The Island Vegetarian
Vegetarian Society of Hawaii Quarterly Newsletter
SUPPORTING HUMAN HEALTH, ANIMAL RIGHTS, AND ECOLOGY VOL. 18, ISSUE 3, JUL – SEP 2007
William Harris, M.D.
John McDougall, M.D.
Animal Rights Corner
by Laurelee Blanchard
· Calendar of Events VSH Board member
M aui Fresh Eggs, a 100,000-hen egg factory, closed about two months
ago. Before it closed, I made a plea to other animal advocates on the
island to adopt as many chickens as possible and save them from being need-
lessly killed on the final day of operation. These creatures had pitifully miser-
Public Lectures* able lives, as do all hens used in commercial egg production operations. Their
WILLIAM HARRIS, M.D.
“THE RAW FOOD DIET”
Tue., July 10th, 7 p.m.
Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse
JOHN KELLY, M.D.
“WHAT’S NEW IN PLANT-
T his study has rein-
forced the well-
known fact that
BASED NUTRITION” “skinning your chicken”
Tue., August 14th, 7 p.m. and “drinking low fat
Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse milk” is inconsequential.
STEVE BLAKE, Sc.D.
“VITAMINS & MINERALS Maui activists rescued 46 hens from a defunct Maui egg factory. Photo left to
DEMYSTIFIED” right: Marta Greenleaf, Catherine Blake, Laurelee Blanchard, and Bill
Greenleaf. Not pictured: Steve Blake and Brook Simmonds.
Tue., September 11th, 7 p.m.
Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse
days and nights were spent crammed together inside battery cages too small
for them to move freely or even to spread their wings. To prevent fighting in-
juries caused by stress-induced aggression, egg industry workers sliced off the
tips of the birds’ beaks using hot irons. Beaks contain nerve endings, and the
de-beaking procedure is extremely painful. After de-beaking some birds are
*See page 10
for more information (See Rescued on page 19)
and for Maui meeting dates.
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by Alida Rutchick, M.Ed.
The Island Vegetarian G reetings.
A visiting friend recently brought me a selection of newspaper articles
The Island Vegetarian is published highlighting vegetarian and vegan activities in my home state of Massachusetts.
quarterly by and for the members of the One wrote of a vegan fashion consultant; it was headlined: “Vegan fashion is no
Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. longer an oxymoron…” The consultant, Ginger Burr, described as a “smashing
P.O. Box 23208 fashion plate,” works out of Lynn, MA and charges $160 for a two-hour consul-
Honolulu, HI 96823-3208 tation. She refers women to sources of cruelty-free clothing such as ve-
808-944-VEGI (8344) ganunlimited.com, weekenders.com, ribkoff.com, and swornvirgins.com (which
email@example.com uses 100% biodegradable bamboo jersey and where it is alleged that stars Terri
VSH.org Hatcher and VSH speaker Alicia Silverstone shop). (Note that VSH hasn’t
VegHawaii.org evaluated these places—if anyone does, please let us know your findings!). Dis-
appointingly, even this expert has difficulty finding vegan shoes. She recom-
mends PayLess, DSW, zappos.com, and Lord & Taylor. Well, that’s a start.
Again, if our readers have any other tips, please pass those along to us. Other
Visit our website for a
Massachusetts articles spoke of a vegan skin care line and a mainstream bakery
where 20% of the menu is vegan. In Hawaii this month I read of a state-
TV and meeting schedules,
newsletter archives, sponsored project at KTA Supermarket on the Big Island—the Community
and more. Grocery Store Project—that promotes eating more fruits and veggies. Funded in
part by the USDA’s food stamp program, the program is expected to be avail-
able in the future to any store that wishes to participate. In KTA stores there are
signs and jingles promoting different fruits, recipes, sales on featured produce,
Board of Directors and food demonstrations and sampling. This is a part of our Department of
Health’s Start Living Healthy program, which also includes encouragement to
President: Alida Rutchick, M.Ed. exercise and quit smoking.
Vice Pres: Jim Brown If you’ve already skimmed through this issue of The Island Vegetarian,
Secretary: William Harris, M.D. you may have noticed page 17, a photo record of our activities on Kauai.
Treasurer: Mel Hertz, M.B.A., CFP® Thanks in large part to our incredibly creative and dedicated vice president Jim
Directors: Laurelee Blanchard Brown, who moved to Kauai last year, we have an enthusiastic and growing
Patrick Moore program there. VSH Board members Bill Harris, M.D. and Karl Seff, Ph.D. are
Karl Seff, Ph.D. scheduled to speak in the near future, and we’re working on making DVDs of
some of the Oahu/Maui speakers available as well.
And lastly, I am happy to announce the election of long-time volunteer
Newsletter Committee Patrick Moore to our Board. Patrick has served in various capacities
Jim Brown faithfully for as long as I can remember. His duties now include internet
William Harris, M.D. secretary, postal liaison, literature table coordinator, and, most recently
Alida Rutchick, M.Ed. added to his portfolio, coordinator of volunteers. He has been and is an
invaluable part of our team. We also welcome Lian Kwok, real estate agent, to
our volunteer ranks as assistant volunteer coordinator. If you have attended the
past two or so monthly VSH meetings, you will have seen Lian helping to man
the reception table and coordinating the serving of refreshments after the meet-
Mahalo ing. We look forward to Lian’s increasing involvement with our organization.
to all our volunteers!
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by William Harris, MD, VSH founding Board member
health, Public Health Sciences Depart- was involved in the [Am J Cardiol arti-
Fish Story ment, John A. Burns School of Medi- cle], citing many [other] peer-reviewed
cine. http://starbulletin. articles recommending fish as a health-
“D ata supporting the inverse
correlation of fish or long-
chain omega-3 fatty acid (FA)
PCRM (Physicians Committee for
Responsible Medicine) got into the act
ful substitute for meat, on the basis of
its high omega-3 content.
However, there’s not much to sup-
(eicosapentaenoic acid plus docosahex- at http://www.pcrm.org/news/ port the widespread nutritionist’s folly
aenoic acid) release070431. that fish (and chicken) are healthy sub-
sumption and here’s not much html with a
picture of one
stitutes for other meat. All animal
source foods, and no plant source
disease are in- to support the of the authors
foods, contain measurable amounts of
cholesterol, the tough enzymatically
may be con- widespread nutrition- and the head-
indestructible four-carbon ring mole-
cule that reinforces animal cell, but not
other dietary ist’s folly that fish Study in
plant cell, membranes and coinciden-
tally delights in plugging up human
and lifestyle fac-
tors...our find- (and chicken) are Journal of Car-
So what other factors indicate that
evidence that healthy substitutes for lenges Belief
that Fish Con-
the fish world, at least, really is flat?
Using USDA data and software
served in studies other meats. sumption Re-
duces Risk of
(N-Squared Computing. Nutritionist
III, v4.5 Salem OR, 1988), I deter-
suggesting a Coronary mined that 45 fish averaged out at
benefit of fish or long-chain omega-3 Heart Disease.” ~70% of Calories from protein. Hu-
FAs may be due to a convergence of Retorted IntraFish (the fishing in- mans only require ~10%. Fish also has
greater fish intakes with an overall dustry media corporation), www. the highest content of methionine and
healthier dietary pattern rather than intrafish.no/global/news/article134659. cystine of any of 10 categories of food,
with a specific effect of long-chain ece, “The Earth is Flat, I Tell You,” on and these are the amino acids that me-
omega-3 FAs.” Am J Cardiol. 2007 May 14: (requires password!). They tabolize to sulfate, that drags serum
May 1;99(9):1230-3. Relation of rightly alleged that some speculation calcium out, as a buffer, into the urine.
omega-3 Fatty Acid intake to The lost serum calcium is replen-
other dietary factors known to ished by bone calcium, increasing
reduce coronary heart disease the risk for osteoporosis.Fish also
risk. Cundiff DK, Lanou AJ, Nigg has the highest content of his-
CR. tidine of the 10 food categories,
Paraphrased: Fish eaters con- and this amino acid degrades by
sume more fiber-laden fruits and bacterial action to histamine,
vegetables than do meat-eaters. which probably explains why
“It’s because fish-eaters emergency physicians see so
aren’t eating red meat and other many cases of hives and other al-
things that aren’t good for you,”
says Claudio R. Nigg, associate
professor of social behavioral (See Science corner on page 18)
The Island Vegetarian • Jul - Sep 2007 Page 3
by Scott Snarr, VSH member and
A lot of people we know avoid
natural foods stores because of
their reputation for higher prices. We
noticed that there is often a big differ-
ence in prices from store to store, but
that it was not always the natural foods
stores that were the more expensive.
We wanted to examine this more
closely and find out who really had the
best deals. So we set out on a major
price shopping spree to investigate.
First we selected over a dozen * Highest price found among all stores.
** Ratio = highest/lowest recorded prices.
items to price, mostly ones that seemed All prices were recorded from May 13 to 30, 2007.
to vary from store to store. We skipped
fresh produce, with the exceptions of pare it with the amount that you pay. · How much do you pay for goji ber-
spinach and sprouts, because of the While looking at the prices, it’s good ries? We found them for as low as
constant price fluctuations. Then we to keep in mind that VSH members re- $3.50/lb. in Chinatown at Pacific
visited about two dozen stores on ceive 5% and 10% discounts at Down Hawaii Trading, Inc. Other shops
Oahu, including supermarkets, variety to Earth and Huckleberry Farms, re- in Chinatown and Palama Market
stores, natural food stores, and inde- spectively. Here are some shopping also carry them for a reasonable
pendent shops, recording the lowest tips based on the highlights of our find- price.
prices we could find. We excluded ings: · Hummus varies not so much in
wholesale stores like Costco and Sam’s price as in quality. Buy it fresh at
Club. Altogether, we recorded about · Buying brown rice in a 5- or 10-
Down to Earth or Kokua Market
250 prices. The table shows the lowest pound bag may be cheaper than
and avoid the nasty preservatives.
and highest recorded prices for each buying it in bulk.
· Buy your rolled oats at the bulk
product. (See the footnotes for the lo- · Natural foods stores have the best
bins in the natural foods stores or
cations of most of the stores.) deals on dried fruit in their bulk
Foodland for a fraction of the cost
Of course, we don’t expect you to sections. And unlike most pack-
drive from store to store in order to aged brands, it’s unsulfured and
save pennies on an item. You can, doesn’t have added sugar and col- (continued on page 5)
however, use this information to com- ors.
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(Continued from rom page 4)
of the round containers sold in su-
by Scott Snarr
· Get freshly ground peanut butter
from the machines at the natural On TV…
New Shops for Health Food Junkies
foods stores. It’s not only far
he Austin-based natural foods
cheaper than the branded contain-
chain Whole Foods Market is ex-
ers, but it also comes without “Vegetarian”
pected to open its first Hawaii store at
added sugars, salt, and hydrogen-
Kahala Mall early next year. The store View VSH lectures.
will occupy the 26,000-square foot
· Take advantage of occasional sales Oahu—Oceanic Cable Ch. 52
space recently vacated by Star Market.
on soymilk to get it at prices lower Thurs. 6-7 p.m.*
Whole Foods is also constructing a
than what’s reported here. *You can also watch the shows
67,000 square foot store in Ward Vil-
· Save about 50% on spinach by lage Shops that should open later next online at 6 p.m. on Thursdays by
buying it by the bunch rather than year. going to olelo.org and clicking on
by the bag. If you insist on organic, Source: http://starbulletin. “Oahu Channel 52.”
get a 12-oz. bunch at Foodland for com/2007/05/30/news/story01.html
$3.19. Maui—Calabash Cable Ch. 52
· The cheapest sprouts are found at Chicken Thief Unapologetic Tues. 8-9 p.m.
Celestial Natural Foods, Long’s Thirty-five-year-old vegetarian Michal Weds. 6:30-7:30 a.m.
Drugs, Don Quijote, and Safeway. Kolesar of the Czech Republic has Maui schedule is at akaku.org
Look for Taro brand rather than saved the lives of at least 74 hens since
August of last year by stealing them Big Island—Na Leo O Hawaii
LonePalm Farm. Cable Ch. 54, Sat. 2-3 p.m.
· Dry vegetarian meat is hard to from large-scale farms. He is willing to
find. Buy it at Phuoc Loc Tho or be punished by the law, insisting that Kauai—Hoike Cable Ch. 52
Hong’s Grocery for about half the “the saved lives are more [important] Kauai schedule is at hoike.org
price of the competition. than fines or prison.” See www.realita.
· Do you do any baking? You’ll be tv to watch the videos.
happy to know that Down to Earth
en/86/czech_national_news/6609/ Check your local listings.
and Kokua Market sell dry active
yeast for $4.79/lb. and $5.29/lb.,Unusual Place for a Vegan Meal
respectively. That works out to If you’re going to have a run-in with
about 1/16 the cost of the packetsthe law, do it in Vancouver, Canada.
sold in other stores! In an attempt to be more culturally sen-
Note: sitive, the Vancouver jail has begun Radio
Celestial Natural Foods: 66-443 Kame- offering vegetarian, vegan, kosher, and
hameha Hwy., Haleiwa halal meals to pre-remand prisoners.
Down To Earth Natural Foods: Honolulu, Source: http://www.canada.com/ “Healing & You”
Kailua, Pearlridge, Kahului, and theprovince/news/story.html?id=b62f17c8- Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D.
Makawao b2e3-4a6c-bab6-c312bd6ef8c8&k=25552 Dr. Diane Nomura
Hong Kong Market: Hotel & Maunakea Terry Shintani, M.D.
Sts., Honolulu No More Horsing Around
Hong’s Grocery: 170 N. King St., Hono- Domestic commercial horse meat may Sundays: 8-9 p.m.
lulu become a thing of the past as Illinois K108 — AM 1080
Huckleberry Farms: 1613 Nuuanu Ave., lawmakers force the closure of the na- Call-in line: 524-1080
Honolulu tion’s last horse slaughterhouse. This
Lifestream Natural Foods: 702 Kapahulu will be the third such plant to shut
Ave., Honolulu “Health Talk”
down this year. Last year in the U.S. Hosted by Hesh
Pacific Hawaii Trading, Inc.: 925 Mau- over 100,000 horses were slaughtered
nakea St. #C-1, Honolulu Saturdays: 8-9 a.m.
Phuoc Loc Tho: 1123 Kapahulu Ave., K108 — AM 1080
Honolulu Source: http://www.cattlenetwork.com/
meatingplace_content.asp? Call-in line: 524-1080
The Island Vegetarian • Jul - Sep 2007 Page 5
two reasons. One (the dairies) is de- Even with all these monetary infu-
Local slaughter- funct and the second (pigs) only sur- sions and lease and loan breaks, HLC
vives with the infusion of mainland is foundering, but the Department of
house wastes pigs. The following illustrates how Agriculture (DoA) maintains pub-
nearsighted the legislature was in ap- licly that livestock agriculture is a
millions of proving the $10 million of our tax vital component of the state econ-
taxpayer dollars monies: Oahu’s two remaining dair-
ies will be history by summer’s end,
omy! Something smells-and it’s not
the abandoned manure lagoons. The
and local pig farmers cannot meet the recent report by University of Hawaii
by Cathy Goegell
demand for pork, so thousands of dairy extension specialist Chin Lee
pigs are transported from Canada just that locally produced milk contains
to be slaughtered. Such is the vision higher levels of bacteria than
n 1999 Animal Rights Hawaii
of the bureaucrats and politicians mainland milk contradicts claims by
(ARH) filed suit against the state,
who decide how to spend our money. DoA that local milk is healthier. That
Farmers’ Livestock Cooperative, and
The Kalaeloa slaughterhouse is claim was used earlier this year when
Palama Meat Co. in an unsuccessful
hardly thriving. Correspondence ac- the industry, hand in hand with DoA,
attempt to stop the
quired by ARH under came to the legislature demanding
building of a new abat-
toir and a processing ocally pro- the Uniform Informa- money because it couldn’t make a
facility funded by a ten duced milk tion Practices Act
document that Sandra
profit. The legislature, so generous
with our money, in response gave
million dollar loan ap-
proved by the legisla- contains higher Kunimoto, Chair of the away six million dollars to offset
ture and signed by then levels of bacteria Board of Agriculture,
has expressed concern
feed and transport costs. Unless the
public says “enough” and demands
The loan was to have than mainland about its viability, that accountability from the legislature
been guaranteed by
milk. it is unable tocattle,
and the administration and until
members of the board of agriculture
Palama Meat, which,
and states that it is who are engaged in livestock agricul-
after building a huge factory at
“struggling.” Ms. Kunimoto went on ture recuse themselves from voting
Campbell Industrial Park, declared
to say that the future of the North on issues relating to their own busi-
bankruptcy in 2004. The company
Shore Cattle Company will depend nesses, we shall continue to be the
was then sold to a mainland corpora-
on the Kalaeloa facility. This is as- unwilling benefactors of the cruel,
tion. The transformation of the de-
tounding! wasteful, environmentally catastro-
crepit buildings at the defunct mar-
Not only are the swine and dairy phic racket of murdering animals.
shaling/feedlot on Olai St. lagged,
component foundering, but this ten
and even though the abattoir is now Cathy Goeggel is director of research
million dollar boondoggle is unable and investigations for Animal Rights Ha-
functioning, the facility looks much
to adequately service the small beef waii.
as it did before the generous infusion
cattle operations on Oahu and Maui.
of taxpayer dollars and is now run by
The Maui Cattle Company had been Animal Rights
the Hawaii Livestock Cooperative
shipping cows for slaughter but dis- Hawaii
(HLC). The excuse provided by the
continued this practice because of P.O. Box 10845
state for funding the slaughterhouse
inadequacies at Kalaeloa. The HLC Honolulu, HI 96816
was two-fold: to provide fresh hot
only began paying lease rent on six (808) 941-9476
pork for local markets and serve the
acres of beach front property in
need to slaughter spent dairy cows. AnimalRightsHawaii.org
2004-a whopping $557 per month.
The slaughterhouse was built for info@AnimalRightsHawaii.org
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and milk (derived from both). By com-
Miscellany parison, the farm bill does almost noth-
ing to support farmers growing fresh
by Bill Harris, M.D.
VSH founding Board member ●●●
Safeway now has a “Guide to
I t’s back to the ol’ milk mustaches! Good Nutrition” flyer featuring Dean
Two national dairy advertising cam- Ornish, M.D. extolling mostly produce.
paigns overseen by the U.S. Depart- ●●●
ment of Agriculture will stop claiming Joel Fuhrman, M.D., drfuhrman.
that dairy products cause weight loss, com, the VSH guest speaker in Febru-
because such ary 2004 and the
claims are not sup- only other vegan
ported by scientific doc I know of who New vegan caterer
research. The deci- thinks raw nuts
sion came in re- and seeds are okay now open
sponse to an FTC foods and that nu-
petition filed by
mittee for Respon-
should be by nutri-
L icious Dishes, a raw vegan cater-
ing company, has opened in the
Dole Cannery in Honolulu.
sible Medicine rather than nutrient A varying weekly menu of three or
www.pcrm.org/ weight, was in five healthy, packaged, gourmet meals
newsletter/jun07/ town in May. He is available for people to pick up.
dairy.html and will filled me in on a Eating raw vegan has never been
end the “Milk Your project supported so easy.
Diet. Lose Weight” by Bank of Hawaii
that will install To order:
and “3 A Day. Burn
More Fat, Lose him as the nutri- Phone: 808-536-9680
Weight” promo- tional consultant in Fax: 808-536-9683
tions. “3 A Day” an attempt to E-mail: Sylvia@e-liciousdishes.com
was a particularly obnoxious dairy lower health care costs via vegan die- Or in person at:
ruse, since it was clearly lifted from the tary reform. If this high-end idea flies, 650 Iwilei Rd. #170 (Dole Cannery
“5 A Day” promotion of fruits and it could make a big difference, so stay across parking lot from Costco)
Animal shelters across Israel are
preparing to take in new tenants after
the Knesset passed a law outlawing all “C an you really ask what
reason Pythagoras had
for abstaining from flesh? For my
before bellowed and cried, moved
and lived. How could his eyes en-
dure the slaughter when throats
animal testing for cosmetic and clean-
ing products. part I rather won- were slit and hides
●●● der both by what flayed and limbs
An article, “You Are What You accident and in torn from limb?
Grow,” www.nytimes. what state of soul How could his
com/2007/04/22/ or mind the first nose endure the
magazine/22wwlnlede.t.html? man did so, stench? How was
ex=1181188800&en=6504febfc4bc299 touched his mouth it that the pollu-
7&ei=5070 explains how it is that the to gore and tion did not turn
people with the least amount of money brought his lips to away his taste,
to spend on food are the ones most the flesh of a dead which made con-
likely to be overweight. It’s because creature, he who tact with the sores
the USDA farm bill creates cheap food set forth tables of dead, stale bodies of others and sucked juices and se-
awash in added sugars (derived from and ventured to call food and nour- rums from mortal wounds?”
corn) and added fats (derived mainly ishment the parts that had a little
from soy), as well as dirt cheap meat
The Island Vegetarian • Jul - Sep 2007 Page 7
do. Most also have one or more risk eating the typical rich diet and will
When friends ask: factors that predict premature death scare many of them into including gen-
and illness:1 erous amounts of meat—unless they
“Why did you · 1/3 have elevated cholesterol
consider the fact that nutritional defi-
ciencies due to protein, iron, zinc, nia-
quit meat?” · 1/3 have hypertension cin, Vitamins B6 and B12 are essentially
· More than 30% are obese unheard of in people who have enough
by John McDougall, M.D. · More than 65% are overweight of any kind of food to eat. Do you
· 10% are diabetic
know anyone with “deficiencies dis-
n my youth I thought meat meant
Diseases of eases” caused from lack of any of these
good health and strength. I reasoned
affluence are epi- nutrients?
this must be ideal food for my body
because my body is made up of meat; demic among meat ave you ever heard (Almost all iron
just like the body parts of cows, pigs, eaters: of illnesses due to deficiencyto peo-
ple is due
and chickens; therefore, these foods
· 1/2 die prema- too many Calories or too bleeding, not
must contain every nutrient I could
turely of heart from dietary defi-
possibly require. Logically, could any-
disease much fat, cholesterol, ciency.)
thing be better for building muscle than
· 1/2 of men de- protein, infectious mi- The National
eating muscle? This kind of faulty rea-
velop life- Cattlemen’s Beef
threatening can- crobes, and chemical
soning caused me to suffer problems as
ordinary as acne and as rare as a stroke
by the time I was 18 years old. I am
cer contaminants? With ex- fails to explain in
· 1/3 of women its promotional
alive and healthy today at 60 because
develop life- cess lies the problem. materials that
35 years ago I changed to primarily
threatening meat fails to pro-
plants for my foods. (It is not too late
cancer vide sufficient amounts of calcium,
· 30% have gallbladder disease over dietary fiber, essential fats, and Vita-
age 60 min C to support the health of human
Meat is cat food—Plants are people
food · One in seven suffers with serious ar- beings. Nor does it mention the prob-
thritis lems caused by the excesses in meat.
Every animal has an ideal diet. · 60% complain of bad breath Have you ever heard of illnesses due to
Meat is an ideal food for my pointy- (halitosis) too many Calories or too much fat,
toothed carnivorous cats and my pow- · Most have GI troubles (from indiges- cholesterol, protein, infectious mi-
erful-jawed omnivorous dog. Cows tion to constipation) crobes, and chemical contaminants?
and cockatoos are herbivores and With excess lies the problem.
would soon sicken on a diet of meat. Meat is promoted for its good
nutrition People don’t like the taste of meat
This is also the case with people when
they consume a meat-centered diet. According to the National Cattle- Advertisements for Pizza Hut’s
men’s Beef Association, “Red meat Meat Lovers’® Pizza, Arby’s Super
Undeniable evidence that meat-
plays an important role in a healthful Roast Beef Sandwich®, Wendy’s Buf-
centered diets are wrong: Nearly
everyone who eats that way is sick diet by providing more than 10 percent falo Crispy Chicken®, and McDon-
of the Recommended Daily Allow- ald’s Double Quarter Pounder® could
· Affluent people can afford to eat a ances (RDA) for protein, iron, zinc, lead us to believe that the meat is the
diet with a central focus of beef, niacin, Vitamins B6 and B12.”2 These
pork, and/or chicken, and almost all nutritional facts are accurate for people (Continued on page 9)
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(Continued from page 8) tific research confirms that meat is would be willing to destroy planet
viewed as a superior masculine Earth than give up their meat. Ac-
main attraction. However, it’s not the food.4 If the truth were known, real cording to a report, Livestock’s Long
slices of tasteless brown beef hidden men would switch to real plant foods Shadow—Environmental Issues and
in the center of the Arby’s sandwich overnight. During a man’s reproduc- Options, released in November of
that people want—instead, they sali- tive years meat eating decreases 2006 by the United Nations Food and
vate over the “green leaf lettuce and ejaculate volume, lowers sperm Agriculture Organization, livestock
ripe tomatoes, all topped with a zesty count, shortens sperm life, and emerges as one of the top two or
red sauce on a toasty sesame bun.” causes poor sperm motility, genetic three most significant contributors to
The human tongue damage, and infer- every one of the most serious envi-
has no taste buds
for the protein and nformed people tility.5,6 Meat eat-
ers are likely to
The killing and suffering of ani-
in the beef—but we
should not re- become impotent
because of damage
mals for human food might be justi-
fied if meat were necessary for better
do have taste buds
on our tongue’s tip
main silent about caused to the ar-
tery system that
human health, but the opposite is the
case. Informed people should not re-
that are excited by
sugar and salt—the
senseless suffering supplies the penis
with the blood that
main silent about senseless suffering
of food animals.
make up the let-
of food animals. causes an erec-
tion.7 Erectile dys-
We stand on the brink of life-
ending health and environmental ca-
tuce, tomato, sauce, function is more tastrophes. It is time we shed our hy-
and buns—these are what drive re- often seen in men with elevated cho- pocrisies. Doctors interested in heal-
peat sales. My cats would enjoy the lesterol levels8 and high levels of ing patients of dietary diseases must
meat: they have taste buds for amino LDL “bad” cholesterol9—both of eat a plant food-based diet them-
acids (the building blocks of pro- which are related to habitual meat selves. People who profess their love
teins) embedded on their tongues’ eating. Later in life men who follow for animals must stop eating them. A
surfaces, but the garnishes would be a meat-centered diet face prostate true environmentalist will no longer
wasted on these carnivores. enlargement (benign prostatic hyper- contribute to the major source of
trophy) and prostate cancer.10,11 planetary destruction by feeding him-
What’s meat’s attraction?
Beef—Real Food for Real Sexual self and his family with products
If people have no senses for ap- Dysfunction. from the livestock industry. Making
preciating the taste of meat, then why meat eating a social disgrace in this
Meat eating characterizes a
is it so popular? Meat’s appeal is generation, just as we did with ciga-
driven by money and egos. Until re- rette smoking in the last generation,
cently the high cost of meat restricted There are four well traveled is a fundamental change that must
it to the plates of the wealthy. This is roads to eating a meatless diet: take place in order to advance our
a status symbol—meat eating en- health, personal appearance, the en- society to the next level and ensure
hances class distinction. Consider the vironment, and animal rights. As a our personal survival.
beef industry’s most famous slogan: medical doctor I have mostly trav- Additional information on this subject is
Beef—Real Food for Real People. eled the roads of health and appear- found by clicking on Hot Topics—
This is known as a bandwagon argu- ance for the sake of my patients. That Protein, Meat and Poultry at
ment—used to appeal to a person’s journey would have not been possi- drmcdougall.com:
desire to be popular, accepted, or val- ble if I had not changed my personal
References may be found on the
ued—ignoring evidence and relevant diet 35 years ago. People have trou- drmcdougall.com website.
reasoning.3 The message implies that ble seeing beyond their own habits—
food, other than beef, is not real ridding my dinner plate of animal Reprinted with the permission of the au-
food, and that people who do not eat foods has allowed me to become sen- thor.
beef are not real people.3 sitive to equally important issues— Subscribe to the free McDougall
If eating muscle turned into body the environment and animal rights. e-newsletter at drmcdougall.com.
muscle, most men living in affluent Many people would rather die Dr. McDougall has been a VSH guest
societies would resemble bodybuild- than give up their meat—and that’s speaker a number of times, most recently
ers without a noticeable potbelly—no Okay with me. But I find it unaccept- in April 2006.
point in arguing the obvious. Scien- able that some of these same people
The Island Vegetarian • Jul - Sep 2007 Page 9
Vegetarian Society of Hawaii
Calendar of Events: July—September 2007
WILLIAM HARRIS, M.D. JOHN KELLY, M.D.
“What’s new in plant-
“The Raw Food based nutrition?”
Tuesday, August 14th, 7 p.m.
Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse
Tuesday, July 10th, 7 p.m.
Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse*
F ar from being a foolhardy fashion or
far-out fad, plant-based nutrition is one
of the most carefully studied subjects in the scientific literature
and, increasingly, in the medical literature as well. Dr. Kelly will
I n this well-illustrated presentation Dr. Harris will discuss the
virtues of raw nuts, seeds, and avocados as components of an
optimally healthy raw vegan diet based on fruits and vegetables.
present the latest information on plant diets that is sure to sur-
prise and inform us all. He will also present some of the astound-
ing results from his own research on treating diabetes in the Mar-
He will also include a critique of the high-carb, low-fat dogma. shall Islands. He will explain why the emerging fields of nutrige-
A vegan for more than 40 years, William Harris, M.D., is a nomics and epigenetics are bringing plant nutrition to the fore-
founding and current director of the Vegetarian Society of Ha- front in nutrition science and medicine. His bringing together of
waii. Prior to his retirement he was an emergency physician and cutting-edge nutrition science, lifestyle medicine, and genetic
the director of the Kaiser Permanente Vegetarian Lifestyle research together with a focus on veganism is sure to be both
Clinic. He received his medical degree from the University of informative and entertaining.
California, San Francisco and is the author of The Scientific Ba- John Kelly, M.D. received his medical and MPH degrees
sis of Vegetarianism. from Loma Linda University and holds a faculty appointment in
Retirement has allowed Dr. Harris to maintain and even in- the Department of Preventive Medicine in the Loma Linda Uni-
crease his physical activity. He swims and does other aerobic versity School of Medicine. He is the founding president of the
exercise daily and continues to hone his trampoline skills. He’s American College of Lifestyle Medicine, the medical specialty
been an active pilot for many years and is a skydiver with more society for clinicians emphasizing therapeutic lifestyle interven-
than 800 jumps. tions in the treatment of disease.
Dr. Harris will also be speaking on Maui: Mon., July 9 ,
th Dr. Kelly will also be speaking on Maui: Wednesday, August
7 p.m., Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St., Wailuku. 15 , 7 p.m., Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St., Wailuku.
STEVE BLAKE, D.SC.
“Vitamins & Minerals Demystified”
Tuesday, September 11th, 7 p.m., Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse*
D r. Blake will present fascinating facts from his new book, Vitamins and Minerals Demystified (McGraw-
Hill 2007). Discover how vitamins and minerals work in the body. Learn which foods have nutrients cru-
cial to enhancing energy and fat burning. Find out which four nutrients are vital for strong bones. See which five nutrients are impor-
tant for a healthy pregnancy. Explore the special dietary needs of older people. An interesting slide presentation will show which
foods are important sources of vitamins and minerals.
Steve Blake, D.Sc. has authored over a dozen major publications, including Healing Medicine. He also created the Diet Doctor,
computer software for evaluating and graphing the nutrients in diets. He lectures nationally and internationally about how to stay
healthy. He has taught anatomy, physiology, and exercise physiology. He holds doctorate degrees in naturopathic medicine and ho-
Dr. Blake will also be speaking on Maui: Wednesday, September 12 , 7 p.m., Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St., Wailuku.
*The Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse is located at 404 Kapahulu Ave., 0.2 miles behind the Waikiki-Kapahulu library.
Lectures are FREE and open to the public. Donations are appreciated and tax-free. Call 944-VEGI or visit VSH.org for more info.
Page 10 The Island Vegetarian • Jul - Sep 2007
Please post on your bulletin board!
Bizarro cartoonist and stand-up Public health attorney Michele
comic Dan Piraro’s compassionate Simon discussed her new book,
yet amusing presentation drew Appetite for Profit: How the
large audiences on Oahu and Maui Food Industry Undermines Our
in April. Mrs. Hawaii International Health at the meetings in June.
Ori Ann Li performed a
hula dance at the start of
her presentations in May.
She then discussed the hu-
mane treatment of animals
and also shared gourmet
vegan Chinese recipes.
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quantities of antibiotics are fed to most
Why vegan? ·
cows to keep them healthy. The down-
side to us of this overload of antibiotics
by Hesh Goldstein · ear infections that we ingest through the milk is that
VSH member · sinus congestion it tends to make us more resistant to
· skin problems such as rashes,
combating various strains of bacteria.
hanks to mil- dermatitis, eczema, hives, and Wait—there’s more: dairy prod-
lions of dollars acne ucts can cause immunological reac-
in advertising we · asthma tions when absorbed through an in-
have been brain- · digestive problems flamed intestinal tract. This absorption
washed to believe
· arthritis and joint pain is affectionately known as “gut leak-
that we need milk.
· cancer age,” which also is associated with
As a result of this,
· obesity many of the illnesses aforementioned.
cow’s milk and its
So, these are some of the adverse
byproducts have In addition to the above problems effects on the body. But what about the
been accepted as an essential part of there are many others. Milk proteins, environment? Does it matter that the
the American diet. In addition to this besides being the leading cause of the process of raising cattle for milk and
profit-driven advertising, federal laws illnesses listed above, lead to bacterial meat is a leading contributor to both
mandate that all schools provide chil- infections such as salmonella, listeria, water and air pollution and very hard
dren with milk at each meal or lose E. coli, and staph and are the cause of on the environment?
federal funding. This despite the fact most dairy product recalls. Dairy prod- We are opposed to the slavery of
that 90% of blacks, 70 % of Asians, ucts, as do all flesh foods, hold various people, but what about the slavery of
and 15% of white kids suffer from lac-
poisons, cows? That is a question that only you
tose intoler- including can answer for yourself.
airy products, as pesticides
In the meantime when someone
asks you why you are vegan, you will
ucts. do all flesh environ-
no longer be at a loss for words.
Ignoring taminants. Reference: NEW: No Body Needs
foods, hold various Yes, pas- Milk by Alan Goldhamer, D.C., http://
poisons, including might kill
Hesh Goldstein is the moderator of Health
health, we pesticides and other organisms, Talk on K-108 radio (AM 1080) on Satur-
but it can’t days, 8-9 a.m. (808) 258-1177, fax: (808)
find that half
of all dairy
environmental con- kill pesti-
taminants. were never
alive in the
Join the VSH
currently exceeds 584 pounds per
And let’s not forget that in order to
year), comes from cheese, much of
which is a concentrated form of health-
increase milk production, most dairy
cows are injected with artificial growth
destroying saturated fat and salt. Also,
we are the only creatures that regularly
consume the milk products of other
hormones. With this comes the in-
crease of insulin-like growth factors
that have been shown to promote the
Y ou’ll receive three or four
messages a month — meet-
ing reminders, the “Vegetarian”
species. Rat’s milk, anyone? Other growth of cancer cells and to make a TV schedule, and notices of spe-
than flesh itself, there is no other com- person so big that he can blot out the cial events. To join, send a mes-
ponent in the “modern” diet that causes sun when walking down the street. It’s sage to:
more pain and suffering, including as if you can hear someone singing, “I
death and disability, than dairy prod- feel the earth move under my feet…” VSH-News-Group-Subscribe
ucts. In fact, there is strong evidence @yahoo.groups.com.
linking dairy products to: Then there’s the fact that large
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· “I became a vegetarian after realizing
Cesar Chávez and that animals feel afraid, cold, hungry, Healthy pregnancy
Comprehensive and unhappy like we do. I feel very
deeply about vegetarianism and the and healthy baby
Rights animal kingdom. It was my
dog Boycott who led me to
by Dan Brook question the right of humans eating vegetarian
to eat other sentient beings.”
by Michael Greger, M.D.
C esar Chávez (March 31,
1927 - April 23, 1993)
was a great organizer and
· “Kindness and compassion
towards all living beings is a
mark of a civilized society. F or years the
leader and a powerful advo- Racism, economic deprival, tion of the
Cesar Chávez American Die-
cate for farm workers, people dog fighting and cock fight-
of color, and other poor people (“We ing, bullfighting, and rodeos are all cut tetic Association,
are engaged in a struggle for the free- from the same defective fabric: vio- the largest asso-
dom and dignity which poverty denies lence. Only when we have become ciation of nutri-
us”) as well as for unions (especially tional profession-
nonviolent towards all life will we
the United Farm Workers, which he als in the world,
have learned to live well our- has been that “[w]ell planned vegan
co-founded with Dolores Huerta, who selves.” (in a message to Eric Mills of
and other types of vegetarian diets
once quipped that half the leadership Action for Animals) are appropriate for all stages of the
was vegetarian), unity, civil rights, en- life cycle, including pregnancy, lac-
vironmentalism (indeed, his last public · “We need, in a special way, to work tation, infancy, childhood, and ado-
remarks were against toxic chemicals), twice as hard to help people understand lescence.” This is based on research
and non-violence (“Nonviolence is the that the animals are fellow creatures, dating back 20 years showing that
only way to peace and justice”). Less that we must protect them and love vegetarian and vegan diets can sup-
known, though no less important, he them as we love ourselves...We know port healthy pregnancies and healthy
was also passionate about animal rights we cannot be kind to animals until we children.
and vegetarianism (“I feel very deeply stop exploiting them—exploiting ani- In fact, Dr. Benjamin Spock,
about vegetarianism and the animal mals in the name of science, exploiting who was perhaps the world’s most
kingdom”). animals in the name of sport, exploit- esteemed pediatrician, embraced
Indeed, Cesar Chávez recognized ing animals in the name of fashion, vegan diets in his final edition of
that all oppressions are connected and and, yes, exploiting animals in the Baby and Child Care—described as
intertwined, and he saw these and other name of food.” (upon acceptance of a the second best-selling book in his-
social issues and struggles as inti- Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992 tory (second only to the Bible). Dr.
mately related to each other, all being from In Defense of Animals) Spock wrote, “Children who grow
up getting their nutrition from plant
necessary for achieving comprehensive If we truly want to honor the inspi- foods rather than meats have a tre-
rights and complete liberation. Yet, rational life of Cesar Chávez, we need mendous health advantage. They are
Cesar Chávez’s beliefs in animal rights to carry on his vital work by continu- less likely to develop weight prob-
and his vegetarianism are less com- ing to make the linkages amongst vari- lems, diabetes, high blood pressure,
monly known than his other beliefs and ous social problems while being active and some forms of cancer.”
practices, too often excluded from his in the struggles to solve them. ¡Sí, se For more information on raising
biographies and celebrations. Although puede! healthy children on plant-based diets
he didn’t focus on the major health and from birth to adolescence, see:
environmental benefits of vegetarian- Dan Brook is a writer, speaker, activist,
community mediator, and an instructor of Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care
ism, he did discuss poisonous pesti-
sociology at San Jose State University. He by Benjamin Spock, M.D. and Ste-
cides and viewed animal rights as an
also maintains Eco-Eating at www.brook. ven Parker, M.D.
integral component in the struggle for com/veg, The Vegetarian Mitzvah at www.
universal justice. brook.com/jveg, No Smoking? at www. Pregnancy and the Vegan Diet
In the interest of balance, here is brook.com/smoke, and welcomes comments by Reed Mangels, Ph.D., R.D.
Cesar Chávez, in his own words, on via Brook@california.com. The New Becoming Vegetarian
the issues of animal rights, vegetarian- by Vesanto Melina, M.S., R.D. and
Reprinted with the permission of the au-
ism, and their connections to other thor. Brenda Davis, R.D.
The Island Vegetarian • Jul - Sep 2007 Page 13
by altering the recipes, you can create entire e-book. For the honest buyer, at
Book many delicious variations. It also high-
lights the health benefits of some of the
ingredients and super foods used in the
$12.95 that makes The 7 Minute Chef
an extraordinary bargain and a mile-
stone in vegan e-publishing efforts.
The table of contents includes
Preparation Basics, Season & Spice, Dr. Neal Barnard's
Fun with the Blender, Steam & Sauté,
The 7 Minute Roast & Grill, Grains, Beans & Pasta,
Soup Creation, Glossary, Perfect Pan- Reversing Diabetes:
Chef try, A Few More Things, Ingredient
Log, and Index. Both the TOC and The Scientifically Proven
by Mark Reinfeld and Chapter by Chapter Guide to the 86
Bo Rinaldi plus recipes on page 170 are hyper- System for Reversing
E-book linked. Simply clicking on the link Diabetes Without Drugs
takes you to the recipe. It would have
Review by Bill Harris, M.D. Hardcover: 288 pages
been a help to have a link from there
VSH founding Board member Publisher: Rodale Books
back to the guide, but there are links
(December 26, 2006)
from recipes to their accompanying
yping in “Vegetarian Cookbook” ISBN-10: 1594865280
sauces, and this is one of the advan-
at Amazon.com will get you
tages of well thought out electronic
1,489 hardcover and paperback titles Publisher’s description
books: no more flipping pages. Stan-
currently for sale. How-
dard Acrobat functions ffering new hope to millions, this
ever, my mostly science
like search and mag- new nutritional approach to dia-
bookshelf maxed out
nify text are built in. betes will dramatically alter the way
several years ago, and
Cute tricks depart- we think about treating the disease.
since my culinary skills
ment: “Toasting spices Until now, most health profession-
are limited to boiling
brings out a depth of als have considered diabetes a one-way
water anyway, there’s
flavor that enhances
no room for any more
dishes. Toasting can be
done in a sauté pan. 1.
Comes now The 7
Heat pan on medium
Minute Chef, a 173-
heat. 2. When pan is
page e-book in Acrobat
heated, add spice and
PDF format, download-
stir constantly until a
able at www.onedegree.
strong aroma is re-
htm for $12.95, payable
online by credit card, debit card, Pay-
Other pages explain simply and
pal, or e-check. It’s by Mark Rein-
adequately the ethical, environmental,
feld, our VSH speaker of July 2006, a
and health benefits of the vegan diet.
prime mover (along with Bo Rinaldi),
Gorgeous pictures like those in Vegan
at the Blossoming Lotus gourmet ve-
World Fusion Cuisine, the hardcopy
gan restaurant in Kapaa, Kauai
cookbook available at www.
(reviewed in the Island Vegetarian,
veganfusion.com/amazon.php, are also
Vol. 17, Issue 4, Oct - Dec 2006), and
it takes up only 6.06 MB on your hard
Our review copy had an Acrobat
password protection that prevented the
To quote from the book, “Each street. Once you developed it, you
copy/paste of text and images from the
chapter in 7 Minute Chef explores a were stuck with it—and you could an-
cookbook to a word processor for those
few of the quick 7 minute techniques ticipate one complication after another,
recipes you find irresistible and want to
involved in natural food preparation. It
use again and again. However, Mark
includes recipes that demonstrate these (Continued on next page)
and Bo have agreed to remove that and
simple techniques and describes how,
replace it with a copy protect on the
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Ironman triathlete, The Thrive Diet fea-
(Continued from page 14)
The Thrive Diet tures the best whole foods, a 12-week
from worsening eyesight and nerve whole foods meal plan, and over 100
symptoms to heart and kidney prob- The whole food way to easy-to-make recipes with raw food
lems. losing weight, reducing options that are all wheat-, gluten-,
Enter Dr. Neal Barnard, who soy-, corn-, refined sugar- and dairy-
through a series of groundbreaking stress, and staying free, including exercise-specific reci-
studies, the latest funded by the Na- healthy for life pes for pre-workout snacks, energy
tional Institutes for Health, has shown gels, sport drinks, and recovery
it doesn’t have to be that way. By fol- by Brendan Brazier foods—an easy-to-follow exercise plan
lowing the diet outlined in this book, that compliments The Thrive Diet.
Paperback: 288 pages
readers can control blood sugar three
Publisher: Penguin; 1st edition
times more effectively than with the
American Diabetes Association’s diet
and, beyond that, improve their bodies’ A Rabble-Rouser’s
ability to respond to insulin—in effect
reversing the defining symptom of the Memoir
disease. And there’s more. Study par-
by Dan Mathews
ticipants lost weight, were able to cut
back on and sometimes even discon- Hardcover: 272 pages
tinue medications, and left behind tedi- Publisher: Atria (April 17, 2007)
ous exchange plans in favor of deli- ISBN-10: 0743291875
cious foods in generous portions. ISBN-13: 978-0743291873
It’s a new way to treat diabetes.
It’s about time. Publisher’s description
I n his new book PETA Senior Vice
President Dan Mathews talks about
his colorful crusades on behalf of ani-
mals that have landed him behind bars,
nearly naked on the campus of Har-
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The Thrive Diet is a long-term eat-
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The Island Vegetarian • Jul - Sep 2007 Page 15
Govinda’s opened its new location on veggies in tomato sauce and walnut
Restaurant Fort Street Mall. Just a few doors down
from Taco Bell/Pizza Hut, it’s conven-
iently within walking distance from
dumplings with sweet and sour veggie
sauce. Perhaps you would prefer the
Thai yellow curry with cauliflower and
almost anywhere tofu or baked sesame
downtown or Chi-
natown. Serving he all-vegetarian tofu squares with
sautéed broccoli and
the lunch crowd rotating menu cabbage? Pick up a
Govinda’s from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. weekdays, features two entrées
monthly menu the
next time you’re
Vegetarian Govinda’s is sure
to hit the spot foreach day, at least one
there and find out
ahead of time what’s
Cuisine anyone who
works, lives, or of which is vegan. cookin’.
A mini-plate in-
1118 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu goes to school in cludes the entrée of
Phone: 271-4780 the downtown area. your choice with brown rice, a mixed
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Mon.-Fri. The food is “the best on the green salad, and a dessert for only
$4.50-$9.00 planet,” brags server Jeanette Gailloux. $4.50 (vegans will pass on the dessert,
The chefs don’t use anything with which contains butter). If you’ve got a
by Scott Snarr
MSG, preservatives, hydrogenated oils, huge appetite, get the full plate for
or artificial colors or flavors. Almost $7.15. It includes all of the above plus
everything is organic. The all- a second entrée (or second helping of
ver since the closing of Mr.
vegetarian rotating menu features two the first) and the soup of the day.
Goodburger’s about three years
entrées each day, at least one of which You can also choose from a veggie
ago, it’s been hard to find a quick, af-
is vegan. Among my favorite dishes burger ($3.75) or several ala carte
fordable vegetarian meal downtown.
are the tender kofta balls with mixed items. I recommend the vegan samosa,
That changed on February 20th when
a baked whole wheat pastry stuffed
with potato and pea curry for $2.65.
The restaurant also serves lemon-mint-
ginger and blackberry-raspberry herbal
iced teas daily.
The food is already prepared, so
there’s no waiting time. The restaurant
is immaculate and has ample seating.
The décor is simple and pleasant, giv-
ing the restaurant a classy ambience
that belies its modest prices. There is
also outdoor seating under an umbrella
for those who prefer to enjoy their
meal watching passers-by.
Govinda’s, which is operated by
the Hare Krishna temple, also runs a
kiosk in the Sustainability Courtyard at
UH Manoa with all the same food and
prices. This location will reopen the
second week of July. Also reopening
will be their all-you-can-eat buffet, lo-
cated inside their temple on 51 Coelho
Way in Nuuanu. For only $5, it’s a
great deal if you can manage to get
there during their open hours from
12:10 to 1:10 p.m. on weekdays.
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Garden G ordon
M.D. was the
Island first speaker at
Potluck/Lectures the potluck/
M onthly vegan potluck lunch-
eons and lectures are held at
noon on the first Sunday of each
A family phy-
sician for Kai-
month at the Kapaa Neighborhood nente, Dr. La-
Center on Kauai. Admission is free Bedz discussed the health benefits of
for those who bring a dish. All others vegetarianism with emphasis on re-
are welcome with a $5 donation. versing heart disease and diabetes and
K athy Matera,
Ph.D. won a
ele Abrams spoke on “Raising
gift certificate to
Vegan Children” at the VSH
vegan potluck/lecture held June 3rd.
Foods store June 3rd
From left to right: Kiran, Talia,
for her recipe:
Kala’e, Mele, and Gabriel Abrams.
“Chinese Noodle Stir Fry”
(All ingredients are raw, organic, and
O n Sunday, April 1st the first
VSH Kauai monthly vegan pot-
luck luncheon was held.
Rinse 2 packages of kelp noodles and
place in bowl. Thinly slice 1/4 cup
The prize for the best dish went each of broccoli, carrot, celery, and
to Vigil Alkana’s (r) original recipe red bell pepper and toss into noodles.
for Raw Dessert Pate'. The judges Sauce: In a blender place:
were Mark Reinfeld, cofounder of the
Blossoming Lotus restaurant, and 1/4 cup of loose basil leaves
Jennifer Murray, coowner of the 2 T of dry lemon grass (or 1/4 cup
he winner of the best original
Blossoming Lotus. fresh if you can find it)
recipe at the May 6th potluck/
1 cup fresh coconut
lecture was John Barnett (left) for his
1 t fresh ginger
O n May 6th
50 people were
Quinoa Salad. Chef Mark Reinfeld
was the judge.
4 cloves of raw garlic
1 t of raw onion
Quinoa Salad 3 T Braggs Amino Acids (or Nama
on hand as Chef
2 cups uncooked quinoa Shoyu) (taste to find the right
1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds amount of salty taste)
1/4 cup chopped red onion 2 T raw apple cider vinegar
recipes from his
1/2 cup cilantro chopped fine 1/4 cup of cold pressed olive oil
1/2 cup parsley chopped fine 1 handful of raw nuts that have
The Seven Min-
1/4 cup red bell pepper chopped been germinated (soaked over
ute Chef, Simple Tools for a Lifetime
3 T lemon juice night)
of Health. See a review of the book
1/4 cup olive oil
on page 14 in this newsletter. Go to Add some water, if needed, to
1/2 T sea salt
www.onedegree.com/7minutechef/ blend until smooth. Pour onto
index.htm for more information or to Combine all ingredients and infuse noodles and garnish with cilantro.
purchase a copy. with love!
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effect was mostly explained by the as-
(Science Corner from page 3) Dermatology sociation with green leafy vegetables.
Conclusion: A dietary pattern charac-
lergic reactions, including scombroid Department terized by high meat and fat intakes
poisoning, following fish dinners. increases SCC tumor risk, particularly
In spite of its reputation as an
omega-3 fatty acid source, 45 fish av-
A bstracts at: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.
Dermatol Online J. 2006 May 30;12
in persons with a skin cancer history.”
SCC is strongly linked to sun ex-
posure, which causes radiation damage
eraged only ~50% of the RDA/Cal for (4):1 Milk consumption and acne in to DNA. As our speaker in March of
ALA (alpha linolenic acid), the only adolescent girls. Adebamowo CA, this year Karl Seff, Ph.D. explained,
essential omega-3 in the human diet, Willett WC, et.al. De- the antioxidants that
while 20 nuts and seeds averaged partment of Nutrition, limit this damage are
~195%. The putative value of fish Harvard School of e found found almost exclu-
hinges on its content of EPA Public Health. sively in plants, par-
(eicosopentaenoic acid), not an essen- Observing “a re- a posi- ticularly in plant
tial FA, but a 20-carbon omega-3 FA
that the fish make from the 18-carbon
markable paucity of
evidence for an asso-
tive association leaves, which evolved
these antioxidants to
ALA they get by eating algae, a photo-
synthetic single cell marine plant.
ciation between diet
and acne,” the authors
between intake of protect their own
cells from constant
www.nsc.org/ehc/glossary.htm performed a prospec-
tive cohort study to
milk and acne.” bombardment by so-
EPA apparently does lessen the lar radiation.
risk for heart attack by reducing blood evaluate that relation- The relationship
clots in the coronary arteries. However, ship in 6,094 girls between animal
all omega-3 FAs begin with ALA, syn- aged 9-15 years, who reported dietary source food consumption and various
thesized only in the chloroplasts of intake on three food frequency ques- skin disorders has been rampant in
green plants, and elongate first to EPA tionnaires from 1996 to 1998. They vegetarian circles for 50 years, so it’s
and then DHA, a 22-carbon omega-3 concluded: “We found a positive asso- gratifying to once again see science
FA. Given adequate dietary ALA, ciation between intake of milk and catching up with us.
adults can make their own EPA. acne. This finding supports earlier
Infants can’t synthesize EPA or studies and suggests that the metabolic
DHA, but for those lucky enough to
have mothers who realize the enor-
effects of milk are sufficient to elicit
biological responses in consumers.”
mous importance of breast feeding and
also of eating plenty of leafy greens
Our thanks to Scott Snarr of the
and nuts, there’s enough of both in
mother’s milk to ensure normal brain
and retinal development. For those not
Vegetarian Club at UH Manoa
(VCUHM) who brought this next inter-
esting study to our attention:
Y ou can
so lucky, many of the new soy infant
formulas have at least added DHA de- Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 May;85(5):1401- of the past
rived from algae. 8. Dietary pattern in association with VSH meet-
Perhaps the last word in this fish squamous cell carcinoma of the skin: a ing lectures
story came from the University of Ha- prospective study. Ibiebele TI, van der online. Links
waii Department of Public Health Sci- Pols JC, et.al to the shows
ences and Epidemiology press release: may be
Synopsis: “Two major dietary pat- found on the VSH home page at
terns were identified: a meat and fat VSH.org and in the drop down
ing: “Drs. Kimberly Warner and Jackie
pattern and a vegetable and fruit pat- menu of the TV Schedule. Most of
Savitz from Oceana (a Washington,
tern. The meat and fat pattern was these shows were recorded at
DC non profit that seeks to protect the
positively associated with development monthly VSH meetings.
ocean) are available to discuss the im-
of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) tu- We’d like to thank long time
plications of this study on the world-
mors of the skin...A higher consump- member James Thompson for his
wide crisis of overfishing in the
tion of the vegetable and fruit dietary expertise and generosity in making
pattern appeared to decrease SCC tu- this possible.
mor risk by 54%, but this protective
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gan friends who live on farms in Haiku
(Rescued from page 1) and Kula, and they offered to help res-
cue and provide homes for the aban- FILTER CIGARETTES
unable to eat and therefore starve to doned hens. One couple had already
death. taken in eight on the day that the fac-
On closing day hens were sold in tory closed.
groups of four with their legs bound That night six of us went to the egg
tightly with twine, which caused pa- factory after dark and met up with the
ralysis to some. Leftover hens that on-site manager. The stench of manure
were not sold to the public, were and chicken corpses inside the long,
killed: factory farm workers killed narrow sheds was overpowering. It was
them by snapping their necks or bury- pitch black, so we used head lamps and
ing them. flashlights to illuminate the hellish 20 CLASS A DEATH STICKS
While in the neighborhood about a place. We were stepping on dead hens
month after the egg factory shut down, everywhere. One poor bird had become
I noticed that the factory’s gates were stuck between some bars and had died
open. I drove my car all the way inside a slow, miserable death. Is smoking like
the giant compound just to make sure It took a few hours to locate all the
that no live hens had been left behind. abandoned hens and rouse them from eating meat?
As I drove in, I saw dozens upon doz- their sleep. They screamed in terror as
ens of emaciated battery hens near the they were plucked up and taken away. A. 1. There was once a time
sheds. I also saw countless dead hens Little did they know how their lives when people who opposed
lying on the ground after apparently were about to change. At the end of the smoking were viewed as an-
succumbing to starvation and dehydra- night, 46 hens were saved. The man- tisocial and unreasonable.
tion over the previous month. Further ager said that we got them all.
into the compound I located a man These rescued hens are now enjoy- 2. Then there was a time
working in a gigantic shed that housed ing their new homes. The people who when they were viewed as
battery cages and asked him whether adopted them described their joy as technically correct but their
these remaining hens were being given they experienced the rain on their cause was viewed as hopeless
food or water. He told me the hens backs and the sun on their feathers for because nothing would ever
were not, and he agreed to let me come the first time. Liberation takes on new change because smokers are
back with my cat carriers and retrieve meaning as these gentle hens feel the addicts, young people fall
them. free breezes of Maui after their cruel into it, and the tobacco in-
I contacted some kind hearted ve- incarceration. dustry has the resources to
protect itself fully.
3. As of now lots of things
B. 1. There was once a time
when vegetarians were
viewed as odd and sickly. It
was something that one
would grow out of.
2. Now we are viewed as
technically correct, I find,
and that we are respected,
but our cause is viewed as
having no chance of prevail-
ing because people will never
give up meat.
Karl Seff, Ph.D.
VSH Board member
Some of the rescued hens at their new home on the Blake Farm on Maui.
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