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No More Bull!: The Mad Cowboy Targets America's Worst Enemy: Our Diet

No More Bull!: The Mad Cowboy Targets America's Worst Enemy: Our Diet [Kindle Edition]

Howard F. Lyman , Glen Merzer , Joanna Samorow-Merzer , Caldwell B, Jr. Esselstyn

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""Reading No More Bull" is an amazing experience. It is a wonder how a book can be such a pleasure to read, so entertaining and enjoyable, and yet carry such a profoundly important message. If you read this book, several things will happen. There will be more health in your life. There will be more joy in your life. And you will be playing a part in the greater healing our troubled world so greatly needs." -- John Robbins, author of "Diet for a New America"

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In 1996, when Howard Lyman warned America on The Oprah Winfrey Show that Mad Cow Disease was coming to America, offended cattlemen sued him and Oprah both. Not only were Lyman and Oprah vindicated in court, but events have proved many of Lyman's predictions absolutely right. Mad Cow Disease has come to America, and Lyman argues persuasively in No More Bull! that the problem will only grow more deadly until our government deals with it seriously.
In Mad Cowboy, Lyman, a fourth-generation Montana rancher turned vegetarian then vegan, told the story of his personal transformation after a spinal tumor, which he believes was caused by agricultural chemicals, nearly left him paralyzed. In No More Bull!, Lyman uses his humor, compassion, firsthand experience in agriculture, and command of the facts of health to argue that we might all profit by transforming our diets. He makes a powerful case that Alzheimer's is yet another disease linked to eating meat. And he explains that the steak at the heart of your dinner plate not only may destroy your own heart but actually offers no more nutritional value than a doughnut! If you've been confused by the competing claims of the Atkins Diet, the South Beach Diet, and other fad diets, No More Bull! is the book that will set you straight. Its pure, unvarnished truth is told with down-home common sense.
Lyman's got a message for meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans -- and the message of No More Bull! is that we can all do better for ourselves and the planet.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 432 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0743286987
  • Publisher: Scribner (13 Sep 2005)
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  • Language: English
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars humorous, honest, unapologetic 19 Dec 2005
By Melanie - Published on
The Mad Cowboy rides again! The long-awaited continuation of his rants and raves on veganism and politics comes through as madcap as ever but with a smart edge that promises to leave a trail of vegan converts. We all know someone who went vegetarian after reading Diet for a New America, and Howard Lyman is threatening to become the next John Robbins, with an endearing smile and naughty wink. No More Bull is a Howard Lyman hit.

The infamous cattle rancher-turned-vegan has a no-holds-barred writing style that occasionally smacks of his mischievous speaking style. I envy his matter-of-fact manner and I'd hate to find myself debating him, but I count on him to tell it to me straight. As a fan familiar with his speaking style, I often hear his co-writers in the pages of No More Bull, as if two others are sitting with Howard and me over coffee discussing veganism. Their writing styles gel together well.

Lyman doesn't mince words when he addresses meat-eaters in the chapter "Message for My Meat-Eating Friends":

"To state the obvious: vegetarians live longer than meat eaters simply and solely because we do not consume the filthy, fatty, disease-ridden, decaying flesh of animals. (Forgive me for being so blunt, but there is no such thing as a clean, lean form of meat, and no other honest way to describe meat - even if you buy it "organic," or blessed by rabbis, or hunt it down yourself.) Vegans live longer still because we avoid as well the fatty, hormone-rich, cholesterol-ridden by-products of the lactation of other major mammals."

Simple as that, my friends.

His call to arms comes in the next chapter - "Message for My Fellow Vegetarians and Vegans." Referring to milk as "liquid meat," Lyman asks "for those of you who are still merely vegetarian and not yet vegan, I ask, what in heaven's name are you waiting for?" He's endearing, nonetheless, not obnoxious, though some vegetarians might take offense if they understandably feel singled out.

Lyman pushes the point that herbivores shouldn't feel like they're saving the world through their food choices. It's not good enough to hide out and have meals with other vegans. Talk to children, talk to schools, invite omnivores over for vegan dinners, question authority, stop preaching. "You're better off serving the seitan stew than preaching the gospel of animal rights."

Unlike many recent books on veganism and health, Lyman doesn't discuss the tragic conditions of factory farmed animals. "People either feel for animals or they don't; while I believe they ought not be shielded from seeing what a slaughterhouse looks like, and the conditions in which their 'food' animals exist, I also think it serves no purpose to browbeat them over animal rights. If you must browbeat them, do so about their health."

Luckily, there are many voices out there describing slaughterhouse conditions. I'd personally eat white rice and cauliflower for every meal if it meant helping to prevent animals from experiencing such suffering. To me, health reasons pale in comparison to animal rights issues in my own personal vegan path. Lyman trusts that the average person is much more focused on their health, and he's left the environment, disease and political manipulation outside his scope.

Half of the 200-page No More Bull is recipes - great recipes from the likes of Neal Barnard, T. Colin Campbell and Frances Moore Lappe', among many others. I enjoyed Bryanna Grogan's Vegetarian "Meat Loaf" and Joanna Samorow-Merzer's Stuffed Eggplant, but the main event of this book isn't the star-studded recipe section. The highlight is Howard's convincing words.

He has seen the insanity of the meat and dairy industries first-hand. As a fourth-generation dairy farmer and cattle rancher, he's one of environmentalists' greatest resources in terms of exposing the truth of chemical fertilizer use, health side-effects of meat and dairy consumption, and the political nightmare we've become caught in like quick sand. In the genre of bold, inspirational books about veganism, Lyman's voice can't be ignored.

John Robbins' review of No More Bull encourages, "If you read this book, several things will happen. There will be more health in your life. There will be more joy in your life." Indeed, in today's sad, troubled world we could all use Lyman's humorous, honest, unapologetic words. --Caity McCardell
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vegan Dynamite 5 Aug 2006
By Man From Glad - Published on
Thanks, Howard. You did it again. I gave this book 5 stars, but that's the average of 6 and 4. I give the actual written part of the book 6 stars and the recipe section 4. I own Mad Cowboy and expected this to be a bit of a rehash. To my pleasant surprise, "No More Bull!" is up-to-date, eminently readable and a hard book to put down. Howard writes like he's a trusted, old friend sitting on the front porch on a summer's evening. But don't be fooled, this man is no dummy. He's in the unique position of having been on the other side of the fence, too. He knows exactly what he's talking about. His research is impeccable and his novel and savvy way of interpreting the facts will have you wondering why others can't see these obvious truths. This is a subject near and dear to Mr. Lyman's heart, but he and his writing associate could make a book on composting a spellbinder. If you're a pots-and-pans alchemist, you'll enjoy the recipe section. Howard has enlisted contributions from some of the heaviest hitters in the vegan culinary world. I didn't find the recipe section too enthralling since I invent my own, admittedly simple, vegan creations. One of these days I'll tackle one of those recipes, but for now I'm going to re-read this excellent book. It's well-written and, in spite of the gravity of the subject material, contains some hearty, unexpected belly-laughs.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading, very educating 17 Oct 2006
By E. Blecher - Published on
This book faces all the recent fad diets that became very popular very fast since 2000. Going through one by one the reader understand why Veganism is eventually the best diet for the human body, for the human mind and for the planet.

This book is so updated in relation to the current events and trends of the diet world in particular and the environment protection in general.

As an amid Vegan I recommend this book to any Vegetarian, Vegan or anyone who is on this path. It will give one more inspiration and encouragement like the first one -' Mad Cowboy' did.

Glen is an amazing write and puts ideas and thoughts in writing at the most pleasant way possible.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Howard told me things I never knew about Meat Industry 30 Dec 2005
By Veggie Eddie - Published on
I was hesistant to buy yet another book on the benefits of a vegan

diet. John Robbins already convinced me, over 10 years ago. But to know Howard is to love Howard because we know he's paying attention to what's going on in the world and wants nothing more than to share some really important and timely information with us -- for us. Anyway, I was really shocked at how much I didn't know about the state of affairs of the meat industry, and, considering the subject, I can hardly believe Howard got the message across with so much love and humor! I most definitely did not expect this book to so shockingly expose the stark reality of the biggest and grossest cover-up mankind has ever inflicted on fellow sentient beings of all sizes and shapes, human and animal. This book truly covers every angle, puts every piece of the grand jigsaw puzzle in place, and all while reminding us that it's not too late to open our eyes, proudly become vegan, and restore the

health of our beautiful planet and all its marvelous creatures,

including ourselves! What could possibly be more important, especially when us baby boomers are, yikes, getting up there in years and may need, yikes, healthcare???? I want to buy this book for everyone I know -- vegan and nonvegan! If your friends and family are not listening to you anymore about your crazy diet, pay them to read this book -- do whatever it takes!

Thank you again, Howard -- and Glen and Joanna Merzer -- for not

stopping to tell the truth until we all really get it!

Submitted on behalf of Laurie Beth Kay,Pasadena, CA
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this book - if not for the planet, then for the recipies 26 Sep 2005
By Shari Lewis - Published on
Howard is funny, down to earth and right on target - however depressing the picture he paints of our nation's meat obsessed health crisis.

The nation's ranchers have just as much to fear from this book's recipies as from the evidence presented against a meat based diet.
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