Dairy Products Linked To Parkinson’s Disease
“Breaking Medical News,” a service of the Physicians Committee for
Responsible Medicine (www.pcrm.org), reports that the consumption of
dairy products is linked to an increased risk for Parkinson’s disease
according to a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology (Am J
Epidemiol 2007;165:998-1006). Among 388 men and women participants in
the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study II who were
diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, researchers found that as dairy
product consumption increased, the risk for Parkinson’s also increased.
People consuming the most cow’s milk had a 70 percent greater risk for
Vegetarian is the New Prius “With warnings about
global warming reaching feverish levels, many are having second thoughts
about all those cars….they should instead be worrying about the
chickens,” Kathy Freston wrote in her article, “Vegetarian is the New
Prius” in the Huffington Post blog of January 7, 2007 [http://tinyurl.com/2lwsl8].
Freston quotes a December 2006 United Nations report
on livestock and the environment. The UN’s stunning conclusion was that
“The livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most
significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at
every scale from local to global.” It turns out that raising animals for
food is a primary cause of land degradation, air pollution, water
shortage, water pollution, loss of biodiversity, and not least of all,
President Herbert Hoover’s promise of “a chicken in
every pot and a car in every garage” needs updating. Perhaps the 2007
version should be “locally grown organic greens on every table and a
bicycle for everyone.”
Go to the website for Vegetarianism and the
Environment [EVA] for more information --
More on Meat's Impact on the Environment
That left-of-center British science magazine,
NewScientist has it just right in its article, “Meat is murder on the
environment” by Daniele Fanelli. “A kilogram of beef is responsible for
more greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution than driving for 3
hours while leaving all the lights on back home,” she writes.
The article, which you can access at
http://environment.newscientist.com, came to this conclusion based
on results of a study by Japanese researchers at the National Institute
of Livestock and Grassland Science in Tsukuba, Japan. The Japanese team
found that producing one kilogram [2.2 pounds] of beef leads to the
emission of greenhouse gases with a warming potential equivalent to 36.4
kilograms of carbon dioxide. Together with other gases, one kilogram of
beef burns enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for nearly 20 days.
Grist Goes “In Seitan’s Lair”
In January 28, 2007 the news blog Grist: Environmental
News & Commentary took a long look at vegetarianism in the media in its
article, “In Seitan’s Lair” by Tom Philpott. The article gives a
positive nod to the book, “The Bloodless Revolution” by self-proclaimed
“proud freegan” Tristram Stuart. The book gives a historical view of
vegetarianism. Philpott also quotes the New Yorker’s review of Stuart’s
book by Steven Shapin and pays homage to vegan chef Isa Chandra
Moskowitz’s recent article in the New York Times Food Section.
Response to "A One-Sided Debate" in the NY Times
I’m sure that most of us railed at the recent Op-Ed
piece “Death by Veganism” in the New York Times (May 21). In the
article, author and former vegan Nina Planck told many untruths about a
6-week-old boy fed a vegan diet consisting mainly of soy milk and apple
juice whose parents were charged with killing him. Planck blamed the
death on the fact that the infant’s diet was vegan. In truth the baby,
who weighed only 3.5 pounds when he died, was literally starved to death
by ignorant, and perhaps malfeasant parents. The column set off a
torrent of letters, many from vegan parents of healthy vegan children.
[See Yu Lu’s piece on page 4. Fortunately, another June 24, 2007 New
York Times article by Clark Hoy, on “The Danger of the One-Sided Debate”
put the issue to rest. Among other evidence, Hoy quotes the A.D.A. on
the case and Canadian dieticians who weighed in saying, “Well-planned
vegan and other types of vegetarian diets are appropriate for all stages
of the lifecycle, including during pregnancy, lactation, infancy,
childhood and adolescence.” Hoy adds also that a debate should never be
one-sided as the Planck piece was.
Will Tuttle and a Prayer Circle for Animals
MHVS's August 24th speaker Dr. Will Tuttle invites us
to visit the web site
www.circleofcompassion.org for a Worldwide Prayer Circle for
Animals. At the site you can add your name and wishes to a "world map"
and find out how you can join with others to create "a consciousness of
kindness for all beings." Dr. Tuttle is author of the insightful guide
to eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony, called the "World
Peace Diet." The book is a challenging but worthwhile look at the
invisible connections between the foods we eat and psychological,
social, spiritual, health and environmental issues. So doing, he offers
ways to "contribute to a positive transformation of human consciousness"
to help achieve peace and healing. You will be able to purchase Dr.
Tuttle's book at our August 24th event at the Reformed Church in
Rhinebeck [see Calendar of Events].
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