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The Health Science Podcast | Episode 013. | February 02, 2023
013: 6 Million Seeds Committed to Children’s Health with Meryl Fury
013: 6 Million Seeds Committed to Children’s Health with Meryl Fury

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From traditional medicine as a registered nurse to an advocate for children’s health, Meryl Fury is on a mission to plant the seeds of health around the globe.

Meryl’s transition to a plant-based lifestyle began when beef prices in the 70’s were skyrocketing. Watching her mother fret about the food budget, Meryl and her best friend, both age 15, decided to quit eating meat.

She’ll be the first to say it had nothing to do with health or compassion to animals. It was purely for the love of her mother and their food budget, Meryl made her initial move to a plant-based diet. 

Little did Meryl realize that her choice to go plant-based would lead her down a path that not only turned into her passion for health, but also her life’s work.

In this episode, Dr. Frank Sabatino digs deep with Meryl Fury about how her passion has grown from simply saving money on food to being a voice for the health of plant-based eating and how to turn one’s health around. 

Episode Highlights 

[01:55] The plant-based journey begins due to food costs

{04:00} Quitting meat was the catalyst for a career in healthcare

[06:45] The model of public health and direct patient care

[11:00] Influencing the culture was not easy 

[13:45] The roots of 6 Million Seeds 

[18:00] The blessing of Covid was going online

[22:00] What factors into the epidemic of illness for people of color

[26:45] Foods that are destroying human potential in children

[30:00] Your bloodline does NOT have to determine your health

[34:00] The power struggle over feeding patients unhealthy foods

[38:00] The solution resides in collaboration

About Meryl Fury

Meryl Fury, MS, RN, has been a public health nurse for 30 years, specializing in leadership and supporting the health of vulnerable populations. She retired to follow her true calling in food as medicine. Meryl is Pres/CEO of Plant Based Nutrition Movement, a non-profit dedicated to educating our most at-risk populations about the lifesaving benefits of whole plant foods. 

Meryl is on the Advisory Council for PlantPure Communities, a member of the Board of Directors of the eCornell T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, a Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Food For Life Instructor and a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. 

Meryl holds certification in plant-based nutrition by eCornell. She presents regularly to groups seeking information on healthy eating patterns. Meryl is the founder of the 6 Million Seeds Child Nutrition Project, an initiative designed to transform the way we feed children. She regularly leads presentations regarding the 6 Million Seeds project. 

About Dr. Frank Sabatino

As a recognized authority on the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, Dr. Frank Sabatino has cared for and inspired thousands of people for over 40 years. Dr. Sabatino has a PhD in cell biology and neuroendocrinology and has done extensive landmark research on calorie restriction, stress, and aging. He currently is on staff at the TrueNorth Health Foundation in Santa Rosa, CA, and serves as the Director of Health Education at the NHA.

Dr. Sabatino’s passion and life’s work include raising awareness about the benefits of whole-food, plant-exclusive nutrition (without added salt, oil, or sugar), health rejuvenation, stress

About NHA

The National Health Association (NHA), founded in 1948, is a nonprofit organization that promotes the benefits of a plant-based diet. The Association provides educational materials, educational events, and services to thousands of people around the world.

The mission of the National Health Association is to educate and empower individuals to understand that health results from healthful living. The NHA recognizes the integration of all aspects of health: personal, environmental, and social.

The NHA also provides travel experiences around the globe through the NHA Plant-Based Travel and cruise division.

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A one-of-a-kind experience, the annual NHA Conference features top leaders in the plant-based movement. Attendees of the in-person event enjoy 100% no SOS plant-exclusive meals.

To learn more and reserve your spot, visit


A unique benefit of the NHA Conference is the selection of two medical students who receive a full scholarship to the conference.

Contact Wanda Huberman for more information on how to apply for the scholarship.  [email protected]

NHA membership

For a very nominal investment, you can enjoy incredible benefits of the NHA membership.

Members of the NHA enjoy a subscription to the award-winning quarterly health journal, Health Science, access to the “Members Only” section of the NHA Website (which contains all 43 years of back issues of the magazine),  the ability to download for free many classic out of print eBooks on the history of the Natural Hygiene Movement, including Fasting Can Save Your Life and The Greatest Health Discovery, discounts on books, and early notice of the NHA events.

Only $35 a year for basic membership within the United States.

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