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Nov/Dec Newsletter: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Hi Earthsaver!

Hope that all is well! Earthsave Baltimore welcomes all who are interested in learning a healthier, sustainable, peaceful way of eating and living. There's good stuff coming up! See our full schedule at And or a comprehensive listing of local veg/vegan related events list, see

Coming up this week - join the Baltimore Vegan Meetup group Wednesday night at 7 pm at Mr. Chan's in Pikesville. There's always great food and friendly, supportive conversation at these meetups, and we give everyone a chance to introduce themselves, share a success story, or open up a topic for discussion. Join us if you can!

And this Saturday, Nov. 21st, we have a great musical lineup for our annual Pre-Thanksgiving Meet and Greet potluck. Our featured performer will be singer, songwriter Sherri Robbins. Those who enjoy bluesy, soulful rock music are in for a real treat. We will also enjoy a the guitar and vocals of John Cunningham, an original tune from Dave Madow, and I will sing and play a couple of songs myself. Hope to see you there.

And our big, big event for 2015 - will happen Wednesday night, December 9th, when Earthsave will host a special speaking event - not a potluck - in Towson, featuring the wonderful and witty nutrition researcher, and big Earthsave favorite, Dr. Michael Greger. Proceeds from this special event and book signing will all go toward supporting the educational outreach Dr. Greger is doing with the outstanding short videos on his very popular webpage See more info below.

Hope to see you soon. Be well!

Peace... Don Robertson

Earthsave's Veg Dinner Educational Series meets monthly in Towson, usually on the last Saturday of each month, from 6-8 pm, giving people a chance to sample a wonderful variety of tasty vegan cuisine and meet lots of friendly, like-minded people. (We ask everyone to RSVP by calling 410-252-3043, or emailing

Saturday, Nov. 21st, 6-8 pm, EARTHSAVE POTLUCK in Towson: Annual "Pre-Thanksgiving Meet & Greet Vegan Potluck" in Towson, will give folks a chance to share some success stories and get to know each other better. Event will also feature cooking awards and some terrific musical entertainment from Sherri Robbins, John Cunningham, Don Robertson, and Dave Madow.

Saturday, Dec. 9th, 7-9 pm, a SPECIAL SPEAKING EVENT in the church sanctuary, will feature nutrition researcher Michael Greger, MD, the founder of the wildly popular website, who will speak and do a book signing on "How Not to Die: Foods that Prevent and Reverse Disease”. The vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. Dr. Michael Greger 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, freeing us to live healthier lives. Proceeds from this special benefit speaking event will support the wonderful work of Dr. Greger at Please RSVP and join us!

Attendance fees are $12 in advance, and $15 at the door. Attendance fees are $12 in advance, and $15 at the door. Register in advance by sending Paypal payment to, or send check or money order payable to Don Robertson to Earthsave Baltimore, 517 Talbott Ave. Lutherville, MD, 21093. Please RSVP, if you can, by calling 410-252-3043, or emailing Event will be held at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W Chesapeake Ave. Towson, MD, 21204. DIRECTIONS and PARKING:

Saturday, Jan 30th, 6-8 pm, EARTHSAVE POTLUCK in Towson: "Six Ways to Vaccinate Yourself Against Cold and Flu Without a Needle" will be presented by Registered Dietitian Mark Rifkin. At this time of year, medical and government authorities remind us to get vaccinated against the flu, but fail to focus on many effective lifestyle measures to prevent infection. It's only logical that people who take care to protect their immune system are less likely to get infected. Meanwhile, many people are concerned about adverse side effects of vaccines and their ingredients. Additionally, most flu vaccines are not vegan. Whether you choose to vaccinate or not, protecting your immune system is the best way to avoid infection. Learn six ways to protect yourself against colds and flu... no needles needed!

POTLUCK DINNERS are held at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave, Towson. DINNER GUESTS may bring a vegan dish to serve 8, plus $5 donation (Earthsave members just $2). Fee is $15 for those who attend without bringing food ($12 for Earthsave members). Fee is $5 to attend educational presentation only, which usually go from about 7:00 until 8:00 Please RSVP by email to, or by calling 410-252-3043, and let us know if you’re bringing food. Come join us if you can!

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 We also host a very popular and active global Facebook group called Earth Friendly Food Choices. Group now has over 12,000 members and is very active and supportive. You might like to join us at


Baltimore Whole Food Plant-Based Nutrition is a monthly Meetup group that is hosted by Registered Dietitian Mark Rifkin. Mark announces the topic of discussion for each meeting. Learn more by going to

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

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 first 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.

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.

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

Meatless Mondays at Mango Grove Buffet and Benefit are held monthly at the Mango Grove restaurant in Columbia, MD. If you love tasty Indian vegan cuisine, you will want to check out this event. The buffet is all vegan and usually goes from 6-9 pm, and the events benefit the Humane League of Baltimore, a nonprofit that is doing wonderful work to help farmed animals. For information, contact Kate St. John at

Nutrition As Medicine veg/vegan potluck meets twice monthly at Park Heights Community Health Alliance at 4151 Park Heights Ave, and is hosted by Joseph Adams, MD.

Veganism Support Group Meetup schedules a variety of lectures and dinner events, including a monthly vegan potluck that's held on Friday evenings at Govens Presbyterian Church, on 5828 York Rd, in Baltimore, 21212. Learn more at

Columbia MD Forks Over Knives Meetup group presents vegan potlucks hosted by nutrition educator and cooking instructor Sharon McRae. Attendance has grown exponentially in the brief time the group has been together, and often attracts 100 or more guests. Meetings are held at Atholton Church
6520 Martin Road, Columbia, MD.

LEAFLETING OUTREACH efforts are regularly organized by our friend Chris Dietrich, whose approach is very positive, courteous, and respectful. Chris distributes Earthsave Baltimore literature, which we are happy to provide. Chris would love to hear from you if you might like to join him, Vladimir, and others to help make an important difference for personal and planetary health and for animals. You can reach Chris at or by calling 443-261-9679. And we will be happy to provide you with Earthsave leaflets. Just give Don Robertson a call at 410-252-3043.

VIDEO - "A Life Connected" is a terrific, upbeat 12-minute video that explains the vegan philosophy and lifestyle. Excellent for both children and adults!

VIDEO - "Earthlings" is a 60 minute presentation, a sobering documentary about the most common ways that animals suffer at the hands of man. It's very well done, though not easy to watch.

TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONALoffers us opportunities to educate and inspire others, and to learn to express ourselves more clearly and confidently. Self-consciousness can make public speaking seem scary to us. But with practice we can learn self-forgetfulness and self-trust, and begin to let go of self judgment and learn to speak more from the heart. Toastmasters is a great place to practice this. They are a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. Through its thousands of member clubs, Toastmasters offers a program of communication and leadership projects designed to help people learn the arts of speaking, listening, and thinking. Most groups meet twice per month. Meetings also provide a wonderful opportunity to educate and inspire people about healthier diet and lifestyle and justice for animals.

Did you know that cow milk has a huge protein content... in fact, four times the concentration as human breast milk. Cow milk is so high in protein because its function is to turn a 65 lb. calf into a 300 lb. cow in just six months. Humans pay a big price, health-wise, for all the excess animal protein we're consuming. The China Health Study revealed a clear link between the consumption of animal proteins – not fat or cholesterol particularly – to heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and hormone related cancers. And the current version of Harvard University’s “Healthy Eating Plate” graphic excludes dairy products, and the accompanying report states that “…high [dairy] intake can increase the risk of prostate cancer, and possibly ovarian cancer.”

ANIMAL RIGHTS VIDEO In this telivision interview, philosopher Tom Regan offers up a concise summation of what animal rights means.

THOUGHTS ON B12 Recent studies have shown B12 deficiency to be very common among vegans, far more so than in omnivores or vegetarians. Vitamin B12 is a bacterial product that wild animals get by eating dirt, feces, insects, or other animals. Nowadays our foods are washed very carefully, and our water supply is chlorinated to kill bacteria, so very few of us eat enough dirt to get the bacteria we need to produce enough B12 in our guts. The consequences of deficiency can be severe and irreversible. So a B12 supplement is good, inexpensive insurance. Learn more at And here's a helpful video - a panel discussion with several respected authorities on vegan nutrition.

FULL CALENDAR of EVENTS is available at, where you will find many other local events and resources that promote healthier eating and support people in adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet.

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. Join Earthsave online at Or you may send a check, made out to Don Robertson, to 517 Talbott Ave., Lutherville, MD, 21093. Don will sign you up online and you’ll receive confirmation from our home office by email. If you join Earthsave online, please send an email with your name and address to, so Don can send you a membership card.

FOR MONTHLY EMAIL REMINDER of local events and free subscription to Earthsave's monthly email Newsletter, go to

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

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

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