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

July/August Newsletter: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Hi Earthsaver,

Hope you're well. Earthsave Baltimore welcomes all who are interested in learning a healthier, sustainable, peaceful way of eating and living.

Earthsave Baltimore is a volunteer operated educational nonprofit that recently celebrated its 19th anniversary as an Earthsave chapter. Our home group, Earthsave International, was started by author John Robbins, who was being groomed to take command of the Baskin and Robbins ice cream empire, a company founded by his dad and uncle. But John longed for a simpler life, and walked about from untold wealth and the ice cream cone shaped swimming pool.

He and his wife Deo moved to an island off British Columbia where they lived off the land and grew most of their own food. In 1987 John Robbins wrote the Pulitzer nominated "Diet for a New America", a beautifully written book that exposed the multitude of problems we've created by embracing a diet consisting largely of animal products. And in 1989 he founded Earthsave International, whose mission is to help people learn a healthier, sustainable and peaceful way of eating and living.

Earthsave's next veg veg dinner will happen this Saturday, July 30th, and it's a good one! Cardiologist Dr. Monica Aggarwal, an excellent speaker, will share what she has learned about diet and lifestyle through dealing with her own debilitating experience with chronic illness. Join us for her presentation on "How to Live Well, Age Well and Avoid Chronic Illness". See more below. And when you call or email us to RSVP, be sure to let us know whether you plan to bring a dish to share.

One other big event, a free one, that we think you will enjoy is the 3rd annual Baltimore Vegan Soulfest, which is a wonderful celebration of food and culture, to be held on August 20th, from noon - 7:00, at Baltimore City Community College. Make sure to visit our Earthsave table and check out our free info and our books, T-shirts, and bumper stickers. Hope to see you there!

And here's a plug 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 waitstaff 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, August 7th at 12:30 pm. See link below to join the Baltimore Vegetarian Meetup group.

Ginny Robertson and I are now hosting a monthly house concert music series. It's nice way to connect with like-minded people, hear great live music in an intimate setting, and enjoy some tasty vegan snacks. You might like to join our Meetup group, "House Concerts at Ginny and Don's". Next concert is July 30th, featuring Claudia Carawan, a soulful singer and pianist whose songs lift people up. Hope you will join us!

And my wife Ginny is doing wonderful work helping women connect to their gifts, their purpose, and each other. She's making preparations for for her 5th annual On Purpose Woman Conference, to be held in Linthicum, MD, on October 21st and 22nd. You will find full details online 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


July 30th, 6-8 pm, potluck in Towson: Cardiologist Dr. Monica Aggarwal will present "How to Live Well, Age Well and Avoid Chronic Illness", and will explain why most Americans are at risk for chronic illness, and which foods and lifestyle tools promote healing. She learned of the healing power of foods the hard way... as the primary tool in her recovery from a painful and debilitating experience with rheumatoid arthritis. She's now off all medications, free of inflammation, and stronger than ever thanks to her new way of eating. Please RSVP and join us!

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!


Saturday, August 20th, 12:00-7:00 pm 3rd Annual Vegan SoulFest! is a free event, a wonderful celebration of music, arts, and vegan living. Keynote speakers will be Dr. Ruby Lathon, speaking on "Health & Nutrition", and Milton R. Mills, MD, on "The Comparative Anatomy of Eating". Located at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) 2901 Liberty Heights Avenue Baltimore, Maryland 21215. The festival will take place inside the college itself and outside on the college grounds. Dogs not allowed on campus. See more info at and on Facebook at

Sunday, September 18th, from 9 am to 4 pm: Third annual Eat Well Stay Well One Day Immersion is an outstanding introduction to the a plant-based lifestyle. Plant-Based Certified Health Coach Sharon McRae will host this full day program that will feature an amazing lineup of speakers, including many nationally known presenters, such as Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Michael Greger, and Dr. Joel Fuhrman. You will enjoy cooking demos and tastings, a delicious whole-food, plant-based lunch, and more. It will happen at Atholton Seventh-day Adventist Church in Columbia, MD. $89 per person June 1 through September 17, 2016. 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

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.


Baltimore Whole Food Plant-Based Nutrition is a monthly Meetup group that is hosted by Registered Dietitian Mark Rifkin. Mark announces the topic of discussion for each meeting. Learn more by going to

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

DR. MICHAEL GREGER’S WEBSITE - NUTRITION FACTS.ORG: is a wonderful font of information on the latest research on health and nutrition, split into 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

Nutrition As Medicine veg/vegan potluck meets twice monthly at Park Heights Community Health Alliance at 4151 Park Heights Ave, and is hosted by Joseph Adams, MD.

Veganism Support Group Meetup schedules a variety of lectures and dinner events, including a monthly vegan potluck that's held on Friday evenings at Govens Presbyterian Church, on 5828 York Rd, in Baltimore, 21212. Learn more at

Columbia MD Forks Over Knives Meetup group presents vegan potlucks hosted by nutrition educator and cooking instructor Sharon McRae. Attendance has grown exponentially in the brief time the group has been together, and often attracts 100 or more guests. Meetings are held at Atholton Church 6520 Martin Road, Columbia, MD.

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. Don will sign you up online and you’ll receive confirmation from our home office by email. If you join Earthsave online, please send an email with your name and address to, so Don 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.

See full article at

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