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A Newsletter for Those Exploring Wellness Through Naturopathic Lifestyles
Spring/ Summer 1999 - Issue 2
Produced for the patients of Dr. Lisa Doran B.Sc., N.D.
Green Thumb Rantings
I was working in my garden this week, enjoying the beautiful spring weather and planting my early crops with my 4 ½ year old son; carrots, spinach, beets, peas, lettuce etc. Among the smells of the newly overturned earth, freshly mowed grass from next door and someone baking close by I caught a whiff of something unpleasant, something that brought me out of my happy-gardener mode. I could smell pesticides on the wind.
For any of you who have heard me speak in the past few years you will know that spraying lawns with herbicides and pesticides is one of my pet peeves. This is my fourth year living in Durham and each year I am absolutely amazed with how much chemicals Durham residents dump onto their lawns without thinking. These chemicals blow in the wind, come into our homes on little bare feet, they get onto our children’s outside toys, our vegetable patches, our pools, leach into our water supply as they travel down stream to the lake where they are sucked into the water treatment plant and then showered upon us as we bathe, drink, cook and breathe.
I have a sign on my lawn that reads: "Chemical free lawn, safe for all living things". My neighbours probably think I’m some eccentric over-the-top environmentalist. What does that mean, anyway? I compost, I cut my lawn with a rotary cutter (no noise pollution, air pollution, wasted electricity – and it’s better for the grass), I use organic fertilizer and natural pesticides. I either enjoy my dandelions or dig them up, depending on my mood of the day. I walk around in bare feet a lot. So do my kids. I don’t want the chemicals from the family down the street in my air, on my toys, on my grass, on my vegetables or in my water. But how to raise awareness? How to let people know that what they are pouring by the truckload onto their lawns is not an innate compound? That it is going to affect us, be absorbed into our bodies and remain in our fatty tissues causing cellular damage?
You are the start of my campaign, by reading this rant perhaps I will raise your awareness and if you spray your lawn perhaps next year you’ll think of not doing it or perhaps you’ll pass some of this information on to the family down the street who sprays their lawn and they’ll think about not doing it next year. World changing stuff has to start with us. I am starting here.
There is a wonderful package put together by the Breast Cancer Prevention Coalition and the following few paragraphs are excerpts from their information package with regards to pesticides on our health:
As Environment Canada says: "Pesticides are poisons, or they wouldn’t kill." We are all exposed to many pesticides every day through food, water and air. Close to 50 million kilograms of herbicides, insecticides, algaecides (ed, for those of you who have pools) and fungicides are used every year in Canada. Twelve of the most commonly used pesticides are suspected carcinogens (ed: cancer-causing agents). According to the World Wildlife Fund, at least 850 different pesticide products registered for household use have hormone-disrupting effects.
As the WWF brochure, Reducing Your Risk, explains: "Children are more vulnerable than adults to the effects of pesticides because their immune, nervous and reproductive systems are still developing. They eat three times more food and take in four times more pesticides per kilogram of body weight than adults. Crawling on the floor and in the grass, children are also more likely to absorb, inhale and ingest pesticides."
Over 100 active pesticide ingredients are found to cause cancer in humans and animals, according to the Women’s Network on Health and Environment’s newsletter, Connections. "Evidence on links to breast cancer have emerged for the pesticides atrazine, endosulfan and lindane….Other cancers showing a relationship to pesticide exposure include leukemia, soft-tissue sarcoma, non-Hodgkins lymphoma and cancers of the brain, lung, skin and stomach." Other health-related problems include reproductive failures, neurotoxicity and birth defects. According the World Health Organization, it is estimated that every year 25 million people worldwide –nearly equivalent of Canada’s entire population! – are poisoned through occupational exposure to pesticides, and more than 200,000 die.
Cornell University Professor David Pimento notes that
the number of crops lost to pests over the past 40 years has nearly doubled,
despite a more than tenfold increase in the amount and toxicity of synthetic
insecticides used. During that same time frame, the number of chemical
resistant pests has climbed to more that 500.
How Can You Make Changes?
· Every year in Canada, approval for more than 700 pesticide products expires, requiring re-registration. Contact your MP and express your concern about these products. For phone and fax numbers of federal MPs, call 1-800-387-7177.
· If there are pesticides used in the parks and green areas of your town (and I know that there are in Ajax) write to town council and express your concern for your health.
· Reduce or eliminate toxic pesticide products in your home and garden. Put a Pesticide-free sign on your front lawn/garden.
· Speak out for a safer food production system. Ask your supermarket manager to stock sustainably grown food. Write to your MP to urge him/her to pass better pesticide controls and make sustainable farming our nation’s top agricultural priority (as is being done in Europe and Scandinavia right now).
· Whenever possible,
buy organic food. Or, even better, grow your own!]
Great Big Welcome to Sue Stenhouse who began at
our clinic January 1st as my office manager and organization
guru. Sue has things running beautifully smoothly now and many of you are
familiar with her cheerful smile and enthusiasm about natural health. Sue
is available to answer or direct your questions Mondays, Wednesdays and
Denise Fuller, whom many of you met this Fall as my clinic intern has graduated from CCNM with her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and is joining us beginning May 11th as a cranio-saccral therapist. Dr. Fuller will be in the office on Tuesdays. If you are interested in this form of bodywork please call the clinic and we would happily book you an initial consult with Dr. Fuller. Beginning in September Dr. Fuller will be accepting new patients for naturopathic care as an associate in the Naturopathic Practice with Dr. Doran. Stay tuned for our fall newsletter when we announce her official start date as a Naturopathic Doctor. ]
5 STEPS TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY FROM PESTICIDES IN FOOD
Summertime First Aid
First of all SCRAPE the stinger out, don’t pull it out or you risk squeezing the tiny venom sac attached to the stinger and accidentally release more venom into your skin. Scrape out the stinger with a credit card or a dull knife.
The Naturopathic Clinic and Dispensary are open Mondays and Wednesdays 10am-7pam and on Thursdays from 9 am – 4 pm. The Cranio sacral therapist is available 12pm-8pm on Tuesdays.
The clinic will be closed for holidays July 26-30th and August 16-20th ]
Did You Know?
Magnesium for Menstrual Cramps
High dosages of magnesium (2g) have been given IV (combined with other nutrients to aid with absorption) to relieve menstrual cramps almost instantaneously. If you can’t get an IV of magnesium try supplementing liquid cal-mag in the dose of 800 mg of magnesium. If you are taking too much magnesium your body will tell you – it causes diarrhea! ]
Cholesterol and Niacin
Niacin has beneficial effects on low-density lipoprotein
cholesterol, high- density lipoprotein cholesterol, apolipoprotein B and
A-1, triglycerides and lipoprotein. Niacin has been shown to reduce the
incidence of coronary artery disease. The main problem with the use of
niacin has been flushing, gastrointestinal discomfort and metabolic effects
including hepatotoxicity. Administration of 1.5 g of slow releasing niacin
at bedtime has been shown to be beneficial. Talk to your health care provider
for more information. ]
Eat Right For Your Blood Type Summarized!
Adapted from the book Eat Right for Your Type by Peter D’Adamo N.D.
The Hunter; Oldest blood type, Caveman blood type, originated in Africa; Meat eater; Hardy digestive tract; Overactive immune system; Intolerant to dairy and eggs
Needs intense physical exercise; Tendency to a low thyroid
Eat LESS of: wheat, corn, kidney beans, navy beans, lentils, cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, mustard greens, peanuts, brazil nuts, pistachios, acidic fruit.
Eat MORE of: kelp, seafood, ionized salt, liver, red meat, kale, spinach broccoli, flax seed oil, olive oil, fruit.
Disease Susceptibility: Digestive complaints, Chron’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome
Beneficial Supplements: B vitamins, Vitamin K, Calcium, Iodine, Magnesium. Avoid Vitamins A and E.
Beneficial Herbs: Glycerrhiza (licorice), Fucus (kelp)
Type of Exercise: Frequent aerobic exercise
Personality: Strength, endurance,self-reliance, daring, intuitive, innate optimism, focus, drive
Evolved as man moved from a hunter/gatherer society to a farming society. Type A’s were more resistant to new infections that living in densely populated areas brought. Type A’s were able to survive the "new" types of diseases such as the plague, cholera, and smallpox. Today the highest concentration of Type A’s are found in western Europeans.
The first vegetarian; Reaps wheat he sows; Sensitive digestive tract; Tolerant immune system
Responds best to stress with calming activities
Foods must be pure, fresh and organic
Eat LESS of: Dairy, careful of wheat, red meat, and poultry
Eat MORE of: Snails, fish, beans, fruits and vegetables
Disease Susceptibility: Heart disease, cancer and diabetes
Beneficial Supplements: Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Selenium and Chromium, Avoid Beta-Carotene
Beneficial Herbs: Hawthorn, Echinacea, Astragalus, Quercetin, Silybum, and Bromelain.
Beneficial Exercise: Quiet, calming exercise such as yoga, tai chi
Personality: Co-operative, clever, sensitive, passionate, smart, tend to bottle up anxiety
The Nomad – this type emerged as humans migrated north from Africa and Mediterranean regions.
Strong Immune system; Tolerant digestion
Eat LESS of: Corn, buckwheat, lentils, peanuts, sesame seeds, wheat
Eat MORE of: fish, wild red meats, almonds, walnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, kidney beans, lima beans, millet, oatbran, oatmeal, lots of vegetables and fruit.
Disease Susceptibility: Able to resist most severe diseases common to modern life (Heart Disease and Cancer)
Prone to immune system disorders such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, chronic fatigue, arthritis.
Beneficial Supplements: Magnesium, digestive enzymes, Lecithin
Beneficial Herbs: Licorice, eleuthrococcus, Gingko
Beneficial Exercise: Creativity is the best stress reliever. Requires a balance between physical and mental activity. Best exercises are biking, hiking and group activities
Personality: Sturdy and alert individuals, adapts to new situations well, balanced, more flexible, less vulnerable, people person, harmony, empathetic.
The most modern blood type, only about 1000 yrs old
Result of the intermingling of all the other Types
Rarest of the blood types less than 5% of the population are type AB
Tolerant immune system
Eat LESS of: Red meat, kidney beans, lima beans, seeds, corn, buckwheat, wheat.
Eat MORE of: Tofu, seafood, dairy, green vegetables, kelp, pineapple, wild game, snail fish, eggs, dairy, peanuts, pinto beans, green lentils
Beneficial Supplements: Green tea, Quercetin, Bromelain
Beneficial Herbs: Hawthorn, Echinacea, Astragalus, Silybum,
Beneficial Exercise: Requires spiritual activities to handle stress
Personality: Doesn’t hold grudges, diplomatic, interesting and charismatic people]
Ten Powerful Foods
Forget about bacon and butter sandwiches on white bread. For most of us these days, food must meet the following criteria: It must taste good, be low in fat and pack a nutritional punch. To help you narrow down the choices, here’s a list of 10 best of all around foods:
BROWN RICE – Like white rice, it’s almost a pure complex carbohydrate, but it packs in the fiber, too. It’s also a rich non-meat source of zinc and contains all the minerals white rice lacks because of the refining process that is involved in making brown rice white. You’ll even get protein—five grams per cup.
GARLIC - It contains lots of antioxidants, fights bacteria and viruses and helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It may even help prevent cancer. A couple of cloves or four Kyolic garlic gel caps a day should make for a healthy dose.
PAPAYA – One of the most nutrient-dense fruits you can find, calorie-for-calorie it beats oranges and apples. One papaya provides 30 percent more than the RDA for vitamin A and 300 times for vitamin C. It teems with allergy-and disease-fighting phytochemicals, too.
EGG WHITES – With all the essential amino acids, they’re about the most perfect protein you can eat. And without the yolk, which contains about 300 milligrams of cholesterol (close to your daily limit), egg whites are the rare no-fat, high-protein food.
CHICKEN – Aside from being easy to cook and incredibly versatile, it’s the meat for the active person. White meat has just 370 calories and 18 grams of fat per six ounces (dark meat has 450 calories, 26 grams of fat). It’s high in iron, protein, niacin and zinc. Leave the skin on until the bird’s cooked to keep in the juices; it’ll come off easier when it’s cooked, too. Taking most of the fat with it. Try and find organic sources of chicken to avoid all those nasty chemicals factory raised chickens contain.
BROCCOLI - Vitamin C, beta-carotene and fiber figure highly in broccoli’s nutritional profile. But it’s broccoli’s high content of the phytochemicals sulforaphane that has been making headlines lately because of its powerful anti-cancer effects.
SOY – Soy is now available in various tasty forms, from soy milk to veggie burgers to fake bacon to tofu (tastes great fried, then mopped off with a paper towel, and in miso soup). It features high-quality protein, is low in saturated fat and contains the heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids most people only get from fish. It might even reduce cancer risk, lower cholesterol and help prevent heart disease.
SWEET POTATOES – We love these in part because they’re so delicious and easy to cook. Each potato also has a whopping 8,285 IU of vitamin A (one-and-a-half times your RDA), 50 percent of the RDA of vitamin C, and decent amounts of three essential minerals: calcium, magnesium and potassium.
WATER – Hey, don’t scoff. You’re probably
not drinking enough; few people do. Eight eight-ounce glasses a day are
the bare minimum. If you’re active, you can sweat away two pounds of water
surprisingly fast. All your organ systems need the stuff in order to function.
You also need the crucial minerals water provides, including sodium, potassium,
calcium and phosphorus (which means that distilled water isn’t the answer
here – try spring water). A healthy water intake will help prevent kidney
stones (which afflict men way more than women) and keep your urinary and
gastrointestinal tracts functioning better. (Men’s Health, Spring 1999)
Join the Durham Anthroposophical Association as we discuss Rudolf Steiners work, areas of interest for study, guest speakers, conferences and organizing car pooling to one of the two wonderful schools available to us here in the GTA.
Please call 905-626-6102 for more information about the
Toronto Waldorf School Information: 905-881-1611
Alan Howard Waldorf School Information: 416-962-6447
Rudolf Steiner Center for Education: 905-764-7570
My good friend Kerry is the best vegan cook I know and each time we go to visit her she shares with us her newest recipe invention. On a recent visit she shared this wonderful recipe for a cheese sauce with us. Kerry served this tasty and filling cheesy sauce over kamut spiral pasta and steamed collards and broccoli. The kids LOVED it! (and I have to admit that I had a second helping)
2 tbsp tamari
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ cup oats
½ cup nutritional yeast
4 tbsp tahini
4 tbsp arrowroot flour or cornstarch
1 tsp dried basil
Juice from ½ a lemon
Pour into saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently (do this, I found out the hard way that this is an essential part of the recipe) until thickened.
Serve hot over pasta, steamed collards and steamed broccoli or use as a replacement for cheese sauce in other recipes.
Crop Sharing Associations
CSA’s or Crop Sharing Associations are springing up all
over Ontario. These are organic farmers who sell "shares" in their farms
to individuals in the community who are interested in supporting organic
farming. Your share (or half share) buys you a huge box of veggies each
week. Mike Lannigan is an organic farmer and owner of a CSA. I have bought
shares in his farm before and the produce is lovely. Mike’s farm is close
to Uxbridge, so the drive does get a little tedious each week. However,
we could organize a group share purchase and take turns going to get the
produce. Call the clinic if you are interested in this arrangement. If
you would like to talk to Mike about his farm call him at 905-852-4080.
With salad season upon us and picnics and bar-b-q’s planned for weekends here is a wonderful salad using the grain Quinoa. Quinoa is a psuedograin belonging to the Goosefoot family and it is a powerhouse of nutrition. The National Acadamy of Sciences calls it "one of the best sources of vegetable protein in the vegetable kingdom". The essential amino acid balance is close to ideal. It contains 16 percent protein, B vitamins, natural sugars and complex carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorus and iron. It is low in gluten and is a great alternative for people with wheat and corn allergies.
2 cups water
1 cup finely chopped tomato
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp finely chopped mint (fresh only)
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp salt
Nori Mu Silken Style Tofu and Nori Mu Chocolate Pudding Mix
I never dreamed that Tofu could be so appetizing! Wow,
this stuff will knock your socks off and you can "fool" kids and finiky
adults into eating yummy tofu. They are dairy free, contain no refined
sugar and no super heated fats. They DO contain dutch cocoa powder, but
if you are going to eat chocolate this is at least an unrefined form of
it. The Nori Mu Mates are also available in cappucino and lemon flavour
and can be used as pudding or as pie filling.
Homeopathic First Aid Kits
5 Remedy Homeopathic First Aid Kit $25 4 Remedy Chicken Pox Kit $20
Custom made kits also available. Place your orders with