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

May 2018 News & Events: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Hi Earthsaver,

Hope you are well. Earthsave is a volunteer operated nonprofit group that educates and inspires people to shift toward a healthier, sustainable, and more peaceful way of eating and living. We meet at Govans Presbyterian Church, next to the historic Senator Theater.

Earthsave’s April 28th potluck will feature the presentation “Case Studies from Plant Based Dietary Interventions” by Registered Dietitian Kevin Scott Grodnitzky, MS, RDN, CDE, LDN. We’re looking forward to it. Hope you will join us then!

Dr. Dave Madow has arranged another great Vegan Buffet and Open Mic! It will happen on Saturday, May 5th, and will be a special one – the first anniversary of this fun series of events, and an early celebration of Dr. Dave’s May 6th birthday. Each of the previous four events has played to a full house. So you may want to get your reservations in early. See more below.

You might also like to register and attend Vegetarian Summerfest. It's a wonderful five-day educational conference, our favorite annual event, that will happen on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, beginning on Wednesday, July 4th. See full details below.

Ginny Robertson and I are now hosting a house concert series, and have scheduled our first 2018 concert, which will feature the Baltimore based vocal group Harmonessence. It will happen on Sunday, May 6th. See link to our concert Meetup group and more info below.

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. There’s more information below.

And if you haven’t yet seen it, please check out the short video below of Australian businessman Philip Wollen, who makes a powerfully eloquent case for why animals should not be on the menu.

Be well. Hope to see you soon!

Peace... Don Robertson

EARTHSAVE VEG/VEGAN DINNER SERIES

Saturday, April 28, from 6:00-8:30 pm: Vegan potluck and Dietitian & Nutritionist Kevin Grodnitzky will present “Case Studies from Plant Based Dietary Interventions”. Kevin will share some personal and patient lifestyle change success stories from his practice as a nutrition professional.

Kevin Grodnitzky, MS, RDN, CDE, LDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Certified Personal Trainer in private practice in Lutherville-Timonium, Baltimore, Maryland. Kevin has followed a plant based diet for over 20 years. He specializes in plant-based nutrition, weight loss, heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and sports nutrition. Kevin provides individualized nutrition coaching, customized meal plans, and expert guidance. He can be reached at 410-989-1886 for a free 10 minute phone consult or at www.nutritioncoachingcenter.com.

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 Baltimore@Earthsave.org. Meetings are held at Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Rd, Baltimore, 21212. Please RSVP and join us! Event details at http://earthsavebaltimore.org/node/43

Saturday, May 6th, from 3:00-6:00 pm: Ginny and Don Robertson have scheduled their first house concert for 2018, which will feature a Baltimore based vocal group of six women who call themselves Harmonessence. The group members love vocal harmony, love lifting spirits, love each other and singing together, and love sharing what they do with others. Listen to “One Voice” by Harmonessence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBX7Y6GXE2o Learn more about Harmonessence and hear more music at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_GbJE0zrMH_iZxqlXZRVsw

Suggested donation is $20. Event will start at 3:00 and we'll connect and enjoy some vegan snacks until around 3:30 when the concert will start. We should be wrapped up before 6:00. Join Ginny and Don’s house concert Meetup https://www.meetup.com/House-Concerts-at-Ginny-Dons/ group to be notified of future concerts. Email ginnypresleyrobertson@gmail.com or call 410-252-3043 to RSVP. Hope to see you there!

Dr. David Madow has another special evening with great food and entertainment lined up for us. (Advance Registration Required) It's the first anniversary of this fun series called the Vegan Buffet and Open Mic. Each of the four previous events has sold out, so we need to get out reservations in early.

Dave says "You can do a little talk, tell a story, sing a song, tell a joke, do stand up comedy, or anything that your imagination will allow! You don't have to participate in the open mic. You can just enjoy the great people, food, and entertainment! All welcome, vegans, vegetarians, veg curious, or omnivores! Cost per person is just $29.50, which includes taxes and gratuity. Join us on Saturday, May 5th, 6:30 pm, at China Moon restaurant in Reisterstown, MD. https://www.davidmadow.com/vegan-open-mic/ Hope to see you there!

44th ANNUAL VEGETARIAN SUMMERFEST CONFERENCE will be held Wednesday, July 4th – Sunday, July 8th. Summerfest is a terrific, annual educational conference, presented by North American Vegetarian Society, on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Veg Summerfest features world-class speakers and facilitators and the very best educational opportunities on veg/vegan lifestyle. It gives us a chance to connect with friendly, like-minded people, and enjoy a nice variety of wonderful vegan cuisine! The event just gets better and better each year! We are expecting another record-breaking attendance of perhaps 800 or more. The hard part for most attendees is in deciding which classes to attend. There are 6-7 available presentations from which to select each daylight hour. We have the option to register for full conference or just the weekend sessions. Call Earthsave at 410-252-3043 or email Baltimore@earthsave.org if you would like to carpool. Hope to see you there! http://vegetariansummerfest.org/

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

7th annual Food Revolution Summit will happen April 28th thru May 6th, and will feature 25 free online interviews (conducted by author John Robbins, founder of Earthsave) by top authorities on health and nutrition. Discover what these experts know about how you CAN prevent and reverse heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, fatigue, poor sleep, memory problems, and other health challenges — with food! https://www.foodrevolutionsummit.org/cancer/

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 residues, 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 the second world war, 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.

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 - "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. https://tinyurl.com/ya3j898u

VIDEO - Animals showing us how to live together in peace... http://tinyurl.com/hm67xro

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

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms7yoerGaPU

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 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. 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. Join Earthsave online at http://tinyurl.com/7e88ndb. 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 Baltimore@earthsave.org, 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 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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