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Should Jews Be Vegan?

By Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D
May 15, 2013
File under: Agriculture, Environmental Impact, Health Concerns, Vegan


There is a widely accepted aspect of modern life that contradicts many Jewish teachings and harms people, communities, and the planet – the mass production and widespread consumption of meat.

Here is how the production and consumption of meat and other animal products conflict with six fundamental Jewish teachings:

1. While Judaism mandates that people should be very careful about preserving their health and their lives, numerous scientific studies have linked animal-based diets directly to heart disease, stroke, many forms of cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases. …read more of Should Jews Be Vegan? here

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Aspartame: Fibromyalgia and Preterm Birth

By Michael Greger M.D.
May 13, 2013
File under: Diet, Drinks, Health Concerns


Aspartame may be the reason that diet soda consumption during pregnancy has been linked to premature birth.

When we learned how bad butter was for us, the food industry responded by giving us margarine, which turned out to be even worse.

When the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) dietary guidelines directed us to lower our fat intake in hopes that we would pick up an apple, the food industry gave us fudge drizzled Snackwell cookies.

That is precisely reasoning like this that has led to the billion-dollar diet soda industry. …read more of Aspartame: Fibromyalgia and Preterm Birth here

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Imagining a Vegan World

By Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D
May 6, 2013
File under: Environmental Impact, Health Concerns, Vegan


“Some see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not.” Robert Kennedy

Yes, why not? Why not a vegetarian world, or even better, why not a vegan world? What would a vegan world be like?

It would be a world with far healthier people. Numerous studies show that a plant-based diet can sharply reduce the risk factors for heart disease, various types of cancer, stroke and other chronic degenerative diseases.

Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and others have shown that a well-planned vegetarian diet, along with other positive lifestyle changes, can reverse severe heart-related problems.

It would be a far more humane world. We could eliminate the abuse of 10 billion animals in the US and 65 billion worldwide raised for slaughter every year. Animals would no longer be bred and genetically programmed to produce far more flesh, milk and eggs than is natural. …read more of Imagining a Vegan World here

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Are Bioidentical Hormones Safe?

By Michael Greger M.D.
April 16, 2013
File under: Health Concerns, Natural Remedies


Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopause grew to prominence in the 1990’s when millions of women were sold hormones made from horse urine. The makers of Premarin (pregnant mare urine) promised HRT would prevent age-related diseases.

When the truth got out in 2002 that the opposite was true, that it actually increased risk of heart disease, stroke, pulmonary embolism, and invasive breast cancer, the number of prescriptions dropped and so did the rates of breast cancer.

Thanks to some high-profile celebrity endorsements, interest then switched to so-called “compounded bio-identical hormones,” from plant rather than equine sources, which were said to work the same without carrying the same risks. But what does the science say?

In the video Plant-Based Bioidentical Hormones, I note there have been several new reviews on the subject from the American College of OB/GYN’s, the Mayo Clinic and the editors-in-chief of the journal of the International Menopause Society. …read more of Are Bioidentical Hormones Safe? here

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12 Rules for Controlling Chronic Pain with Nutrition

By Vincent Pedre M.D.
March 18, 2013
File under: Health Concerns, Natural Remedies, Vegan


You have only to look at how extensive the pain-relieving products section is at your local pharmacy to know that pain is big business.

The problem is that pain medications are often not effective enough, and certainly not over the long-term.  Pain-relieving medications often have dangerous side effects, as well.

If you are among the more than 100 million Americans who suffer from chronic pain, there are better ways to control pain than taking a daily painkiller.

Nutrition plays a larger role in chronic pain than most people realize.  The documentary, “Fat, Sick and nearly Dead,” makes the case that switching to the plant-based, nutrient-dense diet will reduce inflammation and restore natural balance in the body. …read more of 12 Rules for Controlling Chronic Pain with Nutrition here

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