It is a good media day for the vegan diet. Hip hop mogul Russell Simmons is singing its
praises on CNN, and a leading heart surgeon is expousing it on the front page of the
Cleveland Plain Dealer.
When Russell Simmons was interviewed on CNN's "American Morning," Tuesday, June 10,
much of the interview focused on his vegan diet, which he discusses in his new book. He
was asked why he follows a vegan diet, and he answered:
"Well, just to cause less harm and one of the things that we do know, and the U.N. reports
that a vegan diet is -- or the consumption of animals causes more harm to the
environment than all the forms of transportation put together since we talk about the
environment. That's one thing.
And, of course, I don't think when they said dominion over the animals they meant the
abuse of 10 billion farm animals every year, which is what we do here in America. So it's
just a nice statement. I feel better.
My friends report to me over the last 15 years I look better. You know, so it's a big
change for me and you have more clarity. And I think that all of us want to be more clear,
want to look younger, want to feel better, and want to be a greater contributor to good on
You can watch the interview on line at: http://tinyurl.com/6guwp7
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Hip hop moguls aren't the only ones pushing veganism. The Cleveland Dealer front page
has an article, by Harlan Spector, "Ex-surgeon Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. espouses a
noninvasive cure for heart disease."
Esselstyn is a retired surgeon who has been affiliated with the famous Cleveland Clinic for
40 years. We're told that he suggests:
"Learn to live with no meat, no fish, no dairy or oils of any kind, and make yourself 'heart-
"Drug companies are in fierce competition to find a cholesterol drug that does what
Esselstyn argues can be done better through diet. The call to attack artery-clogging
plaque naturally is a challenge to the medical profession and an unspoken threat to the
bottom line of the medical industry."
And also, "Many doctors might agree with Esselsytn, but few are likely to push the no-
mercy diet on patients, simply because it's thought to be unachievable."
You'll find the full article on line at http://tinyurl.com/5mj24w
(My thanks for Jennifer Kaden at Mercy for Animals -- www.MercyforAnimals.org -- for
making sure we saw it.
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