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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
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.


Fitness – 8 October 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

Vegan bodybuilding champion Kenneth Williams will be speaking in Pennsylvania and New Jersey between October 12 and 16. On October 20 he will be in Pittsfield, Massachusetts; and on October 21, in Boston. His topic is “how people can help animals and improve their health through adopting a vegan lifestyle.”

In what is considered “the Super Bowl of natural bodybuilding,” Williams – who eats no flesh, eggs, dairy or honey – finished third out of more than 200 competitors from 37 nations. He cites medical studies that prove that there is a direct link between animal product consumption and heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, as well as many bacterial infections.

I’m especially glad to see that he mentions the fact that “as many as 75 percent of all Americans are lactose intolerant and suffer as a result of consuming dairy products which, contrary to the dairy industry’s claims, are not necessary for good health.” Personally, I know people who have suffered for years, going to doctors, and have never been diagnosed. A few, after many years, have finally stumbled on the cause – dairy products – and freed themselves of the bad breath, body odor, and assorted aches and pains that accompany the ingestion of milk, cheese, etc.

Williams brings out that, “Sixteen billion animals are killed in the U.S. alone each year and suffer unimaginable cruelties for the sake of human palates. Animals raised on factory farms are debeaked, dehorned, branded, and castrated without painkillers. Many have their throats slit while they are still fully conscious.” (I should mention here the ones who are skinned alive, the poultry and pigs who are scalded alive, the male chicks who are discarded like so much trash – the atrocities are endless.) He goes on to say, “But eating animal products is killing us too. A vegan diet is better for our health, the environment, and the animals we share the planet with.”

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