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Freedom Organic Life Magazine - June/July 2013


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Friendships, Fun and Freedom:

One Mom’s American Dream

Magazine Our magazine was created with both new and experienced organic consumers in mind. We strive to provide you with current information about the organic industry, products and lifestyle. We will include videos and traditional articles and links straight to our contributors and advertisers. We write from experience living and organic life. We encourage you to contact us with article suggestions and comments. This magazine is for YOU!

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Table Of Contents 06 Note From the Editor 08 Green Picnics and Notes From Our Friends

On The Cover 15 Feature: Friendships, Fun and Freedom: One Mom’s American Dream by Carrie Roberts 66 A Father’s Path to Freedom: Letting Go to Let My Children Grow by Eric Noël 51 Top 3 Safe Sunscreens How to NOT Get Burned This Summer 23 NEW! Recharging Station Where You Come for Inspiration

09 Gardening with Children by Hannah Noel 10 Non-Toxic Homemade Garden Sprays By Annie B. Bond

Organic Food 34 Freeing Your Cravings with Curiousity by Aimee Dufresne 28 Gluten-Free Mint Chocolate Cookies by Jillian Clark

30 Over 55 Summer Vegetable Recipes!

31 Seasonal Recipes Swiss Chard Wraps on the Grill

69 Discovering and Choosing Structured Water: My Two Decade Learning Curve by Hannah Noël

32 Herbs in Smoothies by Debby Reelitz

In Every Issue

Personal Discovery

26 Don’t Eat That! Eat This Instead GMO Foods

20 The Journey to Plant a Seed ...and

74 The Blue Architect Greening Your Biz Start-up Facility by Marilyn Crenshaw 4|

Organic Gardening

that’s a whole lota seed

by Jenna Greiner 63 Surrendering to the Flow of Life by Patrick Durkin

Table Of Contents Organic Policy and Trends

Organic Kids and Family

37 Farm Bill 101 by Shannon Hayes

12 Father’s Day Tribute: An Open Letter To All The Wonderful Dads Out There by Virginia Holiman

41 Organic Greens a Hot Item by Melissa Shipman,

Organic Health 43 Homeopathy and Cancer by Amy Lansky

25 Tips for Summer Sweat: • Refreshing Yourself • Deodorizing Belongings by Annie B. Bond

45 Hair, There and Everywhere by Randy Peyser

Organic Fashion

49 The Secret to Prostate Health: New Non-Invasive Therapy by Guanghuo Chen 52 Traditional Nourishing and Healing Skin Care and How to Make Your Own Skin Balm By Andrew J. Gardner


Organic Home

76 ONNO Product Review: Organic Bamboo and Hemp T-Shirts

Editor’s Note


ear Readers,

In honor of Father’s Day and the Fourth of July, this Men and Freedom issue of Organic Life Magazine contains many articles focused on fatherhood, men’s health, men’s personal journeys, and freedom - health freedom, mind freedom, financial freedom, food freedom. Our Right-to-Know is at the forefront of food freedom right now. It is an exciting time to be living this Organic Life. There is so much change happening in the direction of responsible living. I feel especially fortunate to be living in Vermont.

The Vermont House of Representatives passed a bill May 10th that would require all foods sold in Vermont containing GMOs to be labeled. There are many steps ahead including the Senate passing the bill in the next legislative session next year, but this is a strong step in the right direction for Vermont and the United States. The passing of the bill (H112) in the House in Vermont comes after California’s Proposition 37 was defeated late last year. Little Vermont is standing up to big money, a powerful motivating force in policy making right now. The driving forces behind GMOs like Monsanto and The Hershey Co. are pouring a huge amount of funds into fighting the consumers’ desire to know what is in their food to the tune of $44 million on their campaign against Proposition 37, spending over 6 times more dollars than supporters. (California Watch) The right-to-know bills popping up around the US are similar to existing regulations in sixty-four other countries, including European Union members, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Brazil, and India. (California Watch) Just as allergens, ingredient lists, special designations (like certified organic, gluten-free and kosher) are listed on packages now to give


Note from the Editor

us information and choices, so should potentially harmful GMO ingredients. Right now there is a giant human experiment happening in the United States without the citizen’s consent. It is our responsibility as consumers and citizens to band together to do what is right and to make sure our rights are not being neglected and ignored. How can we pursue Freedom and Happiness without choice? How can we choose without knowledge? The fact is, too little is known about GMOs and their effect on human health. And what has come out of animal research is startling. Jeffrey Smith, non-GMO advocate and expert, posted in the Huffington Post that in a recent Russian long-term study, by the third generation of hamsters fed GMO soy, most of the animals were sterile and were smaller. Scientists cautioned consumers not to jump to any conclusions until further studies are conducted to investigate if the GMOs or the higher levels of Round-Up used on most GMO soy were the cause of sterility and low rate of growth. Somehow this caution isn’t very assuring to me. I urge you to speak up for yourself and your neighbors. Call your legislators. Support the ones who are willing to stand up against GMOs. Sign petitions. Most importantly, vote with YOUR dollars by buying only Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified products.

GMO Definition From the Non-GMO Project website: GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

Wishing you the best health,

Hannah Hannah Noel is a cancer survivor and an organic farmer living in Vermont with her husband of twelve years and their two children, Madeleine, 9, and Calvin, 6. She has a passion for clean organic living and for helping others learn how to live that way wherever they are on their journey and whatever they do.


Note from the Editor

Picnic Time!


Green T ips

ummer is upon us and that means picnic time! You don’t have to go anywhere to have a beautiful picnic. Just find a shady spot in your yard, on your porch or even on your living room floor on a rainy day. My children love to picnic anytime, anywhere! It’s exciting to them to have their meal or snack as a picnic away from the table. Picnicking gets really simple if you are staying at home or very close to home. You can fix your food immediately and not worry about foods staying cold, fresh, and not wilting.

Here are some tips for planning your own Green Picnic:

Some simple foods that we pack in our close-tohome picnics are: sliced up fruit, cheese slices, baby spinach with or without dressing, Mary’s Gone Crackers rice crackers, rice cakes with peanut butter, grilled cheese with raw organic cheddar on Ezekiel Bread, whole carrots washed and peeled, celery with cream cheese or peanut butter with raisin or dried cranberry ants. These are just a few of our favorites! We tend to go heavy on the fruits, vegetables and cheese and lighter on the grains.

• Walk or Bike: Stay close to home so you don’t have to use fuel to get to your picnic spot.

• Picnic responsibly: Pack out what you pack in. Bring home your compost, recycling and all other left-over food or waste. • Choose Reusable: Bring reusable dishes and utensils and cloth napkins. Pack your picnic in a basket, reusable shopping bag or backpack. • Go Organic: Pack fresh, local, organic foods whenever possible.

Whatever you choose to do, just picnic! Any time of day, wherever you are! Please leave comments on our Facebook page with your favorite picnic ideas, foods you’ve tried that didn’t work so well and favorite picnic spots. Join in the conversation!

When Organic Life Magazine posted this game on Facebook and Twitter, we heard back from a few friends: I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing... (fill in the blank with GREEN picnic ideas) Aimee DuFresne Kale chips, my favorite picnic staple.

D.j. Noel - Ice Cream

Andrew Keene Peanut butter and honey for dessert!

Heidi Nuttall - The chocolate Cake!!

Jaime Erin Levi - Kermit, the frog.

Jeff Pignona - Switchback

Sara King - Homemade garlic hummus and pita bread with elderberry wine.

Karen Lavallee Fitzgerald - Reusable dinnerware, cloth napkins, and food grown in my garden. Plus lots of chocolate chip cookies.

Robin DeGregorio - Kale chips.


Matt Hofmann - Mary Jane?

Jenna Greiner - I am bringing flavored water, lemon cucumber on ice and strawberry pineapple. YUM!

Gardening with Children


By Hannah Noël

o you want to know how to get your kids to eat more vegetables? I know one sure way to do it: get them out in the garden growing food! As many of you know, I run an organic farm with my husband in Vermont. Our children have been by our side by choice since they were babies. They rode in a back pack, sling or simply on my hip. They sat and crawled down the rows. I set them up with snap peas to gnaw on with their toothless gums and sweet strawberries to eat so I could pick as fast as I could to gather food for our customers. Being surrounded by vegetables their entire lives has taken the mystery out of vegetables that some kids might shun….kale, Brussels sprouts, beets, Chinese cabbage. They’ve seen the plants grow from seed to seedling to flowering and fruiting plants! They’ve participated in the growing at every level. Hard to believe, my six and nine-year-old will hoe the weeds happily for about two hours at a time! Then I let them go. They play near the gardens. They make up games in the shade and the tall grass. They roll around and laugh. And when they’re hungry? Well, they skip to the garden for some snacks… edible weeds if the produce isn’t quite ready. They pick leaves off the greens and onions growing. They always find something scrumptious to satisfy their hunger so they can get back to their games. Keeping the gardens a fun place for them, helps to keep them interested in helping and eating the wide variety of produce we grow. Baby Calvin gnawing on a pea pod


We’ve always planted crops that interest our children…sweet corn, pole beans on teepees, sunflower houses, small fruits. Last year we went a photo by Theresa Brown step further: we started a Children’s Garden at the farm. This year we’re creating one at our new farm. This is where visiting guests will learn about growing food and participate in planting, harvesting and eating. Children from a year old up to18 will help us plant and harvest. Last season The Children’s Garden became a gathering place for our family and crew. At one end, in our “tasting room”, under the table was a fire pit that my beautiful, creative daughter built. She dug the hole and placed all the stones herself. So we gathered there for food, music, laughter, and some relaxing fun! Right in the garden! No matter how much space you have to grow, draw your children into the planning and planting. Think of a theme garden to plant in a window box! Decorate a pot for an in-house herb garden. Grow celery from the base you cut off from store-bought celery. Try to grow a pineapple from the pineapple top. There are lots of ways to get your children growing food and tasting new things. And remember, you can always come out to the farm! Four-Year-Old Maddy with her first sweet corn

3 DIY Nontoxic Garden Pest Sprays By Annie B. Bond


few bugs won’t hurt most plants. Sometimes simple solutions for less toxic living are there if you just think long enough. Hosing bugs off a plant is often all that is needed.

There are many ways to use garlic, onions, strongsmelling roots, and spices for killing and repelling garden pests. These ingredients have been used as repellents successfully for years.

Garlic Spray The smell of garlic is very repellent for garden pests. 1 head garlic 2 cups boiling water Peel and mash the garlic. Place it in a pint mason jar and cover with boiling water. Screw on the lid and let set overnight. Strain. Place 1cup in a spray bottle with 1 additional cup of water. Spray on infested areas. Freeze the rest for another time. Makes 4 cups spray

Soap Spray Soap is used here as an insecticide. It kills pests by dehydrating them.

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1 to 2 tablespoons liquid soap (real soap, not detergent) 1 gallon water Be sure not to use more than 2 tablespoons soap; too much can kill the leaves. Combine the ingredients in a pail. Transfer 2 cups to a spray bottle. Spray infested areas. Makes 1 gallon Peppermint Soapy Spray Variation: Use liquid castile soap with peppermint. Peppermint is a pest repellent in its own right.

Neem Oil Neem oil, a gum extracted from an evergreen tree, is an excellent all-purpose pesticide. 2 teaspoons essential oil of neem 2 cups water Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray on infested areas. Makes 2 cups

By Annie B. Bond, adapted from Better Basics for the Home. Originally appeared on The best-selling author of five green living books and (literally) thousands of other articles, and a Huffington Post blogger, I’ve been called “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine. Others call me the “godmother of green.” I bring over 20 years of experience as a writer and editor about the connections between the environment, personal health and wellbeing. With an expert eye for hidden pollutants (honed by my own experience with chemical poisoning), I work to offer us a healthy and timeless way of life that is in harmony with the earth. I am the founder and CEO of, a site for connecting the spheres of consciousness, community and global transformation. I also edit, a site that reflects my more personal world of green and spiritual living——a site that I started with my daughter, Lily. Since the summer of 2010 I’ve co-authored a blog called Spiritual Solutions with Deepak Chopra. Currently I am editor-in-chief of My first book, Clean and Green (1990-) was a bestseller, reflecting the needs of a world hungry for healthy, non-toxic alternatives to everyday products. Since then, I have written The Green Kitchen Handbook (1996), Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), and Home Enlightenment (Rodale 2005), a comprehensive guide to establishing a naturally, healthy sanctuary within your home. My latest book is True Food (National Geographic, 2010) and will be out on January 1st, 2010. I field over 100 media requests a year and am a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences; many of the events are keynotes. From 1999- 2008 I was the executive editor of the Healthy & Green Living part of, one of the largest online sites in the green space. Prior to that I was the founding editor of two green magazines – one of which was bought by National Geographic.

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An Open Letter to all the

Wonderful Dads Out There!


By Virginia Holiman

s a long time pre-school and kindergarten teacher, I used to have to rely on my student’s stick figure drawings to know what their father looked like. Mom came to our initial meetings, cried at the door on those first days, and brought in forgotten “must haves”. But dad often remained a mystery. I was thrilled if he was able to join us for report card check-ins…and I admit….tickled to note if he resembled the drawings. We all know how much care taker roles and family dynamics have now changed. And you are all part of that evolution! Observations and conversations have led me to believe there are still many of you who are a bit un-

comfortable joining child centered groups … and I’m hoping to encourage you to jump right in and share all that you have to share! I applaud those who have already taken the plunge! Organized playgroups in towns around Vermont, are offering a time and place for parents to bring their children, take part in child centered activities and converse with other adults, both male and female who share common dilemmas and joys. Males are taking part now and the comfort level at these

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arenas is impressive to witness. One stay-at-home dad told me he had felt nervous and a bit awkward about joining the playgroup, but now very much looked forward to the special time with his daughter and with the other adults. He felt both had been enriched by interaction with people they might not have otherwise met. He was originally the only dad,

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a detailed and fascinating conversation. You exploring the inside of a very cool, slightly spooky cave, hand and hand with your daughters. You, planning your work schedule around viewing the natural wonders at the Alburg Dunes. And, yes, you struggling through the crusty snow to look for animal tracks with all of us. I hope in all these adventures you have watched your children’s eyes look up to you…with that magical mix of love and wonder.

but others have since joined in …and the “mixedup” group are clearly enjoying their time with their children.

On this Father’s Day, I hope you will all take a pat on the back… And know how important you are to your child and, yes! to your community! Some of you are single dads, some have large families but join, be involved, and share. If there is not a child centered program near you, ask at your local library. We’ve seen how wonderful you can be!

Our Young Explorers program at the Highgate Public Library has been a popular group for young families to join. The goals are to A) lead parents with young children out into the immediate community and countryside B) encourage families to learn about, explore and respect the natural wonders around us, and C) foster a love for life long learning. Families sign up to meet together once a month for a year. Truthfully, as we sat and wrote the grant for this program…we tried to think of ways to involve you men in the activities the library sponsors. And in this program it looks like we succeeded! It has been wonderful to watch the animated interactions and great conversations between you and your children. You with kids on your backs, tramping through the forest listening to and sharing Mr. K’s amazing information! You spending a couple hours gathering materials and building an intricate fairy house in the woods with your son, all the while carrying on

Virginia Holiman, after retiring from 30 + years as a kindergarten teacher, is now an informal educator for N.O.FA. of Vt., The N. E. Dairy Promotion Board and the U.V.M. Extension Service. She is owner of Frantil Fibers, a company that creates and sells alpaca, llama and rabbit fiber-based products from her small farm in northern Vermont. For more information about Frantil Fibers and to order products, please email Virginia directly at vholiman@hotmail. com.

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Friendships, Fun and Freedom:

One Mom’s American Dream


early two years ago, my life changed in a way I had never imagined. I got message from an excited friend that I knew from a parenting board. She said to me “you are not going to believe this. I tried those at home body wraps. I’m not kidding. They really work”. As a girl who’s always struggled with her weight I thought “I’ve tried everything else, what have I got to lose?”. I wanted to just use one to try it and not waste money, but my friend knowing me as she did she said “I’m telling you, you will want more. You’re going to want a box, or a box a month. You can use them everywhere.“ She gave me the website that I could order from. I figured that I had spent money on worse things and if this didn’t work, I would be on to the next. Being a health conscious person I knew that there were always risks and side effects to health and wellness products. I was crazy anxious over the next few days as I waited for my box to arrive, so I began to read, and research and try to figure out

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Even more scary was what if it did work? Then what do I do? what made these things work. Everywhere I saw and read, the results blew me away. From what I found it was all botanically based, not messy, affordable, and it worked. It was still pretty new on Facebook at the time, but I saw chatter from a few places and people that tried it, and I got more excited! As soon as my box arrived I was ready - but then I was nervous. What if it didn’t work? What if my husband freaked about me spending money on yet another wellness product? Even more scary was what if it did work? Then what do I do? So I called my friend and asked again “ok what do I do?” She said, “Open it, unfold it, stick it on your stomach and wrap some saran wrap around it to keep it in

My American dream was quite different than many that I knew. I didn’t want stuff. I wanted freedom. place. Drink a few bottles of water while you are wearing it and wait. Oh and take a picture before and after”. I was thinking “that’s it?” As I waited I drank water, watched a TV show and remember feeling a cool tingly sensation. Then it got warm, and tingly, and smelled like eucalyptus. I remember watching the clock and my husband and mother in law looking at me like I was crazy. Honestly, I felt crazy. My hour passed and I was ready to see results. I unwrapped, rubbed in the extra lotion and fixed my pants. I felt great, but couldn’t explain why. I told my husband to take a picture, and then we compared the 2 pictures. I was blown away. I could see my belly button, clearly!! Before it had been hidden by a fat roll. Gross I know, but it’s true. I looked around to see a tightened, toned,

and firmed tummy! How did this happen? Was it magic? Truth is, I didn’t care! It was gone! My pants fit, my tummy was flatter, I felt smaller, and I was glowing! Seriously, I felt on top of the world. So like the good friend and bold person I am, I posted my pictures on Facebook and told all my friends about it. Within a ½ hour I had about 45 replies to that one picture. “Where did you get this?” “How can I get one?” “What did you do?” “Is this magic?” These are the sort of things everyone wanted to know. Of course there were the skeptics (like me) that wanted to know “why “and “how” and all I could say was “I don’t know how it works, or why it works but I do know that it works” Then it clicked. I had a good thing, which I needed to share. I couldn’t keep this from my friends. More importantly if they were going to try them then they had to buy them. I knew right at that instant I had to do this! I called that day and made the decision I was going to own my own business and It Works! Global would be the vehicle I would be driving! As a stay at home mom who was homeschooling her kids, I was trying to live a life as real and authentic as possible. It mattered to me what I put in and on their bodies and what we ate so I was always looking for a way to live more organically and naturally. After my excitement of starting up my business, I looked through the products that my company offered. I was amazed that my values were reflected in the products, and the company. The more I read the more I knew I had taken a step in the right direction of controlling my future. We had always lived paycheck to paycheck, bills piling up, debt looming, and kids growing needing clothes, and shoes, and wanting to go see this and go do that. Such was life right? The American dream of the house, the car, the kids and the pets also included lots of things that I didn’t want like debt. My American dream was

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from that call 1 week into the business I knew my life would never be the same. I had a golden opportunity and I needed to run with it. And if I couldn’t run I had to at the very least walk, and quickly in that direction.

quite different than many that I knew. I didn’t want stuff. I wanted freedom. I wanted time with my kids, and lazy afternoons learning. I wanted friendships and relationships that completed me as a person. I wasn’t much of a stuff person, but somehow we had accumulated a lot of “stuff “in almost 10 years of marriage. This “stuff” didn’t make me happy, in fact it made me unhappy, because I had to pay for it and keep it clean and maintain all of it. I worked a part time job, sold for direct sale companies, and did what I could to make money while staying home with my kids and teaching them. When I found It Works!, I never realized how tired I was. How much I really felt the desire to just crawl under a blanket and hide out for a few days. However, when I listened to my first corporate call and I heard these men and women speak about their goals, and dreams and how much they had accomplished in a few short years I was blown away. They were just regular people, like me that saw an opportunity and ran with it. They were former teachers, stay at home moms, single moms, construction workers, doctors, network marketing people, hair stylists, salon owners, coaches and a slew of other professions where they always gave their time to make someone else money. They were people that wanted to be home with their kids, make a difference in their communities, enjoy the freedom, be debt free, live a healthy and authentic life and share the love of God. They had my same American dream. They were people like me. When I hung up

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Business took off crazy fast in the first month. Everyone wanted what I had. Family and friends bought product and some even joined my team and sold these crazy wraps with me. I spent all my free time reading, and researching and sharing this product. I promoted a couple of ranks and the extra money that I brought in was a nice addition and for once life wasn’t quite so stressful. For once we had a “fun” category in our budget. The money I made from holding wrap parties was a huge stress relief, because it was immediate. No waiting for a paycheck. Need cash? Hold a wrap party. The weekly bonuses that I had earned were great for extras like birthday parties and date nights. It seemed odd to me that I

I love the self confidence that I’ve gained by stepping out of my comfort zone, and I love the freedom it’s given me.

never had a gas tank on E anymore. I never in my adult life had had extra money. It was a surreal feeling. Granted I wasn’t making millions, but I knew it would come. The simple fact that this company was a debt free company and wanted the same for their distributors was all I needed to hear. As I spent more time in the company I began to make friends, lots of friends. These however were unlike most friends I have had. They were like family. They cared about my success, picked me up when I was feeling defeated. They reminded me of WHY I joined this business, what my dreams were, and to believe in myself. Most importantly, they reminded me to not quit. No matter how rough one day might be, I was one blitz card away from changing someone’s life. These were not all people in my upline either. They were not people that would make money by me sticking with it. They were people with heart, compassion and drive to help others. They were true leaders. I once was told that real leaders are not born, they are made. This company makes leaders. They train and care for their people. They teach their leaders to do the same. No matter if you are in the business a month or 12 years, you are taught the exact same thing. You are taught how to be a leader, and how to grow a business and take control of your future. You learn that you matter and you have worth. You learn what a party really is! These are people I want to share with the world. If I had to pick a favorite part of It Works! Global, I honestly don’t think I could. It’s that crazy wrap thing

and my own desire to feel better and be healthier that brought me to this company but that’s not why I stay. I love the products. I love the money I’m making. I love the training I’m receiving. I love the fact that we are well on our way to being debt free and a cash based family. I love the leadership and their compassion for others. I love the travel that I get to do. I love the people that I meet to wrap and share this opportunity with. I love how every day is like a giant party with these people. I love the friendships that have crossed over that line into family. I love the self confidence that I’ve gained by stepping out of my comfort zone, and I love the freedom it’s given me. None of these things alone makes this my dream JOB, however together they make up my dream life. Life is not perfect here by any means. I’m still a girl on a mission for better health. Still a mom to 4 wild and crazy kids; still a teacher to those kids when I would like to just put them on a bus and send them off; still a wife to a husband that doesn’t always make sense to me. Still a girl that struggles to make sense of her place in this world, who laughs a real laugh when she’s happy, cries real tears when she’s sad, heals a broken heart when she’s hurt. The days aren’t always easy. I still want to hide under a blanket sometimes, and in truth my team is still working while I sleep, so I can!! But if I had to say one thing for sure - I am living MY dream. And this company has given me the power to do that. I have the ability to change that dream at any time I choose. There are no wrong paths, only uncharted ones.

Carrie Roberts is a work-at-home Mom of four, who also home schools. She lives in Missouri with her husband and children. For more information about It Works!, please visit Carrie’s website:

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The Journey to Plant a seed

...and that’s a whole lota seed. by Jenna Greiner

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he power of clean food is amazing - it helped me to become healthier, paved the way toward meeting my husband, and is driving a thriving organic food business for my family, New Again Farm ( My relationship and commitment to clean food is not only bringing positive change to my life, but is also shaping how my family lives a healthy life everyday. Clean food can also affect your life, and it only takes a few small changes and listening to your body to become a healthier you.

One day my brother Jason, now owner of his own raw food store in Florida (Happy Healthy Human) approached me and said, “Jenna, we have to stop eating meat and chemicals, they are making us sick; read this,” and handed me ‘The 100 Year Lie’ by Randall Fitzgerald. I couldn’t put this book down, and that night took a garbage bag and emptied my entire pantry, freezer and fridge. I couldn’t believe the ingredients in my food choices were making me so unhealthy and fat, but now I was learning the right way to eat - I finally knew what to do. I started read-

My “a-ha” moment came in 2006 when I was living in Florida and weighed around 228 lbs, which translated to a very tight size 16. I was living a ‘plus’ life without realizing the implications to my health.

“We just have to get into the garden and work...” - Frank Greiner IV

ing labels and saying “no thanks” to chemicals and “yes” to clean, healthy food. I started losing weight almost immediately, and before I knew it, was down 50 lbs and still dropping. I became more active everyday and had energy to spare. I was creative and alive for the first time, and finally living with my eyes wide open. Growing up, I was an athlete and always active and exercising, but for some reason could never “lose weight”. It was not until my journey to health began that I finally realized what was holding me back. Food. Food was no longer a quick drive through lane or pizza delivery. It was meatless, dairy free creations consisting of fresh fruits, vegetables and spices that never tasted so good. It was vegetable juices and smoothies, and love and light. It became a passion for living that had been ignited by the sun, waves and power of clean food. In my new life I also grew more interested in growing my own plants and food. It started with small potted herbs and vegetables, and grew to a backyard garden and microgreens in trays. I loved getting my hands into the dirt and planting food. It became my passion and connection to the earth.

When I made the decision to return to my hometown in the Midwest, I was 2 years into my healthy journey and had lost 83lbs and was a comfortable size 4. I survived my first winter back and spent that time reading about homesteading and preparing for spring. I recruited a friend to help till a new garden plot, not an easy feat in Ohio winters, and soon it was time to plant. It was intense, never-ending (that’s a lot of seed!) and completely exhausting but also truly rewarding. What started with a seed of learning, quickly grew into a thriving, sustainable healthy LIVing - and all that was left was finding someone who would share and grow with me - I needed a “Planting Partner.” On our first few dates, I knew that man was Frank. Aside from sharing the same name as my golden retriever, when Frank shared his compelling con-

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ing to celebrate. We were married at the first garden we planted together. We could not have asked for a more amazing day or story for our future family. Today we have 2 beautiful, healthy children, Frankie and Olive. We started New Again Farm ( as an outlet to provide clean food to our families and community, and to truly spread the word about its POWER. My husband and I are market gardeners and also offer a delivery service consisting of clean fruits and vegetables. We SPIN farm on approximately 1.5 acres, which is Certified Naturally Grown ( We take pride in growing clean food in the Mahoning Valley, and deliver organic produce boxes bi-weekly in the winter, and weekly during the spring, summer and fall. We love connecting with our community through the power of clean food. It’s now our journey to plant seeds and share our garden with others.

victions on composting, I knew I could love this man for the rest of my life. He loved gardening and homesteading and looked forward to his first summer of canning. I envisioned planting gardens with him, starting a family together and living on our own homestead. We were truly two peas in a pod and a miracle we were led to one another - and it was all powered by clean food. We were married on a picturesque September day, in a beautiful outside garden ceremony on my inlaws farm. Our theme was “Plant kindness, harvest love”, and was surrounded by wild flowers beaming with color, hay bales for seating, friends singing words of love and family from near and far gatherMy name is Jenna Greiner. I am a twenty nine year old wife and mother of two. I met my husband in the search for my lifelong “planting partner”. It was my journey to health and organic living that lead me to my soul mate. As a family we love organic gardening, canning, homesteading and also have a passion for clean local eating. It is through this passion that we offer our community an organic produce box delivery service that brings together local eating and organic living. (

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Organic Life Recharging Station

Sometimes, we all need a little lift to keep on going! Here you’ll find some little reminders and big ideas to help you along. You need to make a commitment, and once you make it, then life will give you some answers. - Les Brown Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead


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The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself. - Wallace D. Wattles

he time has come to lower our voices, to cease imposing our mechanistic patterns on the biological processes of the earth, to resist the impulse to control, to command, to force, to oppress, and to begin quite humbly to follow the guidance of the larger community on which all life depends. - Thomas Berry

The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. - Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

To truly know the world, look deeply within your own being; to truly know yourself, take real interest in the world. - Rudolf Steiner

The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world. - Gaylord Nelson

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. - John Muir The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun. - Ralph Nader

The earth is what we all have in common. - Wendell Berry

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Until a man duplicates a blade of grass, Nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favorable comparison with the products of Nature, the living cell of a plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life. - Thomas Alva Edison Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play with your hair. - Kahlil Gibran

Annie’s Tips for a

Refreshing Summer

Basic Skin Freshener Formula Brutal summer heat and drought add up to needing whatever help we can get to feel refreshed. Refreshing and stimulating for the skin because of the menthol herbs, this freshener also hydrates. 10 drops each peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils 2 cups bottled mineral water Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle, and shake to blend. Spritz to freshen the skin. Be sure to keep your eyes closed when spraying.

The best toolbox of natural materials to neutralize and eliminate BO and perspiration stains will include essential oils, vinegar, salt, and baking soda. That’s it. Bacteria grow the best within a narrow range of pH between 6.7 and 7.5. A neutral pH is 7. White distilled vinegar with a pH of 2.4 will make a very inhospitable environment for bacteria, as will baking soda, with a pH of 9. Salt and essential oils are both very anti-bacterial (thyme and Australian Tea Tree Oil are especially good).

Summer Sweats – Fix BO Naturally

How to use: Spray vinegar straight on places with odors and don’t rinse. Alternatively, sprinkle baking soda on places such as yoga mats, and let set for a few hours before sweeping up. Add 4 cups of salt to laundry for deodorizing sports clothes and towels. To use essential oils, add 1 teaspoon to 2 cups of water in a spray bottle, spray on area and don’t rinse.

Bacteria grows on the skin and combines with

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Variation: Add 2 teaspoons of vegetable glycerin as it draws moisture to the skin, hydrating it even further.

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sweat to produce body odor (BO). Often known as “perspiration odor,” BO can attach itself to socks, shirts, sports equipment, yoga mats, and bedding, causing unpleasant and sometimes embarrassing smells.

Don't Eat That! GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) or GE(Genetically Engineered) Foods Why? • They aren’t yet proven safe. The companies that claim they are safe are the same companies that develop them for the market and are now fighting with all they’ve got to keep GMO labeling out of law. CBS, Frankenfood: Does it Deserve the Name? • They usually have more herbicides applied to them. The widespread use of Round-Up Ready GM crops has led to the development of resistant weeds and the need to use more and more chemical herbicides. Charles Benbrook, Environmental Sciences Europe • Use of pesticides is now also on the rise for GM crops like corn and cotton. The insects that cause problems for these crops are starting to become resistant. Charles Benbrook, Environmental Sciences Europe • While not much research has been done to test the safety of GMOs for human consumption, the studies that have been conducted by scientists other than those employed by Monsanto, indicate that there is a reason for concern and a need for more research. And while we’re waiting, they continue to be manufactured and grown all over the United States.

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Instead Eat • Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified Foods

• Grow your own food from certified organic seed

• Support your local organic farmers - buy from them often. You’ll be keeping GMOs out of your body and also be supporting more environmentally friendly and health friendly farming practices. • If you don’t buy organic, avoid all processed foods. Just buy the fresh, raw ingredients. Shop the perimeter of the store, and buy what organic ingredients you feel you can. This alone will cut down on your consumption of GMO foods by eliminating most sources of corn and soy from your diet.

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Gluten-Free Baking I got kind of jealous of the Girl Scouts Thin Mint cookies my daughter was selling, so I made up this recipe:

Dry ingredients: 1 1/3 cup GF flour mix (more on this below), 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp. ground ginger, pinch salt, 1/4 tsp. baking soda.

Wet ingredients: 1/4 cup (57gm) coconut oil, melted; 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 Tbsp. molasses, 1 egg, 1 Tbsp. chia seed (if skipping egg try soaking it in 2 Tbsp. hot water before adding or try also using 1 Tbsp. flax meal soaked in 2 Tbsp. boiling water), 1-2 Tbsp. maple syrup (start w/ 1 Tbsp., add more if dough is dry).

Chocolate dip for cookies: 2 cups soy & dairy free chocolate chips melted with 1 Tbsp. coconut oil. When melted, take off heat and add 3/4 tsp. mint extract. Use for dipping at 86-88 degrees F.

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1. Mix dry ingredients. If not soaking chia seeds, add w/ dry stuff. 2. Blend egg (if using) with brown sugar, molasses and 1 Tbsp. maple syrup. Mix well, then add melted coconut oil. 3. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet, mixing well. Add 1 more Tbsp. maple syrup if dough is too dry. You can also try adding water 1 Tbsp. at a time. The dough should be sticky. Refrigerator for 2-4 hrs. 4. Roll dough into a log about 1/2”- 2” thick, depending on size of cookies desired. Put dough back in fridge (or freezer for less time) for 1/2hr until it’s stiff enough to slice. 5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Use a greased cookie sheet w/ parchment paper on top, or a nonstick mat like a SILPAT®. Slice logs 1/4”- 1/3” thick. Place slices on baking sheet, leaving 1”-2” between each slice. Bake 8-10 min. Cool completely. Ok to move to rack to cool.

*I think any GF flour mix will do, but I experiment. I get discouraged from buying pre-made mixes that are mostly refined starches. About my GF flour mix: I aim for a mix that is more whole “grain” flours than refined starch, by weight. I think the ratio of lighter flours to heavier flours is key to a successful mix- for things where rise is not important, you can even skip the starch entirely, but for baking cookies a 7525, heavy flour to light ratio probably works fine. This time, my mix includes tapioca starch, sorghum flour, buckwheat flour, millet flour, almond meal, coconut flour, sweet rice flour and mesquite flour. I think the ratio of heavy to light flour this time is 70/30, although I’m using a finely ground buckwheat flour that may actually be light enough to count as light, so maybe the heavy/light ratio is more like 50/50. I only made these cookies once (but they’re awesome), so I hope this recipe works for someone else.

Want to try a SILPAT®?

These cookies are good enough to eat without dipping! But for the full Girl Scout cookie experience: When cool (or next day), dip cookies using 2 forks , allowing excess chocolate to drip off before placing on wax paper or SILPAT® to cool. They will cool faster in fridge but it’s not necessary.

Jillian Clark lives in northern Vermont with her husband and their 2 kids, 2 cats, 4 chickens, and a few thousand honeybees. She uses her “smoke-’em-ifyou-got-’em” cooking philosophy to prepare gluten-free creations she can’t (or won’t) just buy with whatever she has on hand. Due to Celiac Disease, she’s been gluten-free since 2000, raising the bar for baking success. Sometimes she gets jealous of glutinous foods like baguettes, Chinese dumplings or Girl Scout cookies that she used to eat, so she goes and figures out how to make gluten-free versions. Many, many experiments later, she’s getting a handle on how to get around gluten, without resorting to heavy use of unfood-like refined starches.

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Seasonal Recipes -

Glorious Summer Abundance Special Seasonal Foods 7 Garlic Scape Recipes 15 Fantastic Summer Squash Recipes (ALL kinds)

Cooked Greens Swiss Chard with Garlic Scapes and Cultured Butter Sweet and Sour Kale Spaghetti with Wilted Greens

Salads Marinated Kale Salad Kohlrabi Salad Marinated Tomatoes with Summer Savory Herbed Potato Salad with Yellow Wax Beans

Condiments Garlic Scape and Kale Pesto Bacon Fennel and Apple Chutney

Herbs 24 Ways to Use Basil Drying Basil

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On the Grill: Swiss Chard Wraps

9-10 Swiss chard leaves 1 tomato, sliced and cut in half 1/3 cup Mozzarella cheese, grated 2 Tbsp. olive oil 1 Tbsp. finely chopped green onion Salt and pepper Steam Swiss chard for a few minutes. Do not overcook. Open leaves and brush on olive oil lightly. Put tomato slice in center of leaf- top with pinch of onion, salt and pepper and one tablespoon of cheese. Fold leaf around tomato- this will hold together well. Put on grill until hot- can turn once. Works best if you use a 2 sided grill that holds food in place. This can also be cooked in oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes on a cookie sheet.

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Herbs in Smoothies by Debby Reelitz


love my kale smoothies. They have become an integral part of my daily morning routine. I especially love this time of year when I can easily add some variety to my smoothies. Fresh herbs from the garden or greens from the yard give the smoothie zest!

My favorite herbs include:

Funny thing is, growing up, I always avoided (and still do) mint candies and chocolates thinking that I just don’t like the flavor of mint. I didn’t realize it was the chemical version of mint I didn’t like! So for years, I kept pulling up the persistent mint that grew in my pachysandra. I never even gave it the respect it deserved and, heaven forbid, tried it. A nutrition workshop opened my eyes to the glory of fresh mint and now I celebrate its early arrival in the spring. For lemon balm, simply go by its name. It’s known for its calming effect that is also antiviral. Plus, it just tastes so darn good! I also love this as a tea, and in herbal remedies this plant is a very common ingredient. Lemon balm is a perennial so be sure to plant some lemon balm and enjoy it year after year.


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My favorite greens from the yard include:

my history with mint—pulling up as many as I can manage each year. Last year our family started bee hives and upon learning that dandelions are a bee favorite, I celebrate, rather than pull up the dandelions growing all over our yard. Dandelions are also incredibly valuable sources of good stuff, including calcium, magnesium, iron, and vitamins A and C. Not to mention free and plentiful!



Chickweed is more likely to be pulled from your garden as well, a weed. But think twice. Not only is it wonderful in my morning smoothie, I can add it to our dinner salads or make a pesto or use it almost any way greens can be used. Chickweed is often defined as a superfood and has many positive traits, such as high calcium, potassium and iron contents, among others.

Preparation hints: dandelion leaves are bitter. Less bitter are the small, young leaves and leaves from dandelions that have not bloomed yet. Plus, the dandelion flower buds are wonderful additions to the smoothies or your stir fry dinners as well. And if I accidentally overdo the dandelion leaves, it’s an excuse to add a dash of maple syrup to my smoothie!


My history with dandelion reads much the same as

Debby Reelitz She hasn’t yet figured out how to turn her “Powered by Kale” t-shirt design into one that reads, “Powered by kale, dandelion, mint, lemon balm and chickweed”!

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Freeing your Cravings

with Curiosity by Aimee DuFresne Then dad passed away. There was no ‘back home’ to go to anymore.


hen I moved away from home to go to college, instead of gaining the freshmen 15, I actually lost 15 lbs. In the years to follow, I radically changed my diet and ended up losing about 50 lbs. My brother, not to be outdone, left home and lost 100 lbs. We both kept off the weight but a strange thing would happen when we came home for holidays or family gatherings. We found ourselves comfortably back in our old eating habits. It was like we had never left and learned better ways of eating. No one was forcing us to eat this way. We actually sought out the pizza, chips, cakes and automatically increased portion size. As soon as we left and headed back to our adult homes, those eating habits were easily left behind and picked up our healthier habits once again.

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One day, years after dad’s death, I was at a friend’s house. Her husband came home with a box of donuts and offered me one. I graciously declined while my friends informed him how ‘a health coach and raw vegan chef’ (p.s. I’m not raw or vegan Link to article on MindBodyGreen would never allow such a thing to pass her lips. Then they opened the box and I saw it. A chocolate cream filled donut, laden with powdered sugar. As I looked at the donut, my mind filled with memories of Sunday mornings as a kid. Every week, after church, worshippers would gather for coffee and donuts. My dad would always pick the chocolate cream filled donut covered in powdered sugar. Given there were two available, I would always make the same choice. I wanted to be just like my dad. I would stand looking up to him admiringly as he ate his donut, sipped on coffee and chatted with his friends. Sundays were his day off. I was elated to be with him. On mornings he was engaged talking to friends before getting to the donut line, he would enlist me to pick out his donut, always requesting the same. The chocolate cream filled one with powdered sugar.

Back in the present, before any of my friends could even reach for a donut in the box they thought I found taboo, I snatched up one oozing chocolate cream, just like I had done on so many Sundays while growing up. In my hand was what looked like a simple donut but it was so much more. Immediately, I was a little girl again on Sunday morning. Woken up early and begrudgingly sliding out of bed after two or three insistent knocks on my bedroom door followed by: ‘It’s time to get up!’ ‘Get up now or we are going to be late for church!’ Sitting in the pew at church, dressed in my Sunday best, hair expertly French-braided thanks to my mother, I tried to listen. Tried, but always failed. My thoughts wandered in, the thoughts of a young girl who was woken early on a Sunday morning to sit and listen. Thoughts of playing with friends, or playing with Barbie. I would lean against my father and he would put his arm around me as I drifted off to dreamland with my eyes open. The pastor’s loud voice would occasionally break through my reverie. He would do this to emphasize a point but it only emphasized the fact that I wasn’t listening. Once convinced we would be there for eternity, the sermon would finally end and we would stand up to sing the last hymn. Then, it was donut time with Dad. The best part of Sunday service. I stared at the donut like an old friend before biting into it. Yes, I ate it. Powdered sugar covered my lips. My friends stared at me, eyes wide with shock, mouths gaping. And for a moment, just a moment, I was with my dad again on a Sunday morning. He would look down at me and smile, balancing a donut in one hand and his Styrofoam cup of black coffee in the other. When he bit into the donut, cream would ooze from the opposite end and travel down his newly washed and pressed shirt, and sometimes, his suit jacket. I would offer him a napkin, worried my mother would not be happy when she saw this. He would maneuver holding the coffee cup and donut in one hand, and take the napkin in the other while looking at me sheepishly, his eyes belying this was our secret. His smile conveying there was no need to tell mother, as he tried to cover the stain from being seen by repositioning his jacket and

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tie. Once finished, he would give me a wink, as if to say, ‘Don’t worry. Everything is going to be okay’. Then he would recommence conversation with his friends. Suddenly, I was back in reality, fingers covered in powdered sugar, the donut down my digestive system. I didn’t want the memory to end. So I grabbed another donut from the box and ate it. The room went quiet. No one commented on my unusual behavior. No one said a word. They averted their eyes and quietly ate their own donuts. And, for the next few fleeting moments, I was not Aimee DuFresne: raw vegan chef and wellness coach. I was not a woman who sought answers to my dad’s cancer diagnosis and found those answers in healthy food. I was not the scared 30-yearold who was in a hospice about to lose her father and her hero to a devastating disease. I was simply Jerry’s young daughter, enjoying a donut with her dad. Driving home later with one of my friends, my heart palpitating from the sugar and my stomach torn to shreds of agony, she couldn’t hold it in any longer. “You ate a donut.” She said in disbelief. “You ate two. Two!” She exclaimed. Tears welled in my eyes. Seeing my reaction, my friend tried to console me. “Well, it’s no big deal. I’m just surprised. I mean, you ate two. I was shocked when you ate one. But then you ate another one!” “I know. And neither one brought my dad back.” I said as I wiped away tears. I miss him so much and the memory was so clear. I would have eaten an entire box of donuts if it meant getting my dad back. Sadly, I’m pretty sure that would not have worked either. What memories are attached to the foods you eat? Are your cravings more emotional than physical?

A donut won’t bring my dad back. In fact, eating it made me feel sad and depressed. It did make me curious, though. Curious about what other emotions and memories are attached to my food choices. Suddenly, my torrid love affair with coffee makes much more sense.

an interesting journey. Certain cravings have been eradicated once I’ve shed light on what I really need, emotionally as well as physically.

Curious about what memories are attached to your meals? Make an effort to be more conscious. Keep a journal to jot down your insights. You might be surprised what you discover.

It will certainly give you more freedom; at least that is what I found. And I can feel my father looking down on me once again and winking as if to say, ‘Don’t worry. Everything is going to be okay.’

It’s been a few years since this incident and I haven’t had a donut since, nor have I wanted one. Getting curious made me more conscious about my choices and why I choose what I choose when I choose it and where I am when I make the choice. It’s been

Find out more about how to gain greater freedom with Aimee’s new online program. If you are ready to boost into a better lifestyle with dieting or deprivation, check out

Perhaps getting curious will conquer your cravings too.

The Freedom in 5 Challenge.

Aimee DuFresne is a writer, speaker, life coach and healthy living chef. After experiencing great tragedy in her own life, Aimee let go of her fears to live life to the fullest. It sparked her weekly interview series, Fearless Fridays, featuring individuals who have triumphed over tragedy. Believing a healthy diet clears the path to fearless living, Aimee blends culinary instruction with coaching and shatters the myth that health has to be hard or time-consuming. Her mission is to ignite your inner sunshine so you can passionately enjoy all areas of life, one delicious bite at a time. Aimee’s first book, Keep Going: From Grief to Growth is due to be released in late 2013. Visit Aimee’s website at to learn more. Learn more about Fearless Fridays: Facebook: Twitter: Email: Phone: 804-477-9536

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Farm Bill 101


by Shannon Hayes

was invited recently to sit in on animal science class at a college about 10 miles away from my house that has a strong agriculture program. This week, the class was discussing the farm bill, and the students were supposed to be exploring what it meant to them. The discussion was led by my friend Paula, who recently made the choice to return to school and get an agricultural degree. She talked about some of the major points of the farm bill, about how the direct commodity subsidies feed agribusiness, but how small farms, such as Sap Bush Hollow, derive very little (if any) direct benefit. She talked about how, because the Farm Bill didn’t pass in 2012, there was a temporary extension on it as part of the fiscal cliff package. The subsidies that aid corn syrup processors and ethanol blenders stayed in place. The programs that benefited small producers, such as new farmers, minority farmers, healthy food markets, renewable energy and sustainable farming efforts, were suspended. The classroom remained quiet. Passive. Disinterested. Paula attempted to shake them up. “Guys! This is about you! About us! About what we’re here for!” The room stayed quiet. She moved on to the next controversial part of the Farm Bill - Food and Nutrition Assistance, which encompasses SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), formerly known as Food Stamps. Several students began to shift in their seats. Paula put forward some numbers about the amount of money allocated to SNAP. The classroom began to writhe. Tongues clucked. I heard hissing. Paula then mentioned how many people were dependent on SNAP (in 2011, one out of every seven people in this country was getting some form of food and nutrition assistance). And with that, save for a few quiet

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exceptions, the classroom sprung to life: “Welfare mothers!” “They’re using food stamps to buy cigarettes!” “I’m not paying for lazy people!” “Users!” “They just waste that money!” Wow. So many golden educational opportunities.... where to begin? Let’s start with ... 1. The meaning of hypocrisy: From the dictionary: The semblance of having desirable or publicly approved attitudes, beliefs, principles, etc., that one does not actually possess. It seems increasingly popular, in these hard economic times, to toss around accusations about who is draining the public resources. And the people who get public funds most directly under the umbrella term of “welfare”

are the first ones to get pelted with stones. Yet anyone who has driven by the farmers market on their way to buy $1.99/lb pork chops at the grocery store, when the local farmer can’t produce them for less than $11, is dipping from the same pot that holds the food stamps. The farm bill encourages factory farming by making sure feed can be purchased for less than the price of growing it, giving factory farms billions of dollars in cost discounts every year. A portion of this savings gets passed along to the American grocery-shopping public in the form of artificially cheap food that real farmers (those of us who have to pay for the true costs of production) simply cannot compete with. Anyone who shops at a conventional grocery store for factory farmed meat or processed foods is taking a “government handout,” not just the “welfare mothers.” 2. The meaning of irony: From the dictionary: A figure of speech in which the words express a meaning that is often the direct opposite of the intended meaning. The first farm bill was enacted on the heels of the Great Depression, with the goal of supporting America’s farmers and ranchers. That’s still the intent. Yet today, farm bill commodity subsidy payments have contributed to such an unequal distribution of market share between corporate and family-scale agriculture, the only way many small farmers could benefit from the farm bill is through the very nutritional assistance programs that these young agriculturists were spurning. There’s no shortage of small farmers who qualify for any number of “welfare” programs. 3. The meaning of self-defeating behavior: From the dictionary: behavior serving to frustrate, thwart, etc., one’s own intention. Here was a group of students training to be farmers and food processors. Many of them will likely want to open their own farming- related businesses some day; or they will return to family farms to pick up where their parents and grandparents left off. Some of them, unable to sustain themselves financially among the land and livestock that nourish their spirits, will have to go and work for agribusiness. If the current economy is any indication, many of them will find themselves with college debt, low wage jobs, and in need of food.

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Any way you slice the pie, the Farm Bill impacts these students, either because it sponsors (or fails to sponsor) programs that might help them get started on the land or in a food-related enterprise; or because the policies of the bill greatly benefit agribusiness, thus making it tougher and tougher for family-scale farms to compete; or because it results in a proliferation of processed crappy foods that pollute our bodies as well as our soil and water; or because it provides a food benefit that a number of them will likely need in the near future. These kids need to understand the Farm Bill. It can help them and it can hurt them. But the only reaction they could muster was venom toward any human being who might have need of food assistance, thus the only action many of them might take would be to cheer if the food and nutrition assistance programs were cut. They’re hurting themselves with their own apathy and venom. For that matter, apathy and venom hurt all of us. The food problems, the farm problems, and the poverty issues, effect all of us. Propaganda infuses our daily lives, encouraging us to hate those in need, to judge them as irresponsible leaches on society. This hatred has become a cancer in our culture, poisoning us from the inside, making students like the ones in this classroom, who should be keenly concerned about our nation’s food policy, content to see it fail, rather than reformed, and to see more people go hungry. By fixating on the notion that a fellow human in need is threatening to their wellbeing, these students are playing an active role in promoting the very social inequality that impairs their own futures. As social epidemiologists Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson have shown, no matter which side of the balance we fall on, whether rich or poor, the more inequality there is in our culture, the greater our rates of anxiety, depression, and countless other social problems from crime to illness -- for everyone. * ...Which leads me to the final, and most important, educational opportunity... 4. The meaning of compassion: From the dictionary: A feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another’s suffering or misfortune, accompanied by a desire to alleviate the pain or remove its cause.

In truth, I suspect that the venom that came forth from these young people’s mouths wasn’t truly their own. They probably learned it from someone else. Most of them were too young to have come by such opinions honestly. And I can only assume that the source of such venom came from people in their lives who are truly fearful, who worry that the resources they need to survive will be commandeered for someone else’s benefit. We are living in times when the worry about resources, be they financial or ecological, are very real. And the Farm Bill, for all its inconsistencies and controversies, represents our nation’s policies on these fears. As we seek to create a workable Farm Bill and a workable life, we cannot forget that the uncertainty of our neighbors will affect our own well-being. If we are going to be truly resilient, then we must be compassionate about the suffering of those who are around us, and we must seek ways,

both through policy and through our daily individual actions, that will help to rectify this suffering. That is simply part of being a community. And if we lose that, then we agree to a life of depredation for all, and happiness for none, where only a few will survive, and no one truly thrives. But if we can embrace compassion, then it becomes the foundation for true community resilience; where being a caring citizen and neighbor fuel a way of life where everyone has good, clean healthy food; where they come by it honestly; and where young agricultural students are able to plan a future where they can produce it freely and joyfully. *For those of you interested in learning more about how inequality contributes to widespread social problems across the classes, I recommend Kate Pickett and Richard G. Wilkinson’s book, The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger, Bloomsbury Press (2011).

Shannon Hayes writes and farms with three generations of her family on Sap Bush Hollow Farm in West Fulton, NY, where she grew up. The family raises all-natural grassfed lamb, beef, pork, and poultry. She holds a BA in creative writing from Binghamton University, and a Masters and PhD in Sustainable Agriculture and Community Development from Cornell. Shannon is the author of four books: The Grassfed Gourmet, The Farmer and the Grill, Radical Homemakers and Long Way on a Little: An Earth Lover’s Companion for Enjoying Meat, Pinching Pennies and Living Deliciously. All are published by Left to Write Press, a company that Shannon and her husband Bob started as a way to enable them to live in Schoharie County without having to sell-out to corporate media. Shannon’s essays and articles have appeared in myriad regional and national publications, including The New York Times, The Boston Review, and Northeast Public Radio. Hayes’ quirky lifestyle, her attempts to live a life of personal accountability and sustainability, and her current research and writings about homemaking as an ecological movement have landed her and her family on the pages of the New York Times, Brain Child Magazine, Lancaster Farming, Small Farm Quarterly, Hobby Farm Home Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, Grit, Yes! Magazine, Elle Magazine, the national newspapers of Germany, Turkey and Canada, Arab News and the Pakistan Observer. Shannon currenly blogs for Yes! Magazine, and her books are available through most conventional channels, as well as directly from the author at and Shannon’s next book project is tentatively titled Radical Pleasure: Unleashing Faith, Hope, Healing and Resiliance in Hard Times. Provided she can knuckle down and get to work on it, it will be due out from Left to Write Press in 2015. Left to Write Press is distributed by Chelsea Green.

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Hot Items In Organics

Include Dark Greens by Melissa Shipman Originally published at on 05/03/2013 3:07:13 PM


uppliers say they’ve seen an increase in demand for dark greens and vegetables. Kale has emerged as a hot item for the organic industry this spring, and suppliers see growth in several other products

as well.

“A lot of dark greens, kales in particular, are hot right now, but all vegetables in general are seeing strong demands,” said Jason Hollinger, general manger, Four Seasons Produce Inc., Ephrata, Pa. Matt Seeley, vice president of marketing, The Nunes Co., Salinas, Calif., agrees. “Kale has just really taken off over the past year,” he said. Seeley cites consumer’s increased ability to use kale in a variety of uses. “People are sautéing it, juicing it, making chips, baking it — the kale item has really just exploded.” “Kale, of all types, but especially lacinato kale, is very popular. It is still the new “super food,” said Diane Dempster, manager of Farmer’s Own, the local organic program at Charlie’s Produce, Seattle.

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Courtesy Foxy Organics The Nunes Co. markets dark greens under the Foxy label, including green and lacinato kale.

Carrots, mangoes popular

Berries on the move

Dempster also listed bunched nante carrots, ataulfo mangoes, tomatoes on the vine, berries and packaged leaf products as increasingly hot organic items.

Owner Earl Herrick said the company sees produce as an urgent business.

Seeley also said that chard varieties are seeing growth. “We’re seeing that people are doing more interesting things. The chard category is beautiful looking products to begin with, and the nutritional value of these items is through the roof so people are finding different ways to prepare them with increased emphasis,” he said. Seasonality also plays an important role in what items are popular with consumers. Dempster said Charlie’s Produce publishes a biweekly news report which includes organics. “We send out a ‘hot sheet’ talking about what is new and exciting,” she said. San Francisco-based Earl’s Organic Produce also stresses in-season items as the hottest buys for consumers.

“It’s all about what’s in season right now, and for us, spring is all about what is emerging,” he said. “Right now its strawberries, next week it’s blueberries, then peaches and nectarines,” he said. Herrick even tapes a short radio segment for a weekly show, called “An Organic Conversation,” that airs mostly on the West Coast. In his five-minute segments, Herrick focuses on organic produce that’s in season, highlighting certain items as being especially good buys. “People have to eat, and we try to point them in the direction of what’s in season and what’s a good price,” he said. Spring, in particular, is one of Herrick’s favorite times to promote in-season items. “This time of year is exciting because every week a new item is emerging. We’re just on the threshold of that right now,” he said.

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Homeopathy and Cancer by Amy Lansky Originally Posted on April 5, 2013 at For more information about homeopathy, please visit Homeopaths in the United States don’t often treat cancer patients, but homeopathy definitely has a role to play in cancer treatment. First of all, homeopathic remedies can be enormously helpful for alleviating the side effects of conventional cancer treatment, such as nausea and weakness. But homeopathy also has the potential to treat cancer itself. Unfortunately, medical practice laws in the United States are designed to funnel cancer patients into allopathic cancer treatment. That means surgery, chemo, and radiation. Even MDs who want to develop or use alternative methods face severe penalties and threats if they venture off this beaten track. That is why so many people have to travel to Mexico or Europe to seek such treatment. The power of the American cancer industry is mighty indeed. One need only learn about the experiences of Dr. Stanislaw Burzinski to understand this. Dr. Burzinski developed antineoplastons as a method of treatment for cancer that mimics the natural mechanisms of the human immune system. In contrast, chemo and radiation actually seriously damage a patient’s immune system along with the cancer. The success of antineoplastons has been remarkable, and in return, Dr. Burzinski has faced harassment and threats of imprisonment for years. He has recently won his battles with the government and is now allowed to treat patients at his clinic in Houston as part of his research activities. You can learn all about Dr. Burzinski via, including a full length movie about his stoy..

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Given the experiences of conventional doctors who try to treat cancer in alternative ways, it is not surprising that most homeopaths in the United States prefer not to tackle cancer treatment in their practices. However, in India, where there is no legal coercion to use conventional treatment and where many people have no financial means to attempt conventional treatment anyway, homeopathic cancer treatment is very popular and often very successful. As I have written before, India is really the center of gravity of the homeopathic world today, with an entire medical system devoted to it — medical schools and hospitals. There are many leading homeopathic doctors there known for their cancer treatment (as well as their treatment of other severe pathological diseases). They include such luminaries as:

• Dr. A.U. Ramakrishnan • Dr. Prasanta Banerji These doctors have developed specific protocols and knowledge of specific remedies for targeting a wide variety of cancers. Naturally, there have also been many studies in India about the use of homeopathic remedies to treat cancer. Here are a few below. To view many more research studies on homeopathy, visit the excellent site, Two recent studies on the use of Psorinum as a cancer remedy: • Psorinum therapy in treating stomach, gall bladder, pancreatic, and liver cancers: a prospective clinical study. • A homeopathic approach to treat patients with advanced gallbladder, periampullary, and liver carcinomas: a report of 3 cases.

On the effect of remedies on cancer cells in vitro: • Induction of apoptosis of tumor cells by some potentiated homeopathic drugs: implications on mechanism of action Taking a lead from these kinds of results, there has even been a study of the use of homeopathic remedies for cancer at a leading American university. Moshe Frenkel, MD led a team of scientists at the University of Texas Anderson Cancer Center that studied the use of specific remedies used by Dr. Banerji for treating breast cancer — Carcinosin, Phytolacca, Conium and Thuja. Their in vitro studies showed that these remedies caused cell death (“apoptosis”) in breast cancer cell lines in the laboratory — and even better, did not kill normal cells! You can read all about Dr. Frenkel’s study in the February 2010 issue of the International Journal of Oncology (click on the link under “Publications” entitled “Effect of homeopathic remedies on breast cancer cells”).

Amy L. Lansky, PhD was a Silicon Valley computer scientist when her life was transformed by the miraculous homeopathic cure of her son’s autism. In April 2003 she published Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy, one of the best-selling introductory books on homeopathy worldwide ( Amy speaks and writes internationally about homeopathy, hosts a monthly radio show on Autism One Radio (autismone. org), and was an executive board member of the National Center for Homeopathy from 2004-2011. Her second book, on meditation and developing one’s innate ability to evolve and transform the world, was published in September 2011 -- Active Consciousness: Awakening the Power Within (

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A Brief Memoir in Hair by Randy Peyser

Chapter 1

Tell a woman she has to undergo chemo and what’s one of the first things she worries about? Not that her life is going to (hopefully) be saved from cancer, but the question: How am I going to look without hair?

Chapter 2

This picture is of me the week before I started chemo. I stared in the mirror…and wept uncontrollably at the thought of losing my naturally curly perm!

Chapter 3

I always thought this was a very vain question for any woman to ask, considering her life was on the line. After all, what was more important – having hair, or living long enough to get the senior citizen discount at The Olive Garden and actually be able to use it? But any judgments I might have had in this regard ended the second I had to confront this very issue for myself. (It’s amazing how one can undergo an attitudinal adjustment the minute one has to walk a mile in someone else’s moccasins…or in this case, wearing someone else’s baseball cap with the fake ponytail attached to the back of it that makes you look like you have hair, when you’re actually looking more and more like Howie Mandel every day.)

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“You look like the stranger down the street my mother told me never to take candy from as a child.” A friend proclaimed this to me when I sent her this picture.

(You may think that this would be an insensitive and horrible thing to say to someone who was fighting for her life. Or that maybe it was time for me to get a new friend. But my friend’s warped sense of humor provided some very welcome relief during this very stressful situation.)

Chapter 4

This is what the face of chemo looks like…I was an almost-bald woman who was terrified of breast cancer, and who was, indeed, fighting for her life. (I felt pretty crappy in this picture.)

Chapter 6

I used to be:

Thankfully, some days were better than others. On this day, I could actually sit up at my desk after weeks of practicing “horizontalism”.

• The “power woman” with the power jewelry and the power attitude.

Chapter 7

• The woman who got people book deals with agents and publishers. • The speaker on stages. • The author and magazine writer. • The busy gal who flew to conferences. Thanks to chemo, I was no longer any of that. What a juxtaposition!

Chapter 5

Thank God, chemo finally ended. Actually, I was taken off of it because it almost killed me. In time, a little peach fuzz started forming around the rim of my head. The presidential elections were happening, and I couldn’t help but notice that my hair now looked very much like the president’s. I had “Barack Obama hair”!

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Chapter 8

Chapter 10

My hair came back in black, gray, and silver. Gone were the locks of red, brown and blond. It was now curly without the expense of a perm. They call it “chemo curls” because that’s what chemo does. Oh yippee! Think of all the money I’ll save from not having to pay for perms anymore! Isn’t chemo wonderful? (Not!)

Chapter 9

Occasionally, I get wiggy like this; this dirty blond number was given to me by a cancer support center that gets wigs donated from somewhere, I don’t know where. I’m told I look excellent in this wig, although I think it makes me look like a news reporter who seems a little bit too perky. Still, this look is getting me lots of nibbles from singles on (This wig came with a warning: “Don’t lean over a stove or hot oven. The wig will sizzle and self-destruct.” Guess that means I should never get “hotheaded”.)

The Moral of This Story So, the moral of this story is if you want to get noticed on, do chemo.

Hats are my constant companions. I’ve amassed quite a collection of them. They’ve either been given to me, or have been crocheted for me, by friends. I still wear them to sleep because I’ve discovered that a head is cold without much hair on it. (Who knew?)

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No wait, that can’t be right. How about: become a raw foods enthusiast so that you can guarantee that you will never lean over a stove and sizzle your wig? No, that can’t be it either… Okay, I’ve got it: If you are going through the chemo experience, it doesn’t matter whether or not your hair is here, there or everywhere; it will grow back, and it’s pret-

ty much guaranteed that you will have a new look when it does. There is even the possibility that your new look might be a gift that makes you look (and feel) even better than you did before.

As for me, the good news is that I’m vibrant and alive. And there is no better gift than that.

Randy Peyser is a breast cancer survivor who empowers people who are going through the cancer experience. She is the author of:

The Power of Miracle Thinking

The Write-a-Book Program

Crappy to Happy as featured in the movie, “EAT PRAY LOVE”

The Mind, Body, Spirit Speakers Directory

Randy is also the CEO of, where she performs “Book Appendectomies” to get the book inside of you out. She edits books and pitches books to literary agents and publishers. Her work is featured in: Healing the Heart of the World, IPPY Award, “Best Inspirational Book; The Marriage of Sex and Spirit, National Book Award, “Best Spirituality Book”; Visionary Women Inspiring the World; Secrets of Shameless Self-Promoters; Book Marketing from A-Z; Dojo Wisdom for Writers; and Networking Magic, national bestseller.

Randy Peyser speaks for organizations

supporting cancer patients. In her lively presentation, she shares how to

“TRIM THE F.A.T. (Fear. Anxiety. Terror.) of a Cancer Diagnosis”. Her talk is perfect for cancer patients and their loved ones, as well as medical practitioners who treat cancer patients. Please contact Randy Peyser at, (831) 726-3153, to discuss how Randy can empower your audience.

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The Secret To

Prostate Health In Older Men by Guanghuo Chen Prostate Disease—A serious concern among men over 50 Statistics In the U.S. show that one out of every four males over 50 suffers from some type of prostate dysfunction. Severity ranges from enlarged prostate, (prostatitis) to prostate cancer, the second deadliest form of cancer in males claiming 18% of patients diagnosed.

Good News—You are not at the mercy of the medical “business” Sadly there are many scams and ineffective treatments being promoted in the United States to

Warning Signs of Prostate Problems 1. Low Back Pain 2. Ear ringing 3. Joint pain 4. Hair Loss 5. Hearing Loss 6. Night urination 7. Enlarged prostate

capitalize on patient fear, and it isn’t the first time American medical practitioners have put their profits ahead of human lives. Alternatively, in response to this problem, Tomii International Inc. organized a group of traditional Chinese medical practitioners, acupuncturists, herbalists, and massage therapists to develop the most effective prostate treatment program possible using these combined principles.

The Answer— it’s available, it’s affordable The result is “Tomii Prostate Healing Massage,” a safe, effective, non-invasive, non-surgical treatment for complete prostate health with no side effects and no artificial drugs. Treatments are painlessly performed in a relaxing non-hospital setting at one of four Tomii Massage Clinic locations by trained therapists, and with no need for anesthesia of any kind.

Theory—Results are achieved through combined techniques Tomii Prostate Healing Massage utilizes Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Meridian and Acupoint System, Swedish Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone Therapy, Cupping Technique, Herbal Blood Purification, and more, to help recovery from prostate disease and to prevent prostate disease from developing.

Background—A healing system that goes beyond symptom relief Treating any one of the body’s systems requires

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treating the body as a whole. At the core of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), as well as all the holistic healing arts, is the principle of Qi (also known as Chi or Ch’i); the essential life force that is present in all living things. Qi travels through the body along a network of pathways called meridians and can be accessed though acupoints located in specific areas of the body. Although Qi is generally not visible to the eye, some forms of Qi are observable. A dense, material form of Qi in the human body is blood. The light bodily fluids that moisten the skin and muscles are called Jin Qi. The thicker, heavier fluids used by the body to moisten the joints, spine, brain, and lubricate the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth are called Ye Qi.

Jing Qi—The basis of prostate health Healthy function of the prostate is regulated by Jing Qi, an essential substance that is stored in the kidneys and forms the basis of growth, development and reproduction. Jing Qi declines with aging and as it does fertility, stamina and prostate function diminish. One of the primary goals of Tomii Prostate Healing Massage is to create Jing Qi in the body and ensure the smooth unobstructed flow of Jing Qi along the bodies Jing Qi meridians. Tomii Prostate Healing Massage achieves these goals by focusing primarily on the kidneys, liver, and spleen and does not require any unpleasant procedures such as digital rectal examination.

Guanghuo Chen Founder & CEO of Tomii Acupoint Massage ( since 2007. Guanghuo Chen is a Member of AMTA ( America Massage Therapy Association), the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Body Work, and the California Massage Therapy Council. Guanghuo graduated from Zhejiang University, China in 1983 major in Science. He was a visiting Scientist in CSIRO, Australia in 1988. He immigrated to USA as an extraordinary ability expert in 2003. Mr. Chen studied Traditional Chinese medicine in Alhambra University for one year in 2008. In 2010, Guanghuo provided a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM ) presentation in Pasadena City College. Tomii Acupoint Massage has 4 locations in Los Angeles & Orange County. We have helped hundreds of clients achieve health & Vitality through acupoint massage. And we educate our clients about the acupoint massage system. If you would like to know more about how you can extend the health of your prostate and the many other beneficial treatments offered by Tomii healing center please call or visit one of our locations.

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Organic Life Magazine Editor’s Favorites

Safe Sunscreens


s we head into summer and more time outside with our skin exposed to the sun, it’s time to plan and arm yourself with safe skin protection.

For our family, we start the season by limiting our exposure. We identify shady places to play, always wear hats, and we have long-sleeved light-colored shirts on hand to slip over our heads when we’ve had enough sun. We rarely use sunscreen and don’t get sunburn. When we know we’ll be out in the sun for long periods of time, I apply safe sunscreens. Read your ingredients and choose carefully! Most sunscreens contain harmful ingredients that can increase risk of certain types of cancer and disrupt hormones. My three favorite safe sunscreens are:

California Baby Super Sensitive No Fragrance Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30+

Badger Unscented Sunscreen SPF 30+

All Terrain TerrSport Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

For more information about sunscreen (the good and the bad) please visit Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep website. In addition to ratings on sunscreens, you can explore EWG’s Cosmetics Database which includes their findings on make-up, lotions, fragrances, hair products, nail products, and oral care. This is one of the best resources I’ve found to help navigate the often confusing information available about cosmetics ingredients.

Let us know what your favorite’s are by emailing us or posting on our Facebook Page.

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Traditional Nourishing

and Healing Skin Care and How to Make Your Own Skin Balm By Andrew J. Gardner


ittle did I know that a trip to a farm in Mexico would lead me to embark on another journey, one to discover a practical solution to the modern skin care dilemma, a solution consistent with the true principles of nutrition and health. This journey led to the discovery of what people used for skin care before the introduction of man-made chemicals as well as the science behind the traditional wisdom. Due to the lack of any product on the market that fit the ideal for healthy and effective skin care, I was

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prompted to create a formula that I could use and share with others, a simple recipe for traditional nourishing and healing skin care.

HOW IT ALL STARTED My quest began after a tour of a farm in Tequila, Mexico, in the state of Jalisco, near Guadalajara. Tequila is, of course, where the famous liquor of the same name is produced from the blue agave plant. Even though the workers in this desert where the plants are cultivated did not use gloves, their hands were soft and not dry or calloused. I was informed

that they had always used a balm which was a mixture of beef tallow and gel from the blue agave plant. This amazing “new” information was the impetus for my research into traditional skin care and what people used on their skin before the advent of unnatural substances such as petroleum products and chemically-fractionated plant products. In my research, I found that people used naturally pressed plant oils like olive oil, which modern sensibilities would expect and accept. However, I also found that people used another class of oils even more: animal fats. This was astounding information to me, especially in light of the modern taboo on the use of animal products in today’s skin care, but it squared with what I had learned in Mexico. Currently, there are virtually no skin care products available that are made with animal fats. Interestingly, they disappeared at the same time that animal fats in our diets did. Among the animal fats used for skin care, it appeared from my research that the one used most overwhelmingly was indeed tallow. Tallow is the rendered fat of cows, sheep, and other ruminant animals such as deer. It is very solid and waxy at room temperature and can be kept for extended periods without the need for refrigeration. Rendering is the process of gently heating the interior fat tissue, called “suet”, causing the pure oils to melt away from the rest of the tissue. Tallow was usually mixed with various other substances directly from nature to form a spreadable skin balm. Further research showed that modern science supports this traditional use of tallow as a principal ingredient of skin care recipes. Before looking in more detail at what people formerly used for skin health, it would be good to examine sound versus unsound principles of skin care and why many ingredients of commercial skin care products, including those found in health food stores, can be harmful.

COMMON-SENSE PRINCIPLES OF SKIN CARE Regarding the principles of what we should put on our skin, common sense and reason can aid us in

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discovering where to look and where not to look. Never mind that modern-day conventional thinking considers this way of proceeding as “unscientific”. In reality, right reason and true science never contradict but rather support each other. We know that the skin is the largest organ of the body and readily absorbs much of what is applied to it, good and bad. (That is why so many drugs can be administered through the use of transdermal patches.) Therefore, it is an excellent principle and wise precaution not to apply substances to our skin that we would not readily take internally or, in a word, eat. It would be ideal if what we used on our skin were edible, and yet more, a whole food, in which case it would also have the potential of actually nourishing the skin and helping it to heal itself. Another sound principle of health is to give the body what it needs to maintain and heal itself, since only the body itself can do that job. The modern mentality often seeks to improve on nature or even to supplant nature, which is impossible to do as well as presumptuous and foolhardy to attempt. In the case of skin care, this mentality seeks to manipulate the chemistry of the skin to produce relief or enhancement. It seems logical that such an approach would likely only produce short-term results, if any, and, what is worse, could result in toxicity with possible long-term negative effects on the skin and on the health of the whole body. Therefore, it is no wonder that modern skin care products have to be re-applied, possibly more and more frequently, to maintain their effect, and we can never know all the harmful effects that their unnatural ingredients may be having on our health. But what are “unnatural” ingredients? Again, reason comes to our rescue. Ultimately and in the beginning, everything comes from nature, even the most unnatural substances, which is why the word “natural” is one of the most overused and abused of words. The further removed a substance is from its original and native form, the more unnatural it is. The more a substance from nature is manipulated, modified, and refined, the more it should probably be avoided. This is where reading the ingredients on labels becomes important, even on products in the health food store.

Keep in mind that not all ingredients are necessarily disclosed on the label, and the chemical processes used to produce these ingredients are certainly not disclosed there. And such processes certainly leave residues, which are also not shown on the label. In the practical order, however, what is actually printed on the label is often all you need to know. In other words, if it sounds like a chemical, it is a chemical. It does not matter if it is claimed to be “plant-derived”. If it has a chemical name and not the name of something in nature, it must already be too far removed from its original and native source to be healthful. We know that plant substances that are extracted and isolated (and, worse, synthesized) can be toxic whereas the original plant was not. After all, many pharmaceutical drugs, by definition toxic, were derived from plants. Also keep in mind that just because a chemical has not yet been shown to be toxic does not necessarily mean that it is not. How often do we later hear of toxic effects that were previously unknown or even concealed? Furthermore, chemicals are never tested for their interactions with all the other chemicals around; that would be an impossible task. Based on the above principles, it would seem superfluous as well as overwhelming to examine the substances that are actually found in many commercial products. Nevertheless, we should take a brief look at some of these ingredients. Again, remember that just because a man-made ingredient is not yet on someone’s list of health-damaging substances does not mean that it is safe. And, as we will see, just because a product is in the health food store or even labeled “organic” does not mean that it has no chemical ingredients, even ones already known to be harmful.

HARMFUL INGREDIENTS OF MODERN SKIN CARE The amount of information we already have on the harmful chemical ingredients of skin care products is enough to make one’s head spin. Therefore, I did a cursory survey of the ingredients in a popular skin care line that does not claim to be “natural” or “organic”, and it revealed the following common toxic

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ingredients (among many other ingredients with long chemical names): There was petrolatum, which is mineral oil jelly, as well as mineral oil, which are carcinogenic byproducts of the distillation of gasoline from crude oil1. I found parabens, which are known to mimic estrogen and suspected of being carcinogens2. Another carcinogen found was the preservative BHT3, which is also linked to allergic reactions, hyperactivity, rashes, asthma, and toxicity to the liver and kidneys. Yet other carcinogens found in this product line were titanium dioxide4, triethanolamine (TEA)5, and DMDM-hydantoin (a formaldehyde releaser)6. And then there was methylisothiazolinone, which causes nerve damage7. Sodium hydroxide, which is lye or drain cleaner, was present in this product line. Polysorbate 80 and Ceteareth-20, other chemicals found among the ingredients, are commonly contaminated with the highly toxic 1,4-dioxane8. EDTA, a harsh detergent and hormone disruptor9, was also present, and so was phenoxyethanol, which “can depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea” in infants.10 I also found diazolidinyl urea, a preservative that releases carcinogenic formaldehyde11 and can cause dermatitis12. For skin care products, it is certainly ironic to find chemicals that cause dermatitis, and there was yet another such chemical, propylene glycol, associated with irritant and allergic contact dermatits as well as contact urticaria (hives)13. Butylene glycol was also found. These two glycols are also found in antifreeze. I also did a casual survey of the ingredients in some popular “natural” brands found in health food stores. There were many long chemical names. There was also undisclosed “fragrance”, almost certainly synthetic, and such fragrances have been documented to be carcinogenic and toxic in other ways, causing headaches, dizziness, allergic rashes, skin discoloration, coughing, vomiting, and skin irritation as well as nervous system and behavioral effects14. There were also chemical preservatives such as sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate. Sodium benzoate has many toxic effects on the body as outlined in its Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), and when combined with ascorbic acid (vitamin C), it forms benzene, a known carcinogen. Potassium sorbate

is fundamentally non-toxic but can cause skin irritation per its MSDS. In any case, it seems that synthetic preservatives that inhibit the growth of microorganisms would also generally not be beneficial to other living organisms such as humans. In these “natural” skin care products, I also found vitamins, listed by their chemical names, and therefore probably synthetic. Some studies published in Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, and other journals suggest that some synthetic vitamins are toxic, and some extracted vitamins have been found to be useless since they need to be in a whole food form because the whole vitamin is a complex, not just the one molecule identified as the principal component. In “natural” products I also found certain vegetable oils that could be harmful: polyunsaturated oils like safflower, sunflower, cottonseed, corn, soy, and canola. High heat is generally used in the production of these oils. Polyunsaturated oils are unstable, fragile, and susceptible to rancidity when subjected to heat, which causes the production of free radicals, associated with cell damage, aging, and disease. Certainly, we do not want to be applying products high in free radicals to our skin, causing the very types of problems we are trying to relieve or prevent. And polyunsaturates would not seem to be conducive to skin health, extrapolating from the fact that the modern excess consumption of these types of oils leads to a host of health problems.15 A little more research into “natural” skin care products revealed a shocking hidden ingredient not listed on the label: 1,4-dioxane. A carcinogen and a known eye and respiratory tract irritant that readily penetrates the skin, it is also suspected to be a kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant, and respiratory toxicant, among others. There was a press release from the Organic Consumers Association ( on March 14, 2008 entitled, “Carcinogenic 1,4-Dioxane Found in Leading ‘Organic’ Brand Personal Care Products”. I believe this example could be considered the tip of a toxic iceberg, a discovery of the sort of thing that is probably happening with many of the other ingredients of skin care products. Mike Adams of summarizes the

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report as follows: “A cancer-causing compound called 1,4-dioxane has been found in some of the most commonly used petroleum-based cosmetics by a study commissioned by the Organic Consumers Association, including products from Kiss My Face, Nutribiotic, Jason, Ecover, Citrus Magic, 365, Alba, Lifetree, Giovanni, Seventh Generation, Method, Earth Friendly Products, Sea-Chi Organics and many other brands.”16 The explanation for the presence of 1,4-dioxane is that “ethoxylation, a cheap short-cut companies use to provide mildness to harsh [‘harsh’?!] ingredients, requires the use of the cancer-causing petrochemical ethylene oxide, which generates 1,4-dioxane as a by-product.”17 There are many labeled ingredients that imply the presence of 1,4-dioxane: “To avoid 1,4-dioxane, the OCA urges consumers to search ingredient lists for indications of ethoxylation including: ‘myreth,’ ‘oleth,’ ‘laureth,’ ‘ceteareth,’ any other ‘eth,’ ‘PEG,’ ‘polyethylene,’ ‘polyethylene glycol,’ ‘polyoxyethylene,’ or ‘oxynol,’ in ingredient names.”18 A poignant passage from the same press release states the following: “A visit to any health food store unfortunately reveals that the majority of products in the personal care section with ‘organic’ brand claims are not USDA-certified and contain only cheap water extracts of organic herbs and maybe a few other token organic ingredients for organic veneer. The core of such products is composed of conventional synthetic cleansers and conditioning ingredients usually made in part with petrochemicals. According to market statistics, consumers are willing to pay significantly more for products branded ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ which they believe do not contain petrochemical-modified ingredients or toxic contaminants like 1,4-dioxane.... When it comes to misbranding organic personal care products in the US, it’s almost complete anarchy and buyer beware unless the product is certified under the USDA National Organic Program.”19

A HEALTHY AND EFFECTIVE SKIN CARE OPTION In light of all that has been said above, it is difficult to find many skin care products on the market that

can definitely be considered a healthy and effective option. Therefore, we should take a look at the traditional wisdom on skin care and then see if modern science supports the ancestral knowledge. As we have already seen, our ancestors overwhelmingly used tallow for skin care. For example, a book of “recipes” for all facets of life, written by Dr. A.W. Chase, M.D. in 1866, lists ten formulations of salve, eight of which contain tallow, in addition to other natural ingredients.20 This same medical doctor quotes the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal of his day on using pure tallow for a “very common and very painful affliction”, ingrown toenail. Even though this use is a very specific one, it is included here as being a strong testimonial on the healing power of tallow: “The patient on whom I tried this plan was a young lady who had been unable to put on a shoe for several months, and decidedly the worst I have ever seen. The edge of the nail was deeply undermined, the granulations formed a high ridge, partly covered with skin; and pus constantly oozed from the root of the nail. The whole toe was swollen and extremely painful and tender.... I put a very small piece of tallow in a spoon, heated it,...and poured it on.... The effect was almost magical. Pain and tenderness were at once relieved, and in a few days the granulations were all gone, the diseased parts dry..., and the edge of the nail exposed so as to admit of being pared away without any inconvenience.

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The cure was complete, and the trouble never returned. I have tried the plan repeatedly since, with the same satisfactory results.... A repetition in some cases might be necessary, although I have never met with a case that did not yield to one application. It has now been proven, in many other cases, to be effectual, accomplishing in one minute, without pain, all that can be effected by the painful application of nitrate of silver for several weeks.”21 Another piece of evidence to the traditional use of tallow in skin care is an antique one-ounce tin of “McQueen’s Pure Mutton Tallow”, manufactured by G.F. Baker in Nunnelly, Tennessee “since 1895”, which includes the following words on the bottom of the tin: “Valuable as a family remedy for chapped and rough skin caused by exposure to inclement weather. Excellent as a skin cleanser and also used as a foundation for various medical ointments.” Interestingly, in Germany, deer tallow (Hirschtalg) is still used as a base ingredient in many salves used by athletes to prevent sore skin or blisters. It would be fascinating and useful to do more research into the traditional wisdom on skin care to confirm the pattern that we can already see emerging. The healthy traditions of our ancestors were not haphazard but had a purpose that seems to have been rooted in their very being, as we can see in the studies of Dr. Weston A. Price22. We might even say that the ancestral wisdom on nutrition and

health is more reliable than modern scientific studies, which are subject to manipulations and misinterpretations and can only look at one small piece of the puzzle at a time.

TRADITIONAL WISDOM ON TALLOW CONFIRMED BY SCIENCE Modern-day research confirms the traditional wisdom of our ancestors. From biology, we know that the cell membrane is made up primarily of fatty acids, a double layer, to be exact. Saturated fats constitute at least 50 percent of the cell membrane. Since saturated fats tend to be more solid than unsaturated fats at a given temperature, they help give the cell membrane its necessary stiffness and integrity for proper function23. The monounsaturated fats, while not as “solid” as the saturated fats, are more so than the polyunsaturated fats which are also present in the cell membrane in their own proper

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proportion, although the modern diet leads to a disproportionate amount of the polyunsaturates. Healthy, “toned” skin cells with sufficient saturated and monounsaturated fats would undoubtedly make for healthy, toned skin. Interestingly, tallow fat is typically 50 to 55 percent saturated, just like our cell membranes, with almost all of the rest being monounsaturated24, so it makes sense that it would be helpful for skin health and compatible with our cell biology. Another strong indication of tallow’s compatibility with our skin biology is its similarity to sebum, the oily, waxy matter that lubricates and waterproofs our skin. Indeed, the word “sebum” actually means “tallow” in Latin and began to be used in this biological sense around the year 1700. The sebaceous glands, which secrete sebum, are found in greatest abundance on the face and scalp, but they are distributed over all of our skin except on the palms and soles.25 Sebum is made up of lipids (fats) of which 41 percent are in the form of triglyderides26,

and the lipids of tallow are principally in the form of triglycerides, which is how fatty acids are usually configured in nature.

water at a high pressure and temperature (above 200°C [400°F]), leading to the hydrolysis of triglycerides. The resulting mixture is then distilled.”32

In regard to this compatibility of tallow with the biology of our skin, we should note that we are animals rather than plants, so the modern taboo against animal products in skin care products would seem unfounded and even illogical. In addition to containing very little saturated fats, plant products do not have the same levels of other nutrients needed for healthy skin. Tallow contains the abundant natural fat-soluble activators, vitamins A, D, and K, as well as vitamin E, which are found only in animal fats and which are all necessary for general health and for skin health.

Stearates are compounds “containing” stearic acid. They include “salts” of stearic acid, such as sodium stearate, where the hydrogen of the carboxyl group (-COOH) on the end of the molecule is replaced with sodium, and it is actually a soap or detergent. “The stearate salts are generally used for their lubricating properties. They also help to keep emulsions from separating into their oil and liquid components. The stearate salts increase the thickness of the lipid (oil) portion of cosmetics and personal care products and reduce the clear or transparent appearance of finished products.”33

Tallow also contains fats like conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which has anti-cancer27 and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as palmitoleic acid, which has natural antimicrobial properties28. Dr. Mary Enig cites a 2006 study on fats showing that CLA, which is found in high concentrations in tallow, has significant anti-cancer effects, and that supplying tallow increased those effects due its palmitic acid, another fatty acid.29

Stearates also include esters of stearic acid, such as glyceryl stearate, where a molecule of glycerin is bonded to the oxygen in place of that same hydrogen. “Glyceryl stearate acts as a lubricant on the skin’s surface, which gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance. It also slows the loss of water from the skin by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface. Glyceryl stearate, and glyceryl stearate SE [(self-emulsifying)] help to form emulsions by reducing the surface tension of the substances to be emulsified. Glyceryl stearate is made by reacting glycerin with stearic acid, a fatty acid obtained from animal and vegetable fats and oils. Glyceryl stearate SE is produced by reacting an excess of stearic acid with glycerin. The excess stearic acid is then reacted with potassium and/or sodium hydroxide yielding a product that contains glyceryl stearate as well as potassium stearate and/or sodium stearate.”34 Yet again, we do not find a healthful reason stated for using these chemical compounds on our skin.

STEARIC ACID AND STEARATES Examples of skin care ingredients not necessarily already known to be harmful are stearic acid and stearates. Indeed, stearic acid is a healthful saturated fatty acid eighteen carbon atoms long, and it comprises 20 to 25 percent of tallow and therefore about half of the saturated fat found in tallow. The main sources of stearic acid are tallow and chocolate; in other foods, it only occurs at the level of 1 to 2 percent. 30 While stearic acid helps makes tallow a unique and healthful substance, the purpose for which commercially fractionated stearic acid is used is entirely different. It is used as a “surfactant cleansing agent” and “surfactant emulsifying agent”31. Another concern is its source and the methods used to isolate it so that it actually ends up being a chemically named ingredient rather than a component of a whole substance found in nature. “Stearic acid is prepared by treating animal and vegetable fats and oils with

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At first sight, it would seem that these compounds, related to a healthful component of tallow, are a sign of imitating nature, but that does not appear to be their purpose at all. In addition, after all of this fractionating and chemical compounding, they are a far cry from the naturally occurring stearic acid found in tallow as part of a whole food, even without considering the fact that they are commonly produced from genetically modified organisms (GMO’s).

This is a good place to note a couple of reasons why the industry does not create products like tallow balm for skin care. Products directly from nature cannot be proprietary (especially not if you can make them in your own kitchen). In addition, products from nature are not always consistent and predictable since each batch can vary according to the season, the source, and so on. This variance does not fit the industrial model, even the health food store industrial model. The safest and more healthful course is in the use of whole food substances from nature, and therefore we should use tallow as our ancestors did.

NOT JUST ANY TALLOW Surely the quality of the tallow used in a balm would be of paramount importance to the therapeutic properties of the product. Since man-made toxins are found in non-organically raised animals, it would not be wise to apply their fat to the skin (any more than to eat it) because of the risk of absorbing pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, and all of their metabolic by-products. Furthermore, since Mother Nature knows best, it stands to reason that if the animals are fed foods that are not natural to them, the nutritional value of their tallow would be compromised, even if such foods were technically organic.

Indeed, tallow from cows that are only fed grass has a better mineral and micronutrient profile, including higher levels of vitamins. For example, one study found that grass-fed cows have four times the vitamin E of grain-fed cows.35 Products from grass-fed animals were also found to have three to five times more CLA that those fed a “conventional� diet.36 It hardly bears mentioning that industrially produced tallow should not be used for skin care any more than for eating. This tallow is not made from carefully selected fat but rather from offal from slaughterhouses, which then undergoes pulverization, steam-heating, refining, bleaching, and deodorizing, with the final addition of chemical preservatives such as BHA, BHT, and propyl gallate.37

USING SKIN BALM MADE FROM TALLOW Since, as explained above, tallow is very compatible with our cell biology, it is readily absorbed by the skin. Therefore, applying tallow balm does not result in a greasy look or feel. It is taken up by the skin as nourishment and softens the skin quickly. Furthermore, a little balm goes a very long way, unlike with most commercial lotions that contain a large amount of very expensive water. A tallow balm can be applied anywhere on the body, including feet, hands, face, and even lips, so there is no need for multiple skin care products, not even a separate lip balm, since tallow is perfect for every skin care need. It is interesting that, with modern skin care, a separate product is marketed for the face, presumably because it is gentler, making one wonder if this is an admission to the harshness of the not-so-natural ingredients in the body lotions. A separate product is not necessary when it is truly from nature as tallow is. Tallow balm can be used for all manner of skin conditions, including dry, chapped, calloused, cracked, and sun-damaged skin, rashes, burning, itching, wrinkles, and so on, because it gives the skin the nutrients it needs to heal itself. It can even be used as a soothing aftershave. One mother applied it all over her baby’s body for eczema that had been present

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for a couple months, and it disappeared. Another mother applied it on her baby for a terrible case of diaper rash that did not respond to other “natural” products, and it was gone after three applications. In addition, a man who had had a split lip for over a year and who had already “tried everything”, including “natural oils and shea butter”, had his lip heal in two weeks using tallow balm, and “it’s been healed ever since”. Finally, numerous others have had success using it for calluses, dry and cracked skin, and sunburns, and for moisturizing, smoothing, and softening their skin.

HOW TO MAKE BALM USING TALLOW The first step in making balm is to obtain tallow from pasture-raised animals (cows or sheep) that are 100% grass-fed. You can obtain tallow from your local farm or obtain the interior fat (suet) and render it yourself. There are different ways to render tallow, but I recommend this “secret”, superior, and easy method: Cut up the suet into small pieces, excluding anything that isn’t white. Place it in a colander or a vegetable steamer over a pot, and put the pot in the oven at 220°F (105°C). Leave the pot in the oven until all of the tallow has melted out of the suet, mashing and stirring once or twice during the process. The tallow will drip out into the pot. Filter the liquid tallow that is in the pot, placing a cloth in a new colander over a new pot and pouring the tallow through the cloth. With the tallow in the liquid state but as cool as possible (around 120°F or 49°C), thoroughly mix in

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the other pure, natural ingredient(s) of your choice to make the tallow softer and more spreadable at room temperature. (Pure tallow has a waxy consistency; candles used to be made from tallow.) Put the mixture in the refrigerator to let it solidify. This gives the balm a smoother consistency than letting it solidify at room temperature. The amount of the other ingredient(s) that you mix with the tallow will depend on the ingredient and the degree of spreadability you are looking for. I use organic extra virgin olive oil in the proportion (by weight) of eight or nine parts tallow to one part olive oil. Olive oil has been considered a healing salve for the skin since ancient times due to its soothing, cleansing, and moisturizing properties. Olive oil is liquid at room temperature, so not much is needed to soften the tallow. If you use a product that is more solid, such as coconut oil, palm oil, or shea butter, you will need to use more, partially defeating the goal of having a balm high in tallow content. Whatever you use, be sure it is pure and organic. For example, coconut oil, palm oil, and shea butter are sometimes extracted using hexane, which is refined gasoline. Know your ingredients. If desired, you can add essential oils to the liquid mixture as well. I add specific essential oils, such as lavender, that are known for their long-standing tradition of being healing to the skin. Another major benefit of using essential oils in your balm is to give it a fresh, pleasant scent and to neutralize the scent of the tallow, which is distinctive although not necessarily unpleasant. Since essential oils are extremely concentrated, not much is needed, but care should be taken not to use any that are adul-

terated, extended, synthesized, or distilled using chemicals or high temperatures and pressure. For this reason, I use Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ essential oils. Again, it is important to know your ingredients and to remember the principle of using

only those ingredients that are edible whole foods. You will be able to take pride in the fact that you could take out a spoon and eat this balm since it is a nourishing food for skin and body!

Andrew J. Gardner is a Weston A. Price Foundation member in Colorado Springs, Colorado, an avid researcher and pursuer of true nutrition and health. He has formulated four varieties of the skin balm described in this article. They are available for purchase at his website,, for those who do not wish to make their own. Additional information as well as real-life experiences of people who have used the balm are also on his website.


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To the Flow of Life


ur world is transforming. People are waking up by the day and becoming more conscious of our connection and how joyful life can be when we get beyond ourselves and live in service to others. While joy is fairly universally desirable, it is not always easy to move into a new way of being. Habits, familiarity and resistance to change leave us clinging to the comfortable as we simultaneously wish for deeper meaning and fulfillment. Like so many people, I have resisted change. The following offers a perspective on how my journey has taught me to look for the gifts in every challenge. In my 20’s, competition and materialism were the familiar. I was driven and focused and determined to make the most money that I could. By the age of 31, I had earned a million dollars in a year and built my dream house. But there was a problem. I wasn’t happy. I longed for a different and more meaningful life. Not to worry – life had plans to help me. The first challenge that came my way was my health. It fell apart. Symptomatic of my unexplored spirituality and tightness of my being, my legs had tightened up and jogging to relieve stress was causing chronic minor injuries. My stomach was

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“I wanted to run my way through my stress and eat my way through my emotions, and my body was having none of it.” also a mess with digestion so challenging that I was forced to give up gluten, dairy, alcohol, sugar and a host of other foods. I wanted to run my way through my stress and eat my way through my emotions, and my body was having none of it. I made a visit to the doctor, received a prescription, and I was on my way to becoming healthy. Or, was I? I didn’t want to take pills for the rest of my life, and within just a few short months I made a courageous decision that would shape my life. I stopped taking medicine, and I took responsibility. I did not pick an easy road. It took me 7 years to learn how to balance my life and heal my tissues. One of the obvious issues I had to grapple with was my diet. While this may seem an obvious step toward healing digestion related issues, the surprise came in the way I changed my relationship

with food. The expected part of the journey is that I came to eat different foods such as a lot more fruit and vegetables, but the mind blowing part is how it transformed my relationship to the earth. As I became more conscious of my diet, I also became a gardener. And now, gardening provides me with amazing food and one of my favorite forms of exercise. I love to work barefoot in my garden growing luscious food that nourishes my body. The sense of fulfillment and satisfaction this brings me is beyond the wildest imagination I had when I was beginning the journey that led here. A healthy dose of trust in the universe combined with personal responsibility led me to a place where I am now much more connected to nature and my body, and I took a quantum leap in happiness. Physical pain guided me to a greater connection with my body, with nature, new forms of exercise, and a deeper connection with myself. Who am I to be anything other than thankful for my journey? Physical purification was an important part of the journey, but my no means was it the whole enchilada. My life was still being lived inside of a context of favoring materialism over love, joy and connection. I was a stock broker at the time and the collapse of Lehman Brothers and my marriage contributed the one-two punch that knocked me to my knees. While I needed all of my resources to perform my work, my insides were exploding as a 13 year marriage and a family with four children were morphing into something new. I would never wish divorce or dramatic career change on anyone, and yet, I am still standing on the other side and have to tell you that my challenges have been my greatest gifts. From my divorce, I have become the father I longed to be. When I was married, I was often physically present with my family but my mind was constantly racing and trying to figure out the next work related challenge. Now, I have arranged my life so that when my children are with me, I am with them. When they are not here, I exercise, work and get ahead on my household chores. When they are here, I parent. Period. Sure, there are occasional interruptions and

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nobody is perfect, but my priorities are firmly rooted, and I never would have been able to discern them until I lost what I thought I wanted. Divorce was certainly a crushing blow. But who am I to be anything other than thankful for the joy that comes from parenting with peace of mind? And now, the biggest surprise of all. I resisted leaving the financial industry until the bitter end. I was a top producing broker and thought my success meant that I was doing the right work. Faced with a child support payment based on prefinancial crisis earnings, I was terrified to give up my income. Once again, my wishes didn’t really matter as life had plans for me. I was offered a gentle road as my partners asked me to take a leave from our business. While I was open to the idea, I still resisted. And that is when the boom came thundering down. My stress levels rose to the point where I ended up in the emergency room at 2 o’clock in the morning complaining of kidney pain. A CT Scan revealed that I was a lucky man. My body was under siege from stress, but I avoided a more serious or life threatening diagnosis. I had resisted this final change long enough. The pain in my body was a clear sign. I had worked my last day as a financial advisor. As I took some time off from working, I began to understand just how constricted I had been in my corporate job, and I began to trust myself to

“Now, I have arranged my life so that when my children are with me, I am with them. …When they are here, I parent. Period.” know what I really wanted to do. One step and decision at a time, I began to re-create a career that I am now overjoyed with. In my previous work, I engaged with peoples’ minds rarely finding a path of connection with their hearts. In my new work, I lead with my heart, I connect with others through their hearts, and I am often moved by tears of joy as I witness the conversations I am able to share with my customers. Who am I to complain about a gut wrenching career transition when the result is joyful expression through work and connection with people from my heart? LIFE IS SIMPLE NOW Many parts of the last 12 years have been pretty intense, and I am filled with awe and appreciation. At the beginning of this transition my unconsciously chosen world view included eating processed foods, drinking alcohol, working to earn as much

money as possible, and living the “dream” - married, in a big house, with four children. Today, I am tuned into the energy of life. I grow and eat healthy foods. I walk barefoot on the earth, and workout by gardening, splitting wood and doing yoga. I know my priorities and my actions are congruent with what is important to me. I take care of my health first, then my children, and whatever is left goes to work. That doesn’t leave much time for an intimate relationship which would have scared the hell out of me a few years ago. Today, I look at what I am committed to and know there will be plenty of time for other things as my business begins to run more easily and my children get older. For now, health, children and work are the three priorities that keep me fulfilled. We all have challenges to face, and I like to think that I have faced mine to make it a little bit easier for the next person. As you stare into the teeth of your personal boogey man, I hope you can resist it a little bit less than I did. As the Age of Aquarius reveals new ways of being to us, it seems to be that one of them is for us to learn to go with the flow. There may just be a treasure chest waiting for you on the other side of the door you are afraid to open. Take a peak. The results just may surprise you.

Patrick Durkin – Founder of the Wellness Enterprise Patrick has spent more on water filtration units than most people spend on their cars. But well beyond water filtration he has identified the true value and power of water as being a core source of energy for the entire human race. True story. Like so many people, Patrick grew up believing materialism would lead to fulfillment in life. As a financial advisor, he experienced the fruits of his labor making over $1 million in a year and building his dream house by the age of 31. Health challenges spurred him to awaken to the deeper mysteries of life which he pursued with commitment and dedication. After a 7 year healing journey, he traded in his career, dream house and even marriage in pursuit of a more fulfilling lifestyle. Patrick is the founder of The Wellness Enterprise which helps others to transform themselves and their relationship to the planet. His passion is healing the world’s drinking water as he believes there is nothing more essential to life than the very water we are made of.

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A Father’s Path to Freedom

Letting Go to Let My Children Grow By Eric Noel


was one of those guys, probably like most, who believed I had to have myself completely mentally and financially prepared before my wife and I even thought about having a child. All this went out the window when the biological clock said it was time. We as humans are never completely ready for what is to come, but we seem to carry on regardless. Before we had our first child I had no clue what to do with a baby. We did some reading, watched some videos and took a class, but nothing can completely prepare you for what is about to come.

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As a child I was constantly directed to get things right the first time and not make mistakes. This limited what I was willing to try and do. If I didn’t think I could get something done like I had done it before and make it look like I was a seasoned professional I tended not to take on the task. I’m not saying this is right or wrong. It just didn’t make things as fun and increased my level of stress. With our kids I wanted something different. I didn’t want them to be afraid to try things. This was a learning curve for me. I’m a perfectionist, a neat freak. I like a place for everything and everything in its place. Some of this

all this and also, most of the time pick up and finish their projects without me saying a thing. When I see this happen I praise them for it. I make a big deal about what I like to see. Their faces will light up, and I can tell that they genuinely feel good about getting the praise. If I see them leave stuff behind or out, sometimes I will just take care of it and say nothing. Other times I will pick things up and then mention things were left out, but not make a big deal of it. Other times I will ask for their help to get things done so they remember what to do. My daughter who is nine had a gymnastics meet this past weekend. I hadn’t seen her perform in quite some time. She practices for three hours, three times a week, plus some at home. I was blown away. She was so happy. She had awesome form

Credit: Kim Martin, has carried over to my parenting, but I’m aware of it. When I’m enforcing something and being that person, I catch myself most of the time and explain why something should be done a certain way. It’s usually for safety or getting something done quicker so we can do more. I have also let go of being a neat freak about the whole house as long as I get my designated areas. I don’t want to force my way of thinking on my kids. I want to have them explore and learn on their own as I guide and shape them through their early life. Even though it stirs me up inside, I let them make a mess with whatever projects they are working on. I let them use their process. I tell them to make the mistakes and keep going until they find what works for them. When they are through then I let them know that they are not completely done until things are picked up. My kids are now 9 and 6. They both take on new challenges and show their personalities like I never would have. What is amazing to me is that they do

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and nailed each of her exercises. I know she made a lot of mistakes along the way leading up to her performance, but she stuck with it and all her hard work paid off. My son who is six is playing baseball. He loves to play. When he is having fun and not being too serious he can throw 100 feet, on target and snap into my glove. Yes, he is not always that accurate and we don’t pay much attention to the off throws and hits or misses. When he is on target or connects with the ball, I’m sure to praise him. We moved to a new town this year, and when I told the coaches he is only six after they saw what he could do their eyes got a little wider. Change is the only thing we can ever count on. I do my best to teach this to my kids. It seems to be working because I see them do and hear them say more and more amazing things every day. We as adults can lose sight of what really matters. As long as we are aware, catch ourselves and correct our words and actions our kids will grow up with high self esteem, great personalities and strong character. Eric Noel is a high performance coach, unlocking the mental power already in people so they can perform their absolute best and get the results they really want. During three seasons in the IndyCar Series as a professional pit crew mechanic, Eric was driven to acute awareness of using one’s full potential, physically and mentally. There’s just hundredths of a second between the winner and second place, and Eric learned to focus, motivate, execute goals, and GET results! If you can think it, you can do it! As a high performance coach, Eric will show you how to commit to the twists and turns of life at full throttle on your journey to getting the results you are driving for. After IndyCar success, Eric came from behind in the race to transition the family farm in Vermont. Steering it from a conventional crop and dairy farm to a high performing operation, he gained recognition for his certified organic diversified, grass-fed beef and vegetable farm. Tuning into the infinite wisdom, drawing on proven techniques from around the world and stacking them together, he transformed the soil and himself in record time. The farm grew to serve hundreds of families the highest quality, most nutrient dense fresh food available. It takes a team focused on a goal to win. Put Eric in your pit crew and supercharge your awareness so you can reach your true potential. Let Eric help you tune-up and learn the power of your fertile mind. To contact Eric and set up your 30 minute complimentary consultation, email or call (802) 378-5194 TODAY.

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Discovering and Choosing Structured Water

My Two Decade Learning Curve By Hannah Noel First Awakening: Teenage Meditation My first real awareness of the energy in us and around us came to me through a friend in high school. I was about 16. My friend was interested in and excited about energy fields and healing and intuition and visioning. He was learning and wanted to share with his closest friends, so he started a learning and practice group. We met Friday nights at his house. There were usually 3-6 of us at each meeting. We met in a third floor widow’s walk room at the top of his house, with music soft and lights low - no drugs or alcohol allowed ever. We started and ended with meditation. It was here that I first listened to my inner self, learned how to focus and relax and really feel the energy flow in my body and others’. I don’t know if meditating and quieting myself made it possible to feel my own buzzing and

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the vibrating field around my friends or if I could have tuned into it before if I had just paid attention. These meetings with close friends to learn, meditate, and expand my world were the beginning of my interest in the energy of all things living and not.

Second Ah-Ha! We’re the Same Many years later, after college when I came back to wanting to understand how the world and the Universe worked, a book was passed along to me by my second father: The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles. What resonated with me most from this book was the discussion of what we’re all made of - everything that exists. The author asserts that everything is made of the same stuff. If you utilize science to look down to the smallest particles in everything, we’re more the same than we are differ-

ent. AND we’re all energy just vibrating at different frequencies. AND with awareness, focus and practice we can change our frequency and change our lives. Wow! This was exciting stuff. It fit in with what I had learned and felt in my high school meditation group.

Water Enters As My Teacher Fast forward another seven years to my organic farming operation, when I have to test my produce wash water for organic certification for the first time. I took my sample, sent it to the University lab and got the results - positive for coliform. I had to treat the water and retest until the test came back clean. The lab’s recommended treatment was to pour bleach into the well. This water was needed for our organic cattle and to wash produce. I was dead set against using bleach to fix the problem. I’m a cancer survivor who is diligent about avoiding known carcinogens. Since bleach is one of them, I couldn’t in good conscience put it in my well. I had met an old dowser just weeks before and invited her to come to my home. I knew that she understood and worked with energy fields and hoped she could help with the well to avoid the use of chemicals. When she arrived, she asked for a pint of water from the well in question. She used her dowsing rods to manipulate the energy in that jar of water, poured it into the well and instructed us to retest in about 30 days. We waited that full month hoping that our next test would be free of contaminants. After 30 days, we took a sample, sent it to the same lab and anxiously waited for our results. That test came back negative for coliform and all other contaminants. The water from the well has tested perfectly ever since. This experience was my first clue to the significance of water and to the fact that not all fresh water is the same.

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The Learning Continues In my life, education has always been top priority and incredibly enjoyable. I will never stop taking classes, reading, seeking out answers and understanding from mentors. As an organic vegetable farmer growing 30-40 different crops every year, there’s always more to learn, always room to improve, always new techniques to try. I was intrigued early on with Rudolf Steiner’s research and Biodynamic Agriculture. I was right back to energy! My fifth year farming, I took my two interns to a biodynamic homestead close by to learn how to make a biodynamic preparation. Our job was to stir a big tub of water with a little bit of ground aged cow manure with our arm. There was very specific timing. We had to create a vortex and keep it going for a set amount of time, then stop it, change direction and keep the vortex going for the same amount of time again. We repeated this, first one way then the other, taking turns for quite some time. What amazed me was that I could feel the water changing over time. It felt more silky and slippery. Our teacher that day told us that this small amount of liquid would be sprinkled with a special broom over the fields and that over time these small amounts would yield fairly large and measureable gains in production. I hope you’re following this two plus decade progression. Each of these experiences may seem very different on the surface, but at their core is simply energy. I needed this repetitive progression to really understand the truth. But I wasn’t there yet. It was all interesting, even fascinating, but I still didn’t really get it. I intuitively knew to keep digging, keep learning and to stay open to understanding. I was ready for further inspiration.

Dan Kittredge The next summer I went to my seventh Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference in Massachusetts. I sat in on a lecture by a Massachusetts farmer who had figured out how to escape the late blight that had wiped out most potato and tomato plants in the Northeast that year. Dan Kittredge’s tomatoes were thriving while farmers around him were losing everything. I stayed for two back-to-back lectures. He talked about energy. He showed us the science and the tools to use to monitor the energy of our soil and plants. A year and a half later, he was teaching a series of classes in Vermont for farmers. I signed up, ready to learn more. It was in one of these sessions that Dan called our attention to the difference in the effect of rainwater versus water run through a hose on our gardens. I had noticed this for years, but didn’t understand why there was a difference. I just knew that I preferred the right amount of rain over irrigation any day. Well, Dan explained it. And I finally got it. Water is energy just like everything else. It has a spin to it when it falls from the sky or comes up out of a spring. When forced through a hose, water loses its spin and much of its energy. Dan told us of simple devices that we could make to re-energize the water for our gardens and our livestock. All of the information was coming together, but I still didn’t do anything about it. I didn’t build a device. I just went on growing vegetables as I always did, irrigating some gardens and relying on the rain in the bigger fields. I left an awful lot to chance. As I learned more about energy, energy and water in particular, my learning opportunities came faster. The final piece in my puzzle came to me this year, a year and a half after my last class with Dan Kittredge.

Awful Dehydration In December 2012, my family and I went to Henderson, Nevada to participate in a cooperative busi-

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ness Forum (CEO Space). The Forum takes place at a resort where all of the water is treated. The water from the taps in the bathroom and from the kitchens and in the big dispensers with ice all around the resort was all the same - treated chemical water. It tasted horrible. There was bottled water available for purchase, but we were there for a week and didn’t have the resources to buy bottled water for four of us for the whole week. We ended up limiting our water intake, because we didn’t want to put the treated water in our bodies. We were tired, had headaches and just felt all-around sluggish. One of our colleagues, collapsed in the big ball room on the last day from dehydration. I had noticed him for the last couple days holding his head in his hands. He said he had a constant headache. I saw him down on one knee shortly before his collapse, and then he was down.

The Solution at Last Our last night in Nevada, I heard of someone at the Forum who had access to small personal devices for purifying water. The woman who told me about it pulled it out of her purse, and said that she’d been passing the hotel water through it and drinking abundantly. She was feeling great! She wanted to introduce us to Patrick, the source of the device, but we couldn’t find him in the crowd. That wasn’t the end of it. Patrick found me some weeks later on the internet. He told me about the device our friend had and went on to explain how it works and the results that individuals and FARMERS were getting with the use of the structured water that was a product of these devices. I didn’t have to figure out how to build Dan Kittredge’s water energizing device after all. Here it was. Dropped right in my lap. Used, tested, tried and true. It didn’t take much convincing to decide that our new farm needed a device for all of our water. You see, my conversations with Patrick started right when my family was in the midst of acquiring a new farm. We’re building this farm as a model to teach other farmers and farmers-to-be best practices for increasing soil depth and quality, improving water quality and infiltration, and growing more and more nutrient dense foods through these soil and water improvements. My connection

with Patrick couldn’t have come at a better time. The water used for irrigation and for livestock was a weak point. Now we have all the pieces with which to build our model farm. We have the whole package to offer other farmers, and it makes our project even more exciting.

Water’s Huge Potential There are so many aspects of living an organic life, and I feel one of the biggest opportunities and least understood areas is water. All living systems need water to survive. Now I see that all living systems will not merely survive but thrive with the right kind of water. One of my missions in farming, and my life in general, is to improve on what is already

here. I practice regenerative farming. Sustainable isn’t enough. Structured water has a huge potential to help me accelerate the regenerative effect on my farm and my family. I’ve now come full circle. Looking back at this long progression, I can’t help but think about what Wattles wrote: “By thought, the thing you want is brought to you. By action, you receive it.” It took me a long time to understand the significance of great water. My hope is that for you, by reading my story, the discovery and understanding will come much more quickly. I highly encourage you to learn about structured water. A great place to start is with our friends at The Wellness Enterprise.

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Hannah Noel is a cancer survivor and an organic farmer living in Vermont with her husband of twelve years and their two children, Madeleine, 9, and Calvin, 6. She has a passion for clean organic living and for helping others learn how to live that way wherever they are on their journey and whatever they do.

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Bring the life force energy of water into your garden and grow 27 to 40% more biomass! We all know plants need water to survive, but have you ever noticed the way plants seem to grow more when they get soaked by rain rather than by water from your garden hose? There is a simple reason. Water travels through long straight pipes before it reaches your garden and along the way it loses the energetic vitality that is created by the natural hydrological cycle. It is kind of like the difference between organic food from your garden and processed food made with artificial sweeteners. Fortunately, there is now an affordable long lasting technology that can restore the vitality of nature to your garden. The brighter the dot, the more energy in the water. The one on the right is the same structured water that you can feed to your own garden.

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Greening Your Biz Start-up Facility By Marilyn Crenshaw GENERAL A business start-up will typically rent an existing commercial space until they become profitable after a few years. That first rental is called a “Tenant Improvement” in the construction trades. LEED “COMMERCIAL INTERIOR” (CI) in the LEED product portfolio can either be a remodel to an existing building OR it can be the construction completion of a new “Core & Shell” building that a developer built. THE PRIME DESIGN CONSULTANT (Architect or Interior Designer) - contracts with the owner, & coordinates all other sub-design consultants. An Interior Designer running the job as a “prime”, will still have to overlap a few other tasks, that might normally be delegated to an Architect. SUBCONSULTANTS- may be required to prepare drawings, schematics, shop drawings, or reports are: architect, engineer, lighting designer, urban planner for permit administration, & accessibility consultant. DESIGN-BUILD SUBCONTRACTORS- can make the drawings that they install. CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT- states hours of operation, industry sector, services offered, & local jurisdiction requirements SIGN PERMIT- An existing building usually has a conditional sign permit that states the locations & sizes of signage. You’ll get LEED points if you construct the sign out of green, local, or salvaged materials.

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HANDICAP ACCESSIBILITY- In CA there are 4 independent codes you need to conform with. In other states there are 2 independent codes you need to conform with applicable to your customers & employees. Hire an accessibility consultant immediately & don’t finalize your floor plan until it’s blessed as conforming, or risk a lawsuit by independent accessibility activists. The basic issues are: a parking place, path of travel to front door, accessible restrooms, accessible door hardware, accessible high service counters. BUDGET- add up the following costs relative to your tenant improvement • special equipment & appliances • jurisdiction fees for use permits, building permits, business license, parking district • design consultant fees • construction fees- you can get a per sq ft estimate from a “Design-Build” general contractor. • signage POINT SCORES ARE MANDATED IN THESE CATEGORIES: 1. LEED SUSTAINABLE SITES (CI)- site selection convenient to public & or alternative transportation, light pollution reduction 2. LEED WATER EFFICIENCY (WE)- reduce water use by 20-30% 3. LEED ENERGY & ATMOSPHERE (EA)- reduce power use, green power supply, lighting, temperature control, equipment & appliances, commissioning

4. LEED MATERIALS & RESOURCES (MR)usually thought of as the majority of the interior professionI, construction waster recycling, built recycling for occupants’ misc consumer packaging recycling, building re-use, resource re-use, recycled content, regional materials (sourced short distance from site ), rapidly renewable materials, certified sustainable wood 5. LEED INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY (IAQ)- tobacco control, low/no VOC emitting materials, ventilation, construction IAQ management during construction & before occupancy, minimize particle intrusion into the air circulation systems, indoor chemical & pollutant control, daylight & views 6. LEED INNOVATION & DESIGN (ID)- going above & beyond any of the above categories, LEED accredited professional (AP) on project team LEED COMMISSIONING- Is done more than once: • Prior to occupancy, bless & test that all is built & performing as designed regarding power & water use, temperature comfort & control, lighting illumination levels. • Commission again after occupancy to teach the owner & occupants how to use & control the systems & train facility maintenance team • The space should establish a regular commissioning , annual, or what ever schedule that the design team & facilities maintenance staff co-create • A project “Operations Manual” concurrent with the “Commissioning Plan”, describes all of the systems & how they work. As occupants & owners come & go, the operations manual is

the effective passing of the baton so that successive generations of occupants understand the system. GREEN WASHING & SHADES OF GREEN• A product might save embedded energy but still have toxic Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) outgassing. Think about what is really important in the application. VOC’s are unwanted in interior of healthcare patients & child spaces. • Examples: • New nylon carpet made from recycled carpet, still has same VOC as new • New fiberglass insulation made from post consumer still has same VOC of phenol & formaldehyde Links for further study: • VOC’s organic_compound • IAQ- quality • GREEN WASHING- wiki/Greenwashing • COMMISSIONING- wiki/Project_commissioning • CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT- http://ceres. • LEED AP- • LEED CI-

My specialty is Integrated Water Management inventorying all water uses, sources, & demands on site to include: rainwater harvesting, storm water collection off of ground/landscape/ paving, gray water re-use, black water reclamation re-use, general reclamation for food production & irrigation on site, filters, water storage, micro hydro power from water cisterns down-flow drainage, water security, net zero water, closed water loops, grid optional, water-energy nexus optimization for conservation of resources, extreme green, passive solar, & global. I design complete architectural projects from beginning to end, eco development, fluent in all green building rating systems, entitlements, and hybrid prefab-modular site adaptation, super beautiful and creative design, & architectural art installations.

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ONNO Textiles Organic T-Shirts Product Review Organic Bamboo, Hemp and Cotton I’ve never worn a bamboo t-shirt before. When my ONNO order came in the mail, I pulled my shirts carefully out of the box and my fingers fell on the softest fabric I’ve ever felt. I brought it up to my face and reveled in the silky feel of the cloth. I was experiencing the super-soft bamboo ONNO t-shirt. I put it on that night, wore it the next day and slept a second night in it. Lucky for me I had another one to repeat this sensuous pattern with. Not only do I love the feel of the ONNO bamboo t-shirts, I love the colors and the fit! I have one in brick and one in dirty purple, both rich and beautiful colors. The shirt is fitted and follows my curves. I love the extra length that keeps be covered when I’m moving around. Impressed by the feel, the look and the fit, I spent some time on the ONNO website learning about the fabric. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet at the rate of up to three feet per day and requires very little water to grow. It also naturally has very few pest problems, so needs no pesticides. Bamboo also requires fewer inputs for processing the fiber into fabric. The fiber is durable, holds color well and wicks moisture. I was very lucky to acquire an ONNO organic hemp t-shirt embroidered by Fun Organic Shirts earlier this

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year and have worn it and washed it many times. I had the extra good luck to receive two more in my order in two different colors - army green and sand - gorgeous Earth colors. These are also fitted and slightly longer shirts, just the style I love. The hemp shirts aren’t as soft as the bamboo at first, but soften with wear and washing. Hemp fabric can be compared to linen. This fabric is tough though and offers UV protection and is antimicrobial. Hemp like bamboo, grows quickly and requires few inputs to grow and process successfully. I am enthusiastic in my recommendation of ONNO t-shirts. Not only are the shirts of the highest quality, so is the company’s mission. Although when they began manufacturing t-shirts, they used conventional cotton, in their words “The more we learned about the problems with conventional cotton, the more uncomfortable we became. …We moved away from conventional cotton, to organic tshirts in order to feel energized and passionate about our products.” ONNO is a company I can “feel energized and passionate about” supporting. Try one of their luxurious, sense-stimulating t-shirts today! For a wealth of information about organic cotton, bamboo, and hemp and to order your ONNO shirts, please go to ONNO’s website today.

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