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      Sorry for the bad hyperlinks in the previous version. Still experimenting. Cheers --george

      VSS eNewsletter, 9 October 2008


      VSS News

      Our Own Amazing Race

      Cancer Prevention Talk by Betty Khoo

      VSS EGM


      Other News

      Government Soliciting Feedback on the Environment

      Quality Photos Needed for Book on Animal Pleasure

      Can Vegetarianism Be Part of the Fountain of Youth

      Health Talk Organised by Kenosis Living Spring

      More Veg in the Blogosphere

      Veg Food Show in JB – 24-26 Oct


      VSS News

      Our Own Amazing Race

      Quite simply, on Sat, 11 Oct, participants will fan out to veg stalls around the island to collect a list of required info. The goal is to update the Outlet List on the VSS website, and to collect information to use in the tourist brochure VSS is doing in cooperation with STB.


      You can win prizes for the information you collect. The top prize is a VSS lifetime membership worth $300!


      At 5.30pm, on that day, Sat, 11 Oct, we'll all gather at the home of our VSS Social Officer Kheng Chua (near Bishan MRT), for a scrumptious buffet dinner, prizes and great company.


      Dinner is free for all participants; it's VSS's way of saying thank you for helping to keep our food directory fresh and up to date.


      Contact clarence@... to find out the details of what info to collect, etc., and to register for this fun and meaningful event. Please state your contact and nearest MRT station.


      If you want to participate, but aren't free that day, no worries, Clarence can explain how you can still take part.


      Cancer Prevention Talk by Betty Khoo

      As part of the VSS EGM (see next item), we have the good fortune of hearing a talk by Betty L. Khoo-Kingsley, author of Cancer Cured Naturally. Betty is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic speaker. Her topic will be "How to Live a Cancer-Preventative Lifestyle". Of course, Betty will speak about the importance of vegetarian food. She will also highlight the advantages of organic, locally grown foods.  http://www.selectbooks.com.sg/getTitle.cfm?SBNum=42119

      VSS EGM

      VSS is holding an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on Sun, 19 Oct from 3.30pm-5pm. The purpose of the EGM is to amend the VSS constitution to provide greater flexibility. We need a quorum in order to pass the amendments; so, if you are a VSS member, please do attend. Only members can vote, and people who become members on the day of the EGM are not eligible to vote.

      The EGM will be held at Bestway Building , 12 Prince Edward Road, S. 079212, Level 2, Room 02-03. A location map can be viewed at
      The EGM begins with a brief update on VSS activities. Next, the two amendments are considered.

      Last, but not least, we have the talk by Betty Khoo (explained in the above item)

      Other News


      Government Soliciting Feedback on the Environment

      A government committee was set up in Feb 2008 to formulate a clear national framework and strategy for Singapore 's sustainable development in the context of the emerging domestic and global challenges. This feedback channel is going to close soon. Let's show the veg perspective on how to protect the environment.


      Here are one reader's suggestions for topics to write on:


      1. Introduce a tax on meat and other animal-based food products

      2. Subsidise vegetables and fruits

      3. More environmental education

      4. Increase funding for NGOs dong environmental education

      5. Promote "Meatout" in schools, SAF and the Civil Service


      Link: http://app.mewr.gov.sg/web/Contents/ContentsSSS.aspx?ContId=1034


      Quality Photos Needed for Book on Animal Pleasure

      Here is a plea from the author Jonathan Balcombe for photos for his in-development book to be titled, Exultant Ark : A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure. The point is that other animals have their own agendas for their lives. Ending up on some person's plate is probably not on any of their agendas.


      Following the success of my book Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good (Macmillan, 2006), this proposal describes a pictorial volume showcasing the rich landscapes of pleasure in animals. The format is a coffee-table book containing large color photographs of vertebrate animals engaging in such rewarding activities as: playing, feeding, greeting, allo-grooming (grooming others), allo-preening, courting, mating, parenting, seeking comfort, and relaxing.


      For several reasons, animal pleasure is an ideal and timely subject for a pictorial volume. First, animal pleasure is new. Pleasurable Kingdom was the first book to focus exclusively on pleasure in animals, and the proposed book will be the first pictorial exposé. Second, animal pleasure is appealing. Importantly, there is a large literature on the grim subject of animal pain and suffering. Exultant Ark will help redress the imbalance by celebrating the positive aspects of animals' existence.


      Third, this book further corrects the stereotype—commonly bolstered by nature documentaries that favor life's more dramatic and perilous moments—that wild nature is a constant, earnest struggle for survival. Finally, well-chosen photographs will convey animal pleasure in a way that no textual presentation can. Exultant Ark will captivate readers with stunning, lush images of animals in pleasurable situations ranging from the charismatic and familiar to the obscure and bizarre.


      If you have or plan to take any animal photos that you think might be suitable for this project, please contact me. For more information on my work or Pleasurable Kingdom , please see the websites below.


      Publisher: University of California Press

      Initial print run: 5,000

      minimum image size: 300dpi for 10x10"

      book size: 10x10 inches (image size will vary)

      distribution: international

      Portfolio deadline to publisher: 1 Feb 2009


      Jonathan Balcombe


      202-686-2210 x331



      Can Vegetarianism Be Part of the Fountain of Youth

      Here's an article highlighting research by Dr Dean Ornish, whose work is frequently cited in support of vegetarianism: http://www.pmri.org


      U.S. researchers have put out a new study in the journal Lancet Oncology, which gives details into the fountain of youth.  The fountain of youth apparently lies in following a lifestyle that includes exercise, and a vegan diet. A major lifestyle change may be needed if you truly want to find the fountain of youth for yourself.


      Researchers were lef by Prof. Dean Ornish of the Preventive Medicine Institute in California . He worked along with researchers from the University of California , San Francisco to study 24 men with prostate cancer. The men all had to follow some major lifestyle changes for the study.


      Their lifestyle they had to follow included 30 minutes of exercise 6 days a week for starters, as well as an hour of meditation or relaxing every day.

      In regards to their diet, they could only get 10% of their calories from fat, had to take vitamin supplements such as fish oil, and consume a diet that was made up of whole foods, fruit, and vegetables.


      They found that this was able to increase an enzyme known as telomerase, which protects cells from the effects of aging. A reduction in telomerase has been linked to an increased risk of disease, and premature death. By following this lifestyle, those in the study increased their telomerase levels by 29%. This is the first big step to finding out how to truly slow the aging process.




      Health Talk Organised by Kenosis Living Spring

      Date:          11 Oct, Sat

      Time:          2-4.30 p.m.

      Venue:        Church of Sts Peter and Paul (3rd floor Chapel)

              225A Queen Street, S. 188551

                        Information of Church of Sts Peter and Paul

                        Map of Church of Sts Peter and Paul

      Speaker:     Dr Antony Tam

      Topic:         Optimal Health & Preventing Diseases

      Charges:     Love Offering appreciated


      About Dr Antony Tam

      Dr Tam has been in the medical practice for 35years and counting. He spent 25years in 3 Catholic hospitals in Hong Kong and Singapore . He's currently running his private clinic next to St Bernadette Church. Dr Tam has many interests including Life Style Medicine, Nutritional Medicine, Hospice Care, Prevention of Cancers and Chronic Diseases, TCM, Natural Family Planning, Life Nurturing (Chinese) Tradition, Chinese Calligraphy, Poetry and Couplets and Aria Singing. His latest interest is clarifying myths by the media on health topics.


      Synopsis of the talk

      1.  Practical tips of how to prevent up to 80% of all types of cancers by life style choices in eating, exercising, sleeping, mental/attitude (life's purpose and meaning). These will also prevent the most common 10 chronic diseases like heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis and autoimmune diseases which are the top killers in Singapore ;


      More Veg in the Blogosphere

      There are so many veg blogs these days. It's great! Here's a local one that features lots of videos: http://living-vegan.blogspot.com


      And, here's one from Vancouver that seems to focus on excellent photos of innovative vegan dishes: http://veganchicksrock.blogspot.com


      And, yet another by someone who does vegan baking:


      Veg Food Show in JB – 24-26 Oct

      Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant in the Quality Hotel on Balestier is sponsoring a Vegetarian Food Show on 24-26 Oct (Fri-Sun), 10am-7pm, at Daiman Johore Jaya, Sports Complex Berhad, No.1 Jalan Dedap 3, Taman Johore Jaya, 81100 Johore Bahru

      Admission is free. The programme includes daily demos of veg dishes by top chefs. The Vegetarian Food Show is organised by http://www.suxianzi.com/index.htm
      which is under the same ownership as Lotus.


      Click here for a large list of vegetarian eateries


      Click here to notify us of new places


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