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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Please Don't Keep Us in the DARK

Despite the fact that nine out of 10 Americans support mandatory GMO labeling, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 1599, otherwise known as the Deny Americans the Right to Know – or DARK Act.

The actual name of the bill is more nefarious IMHO: the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015.


Can someone tell me how labeling is "Safe and Accurate" when GMO ingredients in our food are not permitted to be labeled? And any group (Hello Non-GMO Project) labelling foods found to be free of GMO ingredients is not allowed? Poof!

I was steamed about the bill passing! Earlier in that day I made a special trip to let my Congressman's representative in the field know I was dead set against it. It was a matter of freedom, health and State's Rights. When I saw it had passed and my congressman had voted for it... Well, let's just say bought and paid for by big business.
If you think the system is rigged, you might want to check this non-partisan effort I've signed on to called MayDay.us.
Not only would the DARK Act block all states from labeling genetically engineered foods, but it would also make it much harder for the FDA to ever mandate national labeling. See what I mean! If we’re going to stop this reprehensible bill from becoming law, we need to show the Senate and President Obama how serious we are about GMO labeling.

If you want to see how things are shaping up in your state to require GMO's be labeled, check this link. *

Please take a minute to sign the petition now and help get to 500,000 signatures against the DARK Act – before it’s too late.

Want to test your knowledge about GMO foods? *

* Links are a year or two old, but still reflect what is happening with GMO's and the effort to label them.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wisdom Wednesday

Raw organic nuts make for an ideal snack given their healthy fat, vitamin, antioxidant, and fiber content. If you’ve avoided them out of concern for your weight, you may want to reconsider. A growing number of studies refute the myth that nuts might cause weight gain. In fact, the opposite is true, as research shows weight loss is one of the health benefits of regular nut consumption.

My DIY trail mix includes raw pecans, almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. I eat a lot of it and never gain weight. I also eat plenty of pistachios. So get some nuts in your belly. They're yummy and you'll feel good.

Monday, August 17, 2015

FREE Cancer Guide

I’d like to introduce you to a good friend of mine, Marcus Freudenmann. You may have heard of him or his work, but if not I’ll briefly fill you in.

Marcus began his journey back in 2000 when his best friend was killed by the side effects of chemo. He was overcome with frustration about the lack of clear guidance if one decides NOT to have chemo. He promised himself that he would change that. In fact he promised to change the way cancer was treated in this world.

After several years of traveling around the world, from Asia to Europe, Mexico, USA and Canada, to gather information from the best practitioners on the planet, he put together the movie: CANCER is curable NOW, wrote a book: Healing Cancer with Common Sense, and consolidated all of his knowledge and experience into the TRULY HEAL academy where he educates health coaches and practitioners from all around the world in the most comprehensive cancer protocol ever created.

After laying the foundation with the TRULY HEAL academy for health professionals, he has now put together a massive amount of information and condensed it into the

"FREE CANCER GUIDE for patients and caregivers."

In this FREE CANCER GUIDE Marcus teaches you a very comprehensive self awareness protocol divided into 4 sections:

• SPIRITUAL: Your purpose and your motivation to live.
• MENTAL: Your mental and emotional state and how you handle life.
• VITAL: Your bad habits and daily lifestyle choices.
• PHYSICAL: Your physical health and whether you have infections, inflammation, toxicity, deficiencies, dental problems, gut related problems or hormone imbalances.

By following this guide, you will learn the means and the methods necessary to treat and prevent cancer and many other chronic degenerative diseases.

I suggest you click here and see what Marcus has created for you. I am certain you’ll be as thrilled as I am at what he has to share.


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Why Zero Calorie Drinks Are a Hidden Danger

Whether you drink sugary soft drinks or those touting no-sugar/zero calories, you get the same result. Weight gain. Contrary to popular belief, studies have found that artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (aka NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful) can—

  • Stimulate your appetite
  • Increase carbohydrate cravings
  • Trigger fat storage
  • Cause weight gain 
Remind me again—why you use artificial sweeteners?

In one recent study, saccharin and aspartame were found to cause greater weight gain than sugar.

If that doesn't make you pause and rethink drinking artificially sweetened soft drinks, what about the reported side effects? Huh?

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the green light for aspartame to be added to carbonated beverages and extended approval to all foods in 1996. They consider the artificial sweetener safe for human consumption. However, on the FDA's own site, 75 percent of the overall complaints reported are adverse reactions to aspartame, which include—

  • Migraines/headaches
  • Seizures
  • Respiratory difficulties
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Heart palpitations
  • Numerous neurological symptoms (e.g., dizziness, blurry vision, memory loss, etc)
Are you a regular consumer of artificial sweeteners and experiencing any of these symptoms?

There are plenty of questions about the safety of artificial sweeteners. No need to belabor the danger. You can learn more from this article and video (Sweet Misery). The article also describes a process you can follow to determine if you are having reactions to artificial sweeteners.

Information is power.

As you know I recommend you avoid ALL artificial ingredients if you are trying to achieve and maintain optimal wellness. Anything artificial is a potential toxin to the body. Just don't do it.

If you were/are a consumer of artificial sweeteners, do you relate to the any of the symptoms listed here?


Friday, August 7, 2015

Mexican Salad with Coriander & Macadamias

A dear friend made this salad for dinner during a stay with them in Costa Mesa, California recently. This was one of three raw salads that was our dinner. Yum! This girl leapt for joy! We planned on hiking the beach from Corona del Mar to Crystal Cove at low tide in the morning.

We traversed rocky terrain, scaled big rocks and even crawled through a hole in one spot to continue forward on our trek. Had we embarked any later, the rising tide would forbid our passage.

Absent any other people, we enjoyed our shore stroll until the last rock scramble brought us to a wide, flat beach where other explorers romped in the bright sun. We reached Crystal Cove just in time to get on the lengthy wait list for lunch at the popular Beachcomber Cafe.

I ordered the delicious Ahi Tuna Salad: sesame crusted Ahi, mixed greens, avocado, mango and radish with passion fruit vinaigrette.

Mexican Salad with Coriander & Macadamias

yield 2-4 servings

category Salad
cuisine Vegan

1 fresh corn on the cob
1 C cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 C diced red bell pepper
1 avocado, diced
1 Tbsp finely chopped red onion
1/2 C roughly chopped macadamia nuts
Large handful of fresh coriander (cilantro), roughly chopped
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Juice of half a lime
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/8 habanero chili, deseeded and finely chopped
Pinch of sea salt

1. Shuck and clean the corn then slice off kernals and add to large bowl. Add tomatoes, peppers, avocado, onion, nuts and coriander. Mix ingredients.
2. Whisk together olive oil. lime juice, garlic, chili and salt in a small bowl.
3. Drizzle oil mixture onto salad. Toss and serve.

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