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Changing the Way We Eat Changes Our Life
February 10, 2014

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

  1. Vegan Mayor is Changing Lives
  2. Famous Quote: Nikola Tesla, physicist and inventor
  3. The Way Farmed Animals Are Raised Affects Public Health
  4. Bible Verse: Romans 5:5
  5. More People Dabbling with a Vegan Diet
  6. This Week’s Video: Fish Oil or Just Snake Oil?

1. Vegan Mayor is Changing Lives

Ed Smith, five-time elected Mayor of Marshall, TX, is changing people's lives by encouraging others to replace animal products in their diets for healthy plant-based options. Mayor Smith became a vegan after a prostate cancer diagnosis in 2008 prompted him to eat as healthiest as possible. “Get Healthy Marshall”, the non-profit that Mayor Smith started, allows people in Marshall and neighboring cities to be exposed to and educated about vegan diets through monthly potlucks, health fairs, supermarket tours, etc.

Please visit The Mayor Went Vegan, Then Spread the Word.

Kudos for Mayor Smith! Elected officials are able to have a major impact on their constituents’ lives and Mayor Smith is proving to be an excellent role model in the area of health. Let’s hope his actions encourage others to do the same elsewhere.

2. Famous Quote

“It is certainly preferable to raise vegetables, and I think, therefore, that vegetarianism is a commendable departure from the established barbarous habit. That we can subsist on plant food and perform our work even to advantage is not a theory, but a well-demonstrated fact. Many races living almost exclusively on vegetables are of superior physique and strength. There is no doubt that some plant food, such as oatmeal, is more economical than meat, and superior to it in regard to both mechanical and mental performance. [...] In view of these facts every effort should be made to stop the wanton and cruel slaughter of animals, which must be destructive to our morals.”
~ Nikola Tesla, physicist and inventor

3. The Way Farmed Animals Are Raised Affects Public Health

Ms. Kucinich, Policy Director for the Center for Food Safety, helps the reader understand the link between the horrific conditions in which chickens are raised for their flesh and eggs, and the increasing rates of food poisoning and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. She correctly says that when people are truly concerned about the way farmed animals are treated, then they adopt a vegan diet.

Please visit If a chicken exists only to become chicken nuggets, does it really matter how he lived? The connection between the humane treatment of animals, health and food safety.

While some animals raised for food are treated less abusively than others, there’s some degree of fear and suffering involved; and always an early death. Adopting a plant-based diet helps God’s animals and certainly reduces the risk of food poisoning and other public health issues. Instead of trying to treat animals less abusively, it would be much more effective to show them compassion and not eat them.

4. Bible Verse - (RSV) Romans 5:5

…and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.

Jesus said that the kingdom of God is within us. Our true essence is one of love, incompatible with cruelty and hate. The more we align our inner-values and faith with our choices, the more we are participating in the healing and reconciliation of God’s Creation. Indeed, hope doesn’t disappoint us!

5. More People Dabbling with a Vegan Diet

A growing number of people are are pledging vegan for a few weeks or 30 days given the abundance scientific evidence indicating the many health and environmental benefits of plant-based diets. Moreover, the exposure of the horrific treatment of animals raised for food are tugging at people’s hearts; and the fact that many celebrities and prominent athletes encourage Meatless Mondays, the reduction of animal products and vegan meals helps people make the decision to take the vegan pledge.

Please visit The rise of the part-time vegans.

Due to lack of information, popular myths and other factors, some people find going vegan to be an incredibly difficult lifestyle and fear taking this step. This is why sometimes just trying a vegan diet for a few weeks helps these people realize that a well-planned plant-based diet is relatively easy, very tasty and very attainable.
I think we should encourage everyone around us to take the pledge! We never know when a 30-day pledge might extend to a lifetime one.

6. This Week’s Video: Fish Oil or Just Snake Oil?
Advice to eat oily fish or take fish oil to lower risk of heart disease, stroke, or mortality is no longer supported by the balance of available evidence.

Please visit Fish Oil or Just Snake Oil?   

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