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Victor Hugo once said, “There’s nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” The eradication of ecocide is such an idea.

I believe each of us has something of value to offer the world at large; each of us has a mission. My recent guest on Voices from the North, U.K. lawyer Polly Higgins, has found hers.

Polly Higgins is the author of the award-winning Eradicating Ecocide: laws and governance to prevent the destruction of our planet. She has been voted one of the “World’s Top 10 Visionary Thinkers” by the Ecologist and named “the Planet’s lawyer” by the 2010 Change Awards. Listen to our complete interview below:

Ecocide is a term first coined in the 1970s. Ecocide is anything that causes mass damage, destruction to or loss of ecosystems.

And though the term ecocide has existed for decades the idea whose time has come is Polly’s. She proposes to make Ecocide the 5th international Crime against Peace.

Her proposed amendment to the Rome Statute says: Ecocide is the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been severely diminished.

You can now help change the course of history and sign a petition at Avaaz asking world leaders to address ecocide at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in June: Below is the link:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/NOW_IS_OUR_CHANCE_TO_END_ECOCIDE/?cmfScdb

As Polly Higgins and her growing team of advocates claim on their website www.eradicatingecocide.com ‘by legally defining ecocide, anything that causes mass ecocide will stop. All companies that cause ecocide, such as oil companies, will have to become clean energy companies. This will happen because investors will divert money towards green industry rather than companies engaging in illegal, environmentally-damaging practices. Thus, the [ecocide] law creates a framework allowing companies to shift from “polluter pays” to “polluter doesn’t pollute”.’

A favourite uncle of mine, Dr. Roger Butler invented a technology that allows economically viable horizontal extraction of oil from tar sands. His discovery has resulted in what is arguably the single biggest environmental eyesore on the planet. The Athabasca Tar Sands project has created an ugly, poisonous blight in the northern Canadian tundra easily visible from space. It is immense. It is the size of England and Wales combined and it continues to grow. My uncle, an intelligent, passionate and highly likeable character could hardly have foreseen the scale of devastation his discovery has wrought.

Here’s a little on the dirty oil of the Athabasca Tar Sands:

Polly Higgins revealed in our time together on the radio that one of her forebears, Patillo Higgins, discovered oil in Texas in 1901. His well was a gusher that was still working one hundred years later. The well had an initial flow rate greater than all of the oil wells in the United States combined in that day. The Spindletop oilfield churned out over 3 million barrels the first year of operation, and over 17 million barrels the following year. This effectively brought an end to John D. Rockefeller’s world monopoly.

 Within fifteen years of his oil discovery an unprecedented industry build-up resulting in half a million jobs had emerged.

So it would seem Polly and I (and many others) have ‘ancestral dirt’ on our hands. It goes to show each of us has a responsibility to future generations to reverse current trends of destruction and ensure this planet remains beautiful, unsullied and teeming with life.

The scale with which corporations extract minerals and oil from the sub-surface of the earth today is unprecedented and hugely destructive. Despite blatant warnings such as Chernobyl and the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, nuclear power is still expanding. China alone has 14 nuclear power reactors in operation, more than 25 under construction, and more about to start construction soon. Despite the 2008 BP debacle in the Gulf of Mexico deep sea oil drilling continues unabated. Despite the known dangers of fracking (including the poisoning of groundwater and increased seismic activity), the present New Zealand government is freely handing out permits for this practise of induced hydraulic fracturing or hydrofracking, commonly known as fracking, a technique using drilling and the pressurized introduction of water, sand and chemicals to release petroleum, natural gas or other substances to the surface for extraction.

Present laws of contract compel corporate leaders to maximize shareholder profits. There is little incentive to address downstream environmental impacts in decision making.

Please visit www.eradicatingecocide.com and find out how you can add your voice to a growing chorus of voices calling for laws which acknowledge that the Earth herself is precious and has rights and is not simply a resource to be plundered. As it says on Polly’s website: By giving mass damage destruction and loss of ecosystems legal definition we can close the door to the killing of the Earth. This is a world that deserves to live.

Time is of the utmost. Polly Higgins would dearly like to see ecocide championed at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in June this year. That’s only weeks from now. Spread the word and get the cyber waves humming about this brave and timely vision destined to create a legal framework for peace.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/NOW_IS_OUR_CHANCE_TO_END_ECOCIDE/?cmfScdb

‘Current law protects the polluter, not people and planet. Laws provide pollution permits. If a company exceeds its limits it can be fined, which often makes no difference, as they can afford to pay the fines and still make profit. The law has set up a system that gives companies the right to pollute and destroy.

By creating a law of Ecocide, the law will protect people and planet.

By placing the interests of other people and beings first, and over profit, the consequences of actions take priority. If a decision is going to lead to damage and destruction, then it will be a crime. Looking after the Earth – a duty of care – will become the number one priority.’ (from www.eradicatingecocide.com )

Until now, the Earth has been burning while lawyers and environmentalists have fiddled with environmental legislation and protests against harmful projects like the Tar Sands. Ecocide laws will allow us to put the fires out.


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If it doesn’t kill you it makes you stronger . . . but with a limp.

Dan Rhema

When I started recording Voices from the North nearly six years ago it was because I truly believed in the ability of our stories to touch and transform the lives of those prepared to listen.

My most recent interview does just that on a profound level. I strongly encourage you to listen below:

Dan Rhema has made a journey to hell and back and found a piece of heaven along the way. He has tapped a hitherto unknown creative gift to heal himself and simultaneously touch and heal others through his artistic creations. Here’s Dan Rhema’s encapsulated story as found on his website at http://www.danrhema.com/artist.html

 In 1991, Dan was living with his wife and three daughters on the Gulf Coast of Mexico in the small town of Santiago Tuxla. At the time, he was president of El Centro, Inc., a not-for-profit international training and retreat center.

During the seasonal rains, an epidemic of Dengue Fever (also known as Break Bone Fever) swept through the Tuxla Mountain Area. All of his family except his youngest daughter fell victim to the fever.

By the time he had arrived at Crawford Long Memorial Hospital, he was well into a delirium caused by the high fever and other complications. Later that evening, during a spinal tap which confirmed that he had contracted spinal meningitis, Dan had a near death experience.

Dan relates, “I traveled out of my body and began journeying down a long dark tunnel. As I progressed down the tunnel, I remember thinking that I did not want to die without my wife and children being with me. My progress down the tunnel ended and I began the long struggle back to consciousness, one level at a time.”

Early in his recovery, Dan began to create works of art using locally collected wild thorny vines which to him represented the damage which the fever had inflicted on his brain. Later, in Tucson, Arizona, Dan began to write short stories and collect objects found during walks in the desert.

After moving to Louisville, Kentucky in April 1995, Dan began to create multimedia collages, sculptures, and masks from his collection of found objects. In 1997 he began to paint, capturing the images flowing through him in a unique three dimensional style. His art has been heavily influenced by his illness, his readings in comparative mythology, and his own search for spiritual meaning.

 

During our interview Dan relates that one of his most important hurdles in his two decade long healing journey has been the need to let go of the man he once was and embrace the man he is today. Dan Rhema’s experience has been extreme but isn’t this perspective what we each need to live – each moment?

Pain is simply the difference between what is and what I want it to be.

Spencer Johnson, M.D.

Before his illness Dan had been a seeker. He is no more. He appears to be content to accept the mystery of life without the urge to figure it out.

Life is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved.

Osho 

Dan’s illness has left him with huge gaps in his long-term memory. He doesn’t remember his wedding day or the early years of his children. He also initially had virtually no short term memory. Out of necessity he became an at-home dad. Even driving his children to school was an adventure – he wasn’t sure which way to turn.

The art that periodically pours through him has been his saviour. His brain has had to rewire after the trauma of the fever and has consequently left him with a seemingly direct link to the subconscious memory of humanity’s roots – a sort of shamanic viewpoint Dan feels lies in all of us, but which is usually buried too deeply to access. I wonder if Dan Rhema’s paintings and sculptures touch viewers so profoundly because they trigger these deeply buried memories and/or earlier traumas and near death experiences in them.

Dan claims that 80% of relationships in which one of the partners suffers a brain illness are blown apart. Without the unflinching support of his wife, Susan, Dan would probably have been institutionalized and the world would be poorer for it.

Visit Dan’s website at: http://www.danrhema.com/  

Dan Rhema on Voices from the North:

“Dan is truly blessed with a gift for relating art to people in a way that is very spiritual and cultural. For him to be able to talk about his experience and be able to embrace and relate it to other ethnic groups and religions is truly phenomenal.”Shirley Sweatt, art collector
“I’ve been struggling for years to perfect certain techniques, as all artists do. For Dan to have no formal training and to be able to create these amazing sculptures is hard for me to grasp. It’s very humbling as an artist to see him be able to express his ideas so vividly.”Kevin Payne, artist/teacher

Dan Rhema, artist, writer, and filmmaker lives in historic Old Louisville, Kentucky. His art has been exhibited throughout America, in solo and group shows, for the past fifteen years. Dan’s picture books include The Day the Animals Lost Their True Colors (a 2002 IPPY Awards Finalist), One Tiny Twig, and Bluegrass Breeze. His most recent book, I Close My Eyes to See: The Dan Rhema Story As Told to Kevin Wilson, documents Dan’s transformation into an artist after surviving a deadly combination of three different strains of dengue fever. A documentary about Dan’s story is scheduled for completion in this year.

 
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“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

 

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“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

 

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Peter Grassby in the Mangonui Hall

More Mischief and Mayhem in Mangonui

Mangonui Céilí co-founder Fiona McGrory describes him as a ‘one-stop shop for entertainment.’ U.K. based Pete Grassby—consummate singer, songwriter, recording artist, accordion repairer, Morris dancer and dance caller—is back in New Zealand for his annual tour. He’ll be joined by one of his U.K. bands, Grasshoppers, for the Auckland folk festival later this month. Several years ago he toured Aotearoa with another of his bands, Aardvarks. One wonders what he would call a New Zealand band should he dare to establish one. Sand Flies?

This entertainer extraordinaire will be hosting the next Céilí (‘Kay-lee’) at the Mangonui Hall on the waterfront on Saturday, January 21st. The Céilí begins at 7.30pm. But be sure to get there early. It is always standing room only when Pete Grassby hosts a céilí. Not only will Mr. Grassby call an oft-humorous variety of dances and play melodeon, he’ll sing a song or three. Grassby’s wit and charm ensure that everyone, including those who just come along to watch, have a great time. Pete Grassby will be backed up for this céilí by the regular talented Mangonui Céilí band, Spootiskerry Spraoi, affectionately called ‘Spoots.’ Admission is, as always, $3 per adult plus a plate for supper. Accompanied children are free.

Pete Grassby is available for gigs and house parties, as well as repairs of squeeze boxes during his limited time in the Far North and can be contacted at pdgrassby@fsmail.net

To purchase Pete’s CDs contact him by email as well.

Here’s the complete interview:

And here are three of the six tracks we played in the interview:

Trowie Byrn (John Stickle)  Track 12 on Cilan:

Nan’s Waltz (Pat Shuldham Shaw) Track 3 on Malvern Hills:

Scarborough Fair (Traditional arranged by Pete Grassby) Track 5 on Cilan

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“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

 

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

 

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

 

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Acupuncture

I recently interviewed a young woman, Kim Wong, about Chinese Medicine. This Voices From the North interview covers the history of Chinese Medicine and some of the key areas acupuncture and associated treatment methods can greatly assist people. Kim spoke of her success treating sore throats, headaches, muscle pain and injuries and more. She also indicated acupuncture can really reduce the side effects of a person quitting smoking. For the complete interview click below:

Kim’s contact details are as follows:

Mobile Acupuncture
 Ph: 094062195
 kimsum327@gmail.com
  7 Thomas Street, Mangonui, Mangobui
 
  Kim Wong, Acupuncturist

An associated interview can be found below:

Acupuncture Explained

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“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

 

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

 

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

 

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

 

My recent special guest on Voices from the North was Jackie Connell. Jackie edits the monthly newsletter for International Dolphin Watch (IDW) and, together with her husband, Terry Connell, is the co-founder of Operation Sunshine, a UK-based charity helping special needs families throughout the UK and internationally.

Jackie Connell has always been concerned about our environment and the need to bring a more meaningful and spiritual aspect into people’s lives. From the moment she heard dolphin expert Dr. Horace Dobbs being interviewed by Johnny Walker on BBC Radio 2 in 2000 she knew she was going to meet and work with this extraordinary man. But, as you listen to the hour I spend in the studio with Jackie, you’ll realise this sort of intuitive premonition is nothing new to her. The story she shares of the magic that brought Terry and her toNew Zealandleaves little doubt that Jackie has been cruising in the arms of the angels all her life. From childhood she had a recurring dream of a place she didn’t recognize. When a colleague from the open university where she worked sent Jackie a postcard fromMatauriBaywhile on vacation inNew Zealand, a postcard of a scene identical to her lifelong repetitive dream, Jackie and Terry began an odyssey that eventually landed them on the sunny shores ofNew Zealandas swallows for six months of the year.

Two pieces of music are shared during the hour. First there is a haunting track from Enigma called The Dream of the Dolphin. You can hear that song below.

Later we play A Song of Iruka, a melody from a Japanese woman who claims the song was written by dolphins and channelled through her. Inspired by the work and vision of Horace Dobbs, Konoe Ishizaki co-founded the Ki and Dolphin Healing Centre inKyoto. At 10.00pm on 26 November 1993, two weeks before the Dolphin Healing Centre opened, Konoe had a vision in which the dolphins gave her the following message:

Good evening! The fact is that you were born here to come and play a ‘life’ game. Be generous enough to play with anybody whom you encounter and also with those who say something nasty. You are all playfellows. There are humorous people and there are people who are not so humorous. Imagine that all of you are enjoying the game together. Some play the role of a disliked person, some play the role of clown. Everybody has a role to play.

This philosophical perspective is remarkably similar to that pieced together by regression hypnotist and therapist Dr. Michael Newton in his inspiring book Journey of Souls. As for the practical and loving guidance of angels in the synchronistic unfolding of our lives you need look no further than Paul Elder’s book, Eyes of an Angel.

Konoe Ishizaki’s song, Iruka No Uta (The Dolphin Song).can be heard here: http://www.idw.org/assets/applets/A_Song_Of_Iruka.wma

At the end of our time together Jackie Connell gifted me one of Horace Dobbs’ beautiful children’s books about Dilo, a make-believe dolphin. For more on the enigmatic dolphin pioneer Dr. Horace Dobbs, whose talks, books and films have introduced millions to the magical healing energy of dolphins, and for a complete list of his more than 20 books visit www.horacedobbs.com and/or watch the following video:

 In preparation for my interview with Jackie, I watched the powerful Oscar award winning documentary, The Cove,  featuring former Flipper trainer turned activist Ric O’Barry. Like Ric O’Barry, Jackie and the team of Operation Sunshine do not support dolphins being kept in captivity and therefore will not participate in programmes where dolphins are kept in such a way.

For more on how Operation Sunshine is changing lives through the power of dolphins visit: http://www.operationsunshine.org/

For the International Dolphin Watch free newsletter visit  the IDW web site where the latest news can be downloaded free through the home page at: http://www.idw.org/.

And, last but not least, my complete interview with Jackie Connell can be heard below:

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“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

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Russell Garcia in Kerikeri, New Zealand

Russell Garcia is a living legend in the world of music. In this recent Voices from the North interview, Russ  gives further insight into his early life. At a very early age (maybe 5) he would sit by the radio on a Sunday morning (these were pre-television days) enthralled by the symphonic offerings of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. His brother initially bought him a beat up trumpet which Russ taught himself to play. Pushed quickly through school, he set up a band in junior high, taught himself to read music and made arrangements for the band. As Russ mentioned in an earlier interview, his arrangement of Stardust at age eleven was performed by the Oakland Philharmonic.

He was fortunate to receive excellent training in counterpoint, harmony and arrangement from two high school music teachers. By age 15, at the beginning of the Great Depression, Russ was playing trumpet in a ballroom and earning a higher weekly salary than his father. A year at San Francisco State University was enough to demonstrate to Russ that he already had more than enough theory and skill to move on and fully enter a life as a professional musician. He went on the road with big bands led by the likes of Harry James, Bob Crosby and Stan Kenton. Russ admitted his skill as a musician wasn’t what got him a place with the bands—he usually only played third or forth trumpet. It was his deft talent at composition and arrangement that landed him the work. He was writing an arrangement a week and receiving the pleasure of hearing it being performed by the band.

Life on the road was a significant challenge; so he soon found himself determined to make it in Hollywood, and he did! Through a connection with Ronald Reagan (then married to Jane Wyman,) he got his first big break as staff composer/arranger at NBC studio.

Russ’s life has been one involving a combination of fortuitous circumstances and hard work. But because he’s always done what he loves, the work is almost effortless. He feels his skills as an arranger have been enhanced by personally taking lessons in each of the instruments he writes arrangements for. He took lessons on violin and cello for roughly three months each and longer on French horn, to name just a few of the instruments he works with. He had a personal office at Universal Studios for over two decades, getting an opportunity there initially with the aid of Henry Mancini. 
 
 

Russ Garcia with Charlie Chaplain on ‘Limelight’

 Having worked with virtually all the big names of his era (Oscar Peterson and Louis Armstrong spring to mind), soon-to-turn-95-years-young Russ Garcia is to headline a concert starting in Kerikeri on April 9th. New York singers Shaynee Rainbolt and Terese Geneco and New Zealand stalwart Tim Beverige will belt out a mix of Russ Garcia originals and great standards arranged by Russ for them and the ten piece backing band of top New Zealand musicians. The show will also run in Tauranga, Auckland and Wellington. Here’s an opportunity to hear Russ share stories from his life with the legends of music and film.

My complete interview with Russell Garcia can be heard below. Included is a Garcia original, The Human Race is One that Russ put together for his Chinese friends using their pentatonic scale. It was later translated into Chinese. You’ll hear his lovely wife Gina singing on the track. This is just one of the songs from a two CD collection the Garcia’s have created as part of the Virtues programme they’ve freely offered in New Zealand schools for close to forty years. They still share their raps, songs, humour and inspiration regularly at schools in Russell and Te Ti, drawing inspiration from the teaching of their Bahá’í faith.  

Russ and Gina Garcia have been married close to sixty years. They continue to renew their wedding vows each year and share with each other the words they chose for their wedding in a Hollywood chapel all those years ago, including two poems from Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet on Love and Marriage. I trust you enjoy the great rendition Richard Harris gives to these poems included in the interview.

Russ’s books, The Professional Arranger and Composer, Books 1 and 2, originally published in 1954, continue to be used in high schools and universities to this day.

For a related article on a misplaced Oscar click here.

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Rather than running to your doctor when you feel unwell,  first ask: “How can I help myself?” or, even better: “What can I do to help my fellow man?”

Geoffrey Morell

From dairy farmer to energy healer and medical intuitive, Geoffrey Morell has led a full life. Now in his 85th year, he and his wife, Sally Fallon-Morell, recently purchased a farm with the intention of establishing a dairy herd for the production of raw, organic milk. Why would a man in his golden years do such a thing, you might ask? Geoffrey Morell is the co-founder of the Weston A. Price Foundation and raw milk is one of the wonder foods espoused by the foundation. Besides, the man has found a way to tap into the fountain of youth—continue to dream, follow through on your dreams and begin every day with a simple request of the Universe (my paraphrasing): Please bring to me the people and circumstances on this day to allow me best to serve.

Sally Fallon-Morell and Geoffrey Morell

Geoffrey Morell, originally from New Zealand and now living near Washington D.C., was back in our fair land to attend the 100th birthday celebration of his uncle, Owen Maria. More on that in a forthcoming interview and blog. I interviewed Geoffrey last year when he visited to celebrate Owen’s 99th birthday. Longevity must run in the family. His earlier interview can be found here.

In our hour on the air on Voices from the North together this time around he shared several key points:

  • To be a healer requires three things: 1. The need to be receptive; 2. The need to change your way of thinking; 3. The need to change your way of eating. And to be a healer requires the banishment of three words from your emotional vocabulary—ego, jealousy and hate.
  • Geoffrey’s own methods of healing began after many years of meditation. He was then visited in the inner realms by Jesus, Sai Baba and a blonde woman who collectively instructed him.
  • Healers and others coming into contact with the public need to take steps to ground themselves.
  • Approximately one in 20 people that Geoffrey sees have entities attached to them. They come from three sources: 1. Not letting go of loved ones when they die. 2. Using a Ouija board. 3. Some form of voodoo.
  • Rather than running to your doctor when you feel unwell, Geoffrey suggests you first ask: “How can I help myself?” or, even better: “What can I do to help my fellow man?” And ask that all imperfections be removed.
  • Beware of unfermented soy products including baby formula. More on that here.

Anyone who follows my writing and broadcasts knows I’m been a long-term mostly raw food vegetarian/vegan. I don’t like to pigeon-hole myself by belonging to any particular belief structure or system. I tend to agree with Krishnamurti who said there is little freedom in ‘isms’. I recently attended a presentation by vegan friends. They quoted T. Colin Campbell’s interpretation of the China Study, saying there are grave health dangers in consuming dairy products, claiming many people are unable to digest the casein in milk. Campbell claims cancer could be almost be eliminated by avoiding animal products.

Then, along comes the ever-youthful Geoffrey Morell, who claims we should be consuming the nutrient-dense foods of our ancestors including animal broths and raw milk. Who’s right? I leave that one for you to decide. I used to think the world was painted in black and white. I tend to see it in gradients from black to white now, with vivid splashes of colour as well, of course  There are those who claim the Weston A. Price Foundation is based on outdated science. There are others who claim that a vegan lifestyle can leave you bereft of necessary vitamins and minerals. For example Dr. Ben Kim says:

If you are a strict vegan eating mainly whole, unprocessed plant foods, and you are experiencing health challenges, you can probably experience dramatically better health just by adding some organic eggs to your diet. Organic eggs from free range birds and organic butter are two foods that will provide you with essential nutrients that are not abundant or present at all in plant foods and may not conflict with your compassion for animals.

Dr. Kim’s complete article can be found here: http://chetday.com/strictvegandiet.htm  

Every step in each of our journeys is valid. We can all learn from each other and we will find peace when we can truly embrace and love one another, regardless of our beliefs. I wish you all peace and the best of health, John

Listen to the he complete inspiring interview with Geoffrey Morell below:

Members of the Weston A. Price Foundation are entitled to receive the comprehensive 100 page quarterly journal, Wise Traditions. For more information please visit www.westonaprice.org. The magazine contains cutting edge health information and takes a no-holds-barred approach to the many myths foisted on the public by the various health voices in the world today.

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“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/ 

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

“The author’s experiments and experiences working with nature simply amaze. . . . Beyond the Search is a treasure trove for those who enjoy planting and reaping as it seems nature intended, with respect for each animal and insect as belonging on the planet and therefore deserving of honour.”

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