TCs & the FOOD
Naya Arbiter
Amity Foundation
• Historically TC’s have been Teaching Communities
representing a revolution of inclusion dedicated to
whole person education for:
• Marginalized populations affected by racism,
ageism, sexism, classism, poverty, criminality
• Marginalized Issues: prostitution, sexual abuse, sex
trade, trauma, gangs, effects of prison, violence,
We do not become
enlightened by imagining
images of light -Rather by making the
darkness conscious
• What is the “diet” in our Community?
media diet
spiritual diet
intellectual diet
emotional diet
physical/ kinesthetic diet
musical diet
authenticity diet
artistic expressive diet
cultural diet
• What do we provide for our students to ingest?
5% worlds population 50% of prescription pills
99% of all vicodan produced
63% Americans overweight or obese
20% children obese by 2008
Last 25 years tripled number of adults with diabetes
33% increase of diabetes increase in children
79 million Americans are pre-diabetic
40% of every dollar spent on food is food prepared outside
• Average child spends 7.5 hours per day watching media
• 1913 - 40 pounds of sugar
• 1999 - 197 pounds of sugar
1909 - 294 pounds of dairy products
2006 - 605 pounds of dairy products
Early 1900’s - 120 pounds of meat
- 222 pounds of meat
• A partnership with Oxford, Cornell University and
Chinese Academy of Preventative Medicine study
• 6,500 people,
• 367 variables,
• 65 counties in China
• more than 8,000 statistically significant associations
between lifestyle diet and disease variables
• Eat Plants for health• More animal protein=more disease
• More plant-based food=healthier people
• Animal Protein promotes growth of cancer– yes all of it, meat,
fish, poultry, dairy….
• Heart disease can be reversed through nutrition
• Carbs are not the enemy
• 2 million antibiotic resistant infections per year in humans
• 23 thousand human deaths from these diseases
• 70% of all antibiotics purchased in U.S. fed to animals on
factory farms so animals do not contract disease
• Much of antibiotic use in animals is inappropriate making
humans unsafe/ 50% of U.S. human ingestion of antibiotics
• U.S. citizens who eat factory farm raised animals are ingesting
• CRE ( more resistant to antibiotics than MRSA) accounts for 600
deaths but has been identified in health care facilities in 44
A GMO plant or animal that has been genetically altered by
scientists to improve its ability to grow in non-native
environments, resist pests, tolerate extreme weather
conditions, produce more food (like milk in cows), or show
other desired traits. techniques.
Scientists have used GE technology to create plants, animals,
and bacteria with biological characteristics that would never
occur in the natural world—such as a tomato with an antifreeze fish gene designed to resist cold temperatures, or corn
plants with a bacterial gene that tolerates increased
herbicide use.
• No Truth in Labeling in the United
• 18 States infused with millions from
large corporations lost
“truth in labeling” initiatives in
Leaky gut syndrome in adults and children
Liver problems
Reproductive problems
• 250.000 farmer suicides in India – some by drinking
And more and more and more and more
Southern Australia
New Zealand
France – approved then banned
• Milk doesn’t reduce fractures. Contrary to popular belief,
eating dairy products has never been shown to reduce
fracture risk. In fact, according to the Nurses’ Health Study
dairy may increase risk of fractures by 50 percent!
• Less dairy, better bones. Countries with lowest rates of
dairy and calcium consumption (like those in Africa and
Asia) have the lowest rates of osteoporosis.
• Calcium isn’t as bone-protective as we thought. Studies of
calcium supplementation have shown no benefit in
reducing fracture risk. Vitamin D appears to be much more
important than calcium in preventing fractures.
• Calcium may raise cancer risk. Research shows that
higher intakes of both calcium and dairy products may
increase a man’s risk of prostate cancer by 30 to 50
percent. Plus, dairy consumption increases the body’s level
of insulin-like growth factor-1insulin-like (IGF-1) — a
known cancer promoter.
• Calcium has benefits that dairy doesn’t. Calcium
supplements, but not dairy products, may reduce the risk of
colon cancer.
• Not everyone can stomach dairy. About 75 percent of the
world’s population is genetically unable to properly digest
milk and other dairy products — a problem called lactose
one liter (a little over a quart) of
Californian milk contained 298 million
pus cells in 2003, 11 million more pus
cells than it contained in 2002.
So What Can You Drink Besides Milk?
How about fresh carrot juice. Freshly pressed carrot juice from organic carrots
contains adequate protein, minerals and necessary nutrients to nourish the body
better than milk was ever able to do. At the same time it builds up the immune
system and helps the kids to avoid colds and flu.
Leave your drugs in the
chemist’s pot, if you can cure
the patient with food
Hepatitis C
Sexually Transmitted disease
MRSA ( methicillin- resistant staphylococcus aureus)
CRE (carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae)
note: MRSA and CRE resistant to antibiotics prevalent in
health care facilities, prisons, nursing homes etc.
• What we said “No” to:
• Soda’s or junk food on the campus
• All mixed sugared drinks
• GMO’s in food
• Pre-packaged food ( sliced cheese, pre-made
burrito’s etc.)
Industrial juicers in every kitchen
Fresh vegetable or fruit juice at each meal
Gardens at each residential site
Education of food suppliers with movies – truck drivers to sales
Pressure food companies for non-GMO food ( they did)
One day per week with “0” animal protein
Monthly Seminars on Sugar with physical demonstrations
Bulletin Boards: “ Sanitas Per Escam “
Morsel Moments: Morning Gatherings
Food Movie Night Weekly
All faculty information on China Study
Faculty tested on China Study
All faculty received cookbooks for plant based meals
Children MUY THAI class fresh juice beginning- juice popsicles
at end- healthy snacks
• Corporate Chef gets pictures from kitchens of plates served
• Weekly classes with Culinary Arts Department- movies current
information regarding GMO’ Aspartame, etc.
• I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according
to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and
• I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor
will I make a suggestion to this effect. In purity and holiness I will
guard my life and my art.
• I will not use the knife, not even on sufferers from stone, but will
withdraw in favor of such men as are engaged in this work.
• Whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of the
sick, remaining free of all intentional injustice, of all mischief and
in particular of sexual relations with both female and male
persons, be they free or slaves.

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