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CVA Blog
Monday, November 15, 2010

Food: Health or Disease?

1. The Facts about the Atkins Diet

2. Famous Quote – T. Colin Campbell, PhD, lead scientist of the China Study

3. New BSE Case in The Netherlands

4. Bible verse – Proverbs 29:25

5. Unsanitary Conditions in Industrial Poultry Farms

6. This Week’s Video – The Facts about the Thanksgiving Turkey

 

1. The Facts about the Atkins Diet

Dr. Dean Ornish, Medical Editor for The Huffington Post, Founder and President of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, explains the facts surrounding the Atkins diet vs. a well-balanced plant-based diet. He refers to recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine from Harvard which comprised 85,000 women who were followed for 26 years and 45,000 men who were followed for 20 years. Researchers found that all-cause mortality rates were increased in both men and women who were eating a low-carbohydrate Atkins diet based on animal protein. However, all-cause mortality rates as well as cardiovascular mortality rates were decreased in those eating a plant-based diet low in animal protein and low in refined carbohydrates. To read the full article please search online for Atkins Diet Increases All-Cause Mortality

As stewards of our bodies, temples of the Holy Spirit, we should aim to a diet that is healthy, compassionate and sustainable.

2. Famous Quote

"Whether industrialized societies… can cure themselves of their meat addictions may ultimately be a greater factor in world health than all the doctors, health insurance policies, and drugs put together."

~ T. Colin Campbell, PhD, lead scientist of the China Study

3. New BSE Case in The Netherlands

A new case of BSE has been found in a cow from a farm in Tilburg, Netherlands. "Mad cow disease" or bovine spongiform encephalopathy generally spreads when the infected meat and bone meal is fed to the cattle. It also has an effect on humans causing vCJD. To read the full article please search online for A Case of BSE Reported in a Farm in Tilburg

Industrial agriculture has manipulated animals to such extent that new diseases have emerged due to the industry's short-sighted practices. Cows, herbivore animals, are fed diets that fatten them but also make them sick. The misery humanity causes to God's animals ultimately also causes misery to humans.

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) Proverbs 29:25

The fear of man lays a snare, but he who trusts in the LORD is safe.

It is not humans that we should fear as long as we follow Christ's teachings of compassion, mercy and love. While suffering is part of everyone's lives at some point, we should stay fixed on God's will for us.

5. Unsanitary Conditions in Industrial Poultry Farms

This article highlights very clearly the major deficiencies of the USDA and FDA regarding this year’s egg-recall due to Salmonella contamination. It also points at the very unsanitary conditions battery-caged hens are subjected to, which ultimately affects the consumers. Although the plants in question that produced the eggs are being investigated, the USDA stated that the unsanitary conditions in these farms are very common among industrial poultry farms. To view the full article please search online for Egg Inspectors Failed to Raise Alarms

The unsanitary conditions in industrial poultry farms and the suffering they cause to hens and chicks are unknown by many consumers. However, due to the latest egg recall the news media exposed these farms to a certain extent. It is in the consumers’ hands to decide the fate of these farms by choosing to support compassion and health or cruelty and disease.

6. This Week’s Video – The Facts about the Thanksgiving Turkey

Last year, at around this time, Bruce Friedrich, PETA’s Vice-President, was invited to FOX News show “Hannity and Colmes” to discuss and debate the issue of eating turkey in Thanksgiving. Please watch the video and share: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=118936146468.

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