Testimony by Liva Iulio

Talofa Samoa! I see them all the time when I go for my daily brisk walk along the Seawall behind the Government Building near the Apia Harbour: heavy-set people straining to lose weight by exercising in all kind of ways. Many of them eventually come to METI’s weekly Health Seminars complaining that in spite of…

Testimony by Christina Robert

Name: Christina Robert Village: Faleasi’u Tauoo Age: 64   My name is Christina Robert from Tauoo Faleasi’u. I am a widow of 64 years old. I was Hypertensive for 11 years and started taking pills from that time. In 2010 I developed Heart Failure and needed additional drugs. Starting from that time until last year…

WFPB) diet that METI is promoting can help reverse heart disease?

Talofa Samoa! Someone asked me the other day whether the whole food, plant based (WFPB) diet that METI is promoting can help reverse heart disease. The answer is a loud YES. The simple message METI has for patients with heart disease is: ‘Get on the WFPB diet!’ To emphasize this point I will relate to…

How People Adopt The WFPB?

Talofa Samoa! We are frequently asked how difficult it is for people to adopt the whole foods, plant based nutrition program (or WFPB diet). The simple answer is that it is not easy…There are several reasons for this. Firstly, the majority of Samoans are used to eating the high fat, Western diet, based on animal…

How WFPB Diet help you to fight (and conquer) Obesity?

Talofa Samoa! In today’s Health column we will discuss the way in which the whole foods plant based nutrition or the WFPB diet helps to fight (and conquer) Obesity. Obesity is not a disease but it is a condition your body is in that certainly can lead to serious diseases like diabetes, heart disease or…

Whole Foods Plant-Based(WFPB)

The Whole Foods, Plant-Based (WFPB) nutrition that METI is promoting is recommended for the prevention or the reversal of various chronic degenerative diseases such as Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gout. It protects against certain types of Cancer (in particular cancer of the breast, prostate, colon or lungs) and prolongs the…

Matuaileoo Environmet Trust Inc

Talofa Samoa! The Matuaileoo Environment Trust Inc., or METI, is grateful to the Management of the Samoa Observer newspaper for allowing the start of METI’s Health Column. In this Column we will acquaint the Public with the health benefits to be gained from following the Whole Foods, Plant Based nutrition program or WFPB diet for…

METI’s PROFILE

Over the past several years, METI had established various solid ‘anchor-plates’ that guide its present and future projects and help widen its Vision of how to implement METI’s Mission, which is: ‘Capacity building of grassroots communities to achieve sustainable living in Samoa through self-reliance’. They are: Mainstreaming of Climate Change Action. Ever since 2007, when…

UPDATE ON METI ACTIVITIES • 2017 has been ‘brutal’ year for METI. Money is the ‘breast milk’ of civil society organisations and that has been in short supply last year forcing METI to downgrade its operations to a bare minimum, except continuing its Samoa Sleep Clinic operations and even expanding its Healthy Living Project, as well as maintaining its participation in the UNDP-funded, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) managed ‘Economy –Wide Adaptation to Climate Change’ (EWACC) project involving 10 villages in which METI has spread its various programme activities which are detailed in its attached METI Profile. • METI’s promised participation in another UNDP-funded , MNRE managed project , on ‘Strengthening Multi-sectoral Management of Critical Landscapes’ (SMSMCL) took more than one year of bureaucratic delays before -just before Christmas- one of the three planned projects, the ‘Tropical Mushroom Research project’ received its promised funding and was started on 3 January 2018. In previous years METI had mastered the various mushroom growing techniques to raise Pleurotus mushrooms. The purpose of this research project is to identify the ideal combination of critical factors (temperature, humidity and lighting) to ensure a constant production flow that can be transferred to the village level, following the Thai production model. • A call for Proposals by government is now open and one is hopeful that in the weeks to come the other 2 projects in this SMSMCL project that METI is proposing will get their necessary funding to commence  a 12-month integrated project in 10 villages leading to knowledgeable, peaceful, healthy and resilient communities able to decide on self-reliant actions required to face future challenges, be they climate related, or of a socio-economic nature.  a 6-months research project to conduct a cost-benefit analysis to pinpoint how much increased crop production can be achieved by the use of the organic biofertilser copiously available from the Biogas digester operation at METI’s Vailele Farm. The results expected of this project could well lead to Biodigester technology being introduced at the village level, We mentioned earlier that in spite of all the financial restraints METI had to cope with last year, it made remarkable progress in its Healthy Living project, which it had been conducting in parallel with its Samoa Sleep Clinic operation, where persons with Sleep Apnea are diagnosed and treated. As can be imagined, the obese clientele of the Sleep Clinic provides a perfect audience for the message of hope that the Healthy Living Clinic offers with its promise to reverse obesity and the various non-communicable diseases like diabetes and heart disease, provided that those willing to take on the challenge of changing their life style strictly adhere to the rules of the whole food, plant based (WFPB) nutrition programme. A programmatic breakthrough occurred in mid-2017, when upon the invitation of the General Manager of the National Health Service (NHS), METI moved its Medical clinics to the TTM hospital premises at Motootua. In this way, an increasing number of patients are being seen, being referred from the hospital clinics for ‘dietary advice’. In addition, thanks to Canada Fund for Local initiatives support, METI was able to establish a kitchen facility in its Motootua Clinic. In this way, it was possible to supplement the 2-hour Health Seminar (that is offered to interested obese individuals or NCD sufferers) with a Cooking demonstration of the WFPB cuisine (adapted to the taste and the means of the local population). This development, since November 2017 has made it easier for individuals to stick to the WFPB diet as they are taught how to ‘create’ with their preferred vegetables, fruits and legumes tasty, wholesome and varied dishes. A further communications breakthrough occurred recently: starting in November 2017, METI was invited by the management of the leading Samoan newspaper, the Samoa Observer, to write a weekly Health column, which –based on feedback-, is being well received by the Public. These writings are presented in a separate section of this Website. Finally, the leading Samoan TV station, TV One, has announced plans to start soon a weekly Healthy Living coverage, focusing on METI’s efforts to raise awareness among the Public and spread the message that Diabetes and Heart disease are not incurable diseases but can be reversed even at the later stages by following strictly the whole foods, plant based nutrition.

ENVIRONMENTAL BLOG FOR THIS WEEK

ENVIRONMENTAL BLOG A recent article published in The Guardian online of 20 June 2016, reports that the Chinese government has outlined a plan to reduce its citizens’ meat consumption by 50% by 2030, in a move to tackle Climate Change. This is a major development in Humanity’s efforts to control Climate Change and limit global…

HEALTHY BLOG FOR THIS WEEK

On Thursday, 16 June, the Executive Director of METI was the guest speaker at the Seven Day Adventists’ Corporate Dinner as part of the SDA Health Week celebrations under the theme “Healthy Living through Healthy Eating”. Dr. Vermeulen praised the SDA congregation for their core support of vegetarianism this being based on the Bible’s assertion: …