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Nov. Veg News: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Hope you are well. Earthsave is an educational nonprofit that helps people learn a healthier, sustainable, peaceful way of eating.

We had an excellent presentation last month on sugar cravings by holistic nurse psychotherapist Cassandra Herbert. And Cassandra was kind enough to provide us with a PDF copy of the whole slide show. If you'd like to have it, just email us and we'll forward it to you.

Our next potluck, on Oct. 28th, will feature another outstanding presenter - Dana Simpler, MD, is a board certified internist and a Baltimore area physician who focuses primarily on diet and lifestyle. Dr. Simpler will speak on "Diet Wars: Who to Believe", and will review the health benefits of a plant based diet and tell how it compares to the Mediterranean diet, American Heart Association, and American Diabetes Association diets.

Congratulations to Dr. Dave Madow, who recently hosted the third in a new series of vegan buffet open-mic events. All three events have played to a full house, and featured great entertainment and an abundance of tasty vegan foods. So get your tickets to reserve your spot for the next event on Saturday, December 2nd, at the China Moon restaurant in Reisterstown. And let Dave know if you'd like to take a turn at the front of the room. See more below...

You might also like to join the one of our discussion groups. Baltimore Vegetarian Meetup gathers for great a great Indian buffet at Mango Grove in Columbia. Baltimore Vegan Meetup group gets together at Mr. Chan, in Pikesville. It's great to connect with friendly, like-minded people. More info below.

Saturday, Nov 25th, is the date of Earthsave's annual Thanksgiving celebration. It's our final potluck event of the year, and will feature musical entertainment, success stories, and a talk by the founder and Executive Director of Light of Truth Center for women in recovery. Vaile Leonard will educate and inspire us with a talk on "Insights on Addiction and Recovery". More below.

We really enjoyed the Baltimore film premiere of "Walk With Me: A journey Into Mindfulness"... an intimate visit with the Zen Buddhist monastic community that was founded by the revered spiritual leader and vegan and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh, who was nominated by Martin Luther King for the Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian efforts in wartime Vietnam. The Hunt Valley premiere showing sold out, and another screening is now scheduled to be shown Thursday night, Nov. 9th, in downtown Baltimore. See more below.

Ginny Robertson and I have had a great time hosting a concert series at our home in Lutherville. The musicians and performances have been outstanding. We have another real special concert set for Sunday, November 12, and we think you will want to join us if you like the smart, sensitive lyrics, buttery harmonies of Simon and Garfunkel. More info below...

Be well. Hope to see you soon.


Don Robertson


Saturday, Oct. 28th, from 6-8 pm: Veg/vegan potluck featuring Dana Simpler, MD, who will speak on "Diet Wars - Who to Believe". Dr. Simpler will review the health benefits of a plant based diet and tell how it compares to the Mediterranean diet, American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association diets. Dr. Simpler is a board certified Internist with over 25 years experience in Primary Care/Internal Medicine, and is a practicing physician whose primary focus is on diet and lifestyle. Learn more at about Dr. Simpler at Please join us if you can!

DINNER GUESTS may choose to either bring a dish made without animal products (to serve 8) plus $5 (members pay just $2) donation; pay $15 (members pay just $12) to enjoy dinner and presentation; or pay $5 for presentation only. We eat first, then make announcements, and then hear 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 Meetings are held at Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Rd, Baltimore, 21212. Please RSVP and join us! Event details at

Saturday, Nov 25th, from 6-8 pm: Earthsave's annual Thanksgiving Celebration, our final potluck event of the year, will feature musical entertainment, success stories, and a talk by the founder and Executive Director of Light of Truth Center for women in recovery. Vaile Leonard will educate and inspire us with her talk on "Insights on Addiction and Recovery". Details at


Thursday, Nov 9th, Special film showing, one night only, (advance ticket purchase required) - "Walk With Me: A journey Into Mindfulness" takes us deep inside the world-famous monastery of Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh, and captures the life of a monastic community who have given up all their possessions for one common purpose – to practice the art of mindfulness. Filmed over three years, this visceral film is a meditation on a community determined to develop a deep sense of presence, not just for themselves but for all those they love. As the seasons come and go, the monastics’ inner journey is amplified by insights from Thich Nhat Hanh’s early journals, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Advance ticket purchase is required for "Walk With Me" at Harbor East Theater, 645 President St, Baltimore, MD, 7:30 pm on Thursday, Nov 9th. Purchase tickets online ($17, convenience fee included) at

Saturday, Dec. 2nd at 6:30 pm: Vegan Buffet and Open Mic is a new series of events that Dr. David Madow is organizing. Dave says "You can do a little talk, tell a story, sing a song, tell a joke, do standup comedy, or anything that your imagination will allow! You don't have to participate in the open mic. You can just enjoy watching! All welcome, vegans, vegetarians, veg curious, or omnivores! Cost per person is just $28.50, which includes taxes and gratity. Join us on December 2nd, 6:30 pm, at China Moon restaurant in Reisterstown, MD. Hope to see you at the next event, on December 2nd.


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.

DINEKIND: Folks in the Harford County area might like to check out Dinekind Harford Healthy Living. The group promotes a healthful, plant-based lifestyle that is kind to our health, all animals, and the earth, and gets together monthly for a great plant-based potluck, fun, good conversation and to learn about a cleaner, healthier style of living. Bring your favorite plant-based main course, side or dessert, and join the group for a potluck or picnic, or run! Their email is, and the website is 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 15,000 members and is very active and supportive. You might like to join us at

"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.

MUSIC: Don and Ginny Robertson love music and regularly schedule concerts at their Lutherville home. Here's a video clip from a recent concert by folk rock troubadour Dan Navarro. It will give you a taste of the concert experience at the Robertson home.

Next event - If you enjoy the smart, sensitive lyrics, the gentle sensibility and buttery harmonies of Simon and Garfunkel... you'll enjoy seeing and hearing the folk duo - Francis Luke Accord in concert. Group members Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers are fine singers and as well as consummate musicans on guitar, mandolin, and banjo. Watch their extended live live session at And join the Meetup goup "House Concerts at Ginny and Don's" at Invite your friends on Facebook.


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

NUTRITION FACTS.ORG is a real 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 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

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!

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 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.

VIDEO - "Draw My Life is an excellent and compelling video, produced by Mercy for Animals, which features a series of drawings that tell the story of the life of a dairy cow.


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.

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. If you join Earthsave online, please send an email with your name and address to, so we can send you a membership card.

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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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