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Volunteer Spotlight: Terry Kent

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August 4, 2012

Northwest VEG is lucky to have such a dedicated volunteer in Terry Kent, who is both a VEG 101 and MVP graduate. His dedication for the veg cause and Northwest VEG has been seen through his volunteer efforts at the Race for the Animals and on the planning committee for the upcoming Health Conference on September 21st. We are also looking forward to having his enthusiasm at VegFest. He will be volunteering both days!

Where do I start? I have so much to cram into this short bio. My involvement with NW VEG started 2 years ago, after I watched a DVD called Eating, a phenomenal exposť by Mike Anderson about how we have been prevented from learning about the true cause of and the only way to prevent and reverse almost all chronic and degenerative diseases, like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimerís, and over 75 autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, lupus, chronic fatigue, and a ton more.

Research has revealed conclusively that the cause of our disease epidemic is our obsessive animal-based foods diet, the 15-30% meat, eggs, milk, cheese, and butter diet that the average American eats, and that is now spreading like a stage 4 cancer all over the developed world through the international explosion of McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Taco Bell, Dairy Queen, etc.

This disastrous diet of meat and dairy products is a delivery system for the disease-causing saturated fat and cholesterol we and the countries being bombarded by fast foods consume.

What we havenít been told is that our bodies canít handle this onslaught of grease and fat that clogs up our blood and arteries causing heart disease, that causes metabolic acidosis that is a prime culture for and cause of cancer growth, that strips calcium from our bones causing osteoporosis, that cripples our pancreas so it canít produce enough insulin which causes diabetes, that overwhelms our liver and kidneys with toxins that it canít process fast enough so it sends these metabolic poisons to our organs, joints, digestive tract, nervous system, causing autoimmune diseases.

But the great news that we arenít being told is that by reducing the animal-based foods in our diet to less than 5%, and by eating a whole foods diet, all of these diseases can in most cases be reversed and cured completely.

When I finished watching the Eating DVD, I asked myself why arenít we being told about this? Why has the medical community been totally silent about this? Surely they have to know. Why hasnít our federal government and our local public health departments told us about this. Nothing has so destroyed my faith in the medical industry and our federal government than discovering this totally demoralizing and absolutely unacceptable deceit and fraud being perpetrated upon the American public.

So, what has been my response? I asked everybody in my network and found out about NW VEG monthly potlucks. I began taking part. I learned about and volunteered and helped at VegFest. I took the Veg 101 and Master Vegetarian Classes. I volunteered and have been helping plan and will help put on the Professional Conference. I will be helping put on VegFest as well.

I have watched many more DVDs like Forks Over Knives. I have read The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, and books by pioneers like Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, and Dr. John McDougall, and over 12 more key books. I have become a medical researcher and nutritionist, and am writing a book on Multiple Sclerosis which the medical establishment says has no cure, yet Dr. Roy Swank showed over 30 years ago that a plant-based diet reverses MS and puts it into remission.

I have purchased 100 copies of the Eating DVD at bulk prices from, and have been giving them to persons who care about preventing and reversing diseases, and ask them to pass them on.

I am working with a local cafť owner to host this fall a Health and Nutrition Film series where we will show Eating, Forks Over Knives, and other videos to spread the word.

I have committed much of my time and energy to helping expose the deception and educate people about true plant-based health. You can watch previews of several of the DVDs at, a website I am developing. We have so much work to do! If I can answer any questions you may have, you can email me at terrykent (@)

And donít forget to volunteer to help with NW VEG events. Together we can do it!

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