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CVA Blog
Monday, August 30, 2010

What We Give Our Bodies for Nourishment

1. Dangerous Hormones

2. Famous Quote – Erasmus (1466-1536)

3. “Hip” Meatless Mondays

4. Bible verse – Psalm 94:18-19

5. Interview with Jack Norris from Vegan Outreach

6. This Week’s Video – Egg Recall


1. Dangerous Hormones

In China, like in the US, bovine growth hormones are used to promote greater milk production in dairy cows. However, little regulation exists about the use of this hormones and growing new concern about their safety exists. Female infants in China who have been fed cow's milk-based formula have been growing breasts and very young girls have been growing pubic hair. Unfortunately, the culprit seems to be the hormones given to dairy cows that later enter food production chain.

To read the full article please search online for Female Infants Growing Breasts: Another Disaster from Hormones in Milk Production

It is outrageous that due to the lack of integrity of the corporations that run factory farms, people are getting sick. There is plenty of evidence that suggests that the hormones and antibiotics used in farmed animals are not safe; however, the quest for increased profit and taste seem to blind both, the producer and the consumer. This is why it is so imperative that the consumer takes a stand against the very things the contributing to making us sick. Transitioning to a plant-based diet helps us take this stand.

2. This Week’s Famous Quote

"Prevention is better than cure."

~ Erasmus (1466-1536)

3. “Hip” Meatless Mondays

The Meatless Monday campaign is gaining momentum thanks to the support of public health advocates, chefs and parents who want to reduce the incidence of heart disease in the population, which is largely due to the consumption of animal products. Now Meatless Mondays are part of hospitals, school cafeterias and households, showing that plant-based dishes can be easy to prepare as well as tasty, healthy and fulfilling.

To read the full article please search online for Campaign Aims to Make Meatless Mondays Hip

It's great that such a successful campaign is extending throughout the US. Heart disease is wide-spread in this country, yet in most cases it is easily preventable. Being good stewards of our bodies, temples of the Holy Spirit, should lead us to adopt a healthy and compassionate diet that aligns with our Faith.

4. This Week’s Bible Verse

(RSV) Psalm 94:18-19

When I thought, "My foot slips," thy steadfast love, O LORD, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, thy consolations cheer my soul.

God's love for us is evident to us in the midst of trouble, when, in spite of obstacles, we feel comforted and uplifted.

5. Interview with Jack Norris from Vegan Outreach

Jack Norris, one of the founders of Vegan Outreach shares in this interview his thoughts about veganism and offers answers to the most common health questions people have about a plant-base diet. He also discusses the issue of people who choose to eat meat again for health reasons and how this can be avoided. He highlights the motive of reducing suffering as the main goal of adopting a vegan diet.

To read the full interview please search online for Interview With a Vegan: Jack Norris RD

6. This Week’s Video: Egg Recall

On August 20, ABC World News reported on the nationwide egg recall of close to half a million eggs. Fortunately, ABC focused on the living conditions of hens on factory farms. Nathan Runkle from Mercy for Animals (MFA) was featured in the segment where he explained the unsanitary conditions these hens live in while undercover video taken by at a farm in Maine that is connected to one of the brands being recalled was shown. ABC's reporter said "Critics say it's likely not the case and that there are just a few rotten eggs in the poultry business. Conditions like these are fairly common."

To watch this segment please search online for Egg Recall Linked to Salmonella Grows.

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