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Jan/Feb News: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Hi Earthsaver,

Hope that all is well. We have some great events and other good stuff to tell you about!

We had a packed room for "Bingo for a Vegan Billboard!", and the funds raised will fully cover the costs of erecting four billboards that will help raise awareness and interest in the veg/vegan lifestyle. Thanks and congratulations to event organizer Chris Dietrich, of Maryland Veg Events, and to the local nonprofit, Open the Cages Alliance. And a special "thank you" to the national nonprofit A Well-Fed World for providing matching funds for all four of the Baltimore billboards, which should be up sometime in March!

Our first Earthsave dinner event for the new year will happen in Towson on Saturday night, January 28th. My favorite "psychologist" and life partner, Ginny Presley Robertson, will share some insights and ideas to help us to move toward achieving our goals and perhaps become more effective as leaders and positive examples. Hope you will join us!

Ginny and I are gearing up the our seventh annual clothing sale to benefit the "Light of Truth Center", a residential recovery system for women. We turn our home into a women's boutique for a full week at the end of March. If you have new or gently used women's clothing or shoes and accessories to donate, please bring them with you to our potluck on Feb. 28th!

And our February event will feature "Meet the Vegan Dentist - How the Condition of Your Mouth Affects Your Overall Health!", with Dr. Dave Madow presenting a talk, and singing and playing his newly written veg/vegan related song. Dave's humor and music was a big hit at last year's Vegetarian Summerfest conference in Johnstown, PA, as it was a a previous Earthsave event.

You might like to join Ginny and me at Lutherville home for our next house concert on Sunday, Feb 26th. We're especially excited to have lined up a big favorite of ours- singer/songwriter/philosopher Dave Nachmanoff. See more info below.

Be well. Hope to see you soon!

Peace... Don Robertson

Earthsave's Veg Dinner Educational Series usually meets in Towson on the last Saturday of each month, 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

Send email address for monthly event reminder. Facebook group Earth Friendly Food Choices is a helpful resource and great place to connect with like-minded folks from around the world.

Saturday, Jan 28th, 6-8 pm, potluck in Towson: ”Living On Purpose - Getting Out of Our Own Way”. Ginny Robertson will share some insights and ideas that might help us to move toward achieving our goals and perhaps become more effective as leaders and positive examples. Ginny will help us discover some of the ways we may be limiting ourselves from having the fulfilling and purposeful life that we have imagined. We'll gain some food for thought and have fun as we learn more about what makes us tick. Please RSVP and join us if you can!

Ginny Presley Robertson is President of Ginny Robertson LLC, an organization that “Connects Women Around the World to their Gifts, Their Purpose and Each Other.” She facilitates workshops, conferences and retreats and speaks to large numbers throughout the year. In 2000 she founded On Purpose Networking for Women. There are 11 meetings each month in various venues. She is also the founder, publisher and editor of On Purpose Woman Magazine, a free publication distributed in Maryland and also available online. Designed to assist women in leading richer, fuller lives, the magazine has been in circulation since 2003. She is a contributing author to two anthologies: The Spirit of Women Entrepreneurs…Real-Life Stories of Determination, Growth and Prosperity and Conscious Choices…An Evolutionary Woman’s Guide to Life. For 3 years Ginny was the co-host of WomanTalk Live Radio on 680 WCBM in Baltimore and in 2012 was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record. Learn more about Ginny and her work at

DINNER GUESTS may choose to either bring a dish made without animal products (to serve 8) plus $5 (members pay just $2) donation; pay $15 (members pay just $12) to enjoy dinner and presentation; or pay $5 for presentation only. We eat first, then make announcements, and then show presentation. Let us know in advance, if possible, if you plan to pay for dinner rather than bring a dish. RSVP by calling 410-252-3043, or emailing Meetings held at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W Chesapeake Ave. Towson, MD, 21204. DIRECTIONS and PARKING: Please RSVP and join us!

Saturday, Feb. 25th, 6-8 pm, Veg/Vegan Potluck and Meet the Vegan Dentist - How the Condition of Your Mouth Affects Your Overall Health! in Towson. Dr. David Madow has been educating and entertaining large audiences for years, and has found that most people are not well informed when it comes to their teeth and gums. Doctor Dave will share his insights and expertise on teeth, dentistry, toothpaste, oral disease, and more. He also promises to bring his guitar and sing a new veg/vegan related song he has written. We are expecting a a fun and entertaining evening. Join us if you can!

Dr. David Madow is a vegan speaker, dentist, author and podcaster who is passionate about helping others become stronger, thinner, healthier, happier and much more. He loves changing lives and has been inspiring sold-out audiences all across North America for many years with his unique, fun approach. When Dr. Dave is not teaching, you may find him running, walking, backpacking, skiing, or perhaps climbing up a mountain! Dave lives in Reisterstown, Maryland with his wife and three cats. Learn more about Dave and his work at

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 14,000 members and is very active and supportive. You might like to join us at

MUSIC: Don and Ginny Robertson love music and are regularly scheduling concerts at their Lutherville home. Guests will enjoy hearing some great music and meet like-minded people. Ginny and Don provide tasty, complementary vegan snacks, and all donations will go to the musicians. Next concert - Singer/Songwriter/Philosopher Dave Nachmanoff will return to Baltimore for Ginny and Don's House Concert series on Sunday, Feb. 26th at 3 pm. Dave is a wonderful singer and songwriter, and he's also an excellent guitarist who frequently accompanies Al Stewart (best known for his hit songs "Year of the Cat" and "Time Passages") Here's a nice sample of Dave's music, a tune called Kindred Spirits You might like to join their house concerts Meetup group for notifications.

IN THE NEWS Do Vegetarians Live Longer? Here's What Science Says
For some, a decision to become a vegetarian, or to adopt a reduced-meat diet, can be met with a degree of friction from family, friends or peers. It's rare, for example, to meet a vegetarian who hasn't been quizzed on their source of protein, or hasn't been asked to present an explanation for their diet. One bit of fodder for that conversation could be longevity, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, with research conducted by Loma Linda University, a Seventh-day Adventist college in California. (Read full article at


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

NUTRITION FACTS.ORG is a very 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 or follow the site on Facebook and twitter (

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

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 - Animals showing us how to live together in peace...

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 - 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.

VIDEO - "Earthlings" is a 60 minute documentary that's very well done , though not easy to watch. It's narrated by actor Joaquin Phoenix about the facts of Animal Cruelty in society at large. Earthlings gives an in depth look at the facts about slaughter houses meat processing in the U.S. and around the world.

VIDEO - "Dairy Is Scary" is a fast paced, and surprisingly upbeat, 5-minute video that gives us a detailed overview of how dairy production actually works nowadays. Dairy production is not animal friendly, so the video shows some disturbing content without dwelling on it. This is important information for us to have and share, so please watch it.

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.


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. Join Earthsave online at Or you may send a check, made out to Don Robertson, to 517 Talbott Ave., Lutherville, MD, 21093. If you join Earthsave online, please send an email with your name and address to, so we 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.

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