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CAFOs Workers Suffer From PTSD

The Human Victims of Factory Farming

What was not addressed in this article is the psychological effect to the factory worker.  Can you imagine taking part daily in the pain and suffering of any being and it not having an effect on how you view life and the world?  We know that soldiers experience PTSD as a result of being in the battlefield, taking part and bearing witness to the atrocities of war.  The atrocities experienced in large CAFO operations must have a similar effect. (http://www.texasobserver.org/ptsd-in-the-slaughterhouse/).  Factory farming as it exist today is a secretive, cruel industry that is taking a toll on our planet and our health.   And, it is just not necessary.  Government subsidies, advertising and greed have created a huge industry whose only interest is profit.  (http://www.pcrm.org/search/?cid=2586).  Logic should tell us a pound a hamburger should cost more than a pint of blueberries.   Good Food For Thought…

Making The Shift To Conscious Eating

Wow – What a week!   I want to share with  you one of the most enlightening experiences I’ve had in a long time.  I presented  a seminar to a large group of patients at a Wellness and Chiropractic Clinic. My Seminar is “You Are What You Eat – Good Food For Thought”.  This large practice sees hundreds of  patients a week and focuses on healing the body – not just treating the symptoms.  I totally embrace this kind of healing along with acupuncture and other alternative therapies.   These doctors are truly dedicated in helping their patients acheive optimum health and realize that nutrition plays a big role.  One of the doctor’s comments to me, “I want my patients to realize that good nutrition does not come in a pill”.   They do sell a lot of supplements, but would be ecstatic if their patients would just start eating for health.

I was a little shocked at the “body and diet” disconnect this group had.  But I totally understand why.

Here are some of the questions I asked of this class and their revealing answers:

First Question: “The USDA says to limit your consumption of saturated fat, cholesterol and “solid fat”.  How many in this room know where these bad fats come from?  One person raised their hand.   These people are not dumb! The USDA does not explain this code language for very good reason.  The bad stuff comes from animals and the meat and dairy industries receive the majority of our subsidy dollars.   So on one hand they tell you to limit these things, but don’t make it clear what they are  and where they come from.   The USDA shows milk as food group on the MyPlate Chart (more animal protein and saturated fat), which insures that most Americans will consume too much of the very thing the government tells us to restrict.  It’s no wonder America is sick and fat.

Second Question:  Where does quality protein come from – unanimous answer – meat!  In this country plant protein is considered inferior or not considered as protein at all.

Third question:  Are humans carnivores or omnivores.  I was happy to see a majority knew the answer to this question, however, knowing that answer hasn’t changed how they view meat.  Advertising is powerful!

Other observations:  The USDA recommends you consume half of your grains from whole sources.  What about the other half.  Anything but whole is processed and nutritionally bankrupt.  Why don’t they just say – eat whole grains?

I would like to share with you just a few quotes from doctors involved in “Forks Over Knives” (Don’t quote me verbatim – but this is the general gist).

My favorite goes something like this, Some will say that eating a plant-based diet is extreme.  Having your chest cracked open, veins stripped from your leg and placed in your heart seems pretty extreme! “ (My twin brother almost died from this surgery 6 years ago and it didn’t solve his problem).

“The amount of grain fed to the animals we slaughter to feed America (the very diet that’s killing us) could feed the whole world and end starvation”. 

The only species over weight on our planet are humans, cats and dogs” –  Dr. Doug Lisle.   What’s the common denominator?

From Peta – “Do you salivate when you see road kill?”  We are not carnivores.  We are omnivores and adapt to whatever food source is available.  I think everyone will agree there is no limit to the variety and choices in this country.

Bottom line:  It’s not your lack of will power, your stress level, or your bad childhood that’s making you fat.   Our country is one of the few where the poor are obese.  It’s our animal based, processed, nutrient bankrupt food sources that are making us fat and sick.  Why is it so hard to make the connection between the chronic disease in this country and our diet? Because you don’t have the truth – but that’s changing……fast!

You don’t need to be the “Biggest Loser”.  You don’t have to torture yourself with strenuous exercise or starve!  Weight loss is simple.  Even small changes can make a huge difference.  It’s 90% what you put in your mouth.

What if you could eat as much as you wanted and lose weight and never, ever  have to worry about gaining it back.   Does that seem like a pipe dream?   Well it’s not.  It’s as simple as eating more whole, unrefined, plant-based foods from the good earth as God intended.

My challenge to you this month is to watch “Forks Over Knives” and Dr. Lisle on YouTube (FREE) “How to Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind”.  It’s about 75 minutes long and well worth it.  Lose the guilt trip – this video will release you!

We can end the “Health Care Crisis” in this country without the politicians.  Supply and demand still works in our free enterprise society.


Okay – Here’s the recipe everyone is asking for:

Indian Spiced Black Bean Chili with Jewel Yams

 Ingredients for Step 1:

1 stalk celery  finely chopped

1 onion finely chopped

2-3 cloves of garlic minced

1 bell pepper or poblano finely chopped

3 tbsp coconut oil

1 bay leaf crumbled

Dash of salt

Ingredients for Step 2:

1 ½ tbsp. chili powder (or to taste)

1 tsp ground cumin or ½ tsp seeds)

½ tsp chipotle chili powder or 1 fresh chili (optional)

1 tsp smoked paprika

¼ tsp coriander powder

¼ tsp turmeric

¼  tsp fenugreek seeds (optional)

1 tsp ginger minced

Ingredients for Step 3:

1 large sweet potato diced

3 cups black beans (fresh cooked or canned rinsed)

1 – 15 oz. can of tomatoes and juice (or fresh)

2 cups of water or “Better Than Bouillon” vegetable broth prepared

2 tbsp black strap unsulfured molasses

1 tbsp Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar

Ingredients for Step 4:

Add water if needed

¼ cup fresh cilantro (reserve some for garnish)

1 tbsp fresh lime or lemon juice

2 tbsp dark miso dissolved (dissolved)

  1. In large sauce pan, heat coconut oil to med to med high.  Add onions, celery, bell pepper, garlic (in that order) and sauté for a few minutes until onions are translucent.
  2.  Add spices and bay leaf, stirring frequently to toast for a minute or so until fragrant.
  3. Stir in sweet potatoes, beans, tomatoes, molasses, vinegar, and water or broth.  Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes, until sweet potatoes are fork tender.
  4. Stir in fresh cilantro and lemon juice, and more water if necessary.  Simmer for another 10 minutes.  Add dissolved miso to soup and blend well.  Add salt and cracked pepper to taste.  (Note – you probably will not need salt)

Garnish with fresh cilantro, or for vegetarian option add a dollop of sour cream or shredded cheddar.

Note:  If you don’t have all the spices – it’s OK.  You can use a Chili Seasoning mix.   However, the spices add a whole new dimension to this staple vegan dish.


“Health is inner peace.  Healing is letting go of fear.  To make changing the body our goal is to fail to recognize that our single goal is peace of mind” – Gerald G. Jampolsky M.D. from his book Teach only Love.

Obesity and Malnutrition

Could it be that obesity is actually a result of malnutrition and a body’s attempt to survive at all cost?  Just hear me out.  Hunger is an automatic response to the body’s need for nutrients (not just food).   In our fast paced, “fast food” society, we consume more empty calories (no nutrients) than ever in our human history.  The body screams with hunger pains – feed me, feed me and so the body keeps eating and eating.  But all it is getting is calories with no substance – way more calories than it needs and it’s still starving.  And to add to the problem, the excess animal protein in our standard American diet along with processed carbs and sugars throws the body so out of balance that pH, blood sugar, insulin and hormones are completely out of rack.   So along with obesity, comes chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, all kinds of digestive disorders, etc. etc.

There was a time when we grew our produce and supplemented our meat.  Now we grow our meat and supplement our produce.   Or even worse – eat no produce.   I’ve been at my sister’s a lot lately helping take care of my grandmother in her final days.  She’s 96 and grew up in a whole different era when families actually grew food from the earth, cooked and ate around the family table.  The contrast between my Grandmother’s diet and what my sister’s family is eating is staggering.   Eating a vegetable or fruit is rare and fast food is the usual fare in this house.  Even the youngest at 1 ½, is fed primarily highly processed, packaged, toxic food.   Of course, you can’t change what you don’t know.  Media and commerce has done a very good job of selling these empty calories.  Even so, I think most people real agree vegetables and fruit are important.   What they don’t know and the main media is not telling (look at all the advertising dollars they would lose!), is what they’re eating is actually poison and is leading them down a path of misery and disease.

Could eating mindful actually solve the obesity epidemic?  Maybe just asking ourselves “is this food nourishing my body” every time we shovel something in our mouths, could change the way we eat.  It worked for me.  I’m not saying I never eat anything unhealthy, but this question keeps me balanced.  Good food for thought. 

Check out this healthy, delicious, soul warming soup:


Hearty & Healthy Potato Leek Soup


3 tbsp safflower oil or organic canola

1 small head of Cauliflower (chopped into small pieces)

2 medium russet or Idaho potatoes (cubed)

3 leeks (cleaned well and chopped – remove tough dark green stalk)

2 cloves garlic (minced)

2 stalks of celery (chopped fine)

4 cups vegetable broth (Better than Bouillon)*

 1 cup unsweetened plant-based milk

1 tsp dried thyme

1 bay leaf

1 dash of cayenne

Salt and Pepper to taste

 1.     Add oil to large soup pot over medium high heat.  Add leeks and celery and a dash of salt and sauté for a few minutes.  Add garlic stirring a few times and then cauliflower and potatoes.  Add 1/2 cup of broth, lower heat and steam for about 10 minutes.

2.    Add rest of broth, thyme, bay leaf and cayenne.  Simmer with lid on for about 20 minutes until cauliflower and potatoes are tender.

3.    Remove soup and process in batches for a creamy texture.  For a more chunky soup (my favorite) process half. 

4.    Pour back into pot and add milk.  Re-heat gently.

5. Add salt and pepper to taste* (Taste First! – will probably not need more salt)

*If on sodium restricted diet – dilute bouillon by half