Earthsave Newsletter: Earth Friendly Food Choices
"We are the most ourselves when we achieve the seriousness of children at play."
- Heraclitus –
EarthSave is a volunteer operated nonprofit group that’s helping to create a healthier, sustainable, more loving and peaceful planet by helping people adopt 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 really enjoyed our January potluck event. There were more than seventy us on hand for the great food demo and talk by Sharon McRae and Cher Hunter. We had to make a special effort to seat everyone because we only received RSVPs from 49 people and were not prepared for the influx. So please be sure to let us know ahead of time if possible that you plan to attend. We especially need to hear from those who will be paying and not bringing food to share. Thanks for your consideration.
There’s one change we want to let you know about… the fee to attend the potluck and presentation for guests who don’t bring a dish to share has gone up to $15. And the fee for members without a dish is now $12.
The presentation on Saturday, February 22nd, will feature licensed nutritionist Kasia Kines speaking on nutrition for prevention and treatment of cancer. Kasia grew up in Poland and now practices in the Baltimore and Washington, DC, areas. Hope to see you there!
We’re excited about the third annual Vegan Living Program that will soon begin. We’ve talked with a number of cool people who were introduced to a healthier, compassionate, earth friendly lifestyle through these sessions. Details are below.
Maryland legislation to require the labeling of genetically modified (GMO) foods will soon come up for a vote. GMOs are serious business. And we need to take action to require labeling. We are now being force fed food-like substances that are linked to serious health and environmental issues. See more info below, and please plan to attend our March 29th potluck event which will feature a documentary film on the subject, “Genetic Roulette.”
The popular Baltimore Vegan Meetup group will continue meeting on the third Wednesday of each month at Mr. Chan’s Szechuan in Pikesville. And the Baltimore Vegetarian Meetup group will start meeting at a new location – an Indian restaurant in Columbia, MD, called Mango Grove. Their entire menu is vegetarian, with vegan options clearly indicated. And there are usually many vegan options available on the buffet. The Veg Meetup group gathers on the first Sunday at 12:30 pm.
One way that you may help spread Earthsave’s message is to pick up extra copies of On Purpose Woman magazine. They are available for free at all events, Meetups, and most public libraries. They have our latest ad with event info, and often an educational leaflet as well. You may share the great articles on holistic health, entrepreneurship, and personal growth with friends, leave magazines in various waiting rooms, or check with restaurants and retailers to see if they would like to have them available for customers. We appreciate your support.
Be well. Hope to see you soon!
Peace… Don Robertson
FEBRUARY MEETING Feb 22nd, 6-9 pm, potluck in Owings Mills: "Plant Based Foods for Prevention and Treatment of Cancer". Kasia Kines is a licensed, holistic, clinical nutritionist and educator who practices in Baltimore and in Washington, DC. Members and guests have the option of paying for dinner. See the details below. Please RSVP and join us if you can!
MARCH MEETING Earthsave’s March 29th potluck in Owings Mills will feature the film “Genetic Roulette” which examines the issue of genetically modified foods and human health.
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 Baltimore@Earthsave.org. 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 http://earthsavebaltimore.org/node/27
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. 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/
NEW MEETUP GROUP - WHOLE-FOOD PLANT-BASED NUTRITION: Registered Dietitian Mark Rifkin hosts the meetings at 7:00 PM on the second Tuesday of every month at varying locations. Mark is a long term vegan who enjoys helping vegetarians and vegans fine tune their diets. Members will discuss some of the current topics and issues in whole-food plant-based nutrition, with a different primary focus each month. http://www.meetup.com/Baltimore-Whole-Food-Plant-Based-Nutrition/ Meet-up fee is $5.00 per person.
POTLUCK & VIDEO: On Sunday, March 2, 2014, 4:30 PM, certified health coach Sharon McRae will host a veg potluck and viewing of the outstanding documentary “Forks Over Knives”, all about the amazing preventive and healing powers of a whole food, plant-based diet. It will happen at the Clarksville Volunteer Fire Station Community Room, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville, MD. Please bring a plant-based (vegan) dish to serve 8-10. If possible, use minimal or no oil, salt, sugar. $2.00 donation/person will help to cover room rental fee. The room will hold about 45, but we can squeeze in up to 50. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org; once we reach 45, we will start a waiting list. If things change and you cannot make it, please RSVP again so anyone on the waiting list can be added. Please bring at least one copy of your recipe to share. http://www.meetup.com/Forks-Over-Knives/Columbia-MD/1095032/
VEGAN LIVING PROGRAM: Want to give vegan living a try, but need some help and support? Be a Vegan Pledge in our 2014 Vegan Living Program! The Vegan Living Program (VLP) is 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. Pledge to live vegan for the duration of the program (March 15th - April 19th, 2014) and attend all 6 VLP sessions. All sessions except April 12th will take place at Mobtown Ballroom, 861 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230. http://www.openthecages.org/vlp/pledge.html
SUPPORT THE MARYLAND GE FOOD LABELING BILL:
In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions. Under current FDA regulations, we don't have that choice when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) foods we purchase and feed our families. We are being force fed substances about which there are serious questions regarding long-term effects on our health. http://tinyurl.com/op4xc29 Earthsave’s March 29th potluck will feature the film “Genetic Roullette” which examines the issue of GMO foods and human health.
VEGETARIAN SUMMERFEST! Registration for THE 40TH Annual Vegetarian Summerfest has just opened! It's a wonderful life-changing event that's hosted by North American Vegetarian Society. The five-day conference, to be held July 2-6, at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, PA, features great speakers, great vegan food, and about 700 wonderful people. The hard part for most attendees is in deciding on which of the available 6-7 programs/speakers you find most appealing and wish to attend. Hope to see you there! http://www.vegetariansummerfest.org/
RAW VEGAN POWER! Raw vegans Alan Murray, age 68, and wife Janette Murray-Wakelin, 64, recently set a new world record by running a marathon (26.2 miles) each day for 366 consecutive days, and circling the continent of Australia in the process. http://tinyurl.com/l98pjtt
VEGAN SANDWICH FILLINGS: Helpful guide to building the perfect vegan sandwich… http://tinyurl.com/nhgvvuo
Did you know that the USDA advises that the major food borne microorganisms that sicken and kill people – viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi – occur mainly in "meat, poultry, seafood, dairy products, and eggs"...
Did you know that early exposure of infants to cow milk proteins is one of the environmental triggers that can cause an autoimmune reaction that destroys beta cells in the pancreas and shuts down insulin production. Type I Diabetes is a serious and irreversible condition that requires lifelong insulin therapy. http://tinyurl.com/nnbpkt9
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. The former director of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Frank Oski, wrote a book called "Don't Drink You Milk" and advised... "There's no reason to drink cow's milk at any time in your life. It was designed for calves, not humans, and we should all stop drinking it today." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15741380
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.
• Dr. Michael Greger points out that on average plant foods have 64 times more antioxidant power than red meat, poultry, fish, dairy, and eggs. http://tinyurl.com/q68dr3p
• The common perception is that most dairy farms treat animals well. But the reality of modern dairy farming may surprise you. For instance, there is probably not a single dairy farm in the US that allows cows who are past their prime to live out their lives in peace. This brief video, which contains no graphic violence, explains how milk and dairy production works, and how the lives of cows and their offspring are affected. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151355910128092
• Dr. Michael Greger - “Preventing Our Most Common Diseases” - Witty and very informative presentation by nutrition researcher Michael Greger, MD. http://tinyurl.com/kh7fhl7
NUTRITION, LIFESTYLE, & MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS
Mark Rifkin Registered Dietitian Mark Rifkin, of Preventive Nutrition Services, is a long term vegan, and has earned an MS in Health Education. Through his private practice in Baltimore, MD, Mark provides group and individual sessions to help vegetarians and vegans improve the quality of their diet. He also focuses on plant-based nutrition for various chronic diseases and conditions, including diabetes, weight management, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, gout, women's health concerns, cancer, and early stage kidney failure. http://preventivenutritionservices.com/. Contact Mark at email@example.com, or call 410-764-8343.
Kasia Kines, MS, CNS, LDN
Licensed Nutritionist Kasia Kines is a long term vegan who practices at Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center in Lutherville, where she offers frequent 30-Day Rejuvenation Detoxification programs and other workshops, as well as private sessions. Contact Kasia at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 443-926-6841. Website is http://www.kasiakines.com/.
Dana Simpler, MD, is board certified in Internal Medicine, and has been in private practice for 26 years in Baltimore City. She is vegan and does frequent group presentations that include cooking instruction on healthier food choices for prevention and treatment of heart disease and cancer. Call 410-563-1700.
Sharon McRae is a plant-based certified health coach with a solid background in biology and nutrition. She’s friendly, supportive, and passionately plant-based. Sharon leads Food for Life classes & cooking demos. http://eatwell-staywell.com/
FACEBOOK GROUPS FOR DISCUSSION & SUPPORT:
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! http://www.facebook.com/groups/EarthsaveBaltimore
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! http://www.facebook.com/groups/103906449752363/
EFFECTIVE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA: If you’d like to learn to communicate and connect more clearly and effectively on various social media platforms, you might want to consider joining On Purpose Social Media Group, recently started by Ginny Presley Robertson, publisher of On Purpose Woman magazine, and founder of the group On Purpose Networking for Women. https://www.facebook.com/groups/689523477759233/
BOOK DONATIONS to Earthsave Baltimore are much appreciated. Some will become part of our lending library for dues paying members. And others will be included in our annual Earthsave fundraising sale. Thank you so much!
PLEASE BRING EMPTY INKJET & TONER CARTRIDGES to Earthsave and Meetup events for recycling. Our nonprofit group receives is compensated for every cartridge we recycle. Thanks!
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 http://tinyurl.com/7e88ndb. 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.
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....