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    I'm sorry, I can't accept questions.  Every day my sites get over 20,000 visitors; there are thousands of you and only one of me, and I already have over 10,000 messages in my In Box.  It's impossible (not inconvenient, but impossible) for me to act as a helpdesk or dialogue with even a fraction of my readers. Thank you for understanding.

    If you're writing for some other reason, please use the menu above. Thanks.

    Trust me, I've heard your argument before.  I stopped hearing new arguments on this topic about fifteen years ago.  In fact, pretty much everyone who insists on writing to me anyway about this simply repeats a point that's already refuted in the article, indicating that they didn't even bother to read it properly before trying to argue against it.

    What's more, the overwhelming majority of arguments I've gotten on this subject are incredibly weak, horribly misspelled, and often laced with insults and profanities.

    So after years of receiving crazed / uninformed arguments and insults -- none of it illuminating -- I stopped accepting mail about this subject.

    Please realize that this site gets thousands of visitors a day, and I simply don't have time to debate the entire world on a 1-to-1 basis. There are a lot more of you than me.

    So, let's just agree to disagree. If it's so important to you for your message to be communicated, then simply do what I did: write an article and post it online. If you do, you can be certain that I will not email you to complain about it.

    I'm sorry, I can't accept any questions, period.
    I have, literally, over 10,000 messages in my In Box right now, none of it spam. I simply don't have time to be a helpdesk to the whole world. Please do not send me any questions whatsoever.
    And let me guess, you're on a deadline so you need a response ASAP?

    I don't help students with homework or papers, but since 99% of the requests I got on this subject show the same disappointing traits, allow me to offer you some valuable tips, especially if you're tempted to write to other people about the same thing.

    1. "Research" does not mean emailing some random guy on the Internet. The quality of that kind of reference, for academic purposes, is just above overhearing something that two homeless winos said to each other on the street. Even if the person you're writing to is a doctor, it's still worthless, because (a) Anyone in any position of authority doesn't have the time to respond to you, (b) You can't prove that the person actually said to you what you claim they said, (c) Anything important they have to say is already published elsewhere, and you should cite that. So, your information should come primarily from books, newspapers, and magazines. It can come from websites if your instructor allows and the website is credible. It should never come from questions you email directly to people.

      Since you usually shouldn't be writing to webmasters anyway, the following points are somewhat irrelevant. But I'm including them anyway as examples of where students typically go wrong.
    2. Asking for "more information" on a subject is silly. People who publish websites do so specifically to share what they know. If I write about a subject, I put what I know into that article, because I'm trying to share what I know. I certainly don't withhold certain crucial information from an article, waiting for people to email me to ask for the details I left out so I can email it to them. That would be ridiculous. But that's what most students writing to me expect is the case. You might think, "Well, maybe he didn't have time to put the extra info he knows on the website." That might be true. But if that's the case, I certainly don't have time to send it to you by email.
    3. Requests must be specific. Most requests I get just ask for "more information". That is so broad and vague as to be useless. When you're asking for something, you must be extremely specific about what you want. (And no, "vegetarian information" is not specific enough, either.)
    4. Don't expect the world to conform to your timetable. Nearly every request I've every gotten from a student says that they're on a deadline so they need the info "ASAP". This just amazes me. Students, realize that you're asking someone for a favor. It's just plain rude to demand that someone you don't even know provide you what you're asking for "as soon as possible".
    5. What grade are you in? Students writing me rarely bother to mention whether they're college, high school, or junior high.




  • Why be vegetarian? Save animals, get healthy, lose weight, help the planet -- take your pick!
  • All about Protein. All vegetables have plenty of protein. Even lettuce. How do you think elephants get so big? :)
  • Is meat-eating natural?  Our bodies are optimized for eating plants, not meat. Read all about it here.
  • Vegetarian Myths.  From "plants aren't a complete protein" to "Hitler was a vegetarian", we run down all the common misconceptions here.
  • Vegetarianism and the Environment.  Meat production involves horrific amounts of water, land, energy, and pollution, compared to plant foods. Going veg. is the easiest way to lessen your impact.
  • This website is not medical advice.  While the author has tried to ensure the accuracy of the information on this site, and while he quotes many medical doctors, he is not a medical doctor himself, and this website is not medical or nutritional advice. Anyone contemplating nutritional changes should seek the counsel of a qualified health professional.

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