1. CVA Sustaining Membership
2. Finding Like-Minding CVA Members
3. Book Notice
4. Quote from “Christianity and Vegetarianism”
5. Health Benefits of Hemp Oil, by Glenn Reben
1. The CVA offers Sustaining Membership to
those paying our $25 annual subscription. In addition to the weekly
e-newsletter available to all members, Sustaining Members receive the
Take Heart! daily e-messages, which include inspirational comments,
biblical commentary, health tips, an advice column, and recipes.
To become a Sustaining Member, go to our
membership page, and fill out the form, which will take you to the
dues-paying section. Or, you can send a check to CVA, PO Box
201791, Cleveland, OH 44120. Donations to the CVA are
2. Finding Like-Minded CVA Members
Periodically, we list in a CVA e-newsletter the first names, city
locations, and e-mails of people looking for other CVA members. If you
want to be listed, contact
[email protected] .
3. Book Notice
Ron recommends A Beautiful Bowl of Soup by Paulette Mitchell (SF:
Chronicle Books, 2004). He writes, “I especially recommend the cashew
chili (with raisins) on p. 81.”
4. Quote from “Christianity and Vegetarianism:
Pursuing the Nonviolence of Jesus” by Fr. John Dear, S.J.
(available from PETA, 501 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510)
While people suffer and die of starvation in Central and South
America, these regions ship their grain to the U.S. to feed our cows,
pigs, and chickens so that we can satisfy our desire for animal flesh,
milk, and eggs. (p. 3)
5. Health Benefits of Hemp Oil By Glenn
The Scriptures teach us many things about the proper fuel and care
for our bodies, fearfully and wonderfully made by the hand of the
Almighty. We were given every herb bearing seed bringing forth fruit
after its own kind (no hybridizing or genetic modification) for our
primary food; leaves of plants and trees for healing; and herbs for the
service of man, just to mention a few.
One such plant of which the health virtues have been in relative
obscurity until the past five years or so is the hemp seed. Hemp seeds
and the oil extracted from them are loaded with nutritional value.
Andrew Weil, M.D., in his article “Therapeutic Hemp Oil,” has asserted
that hemp oil is nature's most perfectly balanced source of essential
fatty acids (EFA's), with a 3:1 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids.
Hemp oil is also an excellent source of gamma linolenic acid (GLA).
According to Dr. Barry Sears, author of The Zone Diet, GLA is the key
fatty acid in changing the levels of eicosanoids, which are biological
response modifiers sent out each second by the cells to test the
environment and communicate back what is happening.
He also states that GLA is transformed into DGLA which can be
metabolized into PGE 1, a very good anti-inflammatory agent which also
aids in blood flow. This is one reason many people have reported
improvement from joint pain and allergies, which are both inflammatory
conditions, after incorporating hemp seed oil into their everyday diet.
According to Dr. Avad and colleagues at the University of Buffalo
(NY), a plant-based fat known as b-sitosterol (which is abundant in hemp
oil) enhances an intracellular signaling system that tells cells not to
divide. This study showed a 28% inhibition of prostate cancer cell
growth after being exposed to b-sitosterol for 5 days in vitro. Dr. Avad
has said that they found the same effect in vitro with breast and colon
In future articles, I will discuss more of the functions of EFAs,
potential problems resulting from their deficiencies in the body, and
the value of hemp seed oil in the diet of both humans and animals. I can
be reached at [email protected]
for information on obtaining high-quality, non-GMO hemp products.
I remain skeptical of the health claims regarding hemp oil, and
citations from the medical literature would be helpful. I also have
questions about b-sitosterol’s inhibition of cancer cell growth in
vitro. First, this does not prove that b-sitosterol will effectively
prevent or treat cancer. Second, nearly all organs require cell division
for good health, and I wonder whether agents that inhibit cell division
might interfere with important bodily functions. Readers are welcomed to
offer their own questions or comments.
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.
Your question and comments are welcome