True Healing Video by Larry Dossey

Healing is something far more profound than curing disease. In this video, medical pioneer Larry Dossey shares how healing is a process of connecting with our infinite non-local nature, which helps us transcend our fear of death and alleviate suffering at the root level.

Green Leafy Vegetables Associated with a Lower Diabetes Risk

Increased consumption of leafy green vegetables is associated with lower risk for developing type 2 diabetes, a British Medical Journal meta-analysis finds.

Researchers examined data from six prospective cohort studies that measured individual consumption of fruits and vegetables. The studies also assessed the development of diabetes over a median of 13 years. Intake of fruit or vegetables, either alone or combined, was not associated with lower risk. In the four studies that specifically measured the intake of leafy green vegetables, a 14% reduction in diabetes risk was apparent between the highest and lowest levels of consumption.

The authors cite the antioxidant effects of beta-carotene, polyphenols, and vitamin C as possible mechanisms for this effect.

Editorialists comment that dietary advice "may be just as beneficial, if not more so, than prescribing drugs" to patients at risk

Art in the School House

Hello Colorado Friends!

I wanted to let you know about an art show I'll be having a booth in next month (Sept 10 & 11). It's a school fundraising event for Serena's former school, The Patchwork School. You can view more information at:

I'll be selling my Whimsical Love prints and magnets along with my Prayer Gardens. 50% of the proceeds go to the school.

Hope to see you there!

Calcium Supplments a No-No?

A new analysis study done by researcher Ian Reid, MD, of New Zealand’s University of Aukland, found that women who are taking calcium supplements are increasing their risk of heart disease by 20-30%.

Dr. Reid told WebMD, “I think we need to seriously consider whether calcium supplementation is a good thing for most people, given that it is associated with a very small decrease in fracture risk." He went on to say, which we've been learning for years...“We encourage our patients to get their calcium from the foods they eat and not from supplements.”

To read the entire article on WebMD, click here.

Dr. Carol Watson, ND says "Doctors who study calcium now understand that the amount of calcium absorbed depends on its interaction with other dietary constituents. In other words, the absorbability of calcium is mainly determined by the presence of food constituents. One study (taken from a research article written by Robert Theil, Ph.D., N.D.) found that whole food calcium is 8.79 times more absorbed into the blood than calcium carbonate and 2.97 times more than calcium gluconate".

When you think of getting calcium from your food, remember dairy is not the best source. Dairy is acidifying, which can cause damage to your bones as your body attempts to rebalance it's pH by stealing alkalizing minerals -- like calcium found in your tissues and bones.
Plant foods are the best sources.

Here is a list of plant-based foods that are high in calcium:

* Almonds – 1 oz. (about 23 nuts) - 75 mg.
* Blackstrap Molasses – 1 T. – approximately 137 mg.
* Beans
o White beans 3/4 cup has 120 mg
o Navy beans 3/4 cup has 94 mg
o Black Turtle beans 3/4 cup has 75 mg
o Chickpeas 3/4 cup – 58 mg
o Tofu 150g – 350 mg
* Brazil Nuts – 2 oz. (about 12 nuts) - 90 mg.
* Broccoli – 2 cups boiled - 124 mg.
* Celery - 2 cups raw - 81 mg.
* Collard Greens - 1 cup boiled - 266 mg.
* Flax Seeds – 2 T. - 52 mg.
* Instant Oats - 1 packet – 165 mg
* Kale – 1 cup boiled - 94 mg.
* Kelp - 1 cup raw - 136 mg.
* Oranges - 1 medium - 52 mg.
* Papaya - 1 medium - 73 mg.
* Sesame Seeds – ¼ cup - 351 mg calcium.
* Spinach – 1 cup boiled - 245 mg.
* Swiss Chard – 1 cup boiled - 102 mg.
* Tahini(sesame seed butter) – 2 T. raw – 126 mg.

Impact of fresh, healthy foods on learning and behavior

What happens when you change the food within a school from processed, standard American diet foods to a healthy, vegetarian meals? Watch this amazing 5 year study in an Appleton Wisconsin school.

Neal Barnard on Chocolate, Cheese, Meat & Sugar

I love this entertaining and certainly thought provoking video.

Chocolate, Cheese, Meat, and Sugar:
Physically Addictive Foods

Neal Barnard MD discusses the science behind food additions. Willpower is not to blame: chocolate, cheese, meat, and sugar release opiate-like substances. Dr. Barnard also discusses how industry, aided by government, exploits these natural cravings, pushing us to eat more and more unhealthy foods. A plant-based (vegan) diet is the solution to avoid many of these problems. Neal Barnard is the founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

The Beautiful Truth

One of my favorite, eye-opening movies on the impact of food and health. You can watch the entire video online!

Grape Seed Extract Kills Leukemia

Here is an excerpt of an article by Sherry Baker, Health Sciences Editor written in Natural on how grape seed extract combats leukemia.

"Now there's another reason to appreciate the healthy phytochemicals contained in grapes. Researchers from the University of Kentucky have found a natural substance in the fruit that's deadly to malignant leukemia cells. The powerful cancer fighter, derived from grape seeds, triggered the death of 76 percent of leukemia cells exposed to the extract in a laboratory experiment.

The scientists just reported this study in the January 1, 2009, issue of Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. They also published data that reveals the cell signaling pathway that grape seed extract impacts to trigger the death, or apoptosis, of leukemia cells. The University of Kentucky researchers concluded the extract "turns on" a protein known as JNK that regulates the cancer-cell killing pathway."