Like a breath of fresh air—focusing on what we should be eating
After watching several of his videos for the past week, I went back and watched the first one in his Life At Its Best series. He began the 90-minute lecture by talking about what there would be left to eat after making a list of things that we shouldn’t be eating. It reminded me a little bit of our 4Leaf message—we need to focus on what we ARE eating; not what we’re avoiding.
In today’s video, Dr. Veith delves into our leading causes of death; then talks a great deal about supplements, phytochemicals, “estrogen” (for men and women) and the remarkable way our bodies can promote health if we simply give them the right fuel and a sufficient amount of rest.
He even has a quiz. He asks 14 simple “Yes or No” questions about what you are eating on a daily basis. He asks specifically whether or not you are eating certain amounts of things like beans, sprouts, fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, flaxseeds, grains, herbal teas, etc.
For each of the questions, he awards from 1 to 5 points for a Yes answer. He asks no questions about foods we should avoid. Then he asks the audience to compute their score:
- 26 to 35 points — Excellent
- 16 to 25 points — Good
- 6 to 15 points — Fair
- 0 to 5 points — Poor
While the audience totaled up their own scores, he told them about giving the same quiz to hundreds of students at the university. He said that their average score was 3, on a scale from zero to 35 points.
Sounds a lot like where most people in the USA would score on our 4Leaf scale—near the bottom of the “No-Leaf” level. His point, like our 4Leaf point, is that the typical Western diet bears almost no resemblance to the diet that Nature intended for us to eat. (FYI, I posted my score beneath his video).
Dr. Veith is South African and received his PhD in 1978. You can view his complete bio by clicking here, but here is just a snippet to give you the idea of his educational background.
1978 Ph.D. Zoology (University of Cape Town). Title of thesis: ‘Autoradiographic and Electron Microscopic study of embryonic nutrition in the teleost Clinus superciliosus’
2002-2004. Professor of Medical Bioscience, University of the Western Cape. Since 2005, Retired from academia but active as an international lecturer in most western countries and former east-block countries. Guest speaker at numerous international universities, health and science institutes, radio and television broadcasts as well as schools and church bodies on issues related to diet and degenerative diseases as well as science and religion.
As for Dr. Weith’s religious beliefs, one of my readers wrote and I agree, “It is hoped that you take the time to see the entire video. The facts would be as valid if they were made by a an evolutionist or creationist. The message is important, not the messenger or his religious beliefs.” That’s the way it should be in American politics too—but isn’t.
Meet Dr. Walter J. Veith
(I scored a 31 on his 35-point scale; what was your score?)
Click here for his complete “Life at its Best” series of 5 lectures.
Now, have you seen HOME and Earthlings yet? I try to watch both of them every few months and I always tell people about them in my public presentations. Sadly, according to my sampling, less than 2% of Americans have seen HOME and less than 5% have seen Earthlings.
So, for your Sunday afternoon viewing pleasure…
I have included HOME and Earthlings—both the trailer and the full-length version of each. If you’ve already seen these movies, you may wish to bookmark this page so that you can share with others at a later date. You may also want to share the link to this blog with people that you care about.
So gather your family, get some popcorn (or celery) and take a little time to learn about our responsibilities as humans when it comes to the future of this planet. The message in these movies is all about the tagline of our Harmony Project—promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.
Two great movies that we all must see.
HOME, debuted in 2009 but still hasn’t been seen by nearly enough people. Narrated by Glenn Close, this marvelous film describes how life evolved on planet Earth 4 billion years ago and how everything is connected—-land, water, air, trees, creatures and humankind.
As Glenn describes how humankind has disrupted the fragile harmony of Nature in just the past fifty years, the powerful message will leave you feeling differently about the role of the human race on our precious planet. Don’t have 90 minutes to spare right now? Then watch this two-minute trailer; then make some time real soon to watch the full 90-minute movie. You’ll be glad you did.
View the entire movie for free on YouTube
Next is Earthlings, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix. Another great movie, it helps us understand how we’re just one of millions of species on this planet. Yet, the way we live affects the livelihood of all of the others. This is a movie you should watch with your children. For a preview, take a look at the 3-minute trailer below:
Nature—Animals—Humankind. Get the connection? In the full 95-minute movie below, Joaquin covers the “three stages of truth.”
Earthlings––free on Google.
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I have taken the time to watch three of the five videos and have found Dr. Vieth’s lectures to be highly valuable. Jim, I recognize your goal as the “big picture guy” but find that the small picture “the science behind the plant based lifestyle” is what will change the attitudes of most people. I think you are right about the young college population being the most likely to accept and adopt the principles for this healthy lifestyle and believe videos like Dr. Vieth’s lectures will provide many with the small picture (science) behind the food choices we make. I would suggest that if anyone wants to know more about current nutritional plant based research, they should visit greenmedinfo.com for a eye opening of free pier reviewed and published scientific articles on the benefits of natural whole foods and spices. Of particular interest to me was the recent article on mushrooms.
Looking forward everyday to read another chapter on your blog!
You are doing a wonderful job!
Thanks again for giving people access to Dr. Veith’s five lectures and the movies “Home” and “Earthlings” which should be seen by everyone so they might more fully understand how their future health and welfare might be affected by happenings in other parts of the world. It takes time to watch videos and movies but no one can do it for us and we may begin to question things that never crossed our minds. Choices we make today will affect us in the future. If one is concerned about fertility, diabetes and other maladies they should see “Udderly Amazing” in Dr. Veith’s lecture series.
Congratulations on reaching a high number on the point scale.