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August/Sept Newsletter: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Sending you Smiles and Hugs...

Earthsave Baltimore welcomes all who are interested in learning a healthier, sustainable, peaceful way of eating and living. We have lots of good news for you!

We just got back from tabling for Earthsave at the 3rd Annual Vegan Soulfest at Baltimore City Community College. Wow! It was a huge success, with perhaps 5000 or more attendees. We met lots of cool people and had great conversations. Congratulations and a big round of applause for Naijha Wright-Brown and Brenda Sanders, the founders and organizers of a wonderful annual event whose time has clearly come. Already looking forward to next year’s event!

We gave away loads of our cool new bumper stickers that read “Vegan for a Healthier Peaceful Planet”. If you did not get one at Vegan Soulfest, you can pick one up at our next Earthsave dinner event on August 27th in Towson, when we will feature a food demo and tasting as part of a presentation on eating for prevention of cancer, by certified health coach and PCRM Food for Life instructor Sharon McRae. See details below.

Another big event - Sharon McRae and Dr. Dana Simpler will be presenting a special all-day event, with great speakers and food demos, in Columbia, that will be real helpful to those who are new to or curious about a plant-based lifestyle. See below for more info on the “Eat Well Stay Well 2016 One Day Immersion.”

Wanted to do a shout-out for the Mango Grove restaurant in Columbia, MD, where the Baltimore Vegetarian Meetup group that I host has been meeting on first Sundays for a couple years. The wait staff are real courteous and helpful. And if you like tasty Indian food, and appreciate a variety of great vegan options on the buffet, join us on Sunday, September 4th at 12:30 pm. See link below to join the Baltimore Vegetarian Meetup group.

Ginny Robertson and I recently started hosting a monthly house concert series that’s been going well. It provides a nice opportunity to connect with like-minded people, hear some great live music in an intimate setting, and enjoy tasty vegan snacks. You might like to join our Meetup group, "House Concerts at Ginny and Don's". Next concert is Sept 18th, featuring Bob Sima, a popular singer and songwriter who has been called a cross between Bob Dylan and the Dalai Lama, because his songs are life lessons in personal growth and expanded consciousness. Hope you will join us!

And finally, my wife Ginny has been doing wonderful work helping women connect to their gifts, their purpose, and each other. She's making preparations for her 5th annual On Purpose Woman Conference, to be held in Linthicum, MD, on October 21st and 22nd. See more info is below and in the soon to be published Fall issue of On Purpose Woman magazine, available for free in public libraries and other locations.

Be well. Hope to see you soon!

Peace... Don Robertson


August 27th, 6-8 pm, potluck in Towson: Cooking Demo and Tasting of “Foods for Prevention of Cancer”. Certified Health Coach and PCRM Food for Life Instructor Sharon McRae will discuss how to eat for cancer prevention. And she will demonstrate three healthy, simple, and delicious whole plant food recipes that you can easily recreate in your own kitchen. RSVP and join us!

Sept. 24th, 6-8 pm, potluck in Towson: Video of Dr. Alan Goldhamer, founder of True North Health Center, presenting “The Dietary Pleasure Trap”, in which he explains why our brain is not suited to our current environment. This will help us begin to understand why obesity and chronic illness are so common today. Please RSVP and join us if you can!

Potluck dinner events are held at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave, Towson. Dinner Guests may bring a dish made without animal products 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!


Sunday, September 18th, from 9 am to 4 pm: “Eat Well Stay Well 2016 One Day Immersion” is an outstanding introduction to a plant-based lifestyle. This is a one-day local event co-hosted by Dr. Dana Simpler and health coach/Food for Life instructor Sharon McRae with a fabulous speaker lineup: Drs. Neal Barnard, Michael Greger, and Joel Fuhrman (via Skype), Chef Del Sroufe (author of "The Forks Over Knives Cookbook), and fitness guru and lifestyle transition expert/author Lani Muelrath. A free plant based lunch, free of sugar, oil, and salt, will be provided by Nalley Fresh and dessert by Roots Market. Lectures, fitness breaks, cooking demos, door's sure to be an informative, inspiring, and fun day! Sign language interpreters for all speakers Tickets are $89 per person through September 17, and $99 at the door. It will happen at Atholton Seventh-day Adventist Church in Columbia, MD. Learn more 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


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.

TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONALis a nonprofit that provides opportunities to develop leadership and communication skills, and gives us a chance to educate others. Toastmasters operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their speaking 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. Some Toastmasters clubs may feel more welcoming and supportive than others, so you might like to give several groups a try. Learn more at Wishing you well!

MUSIC: Don and Ginny Robertson love music and have begun scheduling concerts at their Lutherville home. Guests will enjoy hearing some great music and meet like-minded people. Ginny and Don will provide tasty, complementary vegan snacks. All donations will go to the musicians. Check out their Facebook page at And you might like to join their house concerts Meetup group

Ginny Presley Robertson has more than 20 years experience educating and empowering women to connect with their gifts, their purpose, and each other. Women entrepreneurs especially like to gather with Ginny and friends for monthly "Conversations Over Coffee" meetings. Meeting locations now include nearly every county in Maryland. Learn more and get details at And learn about the 5th annual On Purpose Woman Conference at You might also like to pick up a free copy of On Purpose Woman magazine at a local library.


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

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

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 - 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 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.

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.

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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