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Please check out the Earthsave calendar of events, to the right, and join us when you can!

Sept. 2018 News & Events: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Sending you smiles, hugs, and an Earthsave Baltimore update. We’re a volunteer operated nonprofit that helps people learn a healthier and more peaceful way of eating and living.

You are invited to join Don and Ginny Robertson at their Lutherville home on Sunday, September 16th, when House Concerts at Ginny and Don’s will present soul-stirring music by two outstanding, award winning folk-rock artists, with singer/songwriters Bob Sima and John Stringer. And Ginny and Don will have lots of tasty vegan goodies to share. Suggested donation is $20, which all goes to the musicians. Learn more at https://tinyurl.com/y8gq4795. And join Ginny and Don’s Meetup group for notifications of other concerts. Share with Facebook friends at https://tinyurl.com/y95jgd67

Earthsave’s monthly veg dinner series event for September has been cancelled due to a death in the family of Don and Ginny Robertson. The next scheduled dinner will happen on October 27th, when we will hear a talk by Jason Schram on de-cluttering our physical and digital spaces to help us become healthier and happier veg/vegan advocates. Full details are at http://earthsavebaltimore.org/node/27

And just for women - Ginny Robertson, the founder of the On Purpose Woman Community and On Purpose Woman magazine, will be co-hosting, with Katherine Yarborough, on November 3, 2018, from 10am - 5pm, the special event “Be On Purpose: A Day for Women Entrepreneurs”, in Annapolis, MD. https://tinyurl.com/y7y24a6d. Ginny’s mission is to connect women around the world to their gifts, their purpose and each other. Ginny also does keynotes and hosts monthly “Conversations Over Coffee” meetings in nine different localities across Maryland, and she connects with women across the globe as co-host of the free “Connections Thru Conversation” online gatherings. Learn more at http://www.ginnyrobertson.com/

A free screening of the important new documentary film “Dominion” will happen on Thursday, October 18 at 6 PM – 9 PM at Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy, Arnold, Maryland 21012. An empire built on secrecy will be exposed. Dominion uses drones, hidden and handheld cameras to expose the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture, questioning the morality and validity of humankind’s dominion over the animal kingdom. While mainly focusing on animals used for food, it also explores other ways animals are exploited and abused by humans, including clothing, entertainment and research. It was filmed in Australia and co-produced by Earthlings creator Shaun Monson. Learn more and see trailer https://www.dominionmovement.com/#. Register to attend at https://tinyurl.com/yam47hb4 And please invite your Facebook friends https://tinyurl.com/ybhcaq2t

And here’s a terrific opportunity for those who are new to the plant-based eating: "Eat Well Stay Well One Day Immersion" is a wonderful, full day plant-based educational event that Health Coach Sharon MacRae organizes. The event will be held at the Wellness Center at Howard Community College on Sunday, November 4 at 9 am - 5 pm. Featured presenters will include many nationally known speakers, including medical doctors Joel Fuhrman, Neal Barnard, and Dana Simpler, and Registered Dietitian Brenda Davis. It’s a stellar lineup, as always, that will provide an excellent introduction to the plant-based lifestyle, and is almost certain to sell out. Registration is now underway, and the early-bird fee is $129.00. You won’t want to miss this exciting event. https://tinyurl.com/ycnpfcp3

Be well. We hope to see you soon!

Peace... Don Robertson

EARTHSAVE VEG/VEGAN DINNER SERIES

On Cholesterol and Heart Disease:
The editor of the American Journal of Cardiology, and Executive Director of Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute, Dr. William C. Roberts, says that there's only one true risk factor for coronary heart disease - cholesterol. So he’s saying, essentially, that you could be an obese, diabetic, smoking couch potato and still not develop atherosclerosis, the top cause of mortality in the developed world, as long as your blood cholesterol level is low enough. And a whole foods , plant-based diet is the only natural way to achieve this objective.

The simple explanation is that arterial plaques are composed of cholesterol. And if our blood cholesterol level is low enough, we deny the body the building blocks that are required to form them. There’s a great deal of evidence to show that we can make ourselves essentially “heart attack proof” by getting our LDL blood cholesterol level below 70 mg/dL, which translates to a total cholesterol reading below 150. These are the levels we see in populations largely free of heart disease. For more on this, see page 22 of the book “How Not to Die”, by Michael Greger, MD. https://tinyurl.com/y9hdkm9t And see Dr. Roberts’ editorial “It’s the Cholesterol, Stupid!” https://tinyurl.com/ydgc9kxh

A Must Read! Dr. Michael Greger's book "How Not to Die" is an excellent resource for anyone who wishes to avoid or recover from heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, and most other common causes of mortality in the developed world. Dr. Michael Greger is an internationally-renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of www.NutritionFacts.org. “How Not to Die” examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America--heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson's, high blood pressure, and more--and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches to help prevent and reverse these diseases, freeing us to live healthier lives. https://tinyurl.com/y83csc53

RESTAURANT OUTREACH: Our friend Nancy Poznak has launched BotaniCuisine, a webpage and outreach program that educates and encourages restaurant owners to add plant-sourced products to their menu. BotaniCuisine also offers dining guides and email updates to subscribers to help get the word out about restaurants that offer extensive plant-sourced menu options, and the ones that are moving in that direction. Online guides are available for Baltimore and Frederick areas, and a Columbia list will soon be added. Nancy would like to hear from us so that our favorite restaurants can be listed. Learn more and get on the BotaniCuisine email list at http://www.botanicuisine.com/ BotaniCuisine@gmail.com 443-384-7890

Quotes of Note: “There is compelling evidence, now published in top scientific journals, and some of which is decades old, showing that cows’ milk is associated, possibly even causally, with a wide variety of serious human ailments including various cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and an array of allergy-related diseases. And this food contains no nutrients that cannot be better obtained from other far more nutritious and tasty foods.” - T. Colin Campbell, PhD - Nutritional biochemist of Cornell University, Dr. Campbell was the lead scientist in the most comprehensive large study ever completed on the relationship between diet and disease, the Cornell - Oxford - China Health Study. Learn more about the work of Dr. Campbell at https://nutritionstudies.org/

OTHER POTLUCKS

FORKS OVER KNIVES PLANT-BASED POTLUCK - COLUMBIA, MD: Our friend Sharon McRae is a health, nutrition, and cooking instructor and coach who organizes the Forks Over Knives plant-based potlucks in Columbia, MD. The events have been a big success, with the most recent potluck attracting a record turnout of 115, who enjoyed some great food and conversation. The group is designed to help people adopt a plant based (vegan) diet with no to minimal oil, salt, or refined sugar. Events are held at the Triadelphia Seventh Day Adventist Church, in Clarksville, near Columbia, MD. https://www.meetup.com/Columbia-MD-Forks-Over-Knives-Meetup/

DINEKIND: Folks in the Harford County area might like to check out Dinekind Harford Healthy Living. The group promotes a healthful, plant-based lifestyle that is kind to our health, all animals, and the earth, and gets together monthly for a great plant-based potluck, fun, good conversation and to learn about a cleaner, healthier style of living. Bring your favorite plant-based main course, side or dessert, and join the group for a potluck or picnic, or run! Their email is dinekindharford@gmail.com, and the website is at https://www.dinekindharford.com/

FACEBOOK DISCUSSION & SUPPORT GROUPS: Connect with like-minded local people for discussion and support on diet and lifestyle or veg/vegan/animal advocacy by joining Earthsave Baltimore group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EarthsaveBaltimore/ We also host a very popular and active global Facebook group called Earth Friendly Food Choices. Group now has over 15,000 members and is very active and supportive. You might like to join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/103906449752363/.

"No Meat Athlete - Baltimore" is a Facebook discussion and support group that organizes group runs and other activities. The group now has more than 400 members, and recently set a new attendance record, with 33 runners participating in a Hampden neighborhood run, which was followed by brunch at the Harmony Bakery, on chestnut Street. https://www.facebook.com/groups/BaltimoreNMA/

ABOUT FIBER: Did you know that meat, dairy, and eggs do not contain fiber, something that is essential for optimal digestion and regularity... So meat, with its toxins and bacteria and chemical and pharmaceutical residue, may stay in our bodies for several days before being excreted, and may contribute to a number of health problems, including diverticulitis and colorectal cancer. Our consumption of meat and dairy has skyrocketed since the end of World War II, and so has the incidence of colorectal cancer, which is now our second most lethal cancer. It's clear that we need to make healthy, fiber rich, plant-based food choices a priority.

TWO GREAT VIDEOS! – No words needed Animal lovers will enjoy both of these...
www.facebook.com/ILoveAnimalss/videos/379239822590879/ And check this one out! www.facebook.com/thedodosite/videos/1533353203466016/

VIDEO - "Ultra Mobile Homes" Pop-up mobile houses can fold and unfold in just 10 minutes...
www.facebook.com/WeNeedThisbyattn/videos/198209047347635/

VIDEO - "Chickens Nursing Homes" Enjoy! www.facebook.com/WeNeedThisbyattn/videos/198209047347635/

VIDEO - "Philip Wollen - Why Animals Should Not Be On the Menu" You won’t want to miss this eloquent and compelling presentation by Australian businessman Philip Wollen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQCe4qEexjc&feature=youtu.be

VIDEO - "A Life Connected" is a terrific, upbeat 12-minute video that explains the vegan philosophy and lifestyle. Excellent for both children and adults! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6_hjA4cdjM

VIDEO - Dr. Michael Greger: "Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death" is a fascinating and well researched hour long presentation by nutrition researcher Michael Greger, MD, who examines the connection between diet and the leading causes of death in the US. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30gEiweaAVQ

VEGAN LIFESTYLE Donald Watson coined the term "vegan" in 1944 and is regarded as the founder of the vegan movement. The vegan philosophy originated when Watson and some other members of England's Royal Vegetarian Society expressed concerns about the inherent violence and deprivation of milk production, and sought to exclude the use of dairy products.

Watson addressed the International Vegetarian Congress in 1947: "The vegan believes that if we are to be true emancipators of animals we must renounce absolutely our traditional and conceited attitude that we have the right to use them to serve our needs. We must supply these needs by other means … If the vegan ideal of non-exploitation were generally adopted, it would be the greatest peaceful revolution ever known, abolishing vast industries and establishing new ones in the better interests of men and animals alike." - Donald Watson

EDUCATION AND SUPPORT

Ask A Vegan Dietitian! is the only vegan/plant-based group organized and led by a Registered Dietitian. Here you can ask nutrition questions and get solid answers from an RD with years of experience in the vegan lifestyle and at reading and interpreting research, Baltimore's own Mark Rifkin, MS, RD, LDN. Join Mark's great group by going to https://www.facebook.com/groups/344215115740668/

NUTRITION FACTS.ORG is a real helpful website that was founded by nutrition researcher Michael Greger, MD, who is a wonderful font of information on the latest research on health and nutrition. The info is presented in hundreds of bite-sized topical segments that can be searched and shared. Everything's free. It's strictly noncommercial, strictly science-based, and includes links to all the primary source citations. Subscribe to his daily feed at http://nutritionfacts.org/videos/feed/ or follow the site on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NutritionFacts.org and twitter http://twitter.com/nutrition_facts.

DISCUSSION GROUP RESTAURANT MEETINGS
Baltimore Vegetarian Meetup Group welcomes all those who would like to talk and learn more about any aspect of the veg lifestyle. The group meets on second Sundays at 12:30 pm at the Mango Grove in Columbia, MD, which offers very tasty Indian cuisine. Their vegetarian buffet is very vegan friendly. The group welcomes all who would like to learn a healthier, sustainable, peaceful way of eating and living. http://www.meetup.com/vegetarian-9/

Baltimore Vegan Meetup Group gathers at Mr. Chan Szechuan restaurant in Pikesville, MD, on third Wednesdays at 7 pm. Mr. Chan’s menu offers a sumptuous variety with more tasty vegan options than any other local restaurant. Meetings attract a large group of friendly, supportive people. http://www.meetup.com/The-Baltimore-Vegan-Meetup-Group/

Baltimore Vegan Drinks hosts monthly social and dinner events in the Baltimore area that you might like to attend. See their event schedule at http://www.bmorevegan.com/

RECOMMENDED READING

Food Revolution” by John Robbins; offers well-documented info on the wide range of compelling reasons to adopt plant based diet, including health, ecology, hunger, animal protection, and spirituality.

The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell, PhD; provides powerful scientific evidence on the link between diet and the most commonly fatal chronic diseases. The China Health Study is the most comprehensive large study ever completed on the relationship between diet and disease.

Becoming Vegan: The Complete Reference to Plant-Based Nutrition” by Vesanto Melina, RD and Brenda Davis, RD, is a popular, comprehensive manual, with recipes, for optimal nutrition at all stages of life.

The World Peace Diet” by educator, pianist, and Zen Buddhist Master Will Tuttle, PhD, who sees the inherent violence in animal agriculture as root cause of oppression, exploitation, spiritual disconnectedness, and war.

PLEASE BRING EMPTY INKJET & TONER CARTRIDGES to Earthsave and Meetup events for recycling. Our nonprofit group is compensated for every cartridge we recycle. Thank you so much!

EARTHSAVE MEMBERSHIPS help us continue our important educational mission. Members receive a number of benefits, including reduced attendance fees at our monthly dinner series, and the opportunity to make announcements and display literature on our information table at potluck dinners. New members also get a free half-hour consultation with Registered Dietitian Mark Rifkin. See more on membership at http://earthsavebaltimore.org/Membership

FOR MONTHLY EMAIL REMINDER of local events and free subscription to Earthsave's monthly email Newsletter, go to http://tinyurl.com/2d34u93

Natural Diet of Humans - A Comparative Anatomy of Eating

The Comparative Anatomy of Eating, by Milton R. Mills, M.D., was originally published on 11/21/09 by VegSource.com.

Humans are most often described as "omnivores." This classification is based on the "observation" that humans generally eat a wide variety of plant and animal foods. However, culture, custom and training are confounding variables when looking at human dietary practices. Thus, "observation" is not the best technique to use when trying to identify the most "natural" diet for humans. While most humans are clearly "behavioral" omnivores, the question still remains as to whether humans are anatomically suited for a diet that includes animal as well as plant foods.

A better and more objective technique is to look at human anatomy and physiology. Mammals are anatomically and physiologically adapted to procure and consume particular kinds of diets. (It is common practice when examining fossils of extinct mammals to examine anatomical features to deduce the animal's probable diet.) Therefore, we can look at mammalian carnivores, herbivores (plant-eaters) and omnivores to see which anatomical and physiological features are associated with each kind of diet. Then we can look at human anatomy and physiology to see in which group we belong.

See full article at http://www.vegsource.com/news/2009/11/the-comparative-anatomy-of-eating....

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