This Week’s Video: Former Buffalo Bills Player Adopts Dr.
1. What our
Government Officials Say vs. What They Do
Myplate, the federal food diagram, illustrates what a healthful diet
should look like by featuring half of the plate containing fruits and
vegetables, about a third with grains, a fifth reserved for protein, and
a separate, smaller circle designated for “dairy.” Ironically however,
the federal government goes against their very own suggestions of food
choices intended to curb increasing rates of obesity and chronic
diseases, by subsidizing farmers who grow food for animals that become
meat, leading to the wide availability of very cheap animal products
that become the bulk of the diet of most Americans. To read the article
please visit U.S. touts fruit and vegetables while subsidizing animals
that become meat:
It is a shame that our government contributes so greatly to the ever
increasing rates of chronic diseases that bring so much suffering to
people. Fortunately, each of us can and should take control of our own
health by paying attention to scientific evidence in regards to what is
healthy food. Also, our faith and beliefs clearly show that
compassionate choices lead to healthful choices.
2. This Week’s Famous Quote
When we clog and cloy our body with flesh, we also render our
mind and intellect coarse. When the body’s clogged with unnatural
food, the mind becomes confused and dull and loses its cheerfulness.
Such minds engage in trivial pursuits, because they lack the
clearness and vigor for higher thinking.
3. Plant-Based Diets on the Rise
Plant-based diets have been on the news lately thanks to the exposure
given by movies, documentaries and celebrities such as Ellen, Dr. Oz and
even Bill Clinton. The American Dietetic Association states that vegan
diets are "healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health
benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases." Many
surveys show that vegetarianism and veganism are on the rise. However,
it seems that health concerns are the main reason why people who try
plant-based diets go back to meat-eating. Fortunately, the growing
evidence of the benefits of plant-based diets in preventing and
reversing many chronic diseases is helping people put their concerns
aside. To read the article, please visit A Healthier Social Climate for
the Newest Generations of Vegans?
Christians are called to take care of their bodies for they are
temples of the Holy Spirit. However, a diet laden with animal products
increases the risk of many chronic diseases and brings much misery and
pain not only to us but to all Creation. Transition to a plant-based
diet on the other hand helps bring healing and reconciliation to God’s
4. This Week’s Bible Verse
(RSV) Psalm 34:14
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
How can we possibly seek peace while causing tremendous unnecessary
fear, pain, suffering and death to God's animals and the rest of
Creation? We will not know peace until we show compassion and mercy to
5. The Power of a Healthy Diet
We seem to be at the mercy of the genes with which we've been born,
such as those that predispose some of us to heart disease. However,
according to researches in Canada who studied data on more than 27,000
people, diet seems to trump genes. Researchers found that people who had
the variant genes known to increase the risk of heat disease but ate
lots of raw fruits and vegetables showed no increased heart risk
compared with those who had a less healthy diet, who were twice as
likely to have a heart attack. Please visit Can Eating Fruits and
Veggies Outwit Bad Heart Genes:
More great news encouraging people to transition to a plant-base
diet! Heart-disease is the number on killer in the US and most people
think that being on cholesterol-lowering medications or undergoing heart
surgery are somewhat inevitable. Fortunately, we build our own destiny
based on the choices we make. Although there are no absolute certainties
in life, and certainly not about our health, we can help decrease the
risk of many diseases by eating a well-balanced plant-based diet.
6. This Week’s Video: Former Buffalo Bill Player Adopts Dr.
Adam Lingner, former Buffalo Bill player from 1987 until his
retirement in 1995, had been diagnosed with a clogged artery putting him
at risk of a heart attack. Following his stent procedure, Lingner
decided to keep his arteries clean by following the plant-based diet
recommended by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.
To read the article and watch the
video please visit Former Buffalo Bill Battles Heart Disease:
It’s sad to hear of anyone who battles a disease; however, Mr.
Lingner is a good example by showing that many times the alternative to
medication or surgery is simply a well-balanced plant-based die, that
not only does it help to prevent many chronic diseases but to also