“People Are Ready to Heal” with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams: PYP 297

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2016.

Unwilling to surrender his health destiny to the medical profession, Adams did some research, adopted a plant-based diet, lost 30 pounds, and reversed his condition.

And he didn't stop there.

Instead, he committed to making Brooklyn into Ground Zero for healthy living.

And not just for his constituents.

Adams reminded us that Brooklyn, if it were a city in its own right and not a borough of New York City, would be the third-largest in the US.

With outsized influence – as Brooklyn goes, so goes New York City. And what happens in New York City often spreads to the rest of the US. And the US exports its values and culture to the rest of the globe.

Brooklyn, Adams explains, is the butterfly flapping its wings in China causing a storm in Mexico. Except in a good way 🙂

Josh LaJaunie and I got to meet with BP Adams during our recent trip to New York. We were ushered into an august paneled room with a long conference table and paintings of former borough presidents and mayors of Brooklyn adorning the walls.

The interview began with BP Adams asking us about ourselves and responding conversationally, which isn't what usually happens during my podcast interviews. So it took me a few moments to realize I was missing great audio.

You'll hear that I switched the recorder on just as Josh was telling BP Adams about himself.

This is a short episode – apparently running Brooklyn keeps BP Adams quite busy – but one of the most powerful conversations I've had as host of this podcast. I hope you enjoy!

Add your voice to the conversation via the comment box or audio recording box below, and please share – that's how we spread our message and spread our roots.


Official Brooklyn website

Brooklyn's plant-based nutrition webpage

Farmshelf soilless farming

Plant-based News article on BP Adams Vegan program

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  1. Patricia DeMartino says:

    Hi, Howard!

    Eric Adams is an interesting guy…thanks to you and Josh. Saw his presentation with my son at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival earlier this year. Dynamic speaker, and his story is relatable to so many, plus he looked fabulous. We got to meet the famous Rachel!
    If not already on your list of upcoming guests, Dr. Michelle McMacken is an incredible NYC plant-based doc. Very approachable, reasonable, smart and committed to this movement.
    Finally, last week Dr. David Dunaief spoke at our Plant Pure Pod group. He is Eric Adams’ personal physician. We learned even more about WFPB nutrition (high nutrient).

    Patty DeMartino

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