Wednesday, May 4, 2022
6:30pm - 9:00pm
Nutrition researcher and New York Times bestselling author Neal Barnard, MD, demonstrates how foods affect our hormones—and our health—in his new book, Your Body in Balance. Joining us for an event from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at CSPS Hall in St. Paul, Dr. Barnard will share the science behind how common hormone-related conditions—like infertility, weight gain, menopausal symptoms, breast and prostate cancers, thyroid problems, and acne—can be affected by and improved by simple diet changes.
This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration here is encouraged but not required. CSPS Hall is located at 383 W Michigan Street, St. Paul, MN 55102, a mile from St. Paul’s Xcel Center. Use this link to invite friends on Facebook.
Dr. Barnard will be joined by Carnage The Executioner (Terrell Woods) and Rooted Green Wellness (Joel Erickson and Jill Erickson). Terrell, Joel, and Jill will share inspirational stories of transforming their health through nutrition. Jill and Joel Erickson, who both teach Food for Life nutrition and cooking classes, will share their story and provide a short cooking demonstration. St. Paul restaurant, J. Selby’s, will provide food samples. Dr. Barnard will attend virtually; all other speakers will be in-person.
Carnage The Executioner will emcee and provide musical entertainment before and after the informational presentation. The information session will end at 8:30 and music will continue until 9 pm.
Doors open at 6:00p.m. Prior to the start of the presentation attendees can get a J. Selby’s food sample and speak with registered dietician and certified diabetes educator Suzanne Sorensen while enjoying beats from Carnage The Executioner.
This event is part of the Twin Cities Veg Month series of events in May. Sign up now to try 21 days of veg living and get 15% off at local businesses during Veg Month!
Neal Barnard, MD, FACC, is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Dr. Barnard has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, hormonal symptoms, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health, that paved the way for viewing type 2 diabetes as a potentially reversible condition for many patients. Dr. Barnard has authored more than 100 scientific publications and 20 books for medical and lay readers, and is the editor in chief of the Nutrition Guide for Clinicians, a textbook made available to all U.S. medical students.
As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research. His research contributed to the acceptance of plant-based diets in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In 2015, he was named a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. In 2016, he founded the Barnard Medical Center in Washington, DC, as a model for making nutrition a routine part of all medical care.
Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Dr. Barnard received his M.D. degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the same institution. He practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before returning to Washington to found the Physicians Committee.
Terrell Woods, better known by his stage name Carnage The Executioner, is a Twin Cities-based hip-hop artist, beat boxer, emcee, producer, and more. His unique blend of “instruction and entertainment” delivers powerful messages about plant-based eating and living.
Carnage The Executioner has spent almost 30 years making music, performing live as a one-man band, touring the world and educating both youth and adults from various socio-economic backgrounds. In 2017, Carnage started a movement called Plant-Based Poets. This came about after his decision to begin eating a vegan diet, while living a lifestyle that shows empathy for animals and bettering the planet.
Carnage speaks about his struggles with maintaining a healthy weight and engaging in overconsumption on all levels—from eating too much, to fighting for all the attention he can get—on his 2019 album, “Ravenous.” After gaining a clearer mind and losing 120 pounds, Carnage is a model of how removing animal products from the diet can make one a better version of themselves. The Plant-Based Poets movement boasts a goal of uniting all lovers of music, as well as people who encourage freedom for all living beings who depend on the health of Earth’s roots for survival.
Jill and Joel Erickson are Food For Life Instructors and certified Plant Based Nutrition Educators. Jill’s health journey began in 2009 when her mom battled colon cancer, which led Jill slowly into the Whole Foods Plant Based lifestyle. But it wasn’t until her husband’s 100% LAD artery blockage and miraculous survival in 2016 that Jill awakened fully to the scientific evidence of food and its effects on our health.
Jill and husband Joel have been WFPBNO (whole food, plant-based, no oil) since January 2017, no turning back! Jill’s passion to inform, educate, and coach others in the simple truth that food can be both delicious and health promoting led her to start Rooted Green Wellness, which includes teaching Food For Life classes in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area of Minnesota.