and put vegan or vegetarian as the first words in the deaths of these poor children when it had nothing to do with it.
    Very bad reporting.
    Very informative video. It shows that people need to read the whole article to get the truth.

  2. robert macdonald on 08/18/16 at 4:50 am

    These stories show once again the poor state of politics and the media.

  3. Louise mollot on 08/18/16 at 5:11 pm

    Breastfeeding was considered child neglect,doctors n nurses n hospital shareholders feeling the profits stock market plunge crunch of healthy vegan pop,ulation,kindest solution to animal industry is to fund their change over to vegan production,they will increase profits ,only the animal medical sciences,the academics,are violently blocking this changeover,coz they need animals to keep their own careers,n lifestyles,let them go garden already,like Fukuoka who left a microbiologist careers n the money status ego,keep on Emily,

  4. Alessandro on 08/19/16 at 3:45 pm

    Hi Emily,

    we are pretty used to disinformation from media here in Italy. Don’t worry, everybody with an acceptable IQ knows the manipulation and powers behind press.

    Just wanted to point out that the law does not even mention the word “vegan” once, it was written so it means to punish parents “not providing all necessary nutritional elements” to their children. I read the draft, i can translate and post it to you if you want.

    So in fact, it could be used against parents of fat children grown with Coke, Wurstels and cheese and McDonald as well (as they would probably show deficiency of vitamins, minerals and whatever).

    So a decent law which had nothing to do with veganism has been turned by press to evil veganism and bla bla by the crap politicians e crappier journalists working here. Do not trust any news from this so called “country”.

    I strongly hope a new class of politicians will take the power as soon as the actual abusive prime minster will be set apart. In Turin, here in northern Italy, the new mayor is vegan herself and is strongly promoting the vegan culture by claiming that Turin will be the first vegan (“vegan friendly”, after numerous protests from the usual powers) city in Italy.

    Welcome to Italy, where a new different mafia proliferates every day.

  5. andrea on 08/19/16 at 3:47 pm

    Another kicking asses post Emily, you are the queen.
    I am Italian, Vegan and a father of a splendid 10 months daughter.
    Now basically i am a outlaw, cool!! A vegan pirate.
    Is interesting to add to your amazing article that the last 3 years right here in italy veganism literally exploded as a trend, as usual food matters does in this country.
    at nacional level there are huge events taking place every year, 100s of thousands of peole attending, in a more local view restaurants and vegan business are open.
    let me just say that tonite i will go to a vegan ice ream place in my town, i am flubbergasted by knowing that it exist!!!is getting a lot of attention and the poor savino is just playing a little role in the stupidity of the politician in this country, by the way most of them fat, sick and totally out of health interest.
    They love to point on new things, too much out of the comfort zone.
    Thank you emily, for your time, passion and heart on this journey
    love and respect
    andrea

    • Emily Barwick on 08/19/16 at 4:02 pm

      Andrea, thank you so much for your comment and for sharing the additional info about veganism in Italy—that’s very encouraging to hear.

      Much love!
      Emily

  6. Roger Nehring on 08/19/16 at 6:03 pm

    Excellent presentation. Too bad you couldn’t get the skinny on the children who died while eating vegan. I will share this one with my daughter, though as a homeschooler with four kids, she may not have time to watch it all.
    Thanks for your dedication.

  7. Walter Byrd on 08/23/16 at 6:01 pm

    Age v meat consumption

    After watching your video about the crime of raising vegan kids, I attended my mother-in-law’s 90th birthday. It was just as exciting as it sounds. Lots of people there.

    Two conversations that I could not help noticing:

    1) My mother-in-law’s 26 month old great grand daughter, would not eat meat. The toddler would just chew the meat, but not swallow. The toddle also had difficulty with dairy – it upset her stomach.From what I was hearing, this is fairly common at that age.

    2) Turns out the 88+ year old crowd have similar difficulties with meat. They were talking about taking HCL ect. to aid with the digestion of meats.

    Should it be a crime to feed a senior citizen a vegan diet?

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