Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology.
(#4 Feb. 12, 2014; #5 March 12, 2014; #6 April 9, 2014; #7 May 14, 2014; #8, June 11, 2014; July 9, 2014; #10, August 11, 2014).

What’s at stake:  Vegetarianism offers significant guidance—principles and practices—to our nutrition and health, to our treatment of animals, and to climate change. 

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Contents Vegetarian Action Newsletter #11, September 10


Nutrition, Health
Dr. Fuhrman

Animal Rights and Protection
The Abolitionist Approach: Veganism
John Griffith, Abolitionist Vegan Advocate from Jonesboro, johnbengriffith@gmail.com
The Abolitionist Vegan Society
World Day for Farmed Animals
10 Billion Lives
World Peace Diet

Global Warming, Climate Change
National Wildlife Federation
Climate Change, Animals, the Future: Google Search

Dick, Patacake and Dalailamas

Dr. Fuhrman
Dr. Fuhrman coined the word, Nutritarian to describe his recommended diet which concentrates on eating the most micronutrient rich foods.
What is Dr. Fuhrman’s Nutritarian Diet

Simply put, a Nutritarian diet is a way of eating which bases food choices on maximizing the micronutrients per calorie. A Nutritarian diet is designed with food that has powerful disease-protecting and therapeutic effects and delivers a broad array of micronutrients via a wide spectrum of food choices. It is not sufficient to merely avoid fats, consume foods with a low glycemic index, lower the intake of animal products, or eat a diet of mostly raw foods. A truly healthful Nutritarian diet must be micronutrient rich and the micronutrient richness must be adjusted to meet individual needs. The foods with the highest micronutrient per calorie scores are green vegetables, colorful vegetables, and fresh fruits. For optimal health and to combat disease, it is necessary to consume enough of these foods that deliver the highest concentration of nutrients.
A Nutritarian diet is guided by nutritional quality.

Dr. Fuhrman's Prescription for Improving and Maintaining Great Health
  • Dr. Fuhrman's food pyramid is based on his principles of the health equation Health = Nutrients / Calories (H=N/C).
  • He advocates that at least 90% of the daily diet should be comprised of whole plant foods that naturally contain health-promoting phytochemicals.*
  • The pyramid promotes foods that are richest in micronutrients and benefit health and longevity.

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The quality of a diet can be based on three simple criteria:
  1. Levels of micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals) per calorie
  2. Amounts of macronutrients (fat, carbohydrate, protein) to meet individual needs, without excessive calories that may lead to weight gain or health compromise
  3. Avoidance of potentially toxic substances (such as trans fats) and limited amounts of other potentially harmful substances (such as sodium)
Dr. Fuhrman created The Health Equation: H=N/C or Health = Nutrients/Calories (first published in 1999 in his work, The Health Equation and later described in more detail in his book, Eat To Live) to define how the quality of calories impacts health.
This equation means your future health can be predicted by the micronutrient per calorie density of your diet. Micronutrient per calorie density is important in devising and recommending menu plans and dietary suggestions that are the most effective for tackling weight loss and for preventing and reversing disease.
Assuring superior nutrition means meeting an individual's unique nutritional needs to profound therapeutic effects for preventing, treating and reversing disease. Dietary micronutrient quality must be increased accordingly to utilize dietary recommendations therapeutically for disease reversal or to protect high-risk individuals.
Though micronutrient density is critically important, it is not the only factor that determines health. For example Vitamin D levels, B12, and proper omega-3 intake are important for optimal long-term health as well as avoidance of sodium and other toxic excesses. These concerns are not addressed in the H = N/C equation. However, if the focus is consuming more micronutrient-rich natural foods then the other important nutritional benefits automatically will follow, such as lower sodium, reduced calories, high fiber and volume, a low glycemic index, and a high satiety and phytochemical index to name a few.
Eating low nutrient foods fuels overeating behavior and toxic hunger.
Last, but not least, Dr. Fuhrman's unique contribution to the science of nutritional care, disease reversal and weight loss is his explanation of the physiology behind hunger and food cravings.
It is important to recognize that low nutrient eating (and toxic eating) leads to increased cellular toxicity with undesirable levels of free radicals and advanced glycation end products (AGE's), lipofuscin, lipid A2E and other toxins that contribute to the development of chronic disease. His findings are that these toxic substances lead to addictive withdrawal symptoms (toxic hunger) which result in the desire to eat more frequently and overeat. Low nutrient eating, therefore, establishes a mechanism that leads to food addictions and food cravings that can't be ignored. This is the reason why calorie counting diets fail. Without addressing dietary quality, excess food cravings are almost impossible to ignore.
Fortunately the drive to over-consume calories is blunted by high micronutrient, high food antioxidant, consumption and the symptoms that people thought were hypoglycemia or even hunger, simply disappear after following his dietary recommendations. Not only do people lose the symptoms of fatigue, headaches, irritability and stomach cramping, but they get back in touch with true hunger felt in the throat, which simply makes eating more pleasurable and directs them to a more appropriate amount of calories for their body's biological needs.
Nutritarian Checklist

Download a printable PDF version
of the Nutritarian Checklist to help you
keep on track every day.
In a portion controlled (calorie counting) diet it is likely that the body will not get adequate fiber or micronutrients. The body will have a compounded sensation of hunger and cravings which for most is simply overwhelming. It invariably results in people either being unable to lose weight or unable to keep the weight off and eventually gaining it back. The biochemistry and physiology behind food cravings are more thoroughly explained in Dr. Fuhrman's books and lectures, but without a thorough understanding of these principles weight loss attempts are typically doomed to fail.
Are you striving to adopt a Nutritarian diet to extend lifespan and reverse and prevent disease?
Here are 5 basic rules that may help you:
  1. Consume a large green salad every day, and put some raw onion and shredded cruciferous veggies on top.
  2. Eat at least a 1/2 cup of beans or lentils each day, in a soup, stew, or top of a salad or in another dish.
  3. Eat at least 3 fresh fruits a day, especially berries, pomegranate, cherries, plums, and oranges.
  4. Eat at least 1 ounce of raw seeds and nuts daily, utilizing some chia seeds, flax seeds and walnuts.
  5. Consume a double-sized serving of steamed greens daily, and utilize mushrooms and onions in your dishes.

Test Dr. Fuhrman, sent to me by a MD friend
 Dick, this is an informative email series on various health topics fromwww.nihseniorhealth.gov


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Benefits to health, hunger and climate should only be regarded as positive impacts of veganism adopted from a moral conviction not as reasons to advocate veganism in their own right. John Griffith (https://www.facebook.com/johnbengriffith?fref=ts) tells us why:

“The argument from health says you should be vegan because animal products are bad for your health. If you feel good or if you only eat a moderate amount of animal products that minimally affect your health the argument is negated and you won't be vegan.

The argument from hunger says you should be vegan because it frees up resources to feed more. If you can transition to eating "more efficient calorie converters" the argument is negated and you won't be vegan.

The argument from climate says you should be vegan because animal agriculture is a major contributor to climate change. If you can transition to eating non-ruminants and other animals that produce fewer emissions the argument is negated and you will not be vegan.

The argument from abolition says that you cannot justify treating another sentient being as property. This argument has no negation. Animal liberation is only achievable in any lasting and significant way through the moral argument with abolition as the moral baseline.”
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Our country is home to a diverse array of wildlife ranging from the highest peaks, to the driest deserts, to freshwater and marine environments and to all the places in between. The abundant and diverse wildlife resources, which are so important to our culture and well-being, face a bleak future if we do not address global warming.

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Polar bears rely heavily on Arctic sea ice, which is rapidly disappearing due to global warming. In Hudson Bay, polar bears are starving during the long summer months as the ice they rely on to hunt for food melts earlier each spring and later in the fall. Learn more >>

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Melting arctic ice removes hunting ground from Polar Bears.
Warmer water temperatures will cause population declines for trout, salmon and many other species that require cold water to survive.
Rising ocean temperatures have already caused massive coral bleaching, leading to the collapse of these ecosystems which sustain huge numbers of fish.
Larger floods are expected to increase erosion levels, reducing water quality and degrading aquatic habitat.
Severe droughts stress and can kill plants on which wildlife depend for food and shelter, and deprives wildlife of water sources.
Climate change has altered food availability for migratory species; birds arrive on schedule to find their food sources--insects, seeds, flowering plants--have hatched or bloomed too early or not at all.
Milder winters cause seasonal food caches to spoil, so wildlife species like the Gray Jay depending on food stores to survive the winter are left without sustenance.
Droughts caused by global warming could dry up 90 percent of central U.S. wetlands, eliminating essential breeding habitat for ducks, geese and other migratory species.
Rising sea level and changes in salinity could decimate mangrove forests, leaving many fish, shellfish, and other wildlife without a place to breed, feed or raise offspring.
Often overlooked, just as important as the many ways in which our climate is changing, is that it is changing so fast and thus the need to address global warming. Species may not be able to adapt to this rapid climate change or to move fast enough to more suitable areas as their current areas become less suitable for them. Unless significant action is taken now, global warming will likely become the single most important factor to affect wildlife since the emergence of mankind.

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When faced with a powerful, dire threat many people, feeling helpless, or just wishing to remain comfortable, deny, avoid, evade in all the ways humans are so expert, and our commercial society so adept at exploiting.  Let’s call it, to change the metaphor, the patacake response, with smiling face.  (Wal-Mart’s Smiley Face sells!)
       Many fewer recognize reality, try to understand it, to alert others, and prepare for and prevent the worst while keeping their eyes on the goal of a caring society.  Let’s call them the dalailamas, who see clearly and still smile (good psychology).    OMNI was established to provide this public service.   Of course nobody invited us either to seek or tell the truth, so we shouldn’t get bent out of shape if we’re not always welcome.
       But because serious, probably catastrophic, dangers are ahead, we ought to try to stop or reduce the old harms (violence in general, nuclear war specifically) and new approaching harms (climate change rushing in, even our supposedly responsible officials disregarding and denying). 
     How does Vegetarianism come in?  If we know people (species!) are in danger, shouldn’t we use every nonviolent means available to protect them, and since eating meat is a major fact of violence and cause of C02/warming/rising seas/extreme weather, and since the effects of climate change are contributing to the sixth great extinction of animals, shouldn’t we seek to project the immense benefits of vegetarianism wherever we can?
     To ask, how does OMNI fit in? is to ask, what is the mission of OMNI? 
We seek:
a world free of war and the threat of war,
a society with equity and justice for all,
a community where every person’s potential may be fulfilled,
and an earth restored.
     That is, the entire peace, justice, and ecology movement, of which OMNI is a part, seeks to create a better world (actually the statement is much stronger than that).   That is OMNI’s promise.  And it is profoundly, inescapably political, involving choices affecting others, and resources the organization of which is essential to human survival.    
     So I welcome the possibility of a community to speak out and work for the great hope of vegetarianism.
     Most people like to think they are not naïve, and in this case, we are not.  The question, for example, of whether humans are inevitably warlike has been thoroughly researched:  homo sapiens is obviously violently aggressive, but not always and therefore not inevitably.  Prof. Fry in The Human Potential for Peace found some 500 societies throughout human history who lived cooperative lives.  And humans change.  Numerous examples of humans abandoning vicious practices are well-known: slavery in the nineteenth century; in the twentieth apartheid in S. Africa (legalized color discrimination) and Jim Crow apartheid in the US South; and European genocidal wars.   Who would have thought, before King and Mandela, or at the end of WWI and WWII that such bigotry and persecution or such slaughter would ever end?   Or smoking: who could have guessed only a few decades ago that perhaps the most tenacious addiction could be severely reduced as it is today..
       Eating meat is no different.   My childhood town was rigid with what were assumed natural hatreds:  anti-Semitic, racist, and anti-Catholic bigots dominated  conversations, but of course so deeply woven into the culture were these prejudices that nobody thought they were bigots, and certainly not they themselves.  But gradually informed people began to call these bigots out by challenging their false, hateful claims.   And now, at least in most communities the practice is, like smoking, much reduced, and mainly without employing law. 
       Knowing that human effort can reverse human error is a strong foundation for future action.   Undergirding the hopeful mission of OMNI, is our certain knowledge of successes in the past.  But those successes required struggle.

Contents Vegetarian Action Newsletter #10, August 13, 2014
Nutrition, Health
Mostly Martha, Film of Love and Food
Nutrition Action Health Letter
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine PCRM
Good Medicine, the Magazine of PCRM
“Round-up” vs. Health
Antibiotics in Meat vs. Health
Animal Rights and Protection
Dick’s Letter to AETN
Better World for Animals
Assisi International Animal Institute
Interspecies Friendships
Global Warming, Climate Change
Animals and Climate Change
Endangered Species Day


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