PLANT BASED NUTRITION
a newsletter for people everywhere
Volume II, Number 1, Winter 1998
No Winter here. It‟s almost Spring. No snow. It‟s hitting north, west and south.
Somehow, every storm misses us this year. We remember vicious ice and blizzards such
as we‟ve been reading about. Even balmy New Jersey has had it worse than our area -
coastal flooding and beach erosion. But for us, this is an amazingly benign Winter. Then,
we‟ve seen snow here at the end of June.
IPBN Demonstration Garden One is providing winter kale, cabbage, broccoli and brussels
sprout leaves. We‟ve had some delicious soups and salads.
Garden catalogs have been arriving since this new calendar year began. Colorful, big,
thick, beautiful picture books - and we‟re learning, as usual, from the plant descriptions
our horticultural expert friends have printed along with the photos which have us
dreaming of the bounteous season to follow. These have long been textbooks for us. This
year we‟ll try to grow plants that look as good as the ones in the catalogs and
advertisements. They have our mouths watering for April lettuces, May rhubarb, June
blueberries, July corn, August tomatoes and September peaches.
Our blessings are many. Readers have responded wonderfully. Almost four thousand
copies of the first newsletter, PBN, I,1, have been circulating and twice that many flyers.
Our mail deliveries are growing as people connect with IPBN from all over America.
Thank you for cards and letters, email, faxes, books to review, videos, telephone calls,
nice notes with suggestions and 1998 Charter Membership checks. It is the quality, of
responses which delights us most and the quantity is respectable for a start-up effort. The
membership list can only be described as highly respectable. We are awed. There have
been “donations” and a “scholarship fund” has been initiated. The Internal Revenue
Service has approved tax exempt charitable educational scientific not-for-profit 503 (c) (3)
association status for IPBN. We appreciate everyone who has helped get this new
organization up and running.
The IPBN network is coast-to-coast and we have a couple of supporters in Canada. Look
out Mexico, we seek readers - and translators - everywhere possible. Latin America, with
volunteer help we‟ll be on the way soon as possible. We have a Brazilian relative who
may give us some advice in Portuguese. Our IPBN Board of Advisors is multi-ethnic,
multi-cultural and includes a bus driver along with several healthcare specialties. More
nice people serving nice people.
Check out the IPBN website. WOW. Our first reaction was: “LOVEIT!” A
former secretary faxed, “I love your website!” (She sent us two packets of fennel, one of sunflower seeds and a certificate for two weeks of lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studios). She‟s full of life and so is this website. It has color and real action. Plant pictures, plant text and plant people. The designer, a new father in Maryland, advised “Hold onto your seat.” He sought to create the “hottest vegan site on the web.” How‟d he do? It‟s lively and freely accessible globally through the internet at: http://www.plantbased.org anytime. Also visit the linked sites which are provided to expand
your horizons conveniently. Enjoy.
In March we‟ll host a visitor (28) from the Tartar republic whose wife says of our vegan
food “It will be good for him.” Victor Peppi wants to learn about “health foods” and we‟re ready for him. In the same month we‟ll intermittently feed a Russian (50) “vegetarian.” Pray for them. Send letters of condolence, for we are going to overfeed and entice them to try every vegan food choice, visit every vegan restaurant, loan them every vegan book and tell every vegan joke we know of. They‟ll have stories to tell about
nutraceuticals, phytonutrients and funny Americans to tell when they return to their homes in April. Maybe they‟ll translate issues of PBN into Russian and Tartar. We aim to entice
them into return visits and probably they‟ll want to learn what‟s going on where you live. Your letters will be relayed to them.
Oh, life is good. We thoroughly enjoyed the people, programs and food at Whole Foods EXPO-East in Baltimore, Maryland in October; D.C. VegeFest and Vegetarian Union of North America meeting in Arlington, Virginia as well as Boston Vegetarian Food Festival in November; January meetings of Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey, Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey Fruit Growers Association, and North American Bramble Growers Association in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Friends keep us posted on the goings on in Amarillo, Texas where we are headed in late February. We heard there was a huge vegetarian conference in Las Vegas, but know no details of it. Can you educate us regarding this and other gatherings of importance? Though we can‟t be everywhere, we‟ll go wherever we can and know that along with us, you and others will be looking out for and representing plant based nutrition at most of the get togethers on this continent. Maybe we can meet in July at the American Vegan Society and North American Vegetarian Society annual conferences in Oregon and Pennsylvania.
Meanwhile, let‟s plant gardens where there haven‟t been any and grow edible plants for
our personal nutritional improvement as well as surplus to give away. Besides love, is there a better gift than food? Vegetables, fruits, berries, nuts, roots, tubers, grains, grasses, leaves and herbs are even finer when shared.
This issue is loaded with information we hope interests. Gleaned from a seven foot pile of reading material, it‟s selected and phrased in hopes of interesting and leading you into still further adventures with plant based nutrition. Thank you for helping birth IPBN.
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Peace and love to each of you,
Jim and Dorothy
HEIRLOOM VEGETABLE GARDENING, A Master Gardener‟s Guide to Planting,
Seed Saving, and Cultural History (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1997. 430 text pages plus 24 in full color. $45.00 U.S.)
This is an outstanding contribution to plant knowledge and understanding by seasoned
author William Woys Weaver who lives at Roughwood, formerly an 1805 tavern and
surrounded by plants in raised beds and a greenhouse, nearby in Devon, Pennsylvania.
The pictures alone are worth the price - photographs, historic woodcuts and etchings
portray heirloom vegetables along with scientifically accurate descriptions keyed to related
text. This is an integrated handbook, well edited for practical use. It‟s easy to read and
fascinatingly woven with stories, illustrations, references and recipes blended perfectly.
He gives histories of each heirloom vegetable in his collection and provides “commercial
seed and plant stock sources. His citations cover the history of plant literature beginning
with Mattias de l‟Obel. Plantarum seu Stirpium Icones published in Antwerp, Belgium in
1591. The most recent citation is 1996. A professional chef, food researcher and
connoisseur, Will Weaver writes beautifully. He offers recipes from the past and describes
each vegetable lovingly. From a boy gardener provided by his grandfather with small tools
and heirloom vegetable seeds his Mennonite ancestors brought from Europe centuries ago,
this master gardener is also a master teacher. His mission in life is to save the
irreplaceable diversity yet present in our declining plant stock. Yes, unless we save the
genetic material in these heirloom seeds, much and eventually most of the ancient variety
will be gone forever. Let‟s join Will Weaver‟s crusade and preserve heirloom vegetables.
Every local library should have this reference on the shelves, each gardener a copy in hand
and plant eaters will relish this guide. Our advice is that one buy several copies for this is
a treasure book in the plant based nutrition library and suitable for gifting at any season.
Looks good, feels good, reads good. Great book.
Where do I get calcium, iron, protein and Vitamin B12? Plant sources suffice. Really!
JUICEMAN IS 75
“Kale, Broccoli and Greens” to prevent or slow osteoporosis, “”carrot, apple, ginger
[root] and parsley” for high cholesterol, he lists all the major diseases along with
vegetables and fruits which his research indicates have positive effects on them. Recently thJay Kordich “The Juiceman,” enjoyed his 75 birthday in January 1998, “televised before a
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live audience.” We were moved. He looked good in the 1950s when we first saw him and
he may be even fitter today. “I wouldn‟t be alive right now” without “juices” he says.
“When they go in my body, BINGO!” “Pure energy.” “It‟s enzymes that stimulate the
bowels.” We believe him, having bought our first juicer (a used ACME) from ageless
neighbors across the alley in Salt Lake City in 1959. Since, we wouldn‟t be without some
kind of juicing machine. THE JUICEMAN is excellent for separating pulp and juice. With
literature it costs $198.00 U.S. For further information call 800-313-2400 or write Box
380, Mt. Prospect, Illinois 60056. A friend who works night shift at IRS and runs
marathons raves about this machine. His Mother likes it too, and they both claim
improved health as a result of regular “juicing.” They were healthy before, now they
bounce and glow. They‟d dance your legs off and smile all the time. It‟s the
“electrolytes” “nutrients according to Jay Kordich. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUICEMAN!
Take good care of your 11 year old child and invite us all to the party when you reach
DR. JENSEN APPROACHES 90
We met juicing therapy advocate Bernard Jensen, Ph.D. last March at the annual WHOLE
FOODS EXPO at the Doubletree Hotel in Philadelphia, sponsored by the Center for
Advancement of Cancer Education.
Dr. Jensen was ebullient, bouncy and he glowed. Immaculate. Not everyone looks good
in a lavender suit, but he was radiant.
The sum and substance of his message was that he‟d been wrecked along with his car, was
wheel chair bound, suffered cancer and declared imminently dead. Then he remembered
that he should be taking his own advice. So he “lived on carrot juice” and experienced
diverse healing including cancer remission. After all, he has a Ph.D. In Clinical Nutrition
and should be eating properly - especially at his age. Nearly 90, he‟s prudent to be following the counsel he first espoused in the 1920s. We believe he‟s still alive and
enjoying life in Escondido, California.
This giant in the common sense health improvement movement recommends that you take
care of yourself wisely. Juicing THERAPY, Health Through Nature‟s Most Natural Methods -The Ulitimate in Nutritional Excellence, Extending a helping and for greater
self-help health care and the pursuit of happiness (1992) is but one of his nine books
currently in print and available through your health food store or directly from Dr. Bernard
Jensen, 24360 Old Wagon Road, Escondido, California 92027.
Dr. Jensen maintains a traveling and speaking schedule which few could maintain. Maybe
you‟d like to meet him too. Really a sweet man.
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Where do I get calcium, iron, protein and Vitamin B12? Plant sources suffice. Really!
Mad Carrot Disease?
“We are either part of the problem or part of the solution” according to Howard Lyman
who spoke last July at the North American Vegetarian Society SUMMERFEST in
Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Believing him to be the latter, members of the International
Vegetarian Union (IVU) elected him president and sent him off to Italy to meet with
fellow plant eaters there. Lately, he‟s in Amarillo along with Oprah Winfrey and a cast of
thousands seeking truth through the legal system of Texas. Fortunately, there‟s a fine
health food store and restaurant there. It‟s been serving the “Panhandle” with “whole
foods” since 1947. For extensive information on the “Oprah Case” look at these websites:
and check in regularly for updates. If the law were followed in Texas, Governor George
Bush Jr. would have to arrest his father for any disparaging comments regarding
broccoli…. Already a USDA official in the role of witness for the prosecution has
“broken down in tears” on the stand, “apologizing” for what some felt might have been
“racist” testimony. Is this a litigation about “food defamation” or what? Get out your
copy of the United States Constitution, read up on the First Amendment and be careful
when driving through the Lone Star State and eleven others who have similar “food