|If Americans were to
reduce our meat
consumption by only 10
percent, it would free
land and resources to
grow over twelve
million tons of grain
annually for human
than enough to
adequately feed every
one of the forty to sixty
million human beings
who will starve to death
on the planet this year.
|To be a vegetarian is to
disagree -- to disagree with
the course of things today.
Starvation, world hunger,
cruelty, waste, wars -- we
must make a statement
against these things.
Vegetarianism is my
statement. And I think it's a
---Isaac Bashevis Singer
|Human mother's milk provides 5
percent of its calories as protein.
Nature seems to be telling us that
little babies, whose bodies are
growing the fastest they will ever
grow in their lives, and whose
protein needs are maximum, are
best served when 5 percent of
their food calories come as
protein. How hard is it to get 5
percent of your calories from
protein? Not hard at all,....
If we ate nothing but wheat, (16
percent protein), or oatmeal (15
percent) , or even pumpkin (12
percent protein), we would easily
be getting more than enough
protein. In fact, if we ate nothing
but the common potato (11
percent protein) we would still be
getting enough protein. There
have been circumstances when
people have been forced to
satisfy their entire nutritional
needs with potatoes and water
alone. Individuals who have lived
for lengthy periods of time under
those conditions showed no signs
whatsoever of protein deficiency.
This fact does not mean potatoes
are a particularly high source of
protein. They are not. But what
it does show is the contrast
between how low our protein
needs really are, and how
exaggerated are the beliefs most
of us have come to accept about
|Forty thousand children
starve to death on this
planet every day.
--(Institute for Food and
|Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle
of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole
of nature and its beauty... Nothing will benefit human health
and increase chances of survival for life on Earth as much as
the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
|Photo by Tom Gallier
that promotes eating vegetarian foods
as one way of promotes eating
vegetarian foods as one way of taking
proper care of one's body, the temple
of the Holy Spirit) have found that
vegetarians have lower risks of heart
attacks, strokes and other types of
circulatory illnesses. Even better, a
low-fat vegetarian diet can actually
reverse heart disease, Dean Ornish
showed in his ground-breaking work.
A decade ago, the medical community
thought reversing heart disease was
reversing heart disease was absolutely
breast, colon, and prostate cancer
reflects total fat intake, including
saturated fats like butter and
unsaturated fats like vegetable oil....
few years have confirmed an
interesting finding: The number of
calories you eat is not the only factor in
keeping trim. What also matters is
their source -- fat, protein or
carbohydrate. And as you may have
guessed, fat calories are the most
fattening of all. This fact showed up in
several studies conducted in the past
few years, including Campbell's
Chinese Health Project. "Our
information indicates that the Chinese
consume more calories than Americans
do, but aren't as fat," he says. The
Chinese, on average, take in only 15
percent of calories from fat and eat
about a fifth more total calories than
Americans....Obesity can lead to a host
of health problems, including adult
onset diabetes, hypertension, heart
disease and cancer....
your genetics, focus on calcium rich
foods and exercise....
Seventh Day Adventists several years
ago, researchers found that
vegetarians had significantly less risk
of diabetes than the general
received applause in alleviating other
conditions, including arthritis and
More Reasons to Go Vegetarian:
|"And God said, Behold, I
have given you every
herb-bearing seed, which is
upon the face of all the
earth, and every tree, in the
which is the fruit of a tree
yielding seed; to you it
shall be for meat." (Genesis
1:29, King James Version)
|It is no measure of health to be
well adjusted to a profoundly
Well Being Journal,
(More to come)
|Did You Know That . . . ?
|. . . if you drink milk produced by the dairy industry, you may be supporting the
Veal Industry? It is a biproduct of the dairy industry. To extract milk from cows,
the industry must make female cows give birth. Half of the calves are born
female; some of the females replace older cows in the milking herd. Most of the
males are used for veal, taken away within a day after birth, denied colostrum,
sold at auction after handling and transportation stresses, shocked and kicked. If
they are injured so badly that they cannot walk (called "downer calves"), they are
pulled and dragged by their ears or legs. The calves "raised" for veal are confined
to crates just two-feet wide, chained by the neck, unable to turn around, stretch,
or lie down comfortably. They suffer from musculoskeletal problems, suffer from
chronic stress, exhibit abnormal coping behaviors, painful leg and joint problems,
and impaired walking ability. In order to obtain the prized pale-colored flesh, the
calves must be deprived of iron and fiber, and are fed a deficient liquid diet that
causes gastrointestinal upset, and diarrhea. When they reach 18 to 20 weeks,
these gentle beings are slaughtered, along with some calves that are a few weeks
to a few hours old. "Stunning methods used on calves and cattle are typically
inadequate and the animals, who are supposed to be stunned and rendered
unconscious prior to slaughter, often regain consciousness before and during
bleeding. Industry researchers note that at calf slaughterhouses in the U.S.,
calves have been hoisted by one leg into the air, kicking and screaming, their
throats slit while still alive."
(Summarized and quoted from "The Truth About Veal," pamphlet of the Farm
Sanctuary, PO Box 150, Watkins Glen, NY 14891, www.farmsanctuary.org )
|Just because you don't
want to know, doesn't
mean it's not happening!
|"Cruelty to animals is as if man
did not love God . . . there is
something so dreadful, so
satanic, in tormenting those
who have never harmed us, and
who cannot defend themselves,
who are utterly in our power."
--Cardinal John Henry Newman
|To my mind the life of a lamb is no less
precious than that of a human being. I
should be unwilling to take the life of a
lamb for the sake of the human body.
|"My refusing to eat flesh
inconveniency, and I was
chided for my singularity, but
lighter repast, I made the greater
progress, from greater clearness
and quicker comprehension."
fear death. All
love life. See
whom can you
hurt? What harm
can you do?" --
|"Every day forty
thousand children die in
the world for lack of
food. We who overeat in
the West, who are
feeding grains to animals
to make meat, are eating
the flesh of these
|"There is nothing more
difficult than waking
someone who is only
pretending to be asleep"
-- Bishop Desmond Tutu
|I'm living proof you don't need animal
flesh to be strong. Some of the world's
greatest athletes are vegetarians."
|As long as human beings will go on shedding the
blood of animals, there will never be any peace."
--Isaac Bashevis Singer
|As we talked of freedom and justice for
all, we sat down to steaks. I am eating
misery, I thought as I took the first
bite. And spit it out.
|I can't bear the idea of killing things.
Fish seem to have as much right to stay
alive as mice and warthogs. Never eat
things with faces. --Actress Joanna
|The time will come when men such as I
will look upon the murder of animals as
they now look at the murder of men.
--Leonardo da Vinci
|If you're violent to yourself by putting
things into your body that violate its
spirit, it will be difficult not to
perpetuate that [violence] onto someone
else. --Dexter Scott King
|Now I can look at you in peace. I don't
eat you anymore.
--Franz Kafka, admiring a fish
|If slaughterhouses had glass walls,
everyone would be a vegetarian. We
feel better about ourselves and better
about the animals, knowing we're not
contributing to their pain. -- Paul and
|To my mind the life of a lamb is no less
precious than that of a human being. I
should be unwilling to take the life of a
lamb for the sake of the human body.
|I became a vegetarian when I was 22 or
23. It happened when I was in Paris and
I was walking through the market district
called Halles. There was just row after
row of carcasses. . . . and that did it
for me. I could never eat meat after
that. --Candice Bergen
|Non-violence leads to the highest ethics,
which is the goal of all evolution. Until
we stop harming all other living beings, we
are still savages. --Thomas Edison
|Even if some people do not want to
save the Earth, even if they regard
animals and all other life on Earth as
cheap and insignificant, even if they
don’t care enough about their own
health and quality of life, I would hope
that they care about the young of this
Earth. By sitting down to meals that are
free of animal suffering, made with
vegetable protein which has been
manufactured to closely approximate
the shape, color, taste and texture of
animal products, and flavored with the
same spices and plant ingredients, they
make no sacrifices; they give up
nothing. They can sit down to a
delicious meal that tastes the same,
uses similar recipes, is rich with protein
and all the essential nutrients, will not
clog arteries, and is truly good for
them. That alone should motivate them.
But if nothing else appeals to them, I
would think that the knowledge that
every day they are saving the lives of
40,000 human children, by choosing to
not eat misery and death, would change
their mind forever. How can we
continue to turn a blind eye?
--Kathleen M. Walske Gallier
|Meat-eaters on this planet
justify killing and eating
other creatures because
they consider those
creatures less intelligent.
We'd better hope that if we
do encounter intelligent life
on other planets that
they're not meat-eaters like
|"For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill
each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of
murder and pain cannot reap joy and love."
|"To a man whose mind is free there
is something even more intolerable in
the sufferings of animals than in the
sufferings of man. For with the latter
it is at least admitted that suffering is
evil and that the man who causes it
is a criminal. But thousands of
animals are uselessly butchered
every day without a shadow of
remorse. If any man were to refer to
it, he would be thought ridiculous.
And that is the unpardonable crime."
Romain Rolland, author, Nobel Prize
|"If a group of beings from another
planet were to land on Earth -- beings
who considered themselves as
superior to you as you feel yourself to
be to other animals -- would you
concede them the rights over you
that you assume over other animals?"
George Bernard Shaw, playwright,
Nobel Prize 1925
|"In their behavior toward creatures,
all men are Nazis. Human beings see
oppression vividly when they're the
victims. Otherwise they victimize
blindly and without a thought."
Isaac Bashevis Singer, author, Nobel
|"I am in favor of animal rights as
well as human rights. That is the
way of a whole human being."
Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S.
|"You have just dined, and
however scrupulously the
slaughterhouse is concealed in
the graceful distance of miles,
there is complicity."
Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist
|"As long as there are slaughterhouses,
there will be battlefields."
"What I think about vivisection is that if
people admit that they have the right to
take or endanger the life of living beings
for the benefit of many, there will be no
limit to their cruelty."
Leo Tolstoy author
|"While we ourselves are
the living graves of
murdered beasts, how can
we expect any ideal
conditions on this earth?"
"Atrocities are not less
atrocities when they occur
in laboratories and are
called medical research."
George Bernard Shaw
|"I am not interested to know
whether vivisection produces
results that are profitable to the
human race or doesn't...The
pain which it inflicts upon
unconsenting animals is the
basis of my enmity toward it,
and it is to me sufficient
justification of the enmity
without looking further."
Mark Twain, author
|"Non-violence leads to the highest
ethics, which is the goal of all
evolution. Until we stop harming
all other living beings, we are still
Thomas Edison, inventor
|If you can kill animals, the same
attitude can kill human beings.
The mentality is the same which
exploits nature and which creates
|“In most objects, the [five energy] levels are purely potential, or at best dimly awakened. But in sentient beings, they are all active,
though in varying degrees according to the level of evolution. The bodies correspond to atomic, biomagnetic, sensory-mind,
intellectual, and will energies or levels (faculties). In the human being these five are alive–but the degree of life also depends on
Vegetables possess all levels, mostly in the form of “raw” or unconditioned life energies (prana). Thus they absorb readily into our
bodies and the subtle levels of our being, and become conditioned by our thoughts and the present vibratory character of our
This is not true of animals. Rather, all their levels are conditioned and locked into the vibratory patterns proper to their species.
Thus, when we eat them we graft the animal bodies into our human bodies and create conflict and havoc, darkening–and
distorting–our minds to an incalculable extent. Eating meat is one of the worst things we can do to ourselves, and it renders the
practice of yoga and the wakening of higher consciousness virtually impossible.” --- The Atma Jyoti Blog (http://blog.atmajyoti.
|"What is it that should trace the insuperable line? ...The question is not, Can they
reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?"
Jeremy Bentham, philosopher
|"According to the World Health
Organization (WHO) and the Food and
Agriculture Organization of the United
Nations (FAO), ‘the number of people
fed in a year per hectare ranges from
22 for potatoes and 19 for rice down to
1 and 2 people respectively for beef
|"It takes more than 100,000
litres of water to produce 1 kg of
beef and approximately 900
litres to produce 1 kg of wheat.
You can take a shower for one
year with the water used for 1 kg
|"Animals are God's
creatures, not human
property, nor utilities, nor
precious beings in
God's sight. ...
Christians whose eyes
are fixed on the
awfulness of crucifixion
are in a special position
to understand the
awfulness of innocent
suffering. The Cross of
Christ is God's absolute
identification with the
weak, the powerless,
and the vulnerable, but
most of all with
—Rev. Andrew Linzey
|Epiphanius quotes the Gospel of the
Ebionites where Jesus has a confrontation
with the high priest. Jesus chastises the
leadership saying, "I am come to end the
sacrifices and feasts of blood; and if ye
cease not offering and eating of flesh and
blood, the wrath of God shall not cease from
you; even as it came to your fathers in the
wilderness, who lusted for flesh, and did sate
to their content, and were filled with
rottenness, and the plague consumed
them."[Numbers 11:32-34] (Wikipedia)
|"Jesus loves me. This I know, 'cause the Bible told me so."
|According to the Bible, in the
beginning, before the Fall,
human and nonhuman
animals, which are beings
that have or are an Anima,
Latin for soul, were
completely vegetarian, and "it
was very good".[Genesis
1:29-31] According to some
interpretations of the Bible,
raw veganism was the
original diet of humankind in
the form given to Adam and
Eve by God in Genesis 1:29,
"And God said, Behold, I
have given you every herb
bearing seed, which is upon
the face of all the earth, and
every tree, in the which is the
fruit of a tree yielding seed; to
you it shall be for meat" (see
Edenic diet). (Wikipedia)
|As we do to the least, so we do to Him.
New International Version (NIV)
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth
and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all
the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move
along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant
for food.” And it was so.
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and
there was morning—the sixth day.
|[…] The cow and the bear shall feed; their
young ones shall lie down together: and the
lion shall eat straw like the ox. […] They shall
not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain:
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of
— Isaiah 11:6-9
|Why should christians be vegetarians.
Jesus' message is one of love and compassion, yet there is nothing loving or compassionate about factory farms and slaughterhouses, where billions of animals live miserable lives and die
violent, bloody deaths. Jesus mandates kindness, mercy, compassion, and love for all God's creation. He would be appalled by the degree of suffering we inflict on animals to indulge our
acquired taste for their flesh.
Christians have a choice. When we sit down to eat, we can add to the level of violence, misery, and death in the world, or we can respect His creation with a vegetarian diet.
Choose compassion, not cruelty
The Garden of Eden, God's perfect world, was vegetarian (Gen. 1:29-30). Immediately, God calls this ideal and non-exploitative relationship "good" (Gen. 1:31). There follow many years of
fallen humanity, when people held slaves, waged war, ate animals and committed various other violent acts. But the prophets tell us that the peaceable kingdom will be nonviolent and
vegetarian; even the lion will lie down with the lamb (e.g., Isaiah 11). Jesus is the Prince of Peace, who ushers in this new age of nonviolence. When Christians pray, "Your will be done, on
Earth as it is in heaven," the one prayer given to us by Jesus, this obligates us to change our lives, to make choices that are as merciful and loving as possible. There will be no factory farms
and slaughterhouses in heaven.
God created every animal with the capacity for pain and suffering. But on today's factory farms, animals are dehorned, debeaked, and castrated without anesthesia. To maximize profits, they
are crowded together in the least space possible, and are genetically bred, so that most suffer lameness, crippling leg deformities, or bone breaks, because their legs can't keep up with their
scientifically enhanced bodies. Finally, they are trucked without food or water, through all weather extremes, to a frightening and hellish death.
Compassion and Respect for all who suffer
A vegetarian diet is good for your health and spares animals unimaginable suffering and violence. Remember: As we do to the least, so we do to Him.
|Christian? Check out the excerpts below,
as well as The Gospel of the Holy Twelve.
Previous to Constantine, early Christians
Jewish? Check out the Tora and Essene
Gospel of Peace. Jesus lived among the
Essene for three years. That means he
ate what they ate. They were/Are vegans.
|Read This; It Could Save Your Life!
Drugs & Cardiovascular Risks
"Word is getting 'round': The conventional 'solutions' to coronary
artery disease and heart attack do not work and often contribute
to or cause heart disease, just as they did in the new president of
the American Heart Association who did everything 'right,' now
recovering from his heart attack at age 52.
"Make no mistake; Statin drugs have virtually no effect; a low fat
diet increases cardiovascular risk and contributes to insulin
resistance/diabetes, cancer and dementia risk; 'cardioprotective'
drugs like beta blockers and diuretics raise blood sugar and
triglycerides, cause weight gain, even cause sudden cardiac
death. No, there are no drugs or procedures that effectively
address cardiovascular risk.
"But there are plenty of nutritional strategies that dramatically
reduce, even eliminate, cardiovascular risk. But because they
involve no prescription drugs or costly hospital procedures, your
doctor likely does not know about them.
"Consider going beyond the nonsense that passes for
conventional cardiac care and discover real heart health."
~William Davis, MD Undoctored: Why Health Care Has Failed You
and How You Can Become Smarter Than Your Doctor