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CVA Blog
Monday, April 19, 2010

To Eat Healthy is to Honor God

1. Hannah Teter: Gold-Medal Vegetarian Athlete

2. Famous Quote – T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., nutritionist at Cornell University and author of The China Study.

3. The Consequences of a Dairy and Meat-Based Diet

4. Bible verse – Romans 13:8

5. Cardiac Surgeon Endorses a Vegan Diet

6. This Week’s Video – Jeff Novick, dietitian and nutritionist


1. Hannah Teter: Gold-Medal Vegetarian Athlete

Hannah Teter, gold-medal snowboarder, shares in this interview her passion for environmental issues and her compassion for farmed animals. She believes that becoming vegetarian has made her stronger mentally, physically, and emotionally. To read the full interview please search online for Hannah Teter, Gold-Medal Snowboarder, Carves a Meaningful Life

How great it is that Hannah Teter, and exceptional athlete, is setting an example for so many who might still believe that a plant-based diet is not appropriate for an athletes!

2. Famous Quote

"Usually, the first thing a country does in the course of economic development is to introduce a lot of livestock. Our data are showing that this is not a very smart move and the Chinese are listening. They are realizing that animal-based agriculture is not the way to go.... We are basically a vegetarian species and should be eating a wide variety of plant food and minimizing our intake of animal foods.... "Once people start introducing animal products into their diet, that's when the mischief starts."

~ T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., nutritionist at Cornell University and author of The China Study.

3. The Consequences of a Dairy and Meat-Based Diet

Most of newly emerging infectious human diseases originate in farmed animals thanks to the mass production of intensively confined animals. Viruses such as H1N1 and H1N5 are examples of the dangers of industrial animal agriculture. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) the links between diseases, livestock and climate change are raised in the flagship annual report, which put the spotlight on livestock. To read the full article please search online for GLOBAL: The aftertaste of more milk and meat

Factory farms are the perfect vessels for new strains of viruses and bacteria to emerge and cross the animal-human barrier. Sadly, it is power, taste and profit what is putting humans and other creatures in peril. Unless humanity decreases considerably or even better, eliminates animal products from our diet, we will continue to see and endorse disease and misery.

4. This Week’s Bible Verse

(RSV) Romans 13:8

Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.

Love is the most important commandment and the one that should rule our lives. By showing love to one another and to the rest of Creation we are showing obedience to God and fulfilling our sacred role of stewards of God's Creation.

5. Cardiac Surgeon Endorses a Vegan Diet

Cardiac surgeon Dr. Marc Katz, who has lost 35 pounds on a strict vegan diet wants everyone to learn how a plant-based diet can powerfully restore health, especially heart health.

To read the full article please search online for Heart doctors taut vegetarian diets

It is great news every time a physician endorses a plant-based diet, since people are more willing to listen and to follow their advice. A plant-based diet is ideal for our bodies, temples of the Holy Spirit, and for those animals who otherwise are brutally raised and killed in a meat-based diet. 

6. This Week’s Video

Amidst all the information on foods we hear and read about, it could be confusing to know whether a packaged food is good for our health or not. This video excerpt from Jeff Novick's 90-minute presentation on food labeling guides the consumer to help healthy choices.

Please search online for Should I eat that? Reading food labels.

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