Back pain linked to clogged arteries

Vegetarians appear to be at a much lower risk for yet another common ailment A major cause of back pain may be nerves that have grown deeply into degenerating discs. A disc is a leathery cushion that separates one vertebra from another. Normally, its tough outer sheath covers a soft inner core. If the sheath… Read more »

Dairy-free calcium sources

Written by Bonnie Kumer, R.D. and Nicole Hambleton    No bones about it, vegetarians can maintain healthy calcium stores on a dairy-free diet. Eating a calcium-rich, vegan diet just takes a little knowledge about calcium requirements, an understanding of calcium absorption, avoidance of calcium thieves and a bit of menu planning. How much calcium do… Read more »

Sources of Iron for Vegetarians

Written by Sejal Parikh-Shah N.D. B.Sc. Iron is the most abundant mineral found in blood. The human body contains from 3.5 to 4.5 gm of iron, 2/3 of which is present in hemoglobin. The remainder is stored in the liver, spleen and bone marrow. Purpose of iron in the body The most important function of… Read more »

Vegetarian diet for athletes

by Dr. Benjamin Spock Fortunately, today we have the information as well as the testimonies of many athletes to substantiate the benefits of plant-based diets. Dave Scott, considered to be the world’s greatest triathlete, holds a degree in exercise physiology. In his own words, it’s a “ridiculous fallacy” to think that athletes need animal protein…. Read more »

A Brief History of Vegetarianism

by Anne Dozell The following is a short summary of some of the highlights of “The Heretic’s Feast, a History of Vegetarianism” by Colin Spencer. (The information and views are those of Mr. Spencer.) This book is available from Amazon.ca (where it has a four star rating based on six reviews.) Colin Spencer is a… Read more »

Bringing up baby vegetarian

No one told me it would be this difficult – or this wonderful – raising a vegetarian child. A personal account by Tita Zierer My partner, Robin and I never discussed whether to raise our child as a vegetarian. We’ve been vegetarians for virtually all our adult lives, so it was assumed that anyone sharing… Read more »