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BEING A VEGAN AND AN ATHLETE SAVED MY LIFE!! Barbara Ellicott 07/01/2007
AQUARIAN AGE AND THE ANDEAN PROPHECY Albert Amao Soria 10/09/2007
BEYOND CONVENTIONAL WISDOM Albert Amao Soria 10/09/2007
THE GREAT AMERICAN MEATOUT COMES TO SOMERSET COUNTY VOCATIONAL & TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL Sharleen Leahey 4/27/2008




BEING A VEGAN AND AN ATHLETE SAVED MY LIFE!! Table of Contents
by Barbara Ellicott

Who would surmise that a marathon runner triathlete with a healthy vegan diet would find her/himself plagued by cardiomyopathy resulting in heart failure??? Certainly not me!

My introduction to veganism commenced approximately eight years ago following a bout of depression after having been brutally attacked by a pit-bull leaving a gaping wound in my calf and puncture wounds in my hamstring and buttock. After the wounds closed, I commenced intensive physical therapy at which time I was, to my sadness, informed that I would have permanent nerve damage and problems with proprioception (reaction to stimuli). In short, it was suggested that I ‘retire’ from running! I have always had a great deal of energy (family members felt in excess!) which I was able to dissipate via intense exercise (e.g., distant swimming, cycling, running, kayaking, karate, etc.!). In my frustration, I gained a tremendous amount of weight and tipped 200 lbs!! (I am now l22 lbs.) I was also, in my opinion, the worst type of vegetarian: lacto-ovo, causing my cholesterol to climb to close to 190! Additionally, my blood pressure was elevated. In short, I felt like a ‘basket case’!!

My adult children would not be enablers, and suggested that I DO something about my physical state. (At the time, I didn’t appreciate a lack of sympathy!) They suggested that I go to NAVS’ “Summerfest” in Johnstown, PA, where one of my children had gone the previous year. I was told about a wonderful person, who would in future years become my faithful mentor. This fantastic role-model, who is just six years my senior, is Ruth Heidrich, PhD. I met Ruth only four times, not only at the North American Vegetarian Association Summerfest, but also at the World Vegetarian Congress in Toronto, as well! However, I feel as though Ruth is my mentor, advocate, and big sister all in one!!! Following her example, I became a vegan, and my cholesterol dropped to l40 within only two months! I began losing weight and my blood pressure lowered! Ruth ‘coached’ me for the Boston Marathon (I ran for a charity, therefore, I didn’t have to qualify speed-wise.) via e-mail from Hawaii!! I crossed the finish line prior to six hours which made me eligible for the finisher’s medal!!! (I was nearly 60 years old.) Elated, I vowed that I’d run one full marathon per year for the rest of my life. I was able to keep my vow until I was plagued with long undetected Lyme Disease!!! (That, in itself is a long and wild story.)

That demon, Lyme disease, caused me to have heart failure or cardiomyopathy; according to an echocardiogram, the left chambers of my heart were putting out l5 cc instead of the healthy 55 cc!! I had edema which was so severe that over 43 pounds of ‘bloat’ spread like dragons flaming up my legs to my groin and to my ribs! I looked disfigured! I couldn’t bend my knees!

I went to the Princeton non-invasive care center. There I was told that they rarely saw in their test results, a heart which, from my intense exercise (i.e., marathoning) put out so many branches/shoots to compensate! They informed me that I had not marathoned in vain!

To add insult to injury, when I checked myself into the ER of a well-known hospital requesting a Doppler to see if I had DPT (deep pulmonary thrombosis), I learned that technicians were not available. At that juncture, I should have had the good sense to exit, but I didn’t. The ER staff said to me, “Just to be on the safe side, dear, we’re going to give you a blood thinner.” Wow, I experienced pain greater than any time in my entire life when they gave me blood thinner in the belly! My abdomen went into spasm and I couldn’t lie flat enough for further testing!! Before I knew it, I was checked in as an inpatient! A nurse appeared with a clipboard and and asked me to sign for a blood transfusion!!! “What?” I gasped. Then they informed me that if I didn’t received a blood transfusion soon, that I would die!!!! ….that my hemoglobin had dropped to three from hemorrhaging and that it should be l2!

Before week’s end, I had to receive a total of FOUR blood transfusions!! Needless to say a cardiologist was called in, etc. At week’s end, I was reluctant to go home because my ‘Buddha-looking’ belly was burning. I was told, “Don’t worry, dear, when the blood is absorbed, you’ll be fine.” The next day I was too weak and sore to get out of my bed,Anyway, weeks passed, and I requested physical therapy which was granted. After having made significant progress with the world’s most wonderful physical therapist, Farida Adoro, who specialized in cardiology physical therapy,I asked Farida, if she thought it unrealistic for me to consider at least walking a full marathon in approximately nine months. Her response, “No, I don’t think that’s unrealistic, especially considering the great progress you’ve been making.” Needless to say, THAT WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MUSIC TO MY EARS THAT I HAD EVER HEARD!!!!! Ahhh, my spirits were immediately uplifted and my ‘old’ high energy level returned!!!!

My cardiologist, however, had other depressing comments!! He thought that I was out of my mind and warned me that I should NEVER do more than one mile for the rest of my life!!!!! He even went so far as to put his ideas in writing!!! Difficult as it was, I was DETERMINED not to allow myself to live in fear. He told me that the only reason I felt so good was from the medicines. I came back with, “But doctor, I had those SAME meds when I had heart failure and couldn’t even walk up my driveway! And now I can walk several miles without any problem.” His scare tactics continued. I informed the doctor that I’d rather die doing something I love than being disabled with tubes attached!

I forced myself to enter 5K races even though I raced-walked a 40 minute mile! Nevertheless, it was WONDERFUL being in the company of upbeat folks, etc. I began placing in my age division from the third out of six races!!! That helped my confidence level so much. At one of the races, I WON A HEART MONITOR which I wore each week during my marathon training!

On October 8th 2006, with one of my faithful adult sons at my side, I finished all 26.2 miles and 365 yards. at the Tow Path Marathon in Ohio!!!!

As Dr. Oz, cardiologist/cardiac surgeon at Columbia Presbyterian, said in his National Public Radio interview on the Heart and Souls morning show, “There’s much more to cardiology than high technology and medicines; the individual differences, spirituality, personality, etc. are equally important; the holistic approach is the way.

Boy, he got THAT right!!!!!

I hope this story inspires others who might feel doomed by their diseases and conditions!!!!


Dr. Barbara Ellicott is a 66-year young award-winning licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), psychologist, author, marathon runner, vegetarian, and motivational and inspirational speaker on the subject of diet, exercise, health and spirituality. She is currently an ambassador for PCRM (Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine on the subject of “Healthy Hearts”).

Dr. Ellicott believes that the secret of growth, success, and fulfillment is a life that is balanced spiritually, physically and cognitively combined with a plant-based diet. It is also one of the secrets of being a successful and accomplished SLP as Dr. Ellicott advocates and promotes an holistic approach to therapy.


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BEING A VEGAN AND AN ATHLETE SAVED MY LIFE!! by Barbara Ellicott


AQUARIAN AGE AND THE ANDEAN PROPHECY Table of Contents
Albert Amao Soria

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The book sets up the starting point for the Aquarian Age based on astronomical, mathematical and mythological records available. There are several versions about the beginning of the Aquarian era, but there is no common consensus about the starting date; this essay establishes a coherent and consistent starting date for the commencing of the Golden Age. It also discusses the social changes and religious transformations that took place when the Vernal or Spring Equinox retrograded through the constellations. Special emphasis is placed on the role of the New Thought Movement on preparing the mass mind for the arrival of the Aquarian Era, which will be the epoch of knowledge, brotherhood, and oneness of humanity.


Mr. Albert Amao Soria is a graduate of San Marcos University, Lima-Peru, one of the oldest universities of the American continent. He holds a Ph. D. in Sociology; he is a C.S.W., and Holistic Counselor. Mr. Amao has belonged to several metaphysical and Qabalistic fraternities, where he has been trained in Esoteric Astrology, Yoga philosophy, Alchemy, and Qabalah. Lately, Mr. Amao as Operative Spiritual Scientist has been practicing Holistic Counseling integrating short-term treatments such as Clinical Hypno-counseling, Energy work, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Amao gives lectures and seminars on Metaphysics, Holy Qabalah, Esoteric Tarot and astrology for spiritual growth. He is available for workshops and lectures as per request.


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AQUARIAN AGE AND THE ANDEAN PROPHECY by Albert Amao Soria


BEYOND CONVENTIONAL WISDOM Table of Contents
Albert Amao Soria

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In this book, Albert Amao explores fundamental concepts of life that we take for granted. The most important ideas examined in the book are: the meaning of life, the true about fortune telling devices, why people are resistance to be whole and healthy. He also explores the basic postulates where Christianity rest. What is true about the paradox of the original sin? The role Satan in saving the world? Is the Adversary different than the Messiah? The fallacy and deceptions found in many esoteric and occult postulates. What is reality? etc.


Mr. Albert Amao Soria is a graduate of San Marcos University, Lima-Peru, one of the oldest universities of the American continent. He holds a Ph. D. in Sociology; he is a C.S.W., and Holistic Counselor. Mr. Amao has belonged to several metaphysical and Qabalistic fraternities, where he has been trained in Esoteric Astrology, Yoga philosophy, Alchemy, and Qabalah. Lately, Mr. Amao as Operative Spiritual Scientist has been practicing Holistic Counseling integrating short-term treatments such as Clinical Hypno-counseling, Energy work, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Amao gives lectures and seminars on Metaphysics, Holy Qabalah, Esoteric Tarot and astrology for spiritual growth. He is available for workshops and lectures as per request.


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BEYOND CONVENTIONAL WISDOM by Albert Amao Soria




THE GREAT AMERICAN MEATOUT COMES TO SOMERSET COUNTY VOCATIONAL & TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL Table of Contents
Sharleen Leahey

Bridgewater: Students at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School’s Health Occupations class were invited to learn about the benefits of a plant-based diet. Sharleen Leahey, a member of the Central Jersey Vegetarian Group and a SCVTHS employee, was joined by SCVTHS employees Millie Cabreja and Faiza Shahid in presenting The Great American Meatout, a grass-roots national diet education campaign.

Sharleen led the future health professionals in a discussion on the dangers posed by the accumulation of saturated animal fat in the arteries. She stressed that it is every person’s right to be informed about the negative consequences of consuming animal fat and the benefits of a plant-based diet which include the prevention of some of the deadliest diseases. Countless scientific studies have shown that millions of lives and billions of healthcare dollars could be saved if we are willing to make some simple dietary changes to what is known as The Standard American Diet or SAD. Preventing chronic conditions like coronary heart disease, cancer and obesity stimulated the students’ interest in their own health but also in how they might become more effective health professions in the future.

A related and extremely important topic discussed at the Meatout presentation was Global Climate change. According to a 2006 special United Nations report called “Livestock’s Long Shadow,” the production of meat worldwide causes more greenhouse gases to be released into our planet’s atmosphere than all transportation sources combined.

Kim Vasaturo, Health Occupations Teacher, was encouraged by the students’ attention and curiosity evident in their questions and comments. The presentation ended with the students tasting samples of meat alternatives which included red pepper hummus (made from garbanzo beans), sliced Italian-flavored “tofurky” (a turkey substitute made from organic soybeans), and soy cheddar cheese. As natural cookies with chocolate soymilk was being passed around for dessert, the students were happy to learn that chocolate is an antioxidant and is not only delicious but also healthy!

The Great American Meatout (http://www.meatout.org) is an international observance held once a year in the Spring and sponsored by Farm Animal Reform Movement (FARM) based in Bethesda, Maryland. For more information call 908-526-8900, ext. 7267.

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THE GREAT AMERICAN MEATOUT COMES TO SOMERSET COUNTY VOCATIONAL & TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL by Sharleen Leahey

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