It's one thing to jump all up and down like "Aspartame won't give you Cancer, just lymphona, holes in your brain, fat thighs, and retarded babies."
But you crossed the line...
The American Heart Association likes vegetarianism:
"Numerous studies comparing vegetarians and nonvegetarians have reported lower levels of serum cholesterol and lower mortality rates in the former"
"A vegetarian diet appears to induce blood pressure reduction in hypertensive individuals"
"Similarly, high-fiber vegetarian diets have also been associated with reduced risk of obesity." Source
"Most vegetarian diets are low in animal products. They’re also usually lower than nonvegetarian diets in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. Many studies have shown that vegetarians seem to have a lower risk of obesity, coronary heart disease (which causes heart attack), high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus and some forms of cancer.
Vegetarian diets can be healthful and nutritionally sound if they’re carefully planned to include essential nutrients." Source
"I had three arteries with anywhere from 90 to 99 percent blockage. After the surgery, he told me to 'be a vegetarian,' which I 'took to heart.' He also said, "At the age of 40, you have the coronary arteries of a 65-year-old." That was in 1983, so it's been many years since I had the surgery. I've had no return of symptoms, and my last treadmill test was fine." Source
As does the American Cancer Society:
"Some studies have linked vegetarian diets to lower risk for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and certain types of cancer (i.e., colon cancer)."
"Many vegetarianism proponents believe a vegetarian diet promotes health because it contains less saturated fat, protein, and cholesterol than omnivorous diets. ... Vegetarian diets also provide more fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals (plant chemicals) than diets containing meat."
"Studies indicated an increased risk of colon and prostate cancer with increased animal fat intake. An increase in the consumption of beans and lentils appeared to decrease the risk of colon cancer and prostate cancer."
"A population study in Germany found the death rate for colon cancer was lower among moderate and strict vegetarians compared with that of the general population." Source
And so does the American Medical Association:
"The findings of Davidson et al1 support their conclusion that "free-living persons can effectively incorporate lean red meats into their diets ... without compromising the lipid-lowering benefits of the diet" only if one concedes that such diets, in fact, have virtually no lipid-lowering effect at all."
"A low-fat vegetarian diet can reduce the need for cholesterol-lowering drugs and cardiac surgery. Unlike drugs or surgery, its side effects are entirely desirable, including weight loss, blood pressure reduction, and better diabetic control. " Source
"Vegetarian adolescents were significantly more likely than nonvegetarian adolescents to meet the Healthy People 2010 objectives. This was particularly noteworthy for total fat (70% vs 48%), saturated fat (65% vs 39%), daily servings of vegetables (26% vs 14%), and 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables (39% vs 28%). Vegetarians were also less likely to eat fast food or drink regular soda and fruit drinks. " Source
Not to mention those looney, alternative medicine, holistic fo'k:
"Reviewing 200 cases of so-called spontaneous regression of cancer, Canadian professor Harold Foster, Ph.D., found in 1988 that the great majority of these people (88 percent) had made major dietary changes-usually switching to a strictly vegetarian diet" Source
And what's this: Sports Science?