This case involved a young man about 17 years old. Dan had been a vegetarian
since he was 10, he told me. Guess what? The young man had a terribly deficient
iron intake, and thus was anemic. He was small, pale, easily fatigued, and he told me
how it had impacted his life. Dan was rejected socially, and even his family was
slightly embarrassed of his condition. When I told him it was because he had not
eaten enough meat during his puberty, his attitude still did not change. He spoke
of "equality for the animals" and was still opposed to eating meat. What I have
suggested for him is iron supplements. Still, it would be preferable to have him
eat some meat. His concern for our fellow animals is very noble, but at what cost?
He was literally wasting his muscle tissue away. He could only bench press thirty pounds,
and could do no pull-ups, even with his weight of ninety pounds.