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    Howdy! Welcome to the 49th Edition of the Mad Cowboy Newsletter. Howard s back from his two and a half month No More Bull! Fall Tour, and after traveling
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 22, 2005
      Howdy! Welcome to the 49th Edition of the Mad Cowboy Newsletter.

      Howard's back from his two and a half month "No More Bull! Fall Tour," and
      after traveling near 13,000 miles by car, he's still going strong. Howard
      and Willow have just finished relocating from Virginia to Washington. He's
      given us a bunch of photos from some of his recent travels and the links
      are further on down in this issue.

      Reading onward, you'll find a special recipe for Thanksgiving, results of
      the World's Largest Vegetarian Survey (kudos to VegNews for doing this
      every year!), and what's been in the news regarding BSE, CWD, and concerns
      about finding prions in both mammary glands and, well, urine.

      There's also articles about new studies showing that meat is bad for your
      lungs, transfers non-human molecules if consumed, the relationship between
      hamburgers and asthma, and some stats about "Beef versus Pasta." And don't
      miss the summary of results (and important advice to vegans) from Dr.
      Klaper's "Vegan Health Study" of over 900 vegans, and a very funny activist
      Flash animation: "Climate Mash."

      Moving along, you'll know that the oldest living creature on the Earth is
      vegan (and who she is...), find out about an important piece of legislation
      concerning animals and disasters (sign the petition!), learn about a great
      new film regarding animals & humans narrated by Juaquin Phoenix, read about
      raw foods "pros and cons," understand how to add 4 extra years to your
      lifespan, and know where to post pictures of your "vegan meals" to help
      answer the common question: "What Do Vegans Eat?"

      Finally, there's a truckload of resource, info, article, and Holiday Recipe
      links in "Quick Bytes."

      ...And, of course, a warm nod of the hat to our new subscribers. Y'all can
      read past issues of the Newsletter at:

      Best wishes to everyone for a Safe, Peaceful, & Happy VEG'N Thanksgiving!


      [Personal "V" Blogsite: http://www.soulveggie.com ]


      00: Quote from Howard
      01: Pix from Howard's Camera
      02: Winners Announced: World's Largest Veg Survey
      03: The Vegan Mind-Bender Contest Winner/Challenge!
      04: A Special Holiday Recipe from "No More Bull!"
      05: Mad Cow Info Round-up
      06: Meat=Bad Lungs, Non-human Meat Molecules, Beef vs Pasta
      07: Beans/Soy Reduce Cancer, +4 Yrs. Life, Vegan=Weight Loss
      08: Dolphins/Batman, 175 Yrs. Vegan, Climate Mash & Top 10
      09: Disaster Petition, New Film, Gorilla Tools, One Right for All
      10: Vegan Eats Blog, Health Study, Anti-Vegan?, & Raw Debate
      11: Howard's Schedule
      12: Quick Bytes
      13: Closing Thought(s)

      *00: Quote from Howard
      "The best way I've found to recruit friends and loved ones to a plant-based
      diet is to invite them over for meals, and show them that we have not
      deprived ourselves of anything except the diseases they are prone to. Show
      them how easy it is to eat from the unlimited plant kingdom, and how rich
      the choices are. Expose them to foods they've never eaten before. You're
      better off serving the seitan stew than preaching the gospel of animal
      rights. People either feel for animals or they don't; while I believe they
      ought not be shielded from seeing what a slaughterhouse looks like, and the
      conditions in which their "food" animals exist, I also think it serves no
      purpose to browbeat them over animal rights. If you must browbeat them, do
      so about their health."

      (from Howard's New Book "No More Bull!" p. 85)

      "No More Bull!" now available at:

      *01: Pix from Howard's Camera



      *02: Winners Announced: World's Largest Veg Survey
      PLACES: (11/01/05): "VegNews, America's premier vegetarian lifestyle
      magazine [with a readership of over 150,000], has announced the winners of
      the 2005 Veggie Awards in their November/December edition. With over 10,000
      readers voting for their favorite vegetarian products in over 70
      categories, this annual survey is the largest of its kind in the world. The
      awards showcase the best of vegetarian in categories ranging from soy milk,
      veggie burger and restaurant to celebrity, website and even most
      veg-friendly city.

      "These companies are leaders in the natural food industry and continue to
      develop high-quality vegetarian products. We are pleased to honor their
      accomplishments with a Veggie Award," said VegNews Magazine publisher
      Joseph Connelly.

      Following are some stand outs: Best Vegetarian Restaurant: Chicago Diner,
      Chicago Best Vegan Restaurant: Millennium, San Francisco Best Veg-Friendly
      Fast Food Restaurant: Subway Best Veggie Burger: Boca Burger Best Soy milk:
      Silk Best Natural Foods Store: Whole Foods Favorite Veg Celebrity: Woody
      Harrelson Favorite Veg-Friendly City: San Francisco."

      All Veggie Award winners can be viewed at:

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      *03: The Vegan Mind-Bender Contest Winner/Challenge!
      "What is the shelf-life of Tabasco Sauce kept in a cool, dry place?"

      (A) 1 year (B) 2 years (C) 5 years (D) 7 years (E) Beyond the

      Congratulations to Janet Schmidt, of Belvidere, NJ, for correctly guessing
      "(C) 5 years" and winning the luck of the draw. Enjoy your VegNews
      subscription, pardner!

      [Answer at: "Surprising expiration dates:

      "Which of the following countries has the most people with diabetes in the

      (a) India (b) USA (c) Britain (d) China (e) Russia

      Please e-mail guesses to: webmaster@... with the word "contest"
      in your subject line by NLT December 15th, 2005.

      [Many thanks to Joe Connelly, Editor, VegNews, who has offered a FREE
      one-year subscription to a winner chosen at random those submitting the
      correct answer to each MC Newsletter's Contest. Our thanks to Joe, and you
      can learn more about VegNews at:

      http://www.vegnews.com or e-mail: editor@... or call 1.415.665.6397]

      *04: A Special Holiday Recipe from "No More Bull!"

      Yield: 6 servings

      2 cups vital wheat gluten
      2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
      1 teaspoon thyme
      1 teaspoon marjoram
      2 cups vegetable broth (or water)
      1 tablespoon soy sauce
      1 small onion, sliced
      2 cups hot water
      2 tablespoons soy sauce


      2 tablespoons safflower oil
      1/4 cup flour
      2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
      2 1/2 cups vegetable broth (or water)
      Black pepper to taste

      Combine first 4 ingredients in large bowl; make a well in the center of the
      mixture. Combine vegetable broth and soy sauce, add to dry ingredients and
      knead. Transfer mixture to a 9x5x3-inch nonstick loaf pan. Add sliced
      onion to top of loaf. Combine hot water and soy sauce; pour over loaf pan.
      Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees F. for 1 1/2 hours. Let cool
      before slicing. Serve with golden gravy.

      GRAVY: Add safflower oil to saucepan. Place over medium heat until hot.
      Add flour and nutritional yeast, stirring constantly until mixture starts
      to bubble. Whisk in vegetable broth. Stir until mixture thickens and
      comes to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 1 to 2 minutes, stirring
      occasionally. Add black pepper to taste.

      From: Patricia Bertron, R.D.; PCRM ("No More Bull," p. 176-177)

      [and don't miss the Holiday Recipe links in "Quick Bytes" below]

      *05: Mad Cow Info Round-up
      "The federal meat inspector who was charged with misconduct by the U.S.
      Department of Agriculture after he claimed mad cow disease safeguards were
      being violated at slaughterhouses told United Press International he plans
      to file charges against the agency. Stan Painter, a USDA inspector and
      chair of the National Joint Council of Food Inspection Locals, the
      inspectors union, notified the agency's management in a letter last
      December he was aware of instances where the riskiest parts of older cows
      were not being marked or removed from processing. The USDA did not respond
      to Painter's concerns until he made his letter known to news outlets.

      For months, USDA officials denied Painter's allegations in media reports,
      saying they had investigated and found no evidence to substantiate his
      claims. The NRs [noncompliance reports] released last month under the
      Freedom of Information Act, however, showed 1,036 violations of SRM
      [specified risk materials] regulations in at least 35 states, Puerto Rico
      and the Virgin Islands, with some plants being cited repeatedly for
      infractions. The USDA delayed releasing the documents for eight months
      despite a federal law mandating a response within 30 days.

      Sometime around June the U.S. Embassy in Japan posted a notice on its Web
      site stating USDA officials had found no evidence to substantiate Painter's
      claims and had requested a criminal investigation into his actions. The
      notice was removed in July after UPI reported its existence."

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      USDA EASES SLAUGHTER RULES ON MAD-COW: (09/08/05): "The government is
      easing rules intended to prevent the spread of mad-cow disease among
      people, allowing part of a cow's small intestine to be used as casing for
      some sausages. Rules in effect after discovery of the first U.S. case of
      mad-cow disease in 2003 required the removal of the small intestine when a
      cow was slaughtered. The Agriculture Department (USDA) and Food and Drug
      Administration cleared the way yesterday for a portion of the small
      intestine to be used as a casing for specialty sausage. The rules still
      prohibit use of the lower end section of the small intestine, called the
      distal ileum. Studies have shown the distal ileum can contain the
      infectious protein that causes mad-cow disease.

      The Agriculture Department now knows more about effectively separating the
      distal ileum from the small intestine, said [the USDA]... The department is
      aware of the financial hardship on businesses that make ethnic sausages..."

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      DENMARK CONFIRMS 14TH CASE OF MAD COW DISEASE: (09/09/05): "Denmark on
      Friday was cited by Agence France Presse as confirming its 14th case of mad
      cow disease after a nine-year-old dairy cow in the northern Jutland region
      was found to have been infected with the brain-wasting illness."

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      GOVERNMENT TO REMOVE MAD COW CONTROL RULE: (09/15/05): "(Britain): The
      country's farm ministry said on Thursday it had accepted a proposal to
      allow some older cattle to enter the food chain, opening the way for the
      removal of one of the main measures used to combat the deadly mad cow
      disease. The news provided a major boost to the country's beef industry
      which was devastated in 1995 following an outbreak of mad cow in the
      nation's herds. The move was based on advice from the Food Standards

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      U.S. BAN ON JAPANESE BEEF CONTINUES: (09/20/05): "Angry with Japan for
      refusing to lift a mad cow-related ban on U.S. beef, senators retaliated
      Tuesday by voting to retain a ban on Japanese beef. Last fall, Japan
      agreed to lift the ban but still hasn't done so. In June, U.S. authorities
      confirmed a second domestic case in a Texas-born cow. Japan, in contrast,
      has found 20 cases of mad cow disease. U.S. regulators proposed last month
      to partially lift the ban on Japanese beef.

      Japan's stalling is "just unfair," said Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb. "There
      have been two cases of mad cow disease in the United States, one from
      Canada," Nelson said in a Senate speech. "Statistically, it's nonexistent,
      in terms of the millions of head of cattle that are sent to slaughter every

      The U.S. bans beef from all countries with confirmed cases of mad cow
      disease, including Japan. The exception is Canada, which resumed limited
      beef shipments in 2003 and live cattle shipments earlier this year."

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      responsible for the transmission of mad cow disease and scrapie could end
      up in urine, according to Swiss researchers. Prions are deformed brain
      proteins that are contagious and responsible for the transmission of all
      types of brain wasting diseases in cows, sheep, dear/elk, and humans. In
      the report scheduled to be published in the journal Science this month,
      Adrano Aguzzi and colleagues from the University Hospital of Zurich said
      prions could show up in urine under certain circumstances.

      For a long time, the government held a belief that prions (infectious
      agents) are mostly present in the brain and spinal cords. Because of this
      notion, many parts of cattle are still allowed for use in animal feed.
      Recent studies by others found prions are present in some organs including
      the liver."

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      NEW GERMAN MAD COW CASE CONFIRMED IN BAVARIA: (10/25/05): "A new case of
      the deadly mad cow disease has been discovered in Bavaria, the German
      state's Ministry of Environment, Health and Consumer Protection said on
      Tuesday. This was the 139th case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)
      confirmed in a cow in Bavaria, the second most populous state in Germany
      and the largest in terms of land mass, the ministry said in a statement."

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      CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE FOUND IN MOOSE: (10/26/05): "Chronic wasting
      disease (CWD), a prion disease that resembles bovine spongiform
      encephalopathy (BSE), has been found in a wild moose for the first time,
      Colorado wildlife officials announced recently. Previously the disease had
      been found in the wild only in deer and elk. The only previous finding of
      CWD in a moose was in an experiment in which a captive moose was fed some
      infective material...

      Will Hueston, DVM, an expert on BSE and related diseases, told CIDRAP News
      that the Colorado finding "demonstrates that the CWD agent has a broader
      range than we hoped. Everyone hoped it would be restricted to deer and
      elk." CWD has now been found in wild deer and elk in eight states,
      including four states east of the Mississippi, plus two Canadian provinces,
      according to the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance, a coalition of wildlife
      conservation groups."
      See also:

      June 2004 Emerging Infectious Diseases article on CWD

      Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance map of CWD-affected states

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      what exactly is in that ground beef you buy at the supermarket? If you're
      like the majority of Canadian consumers, you may not want to know. Some
      things are better left well enough alone, right? Wrong - at least
      according to the creators of Frankensteer... The homegrown doc reveals
      what's really involved in the North American beef industry, including some
      startling facts about inspection rules, mad cow disease and the use of
      drugs and growth hormones. This is not a pro-vegetarian propaganda film,
      although the troubling revelations certainly inspire a meat-free lifestyle.

      "We have taken this benign, natural vegetarian and turned it first into a
      cannibal, and when that didn't work, into a vampire," narrates Ted
      Remerowski, Frankensteer's writer. "We've turned its brain and spinal cord
      into toxic sites. We have managed to turn its feces into something that
      routinely makes us sick and occasionally kills us. We have taken the cow
      and used it as our experiment in developing the perfect food machine.

      "In the process, we've created our very own frankensteer."

      [Very edited from from the scary article at:

      AUSTRIA: MAD COW DISEASE FOUND: (10/28/05): "A case of mad cow disease
      was found in a slaughterhouse in Salzburg in central Austria, veterinary
      officials said on Friday. It was the third case of mad cow in Austria
      since 2001, when adequate testing for the disease began."

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      CWD OUTBREAK CHANGES IMPORT REGULATIONS: (10/30/05): "If you're planning
      to hunt deer in West Virginia this season, your options just changed on
      what you can bring back to Virginia. Chronic wasting disease surfaced in
      the Mountain State this summer, and the Old Dominion wants no part - or
      parts - of it. A regulation adopted Thursday by the Virginia Department of
      Game and Inland Fisheries board prohibits importing or possessing whole
      deer carcasses or specified parts of carcasses from states or Canadian
      provinces where CWD has been detected. Although the restriction has been
      in the works for months, the outbreak in West Virginia gave it new impetus."

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      PRIONS SUSPECTED IN MILK: (10/31/05): Could sheep pass a fatal brain
      disease between them through their milk? The inflamed mammary glands of
      sheep have been found to contain protein particles that cause scrapie, a
      sickness similar to mad cow disease. This suggests that the suspect
      proteins, called prions, may also be present in the milk of infected

      If prions exist in the milk of cows infected with both an inflammatory
      illness and mad cow disease, formally known as bovine spongiform
      encephalopathy (BSE), this raises concerns for human health. Consumption of
      prion-contaminated meat from cows with BSE is believed to cause the fatal
      variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in people; so might contaminated

      Adriano Aguzzi, the lead researcher on the study, has not detected prions
      in milk itself, because it is difficult to analyse for the abnormal
      proteins. But he says he expects to find them. "It is unlikely that the
      prions are not in the milk," says Aguzzi, a pathologist at the University
      of Zurich Hospital, Switzerland. "And the prospect is not a pleasant one."
      Earlier this year, his group found prions in inflamed pancreases, livers
      and kidneys. A study last month showed that the urine produced by inflamed
      kidneys in mice also contains prions."

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      MAD COW MAY HAVE GOTTEN INTO HUMAN FOOD SUPPLY: (11/01/05): "Researchers
      hunting the herd linked to the first U.S. case of mad cow disease found
      most of the animals were slaughtered - and possibly in the human food
      supply - even before the government probe began. The federal and state
      governments closed an investigation into the infected cow, which was raised
      at an unidentified Texas ranch, at the end of August. But the Dallas
      Morning News obtained details about the search for the 413 cows and calves
      on Tuesday under a Texas Open Records request. About 350 of them, or
      roughly 85 percent, were sent for slaughter.

      The reports, compiled for the Texas Animal Health Commission by a
      government employee, demonstrate how problematic it was to track the herd
      mates and progeny of the diseased cow. With 14 million cattle in Texas
      alone, a more efficient system is necessary, insiders say."

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      REPORT FINDS FLAWS IN MAD COW TEST PROGRAM: (11/09/05): "Government
      investigators say testing is too slow at times to prevent cattle from
      eating feed that might be contaminated, just one flaw they cited in a
      program to help stop mad cow disease from spreading. Feed safeguards are
      the most important firewall against mad cow disease, said Sen. Tom Harkin,
      D-Iowa, who sought the report the Government Accountability Office issued

      "If FDA's testing program is not catching violations, and catching them in
      time, that needs to be corrected immediately," Harkin said. FDA disputed
      the findings, arguing that the report unfairly focused on a small component
      of broad government efforts to stop mad cow disease. In half the feed
      samples analyzed, FDA took more than a month to determine whether banned
      cattle protein was present. Cattle feed is eaten quickly after it's
      manufactured, and the feed may have been consumed before tests are
      finished, GAO said. The report examined 989 samples analyzed from August
      2003 through June."

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      "The US Government has bowed to Japanese demands to inspect meat processing
      plants to ensure traceability for mad cow disease is adequate. It is the
      first time Japan has inspected the processing plants of another country.
      The announcement comes after Japan's Food Safety Commission adopted a draft
      report paving the way for the resumption of US beef imports from cattle
      aged up to 20 months."

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      DEER VERSION OF MAD COW DISEASE FEARED: (11/16/05): "With hunting season
      opening throughout the Northeast, it is now illegal to transport deer into
      Connecticut from New York due to a deer version of Mad Cow Disease. The
      illness -- called chronic wasting disease -- was discovered in a herd near
      Utica earlier this year, and it is feared western Connecticut's already
      shrinking herd will be infected and further decimated. It is not now known
      if deer can pass the disease to humans, but that question is now under
      study. "

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      KOREA TO RESUME US BEEF IMPORTS: (11/20/05): "South Korea is expected to
      resume the import of North American beef following a request by the United
      States during the just-ended Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation(APEC) forum
      in Busan(Pusan). During the APEC meeting, the U.S. delegation called for
      the Korean government to lift the ban on U.S. beef imports and domestic
      policymakers promised a serious internal discussion over the issue,
      according to Korean officials. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
      (MOAF) will hold a conference on livestock quarantine on Nov. 29 to discuss
      with a variety of experts whether to import the American beef. According
      to sources, experts have tentatively agreed that there are few problems
      with the American beef.

      Korea is Asia's fourth-largest beef consumer and was the third-largest
      importer of U.S. beef before the initial ban from the first case of mad cow
      disease took effect in 2003."

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      MARYLAND DNR ASKING FOR HELP WITH CWD: (11/20/05): "In an effort to protect
      the state's deer herd from Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), the Maryland
      Department of Natural Resources (DNR) requests that Maryland deer hunters
      voluntarily abide by certain guidelines when bringing deer parts into
      Maryland from West Virginia or other CWD-positive states or Canadian
      provinces. CWD, a fatal disease of deer and elk, was recently discovered in
      several white-tailed deer in Hampshire County, W.V."

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      OFFICIALS CONFIRM ANOTHER SICK DEER: (11/21/05): "A 7 1/2-year-old
      Hampshire County whitetail doe that was found alive but weak and
      disoriented three weeks ago was confirmed Friday to have chronic wasting
      disease, bringing to five the number of infected deer within the county.
      New York and West Virginia are the only two states in the extreme eastern
      United States where the disease has been confirmed. The illness, which
      attacks the animals' brains, is always fatal. CWD had previously been
      confirmed in deer from Colorado, South Dakota, Wisconsin and other Rocky
      Mountain and northern plains states as well as some Canadian provinces.
      CWD has not been known to jump species barriers and infect humans."

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      (11/21/05): "While there continues to be no known cases of chronic wasting
      disease (CWD) in the Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, joined
      by veterinarians and laboratory technicians from the Pennsylvania and U.S.
      Departments of Agriculture, is stepping up its efforts next week to verify
      that fact.

      "Currently, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of CWD-infected deer
      or elk in Pennsylvania, and we are doing everything we can to ensure that
      it stays that way," said Vern Ross, Game Commission executive director.
      "We are planning to collect samples from 4,000 hunter-killed deer to test
      for CWD. Last year, we tested samples from 3,699 deer, all of which were
      negative for CWD." To learn more about CWD, visit the agency's website
      (http://www.pgc.state.pa.us) and click on the "CWD Update" section."

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      *06: Meat=Bad Lungs, Non-human Meat Molecules, Beef vs Pasta
      MEAT-RICH DIET IS BAD FOR YOUR LUNGS: (11/16/05): "Individuals whose
      diets are rich in meat, refined starches and sodium are 1.43 times more
      likely to suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), like
      persistent coughs with phlegm, than those who consume a diet high in fruit
      and soy, a new study has found. According to the study, published in
      American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, researchers
      analyzed data to assess the usual dietary intake of 52,325 participants.
      Although the study was conducted within a Singaporean population, the
      dietary patterns are reflective of U.S. eating patterns."

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      HAMBURGERS CAUSE ASTHMA, NZ RESEARCH SAYS: (11/08/05): "Eating hamburgers
      more than once a week nearly doubles the risk of asthma attacks and
      wheezing in children, according to research carried out on 1300 New Zealand
      school pupils. Other takeaway food and fizzy drinks also increase the
      chances of getting asthma, doctors found. Youngsters who eat at least one
      hamburger a week are 75 per cent more likely to have asthma and almost 100
      per cent more likely to suffer wheezing problems, according a study
      published yesterday in the international scientific journal Allergy. They
      used 1321 children in Hastings, aged between 10 and 12 years.

      Asthma is worst in developed countries, which tend to have about 6 per cent
      of their population affected. New Zealand has the highest incidence in
      developed countries at 20 per cent."

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      non-human, cellular molecule is absorbed into human tissues as a result of
      eating red meat and milk products, according to a study by researchers at
      the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine,
      published online the week of September 29, 2003 in Proceedings of the
      National Academy of Sciences. The researchers also showed that the same
      foreign molecule generates an immune response that could potentially lead
      to inflammation in human tissues.

      Several previous studies have linked ingestion of red meat to cancer and
      heart disease, and possibly to some disorders involving inflammation.
      However, that research has primarily focused on the role of red-meat
      saturated fats and on products that arise from cooking."

      [Very edited from the detailed press release (with veg/meat stats) at:

      BEEF VS PASTA: (09/2005): "In terms of negative effects on the
      environment, eating meat is number two on a list compiled by the Union of
      Concerned Scientists (UCS). For example, beef production accounts for 17
      times more water pollution damage than pasta production, according to Waren
      Leon, PhD, coauthor of The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental
      Choices and Is Our Food Safe? (Three Rivers Press, 1999 and 2002,
      respectively). "Because it also uses far more land than grain, the
      production of beef is 20 times more threatening to wildlife habitats than
      the production of pasta," he says.

      According to UCS estimates, "70 percent of antibiotics in the U.S. are fed
      to healthy pigs, cows, and chickens to promote growth and prevent disease."
      This group also reports that "the Centers for Disease Control considers
      animal use of antibiotics to be the major cause of food-borne illnesses
      that resist treatment with antibiotics."

      [P. 51, September 2005, Taste for Life (magazine)]

      *07: Beans/Soy Reduce Cancer, +4 Yrs. Life, Vegan=Weight Loss
      SOY-RICH DIET MAY REDUCE LUNG CANCER RISK: (09/27/05): "A diet rich in
      phytoestrogens such as those found in soy as well as spinach, carrots and
      broccoli appears to reduce the risk of lung cancer, researchers report.
      Researchers at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center here say they have found
      evidence that food-derived compounds called phytoestrogens, nonsteroidal
      substances that weakly mimic estrogen, have a protective effect.

      In the study, participants whose diets included the most phytoestrogens had
      a 46% reduction in the risk of lung cancer. "To our knowledge, this is the
      first large study looking at phytoestrogen intake as a protective agent
      against lung cancer," she said [Margaret Spitz, M.D., senior author of the
      study in the Sept. 28 Journal of the American Medical Association].
      Between July 1995 and October 2003, the researchers recruited 1,674 lung
      cancer patients and 1,735 matched healthy controls."

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      "A natural compound that is found in everyday foods such as beans, nuts and
      cereals has been identified by scientists as a potent agent for fighting
      cancer. Research [published in latest issue of Cancer Research] suggests
      that diets high in substances containing the compound, which has been shown
      to inhibit the growth of tumours, could help to prevent cancer, while the
      chemical offers a new weapon for treating the disease.

      Foods particularly rich in the compound, inositol pentakisphosphate, known
      as InsP5, include cashews and peanuts and beans such as kidney, pinto and
      navy beans, the pulse commonly used in baked beans. Beans and nuts that
      have been cooked are a better source because the heating process generates
      more InsP5 as it breaks down other compounds."

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      STUDY: WORKING OUT CAN ADD 4 YEARS TO YOUR LIFE: (11/14/05): People who
      get a good workout almost daily can add nearly four years to their life
      spans, according to the first study to quantify the impact of physical
      activity. Researchers looked at records of more than 5,000 middle-aged and
      elderly Americans and found that those who had moderate to high levels of
      activity lived 1.3 to 3.7 years longer than those who got little exercise,
      largely because they put off developing heart disease.

      "This shows that physical activity really does make a difference - not only
      for how long you live but for how long you live a healthy life," said Oscar
      Franco of the Erasus M.C. University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the
      Netherlands, who led the study published Monday in the Archives of Internal

      People who engaged in moderate activity - the equivalent of walking for 30
      minutes a day for five days a week - lived about 1.3 to 1.5 years longer
      than those who were less active. Those who took on more intense exercise -
      the equivalent of running half an hour a day for five days every week -
      extended their lives by about 3.5 to 3.7 years.'

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      LOW-FAT VEGAN DIET MAY SPUR WEIGHT LOSS: (09/23/05): "A diet free of
      animal products and low in fat may help trim the waistline without the task
      of strict calorie watching, a new study suggests. Researchers found that
      of 64 postmenopausal, overweight women, those assigned to follow a low-fat
      vegan diet for 14 weeks lost an average of 13 pounds, compared with a
      weight loss of about 8 pounds among women who followed a standard
      low-cholesterol diet. The weight loss came despite the fact that the women
      were given no limits on their portion sizes or daily calories -- and
      despite the fact that the vegan diet boosted their carbohydrate intake.

      [Dr. Neal] Barnard and his colleagues at George Washington and Georgetown
      universities report the findings in the American Journal of Medicine.
      Despite the restrictions of going vegan, Barnard maintained that it's easy
      to take on the lifestyle. "Just eat fruits, vegetables, beans and whole
      grains," he said. "Everything you're eating is good for you." It is wise,
      he noted, to take a multivitamin, particularly to get enough vitamin B12,
      which is found naturally only in animal products."

      SOURCE: American Journal of Medicine, September 2005.

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      *08: Dolphins/Batman, 175 Yrs. Vegan, Climate Mash & Top 10
      THE OLDEST CREATURE ON EARTH IS VEGAN: (10/19/05): "She was hatched when
      Queen Victoria was still a teenager... next month she'll be 175. Her skin
      is wrinkled and she's carrying a few extra pounds, but there's still a
      twinkle in the old girl's eyes. In fact she's in uncommonly good shape for
      someone who was born before Victoria came to the throne. Harriet, a giant
      Galapagos Land tortoise and the world's oldest living creature, celebrates
      her 175th birthday on November 15. Experts at her home in Australia Zoo,
      Brisbane, Queensland, reckon she will still be going strong in another 20

      "There's really not much of a precedent for such long-living reptiles, so
      we're basing our estimate on the fact that she really shows no signs of
      slowing down," says Richard Jackson, head reptile keeper. And nothing
      makes her happier than a bunch of flowers and a good scratch. Harriet dines
      on a [vegan] diet of aubergines, courgettes, string beans, parsley, squash,
      endives, carrots, tomatoes, bok choi and her favourite morning treat - pink
      hibiscus flowers."

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      DOLPHINS SING 'BATMAN' THEME: (10/03/05): "Dolphins are the only mammals
      other than humans to recognise rhythms and reproduce them vocall.
      Scientists have taught dolphins to combine both rhythm and vocalisations to
      produce music, resulting in an extremely high-pitched, short version of the
      Batman theme song. The findings, outlined in two studies, are the first
      time that nonhuman mammals have demonstrated they can recognise rhythms and
      reproduce them vocally. Gordon Bauer, associate professor of psychology at
      the New College of Florida who did not work on the studies, says, "This is
      the first report, to my knowledge, of a nonhuman mammal's ability to
      discriminate rhythmic patterns.""

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      MONSTER MASH" TO FIGHT GLOBAL WARMING: (10/18/05): ""The Monster Mash,"
      the song that defines Halloween, is being brought back to life again today
      with the help of the original recording artist and a new Web-based appeal
      to fight global warming. The song and a new Flash movie, both available at
      http://www.climatemash.org, ask the public to tell their elected
      representatives in Washington that they want action on global warming.
      2004 Flash movie version of "Monster Mash," recorded by Pickett to protest
      the Bush roadless forest rule, was an Internet smash that attracted 398,202
      unique visitors who downloaded the song 490,318 times in the two weeks
      before last Halloween.

      Clear the Air (http://www.cleartheair.org) is a national public education
      campaign to combat global warming and improve air quality by reducing
      emissions from coal-burning power plants."

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      mission to turn down the sun's thermostat, 9. Federal subsidies to boost
      production of Cool Ranch Doritos, 8. Fast track Rumsfeld's "Colonize
      Neptune" proposal, 7. Convene blue-ribbon committee to explore innovative
      ways of ignoring the problem, 6. Let Hillary worry about it when she takes
      over, 5. I dunno---tax cuts for the rich?, 4. Give the boys at Halliburton
      90-billion dollar contract to patch hole in ozone, 3. Switch to celsius so
      scorching 98 becomes frosty 37, 2. Keep plenty of Bud on ice, 1. Invade


      *09: Disaster Petition, New Film, Gorilla Tools, One Right for All
      petition to support The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act
      (PETS Act, H.R. 3858), currently in Congress, that will protect pets in
      federal evacuation plans, and urge officials to save currently stranded
      pets. Some Hurricane Katrina victims refused to leave home because they
      couldn't take their animals with them, resulting in even more casualties.
      Furthermore, the Humane Society of the United States believes that while
      more than 7,000 animals have been saved in Mississippi and Louisiana,
      hundreds more may still be in need of rescue more than a month after
      Katrina hit. Pressure is still needed to save these animals, and a formal
      policy is needed to protect pets in future disasters, like Hurricane Rita.
      Sign today at:


      EARTHLINGS FILM ON ANIMALS: (10/2005): "Earthlings" is a feature length
      documentary about humanity's absolute dependence on animals (for pets,
      food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research) but also
      illustrates our complete disrespect for these so-called "non-human
      providers." The film is narrated by Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix
      (GLADIATOR) and features music by the critically acclaimed platinum artist
      Moby. With an in-depth study into pet stores, puppy mills and animals
      shelters, as well as factory farms, the leather and fur trades, sports and
      entertianment industries, and finally the medical and scientific
      profession... Powerful, informative and thought-provoking, EARTHLINGS is by
      far the most comprehensive documentary ever produced on the correlation
      between nature, animals, and human economic interests."

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      gorillas have been photographed using sticks as tools to get through swampy
      areas, the first time the apes have been seen doing so in the wild,
      researchers reported on Thursday. "This is a truly astounding discovery,"
      said Thomas Breuer of the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Max Planck
      Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, who led the
      study. "Although there are reports of tool use by captive gorillas,
      including object throwing and use of tools in feeding, there has been to
      our knowledge no reported case of tool use in by wild gorillas, despite
      decades of field research," they wrote in their report, published in the
      Public Library of Science Biology, an online journal."

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      ONE RIGHT FOR ALL: (10/08/05): "The October 8 issue of New Scientist,
      includes a commentary piece on animal rights by Professor Gary Francione.
      Here's an excerpt:

      "[snip] Is there a morally sound reason not to extend this single right -
      the right not to be treated as property - to animals? Or to ask the
      question another way, why do we deem it acceptable to eat animals, hunt
      them, confine and display them in circuses and zoos, use them in
      experiments or rodeos, or otherwise treat them in ways in which we would
      never think it appropriate to treat any human irrespective of how "humane"
      we were being?

      [big snip] Recognising animal rights really means accepting that we have a
      duty not to treat sentient non-humans as resources. The interesting
      question is not whether the cow should be able to sue the farmer for cruel
      treatment, but why the cow is there in the first place."

      [Full letter (if you pay, if not, 1st few paragraphs) at:

      [The above excerpted from the post with the full letter at:

      *10: Vegan Eats Blog, Health Study, Anti-Vegan?, & Raw Debate
      WHAT DO VEGANS EAT?: (2005): "It's rather simple. This blog collects
      pictures and descriptions of vegan foods. Vegan foods are foods that do not
      contain any animal products. In general, that means no meat, poultry, fish,
      yogurt, milk, cheese, cream, butter, eggs, or other dairy or egg products.
      Because so many common foods aren't vegan, people who are vegan or try to
      eat vegan often get asked "what do you eat?" This blog attempts to respond
      to that question by collecting online various examples of vegan foods, for
      your culinary enjoyment."

      [Note: anyone can post a picture of their meal! Check it out at:

      VEGAN HEALTH STUDY - CLINICAL SUMMARY 2005: "The Vegan Health Study
      examines vegan health through analyzing questionnaires submitted by over
      900 participants... and... also incorporates findings of numerous surveys
      of the medical literature, and clinical interviews with many vegans in the
      past seven years. Specifically, it addresses three primary issues: 1. The
      major health advantages associated with vegan diets, 2. The major risks
      for nutritional deficiencies and disease states associated with vegan
      diets, and 3. Recommendations for dietary patterns that minimize risks and
      optimize health and function for long-term vegans."

      [NOTE: this is a very important study and a MUST-READ for any vegan. Dr.
      Klaper's study shows that one can be a "bad vegan," and he provides several
      suggestings for an optimal diet and lifestyle to offset those potential

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      RAW FOOD HEATS UP SOME PROS AND CONS: (08/24/05): "Raw food as an
      alternative lifestyle has been promoted since the '50s. In recent years,
      the success of raw-food restaurants in California has spread the concept
      nationwide. With Raw (Ten Speed Press, 2003), two visionary chefs --
      Charlie Trotter in Chicago, Roxanne Klein in San Francisco -- created a
      landmark volume celebrating raw food, giving it gourmet glam and nudging it
      into the culinary mainstream. Certainly, eating some raw food is natural
      and healthful; raw-food vegetarian diets can promote health and healing.
      But questions of long-term success, and possible vitamin deficiencies,
      remain. Face it, the concept runs counter to evolution and thousands of
      years of cooking.

      If that's not enough to stir controversy, add the nutritional complexities
      to the mix and you could have a food war on your hands. Here are a few of
      the pros and cons:"

      [Very edited from the surprisingly fair and balanced article (with
      resources) at:

      ANTI-VEGAN PATROL HARD TO SWALLOW: (09/28/05): "In 2003, apparently short
      on terrorists to monitor, the Homeland Security division of the DeKalb
      Police Department dispatched an undercover detective to spy on a few vegans
      holding an animal cruelty protest. Police ended up arresting two who had
      been handing out anti-meat leaflets near a HoneyBaked Ham store. In
      rounding up vegans, the county's Homeland Security division not only looks
      foolish, it looks pointless. If homeland security employees have time to
      spy on sandal-wearing, tofu-loving vegans, then there's apparently not a
      whole lot of work for them to do. They end up wasting time on petty and
      embarrassing arrests that can lead to federal lawsuits like the one filed
      Thursday by Caitlin Childs and Christopher Freeman.

      It's hard to fathom any rationale reason why Homeland Security officers
      would be shadowing people for advocating a veggie diet. Last time we
      checked, terrorists were throwing bombs, not broccoli."

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      *11: Howard's Schedule
      Dec 10: Seattle, WA > Book signing 5270 University Way NE Seattle WA.
      SideCar for Pig Peace 206.523.9060

      Mar 18: Portland, OR > Northwest Veg. info@... 503.224.7380

      April 03 - 04: Grand Rapids, MI > Vegetarian Awakening Conference -
      http://www.vegetarianawakening.com - Grand Rapids Community College

      April 05: Ann Arbor, MI > pending

      May 07: New York, NY > Intergrative Nutrition - Tricia Napor

      *12: Quick Bytes

      ["Fallen Fruit:"

      ["Food Force:" (a downloadable game)

      ["Kid-Made Ads Touting Healthy Foods to Go in Metro Buses:"

      ["Nutritional Content of Foods Advertised During the Television Programs
      Children Watch Most:"

      ["Posters showing gristle, bone and tissue will appear across the UK:"

      ["Food Not Bombs:"


      ["Save the Flowers (scent): "

      ["Cheaper Meat Doesn't Equal Happier Meals - Report:"

      ["The Truth About Land Use in the United States:"


      ["Dog Flu Spreads Worry Nationwide:"

      [For animal issues news, check the always topical and current:


      ["Global Health Quiz: How to Save 36 Million Lives:"

      ["Why There's No Money for Health, Nutrition & Sustainability Programs:"

      ["Obesity rates rise throughout USA:"

      ["High Number of Cancers Due to Obesity: Study:"

      ["The Five Worst Foods to Grill:"

      ["Big Food's 'health education' (and userful resources):"

      ["Light' Smoking Takes Heavy Toll on Health:"

      ["WHO urges healthy diet, physical activity, no tobacco use:"

      ["NPD Reports Americans Eat Differently 20 Years Later:"

      ["Milk Proteins are Rocket Fuel for Cancer:"

      ["Lid lifted on organic milk:"


      ["Climate Shift Tied To 150,000 Fatalities:"

      [Superb group of Eco-Info websites:

      ["Would you like to make your life-style a little more eco-friendly?:"

      ["Nation's Best Recycling Programs to Be Honored:"

      ["Footwear to revitalize the Earth:"

      ["Stop Paying for Wasted Energy:"

      ["Helping China's environment will help the world:"

      ["How to Change the World by Buying Organic:"

      ["World Temperatures Keep Rising With a Hot 2005:"


      [VegNews Monthly Newsletter:

      [FARMUSA's MeatOut Monday Newsletter:

      [PCRM Membership News and Info:
      Send e-mail to: membership@...

      [Vegetarians In Paradise Newsletter:

      [International Vegetarian Union Newsletter:

      ["In a Vegetarian Kitchen: (Nava Atlas):"

      [A delightful, chatty list/group: Feralvegetarians:"


      [Over 10,000 veg'n recipe links:

      ["Over 1,000 International (regional) Vegetarian Recipes:"

      [PCRM Recipe Archives:

      [100's of Lowfat Vegan Recipes:

      ["Thanksgiving Veg'n Recipes:"

      ["Vegan Holiday Dessert Recipes:"

      [Fabulous "Bryanna's Vegan Holiday Menu:"

      ["Vegan Holiday Meal Menus & Recipes:"

      [Superb collection of "Vegan and Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes:"

      ["64 Tksgiving and Xmas Vegan Recipes:"


      ["Vegan Vixens... Soy Vey:"

      ["Native Foods' Suggestion: "Eat Different."

      ["Chef spreads the virtue of veganism:"

      ["Vegetarian Online Food Store (of note:"

      ["Vegetarian Phrases In Other Languages:"

      *13: Closing Thought(s)
      "But it turned out that the cause of my backache was not my nuptial antics
      but a tumor that had been growing for so long, it was practically old
      enough to vote. The damned thing had been sneaking up ojn me, and when it
      finally pounced, it pounced hard --- preventing me from walking, from even
      being able to feel the floor beneath my feet. The doctor told me that I
      needed an operation to remove the tumor, and that the odds I would ever
      walk again were one in a million. I promised myself that whatever the
      outcome of the operation, I'd dedicate the balance of my life to restoring
      health to the land I had damaged, and to fighting those agri-business
      interests that continue to destroy the fertile earth that should be our

      My operation was successful. Every day I thank God that I can walk, and I
      renew my vow. I can truly say that my life splits neatly into two parts:
      before the operation, when I was dangerously unhealthy, thoughtless,
      self-centered, and devoid of compassion for the animals I slaughtered; and
      after, when the lessons I've learned about kindness and compassion have
      taken me on a journey that has restored my own health.

      ...but the smartest thing I ever did was to start down a path that
      eventually led me to become a vegan."

      --- Howard, in "No More Bull!" (p. 7-8)

      "BECAUSE heart disease is the number one killer in America.
      BECAUSE it doesn't take anything away from a human to be kind to an animal.
      BECAUSE this tradition of eating animals "for traditions sake" should be
      ... with better traditions.
      BECAUSE wincing at animal suffering speaks well of our humanity.
      BECAUSE eating meat and dairy is unhealthy for us.
      BECAUSE it takes 16 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of beef.
      AND BECAUSE it only takes 1 pound of grain to produce 1 pound of bread.
      BECAUSE 400 pound animals in factory farms are trapped inside 7 foot
      crates, 22 inches wide.
      BECAUSE fattening animals up for slaughter produces environmental waste.
      BECAUSE most animals are vertebrae (having spinal columns) just like us.
      BECAUSE animals feel pain."

      --- Shaun Monson

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