dr temple grandin

Dr. Temple Grandin: Why she kicks ass

  • She is a doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, an author and a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behaviour. 
  • She was named a fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers in 2009.
  • She was listed in the Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world in the “Heroes” category (2010).
  • She was teased throughout her childhood because of her autism, of which she says “I could laugh about it now, but back then it really hurt”.
  • After graduation from a boarding school for gifted children she went on to earn a bachelor degree in psychology, a masters degree in animal science and a doctoral degree in animal science.
  • She received an honorary doctorate degree from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada at the 2012 Winter Convocation, where she was the keynote speaker. 
  • She received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Duke University (2010).
  • She is a leader for animal welfare and autism advocacy
  • She has done work in humane livestock handling processes and promotes improvement of standards in slaughter plants and livestock farms.
  • She advocates for early intervention to address autism, and supportive teachers who can direct fixations of the child with autism in fruitful directions.

Dr. Temple Grandin is a huge inspiration to the Autism community and for me as well. She wants autistic kids to do the things that they love to do and to stick with it. I am so honored when she followed me on Twitter. She is one of the most extraordinary women within Autism community. Today, she is my women crush and an inspiration to me. 

marissastardust  asked:

A mediation teacher of mine told me how when you eat meat you ingest the fear of the animal and absorb that into your body. And when you eat and digest vegetables you're sort of releasing the energy of that plant through you. Have you heard this before? And do you know how dairy and eggs would effect someone energy-wise through digestion? (Sorry if this seems a little far fetched)

Hi there marissastardust! As weird at it seems, is something that actually happens:

According to research at the University of Purdue Animal Sciences Department, emotional stress has an effect on meat quality. Some of these stressors can include extreme weather, pain, hunger, thirst or most commonly slaughter methods.

Conventional slaughtering methods are done in 1 of 4 ways:

  • Chemical (carbon dioxide): uses carbon dioxide gas chamber before being bled
  • Captive Bolt Stunner: a forced blow to the head leaving the animal unconscious before they are bled
  • Gunshot: animal shot in head and presumed dead before being bled
  • Electrical current: provides surgical anesthesia throughout the bleeding of the animal

It’s no wonder so many people are turning Vegan.

Slaughter Methods Effect Meat and You

Research by Dr. Temple Grandin from Colorado State University has found that inhumane treatment and conventional slaughter harm meat quality. (She also has a fascinating story, check out her presentation at TED) Several stress hormones can be released if the animal is “stressed” during or right before slaughter.

Here’s the technical breakdown of what that “stress” does:

Epinephrine (adrenaline, norepinephrine, and cortisol can flood into the blood stream and break down glycogen which increases lactic acid which will create a more acidic pH. The evidence of this meat quality is referred to as Pale, Soft, Exudative (PSE). Another form of poor animal treatment can be found when meat is Dry, Firm, Dark (DFD) and can often be caused by malnourishment or sickness of the animal being slaughtered.

Epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine are “stress hormones” that when released into the bloodstream will stay in the body and the effect the quality of the meat.  When you eat this excited animal meat, you are ingesting those hormones and hormone-induced byproducts in your body.  Consuming this type of meat can cause unwanted health problems in your system.

When we stop consuming animal products and start eating more vegetables, fruits and clean foods, our body starts to liberate all the bad toxins, more if combined with regular exercise. 

As for your question on digestion of meat and eggs, energy wise they take more energy as for example a green smoothie. The green smoothie is obviously raw and comes with all the enzymes from each food you added and it’s easier for the stomach to digest it since your pancreas don’t have to create as much enzymes to break the food down, causing you to feel with more energy, your organs are working less, contrary as when we digest animal protein.