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QUOTES FROM THE MAYO CLINIC
     "A vegetarian diet is consistent with many nutritional recommendations. For instance, the American Cancer Society's 1996 guidelines on diet, nutrition and cancer prevention include these suggestions: Get most of your food from plant sources, and limit high-fat foods -- especially those from animals.
     Vegetarians may enjoy health benefits. For example, a study published in the Aug. 3, 1995, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine reported that people who substituted soy protein for animal protein lowered their levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol -- the "bad" kind. High LDL levels are associated with cardiovascular disease. In addition, several fruits and vegetables contain chemicals such as antioxidants that might help prevent cancer and possibly cardiovascular disease.
     It's not difficult to get adequate protein. At one time dietitians thought vegetarians had to eat certain food combinations, such as rice and beans, to get enough protein. Today that view no longer holds. Studies have shown that as long as you eat a variety of vegetable proteins, you can get all that your body needs."
MAYO CLINIC
http://www.mayoclinic.com/findinformation/conditioncenters/invoke.cfm?objectid=89AFCCB3-E1F7-4541-9A90745760BAA899

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The Following Quotes (below) are also from the Mayo Clinic, but are no longer posted. I wrote the Mayo Clinic, asking if the info is still true, they said yes, and it was just a reorganization of the web site.
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"Vegetarians have lower rates of some cancers, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and non-insulin-dependent diabetes. A study of nearly 2,000 vegetarians and part-time vegetarians conducted by German cancer researchers found eating little or no meat cut death rates from heart and circulatory disease in half and deaths from cancer by 25 to 50 percent. Vegetarians are also less likely to have gallstones, kidney stones and constipation and they weigh less on average." -Mayo Health Org (note: this quote is no longer on the May Health web site, they update the web site from time to time, making changes, but it was there thru most of 2001, I wrote the Mayo Health Org regarding the quote, asking if any of the information had changed, they responded saying it was just a reorganization of the web site)
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The MAYO CLINIC changes its web pages from time to time.  These quotes below were online at the Mayo Clinic as of 12/18/2001 and the information is still correct, but the direct quotes are no longer listed.
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"Studies show that a well-planned vegetarian diet offers numerous health benefits, such as a lower risk for obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and some cancers." 
THE MAYO CLINIC
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See www.mayoclinic.com and in the SEARCH box, input "Vegetarian" for more info and updated info (and in case these URLS cease to exist, they change often). Note: The Mayo Clinic (aka Mayo Health Organization) has 2 web sites, one is a www.mayoclinic.com the other is www.mayoclinic.org
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