Fort Myers CHIP

Healthy by choice NOT by chance

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Thanks to Teresa Lucas for this photo and caption from LiveWell Wellness Centers in Belleville, Illinois.

Our fast "food" display is now 2 years old. The word food is questionable, since the bread-like and meat-like substances have not molded or spoiled in any way. Bugs won't even bother with it. Please think twice about giving this to your kids. You have a choice, but they don't. We truly are what we eat.

Think about this when you are tempted by those golden arches and smiling red-headed girls with pigtails. I have a personal rule that says "Real food rots. If mold won't eat it, then neither will I." Eat real foods - as grown.

(In case you can't make it out, that message across the bottom of the picture says "Purchased on 4/22/2010".)

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According to a study of 222,497 Australian adults 45 years or older, people who sit more than 11 hours a day have a 40% higher risk of dying in the next three years than people who sit less than four hours a day.

Healthy or sick, active or inactive, the more people sat, the more likely they were to die in the next three years. Physical activity did make a difference: the 40% higher death risk found when comparing people who sat the most to those who sat the least increased to 100% when comparing those who sat the most and exercised the least to those who sat the least and exercised the most. But while the death risk was much lower for anyone who exercised five hours a week or more, it still rose as these active people sat longer.

The results are part of the Sax Institute's 45 and Up Study, the largest ongoing study of healthy aging in the Southern Hemisphere.

So, stand up and live!

Read the media release from Sax Institute here.

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Just a reminder that The FREE Food Revolution Summit organized by John and Ocean Robbins starts a week from tomorrow on April 28th.

If you are at all interested in this event, please register for it by clicking this link. The reason for this is that I've registered as an affiliate with them. This means that, if you purchase the Empowerment Pack (which you can read about here, just don't press the Buy Now button) that they are offering for sale along with the summit, they will pay 40% of the purchase price as a commission to our local CHIP program.

So, if The Food Revolution Summit Empowerment Pack looks like something you are interested in, please sign up for The FREE Food Revolution Summit by clicking here, then sign up for the Empowerment Pack by clicking here.

Even if you are not interested in the Empowerment Pack, I still urge you to sign up for the Summit. I mentioned it's FREE, right?

If you know anyone else who would be interested in the Summit, please send them an email with this link in it and suggest they sign up.

Please, sign up to get the latest information about our food, the environment and your health and, maybe even support your Fort Myers CHIP Chapter at the same time.

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With Earth Day, 2012, coming up this Sunday, April 22, here is Earth911's list of 8 ways being vegetarian is good for the planet:

  1. Reduces water consumption to grow veggies vs. meat
  2. Saves fossil fuels
  3. Protects open spaces
  4. Stops topsoil erosion
  5. Minimizes greenhouse gases
  6. Reduces agricultural runoff
  7. Minimizes packaging waste
  8. Creates more compostables

Although food journalist Michael Pollan was wrong when he asserted that "a vegan in a Hummer has a lighter carbon footprint than a beef-eater in a Prius”, according to a 2006 University of Chicago study, a vegan driving a Prius does have a lighter footprint than a meat-eating bicyclist. Best of all, of course, is the vegan bicyclist.

To read the entire Earth911 article 8 Ways Vegetarian is Good for the Planet, click here.

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Of course you do. Those of you who came to Dr. Arlene Taylor's Saturday night lecture on The Brain and Laughter now know that laughter is good medicine, that it helps manage stress, speeds your metabolism, benefits your cardiovascular system, enhances work success and more. Did you know that 100 laughs is the equivalent of 10 minutes of hard rowing?

So, with that in mind, here is a collection of "bloopers" from newspaper headlines from around the country. Click the "More..." link below to read them. And remember to laugh out loud, especially you ladies, you need the serotonin.

(Click here to download the Powerpoint slides from Dr. Taylor's The Brain and Laughter presentation.)

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or perhaps, more correctly, disgusting food-like substances day. In the interest of decency I've decided to show these only to those whose stomachs are strong enough to click the "More" link below.

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Gee, look! Here's a report from the L.A. Times that yet another study has found that fish oil supplements (and, by extension, vegan omega-3 supplements) are of no benefit to people with preexisting heart disease in avoiding future problems. You can read the entire article here. I was, however, perplexed by these two paragraphs toward the end of the article. Speaking of the authors of the study, the article says,

Still they note that there’s “no conclusive evidence” for recommending fish oil to prevent a first or subsequent heart attack.

But that doesn’t mean, they add, that doctors should stop recommending
oily fish to their patients.

What other benefit might there be to eating oily fish? Dioxin, mercury, endothelial cell damage?

Then there's this article from Yahoo News about a Japanese study linking regular seaweed consumption with thyroid cancer in post-menopausal women. Perhaps, as Jeff Novick suggests, the safest thing is just to get our greens from the land.

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Hot dogs cause butt cancerWatch Your Butts, Hot Dog Fans

Baseball fans eat more than 22 million hot dogs at ballparks during baseball season. PCRM's new “Hot Dogs Cause Butt Cancer” billboard outside of Marlins Park in Miami warns opening-day attendees that hot dogs can damage their health. The blunt language was prompted by a survey showing that 39 percent of Americans do not know what the colon is.

View Billboard >

Reprinted from the April 2012 PCRM Online newletter
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The Food Revolution Summit logo

Sign up for the Food Revolution Summit! I just did.

Organized by bestselling author John Robbins and his son, Ocean, it features John personally interviewing 21 amazing leaders in the movement for healthy, sustainable, humane and delicious food.

From April 28 through May 6, there will be three interviews broadcast daily.  You'll get cutting edge disease-beating, health-activating, age-reversing information.  These tools can help you and your family to thrive and to make a difference in the world.

Get more info and register today by clicking here.

Names you might recognize include NY Times best-selling authors Joel Fuhrman, MD (Eat To Live) and Marianne Williamson (Spiritual Principles for Weight Loss); expert doctors such as Dean Ornish, MD (Preventive Medicine Research Institute) and T. Colin Cambell, Ph.D (The China Study); culture-changers and icons such as Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me) and Rory Freedman (Skinny Bitch); natural health pioneers such as Joseph Mercola ( and David Wolfe (Radiant Health Now); and food system innovators such as Vandana Shiva (Stolen Harvest) and Ronnie Cummins (Organic Consumers Association), and many more inspiring visionaries.

Over seven days, you'll get training, inspiration and practical know-how from modern day heroes of health and sustainability.  You'll get answers to burning questions, tools for dealing with family and peers, and practically useful insights, ideas, motivation and tips, all from the comfort and convenience of your phone or computer.

Get all this and more for free by clicking here.

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This morning I awoke to find this article on my Facebook News Feed.

It seems that folks over at the "Evil Empire", Monsanto, are threatening to sue the state of Vermont if it passes a law requiring GMO foods to be labeled as such even though the vast majority of Vermonters and other U.S. consumers are in favor of such labeling.

If Monsanto can get away with this then, Mr. Lincoln, I'm sorry to report that government of the people, by the people, for the people IS perishing from the face of the earth.

And for those of you looking for the companion DVD to Dr. Esselsytn's book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, here's a link to where you can buy it. And for more information about Dr. Esselstyn, here's his web site.

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Today I thought I'd share this article on sprouts from David Martin at the Lotus Blossom Clinic published in his March 15th newsletter. Thanks to Phil and Mary Ann Parsons for this.

Spring Into

Whoo Hoo-- it is spring time again!  
In this issue, we bring you an understanding of the Nutritious Powerhouses called Sprouts and give you links to learn about growing your own!
Did you ever wonder what happens when a seed sprouts?
  •  Stored food & enzymes needed for growth of the mature plant are mobilized. 
  •  Protein, carbohydrate & fat is broken down (pre-digested) to free amino acids, simple sugars & soluble compounds.
  • Vitamins, including A, B-complex (B-12), C, E & K, increase to meet the growth needs of a young plant. (For example, B-complex in wheat increases 600 percent, vitamin E triples & vitamin C increases six-fold. Vitamin C in a 100 gram serving of peas goes from 0 to 69 mg. in 48 hours!) 
  • Essential minerals - calcium, magnesium, iron & zinc are supplied in organic form, "chelated" for better assimilation.
  • Nutrient-density is enhanced at the expense of calories!

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{jcomments on}For my first post I'll offer up this from Dr. Michael Greger's blog at on the discovery that drinking two cups of beet juice were found to significantly improve athletic performance. You can read his entire post here; however, I found that several of the links to the videos in his 17-part series were broken. So, to make it easier for you, my fellow CHIPers, I offer this list of corrected links for your viewing pleasure.