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He Healed His Failing Heart with a Plant-Based Diet

On September 19th, 2016 Jeffrey Doucette's heart stopped beating. He was driving when he had a massive heart attack which caused him to cross four lanes of traffic during rush hour. Luckily he didn't hit any other vehicles, but when he hit a curb, he says his heart miraculously started again. Jeffrey says he feels blessed to have been brought back to life and to have been located just 20 minutes from the number one Pulmonary/Cardiovascular research center in the country. He spent a week in the hospital "undergoing every test…

Plant-Based | Vegan Sources of Vitamins and Minerals

OBTAINING MICRONUTRIENTS FROM PLANTS, SUN, AND SOIL If you are considering or new to a plant based / vegan diet and want to make sure you are getting proper nutrition, or if you are concerned that your vegan loved one may be suffering malnourishment, this article is for you. Plant based / vegan sources of vitamins and minerals are easy to obtain eating a variety of fresh whole plant foods. In this article I'll discuss what micronutrients are, what the recommended daily intake for each vitamin and mineral is, the role each…

Plant-Based Sources of Essential MacroNutrients

Food contains substances necessary for the healthy growth and development of the human body. The two basic categories of nutrients are macronutrients and micronutrients. Macronutrients include the substances the human body requires in large amounts. Micronutrients include the substances the human body requires in relatively small amounts. The five basic macronutrients are sugar (aka carbohydrate), fat, protein, water, and fiber. These five ingredients make up the bulk of the food we consume and are each essential in varying…

The “Milk is Essential for Calcium” Myth

The dairy industry has spent mountains of money to convince us that "milk does a body good." Their main selling point: milk gives your body the calcium it needs. The message the dairy industry has sent is that no other food quite compares to the unique ability of cow milk to give humans this essential nutrient. The “Humans Need Cow Milk” Deception Any internet search for “Calcium” will reflect just how entrenched this myth is as almost all articles begin with describing dairy products as the main source of calcium. It is…

Plant-Based Sources of Calcium

If you are thinking of giving up meat and dairy but wondering how you would survive without the calcium, or want to better communicate with your loved ones about plant based sources of calcium, this is for you. So Just What is Calcium? Calcium is a mineral that is essential to human life. Calcium helps us build and maintain bones, contract muscles, helps nerves communicate, and helps our blood clot when we have an injury. Every day we lose calcium through our sweat, urine, feces, hair, skin, and nails and we must replenish…

7 Ways Schools Confuse Basic Nutrition for Students

For starters, I'm not pointing fingers at any school, teacher, or administration. Rather I seek to expose the hidden corruption in school nutrition that teachers and administration are themselves, either embarrassed of, frustrated with, or ignorant of depending on their own education on the subject. Teachers and schools are beholden to a larger authority if they would like to receive money to support school lunch. They must follow and promote strict food guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For many years…

Man Lost Half His Body Weight, Naturally, on a Vegan Diet

Benji Kurtz says that on Memorial Day weekend in 2013 the answer to his "lifelong quest for good health" found him. At the time he weighed 258 pounds and was determined to lose the weight. According to Benji's first person account: "At that point in time, my weight had ballooned up as it normally did in the Spring. I’d pack the pounds onto my 5’5″ frame, up to between 250 and 265 (my all time high was 278), then I’d “low-carb” it for several months, and exercise, get down to around 220 or 230 in the Fall, and then repeat the…

Is Milk a Healthy Food?

Milk is that one food that school tells our children should be consumed with every meal. In United States schools students don't even have a choice. Want to eat?  Get a milk. Even if they don't want milk, schools will force children to take a milk and throw it out because that's the rules handed down by the USDA. When my children were in preschool and kindergarten I volunteered in the kitchen at their school and so got a behind the scenes look at the rules and pressure school kitchen staff face. If menus don't follow the…

How the Dairy Industry Disguises Advertising as School Nutrition Education

If you are a regular person, you want to know what foods to eat to stay healthy. If you are a dairy farmer, ice-cream maker, or butter seller, you want to sell more product. As a salesperson you must create a demand, or sense of need, for the product you are selling. If you are the dairy industry, how better to sell milk than by selling it as an essential part of the human diet? But while you might take the word of a dairy farmer or company with a grain of salt, the United States government is a trusted source for many,…

One twin eats hi-fat, the other hi-sugar, what did tests show?

What happens when two identical twins go on radically opposite diets. For the 2014 BBC documentary Fat vs. Sugar, twin brothers undertake a fascinating and insightful experiment. One twin abandons all sugar for a hi-fat diet, similar to that recommended by Atkins, low-carb, Paleo diet advocates. The other twin abandons all fat for a hi-sugar diet, similar to that recommended by vegan, vegetarian, and plant based diet advocates. I can tell you the whole story here but if you have an hour you can check out the full story for…