Saturday, February 16, 2008

Vegetarianism and the Kingdom

Greg Boyd has posted two more parts to his short series on vegetarianism. Carnivores beware: they might just make you reconsider your decisions about meat consumption. Check out Part 2, The First Fruits of the Coming Non-Violent Creation, and Part 3, Compassionate Dominion and Factory Farms.
Bon appetite!


Carn-Dog said...

I actually took a peak at this when you mentioned it the first time, and I have to admit that he has me thinking. Are you a vegetarian?

P.S. here is my compliment to your brilliance. I'm using your post about Willard's book as a discussion piece in our community group this evening.

hope things are well

Emily Hunter McGowin said...

Hey Josh, thanks for the props. Yes, I am a new vegetarian. I made my transition about two months ago. I am phasing out eggs products and dairy, too, but that is much more difficult to do. Thanks for thinking about it!

Anonymous said...

Compelling! I tend to think though that we can give animals a greater purpose by serving us, but we must treat them properly. Definitely need to look at my shopping basket!

Rex Ray said...

Some people love animals more than they do people. I skimmed over the guy’s post enough to see, in my opinion, his thinking is warped.

Who was first to kill an animal?

God could have made clothes for Adam and Eve from dirt or anything. But he set the example that man could kill animals.

To be a vegetarian for health makes sense. I believe what someone wrote:

Alternate Way to Cure Cancer
1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.

3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, such as the liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation, while destroying cancer cells, also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to change and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods that help it grow.

1. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.

2. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are starved.

3. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

4. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. It’s-best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Avoid distilled water since it is acidic.

5. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines become purified and leads to more toxic buildup.

6. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

7. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts, and fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells, try and drink fresh vegetable juice, bean sprouts, and eat raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. (Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F.)

8. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Florescence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death which is the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

9. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior to be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

10. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.