What Causes Insulin Resistance?
Dr. Greger's not for profit website NutritionFacts.org is a wealth of knowledge on the latest findings from medical and scientific articles and journals. Dr. Greger and his team reads through as many peer reviewed articles as they can, and condenses them into easily digestible videos for us! How nice! Here's a great one describing, in depth, why sugar is not the cause of insulin resistance as many people believe. This is an important video to watch or share!
I love seeing the vegan diet taken to a philosophical and intellectual level as this woman's research does. Why is eating meat an agreed upon social norm, and what is involved in keeping it this way?
This is a must-see, an incredibly moving and powerful snapshot of 'why vegan?'. Please share!
UN Urges the World to Eat Less Meat
A tax on meat? It's a shame that government and industry continue to ignore these suggestions given by the UN. Check out this video of footage of the UN's discussions on animal agriculture.
Cowspiracy, The Sustainability Secret. I haven't yet seen this documentary, but it sounds like it'll be another good one! Visit www.cowspiracy.com for more details.
The China Study
The China Study is a must read for anyone interested in the claim that a diet rich in animal protein contributes to cancer and many western diseases. Based on the highest quality of peer reviewed research, the China Study is the largest ever nutritional study conducted on 6500 humans, spanning 65 counties in China. Its results are profound and life changing. If anyone is serious about learning the 'whys' of a plant based/vegan diet through a nutritional lens, this book is a must read.
Healthy, Vegan Children
Once in a while I re-read these stories of vegan children. I love the long term picture it gives on many vegan-since-conception children. It's a great page to send to a friend who doesn't think being vegan is healthy for children.
A Vegan Bodybuilding Experiment
Here's a short video about one bodybuilders experience transitioning to a plant based diet and why he did it. Everyone has their own reasons for changing their diet, and their own reasons for sticking to it. Here's Joshua's.
Dr McDougall's Health and Medical Center
Doctors and programs like Dr McDougall's are the key to the future of health! Check out this inspiring website.
Thoughts From a 98 Year Old Vegan
Vegan for almost 50 years, Dr. Ellsworth Wareham shares some thoughts on his life, his nutrition and exercise regime, why he retired, and what he thinks about heart disease.
A year ago I decided to further my education by registering for eCornell's Plant Based Nutrition Certificate. What an invaluable course it was to grasp some major knowledge of science and nutrition, and how it impacts our health! If you're interested in learning more about Plant Based Nutrition for optimal health and disease prevention then this is a course you'll want to look into.
If lectures and assignments aren't your thing right now, but you could settle for a good summer read, another option is picking up T. Colin Campbell's well-written and easy to read nutritional study, The China Study, or his newest book out on shelves now, Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition.
Furthermore, if you want a movie version, go ahead and watch the amazing film, Forks Over Knives.
And for the Cole's Notes version, take a quick look at this TED Talks: Resolving the Health Care Crisis, below.
Dean Ornish- Integrative Medicine
I just finished reading an article on integrative medicine which highlighted the work of Dean Ornish. I've been a fan of Dean Ornish's since finding out that Bill Clinton turned to a vegan diet to reverse his heart disease on the recommendation of Dr. Dean Ornish. This forward thinking doctor uses integrative therapies to heal and prevent some of the leading causes of death. He includes meditation and yoga for stress relief, fitness, community and relationship building, and a whole foods-plant based diet in his methods.
Browse through his site here to see what Medicare Insurance in the United States funds as a viable way of treating and preventing disease. After all, we all know that money talks louder than many things, and if a US insurance provider funds this program, it must work!
Here's a great movie for anyone diagnosed with any stage of diabetes, or those who are interested in controlling your own health! Available in full length on YouTube.
TEDxSF - 7 Billion Well - Dean Ornish, M.D.
This is a talk that every person should watch. This is the future of our health.
"Dean Ornish, M.D., is the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. For over 34 years, he has directed clinical research demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. He was appointed by President Clinton to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and by President Obama to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. He was selected as one of the "TIME 100" in integrative medicine and by Forbes as "one of the seven most powerful teachers in the world." He received his medical training from the Baylor College of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts General Hospital. He earned a B.A. in Humanities summa cum laude from the University of Texas in Austin."
Gangnam Style Parody
This brightened up my rainy morning. Vegan Style!
From Excuse-itarian to Vegan
Here's an awesome talk by my hero, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. I heard her give a similar talk at the Toronto Veg Festival and was so excited to hear her live. She's does amazing work and has really influenced me on my path. Enjoy!
I stumbled upon this 5 min. TEDtalk and was reminded how we're all on our own path, at different stages and are open to different amounts of change. Every bit helps. Why do nothing if you can't do everything?
Here's how Graham Hill is finding balance in his life.
Eating For Health, Not Weight
Dean Ornish, one of my many plant-based heroes, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and the founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, has recently published an opinion piece in the New York Times.
Click HERE to read what he has to say about eating for health and a healthy weight.
Making the Connection- Ethics
Your dog is the cow you eat. You cat is the fur you wear. Make the connection and see that all living animals deserve love and respect. Why do we still turn an blind eye to the cruelty and suffering of 56 billion animals per year?
The Hidden Costs of Hamburgers
"Americans love hamburgers – we each eat an average of three a week. But what are the hidden costs? It turns out that livestock create about as much greenhouse gas pollution as cars, planes and other forms of transport. They also take a heavy environmental toll on land and water worldwide. How can we reduce our impact? Learn more in this animated short from the Center for Investigative Reporting."
One of the most powerful and comprehensive talks I've ever heard. Mark Bittman, a conscious omnivore, encourages us to think about what we put on our plate and into our bodies.
Get Meat Off the Menu
There are many reasons to get meat off the menu- health, the environment, respect for life and sentient beings, and world hunger. In this 10 minute speech during a debate consisting of 6 speakers- three who make the case for getting animals off the menu an three who make the case against it- Philip Wollen delivers a powerful message.
Juice, Fresh Pressed Juice
Today's inspiration comes to you in picture form. Freshly juiced vegetable and fruit juices deliver nutrients directly to your blood at a similar absorption rate as alcohol. Without needing to be broken down, these nutrients pass the digestion phase which leaves energy for your body to focus on other tasks at hand such as detoxifying and continuing the digestion of other foods. Fresh pressed juices like the ones below are very different than store-bought juices. Your grocery store juices have been pasteurized (heated to kill bacteria) leaving very little nutrition other than some vitamin fortification. They have nearly as much sugar as a soda and the flavours are chemically enhanced with 'flavour packs'. Have you ever wondered how one brand maintains a consistent flavour and colour every single time?
In fresh juices we have the whole food minus the fiber. Our cells are craving large amounts of nutrients from heads of lettuce, bunches of kale, apples and carrots and lemons, red cabbage and cucumbers and beets. In our modern world, many of us are eating more than ever while at the same time chronically malnourished from a lack of vitamins, minerals, fiber and healthy fats. Add just one juice to your day for a week and watch yourself transform.
A 50 Year Old Athlete Says It How It Is
Here it is folks. Martina Navratilova, tennis champ, lets us in on her secret to health and a competitive edge in this 3 minute video. Quick and dirty, she gets right to the point. Listen up!