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The Health Science Podcast | Episode 020. | March 23, 2023
020: Unchained for the Animals with Jane Velez-Mitchell
020: Unchained for the Animals with Jane Velez-Mitchell

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“If we can learn to live without causing harm to animals and the environment, we can learn to live in harmony with each other and the planet,” claims Jane Velez-Mitchell, founder and content editor of UnchainedTV. Jane shares her inspiring journey of overcoming addiction, embracing a vegan lifestyle, and coming out.

She speaks about the horrors she witnessed as a journalist and how they compelled her to become a strong advocate for animal rights and veganism.

Dr. Frank Sabatino and Jane discuss how a vegan diet can reduce animal suffering, conserve natural resources, and promote sustainable agriculture.

They also explore the benefits of sobriety and mental health, as well as the importance of living in harmony with each other and the planet.

As an accomplished American journalist, author, and television personality, having an extensive career in journalism, working for newspapers, magazines, and television networks, Jane Velez-Mitchell covered various social and political issues and advocated for animal rights and environmentalism in hosting roles.

She has written several books on topics and is a frequent speaker and commentator on addiction, recovery, and mental health issues, namely “iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life” and “Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias.”  Her work as a journalist and advocate has earned her a reputation as a passionate and dedicated voice for important causes.

During this episode of the Health Science Podcast, Dr. Frank Sabatino and Jane Velez-Mitchell discuss Jane’s passionate advocacy for animal rights and environmentalism.

Jane shares her insights and personal experiences, offering valuable advice and inspiration for those who want to make positive changes in their lives and in the world.

Episode Highlights

[03:20]             Embracing the full vegan lifestyle     

[08:35]             Path of Sobriety and putting values into action

[16:23]             Diet and Depression

[17:10]             UnchainedTV Advocacy 1

[18:54]             The False Underline Assumption & Climate Crisis

[23:30]             True environmental advocacy

[32:30]             The manufacturing of foods to get us addicted

[36:45]            See no evil, hear no evil

[40:30]             What really happens to pigs in transport

[45:00]             Animals do dream… why would we eat them?

About Jane Valez-Mithell


Jane Velez-Mitchell is the founder and content editor of UnchainedTV, a free, global, streaming television network and social media news and entertainment outlet. UnchainedTV produces and streams original video content on the plant-based lifestyle. UnchainedTV also streams hundreds of documentaries, cooking shows, lifestyle shows, talk shows and music videos, from a variety of sources, all with an eye to benefit animals, people and the planet.

Award Winner

Jane has won four Genesis Awards/commendations from the Humane Society of the United States for her reporting on animal issues. VegNews named Velez-Mitchell Media Maven of the Year in 2010. In 2013, Mercy for Animals awarded her the Compassionate Leadership Award. In 2014, she was honored for fighting animal abuse by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. In 2015, she received the Nanci Alexander Award at PETA’s 35th

TV Host

For six years she hosted her own show on CNN Headline News, where she ran a weekly segment on animal issues. Previously, Velez-Mitchell reported for the nationally syndicated Warner Brothers/Telepictures show Celebrity Justice, where she did numerous stories on animal issues championed by celebrities.

News Anchor

Previously, Velez-Mitchell was a news anchor/reporter at KCAL-TV in Los Angeles and WCBS-TV in New York. She is the winner of a Los Angeles Emmy and a New York Emmy for her reporting. Velez-Mitchell is a graduate of New York University and began her career with reporting stints in Ft Myers, Florida, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia.


Velez-Mitchell is the author of four books. Her 2014 nonfiction New York Times bestseller, Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias offers a detailed psychological analysis of a salacious trial that gripped the American public.

Her other New York Times bestseller is her memoir, iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life.

Secrets Can Be Murder delves into the secrecy and deceit embedded in tragic scenarios.

Addict Nation: An Intervention for America with co-author Sandra Mohr focuses on our culture’s addictive nature and our obsession with overconsumption.

Producer & Director

Velez-Mitchell directed and produced the documentary Anita Velez: Dancing Through Life which won a Gracie Award in 2001.  In 2019, she produced the award-winning  documentary Countdown to Year Zero, now streaming for free on UnchainedTV and via pay-per-view on Amazon Prime.

Through UnchainedTV, in conjunction with Inspired, she is the co-executive producer of New Day New Chef. This vegan cooking series has won two Taste Awards, considered the Oscars of food and streams for free on UnchainedTV and via pay-per-view on Amazon Prime. It has also aired on public television stations across the U.S.

She lives with her 2 companion animals in Los Angeles.

Visit to learn more and join the UnChained community.

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.

More information:

Conference (75th Annual)

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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