Welcome to Healthful Living's Late Summer Issue. We've been
off for a bit but are back right in time for our beautiful "Indian
Summer." For many of us, especially those in San Francisco, summer
starts NOW and the two most beautiful months are ahead of us!
And with Autumn around the corner, it's coming time to harvest.
Welcome to Healthful Living!
today... Be the Change by Martin Matthews
Several months ago, we asked the question “are
you healthful living?” This was our subtle wake up call
to conscious beings to draw attention to their thoughts
and actions and notice their alignment with the creation
of a life they desire (health, love, wealth, etc.).
We point this out to you now because the words and wisdom
of Mahatma Gandhi are eternal and within us all Be the
change you want to see in the world. Those ten words speak
to the human spirit inside of us, the part of us that knows
that we are responsible for co-creating everything that
shows up for us in life. There is no sitting on the “sidelines”
and just watching things go by.
Our world is changing. Sometimes this change is drastic
and potentially life threatening to all, as in Al Gore’s
documentary An Inconvenient Truth, other times it
may seem distant but is equally disturbing, for example
in headlines such as “President defends domestic spying
program.” Regardless of the scope of changes, we always
remain at choice over our personal orientation to them
do we support them, or not? I’ll never forget the day I
discovered that my favorite chocolate chip cookies no longer
contained actual chocolate. I wrote a letter (one of many
the company received), and they put it back.
This is a simple example to reiterate Ghandi’s point
about change. While there is much disharmonic change afoot
in the world (which I’ll write more about later), there
are also many powerful co-creations among forces for good.
We hear more and more from people wanting to be in community,
individuals seeking to work together to create a world that
is sustainable and abundant, without hurting each other
or the planet. This feeling of wanting that, to feel and
be more connected with others is pulling us forward into
the next consciousness level a shift. (See The
Solari Model, and our interview
with Catherine Austen Fitts)
The "shift” is about moving into a dimension where people
experience greater levels of connectedness with each other,
like cells in a body - telepathy, almost automatic coordination,
people finding it difficult (if not impossible) to hurt
others because we experience them as "one" with ourselves.
Healthful Living is one such community of people focused
on the nourishment of our future. The Healthful
Living Model provides a lens through which to focus
our beings; six areas that affect everything in our individual
and collective life experiences. Revisit the Model often
and use it as your own guide to change. What small part
of your world can you “be the change” in today? There’s
always something; whether you do/think/feel something different
today, or interrupt your reinforcement of something you
no longer want to see or be a part of.
You needn’t be as resolute as Gandhi, though DO understand
the power behind his convictions. Your own personal convictions
play out everyday in your own world...with everything
you create for yourself. Today, at least, bring greater
attention to your own declaration of healthful living and
discover one new way to “be the change.” You’re not alone
- we are all working together on this and you are supported
by others in community.
by Julie Matthews
The most common question I get, "Is soy good for you or
My own experience with soy began when I became a vegetarian
years ago (I am now an omnivore). I began eating large amounts
of tofu, soy milk, tempeh, soy sauce - you name it. I thought
that since it was high in protein it was a good choice.
However, after about a year of eating it frequently, I began
to experience digestive discomfort (strong enough that I
sought professional help).
I know NOW what I did not know then: soy is very difficult
to digest and contains potent inhibitors that create dis-ease.
Many people that have a dairy sensitivity choose soy as
an alternative. While that is often helpful at the beginning
because the dairy is removed, it's often short lived. The
same enzyme needed to break down the casein protein in dairy,
also breaks down soy. Over time, the body begins to react
to the soy.
The following is a list of concerns with soy (from westonaprice.org):
- High levels of phytic acid in soy reduce assimilation
of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. Phytic acid
in soy is not neutralized by ordinary preparation methods
such as soaking, sprouting and long, slow cooking. High
phytate diets have caused growth problems in children.
- Trypsin inhibitors in soy interfere with protein digestion
and may cause pancreatic disorders. In test animals soy
containing trypsin inhibitors caused stunted growth.
- Soy phytoestrogens disrupt endocrine function and have
the potential to cause infertility and to promote breast
cancer in adult women.
- Soy phytoestrogens are potent antithyroid agents that
cause hypothyroidism and may cause thyroid cancer. In
infants, consumption of soy formula has been linked to
autoimmune thyroid disease.
- Vitamin B12 analogs in soy are not absorbed and actually
increase the body's requirement for B12.
- Soy foods increase the body's requirement for vitamin
- Fragile proteins are denatured during high temperature
processing to make soy protein isolate and textured vegetable
- Processing of soy protein results in the formation
of toxic lysinoalanine and highly carcinogenic nitrosamines.
- Free glutamic acid or MSG, a potent neurotoxin, is
formed during soy food processing and additional amounts
are added to many soy foods.
- Soy foods contain high levels of aluminum which is
toxic to the nervous system and the kidneys.
There are many wonderful sources of protein - you don't
need soy. Eggs have more vitamin A, choline, and DHA for
the brain than soy. If you can't have dairy (so you normally
have soy milk), try nut milks.
Sun Screen Protection Tips: Why Sunscreen Alone is Not Enough
While July and August are wrapping up, it's never too
late to know this important information about sunscreen.
This article is especially important for women who use sunscreen
Excerpt from original article by Claire Gutierrez (TheGreenGuide.com)
Compiled by Michele Gould
We all know how alarming the rates of skin cancer are in
the U.S. However, is sunscreen enough and is it the answer
to sun protection. Some groups, such as the American College
of Preventive Medicine, have called into question claims
that sumscreen is all it's chalked up to be. They point
out that the evidence supporting sunscreen's cancer-preventive
capability is incomplete, especially with regard to malignant
melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. Some have
even speculated that suncreen might be culpable in the dramatic
rise of skin cancer incidences over the past several decades.
Here are some possible reasons why.
Ingredients to Avoid
Overall, there are two basic types of skin cream or lotion
protection: sunscreens, which absorb and deflect (or reflect)
the sun’s rays via a chemical reaction, and “blocks” zinc
oxide and titanium dioxide- which create a physical barrier
against rays. Most commercial products offer a combination
of the two, but when possible avoid the following ingredients:
· PABA: 40% of the population is sensitive to it, experiencing
red, itchy skin.
· Benzopphenone (benzophenone-3), homosalate, and octy-methoxycinnamate
(octinoxate): These chemicals are of more concern because
they have shown estrogenic activity in lab tests. They have
been shown to disrupt hormones, affecting the development
of the brain and reproductive organs in laboratory rats.
· Parabens (butyl-, ethyl-, methyl-, and propyl-): Parabens
may also mimic estrogen, but because they are common in
sunscreens, avoiding them may be difficult.
· Padimate-O and Parsol 1789 (2-ethylhexyl-4-dimethylaminobenzoic
acid and avobenzone): These two chemicals have the potential
to damage DNA when illuminated with sunlight.
· Insect Repellents with Sunscreen: It is best to avoid
these because there are dangers with overexposure to DEET,
which can cause eye and skin irritations, headaches, and
Choose Sun Blocks
Zinc oxide, which lies on the skin without being absorbed,
is completely safe. Titanium dioxide used in sunscreens
is coated with materials that reduce its photoactivity and
are less likely to penetrate the skin. Note that on sunscreen
labels companies rarely distinguish between "sunscreens"
and "sun block," and use the term “sunscreen” for both.
Look for zinc oxide or titanium oxide as the active ingredient
Best products to buy for the best protection:
Sun Guard, www.seriouslyshady.com
Epicuren Discovery Zinc Oxide Sunscreen
UV Natural Baby, www.theorganichouse.com.au
Blue Lizard Baby, www.coolibar.com
Vanicream SPF 15, www.coolibar.com
Burt’s Bees Beeswax, Lifeguard’s Choice
Baby Blanket Sunblock Lotion for Babies
Lavera Kids Sun Block Spray and Family Sun Spray
time for hope - Learn Optimism by Martin Matthews
With all that our world is facing right now, I wanted to
invite you to read my synopsis of the book Learned Optimism
by Martin Seligman. Optimism involves much more than simply
“positive thinking” about things, it is an overall strategy
that we can learn and is the science of hope. And,
there’s nothing the future needs more from us, than hope.
As a community committed to healthful living, we should
consciously make an effort to keep our attentions focused
on the kind of future we want to create. And since there's
so much fear being propagated in the world, it behooves
us to be skilled in the antidote to fear hope. Further,
we’re learning much more about how our thoughts affect our
reality (see TheSecret.tv), we should employ the tools at
our disposal to help us learn to better shape our inner
and outer worlds.
Learned Optimism does just that. Simply by reading
my synopsis, you’ll pick up distinctions that may be new
to you, little ways of looking at something through a broader
"lens" of understanding. We all have a style of explaining
events and occurances that happen around us, and by better
understanding your and other people’s (i.e. the news, people
at the water cooler, etc..) interpretations you’ll be better
positioned to make empowered sense of the goings on around
I’ve found Seligman’s optimism work to underlay many of
the strategies employed throughout the personal development
arena, as the insights into the nature of our own personal
“lens” on the world brings us the kind of clarity that makes
any change more possible.
Just as fear is learned, so can we learn to be hopeful.
You can read my synopsis on the Healthful Living website
"The key to success in life (health and happiness)
is not so much positive thinking, as it is non-negative
thinking." Martin Seligman, Ph.D
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