VSS eNewsletter 21 June 2010
21 June 2010
Veg Diet According to Your Body Type – 27 Jun
Eco Harmony Bazaar
VSS Open for Donations at SG Gives
Another Way to Donate to Save Lives
June Veg Vibe Features VSS FB Coordinator
The VSS InBox – Stickers
VSS in The Online Citizen
Letter to ST Forum Page
Health Minister Goes Plant Based!
Engine 2 Plant-Based Diet Results
Simple Vegetarian Cookbook Now Online
Holistic Management & Prevention of
Cancer & Chronic Illnesses
Cooking Classes at Yes Natural
Study Suggests Veg Diets Reduce Bowel Disease Risk
Veg Ingredients List
Veg Cartoonist Wins (U.S.) Cartoonist of the Year
Anything Is Possible: Veg in Mongolia
Quick and Easy Middle Eastern Veg Cooking
Jun-Aug Class Schedule for Ami’s Veggie Heart
Brown Rice May Lower Diabetes Risk
We're happy to hear that the Health Minister has returned to office. We are also delighted to learn that he has adopted a plant-based diet!
Dr George M Jacobs
On Sun, 27 Jun, 3pm, VSS Exco member and TCM physician, Douglas Teo, will give a talk in Mandarin: Vegetarian Diet according to Your Body Type.
The talk is free and will be held at the Meeting Room of Bukit Merah Public Library. Reservations are not available. Thus, seating is on a first come, first served basis:
Douglas will explain the TCM holistic view on relationship between humans and their environment. The audience will get to know about their body type and what to eat according to their body type, based on a meatless diet.
On Sat, 10 Jul, 10am-7pm, our friends at Kampung Senang - http://www.kg-senang.org.sg – are holding an Eco Harmony Bazaar featuring:
Healthy vegetarian meals & organic foods
Natural therapies services
Healing exercise & energy healing
Plus, VSS will be selling our Meal-in-a-Glass Smoothie. Come and see how to make it for yourself.
Location: Blk 106 Aljunied Crescent, #01-205 (near Aljunied MRT)
SG Gives, or Singapore Gives - https://www.sggives.org - is an online donation portal for donors who seek to give to Singapore-registered charities. It is an initiative of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre. Unlike fundraising through flag days, gala dinners or charity auctions, SG Gives allows donations to be made day and night, all week, all year round.
VSS is now listed on SG Gives. Here’s what it says about us:
Moving towards a diet rich in plant foods will benefit human health, the environment and the non-human animals with whom we share the planet. Sadly, meat consumption continues to increase. Thus, one of humanity's most urgent tasks is convincing people that eating less meat is both essential and doable.
Of course, you can also donate via the VSS web: http://www.vegetarian-society.org/support_vss
The savvy folks at SG Gives have another idea for encouraging donations to VSS and other charities. As is shown in the example below from the SG Gives website, when someone passes away, their family can suggest that in lieu of flowers or other tokens, well-wishers donate to VSS via the SG Gives website.
"A simple service will be held today,
March 5th, at 3.45pm,
Mandai Crematorium Hall 3,
Rather than receive floral tributes, Richard and Wendy's eish is to support Assisi Hospice. Any donations will be gratefully received via www.sggives.org"
The Jun issue of VegVibe -
http://vegvibe.com/VegVibeJune10.pdf - features the coordinator of VSS’s FB page, Edmond Chua. Lots of other must read stuff, including info on Puppy Farms (bad) and avocadoes (good).
A reader who is a teacher asked where to find the Love Us Not Eat Us sticker that she had seen at the VSS booth at the veg Food Fair in Yishun in May. The stickers, which also come in car decal size, are made in SG and can be found at http://www.loveusnoteatus.com
The stickers are a big hit with students, and speaking of students, please don’t forget the free VSS student membership scheme:
The Online Citizen is a local new media outlet. On 17 Jun, they ran a piece by a VSS Exco member, explaining the benefits of moving towards a plant based diet
One feature of new media is that it is often easy to post comments, whereas, as you can see in the following piece, publishing comments in old media, such as The Straits Times, can be difficult. So, please do visit the above link and comment. Many people have already taken part in a lively debate.
Seems that the following letter was not published by ST. We haven’t had any letters published in the traditional media this year, but we aren’t giving up.
I refer to 'Animals as food', The Sunday Times of 13 June (p. C3). The author, Adele Ong, questions whether we should make animals give their lives so that humans can eat fancy dishes, such as shark's fin and veal.
I would further question whether we need to make any animals give their lives to become food for humans. A large body of research suggests that humans can obtain all the nutrition we need without eating non-human animals.
For example, in 2009, the American Dietetic Association, the world’s largest organisation of health and nutrition professionals, issued an evidence based position paper stating that vegetarian diets are nutritionally adequate and can even have health benefits: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-07/
Appearing on the same page of The Sunday Times as Ms Ong's article are photos of cute animals whom are up for adoption. Why are we so kind to cats, dogs and other species whom we take as pets, while at the same time we condemn other species, such as chickens and pigs, to short, miserable lives?
Here from his blog is the great news that Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan has taken up a plant based diet:
Previously, we reported on the significant health improvements recorded by three US firefighters when they switched to a plant based diet as recommended by Rip Esselstyn, who is a former fire fighter and a son of Dr Caldwell Esselstyn. If those three guys can change, there’s hope for others!
Simple Vegetarian is a cookbook by noted local vegetarian speaker and teacher, Wong Kee Yew. All the recipes in the book are delicious without using eggs, milk, garlic/onion or artificial additives, and with all raw ingredients. Kee Yew wants his recipes to suit vegetarians of different paths and preferences.
The stories behind the making of Simple Vegetarian can be read at:
The book is now available, at US$7, online at:
Earlier this year, Dr Raymond Yuen did a talk for VSS at Bukit Merah Public Library. On Sat, 26 Jun, Dr Yuen is among the speakers in a Christian based seminar on nutritional strategies for health. Among the other speakers is Prof Ruan, an oncologist and researcher at Zurich University.
Date: 26 Jun, 1.30-5pm; registration begins at 1pm
Place: Furama City Centre, Level 5, 60 Eu Tong Sen St
Language: English with Mandarin translation
Bliss and Wisdom Society will be conducting a series of vegetarian "Healthy Lifestyle Classes cum Cooking" from Jul to Aug to be conducted in English.
Dates:4/7, 11/7, 18/7, 1/8, 8/8 & 15/8/10 (Sun)
(First 3 Sundays of Jul and Aug)
Place: 599 Geylang Road, #02-00
(Yes Natural, 2nd storey)
Fee: FOC. Required deposit of $20, refundable if you attend at least 4 lessons
Enquiries: Ms Iris Sia Xiu Hua or Koh Lee Yong at 6547.1580.
Contents: Ecofriendly diet and lifestyle, healthy vegan diet cooking, etc.
Here’s a study that people with bowel trouble in their family may want to know about.
Animal Protein Intake and Risk of Inflammatory Bowel Disease: The E3N
The American Journal of Gastroenterology, (11 May 2010)
Diet composition has long been suspected to contribute to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but has not been thoroughly assessed, and has been assessed only in retrospective studies that are prone to recall bias. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the role of dietary macronutrients in the etiology of IBD in a large prospective cohort.
The Etude épidémiologique des femmes de la Mutuelle Générale de l'Education Nationale cohort consists of women living in France, aged 40-65 years, and free of major diseases at inclusion. A self-administered questionnaire was used to record dietary habits at baseline. Questionnaires on disease occurrence and lifestyle factors were completed every 24 months. IBDs were assessed in each questionnaire until June 2005, and subsequently validated using clinical and pathological criteria. We estimated the association between nutrients or foods and IBD using Cox proportional hazards models adjusted for energy intake.
Among 67,581 participants (705,445 person-years, mean follow-up since completion of the baseline dietary questionnaire 10.4 years), we validated 77 incident IBD cases. High total protein intake, specifically animal protein, was associated with a significantly increased risk of IBD, (hazards ratio for the third vs. first tertile and 95% confidence interval being 3.31 and 1.41-7.77 (P trend=0.007), and 3.03 and 1.45-6.34 (P trend=0.005) for total and animal protein, respectively). Among sources of animal protein, high consumption of meat or fish but not of eggs or dairy products was associated with IBD risk.
High protein intake is associated with an increased risk of incident IBD in French middle-aged women.
Vegetarian Resource Group – www.vrg.org – has kindly put online its Guide to Food Ingredients. The Guide lists the uses, sources, and definitions of 200 common food ingredients: http://www.vrg.org/ingredients
The Guide provides an easy-to-read, useful list of ingredients commonly found in many foods and beverages that indicates whether they are vegetarian, vegan, or non-vegetarian. This assists people in deciphering ingredient labels.
Dan Pisaro, the veg creator of the Bizarro comic that used to appear in The Straits Times, recently won Cartoonist of the Year in the U.S.:
You can visit his website to continue enjoying his cartoons: http://www.bizarro.com
To see the cartoon on the above right more clearly, visit: http://tinyurl.com/266tnjf
A reader sent in the following good news.
An unlikely vegetarian movement is taking root in Mongolia, where livestock outnumber people 14 to 1, and annual meat consumption tops 200 pounds per person.
The first vegetarian restaurant in Mongolia, Ananda's Cafe, opened in 2006. Today more than 20 vegetarian and vegan restaurants dot the capital, Ulaanbaatar, and a handful of others are scattered throughout the country. Ananda's has launched a catering service, and another popular restaurant, Luna Blanca, now sells frozen faux-mutton dumplings in local supermarkets.
The vegetarian restaurateurs are mostly Mongolians...
Genesis Health Food Restaurant, 1 Lorong Telok (off Circular Rd), is doing another of their Quick and Easy veg cooking classes on
Sun, 4 Jul, 4-7pm, at $50 (dinner inclusive).
This time, the emphasis is on Middle Eastern cuisine, such as hummus and pita bread (pictured together above) and lentil rice. Contact: Agnes at 9145.4218 or genesishf@...
Ami is offering a wide variety of classes featuring Local, Indian and Western cuisine. For details, contact Ami at ami@... or 9144.6105. Pls register at least 3 working days before to guarantee a seat. Each class will be at $55/- which is payable on that day by cash (**Paneer Special Class on July 6th will be $65/-). After each class there will be either lunch or a high tea session.
1. 29 Jun, Tue, 10am-12noon and 2-4pm
2. 06 Jul, Tue, 10am-12noon and 2-4pm
3. 10 Jul, Sat, 2-4pm
4. 13 Jul, Tue, 10am-12noon and 2-4pm
5. 17 Jul, Sat, 2-4pm
6. 20 Jul, Tue, 10am-12noon and 2-4pm
7. 24 Jul, Sat, 2-4pm
8. 27 Jul, Tue, 10am-12noon and 2-4pm
9. 31 Jul, Sat, 2-4pm
10. 03 Aug, Tue, 10am-12noon and 2-4pm
11. 07 Aug, Sat, 2-4pm
12. 14 Aug, Sat, 2-4pm
13. 17 Aug, Tue, 10am-12noon and 2-4pm
14. 21 Aug, Sat, 2-4pm
According to a large-scale study by researchers at Harvard and elsewhere, people who eat brown rice or other whole grains seem to have a lower risk of developing diabetes than those who eat white rice. Read more at
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