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In case you missed our announcement earlier this month, we're excited to share that we've brought together various groups around our metro area that had been working independently to share about whole food, plant-based (WFPB) nutrition. Leaders of the PlantPure Communities "pods" in the Bronx, Long Island, Manhattan, and Queens are now operating under one banner as Plant Powered Metro New York!
While we still have much to do to build this organization, we are excited to collaborate more and have a greater impact through our partnership. We are also gradually bringing on new team members who have hit the ground running alongside us. Please check out our newly-revised website for more information. You can also like our new PPMNY Facebook Page and our Long Island Page, or join our Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens Groups. We're also newly on Instagram and Twitter @PlantPoweredMNY.
March is colorectal cancer awareness month, so this month we look for plant wisdom on cancer prevention. Citing international research, Dr. Michael Greger writes in How Not to Die (p. 74-76):
...[T]he incidence of colon cancer appears to skyrocket as the average daily stool weight drops below about a half a pound....The highest rates [of colorectal cancer] have been recorded in Connecticut, and the lowest in Kampala, Uganda. Why is colorectal cancer so much more prevalnet in Western cultures?... [Surgeon] Denis Burkett spent twenty-four years in Uganda.... He eventually came to the conclusion that fiber intake was the key.... What other protective compounds might explain the low cancer rate among plant-based populations?... The answer might lie in natural compounds called phytates, which are found in the seeds of plants... Phytates have been shown to detoxify excess iron in the body.... Meat contains the type of iron (heme) particularly associated with colorectal cancer.
In Dr. Joel Kahn's book, The Plant-Based Solution, he writes (p. 75-76):
Processed meats like bacon, ham, salami, sausage, and beef jerky are Group 1 carcinogens, the highest risk assigned.... The relationship was strongest with colorectal cancer (CRC) and stomach cancer but also existed for other cancers like pancreatic and prostate. The risk increases incrementally with the amount of these meats eaten. Each 50 gram portion of processed meat daily increases the risk of CRC by 18 percent.... African American men and women experience the highest rates of CRC [in the United States], as much as 50 percent higher than whites....
Meet-up at Spanglish NYC
Protein-Obsessed: Separating the Hype from the Truth
Plant Powered Network Night: Slow-Motion Aging
WFPB Suppers Communal Meal Prep
Produce & Pulses Shopping in Starling Avenue Triangle
Harnessing the Power of Plant-Based Nutrition: Overcoming Obstacles to Plant-Based Health in Brooklyn and Beyond
SAVE THE DATE
Earlier this month, the event Liberation Through Food: A Plant-Powered Diet for Healing & Justice brought together more than 80 people in East Harlem. We shared the message that a healthy plant-based diet is relevant and necessary for the health and vitality of communities of color by showing selections from the new documentary The Invisible Vegan. Health trends and details about how to follow a whole food, plant-based diet were offered by Columbia University Medical School physician Diane Thompson, MD. Woke Foods creator Ysanet Batista explained the importance of plant-based fuel for activists fighting systemic injustices.
Yesterday, under the disco ball (yup, that's right!) at Magick City in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, PPMNY Community Advisory Board member Cathy Katin-Grazzini gave a home-run demonstration of plant-based "humble pies" to a captive audience. Organized by Enrica Sacca and Kimberly Ramirez, the demo featured how to use leftover and stray veggies. Thanks to Anthony Spino for hosting us! Stay tuned for a reprise later this spring.
Thanks to Eloisa Trinidad and the Harlem Transformation Project's Akil Rose for collaborating on our March event in Harlem, and to Eloisa for social media support in our launch of PPMNY.
We are grateful that Kimberly Ramirez organized PPMNY's presence at LaGuardia Community College's Nutrition & Health Fair this past week, joined there by Enrica Sacca and Chenel Trevellini. More props go to Chenel and Enrica for bringing PPMNY to the Colon Cancer Challenge today on Randall's Island, where they are joined by PPMNY Medical Advisory Board member Dr. Caroline Hartridge.
Thanks to Diana Sanz for presenting about whole food, plant-based nutrition to the seniors at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Astoria.
FURTHER THE MOVEMENT
We're changing the paradigm in our communities by raising up the power of food as medicine in preventing and fighting chronic disease. Get involved in this movement by:
Lianna Levine Reisner, Network Director
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