Neal Barnard, MD
President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I take vitamins daily, but just the bare essentials not what you'd call supplements. I try to stick to a vegan diet heavy on fruit, vegetables, tofu, and other soy products. - Clint Eastwood
Food and diet has been a central theme in Sr. Kiran's life since her childhood. Her father was a food technologist for the Bird's Eye division of General Foods Corporation. Her mother was a home economist who did a lot of baking. Her stepmother was a dietician for Eastman Kodak. She grew up eating a lot of frozen pot pies and TV dinners which her father brought home from the labs after they had been sampled for 'taste testing'.
She majored in Food and Nutrition for awhile at Cornell University, but eventually graduated with a degree in Human Ecology. She has a postgraduate background in holistic health. In between her two stints in academia she lived a 'back-to-the-land' lifestyle in Montana where she learned to grow a lot of her own food.
She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1976. By this time she was well aware of the shortcomings of our American food production and distribution systems. She adopted a vegetarian lifestyle in 1979 and continues to undertake a wide variety of periodic fasts and cleanses for personal health.
For many years she worked as an executive assistant in traditional medical settings as well as in the corporate sector, and for 5 years owned and operated a desktop publishing business. She has also worked as a freelance training methodologist and consultant, and is author of several published articles as well as the booklets Your Divine Virtues and Jewel of Light (published by the Brahma Kumaris).
A member of the Brahma Kumaris since 1979, she has traveled to India at least once a year, and sometimes twice a year since then. She has also visited the UK, Germany, Jordan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Nepal. She very much enjoys sampling the traditional fares of other countries and cultures.
Sister Kiran coordinated the Brahma Kumaris centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for 8 years before moving to Eugene in 2001 where she currently administers the local BK meditation centre. In addition to her 27 years experience as a teacher of meditation, Sister Kiran is a presenter/facilitator of a variety of subjects related to spirituality and personal development.