|Scene at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Mercer County, KY by Jacquie Woodward|
|“Paradise Creek” by Jacquie Woodward from collection of Pat & Joe McDaniel|
|“Arising” acrylic and collage on canvas 24″ x 24″ by Jacquie Woodward|
|Mercer County KY by Jacquie Woodward|
If we choose to accept the role of “victim”, we are not choosing life. If we imagine the worst, the enemy is winning. Dr. Nasir Siddiki, in his Scriptural teaching series from www.wisdomministries.com, reminds us that “life will give us what we settle for”.
|Watercolor on Paper by Jacquie Woodward|
This won’t be the only post about juicing, but I wanted to share some basic reasons for drinking freshly extracted vegetable juices. I admit I resisted this nutritional pursuit for some time because I didn’t see the point of removing fiber from fresh vegetables. So much is made of the importance of fiber in our diets; however, there is good reason to drink at least 8 ounces of fresh vegetable juice daily.
|“Sunflowers” by Jacquie Woodward (acrylic inks)|
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|My Jar “Seed Sprouter” with Broccoli “Crop”|
Johns Hopkins University has studied and shown that broccoli sprouts contain Sulphoraphane which is a cancer protectant–broccoli sprouts contain 50 times more of this important nutrient than mature broccoli. The bonus is that, on a salad or sandwich, these fresh crisp sprouts are very tasty and don’t resemble mature broccoli at all. My grandchildren snarf down their broccoli in smoothies and salads and love it……in sprout form. It’s hard to get them in the same room with mature broccoli.
|My first “crop” of buckwheat lettuce too less than a week.|
A simple way to get complex nutrition I’d say.
|“Paradise” at Herrington Lake, KY by Jacquie Woodward|
I’ve recently discovered a new health education resource in Danville, KY. Dr. Jana Fortner, a naturopathic doctor and certified natural health practitioner (ND,CNHP). Dr. Fortner’s website is www.awesomehealthmakeover.com and her office is “Nutritional Health Education Center”. Referred by a friend and impressed with her success treating her own grandmother’s large pancreatic tumor in collaboration with one of Dr. Fortner’s mentors, I spent several hours in consult with Dr. Fortner last week and have follow up time scheduled this week but I wanted to share this resource and invite you to visit her website. She has a book “in work” and, from my discussions with her, I keenly anticipate its completion. She is very practical and very knowledgeable in the topics this blog seeks to introduce–specifically achieving and maintaining divine health naturally to avoid harsh pharmaceuticals, toxins, etc. She is also very intuitive and was amazingly “dead on” in assessing my health status including some mineral deficiencies.
If you are in close enough proximity to schedule a consult, I believe it well worth doing. At the least, I urge you to visit her website (still in development but already helpful). She has posted articles entitled “Pure Sugar?”, “What You Need to Know About Flours and Grains”, “What’s Wrong with Hydrogenated Oil”, and “The Role of pH” (written by neuroscientist Gregory C. Young, PhD). All these articles are easy to understand and practical.
I believe one of the most important insights I have already gained from consulting with Dr. Fortner is a concept I had already seen in Shane Ellison’s book, Over the Counter Natural Cures, (www.thepeopleschemist.com) as well as several articles on www.naturalnews.com. That concept is the difference between man-made vitamins and naturally sourced vitamins (and minerals too for that matter). Dr. Fortner answered my questions about this puzzling but important area. I had been concerned for some time about vitamins and minerals used to “enrich” over processed foods even before I became aware that coal tar is the source for many of these additives. Labeling, as is commonly known, can be very deceptive and words like “natural” and “pure” and “enriched” suggest safety and wholesomeness which is not necessarily present. Dr. Fortner explained the complex make up of two important vitamins C and E to me diagramming the structures. The government required labeling of supplements only recognizes part of each of these complexes–specifically ascorbic acid for Vitamin C and the Tocopherols for Vitamin E. Other parts of the complex (not sourced from non food materials) are ignored in the labeling and absent from the “enriching”. Additionally, the US doesn’t standardize manufacture of vitamins so that it pays to be very careful which ones you buy and take.
Whole food sources of nutritional supplements, logicallyl, would be the better sources for vitamins and minerals–sourced in concentration from organically grown and properly processed foods. I’m looking at a company called Standard Process in, I believe, Wisconsin. That website is www.standardprocess.com. I don’t know, yet, of other whole food vitamin sources but I do know that juicing such as that recommended by Hallelujah Acres www.hacres.com as well as others is a good source of whole food sourcevitamins and minerals and the BarleyMax available through Hallelujah Acres as well as from www.tribest.com is a good supplement source prepared from whole food. For more than a year, I have successfully taken Barley Power www.barleypower.com tablets (per the Bill Henderson protocol posted on this blog) organically grown in Pennsylcania Amish country by Green Supreme www.greensupreme.net and have a friend with RA who has been helped by it as well. I have other friends who are very happy with Barley Max.
I think it important to avoid man made “nutrition” at all cost as God did it right and He made us and it makes sense that He made the food we need. Even when we buy organic fruits and vegetables, however, the soil may be depleted of nutrients and we may require supplemental nutrition. It just makes sense to find good organic supplements from whole foods. Juicing and sprouting are both ways we can take control of our own truly natural supplementation and these topics will be discussed in future posts.
|Clear Creek, Woodford County, KY by Jacquie Woodward|