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27 September 2000

CELEBRATE VEGETARIANISM!
By Corrynthia@aol.com

Did you know that October is Vegetarian Awareness Month? How about that Sunday, October 1 is World Vegetarian Day? Or that Monday, October 2 is World Farm Animals Day, celebrated this year on the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi? How do YOU plan on celebrating these events?

I know what I am going to be doing.

Of late, THE hot topic for discussion at my place of employment has been osteoporosis. Women gather around my desk and share stories. One woman even retired early because of the excruciating pain in her back caused by brittle bones and a fractured and compacted spine. "Oh yes," she began, "It's awful! I take so-and-so medicine, and one of its side effects is it draws calcium from my bones." And so her doctor prescribed yet another medicine to replace the lost calcium. Pills, tablets, and liquids. They all want a quick fix to their problem!

They all think that along with popping pills that guzzling more milk, eating more cheese, consuming more yogurt and cottage cheese is the answer. I shake my head and sigh heavily. If only they knew. I try to tell them, but they look at me as if I were from another planet.

Today I hit on a plan! I am going to use World Vegetarian Day as an opportunity to educate them about plant sources of calcium. Calcium that does not come along with the added baggage of fat, cholesterol, antibiotics and hormones. Calcium that is not delivered via the milk of another species. I want to empower these women with an arsenal of calcium-rich plant choices to combat their osteoporosis.

If you need reasons why humans shouldn't drink cow's milk, read the following article by Robert Cohen. Be sure to visit his website too. Also, there is a link to a part of the Vegetarian Resource Group webpage that is all about CALCIUM. Follow it and read it. You can even check out other areas of the VRG! Make a couple of the calcium-rich recipes. Print out the table of the calcium content of selected foods -- make copies and take them to work. Hand them out with the food samples. Get the word out that cow's milk is meant for baby cows, who grow to weigh 300 pounds in just one year. Let people know that there are a lot of plant sources of calcium. Make your goal be to just make them aware. Give the women -- the people -- you care about in your life this gift for World Vegetarian Day at work on Monday (World Farm Animals Day) during Vegetarian Awareness Month.
Calcium in the Diet - The Vegetarian Resource Group
http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/calcium.htm#table1

FARM - Farm Animal Reform Movement
http://www.farmusa.org/

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