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Animal-Based Diets Do Not Honor Our Bodies
January 9, 2012

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

  1. Bird Flu Pandemic: Why Factory Farming Could Be Blamed
  2. Famous Quote: Howard Zinn (1922 – 2010), American historian, academic, author, playwright,
    and social activist.
  3. Deadly Bacteria: Factory Farms Are The Reason
  4. Bible verse: 2 Corinthians 13:11
  5. Former Buffalo Bills Player Adopts Dr. Esselstyn’s Diet
  6. This Week’s Video: Rev. Heng Sure, PhD

1. Bird Flu Pandemic: Why Factory Farming Could Be Blamed

This is the first part of a great 2-part interview (part 2 will be featured tomorrow) with Dr. Michael Greger, Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States, in which he clearly explains the many deep concerns about factory farming in relation to the much feared bird flu (H5N1) virus. Dr. Greger discusses the possibility of a bird flu pandemic and its devastating consequences, given that this virus has 60% mortality of those it infects. Of course, factory farming, as Dr. Greger explains, increases the chance of this happening because of its aid to help viruses spread and combine very rapidly.
Please visit Flu Season: Factory Farming Could Cause A Catastrophic Pandemic:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-freston/flu-season-factory-farmin_b_410941.html

When we cause misery to others, including God’s animals, misery comes back to us. Once again we are reminded of the simple fact that our actions have consequences. Factory farming is devastating and unless we find a way to put an end to it, we will continue to witness and experience much suffering.


2. This Week’s Famous Quote

You can’t be neutral on a moving train.

~ Howard Zinn (1922 – 2010), American historian, academic, author, playwright, and social activist.


3. Deadly Bacteria: Factory Farms Are The Reason

In the second part of Kathy Freston's interview to Dr. Greger, he discusses E. coli, Salmonella and other worrisome pathogens that enter our food supply and subsequently infect hundreds of thousands of people in the US every year, many times with fatal consequences. Dr. Greger explains the role of factory farming in the increasing rates of food contamination by these bacteria.

Please visit E. Coli, Salmonella and Other Deadly Bacteria and Pathogens in Food: Factory Farms are the Reason:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-freston/e-coli-salmonella-and-oth_b_415240.html

It seems hardly real that the US and so many other countries rely on factory farms to produce food for their people in spite of the devastating consequences for our health, God’s animals and the environment. Factory farms are the perfect vessels for bacteria to brew, combine, mutate and spread; however, most people still support these hellish facilities where God’s animals are exploited and tortured solely for their taste. It’s time to wake up! And we, Christians, should be at the forefront of this movement to end factory farming in behalf of God’s Creation.


4. This Week’s Bible Verse

(RSV) 2 Corinthians 13:11

Finally, brethren, farewell. Mend your ways, heed my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.

When we seek reconciliation, restoration and healing, invariably love and peace permeate in our lives and onto God's Creation.


5. Former Buffalo Bills Player Adopts Dr. Esselstyn’s Diet

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:
http://www.wgrz.com/news/article/141957/37/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 reverse them.


6. This Week’s Video: Rev. Heng Sure, PhD

Both religion and culture have influences on our choice of diet. In this short video Rev. Heng Sure, PhD, discusses how our local churches, temples, synagogues, etc. have a lot to do with the foods we choose to eat.

Please visit Culture and Religion Dictate Food Choices :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hcTZGnLiYvk


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