Living Nutrition


The beneficial health effects of consuming healthy dietary patterns rich in dietary fibre from whole plant foods include: improving gut health; lowering elevated LDL-cholesterol; reducing the risk of excessive weight gain and obesity; decreasing cardiovascular disease (CVD), coronary heart disease (CHD) and mortality risks; reducing risks of several cancers, stroke and type 2 diabetes; and improving the odds for successful aging.

Over the past decades, thousands of published studies have amassed supporting recommendations to consume fruits and vegetables for physiological and psychological health. Newer research has emerged to suggest that these plant-based foods contain a plethora of not only vitamins and minerals, but perhaps, most importantly, phytonutrients. 

True, man is a ‘progressive’ being, in some wise senses of that phrase. Progress, indeed, may be evidenced by ascertaining the laws of Nature and using the power they confer for the increase of our own—but progress cannot consist in violating the instinctive principles, or despising the original adaptations, of our organic being. Fredrick Lees makes the case that just because we can violate the laws of our natural diet and seemingly get away with it, doesn’t means we should. 

Fruit contains large amounts of simple sugars (glucose, fructose, sucrose, etc.), which are well known to induce obesity. Thus, considering the amount of simple sugars found in fruit, it is reasonable to expect that their consumption should contribute to obesity rather than weight reduction. However, epidemiological research has consistently shown that most types of fruit have anti-obesity effects. Thus, due to their anti-obesity effects as well as their vitamin and mineral contents, health organizations are suggesting the consumption of fruit for weight reduction purposes.

It’s one of the most recognizable expressions around: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But besides the fact that it rhymes, which makes it fun to say and easy to recall, does it really have any value? Could the common apple honestly help a person to maintain perfect health? The first printed mention of this saying can be found in the February 1866 issue of the publication “Notes and Queries.” The publication printed the proverb like this: “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”

This article investigates the changes in the properties of water when exposed to sunlight for 40 days. The author hypothesized and proved that solar irradiation to water entraps electromagnetic radiation as potential energy, which becomes kinetic energy in various systems. 

Dora Marinova and Diana Bogueva make the case for social marketing interventions to influence people’s dietary behaviour away from the consumption of meat toward plant-based nutrition. A new dietary culture which endorses plant-based foods is required for the Anthropocene to arrest existential threats related to climate change, the use of land and other resources, and help shift Australians’ preferences away from high meat consumption.

lan Sinclair opens this extensive article on overcoming Asthma with a quote from physician Dr. J.H. Tilden. “The proper way to study disease is to study health and every influence favourable or not to its continuance”. Basically, what he meant was that if we understand those laws which govern our health, then it will be apparent as to why people get sick. People get sick because they violate the laws of health. Therefore, let us start by examining these laws, or in other words examining what healthy living is all about.

Mustard seed sprouts are an antibiotic – purifying the blood, cleansing the mucous membranes and stimulating the body. Mustard seeds are also good for digestion, stimulating gastric secretions, reducing flatulence, and is also effective in healing liver problems. This tiny little seed is able to stimulate the circulation of the blood, regulate blood pressure, cleansing body rashes and is also effective against acne, cold, relieve cough and catarrhal problems. The skin, hair and nails become healthier and stronger. It is also good for the eyesight.

Mylan Engel argues that virtually all commercial animal agriculture, especially factory farming, causes animals intense pain and suffering which greatly increases the amount of pain and suffering in the world. In modern societies the consumption of meat is in no way necessary for human survival, and so, the pain and suffering which results from meat production is entirely unnecessary, as are all the cruel practices inherent in animal agriculture.

Throughout the ages moral philosophers have been against the use and abuse and the end game of slaughtering animals for the sake of  satisfying palates. Today intensive animal farming is even more condemned by those with a developed moral conscience. To be blind to the suffering of billions innocent animals as well as the destruction of our own health and the environment is not only ignorantly self-destructive but also grossly immoral. Carlo Alvaro makes a convincing case to draw humanity towards evolving our morality.

There are management options which could be designed to increase carbon reservoirs in tree biomass and soil within a fruit orchard setting. The potential of fruit trees in carbon sequestration and environmental services remain unexploited. Fruit orchards can positively contribute to sustainable development under climate change scenario in the tropics considering the current expansion of agriculture and high level of poverty which continue to shrink forest resources.


Carlo Alvaro makes the case that compassion must be consistently extended to all animals and people outside one’s moral circle. The failure to extend compassion to all animals—not just to pets—creates an incompleteness of the virtue. For Virtue Ethics it is not sufficient to be compassionate only in some instances. Therefore, one may not claim to be compassionate in the complete sense of the virtue if one’s actions are directed only toward humans or a restricted circle of animals. 

“The Vedic scriptures unambiguously support the meatless way of life. In the Mahabharat, for instance, the great warrior Bheeshm explains to Yuddhishtira, eldest of the Paandav princes, that the meat of animals is like the flesh of one’s own son. Similarly, the Manusmriti declares that one should `refrain from eating all kinds of meat,’ for such eating involves killing and and leads to Karmic bondage 

A liberation movement demands an expansion of our moral horizons and an extension or
reinterpretation of the basic moral principle of equality. Practices that were previously
regarded as natural and inevitable come to be seen as the result of an unjustifiable prejudice.

Who can say with confidence that all his or her attitudes and practices are beyond criticism? 

Nathan Nobis’s academic article makes the case that the virtues which support vegetarianism and veganism, also support societal health and relations  as well as protect and sustain the environment. 

Nobis provides ample evidence that nobody needs to eat meat or dairy to survive.