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THE KINSHIP OF FOOD Eating as if Life Depends on It

Table of Contents:

Synopsis ………………………………….…….…2 Book Overview……………………….…….….3 Book Overview Conclusion…….….…..11 The Manuscript……………………….….……16 The Market………………………………..…….19 The Author………………………….…….…….26 Personal Marketing…………….…………..28 Annotated Chapter Outline…………….30 Chapter Summaries…………………….……31 Sample Chapter Outline ….…………....42 We Were Born to Heal……………………..44 Appendix A……………………………….…....108 Footnotes…………………………………….……111

Submitted by: Dr. Marianna Fisher 1010 Crown Ridge Road Sedona, AZ 86351 (Cell) 480-766-9877 (Home) 928-284-4030 Email: Website:

The Kinship of Food:

Eating as if Life Depends on It Synopsis: We were born to eat. In fact – like air and water - we simply cannot survive without food. Yet, when it comes to eating, we seem to have lost our natural instincts. Have we forgotten why we eat in the first place? Have we also forgotten the origins and purpose of communal eating? And have we forsaken our inherent connection to Mother Earth - the very source of our most fundamental needs? Are we inadvertently eating ourselves to death?

Handle - The Kinship of Food: Eating as if Life Depends on It is not just a book

about how food nourishes and heals us – or makes us sick. Rather, it’s a book about how food connects us to everything and everyone around us. If we change the way we eat, we can change the world.

The Kinship of Food: Eating as if Life Depends on It addresses these concerns by linking Earth to food, food to people, people to each other and all of us back to Earth again in a vast and multi-dimensional, yet unified web of life that strives instinctively toward balance, harmony and wellbeing. The book’s five spiritual laws motivate readers to explore their personal relationship with food. The laws also provide simple solutions for change. Finally, the book underscores the urgency of our self-induced dilemma: Our symbiotic relationship with the Earth cannot be denied; and ultimately, if we destroy our planet, we destroy ourselves. This unique and timely book, written by naturopathic physician, Dr. Marianna Fisher, clarifies these vital issues for the millions of people who are confused about what to eat, what NOT to eat, and, more importantly - why. Dr. Fisher also convinces us that we can change our world simply by changing our relationship with food. And we can change our relationship with food simply by remembering that nourishing ourselves is not only essential to good health. Taking care of ourselves is the utmost act of self-love. Likewise, sharing food with others is a sacred act that honors and celebrates the communal nature of life on planet Earth.

Overview/About the Book

Are we inadvertently eating ourselves to death? Most of us eat at least a few times every day. We experience hunger for a reason, and we know we need to eat regularly if we expect to function throughout the day. So, the question is not whether to eat, but what to eat. But how many of us actually stop to consider what motivates us to eat, besides hunger? Do we Let your food underestimate, or even disregard, the importance of eating healthy food -opting instead for quantity and be your convenience? Has that old cliché “you are what you medicine and eat” lost its true meaning?

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So many variables can impact health and lead to be your food. illness. It’s often difficult to determine the real cause of disease. What we do know, however, is this: the Hippocrates human body has an innate ability to heal itself. Our bodies are designed to heal. We witness it every day. Wounds close as the body regenerates new tissue. Bruises fade. We recover from colds and headaches and indigestion, even without medications or other interventions. The body consistently self-corrects. Yet some of us get sick more often or recover less quickly than others. Why? The body’s ability to heal depends on how healthy we are individually. Health is more than the absence of disease. Optimal wellness is a reflection of a healthy and integrated being that includes body, mind and spirit. But good health does not exist in a vacuum. The body’s self-healing mechanisms require adequate “tools” to regenerate and heal - or even to maintain normal health for that matter. Without proper and adequate tools, the body will eventually break down, and we feel “sick”. Symptoms of illness are important signals that something is wrong. Over time, if the symptoms are ignored or suppressed, they can worsen and eventually lead to chronic diseases. If we expect our bodies to heal - or if we expect to prevent diseases from developing in the first place - we must build a strong foundation for health and wellbeing. And building a strong foundation for health requires specific tools and essential building materials. These basic, yet essential building materials are nutrients – vitamins, minerals and other natural substances. Even though the body is capable of manufacturing a few of the nutrients it needs, most of them are considered essential. Essential nutrients can only be derived from an outside source. That outside source? Food. The body derives essential nutrients from the foods we eat every day. That old cliché is true: we are what we eat.

We were born to eat real food. The human body is designed to digest food by breaking it down into smaller and smaller pieces, resulting in microscopic particles that eventually get absorbed from the digestive tract into the blood stream. Then the body uses these various food particles - vitamins and minerals, fat, proteins and carbohydrates – to maintain and repair itself. So our health is a direct reflection of the quality of the foods we eat. If we eat a wide variety of wholesome foods, we stay healthy. But if we consistently eat overprocessed junk foods, our health will eventually deteriorate and chronic diseases develop. Plain and simple. Food can heal us or it can make us sick. We were also born to eat clean food. Even if we eat a wide variety of wholesome foods, our food is only as healthy as the environment in which it grows. Contaminated soil, water and air produce Mother Nature is contaminated foods. While the body is designed to isolate, detoxify, and eliminate detrimental chemicals, if doing her best we consistently consume toxic, chemical-laden water and foods, the body can’t keep up with the burden, and we every moment to suffer. But why should this surprise us? This connection between food and health makes perfect sense. So, here’s make us well. She the bottom line:

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If we expect to be healthy, we must eat a variety of wholesome, clean foods, drink plenty of clean water and breathe clean air. We are forever intimately connected to our environment.

be well, we should

We have grown accustomed to a medical system that evaluates our symptoms, diagnoses a disease, and not be sick. then gives us a pill to make the symptoms go away. But that pill might not “fix” whatever is causing the - Henry David Thoreau symptoms in the first place. And often the pill itself causes side effects that then require another medication to control those symptoms. But if we never identify and correct the initial underlying cause, the disease process itself will persist, regardless of how many pills we take. Having access to quality healthcare is a major concern for most of us. Healthcare costs and insurance rates have skyrocketed while both access and quality of care have diminished. Perhaps it’s time to shift the goal of our healthcare system from disease management to disease prevention. In turn, prevention requires that we shift our focus from treating disease to the important task of creating a platform for health and wellness.

When we begin to fully appreciate the body’s innate ability to heal, we then begin to understand the importance of why and what we eat. And since each of us has a vested interest in our own wellbeing, taking responsibility for the food choices we make is the most logical step toward preventing illness and building a foundation for optimal health and wellness. A proper foundation for health requires, first and foremost, that we eat a variety of wholesome, clean foods. Bottom line: If we expect to be physically healthy, we must take charge of what we eat. The following statistics underscore the probability that we have disconnected from the purpose of eating. They also provide ample evidence that we have forgotten our fundamental relationship with planet Earth – the very source of our nourishment. Further, they indicate that we have forgotten the underlying kinship of food. Do we really need statistics to know that obesity is on the rise, that fast food is unhealthy, that healthcare costs have skyrocketed, that our current medical system is inefficient and ineffective, that we are destroying our environment, and that millions of people either suffer the anguish of hunger or starve to death every day? In any case, the statistics speak for themselves.

The facts and statistics are depressing, but statistics don’t lie: Cheap and fast food…grabbing a piece of the profit pie! 

In 2005, Americans spent 20% more per capita on fast food than any other country in the world – nearly $600 per person. At the same time, the consumption of processed and grilled meats, saturated and trans-fats, high calorie, high sodium, low fiber, nutritionally devoid fast food is linked to increasing cancer rates. i

According to Eric Schlosser in his book Fast Food Nation, Americans now spend more money on fast food - $110 billion in 2001 - than they do on higher education. In fact, they spend more on fast food than on movies, books, videos, magazines, newspapers, and recorded music – combined. ii

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that in 2006 forty-four food companies spent $1.6 billion on marketing food to young children and teenagers. Of that total, $746 million was spent on TV ads. Over $1 billion was spent to advertise carbonated beverages, fast-food restaurants and breakfast foods. These figures do not include the $360 million spent for specialty toys used to promote children's meals. iii

We’re fat and getting fatter. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), obesity has reached epidemic proportions with more than 1 billion overweight adults worldwide - at least 300 million of them classified as clinically obese. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the United States has one of the highest obesity rates in the world, with nearly one third of U.S. adults 20 years and older categorized as morbidly obese. iv In 2007, Americans spent $30 billion on diet books and weight-loss programs. However, statistics also show that most dieters regain weight within one to five years. v (If diets and weight loss programs actually worked, a very profitable weight loss industry might not exist!)

Are we eating ourselves to death? 

According to a 15-year study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and published in The Lancet in January 2005, teens and young adults who ate at fast-food restaurants more than twice a week gained an extra ten pounds and had a two-fold increase in insulin resistance - a risk factor for type 2 diabetes -which is in turn a major risk factor for heart disease. “Obesity and diabetes are on the rise in this country and this important study highlights the value of healthy eating habits,” said NHLBI Acting Director Barbara Alving, M.D. vi

Or, are we just sick and tired of spending so much on healthcare? 

In 2007 Americans spent close to $2.3 trillion dollars (over $7,600 per person or twice as much as any other industrialized country) on health care, nearly all of which was spent on treating or managing disease. During the same period, 70% of Americans died from chronic diseases resulting from sedentary lifestyle, diet, tobacco and alcohol. Yet the incidence of preventable chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, cancers, arthritis, environmental illnesses, fibromyalgia, stress syndromes, and depression continues to rise. The United States now ranks 41st in global life expectancy compared to 11th only two decades ago. vii

Apparently chronic diseases are much more expensive than fast food. 

The economic impact of chronic diseases on the U.S. economy is more than $1 trillion a year. This figure could balloon to nearly $6 trillion by 2050. Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, indicates in his report, “An Unhealthy America: The Economic Burden of Chronic Disease,” that “In every community in our country, people are suffering from preventable chronic diseases. Not only does that suffering affect our nation’s overall health — but also our nation’s economic productivity.” According to the study, seven chronic diseases – cancer, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart disease, pulmonary conditions and mental illness – cost the economy $1.3 trillion annually. Of this amount, $1.1 trillion represents the cost of lost productivity. viii

The United States continues its global trendsetting: 

The WHO reported recently that chronic diseases like heart disease and stroke, often associated with a Western lifestyle, have become the chief causes of death globally, indicating a shift from infectious diseases like tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria. "Diabetes and asthma are on the rise everywhere. Even low-income countries are seeing shocking increases in obesity starting in childhood.” ix (Tobacco use is the single largest cause of preventable death worldwide and more than 80 percent of the 8.3 million tobacco-attributable deaths projected to occur by 2030 will be in developing countries.)x

Is our health care system chronically ill? 

In 2004, HealthGrades, a healthcare quality assessment company, reported that in 2000, 2001, and 2002, an average of 195,000 people died in U.S. hospitals due to iatrogenic disease (illness caused by medical errors). The HG study supports an Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 1999 report that medical errors caused nearly 98,000 deaths annually and should be considered a national epidemic. The current HG study also determined that the number of deaths from medical errors has actually doubled since the 1999 IOM report, with an associated cost of more than $6 billion per year. xi

“More” doesn’t always equal “better”…in food OR medicine. 

Polypharmacy (a patient’s simultaneous use of five or more pharmaceuticals) is an ever-increasing concern for today's healthcare administrators. The Food and Drug Association (FDA) has reported that over 100,000 Americans die every year from properly prescribed medications. Death is attributed to multi-drug interactions. And the likelihood of death or hospitalization is directly proportional to the number of medications a patient is taking. Polypharmacy causes increased financial burden on both the patient and the health-care system. In 2000, hospitals, nursing homes, and ambulatory care incurred an additional $100 billion in costs attributed to medication-related illnesses. Polypharmacy for unneeded prescriptions costs the nation's public and private health plans as much as $50 billion annually. xii

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) has issued a policy statement saying, "Little data exist to support advantageous efficacy for drug combinations in children used primarily to treat co-morbid conditions. The authors cite examples of a child on two medications for ADHD who died suddenly of a serotonin syndrome, a serious and potentially fatal illness (obviously!) that can result when a child receives two medications. "We need more systematic studies to establish the safety and efficacy of multiple medications in the pediatric age group," says Dr. Penn (author of the study). xiii

Are chronic diseases healthy for pharmaceutical sales? 

In 2008 pharmaceutical companies were expected to spend over $1 billion in direct marketing to generate $10.6 billion in sales - an advertising return on investment of $10.27 on each $1 spent. The direct marketing sales figure is expected to hit $15.2 billion in 2012. xiv

In January 2008 two New York University researchers published an article in Science Daily estimating that, contrary to the industry’s claims, the U.S. pharmaceutical industry spends almost twice as much on promotion as it does on research and development. The researchers’ estimate is based on 2004 domestic drug sales of $235.4 billion. Research figures were derived from data that showed the industry spent 24% of the sales dollar on promotion versus 13% for research and development. The United States is also the largest market in the world for pharmaceuticals sales, representing approximately 43% of global sales and global promotion expenditures. xv

Also on the pharmaceutical sales front, prescription sales reached $286.5 billion in 2007. The top five therapeutic categories for prescriptions in the U.S. in 2007 were antidepressants, lipid regulators, codeine & combination pain medications, ace inhibitors and beta blockers. xvi

Can we safely assume that our food is safe? 

In 1991 an FDA Task Group on Food Biotechnology released a report on genetically modified (GM) foods that stated four broad concerns: unknown changes in food composition, consumer safety, labeling, and environmental impact. In spite of its report, the FDA does not regulate GM foods or require food labeling. As of 2004, 85% of corn and 45% of soy beans grown in the United States were classified as GM. Food-related illnesses reported by the CDC doubled from 1994 to 2001 (81% of cases reported as caused by an unknown agent,) parallel to the period when GMO entered the food chain. During the same period obesity and insulin-resistant diabetes increased dramatically. xvii

The FDA has received 10,000 consumer complaints about Aspartame (Nutrasweet or Equal) - an artificial sweetener added to more than 5,000 foods - accounting for 75% of the total complaints ever received by the FDA. In 1995 the FDA was forced to release its compiled list of 92 symptoms, including death, associated with the use of aspartame. The FDA's own toxicologist told Congress “without a shadow of a doubt, aspartame can cause brain tumors and brain cancer and violates the Delaney Amendment which forbids putting anything in food that is known to cause cancer.” Research shows that aspartame depletes serotonin levels, triggering a variety of psychiatric problems, including depression. “Aspartame is a deadly neurotoxic drug that interacts with antidepressants, L-dopa, Coumadin,

hormones, insulin, cardiac medications, vaccines, and can cause auto immune disease.” xviii, xix 

In January 2008 the FDA reported that 75% of 300 commonly consumed foods and beverages are contaminated with a toxic rocket fuel ingredient called perchlorate at levels that could pose health risks to young children. A 2005 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found perchlorate contamination of drinking water supplies in 28 states. And a 2006 CDC study found perchlorate in the urine of every one of a nationally representative group of 2,820 people. Even with abundant evidence of threat to the public’s health, the Environmental Protection agency (EPA) and the FDA have yet to take action to protect the US population. xx xxi

Plastic polycarbonate bottles release bisphenol A (BPA) into contained fluids, and 90% of government studies have identified harmful health effects, especially to children, pregnant women, male sexuality and reproduction. BPA acts as a "xenoestrogen," meaning it mimics estrogen, a female hormone. BPA is significantly more harmful than natural estrogen. With more than 6 million pounds produced in the United States each year, bisphenol A is also used in dental sealants, baby bottles, the liners of food cans, CDs and DVDs, eyeglasses and hundreds of household goods. The chemical has been linked to neurological and behavioral problems in infants and babies, along with certain cancers and obesity. xxii

High tissue levels of xenoestrogens increase risk of breast cancers, birth defects, miscarriages and disrupt beta cell function in the pancreas, which creates a prediabetes type condition of high blood insulin and insulin resistance. xxiii

Apparently it’ true: that which does not destroy, will serve to strengthen. 

Dr. Charles Benbrook, director of the Northwest Science and Environmental Policy Center, Idaho, reported that the 550 million acres of GM corn, soybeans and cotton planted in the US since 1996 have increased pesticide use by about 50 million pounds. Benbrook’s study, the first comprehensive study of GM crops and pesticide use in the US from 1996–2003, is based on official US Department of Agriculture (USDA) mandatory reporting on pesticide use. xxiv

Only 0.1% of pesticides applied to crops actually reach pests. The rest poisons the ecosystem. Each year 25 million people worldwide are poisoned by pesticides, and over 20,000 people die from pesticide exposure. xxv

Even in the midst of abundance, so many people are hungry…

Americans constitute 5% of the world's population but consume 24% of the world's energy. xxvi

Americans eat 815 billion calories of food each day, roughly 200 billion more than needed - enough to feed 80 million people. Americans throw out 200,000 tons of edible food daily. Daily. The average American generates 52 tons of garbage by age 75. xxvii

Over 923 million people across the world are hungry. Every day 25,000 people starve to death and almost 16,000 of those are children who die from hungerrelated causes--one child every five seconds. In essence, hunger is the most extreme form of poverty, since individuals or families cannot meet their own most basic need for food. xxviii

250 million people have died of hunger-related causes in the past quartercentury — roughly 10 million each year. At least 700 to 800 million people, perhaps even as many as a billion, don't get enough food to support normal daily activities. xxix

A report released in early 2008 by the USDA indicated that at the end of 2007, 36.2 million Americans, including 12.4 million children, were food insecure. The study painted a stark picture of the prevalence of hunger in the United States and predicted that these figures will worsen significantly by the end of 2008. xxx

…and the incidence of clinical depression is rising rapidly. 

“Today's college students are twice as likely to be depressed and three times more likely to be suicidal than they were a decade ago, according to a recent study. The study, which included 13,000 students, found that over the 13-year period of time, the percentage of students with depression rose from 21 percent to 41 percent. The percentage of suicidal students rose from 5 to 9 percent, and students with stress and anxiety problems rose from 36 to 62 percent.” xxxi (Author’s note: Could this rise in the incidence of depression be caused by aspartame consumption, BPA, xenoestrogens, or nutritional deficiencies?)

No wonder we’re depressed.

Overview Conclusion Are we on the brink of a nonnegotiable summons for change?

The previous facts and statistics tell a grim story:         

Our food industry is broken Our healthcare system is broken Our governmental protection agencies are broken We’re poisoning our planet to grow food And the food we eat is poisoning us We’re sick and getting sicker While worldwide, 16,000 children starve to death every day The task of fixing what’s broken looks daunting Or worse - impossible.

We are living in revolutionary times of unprecedented change. So, now what shall we do? As Americans, we were born into a level of freedom that guarantees us our inalienable rights of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” – rights that might easily be taken for granted. How often do we take time to consider the meaning or purpose of these rights or feel grateful for having been born with so much personal freedom and with guaranteed rights that so many have fought and died for? And what do these rights imply? We might interpret life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as follows: 

Life assumes existence. Once born, we have the right to live. At the same time since none of us chooses to be born – Life itself is a gift. Life can be experienced on many levels, including physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual. Life can be measured in terms of both quality and quantity. While life expectancy may increase with technology, an increase in lifespan does not automatically guarantee a minimum or acceptable quality of life.

Liberty implies individual sovereignty and the freedom to choose how we live our lives from day to day - our ability to move around freely and to self-actualize according to our individual desires for self-expression. Humans, as creatures who possess the unique trait of free will, experience a freedom of thought regardless of their level of personal freedom. As Americans, we experience a high level of both personal freedom and freedom of thought.

Albert Einstein (or was it Ben Franklin?) once defined insanity as continuing to take the same action,

Pursuit of happiness implies first, that it is human nature to seek a level of contentment that’s free from worry, strife, and suffering; and second, that there’s room for improvement. We can do better. Happiness is, to a great extent, based on an ideal and reflects a wholeness of body, mind and spirit.

“There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed.”

In many ways, life is more complex and complicated than it used to be – even with the advances in technology. Instead of having more leisure time, we work longer hours, we have more debt, divorce rates are increasing, depression is on the rise, even among children, and we often complain that we’re heading in the wrong direction. We’re suffering from chronic diseases and we’re stressed out from the ongoing struggle to survive. We sometimes feel trapped by our own lives. Our instincts tell us that human existence is defined by more than mere survival. We live to thrive and be happy. Yet it’s difficult to be happy when we’re sick. When we feel that our needs aren’t being met, we suffer. At the same time, we’re propelled by the belief that we have an absolute right to pursue our own happiness. Our willingness to take action is proportional to our sense of suffering. When the status quo becomes more threatening than the fear of the unknown, we find ourselves on the brink of a nonnegotiable summons for change.

When change is inevitable, the question becomes: “What are my choices?” This is a book about food. But it’s not a how-to diet book or weight-loss book. It’s not a book about depriving ourselves of the foods we love. Nor is it a book filled with reprimand or guilt. Instead, it’s a provocative analysis of our relationship with food: When we poison our planet, we poison our food. When we poison our food, we poison ourselves. When we poison ourselves, we can’t be healthy. When we’re not healthy, we’re not happy. On the other hand, when we eat for health, we automatically reject “junk” as food. We demand real food and quality over quantity. When we demand real food, we influence the way our food is grown, processed, packaged, marketed and distributed. When our choices alter the way our food is grown and marketed, we will stop poisoning of our planet. When we eat for health, we reduce waste and overconsumption. When we reduce waste and overconsumption, we can help alleviate hunger and starvation. Food connects us to everything around us and simply by changing the way we eat, we can change the whole world. It’s all connected and each one of us is an agent of change, capable of transforming the future.

The Kinship of Food: Eating as if Life Depends on It, based on the tenets of Naturopathic and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (outlined below) as well as indigenous philosophies from around the globe, is a book about how to change our lives by changing our relationship with food. And it’s a book about choosing optimal health over disease by:      

Remembering why we need to eat in the first place Restoring food to its proper place in our daily lives Building health by nourishing and healing ourselves with real food Reconnecting to Mother Nature - the very source of our food Understanding how our food choices impact the world around us Recognizing that we can thrive by connecting to others and helping them survive

The Kinship of Food: Eating as if Life Depends on It guides readers back to the basics of why eating healthy food is essential to human existence. The book offers a straightforward and simple plan to initiate changes in attitudes and behavior. The following spiritual laws will help readers examine their personal beliefs and attitudes about food. The laws will also help readers evaluate their priorities and guide them in making appropriate and necessary changes:     

Take Charge – Restoring food to its rightful place in our daily lives Change requires action. How important is your health? If you don’t take care of yourself, who will? Eat Less – Conserve resources by reducing waste and consumption. Eat smaller portions. Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. Eat Real Food – Being health requires healthy food. What are you eating and why? Is the food you eat poisoning you or helping you heal? Give thanks – Show gratitude for the abundance of food; reconnect to the source of food. Ask yourself everyday: Where does my food come from? Care and Share – What do you need to survive? Do you strive to thrive? How surviving and thriving are connected. Who around you is hungry or starving and what can you do to help?

Food is vital to our pursuit of health. Health is essential to our happiness and our ability to thrive. If we expect to thrive – or even survive - we must address the multi-layered and critical issues of food. It’s time to take control of what we eat so that we can take control of our lives. It’s time to transform our world by putting food back into the center of daily life where it belongs.


Primum non nocere - first, do no harm Vis medicatrix naturae – the healing power of nature

Tolle causam – treat the cause

Tolle totum - treat the whole: body, mind, spirit

Optimal health is something we build every day – as a goal with purpose. Trying to be healthy without a daily supply of wholesome foods is like trying to build a beautiful temple without a rational design or without the best stone, wood, chisels, hammers and nails. If we expect to be healthy, we must take charge and commit ourselves fully to the task. -

Marianna Fisher, ND


NATURAL LAWS GOVERN THE UNIVERSE o As part of the Universe, humans exist according to those laws. EXISTENCE IS ANIMATED BY A PERVASIVE LIFE FORCE CALLED QI o Qi manifests as the opposing forces of yin and yang THE UNIVERSE IS DYNAMIC AND CHANGE IS INEVITABLE. o Change and movement are essential while stagnation causes disease ALL LIFE IS AN INTERPLAY OF NATURAL ELEMENTS AND FORCES o Man exists as the link between heaven and earth. As above, so below HUMANS ARE INTIMATELY CONNECTED TO THE ENVIRONMENT o Health is both affected by and reflective of our natural environment. WHEN YIN AND YANG ARE BALANCED, HEALTH AND HARMONY PREVAIL

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” ~ Mohammed Ali

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Examples of Key Facts and Statistics:  Over 25,000 people die every day of hunger or hunger-related causes, according to the United Nations. - Hunger and World Poverty.  Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes - one child every five seconds. Bread for the World. Hunger Facts: International.  The grain needed to fill an SUV tank with ethanol could feed a hungry person for a year. Lester Brown,, August 16, 2006.  Americans throw out 200,000 tons of edible food daily.  The average American generates 52 tons of garbage by age 75.

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 Fifty percent of the wetlands, 90% of the northwestern old-growth forests, and 99% of the tall-grass prairie have been destroyed in the last 200 years.  Americans constitute 5% of the world's population but consume 24% of the world's energy.


“Fast-food Habits, Weight Gain, and Insulin Resistance (The CARDIA Study): 15-Year Prospective Analysis”. Mark Pereira, Alex Kartashov, Cara B. Ebbeling, Linda Van Horn, Martha L. Slattery, David R. Jacobs, Jr., David S. Ludwig. The Lancet, January 1, 2005. ii

Fast Food Nation: What The All-American Meal Is Doing To The World, by Eric Schlosser, published by Allen Lane The Penguin Press, Rolling Stone magazine: Fast-Food Nation: The True Cost Of America's

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Spending in the U.S. on Advertising for Fast Foods, Sodas, and Automobiles; Food Advertising and Marketing Directed at Children and Adolescents in the US iv Obes Res. 2001 Nov;9 Suppl 4:228S-233S

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Kivlan, Congress Daily, 10/3; Kaiser Network’s Daily Report; Chronic Disease Cost Could Reach $6 Trillion by 2050/ ix




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Werder, S.F. & Preskorn, S.H. (2003). Managing polypharmacy: Walking the fine line between help and harm. Current Psychiatry Online, 2 (2) / February. xiv


“The Cost of Pushing Pills: A New Estimate of Pharmaceutical Promotion Expenditures in the United States,” January 3, 2008, PLoS Medicine, an online journal published by the Public Library of Science xvi


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Hartzler B “Are Roundup Ready weeds in your future II,” Submission to UK GM Science Review, 28 February 2003, xxvi

Are We On Track To End Hunger? Hunger Report 2004. Bread for the World Institute. 2004.


Briefing Paper Hunger on the Rise: Soaring Prices Add 75 Million People to Global Hunger Rolls.” Food and Agriculture Organization. 17 September 2008. xxviii




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