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Two Heart Attacks at Age 29: A Story That Ends Well

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Ivan 570x2991 Two Heart Attacks at Age 29: A Story That Ends WellOn July 9th of this year, I had a heart attack at age 29. It hit me at the Walgreens pharmacy, after a couple of bouts of intense anxiety had plagued me over the prior week. BAM!!! The pain was excruciating. My only thought was that I was going to die in Walgreens. The pharmacy clerk called 911, and an ambulance took me to Banner Estrella Hospital in Phoenix.

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Recipes for a Plant-Based Thanksgiving 2013

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Every year, about  a month before the Thanksgiving holiday, I start planning my menu for the big day. Some years I want my old favorites, and some years I like to stir things up–choosing recipes that, while unusual to my upbringing, still reflect the flavors of the season. This year I look forward to traditional flavors done in a new way—cranberries and pears in the Autumn Wheat Berry Salad, or spices like cinnamon and nutmeg in The Sweet Potato Bisque. Whatever my menu, I like knowing that I am enjoying great tasting food that is also truly healthy.

Photos by Sylvia Vale

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Twice Baked Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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Twice Baked Stuffed Sweet Potatoes 570x299 Twice Baked Stuffed Sweet PotatoesI created this dish as a way to use leftover cranberry relish. But it’s so good, that now I make cranberry relish all year round just so I can make this. I freeze the cranberries when they are in season.
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Fire Brigade Stuffing

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Fire Brigade Stuffing 570x299 Fire Brigade StuffingMy brother-in-law, Brian, makes this stuffing, which will make your palate swoon and your tummy sing. Here’s a fun twist to make your guests swoon as well: Cook, then serve this inside a pumpkin. Seriously! Find a cooking pumpkin that will fit inside your oven, clean out the insides, stuff the open space with stuffing, place the lid back on, and cook as described below.
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Breakfast Tacos

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Breakfast Tacos 570x299 Breakfast TacosI’m always looking for ways to slip more vegetables into my diet (particularly at breakfast) and these tacos hit the nail on the head: greens, beans, and sweet potatoes before lunch? I can feel good about that! Bonus: They are really filling and leave me satisfied for hours. I tend to make these tacos for breakfast when I have leftover cooked greens and sweet potatoes from the day before.
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How Not to Need Viagra

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HOW NOT TO NEED VIAGRA 570x299 How <em>Not</em> to Need ViagraErectile dysfunction has been getting a lot of publicity in recent years, and when a brand-new drug, Viagra, hit the market in 1998, it zoomed immediately to the top of the list of best-selling pharmaceuticals, helped by heavy advertising and lots of free samples.

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Incorporating Compassion for Farmed Animals

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Melanie 570x299 Incorporating Compassion for Farmed AnimalsThe following piece is the acceptance speech given by Dr. Melanie Joy on October 9, 2013 at the House of Commons in London, where she was presented with the Institute of Jainology’s prestigious Ahimsa Award for her international work on nonviolence. Dr. Joy is the eighth recipient of the award. Former recipients include the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela.

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Pumpkin Bean Bars

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Low Fat Pumpkin Bean Bars570x299 Pumpkin Bean BarsA wonderful pumpkin bar made with beans and other wholesome ingredients. For a chocolate-pumpkin bean brownie, use ¼ cup cocoa in place of ¼ cup oats. You can also use black beans for the chocolate recipe to get the right brownie color.
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White Bean and Vegetable Soup

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This is another great meal because if I don’t have one ingredient, I know there’s an easy substitute in my fridge. This soup has changed over the years. Below is my current version. I serve this with warm bread and a simple salad or sautéed broccolini with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of sea salt.
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Heart Attack at 67 Led to Diet Changes … Now Off Multiple Meds and Feeling Better Each Day!

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Patrick 570x299 Heart Attack at 67 Led to Diet Changes … Now Off Multiple Meds and Feeling Better Each Day!In 2008, at 67, I had a heart attack and two stents were inserted.

Although I appeared in good health, fit, and not overweight, in hindsight I’m not surprised by the heart attack. My uncle and a nephew died from heart disease in their 40s; my younger brother died suddenly in his late 50s; and my youngest brother recently had a heart attack with six bypasses, which resulted in congestive heart failure, poor kidney function, and insulin-dependent type 2 diabetes.

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