If you happen to be here on the island of Saipan on Friday, Sept 2, 2011 at 6:30pm, then come out to the American Memorial Park Theatre and check out a documentary entitled “All Jacked Up” a look at what’s really in the food that you eat.
The event is sponsored by First Friday Films here on Saipan. Here is a blurb from their blog http://firstfridayfilmssaipan.blogspot.com :
Ever wondered what exactly is in the stuff that you eat? Find out as First Friday Films presents All Jacked Up. Bring your friends and family to the American Memorial Park Visitors Center by 6:30 PM on Friday September 2nd to see just how jacked up some of the food we are served is. The film highlights the dangerous trends in present-day eating habits and unveils the unsavory practices that put the health of a whole generation at risk.
I haven’t seen the film, but a trusted source at Natural News. (http://www.naturalnews.com/022510.html is involved and recommends it highly. You can check out the official site for the film at http://www.alljackedupmovie.com/. I’ll see you there!
September 1, 2011 No Comments
I heard about this through my free subscription to the NaturalNews.com newsletter. I think this is fantastic, that someone in the American public eye, with such influence and media clout is saying these things. I’ve always believed that one of the best ways to affect mass consciousness in the US would be to have a sitting president come right out and advocate for a paradigm shift in eating habits. This is probably the next best thing! It will have an effect on the continuing mainstreaming of being vegan even as the various industry councils mount their assault.
As a public service to help spread the word, I’ve created an mp4 video of the CNN interview you can download here
(You can see the original youtube video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4hbV4RgzI8)
In my opinion, the next steps in this trend should include these concepts as they relate to eating from a plant-based paradigm:
1. This is not a “diet.”
It’s sad that garbage and poisons are considered normal, while natural choices are considered a “diet” which implies a deviation from a norm in order to achieve a desired end.
2. This is not complicated.
We don’t need scientists in on this. You can be your own authority.
3. All we need is a definition of REAL FOOD that everyone can understand and apply.
I suggest to you, therefore, that
-It’s time to grow up.
-Just because something tastes good, doesn’t make it food.
-Just because something can be eaten and swallowed, doesn’t make it food.
-For those who need a biblical paradigm for this concept:
If it didn’t exist in the garden of Eden, it’s not natural and not meant to be consumed by humans.
-Food is for nutrition, not just for taste. (In fact, some of us make our choices of what to eat for the nutritional benefit alone. It’s time to grow up.)
Here’s an idea that will help you come to a simple definition of food:
Let’s imagine you have a raw carrot. You put it into the ground. What happens? It grows, right? Now imagine you put that carrot into a pot of hot water, just for a quick minute, then change your mind and decide to put it back in the ground. What happens? (I’m aware some people may not intuitively know the answer to this, but you don’t need to have been raised on a farm to know.) The answer is it DOESN’T GROW. That means something fundamental about that carrot has changed. It’s no longer “alive.”
Now, comes the million dollar question: If you want to be healthy, which one of these two carrots do you think is better for your body? Is there any way you can believe that putting something “dead” into your body yields the same effects as putting something “raw and alive”?
Even a “quick” boil kills the life-creating properties of food. Sure, it may still have a smaller amount of minerals and vitamins left in it, but it is absolutely, positively, and hopefully intuitively not as healthy as it was before. It is now “less food” than it was before. Is the food you eat able to be planted and grown?
If your current choices can’t pass this simple test, you are not eating as healthfully as you could be.
No matter how much sunshine, water and good soil you lavish on a pizza that you’ve planted in the ground, it is not going to grow and produce more pizzas. Ergo, it is not real food.
I could go on and on. And in fact, I have! I wrote about this extensively in my book, The Ageless Adept: Perfect Health, Long Life and the Fountain of Youth by A. Seeker (a pen name)
p.s. Since Doctor Ornish was too wary of industry repercussions to actually say it, I will do him the favor by responding to the baited question by the CNN Commentator: YES! Human children should not be consuming the milk of
another species of animal.
Here’s another image for you:
You’re out in a grassy field with a herd of cows grazing in the distance. Wonderful scene isn’t it? Now picture yourself going down on all fours, walking over to a cow in that field, pushing aside the calf that’s suckling, and suckling at the mother cow’s teats. There should be something innately odd about that image. No other species of animal on the planet drinks the milk of another species. Dogs don’t suckle on cats. Rabbits don’t suckle on giraffes. It’s patently absurd.
p.p.s. Understandably, given the paradigm within US society, these changes may need to be made gradually, so as not to incur a dramatic backlash. However, this plant-based paradigm should not be touted as simply a cure for disease because then, those who don’t currently have any noticeable symptoms will feel the information doesn’t apply to them.
It’s so refreshing to hear these ideas on the mainstream media. However, as you can tell by the divisive and opinionated way the interviewer poses his questions:
“Are you saying children should not drink milk?”
“I take fish oil. Is that a bad idea?”
“dairy, chicken, meat,…the fun things in life”
and attempting to pit one guest against another, you can see that media reporting is often not about giving unbiased information, but about stirring controversy, confusion and conflict. Be careful.
Finally, Bill, now that you and I are on the same page, we can hang out together next time you’re in China! Sorry, I was, um “unavailable” last time.
FINAL THOUGHT: I wonder now that Bill Clinton has stopped eating meat, I wonder if Monica Lewinsky has stopped eating presidents?
August 31, 2011 No Comments
Note: The free download on the left sidebar chronicles my first trip to China in 2009. The 2011 trip which is featured exclusively on this blog has not yet been put into ebook format. Happy browsing! |
For months, I’ve been hinting and promoting and promising a “Black Privilege in China” post on this blog. Well, it’s finally time! It will be a chapter in the book tentatively titled Jamaican in China: Harlem to Hainan which includes blog posts as well as behind the scenes stuff, commentary and observations a bit too, let’s say, “potent” for the blog. This preview chapter will give you a sample. If you like the preview chapter, you can order the book here. Here is the intro to the chapter:
Coming Black to Asia!
Tales of Black Privilege in China (and Beyond) plus
Walt’s primer on “Traveling While Black”
Coming Black to Asia? Brother, You Have NO idea! A curious and observant nomad dispels some myths, allays some fears and corrects some misperceptions of what “traveling while Black” in Asia really means. (An “Adults Only” teaser chapter from the book, Harlem to Hainan: Observations of a Jamaican in China by Walt F.J. Goodridge)
It’s time someone spoke out.
This is a secret that has been kept for much too long.
I’m going to speak in a frank and open way about a subject that many are afraid to discuss; a topic about which many are misguided, and of which many are simply unaware for many reasons including bias, ignorance or misinformation.
Yes, this chapter will share what I know about traveling while Black in Asia.
This chapter is for the enlightenment of all who are curious, but is specifically for the benefit of my Black brothers, fathers, sons, uncles and friends—particularly those living in the US—who have thought about traveling to other lands for fun, freedom, finances, fantasy or to chase a personal dream of one sort or another.
By sharing a few things I’ve experienced firsthand, seen happen to others, or been told about by women and men overseas, I hope to open a new vista, encourage new understanding and mold a new self-perception, and at the very least, offer what I find is a fascinating topic of conversation. Feel free to share this with everyone you know.
CLICK HERE to Download COMING BLACK TO ASIA (AKA) Traveling While Black!, A PREVIEW CHAPTER!
After you read it, please return to this post and share your comments! I’ve love to hear your thoughts!
August 30, 2011 2 Comments
Well, it’s not really an endorsement in the way a celebrity might endorse a product. It’s more simply a business partnership. A long-time friend in Miami owns a company called Bloodfiyah! Juices. We’ve just recently collaborated to make a special kind of Jamaican health drink available to the wider world.
You see, one of the benefits of being Jamaican is the exposure one gets to natural ways of living and strategies for maintaining health and longevity that many people in westernized cultures simply aren’t privy to. We grow up drinking and using tonics and teas from barks and weeds that have legendary effects on specific ailments, overall health and wellbeing, male virility, and youthful vigor and stamina. Ask a Jamaican about Irish Moss (a seaweed used to make a drink called “Put it Back”), or about Wood Root Tonic and get ready for a lesson in natural health!
Whenever I’m in New York, I always stop into one of my favorite Jamaican stores in Brooklyn, Queens or The Bronx, and pick up some of these juices and herbs. (Wow, that DOES sound like a typical endorsement claim, but it’s actually true!) One of the things I like about these juices is that they are natural and raw. In other words, they are NOT pasteurized. Now, despite what you’ve been led to believe, pasteurization is not “better” for you. Pasteurization is simply boiling. Boiling, as with any type of cooking of a raw food destroys the living, natural enzymes in the food and makes it LESS beneficial to the body. Raw, fermented juices are better.
So, when my friend Heru, who owns Bloodfiyah! Juices approached me with news of his recent collaboration with Atomic Juices, I was willing and eager to lend my internet marketing expertise to their efforts. I have certain criteria for what sorts of products I support, and this was the type of product I could feel comfortable getting behind with my support. So, we launched AtomicRoots.com just a few days ago. And just to show you how popular such drinks are, within 72 hours of launching the site, we received our first sale with absolutely no promotion or publicity! Many people in other parts of the country aren’t as blessed with retail outlets as in New York.
So, if you want to discover one of the secrets that make Jamaicans stand out from the crowd, check out AtomicRoots.com, and order a case of 12 bottles. (Retail outlets can also order by the pallet of 50 cases). There are 4 different flavors: Original, Aloe Vera, Mauby and Ginseng.
As mentioned on the label of the Original flavor of the Atomic Roots drink, “Wood Roots” is a name given to a combination of Jamaican herbs: Chaney Root, Chew Stick, Man Back, Strong Back, All Man Strength and Sarsaperilla just to name a few. It’s reputed to “Strengthen the weak.”
August 29, 2011 3 Comments
A little fact probably unknown to my readers is that I published a book entitled When the Walls Came Down: a 9/11 Survivors View of Life in America. (click the link to download first chapter). In it, author Ken Greene chronicles his experiences on that day in 2001. Ken and I were acquaintances when I worked as a civil engineer in World Trade Center #1, and I can’t remember all the details, but we met some time after 2001 and I encouraged him to put his story into a book. He did, I helped format, edit and publish it, and today it stands as a unique account of one man’s experience. Here are a few reviews from the Amazon.com website.
“The author’s first-hand account of surviving and helping others survive the attack on the North Tower on 9/11 offer insights I have not read elsewhere. This in-and-of itself makes the book a fascinating read, but the author goes further….”[end]
Ken appears on CBS News to share his experiences
|Ken Greene gives an honest, brutal account of not only what happened during those horrifying moments when the walls came down, but he goes further to discuss “politically incorrect” topics such as racism in America, election fraud, and the ills within our society that have created walls (globally) that should never have existed. Poignant, compelling, disturbing–and oh so enlightening!”[end]|
I encourage you to check out Ken’s story, as we approach the 10th year since 9/11/2001.
THIS IS IMPORTANT because certain views previously thought to be “on the fringe” are becoming more mainstream. I predict there will be increased grassroots awareness that something about the official account of what happened on that day is terribly wrong.
August 22, 2011 No Comments
Being vegan in Laos from a few months ago
Check out what your favorite Jamaican in China (and Laos and Saipan) has to say about why veganism is catching on in this article from demodirt.com entitled Not a Flash in the Pan: Veganism making its mark as a lifestyle choice, not a short-term trend.
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August 16, 2011 No Comments
As a nomadpreneur, I conduct a large portion of my business on the internet. I have websites through which I offer products and services to a wide range of markets.
I was listening, the other day, to a radio broadcast that was discussing the effect that technology has had on human interaction. A fascinating phenomenon of the internet is how it has changed many people’s communication styles. With no need to meet and interact face to face with the person they are emailing, many people have devolved to very crass, rude, inappropriate and offensive ways of speaking to each other. With their identities masked by anonymity, many people feel empowered to insult, ridicule, curse and assume a combative postures in their communications with other human beings–in ways that would be unthinkable were they actually in the physical presence of the person with whom they are communicating.
Case in point. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I own and maintain a website called FreeSummerConcerts.com, through which–as the name suggests–I offer listings of all the free concerts happening in New York City each summer. Registration to the site is free.
Yesterday, a visitor to my site (“Rbish”) used the online form to sign up for the listings and added the following comment:
You guys suck big time! You post some corny ass ethiopian concert but you dont post the Nas/Damien Marley concert? You suck!
You should note, for the record, that the Nas/Damien Marley concerts he’s referring to are NOT free concerts but part of a national tour.*
Here is my reply to “Rbish”
While I’m thankful for your feedback about my site, you should be aware that your style of communication and choice of words is unacceptable. I only serve adults who know how to conduct themselves according to commonly agreed-upon standards of polite behavior.
Despite what you’ve been led to believe about your rights of free speech, your CHOICE to speak in the way you choose DOES have consequences. You do not have the option of acting rudely AND also expect to be served graciously–if at all.
Therefore, you will not be added to my freesummerconcerts list. Unless you register under a different email account (which, of course, you are free to do unless I block your IP address too), you will not receive my weekly listings of concerts because your current email address has been flagged and banned from my system.
owner of the FreeSummerConcerts.com site
*It is my own adherence to certain rules of polite interaction that prevented me from responding to Rbish “what part of “FREE summer concerts” is giving you difficulty?” (I thought it, but I didn’t write it!)
So, the bottom line is this: When you are in my domain (pun intended), you will behave yourself according to rules of common decency.
p.s. To read more of the funny things that customers do, and my responses, see these archived articles:
As you read these three accounts above–specifically #2 and #3–you may encounter what appears to be a contradiction as pointed out by a faithful reader. The story in item #3 recounts one of my very first forays into doing business in the music industry. I hadn’t developed my set of standard practices. It turned out that in this case, that having a contract proved fortuitous since the fellow in question was a “ne’er do well” who needed state court encouragement to “do well.” As I grew, both in experience, and in personal philosophical conviction, I developed the avoidance of contracts.
August 14, 2011 No Comments