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London. Formerly known as New Media. Vegan since 1992.
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  1. Jordan Wyatt (reply)

    February 21, 2012 at 12:41

    What an interesting life to have lived! I look forward to hearing your next episode to learn more on Al Ma’arri, but also the wonderful Benjamin Zephaniah! 🙂

    • Tusher (reply)

      March 7, 2012 at 14:50

      I’ve been a vegan for 13 years. In the last 3 years, since I got married and sreattd using meat and dairy substitutes for making meals for my omnivore husband, I’ve gained almost 50 lbs! I used to be 110 and now I’m 160 lbs. My ideal weight is around (according to US weight charts) 120-130, but according to Dr. Furhman, I was fine at 110.Anyway, that’s when I sreattd gaining weight! My cholesterol is still way low and my sugar is great, despite eating a diet of vegan junk food and a cupcake a week. I don’t get enough exercise or enough phytochemicals. I did Eat to Live by Dr. Fuhrman for a month and lost 12 lbs! I didn’t deprive myself at all but did eat only whole foods that I prepared myself. I got lazy after that, went back to Daiya, and regained more than what I had lost. Sad, huh?I never realized what was causing the weight gain. I thought it was bad willpower or too many calories. I’m not really eating too many calories according to my best efforts to keep track of calories, so what is it? It must be the junk food. I resolve to kick out junk food. If I’m not energetic enough to cook it then I’ll eat a raw vegetable or fruit, but I’m not eating any more junk. One of the country’s best vegan restaurants is near me. They serve a lot of fake vegan meat and cheese. No more for me. Dark Cinderella’s kitchen is now home to the best vegan eatery in the USA! Woohoo!!!

      • Ian

        March 25, 2012 at 22:49

        Hi Tusher,

        Al-Ma’arri avoided that issue by not marrying!

        Let me give you the websites of a couple of registered dietitians who share information about being healthy and vegan. I talked with Marty Davey, aka La Diva Dietitian, for my old podcast Verdant Reports. Ginny Messina blogs and writes as The Vegan RD. You might find them of use.



  2. Brian L (reply)

    January 3, 2015 at 02:26

    “Can you imagine what is was like to encourage others to renounce meat, dairy, and honey in eleventh century Syria?”

    Really? I doubt it was anything like speaking out against all religion, and speaking out against natalism. You still can’t speak of the last without being lambasted. Yet he did back then. Today, he would have been marginalized for his ethics, much like VHEMT. And I doubt Syrian Al-Qaida groups are beheading his statues there because of his veganism…. But yes, every group wants to claim him now, though they fall short of his ethics.

    • Ian McDonald (reply)

      January 6, 2015 at 16:31

      His anti-natalism was based on the idea that life is misery, rather than the more contemporary idea that humans are bad for everyone else on the planet. But yes – he’s a rebel poet for multiple reasons.

      • Brian L

        February 8, 2015 at 20:32

        Agreed. VHEMT is definitely environmental antinatalism, whilst his was based in suffering and existential angst… Although, one could argue that his veganism was due to his understanding of the misery caused to animals. So there is a meeting of the two paths. I mean, if suffering of animals wasn’t an issue, the ethics of veganism wouldn’t be either.

        There are other routes to this philosophy besides these two, through ethics to misanthropy. One can even be a devout theist and come to this stance. I won’t post them all here, as the topic should remain the environmental rationale for antinatalism.

        Again, I thank you for your graciousness in posting and addressing this issue… Highest regards.

  3. Brian L (reply)

    February 8, 2015 at 21:13

    Oh, if I may, I’d like to post a quote from a little known Norwegian philospher with strong antinatalist leanings (Peter Wessel Zapffe) from his essay, “The Last Messiah”. It’s quite relevant to the topic.

    “One night in long bygone times, man awoke and saw himself.

    He saw that he was naked under cosmos, homeless in his own body. All things dissolved before his testing thought, wonder above wonder, horror above horror unfolded in his mind.

    Then woman too awoke and said it was time to go and slay. And he fetched his bow and arrow, a fruit of the marriage of spirit and hand, and went outside beneath the stars. But as the beasts arrived at their waterholes where he expected them of habit, he felt no more the tiger’s bound in his blood, but a great psalm about the brotherhood of suffering between everything alive.

    That day he did not return with prey, and when they found him by the next new moon, he was sitting dead by the waterhole.”


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