Happy New Year

Dear Venturians,

It’s been a long year. I’d love to tell you how I’ve been coping with COVID-19.

I take a 10 min bike ride daily. I must catch at least one wave a day. Surfing has become religious for me. In these uncertain times, relationships matter more than ever.

I talk to my mom every day, checking in on her. I kiss my girlfriend twice a day. It’s what keeps me mentally healthy.

During quarantine, I’ve been learning how to:

  • Play neo-soul on guitar and have begun to practice harmonizing with myself on a loop machine.
  • Make rotis and have started a oil-free whole-food plant-based diet with B12.
  • Lost weight and gained enough energy to skateboard, pull my groin, sprain my fingers, heal wonderfully and get back to skateboarding again. The youthful energy at the skate parks rejuvenates me!
  • Beach yoga at twilight is heavenly and so is the photography.
  • I’ve gotten my first dose of COVID-19 and can’t wait for you to get yours.

Please wear your mask and don’t congregate.

Sincerely yours,

Udit Kondal MD MPH
Family Doctor


Viruses and animal butchering

It is a new year, with the same problems.
With the recent news of a COVID-19 vaccine, people seem all too ready to put COVID-19 behind them. Unfortunately, research shows that it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and has in fact mutated.

We as a species have a short memory, but a long history of animal exploitation. This isn’t the first time humanity has been plagued by a virus.

The Flu and you

The flu wreaks havoc on us every year. But the 1918 flu pandemic(H1N1) infected one-third of the worlds population and killed over 50,000,000(50 million) people!

Researchers believe that the flu virus was originally an avian virus that crossed over to humans. Close contact between humans and animals (agriculture, meat industry, animal markets, etc) resulted in unsanitary conditions. From an infectious disease standpoint, this is a “perfect storm” scenario, where viruses can easily mutate and infect humans.

A Petri Dish by another name

The conditions in the meat industry act as a petri dish that meat-loving consumers readily pump money into.

Conditions for animals and workers are terrible. There are blood and guts from cows, chickens, pigs, and whatever agricultural slave/ flavor of the day is being freshly dispatched (a culinary word for killed) by meat industry workers.

No one leaves the murderous encounter unscathed. Meat industry workers have a high incidence of mental health disorders, due to guilt from dispatching the animal, and working conditions.

Carcasses and Capitalism

Go plant-based today.

Whether it’s HIV or COVID-19, it’s the people in the meat industry and the customers who enable them, who unknowingly act as ground zero for the viruses that plague humanity.

For the covid conspiracy theorists: You can shut down all of the LABS ALL OVER THE WORLD, and we will get ANOTHER Pandemic. 

Why? Because humans:

-slit the unsanitary throats of animals
-skin their unsanitary bodies
-and breed them in unsanitary, crowded conditions

Vote for a better future with your wallet. Don’t support an industry that endangers the health of humanity.


Your future self will thank you.


Plants, Vitamins, and minerals

This week I will be talking about vitamins and minerals . Let’s talk about #magnesium. It’s one of the most important minerals in our body, responsible for: -regulating blood pressure

-heart health (lower magnesium levels are linked to heart attacks and congestive heart failure)

-nerve function 

– proper functioning of the immune system

-Bone health (adequate magnesium increases bone density/decreased incidence of osteoporosis)

-glucose control and insulin metabolism. In fact, a magnesium deficiency may worsen insulin resistance!

plant-based sources include:


– cashew nuts/almonds


-cooked edamame beans

-cooked black beans

-whole wheat bread

-potato with skin


-cooked brown rice

Deficiency in magnesium predisposes an individual to fatigue, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease,migraines, anxiety and even Alzheimer’s! Our daily requirements for magnesium increase with age, so be sure you’re eating a plant based diet that has plenty of magnesium ! You can always take

Magnesium supplements too if your diet isn’t the most well-rounded. Be sure to talk to your #physician before taking any supplements !

Vitamins and minerals


Medical benefits 

Daily requirements 

Deficiency stats

Plant-based sources of magnesium 


-dark chocolate