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Eating Low On The Food Chain: Here is a compelling scientific argument for the vegan diet, according to Dr. Harlan Sparer

Feb 28, 2014 08:57AM ● By By Dr. Harlan Sparer

The concept of the food chain goes back to an Englishman named Charles Elton in 1927. The concept is also mentioned in Rachel Carson’s famous book, Silent Spring, which was seminal in helping to ban the use of DDT, manufactured by Monsanto.

The field of modern-day ecology hinges on this important concept. Essentially, the soil (or the sea) contains simple organisms that are involved with the decay process. Plants convert CO2 to oxygen for their survival. Herbivores live off these, and succeeding predators are higher up on the food chain, with humans and others at the top.

When an organism habitually consumes another organism lower on the food chain, a large volume of them will be consumed in the course of a lifetime. Each successive creature concentrates nutrients, as well as stored toxins. Sadly, this includes the concentration of pesticides in herbivores that produce eggs, milk and butter, as well as meat animals. We then concentrate pesticides and toxins from sources which have already concentrated them. Doing this over time has logically deleterious effects.

Our environment is becoming increasingly toxic due to heightened use of pesticides and plant growth inhibitors, which are great for shelf life, but not for our life. A typical diet since 1995 and the onset of the current GMO/Roundup age is highly concentrated with poison of several varieties due to the position on the food chain we occupy.

While there are also many arguments presented regarding a vegan (no animal products) diet that are religious, ethical and moral, eating as low as possible on the food chain will dramatically reduce the impact of these toxins that are not only present in our food, but also in our water and even our air.

Dr. Harlan Sparer is a DNFT chiropractor practicing in Tempe. He can be reached at 480-245-7894 or [email protected]. For classes, recipes and videos, visit or

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