Thursday, July 28, 2011

Got Fluoride?

Iodine is essential to a proper functioning thyroid and preventing hypothyroidism. But as we grow older, our thyroid starts slowing down. It just can’t metabolize the iodine it needs as efficiently, and that means the hormone produced (also known as thyroid) goes down as well. Iodine is a mineral, but one that’s not abundant in the food we eat. Primarily found in very small quantities in seawater, soils are naturally deficient in iodine, especially the further away you get from the ocean.

Iodine is also fairly easily displaced from your body by toxins called toxic halides… fluoride, bromine and chloride.

Fluoride is by far the worst culprit. Found in toothpaste and in your water supply, every time you take a shower, brush your teeth or drink from the tap, your body gets a little exposure to fluoride, leeching out good iodine. And contrary to popular belief, fluoridated water is actually rather poor at preventing tooth decay.

Why is it in our water supply? Poor science combined with corporate greed and political ignorance paved the way. Basically a toxic by-product of aluminum production, fluoridation was sold as a way to prevent cavities because some areas with natural fluoride in the water also had lower instances of tooth decay. Based upon that spurious observation, fluoridation began.

Then there’s bromine, an endocrine disruptor that competes for the same receptors that capture iodine. Essentially, bromine crowds out iodine.

How prevalent is bromine? Consider this, every time you bite into a piece of store bought bread, you’re probably ingesting some bromine. It’s used to make bread dough more elastic and thus easier to handle, but not by very much.

Where else is bromine found? How about…

Bakery goods

Citrus flavored soft drinks

Fabric fire retardants

Hair dyes


Pesticides used on strawberries, especially in California



Toothpaste and mouthwashes, and

Your automobile!

Quite an extensive list when you think about it.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Women's Health Study

From Guest Blogger Peter from Australia

The risk of death from sudden cardiac arrest in women can be lowered by 92 percent through lifestyle maintenance alone.
Here is a short podcast/article that directly relates what this blog is all about. You can ignore the advice of eating a plant based, starch based diet and continue down the road to disease, pain, and a shortened, prescription pills filled life, or you can heed the advice offered by so many doctors in the know.

Is the unhealthy food and drink you ascribe to worth shortening your life? The choice is yours.

I am willing to bet that the same above guidelines apply to both men and women.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Lightbulb Moments Grow New Ideas

I am a school assembly performer.
I travel across the U.S. performing programs on healthy lifestyle.
Years ago somewhere in Kansas, it appeared to me as on a drive-in movie theatre screen: A cow's milk is for its calf, not a person.
A cow's milk is intended for its baby, not a human. No wonder dairy products promote diseases in humans- cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes II, autoimmune diseases ie Crohn's Disease, obesity, high cholesterol, arthritis, osteoporosis, and more. Please see this very informative video to hear it straight from John McDougall, MD:
After you've arrived at the link, scroll all the way down the page 4/5 of the way to see: FREE 4. Marketing Milk and Disease

A mother cow's milk is calve's food. A mother cow's milk is intended to provide its baby cow with the nutrients it needs. A calf's nutrient requirements are different than a human's nutrient requirements. They are not interchangeable. Why would I want nutrients that are intended for a cow- a cow's milk? Would a calf choose human breast milk? Ha!

The nutrients that are intended for adult people come from plants. A mother who breast feeds and eats a plant-based, starch-based diet offers her baby optimum nutrition.

The nutrients that are intended for adult cows also come from plants. Cows eat grass.

A calf grows from 80 pounds at birth to 800 in one year. The calf needs what's in the cow's milk for such a feat. A human baby gains maybe 10 pounds in one year? Do you see there's something wrong with the picture of a human drinking an animal's milk? Do you see that what's best for a human baby is human breast milk? Can you visualize your mouth or your child's mouth around a cow's teat? Not a pretty picture, but abstractly what is happening when a person drinks a cow's milk.

I was 50 years old when I first had that cow's milk revelation. It seems so obvious now. It didn't occur to me until I was 50. Why hadn't I thought of it before? Why haven't others thought of it? If a cow's milk is calve's food and causes diseases in people, why is there such a huge dairy industry?

And the answer is:

It's because people have gotten in the habit of drinking the milk from an animal. People in the past have had to drink the milk from a cow- TO SURVIVE. We don't need to drink it to survive anymore.

Riding the Tour De Vegetable

From guest blogger Peter

There are many misconceptions about a meatless diet. One of them is you need protein from animals for a rigorous athletic training regimen.

Friday, July 1, 2011

"We don't have a health-care system. We have a disease-care care system."

Quote from John Robbins, founder of Earthsave

Here is his thought provoking video:

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ten Dangerous Nutritional Myths

Picture is taken from Diamond Head, Hawaii

From Guest Blogger Peter

On "Vitamins/Supplements", "Everything in moderation", "The Protein myth", "The Calcium Myth", "Omega 3s", "Grilling foods", etc.
(From the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii)

If only EVERYBODY would watch this video. There would be much less disease and suffering.

From the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii:

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Congratulations New York!

By Greg Kaler

I congratulate the 33 New York legislators who passed the Gay Marriage bill (against 29 nay-sayers), making it now 6 states who have legalized gay marriage! 6 down, a lot to go. New York, the nation's third most populous state, will join Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington, D.C., in allowing same-sex couples to wed.

One happy gay person said: "I am spellbound. I'm so exhausted and so proud that the New York state Senate finally stood on the right side of history".

My response: I am so happy for you and the millions who are like you! Yayyyyyyy!

One unhappy person: Amid Friday's celebration, New York Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan and bishops around the state released a statement condemning the passage of the law by the Legislature, saying they were "deeply disappointed and troubled."

My response: I am deeply disappointed in you and your dinosaur, bigoted view. I am troubled that there are so many people like you who have their heads in the sand. Someday you are going to find out that you were wrong on this issue and you are going to feel embarrassed. Skin color or sexual orientation does not matter! Good people are good people, period!

In a world turned absolutely upside down much of the time, it's so refreshing to see a law change which promotes human equality and dignity. It was the right thing to do New York. I applaud you! I am celebrating with you!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

State Of The Ocean: 'Shocking' Report Warns Of Mass Extinction

The picture above is a one inch long, recently discovered pygmy seahorse. Click on the pic to enlarge.

State Of The Ocean: 'Shocking' Report Warns Of Mass Extinction From Current Rate Of Marine Distress

By Travis Donovan, Huffington Post

If the current actions contributing to a multifaceted degradation of the world's oceans aren't curbed, a mass extinction unlike anything human history has ever seen is coming, an expert panel of scientists warns in an alarming new report.
The preliminary report from the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) is the result of the first-ever interdisciplinary international workshop examining the combined impact of all of the stressors currently affecting the oceans, including pollution, warming, acidification, overfishing and hypoxia.
“The findings are shocking," Dr. Alex Rogers, IPSO's scientific director, said in a statement released by the group. "This is a very serious situation demanding unequivocal action at every level. We are looking at consequences for humankind that will impact in our lifetime, and worse, our children's and generations beyond that."
The scientific panel concluded that degeneration in the oceans is happening much faster than has been predicted, and that the combination of factors currently distressing the marine environment is contributing to the precise conditions that have been associated with all major extinctions in the Earth's history.
According to the report, three major factors have been present in the handful of mass extinctions that have occurred in the past: an increase of both hypoxia (low oxygen) and anoxia (lack of oxygen that creates "dead zones") in the oceans, warming and acidification. The panel warns that the combination of these factors will inevitably cause a mass marine extinction if swift action isn't taken to improve conditions.
The report is the latest of several published in recent months examining the dire conditions of the oceans. A recent World Resources Institute report suggests that all coral reefs could be gone by 2050 if no action is taken to protect them, while a study published earlier this year in BioScience declares oysters as "functionally extinct", their populations decimated by over-harvesting and disease. Just last week scientists forecasted that this year's Gulf "dead zone" will be the largest in history due to increased runoff from the Mississippi River dragging in high levels of nitrates and phosphates from fertilizers.
A recent study in the journal Nature, meanwhile, suggests that not only will the next mass extinction be man-made, but that it could already be underway. Unless humans make significant changes to their behavior, that is.
The IPSO report calls for such changes, recommending actions in key areas: immediate reduction of CO2 emissions, coordinated efforts to restore marine ecosystems, and universal implementation of the precautionary principle so "activities proceed only if they are shown not to harm the ocean singly or in combination with other activities." The panel also calls for the UN to swiftly introduce an "effective governance of the High Seas."
"The challenges for the future of the oceans are vast, but unlike previous generations we know what now needs to happen," Dan Laffoley of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and co-author of the report said in a press release for the new report. "The time to protect the blue heart of our planet is now, today and urgent."

Monday, June 20, 2011

Ever notice the color of a piece of cooked meat?

By Greg Kaler

While still making the foundation of our diet plant foods, my wife and I have gone back to occasionally eating free range ground turkey and wild caught fish. Doctor Joel Fuhrman's stance on 2-3 small servings of animal foods a week did affect our decision:, however I have myself to blame first- my weak mind going back to unhealthy, addictive habits that I've had most of my life. Ideally, for the best health I should not be eating any food from animals. That said... Before going back to turkey and fish I had been a vegan for two years- no animal foods whatsoever. Besides no meat,
I was used to no junk foods at all, very low processed sugar, very low added salt. My tastes buds were and are very healthy, very sensitive to the sweetness and wonderful flavors of plant foods. Fruits and vegetables of course are very colorful.

When we now cook ground turkey patties, we put only a little water in the fry pan, never any oil, and it works fine. All oil, even olive oil is unhealthy- virtually zero nutrients, empty calories, it's just fat.
When the sun's out, I love to solar "fry" turkey burgers using my parabola. It's a concentrated, infrared heat, a lower heat than stove top which "poaches" the burgers. They turn out great! I solar bake many plant foods and breads in my Sunn solar oven as it gets up to 325 degrees centigrade: potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, beets, carrots, many kinds of rice, sweet corn, etc. Solar baking peeled apple slices turns them into delicious apple sauce, best eaten warm with a little cinnamon, but I digress...

The other day after I'd cooked a ground turkey patty, the "color" or "lack of color" of the burger caught my attention. It basically has no color. What color is that? Why don't we just call that color "cooked meat". Ha! It's a dull, bland looking color, maybe in the light black or brownish color family? It just doesn't look healthy, as compared to the vibrant colors of fruits and vegetables, right? So the visual alone is a clue, that, "hmm, this should only be consumed in moderation, or not at all."

After 56 years, I've finally gotten into the habit of flossing my teeth, so I'm much more conscious of how clean my teeth are. After I eat a turkey patty, I notice there is this "film" of grease in between my teeth that I never notice eating plants. This can't be a good thing.
When I form the raw meat patty before cooking, both my hands end up having a thin layer of grease. I can wash my hands, but I realize a small amount of the grease must get absorbed into my hands each time I do this. This can't be good.

The turkey burger we buy comes in a plastic tube. We only use a small amount at a time, so we cut the tube, take a small portion, put the tube in a plastic bag in a bowl and put in the frig. A few days later I always notice that red blood has dripped from the open tube. I'm eating cooked animal blood. This can't be good.

When I eat a turkey patty, small amounts of grease not only gets in between my teeth, but coats my throat, and has to pass through my digestive organs. Think of that thin film trail of grease from frying pan through digestion. Some of the grease has to be absorbed in my body.
I think of those eating meat meal after meal, year after year, what that grease build up must do to their organs and body. It can't be good.

After I ate the cooked patty, I later went back and looked at the fry pan.
The turkey fat had solidifed. This is the substance I am putting in my body.

Meat digests much slower than plant foods. It's called "putrification." Colon cancer is blamed on long term meat consumption/the long time that undigested meat sits in the intestines.

Plant foods that are eaten raw or cooked in a healthy way (no oil) have no grease, no cholesterol. There is no cholesterol in plant foods, only in animal foods.

Plant foods allow for much easier clean-up- no grease on dishes or the washrag.

Meat tastes good to most. Any food from an animal has addictive chemicals. Someone who has grown up eating meat usually has a hard time giving it up. Just because something tastes good, does not mean that it is good for you.

The reason cooked meat looks the "color" it does is because it is dead food. Cooked fruits and vegetables are dead foods too, but they still contain healthy nutrients, and don't contain cholesterol. Cooked plant foods still have color. Have you noticed when you steam vegetables, after a short time they acquire a bright, beautiful color?
Raw vegetables and fruits are alive. They are the healthiest foods on the earth. Try to center your diet around them.
If you eat meat/food from animals try to only eat free range animals/wild caught fish. Try to lessen your animal food consumption and eat as many plant foods as you can.
When you cook plant foods, ie: steam vegetables-lightly cook them.
Center your diet around starches: sweet potatoes, potatoes, rice, corn, and whole grains. These starches are high in calories.

Start noticing the color of what you're eating. Does it look healthy?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Study: Vegetarian Diets HEALTHIER IN EVERY WAY Than Diets With Meat

Got Professional Sports?

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Rioters burn police cars after the Vancouver Canucks were defeated by the Boston Bruins in the NHL's Stanley Cup Final in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Wednesday June 15, 2011. Angry, drunken revelers ran wild Wednesday night after the Vancouver Canucks' 4-0 loss to Boston in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, setting cars and garbage cans ablaze, smashing windows, showering giant TV screens with beer bottles and dancing atop overturned vehicles.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said. "It's absolutely disgraceful and shameful and by no means represents the city of Vancouver.... What's happened tonight is despicable."

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Acceptable "Food Pyramids"

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From Joshua Wold, artist, vegan

From Julieanna Hever, RD/

From Neal Bernard, MD/Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine:

From Joel Fuhrman, MD/

USDA Demonizes Starch, While Promoting Meat, Dairy, and Disease

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the government agency responsible for the health of Americans, has recently enacted two national nutrition policies that limit the consumption of starchy grains and starchy vegetables, two traditional food groups that have provided the bulk of human diets for all of recordable history.

The first policy will radically change the diets of school children. In the January 2011 report School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children, the USDA Committee on Nutrition Standards for National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs recommended a reduction in starchy vegetables, such as white potatoes and corn, to one cup (total) per school week. Children, however, are encouraged to eat turkey sausages, egg patties, cheese omelets, chicken quesadillas, beef eggrolls, hot dogs, hamburgers, pepperoni pizza, roast beef, deli ham, chocolate milk, and margarine.

The second policy prevents needy families from getting financial assistance to buy potatoes. Currently, the USDA provides vouchers through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program for fresh fruits and vegetables. However, fresh potatoes are now specifically excluded from the list of allowable vegetables. In other words, under this second wide-reaching nutritional policy, a WIC recipient can receive butter, cheese, whole milk, and eggs through the program, but not a single white potato.
Both reports indicate that the primary reason for limiting starches, including the most popular of all vegetable foods, the potato, is to encourage people to choose more green, yellow, and orange vegetables. The net effect of both “anti-starch policies”—encouraging more nutrient-dense, low-calorie vegetables to be eaten—will be to harm the lives of women and children by causing them, by necessity, to get more of their daily sustenance from disease-causing animal foods.

Less Starch Means More Meat and Dairy

Green, yellow, and orange vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and green peppers, because of their high nutrient density, are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and other important phytochemicals; but they lack sufficient calories to support life. Focusing on nutrient density reflects a “supplementation mentality” that suggests that our health problems are somehow due to deficiencies (such as those causing scurvy, beriberi, and pellagra) and the answer is to get more nutrients. However, the opposite is actually true; the health problems of Americans are due to excesses—as in too many calories, and too much fat, sodium, cholesterol, protein, and contamination. Focusing on deficiencies will not solve problems of excesses.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Shame on you FDA! This is UNBELIEVABLE!

I was fortunate to view this movie today. It is only available to view for free through June 20, 2011. If you are not able to view it, buy the DVD. It is UNBELIEVABLE what our corrupt Food and Drug Administration has done/is doing!
Should medicine be all about MONEY, or HELPING PEOPLE!!!

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

"Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth."

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Fasting, Mad Cowboys, Food Pyramids, Cell Phones, And Oprah

(This is EXCELLENT!! Greg)

By Walter Jacobson, MD
June 8, 2011

A few months ago I read the book, “Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor’s Program For Conquering Disease” by Joel Fuhrman, M.D., which led to my decision to engage in a 7-day water only fast.
If I were to pick one passage in the book which inspired me to do a fast it would be this one: “The innate wisdom of the body is such that, while fasting, it will consume for its sustenance superfluous tissues, carefully conserving vital tissues and organs. The body’s wondrous ability to autolyze (or self-digest) and destroy needless tissue such as fat, tumors, blood vessel plaque, and other nonessential and diseased tissues, while conserving essential tissues, gives the fast the ability to restore physiologic youth to the system.”
That was my motivation. Take a break from food and put my body into a fasting mode whereby it would spare protein and, instead, gobble up fat cells, cancer cells, diseased cells and atherosclerotic plaque.
Frankly, I have no idea if in the seven days of my fast I accomplished anything of that nature, with the exception of losing weight. I am, nonetheless, glad that I chose to fast for seven days and stuck with it.

What Fasting Taught Me

Although it was a physically and emotionally draining experience, it made me consider a number of things that I hadn’t thought much about prior to my fasting. It made me appreciate my willpower, that there is much I can accomplish if I apply similar tenacity and determination in other areas.
It made me appreciate my relationship with food, that my tendency in the past has been to eat when the clock, not my stomach, tells me to. Better to eat when I’m hungry, stop eating when I’m full, eat slowly to savor the distinctive flavors and taste sensations, and eat slowly for more healthy and efficient digestion.
It made me appreciate that I was not eating food for seven days by choice whereas there are millions of people not eating food for weeks and months, eventually starving to death, not by choice but because there is no food to be had.
This is disturbing enough as it is. Now add this nugget to the mix: “… the same amount of grain needed to produce one pound of meat could feed thirty-two people a day if they ate the grain directly. And so as our population increases, we will basically face the choice of whether to continue feeding our corn, wheat, barley, oats and soybeans to animals, while letting untold millions go hungry, or else to eat our grains directly, and have many times as much food available for human consumption.”
This quote comes from the book, “Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth From The Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat” by Howard F. Lyman. This book is very easy to digest, so to speak. And very powerful. Howard Lyman was one of the good ol’ boys who used all the modern technology, antibiotics and hormones to brutally terrorize, torture and mass murder animals for food and other commodities until he woke up to the truth of what he was doing to animals, to people and to the planet.

The Price of Beef

In terms of the planet, our rainforests are disappearing so that more cattle can graze. Plants, animals and fish are becoming endangered and extinct. Our water acquifers are drying up, turning once lush grazing land into eventual deserts. All of this is happening because of the animal-based food industry’s insatiable desire for profit by any means necessary.
Unfortunately, the majority of people on the planet are in favor of what is being done to the planet in order to have a flesh and blood based diet. The sad irony is that they are unaware of what is being done to themselves in the process.
For example, allow me to borrow another quote from “Mad Cowboy” which states that “… in 1991, a thirty-six country study reported a strong and direct correlation between consumption of dairy and animal fat and the incidence of prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer and breast cancer.”
In addition to cancer, an animal-based diet has clearly been implicated in the high incidence of elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart attacks and strokes. Nice, huh? We kill animals for food and then when we eat them, they kill us.

The Big Con

Most people don’t think they have any choice in the matter, believing that protein which is needed in the diet is equivalent to animal products and nothing else. This is a lie. Fruits, vegetables and grains, not to mention legumes, have sufficient protein that is necessary for people to survive and thrive. Consider elephants and horses, both of which eat only grasses, both of which are incredibly muscular and powerful beings. They don’t eat meat. They get plenty of protein.
It’s not just the cattle barons and dairy farmers who want you to believe the lie that animal protein is good for you and a prerequisite for good nutrition. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is in on the con. Consider the story that came out last week that the “food pyramid” is being phased out and a new paradigm, the “food plate” is being phased in.
If you look closely at the food plate, it lists fruits and vegetables as one piece of the pie, grains as another piece of the pie, and then protein as a third piece of the pie. The protein has a picture of fish and eggs associated with it, further feeding the misconception that protein comes from animals and nowhere else.
The media is in on the con, too. Consider all the excitement a week or so ago regarding the possibility that cell phones can cause cancer. Where’s all the hubbub about the possibility that animal and dairy protein can cause cancer? You just don’t see it. To publicize that story would be bad for business.
Did you know that in some states it’s against the law to claim that meat causes cancer. Howard Lyman and Oprah Winfrey learned that the hard way when Oprah had Howard Lyman on her show and supported such a claim. They eventually won the lawsuit that was filed against them by the beef industry.

Government Mandates

A lot of people these days are decrying the concept of government mandates, that the government has no right to tell people what to do. This makes little sense to me. Certainly, when government intervention is unreasonable and excessive it is necessary that we speak up and protect our freedoms.
But the fact is I don’t think many people would disagree with the government mandates regarding driver’s licenses, automobile insurance, seatbelts, motorcycle helmets, cigarettes and toxic waste dumping. I do believe that a majority of people would be up in arms if the government mandated that they eat less meat.
Sadly, by not insisting that the government mandate the eating of less meat, we the people are mandating our heart attacks, strokes, cancers, diabetes and death, a failed healthcare system that can’t accommodate these catastrophic problems, as well as the demise of the ecological balance of our planet.

Check out Dr. Jacobson's book "Forgive To Win".
His blog:

Saturday, June 4, 2011

New "Food Pyramid"- better but not good enough!

What I like about the new "Plate":

The first thing my eyes were drawn to when I saw the new "Food Pyramid", or "Plate" from the USDA was the LARGE "Vegetables" portion in bright green - which really makes it stand out! This instantly made me very happy!, plus the Fruits, so at least half the "Plate" is filled with what it's suppose to be filled with. I also like the fact that there's no word "meat"! And I like the fact that there's only a SMALL icon for dairy and that it is OFF THE PLATE- giving the impression that it is only AN OPTION. That's the way I take it anyway.
I like the fact that the word "protein" at least can infer a protein source be other than animal food, like beans (legumes)/soy, etc.

What I don't like about the new "Plate":

1) The size of the protein icon IS TOO LARGE! There is a myth we need all this protein. Excess protein, especially animal protein taxes your kidneys. According to Joel Fuhrman, MD, adults only require 30 grams of protein a day. He says most people in America consume 100-120 grams of protein a day, mainly from animal foods. See Fuhrman's book Eat For Health on pages 170-173 on protein requirements.
In my view, the protein icon could be much smaller, or there doesn't even need to be a protein icon on the "plate" at all. If you eat a well rounded starch based, plant based diet you get everything you need, including protein, calcium, etc.

2) There should not be ANY dairy included on the "plate". All dairy foods contain disease promoting ingredients. Besides the saturated fat and cholesterol, a cow's milk protein and estrogen promotes human diseases like prostate and breast cancer, diabetes II, and others! Human beings DO NOT NEED the milk from a cow! Only its baby does! The only foods that should be on the "plate" should be foods that humans NEED.

3) I like the fact that grains are included on the "plate" but the icon is way too large. It's as large as the vegetables icon! It really makes me wonder who designed this plate. I'd really like to talk to this person/these people, as I'm sure doctors like Fuhrman, McDougall, and countless others in the know would like to talk to the designer(s) as well. With all the great doctors and their books out there you'd think this time they'd've gotten it right! Why didn't the designers of the new "plate" consult with someone who knows what they're talking about?!!

I understand that we can't immediately turn to an all plant based diet in our country especially because of economic reasons. Many people depend on the meat and dairy industry for their jobs. I suggest we need to slowly transition away from animal based agriculture to a plant based agriculture.

I have to give Michelle Obama a lot of credit for her passion to improve the diets and health of Americans through her work. It is sad however that she apparently does not completely understand true nutrition. It is my wish she read any of the books written by McDougall, Fuhrman, and countless others that explain true nutrition. Or she should consult with Bill Clinton. From dealing with his own diseases he has learned what is healthy and what is not. Scroll down for his video at

In my view there should only be vegetables, fruit, legumes (beans, etc.), whole grains, seeds and nuts on "The Plate"- ONLY health promoting foods. Here's what "My Plate" would look like:

Starchy vegetables -as the main part of the meal: rice, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, or beans

Green vegetables

All other vegetables, all colors


Legumes -beans, lentils, or peas

Whole, unrefined grains

Raw nuts and seeds -not roasted or salted

Drinks: good, clean water or freshly juiced vegetables or fruit (from a juicer)

A diet that is well-rounded containing a variety of the afore-mentioned plant foods and drinks provides for nutritional excellence. At the bottom of the page under "My Plate" I would include this note: *For meat eaters, 2-3 small servings of animal foods per week is acceptable (Fuhrman) as long as there is a wide variety of plant foods in the diet.

Or to make it EXTREMELY simple, a "Plate" or "Food Pyramid" is unnecessary. All that would be needed is a basic explanation of the healthiest diet to strive for:

Strive for a plant based, starch based diet of raw and healthfully cooked plant foods.
For people who eat food from animals, 2-3 small servings of animal foods per week is acceptable as long as there is a wide variety of plant foods in the diet.


The new "Plate" is better than the old Food Pyramid, but certainly not good enough. Maybe in years to come when they design THE NEXT "Plate" they'll finally get it right!

Check out this food pyramid from Julieanna Hever, MS, RD:

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

" live in the most health promoting way, you do not have to exclude all animal products."

The following is taken directly from the Conclusions chapter of Joel Fuhrman, MD's book Eat For Health, found on pages 167-170.

(This is a questions and answers part of the chapter, as a reader writes:)

Question: Through the four phases of this book, you have been reducing the intake of animal products until they are only consumed two or three times a week. Would a total vegetarian (vegan) diet be better for one's long term health than one that includes these few animal servings per week?

Dr. Fuhrman:

"There is no clear scientific data that indicates a total vegetarian or vegan diet would be more life span promoting than one with two or three servings of animal products per week. The available research on the issue shows there is no clear answer, but a large amount of evidence supports the idea that there is not a large difference among diets that get zero to 15% of their calories from animal products, as long as the diet is otherwise micronutrient rich. (Plant foods have large amounts of micronutrients- animal foods do not). To play it safe and to maximize intake of plant based nutrients, I recommend following a nutritarian (plant based) plan and holding animal products to under 10% of total calories. A diet that falls within this range is healthy and can maximize your health and lifespan.

Keep in mind the overwhelming majority of Americans consume more than 40% of their calories from animal products, and some popular, high protein diets recommend an even higher intake. The world's scientific literature is clear that for maximum health and longevity, this amount of animal consumption must be dropped significantly.

A careful review of the science leads to the inescapable conclusion that animal products must be limited; the exact degree of that limitation is still up for debate.
In my years of practice, I have infrequently encountered some individuals who had higher protein needs than could be easily met with a total plant food diet. This finding was initiated with some complaint thought to be linked to their vegan diet and then confirmed with blood work showing low amino acid levels. When the diet was adjusted to put back a small amount of animal products, the difficulty often resolved. My first step in advising appropriate dietary modifications for these people was to include more plant proteins such as (raw, unsalted, unroasted) sunflower seeds, soybean foods and whole sources of plant fat, so if animal products are still indicated the amount needed would be minimal. Even these rare individuals who showed a need for some animal-based foods in their diet thrived with limiting animal product intake to three small servings a week.

Overall, for all people, varying animal intake between zero and three servings a week is likely to be healthful as long as the other elements of the diet are properly executed (making plants the foundation of your diet).

The longest living population living in the the U.S. is the Californian Seventh Day Adventists. When about 34,000 of them were followed between 1976 and 1988,
it became apparent that those who adopted the Adventist-recommended healthy behaviors, which include veganism, or near vegan diets, lived about 10 years longer than other Californians. A review of 6 studies on long term vegetarians and low meat intake was associated with significant increases in longevity. This data was also corroborated in the massive China-Oxford-Cornell Study. For example, disease rates for heart disease and cancer continued to drop as people went from an average of seven servings of animal products per week to less than two.

The other interesting and important observation on diet and longevity is that the longest-lived populations in the world such as the Hunza in Central Asia, the Vilcabamba in South America, and the Okinawans in Japan all show that these ultra-long-lived people eat a diet that is nutrient rich, with 80 to 95% of calories coming from whole plant foods. A diet rich in vegetables and very low in animal foods is the hallmark of these ultra-long-lived societies.

Overall, studies point to the fact that the intake of whole plant foods must be very high to assure very low rates of cancer and promote maximum lifespan in humans. The advantages gained from a vegetarian diet, particularly for disease reduction, are also because individuals not eating animal products are more likely consuming a greater amount of high-nutrient plant foods. The interaction between nutrient-rich plant food and the low intake of animal products is the key combination for dramatic advances in healthy life expectancy. So the critical issue for disease reduction is not whether one is a pure vegan or not; the issue is the micronutrient quality of the diet in conjunction with a comparatively low intake of animal products. In essence, one must be a nutritarian, which means you are a health-conscious eater whose primary dietary concern is to maximize nutrient density.

The bottom line is that to live in the most health-promoting way, you must eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, and beans, with some seeds and nuts, but you do not have to exclude all animal products."

Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Single Best Way to Lose Weight

This entry is for those who are overweight and sincere about wanting to achieve their ideal body weight.

Here’s your chance for the healthiest and most natural method to lose weight.

Why listen to me? Well, you're really not listening "to me". I'm just the messenger- a reporter. The following information comes directly from the best nutrition experts in the world- medical doctors basing their findings on science. The books that this information comes from are listed at the end of this entry.

Let's get serious.

If you are overweight, you are playing with fire with your life. You are forcing your heart to work harder. Your extra weight is hard on your bones, muscles, and organs. Any extra weight you carry on your body, the more chance to develop disease- cancer, heart disease, diabetes II, and others. With your unhealthy lifestyle you may be shortening your life. If you’re not already, you may need to someday take expensive medication. Keep in mind taking medication for a diet related disease, ie: diabetes II, does not heal the disease; It’s like putting a band-aid on a cut that never heals, not to mention the unhealthy side affects of the pills.

If you are overweight you are dangerously playing with your longevity, risking dying at an earlier age than need be.

If you are overweight your unhealthy lifestyle/unhealthy dietary habits are a poor influence on those around you. Do you have children?

If you are overweight, it is not because you don't exercise enough. Overweight people in wheel chairs who turn to a healthy diet achieve their ideal weight.

If you are overweight, you need to make some lifestyle changes- primarily what you eat and drink.

Nutrisystem, Weightwatchers, Jenny Craig - all the methods of weight loss that are out there- are unsustainable and unhealthy. These flawed methods for weight loss may help you lose weight in the short term, but why go hungry and at the same time put unhealthy foods through your organs? Many people trying these systems do lose weight temporarily, but most go off the program and eventually gain the weight back and then some. Save your money and organs- stay away from these ineffective, unhealthy, profit making programs. Why not give up the yo-yo dieting and adopt a permanent, healthy lifestyle where you don't have to count calories? -one in which you can eat as much healthy food as you want and maintain your ideal weight for the rest of your life?

Here is what you need to do:

Become a nutritarian. Coined by Joel Fuhrman, MD, a nutritarian is a person who strives to eat a diet containing highly nutritious foods. Paramount is for you to learn what food and drink is healthy, and what is not. The healthiest food on the earth is organic plant foods: vegetables, fruit, beans (legumes), seeds and nuts. The healthiest drink on the earth is good, clean water.
Freshly squeezed juice from a juicer is also very healthy.

With a nutritarian lifestyle, there's no need to limit portions. You can eat all the healthy plant foods you want without gaining weight, without ever going hungry. You can eat all the healthy food you want and actually lose weight. That’s right- you'll lose weight!
Try it! It works!

You don’t have to be concerned about portions or calories if you make the foundation of your diet plant foods that are nutrient rich. If the plant foods are cooked, cook them in a healthy way- which means either steamed or boiled in a soup. Use water, not oil to cook your foods. The fat you eat is the fat you wear. Take out/minimize unhealthy fat and oil from your diet and watch the pounds melt away! Look at what you eat now. Read the food labels. If it contains oil/fat, take it out of your diet, or at the least, minimize it. If you can take the majority of foods out of your diet that contain oil/fat you will be amazed at how fast you'll shed pounds.
If you are overweight take it easy on animal fat AND plant fat as well- all cooking oils (olive oil too! -it's just fat!), avocados, nuts, etc., anything with oil/fat.

Healthy Diet + Regular Exercise= Healthy Lifestyle.

You’ll need to supplement your healthy eating with regular exercise. Turn into a walker. Walking is the healthiest exercise there is, for your body, for your mind. Start slowly. Gradually increase the lengths of your walks. It is recommended you walk as briskly as you can 3-5 times a week, 1-2 miles or longer- whatever works for you. Exercise creates endorphins- “feel good” chemicals in your brain. You’ll eventually crave your walks as they make you feel so much better mentally and physically throughout your day, and you’ll sleep better too.

THIS IS IMPORTANT: Read the first chapter of Dr. McDougall’s upcoming book called The Starch Solution- centering your meals around starches: sweet potatoes, potatoes, beans, grains, corn, and rice. You don't need meat!

Here's "The Solution". It's imperative that you read this, in its entirety:

Try thinking of it this way:

Meat and potatoes anyone? We’ve grown up centering our meals around meat. We became conditioned and addicted to food from animals. (There's addictive chemicals in all food from animals.) When meal planning, we first think of what “meat” to have. Then we think of what else to have besides the meat dish. For example, “I think we’ll have roast beef for supper“, then you think add some type of potatoes, etc.
For one who’s grown up with making meat the center of your meals, it’s quite different to think of meal planning in any other way. It was hard for me- at first. Then I read Dr. McDougall’s Starch Solution, and since then it’s been much easier, because I’ve trained my mind to think in a different way. I turned off one switch, and turned on another. Now the logic of centering one’s meals around starches makes perfect, healthy sense to me. I don't need meat!

When meal planning now I first think of what starch to make as the center of my meal- either sweet potatoes, potatoes, beans, grains, corn, or rice, and sometimes I combine more than one. For example beans and rice with a little salsa or guacamole, combined with a good size salad and a steamed vegetable make a wonderfully satisfying meal. You don't need meat! OK, that's the last time I'll say that. (But it's true!)

Effort will need to be put into your new meal planning. Since you’ve taken so many foods out of your diet, at first it may seem like you don‘t have that many foods to choose from- that your diet may seem mundane. Blame this on unhealthy food withdrawal that will go away with time. It is quite the contrary- you will have plenty of healthy foods and recipes to choose from.
Look at it this way: With your new healthy diet regimen, you will be depriving yourself of disease promoting food and drink. Instead you will be giving yourself the gift of health through health promoting food and drink.
With a little creativity and effort you can turn into a healthy meal planner. There are great cookbooks out there. Both Dr. McDougall and Dr. Fuhrman offer them. There is a plethora of dishes and foods to choose from with your new nutritarian lifestyle.

The most important, healthiest part of your meal?
Have a good size salad with as many lunches and suppers as you can, with a minimum of dressing. Raw veggies contain so many more nutrients than cooked- that’s why your salad is the healthiest part of your meal. Combine as many different types of raw vegetables in your salad as you can.
Most salad dressings are unhealthy- full of oil/fat and sugar. Try eating your salads without dressing, or only adding a small amount, or learn to make your own healthier dressings. There's lots of recipes out there. Sometimes my wife Bev and I have a mixture of plain raw veggie sticks instead of a salad i.e. carrot sticks, red or green bell pepper strips, cucumber sticks, cabbage wedges, pieces of cauliflower, broccoli, etc. that we dip in hummus or some other healthy veggie dip.

If you do not like salads, it may be all in your head. You maybe are not used to eating them. Keep giving them a try, in small amounts at first.
If you were on a desert island and all you had to eat were salads, most likely you would come to love them. Getting rid of excess sugar, oil, and salt in your diet will help you to fall in love with salads. As your taste buds recover from being used to the strong tastes of sugar, oil, and salt, you will start to appreciate the wonderful, subtle tastes of what you put in your salads. Raw red bell peppers for example add a great taste. Cucumbers, tomatoes, cilantro, fruit, nuts, berries, the list goes on and on. After awhile you will crave your salads. Just knowing that plant foods are healthiest for you will feel good mentally when you eat them, as well as physically.

Processed sugar and salt addiction has been compared to major drug addiction, like cocaine and heroin. If you succeed at giving up the majority of sugar and salt in your diet, only then will you know the incredibly wonderful tastes of real, whole, natural food and drink. Fruits, dates, melons, and berries will taste like nature’s candy and provide you with all the “sweet treats” you need.

I offer you a challenge: Try to take as much processed sugar and salt out of your diet that you can- for one month. Sugar and salt are strong tastes which deaden your taste buds. Processed sugar and salt in any form is unhealthy. By taking them out of your diet you’ll be amazed at the difference how healthy foods taste. It’s nearly impossible to not have any sugar and salt. I’m talking about making a concerted effort to not eat junk food- candy, pastries, chips, cookies, ice cream, etc. Don’t add any extra sugar or salt to your food or drink, for one month. Then see how sweet your favorite fruits and vegetables taste. You will be amazed!

After you switch to a plant foods diet you will start to lose weight naturally and start to feel better. You’ll have more energy.
You will be happier!

The milk from a cow:
The milk from a mother cow is intended for its calf, not a person. Goat’s milk, same thing- for a baby goat. Animal milk intended for their young is not healthy for people! Use a non-dairy drink like rice or soy "milk" on your oatmeal or cereal. It'll take a little time to get used to because you've been conditioned to use the milk from a cow. Soon it'll taste just fine.
Instead of adding butter to your foods, use a non-dairy alternative, ie Earth Balance or Nature’s Balance. It tastes great but take it easy on it- it contains oil/fat with lots of calories, but at least it doesn’t come from a cow. Dr. Fuhrman says the two most dangerous dairy foods are cheese and butter because of their high levels of saturated fat and cholesterol.

An egg is intended to hatch a baby bird, not to feed a person. Don’t eat bird’s eggs- they’re not intended for you, not healthy. Others say eggs are healthy because of all the protein. (There's a myth that we need all this protein. If you eat a well rounded plant based diet you get all the protein you need.) Some people eat only the egg whites for this purpose. The excess protein actually taxes your kidneys. There is lots of misinformation out there. Who do you believe? Believe Fuhrman, McDougall, and the countless other nutrition experts who believe: don’t eat eggs. The lobbyists for the million dollar egg industry will keep trying to convince you otherwise.

The healthiest nuts and seeds are those that are eaten raw, unsalted, and unroasted: walnuts, almonds, pecans, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and flax seeds are among the best. Eat with raisins or other dried fruit- tastes great. For those who need to lose weight, besides taking it easy on nuts and seeds, also take it easy on dried fruits- lots of calories and concentrated sweetener. After you’ve achieved your ideal weight you can start incorporating more of these plant foods that are higher in saturated plant fat back into your diet.

It is advised that for insurance sake nutritarians take a vitamin B supplement. Dr. Fuhrman and Dr. McDougall both advise this.

Food is a drug. If you are overweight, you are addicted to your unhealthy drugs- your food and drink. You must eventually take all or most unhealthy food and drink out of your diet if you are sincere about losing weight the fastest and most healthy way possible. You can do it in stages, or all at once. The more unhealthy food and drink you take out the faster your weight loss.

Healthy eating is not for anyone. It takes a strong willed person.
You must WANT to do it. You CAN do it.
When you start to see yourself losing weight, feeling better, coming off those past unhealthy food and drink addictions, you will be so happy! You will be ecstatic to look in the mirror and see the difference. You will love the smiles and feedback from those who love you.
Keep in mind, this will not happen overnight. Compared to someone who has an alcohol or drug addiction, it will take some time before the old cravings go away. Everywhere you look will be temptations- on TV, at fast food drive-ups, on billboards, the unhealthy food and drink others eat at family get-togethers and parties. You will most likely go through uncomfortable withdrawal from the unhealthy food and drink you’ve grown to love. Again, that will go away with time. Who’s the boss, your mind or your taste buds? Your mind must take control over your taste buds. You can make it happen. You must. If you give it a concerted effort, soon you will be given the opportunity to fall in love with the wonderful tastes of healthy food and drink. "Get addicted" to healthy food and drink! This is your life we are talking about!

Make a nutritarian, starch based diet your lifelong goal.

If you try this healthy lifestyle, and fall off the wagon/go back to unhealthy habits/binge, it happens. It’s happened to me. Sometimes you have to slip back into old, bad habits to be again reminded of better health that’s waiting for you. Pull yourself up, go right back to eating and drinking healthy. A person who’s given up smoking cigarettes can’t stand being around the smell of cigarette smoke. With time, the same will happen to you regarding unhealthy tastes.

Food from plants is definitely the answer to good health. You must stop or wean yourself from eating animal foods, or at the very least minimize the animal foods in your diet. By the way, there is no cholesterol in plant foods- only in food from animals. There is only fiber in plants foods, none in animal foods. In every food from an animal there is a percentage of unhealthy, disease promoting ingredients.

If you do decide to give these ideas a try, not only will you look and feel better, you’ll sleep better knowing you are adding years to your life. You’ll be a wonderful influence to those around you.

Another reason to turn to a healthier lifestyle is your love life.
The healthier the food and drink you put in your body the more
"running on all cylinders”. ;)

Many people, even though armed with the correct information about what is healthy and what is not, still choose to make their same unhealthy food and drink choices. Taste, habit, and addiction win out over the science and logic of eating and drinking healthy. Will you continue to be a conventional, unhealthy eater, like the great majority who are on the road to disease? Or will you try to go against the norm and do what’s best for you?

I’ve laid out the major points for good health that come right from doctors, nutrition experts. Now it’s up to you what you do with this information. There’s a whole new world out there, just waiting for you to embrace it.

*If you need further validation for this healthiest of lifestyles, you can order Dr. Fuhrman’s book set Eat For Health; One book is a nutrition primer, and the other book is a cookbook. Or another choice would be Dr. Fuhrman’s earlier book Eat To Live (which is he revising), at
Another great choice would be any of John McDougall’s wonderful books or DVDs at I will be looking forward to Dr. McDougall's new book The Starch Solution.

Both doctors have such a logical, easy to read way of putting things in layman‘s terms.

In conclusion, each of us makes choices, good and bad. It's your choice what you eat and drink. Diet and lifestyle can be looked at in a spiritual way. I'm not used to talking in religious terms, but it is right for you to be a good steward, to the earth and to yourself. It is right for you to want to be healthy, to take care of your mind and body, and to be a good influence on your family, your children, your friends, your work mates, to everyone you come in contact with.

I wish you good choices and good health.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

"If we do something foolish, like drink glassfuls of milk..."

... is part of an exact quote from Dr. John McDougall in this 9 minute video on how dairy and animal foods cause auto immune diseases like diabetes I, colitis, leaky gut, and others.

Dr. McDougall says: "As many as three million Americans may have type 1 diabetes, and each year more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
But there's a pretty straightforward way to avoid it altogether:
Don't consume dairy products or consume animal proteins --
but especially milk, cheese and other milk products.

The same is true for myriad other autoimmune diseases, such as arthritis, colitis, lupus and many more."

Scroll down for the video.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Comments from the Editor

I have received many different comments about Food For Thought over the past several months, both positive and negative. From "I agree with everything", to "I agree with almost everything", to "You don't have the right to write about health issues because you are not a doctor".
Of course it's easy to hear the positive comments. It's challenging to hear the negative. The negative comments especially inspire me to never give up, to always have hope that someday people will be turned on to a healthier lifestyle.
Yes, I am not a certified medical doctor. I am a messenger, a reporter.
I report what the best nutrition doctors in the world believe- ideology based on scientific facts and logic.

There will always be naysayers. That's a part of life. Some day these people may discover that the information presented in this blog was correct, and regret not following the advice.
Those who follow the advice have a better chance for a longer, healthier, happier life.

There will always be fine tuning. Even the best nutrition doctors in the world like Fuhrman and McDougall have minor disagreements about philosophy. But they all believe in plants. All the doctors I study believe the key to good health and longevity is a diet based on plants.

My wife Bev and I absolutely love the food we eat. A diet low in processed sugar, salt, and animal foods have made our taste buds sensitive to the wonderful, interesting, sweet tastes of foods that promote health and longevity: vegetables, fruit, beans, seeds and nuts. We hope you give it a try.

Light Bulb

Every time you turn on a light, you are shortening the life of the bulb. Every time you turn off a light you are conserving the life of the bulb.

Think of yourself as a 100 watt light bulb. Think of each watt signifying 1 year of your life.
Think of trying to live to be 100 years old: 100 watts = 100 years.

Every time you do something healthy for yourself the light stays off-
you are extending your life.

Every time you do something unhealthy to yourself the light is turned on- you are shortening your life.

In actuality, a person consuming unhealthy substances is "shortening the life of their bulb".
Many people today are hopelessly addicted to unhealthy food and drink, may possibly become sick from their unhealthy habits, and possibly die a premature death because of them.

Sadly, this can be prevented. If you truly want to achieve good health, you need to first educate yourself as to what is healthy and what is not. That is one of the main purposes of this blog:

Making the foundation of your diet plant based plus getting regular exercise is the best way to conserve your watts, ha!, your life.

If you are truly interested in educating yourself as far as what is healthy and what is not, please review past blog entries, and/or read any books from an assortment of "in the know" doctors, ie Joel Fuhrman MD,, John McDougall, MD,, plus a host of others. One such past blog entry is the first chapter of Dr. McDougall's next book:
This presents a solid foundation for a healthy diet.

Adopt a healthy, starch based (rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, corn, grains), plant based diet, and get regular exercise. Your light will shine longer, and brighter. Your light will be a tremendous influence on others. Let your light shine brothers and sisters! I hope you live 100 watts, I mean years!

People who are Gay

This entry is reissued and revised. One of our local "illustrious" and uninformed legislators- Steve Gottwald, (Paynesville, Minnesota) has sadly proposed a constitutional amendment in the Minnesota legislature to ban gay marriages. I truly believe Mr. Gottwald will find out someday that he made a terrible mistake. He will feel ashamed and embarrassed to find out he contributed to unnecessary hatred and prejudice in our world- that he contributed to human rights taking a step BACKWARD!

It is quite interesting and depressing to find out that ALL Minnesota republicans (only one democrat) voted for this bill. What does this tell us about republicans! -that the great majority of republicans today are old fashioned? -that the majority of republicans today have their heads in the sand regarding this issue?! Mr. Lincoln, our first republican, is turning over in his grave. "...dedicated to the proposition that all men (and women) are created equal."

I used to be in the dark about this. I used to make gay jokes in high school- fag, homo, queer.
It was what I was taught.
Then in college I got to know someone who was gay, and saw the light. I felt ashamed of myself.
But one cannot go back, only forward. Never a failure, always a lesson.

It took awhile before doctors concurred that blood letting didn’t work.
They drained blood out of people thinking the disease would drain out too.
This is the mentality of people at that time- hard to fathom!

It took awhile for doctors to agree that washing hands before surgery was a good practice.
The doctor who discovered this had his career ruined because of all the naysayers.

It took awhile for women to get the right to vote.
There are still countries who do not think of women as equal.
This is a tragedy.

There is still slavery in some countries.
There is still slavery!
There are still people who think they can own other people!

Unfortunately, sometimes it takes awhile for people to change their mindset.

There are some people who take everything the bible says literally.
Do these people realize how long ago the bible was written?
Those times were much different than today. Many beliefs and practices back then would be looked at as backward today, attitudes about gay people being one of them.
There are about 8 homosexual references in the bible. Only a couple of them paint homosexuality in a negative light. I believe these negative references are incorrect and prejudicial. The people who wrote these references simply- MADE A MISTAKE.
Again, think how long ago the bible was written.

There are bad straight people, just like there are bad gay people, just like there are bad white, black, brown, any color of skin people.
The great majority of all people however, are well intentioned, good people, regardless of sexual orientation or skin color, and ALL deserve the same human rights.

Unfortunately many are still uninformed regarding homosexuality.

But it is changing.

The leadership in the church I belong to recently has made some positive changes regarding accepting gay pastors.
There are people who have left our church because of this.
How unfortunate, sad, and misguided. They will find out someday they were misinformed all along and feel ashamed and embarrassed, just like I did when I realized I was misinformed about people who are gay.

There is still prejudice, bigotry, and misinformation.

Here is what I believe/WHAT I WOULD BET MY LIFE ON:

Being gay is not a choice.

The most important thing in any relationship is love.

Homosexuality has nothing, nothing, nothing to do with pedophilia. That is utterly ridiculous!

There are millions of people who are gay- the famous, and infamous. There always have been gay people, there always will be gay people.
Just as long as you are a good person, with good character- a good person is a good person, period.

Gay married people deserve the same misery as straight married people. Ha! Just kidding, just a joke.

Unlike Europe, it sadly will take some time before America overwhelmingly accepts a gay lifestyle. This is tragic, but real.
One has to try to be happy when progress occurs-
even if it’s one person at a time. Could this be you?

(I highly recommend HBO's documentary A Family is a Family is a Family.
It is touching, enlightening, and wonderful.)

Dr. McDougall Making a Difference!

Scroll down to watch the opening statements of Dr. McDougall and Dr. Forrester.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater

By Guest Blogger Peter

Often people don’t know what they would eat if they adopted a plant based diet. Basically it’s only because they are not familiar with the huge range of plant foods available.

What Australians call pumpkin Americans call winter squash. Winter squash is a summer-growing annual vegetable which includes several species within the genus Cucurbita. There is a wide range of winter squashes however in Australia two of the most popular varieties are Japanese (a.k.a. Jap) or Kent squash and butternut squash. Both when ripe have deep dense orange flesh and give a lovely colour and flavour to most recipes.
Winter squash can be baked, steamed, mashed, pureed, boiled and even microwaved. It’s an incredibly versatile vegetable used in soups, stews, pies, etc. Winter squash is ideal when a soup or stew requires thickening. It can be used in sweet or savoury dishes. Furthermore winter squashes are low calorie foods with about 40 calories per 100g. Squashes store well in the proper conditions, namely a dry cool place.
I think just about anyone can prepare the following simple dish:

Microwaved butternut squash

Cut butternut squash in half and scoop out the seeds. There is no need to peel the skin.
Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Cook in microwave on high for about 4 minutes. If not fully done give it a little more time.
The skin can be eaten. For those who don’t like the skin the flesh can easily be scooped out.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

My intention for this blog

I was having a productive talk about my blog with my dad the other day, when he said, "You're not going to talk me into being a vegetarian". And it hit me- that's not my intention. I can see how people reading the blog would get that impression- that I'm trying to convince people to become vegetarian or vegan, but that's not necessarily the case.
That got me thinking...

My intention is

1) to get people to think about their health by presenting information about what is healthy and what is not.

2) to get people to think about eating more plant foods, and at the least- eating less food from animals.

3) to get meat eaters to think about eating only animals that have been respectfully raised- wild or free range animals, or wild caught fish,
as compared to animals that have been raised in misery- factory farmed.

4) to get people thinking about limiting or eliminating harmful junk foods from their diet, such as white processed sugar, oils, and salt.

4) to prevent or heal disease with a healthy lifestyle- a mix of excellent nutrition and regular exercise.

5) to prevent pain and expense brought on by debilitating disease.

6) to get people to think about their longevity.

7) to present information that promotes good health, happiness and enjoyment.

8) to have people want to visit this blog.

In the past, I have used this blog occasionally as a diary for my frustrations. That's not going to happen again. My intention will be to only present information in an educational manner.

I am very proud of my dad. He has lost a lot of weight through better eating and exercise. He is trying to eat less meat and more plant foods. He reads this blog, and that's great.

If this blog provides any positive results regarding lifestyle,
that is my intention.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Meat and Dairy Cause Heart Attacks

Yesterday I found out that an old neighbor friend of mine that I used to play basketball with had a heart attack and died. We were the same age- 56. He'd never had a heart attack before. I know he had an unhealthy diet.

It makes me think. Is what we eat and drink worth the risk of an early death? I have done a lot of reading lately on heart disease and cancer. Think of cholesterol as little sticky bubbles. Whenever one consumes animal fat the cholesterol sticks to arteries. Over time it builds up, providing less and less room for blood flow, constricting the arteries, possibly leading to a heart attack. Taking doctor prescribed medication does help somewhat in an artificial way to decrease cholesterol build up, but what about the side affects and expense of the pills? A healthier, natural way is to transition to more of a plant-based diet. Why not prevent heart disease in the first place?
If you don't eat foods that have cholesterol you shouldn't have a cholesterol problem.

The lucky people who survive a first heart attack have a second chance. Most will rely on pills and continue with their unhealthy ways. I have a friend who says, "I can eat whatever I want just as long as I take my cholesterol pills." This approach may shorten his life. A better choice is to at the least decrease consumption of animal foods and transition to more of a plant-based diet.

I hope I never have to experience the pain of a heart attack.


"Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States for men and women. Nearly 2400 Americans die every day from cardiovascular disease – nearly one person every 37 seconds. Heart disease kills as many people annually as cancer, accidents, diabetes, and lung disease combined.

It is estimated that in 2008 about 800,000 Americans suffered their first heart attack, and another 400,000 suffered a repeat heart attack. This year at least 300,00 Americans first indication that they have heart disease will be sudden cardiac death.

Make sure you know your cardiovascular risk and are doing all you can to reduce your risk."

The following is a 45 minute radio interview. Much of it is doctor's jargon, but if you can be patient, pick out gems that are easy to understand.
This doctor does eat some wild fish and free-range poultry
but stresses plants/whole foods.

Links provided by Guest Blogger Peter

Dr. Castelli believes "the greatest medicine of all is to teach people how not to need it."

About Dr. Castelli:

The proof is not in the pudding.

Here's a lifestyle changing 5 minute video.
Ollie no longer has to take blood pressure medication.
Scroll down for the video.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mississippi Mergansers

My wife Beverly and I enjoy going for country drives whenever we can. We are bird watchers. Last week we were on a bridge high above the Mississippi River about 20 miles north of where we live, when we spotted several ducks swimming in the distance near the riverbank.
We pulled off to the side, shut the car off and got our binoculars out. There were 7 of them. We were surprised to see the males' large white head patch and the females have an interesting light brownish hairdo. As we were driving away, we got the bird book out and found out they were Hooded Mergansers, and that they are one of the most sought after ducks. So we decided to go back, and were glad we did! The book says:

"Extremely attractive and exceptionally shy, it's one of the most sought after ducks by birders. Most of the time the male's crest is held flat, but in moments of arousal or agitation he quickly unfolds his brilliant crest to attract a mate or signal danger. The drake displays his full range of colors and athletic abilities in elaborate late winter courtship displays and chases. It's important that he put on his best show as there are usually twice as many males as females."

There were two females and 5 males. We enjoyed watching their antics as the males danced, scooted across the water chasing the females, and "stood up" out of the water (like the small picture above) as they tried to impress a female, who would have no part of it. Their calls and chatter was like no other, hard to describe, very fun and interesting.
We watched them for several minutes. It was one of those connecting with the earth moments, a gift to us that we just happened upon.
Their antics were none like we'd ever seen. You'll have to see them yourself to appreciate their unique relationships. Fun!

Monday, April 4, 2011

This is what you shall do...

"This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals. Give to every one that asks. Stand up for those in need. Devote your income and labor to others. Have patience and indulgence toward people. Re-examine all you have been told at school or in any book- dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in your words, but in the silent lines of your lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body."

— Walt Whitman (excerpted and revised from Leaves of Grass- 1855)

Friday, April 1, 2011

People often ask "What do you eat?"

By Guest Blogger Peter

As a vegan for over 12 years (and vegetarian for 3 years before that) people often ask ‘what do you eat?’ as if plants don’t count as food. I answer ‘plants’. I rarely feel that I’m missing out, deprived or get cravings for animal foods. Quite simply there is such an ubiquitous choice of plant foods available from the five following foods groups, namely fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and nuts & seeds. The previous post below highlights just some of the plant foods available: (scroll down)

If you decide you would like to adopt a plant based diet, embracing it with the attitude of ‘abundance’ rather than ‘deprivation’, you are more likely to be successful. It’s all in the approach. Most people see veganism as a restriction and as such set themselves up to fail.
For those who have no intention of ever becoming vegan your health will still benefit by increasing the amount of whole, fresh plant foods in your diet.
Many people believe that by becoming vegan their health will suffer.
In fact most people who eat the Standard American Diet (SAD) will benefit from either becoming vegan or basing their diet around whole fresh plant foods as this blog has highlighted in many previous posts. That said, any diet can be unhealthy. A vegan diet without a little planning and eating too much processed and junk food can also be unhealthy. Aside from B12 there is no mineral or vitamin that a varied whole food plant can’t provide.

(If you eat food right out of an organic garden, or don't wash some of your store bought organic produce you'll get some B-12. GK)

The average person eats many of the same foods over and over again. The same pattern applies to vegans as well. We all form habits. Consequently once you make the switch and base your eating patterns around the dozen or so dishes that you like, you are half way there. You will get used to them and it will become habit. Furthermore your tastes change and foods that you may have eaten before may not be as appealing.

The bottom line is, explore the options, experiment and use your imagination when preparing plant foods. You don’t have to eat a particular vegetable, fruit, grain, legume etc. just because it’s healthy and you don’t like it. The choices are plentiful. There’s sure to be many plant foods that you like.

The world of plant foods is one of abundance, not deprivation.


* Addition from Greg:
From Wikipedia: Vegetarianism encompasses the practice of following a plant-based diet with the inclusion of dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.) and eggs, and with the exclusion of meat (red meat, poultry, and seafood).
Few people make the switch from being a meat eater immediately to vegan (no food from animals). As Peter stated , he was a vegetarian for 3 years before he made the change to vegan.
I started out with a semi-vegetarian diet: mainly vegetarian foods, but included fish and poultry, or other meats on an infrequent basis.

Trying to decrease meat from your diet is a big step. Then you may want to take it a step further: decreasing sugar, or salt, or junk foods, etc. Decreasing unhealthy food and drink one at a time works for most.
Any step to improve your diet is a step in the right direction.

How you take care of yourself is your choice. Your health is your most important possession. Once you lose it it will be tough to regain.
Think of your future. Time goes fast. The clock is ticking.

And as Peter stated,

"The world of plant foods is one of abundance, not deprivation."

Meat and Dairy Cause Cancer

This is Professor T. Colin Campbell PhD's
full presentation at the 2003 VegSource Healthy Lifestyle Expo.
Dr. Campbell authored The China Study.

Scroll down for the video.

Pick a video, any video...

This female dog is "mom" to these kittens.
In the video there's also other examples of mismatched mothers and babies, such as a mother leopard taking care of a baby baboon,
a mother cat and a baby deer, and others.
To access this video, after you click on the above link, scroll down approx 4/5 of the way. The female dog video is on the right.

On this page are approximately 36 different videos.
Most are on health and nutrition.
At the bottom of the page are many great clickable links. is a wonderful resource for recipes and all kinds of health info.