Connie Sanchez, N.D., is an outspoken vegan. Vegans may be a center of controversy these days and magnets for negative stereotypes, but learn just a little about Sanchez and you’ll likely think: who wouldn’t want to be vegan? She’s slender and good-looking. She’s in charge of her own life as an empowered woman, self-employed with a respected following in her career field of holistic nutrition and medicine.
Sanchez will be among the distinguished speakers at Colorado Veg Fest 2013 in Golden next weekend. Yet, despite her high profile and her ample celebrity qualifications, Sanchez remains a purist who is down-to-earth. Vegan activists in metro Denver know her better for her appearances in small meeting rooms in the upstairs of their local Whole Foods Market, where she’s given a number of free lectures on vegan nutrition.
The Examiner attended one such lecture this past winter. Half of 50 –or-so the people in the packed room weren’t vegans; they were omnivores looking to learn more about the fashionable vegan diet that was made so well-known by Hollywood celebrities. Despite all the fashionable fluff that comes with veganism, which could have made for a long talk, Sanchez stuck with the facts.
In any vegan nutrition lecture, Sanchez will tell her audience how to get enough iron and protein from plant-based food, and dispel the myths that doing so is exceedingly difficult.Getting protein from plant-based foods is quite easy, she assured her Denver audience. She is among many in the medical profession that reiterate the concern that most Americans actually consume too much protein in a traditional diet.
Over consumption of protein, namely animal protein, is suspect to kidney damage, according to postings on Web MD.
Sanchez’s approach to medicine reflects a popular, growing trend toward seeking more natural remedies to chronic and acute medical issues. With the looming threat of Medicare’s collapse and the many issues with the complicated new healthcare laws, Americans have less faith in the traditional healthcare system.
Numerous statistics show nearly one fifth of Americans don’t even have access to health insurance, and upcoming mandates won’t make it any easier to for the working poor to buy coverage even as coverage becomes cheaper. Side affects of different, traditional drugs make many patients suspicious, especially since today’s medical community continues to prescribe different drugs at high rates.
“I believe that health is created by living healthfully, not by taking pills. Included in that formula is behaving in a way that promotes not only human health, but the health of the entire planet and all species who call that planet home. We are all an integral part of the intricate web-of-life. That means respect and care for all life,”
Says Sanchez, who analogizes the planet’s environmental homeostasis to homeostasis within the body.