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Chicken Viruses & Human Cancers

on Wednesday, 04 January 2017. Posted in Health, News

Chicken Viruses & Human Cancers

In one of Dr. Michael Greger's recent videos exploring some published scientific studies, he dives into the question of why incidents of cancers have been on the rise for the last half century. Sharing his latest findings, via his popular YouTube series, Greger points out that up to 20 percent of all cancers are caused by infectious agents and that "researchers used DNA testing techniques to test the blood of about 200 people who [work in the chicken meat production industries]...and 20 percent had viral DNA in their blood." Further studies and results found that some poultry viruses—transferred from the bird—increased risk of dying from several cancers. This was found to be the case for those who handle farmed chickens as well as those who work in supermarket and the general population as well.

Watch the video and learn more at NutritionFacts.org.

Eliminating 90% of Heart Disease Risk

on Wednesday, 24 August 2016. Posted in Health, News

Eliminating 90% of Heart Disease Risk

Dr. Michael Greger never lets us down when it comes to the hard facts and scientific explanation behind important questions like, how can we reduce the instances of risk of heart disease? In one of Dr. Greger's latest articles, he covers this exact topic, stating, "One study showed that for men and women, old and young, and in all areas of the world, non potentially modifiable factors like diet, exercise, and smoking accounted for over 90 percent of the proportion of the risk of having a heart attack. This has also been confirmed in prospective studies such as the Harvard Health Professionals Follow-Up, which showed that making healthy lifestyle choices are associated with 90 percent drop in risk of men followed over time. This is true for women as well, who had a 92 percent drop in risk. Thank you for keeping us all in the loop, Dr. Greger! Your work is invaluable. 

Watch the video and read Dr. Greger's article on NutritionFacts.org.

Cardiovascular Health with Dr. Michael Greger, M.D.

on Wednesday, 29 June 2016. Posted in Health, News

Cardiovascular Health with Dr. Michael Greger, M.D.

One of our favorite Doctors is always at the forefront of the science behind healthful living. In a recent update Dr. Michael Greger, M.D. shared—on his webiste, NutritionFacts.org—that the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease via high levels of cholesterol; primarily caused by the food we ingest. "A plant-based diet is free of cholesterol and saturated animal fats; a convergence of evidence suggests that a plant-based diet may protect against and help manage and even reverse heart disease," notes Greger's update. The article goes on to share specific foods that work to protect against heart disease and what other foods to avoid. As always, thank you for working so hard to keep us all healthy, Dr. Greger! ::smil

Learn more about this and other health topics at NutritionFacts.org.

Vegan Meal Delivery Kit: Purple Carrot- Special Summer Series

on Tuesday, 28 June 2016. Posted in Health, Tips & Ideas

Vegan Meal Delivery Kit: Purple Carrot- Special Summer Series

Vegan meal delivery services are beginning to pop up around the country and we're pretty jazzed about it. Purple Carrot—one of the first to market—raised $5 million in investments just last month! They've also just announced their plan to team up with well-known vegan chefs, like Daphne Cheng, Rich Landau, and Gena Hamshaw for a special guest chef series. "We've partnered with some of the best chefs and recipe developers around the country whose meals blew us away in order to give our customers something really special this summer," said Andy Levitt, founder and CEO of Purple Carrot. So awesome! Keep up the great work, you guys!

Learn more at ThePurpleCarrot.com.

NEW STUDY: Reduce Risk of Diabetes by 20%

on Wednesday, 22 June 2016. Posted in Health, News

NEW STUDY: Reduce Risk of Diabetes by 20%

The results of a 20 year long study—of 200,000 women and men—conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health shows a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes by 20 percent! Published in the PLOS Medicine medical journal, consuming vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, and fruits makes a big difference. "This study highlights that even moderate dietary changes in the direction of a healthful plant-based diet can play a significant role in the prevention of type 2 diabetes," said Amika Satija, postdoctoral fellow. Other proven benefits of choosing a mostly- if not fully-plant-based diet include reduced risk of heart disease, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer.

Check out the study results and learn more at HSPH.Harvard.edu.

The Correlation Between Meat & Stomach Cancer

on Wednesday, 04 May 2016. Posted in Health, News

The Correlation Between Meat & Stomach Cancer

In a study of 17.5 million people (including 89 global reports and 77,000 people with cases of stomach cancer), the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has shared its results. They've discovered a strong connection between the consumption of meat and stomach cancer. 

Per VegNews Magazine online, "These findings follow the 2015 World Health Organization's classification of processed meat as a carcinogen." In related news, plant-based food consumption has been tied to decreased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other cancers. 

Check out the report and research on WCRF.org.

Red Meat Linked to Acute Heart Failure & Death

on Wednesday, 02 March 2016. Posted in Health, News

Red Meat Linked to Acute Heart Failure & Death

The University of Leicester released the results of a study that indicates a direct link between the consumption of red meat and risk of death after acute heart failure. 

"Head researcher Toru Suzuki discovered that of the 1,000 patients he studied, those with high levels of trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO)—a metabolite created from L-carnitine during the digestion of red meat—were more likely to die or be re-hospitalized after experiencing acute heart failure," notes the summary of the study on VegNews. The study also notes that any cholesterol-based foods (like egg yolks and red meat) can be disease-causing. The good news is, this is all preventable as it relates to our food choices.

Learn more about this study at the University of Leicester's website.

Meat Production = Top Water Pollutant

on Wednesday, 24 February 2016. Posted in Health, News

Meat Production = Top Water Pollutant

What's polluting U.S. water more than companies like Dow Chemical and Exxon? The answer is corporate agribusiness.  "Corporate agribusiness is emerging as one of the biggest threats to America's waterways—contributing to dead zones from the Chesapeake Bay to the Gulf of Mexico and even threatening our drinking water. Tyson Foods Inc. and its subsidiaries dumped 104 million pounds of pollutants into waterways from 2010-2014 - the second highest volume of toxic discharges reported for those years," notes analysis released by Environment America. Just another reason to not support an industry that's causing serious damage to our overall planetary health. 

Read the full report at EnvironmentAmerica.org.

Eating Vegan Reduces Risk of Prostate Cancer by 33 Percent

on Wednesday, 20 January 2016. Posted in Health, News

Eating Vegan Reduces Risk of Prostate Cancer by 33 Percent

A decade-long study, results of which were recently published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, shows that a vegan diet can reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 33 percent.

"More than 26,000 participants were tracked during a 10-year span...the study divided dietary patterns into meat-eaters, vegans, lacto-vegetarians, pesco-vegetarians, and semi-vegetarians and found that, as far as prostate cancer, the vegans look really good," noted Gary Fraser, study director. Per VegNews, "further research will be conducted into vegan diets and its correlation with lowered cancer risks." It's always good to hear that choosing plants not only means helping animals but also our very own bodies. 

Read more via the original source article on VegNews.com.

Students Boycott Unhealthy Lunches

on Wednesday, 23 December 2015. Posted in Inspiration, Health, News

Students Boycott Unhealthy Lunches

It was recently reported that students at Theodore Roosevelt High School (RHS)—part of the Chicago Public Schools—has created "The School Lunch Project" to raise awareness about the district's unhealthy food choices. 

"Lots of people at RHS don't eat meat, " notes the School Lunch Project. "...but the school serves only two rotating options—pizza or hamburger—along with rotten fruit or frozen fruit cups and processed packaged foods." While schools all over the country have been adding healthful vegan options to their lunch menus, the Chicago School District (the third largest in the nation) has yet to update their offerings (which are currently being provided by food distributor, Aramark). 

Learn more about the School Lunch Project at RHSSchoolLunch.Wordpress.com.

Meat Exposure Linked to Diabetes

on Wednesday, 25 November 2015. Posted in Health, News

Meat Exposure Linked to Diabetes

According to Michael Greger, M.D. diabetes is no longer linked solely to high fat and added sugar diets. According to ongoing research, attention as to the cause of diabetes should also be given to the daily intake of animal protein. 

Meat contains the highest levels of glycotoxins (toxins thought to accelerate the aging process—attributed to alzheimer's, cataract degeneration, heart failure, anemia, and osteoporosis). Studies showed that "...dietary glycoxidation products may constitute an important link between the increased consumption of animal fat and meats and the subsequent development of type 2 diabetes." What's more, "A clear excess of diabetes has [also] been reported among workers in the meat industry," notes Greger. 

Learn more and watch the video at NutritionFacts.org.

GQ's "Year's Best Burger" is Totally Vegan

on Wednesday, 11 November 2015. Posted in Inspiration, Health, News

GQ's

We were overjoyed to learn that GQ, yes that GQ has named "Year's Best Burger" to a one, vegan burger!

The winner comes to you from a new veg restaurant in NYC called Superiority Burger. Those of us who have been can attest: this secret-ingredient patty is in fact superior. 

"...[topped with roasted tomato and iceberg lettuce] the bun squishes. The lettuce crunches. The pickles snap. That patty, made from ingredients Headley [founder and owner of Superiority Burger] won't divulge...has genuine heft," notes GQ's Nick Marino. 

Is this newsworthy, you ask? Well, we take our food seriously around here and when a heavyweight like GQ helps to positively spotlight something this cool, we sure as heck think it's worth a share. Now who's up for a road trip to NYC? ::wink::

Read more and see mouth-watering pics at GQ.com.

New Zealand Milk Sales Drop Drastically

on Wednesday, 21 October 2015. Posted in Inspiration, Health, News

New Zealand Milk Sales Drop Drastically

According to a recent article on VegNews.com, "New Zealand's dairy industry has reported a $4.2 billion loss in revenue, dropping from $18.1 billion to $13.2 billion in just one year."

It's almost impossible to really get our minds around those numbers. Billions of dollars. But get this, while milk produced from animals continues to drop worldwide, milk alternative sales are on a continuous upswing. Per Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing Company, almond milk in particular rose 143 percent in 2013 alone. With all we're (collectively) learning about how detrimental the dairy industry is to the environment, and of course the animals, and the health of our human bodies, it's no wonder more people are joining in on making more compassionate and sustainable milk choices. 

Read the original article on VegNews.com.

No Link Between Milk & Calcium Intake

on Wednesday, 14 October 2015. Posted in Health, News

No Link Between Milk & Calcium Intake

Researchers at the University of Auckland recently shared the results of an aggregate study wherein there is zero correlation between bone strength and milk intake. In fact, there are actually links to bone fragility and milk intake.

"...researchers found that an excessive amount of calcium can lead to heart disease and kidney stones...Dr. Karl Michaelsson, a professor who studies osteoporosis at Sweden's Uppsala University,...found that individuals who drank the most milk had the highest risk of bone fractures and early death," notes VegNews.com's coverage of the findings. That's pretty heavy stuff considering the history of the milk industry and what they've been claiming, for so many years.

Check out the original source piece on BMJ.com.

NEW STUDY: Cow's Milk Linked to Breast Cancer

on Wednesday, 30 September 2015. Posted in Health, News

NEW STUDY: Cow's Milk Linked to Breast Cancer

The global studies on how dairy products negatively impact human health continue to roll in. This week we've learned of a new study out of The University of California, Berkeley which found "that 59 percent of women with breast cancer also test positive for infection with [Bovine Leukemia Virus (BLV)], which is 30 percent higher than cancer-free women," notes the coverage from VegNews.com


"Most humans in Western cultures consume more cow's milk products in a lifetime than they do human milk, which led us to investigate whether a bovine virus might be an initiating agent for breast cancer," according to researchers of the study. Not only are the odds ratio higher than other publicized risks (like obesity and alcohol consumption) but BLV is found in 100 percent of cow's milk from factory farms. Eek!

Read the origin article on VegNews.com.

Meat Consumption + Men's Fertility

on Wednesday, 26 August 2015. Posted in Health, News

Meat Consumption + Men's Fertility

According to a recent study in an international medical journal called Fertility and Sterility, researchers found that cutting out processed meats—like sausage and bacon—could improve one's fertility. 

"Decreasing processed-meat consumption can now be added to the list of recommendations—such as stop smoking, decrease alcohol..., and lose weight—that we can offer to men prior to fertility treatments to optimize outcomes," said Dr. Natan Bar-Chama, director of male reproductive medicine and surgery at New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital; via VegNews.com. That's right, meat consumption is going alongside smoking and alcohol when it comes to the health of our bodies, for the health of our future babies. 

Check out the original piece on VegNews.com.

*Photo by Poetic Home*

New Study: Children Who Garden Make Healthier Food Choices

on Wednesday, 08 July 2015. Posted in Inspiration, Health, News

New Study: Children Who Garden Make Healthier Food Choices

Per an article featured in VegNews Magazine online, a new study conducted by Cornell and Ohio Universities found that "...children are five times more likely to eat vegetables when they have grown it themselves."

This combined with another recent study by theJournal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, determined that "...children who had tactile interaction with their food were more likely to eat it; [showing] that healthy eating habits start early," notes the VegNews piece. 

Interested in resources to get the kids you know and love into gardening? Check out this online magazine and website called Kids Gardening. Here's to little green thumbs and healthy, actionable steps that can be taken together, as a family.

Read the original piece on VegNews.com.

*Photo credit: Just Energy website*

Frontline: "The Trouble With Chicken"

on Wednesday, 20 May 2015. Posted in Health, News

Frontline:

Frontline—a legendary PBS affiliated documentary film and news source—showcased an episode last week that shook the nation. 

It highlighted a deeply investigative look at careful research and "damning interviews, [of] a lethal mystery that spands decades and states across the country..." salmonella Heidleberg's two major outbreaks that stem from factory farmed chicken from Foster Farms in California. 

The piece also touches on interviews with USDA officials and their admittance of little to no recourse for the damages created by the outbreaks. If nothing else, this highly visible episode simply underscores yet another reason why consuming animal-based products is unnecessary and quite literally deadly, to those who partake. 

Read a featured article on the topic on HuffingtonPost.com.

How Childhood Obesity & Overall Health is Impacted by Vegan Diet

on Wednesday, 25 February 2015. Posted in Inspiration, Health, News

How Childhood Obesity & Overall Health is Impacted by Vegan Diet

A volunteer-based study out of a clinic in Cleveland, Ohio recently revealed its findings—published in the Journal of Pediatrics—around a group of children and their families who were split into two groups. One group was tasked with eating a plant-based diet and the other with eating the American Heart Association's diet (which permits dairy and seafood).

"The kids eating the vegan diet...showed significant improvements in systolic blood pressure, body mass index, total cholesterol, total low density lipoprotein (LDL), c-reactive protein (another marker of inflammation), and insulin levels to their baseline," notes an article on Cleveland.com.

The piece goes on to talk about how dietary choices (or changes) are more often talked about and studied with adults, and how shifting the focus to children will ultimately help them grow to be healthy adults for themselves and their future families as well.

Read the full article and more findings on Cleveland.com.

Custom Vegan Meals Delivered to Your Door

on Thursday, 22 January 2015. Posted in Inspiration, Health, News, Tips & Ideas

Custom Vegan Meals Delivered to Your Door

Have you heard about Lighter? It's a custom vegan meal planning service designed by a group of vegan health and wellness experts.

Meals are created based on your goals, food preferences, cooking skills and schedule. The Lighter team does all the planning and shopping and you get a new delivery each week. 

Lighter currently delivers to Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Boulder, Chicago, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, and Washington DC (expanding soon to London, Montreal, and Toronto).

It's so inspiring to see all the new resources, products, and services that pop up each year (heck, nearly weekly at this point). Living vegan just keeps getting better and easier!

Learn more about how it all works at LighterCulture.com.

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