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CVA Blog
Monday, May 4, 2009

What are Healthful Foods for our Bodies?

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

1. Mushrooms Decrease Risk of Breast Cancer
2. Famous Quote – Philippe Hecquet (1661-1737), medical reformer
3. Red Meat Dangers
4. Bible verse – Colossians 1:27-28
5. Good News for Vegetarians
6. Swine Flu and Factory Farms

1. Mushrooms Decrease Risk of Breast Cancer

According to a study conducted in China, where researchers analyzed dietary records from more than 2,000 pre- and postmenopausal women with breast cancer and a group of matched healthy controls, the intake of fresh mushrooms and dried mushrooms decreased the risk of breast cancer. An additional protective effect was seen when mushrooms and green tea were both consumed.

To read the full article please search online for Mushrooms Protect against Breast Cancer

2. Famous Quote

“It is incredible how much prejudice has been allowed to operate in favour of [flesh] meat, while so many facts are opposed to the pretended necessity of its use.” ~ Philippe Hecquet (1661-1737), medical reformer.

3. Red Meat Dangers

Red meat has been linked to many diseases including cancer and heart disease. Researchers from the National Cancer Institute looked at the records of more than 500,000 people aged 50 to 71 who filled out questionnaires on their diet and other health habits and found out that the heaviest meat-eaters were more likely to die over the next 10 years than the people who ate the least amount of meat. The team also noted that meat contains several cancer-causing chemicals, as well as the unhealthiest forms of fat.

To read the full article please search online for Red meat raises risk of all kinds of death - study

A plant-based diet was originally prescribed by God when there was no disease or violence on Earth. Our world now, plagued with disease, violence and greed could benefit so much from a return to a healthy, compassionate and God-honoring plant-base diet.

4. Bible Verse - (RSV) Colossians 1:27-28

To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man mature in Christ.

This verse reminds us that Christ lives in each of us. Every gesture of love, act of compassion, and humble service is a reflection of Christ in us. Let us be reminded of this every day so our lives become witnesses of Christ's love, compassion and mercy.

5. Good News for Vegetarians

In an Australian study of a group of strict vegan Buddhist nuns, the bone density among the 105 nuns, who live in temples and monasteries across Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, was found to be the same as non-vegetarian women matched in every physical respect. Professor Nguyen and Dr Thuc Lan said the study shows how fruits and vegetables are likely to have positive effects on bone health.

To read the full article please search online for Very good vegetarian news: bone density identical to non-vegetarians

As Christians, we should treat our bodies with most reverence reminding ourselves that they are the temples of the Holy Spirit. The book of Genesis reminds us that God's ideal diet for us is a plant-based one, which shows good stewardship to all of God's Creation.

6. Swine Flu and Factory Farms

Dr. Michael Greger, director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture in the farm animal welfare division of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), focuses his work on the human health implications of intensive animal agriculture, and in this article explains why factory farming is the perfect recipe to breed diseases. The swine flu virus, causing alarm worldwide, is a great example of the devastating consequences of raising animals for food in massive concentrations and crowed spaces.

To read the full article please search online for Swine flu and factory farms: fast track to disaster

The way we treat farmed animals does not honor God in any way. Causing misery to God's animals causes misery to us as well. When we abuse the power we have over Creation we are miserably failing as stewards of God's Creation.

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