Monday, 3 July 2017

Veganism Doesn't Cure Everything

Hey Spookies! This post is going to contain discussion of menstruation, health problems, diet and medication. Somewhat stupidly, I decided to delve into the replies to Halsey's response to that awful tweet proclaiming that birth control isn't healthcare. She talked about symptoms she experiences with menstruation and how birth control helped that, and yet the replies were full of people insisting hormonal conraceptives weren't necessary. Among those, were people actually insisting that veganism can cure menstrual cramps. Seriously. This really, really, really grinds my gears. 

This is just a handful of the medications I rely on to live a normal life or to, you know, not die. 

Having been part of the animal rights community long before I became vegan, this is an attitude I have come across time and time again. Honestly, I'm done with it. If veganism has cured a health problem for you, great! I'm sincerely happy for you. Of course, I agree that veganism is a healthier lifestyle choice. But don't push it as a cure-all solution for everyone. 

I've been told so many times 'going vegan will get rid of your eczema!', and then when I explain how that hasn't worked it's always 'oh, try raw vegan!' or 'cut out oil!' or some other suggestion on ways I can be 'more vegan' to cure myself. Hate to break it to you, but I don't have eczema because I'm not trying hard enough, I have it because it's genetic, and at no point did I ask for your hot take on my health. No amount of eating veg or cutting things out of my diet is ever going to change it, so I use medication. End of story. 

Ditto to this guy who thinks eating plants can cure menstrual cramps. I've been vegan for well over a year, and guess what? I was nearly hospitalised because of my menstruation being so painful and heavy recently. My GP decided what was best for me, which was hormonal contraception to stop my periods. Honestly, pushing this idea that plant-based diets cure health problems has left me feeling defective because it didn't work for me, as if I wasn't struggling enough coming to terms with my health struggles.  

Coming at people with anecdotal, unsolicited, and aggressive health advice is rude, patronising, and annoying. Just. Don't. Do. It. Do you really think if it was as simple as changing a diet or 'trying harder at veganism' by going raw or cutting out oil or fat, more people wouldn't have done it? Some people need medication to live their daily life, and pushing your agenda won't help them, or veganism if we're being realistic. It makes me dislike those parts of the vegan community, so I'd hate to think how off-putting that is to non-vegans. Just. Stop. Let people handle their health how they choose to and how they need to.  



  1. THIS. THIS. THIS. THIS. THIS. I am so thankful that you posted this. I personally didn't see the tweet which you meanted in the blog post (tbh I'm kind of glad I never seen it as I'd have to say something too) but I really can't agree more with what you said. I've been a vegan now for about four months, and was a veggie a for nearly a year before that and although I can thankfully say that becoming a vegan has helped a little with my health, it hasn't cured me. Thank you for being so open and honest in this blog post beautiful 🌸💗✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x |

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the post, and I'm sorry it's something you can relate to as it's so frustrating! Yes veganism is a healthy choice, but it can't work miracles!