Weekly Newsletter - May 17, 2017
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Review: What the Health
  2. The May Issue of “The Peaceable Table” Is Now Online
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Review: What the Health

What the Health is a recently released, powerful documentary that makes a very compelling case that a whole-foods, plant-based diet is an effective way to stay healthy and even reverse disease. Effectively using medical experts, references to the scientific literature, and case studies, the film shows how animal agribusiness and their friends in the government have been largely responsible for debilitating diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

Similar to their prior documentary Cowspiracy, in which producers Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn showed how environmental groups were loath to mention the damaging effects of animal agribusiness on the environmental, What the Health explores how health organizations have resisted telling the public that a plant-based diet can prevent the diseases they claim to care about. In fact, major cancer and heart disease foundations feature animal products on their “healthy meals” web pages.

One main reason, it appears, is that these “health” charities receive sizable financial support from companies that sell animal-based foods. Confusion about what constitutes a healthy diet also derives from “research” financed by animal agribusinesses. Researchers can set up, analyze, and report the data in ways that please their sponsors.

I strongly recommend What the Health, an effective documentary on the benefits of a whole-foods, plant-based diet.

Stephen R. Kaufman, MD

2. The May Issue of “The Peaceable Table” Is Now Online

Contents include:

  • United Poultry Concerns (UPC) has declared May to be Respect for Chickens month, and May 4 in particular Respect for Chickens Day. In keeping with this theme, the Editor's Corner Essay for this month presents the second part of an essay exploring some of the implications I see in "the Pollomorphic God," God symbolized as a mother hen. It is entitled "Eternal Consequences, That's What!"
  • The Glimpse of the Peaceable Kingdom shows a resident cat named Snowy nuzzling a young bantam chicken, Gladys, who was taken into a family home after she was orphaned.
  • One of the NewsNotes tells the good news of the defeat of a proposal to build a battery-cage "farm" for rabbits in Gnosall, Staffordshire, England.
  • Our Pioneer for May is poet George Herbert, born into a Welsh aristocratic family in 1593. Although he suffered from poor health, Herbert gained an impressive mastery of three languages, was awarded the prominent post of University Orator at Cambridge, and began a career in politics leading to the royal court. But he chose instead to be ordained as a priest, and served a small parish in Wiltshire, southwest of London. He became a vegetarian as a result of reading and translating an eupc-ssay of Alvise Cornaro.
  • Life According to Ohad is a documentary film reviewed by CVA president Steve Kaufman. Ohad is a thirtyish Israeli with a passion for protecting farmed animals, whose victimization he sees as analogous to that of Jews in the Holocaust. But his family is not with him, and there is painful conflict.
  • In the Recipe column we feature two tasty and healthful Recipes, a fruit and spice smoothie and a quick and easy vegan Parmesan cheeze. Enjoy, live long, and prosper!
  • "Love Bade Me Welcome" by George Herbert is the May Poetry selection.  In it, divine Love as host welcomes the narrator to a dinner, and courteously talks him out of his feelings of unworthiness. Knowing the author's meatless diet and love of flowers, herbs, and other plants, we can visualize this feast as one without violence and full of delights.

To read this issue, go to http://www.vegetarianfriends.net/issue135.html.
Toward the Peaceable Kingdom,
Gracia Fay Ellwood, Editor

3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

Deliverance Sometimes Takes Time

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