Q & A Series: People, Products and The Health of Our Planet- Interview #2 with Perry A~

For my thirty-second interview, I have the pleasure to introduce you again to Perry A~ Author, Story Teller, Motivational Speaker and Humorist.

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

As hospitality Chairman in the local chapter of the National Speaker’s Association I got to introduce speakers and guests at each meeting. I soon realized giving a speaker the microphone was an invitation for a long winded, self promotion by the speakers. Therefore I came up with a question that would require a short answer and learn something unexpected about each person. These questions became the format to my book, Icebreaking 101, Getting to Know You in One Fun Question!!! A Playful Approach to Self Awareness. I selected one question from this book to base my next book on. The question, “If you were a dessert what would you be?” This opened my eyes to personality traits hidden in people’s dessert choices. From this starting discovery I wrote People Are Just Desserts, Experience the Sweet Rewards. Can seeing people as desserts help you digest them easier? You bet your Whip Cream it can! We are all deliciously different and when you combine the strengths of our differences we are so much more than anyone of us. I was aware mental attitude, stress, fear, stinking thinking and worrying are barriers to healing. The book is about changing perceptions and finding the gift in the people in your life. About accepting yourself and others. If I can bring people to peace, joy and harmony in their thinking, their healing will be much faster.

Because I recognized there are alternatives to drugs that are even better and with many natural cures suffering is optional.

You can’t change people or reality but you can always change to a perspective that brings joy, love, peace and harmony. We haven’t a clue how to love ourselves and cannot love another until we first love ourselves because if we believe we are unworthy of love we incapable of believing anyone can truly love us. It is about accepting yourself and others, just as we are, unconditionally.

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?

A tarp, a blanket, a machete, water and string.

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?

A balanced body can heal itself. Balance and moderation in all things. Learn to mediate. Learn to forgive and let go of the desire to be right and choose happiness. To know they can always change their thinking to find peace and harmony.

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?

The book People Are Just Desserts, to change the way they see people. It is calorie free fun. To see through unconditional love and forgiveness.

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?

At 48, I was divorced and solely responsible for providing for my needs and still had one child in high school. I applied for a job at the probation office and instead of being a secretary I found myself with a gun and a badge as an Adult Probation Officer. Having to teach a DUI class to people who didn’t want to hear what I had to say, I started telling Cajun stories about drunks that took the preaching out of teaching. I realized I could motivate and inspire people and after two years I decided I wanted to become a motivational speaker and I didn’t know I couldn’t, so I did! As a motivational/inspirational speaker I offer messages, books and articles with storytelling as a tool to show the path to peaceful living. I did this for 15 years. In 2003 I discovered Calcium Bentonite Clay and started another business. I since have written other books and articles about Calcium Bentonite Clay Nature’s Pathway to Healing. In June of 2015 my partner and I sold the Living Clay Company but I still offer informational websites and do 3 webinars a month to share the knowledge I have gained from my studies as well as motivational speaking.

Free consultations. Call 512-262-7187 I don’t have many products. Most of what I have is offered on my websites. http://www.BentoniteClayinfo.com and http://www.PerryA.com

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

Change your thinking, change your life and share your multiple G-d given talents. Good things will come back to you. Take care of yourself and our planet.

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

My grandson, Jack Shaver, who is learning about life. Who explores life by trying new things and is willing not to be perfect in the mastering of new abilities. Who learns from mistakes and tries again and again. Who learns the difference between what are bad choices and good choices. A failure is a person who gets knocked down and stays down. Jack’s cork always rises to the top.

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

Every obstacle is a gift to launch you to a higher place. A hidden inner desire seeking recognition. When the desire is great enough we push past our limitations and fears. Haven’t you noticed life is always working for you? Be appreciative. An ‘obstatunity’ is letting go of what was for what can be.

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

Let your body be your guide. Ask yourself do I eat because I am hungry or because it is in front of me? Do I make decisions based on fear or anger or with the intention of making the world a better place? Be aware and you body will guide you wisely. Listen to it. Feel it. Act with wisdom.

You can check out the review of Perry A’s book, “People Are Just Desserts,” on my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

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The TRUTH about aspirin, tylenol and other drugs from documented research

The truth about aspirin, tylenol and other drugs from documented research

1. People who take aspirin and tylenol decrease the bodies ability to produce antibodies to destroy the cold virus – Journal of Infectious Disease.

2. Low dose aspirin produced virtually no benefit and increased the risk of major hemorrhage, ulcers, anemia and risk of fatal intracranial adverse events – Journal of the American Medical Association.

3. Cholesterol lowering medications (i.e. statins) decrease helper t-cells (immune system cells) – Natural Medicine (Switzerland).

4. According to Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow, UCLA Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine – 75% of all heart attack patients have normal to low cholesterol.

5. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) (i.e. ibuprofen, motrin, etc) caused greater that 10x increase in congestive heart failure – Archives of Internal Medicine.

6. 80,000 women ages 31-50 who started off non-hypertensive, and used NSAIDs 2 times per month, their risk of high blood pressure went up by 86% – Archives of Internal Medicine.

7. Antibiotic use increases the risk of non-hodgkins lymphoma (a type of blood cancer), especially those who were given antibiotics more than 10 times as children – American Journal of Epidemiology.

8. NSAID use increases the risk of non-hodgkins lymphoma (a type of blood cancer) – American Journal of Epidemiology.

9. According to the center of disease control (CDC), tylenol is the deadliest drug in America.

10. Aspirin is the leading cause of kidney disease and one of the leading causes of stroke. Daily use is also associated with pancreatic cancer in women – American Association of Cancer Research.

11. 16,500 die in hospitals alone, per year, from using NSAIDs – Journal of the American Medical Association.

12. Acetaminophen (tylenol) is linked to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, i.e. asthma) and decreased lung function – American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

13. The Canadian Medical Association reviewed 20 studies over a period of 30 years which showed that the pneumonia vaccine is 0% effective.

14. The American Academy of Pediatrics no longer recommends antibiotics for ear “infections” as 93% of ear “infections” are effusions (a build up of fluid) and totally sterile.

15. 84% of women receiving spinal manipulative therapy reported relief of back pain during pregnancy – JMPT 1991 (FEB); 14(2): 116-118.

16. According to the manufacturer’s insert, the DPT shot can cause AUTISUM!! Doctors always say that there is no link…in less you talk to the people who make it!!

Go to page 11 under additional adverse reactions:
http://www.fda.gov/…/vaccines/approvedproducts/ucm101580.pdf

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Q & A Series: People, Products and The Health of Our Planet – Interview with Judy Pokras: Artist, Writer and Video Director

My Comment: How I came to find Judy was through a 1st cousin of mine who was doing research online of the family genealogy. It so happens, she and her Mom, Anne, actually live in the same neighborhood, as my parents and we never knew that. My Mom called me one day to let me know that we have distant relatives/cousins (on my Mom’s side of the family) and that the daughter happens to be very involved in raw vegan food and has a website, as well. I did happen to go on the website long before I met her and her Mom and she shares a lot of information that is helpful and educational.

For my thirty-first interview, I have the pleasure to introduce you to Judy Pokras: Artist, Writer, Video Director and long time Raw Vegan Food Enthusiast.

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

I started out as an artist and was an Art major at Pratt. I’ve done a lot of paintings and other visual artwork over the years. My parents and brother, David, have also created works of art, including paintings and sculptures.

Abstract Art by Judy Pokras

Abstract Art
by Judy Pokras

Painting by Judy Pokras, honoring her brother David

Painting by Judy Pokras, honoring her brother David

Wooden Menorah by Jerry Pokras (Judy's Dad)

Wooden Menorah by Jerry Pokras (Judy’s Dad)

Art by David Pokras (Judy's brother)

Art by David Pokras (Judy’s brother)

I’m also a video director. When I lived in New York City, I produced and directed a mock Seinfeld episode on a zero budget, that you can view on youtube, by searching for the title, Anomolies, and my name, Judy Pokras.

Decades ago I became interested in raw vegan cuisine. I have lots of creativity and wanted to make money from that, but most of my bosses were not interested in my creativity. That stressed me out, and I ate nutritionally dense foods to counteract the stress. I began reading about nutrition over the years and that led me to raw vegan cuisine, which I love. I started an online magazine back in 2001 called: http://www.rawfoodsnewsmagazine.com. I also published a recipe book, “The Little Book of Raw Vegan Holiday Recipes.” It’s available on http://www.amazon.com

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?

1- A tool/chisel to open coconuts because I use a lot of young coconuts in my recipes, like my signature raw vegan chocolate ice cream.
2- A smartphone with the internet so I can access information, connect with friends, and make videos.
3- Materials to draw and paint with.
4- Keyboard for writing
5- Friends

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?

To follow your curiosity wherever it might lead you. My curiosity led me to nutrition and how different foods affect our health. I think it is very important and overlooked in our culture because it is something we are not taught to focus on. For example, there is cadmium, which is a toxic heavy metal, in sunflower seeds and raw cacao powder and arsenic in rice. These things are not paid attention to in restaurants when they put together their meals and menus.

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 product (such as a computer or smartphone) that would allow you to access the internet, because you can do a lot of research there and learn things without having to buy many books or go to a library. A library is great, but you have to return things and then won’t have them on hand as a reference.

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?

I have a website: http://www.rawfoodsnewsmagazine.com
I also have a Facebook page: Raw Foods News Magazine
I am also on Twitter: @RawFoodsNewsMag

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

My hope is that more people will have access to higher education. It makes me very sad that in many Third World countries, girls are not allowed to get an education. We can’t allow that to happen.

Another thing: Science has proven that climate change is real, and it’s threatening everything. It will result in rising sea levels, which will encroach on our coastlines and decimate many regions where millions of people live. Climate change also causes political instability. For example, when there are severe droughts, people don’t have food and take big risks to migrate to other countries. That instability unfortunately leads to hostility and violence.

Question #7: 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’m not a doctor, I’m a writer and researcher. I believe there is no one lifestyle that works for everyone, because everyone is unique. I think the best advice is to follow how you feel. Keep a food journal if you like, and see how different food affects you.

Although I believe it’s most important to eat a lot of organic raw vegetables, nuts, and seeds, I incorporate some cooked food into my diet. I follow some of Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s advice. He advocates what he calls a Nutritarian Diet. He says it’s important to eat cooked beans, or lentils, and cooked mushrooms.

Check out the review of Judy’s book 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 Perry A~ : Founder of The Living Clay Company

My Comments

I have known for some time about clay for health and healing and also from the books that were translated by Michel Abeshera. I do not remember if I ever consumed clay at that time, but I did decide to try the calcium bentonite clay from The Living Clay Company last year and did a couple of videos on my YouTube channel. You can check them out here:

The Living Clay Company – All Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay: Part 1 Introduction

The Living Clay Co. – All Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay Part 2: Results

My YouTube video review of Perry A’s new book:
Book Review: Calcium Bentonite Clay by Perry A~ – Founder of The Living Clay Company

For the thirtieth interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Perry A~ The Clay Lady founder of The Living Clay Company

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

Perry A’s background is as diverse as the clay she loves talking about. From city girl to country girl and points in between, the lifelong Texan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Texas Tech University. Her background in chemistry, biology and veterinary science contributes to her knowledge base for understanding the intricate workings of clays. At Texas Tech she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha social sorority and was on the university’s rodeo team and was the 1958 Texas Tech Rodeo Queen. In 1959 she was selected by her peers as the first woman to win Texas Tech’s prestigious “Aggie of the Year Award”.

After graduating, she married her college sweetheart, had two daughters and lived in the small farming community of Seymour, Texas. The marriage ended after 27 years, and her first job as a probation officer opened her eyes to the fact that she could motivate people and decided to become a motivational speaker. For more than 20 years, she has been taking audiences on a roller coaster ride of tears and laughter that ultimately results in a truly joyous and inspirational experience. As the world’s only Dessert Analyst, her incredible philosophies will show you how to find the opportunities in every obstacle and motivate you to turn problems into possibilities. Perry A’s hilarious stories of life-lessons learned will have you doubled over with laughter even as they open your awareness to new, more prosperous ways of thinking and living life.

From heart-wrenching to fallout laughing story-telling and Cajun humor, Perry A~ instantly changes your perceptions about life and people. Experience instant personality assessments with her remarkable spot on dessert analysis. That’s right! Everything you need to know about a persons’ personality style is boldly in their dessert choice. Can visualizing people as desserts help you to digest them easier? You bet your whip cream it can. Take the edge off personality conflicts with People Are Just Desserts. http://www.PerryA.com

She became a student of clays in the early 1990s after being introduced to a green Calcium Bentonite Clay. Her passion and curiosity led her away from her speaking career and on a new journey of research and discovery into the amazing healing potential of Calcium Bentonite Clays. She has been an advocate for this clay ever since. She is the founder of the Living Clay Company which sold in June of 2015 to Nutraceutical, LLC. In her second clay book, Calcium Bentonite Clay: Nature’s Pathway to Healing, she simplifies complex chemistry and research data while introducing readers to the intriguing properties of Calcium Bentonite Clay. She has an extensive library of science journals and reference books and is a member of the Clay Mineral Society. Today, she gives interviews and lectures about using and mixing clays, as well as writing articles, blogs and books on the subject. She maintains a free clay information website with a myriad of articles, testimonials, interviews, recipes as well as providing free webinars each month to answer questions about Bentonite Clay. To say that she is passionate about educating people to this age-old curative is an understatement.

In addition, Perry A~ encourages readers to challenge their long-held limiting beliefs about their bodies’ ability to heal. “After all,” she says, “a belief is just a thought you keep thinking, and body ALWAYS follows mind. Choose to believe that every day in every way, you are getting better and better and better.”

Being a people person, she loves the opportunities that being the “Clay Lady” have given her to connect with people. “Making new friends from all over the world is the most exciting and rewarding part for me,” she says. “A good clay will win friends and influences people. All I do is get it in or on people, and the clay does the rest. It is all about the results! After experiencing the marvels of clay, they become clay lovers for life.”

For lectures, interviews, book signings and questions, contact Perry A~ at 512-262-7187 or perrya@austin.rr.com. Sign up for Perry A’s free teleseminars and blogs and join the Bentonite Clay Yahoo Chat Group at http://www.BentoniteClayInfo.com. To order the book, go to http://www.TheClayBook.com.

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?

1. Drinking water

2. Living Clay Detox Powder Clay

3. Fishing gear with a tackle box

4. An assortment of vegetable seeds

5. A shovel

I thinks most are obvious reasons. If you know about Bentonite Clay you will understand its wide range of healing potential from healing wounds, insect bites, snake bites, food poisoning, burns, sunburn blocker, skin irrations, internal detoxing and alkalization, a natural analgesic for pain, and its ability to make amino acids, peptide chains, proteins and vitamins the body maybe deficient in that are not even in the clay.

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?

Balance, moderation and common sense in all things.

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?

Living Clay Detox Powder Clay. Dry clay and water is all you need to make liquid clay and clay masks or mud for topical applications.

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?

I founded the original clay company in my garage and built the company from there changing names several times. In the fall of 2007 I took on a partner and together to form The Living Clay Company under ProClay, LLC and it sold in June of 2015. I am no longer associated with the company or their products but am still passionate about spreading the word about Calcium Bentonite Clay as an safe alternative to drugs for healing. I created a free information site http://www.BentoniteClayinfo.com With numerous articles, interviews, testimonials, a blog and provide free webinars each month on Q & A with Perry A~ on Calcium Bentonite Clay.

The only thing I have to sell is a new upgraded informative book Calcium Bentonite Clay: Nature’s Pathway to Healing at http://www.TheClayBook.com I decided to go with a publisher this time so have no authority to offer discounts. I do however have a CD on an interesting interview with The Power Hour that explains:

1:The Who, What and How of Clay
2:Detox, Cleanse, Poultices and Soaks
3:Call-ins and Testimonials

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

I believe that most suffering is optional with Calcium Bentonitee Clay to balance, detox, stimulate and alkalize the body. Clay together with healthy eating and healthy alternatives to drugs is coming into our consciousness more and more. People are going back to producing their own food. The tide is turning to the need and desire for putting more effort and knowledge in maintaining a healthy state of well being. I believe and hold the vision of returning to sanity in protecting our planet and our future health.

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

Dr. Wayne Dyer. He walked his talk both spiritually and health wise and was a humanitarian giver and always encouraged upcoming speakers sharing the podium with newbies.

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

Life happen for you not to you. Believe in yourself. You are so deserving by your birthright alone. Push the edge of your potential as you know it. There is more to come.

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

Again balance and moderation in all things. Being aware of the protein and vitamins and minerals needed in a healthy diet. Eating slowly and leaving the table before you hit full. In a few minutes your tank will register full.

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Q & A Series: People, Products and The Health of Our Planet – Interview with Joanne Williams, PhD

My Comments

I do not remember where I first found Joanne’s book, but I did download the free sample pages to my iPad and had them there for a while and every so often, I would skim through them. I had an occasion recently, to go through things I saved on my computer to free up some storage space. I paid a bit more attention and read the sample pages and really liked what I saw. On there was her contact info, so I decided to email Joanne and see if I can review her book. Given that it was only an eBook, I would not have a printed copy to read (which I do like to have, for the most part, as I like to be able to have it accessible and can also take notes in it and refer to it without having to always be online). Joanne was gracious enough to gift me the eBook from Amazon (it is also availabe on iTunes) to review and you can read my review on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3GKVW0R2A1YA5/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv
and also watch the video review on my YouTube channel: eBook Review: Health Begins in the Kitchen by Joanne L. Mumola Williams, PhD -Holistic Nutritionist

http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

For the twenty-ninth interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Joanne Williams, PhD – Holistic Nutritionist

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

My background is in biomedical and electrical engineering. I worked in high tech for 36 years, 27 years at IBM and 9 years as the CEO of Ampro Computers in Silicon Valley. When my best friend Maggy was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, I felt at a loss as to what to do to help her. I am not a fan of conventional medicine but didn’t know enough to suggest alternatives. Despite excellent medical care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC, she passed away two years after her diagnosis. Soon after her death, I began my PhD studies in holistic nutrition and since 2009 I have been writing the blog, http://www.FoodsForLongLife.blogspot.com and also published the eBook, Health Begins in the Kitchen in 2013. I now know that most diseases are not caused by genetics but by diet and lifestyle and I want to help people understand this. So many sit and wait for the inevitable heart attack or diabetes because “it runs in the family” but they don’t have to do that. By eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, they can avoid many dreaded diseases. It’s too late for me to help Maggy, but I have dedicated my life to helping others stay well or address their illnesses.

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?

Since I grow most of my own food today, I would bring seeds so that I would plant a beautiful garden on that sunny desert island. Let’s assume the island has electricity – I would bring my Vitamix blender and my Instant Pot Electric Pressure cooker – two of my “must haves” when it comes to healthy cooking. I would also bring my guitar so that I could sit on the beach and sing my favorite folk songs. And, finally, I would bring my laptop so that I could write another book and record my experiences.

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?

You’ll find this message on my website as I wrote this years ago:
“Health, excellent or ill, is passed to our children not just through our genes but primarily through our recipes”.

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?

It would be a good, high-speed blender, such as a Vitamix or Blendtec. At some point every day, either for breakfast or after a workout, I have a smoothie that is a concoction of berries, other high fiber fruit, veggies, essential oils, nuts or seeds, and green powders. I prefer this over juicing as juicing removes dietary fiber. Fiber is one of the most critical nutrients a person, and their massive microbial population, needs.

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?

Presently, I offer my website and it’s more than 500 recipes and articles free for the world to share. I also sell my eBook, Health Begins in the Kitchen, on Amazon and iTunes. I worked on this project, with my nephew Cody, who is a San Francisco photographer, for over 4 years. He took 11,000 shots to capture the 145 photos in the book. It’s a massive book with tons of nutritional information and 160 delicious vegan recipes that are pretty simple to make and quite nutritious. Every recipe contains the nutritional information which I painstakingly calculated for each dish. Although it’s a vegan cook book, it’s for anyone who is trying to eat less meat and more veggies and don’t know how to do it. To make it more affordable, I kept it as an eBook which sells for $9.99. I also wanted to spare the trees. To preview my eBook, go to http://foodsforlonglife.blogspot.com/2013/07/my-new-ebook-health-begins-in-kitchen.html.

My next venture is to develop expertise in the use of CBD-rich cannabis to treat various conditions from pain to Alzheimers. CBD is one of the many non-psychoactive chemical compounds found in cannabis that is most popularly known for treating epilepsy. It is also found in hemp plants but in a much lower concentration. Because of CBD’s many therapeutic values and because CBD-rich plants do not contain much of the psychoactive compound THC, I believe that these plants will soon become legal at the Federal level and will be in everyone’s medicine cabinet as a pain relieving salve, a neuronal supportive tincture, or in many other forms to improve people’s health. My goal is to develop products using the healing powers of this plant and be able to market and sell them legally throughout the country.

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

I guess I’m just an old hippie but my dream for this planet is for peace and for the people of the world to love each other, not spread hatred. If everyone could work together, we could find solutions to save the planet, end world hunger, and figure out how to prevent and fight diseases naturally.

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

Mother Nature is my greatest hero. She provides us with all we need.

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

I would like to tell people that they are more in control of their health and lives than they may think. If you are obese, or suffer from depression, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, even cancer, there is much that you can do about it. Don’t give up hope. Look in the mirror and say, “I’ve got this. I can change my life. I can change my diet. I can start moving instead of sitting. I can choose joy over sadness. It’s all up to me! I’m going to start NOW!”

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?

Much of my book and blog is about raw food. In fact the topic of my PhD dissertation was “The nutritional adequacy of a raw food vegan diet”.

It’s extremely difficult for a raw foodist to obtain all critical nutrients and even calories on a daily basis. Vitamin D, B12, and EPA and DHA essential fatty acids cannot be adequately obtained from plant foods. I discuss this in my book. Raw food vegans, who do not get these specific nutrients from fortified foods, should take supplements. I also feel that grains and legumes are very important foods and are better obtained in their cooked form. Even when I’m doing a raw food cleanse, I include a cup of cooked whole grain or beans each day.

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Q & A Series: People, Products and The Health of Our Planet – Exclusive Interview with Tonya Zavasta

My Comments: I have been a fan, follower and friend of Tonya Zavasta, for more then 10 years, and remember reading on her site, when she was still doing lectures and was looking for volunteers to arrange events for her. I scheduled Tonya at a number of locations in Southern California and they were well received and successful.

I have read most of Tonya’s books and have used quite a few of her products over the years. She is always innovating and on the cutting edge with what is best and does not compromise when it comes to the best ingredients and that they are completely natural, with no chemicals, fillers or additives.

Tonya Zavasta, is The Real Deal! She has worked very hard on overcoming her own personal/physical challenges (which you can read about in her books) and that was a “springboard” to her discovery of the power of raw food for exceptional health, as well as other things like hot yoga, dry fasting, caloric restriction, etc.

Tonya has researched extensively in the fields of raw food, beauty and anti-aging to discover what works best for optimal health. There are no gimmicks, pills, powders, potions or magic bullet that will do the trick! It takes dedication, devotion, persistence, perseverance and consistency. Tonya, exemplifies this in every way possible and when you view the picture of her at 57 in the banner ad in the upper right hand side, you will see the proof for yourself (this is a real photo and not photo shop and she does not use any unnatural procedures like plastic surgery to achieve her results).

I admit, that I am not in any way, at the level she is, but I do my best and she is a great role model for all those who think that youthfulness is not possible when you are nearing 60 years of age. Tonya has proved everyone wrong!

Please make sure to read this to the end, as there is a special discount offered when you purchase any of Tonya’s products and is available for a limited time only!

For the twenty-eighth interview, an exclusive, I have the immense pleasure of introducing you to Tonya Zavasta: Raw Food & Natural Beauty Advocate and Anti-Aging Expert, in business since 2002-2003.

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

I don’t think I ever made a decision, as such. Early on, it was simply about resolving my own issues. I was then facing some pretty heavy-duty surgery to fix congenital hip problems. I stumbled upon the raw foods message through the Paul Bragg’s book, Miracle of Fasting. And I knew this was the way for me—no looking back. The results astounded me. My health issues went away. My looks improved dramatically. I just couldn’t keep my discoveries for myself. I had to share my “secrets” of health and beauty with the world. That’s how I came to write my first book, Your Right to be Beautiful: The Miracle of Raw Foods.. I started a raw foods group in Memphis which I was leading for three years. Invitations to speak began coming in. Before I knew it, I was traveling with lectures and spreading the raw food message.

Question #2: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well-being and longevity?

Big question! Surely you’ll let me have two answers, won’t you?

First…It simply doesn’t work to cajole, beg, nag, or manipulate others to eat better and exercise. The best thing you can do for others—take care of your own health and happiness.

Be an example, an inspiration. Reflect others’ own goodness back to them. Show them, in yourself, what they can achieve with what they already have.

Second, quantum physics implies we create our own reality via our own thoughts, expectations, and beliefs. So it’s important to spread the message of longevity, youthfulness, and superb health. You can’t singlehandedly win the day—you need others to believe with you.

Another starling implication of quantum mechanics is that separability (between things, people…) is an illusion. So… we’re all connected. And what happens to each of us affects the rest of us. We rise and fall, fail and succeed, together. So you cannot be prosperous without wishing prosperity for others, you cannot be healthy without sharing the secrets of well-being with others, and you cannot get love without giving love to others.

Questions #3: 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?

When I embarked on my 100% raw journey, I had high expectations. I daresay my health expectations were fulfilled in even greater degree than I expected. But beauty-wise, perhaps only 80%.

Eating predominantly (or exclusively) raw foods is very beneficial for your looks. But it’s not enough. That is the reason for my beauty products.

We need to take care of our skin externally. A daily beauty routine will make a big difference in how youthful your skin will look. My brush is probably the most important product you’d need. Why? Because exfoliation is a vital key to beautiful skin.

If I have a “beauty secret,” this is probably it…While most beauty mavens talk endlessly about being super gentle with your skin, my approach is dimetrically different. You need to train your skin to endure, to withstand aging. More in my ebook: Guide to an Ageless Face

Question #4: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to the public to help them achieve optimal health and well-being?

If you trace my company’s growth, you’ll see each product was initially developed because I, personally had a need for it. I offer for sale only what I use personally. Whomever you buy from, wouldn’t you want them to hold the same value?

When I couldn’t find a brush of just the right firmness to use on myself, I designed one. When you change your diet, your hair starts to change, too. You begin to shed more hair than usual. This is exactly what happened to me. Looking how to combat this issue, I developed a Scalp Tonic to improve hair growth, using the best known herbs for scalp stimulation.

When after age 50 I realized I needed to add a night cream to my beauty routine, I developed one from 100% natural oils, but with a creamy consistency. My newest product: RejuvaPad, for use under the eyes will be available in the end of April. Why did I develop it? Beause I’m 58 and I need to use it every day before going to bed.

When we’re happy with the results we’re getting, it’s only natural we want to share.

Question #5: What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

The physical world we live in is polarized. There can never be a plus without a minus. Never an up without down, an inhale without an exhale. Nor can there be health without sickness.

We can’t so much as appreciate health without knowing sickness. How many of us got up today and said thanks, that for example, our appendix didn’t hurt?

Health and sickness will always be intertwined. We need them both for our souls’ experience. My best lessons have come from pain.

I can’t really feel, in a sense, for the whole planet. But I do care greatly for people who have come to my website and are ready to tackle some serious anti-aging practices. It’s they who are my highest priority.

Question #6: Who is your greatest hero and why?

I guess I’m expected to answer something like All my life, my hero has been…But I really don’t have any heroes, in that sense. Truth is, you can learn from every person’s life.

I like people who inspire me. For example, I once read that a person was dancing at age 84. I got inspired. I wanted to do something like that, too. It’s invaluable to have such people around you or to read about them. They expand for you the perceived limits of what’s possible. That’s important because you can’t set out to accomplish anything you don’t believe is possible. Once you believe something is possible, then there is no limit to what you can accomplish.

Question #7: Is there anything else you would like to share with the public?

Quantum mechanics is changing our views of reality…and our views on how we can control what happens in our own lives.

Tribulations and challenges conspire against us. Most of us run. But if instead we embrace those challenges, learn from them…we’ll arrive at something better, vastly, unbelievably better.
Read my new book: The Quantum Key: Transcending Life’s Trials.

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?

It’s not possible to have one plan for all. There are infinitely many variables! Every person is unique. So, no, there is no one, sure-fire recommendation. Your own body is your best guide.

Very important: read, read and read about how other people achived what you want. But always remember: Health is highly individual. Learn to experiment on your own body. Listen to its feedback and make changes accordingly. Keep what works. Change what doesn’t.

Don’t mimic anyone else. Get your own experience. Only personal experience will get you to a succesful raw food lifestyle. Somebody else’s experience won’t ever have this power. If you experiment intelligently, and you believe strongly that your chosen diet will assures you health and long life, it will.
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Now you have the opportunity to learn from Tonya, the tools, tips and secrets to achieve the results you would like for your own optimal health and wellness, through her books and products she sells on her website, along with many free articles and recipes, as well.

Tonya has generously offered to my readers, a 10% discount on an order of any value, when you purchase her products. You can get this offer by clicking on the banner in the upper right hand side, that says, “Tonya at 57” and will be valid till the 31st of March at midnight Pacific time. The discount code is: BEAUTY10%OFF

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The B12 Controversy Explained by Frederic Patenaude

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The B12 Controversy Explained by Frederic Patenaude

B12 is a tricky topic.

On the one hand, people attacking a plant-based diet use it as an argument for why eating vegan is “unnatural.”

If this diet were so natural, then why the need for a vitamin that is only found in animal products?

Fair question.

In reality, B12 is neither made by plants or animals. It’s made by bacteria.

In ancestral times, we got plenty of B12 because our environment wasn’t so sanitized. And yes, that included residues of feces that found their way into our food. Yikes! Yes, but that’s how many vegetarian-eating apes get their B12. They even get B12 from spring water.

Nowadays, we live in a more sanitized environment, and that has led to significant benefits: we don’t die of bacterial infections like we used to, or like wild monkeys do.

There are some downsides, and one of them is that anyone following a largely vegan diet has to supplement with B12.

Another interesting fact:

Many people have quoted studies that vegetarians do NOT live longer than the general populations. Those studies happen to be done on British vegetarians and vegans.

On the other hands, studies that were done in America (with the 7th Day Adventists, who happen to recommend a vegetarian diet with different degrees of compliance) show that vegetarians and vegans do indeed live longer. In fact, American Adventist (vegetarian) men live on average ten years longer than American men! That is a striking difference.

So why did the British vegetarians do badly in all the studies?

It could be because of B12.

I recently attended a talk by Dr. Michael Greger, author of the new book How Not to Die, and he talked about this very issue. By law, many organic products in Britain can’t have supplemental B12. In the USA, we find added B12 in soy milk, breakfast cereals, etc. Because most British vegetarians don’t supplement, they become deficient. In fact, 75% of them are severely deficient.

The same thing happens to raw vegan, and I’ve known many examples.

It’s also easy for raw vegans to become B12 deficient because they consume only natural foods and don’t drink supplemented soy milk or eat breakfast cereal. If they don’t take a supplement, their exposure to B12 can be nil.

B12 deficiency raises homocysteine levels, which can lead to heart disease and other symptoms.

Gabriel Cousens, MD. writes:

There are at least fifteen vegan studies on adults that have shown identical results. Cooked food and live food vegans show the same results. Approximately 80% of those who do not use B12 supplements or B12 fortified foods sooner or later develop symptoms of B12 deficiency. These may include physical symptoms such as the inability to walk, tremors, weakness, fatigue, diarrhea, fever, upper respiratory infections, impotence, infertility, anemia as well as neurological symptoms such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, hyperactive reflexes, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, impaired memory, and paranoid delusions. Consistent research over the last decade has shown that vegans and live food people of all ages and sexes have a much higher risk of becoming B-12 deficient.

A published report cites a man in his eighties who had been in excellent health as a vegan for 38 years, when suddenly he began to suffer from mental disturbances, developed confusion, and sadness, lost bowel control, and lost motor control skill to the point where he could marginally stand up. After one shot of B12 his physical and mental health began to return rapidly and by one week many of his symptoms had disappeared.


So there you have it. Make sure to supplement with B12.

It’s not about what’s “natural” or “unnatural.” It’s about being smart and understanding in what kind of environment we live.

Keep in mind that people who promote high-meat diets are also the ones pushing the most supplements. They even have the audacity to push protein powder, on an already high-protein diet!

On a healthy plant based diet, your intake of most essential nutrients will be through the roof. And the nutrients you want to minimize will be naturally low. You’ll get plant-based iron, instead of the carcinogenic heme-based iron (found in animal blood).

All good stuff… as long as you supplement with B12.

So what’s the best option? There are some decent supplements available on the market.

B12 shots work best to raise levels quickly. That’s why I switched to B12 patches. They work very well to increase B12 levels quickly without the cost and pain of shots.

Initially, I used the B12 patches weekly to raise my levels, and now I only need to use them once a month to stay at a healthy level.
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