March/ April E-News: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Earthsave Baltimore E-News: Earth Friendly Food Choices
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"You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel." ~Anon~

Hi Earthsaver,

Here’s all the latest news from Earthsave Baltimore, an all-volunteer nonprofit that helps people make healthier, compassionate, earth friendly food choices. There’s good news here!

We were happy to make lots of new connections and friends at the Women’s Expo at CCBC. Organizer Patsy Anderson did an excellent job organizing the event, which featured 225 venders. WE’re looking forward to next year’s event.

Last month Carol Stover did a real nice job educating us about animal byproducts that are used in personal care and household products. Please let us know if you’d like to receive information from her talk and we’ll email it to you.

And please check out the recent additions to the “Frequently Asked questions” page of EarthsaveBaltimore.org. Our friend and fellow animal advocate Gary Loewenthal provided a real interesting response to the question about meat eating being sanctioned by God in the Bible.

Our next two monthly potluck events will feature videos. The March 26th presentation will include a screening of “Processed People”, a documentary that was produced by Earthsave International’s president, Jeff Nelson. The film features interviews with several of the most prominent spokespersons for plant based nutrition, including Earthsave founder, author John Robbins, Dietitian Jeffrey Novick, and Drs. John McDougall, MD, Joel Fuhrman, MD, and Milton Mills, MD.

On April 23rd (4th Saturday, not the usual last Saturday) we will view and discuss the Oprah TV program on veganism. Oprah and 378 of her staff members agreed to go vegan for a full week. The program reported on some nice success stories, including the one about Oprah’s beau Steadman Graham, who said that he was feeling good and had decided he would stay with the program.

Then on April 30th, Earthsave Baltimore will have an info and books sales table at the first annual Baltimore VegFest. And on May 1st at 2 pm, Johns Hopkins University will host a lecture and book signing by Dr. Neal Barnard, president of Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, who will talk about his new book and program “21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart”. See below for more info.

Hope to see you soon! Be well!

Peace, Don Robertson

DINNER ON SATURDAY, March 26th, 6-9 pm: Here’s a tasty opportunity to get together with friendly, like-minded people for mutual support on healthier diet and lifestyle. Our dinner will feature a screening of the new documentary film "Processed People". Fast food, fast medicine, fast news, and fast lives have turned many Americans into a sick, uninformed, indebted, “processed” people. Health care has become "Sick Care”, with the primary emphasis on profits. Nine preeminent health and nutrition experts, including author John Robbins, Dietitian Jeffrey Novick, and Drs. John McDougall, MD, Joel Fuhrman, and Milton Mills, MD, reflect on this disturbing situation and offer sound advice on the way to get off the "health care" treadmill. Questions and group discussion will follow the film screening. Please RSVP and join us!

Dinner Guests are asked to bring a dish made without animal products to serve 6-8, along with a donation of $5 (members $2). Or guests may attend without bringing a dish for a $12 fee (members $10). Please give 1 day notice if paying for dinner. Suggested donation for those attending only the presentation is $5. You may RSVP by calling 410-252-3043, or by emailing Baltimore@Earthsave.org. These monthly dinner events are usually held on the last Saturday at the Learning Center of Your Prescription for Health, 10210 S. Dolfield Rd. in Owings Mills. Please RSVP, and join us if you can!

DIRECTIONS From Beltway 695: take exit 19 onto I-795 (Northwest Expressway). Get off at Exit 4 (Owings Mills Blvd). Bear right when exit splits. Take right at first traffic light (South Dolfield Road). Travel approximately l/2 mile. Flying Avocado Café and "Your Prescription for Health" pharmacy is on the right after Gold’s Gym (which is on left). The Learning Center/Yoga Studio entrance is at the opposite end of the building.

DIRECTIONS From Reisterstown Road: Travel West on Painters Mill Road. Turn right at 2nd traffic light onto S. Dolfield Road. Go left at the second driveway into the parking lot of Your Prescription for Health.
There’s more info on this event at http://earthsavebaltimore.org/.

MONTHLY VEG DISCUSSION GROUP MEETUPS are casual and are held in restaurants over great vegetarian food. Attendance is usually around 10-20 people, and discussions include a wide variety of topics that support people in making healthier choices in diet and lifestyle. There are two different groups, one vegan and one vegetarian. The vegetarian group currently meets on the first Sunday at 12:30 pm at the Kathmandu Kitchen in Towson, and the vegan group meets on the third Wednesday, at 7 pm, at Mr. Chan in Pikesville. Both groups welcome all who are interested in learning about healthier eating. For details, or to register and let others know you plan to attend, go to http://vegetarian.meetup.com/9/, or to http://vegan.meetup.com/29/.

DR. NEAL BARNARD LECTURE ON WEIGHT MANAGEMENT: President of Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, Neal Barnard, MD, will do a free talk, Sunday May 1st at 2:00 pm, on the subject of his latest book, “21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart”. Dr. Barnard, a medical doctor specializing in internal medicine, will discuss vegan choices, benefits, and challenges, and will help his audience learn to substitute vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, and plant-based protein for fatty animal products (meat, dairy, fish) and sugary fare; eat vegan in social situations and while traveling; promote weight loss, energy and sleep; relieve pain; prevent or reverse diabetes, heart disease and some cancers; and create meals that fulfill all nutritional requirements. Event will be held in the Hillel Building at 3109 N Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21218. http://www.hopkinshillel.org/articlenav.php?id=23

CHIP (CORONARY HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PROJECT) is a tremendously successful 30-Day dietary program that has helped more than 50,000 graduates develop a healthier diet and lifestyle. In that short span of time, blood cholesterol levels have dropped by an average of 10-20%. Graduates have also enjoyed weight losses averaging 7 pounds; diabetes and blood pressure medications are often reduced and sometimes eliminated. Enrollees are also likely to experience higher energy levels and improved sleep. “China Study author Dr. T. Colin Campbell calls CHIP “the premier community-based health program in the country!" A CHIP program in Clarksville, MD, will soon be starting. Clarksville’s first CHIP program was a big success, with many participants reporting great improvements in their health. The cost is $295 per person and $395 per couple. See more info at http://www.chiphealth.com/index.php. The contact for the Clarksville, MD, program is Rae Cooper, RN, Phone: 301-890-3314. Email cooperr@verizon.net. The Location is 12602 State Rte 108, Clarksville, MD 21209.

BALTIMORE VEGFEST: On Saturday, April 30 from 11:00am - 3:00pm, the First Annual Baltimore VegFest will be held at Erickson Field at UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD. VegFest is a celebration of healthy, sustainable, and compassionate eating and explores the endless benefits of vegetarian living. This FREE event will feature all kinds of vegetarian foods, live music, local veg restaurants, hooping, speakers, nutritional experts, and more! UMBC Vegetarians and the Animal Awareness Project (AAP) are hosting and cosponsoring this exciting event. Be sure to visit Earthsave’s info and book sales table. More info is at http://www.aapbaltimore.com/VegFest.htm. We hope to see you there!

“FOOD INC.” FILM SCREENING: This is the award winning documentary, produced by Michael Pollan, author of “Omnivore’s Dilemma” that lifts the veil on our food industry. The event will be presented by Park Heights Community Health Alliance on Tuesday, March 22nd, and will start at 5:30 pm with light refreshments. The movie will start at 6:00 pm. After the film, there will be a panel discussion with members from Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future, local Vegan activist Vincent Shelton, a , and Denzel Mitchell, an urban farmer in Baltimore City. Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Afya Center at Park Heights, Park Heights Community Health Alliance, 4151 Park Heights Avenue, 2nd Floor. For more info all 41-542-8190, or email info@phcha.org

TRAVELING CLASSROOM LECTURER: Gary Yourofsky is an exceptional speaker with an unforgettable message who travels the country lecturing in classrooms about vegetarian/vegan nutrition and justice for farmed animals. We were very impressed with this video of his recent presentation at Georgia Tech. Watch the full 70-minute talk at http://tinyurl.com/4rpl6u7. Gary’s 30-minute question and answer session is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIkC4OJEx3c. Instructors in philosophy, ethics, and public speaking are encouraged to contact Gary to arrange a presentation. You can find him on his Facebook page.

PRESIDENT CLINTON GOES TO PLANT BASED DIET: Bill Clinton, former US President and former fan of barbecued ribs, announced that he’d embraced a plant-based diet: goodbye meat and dairy, hello beans and almond milk. Some people who take this route do it for the sake of animal welfare. But Clinton’s motivation was his heart. He’d had a coronary bypass following a heart attack in 2004 and after recurring chest pain earlier this year, had two stents inserted into clogged arteries. His decision to eat an almost vegan diet was inspired partly by US physician Dr Caldwell Esselstyn, a man who recommends avoiding any food that ever had a mother or a face. See video of interviews of President Clinton and Drs. Caldwell Esselstyn and Dean Ornish. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoHt9cSWJVI&feature=related.

EARTHSAVE’S “MEALS FOR HEALTH” is a 60-day intervention program where underprivileged people are taught to eat a healthy plant-based diet. John McDougall MD, Rip Esselstyn, Jeff Novick RD, and many other plant-based health professionals are joining in this ground-breaking project which began in Sacramento, California. Matthew Lederman, MD, and Alona Pulde, MD, are providing medical care for participants. A major university will be collecting the data for this program, and EarthSave plans to roll out Meals for Health nationally. We hope you will consider supporting this wonderful effort with your donation or Earthsave membership, which will also include membership benefits for Earthsave Baltimore. For more info see http://earthsave.org/.

PLEASE BRING EMPTY INKJET & TONER CARTRIDGES to Earthsave and Meetup events for recycling. Our nonprofit group is compensated for every cartridge we turn in. Thanks so much!

NEW VEGAN RESTAURANT – THE LAND OF KUSH is now open on Eutah Street and Martin Luther King Blvd., in the Mount Vernon area of Baltimore, offering some of the finest “Veggie Soul Food” around. You may already know proprietors Greg Brown and Naijha Wright if you’ve visited ArtScape, the African American Heritage Festival, or one of the other Baltimore area street fairs at which they have been popular food venders. We hope to be among their many frequent visitors, and wish them the very best. Hope to see you there! http://www.thelandofkush.com/

ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE: Here’s an video that shows the amazing problem-solving abilities of a dog who wants to play and please his human companion, but doesn’t want to get wet. http://www.wimp.com/dogsmartest/

AWARDS AND PRIZES: We’d be happy to hear from you if you’d be willing to donate a product or service that we could use as a cooking award. Your generosity increases the excitement at events, builds name recognition for the giver or product, and helps our nonprofit group grow. Please contact us at Baltimore@earthsave.org, or 410-252-3043.

FARM TO FRIDGE is a well produced 12 minute video that shows the conditions and treatment that our society’s dietary habits cause farmed animals to endure on a daily basis. If we find it difficult to watch, imagine viewing it from the animals’ perspective. http://meatvideo.com/

TOP RESTAURANT CHAINS FOR VEGETARIANS & VEGANS: An ongoing national poll by Vegetarian Resource Group shows the following results: 1. Chipotle 2. Taco Bell 3. Qdoba Mexican Grill 4. Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes 5. P.F. Chang's China Bistro 6. Subway 7. Panera Bread 8. Noodles & Company
To vote, go to http://www.vrg.org/restaurant/top_restaurant_chains.php

EARTHSAVE MEMBERSHIP is a great way for you to contribute to our important educational mission. All members may receive a free 12-issue subscription to Vegetarian Times magazine. Folks who attend meetings may check out books from our well stocked EarthSave Library, they may place literature on our networking tables, may make a brief announcement to the group, and receive discounted attendance fees to most Earthsave events. You may join our group online at http://www.earthsave.org/, or you can send a tax-deductible check for $35, or $50 for family membership, or $25 for student or senior, to EarthSave at 517 Talbott Ave. Lutherville MD, 21093. Thanks for your kind support!

PLEASE REMEMBER to be the peace that you wish to manifest. Be well!

EarthSave … May all be fed, may all be healed, and may all be loved.

Baltimore Chapter events http://earthsavebaltimore.org/ Call us at 410-252-3043, or email us at Baltimore@earthsave.org