Tracey Eakin
Plant-Based Nutrition Counselor

December 2013

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Lifestyle WoRx
Healing by Treating the Cause

Cynthia West, MD and I are very excited to announce Lifestyle WoRx, a cutting edge lifestyle intervention program that will be available beginning in January 2014.

We utilize a multi-faceted approach to wellness, with dietary excellence as the cornerstone of the program.

We will hold an introductory Food as Medicine tasting on January 16 from 6:30-8 pm at our location in Bridgeville, $25 each.  This event is designed to provide attendees with a sampling of the food that will be taught in the full program.

Lifestyle WoRx program participants will attend 4 workshops, 4 video chats, and 2 follow-up sessions over a six-month period of time.

If you're 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 Food as Medicine tasting, our Lifestyle WoRx program, or for additional questions, contact Tracey at or 724.469.0693.

Start the new year off on the right foot and give us a call!


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. 


Vegan Double-Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

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 made this dessert for Thanksgiving and it was such a big hit that I was asked to make it again for Christmas.  I topped it with Soyatoo! Whipped Soy Topping.  If it is not available in your local health food or grocery store, it can be found at the following link:



Garden Dish Launches
Meal Planning Service

Are you interested in test driving or adopting a plant-based lifestyle but are not sure what to cook?  Garden Dish takes away the mystery with a meal planning service.  Each month, subscribers receive 20 seasonally-selected dinners that use whole, plant-healthy ingredients.  You can select the meals you wish to cook and the plan automatically generates a shopping list that can be viewed on a smart phone or tablet or printed out on paper.  You can save your favorite recipes and add comments that you can refer to again and again.

Give this a try and see how it can help to simplify your new life!

If My Information is Helpful to You, Please Like Me, Follow Me, and Share Me with Others

Please help me to expand the reach of my message.  People have the right to know about the powerfully protective effect of plants and the incredibly dangerous impact of animal products on their health so that they can make informed decisions in the best interest of themselves and their families.

FDA Proposes Tightening the Control of Antibiotic Use in Livestock


Due to growing concerns of increased antibiotic resistance, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took an important step this month toward phasing out the routine use of antibiotics in livestock that aren't sick and phasing in veterinary oversight for the therapeutic use of such drugs in agricultural animals.

Today, antibiotics are routinely used to enhance growth, improve feed efficiency in farm animals, and to prevent disease in animals subject to squalid factory farm conditions.

In 2013, the FDA found that 74% of bacterially-tainted chicken products harbored germs that were resistant to one or more types of antibiotics.  For turkey products, more than 75% contained E. coli and of those samples, 75% were resistant to one or more types of antibiotics.  The report noted that 30.3 million pounds of antibiotics were sold and used in livestock feed, a 2.1% increase from 2010.

Per Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been found in about half of meat samples throughout the U.S.  The dangerous bacterial strain likely developed because of the copius use of antibiotics on factory farms, researchers say, infecting farm workers who come into contact with infected animals.

A strain of MRSA came from cows, according to an article in the American Society for Microbiology.  The authors believe that community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA) jumped from cows to farm workers over 40 years ago and that animals may be a reservoir for future pandemic outbreaks.

Per Michael Greger, MD, "Each animal feeding on an antibiotic becomes a "factory" for the production and subsequent dispersion of antibiotic-resistant bacteria."

Just 5 days of eating plant-based meals can drop the level of dietary antibiotics circulating in your body.

This move by the FDA is a critical step in ensuring the prudent use of drugs that we all rely on to combat bacterial infections in humans and animals alike.

Pharmaceutical companies that produce these drugs have three months to notify the FDA of their voluntary intent to comply with this proposal and three years to phase in the changes.

On December 12, the FDA opened a 90-day public comment period on this proposed rule.  To provide a comment, go to the attached link and scroll down to the bottom of the press release for instructions.

Even if you only eat plants or organic meat from animals that had not been fed antibiotics, this still has the potential to impact you and your family.  I highly encourage you to watch this 3 minute video from Michael Greger, MD:  

Past the Age of Miracles: Facing a Post-Antibiotic Age


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