Hope that all is well. We've got lots of great events and other stuff to tell you about!
Eathsave Baltimore's next veg dinner event in Towson, on Feb 25th, will feature a talk and music by Dr. David Madow, who will speak on "Health Begins in Your Mouth: Meet the Vegan Dentist". Dr. Dave no longer practices dentistry, but leads a full life as a speaker and educator on health and personal growth, and a musician and entertainer, as well as an accomplished athlete. He has been inspiring sold-out audiences all across North America for many years with his unique, fun approach. Dave promises to bring his guitar and sing us a new veg/vegan/health related song that he wrote. Expect a fun and entertaining evening! See details below.
If you plan to attend this Towson potluck event, please note that we will be accepting donations of lightly used and new women's clothing and accessories, which will be included in the annual clothing boutique sale that Ginny and I have in our Lutherville, MD, home each year to benefit the Light of Truth Center, a nonprofit residential recovery program for women. The sale will go for a full week starting in mid-April, with clothing racks and displays in virtually every room or our house. It's also a nice opportunity for women to find some great clothing bargains, while supporting a worthy cause.
If you've seen the outstanding documentary film "Cowspiracy", you will be pleased to learn that the team that produced the film has scheduled a two day conference in Baltimore "COW-CON: The Sustainability & Activism Conference" to happen in downtown Baltimore on Apr 22nd and 23rd . So please mark your calendars. See more info below.
The day after our potluck, on Feb. 26th, at 3 pm, Ginny Robertson and I will host another event in our house concert series. And this will be a real special one. We have fond memories of a previous performance by Dave Nachmanoff, who performed, twenty years ago, at our very first house concert. Dave is a wonderful singer, songwriter, philosopher, and storyteller. He's also an excellent guitarist who frequently accompanies Al Stewart (best known for his hit songs "Year of the Cat" and "Time Passages") See more below.
Our house concerts have been a real blast, and are a great place to meet friendly like-minded people and enjoy some tasty vegan snacks. We'll be glad to keep you apprised of new concerts as they are scheduled if you join our Meetup group, "House Concerts at Ginny and Don's". See more below.
There's another nice educational opportunity coming up soon. "The Vegan Living Program" runs for six weeks, and provides great information, field trips, and a mentor/coach to those who pledge to go vegan for the full six weeks. See more info below.
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. The next potluck will happen on March 5th at 4:30. See more below.
You might also like to check out the Facebook discussion and support group "No Meat Athlete - Baltimore" which 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. See more below.
Hope to see you at an event soon!
Earthsave's Veg Dinner Educational Series usually meets in Towson on the last Saturday of each month, giving people a chance to sample a wonderful variety of tasty vegan cuisine and meet lots of friendly, like-minded people. (We ask everyone to RSVP by calling 410-252-3043, or emailing Baltimore@Earthsave.org)
Saturday, Feb. 25th, 6-8 pm, Veg/Vegan Potluck and Health Begins in Your Mouth: Meet the Vegan Dentist in Towson. Dr. David Madow has been educating and entertaining large audiences for years, and has found that most people are not well informed when it comes to their teeth and gums. Doctor Dave will share his insights and expertise on teeth, dentistry, toothpaste, oral disease, and more. He also promises to bring his guitar and sing a new veg/vegan related song he has written. We are expecting a a fun and entertaining evening. Join us if you can!
Dr. David Madow is a vegan speaker, dentist, author and podcaster who is passionate about helping others become stronger, thinner, healthier, happier and much more. He loves changing lives and has been inspiring sold-out audiences all across North America for many years with his unique, fun approach. When Dr. Dave is not teaching, you may find him running, walking, backpacking, skiing, or perhaps climbing up a mountain! Dave lives in Reisterstown, Maryland with his wife and three cats. Learn more about Dave and his work at www.davidmadow.com/
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. The next potluck will be hold on Sunday, March 5th , from 4:30 - 7:30. RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Columbia-MD-Forks-Over-Knives-Meetup/events/23766...
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 14,000 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/
MUSIC: Don and Ginny Robertson love music and are regularly scheduling concerts at their Lutherville home. Guests will enjoy hearing some great music and meet like-minded people. Ginny and Don provide tasty, complementary vegan snacks, and all donations will go to the musicians. Next concert - Singer/Songwriter/Philosopher Dave Nachmanoff will return to Baltimore for Ginny and Don's House Concert series on Sunday, Feb. 26th at 3 pm. Dave is a wonderful singer and songwriter, and he's also an excellent guitarist who frequently accompanies Al Stewart (best known for his hit songs "Year of the Cat" and "Time Passages") Here's a nice sample of Dave's music, a tune called Kindred Spirits http://tinyurl.com/goumxpz You might like to join their house concerts Meetup group for notifications. http://tinyurl.com/jj7sqsk
FESTIVALS AND CONFERENCES
COW-CON: The Sustainability & Activism Conference will be held Apr 22nd and 23rd at the Radisson Hotel, in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Cow-Con is a two-day event thoughtfully curated by Kip Andersen, Keegan Kuhn and the Cowspiracy team. (Documentary Film) The first Cow-Con even, in Berkeley, CA, was a huge success! And it now heads for the east coast. Conference will include sustainability and activism experts such as Ellie Laks, Dr. Will Tuttle, Dave Simon, and Paul Watson, with more to be announced. http://www.cowspiracy.com/
BALTIMORE VEGFEST: May 6th, 11:00-4:00, Baltimore VegFest will celebrate healthy, sustainable, compassionate eating. FREE event featuring wonderful veg/vegan foods, live music, speakers & nutritional experts, cooking demos, a kids area, free prizes, and more! At UMBC College Campus, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD.
VEGETARIAN SUMMERFEST: July 5th-9th Vegetarian Summerfest conference on campus of University of Pittsburgh, at Johnstown, PA. Veg Summerfest offers the very best speakers and educational opportunities on veg/vegan lifestyle, and it gives us a chance to connect with like-minded people and enjoy a nice variety of wonderful vegan cuisine! http://vegetariansummerfest.org/ Hope to see you there!
IN THE NEWS Do Vegetarians Live Longer? Here's What Science Says
For some, a decision to become a vegetarian, or to adopt a reduced-meat diet, can be met with a degree of friction from family, friends or peers. It's rare, for example, to meet a vegetarian who hasn't been quizzed on their source of protein, or hasn't been asked to present an explanation for their diet. One bit of fodder for that conversation could be longevity, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, with research conducted by Loma Linda University, a Seventh-day Adventist college in California. (Read full article at http://tinyurl.com/jkowpzt)
EDUCATION AND SUPPORT
BALTIMORE VEGAN LIVING PROGRAM: April 15th-May 20th, Baltimore Vegan Living Program (VLP) is an excellent free educational series that covers the “hows” and “whys” of vegan living, Enrolees pledge to live vegan for the 6-week program, with the help of volunteer vegan coaches. Learn more at www.openthecages.org/baltimorevlp
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 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 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/
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 email@example.com 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 - 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! 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
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. http://tinyurl.com/zn3r2us
FULL CALENDAR of EVENTS is available at MarylandVegEvents.com, 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. http://www.marylandvegevents.com/
“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.
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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.
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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....