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

Oct. 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.

Hope you will join us this Sunday, Oct. 14th at the first annual Vegan Love Cookout. It's a Free Event, and all vendors will be indoors. Event will focus on total health and well-being, and will include food vendors, fitness sessions, vegan nutritionist, health presentations, nonprofits, and more. It's at the Vollmer Center at Cylburn Arboretum, which is located near Mount Washington. It's easy to get there from I-83. See Facebook event page at

Please stop by the Earthsave Baltimore table, say "Hi" and check out our free literature and vegan bumper stickers, and our books and T-shirts for sale. The event will go from 12:00 until 6:00. Don would appreciate any help with tabling duties you’d be willing to offer... ideally for about 45 minutes at midday.

You’re also invited to join us this Wednesday, October 17 at 7 pm, at Mr. Chan in Pikesville. We’ll enjoy some great vegan food, share inspirations and info, and get to know each other better.

On Thursday, October 18th, (6 – 9 pm) a free screening, the local premiere of an important Australian produced animal rights film “Dominion” will be held. Come and see what they don’t want you to ever know about. This award-winning documentary narrated by Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara will not only change your life, but your perception about how your food is made. Written and directed by Chris Delforce. Rated MA 15+. Not suitable for children under 15.

Film will run 120 minutes, to be followed by Q&A and a panel discussion featuring members Erica Meier (Executive Director of Compassion over Killing) Lisa Rimmert (Vice President of Strategic Communications for Vegan Outreach) Antonio Simpson (The Vegan Mechanic/YouTube) Alex Hershaft (President of Farm Animal Rights Movement/FARM) Barbara Sharon Glick (vegan activist/speaker) Brenda Sanders (Founder of PEP foods/The Greener Kitchen/Thrive Baltimore) and Mark Rifkin (Plant-based/vegan R.D.)

Earthsave Baltimore’s next potluck will happen on Saturday, October 27th, from 6:00 until 8:30, at Govans Presbyterian Church, next to the historic Senator Theater on York Road in Baltimore. Event will feature a talk on simplicity by Jason Schramm. It’s about de-cluttering our physical and digital spaces to help us be healthier, happier, more stable veg/vegan/animal advocates. The talk is called “De-clutter Your Life”. See more at

Two annual Thanksgiving-based gatherings will be happening in November – Please invite your friends to Earthsave’s “Thanks-Living Vegan Celebration”, our final potluck event for 2018. We’ll have some live music and get a chance to connect, share inspirations, and get to know each other a little better. It will be at Govans Presbyterian Church on Saturday, November 24th from 6:00 until 8:30. RSVP and join us for a fun event!

The Vegetarian Resource Group will be hosting their annual Pre-Thanksgiving Potluck on Sunday, November 18 from 5 PM – 7 PM. You are invited to enjoy a variety of delicious vegan dishes and good conversation. Cost is $5 per adult (children can come for free) plus bring a vegan dish and a list of the ingredients in your dish to place near your dish. And, if possible, please donate a vegan canned food item at this event that will be distributed to those in need. Event will be held at the North Baltimore Mennonite Church, 4615 Roland Ave, in Baltimore. Hope to see you there!

And you are invited to join us each month at the two Meetup discussion groups that we host. Baltimore Vegetarian Meetup group gets together on the second Sunday of the month for wonderful Indian veg cuisine at the Mango Grove in Columbia, MD. (group will not meet in October, due to the Vegan Love Cookout that will happening that day). And the Baltimore Vegan Meetup gathers at Mr. Chan in Pikesville on the third Wednesday of each month. Both restaurants have loads of tasty vegan foods on hand. Come join us when you can!

Hope to see you soon!

Peace.... Don Robertson

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. And see Dr. Roberts’ editorial “It’s the Cholesterol, Stupid!”

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 “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.

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 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


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.

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, and the website is 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 15,000 members and is very active and supportive. You might like to join us at

"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.

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... And check this one out!

VIDEO - "Ultra Mobile Homes" Pop-up mobile houses can fold and unfold in just 10 minutes...

VIDEO - "Chickens Nursing Homes" Enjoy!

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.

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.

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


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 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 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 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.

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


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

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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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