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CVA Blog
Monday, January 28, 2008

Healthy Body,
Healthy Soul

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

1. Decrepit Factory Farms
2. Famous quote – Neal Barnard, American physician, author, clinical researcher, and founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).
3. Nutrition and Violence
4. Bible verse – Galatians 6:7-8
5. Did You Know These Products Are Vegan?
6. More Vegetarian Alternatives in Institutions

1. Decrepit Factory Farms: Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006), wrote an article published in The New York Times Magazine entitled “Our Decrepit Food Factories”, where he exposes the appalling conditions in factory farms where animals are so stressed out and their immune systems so compromised that they cannot survive without antibiotics.

This over-use of antibiotics raises concern about the antibiotic-resistant strain of Staphylococcus (“staph”) bacteria, MRSA, said to be killing more Americans each year than AIDS (100,000 infections and 19,000 deaths in 2005). According to Pollan, examples like this, "...may point to an imminent breakdown in the way we’re growing food today."

To read the full article please visit Our decrepit food factories

2. “In my own life, I decided to leave meat off my plate in medical school, but was a bit slow to realize that dairy products and eggs are not health foods either.” ~ Neal Barnard, American physician, author, clinical researcher, and founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

3. Nutrition and Violence: According to several new studies it seems that our modern diets rich in sugars, saturated fats and refined carbohydrates, may indeed make people more violent. In fact, some evidence shows that nutrition is a better predictor a violent behavior than past behavior. The following article summarizes these findings and emphasizes on the importance of eating a balanced diet rich in plant-based foods: You do what you eat

4. (RSV) Galatians 6:7-8 "Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life."

We cannot get away from the seeds we sow. Violence perpetrates violence, and love perpetrates love. When we reflect God's love, compassion and mercy, we are reaping eternal life.

5. Did You Know These Products Are Vegan? PETA has put together an extensive list of Vegan products (although not advertised as such), which can be found at regular grocery stores. Browse through the 8 categories to find your favorite products: breakfast (dry), beverages, snacks, condiments, bake goods, refrigerated and frozen products, baking, and staples. Don't forget to share this information with friends and family!! I Can't Believe It's Vegan!

6. More Vegetarian Alternatives in Institutions: In the last several years, institutions like prisons, colleges and ballparks are offering vegetarian entrees as alternatives to animal-based foods, which shows an increasing awareness about the benefits of a plant-based diet. Health professionals agree that vegetarian options are usually lower in saturated fat, calories and cholesterol. In fact, although some vegetarian alternatives are a little more expensive that their meat-based counterparts, the benefits in the long run can be seen in health care savings due to numerous health benefits of adopting a plant-based diet. To read the full article please visit A meaty subject


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