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Plant-Based Diets: Good News for Our Bodies
March 4, 2013

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

  1. Vegetarianism is Good for Heart Health
  2. Famous Quote: Marc Bekoff
  3. Cancer-Causing Agents in Cooked Meat
  4. Bible verse: 1 Peter 4:8
  5. Dairy and Prostate Cancer
  6. This Week’s Video: Fake Obesity Experts

1. Vegetarianism is Good for Heart Health
 
The results of a new study of 44,500 people in England and Scotland indicate that vegetarians are 32% less likely to die or to be hospitalized due to cardiovascular disease. The findings seem to indicate that a diet low in cholesterol and saturated fat has many benefits for one’s heart.

Please visit: Vegetarians 'cut heart risk by 32%' :
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21258509
 
Yet, another scientific study that even after adjusting for smoking, weight and exercise, indicates that a well-balanced plant-based diet is good for our bodies. What it’s even better, is that a diet good for our bodies is also good for the rest of Creation.


2. This Week’s Famous Quote
 
A reduction of meat consumption by only 10% would result in about 12 million more tons of grain for human consumption. This additional grain could feed all of the humans across the world who starve to death each year- about 60 million people!
 
― Marc Bekoff, Animals Matter: A Biologist Explains Why We Should Treat Animals with Compassion and Respect


3.  Cancer-Causing Agents in Cooked Meat
 
Kathy Freston does an excellent job in this article explaining what the results of cancer studies in the last 2 decades seem to indicate in regards to some of the causes of breast cancer. One of the main culprits appears to be heterocyclic amines, which are cancer-causing agents that form when meat is cooked. In fact, studies concluded that “women eating more broiled, grilled, fried, barbecued, and smoked meats appear to have up to 400 percent higher risk of developing breast cancer.”

Please visit Anti-Breast Cancer: The 'Three Strikes' Carcinogen to Avoid:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-freston/cooked-meat-breast-cancer_b_2506072.html
 
Taking care of our bodies the best way we can, including eating healthy foods, may help reduce our chances to develop many diseases, including cancer. This seems logic if we look at what it takes to produce animal products (suffering, fear, death, pollution, hormones, antibiotics, hardness of heart, environmental degradation, selfishness, etc.) and how eating them promotes disease not only in our bodies but also in our minds and souls. Eating a whole-food plant-based diet is healing for all Creation.


4. This Week’s Bible Verse
 
(RSV) 1 Peter 4:8
 
Above all hold unfailing your love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins.

It’s impossible to live a life of perfection, at least on Earth. However, by reflecting God’s love onto all beings we are actively participating in bringing healing and restoration. Choosing to love is following God’s will.


5. Dairy and Prostate Cancer
 
Just like previous studies on the apparent link between dairy and prostate cancer, a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition concludes that dairy products can increase the risk of prostate cancer. This study comprised 21,660 participants in the Physicians Heath Study for 28 years and the results show that those who consumed more than 2.5 servings of dairy products per day were at a 12 percent increased risk of prostate cancer, compared with those who consumed less than half a serving (one serving equals an 8-ounce glass of milk or 2 ounces of cheese).

Please visit Dairy Products Increase Risk of Prostate Cancer:
http://www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/Nutrition/Food/dairy_
products_prostate_cancer_0204130552.html?print
 
Cows produce milk for their babies. This milk is perfect for a growing calf who has specific enzymes in his digestive system to digest this high-protein food loaded with casein, a protein humans cannot digest properly. Added to this fact, dairy products today may be laden with antibiotics, hormones, pesticides and other toxic substances that certainly are not good for us. Sometimes the obvious needs to be brought to light again: milk is species-specific. Humans are the only species on Earth who drink milk from another species and who drink milk past infancy. Fortunately, our loving Creator has blessed us with an amazing array of plant-based food that easily helps us substitute dairy in our diets: soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, hemp milk and hazelnut milk are some. Give them a try and your body will thank you!


6. This Week’s Video: Fake Obesity Experts
 
Who just talks the talk and who walks the talk? Maybe we should pay more attention to those who live out the lifestyle that they promote and show great success.

Please visit Fake Obesity Experts:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3I02aVkdi_M&feature=player_embedded


 

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