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Food for the Body and for the Soul
April 16, 2012

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

  1.  Plant-Based Foods Are Good for Our Mental State
  2. Famous Quote: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), German writer, pictorial artist, biologist, theoretical physicist, and polymath
  3. Dairy Products Not Good For Bone Health
  4. Bible verse: 2 Chronicles 15:7
  5. Report on Resistance Bacteria in Meat
  6. Book Recommendation: No Happy Cows: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Food Revolution

1. Plant-Based Foods Are Good for Our Mental State

Plant-based diets seem to affect the mental state of people by reducing stress and improving the mood after just 2 weeks!

Please visit Plant-Based Food Fuels Good Mood:
http://www.mfablog.org/2012/03/plant-based-food-fuels-good-mood.html
 
It should be of no surprise that a plant-based diet is good for our mental state. Do we really believe that eating the flesh and secretions of abused farmed animals does not have any negative effects on us? Just by acknowledging that God’s farmed animals suffer unimaginable pain and fear should make us think twice about putting them in our bodies. In a sense, we become what we eat.
 
Most people, upon adopting a plant-based diet feel liberated and rejoice in being part of life’s celebration! … a celebration of compassion, love, respect and reverence for God’s Creation.  


2. This Week’s Famous Quote
 
To know is not enough. You must apply.
 
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), German writer, pictorial artist, biologist, theoretical physicist, and polymath. 


3. Dairy Products Not Good For Bone Health
 
According to a new study published in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, dairy intake and calcium do not prevent stress fractures. The study comprised adolescent girls followed for seven years. Their diets, physical activity, and stress fractures were tracked, and the results indicated that the girls consuming the most dairy products and calcium had not only no added protection, but among the most active girls, who got the most calcium in their diets (coming mostly from dairy products), had more than double the risk of a stress fracture, compared with those getting less calcium. Please visit Dairy Products Do Not Promote Bone Health
 
Cows produce milk for the same reason humans do: for their babies. Cow's milk is designed for a calf, who grows several hundred pounds in less than a year. The dairy industry enslaves dairy cows, steals their babies, steals their milk, and finally slaughters them when their milk production decreases and are too worn out from giving milk and having babies. How can this be healthy for our bodies, our minds and our souls? Many plant-based foods such as collard greens and kale are loaded with calcium, as well as plant-based milks (soy, almond, rice, etc.) Dairy is certainly not needed at all in a human diet.  


4. This Week’s Bible Verse
 
(RSV) 2 Chronicles 15:7
 
But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.
 
As stewards of God’s Creation we often feel the burden of the suffering and devastation we witness and the powerless we sometimes feel when we cannot right all wrongs. However, at the same time, we feel the joy of living in a compassionate life by celebrating it to the fullest. Living our life purpose is, indeed, very rewarding.


5. Report on Resistance Bacteria in Meat
 
The 2010 Retail Meat Report from the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System issued by the Food and Drug Administration, shows results of testing on 5,280 meat samples collected in 2010 in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. The results are very worrisome. They show a number of instances where a percentage of Salmonella, E. Coli and Campylobacter are antibiotic resistant, especially in turkey and chicken meat.

Please visit High Levels of Resistant Bacteria on Meat (Again):
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/03/resistant-bacteria-meat/
 
What goes around comes around. We keep God’s farmed animals under extreme confinement, pain and fear in factory farms. And these factory farms are the perfect vessels for bacteria and viruses to rotate, combine and mutate. Unless we wake up to this reality, we might be close to an unprecedented epidemic that we may not be able to control.


6. Book Recommendation

John Robbins, vegan author of many best-sellers including “Diet for a New America” has written a new book titled “"No Happy Cows: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Food Revolution", where he shares his undercover investigations of feed lots and slaughterhouses, the valuable research his done on the rise of food contamination, the slave trade behind chocolate and coffee, what he calls the sham of "Vitamin Water," and the effects of hormones on animals and animal products.

Please visit No Happy Cows: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Food Revolution:
http://www.amazon.com/Happy-Cows-Dispatches-Frontlines-Revolution/dp/1573245755/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1332820908&sr=1-1


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