In a world faced with uncertainties, we crave our holiday traditions now more than ever. We want to embrace what is familiar.
What is comforting is a table filled with family, friends, laughter, and food from recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.
I was in charge of the stuffing and Waldorf Salad this year. My mother gave me the stuffing recipe that she has used since her mother taught her to make it. Now I am taking up the tradition, and I will pass it on to my children. These recipes and traditions can be such a stabilizing part of our lives.
My mother recently moved, and it has not been the same this year. She said that she wasn’t going to decorate for Christmas this season, because it is so much trouble getting all the ornaments out, and then putting them away after the holidays.
It would have been so hard to imagine going to my mother’s home on Christmas morning without the Christmas tree and the festive decorations that she so lovingly put out every year of my life.
I suggested that we just change a few things this year and still make it work, and the traditions will grow and change with the times, and my mother agreed.
When my daughter asked my mother about the traditions we always had every year, she said that many years ago, she just decided that we were going to have some traditions, and she simply made them up as she went along.
After all these years of my mothers’ wonderful traditions, these are what her children and grandchildren now embrace and cherish so very much.
One of these traditions that my mother started years ago was to have a “Family Wassail Party” the weekend after Thanksgiving. The entire family goes over to my mother’s house, and drinks wassail (a hot mulled cider), eats, talks and helps decorate the tree.
There is a rule that you must put at least 10 ornaments on the tree before you can leave. This creates such fun and merriment, as everyone is part of the overall creation.
The tallest members of the family put the ornaments way up high, and the smaller ones decorate the lower hard-to-reach part of the tree.
The laughter and sharing of the evening together is a time when we all get to relax and just catch up with each others’ lives, since we are all running at lightning speed these days.
My family is very large, and even though most of us live in the same city, we don’t get to see each other all that often. It is the eye-to-eye contact, sharing and communication that truly bond us together.
These traditional events reconnect us and bring us closer together as a family.
I am going to make my grandmother’s recipe (that was handed down to my mother, and now to me), with loving care. I know that the energy and love that I will put into the making of this dish will be what makes it so good.
All the foods your grandmother made had her loving energy in it. The main ingredient was always love. That is why that familiar traditional food tastes so much better. That is also why we crave it when we are sad or lonely.
So as we continue our traditions, remember that we can create comforting, wonderful memories for our families and friends by just relaxing, and putting a lot of love into everything we do. It is the warm feelings in the traditions that we will always cherish.
It truly is about being present, and being here, right now. Slow down and savor the moment. It is food for our soul.
As Valentine’s Day draws near, I am reminded of a story that I read in 1995 about twin baby girls. When they were born on October 17, 1995, they were premature by 12 weeks and were put in the neonatal intensive care unit of the Medical Center in Central Massachusetts in Worcester.
As a standard practice of the hospital, the babies were placed into separate incubators in order to reduce the risk of infection. One baby, Kyrie, was much larger than her sister Brielle, who only weighed two pounds at her birth.
Kyrie slept well and was healthily gaining weight, but her smaller sister Brielle, was having trouble breathing and had low levels of oxygen in her blood. She also had low weight gain and problems with her heart rate. Everyone was deeply concerned, especially a particular nurse named Gayle Kasparian, who was trying everything she could think of to help Brielle.
On November 12th, Brielle had an emergency health situation. She started gasping for air and turning a gray-blue color. She got the hiccups and her heart rate went way up. Everyone was afraid Brielle would not survive.
In desperation, Nurse Kasparian remembered a common procedure that a fellow colleague had mentioned to her once. It was common practice in most of Europe, but was not done in this country. It was the practice of placing newborn multiple-birth babies in the same bed together. They called it double-bedding.
She was not able to ask permission from her manager, because she was away and unable to be reached, so she asked the parents’ permission to put the girls together in one bed, to see if it would help. They agreed. Nurse Kasparian broke the rules and placed the larger baby in the same crib with her smaller baby sister, who was now in extreme danger of dying.
The moment they were together, Brielle immediately snuggled up to her sister and within minutes, Brielle’s readings for her blood and oxygen were better than they had been since her birth. Kyrie gently put her arm around Brielle. It was such a beautiful hug.
In the article I read, they called it a rescuing hug. It was a very powerful hug. Being together had quite literally saved Brielle’s life. It wasn’t much later that the parents were able to take both girls home, because they were both thriving.
Nurse Kasparian did not get in trouble. In fact, the practice of double-bedding multiple births is now a standard practice at the hospital. Sometimes, breaking the rules can lead to changes in old antiquated practices. It takes courage and a strong heart to do what you believe in.
So, as we lead our busy lives, we need to remember to stay connected, and to be loving and caring and kind to others. You can literally save another’s life, just by being there for them.
Hug your loved ones, listen to what they have to say, and reach out with the most precious gift you can give, the gift of you.
You may never know how much of an impact you might have on another’s life, but remember, ”To the world you may just be someone, but to someone you may be the whole world”.
Have a joyful and loving February.
I am sending a hug to each and every one of you.
By Nancy Addison CHC, AADP
While I was outdoors walking in the fresh air and sunshine this morning, I was thinking about how much I love all of our wonderful plants, bees, and butterflies.
Then I thought about the roses that people are planting now, (called “knock out roses”) that have NO nectar, and thus are starving our precious pollinators to death.
And I also thought about Monsanto, DuPont, Dow Chemical, Crop Life America and Bayer, who are all making insecticides called neonicotinoids, that are decimating the pollinator populations by poisoning them to death.
Monsanto and Dow also are now producing new milkweed-killing herbicides, and these will destroy our monarch butterfly populations. Milkweed is their favorite food and vital to their survival. What would a world be without butterflies? Why are they poisoning their food supply? They are such fragile creatures and how much hardship can they take?
Please join in and help stop this annihilation of our precious web of life.
This is very serious. I appreciate everyone who has signed my petition to stop these poisonous neonicotinoids. I am asking for your assistance now to contact everyone you know to please take a moment and sign this petition. Please help me reach my goal of 250,000 signatures, which I feel we need in order to get the EPA’s attention. Right now, we are at 137,000 signatures.
It is so important that everything we do each day helps to sustain and heal and nourish the environment, not destroy it.
If you know anyone who has roses, please inform them about the knock-out roses, that are devoid of nectar. Butterflies are attracted to them, and when they get there, there is no food. All that is needed is a little research, to find the best roses to plant that will provide food and nectar for our pollinators.
I contacted Texas A & M University (where I studied landscape architecture and where these roses were developed) more than a few times and they said there is no research to show how this is affecting the environment. But from my own studies, the large bumblebees were becoming extinct over 27 years ago (3- 4 species are now extinct) from the plants with no nectar (many are GMO and some are hybrid like the knock –out roses) causing them to starve to death. These knock-out roses are now planted all over urban environments in enormous quantities and areas.
I think universities and companies also need to do environmental impact studies on all of their new technologies. At this time, there are no requirements for these at any of the schools that I know of. I think it would be wise for all universities or schools to require courses on environmental impact for all of their engineers, chemists, inventors, etc. as part of their curriculum. I also feel it would be prudent for universities and companies to be required to preform environmental and health impact studies on all of their inventions and chemicals they are proposing to use. We are all so closely intertwined with each other and what we do does impact the earth and all of it’s inhabitants.
Just a thought.
Thank you sincerely for helping to add to our signatures, because by making more people aware, our world will become a healthier place in which to live.
Also, look at what is happening with Monsanto!
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In Relationship to Menopause
The following are general symptoms of menopause:
I did a segment on The Broadcast on KTXD-TV about menopause.
Eat a well-balanced diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables. Eating a healthy, well balanced diet can help you reduce the risks and discomforts associated with menopause. A diet low in saturated animal fat can help reduce your risk of heart disease by providing the following benefits:
Soy- Avoid soy products. Some evidence suggests that eating soy-based foods such as tofu might help reduce certain symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes. I don’t recommend them because eating soy can cause severe thyroid problems.
Get regular exercise– the benefits of exercise include:
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Soy is widely sold as a health food and beverage in the United States and around the world. Today, most soy on the market is from genetically modified (GM) seed. 91 percent of soybeans planted in the United States are Genetically Modified, and the rate is rapidly growing throughout the world, according to Natural News newsletter.[i] (1) Dr. Gregory Damato points out that “more than 95 per cent of GM soy (and 75 per cent of other GM crops) is engineered to tolerate glyphosate herbicide, the most common formulation of which is Roundup.”(2)[ii]
Recent studies by French scientists on the Toxicity of Roundup and Glyphosate found this herbicide carcinogenic. (3) They found:
These are just more reasons why I don’t eat or drink soy, if I can possibly avoid it or any other genetically modified food or non-organically grown food.
Recently (May 12, 2015), Germany’s state consumer protection ministers are calling for a European Union -wide ban on the leading global pesticide Glyphosate, since it was categorized as carcinogenic by the World Health Organization. (5) Glyphosate is marketed under the name of Round-up. This is one of the reasons we as consumers need to demand labeling of genetically modified foods in everything and everywhere. I highly recommend reading more about glyphosate herbicide if you are eating non-certified organic foods.
Just recently, the country of Bermuda banned Round-up. Here is the news release: http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150511/NEWS/150519966
Beware that soy is added to tortillas, breads, fake meats, and many other foods, supposedly for the “health” benefit. In my opinion it is really used just used as cheap filler.
Health and nutrition expert Dr. Joseph Mercola writes that the advertising industry has really misled the public about the safety and health benefits of soy, as well as the widespread use of it in the Asian diet. He states: “A study of the history of soy use in Asia shows that the poor used it during times of extreme food shortage, and only when the soybeans were carefully prepared (e.g. by lengthy fermentation) to destroy the soy toxins.”(6) [iii] He goes on to say that contrary to some reports in the West, it is not the usual practice in Asian countries to feed soy milk to infants.(7)[iv]
There is a billion-dollar industry that advertises soy as a health answer to many health issues. Soy is frequently touted as being the answer to women’s menopause problems, heart disease, and weight problems, as well as a great protein source. Be aware of this when you are reading food labels that refer to soy having health benefits, even those that display an FDA-approved statement that soy can help lower the risk of heart disease. In 2000, two FDA employees, Daniel Doerge and Daniel Sheehan, were worried enough about the danger of soy that they wrote a controversial letter to their employer, protesting the positive health claims for soy that the FDA was approving at the time.(8)101( They wrote:
“There is abundant evidence that some of the isoflavones found in soy, including genistein and equol, a metabolite of daidzen, demonstrate toxicity in estrogen sensitive tissues and in the thyroid. This is true for a number of species, including humans. Additionally, isoflavones are inhibitors of the thyroid peroxidase which makes T3 and T4. Inhibition can be expected to generate thyroid abnormalities, including goiter and autoimmune thyroiditis. There exists a significant body of animal data that demonstrates goitrogenic and even carcinogenic effects of soy products. Moreover, there are significant reports of goitrogenic effects from soy consumption in human infants.[v]”(9)
Think carefully about the effects that soy can have on the thyroid, (one of our master glands, which affect almost all aspects of our health) and estrogen. So many doctors and nutritionists are soy proponents. Be careful, and research this yourself if you are concerned.
“One of the reasons soy is touted as a great health food is because it is said to help with menopause hormone imbalances. This is one of the reasons why so many doctors and older women were so happy to embrace it. Soy and soy-based products contain isoflavones or phytoestrogens, which are plant-based estrogens. Soy is not the only food that contains phytoestrogens. There are other, less controversial, and more digestible foods with phytoestrogens that you can include in your diet. (For more information on phytoestrogens, see “Phytoestrogens and Breast Cancer—Fact Sheet #01” in “Resources.”)
For men, eating soy isoflavones can significantly reduce testicular function and lower luteinizing hormone (LH) production, which is what signals the testicles to work. A high soy intake and potentially lower level of LH increases the probability of estrogen dominance in men, contributing to hair loss, swollen and cancerous prostates, and insulin resistance. Doris Rapp, MD, a leading pediatric allergist, asserts that environmental and food estrogens are responsible for the worldwide reduction in male fertility.”[vi] (10)
Soy consumption has been linked with cancer in adults, notably breast cancer, as I read in an article by Jim Rutz. He went on to say:
That’s why the governments of Israel, the UK, France and New Zealand are already cracking down hard on soy. . . .
In sad contrast, 60 percent of the refined foods in U.S. supermarkets now contain soy. Worse, soy use may double in the next few years because (last I heard) the out-of-touch medicrats in the FDA hierarchy are considering allowing manufacturers of cereal, energy bars, fake milk, fake yogurt, etc., to claim that “soy prevents cancer.” It doesn’t. . . .
P.S.: Organic, non gmo soy sauce is fine. Unlike soy milk, it’s perfectly safe because it’s fermented, which changes its molecular structure. Miso, natto and tempeh are also OK, but avoid tofu.[vii](11)
It is also important to be aware that soy can create allergic reactions. In 1986, Stuart Berger, MD, placed soy among the top seven allergens, one of the “sinister seven.”
These are all reasons why I don’t consume soy.
This is food for thought, by Nancy Addison.
By Nancy Addison, CHC, AADP
Most of the article is taken from “How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian” By Nancy Addison, published 2012- copyright@nancyaddison2012
[ii]3 -Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part B: Critical Reviews Volume 15, Issue 4, 2012, R. Belléabc*, J. Marcabc, J. Moralesabc, P. Cormierabc & O. Mulner-Lorillonabc, pages 233-237, Publishing models and article dates explained, Published online: 09 May 2012, Article Views: 332, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10937404.2012.672149
4- Mercola, Dr. Joseph, New Evidence Against These Cancer-Causing Foods – And the Massive Cover-Up Effort, Dr. Mercola’s website, June 09, 2012 ‘
6-[iii] Mercola, Dr. Joseph. “Learn the Truth About Soy: Just How Much Soy Do Asians Eat?” Dr. Mercola’s website. January 9, 2000. articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2000/01/09/truth-about-soy.aspx.
8-[v] Sheegan, Daniel M., and Daniel R. Doerge. Letter to Dockets Management Branch (HFA-305). February 18, 1999. The letter was posted on the abcnews.com website as “Scientists Protest Soy Approval.”
9-[vi] Bellatti, Andy. “You Ask, I Answer: Soy Portein Isolate.” Medpedia.com website. April 16, 2011. www.medpedia.com/news_analysis/98-Small-Bites/entries/71677-You-Ask-I-Answer-Soy-Protein-Isolate.
10 & 11-[vii] Rutz, Jim. “The Trouble with Soy.” World Net Daily website. www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=53327. 2010. This article was originally titled “Soy Is Making Kids ‘Gay’,” but after a huge backlash he re-titled it “The Trouble with Soy.”
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The intricate web of life, on this planet, depends on every aspect of life, all the way down to the fragile bee. Every part of this web has a particular role on the earth, and when one element of this web is removed, it starts a downward spiral effect which is difficult to foresee and which can be catastrophic. We are at serious risk of losing the bees now, and we need do something about it. I have a petition for the EPA in hopes they will take action.
Bee colonies are seriously threatened by the widespread use of pesticide-coated seeds currently used by farmers, particularly on corn and soy crops. These insecticides are called neonicotinoids. Studies show that bees are drawn to the nectar of neonicotinoid plants and become addicted to them in the same manner that humans become addicted to nicotine. For this reason, bees become addicted to plants grown from these toxic seeds and gorge themselves on these plants, seeking them out and returning to them in the future. Because nectar is brought back to the hive by individual bees, neonicotinoid toxins are also brought back to the hive, where they spread to and kill the entire colony. They achieve this by destroying the nervous systems of bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies. This has led to what scientists have dubbed “colony collapse disorder.”
Why should we care? Bees are important because we need them to pollinate food crops and wild plants. Bees are also an essential part of our economy as they pollinate over 15 billion dollars worth of crops a year. Some crops that won’t grow without honeybees include: apples, cucumbers, broccoli, onions, pumpkins, carrots, avocados, almonds, and many more. If we lose the honey bee our fragile web of life will be devastated, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has so far failed to aggressively seek out a solution. The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that neonicotinoids don’t even increase crop yields, although that is the purported reason for their use in the first place.
In-depth studies from Purdue University (http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/research/2012/120111KrupkeBees.html), Harvard University (http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2012/04/pesticide-tied-to-bee-colony-collapse/), and Oxford University, Trinity College Dublin, Newcastle University and Lund University (http://marketbusinessnews.com/bees-crave-neonicotinoid-pesticides-like-humans-with-nicotine/58089) concerning the danger and harm of neonicotinoids towards bees and other pollinators confirm that this is a grave concern. Overwhelming research conducted on the effects these products have on the environment has led the European Union to presently ban the use of neonicotinoids across the entire continent of Europe. In the United States and Canada, seed-producing companies are allowed to make and sell seeds coated with this pesticide, which has been shown in numerous research studies to contribute to bee and bee colony deaths.
“We know that these insecticides are highly toxic to bees; we found them in each sample of dead and dying bees,” said Christian Krupke, associate professor of entomology at Purdue University and a co-author of the findings.
The United States is losing about one-third of its honeybee hives each year, according to Greg Hunt, a Purdue University professor of behavioral genetics, honeybee specialist, and co-author of the Purdue findings. Hunt said no one particular factor is to blame for this loss, though scientists believe that other factors such as mites and insecticides are all working against the bees as well. “It’s like death by a thousand cuts for these bees,” Hunt said.”
In 2014, 37 million bees were found dead in Ontario, Canada after neonicotinoid-laced corn seeds were planted in the area. (http://naturalsociety.com/37-million-bees-found-dead-canada-large-gmo-crop-planting/). “Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions,” stated Dave Schuit, a local honey producer. This catastrophe is a powerful sign of the harm these seeds affect on our environment.
Furthermore, the effects of these toxins are not limited to the fields where these crops are planted. Genetically engineered plants are able to escape into the wild, where they interbreed with natural plants and continue to spread throughout the environment. The repercussions of this are alarming for the future of our earth, the future of food, and the futures of our children and grandchildren.
“The bees we should also be concerned about are the “3,999 other bee species living in North America, most of which are solitary, stingless, ground-nesting bees you’ve never heard of. Incredible losses in native bee diversity are already happening. 50 percent of Midwestern native bee species disappeared from their historic ranges in the last 100 years. Four of our bumblebee species declined 96 percent in the last 20 years, and three species are believed to already be extinct. A little part of me despairs when I read in a scientific paper: “This species probably should be listed under the Endangered Species Act if it still exists.” These bees nest in the ground and when the neonicotinoid seeds were planted in the fields, the mason bees did not make one single nest.” Source of quote: (Source: http://www.wired.com/2015/04/youre-worrying-wrong-bees/)
“In watermelons, native bees do 90 percent of the pollination.
Native bees improve fruit production in apples. Native bee pollination creates twice as much fruit as honey bees in blueberries. In tomatoes, native bee species increase fruit production significantly.” (Source: http://www.wired.com/2015/04/youre-worrying-wrong-bees/)
How much evidence will it take before the EPA, or other companies involved, stop the use, and protect our fragile web of life? Bees and the future of our environment are in need of protection from these toxic and harmful poisons. Given the enormous number of bee deaths already, the enormous amounts of neonicotinoid insecticide-coated seeds that are currently being planted, the fragile state of the bee colonies, and the mounting evidence showing neonicotinoid insecticide-coated seed is a danger to bee colonies, don’t you agree that the EPA should stop the manufacturing and planting of this toxic seed?
I move that the EPA ban the manufacturing, sale and use of these toxins, poisons and coated seeds in the United States.
Don’t you think companies should have a ethical and moral obligation to humanity to stop doing and promoting things that are proven to be harming the environment and humanity? Monsanto, DuPont, Dow Chemical, Crop Life America and Bayer all make these seeds and sell them. These companies apparently aren’t doing anything to halt this situation. Why? We need to ask ourselves this question. I pose a question: Do you have investment money supporting companies that do this type of thing? Is this the type of investment in your future, that will sustain the life of your children and their children?
If they are not voluntarily stopping their production, sale and use of seeds and toxins that have been shown to be doing harm to the environment, then isn’t it the responsibility of the EPA to make them stop harming the environment?
Please sign this petition and join me in helping to stop the use of toxins that are proven to be harmful to bees ( all types) and other pollinators (example: hummingbirds & butterflies), to the environment, and to the human population. These toxins put our fragile web of life in jeopardy.
Please sign my petition to ban and outlaw the manufacturing, sale and use of harmful neonicotinoid coated seeds and pesticides by companies and farmers.Update! We have 139,786 supporters signatures! Let’s get 100,000 more! Please share this with your friends and family! Even the federal court system is saying the EPA is wrong! http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2015/09/federal-court-nixes-epa-approval-pesticide-known-be-highly-toxic-honey-bees
I released my new book today on Raising Healthy Children!
It made the best seller’s list!
Raising Healthy Children is a comprehensive book full of encyclopedic information! This book is filled not only recipes and information about how you can raise your children in the healthiest possible way, but also includes resources, references and endnotes to give you the most comprehensive book on how to raise healthy children on the market today. Nancy Addison walks you through the grocery store, shares natural remedies, discusses the health benefits of breastfeeding, shares recipes for non-toxic body products, supplements, vitamins, minerals, and so much more.
Cooking Cambodian Style
My daughter was working for the Office of the Co-Prosecutors at the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Trials at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, in Phnom Penh. When I went to spend the holidays with her there, last month, we did some really fun things.
We also took a deliciously fun cooking class, where we learned the secrets to Khmer cooking. I loved learning how to make bowls with banana leaves and how to make a chili paste Khmer style. It’s very different from chili paste in Texas! We made some curry and put it in banana leaf bowls before they were steamed. Our are the ones at the top that look different. We made our vegetarian. The other people made their dish with fish and chicken.
We made quite a few recipes and it was quite an experience. I highly recommend cooking classes when traveling. It adds a little something extra special to the meal you have that day!
My daughter and I love curry and other spices used in Asian Cooking. Khmer is different from Thailand cooking and it was fun to learn all the little nuances involved with the recipes and our food. We went on a shopping tour of the local farmer’s market, which was very educational.
I decided to put a lot of these recipes in my next book, From Earth To Table. This book will celebrate our global connection with the earth, family and food.
On Christmas Day, we went up to the northern part of Cambodia. We went to an elephant rescue and spent the day with rescued elephants and even were lucky enough to get to bathe, Princess, the elephant in the beautiful river in the forest preserve. Amanda and I had never bathed an elephant before. it was such a fun day. Princess loved getting her bath, which made it that much more enjoyable!
I love to travel with my family. My daughter and I now have lovely memories of being together over the holidays and doing some cool things together.