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Author: Dotsie Bausch and Alexandra Paul

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Do you want to live a healthier and more robust life? The key to living a full, healthy, and joyous life lies within the foods we eat—and our relationship to them. Because health isn’t accurately measured by the circumference of your waist or how much you can bench press- true vitality is measured by how you feel, not just physically but deep within.

Olympic medalist Dotsie Bausch alongside Baywatch actress and certified health coach, Alexandra Paul, take listeners of all ages on a journey to optimal health and stamina through plant based eating.

Dotsie and Alexandra, who both fought back from severe food addictions in their twenties, interview expert nutritionists, pro athletes, innovative thought leaders, physicians and plant-based celebrities. Through their stories, you’ll learn how to optimize your health and pave a path for a more meaningful life.

So get inspired and join the Switch4Good revolution.
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If a simple dietary change could limit the destructive effects of cancer, reverse chronic conditions, and heal your body, how quickly would you make the switch?    We’ve all been touched by chronic disease, whether we’ve been personally diagnosed or watched a loved one struggle through an illness.    Dr. T. Colin Campbell has dedicated his career to proving that a diagnosis doesn’t have to be a death sentence and that prevention is possible.    Dr. Campbell is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, where he also founded the online Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate program.    He’s the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, has been featured in several documentaries including Forks Over Knives, and has delivered hundreds of lectures worldwide.    You’ve likely heard of the China Project, a comprehensive nutritional study lead by Dr. Campbell which was dubbed “the Grand Prix of epidemiology" by The New York Times. The study is the basis of The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-term Health, a book Dr. Campbell co-authored with his son, and which has sold more than 2 million copies.    In this episode, Dr. Campbell joins Dotsie and Alexandra to explain the link between animal products and chronic disease, as he has been doing for more than six decades.    You’ll hear the surprising effect of animal protein on cancer cells, why animal protein is detrimental to our bodies, and the truth behind “low-carb” fad diets.    He shares the evidence he’s accumulated over a lifetime of research to show that making the switch is the most effective way to better your health, fight illness, and prevent chronic conditions.     What we discuss in this episode:   - How Alexandra and Dotsie’s interview with Chef AJ encouraged Alexandra to ditch processed foods, and how she’s feeling one month later   - How Dr. Campbell went from trying to promote animal-based protein to proving himself wrong, and the biggest takeaways from The China Project   - The makeup of animal protein that leads to more cancer, and how we know we can turn cancer cells “off” by switching to plant-based protein   - What do people mean when they call animal-based protein “high-quality protein”? Is it really better for humans?   - The self-fulfilling prophecy of doctors assuming patients won’t comply with a plant-based diet   - How animal protein leads to higher cholesterol, and cholesterol’s role in heart disease   - Dr. Campbell explains the two types of fats and the correct way to incorporate fat into your diet   - Why Dr. Campbell considers low-carbohydrate diets the greatest scams in nutritional science and some surprising facts about the doctor who coined the term “carb”   - Why a whole-foods plant-based diet is ideal, regardless of whether you’re looking for short-term weight loss or long-term health   - Follow Dr. T. Colin Campbell on Twitter at @TColinCampbell, on LinkedIn, and on the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at NutritionStudies.org.   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org
We’ve heard a lot about COVID-19, but instead of panic-driving headlines, we wanted to get the clear, concise facts from an expert. Dr. Michael Klaper has 40 years of patient experience under his belt, and he offered a comprehensive explanation of the current situation—what it is, who is at risk, how to protect ourselves, and its link to animal agriculture. Beyond that, we dive into nutrition strategies for long-term health and why some omnivores may feel less than optimal after making the switch (don’t worry, it’ll get better). Entertaining and informative, this episode is just what we need right now.    What we discuss in this episode:   - COVID-19 and its link to animal agriculture   - How to protect yourself from COVID-19   - Foods to eat for long-term health   - Dr. Klapper’s journey to a plant-based diet 40 years ago   - Why omnivores say they lack energy when first making the switch    - Moving Medicine Forward   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/Switch4GoodOrg   - Website: switch4good.org
Dr. Goldner was resigned to live out her life in the clutches of lupus—she expected to become disabled by her forties, deal with chronic pain, and never have children. Her perspective changed after meeting her husband and attempting to get trim for a Maui honeymoon. She shocked herself by healing her disease simply by eating a high-raw, whole-food, plant-based diet. For Goldner—and the hundreds of seriously ill patients she has treated since then—it really is that simple. Food can heal. This episode is for anyone who struggles (or knows someone who is struggling) with a health issue doctors say they can’t cure, only manage. The message is eye-opening, inspiring, and attainable. It might just save a life.     What we discuss in this episode:   - Autoimmune disease basics   - Dr. Goldner’s self-healing from lupus   - What foods to eat to heal disease   - How to build a healing smoothie   - How to find your “whypower”   - Defining hypernourishment   - Dr. Goldner’s best-selling book, “Goodbye Lupus”   - Smoothie recipes at smoothieshred.com   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/Switch4GoodOrg   - Website: switch4good.org
Hailed by many as “the Vegan Cheese Queen,” Miyoko Schinner is here to lead the food revolution. A vegan for 35 years and hugely successful businesswoman, Miyoko has become a household name in the dairy-free cheese and butter categories. However, creating incredible cheeses from cashews and oats is only one of her priorities—she wants to dismantle the fear around labeling and create a global market where plant-based cheese is the “real” thing and dairy (if it still exists) is the alternative. She dives into the process of making cheese to the story behind her empire. This is an episode you don’t want to miss.     What we discuss in this episode:   - Visit Miyoko’s Creamery for all of Miyoko’s cheesy products.    - The realities of the dairy industry   - Founding story of Miyoko’s Creamery   - Current Miyoko’s cheese products in the works   - Lawsuit against Miyoko’s Creamy for using the term “butter” to label her non-dairy product.   - Miyoko’s commitment to help dairy farmers transition to more sustainable and profitable industries.    - Grilled Cheese Nation Food Truck Tour   - Check out Miyoko’s first book, Artisan Vegan Cheese   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/Switch4GoodOrg   - Website: switch4good.org
Sailesh Rao works with systems. He spent 20 years of his career working to bring the internet to life. Now, he’s using his systemic approach to fulfill a pinky promise to his granddaughter—make the world vegan by 2026. To Sailesh, it’s all interconnected—the environment, our health, and the animals—once we install certain systems of normalized non-violence, these global issues can be resolved. Sailesh’s calm, solutions-based perspective and compassionate heart are evident in his work, making his arguments appealing to both the number-crunching crowds and the bleeding hearts. His insights may seem aspirational, but when he breaks them down, the solution seems so simple. We were transfixed by this conversation, and we guarantee you’ll walk away with a greater purpose and intention to do better in the world.    What we discuss in this episode:   - Practical, systematic solutions toward a more sustainable and compassionate future.   - The importance of biodiversity and how to reclaim it.   - What is normalized non-violence?   - His pinky promise to his granddaughter to make the world vegan by 2026   - The problem with “growth culture.”   - Video of Sailesh’s granddaughter, Kimaya: https://twitter.com/AliciaSilv/status/1194772808066203650   - Find Sailesh on the Pinky Promise Tour   - Sailesh’s book, Carbon Yoga: The Vegan Metamorphosis   - Climatehealers.org   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/Switch4GoodOrg   - Website: switch4good.org
Is your diet keeping you sick?   Dr. James Loomis is a whole-foods plant-based internal medical practitioner spreading the message that food is the best way to combat illness and disease.   After experiencing a decline in his own health, Dr. Loomis made the switch and saw miraculous results: a significant drop in weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure in under three months.   He says that most problems that walk into his office can be traced back to inflammation and stress, often resulting from the Standard American Diet.   The former internist for both the St. Louis Cardinals and Rams now serves as the Medical Director of the Barnard Medical Center and advocates for using food -- over prescriptions -- as medicine.   In this episode, Dr. Loomis joins Alexandra and Dotsie to explain exactly how what we eat works to either heal or harm our bodies.   You’ll hear why whole foods are the best way to combat inflammation, why manipulation by the dairy industry is so dangerous, and how you can get empowered to critically evaluate medical research on your own.     This is a must-hear episode to understand why eating whole foods is as important as eating plant-based for your health.   What we discuss in this episode:   - Dotsie and Dr. Loomis’s experience presenting to athletes in Atlanta and some good signs of progress   - The health crisis that encouraged Dr. Loomis to make the switch and the amazing benefits he saw within three months   - Chronic disease can often be traced back to inflammation and stress. How is the Standard American Diet keeping us sick?   - How a whole-foods plant-based diet will heal your gut   - The lies behind “bro science” and how athletes are working to lead by example   - Busting myths around the obsession with protein and calcium: IGF-1’s connection to cancer, over-consumption of protein lowering the PH of our blood, and why most people become lactose intolerant by age 5   - The science behind inflammation: Why you need to decrease your Omega-6 intake, increase your Omega-3 intake, and eliminate highly-processed foods   - The truth behind the popular Chocolate Milk and Butter studies   - How to better critically evaluate medical and nutritional research, plus suggested resources from Dr. Michael Greger and David L. Katz   - Follow Dr. James Loomis on Twitter at @jfloomismd, read his writing on the Forks Over Knives blog, and find him on the Barnard Medical Center website.   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org
How does a Montana cattle rancher end up on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Capitol Hill as an advocate for organic, plant-based farming? Howard Lyman weaves the captivating story of his life before and after making the Switch4Good. He’s best known for educating Oprah (and her 40 million viewers) about the hazards of mad cow disease back in 1996 which prompted a Texas cattlemen association to sue for “hurting their businesses.” Spoiler alert: the association lost. Despite this massive attention, Howard is a stand-up guy who humbly preaches the need for our society to make a change and do the right thing. To him, that means switching from animals to plants. From a man who has lived as a rancher and a plant-based advocate—his story is both horrifying and hopeful, brutally honest, and truly compelling.    What we discuss in this episode:   - Howard’s appearance on Oprah and the lawsuit aftermath.   - The “standard” of agribusiness versus what Howard eventually set out to do.    - Howard’s transformation from Montana cattle rancher to organic farmer and advocate on Capitol Hill.   - Mad cow and other bovine diseases that can affect humans that consume meat and dairy.   - The common yet gut-wrenching practices of animal agriculture.   - The dire need to make a change for the betterment of one’s health, their family, the animals, and the environment.   - Howard’s resolution to “do the right thing” both in business and his personal life.     - Howard’s book, Mad Cowboy.    Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org
Chances are, you probably know a diabetic—you could be diabetic yourself. Between prediabetes, Type 1, 1.5, 2, and gestational diabetes, this disease has unfortunately become a common one. But for many, it doesn’t have to be a life sentence.    Robby Barbaro and Cyrus Khambatta are the founders of the Mastering Diabetes Program—a concept that relies heavily on plant-based food to better manage Type 1 and prevent and reverse all other forms of diabetes. Both Type 1 diabetics, they reveal their personal stories and their knowledge in Episode 9, and they are returning to share additional insight and helpful tips from their new book, Mastering Diabetes.   A comprehensive yet approachable resource, consider this book the bible on diabetes.    Listen in as Cyrus and Robby explain the root cause of the disease, how to prevent and reverse it, and bust the myths about sugar and low-carb diets.    What we discuss in this episode:   - To listen to the first episode with Robby and Cyrus and learn more about their stories, go back and check out Episode 9.    - The duo’s new book Mastering Diabetes: The Revolutionary Method to Reverse Insulin Resistance Permanently in Type 1, Type 1.5, Type 2, Prediabetics, and Gestational Diabetes.   - The risk factors surrounding diabetes and how to avoid them.   - A scientific breakdown of what diabetes actually is—including the root cause.    - A low carbohydrate (keto) diet versus a high carbohydrate plant-based diet in regards to managing diabetes and insulin resistance.    - Intermittent fasting.   - The misinformation and myths surrounding the low-sugar philosophy.    - Client success stories of Robby and Cyrus’ program, Mastering Diabetes.   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org
Ask anyone who has been plant-based for more than twenty years, and they all point back to this seminal work by John Robbins—Diet for a New America. But this is not John’s singular claim to fame. He grew up as the sole heir to the Baskin-Robbins fortune, but as he was groomed to take over the family business, he became increasingly unsettled by the fact that the company wasn’t selling happiness—in his words, it was selling lies.    Unable to promote a product that endangered the animals, the planet, and one’s health, John walked away from the fortune, adopted a plant-based diet, and began to write. Over the past 40 years, John’s work has changed countless perspectives about the way we eat—forcing readers to wake up to the fact that there is one solution for the problems we face—and that is to go plant-based.    John may not have invented the thirty-second flavor, but he has certainly saved lives.    What we discuss in this episode:   - John’s childhood growing up as the heir to the Baskin Robbins business.   - Growing up surrounded by wealth yet surrounded by morbidly unhealthy family members.   - John’s decision to step away from the family business at a young age and live on $500 a year with his wife.   - The symbiosis of the plant-based solution in regards to the welfare of animals, one’s health, and the environment.   - How John ultimately saved his father’s life by taking an alternative path in life.    - John’s first book, Diet for a New America, that has served as the nexus for countless people who have made the switch to plant-based fuel.    - How commercially produced sweets can affect one’s palate.    - To support our mission to educate, inspire, and embolden the world to lean into eating plants instead of baby cow growth food, donate today to spread the word.   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org
Eric Lindstrom once ate 68 chicken wings in one sitting. Today, he works full-time in animal advocacy and has written two books on veganism. What changed?   The self-proclaimed carnivore adopted a plant-based diet over a bet with his wife. While he admittedly grumbled the whole time, what was intended to be a 30-day health kick turned into a lifelong passion.   Once Eric discovered that he didn’t have to give up his favorite meaty, cheesy foods, he stopped grumbling and embraced the plant-based way of life.    With his relatable personality and relaxed humor, Eric encourages others to adopt a plant-based diet by illustrating its bounty of delicious options and its accessibility.    A father of two young children, Eric also helps parents navigate a family-wide switch to plant-based.    Tune in for some laughs, insight, and practical tips to make the switch.    What we discuss in this episode:   - Eric’s past as an adamant meat-loving omnivore and his “reluctance” to go plant-based.   - The bet between him and his wife that triggered his overnight adoption of the plant-based diet—and how he only thought it would be 30 days instead of the rest of his life.    - The book that sparked Eric’s curiosity with diet change—Colleen Patrick Goudreau’s The 30-Day Vegan Challenge.   - What to eat if you live in a rural area and don’t have access to alternative foods.   - The bounty of plant-based options available in stores and online including Eric’s favorite products—Tinkyada Gluten-Free Pasta and Bob’s Red Mill Protein Powder.    - Basic kid-friendly family meal ideas.    - Eric’s two books—The Skeptical Vegan and The Smart Parent’s Guide to Raising Vegan Kids.   - To support our mission to educate, inspire, and embolden the world to lean into eating plants instead of baby cow growth food, donate today to spread the word.   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org
Not many people can say they’ve played the flute for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, worked as an executive pastry chef, and been vegan for more than 40 years.   Chef AJ, a culinary instructor, YouTube host, and author of Unprocessed and The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss, can say all of that and more.   Although she has a background in comedy and a long track record of ethical eating, there’s nothing funny about food addiction.   Even as a vegan, Chef AJ struggled with overeating sugar and under-eating vegetables.   She joins us in this episode to share how she turned to whole foods, lost 50 pounds, managed her addiction to sugar, and changed the course of her health.   What we discuss in this episode:   - Chef AJ’s experience with disordered eating and treatment   - Chef AJ’s philosophy of eating and the difference between fullness and satiety   - What makes processed foods more addictive?   - How Chef AJ turned her discovery of pre-cancerous polyps into a health opportunity   - What makes a food addict and what are cravings?   - How anxiety and sugar are connected   - What is taste neural adaptation and how long does it take for taste buds to adjust to new diets?   - Why you need to be eating vegetables for breakfast   - How you should be eating the fat in your diet   - Follow Chef AJ on YouTube at ChefAJ, on Instagram at @therealchefaj, on Facebook at facebook.com/chef.aj1, or on her website at chefajwebsite.com. Watch her Tonight Show appearance here!   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org
Although food has incredible healing power, there is more you should be doing to take care of your body holistically.    Beyond helping his patients transition to a whole-foods, plant-based diet to fight disease and improve their guts, James Marin is an expert at bettering health from all angles, including by eliminating environmental toxins.     James is a Registered Dietitian and Environmental Nutritionist who, along with his wife Dahlia, specializes in preventing and healing diabetes, auto-immune diets, gastrointestinal treatments, and pediatric nutrition.    He says that there are three levels of health, all of which work together to keep your body working the way it’s meant to.    He joins Dotsie and Alexandra to explain the different levels of health, the impact the environment has on your body, and what you can do to ensure longer-term health.    You’ll hear his how he treats disease by focusing on the cause over symptoms, why it’s necessary for you to pay attention to GMOs and chemicals in your food, and why you need to be part of environmental activism.    Tune in to hear actionable advice that will empower you to take control over the entire picture of your health.    What we discuss in this episode:   - Is a low-carb diet the best option for Type II diabetics? Hear why James Marin believes treatment needs to go beyond limiting symptoms, plus the hidden dangers of a long term keto diet   - Are all sugars bad? The big difference between processed sugar and sugar you find in whole foods   - James’s plant-based food pyramid that makes it even easier to eat healthfully    - The three layers of health and why we can’t ignore the effects the environment has on our gut health    - Why a vegan diet on its own might not be healing your body, and how you can ensure you’re taking care of all three levels of health   - The secret to washing your fruits and vegetables if you want to avoid dangerous chemicals   - Breast milk as a medium to transfer data: What we’re putting into our bodies when we drink cows’ milk that has bioaccumulated PCBs and PBDEs   - The major difference between selective breeding and genetic modification -- and why the latter is so dangerous    - You can be part of the solution: What you can do to advocate for a healthier future   - Follow James on Instagram at @marriedtohealth, on Twitter at @marriedtohealth, on Facebook at @MarriedToHealth, at YourGutConnection.com, and at MarriedToHealth.com.    Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org
In the past several decades, talking about veganism has often been met with discomfort, assumptions, and suspicion.   Or, like in the case of today’s guest, it was met with jokes that you might be in a cult.   The world is continuing to progress and plant-based diets are becoming more and more popular, but there still isn’t enough focus on the big picture of health.   In this episode, Dotsie and Alexandra are joined by Jason Wrobel, an author, chef, and podcast host who focuses on holistic mental health and emotional wellness.   Dotsie got to know Jason at the Remedy Retreat, a weekend of education and inspiration for people who are struggling to take control of their health where Dotsie and Jason both had the opportunity to speak.   Tune in and get to know more about Jason, his journey as a chef who had his own TV show, and how he won his battle over depression.   What we discuss in this episode:   - The exciting thing Jason is working on with the Switch4Good team   - How Jason’s mom helped him make the switch and why we need to get back to cherishing the bonding experience of food   - How Jason gradually eliminated animal products from his diet and the role Dr. Neal Barnard’s research played in his journey   - What led Jason to become a plant-based chef   - His battle with depression and suicide and how he was able to overcome it   - Why you need to watch out for foods that cause inflammation   - Jason’s advice for people who are feeling depressed or suicidal   - Follow Jason Wrobel on Facebook at @JasonWrobelOfficial, on Instagram at @jasonwrobel, on Twitter at @jasonwrobel. Check out his website at https://jasonwrobel.com and his new brand at https://www.wellevatr.com/.   - To support our mission to educate, inspire, and embolden the world to lean into eating plants instead of baby cow growth food, donate today to spread the word.   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org  
Cardiovascular disease is the global leading cause of death and was responsible for more than 15 million fatalities in 2016.    What would you do to prevent yourself and your loved ones from becoming part of that statistic?   Today’s guest, Dr. Joel Kahn, says it’s as simple as plant-based nutrition.   Dr. Kahn is one of the world’s top cardiologists, a restaurateur, and is known as America’s healthy heart doc. He’s committed to making the world healthier through the preventative and healing power of plants.   He joins Dotsie and Alexandra to discuss the different factors that can lead to cardiovascular disease and the solutions to prevent or reverse early symptoms.    Tune in to hear what this vegan doctor has learned in his almost 40 years of practice, his advice for protecting yourself against fatal disease, and his tips for living a healthier lifestyle.    What we discuss in this episode:   - What disrupts hormone patterns and influences our health?   - How Dr. Dean Ornish’s paper on getting rid of plaque through exercise and a plant-based diet has affected the views of the medical community   - The effects of inflammation and its connection to CVD, as studied and explained by Rudolph Virchow   - Why you need to include high sensitivity C-reactive protein in your routine blood work   - Sugar and Type II Diabetes: Why was Dr. Neal Barnard criticized for his statements in What the Health?   - Dr. Kahn’s diet advice, including using Chronometers and resources from Chef AJ and Dr. Susan Pierce Thompson   - Resources to live a healthier lifestyle, including Dr. Michael Greger’s book How Not to Die and his talk at Plant-Based Nutrition Support Group   - Follow Dr. Joel Kahn on Facebook at @drjoelkahn, on Instagram at @drjkahn, on Twitter at @drjkahn, and on his website at https://www.drjoelkahn.com/.    - To support our mission to educate, inspire, and embolden the world to lean into eating plants instead of baby cow growth food, donate today to spread the word.   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org
Investing your money can be a scary and confusing process.    Where should you invest? What type of investments should you make? How can you be sure that your investments don’t contribute to unethical practices?   Exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, are growing in popularity due to their ease of trading while maintaining diversification benefits. And more ETFs are starting to focus on social good along with financial returns.    A new ETF, VEGN, aspires to tackle the concerns of vegans, animal rights activists, and environmentalists by steering clear of investing in companies that participate in animal abuse, destruction of the environment, and climate change.   Today’s guest, Claire Smith, is part of the team that launched VEGN.   She talks with Dotsie and Alexandra about how she’s using her financial and investment experience to grow the first vegan index on the market.   They discuss what an ETF is, how VEGN differs from the S&P 500, and how you can invest responsibly.     Tune in to hear how Claire is putting her money where her mouth is and how she’s making trading more ethical.   What we discuss in this episode:   - Five easy steps to switch to a plant-based diet   - Claire discusses what the US Vegan Climate ETF is all about   - How well do responsible portfolios perform?   - How the screening process works and what they do with the information   - The development of the index through a quantitative analysis   - What was Claire’s inspiration in creating the company?   - Check out the advisor site at www.beyondinvesting.com and learn more about VEGN at www.veganetf.com.   - To support our mission to educate, inspire, and embolden the world to lean into eating plants instead of baby cow growth food, donate today to spread the word.   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org
Ice hockey is often stereotyped as a white man’s sport. In fact, USA Today claims that the National Hockey League is made up of only 3% non-white players.   But today’s guest helped pave the way to increase that percentage and get more men of color on the ice.   Georges Laraque is a retired professional hockey player, Canadian sports commentator, author, and animal rights activist.   In his 13 years in the NHL, Georges played 695 games, including 57 in the playoffs and two fighting for the Stanley Cup.   Since making the switch in 2009, Georges has steadily contributed to the vegetarian and environmental movements in Montreal.     In this episode, Alexandra and Dotsie speak with Georges about his journey to becoming one of the few men of color to play in the NHL and how shifting to a plant-based diet affected his life and understanding of justice.   Tune in to hear more about Georges growing influence in the vegan, sports, and political communities.   What we discuss in this episode:   - What it was like for Georges growing up as a man of color who wanted to play hockey in Montreal   - Georges’s inspiration for pursuing a career in hockey   - How the documentary Earthlings encouraged Georges to shift to a plant-based diet   - How injustice toward animals is similar to other social inequalities   - Georges’s effect on the NHL community and the plant-based industry as a whole after becoming vegan   - How Georges is breaking down stereotypes of veganism through public speaking   - Follow George Laraque on Facebook at @bgl27, on Instagram at @georges_laraque, and on Twitter at @GeorgesLaraque. Check out his videos on YouTube at @douly27 and listen to his daily radio show at 919sport.ca/animateur/glaraque. Read more about his story on his website, GeorgesLaraque.com.   - To support our mission to educate, inspire, and embolden the world to lean into eating plants instead of baby cow growth food, donate today to spread the word.   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org  
How would our health outcomes change if we were proactive in treating illness and disease?   Is changing your diet an effective way to reverse chronic conditions?   Dr. Neal Barnard is a physician, clinical researcher, and advocate for preventative medicine.   As the founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and author of more than twenty books, Dr. Barnard is a leading voice in the plant-based movement.   When he isn’t lobbying for more sustainable practices in medicine, or being featured in popular documentaries like Supersize Me and Forks Over Knives, you might find him performing music with CarbonWorks.   In this episode, he joins us to discuss the science behind diabetes, how the Barnard Medical Center helps patients go plant-based, and diet’s role in the prevention and reversal of poor health conditions.   What we discuss in this episode:   - How medical school, political movements, and rebellion influenced Dr. Barnard’s worldview   - How addictive food and the power of culture keeps people resistant to dietary change   - The process the Barnard Medical Center goes through to educate patients and encourage them to try a plant-based diet as part of their treatment   - What is really causing diabetes? Dr. Barnard busts myths about sugar, fats, and symptoms vs. the cause of disease   - The surprising connection between diabetes and dopamine activity   - The Cheese Trap and the dangers of dairy: Why casomorphin is in dairy, and why cheese is addicting   - The connection between diet and Alzheimer’s Disease   - Do you need DHA? Is fish oil your only option to get it?   - Dr. Barnard’s role in the McLibel trial   - Follow Dr. Neal Barnard on Twitter at @DrNealBarnard, on Facebook at Neal Barnard, M.D., and on his blog at the PCRM website.   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org
How can athletes combat debilitating digestive disorders that are keeping them from performing at their peak? Today’s guest is Emilie Tan, speed skater turned endurance ultrarunner and meat-eating IBS sufferer turned plant-based healthy mom.  Like most of us, Emilie ate animal products for most of her life until health conditions starting catching up to her.  Within three months of making the switch, she channeled her newly gained energy into running the 2014 Melbourne Marathon.  In this episode, Emilie sits down with Alexandra and Dotsie to share the major transformation she’s made in her sporting journey, parenthood, and health. Tune in to hear how eating dairy affects your digestive system, the benefits of intuitive eating, and advice for raising plant-based children.    What we discuss in this episode:   - Why Emilie turned to a plant-based diet to stop her IBS   - What happens to your digestive system when you consume dairy   - How Emilie is raising her daughter to be vegan through baby-led weaning   - What Emilie’s doing to ensure her daughter gets all of her nutrients on a plant-based diet   - Emilie’s tips for mothers who are still breastfeeding their babies   - Follow Emilie Tan on Instagram at @emilieendurancerunner. Check out her website at www.emilieendurancerunner.com.   - To support our mission to educate, inspire, and embolden the world to lean into eating plants instead of baby cow growth food, donate today to spread the word.   Connect with Switch4Good   - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org
Considering how much information is at our fingertips every day, it seems as though more people should be aware of what really happens in animal agriculture.    Even with knowledge being more accessible than ever, people have to be proactive in educating themselves and researching outside of industry bias.   Today’s guest did just that, and transitioned to a plant-based diet after researching how his daily meat products were being manufactured.    Nil Zacharias is the co-founder of the popular site One Green Planet, co-author of Eat for the Planet, host of a podcast by the same name, and the founder of plant-based platforms Spire and 8020 Plants.    After learning the environmental effects of the animal agriculture industry, he made the switch and dedicated himself to helping others do the same.   He joins Dotsie and Alexandra in this episode to talk about his transition to a plant-based diet and why he left his law career to be an ambassador helping people on their own food journey.   Nil believes that many people have yet to make the transition due to errors in communication and understanding, and today he shares his secret to effectively connecting as an advocate.    Tune in to learn more about the environmental consequences of dairy and how you can be part of the solution.   What we discuss in this episode:   - The trigger that made Nil transition from a meat-eater to a plant-based diet lover   - His dairy industry discoveries that opened his eyes to the imposing environmental problems   - The humble beginnings of Eat For The Planet and how it has now become a movement   - How to effectively reach out to people by giving them a path   - Why Nil’s idea of success is not based on the amount of people giving up animal products, but by how many people are shifting to a plant-based diet   - How Spire and 8020Plants can help in a smooth transition for those wanting to switch to a plant-based diet   - Be one of the first to grab Nil’s Eat for the Planet Cookbook, coming January 2020   - Follow Nil Zacharias on Twitter at @nilzach and on Instagram at @zachariot. Follow Spire on Twitter at @spireconnection and 8020Plants on Twitter at @8020plants   - To support our mission to educate, inspire, and embolden the world to lean into eating plants instead of baby cow growth food, donate today to spread the word.   Connect with Switch4Good   - Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org   - Support Our Cause: https://switch4good.org/support-us/
More than 9 billion land animals are raised and killed for consumption every year, just in the United States.    The more people consume meat, the higher the demand, and the more animals are exploited and slaughtered.    But why do we tend to only eat certain kinds of meat? Why are more of us investing in premium pet products at the same time the chicken slaughter rate is continuing to increase?    Today’s guest shares some insight into this phenomenon, which she has coined carnism.   Dr. Melanie Joy is a Harvard-educated psychologist, author, and vegan advocate behind the concept of carnism. She’s also a TEDx speaker and recipient of the prestigious Ahimsa Award.   Tune in to hear Dr. Melanie Joy as she joins Dotsie and Alexandra to discuss how carnism is woven into the very fabric of our society. She explains that it’s both institutionalized and internalized, and held up by our social powerarchy.    Learn how carnism creates a defense mechanism that distorts perception, disconnects us from empathy, and how you can fight against it.    What we discuss in this episode:   - Why do we love dogs, eat pigs, and wear cows? Dr. Melanie Joy explains what carnism is and how it affects all of us   - The experience that made Melanie become vegan   - How people who practice carnism defend themselves   - Veganism isn’t an overnight change: Why awareness is key   - What Beyond Beliefs teaches us about non-vegans’ roles in the solution to ending the consumption of animal products   - The Powerarchy phenomenon, and how people compartmentalize their thoughts toward certain individuals or groups   - Be one of the first to get Melanie’s next book, Getting Relationships Right, coming February 2020   - Follow Melanie Joyon Facebook at @MelanieJoy or at @beyondcarnism, on Instagram at @beyondcarnism, and on Twitter at @BeyondCarnism. Check out her website at www.carnism.org   - To support our mission to educate, inspire, and embolden the world to lean into eating plants instead of baby cow growth food, donate today to spread the word.   Connect with Switch4Good   - Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood   - Website: switch4good.org   - Support Our Cause: https://switch4good.org/support-us/  
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Amalia Zimmerman

Amazing first episode. It's fun, informative, eye opening and engaging. I am so excited for more episodes to drop!

Feb 11th
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