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Adopting a Plant-Based Diet is Common Sense if We Want to Take Care of Our Health
February 13, 2012

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

  1. Vegan Diets on the Rise
  2. Famous Quote: Dr. Mehmet Oz
  3. Vegan Bodybuilding
  4. Bible verse: Proverbs 15:1
  5. A Small Step to Reduce the Overuse of Antibiotics in Farmed Animals
  6. This Week’s Video: Martha Stewart speaks out about cruelty to farmed animals

1. Vegan Diets on the Rise

Thanks to the mounting scientific evidence indicating that plant-based diets are not only nutritionally acceptable but in many ways superior to animal-based diets because they lower the rate of many chronic diseases, such as heart-disease, cancer, diabetes, etc., they are becoming more mainstream. Moreover, notable personalities such a former President Bill Clinton, who adopted a planted-based diet for health reasons, and Martha Stewart, who dedicated an hour-long episode of her TV show in March to the vegan lifestyle, are raising awareness about the importance of the choice of diet.

To read the article please visit The Mainstream of Vegan Diets:
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/diet-fitness/diet/articles/2011/12/27/the-mainstreaming-of-vegan-diets

A plant-based diet, as indicated in the book of Genesis, seems to be the ideal diet for us, as it was prescribed by God. Taking care of our bodies honors God.


2. This Week’s Famous Quote

We have the science to suggest that if you can make three changes -– give up all meat, all dairy, and refined foods including free oils -- you can avoid dying from cancer and heart disease. It’s being brought to life in a new documentary called Forks Over Knives. I saw it, I loved it, and I need all of you to see it too. This could be the Hail Mary of medicine.

~ Dr. Mehmet Oz


3. Vegan Bodybuilding

A vegan diet is not only healthy but might be optimal for athletes, as this article on vegan bodybuilding featured in The New York Times. Veganism is becoming more well-known thanks to athletes such as Robert Cheeke and Kenneth Williams who once and for all set the record straight: a plant-based diet has everything a body needs, even for a bodybuilder.

Please visit Sculptured by Weights and a Strict Vegan Diet:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/05/sports/vegans-muscle-their-way-into-bodybuilding.html?_r=3&smid=tw-nytimes&seid=auto

This is a great example about a plant-based diet providing all the nutrients in order to optimize health and fitness. A compassionate, ethical, well-balanced diet is certainly the most conducive to healing and restoration in God’s Creation.


4. This Week’s Bible Verse

(RSV) Proverbs 15:1

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Many times when attacked or offended with words we tend to lash out or respond in anger, which usually does not help the situation. We should remember Jesus’ life and ministry during which his kind and soft answers were powerful and effective.


5. A Small Step to Reduce the Overuse of Antibiotics in Farmed Animals

Once again the issue of overuse of antibiotics in farmed animals is making headlines because of the concerns this overuse might promote the development of drug-resistant bacteria. In response, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to restrict cephalosporins, a family of antibiotics commonly used to treat livestock, starting April 5. To many concerned people, this move is long overdue.

Please visit FDA to limit antibiotics to treat livestock to prevent 'superbugs':
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/fda-to-limit-antibiotics-to-treat-livestock-to-prevent-superbugs/2012/01/04/gIQAe8hVbP_story.html

The devastating effects of the irresponsible use of antibiotics by agribusiness are yet to be seen. Unfortunately, the factory farming industry is powerful enough to do much damage in God’s Creation with little o no oversight. This is why is imperative that consumers become the check and balance of such industries by withdrawing their support.


6. This Week’s Video: Martha Stewart speaks out about cruelty to farmed animals

Iconic Martha Stewart speaks out about the cruelty of factory farming in this very powerful short video.

To watch it please visit Martha Stewart speaks out about cruelty to farmed animals and share with friends and family:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-fqTEtgG_A


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