Archive for October 2014

Part I: Jan Golden, Bird Lady Meets Mort and Ort in ‘It’s a Great Day for Pulling Weeds’!
9781491867709_COVER_v2.inddJan “Gramma” Golden is a passionate environmentalist who maintains a garden that is not only a certified National Wildlife Federation habitat, but also an Audubon Bird and Butterfly Sanctuary. Her concerns about the fate of pollinators and the food system have led her to write a children’s book that has already proven popular among educators and children alike. She is active in her community, having served as a registered nurse, hospice volunteer, teacher, and Board of Education volunteer. She is passionate about maintaining her gardens and loves the outdoors. She is married with two grown children and three grandsons.


Part II: Susan Thompson, Long-term, Sustainable Weight Loss
Susan_ThompsonDr. Susan Peirce Thompson is a tenured psychology professor who has served on the faculty of several colleges and universities across the globe. Her Ph.D. is in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and she specializes in the psychology and neuroscience of weight loss, willpower, and food addiction. She is the founder and CEO of Bright Line Eating Solutions, a company dedicated to helping people achieve long-term, sustainable weight loss.

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Part I: Chef AJ, Eat Unprocessed
Chef-AJChef AJ has followed a plant-based diet for over 36 years. She is a chef, culinary instructor, professional speaker, and author. With her comedy background, she has made appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, David Letterman, and more.

In Los Angeles, Chef AJ teaches her popular Intro Class, which includes cooking instruction, nutritional advice, song parodies and flat-out fun. She discusses food addiction and addresses the emotional side of eating. Never content to leave her audience with mere just do it advice, she teaches:
• How to create meals to transform your health
• How to deal with cravings
• How to deal with food addiction

Chef AJ is author of the popular book Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight. The book is half confessional memoir, half delectable recipes. It chronicles her journey from junk-food vegan faced with a diagnosis of pre-cancerous polyps, to learning how to create foods that heal the body. Many of her recipes can be seen on her YouTube cooking show The Chef and the Dietitian.

She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University and is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

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Part II: Maya Gupta, Animals and Society Institute 
maya-guptaDr. Maya Gupta earned her BA from Columbia University and both her master’s degree and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia, with a predoctoral internship at the United States Penitentiary in Atlanta. Her research focused on applying data about the connections between animal cruelty and domestic violence to enhance batterer typologies and to improve the prediction and prevention of violence in all its forms. She has spoken and trained widely on the effects of witnessing animal abuse on the physical and emotional well-being of domestic violence victims, and on developing programmatic solutions such as “safe havens for pets” that assist victims in bringing their animals with them to safety.

Prior to joining ASI, Maya was Executive Director of Ahimsa House, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the human and animal victims of domestic violence across Georgia reach safety together. With a background in statistics and program evaluation, she also consulted for national animal-related organizations (including ASI) on evaluations of violence prevention/intervention programs. In addition to her work with ASI, Dr. Gupta serves on the Steering Committee of the National Link Coalition, focusing on the animal abuse/interpersonal violence link; on the Animal Cruelty Advisory Council of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys; and as Training Director and Past Chair of the Section on Human-Animal Interaction in the American Psychological Association.

Maya and her husband live north of Atlanta with six rescued cats and seven rescued chickens. – See more at: http://animalsandsociety.org/pages/staff#sthash.Fpuh8OXk.dpuf

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evita ochelEvita Ochel is a consciousness expansion teacher, holistic nutritionist, optimal health expert, yoga and meditation teacher and web TV host. She is the author of the book ‘Healing & Prevention Through Nutrition’, and hundreds of articles on mind-body-spirit topics. Her health- and body-oriented teaching focuses on natural, whole, plant-based, alkaline and organic nutrition for optimal health and longevity. Her mind- and spirit-oriented teaching focuses on consciousness expansion, mindful and heart-centered living for optimal joy and inner peace. She is the creator of the Healthytarian lifestyle for the wellbeing of the mind, body and spirit, and the EBTV online video network. Her teaching inspires and empowers audiences worldwide to be the change they wish to see. To learn more, please visit: www.EvitaOchel.com 

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 PART I: Anne Dinshah, Dynamic Harmlessness Day 
anne-dinshahDynamic Harmlessness Day is November 2, but it’s a concept to be practiced every day. “Do the least harm and the most good.” Anne coauthored the book Powerful Vegan Messages with her late father, American Vegan Society founder H. Jay Dinshah. Jay spearheaded the modern vegan movement in America influencing many people with his message of dynamic harmlessness. Today Anne brings the message to a new generation with a gentle, entertaining way of communicating in her own style.

PART II: Michael Budkie, Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN)
Michael's picture 1Michael Budkie, A.H.T., is the co-founder & Executive Director of Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN), which works exclusively on the animal experimentation issue by successfully terminating research projects, forcing the USDA to take legal action against laboratories, & coordinating release of animals into sanctuaries. After witnessing the atrocities of animal experimentation during his education, he successfully ended a head injury experiment on cats at the Univ. of Cincinnati, which launched his career leading to positions with several national organizations before he co-founded SAEN in the mid-1990s. He has been published & travels extensively, appearing on TV & radio programs to expose the truth about animal experimentation.

PART III: André Leu, Myths of Safe Pesticides
Andre Leu jpegAndré Leu, President of International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM), the world umbrella body for the organic sector. IFOAM has approximately 800 member organizations in 120 countries around the world. He was the Chair of the Organic Federation of Australia (OFA), the peak body for the Australian Organic Sector and Chair of the Far North Queensland Lychee Growers Association. Leu has extensive publications in such outlets as the New InternationalistThe Journal of Organic SystemsActa HorticulturaeThe JournalAmerican Bamboo Society JournalHeartwiseWholly OrganicThe Organic WayThe Organic StandardEcology and Farming. He and his wife, Julia, own an organic tropical fruit orchard in Daintree, Queensland that supplies quality controlled fruit to local and international markets.

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