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CVA Blog
Monday, December 21, 2009

Health and Vegetarianism

1. Vegetarianism Is Catching On

2. Famous Quote – Nelson Mandela, in the new film INVICTUS

3. Plant-Based Diet Good For Bone Health

4. Bible verse – Luke 1:46-49

5. Contamination in Chickens

6. This Week’s Video: Middle-Schooler Solves Obesity Issue

1. Vegetarianism Is Catching On

Kathy Freston, health and wellness expert and New York Times best-selling author, highlights 10 signs that vegetarianism is catching on. From Al Gore's public acceptance that meat-eating is not good for the environment to Martha Stewart promoting a vegetarian Thanksgiving, Freston summarizes the benefits of a plant-based diet from different angles.

To read the full article please search online for 10 Signs Vegetarianism Is Catching On

2. Famous Quote

"Forgiveness liberates the soul.  That's why it's such a powerful weapon."

~Nelson Mandela, in the new film INVICTUS.

3. Plant-Based Diet Good For Bone Health

This article summarizes the results of many years of studies, which suggest that a low-acid diet laden with fruits and vegetables but relatively low in acid-producing protein and moderate in cereal grains is the formula for good bone health. These studies explain why osteoporotic fractures are relatively rare in Asian countries like Japan, where people live as long or longer than Americans and consume almost no calcium-rich dairy products; and why, in Western countries that consume the most dairy foods, the rates of osteoporotic fractures are among the highest in the world. To read the full article please search online for Explore a Low-Acid Diet for Bone Health

4. Bible Verse
(RSV) Luke 1:46-49

And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.”

We should emulate Mary's submission to God's will by showing obedience and walking according to Jesus' teachings. Christ exemplifies for us what reflecting God's love really means: showing compassion, mercy and love to all Creation.

5. Contamination in Chickens

Recent analysis of fresh, whole broilers bought at stores nationwide indicate that two-thirds harbored salmonella and/or campylobacter, the leading bacterial causes of food-borne disease. Therefore, consumers are advised to cook chicken to at least 165º F and prevent raw chicken or its juices from touching any other food. Although the government is well aware of this wide-spread contamination, nothing is done to regulate the issue in order to prevent this type of food-borne disease.

To read the full article please search online for How safe is that chicken?

Americans want cheap meat. However, the exploitation of God’s farmed animals carries many negative consequences including health risks. The best diet for our bodies, temples of the Holy Spirit, is a plant-based one.

6. This Week’s Video: Middle-Schooler Solves Obesity Issue

A seventh-grader, Willy, exposes the misinformation schools provide to students about foods. Willy, with the help of Dr. John McDougall, explains why there are so many overweight kids and how to solve this problem.

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