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Milk – 3 April 2009

In becoming vegetarians/vegans, if my husband Frank and I had it to do all over again, all products containing milk would be the first to be eliminated from our diet. Dairy products cause a multitude of health problems, and even bad breath and body odor; yet the powerful dairy industry with their commercials, as well as their lobbyists in Washington, rake in the money at the expense of the public’s health.

Humans are the only animals who continue to consume milk after they’ve been weaned. After all, cow’s milk is for calves, goat’s milk is for goats, sheep’s milk is for lambs, dog’s milk is for dogs, cat’s milk is for cats, rat’s milk is for rats…you get the picture!

As Dr. Frank A. Oski, former Director of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University says:

“There’s no reason to drink cow’s milk at any time in your life. It was designed for calves, not humans, and we should all stop drinking it today.”

Julie Klotter, M.D. had this to say about milk in the Townsend Medical Letter, May 1995:

“In reality, cow's milk, especially processed cow’s milk, has been linked to a variety of health problems, including: mucous production, hemoglobin loss, childhood diabetes, heart disease, atherosclerosis, arthritis, kidney stones, mood swings, depression, irritability, and allergies.”

To learn more about milk and its effect on health, visit:
http://www.all-creatures.org/health/sub-milk.html 

Also be sure to visit:
http://www.all-creatures.org/anex/cattle.html#dairy


Easy Way to Stay Slim and Healthy For Life – 2 April 2009

Two major studies have emerged recently that show the vegan lifestyle to be conducive to lower body weight. A Swedish study of 55,000 women and a British study of 65,000 men and women both found vegans to have lower BMIs (body mass index) and to suffer less often from obesity. Vegan food tends to be lower in calories by volume. And since plant-based fare is likely to contain abundant fiber, it satiates quicker.
~ From “101 Reasons Why I’m a Vegetarian” by Pamela Rice
www.vivavegie.org/itoc

Since going vegan over twenty years ago, my husband Frank and I have maintained a healthy weight while eating all that we want of whole grains, vegetables, legumes, and fruit – no “junk food.” Nothing could be easier! And I should add – going vegan is also good for the conscience.

For lots of health articles, visit:
http://www.all-creatures.org/health.html 

For great-tasting vegan recipes, visit:
http://www.all-creatures.org/recipes.html 

For an added incentive to avoid animal-derived products, visit:
http://www.all-creatures.org/anex/index.html 


Dirty Secrets – 1 April 2009

The huge, powerful meat and dairy industries are very secretive about the oppressive conditions affecting not only their non-human victims, but also their human workers, many of whom are foreigners – Mexican, Latin American, and Asian. Even though meat packing is the most dangerous industry in the United States, workers are so afraid of being fired, that most are silent about the suffering that they endure; and many vent their frustration in horrific cruelty toward the animals who are at their mercy.

In any discussion about animal abuse and slaughterhouses, it is very important to include the dairy industry because, once their milk production wanes, cows are expendable and sent to the slaughterhouse. Of course, since the milk production of cows depends on the birth of calves, the vicious cycle continues as their male babies, after cruel confinement, are killed for veal.

“Due to oppressive conditions…turnover rates in many plants soar. After quitting, thousands of legal and illegal workers recruited from pockets of unemployment end up looking to slaughterhouse communities to pick up the social costs associated with their joblessness and resulting crime. Disabled workers…find it impossible to ever work again. Drained of their usefulness to the slaughterhouse, they’re cast aside, reminders of a system that places nearly as little value on human life as it does on animal life.”
– From: Slaughterhouse – The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry by Gail A. Eisnitz.

Also visit:
http://www.all-creatures.org/book/r-slaughterhouse.html 

Also be sure to visit:
http://www.all-creatures.org/anex/index.html


Celebrate Life! – 31 March 2009

Sunday afternoon, Frank and I drove down to New Jersey for a Lenten Vegan Dinner held as a fundraiser for God’s Creatures Ministry. As guest speaker, Frank talked about the meaning of Passover and Easter, and how Jesus spoke of life. Therefore, it stands to reason that the lives of Christians, by their everyday choices, should reflect His teachings. Obviously, eating body parts and secretions from animals contradicts the respect for life that Jesus taught.

It’s always fun to be with people who really “celebrate life” with their vegan lifestyle choices.

For more information about God’s Creatures Ministry, visit:
http://www.all-creatures.org/gcm/index.html 

Also visit:
“God’s Creatures Ministry – 10 November 2006”
http://www.all-creatures.org/heart/blog-20061110.html
“God’s Creatures Ministry – 31 August 2007”
http://www.all-creatures.org/heart/blog-20070831.html
“A Little Bit of Heaven? – 3 March 2008”
http://www.all-creatures.org/heart/blog-20080303.html


Emily Dickinson – 30 March 2009

This poem by Emily Dickinson seems to express the belief that no matter what a person suffers physically; his or her soul remains free – if that is indeed what they desire. I think that the last two lines, “Captivity is consciousness, / So’s liberty,” summarize the idea that it is a matter of choice.

No Rack Can Torture Me
Emily Dickinson

No rack can torture me,
My soul’s at liberty,
Behind this mortal bone
There knits a bolder one

You cannot prick with saw
Nor rend with scimitar,
Two bodies therefore be;
Bind one, and one will flee.

The eagle of his nest
No easier divest
And gain the sky,
Than mayest thou,

Except thyself may be
Thine enemy;
Captivity is consciousness,
So’s liberty.

For a short bio of Emily Dickinson and more of her poems, visit:
http://www.all-creatures.org/poetry/dickinson_emily.html 

For a large collection of poetry and stories, visit:
http://www.all-creatures.org/poetrydir.html


Michael A. Klaper, M.D. – 29 March 2009

“People are the only animals that drink the milk of the mother of another species. All other animals stop drinking milk altogether after weaning. It is unnatural for a dog to nurse from a giraffe; a child drinking the milk of a mother cow is just as strange. It is not surprising that problems ensue from this inherently unnatural act.”
– Michael A. Klaper, M.D., American author and international lecturer
(from: Pregnancy, Children, and the Vegan Diet)

“Every nutrient we require – proteins, vitamins, minerals and others – can be obtained (or synthesized by the human body) from plant-based foods.”
– Michael A. Klaper, M.D., American author and international lecturer
(from: Incredibly Delicious, by Gentle World, page 14)

To read more of Dr. Klaper’s quotations, visit:
http://www.all-creatures.org/quotes/klaper_michael.html 

For a large collection of quotations, visit:
http://www.all-creatures.org/quote.html


Abuse at University of California, Davis – 28 March 2009

In 2007 the University of California, Davis (UCD) imprisoned and/or experimented on over 7600 non-human primates. The stress and abuse suffered by these sensitive, intelligent animals often causes them to lose their minds. Self-destruction, aggression, and severe and ongoing conditions of gastro-intestinal inflammation are some of the results of their caged existence.

If you want to help end this obscene cruelty of innocent victims, visit: www.saenonline.org

Also please visit:
http://www.all-creatures.org/anex/monkey.html 

To read Letters and Responses, visit:
http://www.all-creatures.org/letters.html 

We wrote the following letter to Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef (contact information is below) about the conditions at the University of California, Davis (UCD):

28 March 2009

Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef
Mark Hall, Fifth Floor
University of California, Davis
One Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: (530) 752-2065
Fax: (530) 752-2400
[email protected] 

Dear Chancellor Vanderhoef:

We have become aware of the warehousing and resultant abuse of the thousands of primates at the University of California, Davis.

Please use your office to put an end to this disturbing cruelty that also reflects poorly on the reputation of your facility.

We look forward to your reply. You can contact us at the address in this letter.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Frank L. Hoffman

Mary T. Hoffman


"Joyful Curmudgeon"
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No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it, so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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