Friday, April 13, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

School school school

So I'm considering taking classes with Integrative Nutrition to become a Health Coach.
I did some research and this morning spoke to one of the admissions advisers, Shannon, this morning.

Shannon was very sweet and knowledgeable. We discussed the reasons I am interested in the school, my background in studying natural living and holistic medicine on my own and how I will be continuing my studies in Herbalism along with wanting to become a Health Coach.
She explained that there are financing options for when I'm ready to enroll as well.

So why Integrative Nutrition over the other Health Coach schools and programs?
I looked into this school at first because of the many health experts they interview and have lecture for the classes including Andrew Weil, David "Avocado" Wolfe and Deepak Chopra.
As I read I was also impressed by the fact that Integravtive Nutrition not only takes a Holistic view of nutrition (looking not only at diet but also at spirituality, career and relationships) but also offers over 100 different dietary theories including raw foods, Ayurveda, South Beach Diet and other popular theories.
The kicker was when I was looking at graduates of the program. I had actually heard of some of them! I've seen their books, their faces, their products in my past few years of healthy living research! WOW!

Following is some information about the school that I particularly liked:

Here is a Webinar for interested students

Joshua Rosenthal, creator of the Integrative Nutrition program and school, offers his book Integrative Nutrition: Feed Your Hunger for Health & Happiness for FREE! I'm currently on chapter 3 and loving the information I'm learning with each page.

More information is available HERE

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


I love getting e-mails from Tera Warner. She has such a great personality and I love her webinars, articles and blogs.
Today I read an e-mail from her about what she called her Best Health Decision this past year! What a hook for an e-mail from a woman who loves health, raw foods, juicing and green smoothies! She talks to so many health, nutrition and beauty experts for her to offer what she thinks is her Best Health Decision - well, I was intrigued.
Rather than telling you myself, I will simply post her e-mail to me and the rest of us on her mailing list:

Morning, Happy Chick!

I've got some exciting news to share and have been holding 
back until I could tell you, but it looks like it's all 
coming together now, so YAY! 

Secret's gonna be out. 

But first... 

I thought I'd share with you the *one thing* that has made 
the biggest difference for me in improving my health, 
well-being and getting rid of my unbearable late night 
cravings for food in the last year! 

It has a lot to do with my special announcement, so here it is: 

We all know we're supposed to stay hydrated and eat a 
nutrient-rich diet. 

We all know juicing is great, but WHAT a pain in the butt to 
clean that machine! (And then there's all the leftover 
fiber to feel guilty about!) Honestly, I love juicing and I 
love juice, but it's messy, expensive and time-consuming, 
so most days, sadly, it just doesn't happen for me. 

I've always been passionate about plant and herbs and wild 
flowers and last summer I really started to experiment with 
herbal infusions. We call them herbal "teas" but there's 
not really any "tea" in there. 

It's just aromatic and medicinal plants that we steep in hot 
water. Doing so draws out the minerals and nutrients and 
makes a very nourishing cocktail that is loaded in 
health-boosting properties, hydrates like a son of a gun and 
doesn't burden your digestive system. 

It's so easy to do and cost pennies!

You can literally go into your backyard, or your local park 
and pluck some pine needles to make a great beauty tea.  

You can pick rose petals, dandelions, daisies, sunflowers, 
nettles, oatstraw, dried fruits and berries and put in a 
pinch of licorice root to sweeten it up! 

It's the easiest thing you'll ever do:

Add water. 

No expensive equipment.
No messy clean up.
No waste! (In fact, you're going to be able to just gather 
some of the things in your backyard for FREE and you'll 
feel fabulous for doing it!)

Since we can't all go forage in the forest and pluck pine 
needles in our spare time, I took the liberty of ordering a small 
truckload of my favorite organic and wild-crafted herbal and 
medicinal plants and have put them together in an amazing 
combination for beauty. 

It's called "" and we are getting it ready to 
ship out soon!  

Since the details are still being finalized, we're offering 
a pre-release discount on our new ""!  

We've packaged them in 250g bags (enough for about a pot a 
day for an entire month!) If you pre-order it will only cost 
$14.97. (That's about 50 cents a day for one of the 
healthiest things you could do for yourself!)
(scroll down! It's the second item on the list!) 

You will be SO amazed after only one month with the 
difference you notice in your hair, skin, eyes, energy and 

If you want to save money and get on the healthy, herbal,
hydration bandwagon then click this link:

There are no fancy pages.

No pretty pictures.

No long explanations. When those are up, the price will be
up, too! 

If all goes as planned we should be able to ship out 
in the next two weeks!! 

You can pre-order your here:

And for the first 20 people who place their order, I'll hook you up 
with some of my secret herbal detox recipes for spring!  

Love at tea time and all the time,


The secret to health isn't really a secret at all, 

The more I learn the more I realize how simple solutions really are.

Laugh a lot.
Celebrate life.
Sit around and sip tea.

That's a health protocol I can handle.
1017 Point Road #8
White Lake, ON
K0A 3L0

That's right! Her best health decision was TEA or, correctly, Tisanes/Infusions. Wow!
This coming from a Raw Foodist Celebrity, and its Herbal Infusions! How exciting is that! I' know I'm thrilled to hear such news that not only does she love teas she's also loving it so much she's offering her favorites to her public. How cool!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Detox Your Home!

I know I talk a lot about Detoxing Your Body but I want to take a moment to talk about Detoxing Your Home.
This will be short and I encourage you to look into these tips yourself, run some searches and find out which ways really resonate with you for you to work with.
Also, they are in no particular order, just numbered for organization.

1. Get the Chemicals OUT
Just like Detoxing your body involves getting rid of chemicals in your body, detoxing your home will involve getting rid of chemicals.
What under your sinks have been there for years? Remove anything that is past expiration or, if it doesn't have an expiration, has been there over a year or two.
What under your sinks or cupboards or in your utility room can be replaced with something natural? Could you replace your kitchen and bathroom cleaners with lemon juice, spring water, baking soda, essential oils?

2. Circulate The AIR
Fresh air is NECESSARY for human habitation.
Open the windows during the warm weather months for as long as possible and in the cold weather open them ever so often even for just 5 minutes to get fresh air in.

Bring in an IONIZER to energize the air you breath - ions are the reason the air before a storm feels so great!

Bring in some plants! Plants have been studied and proven to filter air in the home and work place by NASA. Some plants are better than others so do your research but any plant will do.

Buy air filters for the home especially if you live in a high pollen, high smog, high polution area like mid-city.

3. Filter the WATER
We all know tap water is not good for drinking, but what about bathing?
Buy filters for sinks and showers in the home. Try finding ones that filter Chlorine and Flouride as well as the other chemicals in the water.

4. Consider hardwood floors rather than carpet.
Even better, bring in bamboo flooring - bamboo can be stained to look like other woods as well, even Walnut and Red Wood.
Carpet perpetuates allergies and releases gases that are bad for us.

There you go! That wasn't so hard was it? Some fresh air and a few pretty plants? Maybe a home renovation or two? Great ideas available for you home-fixer-uppers. ^_^

Friday, April 6, 2012

Ethical Eating?

So... I get e-mails from Mark Sisson of Mark's Daily Apple and his recent email was about the Ethics of Eating Meat. He states plainly, why should meat eaters have to defend a way of eating that's been going on for thousands of years.
I can't help but agree.

I did want to add something I've been thinking of for a while now as I read The Secret Life of Plants
I read in this amazing book PROOF that Plants Feel! They feel and not only that, but when you harm them they SCREAM! THey feel pain, fear, empathy - when one plant is near another being hurt it too cries out in pain. Just because we can't hear it doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

That being said and PROVEN by scientists - is it any better to hurt a plant than it is an animal? If the plant's plight tugs at your heart strings, will you stop eating all together? Become a breathairianist who lives in the highest mountain peeks, living off of sunshine and fresh, non-polluted air?

I understand that there are many vegetarians and vegans who follow that form of eating for other reasons than disdain for hurting animals such as health, a belief that raising animals hurts the planet, etc.
But for those of you who do this out of a belief that you shouldn't hurt an animal - is it right to hurt a plant?
Plus, 3 of the men most believed to be holy on the planet - Jesus Christ, Buddha, Dalai Llama - all ate meat at some point in their life/lives - just sayin'.

Alternative Medicines - Medicinal Mushrooms

BeeWellBuzz has a short webinar - less than 30 minutes on Medicinal Mushrooms which I found very interesting as I've been all about studying Chaga mushroom lately.

If you don't listen to the webinar or could care less please at least know that the webinar discusses Mitake mushrooms and that they can be taken DURING Chemotherapy to fight against secondary infections caused by chemo treatment's immune system destruction. PLEASE consider this if you do decide to take the allopathic route and use Mitake to help boost your health during chemo.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Another New Webinar

For those of you who did not see the webinar on Holy Basil, you can sign up to watch it again today! Kevin is lengthening the webinar so more people can watch ^_^

Also, Matt Monarch of The Raw Food World and David Rainoshek of Juice Feasting (and the fabulous B12 Webinar that I really love and you can sign up to watch it too!) is promoting another webinar - this one is on MicroAlgae, a superfood rich in chlorophyll.
Here's what Matt had to say about the webinar:

"MicroAlgae Superfoods and Healing ChronicFatigue Top Clinical Research on MicroAlgae Superfoods Which MicroAlgae has 30x as much Healing Chlorophyll as Wheatgrass The Superfood of Choice for Children Potent Anti-Radiat!on Secrets of MicroAlgaes MicroAlgaes: A Saving Grace for the Environment Three Most Potent Varieties of Micro Algae Superfoods
It is easy to make MicroAlgaes an integral part of your Nutritional Life Practices when you know how miraculous they are!"

Lots of learning going on ^_^

Cures for Cancer

Disclaimer: This post is for educational purposes only, please see medical professional about your health problems before carrying on with any method stated here...

I have family, friends, and the family of friends with cancer. Its an epidemic that is being treated incorrectly, in my opinion. Instead of getting the problem out of the body with DETOXIFICATION and boosting the immune system with NUTRITION, allopathic medicine today instead wants to put more and more and more toxins, radiation, and disease into the body! Chemotherapy, injection of viruses, radiation poisoning - only to be told you have a matter of days left and be sent home under hospice (if that) to get their affairs in order.
I'm disgusted and heart broken with every phone call, every e-mail about more and more of the people I love and care about being diagnosed with cancer and never being treated like human beings but rather like large lab rats.

I said this not so long ago to a family member and the response was, "But what can they do? There isn't a cure for cancer yet."
I was shocked. Not too long ago I wrote some articles about Rene Caisse's CURE FOR CANCER - Essiac.
The first article, The Essiac Cure for Cancer, explains how this Canadian nurse found a Native American cure for disease and cancer.
The second, The Ingredients for Essiac, states that the cure is made up for 4 simple ingredients - sheeps sorrel, turkey rhubarb, burdock root, and slippery elm. These ingredients grow in the wild in North America! They have DETOXING and NOURISHING abilities! Exactly what the body needs to allow it to fight disease. The article also explains how to decoct these herbs and use them.

I bring this all up again because I've learned about a second way to cure cancer that follows the same principles of detox and building nutrition and the immune system. The Gerson Therapy created by Dr. Max Gerson has been found to cure not only cancer but also diabetes and other "incurable" diseases.
Dr. Gerson came to America to flee the Holocaust that later killed his siblings. It is said that even Hitler wanted his hands on this amazing doctor because of his ability to treat and cure disease. In America, Gerson's treatment for disease and diabetes was tested on patients with cancer and found to work.

What is the therapy?
Juicing and Enemas. That's it! Now, it is recommended that you participate in the therapy with a qualified Gerson Home Trainer or Doctor (which are rare) but the gist of the treatment is Organic, Raw juices and Organic Coffee Enemas.
Why is this illegal? Its just juice and enemas! But it is illegal to offer this as a treatment for ANYTHING in USA hospitals.

Where can I learn more?
The Gerson Website offers links to buy the documentaries of the method (including donating just $5 to watch one online - thats less than what most people donate to one of the Cancer Awareness groups a month!
The site also offers FREE PDFs on Gerson recipes, treatments, guides to juicers, shopping lists, and lists of supplies and why you need them. SO SIMPLE!

With More than 1 PROVEN method, how can we continue to ignore this and simply Hope that someone will just wave a magic wand and an allopathic doctor tell his or her patient, yes there is a cure and we mad eit in a lab. Here is your magic pill. I'm sorry if I sound cynical but I feel like this is what is being said of adds for a Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Leukemia or whatever. We are AWARE! Cancer does exist! THERE IS A CURE!

For those of you with a disease or cancer, why not try it? Talk to your doctor about the Essiac ingredients - will they interact with the medication you are on? Talk to a doctor or naturopath about how to give yourself an enema properly, will the coffee interact with your medication?
Would it really hurt you to drink some organic fruit and vegetable juice or tea, especially when it could CURE you of your illness.

The Bible says: "The Lord hath created medicines out of the Earth, and he that is wise will not abhor them." Ecclesiasties 38:4

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


I've been looking at herbs I can wildcraft or grow easily in Alaska and I found a video on gathering or hunting CHAGA in Alaska! Chaga is a superfood mushroom that people like David Wolfe, Daniel Vitalis, etc all RAVE about and I now know where to find it, how to decoct it and how to make yummers out of it ^_^

To decoct chaga or make a chaga tea simply rinse it off, break it into nuggets or chunks, throw in a pot with some spring water or glacier water, bring to boil, let simmer 15-30 minutes, then pour off the yummy decoction or tea. Simple! This tea can be added to green smoothies, almond milk, or drunk straight.

Gianni's Stress Reducing Herb

Hey Readers,

So I just finished the free webinar that I promoted today in my previous post. You can still sign up for it, I think they're featuring another one tonight at 9pm and at other times the rest of this week.
Kevin and Annmarie have been talking about Holy Basil for a while now in their videos on The Renegade Health Show on Youtube and their blog so I thought it might be the herb featured.

The webinar was very informative abut adrenal health, how cortisol effects aging and health, and what adaptogens are.
The only fault I found in the webinar information might not be an issue but I did read on WebMD (I'm still looking for other information to deny or agree with this) that Holy Basil should not be used with medication that slow blood clotting (like aspirin) as it might increase this ability. However, WebMD did say " But there isn't enough information to know if this is a big concern."
Another issue that WebMD stated was that Holy Basil interacts with Pentobarbitol but again it said " But there isn't enough information to know if this is a big concern."
Lastly, it said that Holy Basil has not be tested for its effects on pregnant or nursing women. As Annmarie is pregnant, I plan on e-mailing the Gianni's about this, if she's using it, if her midwife has said anything about it, has she noticed anything, etc.

I'll keep you all informed on my research.

Also, if you are interested in buying Holy Basil extract, the webinar does have a %12 discount on 3 bags of the extract that also comes with a free recipe guide.
The add for it did make me a lil uncomfortable as it felt like the whole webinar might be to sell the extract BUT Kevin does believe in this product and I rationalized the advert in that he simply wants to get Holy Basil into the hands of the people and it's not free to him so its not free to us either...

More of my research:

I am looking to see if I can grow Holy Basil in Alaska as it does seem like an herb that would do well to be put into my diet. It can be grown out of doors in tropic to mild areas so if I do grow it, it will have to be indoors at a windowsill or under a grow-lamp.

New Webinar ^_^

Check out this Free Webinar on an Herb that not only REDUCES STRESS but INCREASES LONGEVITY! The Webinar is presented by Kevin Gianni of Renegade Health and author of one of my favorite books, High Raw - so I know its gonna be good.

PLUS! When you sign up for the webinar you have the chance to receive the FREE e-book, Smoothies for Optimal Health. I just downloaded my copy and so far I'm very impressed. This is not just a recipe book but a manual for how to incorporate smoothies into your life and INVIGORATE your health! (This could be my next Gianni book review for Suite...hmm)

I want to also congratulate Kevin and Annmarie on their pregnancy and upcoming addition to their family! If you haven't heard, they announced their pregnancy in this video...

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


With the shows on the tellie about preparedness or dooms-day-ers or whatever they are calling them now, I thought I would post some links on the subject of herbal or natural preparedness and survival.

Tansy at Fields of Tansy has several articles on how she and her family are preparing for the worst with herbal treatments. Her blog is the first I've seen that posts how she would treat dangerous viruses and dis-ease that people normally must go to a hospital or doctor for such as cholera and polio. These are issues that I've yet to see many preppers say they have solutions or treatments for and they could be a problem for those survivors of ... end of the world? Or whatever it is they are preparing for.

Herbal Healer Academy with my teacher Marijah McCain has a new correspondence course on survival. Now, this course won't give you the hands-on experience of going to one of the in-person courses that are popping up all over the country, but they could get you started. Right now, the school is offering the course (3 books, test and certificate) at 10% off!

I won't bother with posting my views on this topic as I don't want to turn this blog into a debate - but I will say that Hoping for the Best and Preparing for the Worst is not a bad idea.

Raw Alaska

Curious, since Alaska is known for its cold climate and winter of darkness, is there anyone up there on a raw food diet?
I did some research and here was my findings.

Kristen Dixon wrote about experimenting with raw recipes on Alaskan Dispatch

Raw Celebrity, Phillip McClusky went to Alaska to speak at the Conscious Living Festival (which I researched and didn't find any information on it after 2009 so I'm not sure if its still going on) and was enraptured by the water in Alaska!

I also came across Raw Alaska, a website and project owned by Chef Jesse Nunley who "is dedicated to making sure that Fairbanks, as well as the rest of Alaska, takes a step in the right direction towards radiant living. With gentle nudges, a little bit of work and a lot of love..." I do think its cool that he offers food subscriptions (and am interested in seeing how much that would cost). I did see that his focus is moving towards having a base in L.A. as well as Fairbanks but I can't help but wonder if that will draw attention away from Alaska...I sent him an e-mail asking about his services, I'll let you know when I learn more about it.

Through Raw Alaska I found information on some locations in Fairbanks such as Julia's Solstice Cafe which is said to have vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and raw options on the menu (but doesn't have a website sadly, the link above is to a review of sorts).
I was also linked to the Fairbanks Co-op and was disappointed to find that Anchorage does not have one but it does have an organic wholesale price club.

Lamber Jules did a 90 Raw Food and Green Smoothie Challenge and discusses how to travel to Alaska on Raw Foods.

Raw Food Repair lists 2 restaurants with raw vegan options on the menu in Anchorage and both offer juices - Juice Kaboose on E. Huffman Road and Organic Oasis on Spenard Road.

So not a lot on here and I'm sure there is more - I didn't link to the vegetarian, vegan, organic or raw meet-ups that group all over Alaska so that right there is like a whole other blog post.


Just playing around with some photo manipulation. Feel free to use any of these but please link back to my blog somehwere ^_^

Monday, April 2, 2012

Making Lists...

In my last blog post I said I was deviating from the path I was taking for a lil while but still heading in the same direction - Becoming an Herbalist.

Well here are some lists

Gail Faith Edwards' 10-Fold Path
  1. Sense of Place
  2. Observation
  3. Humble Yourself
  4. Connect with your Wild Nature
  5. Herbal Ally
  6. Study, study, study
  7. Simplify your life
  8. Cultivate your spirituality
  9. Listen to your clients
  10. Be your own refuge
  11. Practice Learning

I guess that's really an 11-fold path...but I don't think she numbered that last one >.<

Tansy, who got me started on this, has a list of things she's done with her herbal ally, nettles:

Getting Started:
Having a Herbal Ally
Finding a Herbal Ally
Herbal Ally Tools

January Challenges:
Herbal Ally Challenge #1: Decorating your Journal Cover
Herbal Ally Challenge #2: Infusions
Herbal Ally Challenge #3: Research Part I
Herbal Ally Challenge #4: Impressions

February Challenges:
Herbal Ally Challenge #5: Vinegars Part I
Herbal Ally Challenge #6: Tinctures Part I
HerbalAlly Challenge #7: Oil Infusions Part I
Herbal Ally Challenge #8: Starting Seeds

March Challenges:

  • Herbal Ally Challenge #9: Review and Vinegars Part II
  • Herbal Ally Challenge #10: Herbal Ally Meditation

April Challenges:
Herbal Ally Challenge #11: Write A Story

May Challenges:

  • Herbal Ally Challenge #12: Make A Salve


  • Quick and Easy Note Tabs
  • Seed Starting Time
  • Vinegar Note
  • Herbal Ally Update and Survey
I'm posting this here so I can get some ideas later...

first things first though...
Step 1 of the 10-fold path, A Sense of Place - ALASKA!

A New Route

Talk about things falling into place!
I believe things happen for a reason. I also believe that if something is meant for me, if I am meant to take a path, and I accept this, then signals will be placed out for me to pick up or ignore.
I am picking up the signals!

As I've said before, I'm moving to Alaska - April 14 or 15th tentatively - and one of the reasons I am sooo excited about this move is the view Alaskans seem to have about herbalism, natural healing and organic or natural living. There are so many herbalists, naturopathic physicians, holistic healing centers, natural birthing centers, midwives, survivalists, wildcrafters, artists, etc just in the Anchorage and Fairbanks areas that I've seen online! My kind of people and places!

So I'm doing my research and thinking, how do I prepare myself for this? I wanna know everything about the local herbs, the gardens and farms, the local herb lore and the native way of healing.
Reading along, I feel like I'm beginning all over again.

I'm taking a break from Herbal Healer Academy lessons as I won't have an address for the school to send lessons to until we get moved, settled and get a P.O. Box. This gives me a break from that path a little bit and while I'm still going in the same direction, I'm deviating from the road onto a lil trail it seems. (I'm I using too many analogies and metaphors?)

While looking at all this information I ran into Tansy and her blog, Field of Tansy, and some blog posts she did called A Life's Journey to Become an Herbalist. Intrigued, I read on and found that the blog posts stemmed form an article by Gail Faith Edwards that discusses the 10-fold path to Master Herbalism.

This was exactly what I needed in my desire to learn about Alaska-based herbalism.
Taking a leaf out of Tansy's, I'm going to follow the steps outlined by her and Gail and do a year of re-acquainting myself with herbalism.

As I was thinking about this, I signed onto the blog and saw a post by Rosalee de la Foret on How to Choose an Herbal School! How fortuitous! I read it and simply felt I had hit another sign post saying "exit ramp ahead" "turn here" and follow this little dirt trail in your road to herbalism.

While I am taking this trail I do plan to merge back into the path I am taking now with the Herbal Healer Academy for my herbalism certification.
I don't think that this new step will at all be a disadvantage in my studies but a side self-taught course in life and herbs. I think it will be of benefit ^_^

My first step and more links will be available in my next post...

Best Exercise Ever

Truth Calkins discusses the best exercise and best herb especially for women at the Women's Wellness Conference.

You can buy Schisandra products at Mountain Rose Herbs and rebounders at The Raw Food World.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sweet Seduction

David Wolfe discusses sweeteners from sugar to high fructose corn syrup to stevia to honey in this audio interview

I grew up around people using sugar, Sweet n Low and later Equate and Splenda. Today I do my best to stick with raw local honey and stevia. Once I learned that the artificial sweeteners were practically pure aspartame with stuff like chlorine and formaldehyde. Why in the world would I want that in my body.
My issue is I am addicted to sugar (something Wolfe discusses in the interview). I admit it, I am very addicted. I crave it and need it and without it I am grouchy, sad, depressed, and all I want is something sweet (this includes carbs and starches, which I learned that the body turns into sugar).
I have found that the less sugar I consume and the more honey and stevia I use I mellow out a lot more (after a mood swing from the switch).
This is still something I am dealing with...I'll let you know how it goes.