Vegan Myth-Busters!

VEAGAN MYTH-BUSTER # 1.
"Vegans are tree-hugging nuts"
There are many reasons people choose the vegan lifestyle, whether it's for health, the environment or to stop participating in the mass-suffering and torture of animals. We became vegan for all three and feel quite proud of saying so. I have read books where the authors have put disclaimers in their prefaces, saying that they did not become vegan to save any animals or trees, (hoping to encourage a broader readership). I think it's a shame when people cower to mass opinion to avoid the judgement associated with caring about such things; however a shift has been taking place in this way of thinking, making it easier for people to speak up. And if that's the worst people can say about me then bring it on!
ps. Sometimes I hug trees, and I'm definitely nuts.



VEGAN MYTH-BUSTER #2.
"If I go vegan I won't be able to make my favorite dishes"
We have learned a little secret; you can make a vegan version of just about anything you used to eat! We convert recipes all the time and it's a fun thing to do. As time goes by you will learn that it is as simple as your old way of thinking and it can be a great taste adventure.



VEGAN MYTH-BUSTER #3.
"It's more expensive to be vegan and eat healthy"
It really can be quite simple and work out to be about the same cost as eating meat and dairy if you make things yourself instead of relying on ready-made products in packages (which tend to be expensive). I think we need to put things in perspective here though. We are what we eat and do in this world. If we love ourselves enough we only want the best food to enter our bodies, and this, in return draws lovely things our way such as health, joy and positive outcomes to situations. We have found that we actually save quite a bit of money because one of the amazing side effects of going vegan (daunting to some people) is that we almost entirely stop wanting to drink alcohol. I'm not sure why but it always seems to happen to people who choose this lifestyle (my friends anyway). I was raised drinking wine with meals and enjoyed it very much, but now I'd much rather have an awesome smoothie or a glass of almond milk. Alcohol doesn't seem to make me feel very well when I drink now- so I generally don't = more money to spend on better food!



VEGAN MYTH-BUSTER #4.
"Vegans are too political and self-rightious"
What we buy and eat is very political whether we are vegan or not.
"In January 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency signed agreements that will let thousands of factory-style farms escape severe penalties for fouling the air and water with animal excrement in exchange for data to help curb future pollution. Over 2,600 animal feeding operations in the egg, chicken, turkey, dairy and hog industries will be exempt from having to pay potential fines up to $27,500 a day for violations either in the past or over the next four years." EPA cuts deal with farms over animal waste Jan. 31, 2006. msnbc.msn.com
Choosing to buy products made by green companies instead of ones that do not invest in the planet says, "I will not participate in the problem." And if you think no one is noticing think again. Cutting down on our meat intake creates change and we should be proud and outspoken. But remember that our kind, compassionate energy is more contageous than a preachy attack.



VEGAN MYTH-BUSTER #5.
"It's harder to make vegan food"
It is a little difficult to make any new kind of food in the beginning whether it's Indian, Thai or vegan. But once you do it for a little while it becomes second nature and you don't think about it at all.




VEGAN MYTH-BUSTER #6.
"Children and pregnant women cannot be vegan"
If a pregnant woman or child is eating a healthy, balanced diet he or she will thrive. I recommend not starting this lifestyle at the beginning of a pregnancy because it takes a while to become fully educated about what your body needs. If you have been vegan for a while and know how to do it properly go for it! Just make sure you take B12 supplements once in a while (from a bacterial source). Joshua has been vegetarian since birth and we turned on to the vegan lifestyle about eight years ago when he was about eight years old. He is over six feet tall now and is extremely healthy and smart.



VEGAN MYTH-BUSTER #7.
"Vegans don't get the Omega 3 fatty acids that are only found in things like fish"
Busted! Omega 3 fatty acids are found in abundance in things like golden flax seeds (absorbed by the body more easily when ground up or in flax seed oil), dark green vegetables including seaweeds; and in goji berries, which most vegans eat on a regular basis. We add flax oil to our smoothies every morning. You just need a spoonful to get your daily requirement.



VEGAN MYTH-BUSTER #8.
"Vegans have a significantly lowered risk of heart attacks, diabetes, stroke, cancer, obesity and many other diseases"
True! More and more studies are showing the benefits of a vegetable-based diet and most doctors now recommend eating more vegetables and fruits as opposed to more meat and dairy to manage disease, weight and health in general. Read such excellent books as: 1. Becoming Vegan by Brenda Davis, R.D. & Vesanto Melina, M.S., R.D. Publishers: Book Publishing Company.
2. Plant Based Nutrition and Health by Stephen Walsh PhD. Publishers: The Vegan Society, UK.
3. You Don't Need Meat by Peter Cox. Publishers: Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Griffin, New York.
4. RAWvolution by Matt Amsden. Publishers: Reagan, An imprint of Harper Collins Publishers.
5. Ani's Raw Food Kitchen by Ani Phyo. Publishers: Marlowe & Company, New York.



VEGAN MYTH-BUSTER #9.
"Vegans are weak and sickly"
Actually I have never met a vegan that had low energy. They almost always have a healthy glow and are some of the most active and intelligent people on the planet. If you look up famous vegans/vegetarians you will find that many of them are Olympic athletes and marathon runners. Some of the huge list of vegans/vegetarians include such notable figures as Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Socrates, Mahatma Gandhi, Carl Lewis, Dr. Benjamin Spock, Voltaire, William Blake, Plutarch, Benjamin Franklin, Pythagoras, H.G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw, Leonardo Da Vinci, Mark Twain, Henry Ford, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Vincent Van Gogh, Nikola Tesla and Buddha. You would be hard-pressed to find a really fat vegan unless they are what is termed a 'junk food vegan', and what's the point in that?



VEGAN MYTH-BUSTER #10
"B12 is a problem for Vegans"
The following was written / researched so well that that I have nothing more to say:



The Vitamin B12 Issue
by Dr Gina Shaw, D.S., M.A., AIYS (Dip. Irid.)
 
The subject of Vitamin B12 is not new to most vegans, vegetarians or raw fooders. The supplement companies have many people running to their local health (drug) stores in an effort to make themselves deficiency-free, but is this a good idea? A number of issues will be raised in this article and I will attempt to piece together some information from many different and reliable (non-financially-oriented) sources.

A vitamin B12 deficiency is a serious disorder, but it is never just a B12 deficiency because vitamin and mineral deficiencies never happen in isolation. Indications of a deficiency of vitamin B12, when they do reach a stage where they have shown up, can be quite severe. Fatigue, paleness, anorexia, mental confusion, delusions, paranoia, weight loss, etc. are just some indications that a person may have a B12-deficiency. In my opinion, ME is a B12-deficiency disorder. If you do think you may have a B12-deficiency, it would be wise for you to seek the advice of a health practitioner (such as myself) who is knowledgeable about B12-deficiencies, for immediate advice. This disorder can eventually lead to death if left unchecked.

UK official recommendations have decreased in recent years, the body's needs having been previously over-estimated. Indeed, the Department of Health recognises that some people have lower than average requirements of B12. A whole lifetime's requirement of B12 add up to a 40 milligram speck of red crystals, about one-seventh the size of an average tablet of aspirin! Taking large doses of the vitamin by mouth is pointless because 3ug is the most that can be absorbed at any one time.
Vitamin B12 is excreted in the bile and is effectively reabsorbed. This is known as enterohepatic circulation. The amount of B12 excreted in the bile can vary from 1 to 10ug (micrograms) a day. People on diets low in B12, including vegans and some vegetarians, may be obtaining more B12 from reabsorption than from dietary sources. Reabsorption is the reason it can take over 20 years for a deficiency disease to develop. In comparison, if B12 deficiency is due to a failure in absorption, it can take only three years for a deficiency disease to occur. Since vitamin B12 is recycled in a healthy body, in principle, internal B12 synthesis could fulfil our needs without any B12 provided in the diet, but if cobalt in our diet is lacking, the problem is not so much a lack of B12 synthesising intestinal flora, as a lack of cobalt (which again will need other factors for efficient absorption).

Among the many controversies surrounding vitamin B12, there is the argument that, although intrinsic factor is produced in our stomachs and that our intestines are known to produce vitamin B12, the bacteria is produced too low down in the intestines and cannot be absorbed by our bodies. This argument is sadly still hanging around, however, according to Dr Vetrano, it was disproved by research over 20 years ago and is nothing more than an obsolete scientific theory. Indeed, in a 1999 version of 'Human Anatomy and Physiology' by Marieb, it states quite clearly that we do indeed absorb vitamin B12 through our intestines.

Many people say that the only foods which contain vitamin B12 are animal-derived foods. This also is untrue. No foods naturally contain vitamin B12 - neither animal or plant foods. Vitamin B12 is a microbe - a bacteria - it is produced by microorganisms. Vitamin B12 is the only vitamin that contains a trace element - cobalt - which gives this vitamin its chemical name - cobalamin - which is at the centre of its molecular structure. Humans and all vertebrates require cobalt, although it is assimilated only in the form of vitamin B12.

B12 synthesis is known to occur naturally in the human small intestine (in the ileum), which is the primary site of B12 absorption. As long as gut bacteria have cobalt and certain other nutrients, they produce vitamin B12. According to Dr Michael Klaper, vitamin B12 is present in the mouth and intestines. B12 must be combined with a mucoprotein enzyme named Intrinsic Factor, which is normally present in gastric secretions, to be properly assimilated. If the intrinsic factor is impaired or absent, B12 synthesis will not take place, no matter how much is present in the diet. B12 deficiency may be brought upon by antibiotics (also contained in milk), alcohol, smoking and stress (alcohol damages the liver, so drinkers need more B12, smoking (and all high temp cooked food is smoky) also raises B12 needs).

Many nutritional analyses of foodstuffs were carried out such a long time ago, and, as such, have not taken account of more up-to-date technology in scientific procedures. For instance, Tesco's raspberries now state quite clearly that 100g of raspberries contain 30% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B12. This cannot be an isolated example of a plant food which contains B12! More likely, it is just one plant food of many which contain this vitamin. Indeed, according to Dr Vetrano, current books on nutrition in the U.S. have now stated that there is B12 in any food that contains quantities of the B vitamin complex, but previously they were just not able to assay the amounts. Nowadays, more modern technology has allowed them to discover that there is B12 in those foods rich in the B complex.

The author does not believe that a vitamin B12 deficiency is more widespread in vegans or vegetarians - this is probably just another marketing lie! In fact, many so-called studies 'showing vegans deficient' have to be carefully studies themselves - many of them do not prove vegans to be deficient at all! In fact, contrary to meat and dairy industry propaganda, meat-eaters are known to be more likely to have a vitamin B12 deficiency - this has been known since 1959!!(1)
Having said this, we must bear in mind that many vegetarians and vegans still take antibiotics or consume antibiotic-containing foods such as onions, garlic, strong radishes and other foods rich in mustard oil, which are lethal to intestinal flora. The trouble is that once we have damaged our intestinal flora, it is difficult to correct without proper and knowledgeable healthcare and dietary advice. It is of far greater importance to correct intestinal flora problems than to rely on so-called supplements. People who have a physical problem because they think they are not getting enough vitamin B12, are in fact often not assimilating their foods properly because of poor digestion. When digestion is straightened out, B12 can be utilized and produced once again
According to Marieb's 'Human Anatomy and Physiology', vitamin B12 can be destroyed by highly alkaline and highly acid conditions. This assumes that the B12 in meat would be easily destroyed because the hydrochloric acid in our stomaches during the digestion of meat is highly acidic. This may explain why meat-eaters are just as likely to have a B12 deficiency as vegans - even though their diet contains vitamin B12. Also, for meat-eaters, there is antiobiotics contained in meat! Of course, many meat-eaters destroy their friendly bacteria in their intestines by constant putrefaction and the putrefactive bacteria naturally present in meat will give the body a hard time.

Another side to the equation is that low serum B12 levels do not equate to a B12 deficiency necessarily. Just because there is a low level of B12 in the bloodstream, this does not mean that there is a deficiency in the body as a whole, it may well be being utilised by the living cells (such as the central nervous system). In any case, a person who takes supplements may well have 'vitamin B12' floating in their bloodstream, but this does not mean it is usable to the human body as synthetic, inorganic vitamins are not.

The illusionary benefits of supplement-taking result in the person's increased metabolism in order to expel these harmful substances as quickly as possible. This results in a stimulation of the body and the illusion of an improvement in health. The truth is that there is a very delicate balance among hormone secretions, vitamins, enzymes, minerals, etc. This is something that scientists know very little about. These substances do not work alone, but in fact require other factors for them to be effective, like fats, etc. We know very little about life within a cell. The use of supplements can disturb this delicate balance and diminish the efficiency of body functions. Health is reduced commensurate to the imbalance that occurs. 

Commercially, vitamin B12 tablets are made from bacteria and the bacteria is deeply fermented. A healthy body will usually expel fermented substances. The main problem with pill supplements is that they: 1) Do not contain the hundreds of other nutrients we may need to be healthy that raw foods provide, and 2) they contain artificial substances/contaminants that are detrimental to health.

Synthetic vitamins and minerals are inorganic and are therefore unusable by the human body. In the manufacture of 'food supplements', chemically pure substances must be used for the most part. If the scientists used naturally derived nutrients, their pills would be too large for us to swallow. Additionally, a chemical 'carrier' is added to make the products acceptable to the palate of the consumer and to bring their product up to an acceptable standard. These chemical carriers, as with all chemicals, are toxic to the human organism. They result in stimulation of the body and an illusionary cure.

According to Dr. John Potter PhD, of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Seattle, “Food's magic is based on thousands of complex interactions of dozens of different phytochemicals which are difficult to recreate in pills. While 190 solid studies prove that fruit and vegetables benefit, supplements have only a smattering of evidence”. Vitamins, minerals, hormones, etc. do not work in isolation, they work symbiotically. They work with other nutrients in order for their work to be carried out. When these highly complex substances are disturbed, their overall effectiveness can be reduced. However, too much of a nutrient is draining on our vital energy as the human (or non-human) organism may have to expel a nutrient overload. Also, it is doubtful whether, even if you do have a B12 deficiency, you have only a B12 deficiency. A healthier diet and living conditions, as well as a fast may be in order. 

According to Dr Douglas Graham, in his book 'Nutrition and Athletic Performance', supplementation has proven to be an inadequate and incomplete method of supplying nutrients as scientists cannot match nature's refined balances. He says that since an estimated ninety per cent of all nutrients are as yet undiscovered, why would we want to start adding nutrients into our diet one at a time rather than eating whole foods? Most nutrients are known to interact symbiotically with at least eight other nutrients and considering this, the odds of healthfully supplying any nutrients in its necessary component package becomes 'infinitesimally minute'. More to the point he adds, 'there has never been a successful attempt to keep an animal or human healthy, or even alive, on a diet composed strictly of nutritional supplements'.
Dan Reeter, at Bio-Systems Laboratories in Colorado is creating one of the world's most comprehensive computer facilities for soil biology testing. He says that, from his extensive tests, plants grown in organically-managed soil make significantly higher levels of usable vitamin B12. It has also been reported that vitamin B12 is present in wild fruits and wild and home-grown plant foods.

The author contends that animal and dairy produce is a poor source of Vitamin B12 since the vitamin is contained in nutrient-deranged foodstuffs which will inevitably destroy the usability of the vitamin. Studies show that those following a typical animal-based diet require more vitamin B12 than those who do not. This is because the typical diet leads to digestive atrophy. Because B12 is peptide-bound in animal products and must be enzymatically cleaved from the peptide bonds to be absorbed, a weakened gastric acid and gastric enzyme secretions (due to a cooked food diet) causes an inability to efficiently extract vitamin B12 from external food. Nevertheless, raw food vegans who have a more powerful digestion actually get more B12 by reabsorption from the bile than they do from external food. Wolfe argues that the natural soil microbes and bacteria found on wild plant foods and unwashed garden plants are typically adequate to supply our B12 requirements. The natural microbes in the soil need to be duplicated and to colonise in our digestive tract, without fermentation or putrefaction.

Another point worth considering is that vitamin B12 Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA's) are based upon the average cooked food (meat and two veg), smoking, drinking person. Commercial interests have indeed grossly exaggerated our needs for many nutrients. These studies tell us nothing of the requirements for a healthy vegetarian. It is very difficult to determine precise individual needs of any vitamin or nutrient, and an overload of any vitamin or other nutrient creates an unnecessary burden on our vital domain. Factors such as rate of metabolism, stress, etc. can determine our differing and often changing needs. Dr Victor Herbert reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (1998, Volume 48) that only 0.00000035 ounces (1 microgram) of vitamin B12 is required per day. These minimum vitamin requirements may be inadequate to explain the needs of a healthy raw food vegan, for example, who may require less B12 due to an improved gastric ability and a high ability to recycle vitamin B12. (Cooking destroys microbes and a highly sterilised, cooked vegan diet may not provide the intestines with enough good quality flora). Absorption rates of B12 are higher in healthy individuals than in unhealthy individuals. Studies, based on healthy Indian vegetarian villagers, showed that none of them exhibited symptoms of B12 deficiency, despite levels of .3-.5 micrograms of B12. 

Dr Gabriel Cousens argues that vitamin B12 deficiency is typically caused by lack of absorption in the intestinal tract rather than a lack of this vitamin in the diet. Annie and Dr David Jubb argue that people have lived in such a sterile, antiseptic environment for so long that these necessary symbiotic organisms have been less than present in our diet. They argue that by ingesting soil-born organisms you can maintain an enormous reservoir of uncoded antibodies ready to transform specific pathogens, the way nature intended - by eating a little dirt!
If a person is healthy and on a healthy vegan, high-percentage raw food diet and does not habitually over-eat, wrongly combine their foods and abuse their bodies generally, and utilises fasting on occasion, it is unlikely that they will develop B12 deficiency symptoms providing their intestinal flora was not previously deranged. Vitamin B12 deficiency is usually symptomatic of a larger problem i.e. poor intestinal flora, poor absorption and also lack of sunlight.

Harvey Diamond argues that the entire nutrient issue has been made so confusing with contradictory information that it is no wonder that people are bewildered about where to obtain sufficient nutrients. Unfortunately, some people have been so totally misguided and scared that no amount of common-sense reasoning of even factual data can rescue them from the meat, dairy and petrochemical (synthetic food 'supplement' suppliers) multi-million pound industries. The truth is that whatever nutrients the body needs will be contained in its natural foods (for human beings, raw plant foods). Mother Nature knows how to provide for her own. Why would it be that we are created in such a way as to make us a natural plant-eater and hey presto, there is no vitamin B12 provided for us by plants? If you can't get it from raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds or sprouts then WE DON'T NEED IT! Just because a wild fruit or organic foodstuff contains only a small amount, this does not mean it is deficient. It means that we only need a small amount!

The pill pushers are quick to say that our soil is deficient, but according to Diamond and others, if a seed does not receive the elements it needs IT WILL NOT GROW (OR WILL GROW POORLY - author). Also, plants obtain nutrients from other sources in greater amounts: the sun, water and the air. Plants actually obtain only about 1% of nutrients from the soil.
If you do develop a B12 deficiency, certain urgent dietary adjustments may need to be made, and there is a possibility that fasting is in order. In any case, on switching to a healthier diet, be it vegetarian, vegan or raw food (for optimum health), we should go back to nature as much as possible and pay little attention to germ phobics who advise us to scrub our vegetables and fruits. Buy organic and eat home-grown or wild foods and do not clean them too scrupulously! Just as nature intended!. 

Please note that it is not recommended for anyone to go on a fast of longer duration than 1½ days wihtout competent supervision, as prolonged fasts must be monitored by a qualified fasting supervisor.

1. 'Fit for Life', Diamond, H. and M., 1987
2. 'The Life Science Institute Course in Natural Health' - 1986
3. 'Nutrition and Athletic Performance', Dr D. Graham, 1999
4. 'Female Balance' article 2001 -K Perrero www.living-foods.com
5. Human Anatomy and Phyisology - Marieb - 1999
6. Correspondence with Dr Vetrano and family 2001
7. 'The Sunfood Diet Success Story' by David Wolfe
8. B12 article by the Vegan Society
9 . B12 article by the Vegetarian Society
10. 1990 'Solstice Magazine' article

10 comments:

twoveganboys said...

I love your blog and the myth-busting.

HeartGlue said...

This page is awesome. I really enjoyed reading and listening to all your posts. I myself am vegan and i get such a great feeling when i see other people are out there fighting for the exact same thing i am! Thank you

Fred Rosa said...

GO VEGAN!

TA Demings said...

I'd really like to know your sources for Myth #10

Lyn Rose said...

There are quotes and lists of Vegetarians and Vegans from numerous sources that I agree, I did not list here. But the ones that I mention in this small sample list have been quoted as being vegetarian for the suffering of the animals, so if they were alive today they would most certainly not support factory farming, and would therefore be Vegan.
And from the healthiness point of view the source is from my own personal experience meeting hundreds of Vegans through my line of work :) Sorry that i am not being more specific, but I can find the sources, so let me dig them up :) xo

TA Demings said...

I recognize a lot of the health reasons for being vegan, and I try to eat vegan most of the time. I'd like to get more into raw foods especially.

As far as sources, though, I'm mostly interested in the sources for all the people you listed as vegan/vegetarian.

Anonymous said...

How about high protein diet, as a bodybuilder i don't see myself getting 300 grams a day of protein from nuts and roots. currently i am eating a lot of meat to supply that amount of protein and that is sometimes not enough, supplementing with protein powders and such.

Lyn Rose said...

Well, look at John and countless others who are completely Vegan and do just fine as fitness trainers and body builders :) More and more athletes are going Vegan for the benefits. If you don't want to that's completely up to you, love. I'm not going to convince anyone who doesn't want to go this way. it's just the way I live.
xo
Lyn

Anonymous said...

You ROCK!

Anonymous said...

To the anon body builder - 300grams of protein is unneeded and very unhealthy. Read the China Study by T.Campbell. It will show you the link between high animal protein diets and cancer amongst other illnesses. Beans on wholemeal toast is a much better source of protein and many other nutrients than animal foods. Search Vegan bodybuilding in google and do a little research, I'm sure you'll find that it's quit easy to build muscle on a vegan diet. You won't die young and become ill through the high protein animal based diet. Peace x

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  • V-Log #304: Treetop Greetings and Update
  • America's FAT Future: Obesity Statistics
  • Seeds Of Freedom Documentary
  • The Power Of Touch :)
  • The Plastic Cow Documentary: Why We Must Stop Using Plastic Bags
  • Our John Lewis: Vegan Fitness Trainer for Nobesity!
  • Monstrous Resolutions Animation Video
  • Human Superiority? Documentary- A Must See!
  • A River Of Waste Documentary: The Hazardous Truth About Factory Farms
  • Meat The Truth Documentary
  • Water Has Memory: New Discoveries
  • Follow the Money: Bog Pharma, Meat, Dairy and Junk Food Industries
  • Raw Chocolate Truffles!! Best Treat Ever!
  • Dear Future...
  • Raw Vegan Weight Loss!
  • Vegan Kids All Grown Up! Josh isn't my little boy any more
  • The Jazzy Vegetarian Cookbook (Vegan) Review
  • Beautiful-Vegan Bootcamp! 3 Easy Steps to a Kick-Ass Body!
  • This is my Awesome Vegan Sister, Diana!
  • This is John Lewis: The Badass Vegan!
  • I Might Go Raw For Good!
  • Raw For 30 Days (plus) Update!
  • Conscious Evolution: We Are Evolving Through Our Actions
  • Raw Vegan For 30 Days (Update)
  • SUPERNATURAL- The Unseen Powers Of Animals: #1
  • Apollo Zero Documentary
  • Raw Vegan For 30 Days! (Big Fight!)
  • Harvard Declares Milk and Dairy NOT Part of a Healthy Diet!
  • Vegan Body Building On The Rise! New York Times Article
  • Beautiful-Vegan RAW Challenge For The New Year!
  • Happy New Year Everyone!
  • Fear Of The Unknown
  • Happy Holidays From all of Us Here at Beautiful-Vegan!
  • Wicked Chocolate Chip Cookies (not raw, but once in a while...)
  • But What About Protein, John?
  • Be Completely UNrealistic and Transform Your Life!
  • Yoga For The Terrified
  • The Truth About The Sheep Industry (Wool/Meat/Skin/Milk)
  • V-Log #79,084... Vegan Cheese Review!
  • V-Log #6? Vegan Chips Review!
  • Article I Wrote to NOW Magazine About Their MEAT ISSUE
  • Ungrip (Great Doc About Civil Liberties and Living off The Grid)
  • If A Tree Falls (Documentary about the Earth Liber...
  • Our Book Promo Video!:
  • Making The Connection: An Awesome Documentary Abou...
  • V-Log #3: Vegan Chocolate Challenge!
  • What's Your Favourite Vegan Food, Beautiful-Vegan ...
  • 7 Edible Plants You Can Grow Inside!
  • Puppy Mills, Private Breeders and Animal Shelters:...
  • Meet The Incredible John Lewis! Raw Vegan Fitness ...
  • I've Been Occupying Toronto... Be back soon! xo
  • A Part of Something Beautiful:
  • Animal Ingredients List:
  • How to Find Your Soulmate:
  • Photographer, James Toth:
  • V-Log #1: LipLabz Vegan Lip Balms, Tints and Gloss...
  • A Little About Erin!
  • V-Log! Ok Here We Go!
  • Hammock Enlightenment: Awesome Short Video!
  • V-Log! Yay for Vegan Videos! ;)
  • Water: The Great Mystery... An Incredible Document...
  • Documentary: The Beautiful Truth: Cancer / Food
  • Communing With Nature to Understand Gratitude:
  • A Very Inspiring Movie Trailer: Finding Joe :)
  • What You Should Know Before Vaccinating Your Child...
  • Our favorite Podcasts/On-Line Sites:
  • Dr. Alan Rabinowitz: Man Who Suffered with Severe ...
  • The Shock Doctrine Documentary with Naomi Klein:
  • Be the Queen of Your Thoughts and Actions:
  • 73 Year Old Vegan, Mimi Kirk, Looks Awesome!
  • Vegucated Movie Trailer! Opening soon:
  • Conscious Evolution:
  • Becoming Vegan:
  • Aromatherapy Chart:
  • The Beautiful Truth Documentary: Cancer / Food
  • If Mermaids Were Real Would We Eat Them Too?
  • Modern Meat Documentary:
  • Amusing Vegan Photoshop Images (not for eating, ob...
  • Astounding Documentary about the Criminal Cancer B...
  • Nike Exposed: An Award-Winning Short Film
  • Food Investigations: fake blueberry mystery
  • Plastic Packaging Vs Animals
  • Raising a vegan kid...
  • Toronto Veggie Event- Not to be missed!
  • The Vanishing of Bees movie trailer:
  • Free Veggie Challenge banner for you!
  • Vegan Goddess Pink and her new video:
  • Meet Mac Danzig: Vegan UFC Fighter
  • Rachel Botsman: The case for collaborative consump...
  • Nutrition and Behavior- Learn How Your Food is Aff...
  • An incredible and inspiring story of a woman's new...
  • Spring Detox Time!
  • This is where your plastic ends up: Inside the bel...
  • The Dark Side of Chocolate Documentary
  • A World Without Water: Amazing and Eye-Opening Doc...
  • Watch this Documentary- Amazing:
  • spring simple dressing:
  • Dr. Neal Barnard- A very good bunch of reasons to ...
  • Alkaline body vs. Acidic body
  • 1000 Year Old Vegan Poem
  • small is better :)
  • the power of raw veganism! I will get there one da...
  • Our new T-shirt designs!
  • Why, Hello There!!
  • a penguin with real individual personality: what h...
  • I found this blog and thought you all might like i...
  • Becoming Myth: Sea Turtles & Asia
  • Cow's milk and the problems with it:
  • free hugs: we love you :)
  • A little about Josh:
  • A little bit about James:
  • making an earthbag garden wall out of sewn bed she...
  • new findings on the intelligence of dolphins:
  • Born to be Wild movie trailer- soooo cute!
  • Raw Vegan Beauty and Body Building- Interview with...
  • Q & A with Dr. T. Colin Campbell
  • a little about me :)
  • Dr. Will Tuttle on his book The World Peace Diet:
  • "Not from concentrate" juice is not fresh juice at...
  • Fall is here in Canada, so here are two comfort fo...
  • photoshop monster me
  • Simply Amazing... Forks over Knives movie trailer:...
  • Cattle transport truck overturned near Toronto: We...
  • The Primacy of Consciousness: a great talk by the ...
  • OMG! Bill Clinton changed to a plant-based diet!
  • say cheese my beautiful vegans!
  • earthbag dome houses:
  • Peter Tyack: The intriguing sound of marine mammal...
  • No Money Man- This guy has a degree in economy and...
  • Lady Gaga and her Meat Dress...
  • Windfall documentary trailer- something to think a...
  • Vegan/Vegetarian Athletes and Health:
  • Thank you :)
  • Vegan/Vegetarian Artists, Poets and Writers
  • Celebration in the Faroe Islands: Food or Cruel Am...
  • Watch this documentary about building homes and wo...
  • Our first newsletter! Click here to check it out :...
  • Random Acts of Internet Kindness:
  • How smart are crows? Unbelievably so:
  • Carl Safina: The oil spill's unseen culprits, vict...
  • Letting go of struggle:
  • Graham Hill Ted Talk: Why I'm a weekday vegetarian...
  • our favourite forest and waterfall:
  • Vandana Shiva giving a lecture on Soil, Not Oil at...
  • 10 Signs Vegetarianism is Catching On:
  • Our Book: Conscious Evolution: Vegan Recipes, Life...
  • Killer at Large- obesity documentary trailer:
  • what have we done?
  • Some great events going on in Toronto this month:
  • No-Impact Man trailer: A funny and compelling docu...
  • vegan body builder Ryan Marcotte!
  • TED Talk: starving blood vessels to cancer cells b...
  • The Take- A documentary for you by Avi Lewis and N...
  • G20 coming to Toronto and we don't want this to ha...
  • A documentary that everyone on the planet must wat...
  • Hi guys!
  • vegan weigh loss success:
  • What the massive ol spill means for ecosystems and...
  • What's really food?
  • More than 23,000 dolphins a year are slaughtered i...
  • E.coli contamination of meat- and sometimes veggie...
  • Becel has a vegan margarine, finally.
  • Documentaries and Videos:
  • To bike or not to bike?
  • The Human Experience trailer... wow
  • How many animals are slaughtered per second in the...
  • Is 'not from concentrate juice' really good for yo...
  • Dirt: The trailer:
  • Ellen on being vegan- really well done my dear.
  • Kiwi-Lime Pudding! Wicked.
  • Raspberry Crepes with French Vanilla Cream!
  • Raw Vegan Blood Test... Amazing.
  • Earthship building in Jamaica, and a couple of oth...
  • Watch The Cove documentary here:
  • Earth Hour is coming! March 27th so turn off the l...
  • Famous Vegan and Vegetarian Body Builders and Athl...
  • Kenneth Williams- good short video on being vegan ...
  • Philosophy- A Guide to Happiness Documentary
  • Write us!
  • Wake-Me-Up Fruit Salad with Walnuts, Almonds and a...
  • Vanilla French Toast recipe is here!
  • Throwing away diabetes by changing what you eat:
  • The Engine Diet author Rip Esselstyn speaking on b...
  • Schools kill creativity- Why you might consider ho...
  • We're finishing up the book! So stay tuned...
  • Want to know who else is vegan and vegetarian? You...
  • Oprah on factory farming. What are we eating?
  • Sweet Mysery documentary about artificial sweetene...
  • Blessings: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet:
  • Living Yoga: The Life and Teachings of Swami Satch...
  • Reversing diabetes by going going raw vegan- Can Y...
  • Woody Harrelson on Being Vegan:
  • A great film about the Jewish take on veganism and...
  • Ok... I broke my Master Cleanse fast on day 20 :(
  • The Future of Food Documentary- watch it!
  • Vegan Makeup and brushes! Afterglow Cosmetics:
  • Earthship Home designs:
  • Living off the grid- how and why?
  • Mind Yoga: Take time out right now. How can we bec...
  • Erykah Badu and Common on being vegan life:
  • Hunter/meat eater goes vegan: So can you!
  • Will you be labled a terrorist for being vegan?
  • BREAD!!! Having a really hard time today with the ...
  • Kymatica- really good documentary- watch free:
  • Three Plants that will change your indoor Air Qual...
  • Purrfect Pineapples Cruelty-free Under Things!
  • Slowing Down With a Fast:
  • Lyn's Spirit Dolls:
  • Festive Cranberry Custard and Vegan Neg-Nog Recipi...
  • This is what James and Josh do in their spare time...
  • Vegan Children:
  • Watch The Story of Stuff- good documentary.
  • Alicia Silverstone on what happened to her when sh...
  • Send a lantern to the Copenhagen Climate Summit to...
  • The Money Masters Documentary: I know you might no...
  • A Question: Do you know what a vegan is? Pretty fu...
  • Joshua Rose as The Bunnyman:
  • Watch the documentary Patent For a Pig:
  • Watch Big Sugar documentary:
  • The Reality We Create:
  • Vegan Musicians! You Rock (sorry about the pun):
  • Vegan Endurance Athlete: Inspiration:
  • Deer in the city of Toronto:
  • Happy Thanksgiving to all of you lovely people in ...
  • Mass animal sacrifice begins in Hindu festival in ...
  • One of my paintings: The Ritual (after)
  • Creamy Parsnip soup with Pine Nuts and Sun-Dried T...
  • Kombucha Tea
  • Off The Grid: Documentary:
  • The Cost of a Coke: Documentary:
  • You need to see this: I am blown away.
  • Food Inc. Documentary:
  • Vaccines: 2 Documentaries to watch:
  • It is now believed that 51% of the world's human-c...
  • Vananda Shiva on Seed Saving- very powerful talk:
  • Colloidal Silver Generator: Make it yourself!
  • Creatures of Black Forest:
  • 6 Degrees of Separation Documentary:
  • Fighting the flu naturally:
  • Raising kids vegan- Go for it!
  • 350 Day of Action for Climate Change- PLEASE get i...
  • Joan Jett for Farm Sanctuary:
  • Raw Vegan Radio!
  • Natural Building Videos and Books:
  • Vegan Body Building and Fitness:
  • Lost 40bls and became healthy going raw vegan!
  • Vegan Athlete Brendan Brazier makes energy bars!
  • Happy Thanksgiving Guys! Here are some awesome thi...
  • Vegan Mineral Makeup and Brushes:
  • Watch Earthlings Documentary:
  • A monkey takes care of a human baby- really intere...
  • This monkey adopted a kitten! Monkey news:
  • Giggling gorillas and orangoutangs! Studies show t...
  • Who killed the honey bee? Watch the whole movie:
  • A big Happy Birthday to my brother today:
  • Happy Birthday Diana!
  • Poverty is not an accident: The End of Poverty mov...
  • Car-Free Day in Toronto: Still learning the lesson...
  • This is something very surprising- a brilliant ide...
  • Water Filters That Really Work:
  • Need a pik-me up? This will inspire you:
  • Vegetarian Food Fair:
  • Living Off the Grid in an Earth-Ship House here in...
  • Where to start if you are thinking of going vegan:...
  • growing your own sprouts!
  • Autism and Animals
  • To Zoo or not to Zoo:
  • Weird hippo pet:
  • Not for those who are already vegan:
  • Humanity
  • Disinfecting Drinking Water with Sunlight
  • I had to put this up.
  • Fluoride Fluoride Fluoride- Holy Crap.
  • Food Inc. Movie:
  • John Robins on fear and how it influences us:
  • The Business of Cancer:
  • B12
  • Why Vegan?
  • Lyn at the BFF (Bicycle Film Festival in Toronto)
  • 40 Day Cleanse Fast Results:
  • Vegan Myth-Busters!
  • Raw Cauliflower Curry with Pine Nuts!
  • Come and join us!
  • Artificial Sweeteners Cause Weight Gain:
  • healing from quadruple bypass operation with a hig...
  • For those of you who aren't familiar with this inc...
  • I found this raw food speaker and fell in love- sh...
  • 5 reasons to go vegan:
  • My bike meant freedom to me...
  • why vegan? I found this great video you may like:
  • healing thyroids naturally with a raw vegan diet- ...
  • another raw vegan body builder- very interesting
  • Square Foot Show coming up!
  • The Lovers
  • doll making to occupy my time
  • earth days movie trailer
  • Crude: movie trailer
  • Oh the fun of today... broken arm workshop
  • This guy tells us his story of the journey to the ...
  • Awesome! 2 First year pre-med students go raw for ...
  • How to gain muscle mass on a Raw Vegan diet: Raw V...
  • This guy explains very well why raw vegan food is ...
  • Claire is our reporter abroad!
  • This is how I Feel Today
  • Cindy Didn't Really Trust James...
  • Free Vegan Recipes That Rock:
  • Our Secret Forest
  • Vegan in New York
  • Water Life movie trailer: Hot Docs Film Festival 2...
  • It is estimated that there are more tigers in capt...
  • Reporter: A new Hot Docs movie trailer
  • Black Wave: A documentary about the greatest envir...
  • Take care of yourself and you won't get sick... si...
  • A couple of places we've been to in the last few d...
  • very quick and to the point meat message:
  • why no one but calves should drink cow's milk:
  • a cat adopts baby squirrels??
  • For those who haven't seen this reunion between a ...
  • 2 Week Master Cleanse Detox Talk:
  • Squeaks Rose Toth and Josh
  • Josh in a battle of the bands!
  • 'Home' Movie Trailer- really beautiful and though...
  • A word from the late Carl Sagan about our planet:
  • Happy Father's Day Cupcakes!! (Vanilla Cranberry, ...
  • The End of the Line: movie trailer about the end o...
  • The Cove Movie Trailer- You need to see this:
  • I'm doing the Master Cleanse right now- Here's a v...
  • Farewell my friend
  • Blue Gold: World Water Wars- I've never seen anyth...
  • Time to let go
  • Food Security for Everyone: Real Community
  • Guerrilla Vegetable Gardening in the City
  • This one will cause some uproar...
  • Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai (traile...
  • Happy Birthday James!! Decadent, Triple-Decker, Va...
  • I have to show you this! It's one of the most beau...
  • A VERY GOOD program I had never seen before:
  • Message from the director of The Future Of Food:
  • Skip the Meat Commercial
  • Joshua Rose, champion of the world.
  • Not Milk
  • Soy Soy Soy
  • Vegetarian or Vegan?... VEGAN!
  • Raw Vegan Athlete Video Blogger
  • Vegan Body Builder- Kenneth G. Williams
  • Basil-Avocado Dip: Awesome.
  • This is very well done. Watch it.
  • Edward Norton on Plastic Bags Bags Bags
  • Time to explore! Let's go!
  • Interview from Art Bell with Dr. Neal Barnard, pre...
  • Processed People trailer
  • Fast Food Nation
  • Diet for a New America : Documentary
  • Thank You Everyone! You are all making a huge diff...
  • Go Raw Now movie trailer:
  • Raw Vegetable Soup With Almonds and Sun-dried Toma...
  • Squeakers Toth and his brother James
  • raw mushroom soup coming up!
  • Mad Cowboy Documentary! Very Good.
  • Coconut Cornbread in a skillet! So easy!
  • Make your own mesh bags! Easy!
  • Cancer Inc.
  • Mad Cowboy Author (he used to be a cattle rancher ...
  • Need to get away from my computer.
  • Diet For a Small Planet
  • Interesting contest for vegans: win an electric ca...
  • Go Green, Eat Less Meat.
  • How much plastic is in the ocean you ask?...
  • how to make creamy caesar dressing!
  • A great book for teaching kids why veganism is imp...
  • An Amazing Talk Given by a Medical Doctor about th...
  • T. Colin Campbell, PhD, on cancer and animal based...
  • The link between dairy consumption and prostate ca...
  • Learning to Relax
  • Peaceable Kingdom Movie Trailer
  • Garbage Island Documentary
  • Sprouting Seeds!
  • HAPPY EARTH DAY MY FRIENDS!
  • Becoming Vegan, The Complete Guide to Adopting a H...
  • beautiful vegan Tv..episode 2, How to Open a Cocon...
  • Animal Rights Eco Fair
  • RAWvolution book
  • beautiful vegan tv...episode 1, raw spinach soup!
  • Vegan Chocolate Pudding!!!
  • Raw Stuffed Red Peppers!
  • Raw Vegan Spinach-Avocado Soup with Thyme and Fres...
  • Yesterday was good.
  • Dominical, Costa Rica
  • beautiful-vegan tv!
  • Banning organic farming?? Are you kidding?
  • Almost Raw Stir-Fry!
  • Spring!
  • Movie Trailer: The End Of America... An Alarming D...
  • Spicy Raw Vegan Carrot Soup!
  • Frozen CreamBerry Heaven!
  • A creamy (and way better!) alternative to yougurt
  • Sweet Cashew Coconut Balls on a Fruit Plate with C...
  • Some events that might be of interest if you're in...
  • Three things You Can Do Right NOW to Find Love
  • Earth: movie trailer
  • How to make a vegan breakfast that rocks!
  • Hello to Everyone!
  • Canada Goose on a Very Small Island
  • How to find Jewels
  • Here's why worm composting is good for the environ...
  • I'm Worm Composting... Finally!
  • Earthbag Dome Houses for the World- a movie traile...
  • Earthbag Building Book that I love!
  • Vandana Shiva, on water security
  • Summer in Toronto
  • oh, those vegans...
  • Mocha Latte Cake!
  • Inspiration for the masses: Man On Wire movie trai...
  • Matthew Stein, author of When Technology Fails
  • the Future of Food Movie Trailer (a must see movie...
  • This is josh (obviously before he cut off his drea...
  • A vegan who's allergic to soy??
  • Huge chocolate corporations like Nestle use slave ...
  • Really important water movie trailer:
  • How to find love
  • Vegan Cranberry Pancakes with Cinnamon
  • Sedna
  • famous vegans and vegetarians
  • Josh growing up vegetarian and then vegan.
  • Black Rice & Walnut-Stuffed Squash!
  • Putting your money where your mouth is.
  • Just putting up a paintings of mine that I did a ...
  • How to photograph deer...
  • Change is in the Air (wow, I'm full of cliches lat...
  • There is snow outside, but not in this photo!
  • Trailer for Garbage Warrior
  • Building Earthbag Dome Houses is What We All Have ...
  • Josh on Lake Superior
  • Baby Snapping Turtle
  • Funny Little Piglets Playing
  • The Shift Movie Trailer- Watch It and Be Inspired!...
  • Summer images to make me feel better.
  • Vegan Creme Brule! Finally.
  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE this Vegan Creme Brule!
  • Somewhere Just off of Lake Superior, Ontario
  • Pesto Pasta With Leeks and Sun-Dried Tomatoes!
  • hiking behind the zoo
  • sage of the forest
  • Joshua and the tarantula
  • my birthday 
  • Omatepe Island, Nicaragua
  • chocolate chili mole!!
  • Me at city hall on the night of Nuit Blanche
  • Indian Carrot Curry Soup!
  • dolled-up sunday morning french toast!
  • Voted BEST MAC & CHEESE by Vegan Cheese Review Web...
  • Possibly the best double chocolate cupcakes in the...
  • This is my Mom-Approved Luxurious and Rich Pumpkin... 
  • Our marinated shishkebobs on the fire!
  • James working his way accross a lake
  • James in a sunset at Old Woman Bay
  • who was the first person to look at this and think...
  • aboard the MS Chi-Cheemaun
  • This is my raw vegan curry!!
  • James' team on Center Island
  • Sitting in the sky
  • My Lady
  • We borrowed Meg's car for a road trip!
  • RAW RAW RAW!
  • We've started growing our own food!
  • Me on a beach in Ontario
  • James loving his life in Canada
  • This belongs to everyone.
  • Cutting off Joshua's Dreads!
  • Joshua cutting off his dreads part 2!
  • So we cut his dreads off before he went to school!...
  • My feet have escaped the confines of socks and boo...
  • Me on a snow top cliff
  • Lemon Poppy Seed Love Cake!
  • Photographer James Toth
  • Passed out after a long day
  • Rope walking with a friend in Kensington Market
  • roast pear with maple creme brule
  • coconut porridge with fresh blueberries!
  • Our Spicy Raw Zucchini Soup!
  • Lyn and the Frog
  • Coconut is an excellent protein!
  • To open a coconut
  • James on a winter hike
  • Vegan / Vegetarian Restaurants and Cafes in Toront...
  • February Blaws: Cure
  • Vegan Blog Tracker!
  • one of my older paintings
  • Environmental, Healthe and Karmic reasons to go Ve...
  • sweet potato plantain roast
  • vegan quotes#6-10
  • our coconut fruit salad!
  • josh and his skateboard
  • Me in Algonquin Park!
  • my awesome vegan paté!
  • New Year, New Beginning.
  • Josh shooting the deadly eggplant weapon
  • Lime Garlic Tofu with Mushrooms on Rice
  • James by the water
  • Self transformation is world transformation
  • Our Pesto Pizza!
  • David Suzuki's Nature Challenge
  • cucumber asparagus salad
  • taking a break
  • Environmental, Health and Karmic Reasons to go Veg...
  • Josh playing music by the fire
  • FAMOUS VEGAN/VEGETARIAN QUOTES: 1.
  • James and Josh playing
  • VEGAN MYTH-BUSTER #10
  • Josh and Lyn in a barrel
  • rice paper delicacies (glass pillows)
  • VEGAN MYTH-BUSTER #8, #9
  • vegan on the road
  • Josh laughing hysterically before I go under a wat...
  • This is raw agave nectar
  • James and Lyn in the sun
  • our RAW nori rolls
  • VEGAN MYTH-BUSTER #6, #7
  • Josh and the goat
  • little tiny toads are people too
  • VEGAN MYTH-BUSTER #5
  • Me on my favorite cliff in the world
  • VEGAN MYTH-BUSTER #3, #4
  • James on a beach in Australia
  • this bird was watching me and then landed right on...
  • Josh got the whole coconut out of the shell in one...
  • me posing while eating my banana-coconut breakfast...
  • my lovely James
  • our vegan lemon-cranberry scones!
  • Vegan Myth-Buster #2
  • This is our house
  • Albert Einstein
  • make your own almond or cashew milk!
  • sweet raisin veggie curry that I made!
  • Small changes make a huge difference!
  • Shop at used clothing stores to support the commun...
  • James and Lyn at the fireworks
  • Josh in a tree.
  • My First Post :)