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Q & A Series: People, Products and The Health of Our Planet – Interview with Chana Liora/Janine Laura Bronson

For the twenty-second interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Chana Liora/Janine Laura Bronson, former assistant to Ann Wigmore, who revolutionized healthy eating in America with wheatgrass, living foods and “energy soups.”. She started the Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston, MA and it moved to West Palm Beach, Florida and is now run by Drs. Anna-Maria and Brian Clement.

From Ann Wigmore’s Wikipedia Page:
In 1968, Ann Wigmore co-founded the Hippocrates Health Institute,a health resort in the United States, with Viktoras Kulvinskas. Known as “the mother of living foods”, she was an early pioneer in the use of wheatgrass juice and living foods for detoxifying and healing the body, mind, and spirit.

In her autobiography, Why Suffer?: How I Overcame Illness & Pain Naturally, Wigmore recalls observing her grandmother using herbs and natural remedies as a child in Lithuania.

Wigmore died in Boston on February 16, 1994, of smoke inhalation from a fire at the Ann Wigmore Foundation.

At the time of her death, the Institute was called the Ann Wigmore Foundation. Brian Clement owned the Hippocrates Health Institute next door, which he moved from Boston to West Palm Beach, Florida.
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Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

I have come to realize my full potential as a peace-maker, even though this has been a long time in coming, and I believe that a healthy person contributes to a peaceful universe, and think that veganism, in particular a vegan variation of Kosher Parve (which would exclude all animals and animal products in the categories of eggs, fish, dairy and meat) is more peaceful and moderate…more about this in another answer…

As to why I got involved in the “health” industry, and how come I spent time up at the Hippocrates Health Institute… here’s a testimonial, also involving my Mother.

I originally contacted the original Hippocrates Health Institute (in the 1980’s) which used to be located in Boston, MA, because I was reading books by Ann Wigmore but was looking for more information. Little did I expect to reach Ann directly by telephone, all I really wanted to find out was the answer to my question about sprouting fava beans (since I couldn’t really find them on any list as to how long to soak them) and amazingly for me, and a total surprise was that “Dr.” Ann, as she was called back then (she had a doctorate in Divinity) answered the call herself, because at the time, she was actually just lacking an assistant, and praying to find such a person, mentioning it to me, while I was exactly in transition and looking for work, and she invited me up, and I DROVE all the way there, in my little old car from New Jersey to Boston, and luckily for me, she liked me on the spot, and hired me then and there! I assisted her for about three years, when I had to return to Israel, to look after my Mother who was recuperating from a so-called incurable disease (there is no such thing, by the way) from which she made a total recovery and is still alive about 25 years later and approaching 90! Thanks to what I learned from Ann, we can each and every one of us find true healing and not have to rely on conventional medicine. My Mother, of course, chose to immediately stop the “poisonous therapy treatments” to which she was allergic and was being given to her from the hospital of which I made sure they allowed her to be released. I made her wheat grass juices, and other things such as energy soup, that I had learned at the Hippocrates Health Institute, and of course, daily fresh vegetables and fruit from the local farmers’ market, and picked avocados from our family plantation in Pardes-Chana/Karkur (near Hadera on the way to Haifa up North-East, from Netanya). I wish more people would discover how we might try to “Let Food be Thy Medicine, and Medicine be Thy Food” (Hippocrates saying)…

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- The first item I need that I would not like to leave behind is to take a copy of Perek Shira which has quotes from Biblical sources that speak of the praises of all creations to The Creator.
2- I would take as pure a container of fluoride-free type of mineral or purified water as I can manage to take with me, not knowing when I could find this precious life-giving water, when on the island, knowing that even though this is a heavy item it might be life-sustaining for at least some time.
3- A certain filtering flask that purifies braken-type water from unpotable sources that I might find.
4- I’d appreciate having a compass, for direction.
5- Some sort of a communication device to seek help from the rest of civilization, but not sure if this would work in such a remote place, but who knows?
(Note from interviewer: Although I only asked for 5 items, Chana added an additional one, which is ok by me)
6- If this is available, a map of the desert island to explore the surroundings more logically, oh, and I didn’t know if one could bring another person with, as well? Ha, ha, ha… (not sure who that would be though, haven’t met my true soul mate, ha, ha, ha…)

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 the message of caring compassionately for not only ones own well-being but the wellness of the planet and all of Hashem’s/G-d’s creations is very important from an ecological viewpoint, environmental, ethical reasons against Tza’ar Ba’alei Chayim (not causing harm to any living creature) and feeding the hungry…

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?

This depends entirely on the person, no two people are identical, cannot give one cure-all…

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?

Massage, Brain Gym (in process) and common sense regarding living moderately (my advice is following a Kosher Raw Vegan Organic lifestyle)…

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

To be at peace, one can vee (I coined this word, meaning to live as a raw vegan-Kosher person…

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

My greatest hero is Hashem/G-d because He is All-Knowing, Omnipotent and Everlasting

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

Life is miraculous and very precious and we should value each one of those 86,400 seconds in a 24 hour day.

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Company/Product Review: Dastony – 100% Organic, Raw, Stone Ground Nut and Seed Butters

Dastony – 100% Organic, Raw & Stone Ground Nut and Seed Butters in business since 2011

Here is what Anna, Windy City Organics Sales and Brand Outreach, emailed me about the company:
About 3 years ago we launched Dastony….
4 years ago we developed a healthy, pure, raw version of Nutella and coined it Rawtella….we used stone grinders to get this ultra silky consistency. The owner fell in love with the stone grinding process and decided to launch a bunch of nut butters as well using super high quality ingredients. We started with just almond, cashew, coconut and sesame and have just kept adding more and more. We now have 11 flavors all together including the 4 sprouted varieties.

Here is some information from their website:

About Dastony

The inspiration for Dastony came from a desire to share what we feel is the healthiest and by the far the smoothest nut and seed butters. We are a family owned company with uncompromising standards of purity, taste, and integrity. Our values are in place due to our deep understanding of the benefits that can be achieved through quality ingredients, and when it comes to taste, well, we work tirelessly in this respect. Our integrity is unwavering and our loyal customers and fans would testify to this. To read more go to: http://dastony.com/about-dastony.html

Why Stone Ground?
We’ve all witnessed the browning of an apple. When the fruit is cut or bruised browning occurs because living cells are damaged and begin to oxidize. Now imagine the process used during the production of a typical nut butter – mastication with heavy duty metal blades. This process literally shreds, tears and cuts repeatedly until the desired texture is achieved. Any living enzymes, viable nutrients, and ‘life’ would certainly dwindle.

RAW and LIVING are principles we at Dastony are truly passionate about. Like with anything living, the energy and vital compounds found in nuts and seeds are very delicate. Our method of stone grinding is the best way to preserve and cherish this life force. Large, flawless granite wheels slowly turn ‘grinding’ the food until it is silky smooth. Temperatures well below 118 degrees are continuously maintained – another gauge for the preservation of raw and living.

From their Facebook Page:
Curious what the stone grinding process looks like? Check out the premier of our behind the scenes video to see those grinders in action! http://youtu.be/yQP8276I1Lc

My Review:

I have found some great products to review, simply from doing a search on Amazon. Before I decide if I even will consider the product, I read the reviews on Amazon and then search on the company site to see that it complies with my own personal high standards for myself, as well as for the public who are reading my posts and also watching my videos. Instead of buying the product, I contacted the company to see if they are willing to send me product(s) for an unbiased review. I want to thank Anna for her willingness to send me a few of the great nut and seed butters that Dastony sells.

I was so anxious to try out the butters and could not wait till the package arrived at my door. It was well worth the wait and then some. I do not think that I will ever want to eat any other nut or seed butters ever again! Once you taste the best artisan-made products (regardless of the cost), it is very difficult to eat another brand. It is the same as if you are a farmer or work at a farmers market (I do work for an organic produce farmer who has the highest quality, tastiest and unique greens and other produce – if you are interested in knowing more about him and if you live in San Diego, you can buy his produce at various markets or through his CSA – go to http://www.sagemountainfarm.com) and eat the freshest food, it is not the same to “buy” your produce, even at a health food store. Dastony uses an “old world” method for processing and offer unique products to their customers. It is worth every penny you will spend to buy them! I was also happy to find out from Anna that the facility handles only their raw tree nuts and seeds and does not process soy or dairy. Also the nuts and seeds are truly raw, as they source out the best products, especially now that raw almonds that are grown in USA are pasteurized.

I received two of their 8 oz butters: Sprouted Pumpkin Seed and Sprouted Sunflower Seed Butter (plastic containers are never used, all of the products come in glass jars). They also offer Sprouted Almond and Sprouted Sesame Seed Butter (Tahini). The difference with sprouted nuts and seeds, it that the germination allows it to be digested more easily in your body and it is considered “living food.” In order to do this, the seeds/nuts are first soaked, at least overnight and they allowed to germinate or even begin to sprout, where you see a “shoot” coming out of one end of the seed/nut. Afterwards, the seeds/nuts are dehydrated at low temperature below 118 degrees to remain raw and enzyme-rich.

The process that Dastony uses to make the butters is explained above and called “stone-ground” and was used in ancient times to make olive oil. It creates the smoothest, creamiest nut and seed butters I have ever tasted. The flavor is like nothing I have ever had before and I am sure if I did a side-by-side taste test with other companies who make nut and seed butters, they would not “hold a candle” to these products! Of course, not many are using this “old world” process as they do not want to take the time or make the effort to offer the best product to the public. They simply want the “machine” to crank out more products, so they can make more money and then, as the expression goes, “you get what you pay for.” This holds true, for sure with Dastony! The prices they charge for what you get is really “cheap” relative to the quality. I ask, please, Dastony, do not mark up the price because I think it is too low, because you still want it to be relatively affordable to the consumers and I do not want to get negative comments from people who say it is my fault that the price went up.

The other products I received (not sprouted) are a 1 oz sample jar of: Almond Butter, Cashew Butter and Coconut Butter. The cashew and coconut butters are also certified kosher by Earth Kosher. They do not sell this size to the public, but are offered in 8 and 16 oz sizes. Besides the varieties I sampled, they also offer:
Brazil Nut, Hempseed, Sesame Seed (Tahini) and Hazelnut Butters. Each butter has its own unique flavor profile, and the 3 mentioned here, to me, have a sweeter flavor and I really enjoy using them to spread on a cracker, add to a soup, smoothie, to make a nut/seed milk, sauce, dressing, dessert, etc. They are such versatile products. The possibilities are endless and is as infinite as the mind can think of! I also like to dip my yummy tri-color carrots or celery into the nut/seed butters. Sone like to split a date in half and spread some butters in there. Please note that double-dipping is not recommended and here is why: Our mouths are the dirtiest places around and if the mix of germs and bacteria present in our mouth get into a jar it can cause mold and rot. This holds true with any food in your fridge!

I know that in the future, I will be purchasing my nut and seed butters from Dastony and enjoying the love and care that goes into each of their products.

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

I am also including some photos from the product packaging that tells you more about the product and the benefits mentioned.

Check out my video review, as well where I taste these great products: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

To find out more about this company, their products and where to purchase, go to: http://www.dastony.com

Dastony Nut and Seed Butters -100% Raw, Organic and Stone Ground

Dastony Nut and Seed Butters -100% Raw, Organic and Stone Ground

Dastony Seed and Nuts Butters - 100% Raw, Organic & Stoneground

Dastony Seed and Nuts Butters – 100% Raw, Organic & Stoneground

More detailed information on the jar of Pumpkin Seed Butter about the process of stone-grinding

More detailed information on the jar of Pumpkin Seed Butter about the process of stone-grinding

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