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April Newsletter: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Earthsave Newsletter: Earth Friendly Food Choices

"If I'd known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself."
- Eubie Blake –

Hi Earthsaver,

EarthSave is a volunteer operated nonprofit group that’s helping to create a healthier, sustainable, more loving and peaceful planet by helping people shift to a whole foods, plant-based diet. Our Veg Dinner Educational Series usually meets on the last Saturday of each month, giving people a chance to sample a wonderful variety of tasty vegan cuisine and meet like-minded people. Guests have the option of bringing a dish to share or paying for dinner.

We have some great events coming up soon, beginning this Saturday with a real important documentary on the health implications of genetically modified foods. It’s info we all need to know, especially in view of the fact that a bill has been introduced in Annapolis that would require genetically modified foods to be labeled. Producers of GMOs have very deep pockets, so passing this bill into law may be an uphill battle. I believe we will need all the help we can get.

Plant-based diet and health coach Sharon McRae has been organizing some terrific events, and has scheduled a real special all day seminar with food included. “Eat Well Stay Well” will happen in Columbia on May 31st, and will feature several of the very best presenters, of both local and international fame, on diet and health. Make sure to register by the end of March for the best rate. See more below.

There’s still time to register for another informative and tasty event that Sharon McRae will host at Mango Grove in Columbia. “Cooking A La Heart”, with a talk by cardiologist Dr. Monica Aggarwal, will happen on Tuesday, March 25th. See more info below.

The new issue of On Purpose Woman magazine is now available at most Baltimore area libraries and other locations. The free publication features great articles and ads on holistic health, entrepreneurship, and personal and spiritual growth. Publisher Ginny Robertson has generously supported our nonprofit for years. Please consider supporting the advertisers. It would also helpful if you will share the publication with others. Every issue includes information about healthier eating and Earthsave’s activities. Health Quest magazine has also kindly supported our nonprofit for quite some time. I hope that you will read their free monthly magazine and consider supporting them as well.

The popular Baltimore Veg and Baltimore Vegan Meetup discussion groups now meet, respectively, in Columbia at Mango Grove restaurant, and in Pikesville at Mr. Chan. See details below.

We could use your help if plan to attend our event in Owings Mills this Saturday, March 29th… please consider coming early and helping our group members stuff the new On Purpose Woman and Health Quest magazines with our leaflets on healthier, sustainable diet and lifestyle. We’ll be there at 4:30.

Be well. Hope to see you soon!

Peace… Don Robertson

Join Mercy Medical Center Cardiologist, Dr. Monica Aggarwal, and certified health coach, Sharon McRae, for a food demonstration and discussion about whole-food plant-based diets and spices that enrich. March 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm | $40 (includes dinner) For reservations, call Mango Grove Restaurant at 410-884-3426 between 11 am – 3 pm or 5 pm – 10 pm.

MARCH EARTHSAVE MEETING Mar. 29th, 6-9 pm, vegan potluck in Owings Mills, featuring video screening of “Genetic Roulette: the Gamble of our Lives”. When US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and foods, it put at risk the health of all living things and future generations. Award winning film provides compelling evidence to help explain the deteriorating health of young Americans. Please RSVP and join us if you can!

APRIL EARTHSAVE MEETING April 26th, 6-9 pm, vegan potluck in Owings Mills will feature a screening of "The Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue with Rip Esselstyn". Former Texas firefighter and bestselling author Rip Esselstyn teaches two families the basics of a whole-food, plant-based diet. Rips's lessons include a top-to-bottom pantry clean-out, a primer on plant-based nutrition and label reading, and a guided tour of the grocery aisles. Join Rip and learn how to rescue your kitchen today! Please RSVP!

DINNER GUESTS may choose to either bring a dish made without animal products (to serve 8) plus $5 donation; pay $12 to enjoy dinner and presentation; or pay $5 for presentation only. We eat first, then make announcements, vote and present awards for our favorite dishes, and then introduce the presentation. Let us know in advance, if possible, if you plan to pay for dinner rather than bring a dish. RSVP by calling 410-252-3043, or emailing 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! Additional info and directions at

MONTHLY VEG DISCUSSION GROUP MEETUPS are casual and are held in restaurants over great vegetarian food. Discussions include a variety of topics that support people in making healthier choices in diet and lifestyle.

Baltimore Vegetarian Meetup 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.

VEGAN LIVING PROGRAM 2014 is now underway, and will run from March 15 - April 19 in Baltimore! It’s a series of educational events that cover the hows and whys of vegan living, including the ethical and environmental implications of vegan lifestyles, nutrition, cooking, meal planning, and living vegan in a not-yet-vegan world. More than 70 people have taken the pledge to go vegan for the full five week program. They receive help along the way from volunteer Vegan Coaches. Vegan Pledges receive a binder full of resources and recipes, and a goody bag of free vegan stuff to make the transition easier and more fun! Classes and cooking demos are free and open to the public. Learn more at

4th ANNUAL BALTIMORE VEGFEST will happen on Saturday, May 3rd, from 11:00 - 4:00. Baltimore 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, speakers, nutritional experts, vegan cooking demonstrations, a kids area, free prizes, gift bags and more! UMBC Vegetarians and The Humane League are thrilled to be bringing an even bigger and better event this year to UMBC Campus. Stop by the Earthsave Baltimore tent for free info, and check out our selection of books for sale. We hope to see you there!

SPECIAL FULL DAY EVENT – "EAT WELL STAY WELL": Take charge of your health! Add years to your life… and life to your years! Heart disease, obesity, cancer, diabetes, auto-immune diseases and other chronic conditions are afflicting more and more Americans and their families every year. Pills and surgeries may treat some of the symptoms, but they do not offer a cure, they are extremely expensive, and they often lead to a poor quality of life. Most of these conditions can be prevented, and in some cases reversed, by adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet. Come join us for a fun and informative day-long event to hear the latest scientific and medical findings and to learn how to make the transition to a delicious, healthy, and rewarding new lifestyle! Event will feature two very popular internationally recognized speakers – Dr. Michael Greger, and Chef A J, as well as several good local presenters. Certified plant based diet and health coach Sharon McRae will host the event on Saturday, May 31, 2014, 10 AM to 5 PM. Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia, MD. $99 per person thru March 31, 2014, with price increases to follow. See full details at

40TH ANNUAL VEGETARIAN SUMMERFEST is a terrific educational conference, presented by North American Vegetarian Society, on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, PA. Veg Summerfest features world-class speakers and facilitators and the very best educational opportunities on veg/vegan lifestyle. It gives us a chance to connect with friendly, like-minded people, and enjoy a nice variety of wonderful vegan cuisine! The event just gets better and better each year! We are expecting another record-breaking attendance of perhaps 800 or more. The hard part for most attendees is in deciding which classes to attend. There are 6-7 available presentations to select from each daylight hour. We have the option to register for full conference or just the weekend sessions. Call Earthsave at 410-252-3043 or email if you would like to carpool. Hope to see you there!

PROTEIN CONSUMPTION & LONGEVITY Longterm study at University of Southern California shows that middle-aged people with high animal protein consumption had a 75% increase in overall mortality and were 4 times more likely to die from cancer during the following 18 years than those in the low protein group. So animal protein consumption may increase cancer risk as much as does smoking.

DIETITIANS OF CANADA is one of the largest organizations of dietetic professionals in the world. They have a helpful webpage for those who are considering a shift to a total plant-based (vegan) diet. "A vegan eating pattern has many potential health benefits. They include lower rates of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. Other benefits include lower blood cholesterol levels and a lower risk for gallstones and intestinal problems."

TOASTMASTERS: Self-consciousness makes public speaking scary for many of us. But with practice we can learn self-forgetfulness and self-trust, and begin to let go of perfectionism and allow imagination and intuition to take over. Toastmasters International is a great place to practice this. They are a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. 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.

Did you know that lower back pain may be an early sign of cardiovascular disease... Dr. Neal Barnard's book "Foods That Fight Pain" points out that back pain is sometimes caused by poor blood circulation to the discs in the lower back, a symptom of cardiovascular disease… a condition that is almost always reversible with dietary change.

Did you know that neither meat nor dairy contains fiber, something that is essential for optimal digestion and regularity... So meat, with its toxins and bacteria and chemical and pharmaceutical residues, may stay in our bodies for several days before being excreted, and may contribute to a number of health problems, including diverticulitis and colorectal cancer. Our consumption of meat and dairy has skyrocketed since the end of the second world war, and so has the incidence of colorectal cancer, which is now our second most lethal cancer. It's clear that we need to make healthy, fiber rich, plant-based food choices a priority.

Did you know that a review of 58 clinical studies on dairy consumption and bone health in children and adolescents found no significant link between the consumption of milk, or calcium, and healthy bone development... In fact the vast majority of people on earth do not consume dairy products; nor do they experience health problems related to bone density. And populations in which dairy consumption is highest also have the highest rates of osteoporosis.


• Three-year-old Luis Antonio asks his mom about the octopus on his dinner plate.

Philip Wollen - This eloquent ten minute speech by Australian businessman Philip Wollen, former VP of Citibank, was the highlight of the evening in a debate on "Getting Animals Off the Menu". There was a live audience of several hundred, 73% of whom agreed that Wollen's team had made the stronger case.

A LIFE CONNECTED is a terrific, upbeat 12-minute video that explains the vegan lifestyle and philosophy.


EARTHSAVE BALTIMORE FACEBOOK GROUP is a great place to connect with like-minded Baltimore area people for recipes, discussion, and support on plant-based eating. And it’s also a great place to hear and share success stories and event information. Members are invited to share info on some closely related topics such as personal and environmental health, personal growth, and social justice. We have 1600 members and are adding new ones each day. Join us!

EARTH FRIENDLY FOOD CHOICES FACEBOOK GROUP is a very active group that we host with nearly 5000 members from all across the globe. The group’s mission is to educate and support people in shifting toward a healthier, compassionate, earth friendly diet and lifestyle. We ask that all posts be in some way related to food or diet and lifestyle change. Please join us!

PLEASE BRING EMPTY INKJET & TONER CARTRIDGES to Earthsave and Meetup events for recycling. Our nonprofit group receives is compensated for every cartridge we recycle. Thank you so much!

EARTHSAVE MEMBERSHIPS help us continue our important educational mission. Members receive a free 12-issue subscription to Vegetarian Times magazine. There are other benefits as well, including reduced attendance fees at our monthly dinner series. New members also get a free half-hour consultation with Registered Dietitian Mark Rifkin. Join Earthsave online at Or if you prefer, send a check made out to Don Robertson to 517 Talbott Ave., Lutherville, MD, 21093. Then Don will go online and sign you up, and you’ll be receive confirmation from our home office by email.

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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