Tracey Eakin
Plant-Based Nutrition Counselor

January 2014

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Caffeine and the
Biological Debt Cycle


In today's hectic, fast-paced world, it's difficult for many of us not to be overworked, sleep deprived, and literally running on empty.  You stayed up half the night cranking out that critical proposal and this morning, you're really dragging.  You grab that extra monster-sized coffee with extra sugar and extra cream.  You figure you can get through the day propped up on caffeine and sugar.  As time goes on, you find yourself in this situation more frequently as the demands placed upon you continue to mount.  Stop for a minute and think about this artificial stimulation that gets you by.  Sure it helps, but do you ever have to "pay it back"?

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Putting Out the Fire:
The Role of Diet on
Dinner Seminar

Please join Uma Purighalla, MD, Cynthia West, MD, and I for dinner and a seminar on how inflammation can lead to disease and how a plant-based lifestyle can quench the fire and lead to healing.

Thursday, February 6, 2014
7-9 pm
St. Clair Hospital Dunlap Conference Center
$10 each

To register, contact Tracey Eakin at or 724.469.0693. 


Low-Fat, Tahini-Chickpea Dressing

From Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen

Susan has asked that her recipes not be reproduced.  This recipe can be found at the following link:

I decided that in 2014, I would gradually replace commercially produced bottled salad dressings with delicious, homemade recipes.

I started by making the dressing located at the link above, but haven't been able to progress to my next dressing because I love this one so much.  It is a delicious, creamy dressing that is so versatile, you can drizzle it on just about anything, salads, brown rice and lentil dishes, and baked potatoes to name just a few.  The possibilities are endless.

There are three added bonuses with this dressing besides its great taste and easy preparation.

The phytonutrient phytic acid (phytate), found in whole grains, beans, greens, nuts, and seeds, partially inhibits mineral absorption, but has a wide range of health promoting properties such as protection against cancer and bone loss.  By concurrently eating mineral absorption enhancers, such as the garlic in this dressing, you not only receive the benefits from the phytates, but also increase the bioavailability of the minerals.

Fat helps to increase the absorption of certain important phytonutrients.  The tahini in this dressing is a healthy, whole-food, plant-based source of fat as it is simply crushed sesame seeds.

The lemon juice in this recipe also helps to increase iron absorption from beans and greens.  Keep in mind that when you choose non-heme (plant-based) iron, your body can choose not to absorb any if it doesn't need any.  Heme (animal-based) iron forces its way in whether we need it or not.

I hope you and your family enjoy this dressing as much as I do!


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Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition


When it's cold and blustery outside, it's a great time to turn on the fireplace and curl up with a great book.  I highly recommend T. Colin Campbell, PhD's latest book Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition.  This book follows on the heels of his international best seller, The China Study.

Dr. Campbell is one of the most respected authorities on nutrition in the country.  He is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University.  He has received more than 70 grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding, and has authored more than 300 research papers.

Whole clearly articulates why the most expensive health care system in the world is not working and how ineffective paradigms in science, medicine, big pharma, government, media, and charities are preventing plant-based lifestyles from becoming widely adopted and the first-line, gold standard of care when treating chronic, degenerative diseases.

Lifestyle WoRx

Treating the Cause

Lifestyle WoRx is a cutting edge lifestyle program which utilizes a multi-faceted approach to wellness, with dietary excellence the cornerstone of the program.

A low/no-fat, whole food, plant-based lifestyle has been shown to prevent, arrest, and depending upon the condition, reverse, the chronic, degenerative diseases plaguing our society.

This program is brought to you by Cynthia G. West, MD and Tracey Eakin, Plant-Based Nutrition Counselor.

If you are evaluating the need or seeking assistance to improve your lifestyle and how you feel, let us help you to "treat the cause" and reclaim a vibrant, healthy life.

To register for our program or for additional information, contact Tracey at or 724.469.0693.

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