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The Health Science Podcast | Episode 018. | March 09, 2023
018: The World Peace Diet Continues with Dr. Will Tuttle
018: The World Peace Diet Continues with Dr. Will Tuttle

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“Veganism is not just about personal health or animal welfare, it is about social justice and creating a more conscious society,” according to Dr. Will Tuttle, best-selling author of The World Peace Diet; Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony.

Dr. Tuttle shares his spiritual exploration journey with Dr. Frank Sabatino, ranging from his interest in philosophy to veganism and religious traditions. As Dr. Tuttle discusses his experience living in a monastery as a Zen Monk in Korea and how this influenced his connection with nature, meditation, and inner silence.

Dr. Tuttle talks about the criticisms he encountered in the vegan community but also how he was inspired by more than 900 vegans during his time. He highlights the importance of understanding the consequences of animal agriculture and how it is affecting our culture and the world we live in.

In the book The World Peace Diet, Dr. Tuttle argues that our culture’s food system is based on violence, domination, and exploitation of animals, which has far-reaching consequences for human health, the environment, and social justice.

Further, he suggests that our food choices reflect and shape our values, attitudes, and beliefs and that we need to shift toward a more compassionate and conscious way of eating.

The World Peace Diet explores the connections between food, culture, spirituality, and social change, drawing on insights from philosophy, psychology, ecology, and other disciplines. It offers a vision of a more harmonious and integrated world, where people live in harmony with each other and with nature, and where all beings are respected and valued and to keep in mind that “We need to be aware of the consequences of our actions and how they affect others, whether they are animals, other humans, or the planet.”

During this engaging conversation, Dr. Tuttle helps us understand the interconnectedness of our society, food, and the source of our problems.

In addition, they dig deep into the importance of awareness and compassion toward all sentient beings, the impact of veganism on personal and societal transformation, and the role of spirituality in our relationship with food and the world around us and of which what each of us can do, today and every day, to effectively contribute to world peace. Dr. Tuttle recommends people, “See life as an adventure. Wake up in the morning every day and give thanks for another opportunity to be part of the solution. Let life shine and as we do that we pray for a better world for all of us.”

Episode Highlights:

[02:19]  The Journey from Spiritual exploration into Veganism

[11:50] Educating Intuition and Altruism in Adult

[16:55] Strategy and Effective Altruism

[23:01] “The World Peace Diet”

[27:07] Animal Violence Awareness

[27:53] How do food choices affect our cultural/psychological/ecological/spiritual health

[34:24] Radical Inclusion

[36:40] Benevolent Evolution

[38:36] The Art of Healing

[40:48] Contributing to World Peace

About Dr. Will Tuttle

Dr. Will Tuttle, visionary author, educator, and inspirational speaker is the author of the acclaimed Amazon #1 best-seller The World Peace Diet, published in 17 languages. He has presented widely throughout the world, in all 50 states and 50 countries over the past 40 years, sharing the vegan message in over 4.000 lecture presentations.

A recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award and the Empty Cages Prize, he is also the author of Your Inner Islands: The Keys to Intuitive Living, as well as editor of Circles of Compassion: Essays Connecting Issues of Justice and Buddhism and Veganism: Essays Connecting Spiritual Awakening and Animal Liberation.

Devoted to cultural healing and awakening, he is a former Zen monk and Dharma Master in the Zen tradition, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, focused on educating intuition and altruism in adults.

He has taught college courses in creativity, humanities, religion, and philosophy, and is also a composer and concert pianist. He is noted for his clear and inspiring presentations, and is featured in many documentary films, including Cowspiracy; A Prayer for Compassion; Vegan: Everyday Stories; and HOPE: What You Eat Matters.

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,

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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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.

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