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Of faith and the treatment of animals

Our new recipe this time comes from Aurora in Connecticut, her hearty kale salad recipe which is a meal in itself --- imagine kale with black beans, corn, salsa. and tortilla chips:
Aurora's Splendid Kale Salad

You can see Aurora's hands putting it all together on the Compassionate Eating page of the Earth Holder Sangha website. Just click the link under Recipe Video Kale and Tortilla Salad. Thanks, Aurora!

I asked about Coumadin last time and heard from a couple of people who are familiar with the diet. Catherine in Florida says:
My husband Tom was on Coumadin for many years and was tested regularly and achieved excellent control. We were able to deal with the issue of eating greens by my being very consistent with the AMOUNT of K in the food I prepared for him each day. His doctor did not want him to eliminate greens from his diet.
As you mentioned, it’s the fluctuation of Vitamin K in the diet that adversely affects Coumadin levels. This takes a lot of discipline and self-education, but vegans are all about this! Doctors and labs that test Coumadin levels of their patients typically give patients handouts listing vegetables and K content to help people in food planning and preparation.

Ruth in Vancouver had similar thoughts:
My understanding of the Coumadin/Warfarin problem is that they can eat greens as long as they eat the same amount all the time so that the medication can be adjusted to reflect that particular consumption of greens.

Ruth also sent a link from the Humane Society that addresses Christian perspectives on the treatment of animals and tells of a book titled Every Living Thing:
"Find resources for fostering your faith and your love for animals at"

Every Living Thing: How Pope Francis, Evangelicals and Other Christian Leaders Are Inspiring All of Us to Care for Animals is an inspiring collection of teachings on animal protection from Christian leaders. Hand-picked by Christine Gutleben, Senior Director of Faith Outreach for The HSUS, Every Living Thing is a perfect companion to your daily spiritual reflection, informal discussion with friends or Sunday School studies.

Coincidentally, Debbie in CO sent a link to a new film which looks at the perspectives on animals from practitioners of many faiths:

Exploring the theme of compassionate living, the film challenges long-upheld beliefs about the relationship between human and non-human animals. ...The people featured come from a wide range of faiths and backgrounds, including Christianity, Buddhism, Muslim, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, ISKON (Hinduism), Bahá’í Faith, the Brahma Kumaris movement, Judaism, Vedanta (Hinduism), Indigeneity, and Jainism.

How wonderful to know that awareness is rising everywhere.

I'll end with this good news from Betsy in California:
. my daughter in Sweden said that McDonalds has introduced a plant based veggie burger and everyone loves it. I looked at the ingredients and it looks safe to eat in a pinch. They introduced it in both Finland and Sweden. Cathy said the vegetarian/vegan food options are increasing by the week.

Happy cooking,