• 31Oct


    Patient Googles His Way Out of Bypass Surgery*

    One of the most common operations performed in the world today is coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG). I would like to share with you the remarkable story of a recent Cardiac Wellness Program patient here at Montefiore Medical Center (I’ll call him Mr. J), who changed his diet and averted the CABG knife.

    Mr. J is a middle-aged man with high cholesterol and a family history of heart disease. Understandably, he desperately wanted to avoid the problems that many in his family had faced, so he ate a “healthy” diet of chicken, fish, and low-fat dairy, with a few fruits and vegetables mixed in. And he exercised. A lot. In fact, he loved exercising so much that he would do it for two to three hours a day — brisk walking, playing sports, etc.

    Mr. J. first visited a cardiologist at age 55, after having experienced several weeks of tightness in his neck during physical activity. The condition had worsened to the point that only 30 to 45 seconds of exercise brought on significant discomfort. The doctor ordered a stress test, to see if heart disease could be contributing to this symptom. The test results were so wildly abnormal that he was sent immediately to the hospital for a cardiac catheterization, to look for cholesterol blockages in the vessels that supply his heart with blood. Such severe blockages were found that he was admitted directly to the hospital for coronary artery bypass graft surgery. In less than one day, his life had changed dramatically.

    While lying nervously in his hospital bed, he began to think that maybe there was another way to approach this disease, so he went online. There, he read about the impact of a whole-food, plant-based diet on heart disease, and he decided that was the path for him. He called the nurse, gave back his hospital gown, and despite the pleas of his medical team, signed himself out of the hospital against medical advice. Mr. J’s nurse was so concerned that before he was able to leave, she called his wife to have her convince him to stay. He did not. Later, the nurse even called Mr. J at home to plead for his return. He politely declined.

    Soon thereafter he found our Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore. He was already taking all the appropriate medications, and he chose to completely change his lifestyle as well. He fully embraced a whole-food, plant-based diet without oil and had perhaps the most remarkable turnaround I have ever seen. Within one week, he went from being able to walk only a block before feeling tightness in his neck to walking 25 blocks without incident! Fast-forward three months and he was back to exercising two to three hours each day without symptoms. That is what I call remarkable!

    A few weeks later, Mr. J got another call from his nurse. She had just been diagnosed with cholesterol blockages in her heart, and her doctors were recommending cardiac procedures. With Mr. J in mind, she told her doctors no way and called him to learn how to do exactly what he did: embrace a whole-food, plant-based diet!

    Mr. J never did get that bypass surgery, nor did he get a coronary stent. In fact, he did not need to have any procedures at all. He got healthier with appropriate medications and by wholeheartedly embracing a whole-food, plant-based diet.

    The key to health, it seems, lies at the end of your fork.​

    * * *

    *Postscript: While many heart patients may reverse their disease with lifestyle change alone, Mr. J also continued his prescribed medications, given the severity of his condition, and their doses were lowered as his health improved. Please note that I am not recommending lifestyle change over medical intervention for any particular person, as every case is of course different. Some cases are fraught with more risk than others, so please consult with both your physician and a physician trained in lifestyle medicine before making significant lifestyle changes.

  • 12Apr
     Masterpiece on Raw Vegan Living with my
    friend Markus Rothkranz!

    Check it out here:

    Here is the link again:
    Warning:  You may want to drink a green smoothie before listening to this
    With gratitude,
    Steve Prussack
    Host of Raw Vegan Radio
  • 21Nov

    okraw | August 04, 2009 | 22 likes, 3 dislikes

    John shares his research about kelp noodles. Many people in raw foods consider it “raw” and “ok” to eat.. Let’s see what John thinks about kelp noodles.

  • 06Oct

    Fwd: Tips for Freezing Fresh Produce | Care2 Healthy & Green Living
    Date: Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 12:58 AM
    Subject: Tips for Freezing Fresh Produce | Care2 Healthy & Green Living


  • 27Aug


  • 20Aug

    Wellbeing Store > Abundance Living Food – PULSE


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  • 14Aug

    Subject: Dairy-Free Soft Cheese | Care2 Healthy & Green Living


  • 01Aug

    Meet Nadine Artemis, creator of holistic, self-dentistry. Your teeth are a powerful window to your overall health. Happy, healthy teeth and gums allow the full enjoyment of life’s sensuality. Discover how to create the healthiest mouth ever. Post your comments below.
    She speaks on the dangers of using over the counter products like toothpaste and mouth wash that are filled with chemicals you no longer want in your mouth.



    Successful Self-Dentistry – 8 Simple Steps – NaturalNews.tv
    Learn all about successful, self-dentistry with Nadine Artemis, a gifted beauty visionary. Discover 8 simple steps to stop plaque buildup, tooth decay and re-generate your teeth and gums.


    Soladey Ion toothbrush – stop bleeding gums with this sonicare – beating ionic toothbrush.


  • 22Jul

    okraw | May 17, 2010

    Freestone Fermentation Festival – Raw Zukay Natto and More!

    John from http://www.okraw.com

    visits the 2010 Freestone Fermentation Festival. He shares with you some of the booths and interesting products that were shown at the festival.

    John from http://www.okraw.com visits the 2010 Freestone Fermentation Festival. He shares with you some of the booths and interesting products that were shown at the festival.

  • 10Apr

    Alice Waters
    Executive Chef, Founder and Owner

    Alice Waters, chef, author, and the proprietor of Chez Panisse, is an American pioneer of a culinary philosophy that maintains that cooking should be based on the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients that are produced sustainably and locally. She is a passionate advocate for a food economy that is “good, clean, and fair.” Over the course of nearly forty years, Chez Panisse has helped create a community of scores of local farmers and ranchers whose dedication to sustainable agriculture assures the restaurant a steady supply of fresh and pure ingredients.

    In 1996, Waters’s commitment to education led to the creation of The Edible Schoolyard at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Middle School: a one-acre garden, an adjacent kitchen-classroom, and an “eco-gastronomic” curriculum. By actively involving a thousand students in all aspects of the food cycle, The Edible Schoolyard is a model public education program that instills the knowledge and values we need to build a humane and sustainable future. The program is nationally recognized for its efforts to integrate gardening, cooking, and sharing school lunch into the core academic curriculum. Alice established the Chez Panisse Foundation in 1996 to support the Schoolyard and encourage similar programs that use food traditions to teach, nurture, and empower young people. The success of The Edible Schoolyard led to the School Lunch Initiative, whose  national agenda integrates a nutritious daily lunch and gardening experience into the academic curriculum of all public schools in the United States.

    Waters is Vice President of Slow Food International, a nonprofit organization that promotes and celebrates local artisanal food traditions and has 100,000 members in over 130 countries. She is the author of eight books, including The Art of Simple Food: Notes and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution.

    Alice Waters’s honors and affiliations include:

    Inductee, California Hall of Fame, 2008
    Co-recipient, with Kofi Annan, Global Environmental Citizen Award, 2008
    Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2007
    Lifetime Achievement Award, Restaurant magazine’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants, 2007
    Founder, Sustainable Food Program at the American Academy in Rome, 2006
    Force for Nature Award, Natural Resources Defense Council, 2004
    Best Restaurant in America, Gourmet magazine, 2001
    Founder, Yale Sustainable Food Project, Berkeley College, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 2003
    Vice President, Slow Food International, Bra, Italy, 2003



    Thursday, April 8, 2010

    Alice Waters Joins Chris Rock, Green Day On Real Time With Bill Maher

    On tomorrow night’s Real Time With Bill Maher, Alice Waters will take time out of her busy book promotion tour to talk about the day’s hot topics with Maher, Chris Rock, and Green Day frontman Billy Joe Armstrong. Waters might be a bit in over her head if she tries to talk about the “Green Kitchen” or the slow food movement among such an opinionated, outspoken bunch. But, Billy Joe is from her native Bay Area so there might be some common ground there, and Rock has expressed an interest in the health of our nation’s youth as evidenced by his classic “Mo ‘tussin” bit, so hopefully everything should turn out fine.
    ·Real Time With Bill Maher [HBO]

    Tuesday, April 6, 2010

    Alice Waters Threatens to Do a TV Show

    alice-waters-in-the-green-kitchen.jpgAlice Waters’ newest book, In the Green Kitchen, hits bookstores today. Unlike her previous eight cookbooks, this one isn’t focused around dishes from the Chez Panisse kitchen, but rather basic, simple recipes for the novice chef as taught by Alice and few of her famous chef friends including David Chang, Thomas Keller, Charlie Trotter, Lidia Bastianich and Rick Bayless. If the thought of Alice Waters hanging out and cooking with this cast of characters sounds like the premise for a TV show, according to Alice, that reality is not so far off:

    “I’ve had this idea in my head for a very long time to do a television series about the green kitchen. The idea of just coming into conversation with different kinds of cooks and trying to see what we had in common in terms of cooking simply.”

    Later in the interview, Waters admits she feels that last year’s 60 Minutes profile of her was “insulting.” Also this: “I just don’t want to feel out of touch because I love the way things look and taste or that I’m talking in this idealistic, impractical realm.”
    ·Alice Waters New Book Helps Beginners [Slashfood]