Q & A Series: People, Products and The Health of Our Planet – Interview with Oscar Garcia, Owner of Ancient Cookware

For the twentieth interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Oscar Garcia, Owner of Ancient Cookware – Importers and Distributors of Unique Kitchen Tools, in business since 2009

Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

Specifically the “health” part of our product came to use after we started importing and using the products. We discovered that using pure clay products was a healthier way to cook. Not only do you need less oil, but also, the foods do not react with the material of the cookware, and you don’t need to worry about toxic substances.

Question #2: If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed to take only 5 items with you (they can be food, books or specific products that are all health-related), what would they be and why?

If I were stranded on a desert island, I would want a flint kit to make fire, a fishing rod, a chicken, a banana plant, cooking pot.

Question #3: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well-being and longevity?

I think for people’s well-being and longevity, the best is to do everything possible to eliminate stress from their lives, eat naturally good foods, and find people that love you, and you love them.

Questions #4: If someone could afford to purchase only one product at this moment to start their journey towards better health (food or health-related), what would you recommend and why?

I would say Glucosamine. Since I started taking it, I have seen marked improvements in joints and muscles.

Question #5: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to the public to help them achieve optimal health and well-being?

As I mentioned above, many of our products offer a great option to cook things naturally. Of course, choosing healthy item to cook in it will depend on how healthy it will ultimately be, but at least you won’t have to worry about contaminations.

Question #6: What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

I hope people realize that all the processed foods and sugars we are taking in are leading to obesity and a whole range of diseases, and change the way they eat. Go back to the time of our forefathers and cook and eat naturally.

Question #7: Who is your greatest hero and why?

Martin Luther King, because he spoke truths about humanity and made us see fellow humans in a different way.

Question #8: Is there anything else you would like to share with the public?

Just that the key to happiness is in our hands. We make our own heaven or hell.

For more information on this company and all their products, go to: http://www.ancientcookware.com

Also, check out my video review of some of their products on my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

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Q & A Series: People, Products and The Health of Our Planet – Interview with Shannon Schnibbe, Co-Founder and C.E.O. of Sister River Foods

For the nineteenth interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Shannon Schnibbe, Co-Founder and C.E.O. of Sister River Foods maker of Parma-Vegan Parmesan in business since 2004

Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

I have severe allergies and have tried many different ways of eating to give me relief. I was turned onto organic food, a new way of eating (now called ‘raw’), and health food stores in 1990 by a student of Ann Wigmore. In 2000, while living in Chicago and an L Train ride away from Karyn’s Fresh Corner (her pervious raw food restaurant), I went all raw and starting making what is now Parma! I have a B.S. in Business Management, have worked at various businesses. I moved to Oregon and when I got pregnant with my first baby, we decided to start bottling my “cheesey stuff”, and along with our family, Parma! was born.

Question #2: If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed to take only 5 items with you (they can be food, books or specific products that are all health-related), what would they be and why?

Organic dark chocolate with sea salt, Parma!, chia seeds & coconut water – that about covers it.

Question #3: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well-being and longevity?

Forgive yourself, learn from your mistakes and evolve, forgive others, remember we are all one, practice your (Iyengar) yoga, be here now, and know that, according to Marshall Rosenberg of Non-Violent Communication, that you can heal someone by really hearing what they are saying to you.

Questions #4: If someone could afford to purchase only one product at this moment to start their journey towards better health (food or health-related), what would you recommend and why?

Parma! of course. Parma! gives you that cheesey flavor without all the dairy baggage. It is an excellent food source of high quality vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins, omega 3’s, trace minerals, all the goodness of hemp, and it tastes great!

Question #5: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to the public to help them achieve optimal health and well-being?

Parma! is an excellent food source of high quality vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins, omega 3’s, trace minerals, all the goodness of hemp, and it tastes great!

Question #6: What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

Remember that we are the care takers of this planet and all things on it, not the masters. It is our responsibility to ensure a healthy and bright future for our children and our animal and plant friends for seven generations to come.

Question #7: Who is your greatest hero and why?

There are so many. A couple that pop into my head are Ani DiFranco. She is so brave. She has made it on her terms so eloquently, with a beauty that moves. Another is Franklin Roosevelt — I recently watched part of the PBS show on him. He did so many great things standing up to the powers that be, was will to let go of things that didn’t work, and he did it as a “cripple”. Would anyone with a disability like that make it into office right now?

Question #8: Is there anything else you would like to share with the public?

Thank you for your support, and for giving Parma! a try — sharing it with your friends. We hope you enjoy it. We wish you health and happiness!

Question #9: I know that there are variables as to how much food/calories each person consumes when eating raw vegan food (based on many lifestyle factors, etc), but is there a basic guideline you would recommend for everyone?

I will just say that too much of anything is not a good thing, vary your diet.

For more information on this company and all their products, go to: http://www.sisterriverfoods.com or http://www.eatparma.com

Also, check out my video review of some of their products on my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

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Oral Hygiene Health Update

First, check out the offer from my friend, Frederic Patenaude for your own personal oral hygiene health, as well as some other great offers for some of his other products. Buy now! Do not delay, as these deals can change at any time. Remember to use the coupon code for those products where indicated to get the discounts.

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I have had some really great results from some products I have been using that have helped improve my oral hygiene health and I share the info in my youtube video, titled, Oral Hygiene Health Update. You will find it on on my channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

I am also including pictures of my teeth that were just cleaned and polished by Josephine, a student at Southwestern College Dental Hygiene program in San Diego. She did a superb job!

# 1 - Cleaned and polished teeth 9/17/14

# 1 – Clean and polished teeth 9/17/14

#2 Cleaned and polished teeth 9/17/14

#2 Cleaned and polished teeth 9/17/14

#3 Cleaned and polished teeth 9/17/14

#3 Cleaned and polished teeth 9/17/14

Finally, here is a copy of my Perio Exam Comparison: Probing Depths to see how my teeth have changed from 3 different visits, including my most current last week, in relation to the health of my gums and teeth. The youtube video I did explains more about this.

My Perio Exam Comparison: Probing Depths

My Perio Exam Comparison: Probing Depths

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Q and A Series: People, Products and The Health of Our Planet – Interview with Jonathan Simons, owner/artist and Julia Edgerton Simons, studio manager of Treespoons

For the eighteenth interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Jonathan Simons, owner/artist and Julia Edgerton Simons studio manager of Treespoons in business for 35 years.

My Comments

I found this company at The Natural Products Expo in Anaheim this past March by way of my friend, Leslie. This was on Thursday afternoon before the start of the show, which is Friday. I found him sitting in the lobby of the hotel and sat down with him to take a break. He showed me this little wooden spoon he got from a company and I instantly loved what I saw. It was so exquisite and had incredible craftsmanship for such a small utensil. On the spoon was engraved the website of the company and I immediately looked it up online. I am a “foodie,” because I am a chef and always looking for interesting utensils to use. The website was fabulous and showed picture of all the utensils and each one is a work of art, in and of itself. I was so looking forward to meeting the incredible artist himself, tomorrow and get some products to review.

I met Jonathan and Julia, a husband and wife team and this was their first time at Expo West. They had a fantastic booth that seemed to display most of their products and each one has a specific use. I could have taken one of each to review, because I loved the style, texture, color and shapes of the utensils. I could have stayed at the booth for a long time going through each item and understand from Jonathan how he came to make each product and why he made it the way he did (shape, cut, texture, etc), as I was very fascinated with all that I saw. I did get to take home some products to use and review for my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

I have become involved in the health food industry in an interesting way: I make pure, solid, wild-cherry wood spoons. I generally sell my spoons among the art and gallery trade. I have been designing, inventing and making woodspoons for over 35 years. The wood I use comes from our own state of Pennsylvania grown under the sustainable statutes. I design wood utensils for every use that I can imagine. My philosophy for a good life is ‘usefulness’ this is what I build my life and my designs and my business on.

The health food industry is looking for utensils that don’t have plastics or unhealthy resins incorporated into their products; this naturally places my spoons into the health food world.
My wife also involves herself in alternative health solutions and often asks me for wood utensils relating to the ‘raw food’ commerce. Because we are both artists I make my wood tools with balance and beauty.

The ‘health industry’ is a natural for us.

Question #2: If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed to take only 5 items with you (they can be food, books or specific products that are all health-related), what would they be and why?

My wife, Julia, water, snorkel equipment a sharp knife and a pan (or a resort hotel).

Question #3: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well-being and longevity?

Usefulness is the key to a happy life.

Questions #4: If someone could afford to purchase only one product at this moment to start their journey towards better health (food or health-related), what would you recommend and why?

A blender like the ‘Vitamix’ because the shortest path to good health is fresh raw food. A powerful blender makes that much more accessible. (When I spoke to the ‘Vitamix’ company about purchasing my wooden blender tool design that fits around the blades –they said they had no interest in wooden products.)

Question #5: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to the public to help them achieve optimal health and well-being?

Wood corresponds to good.
Cherry wood grows locally in Pennsylvania we have the most beautiful cherry wood forests in the world. The reason is because 120 years ago they clear-cut our Pennsylvania area- what grew back first was the wild Cherry trees. Since then they have caringly cut the cherry trees and continued the healthy growth of cherry wood for the world.

Cherry Wood is also known to not harbor bacteria, when it is used for cooking, eating or cutting boards it is a safe flexible healthy hardwood. I do not use the Cherry Wood ‘bark’ of the Cherry tree in any of my products.

We enjoy an intangible element of peace while connecting with nature through a natural wooden tool. There is also a peace of mind one has when the tool they use feels smooth and comfortable in the hand. I work to have my spoon designs flow well; while working with our food. This usefulness is my goal I attempt to achieve as an artist of wooden kitchen tools.

Question #6: What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

I once heard that the people of the ‘whole world’ could fit in the one state of Oregon. Each with a quarter-acre to grow and share their food. The idea that there are too many people in this world is painful to me and questionable. I am not sure if the ‘Oregon’ story is actually true. But I do believe if we go through this temporary time of our life with the teachings and understanding of CARE for each other and our future generations that our choices will begin to change the wrong choices that many of the ‘Corporations’ have made in this short span of time. Our Beautiful Earth is quite capable of healing itself along with ITS peoples choices based on CARE. Our choices need to be based on the real history of our planet, not the history we have been handed by faulty corporate funding and paid politicians.

Question #7: Who is your greatest hero and why?

Emanuel Swedenborg; because that is where I learned the correspondences of the ancient Words. Swedenborg is sometimes called the Buddha of the North. (Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki)

Question #8: I know that there are variables as to how much food/calories each person consumes when eating raw vegan food (based on many lifestyle factors, etc), but is there a basic guideline you would recommend for everyone?

My best Raw Food information I ever had was to make sure each day to eat – dark greens – nuts and fruits if you are ever feeling a little ‘off’, one of these essential foods may be missing in your day. (Ani Phyo)

For more information on this company and all their beautiful and useful cherry wood utensils, go to: http://www.treespoons.com

Also, check out my video review of some of their products on my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

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What are you waiting for? Check out these great deals for your health!

The deals from my friend, Frederic Patenaude, for his health products are available, once again, exclusively to my readers. Check them out before the discounts are removed, which could be at any time, without notice! Remember to use the coupon code for those products where indicated to get the discounts.

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Q and A Series: People, Products and the Health of Our Planet – Interview with Brad Kornelson, Co-owner of True Earth Paper Corporation

For the seventeenth interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Brad Kornelson, Co-owner of Tree Earth Paper Corporation makers of Silk’n Soft Bathroom Tissue, Facial Tissue, Dragon Towels and Bamboo Trays in business since September 2012.

Dialogue with Brad Kornelson, via email

Mindy’s question:

Glad you were finally able to send the products to me.

I also remember hearing on the show Dragon’s Den Canada, you were presenting the product, that the paper is a blend with cotton. I do not if that is stated on your site because I did not see it there. I hope it is not conventionally grown, as that is laden with numerous chemicals and pesticides and may be worse then BPA in the recycled paper products – I am not sure about that.
Please let me know asap because this matters to me.

Brad’s reply:

There is no cotton in any of our products. Originally, we launched Silk’n Soft with 70% bamboo and 30% cotton blend – the cotton was collected from the textile factories as a by-product from their fabric production and was destined for the landfill, we intercepted the raw cotton and used it in the bathroom tissue for added softness. Although we were not growing cotton for this and we were preventing the cotton from being sent to the landfill, we still received many consumer inquiries about the cotton and have chosen to stop using it. We stopped this process about 2 years ago. If you are finding any pictures on the net of our product that speaks of the cotton, it is outdated – so once again, there is no cotton in our products.

Mindy’s question:

Appreciate it, so what else is in the bathroom tissue besides the bamboo, to make it soft?

Brad’s reply:

Currently, there is a 70% blend of bamboo and 30% blend of bagasse (sugar cane) but within about 8-10 weeks we are relaunching our brand again that will be 100% bamboo. The trick to making it soft, has a lot to do with the embossing process (the pattern on the tissue) and the drying process, Yankee dryers versus TAD (Through Air Drying) systems. TAD dryers blow warm air through the wet paper – which puffs up the tissue, whereas, Yankee systems apply heat as the wet tissue rolls over a drum and does not push air through the tissue. Our factory continues to up grade their technologies and we keep getting better and better. I should also point out that we will soon be launching “Silk’n Soft Natural” – made from 100% bamboo without any bleaching or whitening process, we are going to launch this sku slowly, as we need to change consumers expectations that their tissue needs to be white. See the attached picture for reference.

Embossing unbleached 100% bamboo bathroom tissue from True Earth Paper Corporation

Embossing unbleached 100% bamboo bathroom tissue from True Earth Paper Corporation

Mindy’s question:

I used the dragon towel today for the first time to clean the wood floor. I used it wet, of course, and it cleaned well and is strong, but the hair and lint gets embedded in the towel and does not come out so easily with a hand wash. I pulled out most of the hair by hand. I am wondering whether it will all come out when put in the washing machine and do not want the lint to go on the other laundry, as I would put it in with my clothes, etc. I could not waste water to wash it on its own in the machine, as that would defeat the purpose of having a less environmental impact on the earth.

Brad’s reply:

We use the Dragon Towel mostly for cleaning around the kitchen and bathroom. We also have a long haired dog and find hair everywhere, I have not noticed hair sticking to the Dragon Towel, but then I might be so use to seeing it everywhere that I haven’t noticed. As far as the lint goes, it should wash out in the laundry or stick to the Dragon Towel if it is well embedded. The first comment I usually get from customers once they realize they can put the Dragon Towels in the laundry is skepticism as they think lint from the towel itself will be all over their cloths, but I assure them that will not happen. Once they run it through the laundry and dryer they are surprised. Even though we say on the packaging – do not put it in the dryer, we do put it in the dryer here at home with no issues. But the dryer will shorten the life of the towel.

We also use the Dragon Towel (dry) on the Swiffer instead of Swiffer replacements and then put it in the laundry – no complaints from my wife. I wish I could give you a definitive answer – but all I can suggest is that you try it and let me know the outcome.

Mindy’s reply:

The dragon towel washed out just fine in the washing machine with my other laundry and I did put in the dryer, too.
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Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

My background in the grocery industry began when I was 14 and was hired by a local retailer to stock shelves, working part time at 32 hours a week while I continued school through to grade 12 graduation. After graduation I began my adult working career in sales. Working in the sales field with various companies and in 1980 I was hired by Lever Brothers, known today as Uni-Lever. Uni-Lever was the equivelant to Proctor & Gamble, we were fierce competitors then and this was truly the beginning of the sales and marketing knowledge that I have acquired over the years. I have been an entrepreneur for most of my adult life and have been self-employed as a manufacturers representative for the grocery retail industry (food broker) since 1996. The grocery industry began to change in my market area as the club stores grew and acquisitions reduced the number of independent retailers. I knew my brokerage business would eventually become threatened unless I made a move to expand my area of expertise and market coverage. As a broker, I represented one of North America’s largest tissue manufactures and I understood the size of the market both in Canada and the USA. My intent was to develop my own brand of tissue made from recycled paper, primarily because of the environmental benefit and percievably a lower price point. While I was in the process of sourcing off shore manufacturers, I came across bamboo tissue being marketed in Australia. After beginning to study the benefits of bamboo, I quickly realized there was a potential opportunity that had not yet been explored by others for the Canadian market. We sourced the manufacture and opened up dialogue with them. Eventually my business partner and I traveled to China for a meeting and the rest is history. Although the original intent to introduce bamboo tissue was motivated by the “business opportunity” aspect – the course that we entered into became more relevent as 6 months later, at the age of 52, I was diagnosed with prostrate cancer. Unfortunetly that “C” word (cancer) is used to many times during patient diagnosis, and it has a way of wakeing a person up when they have been given a second chance. I consider myself very fortunate, the cancer was caught at an early stage, I have been treated and I expect to be around for many years to come – making this world a better place.

Question #2: If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed to take only 5 items with you (they can be food, books or specific products that are all health-related), what would they be and why?

Water distiller, fishing line, machete, rope and a Moso bamboo culm. Water distiller to produce clean drinking water, bamboo culm to grow bamboo, it will grow 2ft in one day. On day two I can make a fishing hook from the bamboo. Within 3 to 5 years, using the rope for binding, I should have enough bamboo to build a raft and float away – assuming that I want to be rescued.

Question #3: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well-being and longevity?

Global warming in no longer a myth – we need to reduce our carbon footprint now! Some scientist believe if the world grew enough bamboo and stopped deforestation, we could “reverse” global warming.

Questions #4: If someone could afford to purchase only one product at this moment to start their journey towards better health (food or health-related), what would you recommend and why?

A pair of running shoes. Exercise does more for the body then anything else I can think of. A healthy body leads to a healthy and energized mind and soul. A strong body, mind and soul will create the “trickle down” effect spinning off desires and motivations to make more changes and to become involved in what is going on around you.

Question #5: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to the public to help them achieve optimal health and well-being?

True Earth Paper began with bamboo toilet paper and household cleaning towels also made from bamboo. We quickly realized the amazing global benefits coming from this fast growing and renewable resource. It is a member of the grass family, it is not a tree. Bamboo is grown without herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers, it consumes 3-5 times the amount of CO2 and produces 3-5 times the amount of oxygen then the equivelant stand of forests. The Moso bamboo used in pulp is not a food source for the panda. We are now launching meat and produce trays to replace Styrofoam or polystyrene trays. Polystyrene is extremely harmful to our environment and human health. True Earth Paper Corporation is a socially ethical company. Our factories go through an extensive corporate and social audit to ensure there is no child labor and all workers are treated well, paid fairly and have the right to collective bargaining.

Question #6: What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

I have faith in mankind. I believe as history has shown, we have the ability to overcome every obstacle, every challenge set before us. The environmental issues are being addressed and awareness is growing. Organic food production and consumer demand for healthy alternatives continues to grow at vast rates. I believe our children are growing up and living in a healthier world – but we still have a long way to go. My dreams are to see these improvements benefiting all globally and lifting 3rd world nations out of poverty through more and stronger fair trade initiatives. Education is key to addressing and solving every issue, knowledge is powerful.

Question #7: Who is your greatest hero and why?

My wife will agree with me, it is not one but two… our son and daughter. They began their journeys at young ages, 17 & 18, independent of each other, traveled alone to other countries, some are 3rd world nations working with the impoverished. They learned about the world, teaching, building, assisting those who needed help. Collectively they have traveled to Uganda, Congo, Sierra Leone, Palestine, Haiti, Phillipines and Guyana. All stays were a minimum of a month and some as long as 3 months. Living in the same conditions as the locals and paying their own way.

Question #8: Is there anything else you would like to share with the public?

You can, change the world! You really can, you need the desire and belief in yourself. One of the most memorable motivational stories that I have read serves me today as I often fall back on the story found in “How to Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive” – by Harvey Mackay
Quote/excerpt: Lesson 15
Believe in Yourself, Even When No One Else Does
Remember the four-minute mile? People had been trying to achieve it since the days of the ancient Greeks. In fact, folklore has it that the Greeks had lions chase the runners, thinking that would make them run faster. They also tried tiger’s milk—not the stuff you get down at the health-food store, but the real thing. Nothing worked. So they decided it was impossible. And for thousands of years everyone believed it. It was physiologically impossible for a human being to run a mile in four minutes. Our bone structure was all wrong. Wind resistance too great. Inadequate lung power. There were a million reasons. Then one man, one single human being, proved that the doctors, the trainers, the athletes, and the millions and millions before him who tried and failed, were all wrong. And miracle of miracles, the year after Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile, thirty-seven other runners broke the four-minute mile, and the year after that three hundred runners broke the four-minute mile. A few years ago, in New York, I stood at the finish line of the Fifth Avenue Mile and watched thirteen out of thirteen runners break the four-minute mile in a single race. In other words, the runner who finished dead last would have been regarded as having accomplished the impossible a few decades ago. What happened? There were no great breakthroughs in training. Human bone structure didn’t suddenly improve. But human attitudes did.

Think about the stonecutter: He hammers at his rock a hundred times without denting it. On the hundred-and-first blow, the rock will split in two. You know it is not that blow that did it but all that had gone before. You can accomplish your goals… if you set them. Who says you’re not tougher, smarter, better, harder-working, more able than your competition? It doesn’t matter if they say you can’t do it. What matters, the only thing that matters, is if you say it. Until Bannister came along, we all believed in the experts. Bannister believed in himself… and changed the world. If you believe in yourself, well, then, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish. So don’t quit. Don’t ever quit. – end quote.

You really can make a difference, a simple way is to commit to a lifestyle change. Buy organic, challenge corporations, write letters, send emails demanding a better, healthier product. Recycle, re-use and reduce. Teach your kids, or listen to them if they are teaching you.

To learn more about this company and their products: http://www.trueearthpaper.com

Also, check out my video review: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

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Q and A Series: People, Products and the Health of Our Planet – Interview with Niki Price, Co-Founder of inner-ēco™, Coconut Water Probiotic

For the sixteenth interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Niki Price, co-founder of inner-ēco™, coconut water probiotic, in business since 2008.

My Comments

I had started looking into consuming more fermented products that are beneficial to the health of our gut/colon/intestinal flora. I prefer to do it this way instead of taking a “pill.” I enjoy eating raw fermented sauerkraut because it tastes really good and is also good for you. I have reviewed a few different fermented food companies on my blog and also youtube channel. I have started to see in the health food stores liquid probiotic made with fresh coconut water and wanted to try it out for myself. I contacted this company, inner-ēco™, and they obliged to send me a coupon to get a bottle at my local health food store. They do not ship this product because it needs to be keep cold at all times because of the live cultures present inside the bottle. I am also happy that they package it in a glass bottle that is an amber color – which protects/preserves the ingredients inside from diminishing in value due to exposure to light.

The first time I had a spoonful of it, I really liked it and reminded me of ginger ale, except this is not carbonated, colored or made with any chemicals. It is a living food product! It comes in 3 flavors: Original, Tropical and Wild Berry. I tried the original because I wanted to have it without any added ingredients. I usually consume a tablespoon every day and have been for about 10 days, as of this being written. I can not say that I have noticed any specific change to my health, but I will still continue to consume it because I know it good for my physical health.

The only caveat, is that when I pour from the bottle onto my spoon, I always seem to lose some into the sink. There is no spout, so maybe I will use a glass under it, so I do not have to waste any. It is very precious and valuable and want it in my body and not down the drain. I mentioned this to Niki in an email and she mentioned that it is best to pour it in a shot glass.

Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

My history involved struggles with candidiasis, my son had a compromised immune system due to too many antibiotics for chronic ear infections, and just having two young children who began drinking inner-eco regularly hardly EVER got sick.

My background is in elementary education. I am all self-taught in health. I’ve always been into health and nutrition and came across the recipe for coconut water Kefir out of a book called Body Ecology by Donna Gates. She is the pioneer, I figured out a way to package it and perfect the recipe.

Question #2: If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed to take only 5 items with you (they can be food, books or specific products that are all health-related), what would they be and why?

I would want good clean water, my inner-eco, my green drink, fresh nuts and fresh fruit.

Question #3: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well-being and longevity?

Use good stress management techniques- take care of yourself by taking care of others. Pay it forward spread goodwill serve others.

Questions #4: If someone could afford to purchase only one product at this moment to start their journey towards better health (food or health-related), what would you recommend and why?

Any product that is GMO free!

Question #5: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to the public to help them achieve optimal health and well-being?

We offer a product that is fresh, clean of chemicals, pasteurization and healing to the soul and body. This product is about adding fermented foods into your diet. Our country is lacking this food group! Your gut is the foundation of your health often called, “the second brain.” Most of what we eat/lifestyle kills beneficial bacteria. Fermented foods/probiotics are about maintaining and building good bacteria. We spread good will throughout the world through our mission work. Read about Feed, Free and Educate on our website.

Question #6: What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

That others around the world respect each other’s differences and all learn how to work together healing the world by giving to others who have less.

Question #7: Who is your greatest hero and why?

Dr. Martin Luther King who once said “the greatest sin of our time is not the few who have destroyed but the vast majority that sat idly by.”

To learn more about this company and their products: http://www.inner-eco.com

Also, check out my video review: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

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