Educating Us All

Dear Senator Allen,

Thanks so much for your editorial piece in the Sac Bee from the other day. And thank you so much for bringing forth SB 277.  By initiating this bill, the long, misunderstood, complex, polarizing issue of vaccine safety is coming to light, and it is long overdue. Without your legislation and your leadership, much of this information would still be in the shadows. I, for one, will be eternally grateful to you for that fact alone. Because now we can have The Discussion.

First off, I’d like to say how deeply sorry I am Senator Allen, that your father had to live through and suffer the effects polio.  I am certainly no polio expert, but I do know thanks to the advent of modern medicine, indoor plumbing and clean water, fortunately we haven’t seen a case of “wild” (i.e., natural) polio acquired in the United States since 1979 (vaccineinformation.org).

I don’t know anyone who has had to live through polio so I could never imagine what it has been like to live in your dad’s shoes.  I am certain his struggle made a huge impact on you as a child growing up. And I am also certain, as you have stated on record, it has been a big influencer for you around this legislation.

However, Ben — may I call you Ben, since we are having The Discussion? — it seems you’ve been sold a bit of bill of goods here (dare I say revisionist history?).

You see, inspired by conflicting reports in the media of vaccine effectiveness/ineffectiveness/lawsuits/corruption and forced mandates, I decided to take a look further into the history of polio myself, and what I found is very interesting.

Polio Increased After Salk's Vaccine

Polio Rates Before the Salk Vaccine, and in 1950s after the first massive immunization program. Courtesy Neil Z. Miller, medical research journalist and Director of the Thinktwice Global Vaccine Institute http://vaxtruth.org/2012/03/the-polio-vaccine-part-2-2/

If your father had received the polio vaccine in 1955 when it was introduced, there’s a good chance he could have contracted the very same disease he was trying to avoid.  That’s because the incidents of polio actually increased substantially after the introduction of mass vaccination programs, resulting in a 50% increase in cases from 1957-’58 and 80% from 1958-’59.

According to the U.S. Government Department of Records, Dr. Bernard Greenberg, head of the Department of Biostatistics of the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, testified to that fact in 1962 during US Congressional Hearings. He also testified that statistics “were manipulated to give the impression of the effectiveness of the Salk vaccine.”   (Source: Intensive Immunization Programs, Hearings before the Committee on Interstate & Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives, 87th Congress, 2nd Session on H.R. 10541, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1962; pp. 96-97)

In 1976, Dr. Jonas Salk himself, creator of the dead-virus polio vaccine used in the 1950s, testified before congress that the live-virus vaccine he helped pioneer (the same one used in the United States between early 1960 & 2000) was the “principal if not sole cause” of all reported polio cases in the U.S. since 1961 (Washington Post, September 24, 1976).

Because the polio virus remains in the throat for one to two weeks and in the feces for up to two months (an effect we now call shedding), vaccine recipients and those around them are at risk, and can potentially spread the disease, as long as fecal excretion of the virus continues (American Academy of Pediatrics, Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases: 1986 (Elk Grove Village, Illinois: AAP):284–5).

In 1992, the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published an admission that the live-virus vaccine had become the dominant cause of polio in the United States, and in fact, according to CDC figures, every case of polio in the U.S. since 1979 was caused by the oral polio vaccine (Strebel PM., et al. Epidemiology of poliomyletis in U.S. one decade after the last reported case of indigenous wild virus associated disease, Clinical Infectious Diseases CDC, February 1992:568 79).

Pretty incredible, huh?

It’s gets even more interesting when you look at what happened five years’ prior to the introduction of Salk’s vaccine at the University of Pittsburgh.

In 1950, five years’ before Salk presented the world with the polio vaccine, William Hammon — also at the University of Pittsburgh — purified the gamma globulin component of the blood plasma of polio survivors using a natural concept called Passive Immunity.  In a large clinical trial, Hammon proved that he could successfully reduce the severity of polio by about 80% in patients who had contracted polio, by using the naturally occurring antibodies in polio survivors.

Immune globulin was easy to source in 1950 because polio had been around since 1894. As a result the population as a whole had developed antibodies and polio, in fact, was on the decline.

The Passive Immunity immune globulin market today is an industry that’s expected to reach $11 billion by 2021. Hammon was on the right track. Maybe, if his protocol were followed through your father would have been spared polio, since — as we’ve just learned — vaccines are directly responsible for spreading the virus.

allenphotoAll I know is, since we’re having The Discussion, I’ve got to ask: are you sure SB 277 is the right agenda at the right time?  Is it the right move to be choosing to force the children of California to be injecting their bodies with controversial products that are currently facing lawsuits and questionable efficacy? Especially when the largest manufacturer of vaccines, Merck, is under indictment by the U.S. Department of Justice for falsifying data that may prove they also do NOT have our best interest in mind?  Is it possible that maybe, just maybe, a better approach would be to look at the truth of the history of vaccines and find a way to make them better? TO NOT be beholden to Big Pharma like all the other politicians? We love that you don’t take money from them, and we want to see you continue to be a rising star in the Democratic party.

We know Dr. Pan is drinking the cool-aide because we know Merck starts courting students when they are in medical school. He has to buy their baloney because he’s a part of their cover-up.

But you Ben, we want to be in The Discussion with you for years to come.  We know you have our backs, we just want to work together so that we can both learn the truth as we go, and not alienate each other.

After all, we’re just getting started.

 

 

Does Big Pharma Own America?

Sen. Dr. Dick Pan

The political climate in America is heating up — not just because we’re entering a presidential election cycle — but because there’s a perfect storm brewing that is providing corporate access to our political system like never before.

For Californians, it has shown up in the form of Sen. Richard Pan.

Pan, D-Sacramento, is a pediatrician. He has been the driving force behind all major vaccine legislation in California for the past five years.  As a state assemblyman, he launched and helped pass AB 2109, legislation signed into law that directly caused a 6% increase in vaccinations statewide from 2010 to 2014 (89% to 94.7%).

Now, a state senator, Pan is pushing SB 277. And all along the way he promised his constituents he would preserve parental choice.  He lied.

Pan’s SB 277 — a bill written specifically to deny parent’s rights to access public schools if they opt out of vaccinations — closes the loophole Big Pharma has tried to close for years. By using policy, pharmaceutical companies are attempting to seed their profits nationwide, forcing those who delay or opt out for religious or personal beliefs to be denied a public school education.

It’s already happened in Mississippi and West Virginia. And it’s happening to the tune of 110 bills in 35 states that have been rolled out on cue during the past 90 days following a trumped-up measles apocalypse-that-was-not at Disneyland in December 2014 (134 cases, nobody died, .000003% of California’s population).

If Pan passes SB 277, Californians would all be required, according to the CDC schedule, to take 35 injections by the age of 6 in order to attend public school. And, despite the most basic notion of conflict of interest, Sen. Pan’s taken money all along the way from the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, Merck, as far back as the beginning of his political career in 2010.

And he has company.

Sen. Holly Mitchell, co-author of SB 277, accepted contributions — according to  Merck’s website — as recently as last July when she was elected in a special election.  In doing so, she may be guilty of violating the 1974 California Political Campaign reform act, which reads:

“… no gift or gifts aggregating two hundred fifty dollars ($250) or more in value provided to, received by, or promised to the public official within 12 months prior to the time when the decision is made.”

Mitchell voted on SB 277 last week, which would make her in violation since SB 277 would bring financial gain to Merck who gave her money within 12 months of the vote.

Sen. Holly Mitchell
Sen. Holly Mitchell

Mitchell has been receiving direct funding from Merck as far back as 2010, as have other members of the State Senate Health Committee (see chart below) including  Sen. Andy Vidak. Vidak also received direct funds from Merck as recently as 2014.  Vidak was set to vote on the bill Wednesday as a member of the Education Committee, but because it was tabled he will vote privately next week. Voting on this bill could also put him inside the restricted 12-month period (click here to see the campaign donations).

Sen. Andy Vidak

Education Committee Chairman Carol Liu expressed a desire for religious exemption to be an option in California, after witnessing droves of parents of vaccine injured children show up at Wednesday’s hearing (click on the above link and start at 48:30 to hear). There were also educators, health professionals and constituents that came forward to let their voices be heard in opposition to the proposed legislation.  Liu gave Pan one week to re-tool and return for a private vote next week.

But the larger question remains: How did we get here in the first place?

In 1986 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe.” The ruling allowed Big Pharma to be exempt from any responsibility of injury, and instead the Government set up a separate ‘court’ that pays Big Pharma’s bill for those who are either have a vaccine injured child or have a child who died as a result of vaccines.  To date, the government-sponsored Vaccine Injury Fund has paid out $3 billion in settlement costs to families.  Result? No Courts. You can’t sue a vaccine manufacturer if you are injured.

MERCK 2010 Campaign ContributionsThe next puzzle piece fell into place in the late ’90s. when the FCC deregulated its advertising policy allowing for pharmaceutical companies to market drugs direct-to-consumers (DTC marketing). That’s when the ‘ask your doctor’ commercials started showing up on television, which allows companies like Merck to market their drugs directly to children. Merck did exactly that with their controversial Gardasil vaccine, launching a fear campaign on VH1 that targeted teenage girls directly to get  them to go to their parents and ask to get the shots. It worked.

It is also what has enabled Big Pharma to own the media, who in the age of the internet, are fighting for every advertising dollar they can get to stay alive. According to Robert Kennedy, Jr., Big Pharma is responsible for up to 70% of the advertising revenue on network television in non-election years and, as a result, major networks refuse to air the story. Result? No media.

So our courts are bought, our media is bought. What’s left?

Routine campaign practices: In 2014, Merck Pharmaceuticals spent $1 million plus on political donations made directly to candidates running for office across the United States. Those contributions follow a pattern of typically small, $1,000, $2,500, etc., mainly because they are direct and on the record.

But if you dig a little deeper, it turns out the indirect contributions are where things start to get more interesting. The real money is shuffled from hand-to-hand via third-party groups called political action committees (PACs).

For example, Merck gives $15k to the PAC Biotech Industrial Organization; the Biotech Industrial Organization turns around and gives $10k to the Democratic Governor’s Association.  The Democratic Party is the largest contributor to Sen. Pan’s campaigns (followthemoney.org). PACs like, PhRMA (Amgen, Merck, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Abbvie Inc.) regularly fund politician’s campaigns (see $54,000 & $6,000 contributions by PhRMA to California politicians in the chart above), but they do it in ways you and I might never suspect. Result? No politicians.

PhRMA hired 757 lobbyists in 15 years.

Merck gives ten times that and more in national grants at medical schools and universities, thereby sprinkling the money like a bread-crumb trail to up-and-coming doctors and researchers making sure they are bought before they even get out of medical school.

It gets worse.

Merck is the exclusive maker and manufacturer of 10 vaccines currently on the CDC schedule, the most controversial being Gardasil and the MMR.  (Gardasil is facing formal criminal complaints from Spain filed in August of last year. The story has yet to make headlines amongst major media outlets in the United States at the time of this post.)

Merck’s MMR vaccine is the subject of a Department of Justice investigation for falsifying clinical efficacy results, which could indicate vaccine failure and be the reason for recent outbreaks among vaccinated individuals (the story only appears in mainstream media on Huff Post Canada).  Former virologist-turned-whistleblower Dr. Bill Thompson alleges Merck falsified data with the MMR in order to meet the 95% efficacy rate which is the benchmark required by the FDA to maintain its monopoly on patent.

Cut to the heavily trumped-up Disneyland measles outbreak which appeared at the happiest place on earth just a few months after the #CDCWhistleblower story came forward. According to the California Department of Public Health the all clear will sound April 17.

So, is Sen. Pan acting in the best interest of Californians by pushing policy to mandate the injections of Merck’s products into our bodies at a time when the safety and efficacy of the company’s products is in serious question? Or is Pan putting the agenda of his campaign financiers first? Are our politicians gone? Is your politician on Merck’s payroll? More important, do you care if  ‘biostitutes’ are making decisions that affect your children?

No courts. No media. No politicians. So all that’s left is the parents.  It’s up to us. If you are concerned and want to say enough is enough, contact your state representatives and let your voice be heard. And feel free to leave your comments below and follow The Mom Street Journal for more updates.

#TheWorldiswakingup.

 

And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor

Smoking: Just What the Doctor Ordered

I am truly saddened that the people of California entrusted their government to Senator Richard Pan. IMAO, he is the picture of what’s wrong with medicine today.

“There’s no scientific evidence to prove vaccines causes autism.”
– Sen. Dick Pan

Since when does a doctor diagnose his patients based on a scientific study?

Aren’t they supposed to look at what they see in front of them? Oh wait — he’s a pediatrician, but he doesn’t really see patients anymore and hasn’t for years. So how does he know what these families are going through every single day and night of their lives?

He doesn’t.

I see no compassion. I see no evidence of a kind healer.

So I say this, Dick Pan:

“There is no evidence of any kind to prove going to medical school makes you a healer — a bearer of light who seeks first to DO NO HARM. I think you might have taken the hypocritic oath by mistake, so please resign yourself from all activity around legislating our rights away and get yourself together.”

– Me

Sen. Pan, why don’t you try looking into the eyes and faces of a family that lives with vaccine injury EVERY DAY? Search ‪#‎HearThisWell‬ on youtube to see the proof. No? Oh that’s right. You don’t want to look the truth in the eye, because then you will have to live with the truth of what you are doing.

You don’t know the truth because you DON’T WANT to know the truth. You want to stay ignorant so you feel justified in what you are doing. You don’t want to feel guilty for taking that plenitude of big pharma money that funded your two elections and keep pushing their agenda like a good doobie. Just like Merck, you have no interest in being accountable, you just want to keep counting your donations.

You are an ego out of control, sir. And I am saddened that you are trying to drag our state and our country down to your level (you can’t btw, your rookie, out-of-touch legislation has only brought us out of the woodwork and into the streets where we are talking and bonding and sharing and working together).

This MESS called a vaccine program must be sorted out, making them MANDATORY certainly is not the issue. Parents ABSOLUTELY will have free choice to opt out. And even when and if it IS sorted out, our bodies and our children’s bodies belong to US. So keep your greedy mitts OFF!

‪#‎TheWorldisWakingUp‬ Sen. Pan, don’t you think it’s time you do, too?

Word.

Kennedy Speaks Out

Like cream, truth always rises to the top.

Hear more details about the truth of the vaccine issue from Robert Kennedy here. He started out as an environmental activist and the truth led him to vaccines, which are causing far more damage than the environment…

Namaste.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxLjtLPNxP4

The World is Waking Up: Parental Rights Under Siege

I wanted to meet RFK but I was too young. I admired his work for civil rights in the ’60s, and have wondered recently what he would say about all the social injustices along racial lines  making headlines these days.

I will finally get to meet Robert Kennedy, Jr., just not under the circumstances I had hoped...

I will finally get to meet Robert Kennedy, Jr., just not under the circumstances I had hoped…

Little did I know that same wave of social injustice would land on my doorstep just weeks later.

Yes, despite the realities of vaccine injured and dead children, Big Pharma (a.k.a. Merck) along with the U.S. Government (a.k.a. paid off politicians) are now fast-tracking your rights as parents into the dumpster.

Why? Because billions of dollars are at stake and the system is set up for those in power to win.

It’s not herd immunity, people. Herd immunity is a myth, which is why in areas of China where populations are 99% vaccinated there are STILL measles outbreaks.  It’s not crazy, tin-foil-hat-wearing parents, because there are families telling the same stories with no motivation other than saving other parents from the hell of living with an autistic child in their 30s wearing diapers with zero language capabilities.

It’s also not about protecting vaccinated children from the unvaccinated.  Because if vaccines work, why are parents afraid of the unvaxxed?It’s also not about making the world safer, because safer is letting our immune systems grow to a stable place before injecting babies with open blood brain barrier noggins from toxins like mercury and aluminum — the latter of which is known to contribute to Alzheimer’s.

It’s about money. Lots of it. And control.  All of it. Which is why the government is colluding with THE vaccine manufacturer (that’s right, there’s only one, rhymes with JERK, and they have cart blanche to make the cheapest vaccine they want with the most inferior ingredients they want and the Government writes a big fat check to protect them, to date totalling $3 billion and counting, all of which parents would gladly give back to have their healthy children back).

–if they are compensated at all.  Most opt out of the “Vaccine Court” because the process is often humiliating and is more like a Kangaroo Court than anything.Now the #cdcwhistleblower Dr. William S. Thompson comes out in August to confess data was FALSIFIED at the CDC level by Merck to keep its 95% or better safety and efficacy rate on its meales vaccine, including that when the data was rerun African American males are 336% more likely to have a reaction.

THIS IS SUPER IMPORTANT because by falling BELOW 95% Merck’s patent should have expired which means the vaccine would have been opened up to manufacture by other drug companies (which would have been good for us, btw).

Keep in mind Big Pharma lawsuits do bupkiss.  Glaxsmithkline recently was fined $3 billion for falsifying its Paxil data — which was shit because GSK’s revenue on Paxil was $44 billion.  And BTW you won’t read about any of this except in alternative blogs like this one, because newspapers are dead/dying and broadcast media is funded by big pharma (watch the commercial inbetween the ‘news’).

On the heels of the #cdcwhistleblower, an ‘unknown foreigner’ somehow (still unidentified) arrives at the ‘happiest place on earth’ and spreads the measles virus around, igniting a shitstorm over 135 cases (no one died and, yes some were unvaxxed but also some were vaxxed thereby proving there’s no guaraneed on either side).  We’re talking about 135 cases in Orange County, a county that houses 3.1 million people.  (BTW the OC health department issued the ‘all clear’ 21 days later which is the incubation period).

It’s painful, I know. Cry on my shoulder. Cry on the shoulder of your friends and family. It is disheartening, but we’ve got to get the word out. The problem is NOT unvaccinated children, the problem is Big Pharma wants your money and it doesn’t care how it gets it.  In the name of herd immunity, it is seeking to tighten your rights as parents and monopolize its vaccine cash cow as long as it can.  Many many many many dollars are at stake.  Many many many many lives are at stake, including yours because madatory adult vaccinations are next.

Go googling. See for yourself.  The story will not come to you, you must use your own brain like I did and go find it.  In 35 states, 110 bills are under review currently to madate vaccines for EVERY child regardless of religious or philosophical objection.  Regardless of your child’s genetic code which might make him or her the next medical victim.Wake up, pay attention. For your children and grandchildren, for your nation.  I don’t think we want a nation of future leaders damaged by our system.

Some of us are vaccine damaged and don’t know it (irritable bowel, Alzheimers’s later in life, pediatric cancer — it’s all on the rise.  If you don’t believe me, watch the new documentary “Bought.”)As for me, I will get to meet RFK Jr. at a screening of Trace Amounts (yet another documentary coming to light on this issue). Bob, I am so grateful for the work you are doing to help educate our legislators on this very dangerous issue.  Glad you are thinking about your legacy and ours, someone has to.

Namaste.

Get Healthy Now!

Five Steps to Perfect Health

How to Balance Life and Health

TIME is the great equalizer — no matter how rich or how famous we are, we can’t buy more.

That’s why when we get sick, time comes to a grinding halt.  We do deals with the devil, search for magic bullets to get rid of it.  THERE ARE no magic bullets — prevention is the only way to stay in the game in the first place.

As Americans, we EXCUSE away things that are out of balance, BLAMING our ailments on a this flu thing or some stomach bug.  We focus on what’s going on outside of the body instead of inside, which is where imbalance starts in the first place.  Truth is, if your immunity is strong, bugs and flus never have a fighting chance.

When I started studying Ayurveda 15 YEARS AGO, I was a HOT MESS.  A combination of factors, including vaccine injury, formula vs. breast milk and overuse of antibiotics, led to chronic symptoms for 37 years: poor digestion & diarrhea; strep throat & tonsillitis; excruciating gall bladder pain and severe acne.  I was skinny as a rail and, in fact, poor digestion led to salmonella for which I was hospitalized for a week at the age of 10.  It took hitting bottom to realize enough was enough: I wanted to learn how to cultivate good health, and it started with eating good food.

The good news is you can learn how to do this for yourself, no matter who you are or what your situation.  Five Steps to Perfect Health can start you on the road to taking control of your life.

Word of warning: they are simple, not easy.  Also, toxic load and your personal history will have an affect: symptoms often get worse before they get better.  Become Aware of how you can truly nurture your body and cultivate a state of divine health.

These steps work well together.  If done separately you will not see a huge change.  But the combination of the cumulative effects is what is significant.

No matter what you’re doing or who you are, when you feel great, life ROCKS!.  Americans SAY health is a top priority, but they often have a hard time taking responsibility for it.  So take this advice: Be proactive now to care for yourself.  You’ll thank yourself later.

1. No food after 8 p.m.

The Gastric Garage cleans 2 x daily: 10-2, (am & pm).  The gut floods with gastric juices…  on the 10-2 a.m. cycle, you get your peak digestive force (noon), which is the optimal time to eat your largest meal.  On the 10-2 p.m. cycle, we’re supposed to be asleep. The empty tummy takes advantage of the same gastric flood, only this time it gets a good cleaning

2. Hot Water & Lemon first thing in the Morning

H20 is the best way to ‘break’ your ‘fast.’  It’s a gentle pipe cleaner for the body, and also helps balance the digestive system first thing in the morning.

The lemon ilemon-slice-in-water2s key because it has an alkaline affect on the body.  The more alkaline you are the healthier your immune system.  Remember: bacteria and viruses cannot live in an alkaline state, but they thrive in acid (sugar, coffee, meat, balsamic and red wine vinegars, alcohol and other fermented foods, processed foods).  So having the lemon water first thing means you get a nice soft flush in the a.m. after the janitor has done most of the heavy cleaning.

You don’t have to give up your mocha chino frappa cappa coffee drink, but you do have to…

Step 3. Switch to decaf.

The number one condition I treat in my Ayurvedic consulting practice is caffeine addiction (number two is constipation, number three is candida infestation).

Hate to break it to you, but caffeine is a dangerous narcotic. That means it interferes with the body’s natural functions.  “But I only drink a cup a day,” clients tell me.

Remember: what you do everyday affects you the most.  One cup a day means 30 cups a month!  That’s 365 cups of coffee a year.  Imagine!

The caffeine monkey will want you to feed it more and more and more and more and more….

One cup today will be three cups in five years, and five cups in 7 years and so on and so on.  I watched my aunt suffer brutal headaches in the morning until she had her coffee.  And by the time I was in my teens she required five cups every morning just to get rid of it.  She eventually died of brain cancer — was caffeine addiction an accelerator? Remains to be seen.

This is the inevitable path of caffeine addiction.  If you know you need it and can’t live without it, that’s a sure sign you better give it up.

Here’s the bestAAHM001070 way:

1. Start by blending 1/2 caffeinated, 1/2 decaffeinated.  Do this for one week.  On the second week, make it 3/4 decaf and 1/4 caffinated for 3 days, then taper to 100% decaf as soon as you can.

2. At the beginning of the second week start detoxing, keep hydrating and avoid chocolate and other hidden sources of caffeine.

3. Take the tincture for ten days after you stop caffeine altogether, or until the tincture runs out.  If you are a heavy user you may experience headaches and constipation. Take triphala for the constipation, drink lots of water and take psyllium at night for the headaches.  Acupuncture is also an awesome addition.

Headaches usually last 10 days, constipation can last longer.  Stick with it; once you detox from caffeine it is like a cloud lifting.  You will feel, look and sleep better than you have in years!

Step 4. Go upside down.

inversion-21Inversions are the most powerful form of yoga.  The Sanskrit term, Niralamba Sarvangasana literally translated is “all whole,” which means it is good for your whole body.

That means your thyroid, pineal and pituitary glands, thymus, parathyroid — all your master computers of your body — get fresh oxygenated blood when you are inverted.  Reverse gravity causes all the fluids in your body to replenish tissue in the opposite direction — tissue that as we age often gets ignored.  You are literally massaging your body with fresh oxygen from the inside out —  Kidneys, adrenals (that sit like little hats on top of the kidneys), gallbladder, liver, pancreas, spleen — all refreshed.

And those little diverticuli?  They get emptied out like a pocket in a heist.

Here are the deets on the  best way to do an inversion, which is a unique approach developed by my amazing teacher, Loretta Pharo, RN.

Step 5. Healthy Green Drink is the new breakfast.

Get your green drink on, people!  If you’re not doing this yet, it’s t-i-m-e.  What’s the fastest way to build your immune system? Put good stuff in your body!

You don’t have to do it every day, but remember what you do everyday affects you the most.  Have it at least three times a week.  First thing in the morning after your hot water and lemon maximizes its effectiveness.

Pure Synergy is my favorite. I blend it with fruit, probiotics and either raw milk or water.

Probiotics are important because they keep good bacteria at bay by a ratio of 200:1. Read that again. That means for every one good bacteria in your gut, 200 bad ones are out of commission.

Problem is, you only get probiotics in nature from your mother’s breast milk.  Which means if you’ve ever taken an antibiotic, (or were never breast fed in the first place) youoprahdrozgreendrinkr probiotic population is l-o-n-g   g-o-n-e.

Unless you replace, they stay erased. Most of you think yogurt is the best source of probiotic, but beware: dairy yogurt makes mucous which is part of the problem you are trying to eliminate. Plus you’d have to eat SO MANY yogurts to get the quantity of good bacteria population you need…  It’s best instead to take a healthy supplement.

I recommend Metagenics Probiotics, which I also add to my green drink.

BONUS: Go Organic!  But if you are low on $dough$… usda-organic-logo-main_full

…carry this card in your wallet.  Print it out and have it laminated.  It tells you the Dirty Dozen: 12 fruits and vegetables known to be the most toxic when consumed conventionally (Natural Baby & Childcare, Dr. Lauren Feder).  That means if you can’t afford to go organic on everything, at least  go organic on these twelve.  They are apples, celery, cherries, grapes (imported), nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes, red raspberries, spinach, strawberries, sweet bell peppers.

Good health to you all — thanks for taking the time to read my first post.  I appreciate any feedback you are inclined to share.

Peace and Blessings!

Recipe: Healthy Marshmallow Peeps

easterbasketOh, the empty easter basket… It can strike fear into the hearts of moms who try so hard to keep kids away from sugar and other toxic junk.

So what do we tell the Easter Bunny to bring if we want to stay on the healthy food path?

Thanks to Kimi Harris at the Nourishing Gourmet, with very little effort you can ditch the corn syrup, artificial dyes and other yuckiness found in those little marshmallow peeps, and instead make this healthy gelatin-based version.

Kimi’s recipe is quite easy.  And Gelatin — in addition to NOT being corn syrup — has wonderful health benefits.  According to the Weston A. Price foundation, among gelatins benefits are:

– Support for skin, hair and nail growth

– Good for joints and helps joint recovery

– Can help tighten loose skin (like the kind you get after having babies…)

– Can improve digestion since it naturally binds to water and helps food move more easily though the digestive track

– Rumored to help improve cellulite

– Is a great source of dietary collagen (collagen is too large to be absorbed by the skin, so those skin creams are pretty useless… get it internally and use coconut oil for lotion!)

– Is a source of protein (though not a spectacular one) but its specific amino acids can help build muscle.

Gelatin is largely composed of the amino acids glycine and proline, which many people don’t consume in adequate amounts since they are found in the bones, fibrous tissues and organs of animals.  As a population, we don’t consume these parts as much anymore.  These amino acids are needed not only for proper skin, hair and nail growth, but for optimal immune function and weight regulation.

You can order your gelatin online here, and enjoy your yummy gelatin peeps!

Namaste.

Dangerous Dairy vs Healthy Dairy: Do You Know the Difference?

It’s been years since I’ve jumped into the milk vat.  After suffering chronic joint and gallbladder pain in my 30s, I decided it wasn’t worth it.  So I chucked it.

I have felt a lot better since I did.  But in the past year, I have switched to raw milk and I now can enjoy dairy again with zero gallbladder pain, zero joint pain and very little mucous response.  And I’m thinner than I’ve ever been!

Here’s what I’ve learned: raw milk has all the healthy enzymes needed to digest it.  It also has all the healthy fats that are important for brain function.  Raw goat’s milk is closer to human milk than cow milk.  But raw cow milk, especially in the summer months when the cows are all grazing on the yummy green grass, is otherworldly delicious.

Commercialized dairy, which is processed by pasteurization and homogenization, is trash.  The processing strips the milk of its naturally occurring enzymes which makes the milk impossible to digest.  Which means it’s stored as fat.  Which means the body floods its intestinal walls with mucous to try to prevent your body from absorbing it, because it’s so broken down it cannot go any lower. The body knows, which is why you will notice mucous in your throat after you eat processed dairy products. Two percent and one percent milk are even worse.  We are poisoning ourselves when we consume it.

And that’s not even mentioning the recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) that is added to the commercial milk.  Without a label.  Amongst other junk…

So find a local supplier of raw milk and jump in.  You will be amazed at how positive the experience can be.  And do the same with your cheeses and your butter.  BTW if you live near a Trader Joe’s you can get raw milk cheese all the time.  It’s eye opening once you experience the difference.

Namaste.

Time to Build a Sailboat

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As we settle into the new year, I am sensing big change.  Not as in small change, like a new haircut, but a global shift.  And it’s coming from all directions.

As an energy worker and healer, I am particularly sensitive to shift.  And because I have lived on both coasts of the United States (as well as a few places in between), I’ve collected wonderful friends from all over.  The advent of social media is a profound gift for someone like me.  It has helped me weave a treasured tapestry of  friendships that I can enjoy all in one place.  No surprise I was an early adopter of social media for this very reason.  Without it, some of those friends I love (but somehow fell through the cracks), have returned to me like the soft spurs of a dandelion that —  once blown into the wind — float back and gently kiss my face.

I am noticing this shift in the posts and updates I see from friends and strangers alike.  The men are getting more emotionally expressive and sensitive; the women more humorous and relaxed.  The flow of humanity, for me, is reflecting a consciousness shifting itself into a deeper space of self-reflection, self-awareness.  We have found a perfect, permanent coffee shop, filled will only our very own favorite besties.  And it’s open 24/7, for a quick ‘thinking of you,’ or maybe an unexpected middle of the night profound conversation.  It has the wonderful, soothing effect of giving us the sense that maybe, just maybe, we are all not so terribly alone.

This morning I received a link to the most magnificent video projece by some folks at Harvard, from my dear friend Charlie Smith.  Overview, by Planetary Collective, is a wonderful dialogue of astronauts’ profound surprise at what it was like to look back at planet earth while in space.  It is the ultimate demonstration in what it’s like to see yourself and all of humanity in that cosmic mirror for the first time.  It reminds us that traveling in space is somewhat redundant because we are already there.  In the profound words of James Taylor, that “little blue ball falling around the sun.”

So I marvel at it all, knowing that all is well.  That no matter what you or I may be experiencing in this moment — good, bad or indifferent — there are no worries because it will all change in the blink of an eye.  Change is the only constant.  And since the winds of change are always going to blow, you might as well build a sailboat.

Namaste.

11 Health Foods That Can Kill You

I came across this post on HoneyColony and couldn’t agree more — check out these 11 “Health Foods” That Can Kill You.  I agree with almost all of them, except that since in my house we’ve been eating more raw vegan our bodies are able to process sugars like agave and honey more easily.  Eating raw foods will do that, as the raw content inspires your spleen, gall bladder, pancreas and liver to function more efficiently by producing more naturally occurring digestive enzymes which helps you break down the food and sugars more easily and effectively.

On the whole, this is a good list — check it twice to see how it compares to your daily routine.

Namaste.

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PHOTO BY Angus Clyne

By Kris GunnarsPopular Science

Nutrition is full of nonsense.

You will find bold health claims for all kinds of foods, most often based on zero evidence.

Here are the top 11 “health foods” that are actually very harmful.

1. Fruit Juices

The fruit juices you find at the supermarket aren’t always what they seem. They may have small amounts of real fruit in them, but often they are little more than water, artificial flavor and sugar. But even if you’re drinking real fruit juice, it is still a bad idea.

Fruit juice is like fruit with most of the good stuff removed. All that is left is the sugar and a few vitamins. Orange juice, for example, contains the same amount of sugar as Coca-Cola. There’s no fiber in it, no chewing resistance and nothing to stop you from downing massive amounts of sugar in a short amount of time.

Eating too much sugar is associated with all sorts of diseases. These include obesity, type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease and many others (123). It is much better to avoid fruit juices and eat real fruits instead.

Bottom Line: Most fruit juices contain the same amount of easily digestible sugar as sugar-sweetened soft drinks. It is best to eat whole fruits instead.

2. Whole Wheat

It is true that whole wheat is healthier than refined wheat. But this does not mean that whole wheat is healthy. It’s kind of like saying that because filtered cigarettes are healthier than unfiltered cigarettes, everyone should be smoking filtered cigarettes. It’s flawed logic.

There are plenty of good reasons to avoid wheat, both the refined and the whole variety. For example, wheat is the main source of gluten in the diet and a large part of the population may be gluten sensitive (45789).

One study shows that wheat fiber can make you vitamin D deficient, making you burn through your stores of this important vitamin much faster (10). Another study shows that whole wheat raises small, dense LDL (the truly “bad” cholesterol) by a whopping 60 percent (11).

Bottom Line: Whole wheat is rich in gluten and can cause digestive problems and various symptoms. It may also cause vitamin D deficiency and elevated small, dense LDL cholesterol.

3. Agave Nectar

In the health food aisle at the supermarket, you will definitely find some “sugar-free” products that are sweetened with agave. This sweetener is touted as a healthy alternative to sugar because it is natural and has a low glycemic index.

But the harmful effects of sugar have little to do with its glycemic index; it is harmful primarily because it is loaded with unnatural amounts of fructose. Too much fructose in the diet can cause all sorts of problems, especially in people who don’t exercise much.

All fructose is metabolized by the liver. If the liver is full of glycogen the fructose will be turned into fat (1112). This can cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and all kinds of metabolic problems like resistance to the hormones insulin and leptin, which will ultimately lead to obesity and diabetes (13141516).

While regular sugar is 50 percent fructose, the fructose content of agave is as high as 90 percent. If anything, agave is even worse than sugar!

Bottom Line: Agave nectar is loaded with fructose and therefore causes all the same problems as regular sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.

4. Sports Drinks

Sports drinks were designed for athletes who have just finished an intense training session with massive sweating and glycogen depletion.

For this reason, sports drinks contain:

  • Water: to replenish lost fluid.
  • Electrolytes: to replenish electrolytes like sodium that were lost via sweat.
  • Sugar: because athletes need energy after an intense workout.

You don’t need any additional electrolytes unless you’ve been doing a very intense workout, and most people are already eating too much sugar. One bottle of Gatorade contains over 30 grams of sugar.

You’re better off sticking to plain water, which you should certainly drink plenty of, especially around workouts.

Bottom Line: If you’re not doing super intense workouts, then you should avoid sports drinks. They are not needed and contain sugar.

5. ‘Heart-Healthy’ Vegetable Oils

As the fear of saturated fat took hold of the world, consumption of all kinds of nasty ingredients increased. Prime examples are industrial seed- and vegetable oils like soybean, corn, and cottonseed oil.

These oils are extracted from seeds using very harsh processing methods and include high heat, bleaching, and the toxic solvent hexane. These oils contain very large amounts of omega-6 fatty acids, way more than humans ever consumed throughout evolution.

We need small amounts of these fatty acids in the diet, such as the amounts found in meat and nuts. However, if we eat way too much like is the case with Western populations, this causes problems (17). Eating too much of these fats can lead to inflammation, which is a leading cause of many chronic diseases (18). These oils get incorporated into our body fat stores and cellular membranes, where they are highly sensitive to oxidation and damage.

To top it all off, the industrial vegetable oils that you find in the supermarket contain 0.56 to 4.2 percent of their fatty acid as trans fats, which are highly toxic (19). (This does not apply to olive oil, which is good for you!)

Bottom Line: Vegetable oils are unhealthy and lead to inflammation. They are potential key players in the epidemic of Western diseases.

6. Low-Fat or Fat-Free Foods

It ain’t the fat, people! Despite the last decades of propaganda against saturated fats, they have now been proven to be harmless (2021).

When the anti-fat message first came out, food manufacturers started producing “healthy” products that were low-fat or fat-free. The only problem is that foods that have had the fat removed taste like crap.

The food manufacturers then loaded their products with chemicals, artificial sweeteners and massive amounts of sugar. What they basically did was remove the good stuff (fat) and replace it with bad stuff (sugar). This is how they managed to turn perfectly healthy foods like yogurt into very harmful products filled with unhealthy ingredients.

Bottom Line: Avoid everything labelled “low-fat” or “fat-free.” These are highly processed products loaded with sugar and other harmful substances.

7. Gluten-Free Foods

Many people have started to avoid gluten, a protein found in wheat, spelt, rye, and barley (and a few other grains). Almost a third of the U.S. population currently wants to cut back on gluten or go gluten-free.

Food manufacturers have caught up on the trend and have started offering all sorts of gluten-free “health foods.” The problem with these foods is that they’re usually not healthy at all.

Instead of a gluten grain, they’re made with other starches like potato starch, tapioca starch or some others. These starches are usually highly refined, void of nutrients and spike blood sugar fast, just like wheat. But these products are often also loaded with sugar and other harmful or artificial chemicals.

This does not apply to foods that are naturally gluten free, like meats or vegetables. If a product says “gluten-free” on the package, then it’s probably bad for you.

Bottom Line: Gluten-free foods are highly processed foods that are not much healthier than their gluten-containing counterparts. It’s best to avoid them.

8. Margarine And Fake Butters

“I wish butter tasted more like margarine, said nobody ever.” – Danny J. Albers

Another side effect of the anti-fat hysteria is a plethora of so-called “healthy” butter alternatives. The most notable example of these is margarine. It used to be loaded with trans fats; now it tends to contain processed vegetable oils instead. Butter consumption went down, margarine consumption went up.

The problem with this is that butter is healthy. Margarine is not.

Grass-fed butter, in particular, is an excellent source of the fatty acid butyrate and vitamin K2, both of which can have powerful positive effects on health (2223). Margarine is a processed food with harmful ingredients that can make you sick. In one large study, replacing butter with margarine lead to a drastically increased risk of death from heart attacks (24).

This is one great example of where blindly following the mainstream advice can put you in an early grave.

Bottom Line: Margarine is a processed food that contains unhealthy, artificial ingredients. Avoid it, use real grass-fed butter instead.

9. Energy Bars

Energy bars are in the same boat as sports drinks – most people don’t need them. If you’re an elite athlete who desperately needs to keep protein intake high and eat every two to three hours, then these bars can definitely be convenient.

However, most people don’t need to eat that often, and these bars don’t contain anything that you can’t get from real foods. Energy bars and protein bars are often highly processed products. Even though they may be higher in protein than chocolate bars, they often still contain the same unhealthy ingredients. Sugar, white flour, artificial flavor; you name it, they’ve got it.

Of course, there are some healthier brands available, but if you want to avoid the crap then you must read labels! If you’re starving and far away from home, then healthier types of energy bars can certainly be better than a burger and a Coke, but your money is still better spent on real foods.

Bottom Line: Energy and protein bars are often highly processed products. Most people don’t need them and they tend to contain sugar and other nasty ingredients.

10. Low-Carb Junk Foods

As people have changed their mind on fat being the root of all evil, some people have started cutting back on carbs instead. Again, food manufacturers have caught notice and brought all sorts of low-carb junk foods to the market.

Even though something is low in carbs and sugar, it can still be very unhealthy. Great examples are the low-carb Atkins bars. These are nasty, highly processed products that nobody should be eating. Just check out the ingredients list for this Atkins Advantage bar. This isn’t food.

If you’re going to do a low-carb diet, stick to real, unprocessed foods.

Bottom Line: There are some low-carb processed foods on the market that are extremely unhealthy and loaded with artificial ingredients.

11. ‘Healthy’ Breakfast Cereals

Most highly processed breakfast cereals are not healthy. In fact, they are among the worst foods you can eat. They’re often loaded with sugar and refined carbohydrates. Then the manufacturers fortify them with some synthetic vitamins and put tiny amounts of whole grains in the mix, then market their products as healthy.

Don’t be fooled by the labels: low-fat, fat-free, whole grain, etc. Just check the ingredients list on these products. They’re usually loaded with sugar.

Starting the day with a high-sugar cereal will set you up for a blood sugar crash later in the day, followed by hunger, cravings, and another high-carb meal.

12. Anything Else?

If the packaging of a food tells you that it is healthy, then it probably isn’t.

Feel free to add to the list in the comments!

 This article was written by Kris Gunnars and published in Popular Science on April 30, 2013. Photo by Angus Clyne/Flickr.

Do You Really Know What’s In Vaccines?

are-vaccines-really-safeAs of March 2013, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) declared that autism now affects 1 in 50 children in the United States — when my son was born in 2007 it was 1 in 90.  Wow.

If you or someone you know and love is having a child, you owe it to the child to educate yourself on the real story behind vaccines and the modern-day risks associated with injecting a baby with highly toxic materials.  The immune system is capable of growing itself to support healthy bodies, especially if you live in America where we have regular access to clean water, (relatively) clean food and shelter.  Vaccines are not a guarantee, nor are they the only answer.

If you want more information, read Dr. Lauren Feder’s book on Vaccines, as well as my post from several years ago under Archives called “Why We Choose Not to Vaccinate.”  Our little boy is now five years old and growing strong and steady.  Don’t be afraid to take the road less traveled…

By the way, if you’ve already vaccinated your child and you are concerned about reversing the effects of vaccine toxins, have no fear: you can do a detox depending on the level of toxicity and/or symptoms your child may be experiencing.  Food allergies is a good example, as they can often be in actuality a leaky gut and completely reversible.  Chelation therapy is also a great way to detox the body of metals like mercury.  The well-known pediatrician Dr. Sears has a list by state of modified vaccine friendly pediatricians and doctors, which is also a great way to find a natural health practitioner that can help you reverse vaccine symptoms.  You can also send me an email if you would like to know more, lorimartingregory@gmail.com.

Namaste.

Healthy & Easy Raw Vegan Condiments

ketchupOne of my biggest challenges relative to eating healthy is avoiding soy.  It’s everywhere, because it’s used as an emulsifier in everything from mayonnaise to salad dressings.  Sugar also is a culprit, because it’s in everything from ketchup to well, just about everything.  If I’m having sugar, I want chocolate cake.

But thanks to Laura-Jane at The Rawtarian, I’ve found a way around soy in my mayo and sugar in my ketchup — without sacrificing taste.  Her recipes for both are super simple,  and are raw vegan to boot.

Check out all her stuff.  They are INSANELY DELISH!!  We’re eating raw vegan more and more these days, and her recipes make it super easy, healthy and most of all so yummy.

Namaste.

RETHINKING FOOD III: Exploring Raw Veganism

Years ago I attempted raw vegan cooking.  I always feel great when I eat it and I find I have more calm and focus, although I still believe in combining my families’ diets with a combination of raw vegan and carnivorous dishes in the Weston Price tradition.

Well light years have passed since I made my first raw vegan attempt, and recipes have become simpler, easier to prepare and more delicious.  All you really need is a Vita Mix and a decent food dehydrator, some nuts and veggies, a good recipe and a sense of adventure.

Here’s one of my latest favs, raw vegan broccoli soup, courtesy of The Present Moment Cookbook.  Another great website if you want free delicious recipes is http://www.therawtarian.com.

Namaste.

Broccoli Cheddar – yields 1 quart

Base:

3 cups filtered water
2 cups cashews, soaked 1-2 hrs. & rinsed
1 seeded red bell pepper
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp tamari (or Bragg’s Aminos)
1 tbsp agave
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
1 tbsp onion powder

vegetables:
11/2 cups broccoli florets cut into small pieces

Drain and rinse cashews well.  In a vita mix, blend base ingredients to smooth consistency.  Pour into bowls, add broccoli (and fresh chopped tomatoes if desired) into bowls.  Serve.

Delish Raw Vegan Chocolate Cookies

Whenever I can, I prepare raw vegan dishes for my family.  Eating raw is a process, and it takes time.  But it’s always worth it when you get something tasty that is not only guilt free but also healthy.

We’ve cut commercial wheat completely from our diets and our health has skyrocketed.  But finding tasty baked goods can be a challenge, especially when most wheat-free substitutes are unhealthy ingredients like potato starch, tapioca powder or rice flour — all of which will spike the pancreas more than the commercial wheat you are trying to avoid.

This recipe is so yummy and easy to make.  If you are interested in eating raw, you have to invest in a food dehydrator if you haven’t already.  Other than that, this recipe requires no other special tools.

Thanks to The Rawtarian for this yummy delight!

Namaste.

Veggie Tourism and How to Change the World

Lettuce Growing in San Francisco

They’re doing it in Paris, they’re doing it in San Francisco, and you can do it in your town and change the world.

Check out this amazing TED talk by Pam Warhurst on Veggie Tourism.

Namaste.

Veggie Tourism

RETHINKING FOOD II: The Real Dairy

raw milk kefir grainsIt’s crazy how good life is now that I’ve discovered The Real Dairy.

You see, for years I suffered from chronic symptoms: gall bladder attacks, infertility, eczema, acne, bloat and gas.  And I had no idea it was my ridiculous diet.  In fact, it was all the result of eating commercialized wheat and dairy.

I had no idea the wise women like our grandmothers and great grandmothers were on to something when they would do things like soak beans, culture milk and cheeses from raw milk, make sourdough starter for delicious nutritious real bread.

We’ve commercialized the hell out of all this stuff, and in the process we’ve shown all the nutrients and probiotics the door.

So if you want to feel really good about what you’re eating, order yourself some kiefer grains, follow the simple instructions and make yourself some healthy cultured dairy products.  Kiefer is the king culture and has all the probiotics you will need for a healthy gut so don’t bother with the others.  Find a local source for some grass-fed, organic raw milk and get yourself started on culturing.  I used to think man was not meant to drink the milk of another animal.  What I now know is man is not meant to drink MAN’S commercialized fake version of dairy, we are meant to drink REAL dairy that is cultured with all the good stuff and does NOT have all the enzymes stripped out of it.  Don’t be scared: kiefer is nutritious and delicious and can be used in place of milk.  You can also make the most sumptuous cheeses by adding your kiefer culture to heavy cream.  Your tummies will be so happy and so will your taste buds!  So wake up people.  Don’t eat commercialized dairy any more (skim milk is the worst, btw).  Your body needs the healthy fats in milk, and culturing raw whole milk with good probiotics will blow your mind.

Contact me if you have any questions.

Namaste.

To All the Single Ladies on Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day, and if you’re a single lady looking for love, it can be a bummer.

I say have no fear.

Because if you’re ready to meet that special someone, you will.  I should know, because for years I did it all wrong.  Once I understood how I was getting in my own way and decided let go of my own brokenness, he showed up like a date with destiny.  In fact, I met him when I was on a blind date with someone else.

So if you’re a strong-minded single lady who just doesn’t understand why she can’t find her match, this post is for you.  Guys, use it for good and not for evil.  And Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.

1. Don’t be afraid to let him be the guy.

As modern women, we cultivate characteristics in our masculine side in order to succeed in our careers and achieve success.  Not so in our personal lives.  In fact, if we don’t make a conscious effort to shift from our masculine energy by day to our feminine energy by night, men get uninterested because there’s no space for their masculine energy to express itself.

If you are a successful career woman this may be something you struggle with.  One way to balance it all out is to set healthy boundaries for yourself to let HIM CHASE YOU.  If this is difficult you may find you get attached too quickly only to find out he’s the wrong guy.  Another tool that will help is reading  The Rules.  It’s not game playing, it’s a way for you to relearn how to let him be the guy and how you can be more of the divine feminine.  Follow The Rules, including not taking his calls and not calling him back until 24 hours after he leaves you a message.  It’s scary if you are used to being a take-charge woman.  Save the take charge for your career, but in love be the passive feminine!

2. Don’t accept any Last Minute Dates.  And when you do go on a date, carry yourself fully in your divine feminine energy right down to your attire.

Accepting last minute dates, or group dates, is a mistake if you are struggling with letting your divine feminine express itself.  Saturday night dates, per The Rules, MUST be accepted by the Wednesday before or you will find that you will teach him that you are available at the drop of a hat.  Do not be afraid to say no or to push a date to the following week.  The good guys will NOT lose interest.  On the contrary, they will WANT you EVEN MORE!  When you do go out on dates, skip the jeans and wear a pretty dress or skirt.  Something soft and pretty.  The guy you want will notice and he will like it.

3. Take a dating hiatus for a few weeks to study, take inventory and shift your thinking.  After reading The Rules and Mars & Venus on a Date, start accepting dates two to three times a week, even if it means going on Match.com.

Online dating is PERFECT for practicing. It is NOT a department store for buying life partners, and you probably won’t meet him online.  But it is a great way to practice, I call it the Dating Gym: if you don’t work your dating muscle, you will put too much emphasis on a date when you finally get one and you will blow it because you will be out of practice.  Instead, date two to three times a week (I call this taking applications).  Match.com is a great dating gym, and will help you get your game on.  Be sure to follow safe boundaries and guidelines when dating online.  And have fun while you’re at it — hopefully it will be your last dating flurry before meeting Prince Charming.

4. Beware the Oxytocin monster, and don’t become intimate before commitment.

Your mom was right: intimacy before commitment means trouble.  But not the kind of trouble she told you about.  The kind of trouble that could cause you to become, literally, addicted to the wrong.  Why?  A little hormone called oxytocin, which creates custom molecules for each guy you become involved with.  And guess what?  It is secreted even by the sound of his voice!  It hooks you in, and if you don’t have contact for three days you will go through withdrawals scientists claim are as strong as heroin.  So do yourself a favor: make sure you KNOW who you are getting involved with BEFORE you become intimate, or you will make yourself vulnerable to being addicted to the wrong guy.  To learn more, read Dr. Louann Brizendine‘s books The Female Brain and The Male Brain.  You will be amazed at how different we really are.

5. Make your list, check it twice.  And three times.  And four times.

I am a firm believer in metaphysics and manifesting your own reality.  After all, thought precedes form in all things.  And I have proven the Law of Attraction is real by using it in my own life.  Make a list of every characteristic you want your man to have.  EVERY one you can think of.  Every time you go on a practice date, as soon as you get home add or subtract to your list based on what you saw or experienced.  Be sure to put what you DO want and not what you don’t want.  And include everything you can think of.  I put ‘speaks French’ on my list after a practice date with a guy that ordered off the menu in French.  Guess what?  My husband is from France, and had no detectable accent when we met!  I also put ‘no sisters’ and guess what?  He’s an only child.

Don’t give up.  Follow these steps and maybe next Valentine’s Day, you’ll be getting the ring: )

RETHINKING FOOD I: Raw & Heavenly

If you love food but hate how some of it makes you feel, check out these two new recipes.  It’s the first in a series of new approaches to eating well called Rethinking Food.

For the next few months I will be sharing with you some delectable yummy and healthy food options.  If you are like me and want commercial wheat out of your diet, these two amazing concoctions will make it even easier to say ‘buh-bye’ to that gluten addiction.

Rethink your food — don’t let yourself get into a rut!  Find ways to make food satisfying, healthy and delicious, and let me know what you come up with.

Namaste.

Zucchini Pasta

Zuccini Pasta

Six Small Zucchinis

Marinara or Spaghetti Sauce of Your Choice

Spiral six zucchinis in a turning slicer, place in bowls and ladle with warm marinara or spaghetti sauce.Serves 4-6 adults.

The picture above is tasty, easy and healthy.

All you need is a special gadget called a turning slicer (www.paderno.it, item #49827-99, cost is $40).

turningslicerOnce you have the turning slicer, it takes all of ten minutes to make.  It’s delicious and healthy — raw zucchini is rich in vitamin A and other nutrients — my five-year-old ate THREE bowls full and loved it.  Not only are you NOT eating wheat in the form of pasta, but you are also getting raw veggies instead, which ups your production of naturally occurring enzymes.  We are supposed to eat 80% raw in our diets…

Heavenly Bite Cookies

Two Egg Whites A dash of almond and vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/4 cup pecans
1/4 cup cashews
1/2 cup shredded coconut
Dollop of Honey
Sesame Seeds & Currants to garnish
Coconut Oil

Whip egg whites and extracts until soft peaks form, set aside.  Add the rest of the ingredients (except sesame seeds and currants) to a food processor and blend until crumbled or balled.  Fold mixture with a spatula into the egg whites, being mindful not to mix too much to flatten egg whites.  Scoop with a teaspoon onto a cookie sheet greased with coconut oil.  Sprinkle sesame seeds on top, place a currant or two in the center.  Cookies will be small mountains.  Bake at 300 for 10-12 minutes.

I delivered a plate of these cookies to my parents and, well,  let’s just say the plate was almost empty before they closed the door behind them #notkidding.  The entire batch was devoured, I had to make another batch just to keep everyone from fighting over the crumbs.  It’s super easy to make.  Enjoy!

Four Easy Immune Building Recipes for Fall

There is no question in the world about it: Chicken soup is good for the soul, because it builds your immune system.

Jewish penicillin, for sure, chicken soup is the fastest and best way to cure what ills you.  It’s also a great way to prevent illness.  I make it once a week for my family, even in the summer months, and we are proud to say we rarely get sick.  I am sure my home made chicken soup is one of the reasons why.

Here’s my easy recipe:

Cook a roasted chicken earlier in the week.  After you have eaten most of it, place the carcass — with meat left on it — in a pressure cooker.  Add the following ingredients:

a whole onion cut in chunks, five carrots, peeled and cut, five sticks of celery in chunks, four cloves of garlic, five peppercorns, a bay leaf, two to four chicken feet, nails cut off.

The chicken feet are available online if you cannot source them locally.  Many Whole Foods markets will stock them in their meat section.

Add all the ingredients to the pressure cooker, cover with filtered water until about two inches from the top.  Seal and lock the pressure cooker and turn it on high.  Watch it checking every five minutes until the seal closes, then let it cook for 20 minutes.  Be careful, as they can explode if left unmonitored.

Once it has been cooking 20 minutes, remove from heat.  Let cool, possibly overnight, then drain broth and discard the rest.

Pour the broth in a large stock pot, add chicken tenders (one to two packages, organic and hormone and steroid free), add the same vegetables as above without the garlic, simmer for 45 minutes or longer.  Salt and pepper to taste, serve over soaked whole grain cooked brown rice and squeeze fresh lemon juice on top.

Beets are practically a super food, and are a great sweet root veggie for the fall.  Kids will usually eat them no problem!  Cut off stems, peel the beet and cut it into chunks.  Simmer on medium heat for 30-40 minutes in a bit of water, monitoring to make sure you have enough water in the pan so the beets will get tender but not burn.  Serve when cooled.  Do the same with carrots, as another root veggie, only add ghee and mustard seeds to the carrots — you will love the taste!

Sweet potatoes are another root vegetable — peel, cut into long strips, toss with light olive oil and salt and pepper, and place on a cookie sheet.  Cook on 350 degrees in the oven for 15 minutes.  Kids eat em up!

Namaste.

Is Sugar Toxic for Kids?

As I prepare for back to school night at my son’s preschool, I am also printing articles to share with parents on the importance of healthy snacks.  Yes, I’m one of those moms.  Why?  Because sugar is toxic for children and needs to be treated as such.  Don’t believe me,  listen to Dr. Robert Lustig, a California endocrinologist who believes the consumption of added sugars has plunged America into a public health crisis.

This interview originally ran on 60 Minutes last spring.  Have another look, or view it for the first time.  It will shock you.

Namaste.

Click on the link below to view the story in its entirety:

Is Sugar Toxic for Kids?

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