To Be or Not to Be…Organic?

There was a time in the not too distant past that I would drive by Whole Foods and wonder why folks would shop there. Their prices were very high, and they didn’t even carry Doritos or Diet Coke. Sure they carried mock items that were GMO-free and organic, but they didn’t taste as good as the regular store-bought items. No, I don’t do aspartame nor Frito-Lay anymore.

Over time I realized that I had been blind to the truth about food & beverages, how it is our behaviors and not genetics that often kill us, and how the body was designed to heal itself from disease without the use of petrochemical synthetics. I also had never thought about being sure to ingest my recommended daily requirement of Glyphosate (Roundup) or other toxic chemicals sprayed on conventional fruits and veggies.

No these poisons you cannot wash off as many are systemic and are within the fruit or vegetable. Granted some are more toxic than others and below is the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen. While our bodies were made to push out and expel toxins if they remain overwhelmed for years and years by constant consumption of toxins etc. disease is almost a guarantee. Not a matter of if but rather a matter of when.

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As it turns out, organic produce not only has more minerals and vitamins they contain substantially more antioxidants, up to 69% more, that work to reduce and eliminate free radicals that cause aging and they also contain fewer pesticide residues. The known carcinogen cadmium is lower in organic produce by 48% on average than in conventional produce. We are encouraged to eat organic fruits and veggies because they do contain large amounts of antioxidants as well as vitamins and minerals to support wellness.

I had recently learned of a juice business in a city we are about to visit, and they offer fresh squeezed juices and even several days detox of juices. I contacted them to see if they only use organic and they don’t. I could not for the life of me register how they could offer a cleanse with conventional produce, crazy. Maybe they label their juices “Also includes unknown pesticides, insecticides, fungicides and toxins your body doesn’t require.”

One day they should drop the organic label and just have to label the toxic conventional produce and products. Your life and that of those you care for matters just remember that next time you are grocery shopping or at the farmers market. No spray produce from local farms to me is right there with certified organic produce.
Do your research and learn why the investment in organic is worth it to support your good health. Have a wonderful weekend, share as you wish and Be Well!

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Freedom Through Forgiveness

Maybe they spoke cruelly to you or caused any level of physical or emotional pain. Perhaps you were on the receiving end of abuse of any and every kind. Maybe the pain comes from one or many omissions of affection, love, security, acknowledgement, kindness, or maybe their failure to forgive you.

Making it to the point you have in your life experiences of all kinds have you had, and some of them stick with us for a lifetime both the “good” and the “bad”. Other than perhaps while drinking, drugging, sexing, shopping, eating, working, etc. the memories remain and sometimes so do the feelings.

We are allowed to forgive those who have wronged us no matter the level of their interaction with us. The action of forgiveness in no way excuses the behaviours of the person/s but rather frees you from being tethered to them in an unhealthy fashion mentally and emotionally.

If you are holding onto a resentment or many of them against people or institutions consider how freeing it will finally be to release them with love or at least no more hate, anger, or resentment. Have as many resentments as you wish, but they will never serve you.

Anytime you have forgiven, and that same resentment pops back into your mind, this is normal, give them to God or the universe in words or thoughts and remind yourself that you have already released them for good. You are welcome to remain victimized, and that is your right. However, it will never serve you as well as being empowered and moving forward untethered to the pains of old.

May love be in abundance in your life, may you forgive yourself as well in allowing yourself to move forward from this day. Sometimes charity starts at home and who are we not to forgive ourselves. Enjoy your weekend and Be Well!

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Avoid poisoning your dog.

If you are a dog owner, then you understand the unlimited love that dwells inside each and every dog. This week we celebrate the first birthday of our critter Paisley, and we could not be happier. When we invite a dog into our lives, we are quietly entering a commitment to care for and love our friend to the best of our ability for all of their days, as it should be.

Be sure not to repay their love by ensuring their demise via cancer. Like with humans, most everything we place on our skin ends up inside us traveling through the bloodstream. So if you spray your lawn with pesticides or herbicides or especially if you have a professional service do it then you are very likely poisoning your dog. Do right by your pooch and stop dosing them with toxins, if you have been. The same also applies to outdoor kitties.

If you live in an apartment or condo then find out what toxins are applied to the grass they walk upon at your complex and/or the park because your dog is taking it in transdermally through the pads of their feet, inhalation, and from licking anything that has been sprayed or licking it off of themselves.

Study after study has shown increased cancer rates as much as 70 percent of dogs exposed to those pesticides and herbicides. And it can also come from neighboring lawns or parks up to 50 feet away. If your best friend is over fifty pounds, they are at the highest risk of all.

What you feed your four-legged friends should be species specific and without grains or fillers. The basis of good health for them as for us is within proper nutrition, water and avoiding exposure to toxins.

To better care for your canine friend don’t use pesticides or herbicides on your lawn and make sure your neighbor is not using toxic chemicals that may easily be a risk to your pets. Consider removing the threat altogether by keeping them from grass that may contain such toxins. Bathe your pup or give them a good foot soak if they get exposed to treated grass.

There are several options for lawn care that won’t harm your pet just look for organic solutions and further push synthetics out of you and your pets world for a healthier longer life. Investigate further online and share this blog with everyone who loves their pooch.

Have a wonderful weekend now go play with your canine and Be Well!

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Lifetime Friendships

I wanted to share with you a friend of mine that was one of those people who always made you feel welcomed. I was fortunate enough to speak at his memorial service along with a few of his friends from Tuskegee and have liberated a good deal of it here today and on we go.

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Clarence Laudrec Shivers was born in 1923 and grew up in the city of St. Louis. As a child Clarence shoveled coal from the back of his dad’s coal delivery truck and was orphaned at 16. Although he had no real intention of joining the military one day he decided to take the entrance exam and passed with very high numbers and was offered a position within the Tuskegee Experiment, so he focused, excelled and graduated at the top of his class in 1944 of the 332nd Fighter Group.

He then went on to instruct other pilots both black and white in the Pacific. After twenty years he retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel and began to focus on his life-long passion, art. After receiving his degree from Bradley University and landing in Spain with his wife Peggy he began to create paintings that would become treasures for them that own them. They left Spain and moved to Colorado Springs. It was in less than a year later that I first met Clarence. I was thirteen, and we had moved right next door to the man who would become my friend, teacher, excellent role-model, and second father.

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He used to tell me stories of what it was like to be black and working to defend his country in the 1940’s and yet he was treated worse than the prisoners on the base. He had to walk on base behind yellow lines and could not step into many of the white only buildings on base and in town. He encountered racism and bigotry almost every day but knew it was simply ignorance and did his best not to focus on it. He never seemed bitter to me but more disappointed that people at the time were so backward. He was proud of his race and had a love for others in it to do well in life. He believed that we were each responsible for our destiny and since he was able to make himself into a man to aspire to, that all others could do it if they chose to put in the work, effort, and persistence to make it happen.

Did I mention that he could sing and whistle as good as any professional? Often I would hear him next door working out in the garage or yard and whistling some beautiful melody. His wife Peggy is an opera singer and singing Christmas songs at their piano with them was a highlight for me. The last time I sang with Clarence was in a cemetery out in East Texas for a family gathering one very hot summer day in 2005. I would start in on an old Nat King Cole tune, and he would simply join in. We laughed a great deal that weekend and I longed for times when we were younger and had more time together.

Clarence had great woodworking tools and taught me how to use many of them. When he was commissioned by the Miller Brewing company to create calendars for black history month, I helped him cut the boards and paint the base coats on the originals. When in the late 80’s he was commissioned to sculpt the Tuskegee Airman memorial that now stands at the US Air Force Academy he invited me to work with the clay on the original so that my fingers work would be on it also.

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He would always laugh and tell stories of how I would follow him around like a puppy dog always wanting to talk or do things with him. He would also brag about the fact that the wooden deck we built onto the front of his house was still standing after some 20 years. He sold me one of the best cars I ever owned; it was a brown 1974 Datsun 260Z. He helped me create one of the first base boxes ever built, for the back of the Z. He taught me how to tip the right people to make things happen quicker. He also talked to me about life and girls. I recall one day in particular when I had used an unkind word to describe a girl. He pointed out to me that the term I used was not accurate and gave me a new perspective on how I viewed girls from that day forward.

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As a young adult I moved away from Clarence and Peggy finding my way back to Texas and also to New York but remained in contact and spent time with them several times over the years and I watched as my buddy Clarence begin to lose his short-term memory and his essence began to fade. I would get a kick out of telling him on a phone call the next time I was going to be in for a visit several times, as he would forget he asked. It told me he was looking forward to seeing me, and he was always smiles and laughs when we were together.

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Christmas shopping with Clarence for Peggy as he got older was always an adventure, and I was always was so very proud and grateful to be his friend. Most recently we would go to lunch or dinner and he always really enjoyed how the food tasted. The last time I saw him, he handed me a Commandant of Cadets’ medallion from the USAF Academy, and he would not let me give it back to him. I have that here with me, a physical connection to him. He and Peggy were role models for me growing up. They simply loved me for who I was and were always on my side. Going through life and its many changes I always found acceptance, kindness and understanding with them over the years.

Clarence found it hard to believe I had grown taller than he.

Clarence found it hard to believe I had grown taller than he.

Back in 1993, they started the Shivers African-American Historical and Cultural Collection at the Pikes Peak Library District that lives on and has grown ever since. His handsome face is part of the Black Americans in Flight mural that is at the St. Louis Airport. His paintings and sculptures are collected by art collectors & museums across the globe. One of his works was featured in the feature film “A piece of the action” with Sidney Poitier. His last few paintings were of a spiritual nature are featured here and are some of his finest works.

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He & Peggy were also involved in bringing Jazz legends to the Rockies as well as supporting local youths. For him to pass during black history month is fitting as he is an incredible part of their history and will be forever present in the future. Aside from his wife and children I think Clarence was most fond of his statue of the Tuskegee Airman that stands at the US Air Force Academy. He will always live in our memories and his works of art, and I will miss him for all of my days.

Enjoy your weekend, share this all you like and Be Well!

How Dr. Schweitzer cured his type II diabetes in 1950.

Dr. Albert Schweitzer was born in Germany in 1875 the son and grandson of Lutheran ministers. He was known for many things including being an acclaimed organist, an international authority on Bach, an author, a church pastor, the principal of a seminary, a university professor with two doctoral degrees and philanthropist.

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Realizing the rising and unanswered needs for medical support in Africa, he spent seven years educating himself and graduating in 1913 from Strasbourg University as an MD. His goal was to open a hospital in the wilds of Africa, and he did just that in a town at the time named Lambarene, now known as Gabon, nestled along the Ogooue River not far from the equator.

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He brought his wife Helen to assist him and though they spent a few months in an internment camp during the second world war: it didn’t slow them down one bit. Once released they got back to it with him heading the facilities and with a growing demand he opened a leprosarium.

Dr. Schweitzer had a legendary sense of humor. As his look resembled his friend Albert Einstein, once on a train he was asked by a couple of schoolgirls, “Dr. Einstein, may we have your autograph?” Not wanting to disappoint them he did sign their autograph book: “Albert Einstein, by his friend Albert Schweitzer.”

In 1950 he met Dr. Max Gerson, who used his Gerson protocol to heal Schweitzer’s type two diabetes and Albert became a vegetarian. Dr. Gerson’ s protocol also cleared up Schweitzer’s daughter’s chronic skin condition and saved the life of Albert’s wife, who suffered from tuberculosis, which had not responded to conventional treatment. Another confirmation that the Gerson protocol worked!

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Dr. Schweitzer said of Dr. Max Gerson “I see in Dr. Max Gerson one of the most eminent geniuses in the history of medicine.” Dr. Schweitzer won the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize, and he died in 1965 at the age of 90 at his hospital in Africa. At the time of his death, he had served tens of thousands of people and had grown the complex into seventy buildings with over five hundred and fifty beds. Through his generosity, he set up trusts that keep facilities open to this day.

You can learn more about Dr. Schweitzer and his accomplishments as well and Dr. Max Gerson and all he has done to bring about healing online. Consider viewing Dying to have known, which is a documentary about the Gerson protocol while one titled Simply Raw, is all about ending diabetes and can be found online also. Enjoy your weekend, like and share, stay cool, and Be Well!

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Red White & True

Our pending 4th of July celebration has me feeling grateful for our nation. America’s Amexit had many sacrificing much more than a brief dip in the stock market.
Hundreds of thousands have died since, in defending or representing America in war and ensuring that our freedom stays in place.
It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.--Author unknown
For me coming up, 4th of July meant trips to the lake or pool along with picnics including watermelon wedges and spitting seeds.Fireworks and fire ants always in vast supply and part of the annual experience. Lighted punks initiated the send off of hundreds of bottle rockets and the tiny explosions of thousands of firecrackers. Roman candles today are my favorite as are the larger mortars that others buy to shoot off.

America with her imperfections is still the most amazing country to live in, and it has its fair share of incredible people. People of all races and colors have a better chance and opportunity to succeed today in America than anywhere else on our planet. Land of the free and home of the brave.
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No matter how you spend the 4th of July enjoy yourself and our amazing country! Unless you live elsewhere, then enjoy that place too and visit us soon, unless you mean us harm, then kindly stay away and just send us a note filled with your thoughts instead.

Feel free to share and Be Well!
-Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.- -Abraham Lincoln

Talk about a large organ!

In addition to acting as an envelope keeping us all together, our skin acts as a regulator of our bodies temperature by dissipating heat through sweating and keeping us warm in the cold. Our skin proves to us every time we have a cut or scrape that it was made to heal.

With Summer now upon us, it is imperative that you are clear that whatever you are putting on your body is likely going into your body. From lotions, makeup, soaps, perfumes, and sunscreen. We will focus on sunscreen since too often folks are only focused on the SPF number and not how they are dosing their or their children’s bodies with chemicals you would never serve on a sandwich.

There are two different ways sunscreens are created, and one is with toxic chemicals and the other with minerals that too often include the toxic chemicals. Both act as a barrier but with chemicals like Oxybenzone that is linked to a myriad of health concerns it is amazing that people just trust manufacturers and slather anything sold on themselves and those they love.

The EWG tested over 1400 different sunscreens, and only 5% met their safety standards with over 40% potentially contributing to skin cancer. A search online for natural homemade sunscreens will produce many options. Ingesting organic carotenoid-rich foods like carrots, peaches, tomatoes, watermelon, leafy greens and red peppers will support the bodies efforts too.

One of the best ways to stay safer outside is to limit one’s sun exposure and to cover up with shade, wide-brimmed hats, and long-sleeved tops. With skin cancer rates always rising consider thinking twice before you reach for that mass-produced sunscreen and consider if it would go well on your sandwich.

Have an amazing Summer and may this weekend be a great one! Share as you may and Be Well!
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Hemp. It does a body good!

This weeks blog is early since it is Hemp Week and if you don’t already know all about it, read on! The first drafts of America’s Declaration of Independence and Constitution were written upon it, Henry Ford built a car from it that was fueled by it, and Washington and Jefferson both grew it. Cultivated for over 10,000 years it was the very first American crop to exceed $1 billion dollars.

It can be made into over 25,000 different products including paper, plastics, textiles, paints, food, fuel, oils, rope, sails, etc. Hemp is one of our planet’s most amazing plants and June 6th through 12th is national hemp week!

Industrialized hemp is not cannabis (marijuana), and no amount of smoking industrialized hemp can get you “high”. Prior to 1900, almost all medicines were cannabis-based as it contains proven healing properties from its THC, CBD and others. Legalization of many forms of cannabis has spread across the US. Today’s pharmaceuticals are reported to kill on average one person every 19 minutes for properly prescribed and taken medication, as a side effect. There has never been a single case of death due to cannabis or hemp, except for the times hemp rope was used in hangings.

US 1914 $10 bill printed on hemp paper with image of hemp being harvested on the left.

US 1914 $10 bill printed on hemp paper with image of hemp being harvested on the left.

Government and corporate criminals stole hemp from the American people back in 1937 when they lumped it together with cannabis. Twenty years earlier the government had announced a program to focus on hemp cultivation rather than deforestation. However, folks with tree pulp processing patents, petroleum interests as well as massive tree-filled landowner/paper producers stood to lose a fortune from further embracing hemp. Corporations like Hearst and DuPont profited massively as a result of the Government making all-natural solutions illegal (see product list above) and allowing the patents of countless petrochemical based solutions (rayon, nylon, pharmaceuticals, etc.).

A single acre of hemp produces the same amount of fiber as four acres of trees. A hemp crop can be grown three times in a single year while trees take 10 to 15 years to mature. Hemp requires no pesticides, half the water it takes to grow cotton, and will grow in all fifty states. We have been importing it from Canada, and we look forward to buying it locally sooner rather than later. Hemp is now being grown in America once again as the people regain the right to make the most of a natural and effective resource. The time has come for such a blatant misuse of government power and corporate corruption to cease so that all people will benefit.
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All parts of the hemp plant are used: the seed in shell is normally toasted; the center of the seeds or the hearts can be bought whole or in a powder form as protein and as an oil; the fibers of the plant can be made into paper, plastics, textiles, paints, oils, etc. The seeds contain all the essential amino and fatty acids that support optimal health. The seeds contain vitamins and minerals, Omega 3 & 6 Acids, in a perfect ratio of 1:3 to benefit our bodies and minds. Hemp also contains both Super Omegas Stearidonic Acid and Gamma Linolenic Acid, which allows the body easy conversion of all of its Omega 3 & 6 goodness.

Hemp also requires no pesticides since it grows so tall and close together weeds cannot grow and it can easily be grown in all fifty states as it was before our government was purchased by private industry.

If you investigate the facts further, you too will wonder how such a blatant series of lies have been told for so long to the American people. Based on results, hemp will make its way back as will cannabis, to be considered a norm in American society. I look forward to passing organic hemp fields growing as far as the eye can see. Knowing that it will create fuel, food, housing, and clothing. I go into further detail in my book Nutritional Truths. You can purchase hemp foods at healthful grocery stores or on Amazon. Please share this with those for whom you care. Till next week, Be Well!

Think again:)

Think again:)

On Love

Many moons ago I worked with a fellow named Bob Bell who was twice my age and would share various bits of information on life with me and one day while talking about relationships he wrote down the following poem for me. I found the original yesterday made a few adjustments and wanted to share the poem with you.

Made Over
She had seen him and she liked him; He was single- so was she;
She grew interested in him- such a case you often see.
He reciprocated promptly, and it gratified the maid-

In a thousand modest manners her delight the maid displayed.
He was certain that he pleased her, to the turning of a hair,
And was sure that e’en his failings seemed to her as virtues rare.
But within her heart the maiden softly murmured, day and night,
“With a little making-over he’d be exactly right.”

Week by week the two kept meeting; day by day their friendship grew;
Each was certain that the other had a loyal heart and true.
He was sure she was perfection, sure she thought the same of him,
and the trust he thought she carried kept the man in moral trim.

His belief in her perfections made him ask the maid to wed,
And she gave no hint of doubting in the tender “Yes” she said.
Yet this thought was interwoven with her new-found loves delight:
“With a little making over he would be exactly right.”

They were wed. She made him over. He’s another chap to-day;
But in lopping off his failings other things were cut away.
He has lost the faults she censured, but the scars are plain to see,
And she’d like to have him back again just like he used to be.

For she learned a costly lesson: That when God has made a man
He is founded, framed and finished on a pretty careful plan.
And this one-time maiden murmurs in her sorrow, day and night:
“If I hadn’t made him over he would be exactly right.”
Strickland W. Gillilan

This poem could certainly apply to the opposite gender, and you will find some truth in it. I learn things from many people along the way and am grateful. Reminds me of the adage “If you’re having a hard time being grateful for the things you have then try being grateful for the things you don’t have that you don’t want.” No matter, enjoy the poem, feel free to share, have a great weekend and Be Well!

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