Hello there and welcome to episode 79 of The Corinne Nijjer Podcast!
I forgot to mention in the introduction to this episode, that I am hosting a whole food, plant-based cooking class at Tecoma Uniting Church here in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges on March 14th at 9:30am, so if you’d like to join me in person (I’d love to see you!), you can grab your tickets here and then afterwards take yourself on a relaxing bushwalk here in the forest or if you want to challenge yourself, check out the infamous 1000 Steps! Ranjit does the steps first thing in the morning each day and stumbles across all kinds of wonderful native creatures such as: Lyrebirds, Echidnas, Wallabies, Black Cockatoos, Kookaburras, etc… It truly is a magnificent, wonderland to be amongst the trees and surrounded by nature. Even if you can’t make it to the cooking class, I still highly recommend taking a trip out to the Dandenong Ranges whenever you get a chance. :-)
Ok, so this weeks guest is pretty unstoppable when it comes to his passion for the whole food, plant-based way of living. Paul was born in Detroit and has lived in West Bloomfield since 1971.
In May of 2013, he was diagnosed with Heart Disease. His cardiologist gave him two options: bypass surgery or try “Plant Based Nutrition” (PBN). After meeting with Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, he decided to try “Plant Based Nutrition”.
After just 3 weeks his angina disappeared. Paul’s cholesterol levels dropped from 350 to 100 and he lost 65 pounds in one year and, he felt great! Paul promised himself that when he felt better he would put together a support group to help others in his community, so he contacted Dr. Joel Kahn, co-medical director who agreed to assist him on the journey. In February of 2014, Paul held his first Plant Based Nutrition Support Group (PBNSG) meeting and 123 people attended!
Today PBNSG has 6000 members and over 100 volunteers. PBNSG have started many outreach programs and have relationships with the owners of 30 local restaurants. PBNSG has completed working on curriculum change with Medical Students at Wayne State, Eastern Michigan , Oakland University, Michigan State Universities and the University of Michigan medical school. PBNSG have held classes for local doctors to learn about the benefits of nutrition before pills or procedures called Doctors Teaching Doctors. Received a sponsorship from Henry Ford Health Systems. PBNSG has over 36 small groups around the state.
In 2018 PBNSG will be held over 46 health and culinary education classes and just finished an 80+ page manual called “Healthier Together” which helps people around the world start their own Plant Based Nutrition Support Group.
You can find more from Paul at the links below:
PBNSG success stories: https://www.pbnsg.org/testimonials/
PBNSG Twitter: https://twitter.com/Pbnsg
PBNSG Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pbnsgMI/
PBNSG Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pbnsg/
PBNSG YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs5h1mE8C7Py2y13i3yfvAw
Thank you Paul for coming on the show and thank you all for listening and supporting this podcast. If you have any comments or something you would like to share with Paul and I, please leave a comment below in the comment section of these show notes (kind comments only please) and we’ll endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.
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