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CVA Blog
Monday, October 29, 2007

Taking Care of Our Bodies

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

1. Former “Mr. America” at 72 years-old:  The oldest man featured in 'Iron Man' Magazine, Jim Morris, former Mr. America, shares what he believes helps him stay in excellent health and shape. He emphasizes on the benefits of staying active and on a balanced vegan diet. "People say you look so good for your age. I don't think so. I think this is the way 70 should look," says Jim.

Double click on play button in center of video window to see news coverage.  Running time - 40 seconds

To read the full article please visit 72 year-old former "Mr. America" still going strong 

2. "Let your lives speak."
~ Quote from the Quaker tradition 

3. More Cattle Slaughtered Due to Foot and Mouth Disease: The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Britain's farm ministry has ordered the slaughter of cattle on a farm in Surrey on suspicion of foot and mouth disease. The seventh positive test was confirmed on Oct 1. The outbreaks of foot-and-mouth and bluetongue led to an EU ban on British exports of fresh meat, live animals and dairy products, causing an estimated damage of tens of millions of pounds.

To read the full article please visit:

The intense confinement and suffering to which God’s animals are subjected in today’s factory farms has led to the increase of disease transmission. We cannot expect that our poor management of God’s animals and resources has no negative effects. As long as the demand for animal flesh continues, we will continue to deal with the results of exploiting God’s animals for taste and profit. 

4. Galatians 6:2
Carry each other's burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."

God reminds us to be compassionate and to reach out to those who are burdened and discouraged, just as Christ teaches us.

5. Vegan Diet Helps with Weight Loss:  A new study in the September’s issue of Obesity magazine shows that a vegan diet helps people lose more weight and keep it off more effectively than a more conventional low-fat diet that includes meat and dairy products. Social support in the form of group meetings was also associated with greater sustained weight loss, according to the study’s authors, who include health experts with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

To read the full article please visit The secret to long-term weight loss might be a vegan diet, research finds

We are called to be good stewards of our bodies, temples of the Holy Spirit. A plant-based diet helps us take care of our bodies, the environment and God’s animals. 

6. Topps Meat Co. Goes out of Business:  Topps Meat Co. announced this month that it's going out of business, just a few days after they issued the second-largest beef recall in U.S. history. The recall 21.7 million pounds recall of ground beef might have been contaminated with the E. coli bacteria strain O157:H7. These bacteria are found in the intestines of cattle, and improper butchering and processing can cause the E. coli to get onto meat. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention thirty people in eight states had E. coli infections matching the strain found in the Topps patties and fortunately there have been no human fatalities.

To read the full article please visit:

The Topps Meat Co. recall is just one more in the extensive list of recalls in the meat industry. The way we raise and slaughter animals is conducive to disease transmittal and food contamination. The transition to a plant-based diet can help us protect our health, the environment and God’s animals.

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