Inspiration in Israel!

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November 10, 2018

The Path to Health Pod in Israel regularly hosts events where participants learn about the benefits of healthy whole food, plant-based eating. The Group Leader, David Goldstein, teaches about nutrition, ethics, sustainability, economics, and compassion to people who are completely new to this way of eating. During these events, participants are offered delicious food, which they later learn to be free from animal products, oil, salt, and sugar. The participants have an “immediate epiphany” when they realize how delicious this food is, inspiring them to adjust their diets and be part of the change. David reports that unanimously the participants find the food “good to the last drop” and “finger licking good” – there is never any food left behind!

To date, the Pod has reached over 2,000 people directly through these events, and many more indirectly through word-of-mouth and online information. David has big plans to launch a campaign to end world hunger, where he will work with hotels, catering halls, and community organizations to provide healthy, WFPB meals to local people who cannot afford to buy their own food. Learn more about the Path to Health Pod and the inspiring projects and plans here:

Original Submission received from David Goldstein, Group Leader of the Path to Health Pod in Israel.

Networking Event & Plant-Based Science Talk

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September 13, 2018

The Plant Powered Manhattan Pod hosted its monthly networking event for the whole food, plant-based community, featuring Dr. Hooman Yaghoobzadeh, cardiologist at Weill Cornell Medicine. He presented recent scientific findings such as how important fiber is in reducing all-cause mortality, how unhealthy plant-based diets are just as bad as omnivorous diets in contributing to cardiovascular disease, and some fascinating studies on the microbiome and what happens when we change our diets. Dr. Yaghoobzadeh also spoke about applying WFPB nutrition in his practice and the results he was seeing with his patients, which are truly remarkable. 


The Pod also made time for personal connection, story sharing, and troubleshooting (especially how to live WFPB in a non-WFPB world). The attendees contributed a delicious potluck dinner. Another local plant-based doctor attended who was so amazed by the food, she said it was the best meal she’d had all week.

Original Submission received from Lianna Levine Reisner, Group Leader of the Plant Powered Manhattan Pod in Manhattan, New York.

Former Junk Food Eater becomes WFPB Vegan

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September 8, 2018

The Greenville Vegan Potluck and Supper Club Pod in South Carolina had 40 people attend their September Potluck. The featured speaker, Donna Darnell Porter, a former pop tarts and Krispy Kreme doughnut enjoyer, shared her story about going WFPB. Donna’s nutrition journey begun when her mother was diagnosed with liver cancer and died nine days later. In 2003, her husband was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Donna asked the very educated doctor how to improve her husband’s diet, to which she received a very uneducated answer. This led Donna to study the effects of food on the body, and began her journey towards health. Donna has launched a nutritional coaching business where she encourages people to “eat the rainbow” and to avoid oil, sugar, and processed food.

Original Submission received from Nicky Vanvalkenburgh, Group Leader of the Greenville Vegan Potluck and Supper Club Pod in Greenville, South Carolina.


Dinner with the Doctor | Long Island PlantPure™, Long Island, NY

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February 16, 2017

The Long Island PlantPure™ Pod hosted a fun and interactive Dinner with the Doctor event at the home of Caroline Hartridge, Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), on December 15, 2016.
The event, organized with the help of Pod leaders Mitchell Castell and Bobby Nagelberg, was a huge success, with 26 people in attendance.

Dr. Hartridge and her wife Elaine Danoff created a delicious taco bar for the Pod to indulge in, which featured everything from rice, beans and guacamole to homemade salsa, hot sauce, and nut cheeses. There were also roasted potatoes, cumin roasted cauliflower, purple cabbage with lime, corn and flour tortillas, and dates with dried black olives and almonds for members to munch on.

After the dinner, Dr. Hartridge spoke about her personal journey to wellness from osteopathic medicine to whole foods, plant-based medicine, explaining that, “these modalities combined helped me heal myself from two chronic health conditions.”

With an undergraduate degree in Environmental Education, Dr. Hartridge has created a practice that acknowledges the connection between the environment and our health. She calls this practice ‘sustainable medicine.’

Dr. Hartridge also held a question and answer session, which gave those attending a chance to hear directly from a professional. In fact, thanks to the connections made at the December event, Dr. Hartridge has since been able to help several people on their plant-based journey.

The Long Island PlantPure™ Pod is active and growing. Mitch says members are quickly spreading the word about the Pod to the local community. Many are from local vegan meetup groups, which provides an opportunity for the Pod to connect the issues of animal and environmental welfare with the health benefits of eating plant-based.

“Providing a support group is just one of the many services our Pod offers,” Mitch remarks. “Many of the people who attend love the comfortable atmosphere to talk all things plant-based with likeminded others—something they really don’t have an opportunity to do at home, work or with friends.”

“It was a wonderful evening, everyone was actively engaged, including those well into their journey, and those new to plant-based eating,” says PPC’s Executive Director, Jody Kass, who is a member of this Pod and attended the event with her husband, Arthur Finkel. “What was especially wonderful was to see all the young people who enthusiastically participated,” she added.

So, what’s next for Long Island PlantPure™?

We are in the preliminary stages of putting together a VegFest on Long Island,” Mitch explains.

Mitch says they are working on a resource paper to hand out, which would provide basic information and help beginners on their plant-based journey; there is also the potential for another event at the Cinema Arts Center where local WFPB doctors can host presentations.

If you live in or near Long Island, NY, and would like to join this group or find out about an upcoming event, you can do so by visiting either the Long Island PlantPure™ Pod group page or Facebook page, or contact Mitch Castell:

To find out more about her practice, visit Dr. Hartridge’s website.

We love seeing the ways you are creating PlantPure communities in your area! Send an email to if you would like to share news, updates and events.

By Kristyn Pankiw Helm, Social Media Manager, PlantPure Communities

A Midwestern Solution | Field of Greens, Dubuque, IA

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June 13, 2016

The Putnam Family and their PlantPure Group Field of Greens

Field Of Greens Group:

Scott Putnam is leader of the Field of Greens PlantPure Pod in Dubuque, Iowa –  a takeoff on the Field of Dreams baseball field which is less than 20 miles down the road. After talking to Scott, its apparent he really does have big dreams. His story began over 20 years ago when his father passed away from cancer at the young age of 53, 10 days after Scott graduated from college. Twenty years later, Scott went through a similar experience with his wifes father.  After his father-in-laws death, he and his wife and family moved from China, where they were teaching, to his in-laws house to become full time caretakers for his mother-in-law.

After receiving another wake up call  – this time from his own doctor, Scott went on a personal quest to discover how other people prevent serious illness and achieve optimal health. In the process, he learned as much as he could about health, wellness, and weight loss, but soon found himself overwhelmed and confused by all the conflicting information.

One day his wifes aunt and uncle brought a DVD to their house: Forks Over Knives. It was Scotts Aha moment, and he knew that this film had the answer he was seeking.

I asked myself one simple question:  how healthy do I want to be?, Scott said.

Never having felt like a 10 out of 10 on the healthy-scale in his entire life, he set out to see if he could achieve that goal through whole food, plant-based eating. Luckily for Scott, his wife, Beth, agreed to join him on his journey. Together, they made a deep dive into the research of the films doctors, and learned about the undeniable connection between diet and health.  Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Neal Barnard, and Dr. McDougall became our Fantastic 4 – superheroes changing the world!

Scott and Beth experienced all the beneficial effects mentioned in the film. They felt full after eating – they had a new level of energy – and Scott was finally able to sleep well through the night. By the end of the first five months of full immersion into whole food, plant-based eating (coupled with a light exercise program), Scott lost 50 pounds. By the end of the next several months, he lost another 15 pounds and his cholesterol and blood pressure normalized.

In Scotts words, I now have a new way of eating without dieting that I can depend on for the rest of my life. No more wondering about what the next new wonder diet or amazing weight loss pill is going to be.

As a family, they made the shift to a whole food, plant-based lifestyle and have never looked back. Next, he and Beth studied WFPB nutrition and received certificates through the Center of Nutrition Studies and eCornell University so that they could help others along a similar journey. Their 11-year-old daughter completed the coursework and received a certificate as well, making her the youngest to date! Dr. T. Colin Campbell predicts she will set the world on fire by helping other kids learn about nutrition and eating plant-based foods.

The Putnams are committed to spreading the word far and wide about all the amazing benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. They tirelessly educate others in their local community through wellness coaching, speaking in schools and at events. They extend their support further through electronic media, and are working on an online program. Scott says, Its exhilarating to be a support beacon for others on their journey. My vision is to do my part to heal a sick world where most are eating the way everyone else does, and slowly begin to change the norms and culture surrounding food.

After seeing the movie PlantPure Nation, Scott felt compelled to create a local Pod group in his small city of Dubuque, Iowa (which is in the heart of meat and dairy country). Although theyve only theyve only had four meetings so far, the turnouts have been spectacular! It turns out that even in a community steeped in Midwestern traditions and cooking, many people are looking for answers. Although they still get the alien look, once in awhile, word about their group is spreading fast. They are connecting with local activists, community farm organizations, medical professionals, and many others doing great work to spread the word about eating more plants and less animals.

What does their group have planned? So far theyve done small cooking demos and had a local chef come and talk about how to create amazing flavors with plant foods. In addition, theyve been able to Skype in well-known pioneers in the field at their meetings. At the next meeting on April 22nd (Earth Day), their daughter Paige is planning to do a Kids Pod and shell be doing a cooking demo and talking about the importance of eating plant-based for ourselves, the animals, and the planet. Go Paige!

Scotts parting thoughts are Theres a real movement happening here, and once people learn about this and gain just a hint of awareness, their natural curiosity takes over. If it can happen here, it can happen anywhere. As Nelson Campbell said, its a law of nature.’”

Visit Scott’s Website  and the Field of Greens pod site  to learn more about what this committed team is doing in Dubuque, Iowa.