Archive for July 2013

Part I – Ellen Zachos Backyard Foraging

Ellen Zachos leads foraging walks and currently teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, where she received her certification in Commercial Horticulture and Ethnobotany. She writes two blogs, which can be found at and and has written numerous gardening books and contributed to publications including Horticulture andBetter Homes & Gardens.

Part II – Paul Waldau Animal Studies – Animal Rights

Paul Waldau is an educator, scholar and activist working at the intersection of animal studies, law, ethics, religion, and cultural studies. He is an Associate Professor at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, where he is the Senior Faculty for the Master of Science graduate program in Anthrozoology. Paul has also taught at Harvard Law School since 2002, and in 2014 will again serve as the Barker Visiting Associate Professor on Animal Law.

The former Director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy, Paul taught veterinary ethics and public policy at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine for more than a decade. Paul has completed five books, the most recent of which are Animal Studies—An Introduction published by Oxford University Press in early 2013 and Animal Rights (2011 Oxford University Press). He is also co-editor of A Communion of Subjects: Animals in Religion, Science, and Ethics(2006 Columbia University Press).

Part I – Pam Popper Food Over Medicine

Dr. Pam Popper is a naturopath, an internationally recognized expert on nutrition, medicine and health, and the Executive Director of The Wellness Forum. The company offers educational programs designed to assist individuals in changing their health outcomes through improved diet and lifestyle habits; to assist employers in reducing the costs of health insurance and medical care for employees; and to educate health care professionals about how to use diet and lifestyle for preventing, reversing, and stopping the progression of degenerative disease.

Dr. Popper is the author of several books; her most recent is Food Over Medicine: The Conversation That Can Save Your Life . She is the Founder of The Wellness Forum Foundation, which offers programming in schools designed to improve children’s health through better nutrition.

Dr. Popper serves on the Physician’s Steering Committee and the President’s Board for the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington D.C. Dr. Popper is one of the health care professionals involved in the famed Sacramento Food Bank Project, in which economically disadvantaged people were shown how to reverse their diseases and eliminate medications with diet.

Dr. Popper is part of Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s teaching team at eCornell, teaching part of a certification course on plant-based nutrition. She has been featured in many widely distributed documentaries, including Processed People and Making a Killing and appears in a new film, Forks Over Knives, which played in major theaters throughout North America in 2011. She is one of the co-authors of the companion book which was on the New York Times bestseller list for 66 weeks.

Dr. Popper is also a lobbyist and public policy expert, and continually works toward changing laws that interfere with patients’ right to choose their health provider and method of care. She has testified in front of legislative committees on numerous occasions, and has testified twice in front of the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

Part II – Norman Phelps Changing The Game

A frequent speaker at animal rights conferences, Norm Phelps is the author ofChanging the Game: Why the Battle for Animal Liberation Is So Hard And How We Can Win It, The Longest Struggle: Animal Advocacy from Pythagoras to PETA, The Great Compassion: Buddhism and Animal Rights, and The Dominion of Love: Animal Rights According to the Bible (all published by Lantern Books). He has contributed numerous articles to journals and anthologies, including Call to Compassion, and Earth, Animal and Disability Liberation: The Rise of the Eco-Ability Movement, and is a regular contributor to the Dharma Voices for Animalswebsite. Norm is a member of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies, a regular contributor to the website Dharma Voices for Animals, and a founding member of the Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians. A practicing Tibetan Buddhist and Unitarian-Universalist, he lives in Funkstown, Maryland (USA) with his wife, Patti Rogers, and their family of rescued cats.


Martin Rowe is the co-founder of Lantern Books. He is the author of Nicaea: A Book of Correspondences, Bertie Wooster and the Lizard King, and co-author ofRight Off the Bat: Baseball, Cricket, Literature, and Life. He edited the collectionThe Way of Compassion and co-founded the monthly magazine Satya. More of Martin’s published writings can be found at, his book reviews atMartin’s Random Reviews, and his thoughts about cricket at Right Off the Bat.

Part II – Dr. Michael Wald GMO Free Lifestyle

Dr. Michael B. Wald, Director of Nutritional Services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, NY, may very well be the most highly known doctor of nutrition in the United States. In practice for twenty-three years, Dr. Wald appreciates the importance of the mind and body in the healing process. Dr. Wald possesses a keen ability to zero-in on health problems that many other health practitioners, regardless of specialty, often miss. He makes this possible through a combination of his diagnostic intuitiveness (developed by completing a medical school, chiropractic and nutrition education), laboratory work, questionnaires and his patent-pending Blood Detective software that both medically and nutritionally interprets laboratory work. “People call me the blood detective. It all started when a grateful patient said to me, “Dr. Wald, you’re like a real life blood detective” (after Dr. Wald diagnosed her illness after years of suffering), and the name stuck. Sadly, each day in my practice I uncover health issues missed by many different types of doctors. I attribute this to not enough time paid during consultation with the patient and limited laboratory tests (often limited by medical specialty). I perform testing often, on a single patient, that may span more than 6 medical specialties; this allows me to build a “metabolic map” of my patients and appreciate health issues that are simple missed when doctors “divide up” organ systems by medical specialty.” – Dr. Michael Wald Dr. Wald is the founder and president of the Integrated Medicine & Nutrition Institute; he is double-board certified in nutrition; is a certified dietician-nutritionist (CDN); a certified nutritional specialist (CNS); a certified clinical nutritionist (CCN); he holds a postgraduate degree in chiropractic (DC) from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic; a master’s degree (MS) from the University of Bridgeport; he earned an MD degree from the University of Health Sciences School of Medicine, Antigua; and was past Director of Education for the International & American Association of Clinical Nutritionists (IAACN). Dr. Wald has published over a dozen books, writes regular health articles, lectures across the United States and internationally, and has developed the Blood Detective software programs and nutritional product line that have revolutionized how the healing professions individualized nutritional solutions. His newest books due for publication in the fall of 2013 are entitled, The Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets and Gluten-A-Holic.

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