Imagine being 95 years old while still being able to mow the lawn and walk up and down flights of stairs and working as a heart surgeon. Meet Dr. Ellsworth Wareham, the centenarian cardiothoracic surgeon and apple farmer from Loma Linda, California.

Photo: Dr. Ellsworth Wareham, courtesy Loma Linda University https://news.llu.edu/patient-care/memoriam-ellsworth-wareham-104-was-blue-zone-pioneer-and-cardiothoracic-surgeon

Many people have heard of Dr. Ellsworth Wareham because he has been interviewed by National Geographic, The Dr. Oz Show, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and has appeared in documentaries about longevity because he was over 100 years old, worked as a prominent cardiothoracic surgeon until the age of 95, and was a vegan for over 50 years. He…


The secret to good eyesight as we age may not be a secret after all. The adage that eating your carrots will ensure good eyesight has some truth. Mom may have been right all along! Even though conventional therapies for improving eyesight like eyeglasses, contact lenses, and surgery may be preferred by some, it is evident that proper nutrition and lifestyle modifications may be equally or more effective for the treatment and prevention of vision impairment and loss.

Traditional medical and eye doctors are taught to treat conditions in a disease model. A doctor visit for a health condition will…


What do mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and olives have in common? These food items may be the toppings on a pizza, but they share another characteristic; they are all fermented foods. Sauerkraut is usually what comes to mind when people think of fermented foods. Many other treasured foods like yogurt, wine, beer, sourdough bread, kimchi, salami, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, and tempeh are also fermented foods. Humans have been fermenting foods for thousands of years as a method of food preparation and preservation, but more recently we discovered the important role that these foods play in human health.

Fermentation can be…


There has been a lot of hype about the EPIC-Oxford study and that they show higher bone fractures in vegans. A number of different plant-based doctors and YouTubers have covered the topic with their hypothesis of what may be the cause. Is it nutrient deficiency, or perhaps the study is flawed? One my my favorite vegan / plant-based dieticians, Jack Norris, covered the topic in depth with 6 articles on Vegan Health UK. …


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COVID Penis? Yes it is true! Another reason why you want to avoid COVID-19 at all costs! How does erectile dysfunction happen from SARS-CoV2 (the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease)?

COVID-19 Can Be Considered A Vascular Disease

In the paper ‘COVID-19 — A vascular disease‘, they state: “Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) leads to multi-system dysfunction with emerging evidence suggesting that SARS-CoV-2-mediated endothelial injury is an important effector of the virus.”

SARS-CoV2 uses the ACE2 receptor to enter our cells. The vascular endothelium (the paper thin lining that lines out blood vessels, heart, and brain) is abundant in these ACE2 receptors and make them…


I recently watched a documentary on ‘Earthing’ called ‘The Earthing Movie: The Remarkable Science of Grounding’. The documentary had plenty of anecdotal stories about children being able to accomplish more while ‘grounded’, as well as helping behavioral issues, and even autism. It also featured several doctors and researches and quoted a few studies that were done on grounding. The movie makers and participants state that inflammation can be eliminated by grounding, and that muscle repair happens more quickly with grounding.

Some of the statements made in the movie seemed a bit over zealous to me, so I decided to do…


DIY Face Mask For Coronavirus Protection

DIY Facemask COVID19 Coronavirus Protection PPE
DIY Facemask COVID19 Coronavirus Protection PPE
DIY N95 style face mask

Due to the massive shortage of N95 masks and personal protection equipment (PPE) that protect us — and especially healthcare workers — against the COVID-19 Coronavirus, I thought I would share with you a little research that I think is plausible for a DIY face mask.

It is important to note that I am not guaranteeing results or effectiveness so this should not be construed as medical advice.

PPE Shortage

I think it is super important to note that as of today 3/19/20 we are almost out of N95 PPE masks for healthcare professionals. See #PPEshortage…


What is with all these artificial cirrus clouds? Are airplanes spraying chemicals over our heads? Could this be the cause of climate change? Is this all just a hoax?

Chemtrails and Conspiracy Theories

A search on Google for ‘Chemtrails’ will yield over 7 million results! Before you dive down the chemtrail theory rabbit hole, know that you will be delving into a world of passionate individuals that will do everything possible to convince you that their theory holds water. In your search , you will read about whistle blowers, Dane Wigington, Geoengineering, Climate Engineering, Solar Radiation Management, HAARP, and Weather Modification.

Note that often…


Are you considering a plant-based diet? The easiest way to stay compliant on a whole food plant-based diet is by purchasing the right staples.

Meal prep is also important, which I will cover in a separate post, so please follow along.

Find out how I lost 168 lbs. / 76 kg on a #PlantBasedDiet HERE.

Without Further Ado:

Beans and Legumes:

  • Dry lentils (green or red), split peas, dry beans of your choice ( black beans, pinto beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, navy beans)
  • Canned beans for convenience (chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans, green beans)
  • Refrigerated Beans: Tofu, Tempeh, Miso.(refrigerated …


168 lbs. Weight Loss!

In 2011, I took over a small restaurant in my town and shortly after, we turned it into a BBQ joint. Over the course of 5 years, I gained almost 150lbs. / 68kg. I weighed 348 lbs. / 158kg. I also developed severe joint pain and was taking 21 (4,200mg) ibuprofen daily. I had horrible sleep apnea, and eventually was pre-diabetic, had high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

In 2016, I developed severe edema. My hands, feet and legs were always swollen. I saw my doctor many times and the answer was always to throw pills at me. I was…

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