Vegan Research and Debate Links

(for background and reasoning for going vegan plus vlogs, useful vegan resources and recipes go here)


Research links on health, environment and other topics surrounding veganism, some topics with other opinions.

(Note regarding links to Mic the Vegan: he always posts links to research below his videos)


What changes occur when you go (healthy) vegan

Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on vegan nutrition

Health cost savings of plant-based nutrition

Low carb and ketogenic diet

Fat loss and appetite-control on a vegan diet

Lectins: how dangerous are they?

Are humans omnivores?

French paradox debunked

Example of bad science

Autoimmune diseases

General benefits of plant-based nutrition: cancer, diabetes, chronic diseases, heart disease, gut microbiome, reduction of red and processed meat


Stroke higher in vegetarians / vegans debunk

Atherosclerosis only occurs in herbivores

Dairy: IGF-I and cancer, hormones, eggs and cardiovascular disease, choline deficiency debunked

Omega 3: fish oil versus algae oil

Animal agriculture: e.g. carbon dioxide, holistic management / regenerative agriculture debunk, amount of land used, inefficiency

IPCC underplay intensity of climate change

Debunk of veganism is worse for the environment

46% of oceanic debris comes from discarded fishing equipment

What the Health film: links, debunk, debunk of debunk

Long-term deficiencies in veganism

Soyboy debunk

Longest lived populations: Adventists and Okinawans

High meat and dairy populations: myths about Inuits and Masai

Anthropology and Paleo

Neanderthals – poss. vegan examples, intelligence etc.

Humans are not apex predators

Blood types debunked


Vegan childbirth

Vegan pets

All nutrients can be met with vegan diet

Iron and deficiency

How to deal with anemia

Eisen (deutsch)

Diabetes and its reversal, saturated fats cause diabetes type 2

GMO, glyphosate and gut health


Multiple Sclerosis

Cancer: colorectal survival improvement

Prostate cancer reversal


Multiple Sclerosis

Chron’s Disease



Contamination of milk


Fruitarianism issues

Nearest animals to humans: the bonobo

Psychology and veganism/carnism

Atkins had a history of heart disease

Dr Robert Lustig claims and debunk

Welfare and animal husbandry and ethics

Common questions to vegans

Answers to anti-vegan arguments


Vegan philanthropist

Australia heart statistics

BBC corruption

Korruption in Deutschland







position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on vegan nutrition

It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that appropriately planned
vegetarian, including vegan, diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide
health benefits for the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. These diets are
appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy,
childhood, adolescence, older adulthood, and for athletes. Plant-based diets are more
environmentally sustainable than diets rich in animal products because they use fewer
natural resources and are associated with much less environmental damage. Vegetarians and vegans are at reduced risk of certain health conditions, including ischemic
heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, certain types of cancer, and obesity. Low
intake of saturated fat and high intakes of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, soy
products, nuts, and seeds (all rich in fiber and phytochemicals) are characteristics of
vegetarian and vegan diets that produce lower total and low-density lipoprotein
cholesterol levels and better serum glucose control. These factors contribute to reduction of chronic disease. Vegans need reliable sources of vitamin B-12, such as fortified
foods or supplements.
J Acad Nutr Diet. 2016;116:1970-19″

Health cost savings of plant-based nutrition





Keto for “long-term”

plant vs keto diets

at  2:11:16 an Ecuador population, their diet and longevity. No IGF1



Low-Carbohydrate Diets Increase Risk for Heart Disorder

Low-carbohydrate diets increase the risk for atrial fibrillation (AFib), a common disorder of heart rhythm, according to a poster presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session. Researchers tracked daily carbohydrate intake in 14,000 diet records from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study and monitored incidences of heart arrhythmias. Those who consumed the least amount of carbohydrate increased the chance of developing AFib by 18 percent, compared with those who consumed the most carbohydrate. AFib is associated with a five-fold increased risk for stroke and may lead to heart failure. Carbohydrate restriction lowers intake of grains, fruits, and vegetables linked to reduced inflammation and may increase consumption of high-fat, high-protein foods associated with oxidative stress.

Zhuang X. U-shaped relationship between carbohydrate intake proportion and incident atrial fibrillation. Poster presented at: 68th American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session. March 16-18, 2019; New Orleans, LA.


Keto – arguments FOR

Myth of meat, WHO promotes meat in 1900 ca. (approx 11:30) flawed in places?

Low-Carb, Animal-Based Diets Associated with Early Death

Seidelmann SB, Claggett B, Cheng S, et al. Dietary carbohydrate intake and mortality: a prospective cohort study and meta-analysis. Lancet. Published online August 16, 2018.

Higher all-cause mortality in Ketogenic diets

Young, Healthy People Still at Risk of Death from Heart Disease and Cholesterol

Abdullah SM, Defina LF, Leonard D, et al. Long-term association of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol with cardiovascular mortality in individuals at low 10-year risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease: Results from the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study. Circulation. Published online August 16, 2018.

Ketogenic Diets Impair Exercise Performance

Wroble KA, Trott MN, Schweitzer GG, Rahman RS, Kelly PV, Weiss EP. Low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet impairs anaerobic exercise performance in exercise-trained women and men: a randomized-sequence crossover trial. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. Published online April 4, 2018.

Mediterranean vs low fat study – data misleading. Comment by Dr. Ormish at 1:31:22

Original study:


Fat loss and appetite-control on a vegan diet



approx 2:40





reasons for high levels of some diseases in vegans / vegetarians:






Animal Protein Linked to Death in Those with Cancer, Diabetes, and Heart Disease
Higher intakes of animal protein increased risk of death in those with cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, according to a study published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers followed the diets of 2,641 participants from the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study and compared protein intake with death from chronic disease. Those who consumed more meat and protein from animal-based sources in place of plant-based sources increased their risk of death from chronic disease by 23 percent. Possible mechanisms for the increased risk include decreased kidney function and increased production of cancer-related hormones associated with higher animal-based protein intake.
Virtanen HEK, Voutilainen S, Koskinen TT, et al. Dietary proteins and protein sources and risk of death: the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study. Am J Clin Nutr. Published online April 9, 2019

Experts Recommend Dietary Guidelines Exclude Red and Processed Meat

Experts from Harvard University recommend that dietary guidelines exclude red and processed meat in favor of plant-based foods for the benefit of human health and the environment, according to a publication from the American Diabetes Association. The authors examined the methodologies behind recent dietary recommendations from the Nutritional Recommendations (NutriRECS) consortium, which called for no reductions in red and processed meat intake, and found several limitations, inadequacies, and misinterpretations of data. Researchers reassessed the health impacts of these foods with more appropriate rubrics and found close associations between red and processed meat consumption and diabetes and increased mortality. Results also showed replacing red meat with plant-based protein sources improved cholesterol levels and other health outcomes. The authors suggest that dietary guidelines that emphasize vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and legumes and limit red and processed meat best promote human and environmental health.

Qian F, Riddle MC, Wylie-Rosett J, Hu FB. Red and processed meats and health risks: How strong is the evidence? Diabetes Care. 2020;43:265–271.


Seventh-Day Adventists Have Lower Risk of Cancer and Death

Seventh-Day Adventists, who often follow a plant-based diet, have a lower risk of cancer and death from any cause, according to research published in the journal Cancer. Researchers compared all-cause mortality and cancer incidence rates from Adventist Health Study 2 (AHS-2) participants and the general U.S. population documented in census data. Early death and cancer incidence rates were lower in the AHS-2 population by 33 and 30 percent, respectively, when compared to those in the general population. Early death and cancer incidence rates were lower among black AHS-2 participants by 36 and 22 percent, respectively, compared with blacks in the census data. The authors attribute lower cancer risk, increased quality of life in later years, and benefits to other health outcomes in the AHS-2 group to lifestyle habits, including nonsmoking, exercise, and reduced consumption of meat and suggest these results may transfer to the general U.S. population by adopting similar habits.

Fraser GE, Cosgrove CM, Mashchak AD, Orlich MJ, Altekruse SF. Lower rates of cancer and all-cause mortality in an Adventist cohort compared with a US census population. Cancer. Published online November 25, 2019. 


Vegan Diets Reduce the Risk for Chronic Disease

People following vegan diets are less likely to develop chronic diseases, compared with other dietary groups, according to a study funded by the NIH/National Cancer Institute. Researchers analyzed the diets of those following vegan, lacto-ovo-vegetarian, semi-vegetarian, pesco-vegetarian, and non-vegetarian eating patterns and tracked several health biomarkers. Based on those biomarkers, the vegan group had the lowest risk for cancer, heart disease, and hypertension, compared with the other groups. The vegan group also had higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids and higher serum levels of carotenoids and isoflavones associated with lower inflammation. Vegans consumed the most fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes and had the highest intakes of beta-carotene and fiber and the lowest intakes of saturated fatty acids. The vegan group was the only group to be in a healthy weight range, while all other groups were overweight, on average. These findings offer more insight into the relationship between diet-related biomarkers and disease and support vegan diets as a healthful approach to disease prevention.

Miles FL, Lloren JIC, Haddad E, et al. Plasma, urine, and adipose tissue biomarkers of dietary intake differ between vegetarian and non-vegetarian diet groups in the Adventist Health Study-2. J Nutr. Published online February 15, 2019


Plant-Based Diets Promote Healthy Gut Microbiome

High-fiber vegan diets promote healthful and stable gut bacteria, according to a review published in Frontiers in Nutrition. Increased intake of fiber and other plant components associated with plant-based diets increase the growth of beneficial bacteria that reduce inflammation and cardiovascular disease risk. Fiber also increases short-chain fatty acids linked to improved immunity and improved intestinal function. These conclusions indicate that diet contributes to healthful microbiome diversity more than any other factor, and a plant-based diet is the most effective means to ensure optimal gut health.

Tomova A, Bukovsky I, Rembert E, et al. The effects of vegetarian and vegan diets on gut microbiota. Front Nutr. Published online April 17, 2019



Lifestyle Modifications Effective for Heart Failure Treatment and Prevention

Lifestyle modifications, including diet changes, help treat and prevent heart failure, according to a new report published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Several researchers analyzed how lifestyle, such as weight management and nutrition, influences heart failure risk. Poor diet, minimal exercise, and stress all contribute to increased risk for heart failure, while more exercise, stress management, and plant-based eating proved most effective for reduced risk for heart failure. Clinicians should incorporate nutrition and exercise education into clinical practice to prevent and treat heart failure.

Aggarwal M, Bozkurt B, Panjrath G, et al. Lifestyle modifications for preventing and treating heart failure. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2018;72:2391-2405.


Vegan Diets Lead to Better Health
Those who follow a vegan diet are less likely to have cardiometabolic risk factors, compared with those who consume omnivorous diets, according to a new meta-analysis. Researchers analyzed 40 studies from more than a dozen countries to compare outcomes for people consuming vegan diets with those consuming omnivorous diets and found that people following vegan diets consumed fewer calories and less saturated fat and had lower body mass, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, and fasting blood glucose, compared with controls. In Taiwan, there were fewer differences between the vegan and non-vegan groups. The authors suspect those defined as vegans in Taiwan adhere less strictly to a vegan diet while the omnivores there consume fewer animal products, compared with populations in other countries.
Benatar JR, Stewart RAH. Cardiometabolic risk factors in vegans; a meta-analysis of observation studies. PLOS ONE. Published online December 20, 2018.

Replacing Red Meat with Plant Protein Lowers Risk for Heart Disease

Replacing red meat with plant-based protein sources lowers your risk for heart disease, according to a meta-analysis published in Circulation. Researchers reviewed studies that compared diets that included red meat with eating habits that replaced red meat with foods such as legumes and tracked cardiovascular disease risk factors. Plant-based protein sources in place of red meat produced improvements in blood lipids. Replacing red meat with fish did not reduce the risk for heart disease. The authors noted that reduced intakes of saturated fat and cholesterol and increased intakes of fiber and antioxidants found in plants may be possible mechanisms for the improvements.

Ferré MG, Satija A, Blondin SA, et al. Meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of red meat consumption in comparison with various comparison diets on cardiovascular risk factors. Circulation. Published online April 8, 2019.
Plant-Based Diets Lower Risk for Heart Failure
Plant-based diets lower the risk for heart failure, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers compared plant-based, Southern, and three other eating patterns with heart disease incidence rates. Those who followed a plant-based diet had a 41 percent lower risk for heart failure when compared to those with the lowest adherence to a plant-based diet. A Southern-style dietary pattern rich in fried foods and processed meat increased the risk of heart failure by 72 percent, compared with those who ate fewer of the foods associated with that pattern. Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds associated with plant-based diets may explain the decreased risk for heart disease.
Lara KM, Levitan EB, Gutierrez OM, et al. Dietary patterns and incident heart failure in U.S. adults without known coronary disease. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2019;73:2036-2045.
Stroke higher in vegetarians / vegans debunk


IGF-1 growth hormone and cancer

IGF-1 Congenital Deficiency and Cancer:

Estrogen raises, testosterone lowers after drinking milk:

60-80% of exogenous estrogen from dairy:

Female cancers risk vegan vs vegetarian:

Egg consumption and exponential artery clogging:

300,000 person egg and cardiovascular disease meta analysis:

eggs unsure

after the huge debate

eggs, not too many or none



vegan diets risk choline deficiency debunked




greater conversion of ALA in vegetarians (no fish)?





Which Diet Has the Least Environmental Impact on
Our Planet? A Systematic Review of Vegan,
Vegetarian and Omnivorous Diets

Bingli Clark Chai, Johannes Reidar van der Voort, Kristina Grofelnik , Helga Gudny Eliasdottir,
Ines Klöss and Federico J. A. Perez-Cueto *
Design & Consumer Behaviour Section, Department of Food Science, Faculty of Science,
University of Copenhagen, Rolighedsvej 26, 1958 Frederiksberg C, Denmark
* Correspondence:
Received: 11 July 2019; Accepted: 24 July 2019; Published: 30 July 2019

Abstract: The food that we consume has a large impact on our environment. The impact varies
significantly between different diets. The aim of this systematic review is to address the question:
Which diet has the least environmental impact on our planet? A comparison of a vegan, vegetarian
and omnivorous diets. This systematic review is based on 16 studies and 18 reviews. The included
studies were selected by focusing directly on environmental impacts of human diets. Four electronic
bibliographic databases, PubMed, Medline, Scopus and Web of Science were used to conduct a
systematic literature search based on fixed inclusion and exclusion criteria. The durations of the
studies ranged from 7 days to 27 years. Most were carried out in the US or Europe. Results from
our review suggest that the vegan diet is the optimal diet for the environment because, out of
all the compared diets, its production results in the lowest level of GHG emissions. Additionally,
the reviewed studies indicate the possibility of achieving the same environmental impact as that
of the vegan diet, without excluding the meat and dairy food groups, but rather, by reducing
them substantially.


Grazing Mimicry – Holistic Management / regenerative agriculture


Is “regenerative grazing” the new “clean coal”?


Debunk of veganism is worse for the environment


Agriculture, Use Of Land

41%+ in US used for animal agriculture


cowspiracy links



land-use inefficiency

comparison of “milks”

guardian summary

IPCC underplay intensity of climate change (e-g- they didn’t incorporate mitigtion through regained land and rewilding in 2019 report which would be massive)


UN report

The opportunity cost of animal based diets exceeds all food losses


46% of oceanic debris comes from discarded fishing equipment





debunk of debunker

2nd debunk (see links on page to traced fat)




soyboy debunk

Low calorie low protein




Vegan Adventists do best


original study:

declining longevity due to western diet

comparison of traditional and modern diets:

see vid with tables below 1m03s

comments by the director of the study




Eskimos Inuits Masai:

following from mic:…/10943329_


Mortality and Lifespan Data of the Inuit


Possible vegan Neanderthals

cooking starches

as intelligent as homo sapiens


Some comments about Anthropology and Paleo – no source links – 20:30 (e.g. Nathaniel Dominy

Humans are not apex predators



current studies

Herbivores eating meat

101 yr old vegan





Eggs And Industry


recommended dose of omega 3 components


vegan childbirth

vegan pets

all nutrients can be met with vegan diet :

This position paper reviews the current scientific data related

to key nutrients for vegetarians, including protein, iron, zinc,

calcium, vitamin D, riboflavin, vitamin B-12, vitamin A, n-3

fatty acids, and iodine. A vegetarian, including vegan, diet can

meet current recommendations for all of these nutrients

iron argument around 7:10

Milk consumption inhibits iron absorption

How to deal with anemia

How To Keep Your Iron Levels Up on a Vegan (or Vegetarian) Diet

non-heme- and heme-iron

Eisen (deutsch) – empfohlene Quellen u.s.w..  (33:49)



“diabetes cannot be reversed” industry-funded pro ketogenic?

Diabetes & Ketogenic Diet: Can You Manage Your Diabetes On A Ketogenic Diet?

points to reducing sat fats and upping WFPB

Plant-Based Diets Improve Quality of Life in Type 2 Diabetes Patients

A plant-based diet improves psychological well-being in type 2 diabetes patients, according to a review published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care. Researchers reviewed 11 controlled trials on dietary interventions for type 2 diabetes and found that plant-based diets improved well-being overall when compared to dietary interventions from various diabetes associations. Participants reported less pain and saw improvements in depression, weight, quality of life, cholesterol and HbA1c levels, and other health outcomes. Adherence was higher among the plant-based intervention groups, which also suggested higher acceptability, compared with control groups, demonstrating the potential effectiveness of plant-based diets as a clinical intervention for type 2 diabetes.

Toumpanakis A, Turnbull T, Alba-Barba I. BMJ Open Diab Res Care. 2018;6:e000534.

other diabetes and dairy, meat diabetes 1 manage and 2 blindness reversal CHECK COMMENTS FROM diabetics!!!

Große Zuckerlüge Arte

wie viel Zucker ist ungefährlich? “individuell bedingt”, aber tierischer Fett?? 18:50

36:16 15% Diabetiker sind shlank

Fats And Diabetes

skinny omnivores and vegans study – better vegan results 3:45


Insulin resistance correlated with saturated fats

saturated fats more toxic for liver than simple sugars and unsat. fats



Simply Raw Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days


GMOs, Glyphosate & Gut Health is inflammation the cause of most diseases?

1:23 mins approx vincristine

Low carb, complete protein, (6:30) detox, serotine in gut goes to brain (8:36) myths


Multiple Sclerosis


Healthful (note: “more plant foods and fewer animal products”) Diet Improves Cancer Survival in Colorectal Cancer Patients

A healthful diet increases cancer survival among those with colorectal cancer, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Researchers compared dietary quality for several dietary approaches, including American Cancer Society guidelines and the DASH diet, with cancer mortality for 2,801 participants before and after cancer diagnoses. More healthful diets received higher scores. Results showed increased survival rates for those who ate more plant foods and fewer animal products. The authors suggest that dietary interventions effectively reduce cancer mortality despite a poor diet before diagnosis.

Guinter MA, McCullough ML, Gapstur SM, Campbell PT. Associations of pre- and postdiagnosis diet quality with risk of mortality among men and women with colorectal cancer. J Clin Oncol. Published online October 19, 2018.

Prostate cancer reversal



Multiple Sclerosis

one of above studies:


Chron’s Disease





Poor Diet Linked to Vision Loss Among Elderly 

A poor diet is linked to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss among the elderly, according to a study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. Researchers compared dietary intake of various foods to changes in retinal AMD lesions over an 18-year period. Those who followed diets high in red and processed meat, fried foods, and high-fat dairy products had a threefold increased incidence rate for late AMD when compared to those who followed healthier diets. These results suggest Western diets high in meat and dairy may be risk factors for AMD.

Dighe S, Zhao J, Steffen L, et al. Diet Patterns and the Incidence of Age-Related Macular Degeneration in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. Br J Ophthalmol. Published online December 6, 2019.



contamination of milk

after the huge debate




– Links and Sources – – @micthevegan ZDogg Video:… Facebook Version:… Garth Davis Response Video:… Example of Peer Reviewed Diabetes Research by Neal Barnard:… A few studies on Fat in the Muscle Cell and Insulin Resistance:……… Walter Kempner’s Rice Diet:… Table sugar quote:… Vegan Diabetes Rates:-… Overfeeding and Carb Storage / Carbs Only 3-10% of Fat Stored:… More Reading on Difficulty of Storing Carbs as Fat:… Inuit Life Expectancy: Okinawan Diet Breakdown and Longevity:… Adventist Vegetarians Longest Living Formally Described Population:…… Low Carb Increased Mortality Study:… Study on 350,000 Men – Higher Cholesterol higher coronary disease:… Chart Source:…






Atkins had a history of heart disaease

Dr. Robert Lustig – claims





Impact of genetic selection for high yields of milk



“Dairy cows may continue to be economically productive for many lactation cycles. In theory a longevity of 10 lactations is possible. The chances of problems arising which may lead to a cow being culled are high, however; the average herd life of US Holstein is today fewer than 3 lactations. This requires more herd replacements to be reared or purchased. Over 90% of all cows are slaughtered for 4 main reasons:

  • Infertility – failure to conceive and reduced milk production.
Cows are at their most fertile between 60 and 80 days after calving. Cows remaining “open” (not with calf) after this period become increasingly difficult to breed, which may be due to poor health. Failure to expel the afterbirth from a previous pregnancy, luteal cysts, or metritis, an infection of the uterus, are common causes of infertility.
Mastitis is recognized by a reddening and swelling of the infected quarter of the udder and the presence of whitish clots or pus in the milk. Treatment is possible with long-acting antibiotics but milk from such cows is not marketable until drug residues have left the cow’s system, also called withdrawal period.
  • Lameness – persistent foot infection or leg problems causing infertility and loss of production.
High feed levels of highly digestible carbohydrate cause acidic conditions in the cow’s rumen. This leads to laminitis and subsequent lameness, leaving the cow vulnerable to other foot infections and problems which may be exacerbated by standing in faeces or water soaked areas.
  • Production – some animals fail to produce economic levels of milk to justify their feed costs.
Production below 12 to 15 L of milk per day is not economically viable.[citation needed]

Cow longevity is strongly correlated with production levels.[25] Lower production cows live longer than high production cows, but may be less profitable. Cows no longer wanted for milk production are sent to slaughter. Their meat is of relatively low value and is generally used for processed meat. Another factor affecting milk production is the stress the cow is faced with.




common questions to vegans


Answers to anti-vegan arguments

The Complete Vegan Arguments Guide



vegan philanthropist

Explanation of most things – gary yourofsky


Australia heart stats

Propaganda der Industrie

BBC corruption


Korruption in Deutschland -Politik – Lobbyismus (in German)




(for research and debate links on health, environment etc. go here)

Why Plant-Based Nutrition?

(or go straight to links below)

My background: BSc in Ecology, MSc in Human ecology, worked in nature conservation, musician, life-coach, vegan for 7 years.

It has never been more urgent to face the destructive practices of humanity and choose either a future of extinctions, conflicts and mass suffering or a future of wisdom, healing and fulfilling the positive human potential, There are many ways of creating a more just, healthy, safe, compassionate, peaceful and environmentally sustainable society. However, not all actions are equally effective. Doing an almost a complete plant-based nutrition or reducing animal input to very low levels would contribute massively to the positive world scenario which most people really want. Animal agriculture in it’s present form and the typical western diet are an ecological, health and moral disaster. See links below for reasons.

According to increasing scientific peer-reviewed evidence including studies on long-lived populations and disease reversal, there is no advantage to consuming animal products over plant-based except in areas where there is no choice logistically. Plant-based diet, if done in a balanced way, appears to be the wisest choice, when considering health, morality and sustainability together. Probably on health grounds alone.

If you are open to the ideas above and want to find out more information or try the plant-based nutrition (personal experience is best!) I have provided some links below. Most importantly you should be aware that vitamins B12 and D3 (at high latitudes because of lack of sun comparatively) are needed as a supplement – easily done and non-vegans can often also show deficiencies. See link below. In fact non-vegans consume supplements added to foods like milk or frequently buy them anyway. Getting a balanced vegan diet is pretty simple once it becomes habit! Enjoy the new knowledge and social activities!

One way to get started is to go to vegan events with cooking etc.

(A note about getting to the truth

Because there are a lot of conflicting infos out there it can be difficult to be objective. Especially with diet. However, peer-reviewed research, although not free from abuse, is probably the nearest we can get to it within science at least. The environmental and dietary scientific evidence is on balance very convincing. There is a lot of disinformation that is often propagated by interests of the powerful meat and dairy industries, including through health authorities (Germany, too!) and individuals who are in denial of the rigorous evidence who use non-scientific arguments. Don’t believe everything you read/hear/see including here and please consider that not all bias is equal in amounts, or levels of harm that it causes, or funding! Also badly informed doctors, wishful thinking, and defensiveness play a role in our decisions and what we choose to believe or not. I have included a few debunking links to media as examples.)



How to try / transition to veganism

nice little video covering the essential topics:


A wealth of information from Dr. Greger including recipes


Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine

They conduct their own research and have successful plant-based programmes to heal many conditions.

They are forerunners in campaigning for replacing animal-based testing in medicine with more cost-effective and ethical compeuter-modelling /


VLOG – Mic the Vegan

a large amount of information, very science-based on all the regular myths to do with nutrition, including evolution of the human species!


Vitamin D3  (German) (German)   (German)



COWSPIRACY – about the wide-ranging environmental destruction due to animal agriculture and the corruption, mistruths in industry and some environmental organisations at the time (the claim of 51% Greenhouse gases was not peer-reviewed – UN says 18% which is more than transport)

FORKS OVER KNIVES – health, healing on PBD and industry (haven’t seen it but heard some positive critique)

WHAT THE HEALTH: should be on Netflix. Similar to Knives over Forks.


Many have tried to debunk What the Health. e.g.

Debunk 1:

Debunk of Debunk 1:

Debunk 2.

Debunk of Debunk 2:



EARTHLINGS – What is being done to animals for food

DOMINION – as above plus evidence using drones and also how many animals in the entertainment industry are treated – kept secret before.

GAME-CHANGERS – (to be released) “ The Game Changers will introduce the world to elite athletes, special ops soldiers, visionary scientists, cultural icons and everyday heroes. Each on a mission to create a seismic shift in the way we eat and live.”

Especially aimed at men, it breaks through the macho meat-eating man myths, including errection tests!



Becoming Vegan – by Brenda Davis (for beginners)

The Cheese Trap: How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy .- by Neal D. Bernard MD

Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes Without Drugs – by Neal D. Bernard MD

Power Foods for the Brain: An Effective 3-Step Plan to Protect Your Mind and Strengthen Your Memory – by Neal D. Bernard MD

The China Study: Revised and Expanded Edition: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health – by Colin Campbell

Guide to vegan pregnancy


Plant-Based Primer: The Beginner’s Guide to a Plant-Based Diet


You can google (or ecosia!) easy healthy vegan meals. There are lots!!




I often eat:

Breakfast: porridge with banana and apple and turmeric

Lunch: red-lentil Dal with madras, soup stock (veg. / palm oil free) with different veg. e.g. Chinese Leaves / broccoli and millet

Evening: Large salad with potatoes, tomatoes, rocket, radicio, carrots, cucumber and rape-seed oil (high in omega 3 and local) and lemon-juice dressing



(I organize events myself – inform me if you wish to be invited!)


“Viking” – vegan hikes – non-vegans welcome. They have proved popular – a chance to celebrate nature with sustainable, ethical food.

transitioning to facebook – get in touch if you want to join. Beginner to advanced


How I became able to perform freely as a guitarist

As a composer, guitarist and singer I used to hate playing solo in front of people for fear of being ridiculed and wanted to smash up my guitar whenever I made mistakes! Despite this, I would often get enthusiastic feedback from my audiences. This went on for a number of years until I realised that something had to change: either I gave up being a musician or worked on feeling free on stage so I could appreciate what I was doing as much or more than my audiences, despite “imperfections”.
In a nutshell: I took a firm decision to become free and 2 weeks later was offered the chance to play with a Bavarian comedian/musician celebrity on state television for whom I had done recording for his CD previously. At first I told him (Willy Astor) that I was busy on that date but after putting the phone down I realised this was an excellent opportunity to achieve my goals. Despite fear I called him back, to confirm that I was actually free, and committed myself.

I forced myself to play much harder solo pieces in front of unofficial audiences as much as I could before the gig where I was to play a simple accompaniment. The concert went really well and all the musicians were likeable and easy-going. I wasn’t nervous and could hardly believe that! This lead on to further gigs at 4 of the most famous venues in Munich and surroundings, including a further TV performance and audiences of between 1500 and 2000. In the middle of all this I had envisioned my final goal of feeling free, playing a challenging solo piece of my own in front of 1000 people, for example in the flamenco style. Just after this and without having mentioned any of the above story to my colleagues, the main guitarist in the band said that I should do some improvisation at the next gig! I knew this was another fantastic opportunity and took it gratefully. It went well I wasn’t nervous!

After this performing solo became a breeze generally speaking but it wasn’t until about 4 years later that I realised I had achieved my goal after having performed 3 fairly challenging solo compositions of my own in front of 1000 people at a church for the funeral of the brother of a girlfriend who tragically died young whilst snowboarding. It was freezing cold and the church and I had to use hand warmers but I was both touched and happy to support the family of the deceased and was completely free in my mind as I performed. This was an unexpected backdrop to my goal but it also taught me yet again that when one focuses on providing value for others, it is perhaps the best way of feeling free as a performer, rather than concentrating on achieving a high standard per se, free from any imperfections!

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