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Preventing Disease While Being Compassionate
September 5, 2011

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

1. Third Largest US Meat Recall in History

2. Famous Quote – Caldwell Blakeman Esselstyn Jr., M.D., (born December 12, 1933), American
physician, author, and former Olympic rowing champion

3. Recommended Website:

4. Bible verse – Galatians 5:22-23

5. Healthful Eating Tip

6. This Week’s Video – CNN Special “The Last Heart Attack”

1. Third Largest US Meat Recall in History

Cargill Inc. is currently involved in the third largest meat recall in U.S. history with nearly 36 million pounds (16,300 metric tons) of ground turkey being pulled off shelves after a salmonella outbreak was linked to one death and more than 70 illnesses in 26 states. To learn more please visit Cargill Turkey Salmonella Link Spurs 36 Million-Ton Recall:

The factory farming industry doesn’t have in mind how to produce healthy, sustainable foods, but instead how to make more money by brutally exploiting God’s animals and deceiving consumers into believing the lies that have been perpetuated for decades.

However, the sad reality is that factory farming is a system than thrives on secrecy and unethical practices, thus causing unimaginable suffering to farmed animals while putting our health at risk and destroying the environment. Hopefully, due to this massive meat recall, more people will realize that eating meat is not only not necessary, but risky and uncompassionate.

2. This Week’s Famous Quote

"Here are the facts. Coronary artery disease is the leading killer of men and women in Western civilization. In the United States alone, more than half a million people die of it every single year. Three times that number suffer known heart attacks. And approximately three million more have "silent" heart attacks, experiencing minimal symptoms and having no idea, until well after the damage is done, that they are in mortal danger. In the course of a lifetime, one out of every two American men and one out of every three American women will have some form of the disease.”

~ Caldwell Blakeman Esselstyn Jr., M.D., (born December 12, 1933), American physician, author, and former Olympic rowing champion.

3. Recommended Website: is one the most comprehensive websites in the area of nutrition. This website is put together by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation in partnership with Michael Greger, M.D., who is a physician, author and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. brings the information about nutrition you need to know in short, easy to understand video segments. Please visit and share with friends and family:

What a great way to honor God and take care of our bodies, temples of the Holy Spirit, by adopting a compassionate, ethical, nutritious and delicious plant-based diet! Websites like the one above make this journey easier for us by offering valuable information that can be put into practice easily.

4. This Week's Bible Verse

(RSV) Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law.

This is one of the clearest verses on how we should live our lives! If our actions are motivated by love and kindness for sure we would not approve or support the unnecessary exploitation of God's farmed animals. A plant-based diet helps us show love, kindness, peace and compassion to all Creation.

5. Healthful Eating Tip

Eat a dark green vegetable (broccoli, spinach, kale, collard greens) at least three times a week. These nutritional powerhouses are packed full of vitamins such as calcium and iron. On the run or hate spinach? Try drinking your greens in a smoothie: add some spinach or kale to your fruit smoothie and drink up to your health!

6. This Week’s Video: CNN Special “The Last Heart Attack”

In case you missed the broadcast of the CNN special on heart disease featuring Dr. Esselstyn and former President Bill Clinton, we bring it to you! Please visit Dr. Esselstyn On Sanjay Gupta's CNN Special (VIDEO) and share with friends and family:

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