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Dr. Will Tuttle’s Vegan Keys to Health and Longevity in 2018

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Dr. Will Tuttle’s Vegan Keys to Health and Longevity in 2018

I had the great pleasure and honor of having Dr. Will Tuttle, author of The World Peace Diet, on Sacred Exploration Radio, in which we discussed the deep spiritual implications of how we eat. Our philosophies align quite beautifully and expand upon each other’s experience. Here, he provides additional information about  basic principles in understanding longevity:

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The higher we are eating on the food chain, the more concentrated the toxins are in the foods we are eating. Cows, pigs, chickens, and farmed fish, for example, are eating corn, soy, alfalfa, and other grains that absorb environmental toxins, especially if they’re not organic. Additionally, their feed is often enriched with fishmeal, chicken litter, slaughterhouse waste, and other substances that concentrate toxins, and that industry has found profitable to use, promoting weight gain and milk production. The result is that with animal foods, we are consuming PCBs, dioxins, heavy metals, nuclear radiation, pesticides, herbicides, and a wide range of injected drug and hormone residues. These physical toxins tend to increase rates of cancer and weaken our immune system, reducing longevity. There are also naturally occurring toxins in animal foods, such as the primary protein in milk, casein, which we are not designed to digest, as well as other animal proteins that tend to be inflammatory and to acidify our blood and tissues. These substances, along with saturated animal fat, hormones, heterocyclic amines, and other naturally occurring substances increase risk for heart disease, strokes, diverticulitis, kidney and liver disease, obesity, autoimmune disease, arthritis, and other conditions that reduce health and longevity.

However, beyond these physical toxins that accumulate in animal-sourced foods, there are what we can refer to as metaphysical toxins that we may not be aware of. The animals who provide the flesh, dairy products, and eggs we are typically pressured into eating from infancy are confined, mutilated, abused, and killed in ways that lead to our consuming metaphysical toxins. I have heard the plaintive wails of despondent dairy cows whose calves are stolen from them at birth, and the squeals of pain and terror as pigs are sent to slaughter. In purchasing animal foods, we are both causing and consuming acute fear, despair, pain, sadness, and frustration. What is the result of building our bodies with these hormonal and vibrational realities? Further, all the cows, pigs, chickens, and other animals we use for food are killed at a small fraction of their natural life spans, when they are mere infants or children in human terms. What is the result of killing billions of animals for food when they are only infants? Destroying the longevity and health of others, do we destroy our own health and longevity?

We can see the answer to this in the decreasing longevity rates in the U.S., and in the vast profits accruing to the medical-pharmaceutical industry, which sells billions of dollars of drugs annually in three main markets: 1) for animals who are imprisoned for food; 2) for people who eat foods derived from these animals and consequently need medications for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other resulting conditions, and 3) the largest market of all, for people who are prescribed medications for mental conditions such as insomnia, depression, anxiety, panic, and dementia, and who, significantly, are typically buying and eating animal foods, causing insomnia, depression, anxiety, and panic in the animals whose flesh and secretions they are eating. The ancient wisdom holds true eternally: as we sow, we reap.

Longevity is not only about the quantity of years we live; it is also about the quality of our lives as well. As a composer and pianist, I have spent quite a bit of time over the years offering concerts to elderly people confined to nursing homes, and have thus been able to witness some of the effects of our food and medical systems. Many of us who in our later years are committed to these institutions are drugged into states where we exhibit little awareness and our capacities and functionality are tragically minimized. We may live for years in these facilities doing little more than watching television and staring blankly. These painful years add little to meaningful longevity, yet cows, pigs, chickens, and fishes continue to be killed to keep us alive, and as a culture, we fail to see how our abuse of these animals boomerangs and affects us all.

Looking more deeply into longevity, we are called also to address the bigger picture, and the purpose of our lives on this Earth.  Why are we here, actually? If we live longer, what are we doing with the additional years? How are we contributing to our deeper purpose, and to the purpose of humanity? What role does our lifetime here have in the larger journey of our being as an expression of eternal consciousness?

No matter how we look at it, whether we live to be 60, or 80, or even, say, 110 years, which seems remarkably long to us, we will inevitably find ourselves at that moment when we leave our bodies, and this moment is unpredictable. The mere handful of decades we have here on our earthly adventure, relatively brief and precious as it is, opens ineluctably to a new experience after death that is strongly influenced by how we live our life here.

We are not merely physical objects, pieces of living meat with a brain and biological drives. This delusion of materialism is perpetuated by our animal-enslaving culture, which is based on eating animals and relentlessly reducing beings to things.

Despite the reductionist narrative of our culture, we are all manifestations of infinite and eternal consciousness. Though what we are can never, essentially, be born or die, our human life is significant, because we have the opportunity to learn, grow, express, and contribute as part of a boundless unity of being.

By questioning the official stories of our culture that promote violence and disease, and pursuing our lives as questing adventures of awakening joy, love, freedom, and respect for all expressions of life, we connect with our spiritual health and longevity, which is rooted in the timeless awareness that is the core of our true nature. By living this lifetime in alignment with vegan values, endeavoring to bless others and allowing them to fulfill their purposes, we sow seeds not just for physical health and longevity, but also for metaphysical health and longevity as well.

Our journey is far more vast than we can fathom, especially within the context of our cultural conditioning. The seeds we sow will produce after their kind, with consequences that reverberate throughout the entire web of creation, far beyond what we’re aware of here. The quality of these reverberations determines the quality of our lives not just as physical beings here on Earth, but as expressions of eternal consciousness in the far bigger picture into which our lives here unfold. This is the most significant longevity, and one through which the compassion of vegan living brings benefits to all of us, both here on this Earth, and also into our unfolding journey beyond the veils of this lifetime.

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Will Tuttle, Ph.D, author of the international best-seller, The World Peace Diet, is a pianist, composer, Dharma Master in the Zen tradition, recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award and Empty Cages Prize, and vegan since 1980.

Lisa Tremont Ota, RD, MPH, MA, author of The Sacred Art of Eating, is the host of Sacred Exploration Radio on Voice America’s Empowerment Channel, and founder of the ImperfectlyVegan Movement.

Our Oceans, Our Future: a conversation with Fabien Cousteau by Catherine Calarco

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Our Oceans, Our Future: a conversation with Fabien Cousteau by Catherine Calarco

Educate + Empower + Restore. It is a great honor to be joined by Fabien Cousteau to discuss the Ocean Learning Center (OLC) and the experience of living 31 Days underwater. Our dynamic conversation will provide unique insights and review amazing adventures of the Cousteau family. Following his grandfather’s words, “People protect what they love, they love what they understand and they understand what they are taught.” – Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the mission of the OLC is to raise awareness, educate, and inform all citizens of the world of ways to protect and preserve the planet’s waters and endangered marine habitats and marine life. Through knowledge and innovative technologies regarding ocean preservation, the team at OLC collaborate with partners to develop educational programs and activities in aquatic conservation, restoration, and marine projects dedicated to protecting the Earth’s waters and its inhabitants for the future of our next generation.

The Oceans provide our planet with air, water, and food. We share an unbounded curiosity to learn about our environment and life.   As an Aquanaut, Fabien lived under water for 31days.   His experience demonstrated the uniqueness of our planet and the joy of being part of the ocean environment.  

“”Ninety-nine percent of our livings space is the ocean”  

The oceans hold a huge amount of secrets and amazing new discoveries.   New technology now makes it possible for us to explore it like never before.  At the same time, the ocean environment is threatened with islands of plastic (gyres), the loss of coral reefs due to bleaching and acidification that threatens the entire planet itself.  Dynamics of climate change impacts the ocean and us on land.  Technology can save the ocean but it will take people to make it happen.  
How can you get involved?  Connect with Fabien at http://www.fabiencousteauolc.org/ and join in the efforts to save our oceans.  Join us on Humanity Evolve! Tuesday 1pm Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica

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The Gift of Green

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  • Every week, Express Yourself!™ will bring you a stimulating program based on a chapter from our award winning book Be the Star You Are!® for Teens.

    Remember Kermit, the Frog moaning about the difficulty of being green? In today’s show, host Asya Gonzalez looks at what it means to be green in a variety of ways. She kicks off the program reading the chapter, The Gift of Green by Cynthia Brian from the book, Be the Star You Are!® for TEENS and follows up with numerous ways to be pro-active stewards of our earth.

 

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Economics Tune-Up Reporter, Alex Pawlakos looks at being environmentally astute from the viewpoint of our wallets. Save the environment and save cash. “Go green to save green.” Our special guest, Good Morning America producer, Mary Pflum Peterson, shares her love of Kermit with her compassionate and eye opening memoir, White Dresses, an exploration of a complex family history. She discusses her deep bond with her intelligent mother who was a former nun, and gives us a peek into the underlying ailment of hoarding.

“For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.”
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Mary Pflum Peterson may have endured a difficult childhood, but she persevered and excelled. She was valedictorian of her high school class in Beaver Dam, WI, and graduated Summa cum Laude from Columbia University, where she broke into the competitive world of TV news. She is currently a multi-Emmy Award-winning producer at ABC’s Good Morning America, the nation’s number one morning program, and lives in New York with her husband and four small children. Her memoir is White Dresses. www.Facebook.com/marypflumpeterson
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Giving Away The Gold

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Giving Away The Gold

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8/5/15 – Giving Away The Gold

“If you want to experience true happiness and well-being in a sustained manner, there comes a time when you must take your attention off your own survival and getting somewhere, and discover how to take care of others and the environment around you.” – Practical Enlightenment – Ariel & Shya Kane

Extending yourself to others so that they, too, can experience well-being is a win/win situation. Join Ariel & Shya Kane in Being Here and discover how your life can be an ongoing expression where everybody wins.

Listen Live this Wednesday, August 5th at 9am PST / 12pm EST on the VoiceAmerica 7th Wave Network.

After this Wednesday, you can stream or download this episode and over 400 episodes on a wide variety of topics from our archives here.

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InsideOut Forum Discussion Call: Do You Want Delicious Food, a Healthier Body, Mind, Spirit AND a Healthier Planet? No Problem!

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InsideOut Forum Discussion Call: Do You Want Delicious Food, a Healthier Body, Mind, Spirit AND a Healthier Planet? No Problem!

On today’s InsideOut Forum Discussion Call we continued the conversation brought to the show by Laura Stec, advocate for educating us about how we can eat great food and have a positive impact on the environment and global warming. Who knew it could be so easy to make SUCH a difference! Some great ideas were shared and discussed and we all felt inspired by her. Join us on our online blog to share your feelings, thoughts and ideas about this topic. We welcome your participating.

13th Annual Green Festival in San Francisco

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13th Annual Green Festival in San Francisco

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Ocean optimism was found at the 13th Annual Green Festival held at Fort Mason in San Francisco last weekend – the largest sustainability festival in the nation.  Many people spoke up on behalf of sustainable fishing for salmon, cod, haddock, monkfish (a.k.a. goosefish), blueback herring, mackerel and redfish (a.k.a. ocean perch).  598 cards were completed by individuals with their names, municipality and state.

Rob Moir, Ph.D., Director of the Ocean River Institute, will personally deliver photographs from the festival to U.S. Senators and Congressman responsible for reauthorization of the Magnuson Stevens Fisheries Management Act.

“Thank you for stopping and spending some time talking sustainable fishing with the Ocean River Institute.  It cheers the decision-makers in Washington D.C. immensely to see constituents taking the time to pick a fish and hand-write out name, municipality and state.”

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We are on our way towards 100% sustainable ocean fisheries because of the 232 managed fish stocks only about 24 fish stocks are still overfished.  Up for reauthorization is the fisheries act that provides the funds to count some of the fish stocks every 3 years.  We want to see increased funding so that all commercially valuable fish stocks are funded.  For example federal funding is available to count the cod stock north of Cape Cod in the Gulf Maine.  However there is no federal funding for counting the cod stock south of Cape Cod and on George’s Bank because the government is compelled to save money at our expense.

Join Rob Moir, Ph.D. on Voice America Moir’s Environmental Dialogues for lively dialogue and revealing narrative inquiry into how individuals are overcoming the obstacles turning forlorn hope into effective actions for oceans, rivers, watersheds, wildlife and ecosystems. Discover how listening to individuals, thinking locally, and acting in concert with other, you can act to save ecosystems. Got environmental stewardship? Act to bring about a greener and blue Planet Earth. Moir’s Environmental Dialogues is broadcast live every Thursday at 12 Noon Pacific Time on The VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.

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Is Humanity Worth Saving? Are We a Blessing or a Curse?

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Is Humanity Worth Saving? Are We a Blessing or a Curse?

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On today’s InsideOut Forum Discussion Call we explored this provocative issue about whether humanity is worth saving. What do you believe? Are you of the mind that we should “Save the planet! Kill yourself!” or do you believe that God made us as a blessing and we deserve another chance? Let us know on our blog at http://bethgreen.org/insideout-forum-discussion-call-humanity-worth-saving-blessing-curse/

 

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Climate Opportunity: Help the Planet While Improving Your Life!

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Climate Opportunity: Help the Planet While Improving Your Life!

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On today’s InsideOut Forum Discussion Call, @6am Pacific Time, every Thursday morning on 1-832-551-5100, extension 173936, we explored our responses and thoughts and feelings about Tuesday’s two-hour climate opportunity panel discussion. What a great panel of experts, all leaving the listener with tons of ideas about how to make a difference in your daily life. Join us on our blog and share your feelings and thoughts about this special show and how it impacted you to hear what they had to say. Click on this link to join the conversation:

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The Climate Opportunity: Helping the Planet While Improving Our Lives

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The Climate Opportunity: Helping the Planet While Improving Our Lives

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From drought to floods, climate change has come home. But the solutions are coming home, too. In this video, Beth Green, host of InsideOut radio, gives you a sneak preview of her two-hour climate change special which airs for the first time November 11, 2014, 2-4 pm Pacific time on VoiceAmerica.com. After that, you can listen to the podcast any time. In this video, Beth share her enthusiasm about her co-host and panel of experts, each of whom has a unique voice in helping us understand climate change and the incredible opportunity it presents to us to actually improve our lives while helping our planet. To listen to this show, go to VoiceAmerica.com and look for InsideOut with host Beth Green.

 

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