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CVA Blog
Monday, November 13, 2006


Healthful Eating

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

1. Vegetables found to be good for the brain

2. Famous quote – Carolus Linnaeus, (1707-1778), Medical Doctor and Botanist

3. Breast cancer and diet

4. Bible verse – 2 Corinthians 3:5-6

5. Meat safety

6. Vegetarian Athletes

1. Vegetables found to be good for the brain: More good news for vegetarians! A new study has shown that eating 2 or more green, leafy vegetables a day may decrease the decline in thinking ability during adulthood. Scientists suspect that vegetables may help protect memory and thinking speed because they contain high amounts of vitamin E, an antioxidant that can help reduce the damage caused by free radicals, unstable oxygen molecules generated by normal metabolism that can damage neurons in the brain and contribute to dementia. However, researchers didn’t find the same properties with fruit possibly because the most common antioxidant found in them is Vitamin C, which hasn’t been consistently found to protect against mental deterioration.

To read the full article please visit http://news.yahoo.com/s/hsn/20061024/
hl_hsn/vegetablesmayboostbrainpowerinolderadults 

2. Famous Quote:  "Man's structure, external and internal, compared with that of other animal's shows that fruit and succulent vegetables constitute his natural food." -Carolus Linnaeus, (1707-1778), Medical Doctor and Botanist

3. Breast cancer and diet: October, was Breast Cancer Awareness month. Much of the information provided by the media surrounded prevention (self breast exams, mammograms, annual physical check-ups) and treatment. However, little, if any, was said about the correlation of diet and the rate of breast cancer. Since the results of the China Project, directed by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, were released causing great surprise in the medical field, many more studies have followed. There is evidence that high dietary fat intake, particularly animal fat, is linked to breast cancer, among others. Women in countries where people mostly consume a plant-based diet have a lower rate of breast cancer than women in other countries in which the intake of animal products is high, such as in the US.

For more information on this subject please visit http://www.cancerproject.org/survival/
cancer_facts/women.php 
and
http://www.vegsource.com/articles2/
dietary_fat_campbell.htm 

It should be no surprise to Christians that the best diet for us is the one God prescribed to everyone in the Garden of Eden and the one that will be reinstated in the coming Peaceable Kingdom. A balanced plant-based diet is the healthiest one for our bodies, temples of the Holy Spirit. It honors God and all of God’s creation.

4. (RSV) 2 Corinthians 3:5-6: “Not that we are competent of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our competence is from God, 6 who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not in a written code but in the Spirit; for the written code kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

God’s covenant with all creation is one of love and grace. God enables us to bear witness of this covenant and calls us to be good stewards of our bodies, animals and the environment.

5. Meat safety: The majority of cases of food poisoning are caused by the ingestion of contaminated animal products. Meat products are linked to several health problems even when precautions such as cooking meat thoroughly, washing hands after touching raw meat, etc. are taken. The lack of sanitation in slaughter houses, where fecal matter contaminates meat, is of big concern. In an effort to try to make meat products safer, the FDA has approved in August a spray that is supposed to destroy the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria causes 2500 people in the US to fall severely ill and about 500 to die.

To read the full article please visit http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=2464943&page=1 

Eating a meat-based diet has caused major health problems to humanity, tremendous suffering to God’s animals and much degradation to the environment. Instead of reducing our meat intake and transition to a plant-based diet, humanity resorts to science and technology to mitigate the negative effects of meat-eating. God’s ideal is that humans consume a plant-based diet, just like in the Garden of Eden and in the coming Peaceable Kingdom.

6. Vegetarian Athletes: What better example than a vegetarian Olympic athlete on the area of physical fitness? Check out the list of famous vegetarian athletes and share it with your friends! http://veggie.org/veggie/famous.veg.athletes.shtml

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