Sweet Misery

Videos & Discussion Hosted By Mei-Ling Shek

pixaabay aspartame 884051 640The artificial sweetener Aspartame was accidentally discovered in 1965 by the chemist James Schlatter. It was initially approved for use in food products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1981. Now it is approved for human consumption in more than ninety countries.  Aspartame is an ingredient in about 6,000 consumer foods and beverages sold worldwide, sold under the trade names Equal, NutraSweet, and Canderel.  It is even in pharmaceuticals that we cannot escape from. Aspartame breaks down in the human body into aspartic acid (an amino acid), phenylalanine (an essential amino acid), and methanol. Methanol is further converted into formaldehyde and formic acid.  While the safety of aspartame is upheld by government agencies and many in the scientific establishment, what is the reality?

Come join us to see the video “Sweet Misery” suggested by EGG member Beverly Turner!


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Better Eating Habits And Sustainability

A Day Of Videos And Discussion Led By Rod Kirk

pixabay pizza 2802398 1920 smLast week we dove into our choices of medical treatments to make our lives better. This week we are going to focus on details of what we eat, or rather what we should be eating and not eating to establish a sustainable way of life. We will view a fascinating and informative video from Dr. Neal Barnard who is the founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). The main focus will be on striving for a non-dairy diet. Dr. Barnard will present some eye opening research on how our body reacts to dairy products. We have several members who have put Dr. Barnard's advice into practice. I am sure we will have some interesting discussions on this topic.

Please come and be a part of this life enrichment session!


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Three Green Integrative Health Solutions That Will Help You Live Better In The Coming Decade

A Presentation By Lauren Burton

Pixabay cold 1972619 1920 smMedical science has made tremendous advances even in the past few years, making huge strides in tackling even the most dreaded diseases.  But the big challenge remains:  how do we help those of us living longer lives, many of us with chronic disease, as we age?  And how can we do this in a way that is most responsible to the Earth on which we live?  With conflicting incentives that include perpetuating rather than curing chronic disease, is medical science the answer?  In this talk I will introduce three powerful but mostly ignored integrative solutions which can have life-changing results without the use of drugs.

Join us for this very informative session!

Sugar and Us

A Presentation & Discussion By Mei-Ling Shek

pixabay food 2867155 640Almost all of us like eating sweet things, and we would like to forget that food loaded with sugar is not good for us. Scientists believe that ten years from now, between 20% to 50% of the entire world's population will be classified as obese. We shall view  “Sugar—the elephant in the kitchen”, in which Dr. Lustig, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at UC San Francisco, assesses the health dangers of sugar and its link to Type-2 diabetes and the global obesity epidemic. He is the author of several books and many articles on childhood obesity, including “Obesity Before Birth”. Then we shall see a neuroscientist’s perspective by viewing Dr. Amy Reichelt’s “This is Your Brain on Sugar”. The role of sugar is really complex, as  Stanford Chemistry Professor Carolyn Bertozzi will tell us in “The sugar coating on your cells is trying to tell you something”.

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Your Microbiome: What Is It, & How Can It Help Or Hurt You?

A Video & Discussion Day Hosted By Mei-Ling Shek

pixabay bacteria 1959389 640Your body hosts literally trillions of organisms—bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other tiny life forms—that collectively make up your microbiome. But what does your microbiome do, and how can it affect your health? Dr. Sonnenburg, bestselling author of The Good Gut, will explain the link between our Western diet and chronic illness. We shall view a video of his presentation at the public event Health Matters at Stanford in 2017. He’ll also suggest ways you can take back the reins and restore your health through diet and lifestyle. Presentation by Justin Sonnenburg, PhD, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University.

Join us for this interesting session to learn more about human health!


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Unconventional Methods for Urban Vegetable Gardening - Hosted by Mei-Ling Shek

Unconventional Methods for Urban Vegetable Gardening - Hosted by Mei-Ling Shek

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Come learn about innovative ways that people grow food in urban areas. We shall view several videos about unconventional ways of growing food, that not only make efficient use of resources and reduce waste, but also deliver fresh, high-quality produce to urban consumers.

We shall learn about the role of aquaponics in the future of our food supply from Charlie Price, of the social enterprise Aquaponics UK, and take a virtual tour of Ouroborosfarms in Half Moon Bay.

Then Pui-Kwan Chu will talk of how she got started with urban gardening projects in Hong Kong, a city of 7 million people, so that people can get some real food.

Stuart Oda, Co-Founder of Alesca Life, will tell us how he hopes to revolutionize the agricultural industry by means of urban farming inside of shipping containers, bringing food security and food safety to the masses, and also ending the environmental degradation incurred by today’s industrial agriculture.

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