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Voldemort goes Vegan!

Jess Parsons | July 25, 11 at 01:06 AM | Celebrities

Read More: compost, entertaining, Harry Potter, organic farming, vegan

I enjoyed the final final really the last Harry Potter movie just a few days ago.  (I was surprised to find that the critics enjoyed it even more than I did.) I won't spoil the end for anyone...in fact,...

Caged chickens in New Zealand need your help - act now!

Jess Parsons | July 23, 11 at 02:10 PM | Animals

Read More: animal suffering, cages, eggs, factory farms, hens, politics

Over three million hens in New Zealand live short and cruel lives crammed inside wire cages to produce almost 1 billion eggs. For over 20 years SAFE has campaigned to ban these battery cages. Open Rescue have bravely entered...

Harvard joins the food police - you really are what you eat

Jess Parsons | July 21, 11 at 01:15 PM | Health

Read More: dr mcdougall, dr t colin campbell, exercise, moderation, nutrition, weight loss

Diet enemy #1  Health-conscious?  Here's news you need to know.  A comprehensive mainstream study from Harvard University confirms the health and weightloss message from my favourite fringe doctors (like Dr McDougall and Dr T Colin Campbell). Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian,...

Breastfeeding and Burkas

Jess Parsons | July 14, 11 at 07:08 PM | Health

Read More: breastfeeding, breastfeeding older children, religion, vegan children

In some cultures women are expected to hide their bodies.  Other cultures do not follow these illogical customs. Within the culture, women can be the strongest voices in continuing the practice.  They demand that other women cover up and...

New Zealand - Christchurch Vegetarians still shaken

Jess Parsons | July 10, 11 at 09:06 PM | International

Read More: donation, earthquakes, New Zealand

Auckland made the news briefly for our small unexpected earthquake on July 6th.  It was very shallow (9kms) and practically on my doorstep (1-2kms away).  Of course most earthquakes are unexpected, but Auckland really isn't known for them.  The...

Can you afford FUD in your food?

Jess Parsons | July 6, 11 at 05:45 PM | Food

Read More: animal foods, cost of food, dr t colin campbell, education, food guidelines, health-promoting diet, New Zealand, nutrition

What is the cost of a healthy diet? The Department of Human Nutrition at the University of Otago does a yearly survey of the cost of a selected range of groceries.  The grocery list is based on the New...

Health education with Dr T. Colin Campbell - tune in, turn on, declare independence!

Jess Parsons | July 4, 11 at 03:22 AM | Health

Read More: cancer prevention, carcinogens, dr t colin campbell, exercise, genes, health-promoting diet, heart disease reversal, Independence Day, weight loss

To celebrate Independence Day, I am pleased to announce that, along with my dedicated classmates and following in the footsteps of nutrition activists like J Morris Hicks, I've achieved Dr T Colin Campbell's Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition! Declare...

Gluten free vegan baking

Jess Parsons | June 28, 11 at 03:01 PM | Food

Read More: gluten free, intolerance, vegan baking, vegan muffins, wheat

Most grain products for sale are wheat products. Bread, crackers, biscuits, muffins, pasta.. A change from wheat can do you good, even if you don't have a diagnosable intolerance. I avoid giving Nadia (3) lots of wheat in the...

Health education with Dr T. Colin Campbell - weighing in

Jess Parsons | June 28, 11 at 02:49 AM | Health

Read More: cancer, dr mcdougall, dr t colin campbell, education, healthy eating, weight loss

I've passed my stage 2 study of Diseases of Affluence from Dr T Colin Campbell's Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition and will start stage 3 in a couple of days! While I'm sharing some of the discussion questions with...

Women in business

Jess Parsons | June 25, 11 at 02:14 PM | Lifestyle

Read More: business, children, gender, health, money, mother

    Photo of vegan career woman: BodyShots Auckland Women are naturally paid less because they take more sick leave due to, ummm, monthly women's problems and lifetime problems like children. New Zealand Employment and Manufacturers Association (EMA) chief...

Health education with Dr T. Colin Campbell - hot off the press

Jess Parsons | June 23, 11 at 11:09 PM | Health

Read More: cancer, diabetes, dr esselstyn, dr mcdougall, dr t colin campbell, healthcare, heart disease, plant based diet, weight loss

  As I near the end of Dr T Colin Campbell's Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition, one theme is clear: Communication is key. Much of the information we are studying is not even new.  Experts like Dr Campbell have...

Purrrrfect vegans?

Jess Parsons | June 21, 11 at 03:10 PM | Animals

Read More: animal cruelty, animal testing, hunting, pet food, pets, vegan pets

Cats are carnivores.  They are natural hunters, skilled at stalking and swift at capture.  One of my trio of housecats had a leg and a tail off a skink yesterday before I could do anything about it. So obviously,...

Health education with Dr T. Colin Campbell - straight from the heart

Jess Parsons | June 16, 11 at 01:55 PM | Health

Read More: animal foods, dr esselstyn, dr mcdougall, dr popper, dr t colin campbell, Jeff Novick, medications

I continue to be amazed by the wealth of information in every stage of Dr T Colin Campbell's Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition.  As I approach the end of stage 3, I have enjoyed lectures from (obviously) Dr Campbell,...

Secondhand smarts - iron in the kitchen

Jess Parsons | June 10, 11 at 05:09 PM | Lifestyle

Read More: cooking, healthy eating, tradition, vegan health

Skillet cornbread! Cooking with cast iron With nonstick cooking surfaces proving toxic, cast iron is back in fashion.  It lasts through generations with minimal maintenance - a real old-fashioned success story. 10 Reasons to try cast iron Vegetarian cast...

Gardening - not just a weekend hobby

Jess Parsons | June 3, 11 at 09:05 PM | Lifestyle

Read More: community, food industry, food shortages, gardening, organic farming

The last of the summer squash Changing seasons In New Zealand, we are leaving summer for winter.  Many of you will be enjoying the opposite transition.  But it all comes around again as we wear shorts while barbecuing Christmas...

Health education with Dr T. Colin Campbell - science confusion

Jess Parsons | May 31, 11 at 02:36 AM | Health

Read More: cancer, cholesterol, diabetes, dr mcdougall, dr ornish, dr t colin campbell, Eggs, heart disease, medications, moderation, Nurses Health Study, nutrition, plant based diet, refined food, stroke

I'm now well into my stage 2 study of Diseases of Affluence from Dr T Colin Campbell's Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition  and it's really ramping up.  But here's another installment of the thought-provoking discussion from the first stage,...

Feeding cows to cows - lest we forget

Jess Parsons | May 22, 11 at 07:02 PM | Food

Read More: animal feed, animal foods, carnivores, diet and health, European Union, farmers, livestock, rainforest, soy, vegans, waste

It couldn't happen again.  Could it? This week, the European Union is voting on whether to lift the ban on feeding animal by-products to pigs, chickens and farmed fish. Why, oh why? The discussion is not based on any...

Health education with Dr T. Colin Campbell - the plant-based message

Jess Parsons | May 21, 11 at 02:38 AM | Health

Read More: cancer, dr t colin campbell, education, fat, nutrition, plant based diet, protein, vegans

  I'm thrilled to have passed the first stage of Dr T Colin Campbell's Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition! I've corresponded with students all over the world searching for nutrition enlightenment for a fascinating variety of reasons.  I've also viewed...

Health education with Dr T. Colin Campbell

Jess Parsons | May 17, 11 at 02:13 PM | Health

Read More: doctor, dr esselstyn, dr mcdougall, dr t colin campbell, education, fad diets, food industry, food labels, John Robbins, New Zealand, nutrition, plant based diet

I'm well on my way to finishing the first of three segments to the Certificate of Plant Based Nutrition, content thanks to Dr T Colin Campbell.  It's been rewarding to learn what Dr Campbell has chosen as the essence...

Positively activist

Jess Parsons | May 9, 11 at 03:04 AM | Lifestyle

Read More: action, activism, animal suffering, attitude, collective power, local, New Zealand, news, positive

                                     Protesting at the WTO  How do we remain positive and remain effective activists? The world has far more things that need fixing that we could ever address, and news sources revel in the awful.  Good news is hard...