All The Blogs -- March 2012

Sarah Taylor

Could You Do It Yourself?

Sarah Taylor | March 28, 2012 | Animals, Health

Read More: animal cruelty, spirituality, vegan

At a recent lecture in a spiritual bookstore, I covered some of the spiritual aspects of going vegan.  Yet even if you’re not spiritual or religious, many of the same principles apply, simply because many spiritual traditions come down to...

John Davis

Vegan Goes Global - the first ten years, 1944-54

John Davis | March 28, 2012 | International

The word ‘vegan’ and the first Vegan Society began in November 1944 in England, but it wasn’t long before the idea spread to other countries. These notes are mostly from The Vegan, the journal of the Vegan Society, all copies...

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD

The Growing Problem of Prescription Drug Abuse

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | March 27, 2012 | Health

Read More: narcotics, opioids, oxycontin, oxycontin express, prescription drug abuse

Behind the everyday activities of life in America—going to work, socializing with friends and family, running errands, etc.—lies the untold story of prescription drug abuse. For many, the use of a powerful pain reliever (Vicodin, Percocet, morphine, etc.) happens only on a...

Jess Parsons

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B Esselstyn, Jr., M.D. - Book review

Jess Parsons | March 26, 2012 | Health

Read More: dr antonia demas, Dr Attwood, dr campbell, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Ornish, Esselstyn, Healthy food, heart, heart attack proof, moderation, plant-based diet, vegan recipes

Last time I reviewed an exciting book by this man’s son (Engine 2 Diet, Rip Esselstyn).  This book is more technical but in its way, just as exciting. Dr Esselstyn Jr doesn’t waste any time.  He starts with a...

J Morris Hicks

From Bison Burgers to Saving the Planet

J Morris Hicks | March 22, 2012 | Celebrities, Green

Read More: global warming, water pollution, water shortage

  Trailing in the bottom of the 7th inning---with Ted Turner Entering Atlanta's mega-airport yesterday morning at 6:00 a.m., I noticed a large poster image of Ted Turner gesturing with one hand and saying, "We're this close to ending polio." Then, while...

Michael Greger MD

Using Greens to Improve Athletic Performance

Michael Greger MD | March 22, 2012 | Health

Earlier this month on I completed a 17-part video series on the performance-enhancing effects of certain vegetables. It started with Doping with Beet Juice, which described how beets were the first to be found to significantly improve athletic...

John Davis

Hygiene cleans up - naturally of course

John Davis | March 21, 2012 | International

In 1998 the American Natural Hygiene Society, after 50 years, changed its name to the National Health Association (NHA), on the basis that most people didn’t understand what ‘Natural Hygiene’ meant. Quite right too, for me ‘hygiene’ has always been...

Sarah Taylor

Organic Labeling - What Does it REALLY Mean?

Sarah Taylor | March 20, 2012 | Health

Read More: organic, vegan

A common question I receive is about organic foods.  Are they really healthier?  Are they easier on the environment?  Doesn’t “organic” imply a more natural and cruelty-free environment for the animals?  What about organic seafood?  There are loads of myths...

Jess Parsons

Six Clean Energy Sources Need More Power - Mad Like Tesla Book Review

Jess Parsons | March 19, 2012 | Green

Read More: consumption, energy, environment, nuclear, solar, space, technology, wasteful

2012 is the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.  Mad Like Tesla, by Tyler Hamilton, salutes people dedicated to finding cleaner alternative energy sources.Nikola Tesla was an extremely quirky inventor full of mad ideas about the world -...

Janice Stanger, PhD

How To Make Delicious Green Sandwiches

Janice Stanger, PhD | March 17, 2012 | Food

Read More: kale, leafy green vegetables, recipes, sandwiches, whole food plant-based diets

These Toppling Creations Can Be Your Go-To Lunch Green smoothies are everywhere. Thousands of recipes offer intriguing ways to blend leafy greens, such as kale, chard, and spinach, with fruits, plant milks, chocolate, ice, and more for a thick, cold,...

J Morris Hicks

Protein---There's only one way not to get enough of it...

J Morris Hicks | March 16, 2012 | Health

  By not getting enough calories Essential nutrient? Yes. More important than complex carbohydrates? No. Earlier this week, I blogged about the importance of fiber in the diet of herbivores. Today, I want to revisit the old question about protein---because this...

Pam Popper PhD

Learn to be a Plant-Based Health Professional!

Pam Popper PhD | March 16, 2012

The Wellness Forum Institute's Diet and Lifestyle Intervention Course Begins June 6! The Diet and Lifestyle Intervention Course is offered by The Wellness Forum Institute for Health Studies.  The course is designed to teach doctors and other health and fitness...

Michael Greger MD

Harvard's Meat and Mortality Studies

Michael Greger MD | March 15, 2012 | Health

On Monday, the results of two major Harvard studies were published, following more than 100,000 men and women--and their diets--for up to 22 years. They found that red meat consumption was associated with living a significantly shorter life--increased cancer...

Walter Jacobson, M.D.

It's Not Easy Being A Saint In the City

Walter Jacobson, M.D. | March 14, 2012 | Lifestyle, Video

Read More: acceptance, compassion, cooperation, forgiveness, peace, truth

This world is so disturbed, so confused, so caught up in fear, judgment, aggression, competition. It's all very self destructive. There's only one way out of this mess. We need to change people's minds. We do this by staying true...

John Davis

The First Vegan Cookbook - New York 1874

John Davis | March 14, 2012 | International

We know there were some journals, published in London in the 1850s, which included only recipes entirely from plant foods and water, and it is possible some were compiled into a book. But until we can find a copy of that...

Sarah Taylor

Where do Vegans EAT?

Sarah Taylor | March 12, 2012 | Health

Read More: vegan dining, vegan restaurants, vegetarian restaurants

A very good friend brought up a great question to me today, after hearing that my husband and I got voracious food poisoning after eating salads at the Cheesecake Factory.  What he wanted to know was (in a polite way),...

Jess Parsons

Eco-friendly packaging - an investment in our future

Jess Parsons | March 12, 2012 | Green

Read More: environment, fast food, green, packaging, reusing, waste

The winner! Last year I was lucky enough to win a beautiful set of eco-friendly bamboo party ware from Friendlypak in New Zealand.  This substantial set arrived packed in their own compostable product - popstarch.  By the faint fragrance,...

Michael Greger MD

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (#20)

Michael Greger MD | March 8, 2012 | Health

Read More: alcohol, anorexia, beet juice, beets, beta carotene, caffeine, cancer, cardiac, carotenoderma, carrots, dementia, diabetes, dioxins, fish, fruit, glycemic index, greens, heart, hypothyroidism, jaundice, jenkins, kidney disease, mercury, phytonutrients, salmon, skin, stroke

This is another sampling of the more than 900 comments and questions I’ve responded to on the site (so far!). Please feel free to leave any follow-up questions here or on any of the hundreds of videos on the more than a thousand...

John Davis

The vegan school that invented vegetarians

John Davis | March 6, 2012 | International

We now know that the people closely connected with the Alcott House Academy, near London, were the first to call themselves ‘vegetarian’. This is how the school began. James Pierrepont Greaves was born in 1777, and for his first 40...