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Why The Right Choice of Diet is Crucial for our Health
March 19, 2012

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

  1.  What is a “Daniel Fast”?
  2. Famous Quote: Immanuel Kant (1724 –1804), German philosopher
  3. PCRM Billboards Warn About Cheese
  4. Bible verse: John 8:34
  5. Factory Farms and Public Health
  6. This Week’s Video - Melanie Joy on “Carnism: The Psychology of Eating Meat”

1. What is a “Daniel Fast”?
 
Many churches around the U.S. are encouraging their congregations to try a "Daniel Fast" for 21 days. This fast is based on the account of Daniel, the biblical character who chose to eat a plant-based diet while imprisoned to avoid violating Jewish customs, and who after ten days was healthier and stronger than those who ate regular food with animal ingredients. A Daniel Fast consists of whole grains, fruits, beans, nuts and vegetables; and according to Richard Bloomer, interim chair of Health Sport Sciences at the University of Memphis, who followed 13 men and 30 women for 21 days, this diet decreases the risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic diseases such as stroke and diabetes. To read the article please visit Study shows positive results for Daniel fast
 
What many consider a fast to be done for a few weeks seems to be the way God intended for us to eat on a daily basis according to the book of Genesis. A well-balanced plant-based diet helps take care of our bodies, and it certainly consists of such an abundant variety of delicious foods that people who adopt it would not feel deprived of anything!  


2. This Week’s Famous Quote
 
He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
 
~ Immanuel Kant (1724 –1804), German philosopher
 


3. PCRM Billboards Warn About Cheese
 
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is using billboards through Albany, NY to raise awareness about the link between obesity and cheese intake. PCRM wants the Albany city school district to cut cheese from its lunch menu, which is loaded with it. One in three students in New York is overweight or obese.

To read the article please visit Billboards link obesity with cheese in schools:
http://wnyt.com/article/stories/s2457731.shtml
 
Cheese is high in saturated fat, cholesterol and animal protein, which are very unhealthy for humans. Obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer have been linked to diets rich in animal products. Feeding children these kinds of diets is likely setting them up for an unhealthy life.
 


4. This Week’s Bible Verse
 
John 8:34 (RSV)
 
Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, every one who commits sin is a slave to sin."
 
Indeed, we become slaves of our sins because they end up controlling our hearts and therefore our actions. Instead, by focusing on Jesus' teachings of compassion, mercy and love, we are letting these guide us and our choices; thus actively participating in the reconciliation of God’s Creation.


5. Factory Farms and Public Health

Dr. Aysha Akhtar, author of Animals and Public Health: Why treating animals better is critical to human welfare and publish last month, discusses the public health dangers of raising animals for food in factory farms. Dr. Akhtar states that these farms are the ideal vessels for viruses and bacteria to rotate, combine and mutate. Thus, birdflu and other diseases will continue to be a threat for as long as we raise animals in this way. The link between animals and public health cannot longer be denied.

Please visit News release: Bird Flu Will Remain A Threat As Long As Factory Farms Exist
http://www.oxfordanimalethics.com/2012/02/news-release-bird-flu-will-remain-a-threat-as-long-as-factory-farms-exist/

Short-sighted practices such as the one of raising God's farmed animals in factory farms are causing much disease and devastation. What goes around, comes around. We cannot expect to promote health by causing misery to these animals.


6. This Week’s Video - Melanie Joy on “Carnism: The Psychology of Eating Meat”
 
This is a fantastic presentation by Melanie Joy on "Carnism: The Psychology of Eating Meat" at the McDougall Advanced Study Weekend, February 2012, that helps understand why people choose to pet some animals and eat others.

Please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vWbV9FPo_Q and share! 


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