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CVA Blog
Monday, August 31, 2009

Our Diet, Our Health

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

1. Good News for Vegetarian Men
2. Famous Quote – Dean Ornish
3. Heart Health: Diet vs. Drugs
4. Bible verse – Romans 12:4-5
5. Creutzfeldt-Jakob (CJD) Disease Might Be Linked to Eating Meat
6. This Week’s Video: Vegan pediatrician Jay Gordon, MD who talks about the importance of daily
exercise and a healthy diet.

1. Good News for Vegetarian Men

Since soy foods contain phytoestrogens, which have weak estrogen-like qualities, there was concern that they could decrease testosterone levels in men. However, a recent meta-analysis that will be published in the journal Fertility and Sterility showed that neither soy foods nor isoflavone supplements from soy affect testosterone levels in men. Researchers looked at more than 50 treatment groups from articles in peer-reviewed journals for this meta-analysis.

To read the article please search online for Soy has no effect on Men’s Testosterone

2.  Famous Quote

“People tend to think of breakthroughs in medicine as a new drug, a laser, or a high-tech surgical procedure. They often have a hard time believing that the simple choices that we make in our lifestyle, what we eat, how we respond to stress, whether or not we smoke cigarettes, how much exercise we get, and the quality of our relationships and support can be as powerful as drugs and surgery. But they often are.”

~ Dean Ornish (1953 - present), president and founder of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California, and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

3. Heart Health: Diet vs. Drugs

Pharmaceutical companies and plant-based diet advocates are at opposite side of the road to heart health. Vegetarian advocates suggest preventing heart disease with a healthy diet while pharmaceutical companies are racing to find a drug that would reverse clogged arteries. However, although doctors are well aware of the benefits of a plant-base diet they think "it's futile to suggest it. They're happy if they can talk a patient with high cholesterol into eating a little less fried chicken and a little more baked."

To read the full article please search online for Vegan diet advocates argue race for better heart drugs is the wrong approach: Healthy Cleveland

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) Romans 12:4-5
For as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

God made each one of us different from one another, but at the same time all of us belong to Him. The gifts that God gave us help us to honor our Creator by fulfilling our calling.

5. Creutzfeldt-Jakob (CJD) Disease Might Be Linked to Eating Meat

The sporadic type of Creutzfeldt-Jakob (CJD) disease has an unknown cause for scientists; however, doctors are now asking whether sporadic CJD could also be caused by eating meat, just as the "human form" of Mad Cow disease. The new research focuses on the fact that CJD disease sometimes shows up in clusters in people who live near each other. Since this happens too often it cannot be explained only by chance, but probably by an external factor such as meat-eating.

To read the full article please search online for Scientists research whether sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jacob (CJD) disease also is caused by eating meat

6. This Week’s Video

Listen to vegan pediatrician Jay Gordon, MD who talks about the importance of daily exercise and a healthy diet, especially in our society where animal and sugar-laden foods are readily available, and where TV and video games occupy a great deal of time in children's lives.

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