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How it all Started

 

"How it all Started"

So you are just told you have a choice, bypass surgery or a nutritional change. Here I am on a gurney and that is what options my cardiologist gave me. I knew all about bypass surgery first hand. My father had a quadruple bypass and I saw him cry for 3 days straight. All three of my uncles had it and one of them died and the other was never the same. I also have 3 sons and this heart disease in my family had to stop! So I thought it would be easy just to eat a little differently. Little did I know how different my life was about to go. You see I was very sick with the heart disease and needed 3 months of bed rest. During that time I learned how to cool Whole Food Plant Based. But mostly I steamed a lot of kale and eat a lot of brown rice and beans. Soon I started feeling better and started to realize I was NOT a good cook. So I went to Dr. and Ann Esselstyn ½ day cooking class. The cost was under $1000.00 and I learned so much. I sent the receipt for payment to Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BC/BS)  and got denied. I thought this is so wrong that they would pay $130,000+ for bypass surgery  but not reimburse me for $1000.00. I thought this was my giveback to Michigan. So I started to go up the chain of command at BC/BS and with each level I got rejected. I finally got to the last level for consideration. Please keep in mind I had one of the best medical coverages they offered. Their reply most important point was “The seminar may have been of value to the Petitioner in his effort to improve his cardiovascular health with a better diet. However, the director can find nothing in the certificate that would require BCBSM to cover it based on record here”.  They went on to say that they would need a diagnostic code and CPT code for repayment and to receive those code you would have to work with BC/BS and the Michigan legislature. PBNSG was born that day in my mind. I thought that if we got big enough we could one day help make  that change. I hope that day will come soon!

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Doctors Teaching Doctors

I grew up knowing that if I got sick I would go to my doctor and he/she would help me get better. I went they listened, they prescribed medication, I took it. I got better. Sometimes they would need to change the medication but I always got better. So in my head I felt that the pills with the help of my doctor were the perfect prescription for health. I never once questioned it. 


Today questioning is all I do! Who would have thought that you can get better without a procedure or pills? NOT ME! That was until I found out I had severe heart disease. You may know my story. I was on a gurney headed to bypass surgery when my doctor asked if I would consider a nutritional change instead of triple by-pass surgery. I said yes and without any pills or procedures I made the change from meat, dairy, and oil to fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains and I am well. 


I wanted to thank someone or something for the miracle I was given. I started by wanting to have Blue Cross/Blue Shield approve a whole food plant-based cooking class so I could learn how to make different foods taste better. You see I was more of a dairy and meat guy than a vegetable, fruit and bean person. After 2-3 months of not getting any place, I was told that I would have to work with the Michigan legislature to make a billing code change happen. I realized just how tough it would be. While I like challenges, I also realized that so many people would suffer while I was trying to make this change. 


Instead, I started the Plant Based Nutrition Support Group (PBNSG). Today we have 3100+ members, created Medical Course Material for 1st and 2nd year medical students to learn about nutrition before pills or procedures, and worked with one very large company to help educate their employees the importance of health. This should be enough for anyone right? Not me! When I first started PBNSG, I called or emailed 100+ doctors around the city and asked them if they would be interested in learning about nutrition. I received one call and swore I was done with doctors. That was PBNSG’s motivation to help create Medical Course Material for future doctors. 


So what am I doing? At our January 10th meeting I talked about empowering ourselves to go ask our doctors to learn about nutritional health. PBNSG would provide a peer doctor instructor and all we are asking from all of our doctors is one hour of time maybe twice a year. After all the doctors did sign a Hippocratic Oath. Here is the line from the Hippocratic Oath that stops me in my tracks every time I read it. “…I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure…” Every time I read this it takes my breath away. So what am I doing? Is providing the doctors with a peer doctor instructor right? Rosa Parks once said “You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right!”  Doctors teaching doctors is right.

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Understanding, Appreciation and Satisfaction

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Understanding, Appreciation and Satisfaction

Running PBNSG for the past 3 years has been a real whole food plant based treat! Most of the time. Never having run an organization of any kind in the past, PBNSG is getting close 3000 members. So much has been learned. About me, the people around me, community both locally and nationally. This experience all started because of a promise of giving back to anyone who would listen. To this day I am still angry that it truly took a series of miracles for me to even think that I could fulfill that promise. I still ask myself and others these questions. Why didn’t my doctor know about the healing powers of Whole Food Plant Based? Why do the doctors say they never learned it in school? Why do we hear that and ever think that response is acceptable. I am truly not as smart as doctors are but I seek knowledge every day. I want to learn! I am inquisitive. If I hear about anything interesting I read about it. While I was slow about transitioning from a flip phone to a smart phone. OMG! I am glad I did. I now can learn so much more and faster. I can relate to younger people. (all you have to do is talk to them while you are looking up something on your smart phone) I never am upset about being in long lines, I can make purchases. Take pictures on and on….  Enough about benefits of a smart phone. So, if a doctor heard about the benefits of WFPB why didn’t learn about it? After all they signed a Hippocratic Oath. Here are lines that every doctor should remember and practice.  I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug. I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure. When was that lost? Are most doctors adhering to their promise? This is when I say we all need Understanding. This year ask your doctor to join you, his patient, customer and sometimes friend to come to a PBNSG meeting. When possible PBNSG will go to them so we never again have to hear “They did not teach it in school” As a community it is time for change. A Whole Food Plant Based Diet will stop and reverse heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and is the best sustaining weight loss program around. Everyone should know it then make their own choice. Every doctor should know about it and should always whenever possible offer a nutrition change before pills or procedures. PERIOD!
 
I have had the honor of meeting so many kind and thoughtful people. The volunteers and hosts of PBNSG are the ones that get most of my APPRECIATION. Our volunteers open their homes for those in need, our volunteers work for the love of helping. Together as One! Has been our theme and we will continue using it because everyone involved has the same belief. Educating as many people about the health benefits of a Whole Food Plant Based Diet. My personal goal is to talk about the benefits every day to someone new. If I miss a day I double up the next. When I am real lucky PBNSG gets to talk to a large group of medical students, people in the community or people from other states. WFPB saved my life, changed my life and for that I will never stop helping others. Could you image what our world would be like if everyone reading this would consider adopting this and shared the message of health with others. If you ever would consider it. All animals and the environment will thank you! I take pause when I say thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers.
 
To see PBNSG grow. Educate 1000+ medical students this year. Be the group that other speakers want to speak at. To host the pre-release of Eating You Alive. Have people tell their own person success story of health salvation. To see restaurants be willing to offer WFPB options. To help in creating medical course material. To work with organizations who want to learn about the benefits of a WFPB diet so they can improve the health of their workers. To see one of my sons become vegan and another become vegetarian. To wake up every day feeling great. Join us on this health voyage you will get Satisfaction. You see we all have so much to be thankful for. I am thankful for all of you!
 
 
WE CHOOSE HEALTH!

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Eating You Alive is here Oct 4th!

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Eating You Alive is here Oct 4th!

 

To all my friends,

PBNSG has been selected to host the national pre-release of the new documentary Eating You Alive on October 4th. I would like to personally invite you to join me for this once in a lifetime event. Eating You Alive offers a compelling look at our nation’s health woes and reveals the truth behind why more Americans are disabled and dying from chronic conditions than ever before, and especially how one specific lifestyle change – choosing whole, plant-based foods over animal products -- could be the solution. Well-known physicians Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. John McDougall and Dr. Dean Ornish are interviewed, along with many others including Academy Award-winning filmmaker and deep sea explorer James Cameron, environmental advocate and actress Suzy Cameron, magician Penn Jillette, and the “hardest working actor in Hollywood,” Samuel L. Jackson.   


On October 3, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. we will have a dinner the night before at Taste of Ethiopia  29702 Southfield Rd, Southfield, MI 48076. Seats are limited to the first 35 people.  You will get the chance to meet the co-directors and producers of Eating You Alive and other special guests.

 

On October 4, 2016 at p.m. PBNSG will host a dinner catered by Amber Poupore of The Clean Plate and Cacao Tree.  This will be the “BIGGEST PLANT BASED DINNER” ever held in Michigan. You will get the chance to meet the co-directors and producers of Eating You Alive and other special guests. We hope to sell out with room for 350 people. After dinner all of us will just walk down the hall to the theater and not worry about rush hour traffic!

 

The movie will start at 6:30 p.m. followed by a panel discussion. Seaholm High School is located at 2436 W Lincoln St, Birmingham, MI 48009

 

I am so honored that PBNSG was chosen for these incredible prerelease festivities.  All three events are pre-paid only.  I can’t wait to see you all there.

 

Paul Chatlin

Founder, Plant Based Nutrition Support Group

We Chose Heath!


Click to purchase tickets:

October 3rd Dinner at Taste of Ethiopia

October 4th Dinner at Seaholm

October 4th Eating You Alive Movie Tickets

 

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What Does Paul Eat Every Day?

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What Does Paul Eat Every Day?

People often ask me, “What do you eat?” Let me tell you it is VERY boring! It wasn’t always that way. When I first found out I had severe coronary heart disease, I needed time to heal. My doctor had me on bed rest for 6 months. When I was not sleeping I was cooking. I started to realize just how good plant based food consumption was. I would make a big batch of soup and while it was cooking I would try a recipe from one of the many plant based cook books that are available to us all. Go to www.pbnsg.org for a list of great cookbooks.

Fast forward 2 ½ years. PBNSG has grown so big that I just don’t have the time like I did before. I knew I needed to make it simpler. So about a year ago I started eating the same simple delicious meal every day. So in answer to your question, and as a public service to all PBNSG’ers out there, here is what I eat.

For breakfast I have oatmeal of any kind. I like soy milk, but you can use any non-moo product (no coconut or cashew milk though). I put oatmeal on the bottom of a big soup bowl, then a handful of raisins or any dried fruit. Then more oatmeal. I then cut up some fruit, like bananas, blueberries and strawberries. Then I heat up one cup of soy milk by microwaving it for about 2 ½ minutes (it may vary so keep an eye on it). I pour it over the oatmeal and cover for 10 minutes. I take off the cover, add cinnamon, apples, pumpkin and nutmeg on the top and mix it up. Mmmmmm.

For lunch I have a BIG kale salad with arugula, spinach and any other green that I like. I put some lemon over the greens and break up the kale with my hands, kind of massaging the greens together. I then leave it on the counter, ready to eat when I am ready. I put 1 tablespoon of NO-Oil dressing and mix it all up. I also have 1-2 cans of beans (any bean is a good bean) and add some tomatoes, celery, cucumbers and onions. I sprinkle on some pepper, mix it up and Mmmmmm!

For dinner I cut up a wide assortment of vegetables. I like the following: radishes, onions (I use 3 kinds) carrots, celery, cucumbers, corn, tomatoes. I add one cup of whole wheat noodles and 1 tablespoon of lite soy or Braggs amino. Mix it up and Mmmmmm!

Late night- once in a while I will have a bowl of shredded wheat or flax cereal with some raisins and fruit- my guilty pleasure. So now you know what Paul eats every day. For those who read this, please share with PBNSG what you like to eat often. 

Paul Chatlin

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Maybe I’m Amazed

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Maybe I’m Amazed

The song Maybe I’m Amazed by Paul McCartney has meant a lot to me over the years. I cannot say I love the melody, but the lyrics have always held a deeper meaning with me. I know the song is about a man letting his woman know how much he loves her – how lost he would be without her. Hope, love and fear are also a part of the song.

I feel that way about Plant Based Nutrition Support Group. I’m amazed at the growth of PBNSG. Over 2300 members in just over 2 years. People come up and congratulate me, yet it really saddens me that so many kind and caring people are so unhappy with their health. This message of health improvement must be shouted across the country by every doctor who ever practiced, yet we hear just a whisper.  

I do feel afraid of the way I love PBNSG back. But I still do it with hard work, nutritional dedication, and financial investment, knowing that without your love, your time and your financial assistance, this great and much needed group and message may take a different direction –  which would make me feel like a lonely man, a man who’s in the middle of something that he doesn’t really understand. Why don’t more people get it?

I personally ask myself, how did I get so lucky to get into the Cleveland Clinic and be assigned to a doctor whose mentor was Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn? Had this not happened, I would have a 10-inch scar on my chest and more, still be on the same diet that got me sick in the first place. There would be no PBNSG and I would not have met all of the amazing people I have so far. I am amazed at the way I really need you. All of you!

We can all improve our health and save the planet at the same time. Future doctors, nurses, dentists, dietitians and nutritionists can all learn the absolute benefits of Plant Based Nutrition during their 1st and 2nd years in medical school and college. New doctors and medical professionals will be able to help people with nutritional options before resorting to pills and procedures.

You see I need everyone to help me sing this song. To right me when I am wrong. Maybe I’m amazed at the way I really need you.

Please help PBNSG continue their mission by donating, volunteering and spreading our message. Together we must be ONE. Continue to amaze me.

- Paul Chatlin

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Driving with the Giants

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Driving with the Giants

I recently had the honor of spending 2 full days with Dr. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. The moments and conversations we shared over those two days have provided memories that will last a lifetime. These are truly the pioneers of Plant Based Nutrition in the modern era. They have saved so many lives, educated so many people, are tireless workers, and so darn smart and kind! They are very different from each other, yet both have a passion for truth and healing. They approach life scientifically. Both men have a deep affection for their wives and family and they both hope to see a day when the world understands the benefits of plant based nutrition. I was so fortunate to be among them and I hope they felt the same with our Plant Based Nutrition Support Group. Each one spent time with students in two different medical schools. Combined they reached over 350 future doctors. Their message was similar. Educate your patients on the benefits of a Plant Based Diet. Both Dr. Campbell and Dr. Esselstyn spoke to PBNSG from a scientific standpoint and they received many standing ovations because everyone in the attendance understands who they are, what they have accomplished and that they are both treasures in our movement.

PBNSG’s mission is to educate our nation, and beyond, on the benefits of a plant based lifestyle. It is an uphill battle worth fighting. Recently at a PBNSG meeting, we asked the audience to stand if they or someone they knew had heart disease, diabetes or obesity. The entire audience stood up. This must stop! I think the only way to do it is to change our current model. I believe it should start with all future doctors, then our children. Upon sharing this hope for change with both Dr. Campbell and Dr. Esselstyn, they both smiled and agreed that this approach could be the answer for humans, as well as animals and the environment. It will take time. We all must work together. Put aside our petty differences and work for a common goal. Many leading nutritionists say “I am hoping physicians include education before pills and procedures”!

I hope to be among these giants again. I am lucky to have had heart disease! It has been 3 years of plant based eating. No surgery and I feel great. I promised our Lord that if I got better I would give back. You all know those type of promises we make. I have made some in the past but did not always hold up my end of the bargain. This time I did. How about you?

“If I have been able to see further, it was only because I stood on the shoulders of giants.” 
― Isaac Newton

 

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This is How it Started...

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This is How it Started...

You are on a gurney at Cleveland Clinic, awaiting surgery. You have just completed a heart catherization.  Your doctor asks you, “Would you consider an option other than surgery?”
 
That was me, only 2 years ago. He didn’t have to ask twice. I decided right then NOT to undergo triple bypass surgery. After all, why would my cardiologist even suggest it if it would hurt me? That decision put me on a path of learning everything I could about Plant Based Nutrition. I started by buying Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and purchased the movie Forks over Knives. I now understood the science behind plant based nutrition. 
 
My next move was to take most of the food I had in the pantry and give it to charity. Next, I made a list from Ann Esselstyn’s safe food list and went to my local grocery store. I had never read labels before, but here I was, reading every ingredient I was consuming. I could not believe how many names there are for oil and how much oil there is in the foods I had been eating. Before I changed my eating habits, a normal grocery store trip would take about one hour – this one took me three.  My plant based life had started. 
 
I learned over time to spend more time on the perimeter of grocery stores and skip the middle aisles. I continued to learn more about label reading. I tried to buy the canned goods that had the lowest amount of fat. No salt or sugar whenever possible. It took me about 5 trips to the grocery store to feel comfortable about my food choices. 
 
One of my goals was to pick a grocery store, introduce myself to the store manager, and share my story to enlist their help to make the store a one stop shop for my Plant Based Needs. I also suggest you find out what days the produce arrives in your local store so you can make sure to get the freshest fruits and vegetables. Soon I would start buying Plant Based Cookbooks and try cooking meals that appealed to me. 
 
My next goal was to find a breakfast that I could enjoy every day and a big salad to graze on during the day. In my next article I will share with you the ingredients of both my breakfast and lunch. I have also started playing around with spices. This has taken a long time but it’s so worth it. Today we have so many great recipes on www.pbnsg.org.  Take the time to check out our Plant Based website for great culinary ideas. This is how it started for me. How about YOU? 

 

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Why Dr. Michael Greger so Important to PBNSG and Me

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Why Dr. Michael Greger so Important to PBNSG and Me

There are many reasons why Dr. Michael Greger is so important to PBNSG and me. Here are a few:
 1) He is brilliant, funny and a great speaker
2) I have listened more to him than all other Plant Based Nutrition speakers combined
3) Dr. Greger will be the first in a long series of Plant Based Speakers to grace our stage in 2015-2016  
4) He does his homework and is always prepared.

There is more I can say about this wonderful man. I get a sense of kindness about him yet have not met him

What I do know is that in 21 days Dr. Michael Greger will be on stage talking to our Plant Based Nutrition Support Group. I do not,  no I will not miss this opportunity and hope all of us feel that way. When a speaker like Dr. Greger is willing to travel to talk to us then I feel we should thank him with a sellout of seats. I hope that every year he will come to talk to PBNSG. I hope his words change lives make people take pause and start thinking of their own health. We all hope for a  healthier family, friends, and others we care for. This is how life changing Dr. Michael Greger is and you are all invited. Click HERE to find out more and to reserve your seats now.  Thank you for reading this and I hope so see all of you on December 15, 2015 6:30 p.m. Birmingham Groves High School.
 


Happiest of Plantsgiving to all PBNSG members!
Please say no to oil and give everyone you love hugs!
 
Paul

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PBNSG Unsung Heroes

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PBNSG Unsung Heroes

Over the past 1 ½ years there have been so many “Unsung Heroes” at Plant Based Nutrition Support Group. We all know about Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Barnard, Dr. Trapp, Dr. Saunders,  and Dr. Kahn. They are our Heroes. Our Unsung Heroes are people that few know about but who have helped make PBNSG the best plant nutrition support group in the nation. People like Loren B., Adwenia R., Sean S., Jean M., Kathy K., Liz H., and Pat S. planted the seeds in the beginning and have watched us grow. Today’s Unsung Hero’s list is very long. It will always start with our committed volunteers; without their commitment and work ethic we would not be the (group that we have become). This not only includes our membership, but also our national and international speakers.  Birmingham School district opened their arms and hearts and welcomed us when others did not. Whole Foods Market sponsored us when others would not.  There is a reason why people are talking about us. There is a reason why the best known speakers are coming to Michigan to talk to us. There is a reason why change is in the air. Could it be our outreach programs? Our involvement with Wayne State Medical School? Our work with the Michigan legislature? High School Juniors and Seniors? Small Groups? The American Heart Association? And so much more? The answer is all of these. Who will be our future “Unsung Hero’s’? Consider making that YOU! Please “Say no to oil” and yes to PBNSG!

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I am mystified as to why Plant-Based Nutrition is not more readily accepted

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I am mystified as to why Plant-Based Nutrition is not more readily accepted

Dear Paul,
I just discovered your website. 
I am 63 and started the plant based diet on 12-01-2014. I am very grateful for it and to the doctors that have most influenced me, Esselstyn, Greger, McDougall, Ornish, and Barnard. I learned nearly all of it from YouTube videos and Dr. Greger’s website, nutritionfacts.org.
I am mystified as to why it is not more readily accepted.
I came across a website that promoted high protein and was appalled.
Do you or anyone else ever challenge this stuff?
I just can’t understand why the mainstream media is not picking up on it.
I have all I can do to keep myself from trying to persuade anyone I meet to adopt the diet. 
-Mystified


Mystified, thank you for finding us. We are up against some real giants. Hospitals, doctors, pharmaceutical  companies, meat and dairy industries just to name a few. We have science and proof they have the funding. We will challenge anything that is not truthful regarding Plant-Based Nutrition. The goal of our site is to be the nations Plant-Based Nutrition site for those who wish to learn, transition and feel healthier. I hope we get to meet someday. Check out our list of speakers that will be coming to our meetings to talk. Maybe you should make the trip? My best to you. Reach out anytime. Paul

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Pauls Interview with Sharon Palmer, RDN

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Pauls Interview with Sharon Palmer, RDN

Paul Chatlin was recently interviewed by Sharon Palmer, RDN. Here is a synopsis of the interview.

Sharon: Who is Paul Chatlin?

Paul: Paul Chatlin is the founder of the Plant-Based Nutrition Support Group.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. Paul currently is the principal and owner of a telecommunications consulting company.   Part of his mission in life is spreading the word of the benefits of plant-based nutrition.

Sharon: What is your Favorite Plant-Based Recipe and would you share it with us?

Paul: Its Oatmeal.  Sometimes I have it several times a day. Here's the Recipe:
Old Mother's oats
Handful of raisins or other dried fruit (make sure the dried fruit does not oil as an ingredient)
Flax Meal
More Mother's Oats on top
Any fruit of your choice, I like bananas, blueberries, and strawberries
1 cup of soy milk almost to boiling
Steep 10-15 mins
Cinnamon and nutmeg on top

Sharon: So tell us about your personal journey toward a plant-based diet.

Paul: In May of 2013, I was diagnosed with Heart Disease. One artery was 100% blocked and two others were 65% blocked, plus leaky valves and an enlarged heart, the hardening of the right side of my heart, left bundled block, and heart murmur. My cardiologist gave me two options: bypass surgery, or try “Plant Based Nutrition” (PBN). I met with Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, who wrote the book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. After our meeting I decided to try “Plant-Based Nutrition”. After just 3 weeks my heart pain (angina) went away. My cholesterol levels dropped from 309 to 122 in just one year. I have lost 43 pounds and I feel great.

Sharon: What is the Plant-Based Nutrition Support Group? 

Paul: PBNSG shares whole food, plant-based resources with those interested in making lifestyle changes to help prevent or reverse chronic disease and achieve optimal health.

Sharon: Who are the key people involved with the PBNSG? 

Paul: Dr. Kerrie Saunders (our President)
Dr. Joel Kahn (Founding Medical Director and America’s Holistic Heart Doc
Dr.Caroline Trapp (Director Diabetes Education)
Our brilliant web designer, and all of our Directors and contributors,
Also of course our wonderful volunteers

Sharon: What do you hope the Plant-based Nutrition Support Group will accomplish in the next few years? 

Paul: To become the nation’s first choice in plant based education, information, and transition,  and to continue to grow our outreach programs.

Sharon: What are your top three resources that you recommend to people interested in more information on plant-based nutrition?

Paul: I have four. Our Website WWW.PBNSG.ORG
The book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn
Forks over knives, the movie and the website
The Whole Heart Solution by Joel Kahn

Sharon: What is your advice for someone who is interested in transitioning closer to a plant-based diet? 

Paul: Just do it for 60 days.  Be honest about how you feel.  Get your benchmark bloodwork ahead of time and after.  Don’t be upset if you have a weak moment, but don’t have too many weak moments or you’re not going to make a change.

Sharon: What is your favorite recipe to impress any skeptics? 

Paul: I have 2 answers for that. For home cooking It’s the same as my favorite recipe, Amazing Oatmeal.  
For dining out, try any plant based meals from 14 local restaurants that offer our special oil free plant based menus.  

 

 

 

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Tell the world!

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Tell the world!

When something is right, tell the world! It is about health. It is about making sure our loved ones have a future. Just stop watching and do something! We need you more than ever.

I just returned from watching the movie PlantPure Nation which documents Nelson Campbell’s efforts to change the health of cities in Kentucky. So much hope only to be rejected by people who had other financial interests. Sound familiar? So much success for those who were willing to try a whole food plant-based diet. Sound familiar? I left the movie more determined than ever to continue spreading the message of hope to those who are suffering with heart disease, type 2 , obesity, and more. I believe that a grassroots movement is necessary because we just do not have the deep pockets that other interest groups have to protect industries that promote the SAD diet and keep the United States riddled with poor health. But why is the truth still taking so long to resonate with people? When something is right, tell the world!

We all agree that doctors, big business, hospitals, big pharma, farmers who raise animals for human consumption and certain chemical companies continue to fight against the truth. Is financial gain more important than one’s health?  So each day passes by, the rich get richer, and the ones we love and others we know continue to suffer as they take pills to get by each day or have procedures that may or may not end their suffering. When something is right, tell the world!

So, what can we do? Here is my list.

  1. Don’t wait until it is too late, become plant-based now
  2. Tell everyone you know. Recommend that they watch Forks Over Knives.
  3. Ask your doctor what he or she knows about plant-based Nutrition. If very little or not at all, try to find a health care provider who supports plant-based eating. Try here or here.
  4. Join a plant-based nutrition support group
  5. Become a plant-based nutrition support group volunteer
  6. Donate to your local plant-based nutrition group

When something is right, tell the world! It is about health. It is about making sure our loved ones have a future.

We need you more than ever.

Yours in health,

Paul Chatlin

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The Gift of Heart Disease

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The Gift of Heart Disease

To PBNSG current and future members, I have hope for a better tomorrow! We know by now that there are foods we eat each day are really hurting us. (I would like to say slowly killing us. Oh, I guess I just did) I spent the first 54 years of my life not knowing about them while consuming them. I thought that giving up meat for fish when I turned 50 was good for me. Wrong! I thought going from 2% milk to Fat Free milk was good for me. Wrong! Changed Vegetable oil to Olive oil. Thought it was the good oil. Wrong! Nuts were always ok to eat. Wrong!


So what happened? I was gifted Heart Disease.


I could go on with this for a while. I hope you get the theme. So what happened? I was gifted Heart Disease. I say gifted because if I did not have it I would not have learned how to stop and reverse it for me and others. The information was there, but why did I not know about it? Who did 3 years ago? My doctor did not tell me about it, my friends and family didn’t know about it. So it took chest pain that I would not want anyone to experience for me to learn about food-borne diseases. Our community is becoming aware of the plant-based solution which is great, but the message has to be sent out to more than a community here or there. Everyone must be aware that food choices directly contribute to the likelihood of developing a chronic disease. Some may change, some may not, but everyone has to be aware of it. I wish I could have a spot on television. I would explain what happened to my family (heart disease), what happened to me, and what could happen to you if you don’t change your eating habits. Why do we wait to change if we know that eating processed food, meat, dairy, and oil is bad for us? 

You can start today with small change that will net big results. Just try! Maybe start with saying good bye to oil? Give up some dairy products? Go meatless a few days a week? Just try! I promise you do not want to make changes after you get heart pains. If you want to start changing, do it today and not tomorrow. You are not alone anymore.  If you need any help please contact me at paul@pbnsg.org 

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