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January Veg News: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Happy New Year! Hope you enjoyed the holidays and that all is well.

We thought Earthsave's annual "Thanks-Living" celebration was a real special one. I enjoyed singing and playing guitar that evening. And sending a big "thank you" to Margie Roswell and to Louis Eagle Warrior for entertaining us with their wonderful music. And a special "thank you" to Vaile Leonard, founder of the Light of Truth Center for women, for her insightful talk on addictions and recovery. Good stuff!

Join us for Earthsave's January 27th potluck, which will feature Raw Vegan Chef Jahiri Adjari, who will do a food demo and presentation on "By-pass the Flu Shot! Bolster Your Immunity". Jahari is well versed in vegan nutrition and holistic and alternative health care. For more than 20 years, she produced and hosted health talk radio programs on radio station WEAA in Baltimore.

And here's a reminder that we will be using a different entry door to the church Fellowship Hall. Please drive around church to large parking lot, where you will see a large white Earthsave banner near the entry door.

And we will have another excellent presenter in February, with Dietitian and long term vegan Mark Rifkin speaking on "Navigating Health Care as a Vegan". Mark is sure to provide vegetarians and vegans with helpful information and advice on health care. His Facebook group "Ask a Vegan Dietitian" is a great place to get solid nutrition information.

You might like to join the one of our discussion groups. Baltimore Vegetarian Meetup gathers for great a great Indian buffet at Mango Grove in Columbia. Baltimore Vegan Meetup group gets together at Mr. Chan, in Pikesville. It's great to connect with friendly, like-minded people. More info below.

You might also consider supporting our nonprofit with your membership or donation. You may do so at an Earthsave event, or online. If you join online, please email us at so that we can update our local membership records.

Be well. Hope to see you soon!

Peace... Don Robertson


Saturday, Jan. 27th, from 6-8 pm: Veg/vegan potluck featuring Raw Vegan Chef Jahari Adjiri , who will present "By-pass the Flu Shot! Bolster Your Immunity". Raw Vegan Chef and Health and Nutrition Coach Jahari Adjiri will show us some ways that raw, high frequency foods can help us avoid being sidelined by colds or flu in the cold, wintry months. And she will prepare a tasty raw vegan immune boosting soup for us to enjoy. Please RSVP and join us if you can! (PLEASE USE NEW ENTRANCE to the church Fellowship Hall. Drive around church to large parking lot, where you will see a large white Earthsave banner near the entry door.)

Jahari Adjiri comes from a family of traditional Western doctors and health practitioners. But she became an dedicated student of nutrition and alternative medicine in an effort to improve her own health and immune system which had become compromised following a traumatic episode in childhood. Jahari studied under a number of prominent figures in the holistic health field and was certified as a Health Practitioner (Raw Foods Vegan Chef) by Dr. Ann Wigmore, Founder of the Hippocrates Health Institute, where Jahari witnessed people from all over the world, in record time, being successfully treated of numerous ailments by simply changing to a raw vegan diet. For more than twenty years, Jahari produced and hosted health talk radio shows on WEAA in Baltimore. And Jahari provides helpful info and recipes on her RAW Soul-Licious page on Facebook 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 hear the 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 are held at Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Rd, Baltimore, 21212. Please RSVP and join us! Event details 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.

MUSIC: Don and Ginny Robertson love music and they regularly schedule concerts at their Lutherville home. Here's a video clip from a recent concert by folk rock troubadour Dan Navarro. It will give you a taste of the concert experience at the Robertson home. To receive email notices of concert events, you can join their Meetup goup "House Concerts at Ginny and Don's" at Invite your friends on Facebook.


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 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

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 - "Draw My Life is an excellent and compelling video, produced by Mercy for Animals, which features a series of drawings that tell the story of the life of a dairy cow.


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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