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74 Year Old Discovers the Fountain of Youth in Her Garden looks 40

Today we have another exciting episode for you. I’m here in South Florida once again, and
I’m here actually at a really cool home that is growing food. And the reason why I am at this home today
is because the gardener here that I’ll be interviewing at the end, basically has found
the fountain of youth. And she’s actually been on many different
TV shows and the news media come and interview her and kinds of stuff. And basically the Fountain of Youth that everybody’s
always been searching for and they sent what Columbus or Ponstillion or whoever to find
the Fountain of Youth. What if it’s where you are right now? And basically, the fountain of youth that
she found is growing food at her house and eating the foods that she grows from nature. And eating foods from nature. And it’s, this lady is incredible. She’s a new friend of mine. I just met her for the first time today. And I’m going to go ahead and share with
you guys actually what she’s growing and how she’s growing it, and talk to you guys
about some of the benefits of the foods that she’s growing. And then at the end we’re going to interview
her about, you know, her diet, her lifestyle and of course her garden as well. So I mean, I really think it’s a sad shape
here in south Florida. Most people just have front lawns. And, you know, what if you could grow food
and keep your health and stay younger longer. Not because of any supplements or anything,
potion pill, you know, that you have to buy but just if you’re just growing your own
food and high quality food at that. Because she like me, also believes that you
know, we need to have a high quality food. So she’s adding things like trace minerals
into her food to have better than store bought quality food right at her fingertips and right
outside her back door. So anyways, let’s go ahead and head across
the street and we’ll show you guys how she’s growing not only in her front yard but also
in her back yard as well. So now we’re over in Annette’s front yard. And as you guys could see, she doesn’t have
a lawn here. She’s actually using the space more wisely
to produce food. And this is what I believe everybody should
be doing, at least growing a part of the food that they need to eat. You know, we have shifted responsibility for
our health to the doctors, to, you know, get us better when we’re sick, and to the farmers
that are growing food to hopefully keep you well. But I personally believe that in most instances
they’re failing on these tasks because there are more and more diseases, you know, than
ever. And like the top 15 killers are caused by
the food that you put in your mouth. And, you know, the doctors can only, you know,
help your body, assist your body to heal you in some cases but in many cases, you know,
they give you prescription drugs that just control the symptoms. And they never really heal you. So, you know, it’s my belief that the body
heals itself. And that’s why I think everybody should
take some responsibility for their health but also, you know, for the food they’re
eating. And that’s what Annette’s doing here in
her front yard. She has these wood chips in, so as the wood
chips are sitting on the ground it’s actually creating more fertility and adding fertility
to the soil in the forms of fungal dominated compost. And in this whole area here she has a whole
bunch of pineapple plants. So these will make some delicious pineapples
in, I don’t know, over a year, a year and a half. And then behind that, she has a big bunch
of bamboo. If you guys could see that, she could use
the bamboo for stakes in her garden, but more importantly, she’ll actually eat the young
emerging sprouts that she’ll cover up, you know, with an old trash can or even just pile
some dirt on it. And when they come up and they don’t get
hit by the sun, they’re a lot more easy and tender to eat. Now she does have a special variety of bamboo,
you know, for eating, you know, in it’s natural raw and uncooked state. Many bamboos can be, you know, cooked and
eaten and they get a lot more tender. But anyways let’s go ahead and go over,
oh I see one on the ground over there. Let’s go ahead and take a look at one of
her favorite foods that is probably responsible or partly responsible for her good looks. So now what we’re looking at is a tree that
she planted many years ago on her property. And this thing is huge. This is probably like pushing fifteen feet
tall and she told me earlier that this thing was taking over the front yard. So she actually had to cut it back a lot. But despite being cut back, this is actually
fruiting and producing lots of fruits and lots of leaves. And yeah, I mean you could see just there’s
so many fruits it’s also attracting bees and other beneficial insects here. And what this fruit’s called is it’s called
Noni. And it’s from the South Pacific, and in
Hawaii it’s very popular, and it’s often used in Hawaii, I have videos before where
I talk about Noni a little bit. But it’s a very medicinal fruit, and medicinal,
you know, read non-sweet fruit. And one of the things Annette does is she
never will pick these off the tree because if they’re picked off the tree, these are
not ripe, they’re really hard. She wants to get fruit in their peak ripeness. Which also means that they are at their peak
nutrition as well. So to do that you don’t pick them off the
tree, you actually just look on the ground. So right here, check it out, we found one
today on the ground. And when they’re on the ground they get
kind of little bit translucent. Here’s one here that’s like still kind
of green and what not and it’s nice and hard. I don’t know if you guys could see this
branch over here. But in the front there’s a little small
baby, a bigger one and then a green one, and in the back it’s starting to get a little
bit lighter in color, but it’s not as translucent as the guy over here. But yeah this guy is ripe and ready to go. And the thing about this fruit is if you smell
it, it has a strong odor. And it kind of smells like cheese. So, so yeah. Like this is probably not the tastiest fruit. Let’s go ahead and, how she normally would
do this is she would harvest it, she would wash it, and then she would store it in the
fridge. So maybe I’ll take this in and we’ll go
into the fridge later, I’ll show you guys washed fruit, and then we’ll explain how
she uses it, and then at that point maybe I’ll try one of these guys to let you guys
know how it actually tastes. But yeah. The Noni fruit, it’s definitely healing,
medicinal fruit, and she drinks the juice quite often as she has a huge tree that makes
more fruits than she could even eat. And I want to stop there, I mean, this is
more of a wild fruit tree. And I want to encourage you guys to get wild
fruit trees whenever you can. They’re generally higher in anti-oxidants
and lower in sugar, you know, than fruits that are commonly made today. A lot of fruits that actually you would buy
at the nursery or Big Box store are fruits bred for sweetness. And, you know, in my opinion we should have
fruits bred for nutrition. Because that’s what I’m after and that’s
my goal. I mean, sweetness is good but, you know, they’re
bringing things like the anti-oxidants out of the fruits so that they could be stored
and shipped well. Because a fruit could have many different
traits. And it would actually be cool someday if somebody
actually, you know, had a variety of Noni that is actually sweet with also the medical
benefits. Anyways let’s go ahead and share with you
guys more sweet high anti-oxidant fruits that could be grown probably many places in the
United States. So another fruit tree she actually has in
the front yard is right here. It’s these guys. I don’t know if you guys could see all the
berries on here. There’s like a whole bunch. The red ones are not quite ripe yet and these
guys are the ripe ones. These are black mulberries. So mulberries are really highly pigmented
berries and I encourage you guys to eat copious amount of berries because they are very high
in anti-oxidants and lower in sugar compared to many other fruits. And, you know, it’s the anti-oxidant color
that’s staining my fingers, this red color, it’s this color that has, mmm that’s quite
good, beneficial properties for us. I mean, they’re doing all kinds of research
nowadays and finding different anti-oxidants are effective against cancer and many other
diseases out there. But most importantly for me besides just the
disease fighting of the anti-oxidants is because the anti-oxidants protect us from free radical
damage. And I think this is the major contribution
to aging, you know. There are things you could do that will age
you faster. I mean, we know that smoking will give you
wrinkles and you know, your dietary choices will play a role in how fast you age. You could eat foods that will age you faster
or you could eat these high anti-oxidant foods that will prevent the free radical damage,
which means you’re going to age slower and be able to keep your beauty and your health
much longer. I mean, I like to look at my food like Hippocrates
said, Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. An unfortunately in our society we’ve gotten
away from eating the foods found in nature. Like Annette grows and also eats. So what I want to do next is actually go ahead
and head in to the back yard and share with you guys some of the vegetables she’s growing
now and more importantly, the most important vegetables that she’s growing in her backyard
here in South Florida, but you guys could grow wherever you live. And I think everybody should be growing these
vegetables that I’ll show you in just a little bit. So now I want to share with you guys one of
the best leafy green vegetables you guys could grow here in the south, you know, that is
hot and humid that really likes the conditions. And it’s actually right over there yonder. So let’s go ahead and take you over there. So the leafy green that’s been growing the
best for her at this time of the year are these guys. These guys are known as the Georgia southern
collard greens. And you could see they’re nice and huge
and large. So greens are definitely one of the main staples
of Annette’s diet, and looks like she’s not having any problems growing these collards. In addition, she has the bottom mulched with
leaves, you know, so that she does not have to water as much. And this creates a layer of protection on
the soil because the soil microbes and earthworms and all the creatures in the soil are some
of the most important things for your garden. So I like that she’s doing that and all
this stuff looks super healthy. Now all the cruciferous vegetables such as
the kale, the collard greens, and bak choy, cabbage, all these cruciferous vegetables
have anti-cancerous compounds in there. And the best way to get them into you is to
harvest your greens and then chop them up and then eat them. So whether you’re going to chop them up
and eat them in a salad, or whether you’re going to put them in the blender, the blender’s
chopping it up, add them with a banana, some coconut water and drink it in a smoothie. Or whether you want to put these through the
juicer and have the juicer chop it up and then drink the fresh vegetable juice. Those are some of the best ways to get the
most amount of nutrients out of your greens. Next let’s go ahead and tale a look at another
area where she’s really growing some of the most nutritious foods on the planet. So as I mentioned before, another way that
Anette is growing food is actually in these pots here. And these are just standard nursery pots. And, you know, she has a lot of area that’s
actually ready to grow and raised beds and a lot of pots. But she also has a lot of landscape rocks
and things down where she maybe doesn’t want to grow in the dirt. So she actually is growing in pots. And I mean, you guys could grow a lot of foods
in pots even if you are renting, and you could take these pots and the soil with you when
you move. And she’s chosen to grow some of the most
nutritious plants in these pots and some of the ones that are very easy to take care of,
such as the herbs. I think everybody should have an herb garden
like Annette is growing here. She has things like the thyme and the cuban
oregano, both the variegated and non variegated standard oregano, and she has different kinds
of mints. She’s also growing of course the arugula
in the containers here. And these are all very important foods because
it’s all the different flavor components in the foods, you know, that actually protect
the plants from the insects and the bugs. You see what happens is the plants make plant
metabolites, and for instance the tomato can make up to 300 different plant metabolites,
so that means the tomato will produce 300 different compounds within it’s structure
as will the herbs, you know, to protect itself from external factors, you know, from the
stress, from the sun, from the pests, from disease. And when we eat these plants, we get protection
in us, because we’re not able to make our own protection, you know, anti-oxidants and
phenols and poly phenols and lignins and all these different plant compounds, essential
fats, essential oils. And its, that’s why the herbs are so easy
to grow because they have these essential oils that, you know, repel pests. But when we eat them, you know, those confer
you know, benefits to us. And I think it’s really cool that Annette’s
growing a lot of herbs. So I’m sure she gets a lot of high anti-oxidant
foods into her because the herbs are some of the highest anti-oxidant foods on the planet,
even over, you know, things like berries and fruits and other things like that. So besides the herbs, she’s also growing
a really good anti-cancer vegetable that I like a lot. And it’s actually, once again, in a container. So you don’t need to have a lot of land
space to be healthy, you just need to start growing some food. And even if it’s not a lot of food, even
in a container you could grow a lot of onions. And that’s what I’ll be showing you guys
next. So in these two small containers here, just
the little pot and a little container here, she has over two dozen onion plants. And not only will she get the onion bulbs
that we’re all familiar with, at any time she’s getting something more valuable than
just the bulbs, which are really good, they’re shown to be anti-cancerous, as is the whole
allium family which includes leeks, garlic and shallots. She’s getting the leaves. So to me, the leaves of onions and garlics
are much more valuable than actually the bulbs, which is what normal, most people eat. And these, the greens, I mean, once you got
the plant growing, it keeps throwing up greens most times. Actually the greens will turn brown. You have to just cut them off and get rid
of them. So why not instead harvest them and add them
to foods instead of having to wait, you know, the four months to get one bulb when you could
have greens all the time. So one of the things I enjoy doing is taking
cuttings from my onions year round, because I have, you know, Bunching Onions and Egyptian
Walking Onions that grow year round and take cuttings of them and put those in my salads
and in my meals every night. So I’m always getting an influx of these
anti-disease foods in me. So I believe, you know, health is not only
about staying young and eating high anti-oxidants but also disease proofing yourself. You know, it’s shown that the standard American
diet, you know, high in processed foods, animal foods in excess, you know, causes damage. And it’s this damage that needs to be undone
by eating nature’s foods, you know, such as the onions that we see here. Now another thing that Annette’s growing
that’s even more powerful probably than the onions and the herbs and the greens that
you guys saw earlier, are the sprouts. So that’s where she’s really focussing
a lot of attention to grow a lot of food. And the cool thing about the sprouts is that
you can grow them anywhere. So let me go ahead and show you guys her sprouts
operation. So probably one of the most powerful foods
that she’s growing and eating in large amounts here are what’s underneath these trays. And let me go ahead and reveal that for you
guys. Basically these are some kind of like bakery
trays and are like nice and oversized and she’s drilled a lot of holes in there for
drainage. Actually for moisture to escape. And what she has in here are basically all
sunflower seeds that she’s growing into baby sprouts. So as you guys could see, I don’t know if
you guys could see that but they’re starting to pop up here and emerge. And she’s growing these guys into a tray
of sunflower greens for her and her entire family. And over on this side, if we take the cover
off, you guys could see she’s got a lot of the buckwheat greens, which is basically
unhulled buckwheat, she’s growing it to the little baby greens. Now it’s these sprouts, and also known as
microgreens, are super important because it’s these foods that are a lot more nutritious. They say 4 to 40 times, sometimes even 200
times more nutritious than the larger vegetables that I showed you guys earlier. So we really want to be growing these and
consuming them because now you’re really getting a big influx of nutrients that most
Americans simply are not getting. And so we could really have a lot of nutrition
in a small amount of space. So we could actually eat less calories. And that’s one of the secrets to longevity
is eating less calories but getting all your nutrients requirements fulfilled. And that’s what the sprouts allow you to
do easily. These guys are so nutritious but they’re
low in calories. And that’s the only proven thing that’s
shown to extend the lifespan is calorie reduction. But the problem with that is if you’re eating
junk foods and processed foods, you’re not going to meet all your nutrition goals, so
you’re not going to have the best health even if you are extending your life. Alright. So yeah, let me go ahead and do some closeups
on what these guys look like. And then we’re going to go ahead and take
you guys to the finished product and show you how much mass of food you can grow in
just a small amount of space. Now we’re going to go ahead and show you
guys the sunflower sprouts that are starting to grow. As you guys could see some of them are starting
to emerge and pop up here. And these are just standard in shell sunflower
seeds. It would be the best if you actually grew
your own in the summer time and then saved the harvest and then grew those into sprouts
to eat, and of course save s few to plant out next year. And there are even heirloom varieties of sunflower
seeds. And the best kind to use if you’re going
to grow sprouts like this are the oilseed. So look for some heirloom oilseed sunflowers
to grow out and sprout. And, you know, any seed will work, you know. I don’t know exactly the seed she’s using
here but I have friends that use just the black oil bird seed that are meant for birds,
it says not for human consumption, but you’re not eating the seeds themselves you’re growing
them into the sprouts. Just make sure that they’re a 100% seeds
and there’s no oils or any other additives to that, if you do choose to do that. Over on this side she has some buckwheat greens
growing. I love these guys. I do not recommend juicing the buckwheat,
it’s definitely not too good. But if you’re just going to grow those and
just eat them, you know, mixed in with a salad with other things, I think that is definitely
great. And you guys could see it’s the unhulled
buckwheat. These are available at most health food stores. And you could easily grow some buckwheat greens. Now she’s growing this in, you know, in
partial sun. It’s out, it’s in the shade but and it
gets some, you know, side light but not a whole lot of light. And, you know, it doesn’t like to get, these
guys don’t like weather that’s too hot. So putting them in a greenhouse here in South
Florida will probably not be a good idea, it would get too hot in there. But basically the sunflower greens, the buckwheat
greens and the microgreens and the wheatgrass that I’ll show you guys in a minute, like
the temperatures that we like. So if it’s comfortable for us, it’s comfortable
for them. So like around 70 degrees would be really
good. And guess what, if you are climate controlling
your house, that’s you know the perfect temperature for these guys. So you guys can grow these guys indoors year
round, no matter where you live, no matter the season. So you could have the most nutrient dense
foods, anti aging foods that will keep you young. Next let’s go ahead and take a look at the
next food that’s actually maybe even more important in some ways than these small sprouts. It’s the wheatgrass. So now I’m going to share with you guys
the wheatgrass. But before I do, I want to show you guys these
guys right here. I mean, this is a massive amount of sunflower
greens right here that I’m holding out. These guys definitely need to get harvested. This tray is actually quite heavy. She does her own composting here as well. And you know, if you’re going to buy sunflower
greens, they can get actually quite expensive. I was actually at an organic farm that grows
indoors here in Miami and they are charging $14 a pound for sunflower greens or wheatgrass
or the other , you know, small greens that they offer. So $14 a pound man, that’s a lot of money. But it’s really easy to grow your own in
a small amount of space. And as I said, this stuff is all concentrated
nutrition. So here what we have is we literally have
a field of greens or wheatgrass here. You don’t want to be mowing this stuff with
your lawn mower, you want to take some scissors probably about now because it looks like it’s
a good time to harvest it right before the jointing stage. And you’re going to harvest it just cut
it off, and then you’re going to go ahead and juice it. And that’s how she uses the wheatgrass. Wheatgrass is thought of to be one of the
most highly chlorophyll foods on the planet. And that’s why they say wheatgrass is so
good. But besides just having chlorophyll, there
are many other nutrients in the wheatgrass that is beneficial, such as the trace minerals. So what she does is she adds the ocean solution,
which adds 90 trace minerals to the root zone and so the plant will absorb these minerals
and grasses absorb up to 90 different minerals. And she says when she does this, the wheatgrass
tastes sweeter, so that even people that don’t normally like wheatgrass will like it, because
this stuff tastes better. And let me tell you I have tasted the difference,
wheatgrass grown with or without the ocean solution. And the stuff grown with it tastes a lot better
to me, and it’s actually tolerable whereas the stuff that is not grown in it is not as
tolerable. Now the other thing besides adding those nutrients
to your grass, another thing that’s very important is getting high quality, good quality
seed. Much like there’s many different varieties
of apples, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Fuji, there’s different kinds and varieties of
wheat seeds. Normally they recommend hard winter wheat
to grow the wheatgrass, but there are different varieties and depending on where it was grown
and how it was harvested, how it was grown and how the seeds were made, you know, it
depends on the quality of your grass. So there’s no substitute for getting good
wheatgrass seeds from a reputable dealer. Of course if you don’t want to spend the
big bucks on that stuff, just go to your local health food store and you could buy, you know,
wheat that’s supposed to be used for grinding into flour to grow your own wheatgrass. Now one of the things in wheatgrass that’s
really important to me is like I think it’s a plant growth factor. This is why wheatgrass in the first 10 days
really shoots up really fast, and it’s this plant growth factor, the wheatgrass produces
when we juice it and drink it, now we get that into us. And that, I believe is another anti-aging
component and healing component of the wheatgrass as well as all the other, you know, phytochemicals
and phytonutrients that are in there. And this is why wheatgrass is so important
to me. And if I was home where I’d probably be
growing it more, and it’s one of my goals to grow more wheatgrass and juice it on a
daily basis like Annette is doing here. And just seeing her motivates me to want to
grow more wheatgrass, seeing how much wheatgrass she grows for her and her family. So now I want to show you guys another place
Annette has some sprouts growing. And she’s not necessarily growing her sprouts
in here, but as they’re sitting inside her fridge they are still growing a bit very slowly
because it is quite cold. She’s actually kind of grown them already
outside and put them in there to slow down their growth so that she could catch up and
have time to eat them. But you will see how many sprouts she actually
eats. And this is for her family and this is a lot
of sprouts. And this maybe sheds some light on how important
of a food category this is for her. But unfortunately most Americans just simply
do not eat enough sprouts. Now I don’t necessarily know that I’d
recommend go out and buy sprouts, you know, at the store, because there has been contamination
with E Coli and all this stuff. And this is not because you could get E Coli
from sprouts. But the problem is there are, there is contamination
on the seeds from animal feces or animals that’s causing these problems. So they don’t have good seeds sterilization. So the best way I encourage you guys to sprout
is to grow your own seeds, grow some peas if you want to have some pea sprouts, grow
wheat if you want to sprout your own wheat seeds. You know, grow lentils so you could have your
own lentil seeds. And that way you know it’s clean stuff. Otherwise I encourage you guys to go out and
not just buy, you know, seeds from the local bulk bins which of course you could do and
it’s the least expensive. But go out and find a reputable sprout seller
that tests his seeds for pathogens, so that you do not make yourselves sick because of
animal contamination. So let’s go ahead and open up this fridge
and see what kind of sprouts she’s got inside. Alright so now inside her fridge of course
she looks like she’s getting the same carrots that I get, the Bunny-Luv carrots, 10 pounds
from Costco, the best price. These are some of the sweetest carrots. And you know, for me, you know, as much as
I could grow carrots, I don’t have a lot of space in my garden to grow a lot of carrots. I’d rather use the space to grow something
more valuable than carrots to me, which are leafy greens. And just buy my carrots. And one day when I have acreage and a farm
and a lot of space, I will definitely be growing some carrots, and they probably will not be
orange ones, they’re going to be the purple ones that are high anti-oxidant, and actually
they taste really good too. But anyways, inside here what she’s got
is she’s got two big one gallon jars with some cheesecloth on the top. And this is how she sprouts her peas inside. And these peas are getting a bit longer now. This is maybe not the ideal time to be eating
them. She usually let’s them get a bit smaller
but she’s been so busy lately, but these are still good and edible. And she would just grow these guys and take
them out and eat them raw. They’re nice and crunchy and delicious. And I encourage you guys to grow some sprouts
because when you grow a sprout, you know, this could be done in as few as like 5 days,
some of these sprouts. I mean, I sprout buckwheat inside just to
grow a little tail. And in the summer time, you know, I could
have sprouts within a day or two at the most. Of course when it’s cooler outside, sprouts
don’t grow as quickly. And if you keep it nice and cold in your house
it’s going to take a little bit longer. The main thing to remember with the sprouts
is you want to rinse them frequently and also let them get a lot of air to breathe. Now you know, some people may argue that glass
is not the best thing or a jar is not the best to grow sprouts, but as long as you get
enough air in there, you know, you won’t have problems with mold as long as all the
water could drain out. And it looks like Annette has a great system
to do that because I see no water in the bottom of these containers. In addition, besides that, she has small sprouts,
such as alfalfa or clover , things like that. I mean these are very expensive nowadays at
the grocery store, but very simple to grow yourself. And you know, when you get the seeds, you
buy the seeds, they expand, you know, literally hundreds of times their size for you guys
to eat. And you don’t even need any kind of sunlight
for these sprouts and they green up. And so these guys green up and because they
green up that means they also have the chlorophyll. And, you know, I want to encourage you guys
to expand and eat a diversity of foods in your diet. Alfalfa, unless you’re a cow or a horse,
you don’t normally eat alfalfa in your diet. But by sprouting alfalfa seeds you could not
get some of the nutrients from alfalfa in you, which I believe is super important. Now let’s go into the back here. She has one more one gallon jug here. And this is a category that unfortunately
many people into raw foods and into diet are not consuming, and these are the legumes. So she has, you know , many legumes can be
sprouted but should not be eaten in their raw and natural state. Because you could get very ill and even lose
your life. She has the ones that you can sprout to eat,
such as the lentils, different kinds of lentils, and mung beans. So she’s got like green lentil, she’s
probably got some black lentils and I mean I feed my dog like fresh lentils, they got
all kinds. And then the mung beans in here just a sprout
blend and a mixture in there. And she sprouts these guys. And looks like this is about the right stage
to be harvesting the tails maybe like a quarter inch long. And these are quite delicious, specially when
you put some dressings on it and what not, and you just mix them in with your salad otherwise. You could also dehydrate these into veggie
patties and burgers and do all kinds of cool stuff with them. But yeah, the beans, they’re another very
powerful food along with onions and leafy greens that I believe you guys should be including
in a regular basis on your diet. And my favorite way to enjoy those are actually
the way she’s doing here, is by sprouting them. So the last thing in her fridge that I want
to share with you guys today is right here. It’s what I showed you guys earlier. This is the Noni. So she collect the noni, as I said, and she
washes it and then she puts it in a bag. And normally, you know, the bags sit in here
for maybe a week at the most, and she’s constantly pressing out the juice out of this
Noni and she uses the hydraulic press to do that. And it makes a nice and thick mixture. The other thing that they’ll do is they’ll
actually drink the liquid that, you know, collects in the bottom. And that’s a lot thinner, more watery texture. What I thought I’d do in this episode is
actually go ahead and open one of these guys. And if you guys were here to smell this, probably
about like 80% of you guys, maybe 90% would be like man John that smells like something
rotten man. I mean, it kind of smells like, you know,
a fine cheese maybe, if you’re really into cheese, I’m not. But it smells like a funny fermented smell. So let me go ahead and open one of these guys,
open this bag up and I’ll take one out and I’ll show you guys what it is and I’ll
taste it on the camera. Uughhh oh my god, I don’t know, I might
like vomit or something, we’ll see what happens. I’ve rarely eaten Noni raw. My favorite way to eat it is actually to blend
it with some bananas and dehydrate it into like a fruit leather. That way it’s a lot more tolerable and it’s
not quite as strong. One of these days I want to actually take
Noni and freeze dry it and then see what that tastes like. Alright, so let’s go ahead and open this
guy up for you guys. Alright, so man it’s like really kinda juicy,
the juice is kinda getting all over. And that’s what it looks like. There’s a lot of seeds, you know, so that’s
a good sign, you know. Fruits with a lot of seed, that’s kind of
like more a wild food in my opinion. Like bananas, the bananas you buy in the store
are so far away from the wild ancestor bananas. Because wild bananas have tons of seeds in
there and there’s barely any flesh. And that’s always good sign for me. Because this is a food that hasn’t really
been too much modified, you know, naturally by man. Now I do not recommend any kind of genetically
modified food. But man has been modifying food, you know,
just by selective breeding for many years now. So as you guys could see, there’s like little
seeds pods and then around the seed pod is like some flesh. And that’s kind of like, kind of reminds
me a little bit of a pomegranate. And let’s go ahead and try a little bite
of this. Wow! You know what? Could be because I’m not eating the skin,
I’m just eating the fruit around the seed. It’s actually not that bad. And this might be the best tasting Noni that
I’ve had. Now I do feel al little bit of burn on my
tongue. I’m not exactly sure why that’s happening. But then maybe one of these days I might try
to juice this stuff. They are kind of getting a little strong bite
there. Kind of tastes like a strong cheese now. Tad bit hot, not like a pepper hot but more
like a water pepper hot. Hmm. It’s quite interesting. Maybe if it was in the juice form I’ll be
able to eat it better, but I don’t think I’m enjoying this one too much. Alright. So anyways, what I wanted to do next is go
ahead and sit down with Annette Larkins. And we’re going to go ahead and interview
her, talk to her about, ask her about the Noni, why she thinks it’s so good and how
she just drinks it like water., and about the sprouts and how important they are. And just about gardening and life in general
and get some of her beauty tips for you guys. So now I have the pleasure of introducing
you guys to Annette Larkins. And this is the garden that you guys saw today. And Annette’s garden is really near and
dear to her heart as my garden is to me. And if you take a look at Annette, you would
never know that she is a grandmother, and she could even be a great grandmother at this
point, because she doesn’t look to me like a day over 35. Completely amazing. And this she attributes to, you know, growing
food and her diet, and just simply what she’s eating. And, you know, in my opinion, this is what
I aspire to be, you know. We can be younger than our actual age. But it’s so unfortunate in this day and
age that people are eating the foods that, you know, cause them to premature, you know,
too early, in my opinion. She’s been featured on many different news
programs, you know, the doctors, the tv shows, she’s been asked , you know, video on many
other popular shows that she has maybe declined. But she’s been on many local media outlets
and they have plenty of videos on YouTube about her. And nobody’s ever until now showed her garden
and really got into the nitty gritty of what she’s growing and how she’s eating it. And so that’s why I’m here today now. She’s been growing her food now for over
45 years. So she has a lot more gardening experience
than I ever do. Actually she’s probably like been gardening
almost as long as I’ve been, as long as I’ve been alive. So. John: So anyways Annette, I guess what everybody
wants to know is what is that Noni fruit that I just had a little bit earlier, and why do
you juice it so much and why do you, you know, attribute part of your health to the Noni
fruit? Annette: Well, I just happen to like the juice. I really have never concentrated on, it certainly
has great qualities of course, but I’ve never concentrated on those qualities. It’s just that I drink it because I like
the taste of it. It gives me a little buzz. But the thing is, is that it does have a lot
of great health qualities about it. What it’s the elements that are there, they
do. But that’s just one of the things that I
do. And I don’t do it, you know, necessarily
all the time. It’s the same kind of a thing with the wheatgrass
juice. I drink wheatgrass juice. But if I don’t drink it, I mean, it’s
not like you know regimented to the point that I’m going to just be so out of whack
if I don’t, you know, I got to have my, my, I’ve got to have my wheatgrass, I’ve
got to have my Noni juice. No, no, no, no, no, those are the things that
contribute to health. But there are other things that contribute
to health as well. So the Noni juice, it certainly is a good
juice to drink as well as the wheatgrass juice. John: And these are two juices that actually
most people probably have never drank in life. Annette: Probably. Probably wouldn’t even like. But give it a chance, give it a chance. Because probably just have the wheatgrass. I know John, you are so familiar. And certainly people have been here and we’ve
been in the garden of course. But I’ve always had to do the talking about
what this is because they have no clue. John on the other hand, he knows everything
that’s there, and he gave it a good go of what’s what it’s good for and this and
that and the other. And I wasn’t out there with you John, but
I know, I could hear you out there. And he talked, we are both talkers. So you know. I mean, let’s not run over. But we both talk a lot. And the thing is that other people have been
here, but John I’m so delighted that he’s here because he knows. He’s someone who can totally totally relate. We just had some Brazilians here, about 8
of, there were 8 people here, Brazilians. But they have no idea about what’s going
on. They had to ask me everything. John he had to ask nothing, I just left him
out in the back yard, front yard, wherever he wanted to go. I let him travel there because he knows. And so that’s just a great thing to, I feel
so good about that. Feel so good the connection that we made in
the short time that we’ve been, we both know about each other of course, but we’ve
never met. This is our first meeting and it’s a greet
one. And we’re hoping it won’t be the last. John: Yeah, that’s awesome. Yeah and thank you for having me out. I mean I know you don’t have everybody coming
out, you know, you have a big criteria list attached. Annette: I do indeed. And like I said, it’s such an, I’m always
having different experiences, and I really welcome different experiences because it’s
great, you know. Life, what is it about? You know, you have lessons and different experiences
and all that. And it’s great to have these experiences. But like I said, John’s experience is something
just it’s really really wonderful because it’s I mean he’s, we can relate. And I don’t think there’s been anyone
here before John, I don’t think there has been anyone here who can relate the way that
we can. You know, we’ve talked pre shooting, we
talked and you know we have so many things in common. Certainly there are things that we won’t
have, we disagree on certain things of course, but we can agree to disagree. And you know, we still have basics that are
important and I think that is what is important, you know, the basics of this whole thing. This health thing that we are into. John: Cool. Yeah, so let’s back into like, you know,
you’ve been gardening for so long. Why did you originally get into gardening? Annette: Well, I got into gardening because
after having gone, abstained from dead animals flesh for , well, I think it was about 5 years,
so whatever, after having done that, then I saw the benefits that I was getting from
doing, making this change. So originally it had my change into the different
food situation had nothing to do with health, really. I mean they can get my book, Journey to Health,
and find out what happened, how it came about that I got into, well abstained from the animal
flesh. But after doing that, being a bibliophile,
being the reader that I am, I came across material and it stood to reason that I would
come across some material that would lead me further onto the path because I had begun
a path, had absolutely no idea where it was going to take me. But after reading some things about the, what
the refined sugar and flour and how all of the nutrients are taken from the refined sugar
and flour, then I understood that because I felt differently abstaining from the meat,
the animal flesh. I felt differently after I had abstained from
that, so I’m going well you know there’s got to be something to what we’re putting
into our bodies. I knew your four basic food groups at that
time, like everybody else. But nutrition wise I was ignorant. And when I came across something that told
me about the dead food, I mean, refined sugar, flour, I decided okay that’s my next step. I’m going to give that up. I did. Again made a difference. Then it got into the dairy products with,
you know, and eggs with all the mucous causing, and I noticed I was, at each phase I noticed
a difference. So that is how I, so naturally you want to
build on your growth . And so it came to the point where I thought you know what, I don’t
know what they’re doing to the food out there, why not grow my own food. And that’s how it began. John: Yeah, I want
you guys to get independent of the food system because you don’t know how it’s being
grown, and even if you do choose to eat animal products, even if you, you know, grow your
own animals, slaughter them, you know, take their eggs or whatever, that may be better
than the industrialized animal products that you could procure. But at the same time there are still inherent
problems in my opinion, with eating animals. So Annette, you want to share some of those
things? Even if they have the best grass fed or you
know eggs you know organic, you know. What are some of the challenges you’ve seen
and why don’t you include them in your diet? Annette: Well, the thing is, is that yes I
would agree with you that if you’re going to do that, and we’re not here to tell anybody
what they should or should not do. I don’t gonna soap box and preach to anyone
nor do I try to convince those who do not wish to be convinced. I don’t mean to do any debates, you know. I just share what my knowledge that I have
acquired, and I share what I do. And that’s what it’s about. So my thing is like I was saying about the
dairy products and even the cooked food, it’s mucusy, you know it causes mucus. And it prevents people from having great bowel
movements, you know, all of that stuff. So, you know, it’s like the animals, it’s
going to be even worse because you’ve got uric acid that you have to deal with in the
animal kingdom. And I don’t think that we were designed
actually John, I don’t think we were designed, our bodies are not designed to digest, to
properly digest animal flesh. I mean, you get a tiger, you get a lion, they
have alimentary canals that are short. Ours is like 30 feet long. I mean, it’s got to go a long way. And you know digesting food is really, people
don’t understand, that’s a lot of work. It really really is, and you got to get down
into the capillaries, you got to, I mean small intestine, large intestine, you got to go
into the waste and all that. So it’s a lot of, lot of work. So the thing about it is is if we help our
bodies by what we put into it, our body, you know, it makes a difference. And so you want to help it as much as you
can. So the reason like you said, if you’re going
to do this thing with the, just if you’re going to do it hey do it yourself, you know. Maybe everybody can’t afford to have a farm
but you know what you do is the best you can. And that’s what I always say to people,
you do the best you can. So, but I wouldn’t, I , first of all, you
find out why I’ve stopped eating had nothing to do with nutrition why I stopped eating
animal flesh. I began to abhor it, I couldn’t stand the
taste, smell, I couldn’t stand to look at it. I mean it was just something to me, I equate
carnivoresism and cannibalism, I should say, to be one and the same. So that to me, I just can’t stand the idea
of eating flesh, you know, dead animal flesh and certain vegetable flesh like nuts, you
know, stuff like that, that’s good. But yeah if you’re going to do it though,
you want to be in control of what you’re putting into your body. You control what the animal if you’re going
to do that. I mean I certainly don’t suggest it. I’m just saying if you’re going to do
it. You know, just be in control. Because we do have control over, there’s
certain things that we don’t have control over, but there are things that we do. And I think that we need to take it and be
in control, do those things that are necessary in order to make it happen so that it will
benefit us. Why not? John: Yeah. I mean, I totally agree. And if you do choose to eat, you know, animal
products, what I recommend is this, because I recommend, you know, instead of how the
standard American diet does it, which they have it all wrong in my opinion, is big servings
of animal products and small servings of salads. How about big servings of vegetables and salads
and fruits and sprouts and what not and a small portion of meat. I don’t, I mean that in my opinion if you
do, you know, only small amounts of animal products, you know. It’s not really going to have a major consequence
in your life, you know, provided you eat enough vegetables. Now Annette on the other hand, gave up meat
50 years ago, and you know, she’s 74 years young now. And this is amazing. So if you want to look like Annette and keep
your beauty, right, maybe you want to eat all plants, so I’m going to follow in her
footsteps. So Annette, let’s talk about, you know,
the sprouts you eat and how important are the sprouts to you to eat, on a regular basis? And I mean I just showed everybody how many,
like wheatgrass and buckwheat sprouts and sunflower sprouts and alfalfa sprouts, bean
sprouts, pea sprouts, and all the sprouts that you’re growing. I mean, you must eat a good amount of that
everyday. Annette: Well, I even go, I have some stuff
that I sprout, the broccoli sprout, I have the broccoli seeds, I have those. You name it, I sprout it. And so I do all of that and yeah I mean you
know John if you think about it, people always want to know, they ask me well do you give
any tips on gardening which you do. I haven’t yet put it in any format, but
what my thing is is that before plants reach full maturity, they first grow from seeds
into sprouts, shoots, people call them microgreens, whatever, whatever. This to me is, you know, you think about it,
this is optimal healthy eating because even when you take it from the sprouting environment,
for example the sprouts that you showed that were in the refrigerator, those sprouts continue John: they’re still growing Annette: they’re growing right now, they’re
still growing. So even when you harvest them, take them out
of the sprouting environment, the growing environment, and put them away in the refrigerator,
they’re still continuing to grow. So when we eat these tiny delicious morsels,
we’re actually eating living foods. Does it get any better than that? I don’t think so. So this is the thing that keeps people, if
you’re eating living foods then that’s the living foods part of it. You only have live and raw. Now of course your carrots are not going to
continue to grow after you, well if you take a, the tops of carrots and you put them in
water, then they will grow the green leaves, you know. But I mean certain things like cabbages, you
know, those kinds of things, they’re not going to continue to grow after harvest. But nutrition wise, they still are superior,
because when you eat them in their natural raw state that gives you what you need. I mean, your enzymes are there, everything
is there. So, and I have a universal truth. I believe in this. If you eat something in it’s natural raw
state as opposed to overcooking it, over processing it, it certainly is going to benefit you more. I don’t see how people could argue with
that. But certainly there’s someone who will. John: Wow, Yeah I mean so the living foods
is the exact opposite end of the spectrum from, you know, dead animal foods. And so this is the result she’s getting
from eating living foods. And living foods are, you know, there’s
still a lot, as you eat them they’re still growing. And these, if you have ever known or heard
of Kirlian photography that kind of measures the energy rating of the foods. So if you have Kirliam photograph of, you
know, something that’s not alive like a piece of animal flesh, it’s just not really
that vibrant. But if you put a sprout on there, you know,
it’s totally shining, it’s like one of those aura photos if you guys know that. But it’s not really aura photos, it’s
measuring the rating energy. And in certain countries like Germany, they
call it biophotons, they call it prana in certain places, or chi. And this is the energy of the foods. And when you eat the energy, the live foods,
it transfers to you so that you’re more full of life, instead of full of not life
which is quite sad. And I see people you know, zombie like, people
walking around all the time who just are not eating enough live foods. Annette: And you know, we were talking earlier,
John, it came to my attention because John has been here a while now at my home and I’m
just delighted to have him. But we were talking earlier, we were standing
in the family room, and we stood, we had not sat down. This is our first sit down. We had not sat down the whole time. And that’s because we’re both so energized. We don’t have to sit. And isn’t that a wonderful thing. We do not have to sit. And I’m telling you, I get 8 miles of activity
every day, at least 8 miles of activity. I was telling John earlier, I go up and down
my spiral staircase until I achieve 50 floors at least a day. It’s more than 50 now because, but I’ve
done a 100 and I will still do a 100. But mostly it’s 50 floors, and when I go
down and come back up that’s one floor. So that I mean I just have energy, I have
energy to spare. I always said that if we could bottle and
sell the energy that I have, man we could be millionaires because it’s there. And I truly truly attribute it, attribute
it to my lifestyle. And it’s not just about food, understand
that. It’s not just about food. But that’s the foundation, that is a very
big part of it. So in addition, of course, to eating and drinking
well, we want to get exercise and that means exercising our minds as well as our bodies. And we want to get enough sleep. And sleep is dependent upon the individual
needs, you know. I was telling John that if I sleep for 4 hours,
which I do quite often, get up jump out of the bed, ready to meet the day with a smile
and attitude conducive to doing something positive, living a positive life, eating well,
drinking well, doing all the things that I do. And I do a lot of things. My husband sits back sometimes and goes whew
I just don’t see how you do it. But the thing about it is, you know, you want
to get what you need. Like I said if I do that there’s no scientist
in the world that can tell me , and I jump out of bed ready to go meet the day, there’s
no scientist who could tell me I need 4 more hours sleep. So it’s dependent, rest and sleep, dependent
upon the individuals needs, you know. And I think because where we are, we don’t
need the rest. Because I could sleep, I told John I could
sleep for days. I mean, I exaggerated but, you know, I’ve
slept much longer than I did. And you know besides getting the rest and
the sleep and the exercise and eating the right foods, of course, we need to include
some sunshine in our lives. You know, that beautiful sun that we have
is such a gift. I mean it lightens the world, it gives us
vitamin D and there are other minerals that come from the sun. So, you know, get that when you can, get some
sunshine when you can. And even in addition to that, I think having
a positive attitude. But you know what, you’re doing all those
other things, I think it’s apparent that you’re going to have positive attitude. I’m walking around in stores sometimes and
someone says oh you’re so happy. Well, why not? Because I’m, I might be listening or singing
or whatever, I might even be doing a little dance if the music is on. Because put the music on and I’ll move. But I don’t do that too often, but, in the
stores. But, you know, just saying it’s why shouldn’t
we be happy. And it’s contagious, when you are happy
and you’re smiling, it makes other people happy. You don’t know how many times I’ve, I
can’t count the times that I’ve had people say oh goodness you’re infectious, you know. So yeah why not, smile, you feel like emitting
love. I’ve had people tell me that I have a glow
or something or the aura, they can feel an aura around my head. Well, it’s because it’s coming from the
inside and it’s showing itself outwardly. It’s not a fake. It’s genuine. And you too can have that same aura. Just hey put those live foods in you, get
all that other stuff that we mentioned and just go with it. John: Wow, yeah. I mean for me it’s just been really fun
hanging out with Annette. Because I mean she’s often, you know, featured
on news shows because she looks so young. But, you know, just hanging out with her,
she’s much more than looking young. I mean she’s vibrant, energetic, she’s
sharp, she has energy. I mean, this is what everybody that’s 74
years young should be like. But unfortunately this is not happening because
people don’t take their health or their gardening seriously enough. And so Annette, do you want to talk about
that a little bit more, like talk about like how important this is to you and even for
example your husband, like you want to share with my viewers what your husband did for
a living and how he chooses to live his life or in the past? Annette: Yeah. Well, my husband was a butcher at the time
that I became a vegetarian, which no doubt was one of the reasons because when people
would ask me I’m going well I don’t know, I know your four basic food groups like I
said. But I was nutritionally ignorant. I just began to have horrible taste touch
smell of dead animal flesh. But I continued to cook it for my family because
I thought it would be unfair of me to subject them to an ideal that I had seemingly suddenly
come upon. Now in retrospect I really I understood that
it didn’t happen all of a sudden. There are things seething within us and then
one day bam it seems like it’s all of a sudden when it’s really not. It’s just that you’ve been building to
that point. But one of the things I believe that had an
influence was the fact that my husband owned a butcher’s shop. And I would go there and see these half cows
hanging up in that cooler. That just didn’t look right to me. It just did not play, didn’t look right
to me. And of course my husband was eating, well
we ate, you know I ate the stuff, I ate it because this was all I knew. Until that time that I did decide that no
no no no enough enough enough I’m 21 now, oh I can make my decisions, I was raised on
cows and hogs and all that but I can make a different stance now. And since I started disliking it or hating
it, couldn’t stand it, but I made the decision and that was it. But my husband, it was funny because I told
the story in the first booklet, Journey to health. We were sitting at the dining room table and
I told him I had not had any animal flesh in me for two weeks. And I said to him, I told him, do you know
this is a milestone. I said to him I have something to tell you. Well he was a little serious and everything
and I sat down and said to him, I just wanted you to know that i have not had any meat for
2 weeks and I don’t ever intend to have it again. Well he looked at me and he said what’s
the matter honey? You think you need to see a doctor? And the way he looked at me, I absolutely
fell on the floor laughing, because, and I understood where he was coming from, I loved
meat so he thought, you know. And we had never even met a vegetarian. This was in 1963, I was 21 years old. Never met a vegetarian. This is all we knew. And so I knew where he was coming from but
he thought I had gone bonkers. And when I , my husband respects me and that’s
so great to know and to feel all that because after 57 years , 57 years we are going into
our 58th year of marriage, the man still treats me like a queen so that is so wonderful. He’s always respected things, my thoughts,
you know, we have arguments and listen we don’t have a perfect marriage by any means
okay, but he, whenever we’ve talked about something, he’ll stop and he’ll think
about is and he’ll say well you know I never thought about it like that or whatever whatever. So even though he thought I had lost my mind,
he just well when I explained to him the reason why I wasn’t having animal flesh anymore,
he took it and nevertheless I think for a few he watched me very carefully because he
was still trying to see if I had really lost my mind. But you know, something interesting about
that is that he after when I was in my 18th year of vegetarianism, he decided that he
was going to become a vegetarian. He said he saw the benefits I was deriving
from being a vegetarian even. You know because I was telling John earlier
I would , you could come around me pretending you had a cold, I’d show you how to get
sick, I’d show you how to get down dirty sick okay. Nose runny, puffy eyes, I mean, headache,
stomach ache, everything, I would just get down sick. Now I’m exaggerating a bit okay but I mean
really the whole point is because I mean it’s just that I was so susceptible to colds than
anything else that was around. I really was. So that changed. Now he saw things different. He saw things. Not only was I feel and experiencing a difference,
just by abstaining from the dead animal flesh. He saw a difference. So he decided that he was going to make that
change. Now being a businessman and back during that
time they didn’t have the salad bars the way that they do now, and they would not,
certain things that were available the way they are now. So he being a businessman , about 6 years
later, he decided that he was going to start eating some fish. And you know that’s all he had to do is
start with one thing, and before you know it you’re back to where you started. So that’s what happened with him. But I initially told him when this all occurred,
I said to him listen I’ve been fair for 18 years , they can put that on my epitaph,
it was her endeavor to be fair, you can’t say that I always am but I still to this day
try to be fair. So I said to him I continued to cook it not
wanting to do it, but if you ever go back don’t expect me to cook it for you. You either have to cook it yourself or you’ll
go out and get it. Hence the reason why we have two kitchens. But he doesn’t cook meat now because he’s
given up, he’ll have some I don’t know what turkey or some seafood or something sometimes. But for the most part he’s giving up the
meat now. And I don’t know if people have heard the
story about his constipation problem. I thought we were going to have to give him
an enema for the rest of his life. But he started including more raw foods into
his diet, all that fibre, you know, fibre really acts like a broom to sweep out your
colon. So he started doing that. Because one time I told him about drinking
lemon juice in the morning and he , with warm water and he did that and he was ok. But then, you know, once you get so clogged
up because you know your colon’s like that, well you can spin it around, spin it around
with all that gook gook gook until all that gook is there and there’s a little hole
in the center. And so that’s not good. You’re gonna strain and all of that. And so he started changing , well this was
actually about 2012 that he started eating more raw stuff. And people always ask me is it too late for
me. I get these calls is it too late for me. But my husband he’s 80, he’s 9 years older
than I am, he’s 82 and the thing is, is that I tell them he’s a prime example of
not too old because he definitely, now let’s understand he’s on medications that , i
mean I haven’t taken an aspirin since a long, if I took an aspirin my body would probably
jump up, I’d jump in somebody’s poo and drown myself. My body would not react to traditional conventional
medication. But my husband he’s on medication, he’s
really improving upon his life. He always tells people of course that I wish
I had done what she’s done. And you know, this is after the fact, it’s
kind of like that old man of who said that if I had known I was going to live this long
I would have taken better care of myself, you know. That’s the after thought. But he is trying to make a difference now. And is just, it’s I believe it’s really
helping him to live better, you know. So it will if you, people notice, I have people
all the time telling me, you know when I eat a certain way that what you know that it is. When they tell me that they eat more raw fruits,
they eat more fruits and vegetables and they like you know lessening the meat intake and
all that, they feel better. Well of course you do, your body is going
oh wow wow wow feeling good feeling good. Your cells are being satisfied instead of
tantalized. So they’re enjoying what you’re putting
into it. So, you know, And you know that I tell people
listen the first thing you have to understand is that that old cliche Rome was not built
in a day. So if you don’t, you know, you’re not
in a race. You can go at your own pace. Unless you’re in diet straits of course
you know that means that you need a diet action okay, you need some radical action. But you take steps. Some people can go cold turkey while others
need to be weaned. You have to know what kind of individual you
are. And go with it. And it’s just , like my husband right now,
and you would think, people would call me all the time asking me is it too late for
me. They’re in their 50s , 60s. And I’m saying hey it ain’t too late until
the mail is in the coffin or the ashes are in the urn. So there’s always, as long as you’re breathing,
as long as you’ve got breath in you, there is generally the opportunity to make. And mother nature is so forgiving. You give it a little help, just give it a
little go. Even if it’s even after years of abuse. I’ve seen it with people years of abuse,
they can still make improvements. That’s mother nature. You give it a little help and it will take
you a long way . A long way. So understand that if you are giving it more
than a little help, understand how far you can go. John: Wow, I mean that’s so true. I want to encourage you guys to you know eat
more plants and more importantly start a garden if you’re not already , and specially the
sprouts and the microgreens, some of the most important foods. I mean I say this all the time to you guys,
I have videos on how to grow sprouts and microgreens if you guys want to learn , since we’re
not going to really get to have time to cover that today. The next thing I want to ask you Annette is
really important. It’s what’s the most important thing that
you want to share with my viewers today? Annette: Well, if I have a most important
thing, my thing is health is wealth. Get healthy. Get healthy. Anything else you want to do in life, you
can be more productive if you are healthy. We all know that we’re going to leave here,
right. But don’t concern yourself with the leaving,
concern yourself with the living here and now. Whatever age I am, I want to be psychologically,
physiologically and spiritually sound. I would advise you to shoot for that same
thing. Because it’s important. I want my faculties to be clear. I want to be clear. And if you’re eating a living foods diet,
and who’s perfect, none of us are perfect. I quoted Salvador Dali in my second booklet
in the introduction, Journey to health 2. Salvador Dali said don’t go looking for
perfection. I’m quoting exactly, I’m paraphrasing. But the whole point is he says don’t go
looking for perfection because you’ll never find it. So none of us are going to be perfect but
what I follow that up with is saying, but we can do the best that we can. And once you do that, I mean, you know, things
fall into place, you’ll want to do better. Once you start taking steps in the right direction,
you’ll feel so good about it that you’ll want it. And if you stumble, don’t despair, straighten
yourself up and refocus. If you stumble straighten yourself up and
refocus. If you stumble straighten yourself up and
refocus. You say that as many times as is necessary,
because you’re not , you know, don’t take that as failure. Just take it as an experience and understand
that you’ve spent a lifetime doing wrong things. So you have to understand that it’s going
to take some time to undo these wrongs. Give it the time that it needs and everything
is going to be alright. John: Yeah whether that’s with your garden
or your health. Because I know a lot of you guys may have
gardening challenges and you may not be able to grow anything. But let me tell you, sprouts, once again microgreens,
they are the easiest things to grow because you don’t got to grow them into big plants Annette: Right John: You grow them like 10 days and some
of them are ready in 3 days, little small sprouts, and they’re ready to eat now. You can’t really mess that up. And if you do, you’re going to learn how
not to do it. And you could do it better next time. Annette: And if I may say so, John, the sprouts
that you showed I don’t grow them long, I just let them peek out. John: Yeah Annette: The ones with the, like the, the John: the peas Annette: the mung beans and the peas and the
lentils and all of those, they usually just peek out. Somehow I got busy with something and let
them stay another day. And it doesn’t take long. Those peas and those lentils, they’re good
to go after you’ve soaked them appropriate time, they’re good to go in a day. So this point of time you’ve got live food
that you could have in one day. So if you talk about these things being time
consuming. What’s time consuming about that? You soak them, you drain them, they’re ready
to eat. And then you’ve got good nourishment. So, you know, whatever else you’re gonna
have in your body, put some good stuff in there to counteract all the bad stuff that
you might be throwing in. John: And yeah it’s that easy to be a gardener. So I want all you guys today to go out and
sprout some stuff so you could be an instant gardener and more, you know, importantly enhance
your life by eating the foods. I mean, this is why I garden. This is why I got into gardening and growing
food, because I had a health challenge and almost lost my life. And you know, that’s why I garden and it’s
so important to me. And hopefully it is important to you guys
as well And that’s why I make all these videos to educate you guys about gardening. And then how everybody should take some control
of , you know, food they’re eating and also choosing the right and better foods to eat
, so that you guys could have vibrant health. Because, once again, I agree with Annette,
your health is your greatest wealth. And people may say this but I don’t think
they truly believe it until maybe they’re sitting at the possible end of their life,
You know like I was in my 20s and I’m like my health is really my greatest wealth because
without your health you have nothing. I was almost maybe not even going to be here
anymore. So I really take this seriously, and want
you guys maybe if you don’t take this as seriously as me or Annette, that’s fine,
I don’t really care, but just you know make a little bit more of a part of your life and
take the time to garden, take the time to juice, take the time to make a blended smoothie
if you don’t want to take the time to juice, you know. But take some time in your life because you
are worth it. Annette: Indeed John: So anyways, that’s pretty much it
for this episode, it’s getting kind of rather long and I know a lot of you guys don’t
like the long episodes. So Annette if somebody wants to learn more
about you, your work, get your little booklets, your dvd, so that they could learn, you know,
what you do, how can they get a hold of you? Annette: Well, you could go to my website. I’ve got stuff on YouTube, you can go and
subscribe and any time you are, anytime anything new comes out, of course you’ll be alerted
if you subscribe to the channel Annette Larkins , that is what you put on there, and you’ll
separate the Annette from the Larkins and that’s Annette Larkins. Now put it all together, AnnetteLarkins with
a dot com – AnnetteLarkins.com – and that will take you to my website. So when you go to my website, if you are interested
in anything that I have, you can go to the orders page which is on that red strip which
is the Navigation bar, menu bar, go to the right of there and press Orders and you’ll
see everything that I personally have, my dvds and my booklets and that is is how you
can get more of what I’m doing. And listen good health to everybody. John: Awesome. Yeah, so , but, if you guys enjoyed this episode
hey please give me thumbs up to let me know. I’ll come back and visit Annette next time
I’m in town. Also be sure to check my past episodes. I have over a eleven hundred episodes now
educating you guys how to grow your own food at home. Also be sure to click that Subscribe button
right down below to be notified of new and upcoming episodes that I have coming out about
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3 “Evergreen Examples Of Veganism in Relation to Age” Annette, Mimi, and Linda on Steve Harvey Show

Hello Everyone,

For those of you who missed the Steve Harvey Show, here is the segment of the three of us-Mimi, Linda and yours truly. The show was structured so that each of us gave different tips for anti-aging; therefore Mimi addressed the raw, Linda the exercise, and I the juicing.

It was an honor to share the stage with these lovely-spirited women who have the same goal as I, which is to spread the word that although aging is inevitable, we are able to maintain a psychological, physiological, and spiritual soundness, consequently, promoting optimum health.

Always In Good Health,

Annette

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Why the Hunzas Live so Long (Part I) – Loren Lockman, Tanglewood Wellness Center

So what is it that has these people living such long lives let’s look at the honza’s okay the hunters are interesting because they live at high elevation you know they live up in the the somewhere of the the base of the Himalayas right high in the mountains and they grow fruit in the winter in the summertime in the summertime they have apricots which they’re actually famous for the huns apricots they grow other stone fruits they probably have cherries and apples things like that but it’s a relatively short growing season and once it’s over there you know they don’t have those things they I think they store what they can for the rest of the year because most of the year they can’t grow anything they live in an elevation where there’s no trees they don’t have firewood they don’t have natural gas they don’t have a propane they don’t have coal they don’t they don’t have access to these things so they eat very little cooked food they’ve never eaten much cooked food because they simply don’t have the resources to cook or never did in the past again I don’t know what they’re doing now they live in a place where the air is pure where they get plenty of sunlight because almost everyone is involved in some kind of physical labor okay there are no office jobs right there’s no bank there’s no there’s no fast-food restaurants everyone lives in nature and they grow their own food and they they tend to some animals and they scrape out a living from the land and so everyone’s involved in using their bodies so they’re all getting activity fresh air sunlight sure water okay they don’t eat a lot of food because they don’t have a lot of food okay so they’re minimizing their caloric intake eating no more than they really need they run out of food every winter right so you’re talking about having slim pickings in in January February March they don’t eat anything for at least a month every year everybody fast because there’s no food they just rest it’s like they hibernate right they all get in bed and they just rest a NATO dig dus little they have to it’s cold no you know no one was going to be outside if they don’t have to be outside there’s nothing to do and there’s no food they don’t have firewood so they just bundle up they hunker down and they try to stay warm and they don’t eat anything so they’re cleansing their body every single year okay this is why I believe they live as long as they do not because they’re consuming a little bit of goat’s milk all right you know let’s look at all the factors involved any questions about about these folks no all right well hope that’s been interesting for you see you next time you

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Easy Vegan Gluten Free Dinner: Thai Noodle Bowl Recipe Collab w/ Hot For Food | The Edgy Veg

The great thing about peanut sauce is that you don’t have to share because people have a lot of allergies today on the edgy veg I am so excited to be doing a collab with hot for food Lauren and John are amazing I love their channel because they make the same type of food that I do it’s all comfort food and normal foods made into the vegan counterpart so obviously that’s why I like them their food photos are just so good the lighting is amazing so today we are bringing you dinner in under 15 minutes hey guys what are you making today hey guys you talk for food I’m John I’m Lauren she’s eating all the food I’m eating our whole recipe before you get to see what it is this is gonna be the easiest two meals you ever make in your life so be sure to come watch how to make easy vegan creamy mac and peas from us after you see what Candice is cooking up today 15 minutes to cook five minutes to eat oh my god like three minutes to eat so good okay we’ll see you soon bye so for my dinner under 15 I’m making something that I make all the time it’s a easy Thai soba noodle bowl I have a bunch of vegetables here that I have already chopped up but again you can chop up vegetables in just a matter of minutes today I am using some cabbage bean sprouts and tomato but you can also use carrots and bok choy and kale whatever you like to Sonic we’re going to add some oil to our pan onions and then we’re going to add in the greens or in this case cabbage and we’re just going to saute time with the tomatoes while we’re cooking these we can make our sauce and also add our soba noodles to the hot water the soba noodles will cook for about three minutes you can add some salt and pepper as you want with these I’m going to make everything in my blender if you don’t have a blender you can use the food processor if you don’t have a food processor I don’t know how you’re making sauce on a regular basis for our sauce for making an easy peanut sauce so we have peanut butter of course because you can’t have a peanut sauce without peanuts some lemon juice or tang tamari for salt and lung flavor I have some ginger here I have a bullion cube and if you have brought at home you can just use broth but I’m going to use bowl and cubing some water paprika and cayenne sesame oil because you can’t make Asian food without sesame oil that would be ridiculous put the peanut butter get in there and then some garlic now I’m using garlic powder and not fresh garlic because we’re only cooking this for a little bit we need some water we’re gonna blend that up you often have to shake the peanut butter down and that’s like the quickest easiest sauce you’ve ever made then we’re going to heat it over a pan just very slowly because peanut butter detective burn let’s not have burnt sauce it’s not kind of sauce that we want so while the vegetables are cooking you can go ahead and click up your silver noodles they only take about three minutes so once there’s what three minutes left just throw them into the boiling hot water you really don’t want to overcook these because they get too soft these guys are almost ready so once the noodles are done we can go ahead and build our noodle ball and then we’re going to take our heated sauce and just along the top and at this point you can add some crushed peanuts or I like to do some sesame and then you can add some parsley or some coriander or some green mmm dinner in only 15 minutes noodle ball and there you have it an easy vegan Thai noodle bowl in under 15 minutes make sure that you head over to hot for food and check out their Easy Mac and peas recipe I can’t wait to try that that looks so good and if you haven’t already subscribed definitely do so and also make sure that you check out my patreon page it’s the place where you guys can go and help contribute to the funds of running the channel just by giving a dollar or two a month and big news in March James is going vegan big vegan challenge if you have a loved one and you would like to challenge them make sure that you follow me on snapchat Instagram and Twitter for updates and as always the link to the full recipe is in the description below if you like this video give it a big huge thumbs up and I will talk to you soon bye

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People who CAN’T be vegan: the ethics of doing the best you can.

Dream great from being vegetarianism Oh reason you might not recognize right so a lot of people change their names and they change their avatar that change little photo so how would I how would I possibly remember you right but that’s great okay so you you you made the transition from vegetarian to because I’m happy to hear that so what was the problem was it b12 or what went wrong for you we’re taking about 70% of the veggies out there I can’t do not say really really well I don’t if you know Crohn’s disease Crohn’s disease was a funny turning point of my channel because you know durianrider was selling this myth that veganism would cure crohn’s disease because but you and I had a conversation where I hardly went to cheat a stream and I kept saying hey you know I watched your videos and you’re the reason I’m trying to transition because totally kissing his ass and I’m like you’re the reason I’m trying to transition because of all the wonderful benefits veganism his head under Crohn’s disease right so you were pretending pretending he really had Crohn’s disease we know he didn’t right yeah wonderful this and that and then I called them you know if you had friends what type did you have what parts of your body all this other chip medications were you he just literally shut me he also he also never gets the details right about the test he took he makes up stories but the diagnostic test he doesn’t even know what the diagnostic tests are that are used to establish that you had promised t so even that part of his story can’t possibly be true that’s right yeah there’s no way and on his diet he was ever vegetarian or vegan I just want to put in one footnote here it is true some people find improvement by having more soluble fiber in their diet with Crohn’s disease but some of people but right but some people their Crohn’s disease gets worse so I’ve had several vegans get in touched me to dispute this and very often they send me a link to some s some you know peer-reviewed paper on this and I just point out to them if you actually read the paper you think that’s what you’re gonna find a certain percentage got better but somewhat worse so Crohn’s is a very tricky very inconsistent condition to treat and some treatments were for some people some of the time that’s the state we’re at with the science there is like there’s a difference between an incurable disease and a disease for which there is no known cure but Crohn’s disease is definitely a case of a disease for which there is no known cure and in many cases we don’t even understand why people with the disorder respond to their diet the way they do okay the long and short of the answer of what causes Crohn’s to kick in is that you might be a genetic carrier for the trait but there are also mental issues that will throw you into I’m sure you know there’s also there’s also the basically the anti immune disorder theory then you can treat it by doing things like using bee stings and what-have-you so and again it sometimes works but you know the science doesn’t seem to be all the way done that way other wild covered in like cooking oil and doing the Lambada would help me I would do it it’s just if my highest was going between 24 and 27 times a day I’ve had over 20 surgeries I was the one that was in the hospital for a year because I ended up with having few emergency surgeries for blockages and then I was in the ICU and a coma two months I just want to see I think many people watching this video will be wanting me to state my moral position on this you’re not the only person I’ve talked to who for medical reasons as far as we now understand medical science has been ordered to go back on a meat diet or a vision or a non-vegan that I have known people and you know I do I do really sympathize the position they’re in I think that you know in the future I think these are exactly the gray gray areas of medical knowledge that probably will get ironed out like I think it would it’s very difficult for me believe that when Crohn’s DS when Crohn’s disease is fully understood that it would be impossible to be vegan and to have Crohn’s disease but that may be a hundred years from now I mean you know the scientific progress this area is not going to be that fast and you know for these people they’re there to question so just really briefly cuz I know my audience will want me to take some kind of hard moral stand on this there are people who are making the best decision they can with the available information there are people who are making a decision that is life or death and there are people are making a decision that has terrible impact they’re on their quality of life right now which is very very different from someone choosing to eat a hamburger just because they think it tastes good or just because so I really do I really do sympathise and I think it you know it reflects the historical period we’re in in terms of understanding crosses okay so you went you you you remained kind of a reduced read you try to be participating as little as possible in factory farms and so on right you know in my mind ethically aren’t harming the animals so or I just substitutes for things honey has has been a real godsend for me as tumeric for its healing properties but anymore because I feel like I’m adding to the problem so I just switched over to I’m not even sure just better really briefly I knew someone who couldn’t eat any legumes of any kind so no beans no nuts she had the most extreme form of that where she would actually have a heart attack if she ate anything with that and you know for those people even that so that’s a really extreme health condition so you could die on the spot if she ate beans I still do think there’s a moral obligation on them to figure out how what is doing the best you can because my whole approach to morality is based on doing the best you can for someone with severe Crohn’s disease the the answer is going to be very different or some of that kind of really insane allergy but I really commend you because you does sound I mean like eliminating honey and stuff it does sound like you’re making a sincere effort to do the best you can I mean back in the day and this is gonna sound ass-backwards were the easiest on my body because the simple sugars were the easiest for my body to digest things like Lunchables and I lived off that stuff for two years and I was losing weight the Lunchables diet the process I mean we have a burden now where the ileostomy I had last year kind of almost reset my system so that now I am able to increase a lot of the vegetables I wasn’t able to eat before but in small amounts now I can’t eat them and enjoy them good so again it’s like you say what causes this in my case if you like I know what caused my Crohn’s my mother my grandmother and my brother and two of my cousins Oh some type of gastritis ulcerative colitis just different GI problems given if still missing it seems clear there’s some genetic component to it have you have you looked into or have you experienced it’s given that you’ve already had multiple surgeries have you looked in or have you experienced the the treatments that that approached it as an autoimmune disease such as taking insects eggs the eggs of worms or yeah or or bee sting you know wasp sting therapy and I says any of that been tried with you or no so they were actually treating you with some kind of parasite to try to get the the autoimmune reaction to be directed towards the parasite rather than the body and I take it it didn’t work or didn’t work very well and again this being before I was vegan I was on the biologic Samara the Remicade Mouse proteins which now that I know that I would never go on them again just because I feel it’s kind of disgusting and it makes you susceptible to every cold cough and rash okay so it’s more a matter of just being hyper vigilant about watching what I eat you know making sure that I have a lot of imodium what I wanted to tell you was the age of 16 I started to get very bad cystic acne my nose like I was on that antibiotic for six years and then I started to develop antibiotic for that must impact your digestion right flora and bacteria and my probably is what propelled me into having a well as you know there’s really nothing I can say except I’m I’m sorry to hear that I mean you know yeah yeah you know I mean you know as I say there is you know it’s not the case that Crohn’s disease is an incurable disease but right now in 2018 it is there is genuinely no known cure and you know medical doctors are just human beings they’re not members of a vast conspiracy you know they’re not that’s also during writers approach is to vilify the doctors and say that the doctors are secretly trying to keep you down you know the doctors you know they may not know much more than you as a patient you’ve been a patient for so many years and researching it and reading about it because you’re suffering with it you know but the doctors are human beings coping with with very imperfect information and in this case of Crohn’s disease the same treatment can have totally different outcomes for two different patients and we don’t know why we do not know why so there’s this sense of trying all over the place my biggest whatever I I tried to stay out of the ER because I literally did spend all of 2016 I came home I fought for six months to have my second then in September a pound of cantaloupe cantaloupe sized my rate over which they said in the beginning was precancerous then after the surgery when they did more studies on biopsies told me that it was super early stage one so I’ve been avoiding the ER for a long time now and just self-regulating with the medications that I know worked for me but my husband being the brains of the operation and it’s like night and day all of the money that I spent on prednisone and biologics and antipsychotics all these different you know meds that give you 10,000 other symptoms and two tablets a few more today have helped so I’m gonna put up this video I’m not gonna edit that out but I’ve got to say again you understand how dangerous this can be on the internet cuz some other person you said before you were desperate for any hope you know someone like durianrider suggests this you’re you know you’re someone who if someone told you to use a magical talisman to cure it you know I’m also afraid you say that and I put this on my channel I’m afraid someone else is gonna quit all their meds and try to write so guys again keep them up as you said if I no no I understand no it’s fine it’s fine but I just say again this is this is an illness where different treatments have different outcomes for different people and this is not medical advice but she’s talking about something that worked for her or something that helped alleviate her symptoms okay look think look I’ve gotta wrap it up it’s been more than 15 minutes thank you for coming on the show no it’s okay I mean I do sympathise and it’s a terrible struggle that you’re in I mean it’s terrible struggle nutritionally it’s treble struggle of life and death but the thing I want to emphasize here is even for someone with a health condition this extreme where the consequences are so high in terms of your suffering when they’re in their d’art this is someone who is still trying to make the effort to do the best that you can

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What happens to our body if we go Vegan for 1 month

Let’s face it, we all have that burning desire to indulge in delicious things every now and then of course I’m talking about the milk bacon cream chicken grilled cheese and more but what if you decide to give up these super tasty goodies more like quitting the sweets and making a big switch to the plant-based lifestyle ever consider doing this if so you’re not alone today many people have taken the big step to try out the vegan diet for their health and a few other reasons of course going vegan is also great for animals and our planet as a whole pretty sure you get the point well if you’re actually considering going vegan I’ll recommend you get a better idea what it feels like to make the big switch of course there are quite a few of compelling benefits to plant-based diets but you should know that the diet can be a bit difficult to follow in essence it’s not necessarily easy to switch and stick to the vegan way still interested if so you’re awesome in this video I’m going to let you in on what to expect in your first 31 days without meat dairy and every delicious thing in between note it’s going to be based on my personal experience let’s dive in week 1 during the first week of your transition there’s a good chance of trying to figure out how to eat properly in other words your diet will be all over the place personally I wasn’t eating enough fruits and veggies and sometimes I end up filling up with high-fat foods say nuts and more yes this is one of the most common mistakes newbies are likely to make so take note as the week went by more like towards the end I started feeling more tired than usual following this change I decided to decrease fats and increase my portion sizes well to be honest the change didn’t really affect how tired I felt week 2 moving forward the body weakness followed me into the start of the second week but the good news is I started regaining strength as time flew more like towards the end of the week and this leads to yet another uncomfortable side-effect you are likely to experience gas and bloating trust me mine was super annoying but the good thing is these symptoms are a normal part of the transition in essence it’s just a way of your body adapting to all the fiber you’re consuming as you probably expect it the bloating got better after a few days and by the end of the second week pretty much everything was gone I also think it’s great to let you in on how I fell in love with my veggies in fact it feels like my taste buds changed as I turned vegan right now I can’t seem to get enough of roasted pumpkin mushrooms broccoli potato red peppers and more who knows you might feel the same way to week 3 here’s the thing my third week of veganism was awesome first off the bloating was completely gone and I no longer felt weak and tired what’s more getting out of bed was no longer a chore it became easier than I expected week four yes as I said before my third week was awesome but trust me the fourth was super I literally fell in love with my skin the glow was amazing the change in my diet had a great impact on my skin my complexion became clearer than it has been in years so basically those with skin issues are likely to love their skin after going vegan that’s just how it is and finally I actually lost some weight but of course the results weren’t immediate the big idea here is that plant-based options are lower in calories than meat grilled cheese chicken bacon and more pretty sure you get the point all in all losing weight as a vegan depends on what and how much you eat the big secret is to stick with balanced and healthy choices it’s not going to be easy but trust me it’s totally worth it so what do you think do you feel veganism is for you there’s no doubt that a full time vegan lifestyle can be a bit difficult to adapt but based on all the benefits I think it’s worth giving it a shot stay healthy

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The Food Matrix – 101 Reasons to Go Vegan

Good evening and thank you for coming my name is James and I’m the humanities you cater for the animal rights foundation of Florida now I’m typically giving this presentation to a high school classroom so my audience is a little different and I say you won’t find out we’ll find out so I pretty much know my audience yeah I can pretty much guarantee that 99% of the kids in the class are eating meat dairy and eggs and there might be one or two kids who are vegetarian but it’s a very rare occasion where you’ll get a kid who is vegan um when I speak to adults it’s a little different you know I don’t quite know my audience as well so I want to get to know you so here’s what I want everybody to do I want everybody to please stand up all right now if you are vegan meaning you choose not be any meat of the animal no flesh of the animal no cows no chickens no pigs no turkey and no fish alright surprise surprise a fish is not a vegetable no dairy no cow’s milk no cow cheese no cow butter no cow ice cream and no eggs please have a seat so if you are vegan please have a seat okay now for the rest of you you’ll have to remain standing for the rest of the presentation everybody everybody have a seat there’s another benefit of talking to high school kids and that’s they’re not afraid to participate in the presentation they’ll say whatever is on their mind whether I like it or not but with adults it’s a little bit harder it’s like pulling teeth now this presentation is designed to be interactive meaning I want you to actually participate I want you to engage and you think about the presentation it’s like a row shark test and I show you a picture and you tell me what you see so the maturity level is the same as high school students it’s a mushroom people all right how many of you have ever seen the movie The Matrix okay so move more than half of us sorry for those who haven’t seen the movie The Matrix there’s a scene the very beginning of the film where the main character is presented with two pills one blue and one red and he has to make a choice if you choose the blue pill he’ll fall asleep and when he wakes up everything will be exactly the way it’s always been if you choose the red pill he’ll finally learn the truth and I’m here today to give you that red pill but let me make this very clear to you I’m not here to tell you what to do not here to tell you how to think how to feel and I’m certainly not here to tell you what to eat I’m simply here to provide you with information now what you do with that information is solely up to you so what does the matrix look like let me show you now despite what you might be thinking these two circles are not equal I repeat these two circles are not equal one is in fact larger than the other what I need you to do is determine which one that is so please raise your hand if you believe the blue circle is larger than the red alright please raise your hand if you believe the red circle is larger than the blue all right very good now before I said anything about these two circles what was your first instinct equal right because they look equal the reason why they look equal is because in fact they are equal these two circles are identical yet I got just about every one of you to raise your hand and say that they’re not so what do we learn but you can be manipulated like that to believe in something that goes against your natural instincts just just imagine just imagine as a child you’re taught that the blue circle is larger than the red if you say it enough times you convince yourself that’s the truth if you’re told the lie enough times it becomes part of your reality and if enough people are taught that lie that the blue circle is larger than the red well now it becomes part of the culture and if that culture then passes that misinformation along to the next generation will now become tradition and what we have to remember is that just because we have a tradition doesn’t mean it’s morally acceptable tradition and morality are not always the same I mean can you think of any traditions that we once had in the United States of America that we no longer have that today we think back and that was immoral slavery right less than 200 years ago and that was a tradition so the traditions we have today doesn’t necessarily mean morally acceptable and as we evolved as a culture so do our traditions now the matrix is a story it’s a story when told enough times to enough people it becomes part of that culture it becomes the tradition and this story is being told over and over every day in fact if you believe the image on the carton is where you’re getting your milk from you’re deceiving yourself this is a fantasy only exist in your head it’s a blue pill fed to you by the industry to get you to buy their product this is the matrix the lie we tell ourselves about where our food is coming from the reality is far more disturbing 90 to 95 percent of the milk the meat and the eggs that we consume in the United States are coming from these conditions this is called factory farming this is what you take thousands of hens pigs and cows you can find them in two warehouses in fact every year in the United States ten billion right ten billion cows pigs and chickens are being slaughtered for food so what that works out to be is that every second in the United States 300 animals are killed just like that so 300 600 900 1200 by the time I’m done talking today there’ll be over a million animals that have been slaughtered and most of us don’t even blink an eye and how is it possible that in the United States of America we can kill we can slaughter 300 animals every second and not question that because of the story we’ve been told the story justifies the action if you say it enough times you actually convince yourself that’s the truth how many of you were taught as a child you need to eat meat to get protein I know I was how many of you were taught you need to drink cow’s milk to get strong bones not dog milk not chimpanzee milk not elephant milk not rhino milk not hippo milk not Tiger milk not lion milk not giraffe milk not elephant milk did I say that already I think you get the point not even our own mother’s milk we need to drink cow’s milk to get strong bones the absurdity of drinking the milk from any other species and any other being besides our own mother when it’s said enough times loses its absurdness so all we’re going to do today is find out if the matrix is telling the truth now the first thing we’ve been taught is that our diet is natural and we eat meat dairy and eggs so therefore it must be natural so let’s find out you have two images on the wall all right and remember the road shock test you have two images on the wall I want you to tell me all the thoughts that come to mind when you see the image on the left and don’t be afraid to scream out nobody’s going to get sent to the principal what do you see fresh young sweet right if I came into the room with a basket of strawberries that looked just like that organic and I put him on the chair right here now what would be your thoughts okay the same thoughts what would you think if one of us got up and started chewing on the strawberries maybe we’d want to join it if I come into the room with the baskets strawberries how many of your mouth starts to salivate your mouth starts the water I take a strawberry and I put it under your nose what do you smell if I take a knife and I slice that strawberry in half and put that under your nose now what do you smell those how all the sensations remain the same you see a strawberry that looks like a strawberry you smell a strawberry and it smells like a strawberry and you take a bite out of a strawberry and surprise surprise it tastes like a strawberry exactly it’s a strawberry but what thoughts come to mind when you see the image on the right cute it’s kind of a rigged audience so you’re in a vegan restaurant but you know when I go to a classroom you know half the response you’ll get half the kids who see all cute animal pig Wilbert babe so half the class will see an animal and the other half the class will see bacon sausage ham pigs feet pork and hotdogs they’ll see a food it’s one of the other you either seeing an animal or you’re seeing food now what would happen if I took one of the pigs living brought them into the room right here and put them put them right in front of you does that change it now what do we see and I mean what would we think if one of if one of us got up and starts chewing on the pig not very normal if I come into the room with a pig under my arm how many of your mouth starts to salivate right I take a pig and I put it into your nose what do you smell smell Pig just like if it took a dog and put on your nose smell dog a cat you smell cat I took a knife and I sliced that pig in half and put that under your nose now what do you smell it’s not a stench of death you smell rotting corpse bacteria decomposing flesh you see there’s a process involved and I’m here today to show you that process of how you convert this animal into this product why should it why should it be kept a secret why should we not know what we’re participating in and what we’re putting in our now let’s make the situation slightly more realistic if I were to put a pig on this side of the room living in a butcher’s knife on side on side of that room I mean how many people would be willing to pick up the knife and take the life of that animal it’s very rare right and if somebody did that that’s all right but how many people in this room would try to stop that person from doing that right would we try that of course that’s compassion man is the greatest quality of the human race there’s no other species on this planet that has that level of compassion to extend to all living beings but if you would stop somebody from killing a pig in front of you and then go home and have this for breakfast let’s call hypocrisy just because it comes with a nice neat package all dressed up in your supermarket just because you didn’t take the knife and shove it through their jugular just because you can get blood on your clothes and just because you didn’t hear their screams doesn’t mean you didn’t participate in the killing every time we buy this product we are supporting somebody else doing what we ourselves wouldn’t want to do when we ourselves wouldn’t want to see and what we ourselves wouldn’t want to hear now if you still see bacon sauce lehand when I bring a pig into the room what happens when I change it to one sec so so like not there we go all right all right it’s the common response now I’ve never heard anybody say YUM nobody ever sees dog feed hotdogs so why not why don’t we see a food but we’ve we’ve been accustomed to view this animal as our pet I mean how many of you have a dog or a cat right how many of you have a pig not so much all right so but there are other cultures there are other cultures again the cultural story for us is this is your pet in another culture certain parts of the world they eat cats and dogs that’s their culture that’s their story they’ve been told and how do you feel about that a lot of people think it’s disgusting right I imagine every one of you probably thinks it’s disgusting your dog why would it be disgusting to eat this animal and not disgusting to eat this animal why would it be wrong to eat this animal and right to eat this animal and most importantly why would it be wrong to kill this animal and right to kill this animal it’s culture it’s the story it’s the matrix that we’ve been told one culture sees this as a pet this is a food and though the culture might see this as a pet and this is a food another culture might see in both is food certain parts of India the cow is sacred they would never think about eating a cow in certain parts of India is that wrong is that unnatural that’s just the story they’ve been told but culture is just a story that’s all it is it’s just make-believe when I’m concerned with is what is natural to the human species because every culture has a different story but you take somebody from Asia Africa South America North America Europe and we’re all the same species we’re all human beings so let’s take a three Road from any country in the world and you put that three out in a room and you line up five animals in front of that three-year-old a pig a dog a cow a cat and a chicken you think the thrill is going to know which one to eat and which one to pet what’s the three are most likely going to do or try to do play with them all it’s going to try to play with them all the three oh it has to be taught no no no no don’t play with it eat him play with him pet him that’s what we were taught we didn’t choose our diet our diet is a learned behavior we were raised to perceive this animal as your pet and this animal is your food but that’s not the natural perception the natural is that there all of our our companions so our parents chose our diet based upon the cultural story and if you have children you base their diet on the cultural story being told which is the same story now let me give you another example if you take a baby and you put a baby in a crib and you put on the light out of the right-side of baby chick and on the left side an apple which one do you think the baby is going to try to play with and which one you think the baby is going to try to eat most likely I put the inanimate object in this case the Apple in his or her mouth and if the baby you know most likely will be piqued by the interest of the thing moving in this case the thing being actually a living being in the chick now if the baby tries to eat the chick what’s the chicken ER they’re just going to run away or peck at him now if you walked into a room with the baby in the crib playing with an apple and chewing on the head of a live chick what do you think that baby like demon baby you’re gonna let me allow that you allow that demon baby to play with your baby set up a playdate probably not so if it’s not alright for a baby to cause harm to an animal even when they don’t know any better why is it become more acceptable as we get older when we do know the difference between an apple and a baby chick the question is do we find it acceptable to cause harm to an animal let’s find out if you don’t walk outside right now and you saw somebody taking a baseball bat to a a dog’s head what would you do you you take action at the very least you’d call the police because you recognize that as a violation of this animal’s right to be free from harm we’re all given that right at birth every animal on this planet whether it’s a mammal whether it’s an amphibian whether it’s a bird a reptile of fish and insect we’re all Earthlings human beings as well we are all earthlings and what do all Earthlings have in common two things we all want to live we all desire to live that is what it creates the Equality in all of us we all want to live and the second thing is we all avoid pain those two things make us equal from the largest land animal on earth the elephant to the smallest the insect the and everything in between from the dog the pig to the human being we all desire to live and we all avoid pain now if you were to walk outside right now and you saw somebody taking a baseball bat to a pig’s head with your emotional response not be the exact same thing of course because the question for you is what’s the difference what’s the difference between the two right is there a difference you might think one is cuter than the other but that says more about you than anything about these two animals a lot of kids will say well the nose looks different I say they go but they both got a nose to smell some kids will say well he’s got hooves and he’s got paws I say that both got feet to walk and run some kids say well his ears are going up and here’s the ears of flappy they’ve both got two ears to hear they both got two eyes to see they’ve both got a heart to beat and a mind to think and the reason why we would take action for both of them is because we recognize the equality between them and not the difference any difference is insignificant the similarities though are striking we know they’re equal yet every time we sit down for a meal we create that separation we create that inequality it’s just like we knew the two circles where you go red and blue but all it takes is somebody to tell you a story now what we most importantly recognize is that all animals have feelings but how do we know and how do we really know how do we even know that humans are feelings well I mean love these feelings what’s most important to you happiness right how do you know if somebody’s happy if I said to you right now is the happiest moment in my life when you believe me hopefully not no offense so how are you going to tell somebody’s happy they’re smiling they’re laugh and I can take somebody in in this room who doesn’t speak your language but you can tell how they’re they’re feeling by their expressions the sounds doesn’t have to do with a language though what about other animals will they wag their tail they bark they jump up and down they play with each other they lick so all these are signs of how they feel what about pain though if I said to you right now my right hand is killing me would you believe me having given you any silent it might though it might be killing me there’s only one person in this room who knows it’s actually killing me that’s me of course I say well let’s say I was to trip over my feet here and now my head against the side of this table start bleeding profusely out of my head and I’m screaming on the ground when you believe them in pain of course I’m showing the signs here’s a test you take your hand you put over a flame what happens burns right what’s your reaction pull back and scream you take a dog’s paw put it over a flame what’s his reaction same thing pull back and scream you take a pig’s leg put it over a flame same reaction you take a dog a pig a cow a chicken a goat a doc a horse a rat a mouse any animal that’s living put a body part of the flame they all have the same reaction you take a fish out of water and what’s their reaction flop it around why I can’t breathe you want to know what it feels like to be a fish out of water have you have your loved one put your put your head under water and not let go I really wouldn’t your loved one know they’re doing that that’s what it feels like of course fish have feelings they’re not they’re not vegetables if you take a vegetable you take a plant you take a strawberry and you put it over a flame and what happens else doesn’t have feet to run away doesn’t have a mouth to scream and nose to smell eyes to see ears to hear a heart to beat and a mind to think and a lot of kids will like to give this one before you say well plants have feelings don’t have a nervous system they don’t have a nervous system without a nervous system they can’t feel pain and happiness the way that animals and humans can so the question is when did we learn this when did we learn that animals have feelings hopefully this isn’t the first day that you learn this right when you younger right and how do you learn it maybe you had a cat or dog all you have to do is go outside and just experience any of the animals outside and they run from you it means they’re scared if they come up to you probably have food or something they want it so we understand this through the experiences we have in fact think about the books that were read to you as a child songs you listen to and how about the movies now think about the movies we show to our kids what all these movies have in common were they about what kind of animals farmed animals even fish are being farmed you have pigs chickens cows and fish these are all the animals we eat what’s the common theme in these movies they’re running feathers being saved no animal wants to die no animal wants to be dinner on your plate you know we root for these animals you take even the biggest pork eater in the world he’s he’s ruining for Wilbert nobody wants to see well been made into bacon at the end of that film chicken run you know we root for the chickens now I guarantee there are thousand people’s you know watching chicken run go chickens go well you need a KFC bucket of chicken wings because I’m not making that connection babe how many kids watch the movie babe fall in love with babe and then go home and a fed babe unknowingly by their parents so we’re teaching kids to love these animals but eat them too and this is the closest thing you’ll come to see their reality in the matrix in this story we’ve told ourselves and most of the times and unfortunately the closest thing will come to is in cartoon form in ways it by Pixar and Disney nonetheless but today we step outside the matrix and generally speaking when I go into a high school classroom I shall meet your meet if you haven’t seen this video if you still are eating meat dairy eggs fish take a look at a meat door again be 18 org and you can see the conditions that these animals live in now I’m not going to show you that it’s it’s a every time I show two adults they just leave he’ll come back so I’m going to show you a three-minute video again by the the same people that put on the first video Farm Sanctuary it’s three minutes if you don’t want to watch it you don’t have to but this is where 90 to 95% of the meat dairy and eggs and we’re consuming the United States are coming from and any really if you have a problem watching it but you don’t have a problem eating it you know why the disconnect there but this isn’t just about animal rights this is also a health issue and that’s the second part of the presentation we’ll we’ll talk about after the video the question is do these animals look healthy to the conditions they’re living in look healthy because if the animals don’t look healthy to you why would you want to put a sick animal into your body one last thing before I show the video a lot of people said what about what about you know milk that doesn’t seem to be any harm in raising cows for milk notice the very first scene in this video of the dairy cows and you’re going to actually see a cow giving birth and notice what happens to her calf and notice her response if I could talk to animals that are being confined in and abused now in factory farms I would say I’m sorry for what we’re doing to you I wish it wasn’t this way and I’m doing everything I know to stop it and hopefully we will be able to stop it there’s not really a whole lot of good you can say I mean you just gotta just got a hope that it can stop and hope that people will recognize the harm we’re causing and we’ll choose a different way meat milk and eggs come from real animals they don’t just come from the grocery store and these animals desire to live and they want to be free of pain and suffering and fear and on today’s farms these animals only no fear in pain at human hands they never know human kindness they never know mercy and when people buy these products they are unwittingly supporting that type of cruelty in that type of callousness the workers they have to lose part of their heart you know they have to lose they have to shut their eyes to certain aspects of what they’re doing can you imagine what it would be like to cut the throats of animals for eight hours a day it’s a bloody violent job and nobody should have to do it I don’t know what it means that you know we can participate in such cruelty without paying attention to it without caring about it without wanting to do different citizens want to assume that animals will be treated humanely that there are laws on the books to prevent cruelty and people are usually surprised to learn there aren’t if people looked at what was happening they’d be appalled most people would not support the type of abuse that has become common on factory farms the common response is why is this happening there’s a very simple explanation for why it why it does happen if you were to walk outside right now if you walk down us one and walk further down let’s say you came to a restaurant that just opened up right they were serving cats and dogs that was their main item on the menu how many of you would be out there right now protesting guarantee before the day would be over you would have that place shut down right walk down the street few blocks down you’ll come to a steak house I don’t see anybody protesting I don’t see that place being shut down why because because we’ve been taught to perceive this animal to be different from this animal and veganism is simply changing your perception that’s it that’s all it is you just change your perception we don’t have to participate in this this is not necessary a lot of people will say to me what about you know if we just created better conditions what I’m saying to you is it’s not necessary to kill an animal you don’t have to kill animals we don’t have to drink their milk enough to eat their eggs it’s just not necessary I mean people talk about humane slaughter how do you how do you slaughter something humanely and then said like when you rub their belly give them some milk and cookies and you chop their head off if I did that to one of you would everybody like well at least he died humanely he can’t do anything violent he mainly I mean if I were to actually mainly rob you humanely rape you what is what is humane theft look like is that where I come up to you and say need you to do me a favor I need you to come up here and take your wallet put it on the table right here take all the credit cards cash everything put it on the table right there pretty please with a cherry on top would that be humane theft we would everybody be like hey if I’m going to get robbed I want him to do it he’s pretty nice about it of course nobody wants to be robbed nobody wants to be killed nobody wants to be raped it’s not necessary to think about it this way how many of you do not do not own a fur coat raise your head if you don’t don’t own a fur coat yeah so I thought why why don’t you in fur coat because it’s cruel and unnecessary because it’s cruel and unnecessary what about if I said to you know what we’re going to take some mix sorry we’re gonna raise them for you no fur coat we’re going to make we’re gonna raise them but we’re gonna we’re gonna you know give them a lot of room we’re going to cage free free range organic food they’re going to do they’re going to live like kings and queens until we kill them of course you know after after a few few weeks a few months you know they won’t live to their natural age but we’re going to create humane fur would that be acceptable when you go out and buy a fur coat no because it’s not necessary a fur coat is not necessary especially here in Florida but it’s not necessary anywhere you don’t need a fur coat to survive you don’t need the animals to survive it’s not necessary it’s just sugar coating something humane slaughter so let’s take a look at what we are participating in this is a battery cage all right literally the size of a milk crate just like this you take four to six hands you put them in a crate this size and you burn their beaks off why because in these conditions they become aggressive you know be like if I took everybody in the first and second row put you in that corner and sealed it off kept you there for you know 48 hours straight guarantee you’re not going to remain friends for that long you want more space so they’re denied the ability to do what’s natural to them spread their wings forage so how does the under seat industry solve this problem cage free free range and that sounds pretty good who in this room doesn’t want to live free right this is a cage free farm in Virginia it’s just a label it’s just the label it makes us feel better about what we’re participating in but it means absolutely nothing to the animal cage free simply means you can take five hundred hens and put them in this room according to the industry that is cage free question is what is your definition of freedom does this apply now even on the you know old MacDonald’s farm that we all have stuck in our head even if you find that magical farm and good luck finding it doesn’t matter because all male chicks born in the egg industry thrown out literally why seems kind of wasteful why threw out the male chicks they don’t fit into the equation they’ll serve any purpose to the industry so we cage them we D beat them we still catch them call call it freedom though we can still debeak them in these conditions and we throw out all the mail tricks whether it’s cage free free range organic what’s in the wrong way all so that we could have this well might as well get to know what it is was an egg a lot of people think it’s a baby chick it’s not a baby chick a lot of people think it’s a fetus it’s not a fetus not an embryo just good I mean I don’t know why anybody want to eat a fetus or an embryo in the first place so what is it well it’s an unfertilized egg that doesn’t sound that bad at all all right well once a month that every woman in this room or maybe not everyone in this room sheds or at some point sheds an unfertilized egg what is that called congratulations meeting a hen period it’s the menstruation cycle discharge of a hen I’m not gonna eat a woman’s period just like why should I have a hen period there’s no need to eat any period from any living being it’s disgusting and you know we should call it what it is I mean if we were just you know at the when we were young when we were kids and you know our parents at hey you want some scrambled hen periods for breakfast then I’ll pass you know it’s like honey what is honey yeah it’s vomit it’s regurgitate throw up they throw up for themselves they take the nectar they digest it and they throw up it’s for their own cells they’re not producing it for us we call it honey because who in their right mind we want to buy a product called bee vomit and you know you put vomit next to any any product in the supermarket I guarantee it’s not going to sell let’s take a business aspect to realize that all right what about milk well even your happy cows in California hooked up the machines this is this is the way it is all right now when does a cow start producing milk during during pregnancy starts lactating during pregnancy right that’s why I’ve been to a lot of schools and I’ll get even high school teachers who will say huh I didn’t know that I just thought there was this magical cow that just produced milk okay all ho mammals produce milk when they’re pregnant and how does she become pregnant ah like we like to think they get to have sex right at the very least they get the pleasure of sex but there’s no sex in the farm the farmer is not going to wait for a cow on a bull to get it on he’s not going to set the mood like some candles put on Barry White is the business he’s running a business you know and the business is not in the welfare of the animals and producing a profit so how do you get a cow pregnant without a bull artificially inseminate them if you know artificially inseminate a woman without a consent won’t that be called I am NOT saying a woman is a cow but I am saying rape is rape I mean just look up the definition of rape exert in your power over another sexually so what’s your definition of another does that only apply to women how about men how about other beings well now she’s pregnant she gives birth what happens to her baby all male calves born in the dairy industry like the if you were here in the beginning the saving Billy all male calves born in the dairy industry are immediately taken away from their mother chained by the neck to a crate deprived of the mother’s milk fed an inefficient diet so that the body become anemic so lack of iron they will never be able to turn around will never see the light of day every glass of milk supports this industry and some people say well veal is the cruelest industry or foie-gras where they shove a pipe down a duck’s throat cruelest industry how do you how do you put pain in some kind of like okay well it’s pretty bad right here but it’s not so bad here pain is pain suffering is suffering don’t categorize it this is all suffering for these animals why do they do that to the male calves just like the male chicks they don’t fit into the equation they don’t produce the milk if you’re drinking cow’s milk the only reason is because a calf chained to a box isn’t now what about the female calves they too will be taken away from the mother why why would why would the female calf that will grow up to be like her mother which is a constant of impregnation birth and milking why would she be taken away from the mother right and we want the milk how do you think it makes a cow feel to have her baby to run away from her anybody was a parent how would you feel if you had your baby to run away from you all milk whether it’s organic meaning they don’t put in you know the hormones and the pesticides doesn’t matter all milk is stress milk it’s not something you pasteurize out of the milk it’s part of it it’s part of the it’s like it’s part of the meat part of the part of the cheese it’s part of what you’re drinking it’s stress now biologically speaking who was a cow producing milk for biologically speaking the baby not for us just like you know when your mom was pregnant with you who she producing milk for it was for you it wasn’t your daddy it wasn’t the neighbor it wasn’t the dog or the cat it was for you all mammals produce milk for their young where do all these animals get their milk from when do they stop consuming milk we’re the only species on this planet to take the milk from another animal and we’re their only species on this planet to continue drinking milk after infancy if you really don’t think it’s that weird then people like people say well you don’t you don’t eat cheese she’s just spoiled milk you don’t need you don’t need cheese you don’t drink cow’s milk that’s that’s extreme that’s crazy is it really that extreme to not take the milk from another animal I mean and if you don’t think it’s that extreme if I brought a pregnant woman into the room right now how many of you would want to drink your milk you’re not you’re not you’re not a baby it is extreme now if cow’s milk is meant for a calf if cow’s milk is biologically meant for a calf why would it be necessary for humans to drink it’s not cow’s milk is no more necessary than drinking dog milk chip milk pig milk or elephant milk the only milk you need was from your mother when you were a baby you’re not a baby anymore you’re not a cow you’re not a calf well what about if I said to you you know you’re walking in Publix Whole Foods winn-dixie maybe we’re in Dixie more likely and you come across not cow milk but chimpanzee milk that’s that’s why I said winn-dixie fentanyl fancy travellingtans I just I don’t I can’t picture well I don’t know maybe whole food but um alright so chimpanzee milk right how many of you would buy it probably not that’s disgusting why would it be disgusting to take the milk from one animal but not the disgusting to take the milk from another animal in fact if you’re drinking cow’s milk and you find chimpanzee no guide say make the switch it makes more sense why would it make more sense to take the milk of a chimpanzee hey look if you’re going to take the milk from any animal wouldn’t you want to take the milk from an animal that shares 98% of our DNA 99% I mean doesn’t that seem to be the logical conclusion I choose you that would seem the logical conclusion what about your dog if your dog was pregnant right now and i said i’ll pasteurize your dog’s milk but you want to drink it that’s disgusting that’s absurd it is disgusting and absurd no more disgusting absurd than drinking cow’s milk though in fact if you have a dog it actually makes more sense to drink dog milk the cow milk why is that well how many of you have a large dog okay how much does your dog weigh 110 Wow okay no doubt we’re gonna dog there we go all right 110 pounds that’s pretty close to the human weight right under 10 pounds that seems to make sense this animal weighs 2,000 pounds why put a product meant for a 2000 pound animal into this and a baby doesn’t even know why all right a baby on average weighs 7 pounds at birth I really don’t know where I’m supposed to be pointing this it’s like a magical wand there we go um a calf weighs 90 pounds at birth at birth 90 pounds baby 7 pounds calf 90 pounds the calf will grow to 500 pounds in under a year in 9 months 410 pounds in under a year what makes them grow so large so fast the milk but of course they’re not getting the milk and if it’s not organic what are they getting hormones they’re getting steroids again that’s not something you pasteurize out of the milk and how do you keep animals healthy in these conditions you pump them up with antibiotics 70 percent of the antibiotics produced in the United States are fed to farm animals that’s not good that is not good you know you wonder why so many people are dying in the hospitals they get some infection and they take these antibiotics and they don’t work anymore so how do we how do we justify how do we actually justify putting a product meant for a 2000 pound animal they grow to 2,000 pounds in two years into this well the story once again the story justifies the action say it enough times you convince yourself it’s the truth every story has an author who is the author of this story right and what is the ultimate goal of the dairy industry I mean why would the dairy be in the dairy industry be some holier than thou company I mean if I said to you cigarettes it does a body good you probably say I work for the cigarette company right we none of us would believe that but I believe this and if you believe that milk does a body good why would 75 percent of the human population be lactose intolerant do you know that means that means three out of every four people in this planet when they drink milk they suffer one of these symptoms diarrhea stomach ache gassiness bloated ear infection excess mucus and that’s normal if you suffer from any of these symptoms stop drinking cow’s milk your body’s trying to talk to you your body’s saying look I can’t do it anymore stop listen to your body your body knows best of course the dairy industry will come up with a new product called what lactate they just they just they just put they put the enzyme you see the reason why most people are lactose intolerant is because all mammals and human beings are mammals have an enzyme known as lactase put an A right there that enzyme breaks down the sugar known as lactose as we mature we lose that enzyme so it’s normal to be lactose intolerant but of course the dairy industry starts injecting the enzyme into it that’s not normal that’s not natural and again you’re going against what your body is telling you you know the dairy industry says listen to us we know better than your body they don’t your body knows best you are your best doctor but it must be good for kids though right I mean cuz every school I’ve been into elementary middle and high school is all one product being served what product is that no but what’s the number one cause of food allergies among and children everyone take a wild guess no alright so if most people on this planet can’t consume milk and most people most children and infants are if they have an allergy it’s it’s from milk cows milk and not not peanuts but cow’s milk why again are we drinking this what what have we been told drink milk gets strong bones does a body good what does about it good calcium does a body good the question is is this the best source of calcium let’s find out countries that consume the most milk what countries drink the most milk I go into classrooms and you get kids in like Florida all right Norway would be on this list as well what is osteoporosis it’s a loss of bone density it’s literally weak bones remember you’ve been taught drink cow’s milk get strong bones what countries have the highest rate of osteoporosis all right well neither is just a random coincidence or there’s more to it the more to it is this any product that comes from an animal has animal protein that makes sense animal product animal protein well that animal protein you knows protein is the amino acids the building blocks of protein those amino acids which are good unfortunately though they’re high in sulfur so you want amino acids but the problem with animal protein is that those amino acids are high in sulfur when you put that in your body your body becomes acidic you’re making your body acidic and your body’s not meant to be acidic it’s meant to be alkaline right the pH balance is going lower than what it should be so how does your body compensate well they have to neutralize the acidity so what do they do they start releasing calcium from the bones so the more cow’s milk you drink according to these statistics the weaker your bones can actually become the more animal protein you eat the weaker your bones can actually become in fact if you look at countries in Africa and Asia they don’t suffer from very high rates of osteoporosis they also don’t drink very much cow’s milk if none at all and they also don’t eat as much animal protein now kids will say yeah but wait a second what do I put on my cereal table himself right it’s because this information isn’t it’s out there but people aren’t being taught it and this is you know this is basically the alternative perspective and you know you can do your own research and find out if what I’m saying is valid or not but I mean you can go with these alternative milks and a lot of people out fake meats and fake milks no they’re not fake they’re real all right these are real products and they come from plants you have the soy milk the almond milk rice milk coconut milk oat milk you can do hemp milk high in protein so these are alternatives that you can do I know you’ve all heard of a taste test right let’s do a health test all right so here we have the milk that comes from an animal and here we have the milk that comes from a plant a soybean all right there is a hundred and fifty milligrams of calcium per half a glass in your cow’s milk how many do you think is in your soy milk it’s the same 150 it’s exact same and a half glass all right so what’s the difference well this comes from an animal and once again an animal protein can leach calcium out of the bones and all animal products meat dairy eggs fish is high in cholesterol it has cholesterol and your body naturally makes cholesterol you don’t need to put any more Klesko in your body so this has cholesterol this does it all plant products don’t have any cholesterol and all plant products everything you see up here of everything you see over there on the table fruits vegetables rice beans has fiber has fiber so plants have fiber in your cholesterol animal products no fiber and high in cholesterol so let again let’s do a health test high in cholesterol no fiber high in fiber no cholesterol which one do you think is the safer choice I rest my case all right but you don’t have to do this I mean human beings don’t really need to drink anything besides water and that’s really all we need to be drinking and you can have your orange juice and your apple juice but we just need water now again this is for this cereal but you can get all your calcium from plants I mean you think about what is the largest and strongest land animal on earth an elephant weighs 10,000 pounds you know what is diet consists of right that’s it no if he’s eating spinach but it’s his plants it’s plants you’re gonna tell now ephant daddy you know his bones look a little weak he needs to be drinking the milk of a cow you get all your calcium from this now a lot of people say to me ah man but you know what I get it but then I I love my cheese I can’t give up cheese look I tell people this if you’re going to give up any product give up dairy there is the worst I mean the greatest trick ever pulled was convincing people they need to drink milk dairy is the worst in terms of the cruelty inflicted upon the animals they suffer for a longer period of time and it’s just completely unnatural and unhealthy is unhealthy and there’s a reason why people love their cheese and their milk it’s meant to be addictive I mean just think about you know it might be hard I can’t remember but you know when we were younger most likely we were nursing from our mother right from her milk it has to be addictive the child wants that has to want to have more why because this is the greatest growth spurt in their life this is the greatest growth spurt that you ever had when you were baby drinking your mother’s milk same for all their animals and as we get older our parents including the animal parents wean their children off of it so you’re supposed to you’re supposed to desire it you’re supposed to want it and then you get weaned off of it they’re selling a product it’s addictive it’s addictive it has a chemical called casein morphine when you digest it that chemical is released okay so morphine morphine it makes you giddy it makes you want more it makes your brain think eat more eat more your body is saying I can’t I can’t digest it properly so you are addicted the first step to what a recovery is to acknowledge it 68% of all disease in the United States are diary related is a government statistic what that means is that you know especially when I talk to a high school class where my audience is you know 99 percent eating meat dairy and eggs if you don’t change your food choices you might become part of the statistic I mean it’s what three out of every five people this is a government statistic in fact what are the leading causes of death in the United States what are the top three cancer heart disease strokes diabetes number six all right every forty seconds somebody suffers a stroke in the United States that’s the American Stroke Association the American Heart Association says that every 24 seconds somebody suffers a heart attack in the United States and the Institute for cancer research says that every day 3400 people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer at 3,400 a new people how many people in this room know somebody or knew somebody who has or had cancer raise your hand take a look around shoot this is know we find it a little disturbing I mean we might be living longer but we’re living longer with diseases that haven’t been around that that that they’re more rampant than they ever have been in fact I’ve been reading that they say that the children today the young generation today will die at a younger age than their parents meaning that you know if your parents live in 275 they might die at 70 and we’re just going down how is that possible in fact is the 68% coming from the image on the right or the left I mean you ever heard of somebody suffering a heart attack because ate too many fruits and vegetables it’s not heard of a key to a healthy diet is a variety of foods in a variety of colors how much variety do you really sit in fact why why is this causing most of the death and disease because despite what we’ve been told despite what we’ve been taught we look nothing like omnivores biologically speaking we don’t look anything like carnivores we look identical biologically speaking to our brother from another mother we look like gorillas we look like the great apes we look like the horses the cows the giraffes the elephants the Zebras how so our teeth not my teeth with canines I love what people say what about our canines really you really think they’re very shot I mean if I if we had like shot canines like our cats and dogs and if you really think you have canine teeth or Schaaf take a look at your cat or dog I mean would we be using knives and forks if we had these right we have more teeth why we chew our food you know tonight when you’re feeding your cat or dog notice what they do Limited chewing mostly swallowing our jaw goes like this we grind our food their jaw opens up wide in fact if you want to know what humane slaughter looks like here it is look at the animal kingdom the fastest land animal is the cheetah go 70 miles per hour now a tiger can go about I think it’s about 3540 miles per hour is pretty quick now you have the deer the antelope the gazelle not as fast right so you have carnivores tiger cheetah Jaguar and then you have the deer antelope and the gazelle so herbivores carnivores now the carnivores are quicker but what’s what’s the difference here we got on the right side all right I guess it would be your left side the carnivores are all the track and field stars quick sprint add a breath they don’t have very much endurance on the left side or again the right side for you this would be the herbivores which don’t have as much speed but have more endurance endurance they are the cross-country runners so what we like to assume or maybe not we don’t like to assume but logic would say okay that the faster animal would always get his prey but that’s not the case it’s not the case because you have track and field versus cross-country so that means that the tiger is only successful in the hunt 20% of the time that means eight out of every ten deer will escape the slaughter so what kind of deer will the tiger be able to capture the sick the weak the injured the lost the old the young this animal weeds out the weak we’re not doing anything like that in fact if we were meant to be on top of the food chain don’t you think we would have some claws to rip through flesh and if I brought a pig into the room and asked you to kill the pig with your claws pig would probably enjoy it more than anything else and this is perhaps most important your intestines and cymbal with my representative small intestines large intestines also known as the colon small and large now your intestines combine large and small make up 10 times your body size your body being your mouth to your anus which is about 3 feet and then by that by 10 and you have 30 feet of intestines in your stomach and it’s you know from this wall through that door 30 feet of intestines in your stomach carnivores omnivores it’s about 3 to 6 times their body length so let’s say that Simba it’d be about you know anywhere from 15 to 20 feet 30 feet 15 feet whose food gets traveled out quicker Simba’s which is good because you can call it bacon as much as you want but once it’s in your body it’s no longer bacon it’s decomposing flesh it’s bacteria and it builds up and they have by the way ten times the amount of hydrochloric acid to break it down so we don’t even have the pH balance of the enzymes that break it down properly so what happens it leads to clogged arteries which leads to heart disease heart attack strokes diabetes high blood pressure high cholesterol and obesity you ever heard of a tiger suffering from high blood pressure high cholesterol strokes obesity you know why these animals don’t suffer from these diseases because they eat what’s natural to their Anatomy when it comes to diet we have the dumbest species on this planet one of these two things have in common mercury in fact there’s a warning label there’s a warning label on fish I don’t know if you ever seen it you know what it says certain people should consume it men and women pregnant women all right hopefully it’s not pregnant man all right pregnant nursing women women who may become pregnant young children should not the following fish including tuna because nearly all fish and seafood contain some amount of mercury chemicals known to cause cancer birth defects and reproductive harm what else does the government tell women not to consume when they’re pregnant alcohol cigarettes drugs so basically government say hey look if you think about becoming pregnant lay off the drugs for a little bit and stop eating fish if we can do that much harm to a woman why would anybody want to consume it and I mean do I really need to you know say at this point do any one of us want to touch any food that comes from the seat mmm all you gotta do is turn on the news open up a newspaper what do you see oil spill why why would you want to put this I mean here’s how it works you take you take a small fish in the Gulf right now right very very small fish that small fish is inevitably going to swallow some oil it’s going to swim further out maybe miles away from from the spill and we’ll get by a larger fish and then that larger fish is now contaminated and will swim out even further and that larger fish will then get eaten by even a larger fish now that even larger fish is contaminated with oil and then we catch that even larger fish and then we eat it cooking the animal is not going to get rid of the oil it becomes part of the meat so why do we consume it though why do we consume you know this this this flesh of an animal what you’ve been told you need to eat meat to get protein protein all right but how many grams of protein are we supposed to get anybody know okay in terms of grams per day it’d be about World Health Organization says forty to fifty about that forty would be for the average female don’t man would be for the average male don’t but it’s funny how we don’t tell that to kids I mean I only learned this recently myself too I mean you know going through my whole life and never really bothering to find out and nobody ever bothered to tell me it’s like you know saying here have the keys to my car go you know pick up some stuff from me go get my groceries but I didn’t teach you how to drive the car teaching kids you gotta eat it but not teaching him how or how much now again let me show you how easy it is to get protein all right especially here in the United States all right your standard American diet for breakfast you got your bacon you got your cow’s milk and you got your hen periods all right how many slices how many slices of bacon what you want now I know you might not eat bacon now but how many slices do you remember as a kid maybe maybe two okay each slice has 5 grams two times five all right how many eggs would you want to each egg has six grams so what do we got twelve plus ten 22 how many glass of milk one glass each glass is eight grams so you are at what 30 you’re not even done with breakfast that’s not including the toast with cow butter you might put on it so you’re not even done with breakfast and you’re almost at the limit the average American does not need to worry about getting enough protein they need to worry about getting too much protein that’s why the United States has the highest rates of obesity in the entire world all right I mean people all the time say change well you don’t need me where do you get your protein from like all of a sudden like holy like it’s all wasn’t dawned on me like I have been without protein for the last eight years go to McDonald’s get a Big Mac huh like I’m about to fall down or something or pass out have you ever heard of somebody in the United States suffering from a lack of protein and going to the hospital it’s unheard of yeah it’s funny even dealing with kids you know I have a kid say you know I tried to go vegan for a day and I got really sick so what it’s like it’s like it’s like you know like people they all I know somebody who was vegan it was sick really I know tons of meat eaters were sick I mean like yeah you can be an unhealthy vegan what I’m telling you is it doesn’t matter if you’re eating meat dairy eggs fish or you’re eating a plant-based that you should know what you’re putting in your body you should know how how many grams of protein you’re getting you knows you know the amount of iron calcium that you’re getting and by the way people say omega-3 from fish you can get that from you know the seeds the nuts you can get that from other things flax seeds is a very good example think about this these are the largest and strongest land animals on earth what is their diet consists of plants you’re in good company if you’re only in plants and what’s full what’s so ironic about this is that the large and strongest land animals not only do they not just just eat a plant-based diet they also live the longest I mean this animal can live to 70 years they can live to about 50 to 60 years the gorillas about 50 years in the wild and their diet consists of nothing but plants you’re gonna tell any of them they’re missing out in protein I mean this animal has 10 times the upper-body strength of the average male adult and where is he getting all his protein from from this his diet consists of roots shoots bamboo and banana he’s getting all his calcium all his iron all his vitamins all his minerals the amino acids from this you get everything everything here’s a new food pyramid right it’s two things your body is like a machine okay think of your body as a machine you have to put the proper fuels in it to get it to work properly if you don’t put the proper fuels it ain’t going to work and if you put fuels that aren’t as good quality of the others that will lead to heart disease cancers strokes diabetes obesity high blood pressure high cholesterol it’s like if you take a Porsche and you fill it up with diesel what happens you just you just screwed the car up right and I guarantee what are people going to say to you when you say heaven I I put diesel in my car today you know what they’re gonna say to you I guarantee it is it is wrong with you no offense when somebody puts a hamburger in their mouth nobody say what the is wrong stop stop all right you get everything all right I know I said pick up your body is machine now think of your body as a house I love I love analogies think of your body as a house right to build a house you got to start with a foundation you can’t start with the roof here’s the foundation this is the foundation this is where all that starts the fruits and vegetables key to a healthy diet variety of foods a variety of colors you get everything from this right and then you build your walls with legumes the beans and you got the whole grains the wheat the pasta the spaghetti the rice the breads and on top your roof you got your nuts and seeds you can get everything from this everything all your vitamins a b c vitamin D from the Sun you get all your calcium all your iron your omega-3 all your protein the amino acids everything from this everything now I know I’m a skinny white dude with glasses telling you get enough protein but these guys aren’t skinny only one of them’s white so as you can see these guys their diet consists of no meat no dairy no eggs no fish there might be some variations that you know Tony Gonzalez he might be eating fish you know I don’t don’t hold me to it but I know Prince Fielder who is your 2009 homerun King Home Run Derby king no meat no dairy yet no eggs no fish mac danzig who fights in the Ultimate Fighter hit season one champion UFC fighter no meat no dairy no eggs no fish so you can still excel at you know your sports you can still gain muscle mass on a plant-based diet again just remember the gorillas so what do they eat instead of dairy you know everything everything you know a meat-eater a dairy eater I eat I eat as well it just comes in plant form no cruelty involved no hot you know no cholesterol high in fiber and these are all the processed food this is the transition food this is where you go when you go from eating meat you know and you make that switch instead of poultry get it beef garden burger veggie burger right here what you see up here this is one of the best items on the market again not like the healthiest food in the world but certainly better than your meat this is called the riblets now you know I want you to try it you haven’t tried this go to Publix Whole Foods you can get all this food at Publix and Whole Foods it’s really amazing if you if you try it out on you know your family you know tell them it’s meat you know I’d love to see the response they give it really is good stuff and remember all meat dairy and egg products go through a process all right it doesn’t just magically form in this case the process involves killing cooking pasteurization refrigeration freezing and we cannot forget the all-important seasoning I mean I remember going to McDonald’s as a child and I didn’t just get a slab of meat you know its slab of meat had herbs and spices put into it was put on a grill cooked and then it came to me with a bun lettuce tomatoes ketchup mustard and onions and a pickle what all those things made out of plants we put condiment spice and herbs on the meat to make it taste better in fact what would meat be without plants just be a dead animal be a carcass on your plate would be no different from roadkill so the word of the day is vegan and the vegan is somebody who chooses not to eat any meat dairy eggs or fish and again how is this extreme how is it extreme not to be drinking the milk of any other species how is it extreme not to be eating hen periods how is it extreme to not be participating in a system that unnecessarily kills animals a lot of kids say man think even after all this they’re still like what do I eat as a vegan now all these products are vegan there’s no meat no dairy no eggs but this is all crap this is unhealthy this the junk food vegan and you know kids get all excited all right I’m going vegan I just nothing it’s like god only knows what the town the fans um you know if your die consists of nothing but Oreos skittles airheads fritos sour patch kids and big league chew you’re gonna die this is unhealthy I don’t know if kids hear that but you know all right I’m gonna live on a healthier note you know you have your spam with eggs I have my scrambled tofu pancakes you’ll have to use cow milk use soy milk oat milk rice milk almond milk coconut milk hemp milk fruits and vegetables spaghetti pasta refried beans even have vegan sour cream guacamole comes from the avocado the soy cheese rice cheese they even they’ll have this magical cheese I get to in a sec veggie burger veggie dog cupcakes you they have egg replacers we don’t have them up here so you can replace the eggs with bananas applesauce even you can use soy milk oat milk more flour water coconut milk ice cream one of the best ice creams in the world again not healthy but you know healthier than cow milk ice cream you know I’ve always said to people that if you can put a man or a woman on the moon how hard is it to make a cheese that doesn’t come from a cow or you know goat like how is it hard is it to make a vegan cheese well they heard me this is called Daiya cheese actually and it’s great thing is no soy no rice it’s actually made out of tapioca and arrowroot flour I know that’s not making your mouth water but man it is good here’s another example of waiting at your protein from this is a vegan sausage it’s about that big it’s the size of this remote and there’s four in a package each one of these has 29 grams of protein again the healthiest food you can eat is the whole foods I don’t mean the supermarket I mean the fruits the vegetables the rice the beans you know stuff that’s fresh that’s not processed I’m the last thing I do want to show you is another video there’s a happier video and this is the whole idea of change in perception I know I’m keeping your Jesus longer than you probably wanted but um it’s a really beautiful story and I hope you enjoy it you you you there she is beautiful girl she was tagged for slaughter and that would have been her face but she wanted to live and so she literally ran for her life and now she’ll live out her life is sanctuary it’s interesting how the public responds when one individual animal you know makes a run for her life they end up making headlines on national news people’s hearts go out to this one individual animal the cruelty that that happens to farm animals is largely hidden you know behind factory farm walls and people aren’t aware of it when you look in her eyes you know everyone wants the best for her once they get to know her and when people are able to identify with an individual and look her in the eye and see that she’s a living feeling being who has a will to live then people care I’ve been working here with Animal Care and Control for almost nine years this morning was really astonishing to me all of a sudden it dawned on me the sweet innocent cow running away from being slaughtered and I never even thought about it before that something is actually being slaughtered and it’s my ground beef and it’s my tongue and stuff like that and we’ve been eating there some years I never pictured that face on that yeah and it hurt I can’t do that so now we won’t work on not eating me me and my entire family cuz I’m realizing that the Select had saved today and when my family will be saving a couple of more banks she’ll take she’s about a year old absolutely beautiful Hereford and those unfortunately are cows of the years for me she’s most likely at a live market and because they have very strong will to live like any living creature she godless she had a will to live and she did it where she’s going now she’s gonna have like cows of her own greedy she’s gonna be so happy when the trailer arrives gets the cows in the herd remove yeah they may will move in a big line everybody lines up they will start moving to comfort her and to tell her that they’re there and she will move out and look at any animal any creature has a strong will to live she’s an ambassador for all animals who are still suffering and and if you don’t don’t have such a such a lucky all people love a happy ending and it’s happy I see that like 100 times I still get goosebumps it’s simple you know it’s unnecessary it doesn’t have to be this way you change your perception you change the story that’s all it is it’s just the changing of the story and we can’t wait for other people to do it we have to do it ourselves every animal wants to live every animal wants to live and no animal wants to experience pain if you guys want more information you can always email me at James at arc dot org you can visit our website for all this information a RFS org we’re giving these presentations throughout the year this is obviously every last sunday of the month I give these presentations here at sublime 5:30 6:30 I know we’re gone over but also we go to juvenile detention centers we go to high schools we do other many different presentations on different subjects as well right now I’m spending most of my time in camps it’s been very nice not to have to say if you can hear my voice clap once don’t put that in your mouth or your ear so yeah if you want more information about what we do all these presentations are free they’re all free we give them free so if you’re interested in having a presentation at your your school if you’re a teacher at some community event that you might be running we do everything you know it doesn’t matter what it is you know birthday party Bar Mitzvah magnets for circumcision maybe not the second city all right also I do want to say there is there’s a lot of information out there we have starter kits we have why vegans to talk about the ethical aspect of veganism there’s also again more information on the animal rights foundation this is a card this has a list of all the veg friendly restaurants in South Florida miami-dade Broward and Palm Beach counties definitely take one of these it’s all out there on the table this is my card as well if you have any questions you can come see me if you did not print out the email if you work on the sublime list and you want $10 off tonight it’s only 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Vegan Psychology

Hello today I want to talk about what what’s the benefits of going to a vigilar and if you know dividual is in terms of more specifically for animals it’s when you go to a slaughterhouse and you see the trucks of animals that are entering and see them for a moment and usually we give the martyr or try to comfort them as much as we could and so first this will sound like it’s a bad idea that especially if you’re not a vegan it might sound like you’re torturing yourself and that’s work it’s kind of interesting because there’s a lot of stuff that we know about this kind of idea take a look at what happens if someone takes something that’s overly comforting into their life so for example people that do opium waltz ends you get overly sensitive it is a painkiller and we find is actually that people will become more sensitive to suffering by ingesting these chemicals and on the contrary there’s other substances that do the exact opposite of what painkillers do and people with chronic pain conditions actually take things to their benefit where after they get used to the drug they actually feel much better in general because they’ve gained a tolerance for the suffering and I think that this kind of thing applies to confronting these animals as well because you tend to realize that they’re about to die and you see them and you see them in a much more human way when you’re confronting them here they usually sit in trucks for long periods of time you can see the exhaustion on their face and there’s a lot of elements that are pretty obvious when you look into the animals eyes you can tell if they’re more cautious or afraid of people some of them aren’t some of them share with each other and take turns drinking the water that we give them they’ll actually stopped drinking and allow another Pig and then stop again and let the other Pig go again but then some fight over it and you can kind of tell they’re different individual lives while you’re at these events and I think this kind of connection actually makes it more intense to realize that they’re about to die and this might sound bad but again that’s why I think there’s a benefit to exposing yourself to these things like first off these things are happening whether you look at them or not and to not look at them I think neglects and very important truth I think not looking at them is self comforting and I think that makes us more sensitive to suffering on one hand but I think on the other hand I think there’s a an element where like you might think that being sensitive to these animals by not going by remaining hypersensitive to these things is a good thing but it’s not necessarily it doesn’t mean that you’re going to care more about the animals it means that you’re simply not going to confront the problem at all and when you confront them although you might develop a tolerance to it you’re actually experiencing it at all in the first place when you’re avoiding it there is no experience of this to be sensitive to like you might have a sensitivity it’s just not applicable to your reality and another interesting element is that you’re surrounded by a bunch of people undergoing the same experience and I think that’s what’s critical to the benefit of going to these events even for someone who’s not a feech and I think people should go to these in the same way that someone might practice some form of intense exercise or intense physical endurance experience I think it can kind of train you would also force you to confront a reality that we often neglect and I think that kind of neglects makes us even fearful in our own lives towards the general concept of death and I think it makes us more selfish in some sense to but when we are at this event surrounded by other people it’s an interesting kind of bonding experience because everyone is in this kind of vulnerable state you know when we’re at these events it’s not like everyone’s crying some people are crying but the people are joking people are laughing there’s a lot of empathic vibes at these events and I think that it’s much it’s a very unique type of bonding because because of the vulnerability but also because of but mostly events that we bond like if we do drink alcohol that’s a substance that numbs us and we we don’t even it’s like we become more shallow and relate to each other on more shallow perspectives and it’s also euphoric experience which doesn’t really have any element of vulnerability and in fact it kind of with the numbness it kind of reduces wall rebuilding but I mean people will open up probably but I think and I’m going to that so but another thing I want to talk about is that when we go to these events I know my first went vegan I didn’t do it for the animals actually I did it for the environmental reasons because I thought that if we’re harming the environment it’s essentially that like especially for for pleasurable foods we’re essentially giving ourselves pleasure and taking away what our children will have we’re reducing the lives of our children for our own sake and I don’t think we should look at ourselves as more special than future generations of humans and I think it’s also that it impacts a much more people like my choice to eat is impacting people in the long term a lot of people pretty much everybody and so I don’t know that’s what convinced me to turn and I didn’t actually have much empathy for animals at the time I mean I would if I saw the animals but it wasn’t it wasn’t I wasn’t really making a connection of what we do in food industry or anything like that in three experience there was a lot of weird developments I found people would assume that I cared about the animals and I would really freak me out because it didn’t make sense I could see that people were biased when they looked at me simply cuz I was vegan and just kind of made me feel really distanced from other people and it made me realize a lot about stigma in general and I’ve been stigmatized in my life a lot but this was particularly weird because it was almost everyone that would stigmatize this and I didn’t expect it I would openly talk about it and people would react so strange and it confused me and it kind of send me off on a weird path for a while I got kind of defensive and I noticed that people would stereotype my defensive Ness as well and even that was kind of shocking I didn’t realize that a lot of the vegan stereotypes were actually caused by a kind of natural progression of being an outcast from the meat-eating world and I think I think that there’s a kind of emotional contagion that’s red’s within the communities of these people being going undergoing this process and then also associating even with people that don’t undergo these stigmas in their lives I think if the moods and attitudes spread them on the being culture and create these kind of stereotypes and I think it’s all in essence justified but I think a lot of things are justified in life I think both sides of this argument are in some sense justified and that it’s all about educating each other and trying to show each other different perspectives and things that we didn’t ourselves consider and so something weird that happened after I went vegan is that I became more and more sensitive to the animals and I didn’t first understand this but then I realized that I think it was because I wasn’t eating them which normally forces me to undergo these kind of coping strategies where I numb myself to these animals so for example if I’m eating a burger I noticed that well I’m essentially eating something that I could have empathized with or thought was cute or whatever like this but I don’t I don’t do that while I’m eating and I think that we reduce our awareness of that because that would just ruin the food obviously we would make it hard to eat and I think when I wasn’t a vegan I thought that this wasn’t necessary thing that we have to eat meat and so coping isn’t really a problem and I also realize that there’s a few different kinds of coping mechanisms so for example we can dissociate from our rationality where we can tell ourselves that these animals didn’t have feelings or that they deserved it or any kind of various rationalizations that we don’t have actually evidence for will what kind of loosen up our need for evidence in order to make ourselves feel better and conclude things that were not actually able to conclude rationally will become less rational in order to make ourselves feel better and I realize that this kind of thing extends beyond these moments that we’re eating it extends to every kind of moment of conflict where I can find ways to rationalize myself into a place of comfort another alternative alternative Rio is that I could turn down my empathy and I can remain rational and not lie to myself essentially but then tell myself that I don’t care or that that it I don’t know I can just turn off my emotions towards the conflict and I realize that that alternative route leads to a lot of problems like I can look at humans less empathetically and reduce my concern for even people and just anything that’s causing emotional problems like any any person that’s suffering I can kind of shut that out even and and so for a while I was getting more and more sensitive and then I started getting a little bit bothered by the fact that no one else was getting sensitive any kind of made me feel weird but eventually I start going to the visuals and then I actually stopped experiencing that and that might be bad I’m not sure I think it makes me live more comfortably and functionally and it actually hopes me need to talk to you people who are non feeding without becoming overt emotional and I think that I think that just having that experience that phase in life that made me realize all these things was enough I don’t think I necessarily have to remain in that sensitive space because it can cause me to become over reactive and other things like that which might be a problem but it made me realize how much this lack of sensitivity can kind of decrease or cognition even it’s like I started developing a more kind of co-list ik world where everything is more interconnected and I realized there isn’t this disconnect from logic and emotion that most people will look at that everything is kind of interconnected like it’s not necessarily that logic and motion overlap but like our to make a rational decision is still an emotional decision because to make a decision at all is not based on like necessarily some logical outcome or something is more that I care about something a certain way which is an emotion and I can find the most illogical path to resolve that emotional problem or desire and so that is all for now I might I think I’m gonna link podcasts in the 30 minute broadcast episode where I go into depth about this topic and I hope this was kind of interesting and again I want to reiterate I think that this sensitivity route in life can really make you much more aware of the nuances and different things going on in life and how much that we choose to neglect things we neglect third world problems when you go out to everything that isn’t in our media soaked with existence and usually you favor a kind of instant gratification lifestyle where we kind of reward ourselves to numb out the problems that we see in the world and I think that actually is what generates most of the problems that we deal with like Wars and all these different things I think I think the core problems of disagreement that we have would still exist but our ability to deal with these problems with violence so easily you would not exist I think that changing our perspective in these waves can really benefit society a more generalized way and not just not just veganism for the animals or its until it extends to everything all life and so that’s it for today thank you for listening and good bye

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How Vegan Diet Affects The Psychology of Humans: Dr. Will Tuttle

Hi my name is ken Specter with happy cow and I’m here in Las Vegas Nevada at the health healing and happiness Expo and I’m here with dr. will Tuttle he’s written a book called the world peace diet it’s an amazon.com best seller and he is an author a composer pianist and a speaker who is heard internationally he’s also heard all over the internet in his various videos dr. Tuttle how does the vegan diet affect the psychology of humans yes thank you so basically as I discussed in the world peace diet can eating animal foods being forced to do that from time our little children is not good for our psychology for our emotional stability for our capacity to be sensitive to the sufferings of others it really represses our natural wisdom and compassion being forces little infants to participate in rituals mealtime rituals where we’re eating the flesh of animals who are abused and killed and the secretions of those animals dairy products and eggs and so once we move toward a plant-based diet a vegan diet when we especially when we do it for compassion for animals then we open the doors for our psychology to begin to heal our emotions to begin to reconnect actually we going to reconnect with our emotions and our feelings and our sensitivity and we begin to take the armor off our natural self-confidence can begin to flow again our natural self respect because when we’re not respecting other beings we’re not going to really respect ourselves and I think eating animal foods essentially reduces not only our natural wisdom and compassion but also our natural self-respect so I think it’s very important for us to understand these things whether we’re vegans or whether we’re previous and as we move toward a plant-based diet for ethical reasons to also understand the reasons why that when we cause suffering to other beings we’re simply going along with a cultural program that is not in our best interest so one of the things that going vegan does I think psychologically is it helps build our character we have to go against the current of not only our own programming but the programming of our society as well the other thing I want to emphasize is that when we go vegan it’s important for us to make an effort to understand the big picture of our culture’s food system and I go into this in the world peace diet quite a bit but basic idea is that in the beginning we’re usually pretty shallow in our in our understanding and it’s quite easy to fall back and to be eating meat and dairy again because the doctors or our friends and family or the boss or whoever it is makes life difficult for us but if we are able to persevere through that we very often come to what I refer to as the second stage of veganism which is the angry vegan stage because now we’re angry because people we understand why don’t they get it I’ve went vegan why don’t they go vegan don’t they care we get outraged and angry so it’s very important I think for us to move beyond that stage because that’s a not a good stage to be in and and not to move into the other stage which very often often happens which is the closeted vegan stage so then if being angry is so miserable then I just won’t tell anybody I’m a vegan and I’ll just hide it and do not let anybody know and then maybe they’ll leave me alone that’s also not satisfying and healthy either so the third or I think there’s multiple stages actually beyond these beyond the shalour stage the angry stage the closeted stage and these are what I refer to as deep veganism where we are actually understanding the whole picture and a much deeper level we realize that people are programmed to eat animal foods we’re not opposing them we’re seeing together that even as a vegan I’ve been in many ways programmed by my society and so we realized that veganism is essentially a path of psychological and spiritual growth where we’re adopting a whole new way of relating not only to animals but to other people into ourselves and we’re being a force for compassion and healing and radical inclusion and we realize that veganism isn’t really nothing to be proud of it’s simply coming home to our own heart to our true nature and seeing beings when we see beings rather than seeing things and to be effective as vegan advocates were called to live this understanding at a deep level which basically means to understand that our cultural programming so when being so competitive and judgmental and shaming other people and getting angry and all that to really have compassion and kindness for everyone this is the path of veganism it’s really to me an enormous ly positive thing it’s something anyone can engage in and I think the more of us to do it well we have to it’s critical times we live in Kent I think we all know that in our bones it’s time for us to make these kinds of positive changes and veganism is really a path of liberation of Awakening and fundamentally of empowerment it’s empowering and and getting out of the prison of being a consumer only caring about myself but you actually have compassion for animals future generations hungry people ecosystems slaughterhouse workers and really for even other people who are eating animal food to have compassion for them and realized that as we live our life with joy and abundance and with delicious food and so forth and support that we are making the most positive difference anyone can make in our planet today so thank you all for listening and thank you happy cow for the great work you’re doing to help bring the vegan message to the masses to everyone thank you great thank you so much well I’m Ken with happy Cal this is dr. will Tuttle and thank you for watching bye-bye