Practicing Non-Harming Toward Yourself and the World


August 2008

Scientists base new tech on dogs

A couple years ago I saw on TV somewhere that people were using dogs as a way to detect cancer. Now, scientists at the University of Oklahoma are creating a “cancer detector” inspired by these dogs. It detects cancer in the breath of patients.

In a study published two years ago, it was found that dogs identified breast and lung cancer patients with accuracies of 88% and 97%, respectively by smelling breath samples.

Just one more example of how amazing animals are.



It’s All Connected

This is one of the best PETA videos I’ve seen in awhile.

Canadian Meat Recall

Toronto’s Maple Leaf meat plant is recalling all of their products due to the bacteria listeriosis. So far, there have been at least four deaths, with 17 more being investigated. Unlike e-coli, many people are unfamiliar with Listeria monocytogenes.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),  listeriosis is “a serious infection … [that] affects primarily persons of advanced age, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems.”

This is just one more meat recall that should alert people to the dangers of the unsanitary and unsafe factory farming industry. The animals carry this bacteria without appearing to be ill, and thus they are routinely killed and packaged. Which doesn’t help the people who die.

CDC: Listeriosis General Information

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Goji Berries

Photo from HowStuffWorks

Goji berries, also called wolfberries, are found in central Asia, primarily Tibet, China, and Mongolia. Some people say they’re one of the most nutritious foods available, and I certainly won’t disagree. According to goji berries improve health in the following ways:

  • “protect the liver;
  • help eyesight;
  • improve sexual function and fertility;
  • strengthen the legs;
  • boost immune function;
  • improve circulation; and
  • promote longevity”

I had my first goji berry a couple of years ago, and although I cannot attest to any of the long term health benefits, my short term health is amazingly improved. I usually eat a handful everyday, and after ten to fifteen minutes I get an incredible energy boost and I’m more focused on what I’m doing. I’ve never come across any literature on goji berries that give these improvements, so I can’t say that it’s the same for everyone, but I was instantly convinced about their benefits.

There are only two drawbacks to goji berries that I see: first, the environmental impact. Goji berries must travel thousands of miles before reaching American health food stores. Second, their cost. Goji berries are almost abnormally expensive. For example, I paid $25 for 18oz at a local health food store. However, I still believe they are definitely worth the cost.

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Review: Suicide Food

I’m sure everyone can think of the myriad ways the meat industry portrays factory-farmed animals as “happy meat.” If you can’t, or need even more examples, check out Suicide Food. The author, Ben, writes post after post about “any depiction of animals that act as though they wish to be consumed.” Seriously, some of the things omnivores create to make themselves feel better about eating meat is pretty f*cked up.

Go and check out Suicide Food

A Vegan-riffic Summer

Sorry for the lack in posts over the summer. But I’m back at school (I’m a sophomore now, woo!) and ready to start vamping up this blog big time. Reviews, news, commentary, and anything else that will help Ahimsa’s readers in their vegan lives.

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