Vegan bloggers are telling women their periods are “toxic”
Medical professionals have slammed these vegan bloggers for encouraging women to aim to lose their periods
The latest worrying trend to hit the internet is that of selected vegan bloggers telling their audiences that menstrual cycles are toxic and that they should aim to get rid of them.
Needless to say, many medical professionals are unimpressed with the unorthodox advice and have been speaking out against the claims:
"A menstrual cycle is natural - the purpose of it is to achieve a pregnancy. That's it. Period," said Lauren Streicher, the associate clinical professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, Shape magazine reports.
Jen Gunter, who works as an obstetrician-gynecologist, also spoke about the theory with The Daily Mail, stating that it is “dangerous” to spread ideas like these:
"This is a very dangerous idea and displays a complete lack of understanding of female biology and the human body in general," she said.
"Periods are not bad or filled with toxins. This trend is alarming because it comes from someone who clearly has no understanding of periods or even biology in general and is just another form of body shaming."
Two of the bloggers most closely aligned with the controversy are Freelee the Banana Girl and Miliany Bonet, both of whom have been fairly outspoken about their views on the topic.
Freelee the Banana Girl shared a video on YouTube called How I lost my period on a RAW VEGAN diet in which she told viewers:
"And as soon as I came into the lifestyle [raw vegan diet], like, within the first month, I lost my period. It was gone.
"And I was like, 'Yes, get out of here. I don't want to see you ever again. Don't come back now, you hear?'"
She went on to suggest the change to other women:
"At the end of the day if you're having a heavy period, then get on a 100 per cent high carb raw vegan diet as soon as you can," she said.
Blogger Miliany Bonet appears to agree with Freelee; she has also been very vocal about her belief that menstruating bodies are unclean:
"What if I told you that everything you were taught about menstrual cycles was a complete LIE?!" Bonet wrote in her blog RawVeganLiving.
"A non-menstruating body indicates the body is clean," she told Broadly.
"If a woman or young girl decided she wanted to stop menstruating or lighten up her heavy periods, then I would recommend a raw foods diet to help them with that.
"The industry has done a great job of brainwashing too many women into thinking that if they do not get their periods on a monthly basis, that something is wrong with their body and hormones,” the 19-year-old blogger continued.
However, according to Streicher, science tells us that the loss of your menstrual cycle not only indicates something is wrong, it can put you at risk of serious health problems in the future, some of which "can become cancerous down the road," she told Shape.
"There's nothing good about not getting your period,” she went on to reaffirm.
To the bloggers encouraging women to attempt to lose their period, Gunter told The Daily Mail:
"Dieting to get rid of your period is unhealthy and anyone promoting this should be ashamed of themselves and take a first year biology course."
Lead Image: Freelee the Banana Girl, Facebook, YouTube