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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Anti-Raw Food Propaganda at Whole Foods?

I was shown an interesting article about how the spider at Whole Foods was destroyed and not available for testing, and also how it was not thought to be from where it was said. Sometimes you have to wonder if the news or the media uses things like this to discourage people from Raw Foods? I know the food industry and big pharma are aware of how people are starting to figure out that they need to healthier! Don't let them scare you! Here is the article:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,509876,00.html

One of the most deadly spiders in the world was found in the produce section of an upscale Oklahoma grocery store.

Or was it?

An employee of Whole Foods Market in Tulsa discovered what an expert said was a Brazilian wandering spider in a bunch of bananas from Honduras on Sunday and managed to catch it in a container.

The spider was given to University of Tulsa animal facilities director Terry Childs, who identified the arachnid and said that type of spider is one of the most lethal in the world.

Childs said a bite will kill a person in about 25 minutes, and while there is an antidote, he doesn't know of any in the Tulsa area.

But a Tulsa Zoo official disputed the findings, saying his analysis through video and photos he'd seen led him to believe that it was a Huntsman spider — which is harmless to humans.

"There's pretty definitive evidence it has been misidentified," said Barry Downer, the zoo's curator of aquariums and herpetology.

Downer said the spider should have been preserved for study, but he was told that the body would not be made available.

"It doesn't make any sense to me why it wouldn't be saved," he said.

Childs said Wednesday night that he had destroyed the spider at the urging of a university administrator because of safety concerns.

A school spokesman said Thursday that the university is looking into how and why the spider was destroyed.

Richard Grantham, director of the plant disease and insect diagnostics lab at Oklahoma State University, also said the arachnid didn't appear to be a Brazilian wandering spider and should not have been killed.

"We preserve it," Grantham said. "We don't destroy it."

In addition, Downer and Grantham disagreed with Childs' characterization of the danger of a Brazilian wandering spider.

Death from its bite is rare, and only victims with compromised immune systems, such as babies or older people, would be at risk, they said.

Spiders often are found in imported produce. A manager at Whole Foods says the store regularly checks its goods and that's how the spider was found.

Oddly, the Brazilian spider delivers more than a painful bite that sends most victims to the hospital. Researchers have found its venom also stimulates an hours-long erection in men.

Patients not only experience overall pain and an increase in blood pressure, they also get an uncomfortable erection.

In Brazil, emergency room staff can immediately spot the victims of a bite.

"The erection is a side effect that everybody who gets stung by this spider will experience along with the pain and discomfort," said study team member Romulo Leite of the Medical College of Georgia, presumably speaking only about male bite victims.

"We're hoping eventually this will end up in the development of real drugs for the treatment of erectile dysfunction."

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Raw Food for Beginners in Troy, MI! Crazy Yummy Raw!

Hey there everyone! I've been having great results with the Jose Silva Ultra Mind! I just feel much more intuitive! I don't really know my life "purpose" yet, but I do feel closer :) And Zerbo's has a ton more raw food products! I really liked the new raw food bars. Also, Sara Osborn let me know about some raw food classes she is doing, and you should check it out if you are in the area! Sara seems really nice, and I know you will have a great time and learn a lot from her!(Not to mention, how cool is the name Crazy Yummy Raw?!) Here is some more info:


Raw Food for Beginners Class in Troy

Fun, educational and interactive approach to vital health through the healing power of raw food

Crazy Yummy Raw in Troy will be offering a one-day workshop, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 28, at 330 East Maple Road, Suite P, in Troy. If you have been looking to go or are looking to recommit to staying raw this is a workshop for you.

This class conducted by Sara Osborn, will cover the benefits of a raw diet can have to achieve ideal weight, improve health, gain clarity and brighten your mood. Sara herself was once depressed, cynical and had a negative outlook on just about everything. Now she’s thinner, happy, and vibrant.

According to Sara Osborn the class will incorporate what to expect when you go raw, how to transition safely and sensibly, how to learn to eat intuitively, cover the raw food groups, how to get the best produce no matter where you live, what a typical raw kitchen would contain, how to use equipment, how to sprout seeds and wheatgrass. And the day will include the preparing 20+ raw food recipes including; raw veggie-nut burgers, pizza, soups, nut milks, smoothies, flax crackers, breakfasts, dehydrated treats, raw vegan ice-cream and much more.

The raw food diet is a living food vegan diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, greens, nuts, seed, and sprouts. Raw food cuisine is better nutritionally because cooking depletes vitamins and minerals, damages proteins and fats, destroys enzymes that benefit digestion. Raw food can have faster prep, be more flavorful and faster to clean up than cooked food. But best of all raw diet can reverse chronic disease, protect you from colds and flu, and helps maintain a healthy body.

The cost of the one day class is $118, which includes an education on the benefits of going raw, a lunch and tastings throughout the day, a goodie bag and a coaching session to help you stay raw.

The details of the class are below

This class will cover:

* Why raw?
* What to expect when you go raw
* How to transition safely and sensibly
* Why you need to learn how to eat intuitively
* What’s raw? Taking a look at the 20+ raw food groups
* Where to buy or obtain the best produce no matter where you live
* What a typical raw kitchen would contain - ingredients and equipment
* How to use a juicer, blender, food processor etc., to best effect
* How to use a dehydrator
* How to sprout seeds and beans, plus how to grow wheatgrass and sunflower greens
* How to make raw food delights such as raw veggie-nut burgers, pizza, soups, nut milks, smoothies, flax crackers, breakfasts, dehydrated treats, raw vegan ice-cream and much more.
* PLUS Q & A session

What’s included?

* 1 full day of teaching from 10:30am - 5:00pm (value $90)
* The opportunity for you to have a go at making one of the recipes live in front of the group with instruction from Sara
* Tastings throughout the day of each recipe (value $30)
* A substantial lunch featuring Karen’s famous raw food pizza (value $10)
* A Raw Food for Beginners recipe packet and class notes to take away with you (value $10)
* FREE BONUS - Receive a bag of Sara’s favorite sprouts so you can start sprouting when you get home. Also receive the sprout reference start guide, and sprout easy tracker PDF (value $30)
* FREE BONUS - A 30 minute one on one coaching call with Sara within two weeks of the class, so you can ask any follow up questions, get advice on issues, or share your successes (value $50)
* TOTAL VALUE $220

If you’ve had enough of having low energy, feeling overweight, nagging health issues, or feeling less than your best self, this class could be the thing that changes it all for you.

If not now, then when?

Get ready to look better and feel better, lose weight, gain energy, and have a great day out among like minded people in a fun friendly environment with great tasting food.

It is YOUR time to improve your health, energy and spirit - Here's what to do!

Don't delay.

Secure your spot now!

Space is limited only 6 spaces available.

Simply click on the button below.

The class fee is just $118 per person and covers all of the above representing an excellent value for money.

To register, call 248-585-0428 or visit http://www.CrazyYummyRaw.com

Sara also runs a monthly potluck on the Troy, Clawson, Royal Oak border on the third Saturday of the month.
More information on that go to....http://www.meetup.com/CrazyYummyRaw/

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Jose Silva Ultra Mind

Wow, I have really been neglecting this blog! I guess sometimes I just get distracted by other things. I haven't been eating healthy, but that is because I'm doing so many other things my health has slacked off a bit. I did discover something really interesting that seems to work. I'm not sure why I came across it because I had never heard the word before...but I came across "subjective communication." I learned an interesting technique. It's so powerful I don't really even want to repeat it here, for fear that someone reading it might use it on me. lol You can only use it for good...but yeah, I guess I'm a bit of a control freak in that I don't want someone messing with my thoughts! Anyways, this led me to Jose Silva, and I bought one of the courses about finding your life purpose. I think I am on the right track anyways (albeit the slowest possible one!) but hopefully this course will help. I have to admit I have gotten very frustrated with it, but it's a lot of information and I think I just need to give it more time. I can get quite impatient when I'm not good at something immediately (I need to work on that!!) If you want to check out the course yourself (they let you do free lessons too first I think) here is one of the many sites devoted to this topic:
http://josesilva.info/benefits/index.htm

There are lots of affiliate websites that sell the course, but I chose that one because it was very affordable compared to other rates I saw, and it helps you decide which program to start with based on what you want to accomplish-for instance, fix a health problem, do better in business, figure out your life purpose, etc.

Oh, and the customer support has been very patient with my whining about not understanding it!! :)