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CVA Blog
Monday, January 18, 2010

Compassion Leads to Good Health

1. Plant-Based Diet Key to Long Life

2. Famous Quote – Dr. Thomas Fuller

3. Restaurant Food Choices That Increase Risk of Diabetes

4. Bible Verse – I Sam. 16:7

5. Vegetarian Options in NFL’s Player New Restaurant

6. This Week’s Video: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio)


1. Plant-Based Diet Key to Long Life

New research indicates that a vegetarian diet low in protein might be the formula for a long life. Scientists in the UK believe that a diet low in meat and fish could lead to a slow ageing process due to its low content of the amino acid, methionine. To read the full article please search online for Vegetarian low-protein diet could be key to long life

It’s well-documented that a well-balanced plant-based diet prevents many of the common chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart-disease. Moreover, a plant-based diet has been known to reverse some of these diseases as well, therefore increasing the quality and life-span of people who adopt this diet, which honors all of God’s Creation.

2. Famous Quote

"Health is not valued till sickness comes."

Dr. Thomas Fuller (1608 – 1661), English churchman and historian

3. Restaurant Food Choices That Increase Risk of Diabetes

The results of a study that will be published in an upcoming article for the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicate that hamburgers and fried chicken significantly increase type 2 diabetes risk. The research followed 44,072 participants who were originally diabetes-free and were part of the Black Women’s Health Study.

Consumption of restaurant meals were counted and categorized in the following groups: hamburgers, fried chicken, fried fish, Chinese food, Mexican food, and pizza.

All categories were associated with increased diabetes risk except for Mexican food and pizza. To read the full article please search online for Restaurant Food Choices May Increase Diabetes Risk

A plant-based diet, God's idea for us, helps us take care of our bodies by preventing many diseases such as diabetes. One way of honoring God is to choose a compassionate and healthy vegetarian diet.

4. Bible Verse
(RSV) I Sam. 16:7

But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the LORD sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart."

God calls us to reflect His/Her love for us onto all Creation. Our actions reflect the state of our hearts.

5. Vegetarian Options in NFL’s Player New Restaurant

Dolphins running back Ricky Williams is a dedicated vegetarian and therefore, when choosing a menu for the new restaurant he opened with Former Cincinnati Bengals running back Rudi Johnson, he made sure that vegetarian options were offered. To read the full article please search online for Vegan NFL player opens new restaurant

It's great that renowned athletes act as role models in regard to food choices. People can learn that a well-balanced plant-based diet is optimal for our health and helps us be good stewards of our bodies, temples of the Holy Spirit.

6. This Week’s Video: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio)

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) recently sat down with to answer 10 questions from website visitors. The 28 minute interview included topics on gun control, health care, voter reform, and special interest groups. He was also asked what he would do if he were made dictator of the U.S. for one day. He answered he'd ask everyone to eat vegan chocolate chip brownies since he believes dietary choices have a tremendous impact on our health, animals and the environment.

Please search online for Rep. Dennis Kucinich: I order you to eat vegan brownies (VIDEO)  to watch the excerpt where he talks about vegan choices.

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