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VSS eNewsletter 25 July 2008

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    VSS eNewsletter, 25 July 2008 VSS News Hike to MacRitchie Tree Top with VSS More VSS Activities in
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 24, 2008

      VSS eNewsletter, 25 July 2008


      VSS News

      Hike to MacRitchie Tree Top with VSS

      More VSS Activities in Schools

      Flyers Reprinted

      VSS Takes Part in World Vegetarian Congress, 26 Jul–2 Aug

      Singapore Vegetarian Heroes – VSS in the Blogosphere


      Other News

      Veg Café Opens Near Parkway Parade

      Retreat To Be Held at Tanjung Sutera, Johor 17-19 Aug

      A View from India on Excuses for Not Being Veg

      Big Meat Eaters with Iron Deficiency

      Vegan BodyBuilding

      New Veg Outlet at Holland V

      Are Meat Eaters Fooling Themselves That Meat Tastes Better

      'Whirled Peas': A New Veg Website from Down Under

      Veg Stall in Bishan Coffeeshop

      Two Singapore Talks by Noted Indian Guru

      Watch a New Video: 'Vegan Choices'


      VSS News

      Hike to MacRitchie Tree Top with VSS

      Join like-minded people for the Tree Top Walk at MacRitchie http://www.wildsingapore.com/places/ttw.htm


      Date: 17 Aug (Sun)

      Time: If meeting at Bishan MRT taxi stand – 7.45am

      Meet up point at MacRitchie: on Westlake Ave - 8am (see map)


      Nearby parking is hard to find after 7am


      Bring: Drinking water and walking shoes

      Duration: 3–4hr hike (round trip)

      Price: Free for VSS members and friends
      Walk Leader: Linda Loo

      Objectives: Exercise, camaraderie; walking, talking and enjoying the fresh air and nature, which we help to protect by eating veg

      If you're coming, pls RSVP to
      kheng@... with name and mobile.

      More VSS Activities in Schools

      At the VSS AGM last March, we talked about becoming more active in schools, and we've had some success in that regard. For example, in the past two weeks, we've had talks and/or exhibitions at Republic Poly and RJC.


      If you can arrange for the vegetarian message to reach other schools and educational institutions of whatever type, pls contact info@...


      Flyers Reprinted

      Due to popular demand, VSS is reprinting all of our main flyers:


      Why Vegetarian (Chinese)

      Why Vegetarian (English)

      How To Be a Healthy Vegetarian (English)


      A Chinese translation of How To Be a Healthy Vegetarian has been done and is going through a final check before printing.


      At least 10K of each flyer will be printed. If you would like to help with the expenses for these educational tools, cheques payable to "Vegetarian Society (Singapore)" can be sent to our mailing address at 3 Pemimpin Drive, #07-02, Lip Hing Bldg, Singapore 576147 (address for correspondence only). Thanks.


      Or you can donate via PayPal at http://www.vegetarian-society.org/?q=node/207


      VSS Takes Part in World Vegetarian Congress, 26 Jul–2 Aug

      A VSS representative, along with at least two other people from S'pore, will be attending the World Vegetarian Congress in Dresden , Germany from 26 Jul-3 Aug. This is the 100th anniversary of the first WVC held in the same city in 1908.


      WVC's are organised by the International Vegetarian Union and are normally held every two years. The next one will be closer to home, in Jakarta , in 2010, probably in the second half of the year. You won't want to miss the opportunity to learn about vegetarian organisations from around the world.


      Even closer to home, the AVU (Asian Vegetarian Union) will be holding its next congress in Nov, 2009 in Batam.


      Singapore Vegetarian Heroes – VSS in the Blogosphere

      On July 11, VSS had an invited article, titled Singapore Vegetarian Heroes, on one of S'pore's more popular blogs, Mr Wang Says So. You can read the article at http://mrwangsaysso.blogspot.com You need to scroll down to July 11. If it's not there when you visit, try Mr Wang's archives: http://mrwangsaysso.blogspot.com/2008_07_01_archive.html


      Other News

      Veg Café Opens Near Parkway Parade

      A new veg café, with the cosmopolitan name North South East West Fusion Vegetarian, has opened at Blk 89 Marine Parade Central, #01-750 S (440089), near Parkway Parade. Here's more info:

      Contact: Stephanie @ 81000176

      Opening hrs: 11am to 10pm, closed Mon
      Eggs: No
      Garlic/Onion: No
      Brown rice: No
      MSG: No

      Organic: a bit

      Delivery: No

      Catering: No


      Retreat To Be Held at Tanjung Sutera, Johor 17-19 Aug

      GreenLOVE, an NGO, is organising the following event:


      What: Wellness, Earth & Self Healing Retreat

      When: 3-Day 2-Night Sun 17-Tue 19 Aug

      Where: Tanjung Sutera Ocean Resort in Johor

      Who: Led by Malaysian Medical Specialist, Nutritional & Spiritual Healer, SuperQigong & Reiki master, Dr Amir Farid Isahak


      Listen to: Dr Amir's sharing on

      Qi & nutrition for optimum health

      The power of healing greens

      Harmonising our lives with Mother Earth the Mayan way


      Participate in: Dr Amir's

      Amazing qigong walk for cancer prevention & healing

      (see Dr Amir on YouTube www.superqigong.com)


      Savour Jane Alkaff's delicious traditional Kampung cuisine (ulams & kraboos). Vegetarian food provided, although non-veg food is also available.


      Earth Healing - Plant a circle of native trees & make biodynamic compost.


      Cost per person: From Singapore: S$270, inclusive of accommodation, twin-sharing in aircon rooms with toilet/shower, and all meals. You may want to drive there under 2 hours from JB. If you require transport, add S$50 (bus) or S$90 (taxi). Tanjung Sutera Resort is north of Desaru - www.tanjungsutera.com


      Bookings: Email Betty at battyboo@...


      * Dr Amir Farid is a senior medical consultant (obstetrics & gynaecology) with over 25 years of practice and a pioneer of Anti-Aging Medicine in Malaysia .

      He is also trained in Healing Tao, Hypnosis, Islamic Unani Medicine, MindScience, Pranic Healing, Phytobiophysics, Psychic Healing, Silva Mind Control, Sufi Healing, and Yoga.


      A View from India on Excuses for Not Being Veg

      People's thinking about why or why not to be veg differs from country to country, and it's instructive to see some of these differences. Here's veteran animal protection leader Maneka Gandhi on excuses she hears in India from people who were born into veg families but then decided to stop being veg. Her introduction is especially nice.


      Everyone's life is strewn with incidents wherein they have a chance to become bigger than themselves, to be nobler and kinder and happier. Some people don't recognize these opportunities but they return again and again – so you still have time to open your eyes. However some people go in the opposite direction – they take the chance that life gives them and they abuse it and strangle it till the little luck they have squeezes itself out the window and runs for its life. They then intellectualise their decisions and blame the loss on someone else.


      Take for example someone who has the good fortune to be born finally into a vegetarian household. Why they would lapse into a carnivorous diet and pick up disease, obesity, bad odour, and bad karma is beyond me. But people do. Every now and then, I see people from proud vegetarian families eating meat. When confronted, they do look terribly sheepish and come up with such weird excuses that I thought I would list them for you. These are a selection of the reasons spouted by ex-vegetarians for breaking the faith.


      "We don't want to look old fashioned. We need to keep up with the times. It's far more sophisticated to eat shrimp and steak than vegetables and dal. (Even if the rest of the world is going the other way?)


      "Eating meat makes me seem more normal and fit in" (The same argument is given by smokers and drinkers. Being like everybody else is just so boring.)


      "I can't get protein any other way and I need to put on weight" (Soyabean and dal are the highest sources of protein. All the world's biggest and most powerful animals, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, bulls and horses are vegetarian)


      "Poor people grow goats and if we stop eating them they will be deprived of their livelihood" (So you're actually eating meat as a social service? Give up your car and ride in a tanga to support the poor tangawallahs, and wear handspun material to support the poor weavers and eat in earthenware to support the poor potters).


      To enjoy more of Maneka's wit and wisdom, read the full article at:



      Big Meat Eaters with Iron Deficiency

      Although the non-heme iron found in plant foods is less well absorbed
      than heme iron a high meat intake is no guarantee of immunity from
      anaemia, as the following paper shows:

      Nutr Rev. 2008 May;66(5):256-71.

      The paradox of anemia with high meat intake: a review of the
      multifactorial etiology of anemia in the Inuit of North America.

      Jamieson JA, Kuhnlein HV.

      Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment (CINE) and
      School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, McGill University ,
      Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue , Canada .

      Anemia is a serious concern among indigenous populations in North
      America , and it appears to be widespread among the Inuit despite
      abundant intakes of heme iron. It is therefore hypothesized that anemia
      for the Inuit involves other dietary factors not usually associated with
      animal foods, such as low intakes of vitamin A and/or folate,
      riboflavin, and vitamin C. Also, Helicobacter pylori infection and/or
      parasitosis may result in gastrointestinal blood loss and/or functional
      iron deficiency. This review aims to describe factors that may cause
      anemia in Inuit populations despite high meat intakes, abundant
      bioavailable iron, and other important hematological nutrients.


      Vegan BodyBuilding

      A reader recommends this article.


      I found this great article about vegan bodybuilder Robert Cheeke.

      Check out the cover!


      New Veg Outlet at Holland V

      A reader sent the following info and plea for support.


      Please visit the very new vegetarian outlet at Holland Village Hawker Centre #01-27, Tel: 9759.0604.  Let's give support to the owner who took great effort and courage to convert his lucrative heavy meat eating stall to a vegetarian one due to the encouragement of his vegetarian friends.


      Are Meat Eaters Fooling Themselves That Meat Tastes Better

      Here's an article that confirms what many of us thought about why meat eaters claim that taste buds demand they eat the flesh of our fellow animals:



      ScienceDaily (July 18, 2008) — Many heavy meat eaters believe they eat a lot of meat because of the taste. But according to groundbreaking new research the reason that a beef burger tastes better than a veggie burger to some people has more to do with values than actual taste.


      Authors Michael W. Allen ( University of Sydney ), Richa Gupta ( University of Nashville ), and Arnaud Monnier ( National Engineer School for Food Industries and Management, France) conducted a series of studies that examined the symbolic meaning of foods and beverages. They found that when it came to tasting meat or soft drinks, what influenced participants was what they thought they had eaten rather than what they actually ate.


      The authors note that meat has an association with social power, and people who scored high in the authors' Social Power Value Endorsement measure believed that a meat-containing item tasted better than a vegetarian alternative, even when both products were actually identical (one was mis-represented). Similarly, participants who supported the values symbolized by Pepsi (Exciting Life, Social Power, and Recognition) gave a more favorable rating to the product they thought was Pepsi—even though they were drinking the low-price Woolworth cola.


      Participants were told that they would taste either a beef sausage roll or a vegetarian alternative roll, and that they would drink either a Pepsi or a Woolworth Homebrand cola. Some received the item they were told they would receive and some were given the similar-tasting item.  Then they filled out a questionnaire about values and taste, along with their current food and soft drink consumption.


      "Our present findings may have implications for efforts to promote better eating habits," write the authors. "Heavy meat eaters claim that they eat meat because it tastes better than other foods, such as meat substitutes. Our results challenge that claim. Participants who ate the vegetarian alternative did not rate the taste and aroma less favorably than those who ate the beef product. Instead, what influenced taste evaluation was what they thought they had eaten and whether that food symbolized values that they personally supported … strategies that might persuade heavy meat eaters to change their diet include changing the cultural associations of fruits and vegetables to encompass values that meat eaters endorse (e.g., power and strength), or challenging heavy meat eaters' assumptions about what tastes good by using in-store (blind) taste tests or showing them results of studies such as this one."


      'Whirled Peas': A New Veg Website from Down Under

      Here's a new veg website from Australia , with lots of recipes, book suggestions, information and inspiration: http://www.whirledpeas.com.au


      Veg Stall in Bishan Coffeeshop

      A reader wrote in to recommend this veg stall in a coffeeshop in Bishan. The stall name/address is Yi Xin Vegetarian, Blk 279 Bishan St 24, S. 570279. They offer a variety of dishes to go with white/brown rice, beehoon, noodles, and more, with laksa on Sundays. Open daily 6.30am to 9pm. Closed on days after New/Full Moon days.


      Two Singapore Talks by Noted Indian Guru

      Paramahamsa Nithyananda is a guru from India who has spoken in Singapore before. He is a strong advocate of vegetarianism, and his local supporters have worked with VSS previously. VSS materials will be available at these two events.

      1.      Looking for Real Wellness?

      Venue: The Ballroom, 18D Dempsey Road, S. 259677
      Date: 9 Aug (Sat)
      Time: 9am–6pm (Registration starts at 8.30am)
      Price: S$250 inclusive of GST. Free Seating.
      For details on registration, click here


      2. Are You Stressed?

      Venue: Auditorium , Singapore Polytechnic 500, Dover Road, Singapore 139651 (Near Dover MRT, Gate 8)

      Date:    10 Aug (Sun)
      Time:    9am–6pm (Registration starts at 8am)
      Price:    S$125 inclusive of GST. Free seating
      Tickets:  Book your tickets NOW at
      SISTIC (www.sistic.com.sg)

      Details: http://www.lifeblissprogram.org/singapore/singpoly.html


      Watch a New Video: 'Vegan Choices'

      Here's a new, very simply done video that presents 4 reasons to go vegan: our own health, the environment, our fellow animals and world hunger. The video, produced in the U.S. , lasts 12 minutes and can be viewed online.




      Click here for a large list of vegetarian eateries


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