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The "Plant-Strong" Rx

It's just what the doctor ordered—or would, if they had the time and training on the links between food and health.

Whether you are ready to go fully plant-based or are seeking to just increase the plants in your diet, this website can help. I'm not selling anything, and you can get everything you need from a grocery store or, better yet, a food co-op, CSA (community-supported agriculture program), or farmers' market.

Please review the easy, 6-point, evidence-based guidelines from my thorough, in-depth analysis of the science, because UNhealthy vegan and vegetarian diets abound. We can keep it a secret that healthful, plant-based foods are easy and delicious, just in case you want to tell others that you're suffering and sacrificing to get healthier.

The free resources here are to help the wonderful family and friends who've asked me to support them in making dietary changes. I am a food activist, not a doctor, nutritionist, dietitian, or other trained specialist. You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise, or supplementation program. Information is for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the advice of a medical professional. Just remember that nutrition is a separate field; doctors often have little training in food and health and so may give you incorrect advice.

alternate text  • Eat plants,
 • the whole plant,
 • and nothing
       but the plant.

Why Unrefined Plant Foods?

  • improve your health
  • decrease your diet's environmental impact
  • save farmed animals from human exploitation
  • increase land available for habitat restoration
  • reduce world hunger
  • save the many wild animals killed on public wilderness lands to protect ranched parcels
  • increase land available for habitat restoration
  • increase land and prey animals available to obligate (real) carnivores
  • reclaim your natural place on the food chain
  • all of the above!
Find out what dietary changes and related issues I've changed my mind about as a result of my intense studies since 2010.

Issues I'm Still Studying

  • Is an all-raw (uncooked) diet healthier?
  • Are insects the one non-plant that's a natural part of the human diet?
  • How can we incorporate more wild (undomesticated) plants into our diets?
  • Are food forests better than standard permaculture?

What's Your Next Step?

  • Cooking and Dietary Change How-To Tips
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Environmental Aspects
    • Want to learn about the impact of what we eat on the environment?
    • Curious about whether eating locally helps the environment?
  • Animal Aspects
  • Affects on Other Groups

  • One More Thing ...
    You may not want the full run-down on the way the food industries are deceiving us, so below is the basic summary everyone needs to know.

    Science or Junk Science: Half-Baked Nutrition

    Summary. After several years of research, I was startled to discover that science and mainstream nutritional authorities have already reached general agreement on the following major points.

    (1) Plants provide all the nutrition we need at all stages, including childhood and pregnancy;

    (2) We don't need to eat any animal parts or products;

    (3) Eating animal parts or products is highly correlated with many diseases, even when "organic," pasture-raised, cage-free, etc.;

    (4) Eating whole plant foods is highly correlated with a lack of these top diseases;

    (5) Refined foods are not whole foods and are also health-damaging:
         — sugars, including honey, maple syrup, agave, etc.;
         — flours, even many gluten-free ones;
         — juices and oils (yes, including olive oil); and

    (6) Eating a diet of plants is the most environmentally sustainable.

    Learn more about evidence-based nutrition in the more detailed Health & Anatomy page and the Myth or Science section.

    What Will We Learn Next? Grains=No, Insects=Yes? Scientists are still debating why meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy, and non-whole plants (flour, oils, sugars) make us sick, but the correlation is undisputable. Some of these foods are "less worse" than others, but all are best avoided. Even whole grains like brown rice, are contested, though general agreement has not been reached. Scientists may find that eating insects is beneficial, that all raw foods are best, or that beans are optional. When they do, I'll update it here!

    Why "Science" Says a Food Is Bad One Day & Good the Next

    These seeming contradictions are the result of sophisticated disinformation campaigns by the various food industries to dispel the real science and to confuse the public. These tactics are the same "smoke and mirrors" tricks that Big Tobacco employed to deny the health hazards of cigarette smoking in the mid-1900s. Such pseudo-science tactics sound plausible and fool most people, even doctors.

    Most of the "scientific studies" cited in the media today FAIL to meet the standards of science and logic. The first two tricks—the Ingredient and Comparison Tricks—cover 99% of the junk science. Even peer-reviewed clinical trials that are otherwise sound frequently fail on the logic end, not using a meaningful control group, which is trick #2 (Comparison Trick). Arm yourself with knowledge.

    Check out the information and resource citations presented on this website to reclaim the facts and your values:

       • wake up from the advertisers’ disinformation campaigns;
       • liberate yourself from dietary habits that harm your health; and
       • align your dietary habits with your environmental and animal-loving values.

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