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Monday, 6 August 2007

 

Plant-based Diets: Healthful and Compassionate

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

1. Vegan Athlete

2. Famous quote Neal Barnard, physician, author and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

3. Advice for Parents of Vegetarian Children

4. Bible verse Psalms 119:60

5. Vegetables and Fruits Increase Breast Cancer Survival Rates

6. Confirmed H5N1 Strain Bird Flu Outbreak in India 

1. Vegan Athlete:  Vegan athlete, Steph Davis, is one of the top rock climbers in the world and the second of only two women to solo climb Yosemite's El Capitan. She shares about her quest to find the right diet that would optimize her physical level. After trying many different ones, she realized that eating vegan was the right one. She states, "Climbers have always said that you need animal protein to climb," … "But I tried all these different things, and at one point I did a cleansing fast of about a week, and when it was time to start again, everything was unappealing. But after a couple of weeks, I found that I was eating vegan. So I went with it. And strangely, I started to make these leaps in my climbing and even in running. That's when I free-climbed El Capitan in a day. Then I climbed even better in Patagonia." 

To read the full article please visit Author shares love of rock climbing 

Doing our best to take care our body is part of honoring God. A well-balanced plant-based diet may help in the prevention and cure of many diseases, and achieve fitness.

2. “In my own life, I decided to leave meat off my plate in medical school, but was a bit slow to realise that dairy products and eggs are not health foods either.”
~ Neal Barnard, physician, author and
president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

3. Advice for Parents of Vegetarian Children:  Rita Giordano, a Philadelphia Inquirer staff writer, shares the story of how one of her 3 daughters decided to become vegetarian. Ms. Giordano gives helpful advice to parents who are faced with a similar situation and reassures them that a vegetarian diet for a kid can be a healthy option. She provides tips to provide a well-balanced plant-based diet, even if the rest of the family still eats meat, without being it a hassle.

To read the full article please visit The veggie kid 

4. (RSV) Psalms 119:60: "I hasten and do not delay to keep thy commandments." 

There’s no real Faith unless there’re actions. We are called to be good stewards of God’s Creation by following Christ’s teachings of compassion, mercy and love. 

5. Vegetables and Fruits Increase Breast Cancer Survival Rates:  Results from the Women’s Healthy Eating and Living (WHEL) study, that included more than 3,000 women, show that, in women previously diagnosed with breast cancer, diets including at least five fruit and vegetable servings daily, when coupled with physical activity, reduce mortality by nearly 50 percent. Previous studies have shown that low-fat, high-fiber diets improve cancer survival.

To read the full article please visit Vegetables and Fruits Double Breast Cancer Survival Rates  

6. Confirmed H5N1 Strain Bird Flu Outbreak in India:  According to health officials, India confirmed on Thursday that the latest outbreak of bird flu in poultry was the H5N1 strain. To control the outbreak, government workers plan to slaughter 150,000 poultry around the affected farm in Manipur state. Although India has had no reported cases of human bird flu, the World Health Organization says that since 2003 a total of 192 people have died out of 319 people infected by the virus worldwide.

To read the full article please visit India confirms bird flu outbreak is H5N1 strain 

If we followed Christ’s teaching of compassion and mercy, we would not exploit God’s animals for our benefit causing great misery to them and humanity. Countless poultry had been slaughtered in the last few years as a way to prevent the spread of the bird flu virus. Adopting a plant based-diet would help reduce the number of birds raised for food, and minimize the spread of the virus. 

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