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During 3,175 Mile Run from Los Angeles to NYC, Vegan Athlete Changes Hearts and Minds

June 1, 2019 by Leave a Comment


The News

Vegan ultra runner Robbie Balenger ran from Los Angeles to New York City in 75 days, stopping along the way to educate mesmerized onlookers about the health and environmental benefits of a plant-based diet. At the finish line in Central Park, Balenger spoke to TheirTurn about his epic journey and the impact he and his team had on the people they met along the way.

Runner’s World, one of the media outlets that reported on Balenger’s expedition, published an in-depth story:


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Thousands Attend NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

May 23, 2018 by Leave a Comment


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Thousands of New Yorkers lined up outside of the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan to await their chance to taste hundreds of plant-based foods being sampled at the 8th Annual New York City Vegetarian Food Festival.  The two-day festival featured over 120 vendors and three stages of entertainment and expert presentations on health, nutrition and advocacy.

“Eight years ago, it was just a little space, and now we’ve got two floors and 8,000 people,” said Nira Paliwoda and Sarah Gross Feoli, the founders of U.S. VegCorp, which produces the festival. “It’s not just for vegans and vegetarians. It’s for everybody that loves great food and compassion.”

2018 NYC Vegetarian Food Festival


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Prominent NYC Cardiologist Says Plant-Based Diet Can Improve Sex

October 1, 2014 by Leave a Comment


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In an interview with the local press, prominent NYC cardiologist Robert Ostfeld states that his patients are telling him that transitioning to a plant-based diet has improved their sex lives. The Harvard-trained doctor, who runs the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore Hospital, says “Erectile disfunction may result from a clogged artery to the penis.” Only animal products contain artery-clogging cholesterol.

Dr. Ostfeld says that five of the 250 patients in his practice who have adopted a plant-based diet have volunteered that they’ve experienced “significant improvements to erectile dysfunction.” He suspects that the number is higher.

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Dr. Robert Ostfeld (photo: The NY Blue Print)

When patients argue that a plant-based diet seems “extreme,” Dr. Ostfield says that the effects of eating cholesterol-laden animal protein are far more extreme: “I think it’s extreme when someone saws my chest open, takes a vein from my leg and stitches it into my heart.”

In the article, Dr. Ostfeld describes many other benefits of a plant-based diet, but its impact on sex is what likely led the media outlet to publish the story.

Your Turn

To learn more about the benefits of a plant-based diet, watch the award-winning documentary film Forks Over Knives, which “examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.” The trailer is chilling:


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