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VegFest to showcase variety of speakers

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August 31, 2009

We're excited to announce the following speakers will be sharing the latest information on the animals, environment, nutrition, health, vegan families and more.

Vesanto Melina, R.D., specializes in vegetarian, vegan and raw nutrition. Her books are nutrition classics for those who are nearly vegetarian, vegetarian, vegan and raw foods enthusiasts. Her work is widely recommended by physicians, dietitians and other health professionals. She's the winner of the Clintec Award for nutritionists and co-author with Brenda Davis of Becoming Vegan, Raw Food Revolution Diet, The New Becoming Vegetarian, Becoming Vegetarian, and more. She will be speaking on the Raw Food Revolution Diet, her most recent book. We appreciate The Book Publishing Company for bringing Vesanto Melina to Oregon to speak at VegFest.

Katherine Hessler LL.M. is the director and clinical professor of the Animal Law Clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School. Professor Hessler has taught in civil, family, mediation, housing, consumer, Social Security and community development clinics. She has also taught animal law and focused problem solving. Her writing has focused on animal law, the suppression of free speech, clinical legal education, and mediation.

Chef Brian P. McCarthy has been a professional cook for 28 years and is currently a vegetarian chef for Bon Appetit Management Cafe at Intel. He is the co-author, with his wife Karen, of The Vegan Family Cookbook. McCarthy will be talking about the basic food diet of a vegan family (vegan food pyramid and protein options), vegan food options as they compare to non-vegan food options, preparing kids for school (school parties, field trips, and dealing with classmates), going over to friends' houses, going out to eat, birthday parties, traveling, shopping and reading food labels.

Richard Heitsch, M.D., is the medical director of the Integrated Medicine Group located in Northeast Portland. Dr. Heitsch has over 10 years experience in functional medicine and a master's degree in public health. In addition, Dr. Heitsch is trained as a surgeon and holds vast experience in general and trauma surgery as well as sports medicine and rehabilitation.

Sussanna Czeranko, N.D., has been teaching nutrition for the past 30 years. In her talk, Dr. Czeranko will bust myths that surround our dietary options, especially when we are faced with diseases such as cancer. She is a naturopathic physician licensed in both Ontario, Canada, and Oregon; she has been practicing since 1994. Dr. Czeranko's "Clinic in the Woods" was on a 26-acre Ontario farm where her wildcrafting and organic botanical gardens, along with a thriving balneotherapy focus, formed the basis of a widely respected nature-cure practice. She currently has a private practice located at the new clinic at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland.

Sharon Warner Methvin, Ph.D., is an anthropologist and long-time ethical vegetarian. She has been teaching anthropology and sociology at university or professional levels since 1988. In 1997, she was honored with a human rights award for her research on poverty. Her humanitarian concerns extend beyond human rights to the rights of animals. In this regard, she serves as a consultant on a variety of animal welfare issues and frequently provides public and expert testimonies to government agencies. Most recently, her research and activism took her into the animal markets of China and into the lives and efforts of the brave animal activists in China.

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