VSS eNewsletter 5 May 2010

Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
5 May 2010
In This Issue

Editor's Note

VSS NEWS

May 9: Library Talk on Healing Chronic Illness
 
Our Cookbook for Sale at Whole Earth
 
Successful Trip to JB Animal Sanctuary
 
VSS Takes Part in A Million Acts of Green
 
The VSS Inbox
 
Forum Page Letter on Pandemics
 
GENERAL NEWS

May/June Dine & Learn Classes at Organic NutriHub
 
Japanese Veg Restaurant Opens near Bugis MRT
 
Global Warming Talk at NUS
 
Other Animals Think and Feel Too
 
Borneo Highlands Trip Contact Info

More and more, research is showing us that animals (including farm animals) posses many of the same characteristics as humans - from having complex emotions to the ability to use tools.
 
Dr George M Jacobs


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May 9: Library Talk on Healing Chronic Illness

Our next Library talk on Sun, 9 May, 2.30-4.30pm, features Dr Raymond Yuen speaking on ‘Healing Chronic Illnesses through Your Diet’. Dr Yuen’s holds the following credentials - MBBS, M Med (OM), FAMS – and he is Physician in Charge, Hosanna Medical Centre and a Specialist in Occupational Medicine.
 

Registration is not available. Admission is first-come-first-seated. Health talks tend to be popular.
 

The library is located at 3779 Jalan Bukit Merah, S. 159462
Nearest MRT Station: Redhill
Nearest Bus Interchange: Bukit Merah
Buses: SBS Transit 5, 16, 57, 123, 131, 132, 139, 153, 198, 272, 273, 275
SMRT 167, 176, 851
 

Afterwards, Singapore Vegetarian Meetup Group - http://www.meetup.com/singapore-vegetarian - plans to go to the nearby Loving Hut restaurant for a meal, but that is already full.

 
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Our Cookbook for Sale at Whole Earth

Among the many recipes available in the VSS cookbook, New Asian Traditions, Vegetarian Cookbook, is a great smoothie recipe with many variations. Unfortunately, these days our cookbook is a bit difficult to find. Two places to try are Kampung Senang’s Holistic Lifestyle Centre and The Whole Earth Restaurant.
 
You can also order it online here.
 
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Successful Trip to JB Animal Sanctuary

On 25 Apr, VSS organised a trip to Noah’s Ark Natural Animal Sanctuary in Johor: http://www.noahsarklodge.com
 

From the vegetarian food at the coffee shop along the way, to the supplies that people on the trip generously bought for our four-legged friends, to the pleasant weather, to our hundreds of friends’ enthusiastic welcome, to the questions about when the next trip will be, the trip was an all-around success. Thanks to everyone who went along.
 
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VSS Takes Part in A Million Acts of Green

‘A Million Acts of Green’, brought to Singapore by Environmental Challenge Organisation, is a way to share some of what you do with others: http://MillionActsOfGreen.sg
 
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The VSS InBox

VSS received a couple of requests for information on vegetarian sources of calcium. Here are a couple good web resources:
http://www.vegetarian.org.uk/factsheets/
calciumfactsheet.html

http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/bones#reccal
 

You might be surprised at some of the foods that are rich in calcium, such as figs, broccoli, molasses, sesame seeds. In particular, here’s more on the benefits of figs:
http://theguardianlifemagazine.blogspot.com/
2010/02/dried-figs.html

 

Also, please note that bone health depends on more than just calcium.

 
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Forum Page Letter on Pandemics

VSS sent the following letter to the ST Forum page, but it wasn’t published.
 

I REFER to “The pandemic that wasn’t” (April 12). The author contends that WHO’s warnings regarding the danger posed by H1N1 (also known as swine flu) overestimated the threat involved. Regardless of what did happen or will happen with H1N1, it is becoming increasingly clear that we humans’ growing appetite for eating meat from other animals does threaten us with a host of life imperiling illnesses.
 

The list of these grave diseases linked to meat production includes nipah virus, SARS, mad cow disease, bird flu and swine flu. While much remains to be understood, the rise of these deadly diseases has been associated with the rise in factory farming.
 

Factory farming is the increasingly common practice of crowding pigs, chickens and other animals together in cramped, unnatural conditions in order to produce meat more economically. Similar practices are also on the rise in regard to marine animals.
 

As we humans do not need to eat other animals in order to be healthy, why risk outbreaks of killer diseases, such as swine flu? Moving away from meat and towards a diet richer in plant foods might also reduce the incidence of another set of severe illnesses linked to heavy meat consumption, for example, heart disease and diabetes.

 
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May/June Dine & Learn Classes at Organic NutriHub

The new line-up of classes at Organic NutriHub, near Cuppage Plaza -
http://www.vegetarian-society.org/node/733 – includes classes on Harmonising Your Body Energy and Nutrition Assessment & Vitality Cooking.
 
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Japanese Veg Restaurant Opens near Bugis MRT

Very close to the vegetarian oasis known as Fortune Centre, a Japanese veg restaurant has opened, with some chefs and ingredients from Japan. The eatery’s name is Zen and details can be found at
http://www.vegetarian-society.org/node/1337
 
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Global Warming Talk at NUS

Our friends at SAVE (Students Against Violation of the Earth) are bringing a distinguished Global Warming expert to speak at NUS on Sat, 15May, 4pm. Professor Tim Flannery was named Australian of the Year in 2007 and is presently a professor at Macquarie University. Till 2007, he was chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council, an international climate change awareness group.
 

Details and registration (closes on 7 May) at http://tiny.cc/7wxad

 
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Other Animals Think and Feel Too

Compassion in World Farming works to relieve the plight of animals on factory farms. They have an excellent webpage that compiles and explains the growing body of research which shows that non-human animals also have emotions and intelligence. Illuminating stuff:
http://www.ciwf.org.uk/animal_sentience/default.aspx
 
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Borneo Highlands Trip Contact Info

The 26 April issue of VSS eNewsletter gave information on a vegetarian trip to a resort in Borneo Highlands:
http://www.vegetarian-society.org/node/1334
 

If you are interested, please contact Mark Chan at 9743.8362 or markchan@adventist.org.sg

 
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