Plant Based 4 Health Zoom meeting Nov. 12th – Stephanie Spencer

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Hello friends!

Hope you’re all hanging in there on this wild ride that is the year 2020! 

Our next Zoom “Plant Based for Health” meeting will be November 12th at 7 pm.  Don’t worry, I’ll send another reminder email the day before.  Please check out our “Plant Based for Health Society of Central Arkansas” Facebook page at  

We’ll be discussing the eternal “what do you do at the holidays” dilemma and I want to invite all of you to post your favorite Plant Based Thanksgiving dishes with recipes on the Facebook page in advance. 

We’ll also hear a Plant Based Transformation story from a heart attack survivor and if we have time, I’ll discuss the “order of importance” when converting to a Plant Based Diet.  

Stay safe and we’ll see you soon!


Zoom meeting on Plant Based Nutrition – Kellie Coleman & Stephanie Spencer

Hello friends, 

It’s been a long time since the Plant-Strong Club has gotten together and we figured it’s time to finally do something about that!

Kellie Coleman and Stephanie Spencer are forming a new group with a focus on support and social interaction.  We are going to host a Zoom chat on Thursday, October 1st at 6 pm.  See below for details. 

We are sending out an invite to everyone on the old Plant-Strong Mailing list, but feel free to invite anyone you know that may be interested!  This group is open to anyone and everyone, regardless of what diet they are currently following, who is interested in learning about the health benefits of a Whole Food Plant-Based lifestyle.   We want to make these sessions very interactive so we can all share our struggles and successes together.  We’ll be sharing some new directions we hope to take this fall, discuss some new Plant-Based learning opportunities, and hear from you as well!

If you haven’t already, you will need to download the Zoom app onto your computer, phone, or device.  Then you will click the link below to join.  We’ll be on the chat about 10 minutes beforehand so we can try to troubleshoot any technical glitches anyone may have.  

Take care everyone and we look forward to seeing y’all soon!

Kellie and Stephanie

Topic: Plant Based for Health Zoom Chat

Time: Oct 1, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 822 0430 7759

Passcode: 611848

Hello and let’s get together! from Dr. Maryelle Vonlanthen

Dear Healthy Nuggetters:

I know the past month must have been trying for all. I had quite a moment recovering from the tailspin my medical practice was in due to Covid restrictions which affected not only my procedures but my referrals. So had to majorly adjust my expectations with the main goal to keep my employees safe and working for the foreseeable future.   

That being said, I miss you guys. So now is time to reactivate our meetings using an electronic platform!  

I have been doing Zoom consultations for my patients to keep them home and also my friends and family and I have been doing virtual coffee, virtual dinners together and so on.  Although not as touchy feely as when meeting  in person, these options are keeping our spirit up and all of us connected.   

So here is the plan: 

Let’s get together next Friday from 6 to 8 pm 

This will be a zoom meeting 

Please RSVP by Friday morning so I can Email you the meeting number and password. My email address is

No charge for this meeting (donations accepted LOL) 

This will be an informal meeting and we can talk about anything. I am trying to keep well informed about COVID 19 and I can share what I know or we can talk about other things.  

I see possible classes on line : like bring you guys in my kitchen when I fix dinner or cover topics with slides and so on. But I would like to ask you guys what you would like best. 

The Most Important Thing is that we stay connected during this social distancing. So I want to keep our community going.  We will discuss future dates at next Friday’s meeting. 

I hope you guys are eating healthy!  produce is plentiful !  and the produce section is rarely packed with people 

Happy eating and love and hugs 


RESCHEDULED: David Anderson, MD, to be Guest Speaker at Seventh Day Adventist Church Health Connection Meeting Monday, April 20, 2020, 6:30 PM

Due to recommendations to limit gatherings, we are postponing our March 16 CHIP monthly meeting.  Dr. David Anderson is available to speak at our April 20 meeting.  Mark your calendars because you won’t want to miss this one.  Dr. Anderson specializes in sleep medicine and will answer questions after his interesting presentation.  

Since our monthly meeting includes more than CHIP and the Diabetes Undone group will be joining as well as many other interested parties, our name has been changed to Health Connection.  Our regular meetings are the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Seventh-day Adventist Church at 8700 Rodney Parham Rd.

We hope you all will be safe as you adjust to the changing landscape.  It is more important than ever to keep up your healthy lifestyle to maintain a strong immune system.  Although we cannot meet at the present, please feel free to contact us by email or phone.  


Lisa Beck, Health Connection Leader

Mark and Debbie Burghart, Health Ministries Leaders  

Dr. David Anderson is a sleep medicine specialist in Conway, AR. He graduated from UAMS Medical Center and is board certified in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine.  He completed his residency and internship in San Antonio, TX  and a fellowship at Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center.  He spent 15 months in New Zealand working as a psychiatrist, then back to Arkansas where he has been practicing sleep medicine for the past 9 years.

Dr. Anderson and his wife, Annette, follow a plant-based diet and as physicians are working toward board certification in Lifestyle Medicine.  There will be a Q and A after his talk, so here’s your chance to get your sleep questions answered by a professional.  We will have our usual low SOS (salt, oil, sugar) WFPB meal.

Join us for a great time of fellowship, delicious WFPB food, and education. The church is located at 8700 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, AR 72205-1601.

News Flash! This just reported in Dr. Michael Klaper’s Moving Medicine Forward: Year End Letter to Our Supporters dated Dec. 11, 2019

We are already planning our next medical school appearances for 2020:   JANUARY – MARCH
Jan. 12-16 — Balance for Life Retreat, Deerfield Beach
Feb. 16 — SW Florida VegFest, Bonita Springs
Feb. 17 — Florida Gulf Coast Univ, Ft. Myers
Feb. 18 — Florida Southern Univ, Lakeland
Feb. 22 — Miami VegFest
Mar. 8 — Ocala VegFest
Arkansas – cancelled 3-13-20
April 1 — University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock
April 2-3 — Harding University, Searcy
April TBD — University of Arkansas Medical School, Nursing School, Associated Clinics, Little Rock

Northeast (exact dates TBD)
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Netter School of Medicine, Hamden, CT
Baltimore/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Rutgers/New Jersey College of Medicine
April 23 — UTMB Galveston 
April 23 — Houston public talk
April 24 — Baylor College of Medicine
April 25 — Nutrition in medicine summit in Dallas 
April 26 — Public talk in Dallas
April 27 — UT Southwestern Medical School — Dallas  OCTOBER Pennsylvania
October 4-10 — Multiple medical schools and clinics in Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia region.

Congratulations, Alexis, on your efforts to bring this about, and congratulations to all the students and medical professionals who will have the opportunity to hear Dr. Klaper speak!

To learn more about Dr. Michael Klaper and the mission of PLANTPURE COMMUNITIES, click HERE.

PBNSG Big Meetings – Dr. Michael Greger Presents: Evidence-Based Weight Loss

This event is available to us via live-streaming. Follow the links to purchase your tickets. We are currently looking for a venue to allow us to gather and participate via the internet.

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM will bring his medical expertise and largest research findings to share and answer the question: What does science show is the best way to lose weight?

Dr. Greger has scoured the world’s scholarly literature and developed this new presentation based on the latest in cutting-edge research and his new book: How Not to Diet.

He will touch on the 17 ingredients of the optimal weight loss diet, and cover some of the 21 ‘tricks and tweaks’ for fast-tracking weight loss. These include specific foods that can double as fat blockers and fat burners, starch blockers and appetite suppressants.

Dr. Michael Greger is also well-known as an internationally-renowned nutrition expert and founder of Prior to How Not to Diet (2019), he authored the mega-bestselling How Not to Die book (2015) and the popular How Not to Die cookbook (2017).

You do not want to miss Dr. Greger’s newest presentation!

Follow links to purchase tickets: PBNSGBig MeetingsDr. Michael Greger Presents: Evidence-Based Weight Loss

Be sure to read the story of the PBNSG founder – Paul Chatlin!

Dr. Maryelle Vonlanthen’s Monthly Events Coming Up This Weekend! Update: 11-15 Recipes & 11-16 Presentation Pictures

11-16-19 Presentation Photos of slides re Wellness Forum 2019 Conference

Hello all my Healthy Nugget Group! 

I am presently in Columbus, Ohio attending the Wellness Forum Conference.  Learned lots of good information and will hopefully summarize soon.  By the way this is our last week end event for the year!   We will have as usual a Xmas pot luck in December, date to be determined. 

This concludes our 4th year together. I am so excited that our little group continues strong! Keep learning, keep eating, keep getting healthier ! 

Our next events are right around the corner this coming week end. 

On Friday  we will have a delicious holiday menu for you !

Saturday I will be speaking but not sure exactly what topics I will touch on yet.  I heard again at the conference the Author of “cancer a metabolic disease” speak, and he proposes, with a lot of science to back up his conclusions, that cancer is not a genetic but metabolic problem.  This is worth taking a look at .  

The schedule is as follows: 

Please RSVP by email to Maryelle Compton no later than Thursday noon and let me know which event(s) you plan to attend.  

Our next Cooking Class is this Friday November 15, 2019 from 6:00-8:00PM 

Location : second floor Baptist classroom (near the Breast Imaging Center) located in the Hickingbotham Center, 9500 Kanis Rd. 

Cost: 15 $ (or use your prepaid card) 

Saturday lunch: 

   When : Saturday November 16, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM 

   Where: My office  Pediatric Gastro Associates 1515 South Bowman Rd (on the left just past the skating rink) 

   Cost: $15 at the door  (or use your prepaid card) 

Happy eating !!! 



Payment options: 

 You will have 3 options. 

   1.  Pay at the door 15$ per event (class or lecture) 

   2.  Pick up a DISCOUNT CARD and purchase 9 events (pay $15 at the door) and get the 10th one free. If you bring guests you can fill your card faster! (10% discount) 

   3.  Purchase a PREPAID CARD for $120 for 10 events. I will sign the card each time you use it. Couples you can use the same card and if you bring a guest you can use it too so you and your guest will benefit from the discount. (20% discount) 

Dr. Maryelle Vonlanthen update! Upcoming Class and Lunch

We are pleased to pass on to you Dr. Maryelle Vonlanthen’s invitations to her events as described below this coming Friday night and Saturday midday. Please be sure to RSVP as requested if you plan to attend. Maryelle has been providing these whole food, plant-based teaching and dining opportunities for almost five years now and is quite well-versed in the latest research and materials for your edification on both accounts!

The Plant Strong Club was graced by her presence and excellent presentation last night at Natural Grocers as she relayed information gleaned from her frequent opportunities to listen to experts’ podcasts while traveling on road trips. I made my third attempt to record such an event and, while acknowledging that I still have a lot to learn, I am pleased to present this video for your edification. It is our desire that you will find more health and well-being from this information. Presenting Dr. Maryelle Vonlanthen, Pediatric Gastroenterologist! I will be moving this to my new YouTube channel soon, as well as uploading an MP3 file and photos of the slides of this same presentation.

Hope to see you this weekend!

And, don’t forget to follow for email notifications of new posts or at least check our website frequently for same: The Plant Strong Club


From: The Healthy Nugget – Dr. Maryelle Vonlanthen
Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 7:47 AM
Subject: Upcoming class and lunch

Hello all my Healthy Nugget Participants 

Once again life has been getting away and time is slipping by faster than I can think.  

Our next events are right around the corner this coming week end. 

We are thinking of featuring squashes since fall is here but no definite menu yet so we may alter that plan depending on the recipes we find. 

Saturday you guys are in for a big treat.  My fried Eileen Kopsaftis from Brunswick NY will be coming to us via Zoom to discuss pain management without drugs.  Eileen is an incredibly gifted physical therapist with a wide range of techniques to improve our lives. She works with people in person and is also just as effective doing remote sessions via Zoom (its like Skype or Facetime) with people all over the world.  She is an amazing speaker, her talks are incredibly well researched and supported by evidence. 

I have not changed my Email so do not worry that you have not gotten anything yet from the healthy Nugget email. . 

The schedule is as follows: 

Please RSVP by responding to this email no later than Thursday noon  and let me know which event(s) you plan on attending.  

Our next Cooking Class is this Friday October 18 2019 from 6:00-8 :00PM 

Location : second floor Baptist classroom (near the Breast imaging center) located in the Hickingbotham Center, 9500 Kanis Rd. 

Cost: 15 $ (or use your prepaid card) 

Saturday lunch: 

   When : Saturday October  19 , 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM 

   Where: My office  Pediatric Gastro Associates 1515 South Bowman Rd (on the left just past the skating ring) 

   Cost: $15 at the door  (or use your prepaid card) 

Happy eating !!! 



Payment options: 

 You will have 3 options. 

   1.  Pay at the door 15$ per event (class or lecture) 

   2.  Pick up a DISCOUNT CARD and purchase 9 events (pay $15 at the door) and get the 10th one free. If you bring guests you can fill your card faster! (10% discount) 

   3.  Purchase a PREPAID CARD for $120 for 10 events. I will sign the card each time you use it. Couples you can use the same card and if you bring a guest you can use it too so you and your guest will benefit from the discount. (20% discount) 

The Plant Strong Club – Upcoming Event

Maryelle Vonlanthen, M.D.

Monday October 14, 6-8 PM

Natural Grocers, 9210 N. Rodney Parham

Plant Based Info Learned from Podcasts

Reminder: Dr. Maryelle Vonlanthen, pediatric gastroenterologist, returns with an excellent presentation of information she learned during her many hours on the road in recent months. “As you know I love to listen to podcasts and this will summarize some exciting and interesting information I learned as I was crisscrossing the country!” I was fortunate to be present a couple of months ago as she shared some of this, and have no doubt you will find it to be an enriching experience. Here is a link to the handout she gave us from a presentation by the Drs. Sherzai, authors of The Alzheimer’s Solution – another game-changer if you haven’t already read it!


Kudos to Stephanie Spencer!

Great job, Stephanie! Stephanie recently received her Plant Based Nutrition Certification from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies, and dazzled us with a wealth of info regarding the outstanding research data gained from her studies in her presentation at our meeting last Monday night. My apologies for failing to produce an award winning video of same, but my newly developing filmmaking skills have a way to go before being ready for prime time. That said, you may view and listen to what I did manage to record at this YouTube site: . Professional grade recordings will be uploaded as they become available, and notices regarding upcoming presentations will be published on our website. Be sure to click on Follow and enter your email address.

Welcome to the newcomers who joined us, and thanks for signing up for our emails. We hope to see you again soon. Please let me know how we may be of service to you in your journey toward greater health and well-being.


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