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Samuel L. Jackson

“Reading Dr. Esselstyn’s book. Going to his house and talking to him and his wife Anne and a desire to live forever. I feel great. I have a lot more energy than I used to have. I sleep better. I like the way I look in my clothes better. I don’t cramp as much. I exercise better. I think my circulation has gotten better.”

Samuel L. Jackson, in an interview with Ecorazzi, on what motivated him to go vegan. Jackson is one of many celebrities influenced by Dr. Esselstyn, author of books such as Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, including former president Bill Clinton.

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After several successful screenings in select cities, Forks over Knives, the documentary that examines how major diseases facing most Americans today can be prevented with a plant-based diet, will hit theaters officially on May 6.

The film follows Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn as they encounter several patients who make the switch to a plant-based diet and see their health improve.

Visit the film’s site to find a theater near you where Forks over Knives is playing.

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Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn

“If you start to use the v-word, people get nervous. Somehow, there’s a feeling from years ago that vegans are strange. There are so many negative connotations. There’s so much more to talk about apart from a word. It’s about nutrition and improving your health.”

Dr. Caldwell Essestyn, cardiologist and author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, who saw a trend in the cholesterol levels of his patients who adopted a plant-based diet. Esselstyn recently attended a screening of Forks Over Knives, a film which examines the claim that major diseases that prematurely claim so many lives each year are caused by diet, particularly one heavy in animal products.

Esselstyn is a vegan, but told  CNN’s Eatocracy the film’s creators tried to leave it out of the film as much as possible.

Because it’s not about the “V” word. It’s about the “P” word. Go plant power!

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Caldwell Esselstyn

Caldwell Esselstyn

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn‘s name is synonomous with several things, depending on who you’re speaking with. He was a successful Olympic rower who helped his team take home a gold medal in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne. He’s the author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease where he wrote about how he helped his own patients reverse atherosclerosis by following a vegan diet. Bill Clinton‘s medical advisor, father of a Texas firefighter who turned his house vegan on the job and now, Esselstyn can be officially known as lover of all unsweetened almond milk and rolled oats.

In a Q & A with Philadelphia Magazine’s Be Well Philly, Esselstyn told readers whether he prefers tofu or tempeh, kale or collards and all things a vegetarian foodie loves to read about.

Although he’d choose tofu over tempeh, he has a problem with the fat content of many soy products.

“The problem with tofu and all those soy products is that they are about 40% fat. If anything, I prefer a very, very light silken tofu occasionally.”

So Esselstyn definitely has a clear preference for vegan protein, but some of his answers sound as if he’s playing food politician and rooting for both sides.


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Forks Over Knives, a documentary that suggests America’s health problems can be overcome by a switch to a plant-based diet, has partnered with Whole Foods and the store’s Healthy Eating Partner, Rip Esselstyn, author of “The Engine 2 Diet,” to offer a series of pre-screenings of the film. Whole Foods Market in Philadelphia sponsored the first screening, which sold out in July.

The following are some of the tour dates for when “Forks Over Knives” will be screening in a city near you. For exact time and location, check with your local Whole Foods Market.

  • Nashville, TN–Wednesday, October 6th
  • Chicago, IL–Tuesday, October 19th
  • Fort Collins, CO–Wednesday, October 20th
  • Los Angeles, CA–Thursday, November 11th
  • Portland, OR–TBA
  • Seattle, WA–TBA


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You’ve heard it from Bill Clinton himself first. Now, the doctors behind his motivation for following almost a completely vegan diet are talking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on how more people should adopt the plan that can prevent and reverse heart disease.

Dr. Dean Ornish has been Clinton’s physician consultant since 1993 and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn is the author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease and the father of the Texas firefighter Rip Esselstyn who authored The Engine 2 Diet and convinced his fellow firemen at the station to eat veg to improve their health.

Dr. Esselstyn says, “When you do what President Clinton has done, when you completely try to remove any foods that are going to injure your vessel, the body has this remarkable capacity to begin to heal itself. And I’m afraid that as a medical profession we perhaps have fallen down and really emphasized too much the drugs and the procedures and the operations which really treat the symptoms. They do not treat the causes of these illnesses.”

The causes of these illnesses, Esselstyn insists, in continuing to eat “anything with a mother, anything with face.”


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Dennis Kucinich To Recognize Vegan Earth Day In Congress

Written by Vegetarian Star on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 in Environment-Eco-Green, Politicians.

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Dennis Kucinich is about to get congressional vegan style!

Vegan Earth Day is approaching on June 21st, and the vegan representative of Ohio plans to deliver a statement about it to the floor of Congress. The event will be televised by C-Span and documented permanently in the Congressional Record.

All eyes will be on you Dennis and it’s recorded forever. But no pressure or anything.

According to a statement made by Kucinich’s Press Secretary Nathan White to Bob Linden of the radio program, Go Vegan With Bob Linden, Kucinich is “crafting a proclamation in support of VEGAN EARTH DAY and its goal of increased global awareness of environmental, health, economic, and other benefits of adopting the vegan lifestyle.”

This year’s Vegan Earth Day celebration in California will feature firefighter Rip Esselstyn, author of the Engine 2-Diet, as well as his father, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, who inspired Rip to go veg.

For more information on Vegan Earth Day, visit VeganEarthDay.org.

via ourbelovedearth

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