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CVA Blog
Monday, August 3, 2009

A God-Honoring Diet

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

1. ADA’s Updated Position Paper on Veg Diets
2. Famous Quote – Michael Miller, MD, F.A.C.C.
3. FDA to Restrict Antibiotic Use in Livestock
4. Bible verse – Psalm 119:93
5. Scientists Say to Avoid Animal Products
6. Ebola Virus in Pigs

1. ADA’s Updated Position Paper on Veg Diets

The American Dietetic Association (ADA), the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, has updated its position paper on vegetarian diets. ADA's position reads: "It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life-cycle including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence and for athletes." It also expands on the evidence-based review showed a vegetarian diet is associated with a lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease and the protection of certain cancers.

Please search online for ADA releases updated position paper on vegetarian diets

2. Famous Quote

“It may be possible to incorporate laugher into daily activities, just as is done with other heart-healthy activities, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator. The recommendation for a healthy heart may one day be exercise, eat right and laugh a few times a day.”
~ Michael Miller, MD, F.A.C.C., Center for Preventive Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center

3. FDA to Restrict Antibiotic Use in Livestock

The Union of Concerned Scientists, estimate 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the United States are used on food animals in order to promote weight gain or more efficient feed consumption. This overuse of antibiotics is thought to be the major cause for antibiotic resistance in humans. Now, the Food and Drug Administration wants to put restrictions on the use of antibiotics so they are used on livestock only to cure or prevent disease and not to promote growth.

To read the full article please search online for FDA would limit antibiotic use in U.S. livestock

In factory farms, animals are raised in such stressful and confined environments that without antibiotics they probably would not make it to the slaughterhouse. The meat industry has abused the use of antibiotics for profit purposes and has not only caused much misery to God's animals but also has put human health at risk. While reducing antibiotic use in livestock would likely benefit human health, farmed animals will continue to endure miserable lives. We can show compassion to God's animals and benefit our health by adopting a plant-based diet.

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) Psalm 119:93
"I will never forget thy precepts; for by them thou hast given me life."

God gave us rules in order to live a fulfilled life among the rest of creatures. Regardless of living in a fallen world, we should seek obedience to God in order to glorify God and live with plenitude.

5. Scientists Say to Avoid Animal Products

According to the latest statistics, animal products seem to be one of the major causes of death in the US since they contribute to heart disease, obesity and certain cancers, among other chronic diseases. This article deals with the most common foods that scientists and nutritionists advice to limit or restrict in order to stay healthy. Dr. Richard Lacey, a prominent microbiologist and BSE (mad cow disease) researcher said: “There is now an overwhelming scientific and medical case for avoiding the consumption of meat and meat products despite the government’s attempts to persuade us otherwise.”

To read the full article please search online for Scientists speak out on certain types of animal protein foods to avoid

God has provided us with a vast variety of plant-based foods that are not only tasty but healthy. By choosing a vegetarian diet we are being good stewards of our bodies; and therefore, we are showing obedience to God.

6. Ebola Virus in Pigs

Factory farms are the perfect melting pot when it comes to viruses and it seems now we have to be concerned of yet another virus in pigs that could affect humans. Researchers have found various strains of the Ebola virus in pigs in the Philippines and are concerned these viruses might get in the human food chain. Ebola was also detected in farm workers who tend to the infected pigs, which means it’s likely that the virus had been transmitted from swine to humans, and vice versa. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that this current strain of the virus is not of the same variety as the one which caused outbreaks of hemorrhagic fever in the early 90’s, and at present there is no serious cause for concern.

To read the full article please search online for Ebola virus found in pigs, infects farm workers.

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