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Monday, May 24, 2010

Honoring Our Bodies with Our Choice of Diet

1. Dangerous PCB Levels in Fish Oil Supplements
2. Famous Quote – Vance Havner
3. Veg Diet is Good for Bones
4. Bible verse – James 3:17-18
5. Helping to Feed the Poor and the Hungry
6. This Week’s Video – Major Food Bank’s Veg Program

1. Dangerous PCB Levels in Fish Oil Supplements

A lawsuit brought by environmentalists in California claims popular brands of fish oil dietary supplements contain unsafe and illegal levels of the carcinogenic chemicals known as polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. The lawsuit targeted CVS Pharmacy, Rite Aid, General Nutrition Corp., Solgar, Twinlab, Now Health, Omega Protein and Pharmavite for alleged violations of California's Proposition 65, which requires that consumers be warned about chemical exposures.

To read the full article please search online for Lawsuit: Disclose PCB levels in fish oil

Integrity is not something that many of the food and drug industries are known for. Many people believe that they need fish oil supplements for a healthy life; however, a well-plant based diet supplies everything a human needs without the need to exploit God's animals.

2. Famous Quote

 “If you are a Christian, you are not a citizen of this world trying to get to Heaven. You are a citizen of Heaven making your way through this world.”

~ Vance Havner, Christian minister and author

3. Veg Diet is Good for Bones

According to a study in this month's British Journal of Nutrition, animal protein is associated with decreased bone health. The study comprised 757 girls with an average age of 10 years, who were randomly assigned to a group consuming cow's milk fortified with calcium, one consuming cow’s milk fortified with calcium and vitamin D, or a third group that served as controls and made no changes. Bone mass was measured at the beginning of the study and at different intervals. Animal protein, especially from meat and eggs, was found to decrease bone mineral density and content.

To read the full article please search online for Animal Protein Bad for Bones

Scientific studies are indeed providing more and more grounds for leaving animal products off of our plates. Our health, God's animals and the environment benefit with our transition to a plant-based diet.

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) James 3:17-18
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity. And the harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

When we follow and practice the wisdom of God we find ourselves acting in compassion, mercy and love; there is no longer room for selfishness, arrogance and tyranny. Instead, we find we act as peacemakers in God's Creation bringing reconciliation to it.

5. Helping to Feed the Poor and the Hungry

People of faith might disagree on theological issues; however, as this article point out, all of us agree that hunger is something we need to help make a thing of the past. To feed the hungry and the poor is at the core of our beliefs and it shouldn’t surprise us that transitioning to a plant-based diet could help solve this issue. Just in the US, almost three-fourths of all the grain is fed to animas being farmed. If people ate less meat, dairy and eggs, more grain could be freed in order to help feed the poor and the hungry.

To read the full article please search online for RELIGION: Fighting Hunger - A Matter of Faith

6. This Week’s Video: Major Food Bank’s Veg Program

A major food bank in the US, the Sacramento Food Bank in California, is embarking on a 100% plant-based program (with the help of the non-profit organization EarthSave) to help some of its sickest clients. This program will serve as a model to show other food banks and the society in general that diet is a powerful healing tool.
To watch the video please visit http://www.earthsave.org/ .

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