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Diet And Health Are Intrinsically Related
September 19 2011

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

1. We Are Making Progress!

2. Famous Quote: Geoffrey Guiliano, the main Ronald McDonald actor in the 1980's who quit and
publicly apologized.

3. Cow’s Milk Does Not Do Our Bodies Good

4. Bible verse: Genesis 2:18-19

5. Foods That Kill

6. This Week’s Video: The Ghosts in our Machine


1. We Are Making Progress!

The University of North Texas (UNT) is setting a precedent by serving in one of their cafeterias, Maple Hall cafeteria, only vegan foods. This cafeteria will reopen later this month and will offer students two hot food lines, a pizza bar, a panini bar, and a salad bar... all vegan! To learn more please visit One UNT cafeteria to switch to all-vegan food:
http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2011/aug/10/unt-cafeteria-switch-all-vegan-food/

Kudos for UNT!! Hopefully more colleges and universities will follow UNT's steps and at least offer a good variety of well-balanced plant-based options for the so many students out there that are making mindful decisions at the time of eating. It is because of the increasing demand of plant-based foods that more institutions are acknowledging the need to cater to our growing movement.


2. This Week’s Famous Quote

"I brainwashed youngsters into doing wrong. I want to say sorry to children everywhere for selling out to concerns who make millions by murdering other living creatures."

- Geoffrey Guiliano, the main Ronald McDonald actor in the 1980's who quit and publicly apologized.


3. Cow’s Milk Does Not Do Our Bodies Good

A great deal of scientific evidence shows that dairy products are not healthy for humans. Certain cancers, diabetes mellitus, acne, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease are linked to the intake of dairy products according to Dr Peter Dingle, who is a researcher, educator and public health advocate. To read the article please visit Unwholesome Truths:
http://www.novamagazine.com.au/article_archive/2011/2011-08-unwholesometruths.htm

Cow’s milk is the perfect food for calves, who grow up to 600 lbs in nine months! Humans are the only species that drink milk past infancy. These two facts alone should make people think twice about the practice of drinking cow’s milk and the deleterious effects this has on our bodies. Moreover, the mere fact that we are robbing calves the milk their mothers are producing for them goes against our ethical and spiritual principles.


4. This Week’s Bible Verse

(RSV) Genesis 2:18-19

Then the LORD God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him." 19 So out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.

God’s ideal is what we need to strive. The Bible gives us a clear idea of God’s ideal for us regarding our diet and our relationship to animals.


5. Foods That Kill

People in the U.S. are experiencing a health crisis never seen before. Obesity, heart disease, cancer and diabetes are chronic diseases that have been on the rise for decades. It is no wonder that these diseases are linked to the foods people in the U.S. mostly eat, which are laden with animal products, saturated fats and sugar. Xtreme Eating 2011 features a list of 8 popular dishes that exemplify why Americans are so sick. It is important to note, as the authors of this article state, that restaurants don’t force anyone to eat these foods... it’s ultimately each person’s choice. Read:
http://www.cspinet.org/nah/articles/xtremeEating2011.html

It’s not surprising that foods containing animal products are not conducive to good health. After all, what should we expect to gain when we torture animals unnecessarily and rob them from their God-given right to enjoy life? What goes around comes around. On the same token, if we chose to eat in a compassionate and loving way, we’ll reap health, peace and love.


6. This Week’s Video: The Ghosts in our Machine

THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE is a cross-platform documentary by social issue filmmaker Liz Marshall, featuring animal rights photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, that seeks to expose and illuminate the lives of sentient beings exploited for profit and consumption. The images in this film I believe will help the viewer understand that animals are by no means commodities, but complex creatures who want to live in freedom as much as we do and fear death as much as we do as well. To watch the trailer please visit The Ghosts in our Machine:
http://www.vimeo.com/28430572


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