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I intend remembering who I am and the fact that it is easier to be myself than to be as another.

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Scarlett Winters, N.D. - Natural Approaches to Healthcare
'I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.' -
Mahatma Gandhi - Prayer for Peace

Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana

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Your cats diet is key to their health, to their longevity and to their happiness. This means it has a significant part to play in your happiness and in your budget. A healthy, happy cat will need little health care.

There’s a quotation that goes something like this “Let thy food be thy medicine”. It’s an ancient quote probably by someone who knew what they were talking about. Perhaps Paracelsus.

It is probably more true today than it has ever been, with all the hype and spin about commercial cat food, with all the lies and cheating that goes on in the name of profit.

This cannot be stressed enough. Everyone is affected by their diet. And food has never been so unhealthy. From the modern farming methods, to the chemicals used in processing, to the nutrient depleting refining processes, to the chemicals used to flavour, colour, to stimulate appetite, and yes, to create addictions. Continue Reading

Recipe - Quitatta. It's not a quiche nor a fritatta but has qualities of both and we think its delicious!

In the Garden

Late summer colors of iron and joe pye weed, jeruselum artichoke and black eyed susan yellows and yellows of evening primrose and golden rod plumes. Staghorn Sumac if fully bronzed. This year, I was able to get a picture of allheal. Last year it was almost non existant due to the intensity of heat and dry conditions. Finally a few inches of rain!


A golden leaf swirls earthward beyond the monitor edge.

Earth Dinner

From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: What is the "Monsanto Protection Act" and why are environmentalists so upset about it? -- Rita Redstone, Milwaukee, WI

The so-called Monsanto Protection Act is actually a provision (officially known as Section 735) within a recently passed Congressional spending bill, H.R. 933, which exempts biotech companies from litigation in regard to the making, selling and distribution of genetically engineered (GE) seeds and plants.

President Obama signed the bill and its controversial rider into law in March 2013 much to the dismay of environmentalists. It means that Monsanto and other companies that supply the majority of the nation's crop seeds can continue to produce GE products regardless of any potential court orders stating otherwise. Opponents of GE foods believe that giving such companies a free reign over the production of such potentially dangerous organisms regardless of judicial challenge is a bad idea-especially given how little we still know about the biological and ecological implications of widespread use of GE crops.

Today more than 90 percent of the corn, soybeans, cotton, sugar beets and canola planted in the U.S. is derived from seeds genetically engineered by Monsanto and other companies to resist pests and thus increase yields. Aviva Shen of the ThinkProgress blog reports that, instead of reducing farmers' use of toxic pesticides and herbicides, GE seeds are having the opposite effect in what has become a race to keep faster and faster developing "superweeds" and "superbugs" at bay. With Congress and the White House refusing to regulate GE crops, the court system has remained a last line of defense for those fighting the widespread adoption of genetic engineering-until now, that is, thanks to H.R. 933.

Monsanto isn't the only seed company heavy into genetic engineering, but it is the biggest and most well-known and spends millions of dollars each year on lobbyists to keep it that way. Critics point out that the company has spent decades stacking government agencies with its executives and directors. "Monsanto's board members have worked for the EPA, advised the U.S. Department of Agriculture and served on President Obama's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations," reports the group Food & Water Watch. "The prevalence of Monsanto's directors in these highly influential positions begs a closer look at how they're able to push the pro-GE agenda within the government and influence public opinion."

"The judicial review process is an essential element of U.S law and serves as a vital check on any Federal Agency decision that may negatively impact human health, the environment or livelihoods," reports Food Democracy Now! "Yet this provision seeks an end-run around such judicial review by preemptively deciding that industry can set its own conditions to continue to sell biotech seeds, even if a court may find them to have been wrongfully approved."

Another concern of safe food advocates now is getting the government to require food makers to list GE ingredients clearly on product labels so consumers can make informed choices accordingly. "Not only is [GE] labeling a reasonable and common sense solution to the continued controversy that corporations like Monsanto, DuPont and Dow Chemical have created by subverting our basic democratic rights," adds Food Democracy Now!, "but it is a basic right that citizens in 62 other countries around the world already enjoy, including Europe, Russia, China, India, South Africa and Saudi Arabia."

CONTACTS: ThinkProgress,; Food & Water Watch,; Food Democracy Now!,

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Global Food Safety 8th Annual Summit
The summit will review potential dangers, strategies to achieve higher
standards and recent food safety incidents as well as the approaches
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CABBAGE by Dr. Mercola

Cabbage doesn't receive all the fan-fare that other members of the cruciferous vegetable family do, but it should. What is cabbage good for?
A better question might be, what isn't it good for? As one of the most potent medicinal foods available, including cabbage as a regular part of your diet (two or three times a week, or, even better, four or five) may offer many significant health benefits.

Story at-a-glance
" Cabbage is a potent medicinal food that plenty of research shows prevents cancer, in large part due to its high concentrations of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds and glucosinolates
" Cabbage is rich in vitamin K1 and B vitamins, which many are deficient in
" Cabbage has been shown to help heal stomach ulcers and offers benefits to digestion
" Cabbage should be cooked only lightly, eaten raw or fermented to obtain the most nutrients

Cabbage Has Cancer-Preventing Properties
The George Mateljan Foundation recently highlighted some of the latest news about cabbage and topping the list was its potential for cancer prevention.1 Nearly 500 studies have looked into this connection and revealed that cabbage's anti-cancer powers are likely related to:

Cabbage contains powerful antioxidants like vitamins A and C and phytonutrients such as thiocyanates, lutein, zeaxanthin, isothiocyanates and sulforaphane, which stimulate detoxifying enzymes and may protect against breast, colon and prostate cancers.
Sulforaphane, also selectively targets cancer stem cells, and by doing so it effectively prevents the cancer from spreading and/or recurring. Antioxidants also help protect your body from oxidative stress.
The George Mateljan Foundation noted:2"Without sufficient intake of antioxidants, our oxygen metabolism can become compromised, and we can experience a metabolic problem called oxidative stress. Chronic oxidative stress in and of itself can be a risk factor for development of cancer."

Anti-inflammatory Properties
You need some level of inflammation in your body to stay healthy, however it's also possible, and increasingly common, for the inflammatory response to get out of hand.

If your immune system mistakenly triggers an inflammatory response when no threat is present, it can lead to significant inflammation-related damage to the body, a condition linked to cancer and other diseases, depending on which organs the inflammation is impacting.

Cabbage contains a wealth of anti-inflammatory nutrients to help keep inflammation in check. Among them are anthocyanins, a type of polyphenol that's particularly plentiful in red cabbage, although all types of cabbage contain anti-inflammatory polyphenols.

Glucosinolates are phytochemicals that break down into indoles, sulforaphane and other cancer-preventive substances. Indole-3-carbinol, for example, halts the cell cycle in breast cancer cells without actually killing the cells.3 The cell cycle is a rigidly controlled series of steps a cell must go through before it can divide in two, involving the duplication of the cell's contents and a final split.

If you can alter specific components of the cell cycle, you can stop the growth of cancer cells without killing normal cells. Indole-3-carbinol interferes with the cell cycle in a way that turns off a gene for an enzyme important in the cell's growth cycle.

Interestingly, different types of cabbage (red, green and Savoy) contain different patterns of glucosinolates, which suggests you should try to eat a variety of cabbage for the best health effects. The George Mateljan Foundation expanded:4
" … glucosinolates are cabbage's trump card with regard to "anti-cancer" benefits. The glucosinolates found in cabbage can be converted into isothiocyanate compounds that are cancer preventive for a variety of different cancers, including bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer."

Cabbage Is Rich in Vitamin K1 and B Vitamins
One serving of cabbage can provide you with 85 percent of your body's daily requirement of vitamin K1, which deserves a special mention because many people are deficient in this vitamin. Vitamin K1 is a fat-soluble vitamin most well known for the important role it plays in blood clotting and bone metabolism, but it's also a known Alzheimer's disease preventive by helping to limit neuron damage in your brain.

Cabbage also contains healthy amounts of B vitamins, including folate (which is better than the synthetic form known as folic acid found in many supplements), vitamin B6, vitamin B1, and vitamin B5. B vitamins are not only important for energy, they may also slow brain shrinkage by as much as seven-fold in brain regions specifically known to be most impacted by Alzheimer's disease.
Digestive Benefits and Ulcer-Healing Properties

Cabbage juice is one of the most healing nutrients for ulcer repair as it is a huge source of vitamin U (which is actually not a vitamin but an enzyme known as S methylmethionine). Research shows that vitamin U, administered as raw cabbage juice, is effective in promoting the rapid healing of peptic ulcers.

Cabbage juice is also one of the strongest stimulants for your body to produce acid. This is a good thing, as many people have low stomach acid, which is the cause of their digestive problems, and will significantly increase the risk of infection. Having a few teaspoons of cabbage juice before eating, or better yet, fermented cabbage juice from sauerkraut, will do wonders to improve your digestion. Other compounds in cabbage that also have the potential to benefit your stomach and intestinal linings include glucosinolates, anti-inflammatory isothiocyanates, antioxidant polyphenols, and the amino acid-like substance called glutamine.

The Way You Prepare Your Cabbage Matters
Cabbage is best prepared as close to raw as possible, sometimes called tender-crisp, to preserve its many nutrients. Short-cooked and raw cabbage, for instance, were the only kind that had measurable cancer-preventive benefits in one study (long-cooked cabbage did not have measurable benefits!).6 Microwaving is another no-no for cabbage, as just two minutes in the microwave destroys many of the enzymes needed to convert the glucosinolates into cancer-preventive compounds.

Steaming or sautéing your cabbage quickly, or eating it raw in coleslaw and salads is a better option. Cabbage can also be juiced, as mentioned, and fermented, which will provide your body with healthful amounts of beneficial bacteria and, if certain starter cultures are used, vitamin K2.

Lacto-Fermented  Cabbage Relish
Cabbage can also be used as one of the primary vegetables for fermented vegetables. It should comprise at least 80 percent of your vegetable blend when making fermented veggies, so this is an incredibly efficient way to get more cabbage into your diet.

Here's a quick guide for how to make your own fermented cabbage (you can find more in-depth instructions here).

1. Shred and cut your chosen veggies.
2. Juice some celery. This is used as the brine, as it contains natural sodium and not only eliminates the need for sea salt but also keeps the vegetables free of the growth of pathogenic bacteria.
3. Pack the veggies and celery juice along with the inoculants (starter culture, such as kefir grains, whey, or commercial starter powder, all of which can be used for vegetables) into a 32-ounce wide-mouthed canning jar. A kraut pounder tool can be helpful to pack the jar and eliminate any air pockets. We hope to have our new starter culture which is optimized with strains of bacteria that will make high doses of vitamin K2 sometime in early 2013 assuming our testing goes well.

4. Top with a cabbage leaf, tucking it down the sides. Make sure the veggies are completely covered with celery juice and that the juice is all the way to the top of the jar to eliminate trapped air.
5. Seal the jar store in a warm, slightly moist place for 24 to 96 hours, depending on the food being cultured. Ideal temperature range is 68-75 degrees Fahrenheit; 85 degrees max. Remember, heat kills both the good and the not so good microbes!
6. When done, store in the refrigerator to slow down the fermentation process

To read about other food facts, health and wellness information CLICK HERE.



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Editors Note

The HEALING Crane has returned after a few years absence! Our goal is to publish bi-monthly. We are pleased to have Scarlett Winters, N.D., Lisa Renee Wilson, and Carol Bridges sharing their voices here.

May our healing energies go out to Earths leaders, the people, the land and the atmosphere.

May we hold and send Reiki and all manner and type of positive healing out with the intention that it be a blessing and balm that will support the blossoming of peace and healing in hearts, minds and actions upon this planet. Thanks for your help.

Patricia C. Coleman

Don't break the elastic! - a little wisdom from Maya Angelou

(I recently received this message and pass it on to you.)

In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older.
And, there on television, she said it was 'exciting..'
Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first.

The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!

Maya Angelou said this:
'I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.'

'I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.'

'I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.'

'I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life.'

'I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance..'

'I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back...'

'I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.'

'I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.'

'I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back...'

'I've learned that I still have a lot to learn...'

'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.'

Many years past the Healing Crane Newsletter offered information on
slow food and how it pertains to health and sustainability of our food systems. Beginning in the 70's, I began refashioning and repurposing fabrics. In the early 1980' I produced many "sockers" for my new baby. Somehow, I ended up with a number of lovely wool socks and sweaters, I think cashmere, that I decided to make into soakers to cover my cloth bottomed babe. There were also a number of elastic banded pants made from long shirt sleeves. The fabrics used for the pants were usually a lovely cotton flannel. I continue my explorations into upcycling and repurposing fabrics into clothing, quilts and useful items for the home; some of these come to my shop, others stay home or go to live with friends and family.

Slow Fashion

"Slow fashion" is often used to describe products that are in some way less fast: they are made to be durable, made using tradition production techniques, or based on design concepts that are seasonless. But that isn't slow fashion. Instead, slow fashion challenges consumerist fashion's obsession with mass production and globalize style and becomes a guardian of alternative ways of fashion provision and expression.

"Slow fashion draws upon slow culture ideas and vocabulary that have proven so successful in food: small-scale production, traditional craft techniques, local materials and markets. All of these elements form part of a new prosperity in fashion that recognizes that we have to transform the economic logic that underpins the sector. READ MORE -

Think Globally, Dress Locally!

P.S. Locally Discardia, a project of the Center for Sustainable Living is an active creative consortium focused on giving new life to reclaimed materials that would otherwise be discarded. The group host an annual Trashion Refashion Show; a community fashion event that challenges designers of all levels to change the landscape of the fashion industry. Check it out!

Truvia (Rebiana) And PureVia Are Not Stevia
By: Bryan Marcel, Certified Personal Trainer
Truvia and PureVia are the latest sweeteners to hit the market from Coca-Cola (joint venture with Cargill) and Pepsico . They are both marketed as natural Stevia sweeteners. Truvia and PureVia are not Stevia.

According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, which included a comprehensive survey of CAM use by Americans, more than 1.2 million adults had used an energy healing therapy, such as Reiki, in the previous year. The survey also found that approximately 161,000 children had used an energy healing therapy in the previous year.

People use Reiki for relaxation, stress reduction, and symptom relief, in efforts to improve overall health and well-being. Reiki has been used by people with anxiety, chronic pain, HIV/AIDS, and other health conditions, as well as by people recovering from surgery or experiencing side effects from cancer treatments. Reiki has also been given to people who are dying (and to their families and caregivers) to help impart a sense of peace.

Some recent NCCAM-supported studies have been investigating:

* How Reiki might work
* Whether Reiki is effective and safe for treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia
* Reiki's possible impact on the well-being and quality of life in people with advanced AIDS
* The possible effects of Reiki on disease progression and/or anxiety in people with prostate cancer
* Whether Reiki can help reduce nerve pain and cardiovascular risk in people with type 2 diabetes.


Lisa Renee Wilson

I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart: I am, I am, I am.
~Sylvia Plath

Breath is a term and a practice with which we are all intimately familiar. It is obviously crucial to our physical survival, but also plays a large role in our overall physical, psychological, and spiritual wellbeing. Because many of us take breath for granted, we miss a valuable means for measurement and improvement of well being.

Our breath can assist us with both feeling and actually being more at peace. While most could use improvements to their breathing techniques in order to enhance health, manipulation is not necessary when beginning. We know how to inhale and exhale. Thus, at the beginning of practice and as a keystone to which to return, we use simple awareness of breath. In that awareness lies the fundamental blocks for improving our holistic wellness.


Holistc Health (or "well-being" or "wellness", used interchangeably through this article) is defined by the medical version of the Free Dictionary as, "a concept that concern for health requires a perception of the individual as an integrated system rather than one or more separate parts including physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional. Also spelled wholistic health." [1] It is important to acknowledge the integrated system when considering breath - the breath that flows inside the body and around it - and to also acknowledge a felt sense of wellness as part of this system.

As practitioners and healers, we need to be able to tap into awareness of our own well-being, our own systems of joy and disease. We are part of this integrated system, and become more intimately so when working to heal others. We must practice sitting through what arises - back pains, cravings, emotions - without trying to run from it or trying to immediately fix it. As we do so, we become more intimately familiar with the experiences and sensations, and can better understand how to either, one, come to peace with what is without introducing unnecessary treatments or medications or, two, address how to change from within instead of attacking from the outside what is not fully known. We can then offer this wisdom to those with whom we work and interact.

Breath is a tool that can carry all of us into and through this practice.


We can understand breath in two primary categories. First is the immediate, physical action of inhalation and exhalation with which most of us are familiar. By definition, it is, "the air inhaled and exhaled in respiration; respiration, especially as necessary to life" [2] . This is the breath on which we primarily focus our awareness and practice, both through simply noticing and during manipulation practices.

Second is a broader sense of breath: A flow of air and energy within and circulating far beyond us. It is, "life; vitality" [2]. Though this view of breath might seem more mystic, it certainly is within the realm of both ancient religious and modern scientific understanding. As the authors of Science Of Breath noted, "We have found it increasingly impossible to study the physical without becoming aware of phenomena that are non-physical, which we might even call, 'energy'." [3] The larger breath is a form of this energy.

While the immediate, respiratory breath is far easier to understand and use in practice, the awareness of the larger breath is also invaluable to overall wellbeing (especially as the practice inevitably moves beyond wellbeing of self to that of other). For beginners, and for the sake of this article, practices in breath awareness rely solely on becoming aware of the more immediate inhale and exhale of respiration.


Breath awareness means mindfully engaging with and noticing, without judgment, the characteristics of our breath. The practice of breath awareness involves being mindful, of staying present with this noticing. As we get distracted by thoughts, sensations, or external stimuli, we return again and again to that mindful awareness.

While it might seem odd to need to practice something as innate as breathing, most of us take breath for granted very early in life. As stress, illness, and pressures of mundane life speed us faster and faster through life, we forget about that tool for increasing wellbeing that is quite literally underneath our nose: our breath.

There are myriads of tools for breath control and change. However, as noted, awareness of breath without manipulation is the keystone at which we begin and to which we return.

One way to practice self-awareness of breath is to lie on your back in an extended and comfortable position. Place one hand on the abdomen and another just above the solar plexus. Breathe normally. Notice in what order the hands rise and fall. (It is generally preferred that the abdomen hand rises first on an inhale, followed by the one near the chest. However, many people are "chest breathers", not fully extending their breath past the chest.) You can also place the hands on the sides of the ribs, to notice if the sides extend on an inhale and contract on an exhale (so that the ribs are expanding laterally). At this point, try to refrain from judgment. Just notice.

Another practice for breath awareness is sensate awareness. This practice can be done again in the reclined position, or in a seated position, as described in Free Your Breath, Free Your Life:

"Using your sensory awareness, your ability to listen form the inside, take note of your weight on the cushion or chair, the tingling of your skin, the shape and configuration of your body, any muscular tensions, and so on - all at the same time. Within this perceptual backdrop of a kind of global sensation of yourself, just note what moves in your body as you inhale and exhale." [4]

You can also carry this awareness throughout your mundane activities. While sitting at work or walking in the store, bring your attention to your entire body, and notice how your breath flows through (or gets stuck) and engages with (or seems disconnected to) certain parts of your being.

This beginning awareness will help the practitioner to better understand where they constrict the flow of breath. Starting (and returning to) here, practices of breath control and manipulation can be done to increase physical, psychological, and overall well-being.


Our breath is our life, in many ways. It can serve as a marker for indicating where we are constricted, and as a tool for helping us open more to our own being and to the world around us. Most of us have taken our breath for granted throughout our lives and, because of this, missed an invaluable instrument for healing. Through simple awareness, we can begin the journey to better well-being on the waves of our breath.

Lisa Renee Wilson

[3] Swami Rama, Bellentine, R., & Hymes, A. [1998] Science of Breath: A practical guide. p.5
[4] Lewis, Dennis. [2004] Free Your Breath, Free Your Life. p.15

Lisa Renee Wilson is an Awareness Artist who blends mindfulness, awareness, and creative practice with everyday life. She challenges and inspires others through her mixed media art, online writing, and occasional class offerings. Learn more at


SUNDAY'S enjoy organic pastries, sweet or savory at Patricia's Wellness Arts Cafe Sidewalk Bake Sale. 725 West Kirkwood Avenuue

herbal teas and cooked goodies - blueberry carrot muffins, elderberry nut muffin with elderberry chocolate cream cheese frosting, savory herb muffin, brownies, eclairs, quiche, soups and more

What is Naturopathy?

Anyone who has ever cut a finger knows that the body has the ability to heal itself. Naturopathy is based on this fact, and focuses on assisting this natural process, rather than merely "curing" a symptom. As a traditional naturopath, my goal is to provide you with tools and information you can use to find root causes of health challenges, remove them, and explore ways to improve and maintain your overall health.

Over time our vitality can become depleted. Naturopathy focuses on acquiring the raw materials for vitality for optimal health. These include clean water, nutritious food, fresh air, exercise, rest, sunlight, companionship, personal growth and spiritual growth. Naturopaths are typically trained in the same core subjects during their graduate programs, including physiology and anatomy, diet and lifestyle, herbs, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, iridology, etc. We are also expected to have one or more adjunct therapies, usually a form of bodywork or energywork. When it comes to how naturopaths practice, every naturopath is a little different. We each have areas of strength and preference. It is always a good idea to ask your naturopath about her or his professional philosophy.

For example, my practice is a mixture of Ayurveda (traditional Indian healing) and Western Natural Therapeutics, with just a pinch of Traditional Chinese Medicine thrown in. My therapeutic approach is heavy on diet and lifestyle, using supplements as just that - a supplement to diet and lifestyle. My focus is on education, assessment, and natural therapies. I provide education for the public and for practitioners on topics relevant to natural health. Through Meridian Valley Labs, you can request hair mineral analysis, comprehensive digestive stool analysis, and food allergy test kits in addition to the other assessment methods used in the consultation. I also provide a variety of natural therapies in addition to naturopathic consultations. You might find other naturopaths whose practice focus primarily on herbs or homeopathy. Some focus on bodywork or energywork. It is important to find a practitioner that matches well with your needs.

When you arrive at the appointment a non-invasive assessment is usually performed that may include such methods as pulse, tongue, nail, and iris analysis. In the first appointment, which often lasts 1 1/2 hours, your practitioner will do her best to listen to you, take time to answer your questions, and empower you to make informed decisions about your health. Time for natural therapies may also be a part of the initial appointment. After the appointment the client will have an individualized wellness plan that addresses his/her health goals.

Naturopaths may vary, but we all stand on the same basic philosophy. Healing occurs naturally. Sometimes, we need to help that along. Other times, we just need to get out of the way and let the body do its job. Whether you are healthy and want to stay that way, or you have a health challenge, consider naturopathy as a tool to improve your quality of life.

Scarlett Winters, N.D., is an ANCB certified traditional naturopath. She has been working in the field of natural health for over a decade. Her training includes crisis and bereavement counseling, Reiki Master training, and a Doctor of Naturopathy degree. She seeks to educate clients and the public regarding ways to experience vitality and health on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels.
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Battling India's Monsanto Protection Act, Farmers Demand End to GMO
" By Paromita Pain

Straight to the Source
For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Genetic Engineering page and our Millions Against Monsanto page.

On August 8, thousands of farmers and activists from across 20 Indian states demonstrated in New Delhi against the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) Bill, and demanded an end to GMOs in India. 53-year-old farmer Jaswant Sainhara, standing with his son, proudly held up a placard that read, "Monsanto, Quit India."

August in Delhi is among the hottest months of the year, with temperatures ranging from 40 to 45 degrees Celsius (104 to 113 Fahrenheit). Yet under the sweltering summer sky, the people whose voices rose together that day knew they were not fighting for their justice alone, but were fighting for the basic human right to safe food.

India seems to have awoken to the dangers of GM crops. In a recent move, the courts here rejected two patent appeals by biotech giant Monsanto, dealing a sizable blow to a company that recoups its research investments in large part via patents.

Monsanto wanted to patent its "Methods of Enhancing Stress Tolerance in plants and methods thereof," and "A method of producing a transgenic plant, with increasing heat tolerance, salt tolerance or drought tolerance." But both the Patent Appeals Court and the Intellectual Property Appellate Board rejected the company's claims, saying they involved no "inventive steps" as required in the Patents Act of 1970, and that they offered a "mere application" of already known science.

For the many farmers protesting the GM poisoning of their fields, crops and their very livelihoods, the courts' decision was a significant victory and validation for India's food growers. Sainhara, for example, said he didn't really understand what GM crops were all about until his son - who had been educated through a local NGO - explained to him how GM food and seeds worked., August 19, 2013

Hospital First in U.S. to Treat Internet Addiction

A psychologist first coined the phrase "Internet addiction" in 1995, when the web was in its infancy. He meant it as a joke. But now, with the first hospital-based Internet addiction treatment center opening next week at the Behavioral Health Services at Bradford Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania, Internet addiction is no longer considered a laughing matter.

The voluntary, 10-day in-patient treatment program will admit up to four people who have been diagnosed with severe Internet addiction. First, they'll undergo an extensive evaluation and a "digital detox" that prohibits phone, tablet or Internet use for at least 72 hours. Then they'll attend therapy sessions and educational seminars to help them get their Internet compulsion under control.

Kimberly Young, a psychologist and founder of the new program, defined Internet addiction by the consequences of Internet overuse rather than the number of hours spent online. She said there was a difference between people who depended on modern technology but could balance their online life with their offline life, and people whose obsession prevented them from functioning normally. Continue Reading.

I Create My Positive Day

by Rev. Patricia C. Coleman

For years, I have chosen to set my intention to think and act in positive ways. I consider myself a student with many teachers, some young, others old; some are animals and plants. Wisdom lies in many places. I choose to be open, to continue learning, sometimes from books, other times from persons or situations weaving through my life bringing messages to catch my attention or support my intention for a joyful, positive and artful life. One of those people is Cori, one of my students. After six years of painting, I can say that this woman lives a positive life.
Due to circumstances, she lives with various wellness challenges. Yet, she embodies the intention of living with a positive mindset. Because of this I feel that her heart glows and each time I think of her, I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and embody positive intention. What follows is from my own intention practice. Perhaps you can find something in it that you can incorporate into your life.
~Each morning, even before opening your eyes and getting out of bed, think to your self, "I will have a good day". This sets your intention. As you move through your day, remember you are choosing to have a positive day and that you choose how you will feel and respond to the situation.
~Smile when you are alone or when you see others. Smiling and laughing send messages to your brain to release hormones of well being through out your body. If you enjoy laughing, explore Laughter Yoga.
~Make up, read or listen to affirmations to support your desire to be positive. Your brain believes what you tell it. When you use positive self-talk, you are telling your brain what you want.
~As you move through your day, be mindful of your words, thoughts and actions. When you find them out of alignment with your desires, be gentle and reframe your words, thoughts, actions to support what you really want. The more you choose to stay with your intentions, the easier it becomes.
~Look in the mirror and say something positive about your self or another person. If you feel not yet ready to face the mirror, consider writing to your self. Create a gratitude journal, or create your own set of positive day cards. Use index cards and write your positive statements. Make them as simple or elaborate as you desire.
"I love you (me)".
"I am glad to be a positive person."
"I allow myself to improve each day."
"I choose to experience more happiness every day."
"I appreciate the work I am doing to care for my self."
I am wonderful.
I appreciate the effort I am giving to my self.
You can also search on line for affirmations.
~Be kind to your self, other humans, animals and nature. We are all on this earth journey together.
~Whatever is going on in your life, the only one you can control is your self. Don Miguel Ruiz reminds us to pay attention to mind our own stories. Trust that you will support your self with positive continue growth and be open to opportunities to give you more positive memories.
~Find and surround your self with positive thinking and acting people. Positive people are a positive mirror and clear example of how you intend being.
~Find and participate in relaxing past-times.
~Get out in the natural world.
Take short or long walks.
Sit beneath a tree.
Listen to the songs of birds and sounds of insects.
~Work puzzles, listen to music and stories, or share conversation.
~Read or watch materials that inspire and or motivate you toward more positive thoughts and feelings.
~Intend living in the present. This is the only time you will be alive and the only time you can take action toward the positive life you want.

September 13 is Positive Thinking Day!

Rev.Patricia C. Coleman
Patricia's Wellness Arts Café
& Quilter's Comfort


Banned Books

The Lorax by Dr. Zeuss

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Peoples History of the United States by Howard Zinn

nickel and dimed: on (not) Getting By in America by Ehrenreich, Barbara

The kite runner by Hosseini, Khaled

Beloved by Toni Morrison

In Our Mother's House by Patricia Polacco

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstien

James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl

Harriet the Spy by Louize Fitzhugh

Charlotte's Webb by E.B. White

The Absolutely True Diary of a
Part-Time Indian by ShermanAlexie

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) promotes awareness of challenges to library materials and celebrates freedom of speech during Banned Books Week. For books and resources visit the American Libriary Association

Click for top 100 books banned or challenged between 2000 and 2009

When Things Go Wrong
by Carol Bridges

Stuff happens. We feel uncomfortable. Our discomfort summons our High Self who instantly responds to our request for something better. Our job then is to stop complaining and expand into the thought-habit of knowing the "something better" will occur. We must maintain the frequency of that higher desire. We know we are off the track when again we feel bad.

When that happens, we must again raise our vibration by doing something that makes us happy. When we are happy, our High Self and our human self are aligned, and our wishes are being fulfilled in that moment. The point is to learn to resonate with that which you truly want in any given situation.
If you want to have love, be loving. If you want to have money or things, be grateful for the portion of abundance that is currently yours. If you want to have time, take in the pleasure of this moment and relax with a deep breath and a fresh perspective on what is before you. If you want health, concentrate on the parts of your body that are in excellent shape.

This process of noticing when you begin to feel "off" and asking yourself what it is you would really prefer to be happening in that moment is ongoing. We encounter contrast (differences) in order to learn to raise ourselves up in that particular area. It means the "good" you want is trying to come to you. When we realize this and then bring ourselves into a pleasant experience, whether that is just a memory or a cookie or vision of something we are looking forward to, we then begin to automatically draw into creation the higher frequency situation.

There will always be contrasts in our lives so that we can continue to create new ways of being. We are infinitely creative, and that implies that we will never be resting too long before there is a new idea that inspires us to try something else or to expand on what we have already achieved. Struggling and complaining keep your vibe low. This doesn't allow the new desire to manifest because you are out of resonance with it. Just begin to live the solution to your perceived problem.

Stuff happens. You take that as a message that you shifted away from what you really wanted. Oh! Now, you can clarify that higher desire and know where your High Self is trying to take you. It will always be someplace wonderful.

In future newsletters, Carol Bridges will be writing about art as a healing modality through art collage journaling.

Carol is an art quilter (see her enchanted art quilts at )and educator hosting a variety of classes and workshops. For more information visit her at

Films of interest - locked-in syndrome - symphony of home.

It is said that there are hundreds of thousands of people who suffer from locked-in syndrome in the world. They look unconscious and are considered to have no chance of recovery. Until now, they have spent their whole life lying in bed.

However, we have come to recognize that there is a way to regain consciousness and activities like eating, communicating, etc. This project is to glean and spread information on ways to recover (from locked-in syndrome) through communication methods, oral eating, rehabilitation, nursing care, etc.

Everyone, even persons in locked-in state has a thought and has a way to recover. Our goal is to one day make this type of information common knowledge to us all. Visit The Snow White Project.

ISSN# 1552-9371
September - October 2013

Volume 4
Issue 1
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The IHHN is often contacted by a variety of organizations and other wellness communities seeking to establish a national picture of CAM growth. The primary request are for numbers serving veterans, the elderly and the poor. They want to know if we as individuals are keeping good statistics. These questions are also coming because of IHHN/my collaboration with and my establishment of the Reiki Wellness Project. If you have the time, please answer these questions and drop me a note.

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Reiki Healing and Mental Health: What the Research Shows

By Deborah Bier, PhD

Reiki Healing and Mental Health: What the Research Shows Healing touch therapies, the best known being Reiki (pronounced RAY-key), are ancient practices in increasingly wide use today.

According to the International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP), “Reiki is [a] subtle and effective form of energy healing using spiritually guided life force energy… [p]racticed in every country of the world.” While often considered to be spiritual in nature, Reiki is not “[a]ffiliated with any particular religion or religious practice.”

Reiki is increasingly offered in hospital, hospice, and private practice settings, applied to a variety of illnesses and conditions. Those who receive such treatments report relief of symptoms from numerous health challenges, including mental health issues. Research shows that reiki primarily helps in the reduction of stress, anxiety and depression, as well as relief of chronic pain — the last of which can bring on anxiety and depression, or make episodes worse. Continue

EVENTS, Workshops, Classes, Art, Groups in the Wellness Arts Cafe and elsewhere

September 6, 2013 - Encaustics Demonstration - Lisa Renee Wilson, 5-8pm. Patricia's Wellness Arts Cafe & Quilter's Comfort Teas 725 West Kirkwood Avenue. Parking lot to west and free street parking.

September 15th and 22nd, 2013 - Artist Trading Cards
I love making trading cards! Open to ages 3-103. Make a special card, make a lot of special cards, trade them, give them away. Meet, make and trade! Lots of fun. 2-4pm. $5 for materials. Contact us for tools and materials you might bring. CONTACT US HERE!

ATTENTION: - the 2nd Annual BucCornEar Festival on September 20-21, 2013 in Helmsburg, Indiana!!!

Annual BucCornEar Festival and Parade - Popcorn, Pirates and Prevention; Friday, September 20, 2013 3pm - 9pm, Saturday, September 21, 2013, 8am - 9pm. Jackson Township Fire Department - Peaceful Valley Pirates
Helmsburg, Indiana

Parade, Car Show/Motorcycle Ride/Bicycle Tour, Pirate Encampment - Pirate's Cove
Pirates and Bucaneers of the Ressurection, Sea Shanty Challange, Music by Triton's Daughter , Wear Your Best Pirate Costume / Win a Prize
Popcorn Eating Contest, Cornapault, Scavanger Hunt. The Gauntlet, Fire Prevention Activities CAR SHOW - ATTENTION MOTORCYCLISTS
BucCornEar Biker Scavenger Ride on Saturday!
Contact Lisa at 812-340-7081

Thursday, September 26th, LEARNING TOGETHER, LIVING TOGETHER - The Practice of Generosity. A special talk by Reverand Shunya Sano of Japan. 7-7:30pm Zazen, 7:40-8:40pm Dharma Talk followed by Q&A contact
Saturday, October 12th, 7pm - 5 Women Poets Annual Reading of Original Poems, Rachaels Cafe, 300 East 3rd Street, Bloomington

October 13 and 20th, 2013 - Reiki I - for People and Animals - Small Group - Allow Reiki Master Teacher Rev. Patricia C. Coleman to instruct you in the relaxing, pain reducing wellness technique of Reiki for self, family, animals. - 6pm - 9pm (two Sunday evenings) To reserve your spot contact me. Anniversary Discount! (ask for it!

Now scheduling individual, family and small group workshops for Reiki I and II. Email or call to make your reservations. Calendar fills quickly, so register soon!

Maskmaking and other Workshops available. Email for information on setting up your private or group workshop.

You're Invited to Earth Dinner - Tuesday, April 22nd, 2013 - Celebrate and honor Earth Week

Patricia's Wellness Arts Café, Quilter's Comfort and Ichiyo invites you to join us for a small pitch-in vegetarian Earth Dinner. We ask you to come prepared to talk about the food you bring, its origins locally and even its global roots and the journey to this table and if a grower, lessons gained from observing this food. Maybe you can re-create a favorite family dish. Find a way for every person in your home to help in the creation of the food you will bring to share.

I paraphrase here - "Acknowledge food as medicine for every body, heart and soul. When preparing real food, it is like a meditation. When preparing food with friends and loved ones, it is an even better meditation. Coming together around food is a beautiful way to say thank you for our sustenance and to spend meaningful time together."

When we gather, many people around the earth, will also be gathering to share food and discus it. We hope you will join us and share your food story with us.

Unable to be with us at the Cafe, host your own friends or family, or even a lovely contemplative time with yourself.

We will be hosting a small group of people. Please contact to get more information and to reserve your place at the table.

24th Annual Biennial Conference, Turning Vision Into Action
October 18-20th
The 11th Continental Bioregional Congress is tentatively scheduled October 5-12, 2014 at the Ananda Kanan International Retreat Center, Willow Springs, MOzarks, with site coordinator David Haenke. The theme will be Explorations of the Bioregional Mind.
Please reserve the dates and visit this site for confirmation and updates.
Reiki Workshops - Small Groups - Levels I and II with Reiki Peace and Wellness Arts, Allow Reiki Master Teacher Rev. Patricia C. Coleman in Bloomington, IN to instruct you in the relaxing, pain reducing wellness technique of Reiki. To enquire, emai -

Eco News on WFHB

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All Hail Hungary: Country Bravely Destroys All Monsanto GMO Corn - AGAIN
" By Christina Sarich
Nation of Change, August 22, 2013
Straight to the Source
For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Genetic Engineering page and our Millions Against Monsanto page.

More than 1000 acres found to have been planted with genetically altered maize crops have been destroyed in Hungary. Standing up to the biotech giants of Monsanto, Dow, and BASF, the country has boldly banned GMO seed. Peru has passed a ban for at least ten years on GM foods, along with Italy, Portugal, Greece, Spain and Austria with their own bans, as well as many other countries. We can only hope more will follow soon.

Hungary's Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development, Lajos Bognar, has made sure that the genetically modified crops don't spread - he says that 'the crops have been ploughed under but pollen has not spread form the maize.'

When checking the fields for GM crops, Hungary found Pioneer Monsanto seed among crops. Many farmers did not even know they were using GMO seed, so the search and destroy will likely continue. It is not surprising that so much seed is being planted without farmer awareness since Monsanto's acquisition of Seminis way back in 2005 allowed them to corner more than 40% of the seed market. They now own many seeds and seed varieties.

In late May of this year another 500 hectares (more than 1200 acres) of GM crops were burned after their discovery in Hungary. The aggressive manner in which this country is trying to derail Monsanto's plans to overtake even organic crops with hybridization due to pollen spread by wind and pollinators including bees and butterflies is not only necessary but valiant. This isn't the first few times that GMO crops have been destroyed. They have also been burned in previous years when found out. Click to Read

Marijuana in State Reforms - More than half of all Americans live in states that have reformed their marijuana laws by allowing medical marijuana, imposing a fine — not possible jail time — on marijuana possession, or making marijuana legally available and regulated for adults’ use. With polls showing a majority of Americans support making marijuana use legal, and with 83% support for allowing medical marijuana, state legislators are increasingly realizing the public supports marijuana policy reforms.

In 2013, lawmakers have filed bills in 30 states and two U.S. territories to either enact a new medical marijuana law, to “decriminalize” simple possession of marijuana, or to tax and regulate marijuana for adults’ use. This year, two effective medical marijuana bills were signed into law, in New Hampshire and Illinois, as was a research-oriented medical marijuana bill in Maryland. Meanwhile, Vermont's legislature and governor decriminalized simple possession of marijuana.

Several states also considered bills to improve their existing medical marijuana laws, some of which were enacted. Regulated dispensaries were added to existing medical marijuana programs in Nevada and Oregon, and PTSD was added as a condition that can qualify for medical marijuana in Oregon and Maine. Hawaii moved its medical marijuana program to its health department and increased the amount of marijuana patients can possess.

Marijuana Policy Project

The Writers Guild at Bloomington is an association of writers committed to mutual support and the professional development of their craft. Its mission is to foster interaction among writers as well as other artists, educators, and the Monroe County public, thereby enhancing the vibrancy of the arts and the writing community in the greater Bloomington area.

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Dear Reader,
We humans are the most successful species on the planet. We're also the greediest. And the problem is we're using more resources than the planet can produce and replenish. In fact, every year we humans consume the equivalent of 1.5 planets' worth of resources! And if you live in a developed nation like the US, chances are you're using four or five planets' worth or more.
Take the Ecological Footprint quiz to see how many planets' worth of resources you consume.
If we don't smarten up, scientists estimate that humans will consume twice as many resources as the planet can support by 2050. The consequences grow more and more severe as forests shrink, water becomes scarcer, arable lands diminish, and the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere approaches a deadly point of no return.
How can you get closer to using your fair share of our planet's resources? The first step is to take our Ecological Footprint Quiz. It's fun and easy and demonstrates just how much you take from the Earth and how the changes you can make won't just save you money, they'll help save our Earth. - TAKE THE QUIZ -

After taking the brief quiz, I learned that I would need 3- 4 planets to sustain my lifestyle, a lifestyle I considered to be pretty low impact! I am not yet in a solar powered home and drive a car regularly.


September is full of traditional and unusual celebrations. The month is dedicated to Chickens, the Year of Water Conservation, Pianos, Library Card Signup, Child Awareness, Healthy Aging and among many other things, National Honey Month! September 15th thru October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Recently banned books came up in an article by my Son in Law, night editor for the Kokomo Tribune who wrote a column bout Mitch Daniels wanting to ban Howard Zinn. And now it is the month when we celebrate Banned Book Week 22nd - 28th. I've listed a few titles of banned book titles and a link to more information and list of banned books.
Other lesser know days of September celebrations include
6th - Gallery Walk Wellness Arts Café - every first Friday.
8 International Literacy Day
10 Sewing Machine Day
10 Swap Ideas Day
11 911 Remembrance
9th - Talk like a Pirate Day
17th-23rd is Constitution Week
21st - World Gratitude Day
26th - Johnny Appleseed Day

The full moon on September 19th is the traditional known as the "Harvest Moon" because this is the one that falls closest to the autumn equinox. Most of the time the Harvest Moon falls in the month of September: occasionally it comes in October. Its name comes from the fact that peoples could harvest their crops late at night, by moonlight.

OCTOBER is full of traditional and unusual celebrations. The month is dedicated to Bullying Prevention, Emotional Awareness and Emotional Intelligence and National Chiropractic Month.

Special October month days included among those well known on traditional calendars are these day celebrations
5th - Do Something Nice Day and Smile Day
8th - Face Your Fears Day
13th - Positive Thinking and Attitude Day
14th - Native American Day
17th - Black Poetry Day
20th- National Call-in Day for Health Reform
21st - Celebration of The Mind Day
26th - National Forgiveness Day


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