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Jan/Feb Newsletter: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Hi Earthsaver!

Hope that all is well! Earthsave Baltimore welcomes all who are interested in learning a healthier, sustainable, peaceful way of eating and living. Hope you like snow, because we got a lot of it and expect that you did too. We're just about ready to grab the shovels and start the cleanup.

Hope that you got to see the wonderful presentation by Earthsave Baltimore's favorite nutrition researcher, Dr. Michael Greger, who spoke in December. Our event featured the good doctor's talk "How Not to Die: Foods that Prevent and Reverse Disease". It was a big success, and raised $1200 to support Dr. Greger's nonprofit organization Please check out that that outstanding and very popular website if you haven't already. It features well researched information in tasty, bite sized video form on most any nutrition related health issue imaginable. Dr. Greger's videos are both informative and entertaining. Thanks to all who attended this great event!

The snowstorm has caused a change of date for Dr. Greger's free talk in Columbia, MD. If you reserved your free ticket to attend his January talk at Atholton Seventh-day Adventist Church, the same reservations will secure your spot for his presentation there on Sunday, March 6th, from 2:00 until 4:00. All 400 seats for this event are spoken for at the present moment, and these is a long waiting list as well. So if you don't get to see him live, you might like to hear one of his earlier presentations. See the link below.

We will present Earthsave's first dinner event on January 30th in Towson, when registered dietitian Mark Rifkin will tell us how we can vaccinate ourselves against colds and flu with diet and lifestyle instead of needles. Mark is a long term vegan who's very knowledgeable on nutrition. He hosts a popular Facebook discussion group called "Ask a Vegan Dietitian. See the link below if you'd like to join. His presentation should be a good one! Please use the link below to invite your Facebook friends. Hope to see you there!

One way that you can help spread the word about Earthsave and healthier, sustainable, peaceful food choices is to pick up extra copies of On Purpose Woman magazine and share them with friends and businesses. They feature helpful articles on holistic health, personal and spiritual growth, and women supporting women in business. They also feature a colorful full page ad with info about the our group and about the benefits of adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet. The Winter issue of this free publication is hot off the presses, and can be found in all the public libraries of Baltimore County, City, and the surrounding counties. You may also pick them up at all Earthsave veg dinner events and Meetups. Thanks for considering...

You might also like to join a local Meetup group for discussion and support on healthy diet and lifestyle change. Info on the Baltimore Vegetarian group, which meets in Columbia, MD, and the Baltimore Vegan Meetup group, that meets in Pikesville are below. Please join us soon!

Peace... Don Robertson

Invite your friends on Facebook by sharing this link Full event details are also at

Saturday, Jan 30th, 6-8 pm, EARTHSAVE POTLUCK in Towson: "Six Ways to Vaccinate Yourself Against Cold and Flu Without a Needle" will be presented by Registered Dietitian Mark Rifkin. At this time of year, medical and government authorities remind us to get vaccinated against the flu, but fail to focus on many effective lifestyle measures to prevent infection. It's only logical that people who take care to protect their immune system are less likely to get infected. Meanwhile, many people are concerned about adverse side effects of vaccines and their ingredients. Additionally, most flu vaccines are not vegan. Whether you choose to vaccinate or not, protecting your immune system is the best way to avoid infection. Learn six ways to protect yourself against colds and flu... no needles needed!

Mark Rifkin is a Baltimore based Registered Dietitian (RD) with a Masters in Health Education. His approach combines a plant-based lifestyle with a passion for solid research. His own experience in adhering to a plant-based diet for more than 20 years translates into realistic, attainable meal options. Mark helps clients experience improved food choices, more energy, fewer medical symptoms, and need for fewer medications. Mark is the founder of Balanced Nutrition Solutions. Learn more at You can also connect with Mark and get great nutrition info by joining his his group "Ask A Vegan Dietitian".

POTLUCK DINNERS are held at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave, Towson. DINNER GUESTS may bring a vegan dish 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!

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 12,000 members and is very active and supportive. You might like to join us at


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

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 - "Chicken farmer reveals dirty secrets of the business" is a television report with a chicken farmer and tour of his chicken farm in Fairmont, North Carolina.

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.

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