PlantPure Nation is a 96-minute documentary film recently released (2015) that tells the story of how scientists, doctors, researchers, and other supporters are working to spread the word of the health benefits of a whole food plant-based diet.
Twelve years ago, T. Colin Campbell, an American biochemist and Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, published The China Study, a book that examines the relationship between the consumption of animal products (including dairy) and chronic diseases – heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and colon cancer. Read more
A large bowl of hot soup is hard to beat on a cold dreary day. Providing warmth and satisfaction, soup nourishes our senses in so many ways. The aroma draws us to the table while our eyes are seduced by the steam drifting up above the bowl. And, then there is the flavor and texture: usually a combination of earthy vegetables that come together in a broth that can be enjoyed in its simplicity. Add a crusty loaf of bread and a green garden salad and the meal is complete. Read more
United Way of Palm Beach County (UWPBC) is just one of 35 United Way chapters in Florida and one of 1,256 chapters in the United States, but this South Florida chapter office raised more than $15.3 million last year and distributed $11.4 million (75%) in grants to both local, state, and national organizations.
Focusing on education, income, and health, each local United Way office/chapter acts as a community oversight committee by collecting revenue and making grants to other non-profit organizations that provide needed services or goods. Read more
Politics is one of two topics (the other being religion) that should rarely be talked about because most people feel passionately about their beliefs and don’t want to change their minds. They don’t want to hear an opposing opinion which is generally why most people hang out with people just like themselves. There’s a comfort in being with like-minded people except that the world becomes very small and isolating. Given that we live in a global world with complex economic, environmental, and social issues, we need to ensure the next leader we elect as President isn’t part of the us and them political parties. Read more
Did anyone know what was going on there? Of course they did. They must have.
Kim van Alkemade, a writing professor at the University of Pennsylvania at Shippensburg spent about five years researching and writing her first novel – Orphan #8, the story of Rachel Rabinowitz, a 4-year old orphan sent to live in the Hebrew Infant Home in New York City in 1919. While there, Rachel becomes part of a medical research study in which healthy children (who were dehumanized by being assigned numbers) are x-rayed to see if radiation could provide an alternative to the surgical removal of tonsils. The doctor conducting the study – Dr. Mildred Solomon – is a recent graduate of the male dominated medical school system and an ambitious young doctor who did not adequately weigh the risks or consider the rights of children without a voice. Read more
Looking for protein, fiber, and great flavor? Try making Penne Pasta with Vegetables, a tasty main course dish that can be made in less than 30 minutes. Simply choose your favorite penne pasta – I used TrūRoots Ancient Grain Penne Pasta, a gluten-free pasta made of all organic ingredients: brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, and corn. With 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber per 2 ounce serving, this Ancient Grain Penne Pasta is wholesome and especially delicious when combined with steamed broccoli florets and stems, green zucchini, bella mushrooms, a bit of olive oil, and seasoning. Read more
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) works to ensure the safety and protection of animals through education, animal health services, anti-cruelty operations, community outreach, disaster/emergency services, and government relations. A 501 (c) (3), the ASPCA files an IRS Form 990 annually which provides financial information on the organization to the public. Read more
Christopher’s Kitchen – a restaurant, take-out, juicer, and wine bar in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida makes a product called Macadamia Cheddar that can only be described as pure fromage plant-based bliss. Made of organic ingredients – macadamia nuts, carrot juice, lime juice, nutritional yeast, turmeric, jalapeño, paprika, and sea salt, Macadamia Cheddar tastes like savory aged cheddar cheese baked into a semi-crunchy cracker. Read more
People are fond of saying that the truth will make you free. But what happens when the truth is not one simple, brutal thing?
Personal memoirs about growing up with less than suitable parents, and particularly mothers – provide readers a glimpse into a world that managed to produce some of the most talented contemporary writers in this country while supporting the argument that nature wins over nurture but not without the long-lasting effects of childhood. Read more
Sometimes simplicity is the point…..
Organic Nectars has been dedicated to making and delivering the finest quality artisanal food products for more than a decade. Based out of small town – Maldon-on-Hudson – about 40 miles south of Albany, Organic Nectars specializes in raw products (nothing heated above 118 degrees to preserve maximum nutritional value) that are healthy, environmentally friendly, and delicious. Read more