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Health is the condition of wisdom, and the sign is cheerfulness -- an open and noble temper.
Author:Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.  
 

Recipe Of The Month

Pineapple Chia Pudding Parfait

Mix in a Mixing Bowl:
1/4 cup Chia Seeds
cup Juice or choice

Soak till pudding like consistency.
You may need to add more juice to reach the desired consistency but do not add any liquid for the first 5 minutes.

Serve topped with Cream or use in parfaits or as a topping.


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Google Launches
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Raw Chef Dan's Tip Of The Month

Cheaper Will Always Cost More

I often recall the words of one of my greatest teachers. This was back in my recording studio days; he would quit often tell me how "these moran's" in the US recording studio industry didn't get it. He would quote them on a job, consulting, designing, building them a studio... and not get the job because his price was too high. Then he would tell me that's OK because in a few months they will call him back to fix the nightmare the cheaper guys created. Then he would charge them even more for what he secretly called his "stupidity fee". And it happened, every time he said it they eventually called him back.
This comes to me so often in my life now that I know what it is when I see it. You see going the cheap rout now will always cost you latter.
When it comes to our health that is just not a exceptable option. Cheap will definitely cost you more later. Just ask some one on diabetes medication, had a gull stone removed and suffered a hart attack. These are all preventable and for the most part can be accomplished simply by buying and consuming higher quality foods.

Organic may cost more now but it is a lot cheaper than going to the doctor.

 
News On The Forefront

Celebrity chefs lead the charge for healthier food

MIAMI – Jamie Oliver is using fresh fruit and vegetables to try to win the hearts, or at least the fatty arteries, of a West Virginia city. Rachael Ray is working to reform school lunch. And Paula Deen, queen of Southern-fried goodness, recently taught an auditorium of kids how to cook and eat healthy.

Chefs have always wanted us to eat something good. Now, it seems they're just as interested in seeing that we eat well.

"They're digging down to more substance, which is great because we all win," says Phil Lempert, the food marketing expert known as The Supermarket Guru. "Before it was cleavage and being cute to get noticed. Now it's all about substance, nutrition."

This didn't happen overnight.

Pioneers like California chef Alice Waters and, more recently, journalist Michael Pollan have been preaching the gospel of fresh, unadulterated food for years.

But when everyone from Deen to "Dancing With the Stars" alum Rocco DiSpirito is talking about the benefits of produce over processed you know the tent has gotten a little bigger.

"It became clear to a bunch of us that not only is it a good idea now, but people are ready to be receptive," says DiSpirito, author of the recent New York Times' bestselling healthy cookbook, "Now Eat This!"

That's partly because the rock star status TV chefs enjoy gives them an entree into American kitchens that previous proponents of healthy eating lacked, notes Lee Schrager, founder and organizer of the annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival.

Oliver, for example, is headlining "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution," an ABC reality show documenting his efforts to change eating habits in a community the network calls the nation's unhealthiest.

Chefs are realizing they have a responsibility to use their influence to foster change, Oliver says. And celebrities often can do that with more panache than traditional nutrition advocates have.

"You don't want to food nazi the fun out of everything," he says. "You can still cook great things that are calorific, but you just need to intro it with kind of — Look, this is a special occasion, or this is for the holidays, or whatever."

Snappy titles and glamorous stars are new tactics for the eat healthy movement, which in the past has been perceived, fairly or not, as fun-deprived. Even Sesame Street is reaching for star power. The program recently named Art Smith, Oprah Winfrey's former chef, as its healthy eating adviser.

"It's becoming less elitist," says nutrition and policy expert Marion Nestle, who credits first lady Michelle Obama's championship of healthy eating with helping take the issue mainstream.

Deen agrees. "We work on unintimidating foods that mothers and dads can put together pretty easily," she says.

Now there even is a glossy food magazine dedicated to helping kids eat and cook healthier. The just launched quarterly ChopChop Magazine is aimed at 5 to 12-year-olds.

A tipping point in the debate seems to be child obesity, the focus of the first lady's campaign. A nation that can gaze with equanimity at racks of XXL clothing for grown-ups has grown less tolerant of needing "husky" jeans for 5-year-olds.

At the recent South Beach festival in Miami, an event for 50,000 people where $300 tickets are the norm and Champagne flows freely, obese kids might seem off-topic. But Schrager worked them into the schedule for the third year, adding a healthy eating fair for children at a nearby zoo. For $20, families could spend the day learning about healthy eating and watch cooking demos by Food Network celebrities such as Ray and Deen.

"Everything has to change — access to food, attitudes, education," says Ray, who designs healthy recipes for the New York City school lunch program and started the Yum-o! charity, which raises money to teach kids healthy eating.

Even the message itself has changed. Low-fat and low-carb are so last century. Today, it's about balance and real foods.

"It's far better to eat a balanced diet of full-fat whole foods than it is to eat no-fat, low-fat or fake foods where they've replaced fat with fillers and stuff like that," says Ray. "And I think that one of the benefits of eating a balanced diet is that you can eat some of the things that are not so figure-friendly some of the time," says Ray.

Still, even celebrity-driven change doesn't come easy.

Oliver, in the early episodes of his new show at least, has made some converts but also gotten pushback from people who don't take kindly to an out-of-towner overhauling their diets.

But, he says, it's an effort worth making.

"One doesn't want to suck the life or fun out of food because that would be wrong. But, you know, I think the general world of food — chefs, celebrity chefs, fast-food industry, supermarkets, the 'government food gang' — they all need to do a bit. Hopefully, a bit more than a bit. And if they do, the world will change." ___

Additional reporting by Michelle Locke for The Associated Press in Berkeley, Calif. ___

White House anti-obesity campaign: http://www.letsmove.gov/

Jamie Oliver: http://www.jamieoliver.com

Phil Lempert: http://www.supermarketguru.com

Sources:http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100405/ap_en_ot/us_food_chef_crusaders


Protect Your Cash from Coming Currency Controls

Apr 5th, 2010 Whiskey and Gunpowder | By Doug Casey | Category: Featured, International, Personal Investing

L: Doug, we recently talked about getting assets out of your home country, especially the U.S., where to take them and what to do with them. In so doing, you touched on the inevitability of currency controls just ahead, especially for Americans. Can you tell us more about that?

Doug: Yes, I’m quite serious about what I said about “the grim reality of impending currency controls.” As the global economy continues to deteriorate, governments will have to appear to be “doing something.” It’s going to become very fashionable to institute some sort of foreign exchange control.

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Why might that be? Because obviously, people who are taking their money out of the country are unpatriotic…

L: Those bastards.

Doug: That’s right. Jingoistic Americans naturally, but stupidly, see taking money out of the country as being unpatriotic. They don’t understand that it’s mainly those prudent people who will be able to supply the capital to rebuild a devastated economy later. Besides, getting money abroad is obviously something that only rich people would do… and of course, it’s time to eat the rich, as well. For those two reasons, there won’t be much resistance to controls. And the state gets to appear to be “doing something.”

And when they do, more people – at least those with any sense – will get scared and really try to get their money out, which will exacerbate the run to the exits. The bottom line is that if you want to get your money out, the time to do it is now. Beat the last-minute rush.

I don’t know what form the exchange controls are going to take, but there are two general possibilities: regulation and taxation.

The regulations might take the form of a rule prohibiting you from taking more than X-thousands of dollars abroad per year without special permission. No expensive vacations, no foreign asset purchases without state approval.

As for the taxation, if you want to, say, buy foreign stocks or real estate, you might have to pay an “Interest Equalization Tax” or some such. So, you could do it, but it’d cost you a lot of money to do it.

Something like either of these, or both, is definitely in the cards.

Read More http://whiskeyandgunpowder.com/protect-your-cash-from-coming-currency-controls

Engineered Poison Lurking in Your
Everyday Food?

In this interview, Jeffrey Smith, author of the bestseller Seeds of Deception, explains how genetically modified foods cause health problems, and their potential for creating a vast array of unforeseen and surprising illnesses.

He also sheds light on how the corruption within the U.S. government, the FDA and the GMO industry has allowed, and perpetuated, the cover-up.

Sources: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/04/03/jeffrey-smith-interview.aspx

Shocking! This 'Tequila' Sweetener is Far Worse than High Fructose Corn Syrup

Chef Dan Here, OK so this whole Agave thing is really coming down hard. I had mixed feelings about the stuff from day 1 and now the facts are in.
It's not looking good and I am glade. I want to get me and Quintessence Restaurant off the Agave --- for good

From Dr. Mercola.com

Many people interested in staying healthy have switched to agave as a safer "natural" sweetener. They want to avoid well documented dangerous sweeteners like HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) but are unaware that agave is actually WORSE than HFCS.

This expose will offend many hard core natural health advocates because they have been convinced of the agave hype by companies that are promoting it.

Some have even criticized me for having “ulterior” motives. But nothing could be further from the truth. Although I do offer natural health products of sale on this site, I sell no competing products to agave.

Must Read On http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/03/30/beware-of-the-agave-nectar-health-food-fraud.aspx

NOTE: My partner in conjunction with an employee who spent much time at Tree Of Life with Gabriel Cousins fighting of candida and other ailments have located an excellent source for Birch Born Xylital Sweetener.
This is a great tasting sweetener without the problems associated with sugars.
Check out http://www.globalsweet.com/p/GRX342.html


Victories of the Week: OCA's Coming Clean Campaign for Organic Integrity in the Health and Beauty Aisle

Whole Foods Takes a Stand Against Faux Organic Claims on Body Care

Whole Foods Market is making its suppliers aware of its "Position on 'Organic' Personal Care Products." In the statement, WFM promises "to continue to closely examine all organic label claims to ensure that they are not misleading, and we will strongly encourage our suppliers who are making organic claims to pursue NOP certification. WFM explains:

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"Products making an "Organic" product claim (e.g. Organic Shampoo," "Organic Body Wash.") should be certified to the USDA NOP standard. ...

"Products making "Made with Organic ______"
claims should be certified to the USDA NOP standard, which is the best possible certification for "Made with" label claims.

"Products making "Contains Organic _______"
claims should be certified to the NSF Organic Personal Care standard.

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Obama Recess-Appoints Biotech & Pesticide Lobbyist as Chief Agricultural Negotiator

Here's some bad news. Obama has recess-appointed Islam Siddiqui (the biotech/pesticide lobbyist he nominated for chief agricultural negotiator). His confirmation was on hold in the Senate all this time, so he hasn't been in the government making trouble. But now he will be.

"Dr. Siddiqui's confirmation is a step backward," said Tierra Curry, a scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity. "His appointment ensures the perpetuation of pesticide- and fossil-fuel-intensive policies, which undermine global food security and imperil public health and wildlife."

Read more http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_20526.cfm




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