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Julieanna Hever, MS, RD

Julieanna Hever, MS, RD

Posted January 7, 2010

Published in Animals, Food, Health

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I read John Robbins' book, Diet for a New America, when I was a young adult.  It branded me for life.  I tried profusely to become a vegetarian immediately after the conclusion of this book and experiencing the truth behind our food.  Unfortunately, this was an uphill war at a pinnacle of battle I had not yet fought.  I did not realize I would be fighting my parents, my friends, myself as I waged this war to save the environment; stop the painful mutilation, torture and murder of innocent animals; and protect my body from the brutal damage a Standard American Diet defends.  It has been a long journey as I struggled to research, read, and absorb as much information as possible; to be able to confirm and then defend the facts.  But I have finally come to this sacred place...the point at which I have no further doubt.  I have successfully completed a Dietetic Internship after spending weeks and months in hospitals, schools, offices and classrooms.  I have finished a graduate degree in nutrition despite the vast support from the super-powerful and economically endowed food and drug industries.  And, here I am...alone with what I have gathered from decades of homework, reading and gathering.  I am a plant-based dietitian confident in my steadfast decision to avoid animal products, to not allow my children to be sucked in by the vacuum of money-driven propaganda.  Although I am constantly faced with dissidence, I have taken a stance, for good or for bad, in sickness and in health, until death do I depart my viewpoint.

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