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Dr. Campbell Responds

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

As a graduate of Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s Plant Based Nutrition certificate program through eCornell, and having him to credit with providing the final straw to my giving up dairy and eggs so many years back by way of his book The China Study, it’s with great interest that I’ve observed the latest challenge to his findings and indeed motives (yikes!) and his generous and courteous response.

Back in 2006, Dr. Campbell addressed a more organized coalition of naysayers from those sharing the belief that cholesterol and animal fat are good for you. His response was unequivocal and hit back at the Weston A Price Foundation (WAPF) and the like. It also gave him a chance to report on the unexpected success of the book, having sold some 100,000 copies in 18 months!

This time the critique was from an individual. The attractive Denise Minger. A vegetarian turned raw foodist occupying the area of the Venn diagram where the twain do not meet, which is to say, her diet now includes raw meat. And, of course, a blogger. ;)

It just goes to show, once again, the power of citizen media. These little brain dumps called posts have a way of making the rounds (sometimes), and hers apparently caused enough of a stir and was spreading enough misinformation that the good doctor saddled up to the keyboard to lay down some facts. I encourage you to read them in turn. Here’s what she wrote.

It may well be that a response would not have been necessary had she not deleted some comments that attempted to clear things up straight away (you’ll read about that in the next link). Thankfully, VegSource handled the publishing of Dr. Campbell’s response.

Carded at 36

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Please excuse me while I revel in a meaningless triviality and pretend it’s of consequence. Just this weekend, I was asked for my license (“carded”) at the grocery store for the 12-pack of non-alcoholic beer among my foodstuffs. OK, I know, you’re probably saying woop-de-doo, but I’m saying, woohoo! Hey, gotta celebrate the small things, right?

I wasn’t even wearing a baseball cap, my balding, almost shaved head serving as a billboard of sorts for the fifteen years since the privilege of imbibing certain fermented beverages had been governmentally granted me.

Better yet, the teller was a young man who himself appeared quite shy of the state sanctioned 21 years of age. Only if the questioner had been of the opposite sex could I have been more pleased. LOL.

Of course, it’s not the first time since entering my third decade of life that I’ve been carded, nor the latter half of those ten, but it’s still something I choose to take as a minor compliment despite the fear of employer reprimand that may have prompted it.

Leave A Comment: What’s the oldest at which you’ve been asked for proof of age… so far? (Senior discounts don’t count!) ;)

Vegan Done Light for the Kindle

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Woohoo! After a couple weeks of playing with the formatting, I finally got my Vegan Done Light cookbook listed in the Amazon Kindle store.   :)

None of the automatic conversion tools, whether online or executable, did a very good job, no matter the source filetype, so it ended up being a very manual process of making a change, viewing the preview, making a change, viewing the preview, ad infinitum.

I can say, it looked great when I published it, but it seems, at least in the free Kindle for PC software, that it managed to goof it up a bit yet. I’m hoping it survived better in the actual product. If you have a Kindle, please let me know how it looks on the device itself.

The good news is the pictures came thru in beautiful full-color (the preview showed them in black and white, so I wasn’t sure they would), and of course, the recipes are there, even if the pagination split a couple of them unexpectedly. So, still good stuff!

Furthermore, according to Amazon’s rules, it’s priced significantly lower on their site than mine, which should make up for any formatting issues that might remain and help get these healthy meals and snacks into the hands of many more who need them.

Note: The sample they send you has the picture, nutrition information, and ingredients for the first recipe, but not the instructions. To get the full sample, just enter your first name and email at VeganDoneLight.com.

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