Letters to the editor for March 28

March 30, 2014 

Vegetarians live longer

A recent Time magazine cites several reasons for vegetarians living longer. The article was prompted by a report in the American Medical Association’s Internal Medicine that a vegetarian diet lowers blood pressure, a key factor in risk of heart failure and stroke.

The Mayo Clinic notes that vegetarians are at lower risk for developing diabetes, another factor in heart disease. Indeed, an Oxford University study of 45,000 adults in last year's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vegetarians were 32 percent less likely to suffer from heart disease.

Moreover, researchers at California's Loma Linda University, examining records of 70,000 patients, concluded last year that a vegetarian diet protects against colorectal and other types of cancer.

It’s no wonder that a 2012 Harvard University study of 120,000 people concluded that meat consumption raises the risk of total, heart and cancer mortality. A more recent six year study of 70,000 patients at Loma Linda found that vegetarians have a 12 percent lower risk of death.

The good news: each of us can find our own fountain of youth by adopting a meat- and dairy-free diet. An internet search on “vegan recipes” or “live vegan” provides ample resources.

Ron Henderson

Rock Hill

Hospice offers needed service

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about an exceptional organization, Hospice and Community Care, based in Rock Hill. Until recently, I knew very little about it and, to be honest, the word “hospice” scared me. I probably would never have contacted them on my own, but when my mother, Gladys Nunn, was hospitalized, her doctor insisted that I needed help caring for her and sent a social worker to talk with me.

When we returned home, their visits began almost immediately. After initial visits to assess our situation, the nurse began visiting once a week or more if I requested. I was allowed to choose the number of days per week for assistance with personal care, and we had 24 / 7 access to a nurse, a doctor, a chaplain and a social worker.

Above all, these “angels” are the most loving, compassionate, knowledgeable, and professional people that I have ever encountered. In addition to providing high- quality medical and physical assistance, they provided much-needed emotional support and guidance.

One never knows when he or she will need care for a loved one. If you find yourself in this situation, please consult Hospice and Community Care. I strongly encourage everyone to send monetary donations to this phenomenal organization (P.O. Box 993, Rock Hill, SC 29731). I will certainly do so.

During my mother’s last days, they enabled her to live comfortably and to die with dignity.

Patricia N. Lowe

Clover

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