VSS e-Newsletter 24 Apr 05
VSS eNewsletter 24 April 2005
In this issue
Interview on Channel U
Dr Tan Pik Yee, Director of the Youngberg Wellness Centre (http://www.youngbergwellness.com.sg/index.htm) has been interviewed on vegetarian diets for a show that will be telecast on 2Jun, Thur, 8.30pm on Channel U. Dr Tan, a vegetarian herself, gave an excellent presentation last year at a VSS seminar on kidney health.
If you like the organic food at the Yogi Hub restaurants, come along and learn the secrets of how it’s made from Lily Ko, YH’s executive chef. The course is four sessions from Fri, 29 Apr (6, 13, 20 May), 3.30-5.30, at YH at 16 Madras St, behind Tekka Mall. Cost: $150, including materials. Register at Madras St, at YH on 1 Boon Tat St or at info@....
May 22 is Vesak Day. Although VSS is a non-religious organisation, we are happy to work with people of any religion, and some Buddhist organisations have invited us to help educate their members about vegetarianism on Vesak Day and in the preceding week. If you can help distribute VCDs, collect Singapore Meatout pledges and distribute information at these events, please contact info@....
If you think that only people of certain religions are vegetarian, take a minute (literally) and watch the video at this site: http://www.christianveg.com.
Now and then, VSS receives an inquiry from someone worried that relying on plant sources for protein may, in a few individuals, lead to gout. So, we consulted a local nutrition expert, Diana David, who holds a Master’s Degree in Nutrition. Here’s a slightly edited version of what she said:
Normally, pure vegetarians do not have gout. The highest purine (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purine for a definition) foods are fish like sardines, anchovies, and then you have meat. Beans and mushrooms have less purine. Alcohol is also another major contributor to gout. Additionally, gout can be combated by exercise and a low-fat diet. Almonds are a good alternative protein source, but a handful will do (like 1 oz). The best way to get rid of gout is to go vegetarian and exercise regularly.
Approximately 40 people attended the Detox Seminar co-hosted this past weekend by VSS. The follow-up workshop will be Sat, 7 May at Synbiotics Health Optimum, 15, Stanley St., 6226-2621 to register. Unlike the seminar, the workshop is chargeable. For details, see the calendar on the VSS website and switch from Apr to May: http://www.vegetarian-society.org/revamp/html/index.php?module=PostCalendar&func=view.
As we announced earlier this year, VSS has a revamped website. And lots of people are visiting. For the month of April, the site has had an average of 872 successful requests for pages per day. Find out what people find so interesting: http://www.vegetarian-society.org.
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