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Monday, April 16, 2007

Health and Diet

Welcome to the weekly CVA blog! In it you will find famous quotes, news and commentaries.

1. Bird flu misconceptions
2. Famous quote – Karen Emmons, M.D., Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston.
3. Male fertility news
4. Bible verse – James 1:12
5. Rise in seafood poisoning
6. New findings on breast cancer and red meat link

1. Bird flu misconceptions: Michael Greger, M.D., author of "Bird Flu: A Virus of its Own Hatching" shares the most common misconceptions about the bird flu and clarifies the truth surrounding this issue.

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2. “Five to ten percent of all cancers are caused by inherited genetic mutations. By contrast, 70 to 80 percent have been linked to [diet and other] behavioral factors.”
~ Karen Emmons, M.D., Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston.

3. Male fertility news: A new study in Human Reproduction suggests that a pregnant woman’s meat consumption can reduce her future son’s sperm count. The study carried out by researchers at the University of Rochester analyzed the relationship between various sperm parameters of 387 men and the eating habits of their mothers from the Study for Future Families. The more beef a mother consumed, the lower her son’s sperm concentration. Researches believe that the difference may be due to steroid hormones found in animal products.

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4. (RSV) James 1:12 "Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him."

By focusing on Jesus’ teachings of compassion and love we are more capable of resisting scapegoating and victimization of God’s creatures. A plant-based diet helps to be compassionate and loving to God’s animals.

5. Rise in seafood poisoning: Michael Casey, environmental reporter, writes an eye-opening article regarding one more implication with global-warming: the rise of seafood poisoning rates. The reason seems to be that when oceans are warmed by the greenhouse effect and fouled by toxic runoff, coral reefs are damaged and poison algae thrives. In turn, fish that live near coral reefs get contaminated. More specifically, scientist are concerned about ciguatera poisoning, a rarely fatal but growing menace from eating exotic fish. Currently, there is no reliable way to detect whether a fish has ciguatera and no antidote, either.

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Our moral failure to be good stewards of God’s Creation is causing misery to us and the rest of creatures. Global warming is affecting the Earth and its creatures negatively. The transition to a plant-based diet can contribute greatly to the restoration of the environment, and in participating in the reconciliation of God’s Creation.

6. New findings on breast cancer and red meat link: According to the study led by Professor Janet Cade of the University of Leeds (printed on the British Journal of Cancer), even small amounts of red meat can greatly increase a woman's risk of breast cancer. The study involved studying the diets of 35,000 women aged between 35 and 69 for eight years. Regarding the study Professor Cade said, "The findings are robust. Whatever we adjusted the data for we could find an association." Not surprisingly, Sandy Crombie, chairman of the Scottish region of The Guild of Q Butchers, referred to the findings as "rubbish".

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