Blind Barber Hosts “The Vegan Phenomenon” Panel, Nov 5th

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One of my favorite sports to get a trim, Blind Barber, will be hosting an event on November 5th for Raising The Bar, a worldwide initiative that makes education part of the urban pop-culture landscape, creating knowledge-driven events in unlikely places. “The Vegan Phenomenon” will be the topic of a panel discussion Wednesday November 5th. The Discerning Brute/ Brave GentleMan’s Joshua Katcher will speaking on the panel along with Diana K. Rice: RD & PR Associate, The Monday Campaigns, Peggy Neu: President, The Monday Campaigns, and Sarah Copeland: Food Director, Real Simple. Tickets are only $5! Click here.

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The Vegan Phenomenon
Wednesday November 5th

7:30PM @ Blind Barber
339 East 10th Street,
New York, NY 10009, USA

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Largest Duck Farm Raided After Investigation

Chickens and turkeys aren’t the only animals who are factory farmed in the United States. A new Mercy For Animals investigation at one of the nation’s largest duck factory farms exposes sickening cruelty and criminal neglect of ducks.

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The investigation documents:

• Baby ducklings having the tips of their beaks burned with red-hot metal
• Ducks suffering from illness and injuries without proper veterinary care
• Birds trapped in or under the wire cage flooring left to slowly suffer and die
• Ducks having their throats cut while still conscious and able to feel pain

Candle Café Holiday Cooking

NYC’s award-winning Candle Café releases a holiday cookbook, packed full of over 100 mouth-watering recipes like Pumpkin Cheesecake with Apple Cider Reduction and Braised Cranberry-Orange Tofu.

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Pick a Phobia, any Phobia!

By Sid Garza-Hillman

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting The Discerning Brute/Joshua Katcher in person. He had been a guest (via Skype) on my podcast only weeks prior, and just by chance was able to come up to the Stanford Inn during a trip to Northern California. I head up the Stanford Inn’s Wellness Center and am the Nutritionist/Health Coach there.

Joshua, his partner James, and I sat down for dinner, and while we talked about many things (fashion included, though why anyone would wear anything other than rolled up 501’s and white t-shirts is beyond me. Maybe I should be more discerning.), the subject of protein came up. Not because any of us—all plant-based—were concerned with protein in the least, but because working at a vegan resort whose clientele are overwhelmingly NOT vegan, I am constantly asked the big protein question—where do vegans get their protein?

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A couple times a week I hang out and walk through the inn’s restaurant and talk to guests. Almost nightly I get the protein question and am there to hopefully dissipate some of the fear around it. I was relating this to Joshua and James and we all decided it should probably be a phobia. And that’s when, through obviously divine inspiration, it hit: PROTEDEFIPHOBIA—the fear of protein deficiency. I think we nailed it, and now just have to figure out the hoops we have to jump through to make it official. Is there a phobia department of the patent office? Should we ‘tm’ it for now (i.e. protedefiphobia™)? Oh, the possibilities. I’m so excited about it that it must be something that deep down I’ve always wanted and finally got: I’m a co-owner of a beautiful baby phobia!

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And yet, a reality check. Fear of protein deficiency is very real. As a species we are designed to protect ourselves and to survive the best we can. Often times corporations/companies/industries feed on this instinct in order to drive sales. The animal food industry is no exception. They succeed every time they convince someone that he or she will suffer greatly without intense amounts of animal protein. However, there are a few pesky facts that hurt their bottom line: 1) whole plants are full of protein 2) the human body performs best on a higher carbohydrate diet (not refined/processed carbohydrates, but whole plant ones) and finally, 3) more and more professional athletes are actually performing and recovering better after switching to whole plants. In my practice I devote a substantial amount of time and effort minimizing the fear around protein. But that’s one of the best parts of my job—helping people be LESS afraid. Less fear, more happiness and health. Pretty simple equation.

So, to those with protedefiphobia™, rest assured, help is on the way. It’s located in the produce section of groceries stores around the world.