Thursday, January 21, 2016

New Yorkers to get a taste of celebrity vegan cheese maker Miyoko Schinner....

Popular author, TV show host and founder of the renowned Miyoko’s Kitchen in California will speak about her fast-growing company’s phenomenal success at a book signing celebration that includes sample tasting, hosted by Vegan Travel Club.

New York City, New York
Can vegan cheeses really taste as good as their dairy-based counterparts? Thanks to Miyoko’s Kitchen, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’. From Double Cream Chive, Sundried Tomato Garlic and French Style Winter Truffle to Aged English Smoked Farmhouse and Country Style Herbes de Provence, these award-winning artisanal cultured nut products are as deliciously mouthwatering as they sound.
Now New Yorkers have the chance to meet the woman behind these groundbreaking culinary creations. Recently named one of the nation’s ‘5 Vegans Worth Watching in 2016’ by Associated Press and published on the New York Times website,Miyoko Schinner is heading to town for a special event at VSPOT Organic on St. Mark’s Place on January 26.
Hosted by domestic and international tour operator Vegan Travel Club, the night will include tasting cheeses from the Miyoko's Kitchen collection, along with breads, crackers and more, courtesy of Riverdel, the newly-launched vegan cheese store in Brooklyn; eating lasagne, eggplant rollatini and cheesecake bites made by VSPOT Organic using recipes from Schinner’s cookbooks; and drinking Italian wines courtesy of Vegano Italiano Tours.
“I’m ecstatic to be coming to the east coast for this special event to impress New Yorkers with the wonders of vegan cheese and introduce them to the Miyoko’s Kitchen brand,” says Schinner.
Although new to the cheese market, Schinner is no stranger to vegan cuisine. She’s been promoting sumptuous, decadent, and healthful plant-based foods for the past 30 years, starting out teaching cooking classes in Japanese department stores in the 1980s before opening a wholesale bakery when she lugged 60 pounds of pound cakes in a backpack on trains to deliver them to stores across Tokyo. She penned her first cookbook The Now and Zen Epicure in 1991 to dispel the myth that vegan food couldn’t be gourmet.
She followed this up with the launch of a vegan bakery in San Francisco in the 1990s and four more cookbooks including the bestselling Artisan Vegan Cheese (Book Publishing Company, 2012) and her latest, The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples (Ten Speed Press, 2015). She launched Miyoko’s Kitchen in September 2014.
Schinner is a co-host of the national public television cooking show, Vegan Mashup (season three is currently on air) and a much sought-after vegan travel tours headliner. Last year she dazzled guests on the Vegano Italiano Tour of southern Italy, organized by Vegan Travel Club, with her revolutionary cooking and effervescent personality.
“Miyoko is extremely talented and passionate about quality and it shows in her products,” says Gretchen Sheridan, co-founder of Vegan Travel Club. “She was a delight last year on tour, so much so that we had to have her back this year – it’s a perfect fit. Coming to the NYC event will give people a better insight into where we’re going, who we’ll be meeting and what we’ll be tasting.”
Schinner is equally thrilled at the prospect of another tour of Italy. “Vegano was the height of my travels last year. It really gives you an insider’s view of Italy, letting you touch the culture in an intimate way that would be hard to do on your own. As a culinary journey, it goes to the heart of the cuisine of the region, and Gretchen takes you off the beaten path to let you peek into the real Italy. I’m so happy to be returning again this year,” says Schinner.
Among the topics Schinner will talk about at the NYC event this month are the tour, opening a mini animal sanctuary at the farm she’s just moved to in Marin County, California, and her latest book The Homemade Vegan Pantry. “I’ll share with people why I wrote the book, which is the ultimate guide to filling your fridge and pantry with all the things you'd normally buy – everything from ketchup to mayo to meat substitutes to baking mixes,” she says.
WHAT: Celebrating Our Authors: Miyoko Schinner Book Signing and Vegan Cheese Tasting
WHEN: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
WHERE: V-SPOT Organic, 12 St Mark’s Place, East Village, Manhattan
COST: $37 (attend only); $47 (includes copy of one book); $68 (includes copy of two books)
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(Attendees receive $50 off booking any of the 2016 Vegano Italiano Tours through February 9)
About Miyoko Schinner
Miyoko Schinner is the founder of Miyoko’s Kitchen, which manufactures non-dairy, vegan cheeses. Born in Japan, Schinner lives in Nicasio, California with her husband, Michael and a variety of rescued animals. Her groundbreaking products (which have to be labeled ‘cultured nut products’ due to California law) have featured in numerous media outlets including the LA Times, Washington Post, NPR, New York Post and many more. Miyoko’s Kitchen won the VegNews 2015 Veggie Award for Product of the Year. Schinner is the author of five cookbooks including the bestselling Artisan Vegan Cheese (Book Publishing Company, 2012) and her latest, The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples (Ten Speed Press, 2015). She was named one of the nation’s ‘5 Vegans Worth Watching in 2016’ by Associated Press and is an excellent jazz singer. More info:

About Vegan Travel Club
Vegan Travel Club is a newly-formed global tour operator based in North Carolina. It is an extension of Tierno Tours, a company that initiated vegan tours in 2010, kicking off with the popular Vegano Italiano in Italy in collaboration with boutique eco/vegetarian/vegan travel agency Green Earth Travel. Vegan Travel Club launches mid 2016, adding tours to domestic cities in the US, Canada, Mexico and South America, and elsewhere in Europe in 2017. More

Miyoko Schinner and Gretchen Sheridan are available for interview. Contact:
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016


I graduated from dental school in 1972 and the dental schools water fluoridation educational curriculum has not changed since then. To be licensed in Oklahoma and other states a dentist has to graduate from a dental school that is accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA).  For a dental school to be accredited by the ADA that school has to meet the very strict curriculum requirements of the ADA.  All accredited dental schools are just carbon copies of each other so it doesn’t matter which ADA accredited dental school one attends as they are all the same except maybe for the color of the wallpaper. 

In dental school, one day during one of our preventative dentistry courses, only a very few minutes was devoted to telling us students that “fluoridated drinking water reduced and prevented tooth decay and it was safe and caused no bodily harm.” If a student said something about hearing that fluoride was a toxic chemical and should not be added to the drinking water we were instructed very explicitly that it is the dentists who are the “experts” and that the public does not know anything about fluoride and that fluoride was safe and that anyone who disagreed was unscientific, misinformed, a fear monger and  should be seriously denigrated…and if we ever expected to graduate from dental school we had darn well better defend water fluoridation and never question it.

That was it, no book, no PowerPoint, no tests, no nothing…just this brief statement one day.
That was the total amount of “facts” we students were taught about water fluoridation science.    The ADA does not want dentists to know truthful, accurate and undistorted water fluoridation science so they intentionally keep it out of the dental school curriculum and instead just supply dentist with rehearsed scripted messages to spout. The public and most dentists unfortunately hold it that this very brief indoctrination (brainwashing) dentists are given in dental school somehow makes dentist fluoridation “experts.” 

Since the ADA controls the dental school curriculum, as well as dentistry in general, a potential dental student has to first pass the ADA’s Dental Aptitude Test to be accepted to a dental school.  Another ADA test has to be passed to advance to the third year and again at the end of the fourth year to graduate. Then a dentist has to graduate from an ADA accredited school to be licensed. Then there is the back door the ADA has into all the state dental boards. 

Dentist take what they learn in dental school as Gospel Truth.  We are taught many very specific procedures and techniques for treating tooth decay and gum diseases. We don’t deviate. We do as we are taught.  If we expect to graduate from dental school we had darn well do as we are told and taught.  If we don’t do as taught, we fail. This water fluoridation scenario is the same. Dentists don’t question their dental school fluoridation teachings, they take it as GOSPEL TRUTH which means that dentists will attack and denigrate anyone who is opposed to fluoridation.  These ADA controlled dental schools are very good at turning out very skilled and professional dentists…but these schools are total failures at turning out anything that even remotely resembles a “fluoridation expert.”

Because of the American Dental Association’s control over dental schools there is no such thing as a scientifically accurate Water Fluoridation 101 course taught in any dental school in this country, and there never has been. Should any dentists approach you with that pretense that they are the “experts,” I suggest you ask them to document their qualifications and have them show you on their dental school course transcript where their fluoride coursework is documented. Also ask them to document if they have taken any continuing education courses on water fluoridation since their graduation from dental school.  They won’t be able to provide any documentation as no courses have ever existed. The public has been misled into believing that dentists are water fluoridation “experts” when in fact that is clearly not the case.  Dentists are so far removed from the accurate water fluoridation science that they are not even in the ball park of scientifically accurate water fluoridation science.

One very popular tactic that the ADA indoctrinated dentists attempt to use to make them appear as fluoride “experts” is to question if the fluoride opponents are using “peer reviewed” studies in their opposition. Here is my reply to this “peer review” questioning.


I know the promoters of fluoride often blather that the studies they use to promote the addition of fluorosilicic acid to the public drinking water are peer reviewed and then they ask the fluoride opponents if the studies the opponents use to document the known adverse health effects from fluoridation or vaccinations are peer reviewed.

My experience with peer review has documented to me that “peer” review can be slanted depending on who the “peer reviewers” are beholden to.  For example, there is this study done by a hungry fox.  This foxes study concluded that is safe for a fox to guard the chickens.  The chickens questioned the accuracy of this study and ask the fox if the study had been peer reviewed.  The fox said no it had not been peer reviewed so the fox organized its peers and they did a peer review study and all the foxes concluded that the “peer reviewed” study was accurate and that it was OK for hungry foxes to guard the chickens. So the chickens now do not have a choice, they are now guarded by the hungry foxes…think those chickens feel safe? 

Jim Maxey DDS


Jim Maxey DDS 

Communities that are ending fluoridation should consider themselves very fortunate to be eliminating this very toxic arsenic laced industrial waste fluorosilicic acid chemical from their water supply. However, I know there will be a slew of dentists and other pro fluoride folks who will begin to rave on and on and on that tooth decay rates will now double or triple when fluoridation ends.   Rest assured that will never happen as these misinformed dentists aren't aware that there has never been even one controlled study that scientifically documents that water fluoridation has ever reduced or prevented tooth decay. Since water fluoridation has never been shown to reduce or prevent tooth decay…how can removing it from the drinking water cause tooth decay rates to increase?

The American Dental Associations (ADA) “classical” water fluoridation/tooth decay “studies” the ADA used back in the 1940’s and 50’s to justify their  endorsement of water fluoridation were nothing more than orchestrated and carefully scripted unscientific publications that were  intentionally sculptured to create the illusion that fluoride had something to do with reducing tooth decay rates.

H. Trendley Dean, DDS, was the chief dental officer at the US Public Health Service and who the ADA refers to as the “Father of water fluoridation.”  Dr. Dean was responsible for designing and creating those "classical" fluoridated water/tooth decay studies done by the UPSHS in the 1940’s and early 1950’s.  Dr. Dean, when cross-examined before the Public Utilities Commission of the State of California in Oroville, October 20-21, 1955 admitted, under oath, that those “studies” were not valid studies. None of those studies, nor any since then, followed the same children from year to year, the water sources were not consistent, and there was absolutely no consideration for nutrition, oral hygiene care or dental care. A valid scientific controlled study cannot have these numerous variables, especially variables that are not taken into consideration.  The ADA just forgot to teach dentists that Dr. Dean invalidated his own “classical” studies.

In addition the World Health Organization (WHO) has now determined that over the years tooth decay rates have gone down equally in fluoridated and non-fluoridated communities. So where is the “benefit?”  It’s not there…and never has been.  You can find that WHO documentation at

 All that will happen when fluoride is no longer being ingested is positive things for general health. Folks will no longer have to experience any of those adverse health effects that are either caused by, or contributed to, as a result of ingesting this arsenic laced toxic industrial waste fluorosilicic acid chemical soup.

Besides being known to be a general protoplasmic poison and a strong cellular enzyme poison, fluorine is also known to be comparable to lead and arsenic as far as its ability to cause some symptoms of toxicity in minute doses.  It has already been documented by the ADA and the US Public Health Service that adverse health effects caused by or contributed to by fluoridation are many and includes dental fluorosis which is the first visible symptom of chronic fluoride poisoning and developmental disturbances in bones such as osteopetrosis and osteosclerosis. Also included in the list of adverse health effects that are caused by or contributed to by fluoridation is goiter and cancer as well as autism like symptoms found in animal studies that equate to humans.  

I suggest that this information be shared with any pro fluoride individual who attempts to convince you that tooth decay rates will rise if this toxic fluoride chemical is removed from your drinking water supply.

Ending water fluoridation will not cause any increase in tooth decay rates as water fluoridation has never reduced or prevented tooth decay in the first place. And remember: