Last updated on: 5/20/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Stephen Byrnes, PhD, RNCP Biography

Title:
Former clinical nutrition specialist
Position:
Con to the question "Should People Become Vegetarian?"
Reasoning:

“[A]s a practitioner who has dealt with several former vegetarians and vegans (total vegetarians), I know full well the dangerous effects of a diet devoid of healthful animal products…

The mainstream health and vegetarian media have done such an effective job of ‘beef bashing,’ that most people think there is nothing healthful about meat, especially red meat. In reality, however, animal flesh foods like beef and lamb are excellent sources of a variety of nutrients as any food/nutrient table will show. Nutrients like vitamins A, D, several of the B-complex, essential fatty acids (in small amounts), magnesium, zinc, phosphorous, potassium, iron, taurine, and selenium are abundant in beef, lamb, pork, fish and shellfish, and poultry. Nutritional factors like coenzyme Q10, carnitine, and alpha-lipoic acid are also present. Some of these nutrients are only found in animal foods–plants do not supply them…

[I]t is often claimed that, since eating meat involves the taking of a life, it is somehow tantamount to murder… Modern peoples (vegetarian and non-vegetarian) have lost touch with what it takes to survive in our world…

When Native Americans killed a game animal for food, they would routinely offer a prayer of thanks to the animal’s spirit for giving its life so that they could live. In our world, life feeds off life. Destruction is always balanced with generation. This is a good thing: unchecked, the life force becomes cancerous. If animal food consumption is viewed in this manner, it is hardly murder, but sacrifice. Modern peoples would do well to remember this.”

“The Myths of Vegetarianism,” westonaprice.org, Jan. 2002

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Clinical nutrition specialist, private practice (Honolulu, HI), 1997-2004
  • Former registered nutritional consulting practitioner (RNCP)
  • Board Certified, American Naturopathic Medical Certification & Accreditation Board, July 1998
  • Former certified Massage Therapist, NCBTMB
  • Former Editorial Board Member, WellBeing Magazine
  • Former honorary board member, Weston A. Price Foundation
Education:
  • Graduate Diploma, Naturopathy, Canadian Alternative Medicines Research Institute (CAMRI), 2002
  • PhD, Alternative Medicines, Alternative Medicines Research Institute (AMRI), 1998
  • Diploma, Homeobotanical Therapy, Australasian College, 1997
  • MA, Humanities, California State University at Dominguez Hills, 1991
  • BA, Comparative Religion, Hunter College, 1986
Other:
  • Died on June 17, 2004 in Hawaii
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should People Become Vegetarian?