I became vegan to avoid antigens
by Tom E Cole
After an accident that caused severe ongoing pain, I took the advice of a doctor to avoid consuming antigens. Antigens are not prevalent in the foods that the vegan diet includes (see "Veganist" by Kathy Freston). The doctor who had been advising me to avoid dairy for nearly my entire life had recently gone in the vegan direction.
The primary vegan rational of ethics and the prevention of cruelty was therefore not the rational I used to become vegan, but it caused me to remain one. There's a sliding scale of foods and the antigenicity that they have: Dairy and the foods that contain it (cheese, ice cream, etc. are bad, but cooking foods denature the antigens, but only boiling under pressure totally eradicates them) are high in antigens.
Fortunately health food stores have begun carrying a wide variety of vegan foods which satisfy the desired avoidance of antigens in many of the foods that they provide, and therefore more easily enable attainment of the desired results.
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