Tuesday, May 16, 2006

 

Resume

GERALDINE (GERRY) COFFEY
(256) 350-2823
Email: gmcoffey@aol.com*
Website: www.all-creatures.org/cb/


MEDIA * PR * COUNCILOR * ENVIRONMENT * HEALTH & FITNESS



SPEAKER:
2nd Annual Asian Vegetarian Congress, Bangkok, Thailand, April 2006

CERTIFIED CAJA: Court Appointed Juvenile Advocate for Abused & Neglected Children.

Alabama Congressional District Team Leader: National Peace Alliance, March 2005- present

Captain, Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Alabama State Defense Force

SPEAKER & PLENARY CHAIRPERSON: ENVIRONMENT: World Congress, Scotland 2002; Brazil, 2004

SPEAKER/HEALTH EDUCATOR/PHOTOGRAPHER/WRITER: Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, 2004

PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER: International Vegetarian Union & The Vegetarian Union of North America

CERTIFIED LIVING FOODS ASSOCIATE CHEF Graduate: Living Light Culinary Institute, Calif. June 2002

FITNESS INSTRUCTOR/HEALTH ED/COUNCILOR:
Lectures, Workshops, Consultations: 1974-Present

HEALTH EDUCATOR/CO-PRODUCER:
Training Manuals/Videos: Hallelujah Diet -- 2001

YOUNG EARTH TRUSTEES & EARTH DAY STATE COORDINATOR: 1994-2002

STATE COORDINATOR :
TWO U. S. Presidential Campaigns: Arranged Publicity, Events, Press Releases, etc.

FREE-LANCE WRITER:
News/Features: Associated Press/Huntsville Times/Decatur Daily: 1974-Present.

ADVERTISING & PROMOTIONS:
Account Executive: Emcee: Christmas Parades: National Cable Promotions

HEALTH EDUCATOR/PR/MEDIA LIAISON:
Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, GA. 1977-1980.

TOURISM COORDINATOR, V.I.P. HOSTESS FOR CITY & CHAMBER-OF-COMMERCE, Decatur, AL

BROADCAST EXPERIENCE:
CO-HOST WLRH-FM, NPR Affiliate, Huntsville, AL: Armed Forces Day, Veteran’s Day:1987-Presentt

HOST:"FEEDBACK," WLRH-FM, Huntsville, AL: Public Forum w/UN Ambassadors, Congressmen, etc.

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/REPORTER:
Rural America Radio Network (200 NPR Stations) 1984-85

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/MODERATOR:
"Coffey Break w/Gerry," WOWL-TV, Florence, AL 1976

NEWS & PRODUCTIONS:
Announcer/ Producer news/exercise segments: WHNT-TV1978-’79

PR/FIELD REPORTER:
WYUR-TV, HSV, AL: Coordinator Good Will Tour: Thai Royalty: UN Ambassador

JOURNALISM EXPERIENCE:
NEWS/FEATURES: ATHENS NEWS COURIER; UNA Newspaper; Decatur Daily; Huntsville Times

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR: A.P, U.P.I, Christian Science Monitor; Asia Magazine, Total Fitness

REPORTER/EDITOR: Bangkok World (NYTimes Affiliate):
3-page daily section on local & world news
Series featuring: Philippine Pres. Ferdinand & Imelda Marcos; German Chancellor ; Ronald Reagan; Bob Hope

Ambassador Row: in-depth profiles on diplomats/cultures. (published in 9 SE Asian countries, Europe & Africa)

EDUCATION
B.S. Degree, Radio/TV/Journalism, Uni. Of North Alabama, 1980
Assoc. of Arts Degree, Radio/TV Broadcasting, J.C.Calhoun Community College, 1974.
Continuing Education: Health/Nutrition/Fitness 1980-present

AWARDS/HONORS/AFFILIATIONS
2006 International-Vegetarian-of-the-Year Award Recipient by the Asian Vegetarian Congress, Bangkok, Thailand
President, Huntsville Advanced Toastmasters Club; Past State Public Relations Director
Wrote Award-winning PSA for WAAY-TV; Nominated HSV TIMES to win Earth Day Media Award at UN
Only journalist privileged to accompany/report on trips with King & Queen of Thailand
Officially presented to Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip & Princess Anne
Qualified for the First-Journalism-in-Space Program
Judged in Top 5 % of Female College Athletes Age 18-25 (at age 45, mother of 4 teens)
One of Top Five in Nation to host & lead network TV aerobics on USA Network
1st Place-Feature-Writing, Ala Intercollegiate Press Assn., 1980; Outstanding Student Award, Radio/TV

AMPILIFICATION/REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

Friday, January 20, 2006

 

USEFUL WEBSITES

COMPLIMENTS OF THE VEGETARIAN TIMES MAGAZINE;-)


www.vegetariantimes.com

Use our Web site to search for articles, find great recipes, and stay in touch with Vegetarian Times.



www.vrg.org

The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on vegetarianism and the interrelated issues of health, nutrition, ecology, ethics and world hunger. In addition to publishing the Vegetarian Journal, VRG produces and sells cookbooks, other books, pamphlets and article reprints. They have an extensive site with information including feeding vegan kids, a guide to non-leather goods, lesson plans for teachers, vegetarian-friendly investing and many other links.



www.navs-online.org

North American Vegetarian Society is a non-profit educational organization that works to promote the health, nutritional, environmental and compassionate benefits of a meatless diet.



www.ivu.org

The International Vegetarian Union is a non-profit organization whose goal is to bring together vegetarian societies from all parts of the world. The site features articles, recipes, famous vegetarians, vegetarian phrases in many languages and international events. There are also discussion and news forums.



www.ivu.org/vuna

This site is the home of the Vegetarian Union of North America, which promotes the vegetarian movement in Canada and the US.



www.vegsource.com

Vegetarian Central’s site offers lots of information and links regarding all facets of vegetarianism. Vegetarian Central is hosted by VegSource and is an Internet partner of the International Vegetarian Union.



http://waste.org/regveg

Use the Regional Vegetarian Network’s site to learn more about vegetarian interests in your local area or a place to which you are moving, going to college or traveling. You can also join area-specific vegetarian mailing lists to keep up to date on all vegetarian issues, as well as read reviews on vegetarian restaurants, stores and events.



www.vegfamily.com

This Web-based magazine features more than 800 pages of information with new content published monthly. The goal of the magazine is to assist parents in raising happy, healthy vegan children by offering tips, expert advice, articles and a connection to other vegan families.



www.geocities.com/RainForest/Vines/4482/

The Vegetarian Youth Network is a grass-roots organization run entirely for and by teenagers who support vegetarian living. The group sponsors a help line for information, products and directories of information.



www.newveg.av.org

This site is of specific interest to entry-level vegetarians. This virtual compendium of vegetarian information and sources allows you to look up “How to Be a Vegetarian in 10 Easy Steps,” how to cope with Vegan Dating Dilemmas, the lyrics to “Meat Is Murder” by Morissey, and All in the Vegan Family (one family’s story of living vegan).



www.goveg.org

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), with more than 800,000 members, is the largest animal rights organization in the world. This is one of their sites.



www.happycow.net

HappyCow’s Vegetarian Guide is the world’s largest, free searchable database of vegetarian restaurants and health food stores. Check this website whenever you’re traveling to find healthy eating on the road! HappyCow also provides information on many health and vegetarian-related topics such as cooking, travel, health and vegetarian wisdom.



www.vivavegie.org

VivaVegie Society is a vegetarian advocacy group that was formed in 1991 and serves as an educational organization for the cause of vegetarianism. It has published over 40,000 copies of “101 Reasons Why I’m a Vegetarian,” which has served as “the mighty convincer.”



www.vegweb.com

Veggies Unite! is a guide to online vegetarianism, including a number of bulletin boards on topics from animal rights to parenting. There is also information available on meal planning, composting and book reviews.



www.vegan.org

A non-profit educational organization based in Berkeley, California, Vegan Action has set up a site that caters to vegans. It includes the latest issue of Vegan News, a catalog of T-shirts, stickers, ’zines, cookbooks and information on joining the latest vegan campaigns.



www.veganoutreach.org

Vegan Outreach works to end animal exploitation by promoting a vegan lifestyle. Their main activity is distributing a booklet called “Why Vegan?,” which goes beyond the simple definition of veganism by showing individuals how to better the world through their daily choices. The site also has essays, newsletters, resources and links.



www.daysworth.com

Daysworth.com is the world’s first and most comprehensive nutritional search engine. Visitors can easily calculate the nutritional value of a specific food, a meal or even a whole day’s menu. Find out if you are getting the proper day’s worth of vitamins, minerals, protein and other important nutrients. Daysworth not only gives a complete nutritional breakdown of the essential nutrients in foods, but also provides links to the Web sites of food manufacturers listed.



www.fatfree.com

This site provides tons of strict low-fat vegetarian recipes. You can search the archive, check out newly submitted recipes and access the USDA nutrient database. It also offers some interaction by allowing users to submit recipes for posting.



www.cuisinet.com

This site’s main attraction is its searchable database of restaurants. More than a dozen US cities are profiled. Pick a city, and search for whatever food you’re interested in, including vegetarian. You can add other elements to your search, such as what meals the restaurants serve and whether or not they accept credit cards. You can also read informative and entertaining articles, mail order food items, and learn all kinds of food basics, like what people eat for breakfast in countries around the world. Check out the Market area for mail order food items.



www.vegkitchen.com

Visit Nava Atlas’ virtual vegetarian kitchen to select recipes from Everyday Fare to Seasonal Pleasures. In between, she provides recipes for special occasions and holidays and has discussions of current topics relevant to vegetarian cooking.



www.afa-online.org

Action for Animals promotes a vegan lifestyle and operates under the simple principle that animals do not exist for humans to eat, wear, experiment on or use for entertainment. They strive to end animal suffering through educational outreach, demonstrations and media involvement.



www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/

The Alternative Farming System Information Center is one of several in the USDA’s National Agricultural Library. It provides information related to alternative farming including sustainable, organic, low-input, biodynamic and regenerative agriculture. The Web site features a search engine to locate articles, links to related sites and a page currently under construction where information related to current topics will be available.



www.fda.gov

This online source to the US Food and Drug Administration includes topics such as news, foods, human drugs, animal drugs and cosmetics--all of which have relevant applications to vegetarians and green thinkers alike.



www.pcrm.org

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is an organization of doctors and laypersons working together for compassionate and effective medical practice, research and health promotion.



www.arborday.org

The National Arbor Day Foundation promotes Arbor Day, which is April 29th this year, and is celebrating over 125 years. Check out this site to learn more about Arbor Day, see how you can help and get free trees.

 

THE CAUSE OF DISEASE:

Calcification: The Disease Culprit!

By: Monroe Burton, D.C.

WHAT IS CALCIFICATION?

Calcification is a build-up of insoluble calcium salts in different parts of the body where they interfere with normal functioning. These deposits are most noticeable in and around the joints, but are also found in the arteries, kidneys, heart valves, nerve sheaths, gall bladder (as stones), glands, the middle ear, and even the brain. These salts can be deposited anywhere in the body, but are most likely to be noticed where they cause trouble or are observed on X-rays.

ARTHRITIS: the most common illness caused by CALCIFICATION:
It results from calcium deposits settling in and around the joints. Calcium salts sticking to the synovial membranes or moving surfaces of a joint rougher than these highly sensitive surfaces cause the joint to become inflamed and make movements very painful. As the build-up progresses, mobility of the joint decreases until finally the deposits on the two joint surfaces come together to fuse the joint. This process of fusion is called ankylosis. At this stage, there will no longer be pain since there is no more movement in the joint.

KIDNEY STONES:
For calcium build-up to take place in the arteries, the inner arterial surfaces are first roughened by uric acid crystals sticking to them. The uric acid comes from meat-eating, since animal cells contain a high concentration of nucleic acid (DSA and RNA) which break down first into purines and then into uric acid. The next step, which is the breakdown of uric acid into allantsin, which can pass through the kidneys, requires the enzyme uricase. Humans do not have uricase; only carnivorous animals, such as cats, dogs, and omnivorous animals, such as hogs and rats (the scavenger animals) have it. Uric acid passes through the kidneys at a very slow rate, causing it to build up in the blood stream and stick in crystal form to the arteries and veins, and also form stones in the kidneys.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE:
Once the uric acid crystals provide a roughened surface, a combination of calcium salts and cholesterol will stick to it, forming the artherosclerotic plaque that clogs the artery like boiler scale in a wter pipe. In advanced cases, the arterial wall weakens and deteriorates, and calcium deposits reinforce it but make the artery stiff and brittle. Before this stage is reached, narrowing of arterial opening causes high blood pressure as the heart pumps more strongly to move blood through the system.

VARICOUSE VEINS & PHLEBITIS:
Calcium deposits also occur in the veins, mainly in the valves of the veins that prevent backflow of blood to the feet when the person is in a standing position. This shows up as varicose veins and swelling in the legs, and is also part of the pathology of phlebitis.

PROSTATE PROBLEMS, HEARING LOSS & SENILITY:
Calcification can also occur in the glands. The gland most apt to be noticeably effected by calcification is the prostate in middle-aged and older men. Calcium can accumulate in the middle ear, interfering with the movements of the three small bones that transmit sound impulses from the ear drum to the sound receptors in the inner ear, causing hearing loss. Calcification, or sclerosis of nerve sheaths results in neurological disorders; senile dementia is related to calcification in the brain.

Normally, in the event of injury to a bone or joint, the body will reinforce the injured part with calcium deposits which redisolve when the joint heals. But these calcium deposits can persist as chronic arthritis.

OSTEOPOROSIS & TOOTH DECAY:
As the bones become depleted of their mineral supply, osteoporosis, poro-sity of the bones results. The bones become weak and brittle with increased danger of fracture. The dentin of the teeth also becomes demineralized and prone to decay.

ACID BLOOD:
The connection is based on the acidity, or pH, of the blood, and the action of specialized cells called chemo-recptors in the major arteries. The pH of the blood has to be kept constant within very narrow limits in order for the body to function. Therefore, these cells are sensitive to any increase in acidity, and when activated will send nerve impulses to the parathyroid gland, which secretes parathyroid hormone into the blood stream. Parathyroid hormone acts to dissolve calcium and other alkaline minerals out of the bone into the blood stream to neutralize the excess acid. The alkaline minerals combine with the acids to form salts, which are then deposited in all parts of the body where they settle and build up, such as joints, blood vessels, or any other place. The acids enter the blood stream as end-products of the digestive process.

WHAT KINDS OF FOODS ARE ACID-FORMING?
The most strongly acid-forming foods are meat products of all kinds, including chicken and fish. Carnivorous animals hunt, pounce on and devour their prey, including the bones and blood which contains the alkaline minerals. There is no cooking, fragmenting or processing involved. These animals have the enzyme uricase to break down the uric acid. They also have the anatomical structure for this kind of seating, with short digestive tracts to reduce putrefaction, very large livers and kidneys to detoxify and eliminate waste products, high concentration of hydrochloric acid and protein digesting enzymes to dissolve bones and animal muscle fibers and high levels of mucus secretion in the stomach to protect the stomach lining against the acid and enzymes.

FOODS FIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION:
The human digestive system on the other hand, is adapted for foods from plant sources. Meat products are deficient in alkaline minerals to start with, since the bones and blood are not included. Then the cooking process denatures any minerals that may be present and also coagulates the protein. The longer intestinal tract of the human system provides for a long, slow passage, without the necessary levels of hydrochloric acid and protein-splitting enzymes for digestion, resulting in a high level of putrefaction, or rotting, of the material passing through. This produces a large amount of acidity, along with toxic and irritating waste products.

OTHER MAJOR HEALTH OFFENDERS:
The next major offenders are the dairy products, even though these are promoted as the best sources of calcium, and milk is advertised as the perfect food for children to help build strong and healthy bones, teeth, hooves and horns. In cow’s milk, the calcium is chemically bound with the casein molecule. Casein is the milk protein used in the manufacture of white glue. Calves and bullocks have the enzyme to separate the calcium from the casein, but humans do not. Therefore, the calcium from the milk is unavailable to us. It just passes through the digestive system without change. Also, the process of pasteurization, in which the milk is heated to 160 degrees F. for a half hour, oxidizes any other alkaline minerals that may be present. What is left then, after the alkaline part is removed, is highly acid-forming. It is also possible that in goat’s milk and the milks of other animals, the calcium is likewise bound to some component for which we lack the enzyme to detach. Further, the high fat content of dairy foods interferes with both digestions and blood circulation.

WHAT ABOUT FATS AND OILS?
Fats and oils in the stomach cover the other foods passing through the digestive system with a slick coating that prevents the digestive enzymes from reaching them. Fat also slows down the passage of foods through the system.
The average American is: DRUNK BEFORE LUNCH:
The result is fermentation, which turns the sugars and the starches into acids and alcohol instead of useful nutrients. In fact, the result of eating a "healthy breakfast" in the morning is that it supplies the body with alcohol for most of the day. Fats in the blood stream cause red blood cells to clump together and clog the microscopic-sized passages through the capillaries, reducing the blood supply to the cells of the body and raising blood pressure.

WHAT ABOUT COOKED FOOD?
All cooked foods are acid-forming since the heat of cooking oxidizes the alkaline minerals, and cooked foods, especially starches, have a greater tendency to ferment. Alkaline-forming foods are fruits, vegetables and sprouted seeds in an unheated and unprocessed form.

WHAT KIND OF DIET IS RECOMMENDED?
The foods that provide alkaline minerals are raw fruits and vegetables. Sprouts should be added as a winter vegetable when fresh produce is less likely to be available. Sweet fruits, such as unsulphured raisins and dates are especially good when combined with green, leafy vegetables. Steamed vegetables can be added to the diet, if desired, with a raw vegetable salad. Fats, oils, salt, sharp spices and condiments, vinegar and alcohol are to be avoided since they are irritants and interfere with the digestive process.

 

HEART DISEASE AND DIET

Before Maria Shriver became the Governor's wife, she provided some good reports on NBC’s DATELINE MONDAY.

On one such report, Maria Shriver featured a young couple who invested a year of their lives to participate in Dr. Dean Ornish’s program to reverse heart disease without drugs or surgery.
The husband, a pastor, was diagnosed with major heart blockage at the age of 34 and under-went Angioplasty: surgery to insert a tiny balloon through the clogged artery to enlarge the opening.

But the results would be only temporary they were told, so on learning about the Ornish Program both husband and wife enrolled. Although the wife showed no disease symptoms, they felt unless it was a way of life both endorsed, it would have little chance of success.
From Day One they were told to eliminate ALL fat from their diet (including Olive Oil, which many mis-informed health providers still recommend), along with meat, fish, fowl, eggs and dairy products. Also refined sugar, caffeine, chocolate, decaf and carbonated beverages.

A daily exercise and stress reduction session was also part of the regime.
Seven months into the program, the pastor suddenly experienced chest pain again and was rushed to the hospital.

THE BAD NEWS was he had 95% blockage and required immediate by-pass surgery.

THE GOOD NEWS was, the damage occurred in the same area where the Angioplasty was performed and the tissues had been weakened. All other areas that had previously shown blockage, BUT were not "treated," had dramatically improved.

Far from being "dis-heartened," (pun intended), the couple was more convinced than ever they were doing the right thing.

While learning a completely new way of life was not easy, when they looked at each other across the table, and smiled at their two young children, they knew it was a small price to pay.

Postscript: A few months after the surgery, with the blessings of his physician, the pastor ran a 26 mile marathon and finished in a very respectable time of a little over 4 hours.

(: - ) –Gerry Coffey

“Sometimes the best meal you ever had was the one you just missed!”
--Dr. Frank Sabatino

 
THINGS THAT MAY OCCUR WITH DIET CHANGE:

By Alan Goldhamer, D.C., President. Int’l Assoc. of Hygienic Physicians, Dir.:
True North Health Center, Penngrove, CA.: http://www.healthpromoting.com/Home/home.htm

Headaches are often a symptom of withdrawal from a chemical or food in the diet such as caffeine or sugar. They usually resolve within three days. Headaches may be soothed by alternating hot and cold packs on the back of the head and upper neck.

Fatigue may occur, not due to lack of protein, but rather to adopting a healthier lifestyle with less artificial stimulation. This will allow you to experience your true energy level which may be much lower than you thought. If you experience fatigue, sleep more.

Hunger one or two hours after eating, or sensations of feeling less full after meals, may occur. This is because vegetarian meals feel lighter and are easier to digest as compared to meats and dairy foods. As you become accustomed to a vegetarian diet, you will become quite satisfied.
Bowel Gas and Indigestion are common after major diet changes. The digestive system and the flora in your gut take time adapting to different foods. Indigestion is common when one overeats, or eats gas-forming foods. Initially, reduce intake of cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli as well as irritants like spices, garlic or onions.

Cramping sometimes occurs due to gas formation or from the high fiber and fluid content in the diet distending the bowel with larger than accustomed stools, especially in those with previous constipation. The episodes are usually brief. Application of a warm water bottle on the abdomen, and/or reducing the quantity of food in the diet for a day or two is helpful.

Diarrhea may be a temporary reaction from over-eating, eating unripe fruit, or the sudden introduction of a high fiber diet. Reducing the amount of food intake, avoiding unripe fruit, and eating smaller salads for a while are helpful. Occasionally, increased consumption of breads and pastas, an allergy to gluten, may present itself as diarrhea. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. It is wise to omit gluten containing foods if loose stools occur. The above is particularly important for those w/bowel inflammation (colitis, Crohn's Disease, irritable bowel syndrome).

Allergies may become symptomatic in sensitive individuals who should try eliminating wheat, rye, barley, corn, tomatoes and citrus fruits as well as all dairy products. Eventually, most allergies improve significantly or resolve on a health promoting diet.

Frequent urination of large volumes of urine is due to the high water content of your diet, as well as the excess water shed from your body because of the lower salt content of food.
Weight loss is to be expected as excess fluid and fat are lost. Thin people also may lose weight initially, but as their digestive system adapts to the change, weight may normalize.

More pleasant, long-lasting effects gradually occur, as well, such as: increased vitality, feeling lighter with more energy after meals, improved sleep, more acute taste, regular bowel movements, reduced thirst, disappearance of swelling and edema, and many other noticeable health improvements. Inside the body, cholesterol starts to leave the blood vessels because of your zero cholesterol diet.

There is less load on the heart as blood volume returns to normal due to lower salt intake. A positive calcium balance develops stronger bones due to a reduction of excess protein in the diet. (High protein diets cause a negative calcium balance, leading to loss of calcium from the body, resulting in osteoporosis.) Along with softening the stool, fiber protects the body from absorbing potentially harmful and cancer causing substances in the gut. Fiber also allows more gradual absorption of sugar into the blood stream, easing the load on the pancreas, helping to prevent adult onset diabetes mellitus. The risk of bowel, breast and prostate cancer, as well as heart disease, is reduced by the low fat diet. These are just some of the health benefits of this program.

 

HEALTH IS A BARGAIN!

So if that’s the case, why do we pay so much for health abuse? And why are we willing to pay in so many ways for the conditions we call disease? Health IS a bargain!. And health is also a normal condition. One which requires only sunshine, fresh air, clean water, fresh food, and an active body. The rewards are bountiful, costs are minimal, and the investment lasts a lifetime. Yet, in this throwaway society of ours, most of us don’t seek bargains, and along with our plastic plates and bottles, we throw away our health, our minds, our elderly, our lives.

What are some of the costs which we incur in our health abusive drive? Many can readily point to the hundreds of millions of dollars spent each year on hospital, pharmaceutical, physician and therapeutic care. The costs are a significant portion of our gross national product, but as a nation those costs are not all bad. They provide ample livelihoods for the largest medical staff in the world. They provide income for hospital investors, insurance companies, and an ever-growing pharmaceutical industry.

But those are the obvious costs. There are many others not so readily identifiable. For instance, the lost work time due to illness increases the costs of products for consumers. The medical burdens on local, state, and federal budgets increases our tax load. And the ever increasing medical-related litigation further loads our judicial system.

The real costs of health abuse, however, is on the individual’s loss of energy, the restricted lifestyle which brings unhappiness, the ultimate crippling effects which bring despair, and the depression which disrupts family life and causes anger and grief.

How do we count these costs? As we begin early in life to destroy our health, we begin to lose cellular energy because our high protein diets drain more energy than they provide. This enervation, over time, will start the process of systemic malfunctions, leading to organic dysfunction such as hormonal imbalances, digestive difficulties, and emotional stresses leading to anger, frustration, phobias, and anxieties.

The price for all the animal products, the highly-processed foods, the narcotic and alcohol stimulants, the ease of fast-foods, begins to escalate. At this point the drugs and medical treatments are added, and the quality of life begins to rapidly deteriorate. How do we measure the cost of stress by continually worrying about what the next medical problem will be; how much the next operation will cost; at what point will incapacitation be a reality; will it be cancer or a heart attack? Or the cost to family relationships which are continually strained by angry or irrational responses to everyday problems? Or the cost in time, finances, and emotions of watching loved ones who agonize and wither away in illness? The health abusive lifestyle we now practice is the most expensive habit in which we can ever engage.

On the other hand, health is such an easy thing to attain. It relieves the pinch on the pocketbook. It relieves emotional tension. It takes away the stress of relationships with others. It provides a knowledge that life can be lived to the fullest. And the cost is minimal. HEALTH IS THE BARGAIN OF A LIFETIME!

--Ray Coffey

 

HOPE FOR COFFEE ADDICTS:

Healthy Alternatives for Caffeine and Sugar Addicts:

Our program on "Kick-the-Coffee Habit With Fresh Juice Boosters" and "Desserts for Diabetics (and other health-conscious individuals)" inspired Dan & Sandra Fulenwider to join others who learned that caffeine consumption—through coffee, tea, soft drinks and chocolate (as well as the caffeine hidden in pre-packaged products), is linked to: anxiety, restlessness, nervousness, upset stomach, headaches, diarrhea, dehydration, insomnia, breast and prostate cancers, etc.

Some, like Ray Coffey, exhibit no symptoms and think they are immune. Ray once consumed up to 3 pots a day with no (apparent) side affects. But the effects are cumulative, he learned. "I didn’t know until I tried to give it up how addicted I really was," Ray explains. This from the guy who, after absorbing the evidence regarding the consequences of consuming the Standard American Diet, went "Cold Turkey." Over night he relinquished his love of eating meat, fish, chicken, alcohol, eggs and dairy. (Cigarettes took a bit longer, but they were eventually banished, too, along with refined sugars and oils). "But coffee was something else," Ray recalls. "I climbed the walls for about 3 weeks. And I knew anything that causes withdrawal like that had to be doing a lot of damage." Now Ray’s morning high comes from delicious, fresh juice. A natural boost with no side effects and unlike caffeine, doesn’t rob the body of valuable vitamins and minerals.

In our JUICING WORKSHOPS and LEARN-TO-LIVE Retreats (Practical Application of how to change lifestyle habits) we demonstrate efficient ways to juice to make the task less tedious, and explain the virtues of different type juicers. Attendees are pleasantly surprised with a flavorful "Bone-Builder" cocktail, made w/ fresh broccoli, one of the highest sources of calcium. Ideal for preventing and/or alleviating osteoporosis in men (Yes, they have it too!) and women. It also builds strong bones in children, and de-acidifies a toxic body while calming the nerves.
For the rare few’ whose systems are too alkaline, or to put a bit more zip in the flavor, fresh lemon juice is added. Both are usually quite well received. My favorite, Romaine (Lettuce) and Carrot Juice, is a deceptively delicious, nutrient-loaded combination—which some say tastes similar to chocolate milk. (You be the judge!). Carrot Juice, however, is most people’s all-around favorite, and also the best choice for coffee drinkers. Fresh carrots (even better when eaten raw) are a storehouse for valuable carcinogen-fighting nutrients, especially vitamin C and Vitamin A. Note: fresh orange juice is also great, but coffee drinkers usually have VERY ACID systems so best stay away from this. Also, the alkalinity of carrots and/or greens is a real boon to their health.

DESSERTS FOR DIABETICS and other health-conscious folks (containing no refined sugar, salt, oil and dairy) are made with the aid of a Champion Juicer and blender. People come back for 2nds of banana, strawberry, blueberry, pineapple and mango DREAM CREAM topped with freshly- made pecan and peanut butters and fruit sauces, all made on the spot with the Champion Juicer. With all the HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES available, there’s no reason to feel deprived. No one ever has to leave hungry or unsatisfied. ( : - ) Bottom line: If caffeine is your vice:Make a pact with yourself and/or your spouse to go "Cold Turkey" or wean yourself off a cup a day. Borrow or invest in a juicer and try fresh juice boosters every morning on an empty stomach for 3 weeks. Keep a diary of your progress. You'll be surprised at the changes that occur that you might not recall if you don't jot them down. Besides, we'd like to be apprised of your results, so please share. And get a friend to join your effort.

--Gerry

Thursday, January 19, 2006

 

Mom seeks advice for feeding infant...

Hi, Gerry:

I was reading your recommendations for raising healthy babies. I currently give my 20-month old Eden Soy Original Extra and I do believe he may be allergic to it.

Do you suggest I give him amond milk instead and if so, where can I get it and what is the best kind?

Thanks,
GD
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Hi, Gina:

If your baby is demonstrating an allergic reaction to soy milk it shows how healthy he is and that his body is trying to rid itself of the toxic substance, hence: runny nose, rash, etc.

There are a number of much healthier alternatives, some of which I will post below. Also, there is store-bought Rice Dream milk that would be better if you are not up to making your own (which actually will save you much time and money once you get used to doing so;-).

NUT MILKS

FYI: Nuts are easier to digest and their nutrients are more readily available if they are first soaked overnight in pure water and then dried in a dehydrator. This method imitates the Aztec practice of soaking pumpkin and squash seeds and drying them dry in the sun before eating whole or grinding them into a meal. Soaking the nuts and seeds in water neutralizes the enzyme inhibitors and can increase the vitamin and mineral content. (Can soak large amounts, rinse, drain and put in freezer bags in the freezer for later use).

Almond Milk Recipe

-- 1 ½ cups of raw almonds, soaked in water overnight in 4 cups of filtered or spring water

-- 3-5 dates (optional)

Directions:
  1. Blend 1 ½ cups of raw almonds that have been soaked overnight in 4 cups of water.
  2. Blend with dates if you like your milk with a hint of sweetness.
  3. Strain once to remove almond granules.
  4. The result is a delicious, creamy milk that is free of harmful vegetable oil, concentrated sweeteners, and the problems associated with cow’s milk and soy.
  5. It can be stored safely for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

NUT or SEED MILK

  1. ½ cup raw nuts or seeds. The best are: almond, hazelnut, pecan, sunflower, sesame and pumpkin. Note: peanuts and cashews are not true nuts so best avoided.
  2. 1½ cup waterOptional
  3. ¼ cup of soaked dates or organic raisins (soak 4 hours in room temperature water)
  4. ½ banana

Increase or decrease quantity of nuts/seeds and water, keeping the 1-3 or 1-4 ratio, depending on how thick or thin you’d like your milk to be.

To increase nutrition and energy of your seeds soak them for 8-12 hours, drain the water, put seeds and new water in the blender, and blend until it’s white and thoroughly blended (10-30 seconds in K-TEC or Vita-Mix).


Strain using a fine to medium strainer and a spatula. Pulp can be frozen and used for making vegan cheese. Return liquid to the blender and add whatever ingredients you are using for flavor. Blend again.


It is super-high in protein and very easy to digest because the pulp is eliminated. Enjoy!

FOR OPTIMUM HEALTH USE ORGANIC INGREDIENTS WHENEVER POSSIBLE.


RE: Soy and soy products. Have you read the articles about soy on our website? If not you might wish to familiarize yourself with them at the following URL:

http://www.all-creatures.org/cb/articles.html

Good health and good luck;-)

Gerry

Gerry Coffey, Health Educator/Councilor/Public Relations Officer
THE VEGETARIAN UNION OF NORTH AMERICA vuna@ivu.org and
THE INTERNATIONAL VEGETARIAN NUNION http://ivu.org/
HEALTH IS (the ONLY true) WEALTH! www.all-creatures.org/cb/


 

Make Mine

Make mine with a dab of quantreau bitte Gerry

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