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MACA on Michelle O’s Garden Case

No. . . .This isn’t about Maca the food herb used for enhancing your sexuality, but MACA the Mid America CropLife Association and the ‘vegetable root’ they had to pick with Michelle Obama’s organic garden. Amazing how many gardening discussions are going on now. People doing community gardens, family gardens, looking at creative ways to use space in a sustainable way for adding to a local, accessible food supply. How good is it to walk out your door and within a few feet pick and consume that luscious tomato or tangy dill? 

So who in their right, or left humanitarian mind would want to find fault with Michelle Obama’s organic garden at the white house? Hmm. . . . MACA, that wanted to point out that Michelle was modeling an outdated model for society. That surely, it is not economical for each family to provide for its sustenance in their backyards. MACA’s letter to Michelle a few weeks back pointed out to her the error of her ways. A bit of a pen slashing to remind her of where all our “safe” food comes from that feeds the many. While they acknowledged Michelle for bringing a focus to agriculture, they requested she acknowledge the role that conventional agriculture plays in feeding America. They included a convenient bulleted list to Ms. Obama about the features of current agriculture that allow for safe, economic food for us all. What about having a goal towards agriculture that is truly safe and pure to the nature of the living plants without pesticides, injections, and use of genetic alterations?

“Fresh foods grown conventionally are wholesome and flavorful yet more economical.”  Comment: Wonder what their definition of wholesome is?

Two of their bullets that do not address the effect on the animals and humans ability to thrive, but rather the economic efficiencies of their technology:

“Sophisticated Global Positioning Systems can be specifically designed for spraying pesticides. A weed detector equipped with infrared light identifies specific plants by the different rates of light they reflect and then sends a signal to a pump to spray a preset amount of herbicide onto the weed.

Biogenetics allows a particular trait to be implanted directly into the seed to protect the seed against certain pests.”

So, whose garden would you rather eat veggies from? Michelle’s or what agribusiness is pushing your way? Personally, I’d love to sit over lunch with Michelle enjoying the real foods from her garden or at least, to emulate what she’s modeled for us. Maybe if agribusiness would focus its lens on what’s possible for truly wholesome food, they’d come up with a different crop!

Surgeries to go….globally!

Medical Tourism seems to be on the rise where people frustrated with U.S. prices for medical treatment travel to foreign countries to get their medical treatments…and a bit of vacationing while they’re at it if possible. I did the same last year, getting about $2,000 of dental work for what would have been about $12,000 in the good old U.S.A. I was already going to be spending time in India and found a teaching dentist much sought after for his specialties.

$7300 including airfare for angioplasty in Poland! hmm….may be better places to vacation, but it takes first place in pricing since the price posted for India doesn’t include airfare. 

Just think, if more people would change their diets to living foods, get some exercise, practice deep breathing, take supplements to fill in for what they can’t get from foods, then they’d have the energy and resources to just vacation in these places instead of traveling as a last resort to avoid bankruptcy and get inexpensive mending!

Pricing chart from You too can get a bypass for $9,300! I think I’ll bypass that bypass!

Medical Tourism Sample Surgery Cost Chart
Costa Rica
Heart Bypass

Heart Valve Replacement

Hip Replacement
Knee Replacement

And the Forecast is Green!

So many people these days have coaches– coaches for fitness, weight loss, finances, etc. Here’s a great addition: a Green Coach!

I have a Living Food Coach, Dr. RitaMarie Loscalzo who specializes in teaching people how to eat and drink more greens for their health. She’s super creative and fun to learn with. I dropped 20 pounds in a few months when I started doing green smoothies with a special glyconutrient powder added–we call it a MannaSmoothie. Actually, we’re able to enhance that with our clients now with a new peptide technology that really gets those inches coming off fast! It’s fun to see people buy smaller sizes and get more active and feeling better and stronger!

Here’s some of RitaMarie’s latest tips:

“You should be eating like the chimps. 50% or more of your diet should be tender green leaves. There are many ways to prepare greens that are tasty and nutritious as well as easy to make. My favorite way to eat my greens is to drink them.

I love my green smoothies. My favorite ones are simple and quick –greens with cherries, pineapple, spinach and vanilla. Yummy.

I find green smoothies to be a great way to give my body a break from the daily rituals and work of digesting complex food combinations. Every couple of months, I take a break from my normal hectic life and just drink green smoothies for a full 7 days. It’s like hitting the pause button on your DVD. You can always come back to the hectic lifestyle, if you choose, but for a short while, you can enjoy the magic of a green smoothie break.

I’ve seen all sorts of magic happen during the 7 day process. (I forgot to mention that I don’t do the green smoothie cleanse by myself. I lead a group through it. We all take a short break from the day to day to chill out and drink green smoothies instead of all or most of our meals. It’s a blast.)

One woman let go of 12 pounds during the cleanse week. A diabetic cut his insulin does in 1/2 by the end of the week. A woman who’d been struggling with fibromyalgia was pain free for the first time in many years. Another felt more clear and energetic than she’d ever done before in her entire life.”

If you want to participate in a Green Smoothie Cleanse, visit

Also, if you want recipe ideas, contact me!

Feed Off Your Chia Pet and Lose Inches

If you’re 30+  you probably remember the intense marketing around “chia pets” where you put chia seeds on a pottery pup and watched it grow for entertainment! If you haven’t tried eating the seeds, making gel, or using chia in drinks and food, you’re missing a great health booster and it’s been called a dieter’s dream!

What’s cool about chia? 

  • It’s a great source of protein with all the essential amino acids
  • You can eat a typical serving of food and consume about half the calories
  • The seeds are a great fiber source when soaked in water for about 15 minutes and slow the conversion of carbs to sugar down by creating a barrier between the carbs and the digestive enzymes
  • They’re gluten free!

So, to make a simple gel, simply put about 1/3 cup into 2 cups of water. (or fix whatever amount and ration you want.)

If you let it set up to 2-3 hours, you’ll get maximum gel and any lumps will have broken down. You can store in the fridge up to 2 weeks. If you’re in a hurry, just eat some seeds or soak some for about 15 minutes.

If you’re using a fat loss program such as a concentrated whey supplement (not like the meal replacement whey powders), this is a great thing to add to your mix! Low glycemic eating including green smoothies, the powder, and some chia seed gel! In case you haven’t heard of this new technology for fat loss (it’s just been released in the U.K.) but available for some months in the U.S., Japan, and Australia, it’s been clinically tested to help target fat loss and spare lean muscle when combined with low glycemic eating and proper exercise. Write to me for more scoop on this if you’re really keen on dropping inches and not just losing weight.

Athletes Trading Health for Money, or Not

Did you ever wonder what it’s like to be  a famous, wealthy athlete–always covered in the news for your latest records and victories? I’m sure the glamour of the lifestyle is sometimes offset by daily life challenges and then there’s the big one: what pressures are there to compete with the all star, cream of the crop 24/7?

How many times are they offered steroids and other drugs to beef up their bodies and their performance? One only has to google the long term effects of steroids and find out all of the debilitating effects from depression to joint problems to impotence and sterility. That should be enough to drive any young person running in the opposite direction!

But the money and recognition for using steroids and other drugs is be a very strong motivator for so many athletes, pulling in athletes from the pros, college, and high school.There’s even web sites promoting steroids and arguing that they’re not all that dangerous…they claim it’s just a trick of the media to instill fear.

I’m not someone who follows professional sports, but  I happened to read a few articles this week highlighting the choices athletes make every day amidst the pressure to stay competitive and continue to perform at their peak. One was about Joe Torre and interviews about his new book The Yankee Years, covering his long history as Manager of the Yankees. The subject of steroids has come up big time! As Joe said in a Larry King interview,  ”In regards to steroids, I think we’re all to blame, all of baseball. I never realized how far reaching this problem has been.”

And what cost do these athletes bear with their choice of drugs? I found the  site today featuring the foundation that one father began to respond to his son’s suicide after 3 years on steroids. Teaching kids there’s another choice. Typical to many teenagers striving to get to the top of the athletic ladder, his teenage son was trying to bulk up to be more competitive, when the long-term use of the drug took him down.

Then there’s “A-Rod”, Alex Rodriguez, a New York Yankee player who everyone in the sports world knows lots about. He kept his drug use under wraps for years.  He recently was interviewed by ESPN and apologized profusely for the years of misrepresenting himself and the serious mistakes he’d made for being naive and in giving in to the seduction of the drugs as a Texas ranger between 2001 and 2003.

He was giving himself injections, not knowing if he was even doing it right or if it was safe. Even, President Obama has jumped in with a comment on the news from Rodriguez: ”. . .if you’re a fan of Major League Baseball, I think it tarnishes an entire era, to some degree,” Obama said. “And it’s unfortunate, because I think there were a lot of ballplayers who played it straight.” Now Rodriguez, to make amends for his mistakes has decided to join the Hooton foundation to educate youth about anabolic steroids.

Contrast all of this news with a press release about Nancy Lieberman who has played it straight and who at age 50 came back to play in the finals of the Detroit Shock last year and last week  in the McDonald’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Friday, Feb. 13, on the winning East team.From  a press release on Febuary 17, “To make sure I was ready for the game, I stay in good shape with physical exercise, training and proper dietary supplementation with Mannatech products like BounceBack™ capsules, CardioBALANCE® heart care formula, Optimal Support Packets, SPORT™ capsules and ImmunoSTART® chewables that help me achieve and maintain optimal wellness.”

Lieberman is the youngest basketball player in Olympic history to win a medal, a three-time college all-American and inductee in the Basketball Hall of Fame. She is also a member of the Team Mannatech program, a group of 195 athletes worldwide who utilize cutting-edge training techniques and proper nutrition while serving as educators preserving the integrity of sports competition and the health of all athletes.

“We are proud to have Nancy as part of our team and cheered her on as we watched her play and win last Friday,” said former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Butch Johnson, Mannatech’s senior director of community affairs and sports marketing. “Her accomplishments on and off the court and her dedication to health and nutrition make her the ideal role model for today’s wellness generation. We couldn’t be happier for her and look forward to her continued success.”

The Team Mannatech program aggressively supports the World Anti-Doping agency through its dedication to preserving the integrity of sports competition and health of all athletes. Mannatech products are formulated without any of the 4,000 substances banned by the International Olympic Committee’s 2009 world anti-doping list.

There’s always a choice in every moment. Choose for your well-being or pay many prices! 

Stupid Health Tips

Are you one of those who wants to shed inches and pounds, yet you can’t quite get to making your food taste good so you salivate when finding “great tips” from weight loss experts such as the recipe below that tempts you in to escaping your senses?

Get REAL! This is hypnosis and illusion to pretend to change your habits and then drench the good foods in your old fat stimulating habits! So, what can you do? Get a grip. Get creative and whip up a fabulous spinach salad with slices of beet and chia seeds and hemp nuts as garnish–throw in some  slices of golden peppers, maybe some sunflower sprouts?  and pine nuts and strawberries and serve with a dash of oil mixed with fruit infused vinegar. Sounds yummy to my taste buds! 

Have a chuckle with the recipe below. 

“Eat More Vegetables Tip No. 15: It’s all about the cheese.
When all else fails, you can always sprinkle a little grated, reduced-fat cheese over the top.(Note:THIS SHOULD READ, WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, GIVE UP AND DELUDE YOURSELF THAT YOU’RE DOING SOMETHING HEALTHY.) If cheese sauce is more your style, drizzle it over vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower and suddenly, it’s a whole different ball game. Here’s a recipe for Lower Fat 3-Cheese Sauce. (Note: There’s nothing wrong with fats…make them the good ones…like avocado, nuts, etc.)
3-Cheese Sauce 
Drizzle this creamy sauce over steamed veggies for a tasty change of pace.
2 tablespoons of flour
1 1/4 cups of low-fat milk or fat-free half-and-half
2 ounces of part-skim Jarlsberg (or reduced-fat Swiss) cheese, grated
2 1/2 ounces of reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, grated
2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon of pepper
1. In a small saucepan, blend flour with 2 tablespoons of the milk or half-and-half to form a smooth paste. Using a wire whisk, slowly blend in remaining milk until smooth. Simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened.
2. Reduce heat and add cheeses, garlic powder, and pepper. Stir until well blended and cheese has melted.
3. Remove from heat and use as desired.
6 servings
Nutritional Information: 
Per serving: 99 calories, 9 g protein, 5 g carbohydrate, 4.8 g fat (3 g saturated fat, 1.4 g monounsaturated fat, 0.2 g polyunsaturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 0.1 g fiber, 177 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 44%.”

Which Veggies to Buy?

What about buying organic? Found these tips today and wanted to share!

Buying Organic

Publications as varied as the Wall Street Journal, in its 2007 When Buying Organic Makes Sense and When It Doesn’t, and Consumers Union, in its 2006 Tips on Buying Organics Without Breaking the Bank, recommend seeking out organic meats when possible.

• Milk. Pesticides and other man-made chemicals have been found in human breast milk, so it should come as no surprise that they have been found in dairy products. While any residues detected have been rare, and of low concentration, milk is of special concern because it is a staple of children’s diets. Organic dairies cannot feed their cows with grains grown with pesticides, nor can they use antibiotics or growth hormones like rGBH or rbST.

• Coffee. Many of the beans you buy are grown in countries that don’t regulate use of chemicals and pesticides. Look for the Fair Trade Certified Organic label on the coffee package or can; it will give you some assurance that chemicals and pesticides were not used on the plants. It will also mean that fair prices were paid for the end product in support of the farm and that farm workers are treated fairly.

• Peaches. Multiple pesticides are regularly applied to these delicately skinned fruits in conventional orchards. Can’t find organic? Safe alternatives: watermelon, tangerines, oranges and grapefruit.

• Apples. Scrubbing and peeling doesn’t eliminate chemical residue completely so it’s best to buy organic when it comes to apples. Peeling a fruit or vegetable also strips away many of their beneficial nutrients. Can’t find organic? Safe alternatives: watermelon, bananas and tangerines.

• Sweet bell peppers. Peppers have thin skins that don’t offer much of a barrier to pesticides. They’re often heavily sprayed and victim to pesticides commonly used to keep them insect-free. Can’t find organic? Safe alternatives: green peas, broccoli and cabbage.

• Celery. Celery has no protective skin, which makes it almost impossible to wash off the chemicals that are used on conventional crops. Can’t find organic? Safe alternatives: broccoli, radishes and onions.

• Strawberries. If you buy strawberries out of season, they’re most likely imported from countries that use less-stringent regulations for pesticide use. Can’t find organic? Safe alternatives: blueberries, kiwi and pineapples.

• Lettuces. Leafy greens are frequently contaminated with what are considered the most potent pesticides used on food. Can’t find organic? Safe alternatives: cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.

• Grapes. Imported grapes run a much greater risk of contamination than those grown domestically. Vineyards can be sprayed with different pesticides during different growth periods of the grape, and no amount of washing or peeling will eliminate contamination because of the grape’s thin skin. Can’t find organic? Safe alternatives: blueberries, kiwi and raspberries.

• Potatoes. America’s popular spud ranks high for pesticide residue. It also gets the double whammy of fungicides added to the soil for growing. Can’t find organic? Safe alternatives: eggplant, cabbage and earthy mushrooms.

• Tomatoes. A tomato’s easily punctured skin is no match for chemicals that will eventually permeate it. Can’t find organic? Safe alternatives: green peas, broccoli and asparagus.

Over 30 drugs in one body!

Recently, I was talking with one of my colleagues who is a well-versed wellness coach and nurse who shared with me how she had found an old friend through Facebook. She was thrilled to reconnect with her friend, but dismayed to find out she was having serious health challenges, in a wheel chair and taking more than 30 medications each day. With only 5 medications, it is known that there will often be side effects simply from the combination of meds. Of course, each medication depletes one’s vitamins and minerals along with whatever potential side effects from the drug itself. This woman is holding onto life with a tattered thread! My hope is that it’s not to late to adjust her habits and adopt a program that will put her on a healthier track.

A few days later, one of my friends who is 70 and in really great health from following a great health program was talking with a loan advisor. When he found out how old she was, he was astonished, thinking she was about 35 from the strength of her voice over the phone. He told her that he wanted whatever she wanted to recommend for him, no kidding. 

The lesson re-learned for all of us is that prevention with healthy eating and supplement habits along with a great exercise program will enliven every day as well as add years of healthy living onto your life.

One of my favorite sayings is “Health is an active pursuit, not a passive result.”

Let me know if you have any health questions you haven’t been able to get answered!

Health freedom in the U.S. is being tested again as authorities attempt to force parents to give flu vaccines for their children in pre-schools in New Jersey. 

“Children who have not received the flu vaccine are to be excluded from attending, unless they can provide proof that they are in the process of getting a dose of the vaccine within two weeks after the deadline, the state Health Department said.”

Parents are understandably concerned as officials take the parenting decisions away from them and potentially expose their children to hazardous ingredients in vaccines. 

A helpful blog regarding vaccines for your reference:

Best of health in 2009!