5 Questions with Dr. Joel Kahn, Leading Cardiologist and Author of The Plant-Based Solution

5 Questions with Dr. Joel Kahn, Leading Cardiologist and Author of The Plant-Based Solution

Last April, I was in Denver attending the National Organic Standards Board meeting and went to dinner one night at True Food Kitchen. Sitting at a community table, I struck up a conversation with a woman across from me and she proceeded to tell me that she had recently switched to a vegan diet. “So, […]

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Last April, I was in Denver attending the National Organic Standards Board meeting and went to dinner one night at True Food Kitchen.

Sitting at a community table, I struck up a conversation with a woman across from me and she proceeded to tell me that she had recently switched to a vegan diet.

“So, do you know Dr. Joel Kahn? The cardiologist from Detroit,” I asked.

Given that the plant-based world is a tight community and that Dr. Kahn is a social media star, I had a feeling that she might have known him.

“Do I know Dr. Kahn?” she responded with her face completely lit up. “He’s the reason I am a vegan today! Everything he talks about online and in his books convinced me to go plant-based!”

With the release of his excellent new book The Plant-Based Solution, Dr. Joel Kahn is looking to make a similar impact on many more people.

I recently caught up with my friend, and here is what he had to say.

Numerous cardiologists that I have come into contact with lately are vegans, yet many prominent functional medicine doctors that I know do not advocate for a plant-based diet. They think eating meat is important. In your opinion, what are these doctors not understanding?

The functional medicine world is often stuck in the concept that a plant-diet is nutritionally deficient even though the USDA, AND, and other organizations say otherwise. Read more »


Nina Warda — At 13 Years Old, Plotting Her Organic Food Empire and Aiming to Make a Real Difference

Nina Warda -- At 13 Years Old, Plotting Her Organic Food Empire and Aiming to Make a Real Difference

For most of us in the organic food industry, our journey into the world of healthy living began sometime in our 20s, 30s or 40s. But for a handful of very aware and socially responsible kids, their start came at a much younger age. At 11 years old, Toronto’s Rachel Parent first learned about the […]

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For most of us in the organic food industry, our journey into the world of healthy living began sometime in our 20s, 30s or 40s.

But for a handful of very aware and socially responsible kids, their start came at a much younger age.

At 11 years old, Toronto’s Rachel Parent first learned about the risks of GMOs and soon launched the very influential Kids Right to Know. Her TV debate about GMO-Golden Rice with Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary garnered more than 2 million views, and she was named to Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 Change Makers by the National Post, among many other things.

At the age of 9, years old, Tennessee’s Birke Baehr began studying sustainable and organic farming practices. Two years later, his TEDx talk called “What’s Wrong with Our Food System” garnered more than 2 million views and acclaim from across the globe.

While Texas-based Nina Warda has not achieved that level of success just yet, she is one to definitely keep an eye on, as this teenager has tremendous determination, drive and discipline. Read more »


How Do Your Favorite ‘Organic’ and ‘Made with Organic’ Snack Bars Rate? Take a Look at Cornucopia’s Scorecard

How Do Your Favorite 'Organic' and 'Made with Organic' Snack Bars Rate? Take a Look at Cornucopia's Scorecard

When you are in the checkout line at the supermarket and looking for a nutritious snack to satiate your hunger, take caution when selecting an energy bar. The energy or snack bar market is big business — a $9 billion industry — and many people are easily fooled by the slick marketing that food companies […]

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When you are in the checkout line at the supermarket and looking for a nutritious snack to satiate your hunger, take caution when selecting an energy bar.

The energy or snack bar market is big business — a $9 billion industry — and many people are easily fooled by the slick marketing that food companies employ to get you to purchase their products.

The absolute first thing to look for is a certified organic snack bar — one that has the green and white USDA organic seal on it. Read more »


Uber-Successful Foodstirs is Making an Impact Far Away from the Baking Aisle

Uber-Successful Foodstirs is Making an Impact Far Away from the Baking Aisle

Within the last 12 months, organic baking start-up Foodstirs has quickly and firmly established itself as one of the hottest brands in the industry today. While it is undeniable that having a Hollywood celebrity as a co-founder has helped attract tremendous media attention and opened many doors, Foodstirs is leading the marketplace because it has […]

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(From l. to r., the founders of Foodstirs — Galit Laibow, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Greg Fleishman)

Within the last 12 months, organic baking start-up Foodstirs has quickly and firmly established itself as one of the hottest brands in the industry today.

While it is undeniable that having a Hollywood celebrity as a co-founder has helped attract tremendous media attention and opened many doors, Foodstirs is leading the marketplace because it has delivered a top-notch product line to a category that was ripe for innovation. With proven entrepreneur Galit Laibow as CEO, long-time industry veteran and brand-building guru Greg Fleishman as COO, and marketing standout Sarah Michelle Gellar as Chief Creative Officer, the company’s intentions were clear from the very beginning.

“Foodstirs is about the power of baking, and we wanted to help create an experience that allows families to connect with each other in an easy and convenient way. Our product is empowering them to do this,” said Greg Fleishman. Read more »


Lewis Howes’ Most Important Piece of Work Yet – The Mask of Masculinity

Lewis Howes' Most Important Piece of Work Yet - The Mask of Masculinity

With his New York Times best seller The School of Greatness and his Top 50 podcast of the same name, there is no question that Lewis Howes has had a major impact on the lives of millions of people around the world. However, it is his brand new book, The Mask of Masculinity, that I […]

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With his New York Times best seller The School of Greatness and his Top 50 podcast of the same name, there is no question that Lewis Howes has had a major impact on the lives of millions of people around the world.

However, it is his brand new book, The Mask of Masculinity, that I believe to be his most important piece of work yet.

In The Mask of Masculinity, he urges men to release the one, or many, of numerous masks that they may be wearing. As he points out, embracing vulnerability is critical to creating strong relationships and to living a fulfilling life.

I recently caught up with my friend and had many questions for him about the book.

On your podcast and in your NYT best-selling book The School of Greatness, the main themes are success, achievement and excellence. How does The Mask of Masculinity fit into those themes?

I was always motivated to chase success through my achievements. But I kept coming up feeling empty when I would accomplish something big, like getting on the NYT best-seller list. I realized it was because I was not at peace with who I was and how I was showing up as a man in my relationships. That’s what motivated me to dive into this topic and to understand what I had locked up inside of me, and it’s been one of my most powerful achievements to date. Read more »


Runa’s Tyler Gage on Becoming Fully Alive

Runa's Tyler Gage on Becoming Fully Alive

I first learned about guayusa tea and met fellow Brown University alum and Runa co-founder Tyler Gage at NYC’s Fancy Food Show 2010.  Over the years, I  have watched the company grow from a scrappy start-up into a multi-million dollar innovator in the tea category, responsible for introducing guayusa to the global market. Yet, it […]

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I first learned about guayusa tea and met fellow Brown University alum and Runa co-founder Tyler Gage at NYC’s Fancy Food Show 2010. 

Over the years, I  have watched the company grow from a scrappy start-up into a multi-million dollar innovator in the tea category, responsible for introducing guayusa to the global market. Yet, it wasn’t until I read Tyler Gage’s excellent book Fully Alive: Using the Lessons of the Amazon to Live Your Mission in Business and Life did I come to appreciate what an awe-inspiring feat that he and his co-founder Dan MaCombie accomplished.

To build a guayusa supply chain from scratch in the middle of the jungle in Ecuador, where you know no one, have very little resources and are not a native speaker, is one of the most impressive things I have seen in my eight years of covering the organic food industry. Creating and growing a successful organic business is hard enough but to do it under these conditions takes the meaning of ‘difficult’ to a whole new level.

I recently caught up with Tyler Gage to talk to him about Fully Alive and asked him to share his insight about being an organic food entrepreneur. Read more »


PLEASE SHARE: How People Can Deal with the Toxic Air Quality in Northern California

PLEASE SHARE: How People Can Deal with the Toxic Air Quality in Northern California

PLEASE SHARE THIS POST WITH ANYONE WHO LIVES IN SAN FRANCISCO OR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. IT IS OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE TO THEIR HEALTH. FOR THE NEXT FIVE DAYS, I HAVE NOTIFIED THE COMPANY THAT I WILL WAIVE ALL OF MY AFFILIATE FEES GENERATED FROM THE SALES OF ANY INTELLIPURE MACHINE. I WANT PEOPLE TO HAVE THE BEST […]

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(The San Francisco Skyline, filled with smoke and smog from the fires in Northern California. Photo courtesy of AP/Eric Risberg)

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* Yesterday, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said that “air quality throughout the Bay Area could be impacted for many days to come” and that “outside of the active fire areas, air quality will be variable and unpredictable.”

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The fires in Northern California have not only caused dozens of deaths and massive destruction of both communities and farmland, but they have created a situation with the air quality that it has become incredibly toxic and dangerous.

According to Ralph Borrmann, a spokesman for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, there have been “unprecedented levels of smoke and particles in the air” and “the worst air quality ever recorded in many parts of the Bay Area.”

Furthermore, officials warned that very fine smoke particles, thinner than a human hair, can get lodged in the lungs and into the bloodstream, causing irreparable damage to the body.

For people living and working in Northern California, addressing the air quality in their homes and offices MUST be a priority. Read more »