LIFESTYLE OUTLOOK: Stepfanie Romine, co-author of The No Meat Athlete Cookbook, says vegan eating works best as part of broader healthy changes. Photo of chorizo tostadas courtesy of No Evil Foods

How healthy is a plant-based diet?

As plant-based diets grow in popularity, vegans still field misconceptions on such topics as protein intake, athletic capacity and eating disorders. But what do local nutritionists say about a lifestyle that avoids animal products? In late January, Asheville internist Dr. Carly Brown hosted a public panel alongside Stepfanie Romine, Hendersonville health coach and co-author of The […]

SECOND OPINION: Larry Johnson, with microphone, of Flat Rock asks a question after Monday's late showing of 'Fix It: Health Care at the Tipping Point.'  Photo by Sammy Feldblum

Health care documentar­y in Flat Rock looks to heal a broken system

Dr. Marsha Fretwell addressed a crowd of 25 in blunt terms Monday in Flat Rock: “We need to get for-profit health insurance out of the marketplace.” Fretwell, a former geriatric physician and a member of Healthcare for All Western North Carolina, crystallized the thesis of the documentary Fix It: Health Care at the Tipping Point, which had […]