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Get Healthy Marshall shares benefits of vegan lifestyle during program

By Naomi Prioleau
July 19, 2013 at 10 p.m.

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Get Healthy Marshall gave a presentation to members of the public and Leadership Marshall on the health benefits of the vegan lifestyle.

Mayor Ed Smith and his wife Amanda Smith shared facts, statistics and testimonials on how eliminating all meat and animal by-products can affect the body in a positive manner.

"What we're learning is that we are what we eat," Smith said. "What's happening in the country is that it's progressively gone to chemically injecting foods and those refined processed foods are causing heart diseases, autoimmune diseases and cancer."

Ms. Smith added that with the type of community Marshall is, that together everyone can make a difference to help spread the word about veganism.

"There are many restaurants here that all have healthy options on their menus," she said. "We can make a difference here in our type of community where the word can get out. We can create this wonderful synergy in the environment where people get healthy because our culture doesn't support health."

Smith shared a story about his uncle and the type of diet he had, which eventually led to his death after multiple strokes.

"There's no need for people to have to go through that," he said. "People with a plant-based diet don't experience these things."

Information about The China Study, a book about the relationship between the consumption of animal products and a variety of chronic illnesses, and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine was provided as well.

Ms. Smith gave attendees information about the events Get Healthy Marshall puts on and why it was important to at least consider a plant-based diet.

"What we think is a normal diet, isn't a normal diet," she said. "Medicines that we have to take aren't just something to take to get better they're burdens within themselves. If you want to avoid the medicine system, a healthy lifestyle is the way to go."

For more information on Get Healthy Marshall visit www.gethealthymarshall.com.

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