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Fair Trade and Everyday Possessions Breast Thermography:

An Alternative to Mammograms

Saying “NO” to GMOs


What is

Fair Trade?

Fair trade is a system that not only aims to pay fair wages, but also to support participatory workplaces; ensure environmental sustainability; supply financial and technical support; respect cultural identity, offer public accountability, and educate consumers about the choices that they can make in their regular shopping habits. Fair trade businesses foster long-term and direct relationships with producers in the developing world, because they know these connections are a highly effective way to help producers help themselves. Fair trade is not about charity; it uses a fair system of exchange to empower producers and to create sustainable development.

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Green Living Monthly

Vol. 1 Issue 3

October 2011

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Contents 2 What is Fair Trade 4 Breast Thermography: An Alternative to Mammograms 5 What is Holistic Dentistry PART 2 6 Know Your Local Farmer 7

Saying NO to GMO’s

9 Fair Trade and Everyday Possessions 11 Children and Organic Foods: Coupons & Organics 11 Recycle & Reuse with Recycle Sally 12 Desktop Injuries 13 Permaculture 13 Organic Pets - How Pets Keep Us Healthy

Hello to Autumn Crisp air; bright reds, yellows and oranges; big piles of autumn leaves and rosy-faced children all are a part of our Northwest October. This issue of Green Living Monthly celebrates the gifts of the earth during this harvest time. It is the month for Non-GMO and Fair Trade; all natural foods and products of our earth. It is also Breast Cancer Awareness month. I don’t think I know of anyone who has not been affected themselves or by a loved one by this disease. We hope to motivate you to take charge of and nurture your own good health, which could very well be your best defense in the prevention of this disease. Green Living Monthly pays tribute to those who’ve left this earth, those who have survived and those who have fought endlessly to prevent and find a cure.

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GREEN TECHNOLOGY

Breast Thermography:

An Alternative to Mammograms Dr. Alycia Policani, ND

Concerns over breast cancer have crossed all of our minds, especially if you are a woman, at least once in our lives. We are constantly bombarded by images of women fighting breast cancer, pleas for donations by various organizations to combat the disease and have a whole month devoted to it stomping it out of existence. But what, if any, strides have truly been made to aid early detection or dare I say, prevent, this horrible disease in the past 10, 20 or even 30 years? It seems the medical community’s answer has been mammograms. Mammograms, mammograms, mammograms. But do they really aid in early detection? They certainly aren’t preventative and may even increase the risk of developing breast cancer if some claims can be believed. The fact of the matter is that mammography is a study of anatomy. It looks at breast structure. When a tumor has grown large enough (about 4 billion cells) and dense enough to block an x-ray beam, it produces an image on the x-ray plate and therefore can be detected by the radiologist. It takes years for a tumor to grow, so no, mammograms cannot aid in early detection. Thermography on the other hand, is a test of physiology. It does not look at anatomy or structure, it reads infra-red heat radiating from the surface of the body. The first use of thermography came in 1957 when R. Lawson discovered that skin temperature over a cancer in the breast was higher than that of normal tissue. Cancer cells produce something called angioneogenic factors which aid in establishing blood flow to the tumor. Increased blood flow means increased heat. Researchers have been searching for decades for a tool that can identify breast cancer quickly and reliably. The earlier the indication of abnormality, the earlier the intervention and treatment, leading to better outcomes. Neither mammography nor thermography can diagnose breast cancer. They are simply diagnostic tests that show a possible disease process and initiate further exploration. A large number of studies conducted on thousands of women around the world have proven thermography’s role in the early detection and monitoring of abnormal breast physiology and the establishment of risk factors that may lead to the development or existence of cancer. In the US, William Hobbins, MD, established in a study looking at 37,050 women, a yield of 56 cancers per 1000 thermograms. This is compared to the BCDDP studies which yielded 5.6 cancers per 1000 mammograms. A large study in France found 73% accuracy in the diagnosis of 486 breast cancer patients using thermography. Worldwide retrospective studies have found thermograms were positive in a minimum of 71% and maximum of 93% of patients with breast cancer. An abnormal thermogram is 10 times more significant as a future risk indicator for breast cancer than first order family history of the disease. A persistent abnormal thermogram carries with it a 22x higher risk of future breast cancer. That all being said, mammograms and thermograms are not antagonistic. They are looking at structure and function, respectively. It’s comparing apples to oranges. They are not competitive procedures and it is the untrained clinician that views them as such. The procedures should be viewed as complementary and every woman should have 4 • GreenLivingMonthly.com • October 2011

both procedures yearly. As always, a combination of complementary and conventional medicine provides the best outcomes for the health of the patient. Because physiologic changes always predate structural changes, thermography has great potential for earlier detection of the disease. Thermography has undergone extensive research since the 1950’s and the FDA approved thermography as an adjunctive diagnostic breast cancer screening procedure in 1982. So again, the best aids we have currently available to us in the early detection of this disease are a combination of mammography and thermography yearly. And even more importantly, working with your physician on changing risk factors regarding lifestyle that can lead to the increased risk of developing breast cancer and therefore preventing the disease. What a concept. The research showing that thermography in combination with mammography aids in much greater sensitivity and detection of possible breast cancer has been there for over half a century. So why isn’t our health insurance paying for the procedure? Why don’t we see constant commercials to get our routine mammogram and thermogram every year? Good questions that I don’t know how to answer. It is unconscionable that women are prevented from having this possibly life saving diagnostic procedure because they can’t afford to pay out of pocket for it. It’s time for us to be proactive ladies. We need to demand that we have access to the best possible diagnostic procedures for the early detection of this awful disease. Many foundations and organizations have been obtaining and spending billions looking for a cure and in all this time, they are not even close. Dr. Alycia Policani graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1996, with a B.S. in Human Biology and went on to the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, where she achieved her doctorate in naturopathic medicine in 2000. She has ten years of experience in private practice as sole proprietor of Evergreen Naturopathic. Dr. Policani practices as a primary care physician with emphasis on women’s health, menopause, and thyroid disease using science based natural medicine. Dr. Policani grew up in Spokane, pursuing many outdoor activities that allowed her to develop a deep appreciation for nature, ultimately leading her down the path to naturopathic medicine. When she is not at the office you can find her horseback riding, gardening, hiking or travelling with her husband and son.


What is Holistic Dentistry? Written By Dr. Armand DeFelice DDS In our office, we have found that the average patient with mercury fillings has an improperly functioning immune system that is down to 25% or less – definitely not the 100% we want it to be. We find that there are several other functional body measurements that are definitely not ideal. After the mercury has been removed and the individual has detoxed using our innovative and simple methods, then the functional measurements return to ideal and the vast majority of all the symptoms disappear. It’s truly amazing! There is a great deal involved in diagnosing, discussing and treating mercury toxicity, from measuring the electrical currents that run through the fillings to individualizing detox programs. This is why we start our first visit for removal of silver fillings with a consultation to determine how; we can achieve the best result for each individual patient. In our opinions, your overall health and longevity is dependant on ridding your body of these horrible toxins. If you are interested, please call and schedule with us (509) 327-7719. Dr. Armand graduated from the University of Washington School of Dentistry and opened his own dental practice in 1959. He has been at this current location since 1966. Dr. Armand has advanced certification in orthodontics, TMJ and facial pain, holistic dentistry, CRA, neural therapy, nutrition and occlusion. His passions are providing biocompatible dental materials, mercury removal and enhancing structural balance. Dr. Armand has written a manual of his own original work on the diagnosis and detoxification of mercury toxicity by muscle response testing”, and has taught seminars on this to the Holistic Dental Association.

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The following is a list of Symptoms caused by Chronic Mercury Toxicity published in the International Dams newsletter  of 1996. 

Symptoms of Chronic Mercury Toxicity

Symptoms of Chronic Mercury Toxicity  CENTAL NERVOUS  SYSTEM  •  irritability  •  anxiety/nervousness, often          with difficulty in breathing  •  restlessness  •  exaggerated response to       stimulation       •  fearfulness    •  emotional instability  =      lack of self control  =        fits of anger, with violent,              irrational behavior  •  loss of self confidence  •  indecision  •  shyness or timidity, being             easily embarrassed  •  loss of memory  •  inability to concentrate  •  lethargy/drowsiness  •  insomnia  •  mental depression,               despondency  •  withdrawal  •  suicidal tendencies  •  manic‐depression  •  numbness and tingling of       hands,  fingers, toes, or lips  • muscle weakness progressing to       Paralysis  •  ataxis  •  tremors/trembling of hands,      feet, lips, eyelids or tongue  •  incoordination  •  myoneural transmission failure      resembling Myasthenia Gravis  •  motor neuron disease (ALS)  •  Multiple Sclerosis    HEAD, NECK, ORAL CAVITY             DISORDERS  •  bleeding gums  •  alveolar bone loss  •  loosening of teeth  •  excessive salivation  •  foul breath  •  metallic taste  •  burning sensation, with       tingling of lips, face  •  tissue pigmentation      (amalgam tattoo of gums) 

•  leukoplakia •  stomatitis  •  ulceration of gingival,       palate, tongue  •  dizziness/acute, chronic vertigo  •  ringing in the ears  •  hearing difficulties  •  speech and visual impairment  =        glaucoma  =        restricted, dim vision    GASTROINTESTINAL  EFFECTS  •  food sensitivities, especially to          milk and eggs  •  abdominal cramps, colitis,   diverticulitis or other G.I. complaints  •  chronic diarrhea/constipation    CARDIOVASCULAR  EFFECTS  • abnormal heart rhythm  • characteristic findings on EKG  =      abnormal changes in the S‐T            segment and/or lower  =  broadened P wave  •  unexplained  elevated serum       triglyceride  •  unexplained elevated cholesterol  •  abnormal blood pressure, either        high or low     IMMUNOLOGIC  •  repeated infections     =       viral and fungal  =       mycobacterial    =         candida and other yeast                     infection  •  cancer  •  autoimmune disorders  =      arithritis  =      lupus erthematosus (LE)  =      multiple sclerosis (MS)  =      scleroderma  =      amyolateral sclerosis (ALS)  =      hypothyroidism   

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SYSTEMIC EFFECTS •  chronic headaches  •  allergies     •  severe dermatitis       •  unexplained reactivity   •  thyroid disturbance  •  subnormal body temperature  •  cold, clammy skin,       especially hands and feet    •  excessive perspiration,        w/frequent night sweats  •  unexplained sensory       symptoms, including pain  •  unexplained numbness     or burning sensations  •  unexplained anemia  =           G‐6‐PD deficiency  •  Chronic kidney disease  =        nephritic syndrome  =        receiving renal dialysis  =        kidney infection  •  adrenal disease  •  general fatigue  •  loss of appetite/with or     without weight loss  •  loss of weight  •  hypoglycemia     

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Know Your Local Farmer Taking the “buy local” movement up a notch by “Knowing your Farmer”!

by Trish Vieira

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BREATHE THE DIFFERENCE Smoke from burning leaves and wood is as harmful as cigarette smoke and can contribute to birth defects, cancer and lung disease. Not only is outdoor burning dangerous, but it is illegal in most communities and can carry large fines. Chip or compost your yard waste instead of burning. And NEVER burn your garbage. This fall, start really protecting your family. For clean healthy alternatives to burning, visit our website. www.ecy.wa.gov/BreatheTheDifference

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The new trend to buy local and the desire for consumers to eat better, has resulted in an increase of farmers markets across the country some 17% in 2010. While all of this is good news for many of us, there should be a much deeper level of accountability concerning your food source. Buying local has many benefits to the consumer including, quality, freshness, nutrition, and taste, to name a few. It is much documented that food which is picked or sold at its peak and is purchased directly, without long expensive travel times is much higher in quality, and tastes better. (It makes one wonder why we opt for the other variety at all.) Here at Spokane’s Family Farm we foster a much more passionate level of accountability and transparency. We believe that you should actually “know your farmer”, understand his passion and scope out his ethics. When you actually take the time to “know your farmer” you get a true sense of what goes into producing your food, where your food comes from, why the farmer is passionate about producing your food, and the all important when is the optimum time for your food to be available for consumption? A close relationship with your farmer/producer helps you stay safe, as your food has an amazing traceability. All of the recent Listeria, E. coli and salmonella outbreaks that have affected thousands in recent weeks nationwide; proves the point that traceability should take on an enormous priority with the consumer. Knowing your local farmer takes on a new meaning when you can actually visit the farm where your food is produced. It can become a very enjoyable and informative family event to see it all firsthand together, deeply bonding family members as they make nutrition decisions as a unit. The movement to bring the

family closer as they enjoy family meals together only enhances the romanticism of buying local. It brings the food experience and nutrition together as well as adding an element of excitement to a necessary daily activity sometimes viewed as a mundane daily chore. A beautiful visual would be a connected family visiting openly around their table, enjoying fresh roasted root vegetables and sweet corn, complimented by tasty stir fried grass fed beef strips, and a glass of fresh cream on top milk. As they enjoy their nutritious and simple but delicious meal, they feel a special peace as they recall their recent family trip to the very farm(s) that produced their evening meal. This romantic vision of a family’s meal table sure beats the more realistic version we have all witnessed, of the tired and hungry family rushing through the drive up for burgers and fries. It’s not rocket science to figure out which scenario has a more lasting positive effect on our next generation.


Saying “NO” to GMOs Written by Members of Main Street Market Co-op Some call them “Frankenfoods,” an ominous reference to the monster of popular legend who was pieced together by irresponsible science and ultimately turned on his creator. But the technical name for crops that have had their genes engineered in a particular way is GMOs, or genetically modified organisms. You might say that GMOs take a scientific shortcut to natural problems. Cassava and sweet potatoes that are resistant to certain types of virus. Cotton and eggplants that produce their own insecticide. Soybeans and corn that are resistant to popular herbicides such as Roundup. It sounds ideal. And if single genes controlled single traits, it probably would be. But genes tend to work in combination with other genes, and each observable or desirable characteristic is often controlled by something like a special combination of “switches” in an intricately connected network rather than a simple on/off button. Yet we’re asked to put a lot of faith in GM crops. They’ve been touted as a surefire way to overcome poor crop yields, to reinvigorate the food production of countries most affected by climate change and to end world hunger. As a result, they have made stealthy but staggering inroads into the conventional food supply. A 2007 Time magazine story stated that “GM crops

accounted for 61% of all the corn planted in the U.S. and 89% of all the soybeans” the previous year. The same piece described how GMOs were becoming so widespread that they were contaminating organic farms. “GMOs are more prevalent than you might think,” says Chris Harris, Interim General Manager at the Main Market Co-op in downtown Spokane. “You can find them in the most unlikely places, like baby formula*. They also wind up in meat and dairy through cows that are fed GM corn and hay.” To that end, the Main Market Co-op and other concerned food providers are working with the Non-GMO Project; a nonprofit consortium that aims to identify and verify non-GMO products and educate consumers about the risks and falsehoods of GM crops. Some of those falsehoods have already become platitudes — for example, that GMOs have been sufficiently tested on humans over a long-term basis, or that they are the only possibility of meeting the nutritional demand of Earth’s rapidly growing population.

“It’s important to maintain a healthy skepticism toward GMOs, especially when companies and industrial farmers with vested financial interests are telling us not to,” says Harris. The Non-GMO Project states that the effects of GMO’s on humans have only been examined in a single study. Despite the potential problems it un*Some vegetable oils & fats, milk proteins, plant proteins and maltodextrin - GLM

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Continued from Page 8 covered, that particular study has had noCredit: follow-up. on the effects Photo thanks to Studies www.charlessteinbergphotography.com traders, almost every item they sell is a of GMO’s on animals, however, have revealed issues like stomach ulcers, Fair Trade product. Not only are enlarged livers, and alterations in blood biochemistry. producers treated fairly through minimum prices and social premiums, even practices a fraction of of the these animal health issues play out in humans, but“Ifother trading there’s cause for serious concern. Yet, due to the lack of information, there relationship are conducted in concert are probably more people worried about the fluoridation of drinking water with Fair Trade values and goals. For than the genetic-level manipulation example, SERRV builds the capacity of of some of our most common foods,” Harris says. producers to respond to market trends, to learn best practices, and awards grants to buy tools and equipment. Beads to Bricks at BeadforLife

How does Fair Trade Differ from Free Trade? Many people are familiar with the term ―free trade,‖ which has played a major role in countries’ trade policies in the past few decades. While free trade policies need reform, Fair Trade adds a complementary business model to such reform. The table below summarizes key differences:

Free Trade is NOT Fair Trade Main goal: Focuses on: Primarily benefits: Critics say:

Major actions: Producer compensation determined by: Supply chain: Key advocate organizations:

Free Trade To increase nations’ economic growth Trade policies between countries Multinational corporations, powerful business interests Punishing to marginalized people & the environment, sacrifices long-term Countries lower tariffs, quotas, labor and environmental standards Market and government policies Includes many parties between producer and consumer World Trade Organization, World Bank, International Monetary Fund

Fair Trade To empower marginalized people and improve the quality of their lives Commerce among individuals and businesses Vulnerable farmers, artisans and workers in less industrialized countries Interferes with free market, inefficient, too small scale for impact Businesses offer producers favorable financing, long-term relationships, minimum prices and higher labor and environmental standards Living wage and community improvement costs Includes fewer parties, more direct trade Fairtrade Labeling Organization, World Fair Trade Organization

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Even with the host of uncertainty that surrounds GM crops, the onus is entirely on the consumer to act as his or her own dietary gatekeeper. GM ingredients are not labeled in a clear way, if at all, and even organic foods can contain GM ingredients through contamination or certification loopholes. For example, certified organic foods in the US can still contain up to 30% GMO’s. The easiest way to be sure that every possible step has been taken to avoid GM ingredients in the fresh or prepared food you are buying is to look for a trustworthy non-GMO certification such as the one that has the backing of the Non-GMO Project. This certification is above and beyond organic certification and requires the same stringent ingredient testing and tracing as most organic labels. Harris says the Non-GMO Project Verified label will help consumers make educated choices about the food they eat. “Identifying GMOs shouldn’t have to turn supermarket shopping into a research experience,” he says. “But until conventional food producers come clean and GM ingredients are more clearly marked, sometimes it can be. That’s why we at the Main Market are trying our best and working with the Non-GMO Project to prevent GM products from even reaching our shelves.”

There are other basic steps consumers can take. Prior to grocery shopping, they can visit the Non-GMO website and patronize its “Supporting Retailers” that have pledged to uphold the project’s tenets and commitment to natural sustainability. Buying products that are marked as 100% organic in the US and Canada is generally safe. The US and Canadian governments do not allow manufacturers to label something 100% organic if it has been genetically modified or been fed GM feed. The same goes for eggs. Above all, consumers can get to know their farmer. This isn’t as impossible as it sounds. It can be done by signing up for a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program, by shopping at area farmer’s markets and questioning the growers directly, or by shopping at local retailers that have established close relationships with the region’s farmers. October 2011 is Non-GMO Month. For more information, visit the NonGMO project at www.nongmoproject.org.


provide an education for her three children and her husband’s work did not provide enough. Laxmi approached ACP (the Association for Craft Producers) 20+ years ago and asked them to help her to earn her own money through her weaving. They agreed and they also helped her set up a savings account. Laxmi saved enough to send her three children to the same school and her daughter received a Masters in Social Work from Tribhuvan University. In the meantime, Laxmi organized 60 women in her village to work with ACP and they also started saving. Today the weaving group is going strong and the men in the village actually work for the women. Sudha has returned to her village and is the director of the weaving group and actually oversees her father. As the women have gained more respect and power through the income they have generated, they have set up health camps, learned about women’s rights, and participated in a mock constitutional assembly learning how to vote. None of this would have been remotely possible 20 years ago in Nepal but through hard work and access to fair income that the women themselves control, they have made a monumental cultural transition. This is the type of transition that Fair Trade seeks to promote.

Fair Trade and Everyday Possessions by Kim Harmson, Kizuri

Take a moment to consider some of your everyday possessions. Where were your shoes made? How about your bag or backpack? What were the working conditions for the people who made them? Who farmed the coffee that you drink or the olive oil that you cook with and what impact do their farming practices have on our environment? As consumers living in a globalized economy, your purchases matter. The simple choices that we make each and everyday have a profound impact on our planet and people all over the world. Fair Trade strives to make that impact positive and socially just for all. In 1998, four key international organizations created a widely accepted definition of Fair Trade: “a trading partnership based on dialogue, transparency, and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contrib-

utes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions, and securing the rights of disadvantaged producers and workers – especially in the South,” (FINE 1998) Simply put, Fair Trade principals seek to create positive economic, spiritual, environmental and cultural health for everyone involved. Perhaps the most widely known principal of Fair Trade is to provide a fair and livable wage for artisans. As a strategy for poverty alleviation and sustainable development, producers set their prices – not large corporations. These prices are based on the true cost of labor time, materials and related factors of doing business. Fair Trade promotes producers independence and the opportunity for education, community development and the sustainable growth of their businesses.

Ganesh Himal Trading is a Spokane based Fair Trade import business and one of the countries leading importers of goods from Nepal. They have worked hard to cultivate Fair Trade practices and promote the concept of Fair Trade since 1984. They partner with artisans (particularly women and refugees) who produce beautiful, handcrafted quality products that reflect the richness of their Nepali culture. The goal is to build respectful trading relationships which empower individuals to move more confidently into their future and create sustainable change within their culture at the grassroots level. The story of Laxmi and her daughter, Sudha illustrate this beautifully: Laxmi is a traditional weaver in Nepal and remarkable woman who did not receive any education as a child. Her dream was to

Another important aspect of Fair Trader is the cultivation and education of worldwide environmental stewardship. By using eco friendly farming practices, recycled or raw materials found in nature, Fair Trade supports sustainable practices that minimize our environmental footprint. Baskets woven from native (often organic) grasses, eco chic bags made from recycled rubber inner tube tires and folk art sculptures fashioned from roadside trash such as pop and beer cans are just a few examples of how talented artisans make use of readily available materials. Tropical Salvage is a Fair Trade furniture company with a simple business model: “we salvage wood and use it to do business that creates positive economic, social and

Fair Trade

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Continued from page 9 environmental impacts.” However, raising global awareness about preservation of the earth’s rainforests is a critical part of their mission. Tropical Salvage has worked diligently with the local community and has funded and implemented a conservation, education and reforestation project where over 500 trees representing thirty five native species have been planted in Jepara, Indonesia. People shopping at Kizuri are often struck by the beautiful craftsmanship, variety and quality of Fair Trade goods these days. Over the years, through long term, respectful

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business relationships, artisans have developed the skills needed to succeed in the global marketplace while still honoring the age old traditions of their culture. It is the story, relationships and consumer commitment to Fair Trade principals of social justice that fuel this dynamic movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, quality, and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, other-centered men can build up.” Fair Trade works towards making this a reality.


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ORGANIC KIDS

Couponing and Organic Foods By Maree Koolstra

I love coupons. I’ve been known to spend hours matching up my coupons with the sale flyers from local stores. I’ve watched the extreme couponing shows on TV and dreamt of pulling off an extreme shopping trip of my own. I’ve maximized my savings a time or two where I walked out of the store with free groceries. I love saving money and feeding my family well. I’ve heard many times, “I would love to use coupons but we prefer to eat organic foods/gluten free/milk free etc. and there just aren’t any coupons for that.” I beg to differ. I will agree that using coupons to purchase organic or speciality diet foods can be a bit of a challenge but I’m usually up for a challenge. Couponing for organic foods is a bit harder but the savings is worth the effort. I use many web sites to help me purchase my organic groceries at a discounted rate. Driscolls.com is a company that specializes on organic berries, mambosprouts.com , udisglutenfree.com, coupons.com, organicfoodcoupons. com, and bestorganicfoodcoupons. com all offer coupons that can help you save while blessing your family with a lower grocery bill. If the site asks for a zip code then experiment with codes from around the country and you can sometimes hit a treasure trove of great coupons that were marketed for a different area but can be used here as well. Blogs like thecouponposse.com and tammileetips. com are local and offer a wealth of information on coupon match ups in our area. You can also go directly to the manufacturer’s website of your favorite products and look for a special offers/coupon button. If a coupon isn’t offered then find the contact us button and ask if they have

any coupons that they can offer you. Most companies are happy to help out loyal customers. Printing off coupons on your computer will require you to download a coupon printing app. to your computer. Most sites will allow you to print off the coupon twice from each computer. If you have more than one computer in your home use each computer for extra savings. After you print off your coupon, hit the back button a couple of times and print off a second one. Printing off coupons can use a lot of ink and paper but a couple tricks can keep that cost down too. The stores care about the front of your coupon so use recycled paper to print your coupons. Print only the coupons that you know you will use or will trade/share with others. Set your printer to print a quick copy and to print in black and white. Organize your coupons in a way that makes sense to you. Some ladies I know use an envelope system others use a binder. I am a fan of the binder system. I printed off an index page and page dividers at www. thekrazycouponlady.com and use baseball card holders in between the pages to hold my coupons in a large binder. I also decorated my cover. Couponing can be hard work and I wanted to remind myself that I do it for my family. My kids help me keep track of expiration dates and help me cut out the coupons to fit my coupon binder. They love to hold the coupons in the store as we fill our cart with savings. While couponing can be tedious at times, the savings for my family and the ability to purchase more of the quality groceries I like to make it worth the extra effort.

Recycle & Reuse with Recycle Sally Don’t toss your old CDs away...unless it’s into a mounted basket! That’s right, “CD Golf”. Write the players names on the CDs with a felt pen to avoid confusion during scoring. Entertain tots too young to play golf by turning the CDs into a craft project. Provide glue and assorted objects: nuts, bolts, ribbons, felt- you name it- to transform the CDs into cool creatures. Decorate the house! Cover a wall in a media or kid’s room with CDs for a glitzy retro wallpaper effect. Ditch the old beaded doorway and replace it with multiple strands of CDs, (tied together with fishing line). Use the same technique for a new spin on curtains: a privacy curtain; even a room divider. Dress up your dining table with shiny trivets and candle holders: Glue thin cork slices on the bottom of a CD to form a trivet. Place a fat candle on top of the “trivet”and enjoy the flickering light. Write your guest’s name on a CD, glue on a few bobbles, and pull a cloth napkin though the hole. Voila, a napkin holder and place card all in one! CDs make great coasters too. (Sprinkle salt on the coasters first to avoid embarrassing “CD cling”). Back in the kitchen, measure the perfect single serving of angel hair pasta by filling the CD hole with the uncooked noodles. Get practical outside. Besides the obvious CD yard art opportunities, glue CDs to sturdy stakes to mark your driveway and walkways. Come winter, secure CDs to the tops of your steel cautionary posts to reflect headlights. In the garden, CDs make cute plant markers, with plenty of room to describe the item. Carefully thread a CD over a young plant stalk. This will keep weeds at bay while the seedling grows. In a month or so, watch with amazement as the CD rises off the ground, taking flight with its new host! Last but not least; write your sweetie a note on a CD and tuck it into their purse or briefcase for a pleasant surprise later in the day. If you happen to work in one of those small office cubicles, position a CD to reflect an unanTerri Southworth, Sandpoint nounced visitor. No more eavesdroppers! Remember: Always recycle, reuse.

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Desktop Injuries! Dr. Abigail Lench, Renew Chiropractic

A lot of us spend time working or playing at the computer most of the day. If you’re not careful, slouching at a desk all day or typing away at a computer keyboard can lead to painful and disabling strains in your wrists, shoulders, elbows, and back. Even students from grade school through college spend much of their time on the computer. Keyboarding class is a must and whenever researching for a paper or homework, the internet is the sole provider of information.

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We used to believe that occupations like construction caused most onthe-job injuries, however, someone who works at a computer is putting considerable stress on their wrists, shoulders, neck and spine, and this can cause some really painful work-place injuries. A lot of tension and pain related to the neck and upper back as well as headaches, can be related to working at the computer. Repetitive motion injuries like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome have become increasingly prevalent in recent years, as more and more people spend long hours in front of a computer screen. Today, it’s not just the administrative assistant who uses a computer. Most corporate executives spend their work day in front of a computer, too. When the work day ends, many people go home and surf the net for hours on their own computers. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome alone affects approximately 230,000 people every year and accounts for nearly half of all workplace illnesses, costing the country nearly $800 million in health care benefits and rehabilitation. Other injuries include low back pain, postural and spinal stress, and tendinitis— conditions that can affect a person’s work, as well as make life painful. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the compression of the median nerve at the wrist, which may result in numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle atrophy in the hand and fingers. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is common in people who perform repetitive motions of the hand and wrist, such as typing. When the wrist is poorly positioned, there isn’t enough space for the median nerve to travel to the hand. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by pressure exerted on the median nerve at the point where it passes through the wrist. The median nerve supplies sensation to the thumb-side of the ring finger. It also supplies movement to part of the hand. The nerve enters the hand between the wrist bones (called the carpal bones) and the tough membrane that holds the bones together (the transverse carpal ligament). This space is called the carpal tunnel. Since the passageway is rigid, any swelling in this area can cause compression of the nerve (this is also called entrapment of the nerve).

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Permaculture and some food production techniques for Spokane County. by Michael Pilarski, Friends of the Trees Society

side inputs. The inputs of one part of the system are met by the outputs of other parts. More cycling of nutrients, energy, water, etc. The site not only uses less inputs but the outputs greatly increase including food and other useful products, as well as fulfilling environmental functions such as wind abatement and shade. An additional goal is aesthetic beauty, color, fragrance and outdoor living space. Permaculture emphasizes low-maintenance, perennial plants (less work); and, depending on the client, varying amounts of intensive gardens. Individuals and families achieve greater self-sufficiency and collectively the region as a whole does. A Few Strategies & Techniques

Bill Mollison, the co-founder of permaculture said that “Permaculture is nothing new re-arranged into more harmonious relationships”. What he meant is that thoughtful re-arrangement of current resources (including human resources) can yield impressive results. Spokane has the land base, natural resources, soil, water and human resources to become a garden of Eden. There are a lot of wasted resources in Spokane and a lot of under-utilized human resources. How can things be re-arranged in Spokane to yield a stronger local economy, more local self-reliance and a more livable Spokane? This will be one of the topics of discussion on November 4-6 at the Inland Northwest Permaculture Conference which will be held at the Spokane Falls Community College. http://inlandnorthwestpermaculture.com The word ‘Permaculture’ was originally coined in Australia by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the mid-1970’s. The word “permaculture” itself came from the notion of establishing “permanent agriculture” or “permanent culture. Over the last 30 years, permaculture has grown to become a global grassroots movement involving hundreds of thousands of people. Permaculture offers a huge storehouse of solutions, strategies and practical techniques. If permaculture was implemented on a planetary-wide scale in cities, farms and homes the world would become a garden of Eden.

Permaculture is a design science to establish sustainable human settlements. Permaculture has a code of ethics, a set of principles, a design methodology, and draws on numerous strategies and techniques from around the world and throughout history. Permaculture is the premier design system for sustainable food production. In addition to the plant landscape, permaculture also considers transportation, energy, buildings, water supply, community economics, and the social fabric of life. Every type of habitat can be put to good use whether dry, marshy, rocky, sandy, clay, riparian, seaside, urban, and so forth. One of the goals in permaculture is to increase the number of habitats on site to enable a wider range of plants to thrive. Permaculture teaches how to design productive and beautiful yards, farms and properties at the individual property scale. Permaculture principles and methodology can be applied anywhere in the world. Each site is unique and each client is unique, thus each permaculture design will be different. Intensive vegetable gardening

techniques can quickly produce large amounts of food in small spaces, but intensive gardening is not for everybody or everywhere. Permaculture emphasizes the creation of low-maintenance, self-reproducing ecologies. The proportions of native plants, non-native plants, long-lived perennials, fruit trees, food plants, etc are determined by the client’s goals and nature’s dictates. Restoration of native habitats and native species is a component of permaculture. We can assist nature to regenerate healthy biospheres. This means soils get richer, forests increase, trees get bigger, biodiversity increases, the web of complexity of relationships increases, more oxygen is produced and more carbon is stored. At the same time, the productivity of the landscape to meet human needs dramatically increases. Human landscapes which have permaculture applied to them will look wilder, be wilder, be more bio-diverse, be more productive, be more beautiful and will run itself to a large extent. One of the key premises of permaculture design is to minimize out-

• Composting & woody biomass. • Increase food plant diversity. • Rooftop gardens. • Utilization of walls and vertical spaces. • Sidewalk trellises. • Water harvesting, roof catchment systems. • Parking lot overstories. • Nitrogen-fixing plants. • Sheet-mulching. • Grow BioIntensive gardening. • Garbage pit gardens. • Bio-remediation. • Myco-remediation. • Integrating livestock. • Seed and plant propagation networks. • Native plant restoration. • Native plant restoration & wildcrafting. • Forest gardens.

This list of eighteen was made with urban gardeners in mind. There are several hundred more which could be listed such as beekeeping, double-dug beds, wind power, aquaculture, mini-ponds, herb spirals, creating wildlife habit, container gardening, winter gardening, agroforestry, grey water, hedgerows, aquaponics, suntraps, etc, etc. These are just a few of the strategies and techniques in permaculture’s tool kit. Permaculture is more then just the sum of the elements in the system, it is also arranging them in proper relationship to each other to maximize beneficial inter-relationships. A Spokane Permaculture Study Group was started January 26, 2011 so that Spokane folks interested in permaculture could meet, exchange info and work together. A monthly meeting is held on the 3rd Tuesday each month. For more info contact Mary Kate at marykatewheeler@ gmail.com

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ORGANIC PETS

(and everyone else’s) delight. In leaving, Rusty climbed off the chair, sat next to the bed, bowed his head and prayed for my friend. There was no doubt in my mind that that twenty minutes probably did more for her healing than any drug she had been taking. There is much research on pets and their affect on people with heart disease. Studies show that pet owners with heart disease had a 3% less chance of dying than those without pets. That puts having a pet in a category with other positive healthy impacts like not smoking, a healthy diet, stress reduction, exercising regularly and having close relationships with family and friends. “I believe the day is coming when doctors will sometimes `prescribe’ pets instead of pills,” says Dr. Leo Bustad, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. “What pill gives so much love, makes its owner feel safe, stimulates laughter, encourages regular exercise, and makes a person feel needed?”

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Spokane, Washington, Spokane Falls Community College The INPC conference will bring together permaculture people from around the Inland Northwest as well as interested people in the Spokane area. The event will feature over 60 workshops, handson activities and discussion groups. Applying permaculture to the city of Spokane will be one of the discussions. There will be a free, public presentation Thursday night by Jan Spencer at the Salem Lutheran Church, 425 W. Broadway. On Friday there will be field trips. Friday evening to Sunday afternoon INPC will be held at the Spokane Falls Community College. Details can be found at <http:// inlandnorthwestpermaculture.com>. or contact Michael Pilarski, (509) 486-4056, michael@friendsofthetrees.net

How pets keep us healthy By Chris Ellis

In this column we usually talk about holistic and natural ways to keep your pet healthy. I’d like to pay tribute now to those pets who actually keep us healthy and active. There has been a bond between humans and animals for thousands of years. Recently, in Israel, a 12,000 year old human skeleton was found buried with his (her?) hand resting on the skeletan of a wolf pup. The relationship may have started with humans wanting animals for protection, but more likely, for companionship. It is not so different today. But today there is more and more evidence of animals as pets actually enhancing humans’ health. Children who grow up in a home with pets learn to care and nurture a vulnerable being. In return, many times that pet becomes the child’s “confidant” and best friend. Many hospitals and nursing homes are bringing in trained animals as special therapy assistants. I remember several years ago visiting a good friend in the hospital who had cancer. During our visit, “Rusty,” a gorgeous Golden Retriever was brought in by his handler. Rusty came up to the bed and rested his head beside my friend as she petted him. His handler then brought a chair and placed it next to the bed as Rusty climbed up. He put his paw gently on the side of her bed. He visited for about twenty minutes, much to my friend

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