A few years ago, I decided to write a book. I dug in and wrote it. It took a long time, but it was a dream and I wanted to try.
Sometimes, we have visions of things we want to do; then we talk ourselves out of it for one reason or another. Sometimes we just have to take that risk and try. Tonight is my book signing at Tom Spicer’s FM1410 in Dallas. I am so excited! I am so happy that I finally made this dream of mine come true. I am even more excited that people actually love my book! That makes all the hard work, so worth while.
Even better is the fact that many people are actually getting their health back because of the book. Well, I saw this article today and I thought I would share it with you. It is all about making your dreams come true. Here it is:
When I had children, one of my sayings to them was: “Shoot for the stars! Even if you land on the moon, it is a whole lot better than not trying at all.”
I truly believe that we should all try shooting for our dreams in the stars. So, let’s get going!
I had such a good time at the Cirque Du Soleil Opening Night Show. I had never been before. Larry told me he loves going to their shows. We really had fun. The show was amazing! They are set up in the parking lot at the Dallas convention center.
I just thought I would keep you up on what I am doing this week.
I spoke at Metro Cooking Houston last week and it was a really
exciting and a fun event.I spoke to the media at a special event and
then presented 4 talks on the healing diet and organic gardening. At
night we went out to dinner and when we went to Bistro 19 and Charles
Clark’s Ibiza. Charles is charming and an amazing chef. Both restaurants were superb. Charles Clark is opening up a restaurant here in Dallas soon.
Here is the information for my talks this weekend. I give 2 thrity
minute talks on the healing diet and one on easy organic gardening
and I sign my books for anyone who wishes to buy them.
This event is huge in Washington DC, where they have had the event for
12 years. This was the second year it has been in Houston and it is
the first year in Dallas.
It is a huge food festival! I was really impressed with the quality of
Here are the links. It is at the Dallas Convention Center this
Saturday and Sunday.
Metro Cooking Dallas with Nancy Addison
The home page is:
I hope you go out and have fun this weekend, where ever you are! Live life to the fullest!
I am so excited about speaking this weekend at the Metro Cooking Event in Houston. I am speaking on the Healing Diet, which is for anyone with any kind of ailment or disease. I have 3 different times that you can choose!
I am also talking on how to raise your own organic food! That is a subject that is near and dear to my heart!
I am really looking forward to meeting everyone.
Please come and see me!
I will also be signing my books after each speech.
I hope to see you there!
Here is the link for the site: http://www.metrocookinghouston.com/nancy-addison/
In an article in the NY Times on Sept. 3, Kenneth Chang describes the study that Stanford Scientists did on whether or not the organic strawberry has more vitamin C in it than conventional strawberries. In the study, the scientist did not find a huge amount of difference in the amount of vitamin C in the fruits. It was one way the scientists were trying to compare the organic and the conventional foods. Their conclusion being that organic fruits and vegetables were no more nutritious than the conventional less expensive varieties. It says that a senior affiliate with Stanford’s Health Center for Health Policy said “ I think we were definitely surprised.”(i) He also cited a study done in 2010 that did find that organic strawberries did contain more vitamin C than conventional ones and that this study had been “ erroneously left out” (ii) of the study.
In this Stanford study they found that organic fruits and vegetables were no more likely to be contaminated by dangerous bacteria. Well that is good to know, because none of us want E Coli contaminated food. They did say that the conventional fruits and vegetables did have more pesticide residue on it. Kenneth goes on to say that this will fuel a debate over whether organic foods are a marketing tool to get people to over pay for their food. Organic foods are not supposed to be raised using synthetic pesticides, hormones and additives. Even though this is said the Organic Industry has allowed much more into their organic products than I would have liked. I still find that it is at least more regulated than the non-organic food industry that is going wild with genetically modified seeds and plants, use of cheap antibiotics, hormones, toxic pesticides and chemicals that are now saturating the farming areas, water systems and affecting our earth in ways that are quite alarming. From my research I have found that “there are two basic types of genetically engineered crops on the market now: herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant. Herbicide tolerant is grown to handle the direct use of pesticides on them. There are over a billion pounds of pesticides used in the United States alone each year. Many of these chemical fertilizers were developed
for use as bombs or poisons in warfare. They poison our food and our
environment. Pesticides particularly affect our nervous system. These insect resistant plants actually produce an insecticide to kill insects that feed on them. If this is what the genetically engineered plant is doing to a small insect, then what is it doing to the person who is eating this food? The effect of this type of plant on the environment and in the human body, especially long-term, is unknown.
Genetically engineered, or genetically modified (GM), plants are
escaping into the wild and inter-breeding with wild plants. Our pollinators,
such as bees, are in trouble now. Are genetically engineered plants
a contributing factor? Good question. Genetically engineered food is
such a recent food product that no long-term, in-depth studies show
their long-term effect on humans or the ecosystem. You must decide for
yourself if eating food that has pest control built right into it or has large
amounts of poisons put on it is good for human consumption.
“An estimated 75 percent of foods in U.S. grocery stores contain GM
ingredients. About seven out of every 10 items in the average grocery
cart have been genetically modified. And don’t bother reading labels to
see if you’re buying a GM product, because no labeling is required.”165
Another thing food venders do to make produce more appealing to
consumers is to dip it in color or wax, or put a preservative on it produce
to make it look prettier. Organic food is supposed to be grown
without chemical, synthetic, or biological pest control or fertilizers used.
Although the USDA continues to water down its regulations, certified
organic is still better than non-certified organic. This is because the
USDA organic label gives you the most information about the origins
and production of your food. These foods must adhere to much stricter
regulations than any other food on the market, and the stricter the regulations,
the more you will know about what is actually in your food, thus,
giving you more control over what you put into your body and empowering
you to make more informed decisions at the grocery store.
You may want to let your voice be heard in favor of stricter food
labeling and production regulations. Personally, I would like to see
foods containing genetically modified ingredients labeled as such, as
is currently required in most Western countries.” iii
Since I was married to an environmental trial lawyer for over 23 years, I learned how toxic these practices are and how deadly they can be for our environment and our bodies. Kenneth goes on to say that even though these findings were what Stanford has found in this study, this won’t be convincing people who understand the concept of toxins and poisons in our environment and in our bodies to go non organic anytime soon and that the researchers “failed to appreciate the differences they did find between the two types of food- differences that validated the reasons people cite for buying organic. Organic produce, as expected, was much less likely to retain traces of pesticides.” iv What the researchers don’t appreciate or maybe aren’t aware of is that pesticides affect our nervous system and that it is much more critical to children, in that their organs are still forming.
I found this information on a site for food safety. I thought I would just quote them here, because it was so powerfully said about GM crops and the use of chemicals in our enviroment. “Since the introduction of GE crops, the US has seen herbicide use increase by nearly 400 million pounds. Eighty-four percent of the GE crops planted today are designed to withstand massive applications of herbicides without dying. As more of these “herbicide resistant” (HR) crops have been planted, the massive increase in herbicide use has triggered an epidemic of resistant “superweeds.” Now, in a misguided effort to fix the weed resistance problem created by first generation HR crops, biotechnology companies are racing to genetically engineer new crops resistant to ever more toxic herbicides.
Dicamba is an older, more toxic herbicide, which is similar in structure and mode to 2,4-D, a major component of Agent Orange. It is highly soluble in water and very mobile so carries a large groundwater contamination risk. Dicamba is also very volatile and can drift for miles. Such volatilization has caused millions of dollars in damages to growers who have suffered crop losses due to herbicide drift onto their farms.
Penn State ecologist David Mortensen predicts that herbicide use on soy could increase 70% if the new 2,4-D and dicamba-tolerant soybeans are adopted. Inevitably new “superweeds” will develop in response to the new biotech crops, and the chemical arms race with weeds will continue. This means more pesticidal pollution, environmental damage, higher production costs, and of course, increasing profits for firms like Monsanto that sell both GE seed and pesticides.
At a time when farmers, citizens, and government have worked hard to limit our use of, and exposure to, hazardous pesticides like dicamba, approving this crop would take us backwards, seriously endangering human health and the environment. “(v)
While it may not have found the Vitamin C in strawberries that different, it did find that the organic milk they tested, did have more omega –3 fatty acids, which are anti inflammatory, than the conventional milk. He goes on to quote Sonya Lunder, with the Environmental Working Group. Their group creates a list frequently rating the lowest and highest amounts of pesticides residues on fruits and vegetables. The Stanford researchers said that their study was to help people make more informed choices. “In the study — known as a meta-analysis, in which previous findings are aggregated but no new laboratory work is conducted — researchers combined data from 237 studies, examining a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and meats. For four years, they performed statistical analyses looking for signs of health benefits from adding organic foods to the diet. The researchers did not use any outside financing for their research. “I really wanted us to have no perception of bias,” Dr. Bravata said.” (vi)
In the study they did find that “organic produce also contained more compounds known as phenols, believed to help prevent cancer, than conventional produce. “ (vii) Since this study was strictly on paper and their was not any kind of study on how it affects people, the environment, or growing children and their central nervous system, I have to say that I am still going to support food that does not have poisons dumped on them or genetically engineered into them for my own family and friends. I don’t believe the earth and our bodies are meant to have poisons in them. I don’t believe poisons contribute to a healthy way of life. With the extensive use of pesticides, I was not surprised that the “produce grown organically can be tainted by pesticides wafting over from a neighboring field or during processing and transport.”(viii) They also noted a couple of studies that showed that children who ate organic produce had fewer pesticide traces in their urine.”(ix) He noted the debate over whether the laws for pesticide reside is really below safety thresholds. I personally don’t believe they are strict enough in their standards. Dr, Bravata did agree that there are a “variety of reasons — concerns about the effects of pesticides on young children, the environmental impact of large-scale conventional farming and the potential public health threat if antibiotic-resistant bacterial genes jumped to human pathogens. “Those are perfectly valid,” she said.” Kenneth went into the fact that they were not tasting the food and that for the most part, there were many reasons people bought organic food, only one of which is that it may have more nutrients in it than conventional. He does say that most people do eat organic in order to “reduce exposure to pesticides, especially for pregnant women and their young children. Organic food advocates point to, for example, three studies published last year, by scientists at Columbia University, the University of California, Berkeley, and Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. The studies identified pregnant women exposed to higher amounts of pesticides known as organophosphates and then followed their children for years. In elementary school, those children had, on average, I.Q.’s several points lower than those of their peers.” (x) He goes on to say that many critics of this Stanford study argued that this type of study missed the major benefits of certain characteristics of food. For me, I choose organic for various reasons. The least of which it is the best thing we can do for the earth and the enviroment. I also think it tastes fresher and more vibrant. I also do not like the thought that I am ingesting poison. I want to support the farmer who is trying to do the right thing by the animals and the environment. If we don’t suppor those farmers, then they may not be around to support in the furture. I also am careful about the origin of the food. I don’t buy “organic food” from China. China is very polluted and there really is no one watching what and how they are doing things. So, look at the food you are buying and see where it is being grown. Try to buy locally and seasonally at a local farmer’s market, where you can actually find out if they are authentic or not. I have been down to some of the farms that I buy from. I wanted to make sure they were telling me the truth. I found out they were! Now we have a great relationship. Also, get involved!
If you would like to
make your voice heard, call your local representatives and senators and
let them know how you feel. One phone call to them, is thought to represent 1,000 or even 10,000 people. So don’t underestimate the power of a phone call or email. Also, join the Organic Consumers Association
(www.organicconsumers.org) and keep up with the bills and laws. The article by Mr. Chang was quite good and the link is below in the sources. This is food for thought! Sincerely, Nancy
I, ii, iv. vi, vii, viii, ix, x were taken from the article :, September 3, 2012
Stanford Scientists Cast Doubt on Advantages of Organic Meat and Produce
By KENNETH CHANG
v- from The Center for Food Safety website and an article called:Stop Monsanto’s Dicamba Tolerant Soybeans!http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8328
iii pages 317 and 318 in How to Be a Healthy Vegetarian by Nancy Addison
Most of the time I want to stay light and only talk about good and positive things, but now and then, I feel I have to say something about what is going on in the world that may not be quite as upbeat. This one concerns our food supply and our fragile eco system. I am a big proponent of organic farming and I am an avid environmentalist. I put a lot of information in my book on GMO’s, soy, pesticides, the environment, etc. I was reading today about some political things going on in California. If it is happening in California, it will affect our food supply and it is only a matter of time, before they will want to do it in your state too. So, I think it is important to know this. I think our environment is so fragile and having huge amounts of chemicals dumped onto our environment is becoming such an enormous problem that is every increasing. About 27 years ago, I became aware of the problems associated with genetically modified plants. I was reading books and articles on the environment and I read about how the large bumblebee was becoming extinct because they were starving to death. The reason being that the new genetically modified plants are developed for beauty and other things and the flowers don’t have any nectar in them. Have you ever noticed that the flowers today at the florist don’t or most don’t have a scent? The flowers they plant all over town don’t have a scent. There is no nectar. That is why old heirloom flowers or wildflowers are so important for us to plant everywhere we can. I plant them in my garden for the bees and pollinators. About GMO’s, there are two basic types of genetically engineered crops on the market now: herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant. These are grown to handle the direct use of pesticides on them. There are over a billion pounds of pesticides used in the United
States alone each year. Many of these chemical fertilizers were developed for use as bombs or poisons in warfare. What I find alarming now is that “Last week Dow Chemical donated $1.2 million to defeat Prop 37 to label genetically engineered foods, which will appear on the ballot in California this fall. At the same time, they happen to be petitioning the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the approval of a new genetically engineered “Agent Orange” soybean that tolerates the extremely toxic chemical herbicide 2,4-D, a major component of the Vietnam War era defoliant Agent Orange.
Not only does Dow Chemical not want you to know what’s in your food, but now they want to dump more toxic chemicals on it too! Numerous studies have linked exposure to 2,4-D to serious health problems that include cancer (particularly non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma), lowered sperm counts, liver disease and Parkinson’s disease. In addition, dozens of peer-reviewed studies have found the use of 2,4-D to contribute to hormone-disrupting activity linked to reproductive problems and thyroid dysfunction. (I got these facts and that quote from : http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/go/641?t=8&akid=613.225485.Ph-M8Z)
These pesticides and chemicals poison our food and our environment. Pesticides particularly affect our nervous system. These plants actually produce an insecticide to kill insects that feed on them. If this is what the genetically engineered plant is doing to a small insect, then what is it doing to the person who is eating this food? The effect of this type of plant on the environment and in the human body, especially long-term, is unknown. Genetically engineered, or genetically modified (GM), plants are escaping into the wild and inter-breeding with wild plants. Our pollinators, such as bees, are in trouble now. Are genetically engineered plants a contributing factor? Good question. Genetically engineered food is such a recent food product that no long-term, in-depth studies show their long-term effect on humans or the ecosystem. You must decide for yourself if eating food that has pest control built right into it or has large amounts of poisons put on it is good for human consumption. “An estimated 75 percent of foods in U.S. grocery stores contain GM ingredients. About seven out of every 10 items in the average grocery cart have been genetically modified. And don’t bother reading labels to see if you’re buying a GM product, because as of now, there is no labeling is required,” ( quote from Nancy’s book: How To Be A Healthy Vegetaria, page 317) like there is in most countries around the world. Well there are two basic types of GMO’s.I personally think we need labeling. We also need to stop poisoning our precious ecosystem and environment. Let your voice be heard. If you don’t say anything, they think you don’t care and they will do whatever they think they should at the time. Educate the people in power with your voice. If you do say something or make a phone call, they estimate that you represent a demographic of about 10 thousand people. So don’t underestimate the power of that one phone call! Help stop the poisoning of America and the world! Please do something today. Do it for your grandchildren, if for no other reason. They deserve a safe, non-toxic land. So, support the organic organizations, support your organic farmers, because if you don’t, they may not be around to support later on. Many people say to me, but I can’t afford organic and I say to them, you can’t afford not to buy organic. Buy local, buy seasonal, buy organic when you can, it does make a difference. That farmer, doing the right thing, needs your financial support or he can’t keep doing it. Every time you buy something, you are voting for someone or against someone. The purchase power is powerful. You don’t realize how powerful your purchase really is. Make it count! I have always felt that when faced with a situation; it is best to take action in the positive direction instead of just remaining in place feeling helpless. So, that is why I wrote this blog. Thanks for reading it! I hope you have found it helpful, educational and inspirational.
Resource for quote and information:
Last month, a few of my friends went to an energy dressing workshop called IlluminEssence. They loved it and have been dressing differently ever since. It is on the principle that colors have energy and we all have all of the energies, but that we are strongest when we wear the colors that most fit our soul’s strongest tone. I will have to admit they look great and they say they feel great. Since I am speaking at some events coming up, I thought it would be great to see what they said about me. They decided I was a tone III, which are rich earthy tones. I have not worn those colors much, but when they put me in something of that tone, it seemed to work. So, I am wearing some of those colors now. Today, they had a dying party at a lady’s home. It was quite an event! Everyone brought clothes they wanted to dye. The lady’s had all kinds of dye from quite a few different companies. They were doing amazing things with the colors. After dying clothes all day with my friends, we turned a lot of our old clothes into new clothes! I never knew it could be so easy. Sheila and Glenda, who do a workshop on dressing for you tone, showed us all how to do it. It was so much fun. I felt like I was back in college or high school. The colors they came up with by mixing dyes was quite impressive. I left with an old favorite piece that I had not worn for years. Now it is a beautiful rich rust color and I can wear it this fall, as if it is a new top! How terrific!
When I got home, Dr. Massad, who wrote the foreword to my Vegetarian book, sent me an email about this new site on the internet. So, I thought I would share this with you. It is really cool. It is called Fooducate. It has so much great information on it. I was quite impressed. I am constantly learning. I guess I am a veracious learner. I can never seem to stop being interested in all of the wonderful, diverse things in life. There seems to be so much going on and I want to do everything! And I learn something new every day!
I went to Amazon today to look at how my book was set up and saw that I had 4 reveiws on my book! So, I went to read them and see what people were saying about my book. I was so happy to read these! Here they are:
Marsha Paisley -
This review is from: How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian (Paperback)
Nancy Addison has done an incredible job summarizing a lifetime of experience with every facet of food and nutrition. From the garden to the table, be it vegetarian, vegan or raw, Nancy does it and she does it well. Even the preface is exciting! She has recipes for everyone from new renditions of traditional comfort foods to cutting edge raw dishes that will please even the toughest carnivore guests.
Nancy has put so much into this book and I believe it can and will help many people make changes that will improve their lives significantly. Not only does she tell the reader how and what to prepare, but she also provides a very comprehensive resource section, so that no matter where you live in the country you will have access to everything you need. Great book!!
Best Health and Nutrition Book of this Century, August 27, 2012
Dr. Gary Massad - See all my reviews
This review is from: How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian (Paperback)
"How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian" is an excellent book. Having had the opportunity to assist and promote health and nutrition with world-class athletes over the last 25 years; it is my opinion that Nancy Addison's book is a formula for high-level performance in our daily lives. I can't imagine a more informative book for the person looking to improve their health. The chapter about sugar is the most complete information available. Nancy is an expert in Nutrition. What you put on the end of your fork is more powerful medicine than anything you will find at the bottom of a pill bottle."
Gary L. Massad M.D.
-First National Corporate Medical Director and founder of Occupational Health Centers in America. Attending physician to the Iron Man Hawaii; Attending Physician, United States Triathlon Association; Attending Physician United States Tae Kwon Do Association, Attending Physician United States Cycling Federation
FINALLY SOMETHING EASY TO UNDERSTAND!, July 29, 2012
Eve Baughman (Camarillo, California United States) -
This review is from: How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian (Paperback)
The thing I love about this book is it is clearly written and easy to understand! I've purchased so many books in the past that were supposed to be written for beginners in the vegetarian lifestyle, but ended up being geared toward people who were either scientists or well versed in what vegetarianism entails (when that was not what I was looking for or how it was marketed) and they didn't do me much good! BUT THIS BOOK IS THE REAL DEAL! Reading it made me feel like the writer was personally guiding me through the things that are important for me to know. And it is full of a whole bunch of great (and easy) recipes too! I know several teens in my family who are experimenting with vegetarianism and I will be purchasing several copies of this book, so they will learn to do it in the right way from the beginning. Actually, it would make a great gift for anyone thinking about trying to become a little healthier by incorporating a few more vegies into their diet!
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How to Be a Healthy Vegetarian is a GREAT Resource, August 12, 2012
Adele Good - See all my reviews
This review is from: How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian (Paperback)
How to Be a Healthy Vegetarian is an awesome tool for even non-vegetarians! I found the information on Protein and Sugar to be very useful. It is great to have a this resource to support us on our path to Radiant Health.
Kudos to the author! Thank you for this great compilation.
I worked so hard on this book. I am so excited that people are really getting a lot of great information from it. It makes all of that hard work and research worth it!
Today, I have been getting ready for my seminar this Sunday! I am so excited! It is going to be fun, interesting and life changing!
I bought so much organic food for my raw food demo and for the complementary lunch! I love giving these workshops. There is so much more to share with people that can’t be shared in a book. They will learn a lot of my secrets that I don’t even put in my book. I also love the group dynamics. With all of my workshops, all the participants get to join my exclusive facebook group, where they can discuss things and stay connected. Now I am off to make sure the outside tables are set up for the outdoor luncheon. I have almost an acre and it is so nice to sit outside for the breaks and the lunch. Well, I will keep you posted on the fabulous event!