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#91 of 92 Old 01-21-2010, 07:04 PM
 
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mamabadger, I know there have been quite a few studies done on the health aspects of following the Seventh Day Adventist diet/lifestyle... as well as a few done on LDS/Mormons. Do you know of any regarding Orthodox Christians as well? I would assume that if they are vegan half of the year, that there would be less incidence of heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
Interesting question. I have never heard of any studies of this kind. You also have to take into account the fact that fasts are followed by feasts, and many people make up for the fast by overindulging when they are over.

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No one I know IRL knows anything about the Orthodox Church, save what they saw in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
This is something I have discussed with Orthodox people before. The church seems mysteriously invisible to most. There are twelve Orthodox churches in town, yet most people claim they have never heard of Orthodoxy before, much less know anything about it.
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I remember reading a study about the monks on Mt Athos but they follow a much stricter fast and more often than most lay people. I will see if I can find the article though.

hey look! there it is...:http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/lif...cle3007206.ece

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