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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.


Food for Life – 22 January 2009
By Mary T. Hoffman

Ruth Heidrich, at age 73, is one of the world’s oldest triathletes and is “One of the Ten Fittest Women in North America” according to Living Fit magazine. We have met this remarkable vegan, heard her speak about health, and have observed her in action.

At age 47 Ruth Heidrich was shocked when she was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. She had been a “fit runner and marathoner for 14 years” whose diet consisted of “lean meats and low-fat dairy.” She then enrolled in a clinical study to find out whether a vegan diet can stop the progress of cancer. In her words, “That was 25 years ago, so it’s probably safe to assume it’s working!”

Ruth Heidrich says: “My [vegan] diet has, without any doubt, not only saved my life by defeating breast cancer, but it has also enabled me to excel in athletics far beyond my wildest expectations. In my seventies, to still be strong, healthy, and still competing in triathlons must be credited to the foundation of a healthy vegan diet.”

According to John McDougall, MD, director of the McDougall Program, a clinic in Santa Rosa, California, “The American diet is very aging. It’s tough on the body, it runs our machinery poorly, and it wears the body out more quickly.”

~ From: “Food for Life” by Angelina del rio Drake, Jan/Feb 2009 VegNews magazine.

Reading the above-referenced article made me think: How can anyone expect animal-derived products, which are produced through so much suffering, to support health? It makes sense that animal-derived products are really “food for death” and not “food for life.”

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