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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2181  Friday, 14 November 2003

[1]     From:   Michael B. Luskin <
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        Date:   Thursday, 13 Nov 2003 18:11:07 EST
        Subj:   ill effects of diet

[2]     From:   Margaret Hopkins <
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        Date:   Friday, 14 Nov 2003 06:20:08 -0000
        Subj:   What's the Beef


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From:           Michael B. Luskin <
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Date:           Thursday, 13 Nov 2003 18:11:07 EST
Subject:        ill effects of diet

Why are we restricting the quiz and the diet conversation to ill effects
of meat?

Yeats pointed out that it's certain that fine women eat a crazy salad
with their meat.  And A. E. Houseman, in Terence, This is Stupid Stuff,
goes through a list of things that are good, such as poisoned meat and
drink, to say nothing of good ale.  Emily Dickenson points out the
effects of dew.

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From:           Margaret Hopkins <
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Date:           Friday, 14 Nov 2003 06:20:08 -0000
Subject:        What's the Beef

Katy Stavreva alludes to the dangers of eating beef.

She may interested to know  that references to 'choler' in Shakespeare
are almost certainly not references to cholesterol, (The Elizabethans
seems to have had very little idea of the effect of fatty diets, though
in other ways their knowledge  of eating maladies was spot on). Instead,
'choler' is a reference to 'anger' or ill-tempered peevishness, and was
seen by them as a temperamental disposition or humour. Shakespeare's
knowledge of the dangers of eating too much beef is just incredible.
People in America may not be aware, but in the UK, we have just come
through a terrible outbreak of BSE, which has devastated cattle herds
throughout the country, there have been numerous sad cases where humans
have been infected and died with so called mad cows disease, (BSE), so
our Shakespeare seemed to know what he was talking about.

In my view, I think that much harm can indeed come from a high protein
diet such as too much meat.

I would very much be interested in other correspondents' views.

Regards,
Margaret Hopkins

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