What You Eat Can Heal or Kill You – Part 1

I’ve been thinking about writing a long post on the benefits of a plant-based/vegan diet as a means for disease (plural) prevention. I’ve decided to break it up into several parts so it’s not too long, there’s way too much to cover, and because I wanted to share Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s CNN documentary on “The Last Heart Attack” that just aired... Read More

The Price of Junk Food vs. Fresh Food

The Price Of Junk Food Vs. Fresh Food

SOURCES:  Prices collected from Safeway.com on July 19, 2011 for area code 94720. Where possible, serving sizes and nutritional info taken from food label information available at Safeway.com. Nutritional information for fresh/cooked foods taken from the USDA National Nutrient Database, based on typical serving sizes. Beverage weights in grams calculated with density information... Read More

Pro Life? Then you should be vegan! – Summerfest 2011

James, Chris, Lydia, and Mauro at Vegetarian Summerfest 2011 Believe it or not, this was our first year going to NAVS Vegetarian Summerfest and it left quite a lasting impression on all of us. Read Chris and Mauro’s perspectives on their posts. What’s Vegetarian Summerfest all about you ask? It’s a lot more than I thought it would be and I went there with high... Read More

A quick comment on Summerfest 2011

Chris and Lydia already wrote nice posts about our trip to this year’s Summerfest (their posts are here and here) so there’s not a lot more for me to say, but I still wanted to talk a little bit about my own impressions. I’m a skeptic by nature, and one thing that really impressed me, as Chris pointed out in her post, is that those people know their stuff. Whenever... Read More

Brains, eggs, and love–Summerfest 2011

What do several hundred vegetarians and vegans do for fun every summer? They travel to Johnstown, PA for Vegetarian Summerfest! The conference is sponsored by the North American Vegetarian Society and takes place each July, bringing medical professionals, motivational speakers, and activists of all kinds together for what I heard was going to be a “Love Fest”—and it was! There... Read More

Encouraging Activism within your Family

I’ve always been a voter, but other than that I never really considered myself an activist. It turns out that I’ve been  “pocketbook activist” for quite some time. I’ve spent time looking for recycled products, even though they are sometimes a little harder to find and a bit more expensive. I’ve elected to not eat meat or dairy products or purchase products that... Read More

Vegucated Kids: An Animal-Friendly Alternative to Dissection


Remember when you were about 12 years old, transitioning from one school to another, and trepidacious about your future? Ha, I think I’m still like that in some ways. Most of my memories at that age were focused on school, the place where I spent the majority of my time during those early formative years. The prospect of changing schools and attending classes with *gasp* strangers... Read More