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VIDEO: Interview of Dr. Jana Bogs by Lisa Giroux discussing Perfect Soil

Lisa Giroux, a SOUL-preneur Success Coach, helps people find their voice, share their message, and make a powerful shift upon the planet.  I was delighted when she asked me for an interview.

On the Fly Course Creations with Rev. Lisa Giroux

Featuring Dr Jana Bogs: Creator of Perfect Soil, Ultimate Food, Vibrant Health, and True Success Certification Course

Click here for information on the certification course: Perfect Soil, Ultimate Food, Vibrant Health and True Success

You are what you eat.

You become what you think

You reap what you sow….

Are these just old wives’ tales and useless platitudes or is there deep soul wisdom within them we have ignored and the cause of mass DIS-ease upon the earth and in body, mind and soul?

 

What is blocking you from being your best? What does vibrant health bring to your life? How can you have more, be more and do more?

Join Dr Jana and I here for our video mini series

 

Let’s become our own best researcher and advocate for health and well being. Will you take your health back now? Is it possible?

Dr Jana Bogs has researched for herself and has discovered some disturbing things about our food.

  1. Our food has lost up to 70% of its nutrient content
  2. Our food is loaded with toxins, pesticides and herbicides
  3. These toxins deplete us of vitality,  health and are poisoning us and the earth.

 

Is there a solution?

There is and it begins with our foundation, the soil. Dr Jana is a soil expert and stresses the importance of creating good health by adding good stuff. Specifically adding beneficial microbes and minerals will dramatically improve every aspect of our nutrition profile and health.

 

Join Dr Jana and me here for our video mini series

 

Have you ever wondered about the power food has on your health, your happiness and your ability to live your life?

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, said:

“Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.”

 

Dr Jana and I had a great time discussing the importance of Nutrition Grown Food (™), real health, and the correlation between the food we eat and how good we can feel each day.

 

Dr Jana Bogs is the founder of Beyond Organic Consulting Inc. and the creator of the certification course Perfect Soil, Ultimate Food, Vibrant Health and True Success. Click here to learn more.

 

Dr. Jana recommends:

 

Find out what is blocking you from being your best! These blockages can come in many forms. They can be emotional, environmental, and spiritual. These blockages usually start from being toxic or depleted; OR both! Which are you?

 

It is during this time of year that we want to clear out all the gunk and junk in our lives and make room to add the good stuff.

 

Create a healthy foundation, cultivate a healthier lifestyle and plant seeds of  joy.

 

Empower yourself with this series and Dr. Jana’s Perfect Soil Course. See more clearly the detrimental effects environmental toxins are having on food, health, and home.  

What is real nourishment?

 

Go organic whenever possible. Learn about the “dirty dozen” and the “clean fifteen.” This, however,  may not be enough. Dr. Jana encourages us to go beyond organic  and grow our own nutrition rich food.

 

Dr. Jana is our guide to awaken the gardener/farmer within and she is offering this interactive online course so you can learn to grow the best food ever.  Then share your wisdom, experience and nutritious foods with others to increase their vibrancy and health.

 

Dr Jana recommends genuine wellness from soil to soul.

 

Thanks so much for your time and enjoy the course.

 

With love and light,  Rev. Lisa

 

The Perfect Soil, Ultimate Food, Vibrant Health and True Success Course with Dr. Jana Bogs

The Perfect Soil Course:  Come along!  This is a 19 week certification course that begins May 1, 2017. Act quickly and get a 30% early bird registration discount. Contact Dr. Jana here for your discount  

 

Here is my Newsletter with Dr Jana

 

I am Rev. Lisa Giroux Reiki Master/Teacher and SOUL-preneur Success Coach. Are you ready to find your voice, share your message, make a powerful shift upon the planet? Ready to live your life your way?

 

I have created this series called “On the Fly Course Creation”  and is great fun way to showcase new alternative health and spiritual practitioners and help them share their important messages of living a whole, healthy, happy life that they design and create a business that supports the soul.

 

Come along and begin your journey I would love to be your guide and Divine Life Designer. It will be great fun too.

 

You can contact me directly by calling 719.293.4157.

Or book here: here is my calendar Lets have a chat!  

 

What will it be like to become one of today’s leading SOULFUL change agents? Are you ready? The time is now. The world need you and your healing work.

With love, light and laughter-Rev. Lisa

Come along for my 7 Days and 7 Ways to Ultimate Wellness Enjoy my free gift for you here.

Mold Biotoxin Illness and its Correlation to Agriculture

I want to share what has been happening with me lately that may impact you or someone you know.  I’ve been recovering from toxic mold exposure.

I never thought much about mold.  It was just an annoying thing I had to clean off of leather items, like my saddle.  Come to find out, 1 in 4 people are genetically susceptible to mold biotoxin illness. (“Lucky me”, the 1 in 4.)  That means they cannot clear from their bodies the biotoxins that molds put off.

The biggest source of toxic mold is water-damaged buildings.  The US government claims that 1 in 2 buildings in the US is water-damaged.  This was the case for my illness.  Living in a humid environment tends to further compound matters.  You may not be able to see or smell the mold, but it can still make you gravely ill.  I hope you can realize the enormity of the issue.

These biotoxins create havoc by poisoning the body, causing inflammation throughout the body systems.  Symptoms are extremely variable depending on the other genetics and how well the various body systems can defend themselves.  Headaches, fatigue, brain fog, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are probably the most common symptoms, but there are many others.  Most doctors don’t have a clue as to the cause of the condition, and write it off as some other disease or that it is all in one’s head.

My symptoms were unusual and none of the many doctors, holistic or conventional, I have seen through the years have understood the cause.  Yes, I was tested for many things, including allergies.  It was not that and, yes, the allergy doctor concluded that it was “in my head”.  Not!

More than one doctor offered me chemotherapy to suppress my immune system.  I told them “No!  I want to determine and remedy the cause, not just suppress my immune system so it won’t react.”

Another doctor prescribed oral, broad-spectrum antibiotics.  I told her I didn’t want to further impair my intestinal flora.

You really have to be your own advocate!

Fortunately, some functional medicine doctors do understand mold illness. However, good luck trying to get health insurance companies to pay for office visits or tests ordered by functional medicine doctors.

The genius researcher who has uncovered the truths about mold biotoxin illness is Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker.  He has an extensive testing and treatment protocol.  He no longer sees patients, but is training a growing number of physicians, who are listed on his website, www.survivingmold.com.

Mold biotoxin illness is not a new illness, but the incidence has increased with changes in building materials and construction.  With the effort to cut energy costs we now have “tight building syndrome”, which results in a greater concentration of indoor air pollution due to less air exchange.  In 1969, mold-retardant paints were introduced.  Just as antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains have developed due to the overuse of antibiotics, super-toxic molds have developed due to the use of mold-resistant paints.  What happens is that the organisms that aren’t killed develop more resistance over subsequent generations.  They proliferate because their weaker competitors have been killed off by the agent (mold-retardant paint or antibiotic).

The same thing can be seen in agriculture.  When nature is in balance, it is a self-regulating system, and life is good.  When humans interfere in the system with toxic agents, good and bad aspects of the system, i.e. microbes or insects, are all impacted, with the bad becoming more prevalent over time due to the resulting selection and lack of competition.

I am delighted to report that I am feeling much better now that I moved to a drier location, cleaned or discarded everything I own (while wearing a mold remediation mask), and got some truly helpful medication.  Yes, mold remediation is a huge undertaking.

Now I am happily back to my regular work of helping to grow the best foods ever!

Dr. Jana

Interview of Dr. Jana Bogs by John Kohler of Growing Your Greens

John Kohler came to the Big Island, found my book, and did a great interview with me.  John is quite famous in the gardening world.  Enjoy!

Vog or other Air Pollution got you Down? Maybe you need Molybdenum

Respiratory distress and irritated eyes can be caused by sulfur compounds called sulfites which are present in smog and vog (a combination of volcano smoke and fog).  These are real concerns for some Hawai’i residents, especially children living in voggy areas.

Molybdenum (Mo) is an ultra-trace element (mineral) which is needed as a cofactor to enable certain enzymes in the body to work.  Dr. Carl Pfeiffer, a biochemist and physician who helped run the Princeton Brain Bio Center, felt that sulfite sensitivity may be due to molybdenum deficiency since he had seen consistently low blood levels of Mo in his patients.  Molybdenum is needed to activate the enzyme sulfite oxidase, which changes toxic sulfite to harmless sulfate.  The oxidation of sulfites is necessary to prevent neurological damage and allergic/asthmatic symptoms.  Other Mo-activated enzymes are responsible for some aspects of amino acid metabolism.

Also, be aware that sulfites are added as preservatives to many foods, such as wine and dried fruits to preserve the colors.  Ever heard of someone having a sulfite allergy?  Probably just a lack of molybdenum.

We should be getting adequate molybdenum in our well-grown foods.  However, molybdenum levels in soils or foods are rarely tested.  Because of its importance, this element is included in the Beyond Organic comprehensive soil analysis.  I often see very low (deficient) levels.

In the crop growing world, molybdenum is an enzyme catalyst for changing nitrate (NO3) to ammonium (NH4+), a plant-useable form of nitrogen.  This trace element also enhances protein formation.  Molybdenum is needed for atmospheric nitrogen fixation by bacteria growing symbiotically with legumes as well as non-symbiotic nitrogen-fixing bacteria.  Molybdenum is used in the conversion of inorganic phosphorus to an organic form and is necessary for ascorbic acid (vitamin C) metabolism.  Gross deficiency symptoms include chlorosis of leaf margins, distortions in leaves and flowering bodies, and decreased fruit set due to less viable pollen.

Ultra-trace elements such as molybdenum and others can be supplied to soil with applications of naturally-occurring rich sources of trace elements such as Azomite, greensand, seaweed (i.e. kelp), and ocean fish.  When soil levels are very low, it is good to supplement the soil with small amounts of a concentrated version of molybdenum, such as sodium molybdate.   Seaweed and fish hydrolysates can also be used as ingredients in fast-acting foliar sprays.

Rejoice!  Help with vog and smog is on the way!  You might just need Mo’ molybdenum!

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What does it take to make it your Best Year Ever?

Go forth and Do Your Dreams!

Jana and Zeus enjoying a beautiful day.  Go forth and Do Your Dreams!

“The best year ever in terms of what?” you may ask.  Well, what’s important to you?  Feeling great–having excellent physical and mental health–is a big deal, and can help all areas of your life to be more successful and fun.  Financial success, great relationships, and achieving your dreams–like having an amazing farm or garden–all are influenced by your health.   And your farm or garden can be one of the most important factors in keeping you healthy, especially if you grow with Beyond Organic methods so your plants supply you with amazing nutrition.

Building great soil is an on-going process, taking more intensive work the first few years, but paying big dividends over time–in terms of your plants’ health and your own health.  Most soils need to have nutrients added every few months to achieve the best balance, especially items like sulfur and boron which wash out of the soil quickly.  These nutrients are critical for development of essential amino acids needed for our health.  When beginning the soil building process, it’s good to have your soil analyzed every 6 months, with a minimum of once a year.

Leaf tissue analysis can tell us what the plants are lacking.  Fortunately, custom foliar nutrition sprays can be used to help plants make great food quickly, while waiting on the soil to become well balanced.  Take care of your soil and plants, and they will take care of you so you can have the Best Year Ever!

 

Interesting New Info on the Health Dangers of Conventionally-Grown Foods (video)

Here’s a video by Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a professor from MIT who also lives in Hawaii part of the year.  She has done amazing research on the effects of glyphosate (the main active ingredient in Roundup© herbicide, the world’s biggest selling chemical).  In this video she discusses its connection to major health problems.  People have been led to believe that Roundup© is safe, however it is now known to be an endocrine disruptor in parts per trillion!  The manufacturer, Monsanto, hid animal studies which resulted in cancer, but the data has now surfaced.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared glyphosate a probable human carcinogen–classified “probable” due to the lack of human studies.

Dr. Seneff has a lot more videos on YouTube and published scientific papers alerting people of the dangers and how to overcome the problems.  One of the main things is to eat organically grown foods that are nutrient dense and free of toxic agricultural chemicals.  By definition, organic foods are GMO-free.  Just avoiding GMOs is not enough because even many non-GMO crops like wheat, other grains, beans, etc. are sprayed with Roundup© just prior to harvest.   Roundup© is systemic, which means it can’t be washed off the food.  Meat and dairy animals in our country are mainly fed GMO feeds with high levels of glyphosate.  This comes through to the consumers of the meat and dairy products.  Even fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds can be contaminated.

Also, don’t use Roundup© in your yard!  Members of my community are working to stop the roadside spraying of this chemical by the county.  Many countries have already banned its use entirely.  It needs to be banned worldwide!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6qW8E2bGmo

The Blue Zones–Adopting Life Patterns of Long-Lived Communities

National Geographic explorer, Dan Buettner, studied long-lived communities around the world to determine best practices for longevity.  His book, Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer, was released in 2008, and became a national best-seller.  Then he worked to implement the practices in various places and measure the successes.  He reports the outcomes in his latest book, The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People.

Blue Zone community projects are starting all across America, with three kicking off here in Hawaii.  Two of these three communities are located on the Big Island in Hilo and Waimea (Kamuela).  The celebratory starting day was October 17 for the Big Island Blue Zone projects.  Fun and educational activities and booths were followed by Dan Buettner’s presentation and book signing.

So what are the 9 Lessons (or what he calls the Power 9)?

  1. Move naturally.  He especially emphasized vegetable gardening!
  2. Purpose.  Why you wake up in the morning.
  3. Downshift.  Release stress.  Connecting with the Earth in the garden is one great way!
  4. 80 percent rule.  Stop eating when your stomach is 80% full.
  5. Plant slant.  More beans and vegetables, and only small amounts of meat about once a week.
  6. Wine @ 5.   One to two glasses of wine with friends and/or food.
  7. Right Tribe.  Social circle that supports healthy habits.
  8. Community.  Attend weekly faith-based services.
  9. Loved ones first.  Life partners and keeping family close together.

    Dan Buettner signing a book for Dr. Bogs.

    Dan Buettner signing a book for Dr. Bogs.

Dan Buettner and Dr. Bogs share a moment. He expressed gratitude for the work of Beyond Organic.

Dan Buettner and Dr. Bogs share a moment. He expressed gratitude for the work of Beyond Organic.

Bugs, Pests, Crop-Damaging Insects—Whatever they are Called, they are a BIG Problem!

Not much left for dinner!

Not much left for dinner!

“What can I put on my crop to kill the pests?” seems to be the question that comes up the most from growers. Whoa! Wait a minute! That may be the wrong question.

First, let’s ask why the pests are there eating the crops in the first place. “Because they’re hungry?” Well, yes, but why are they eating this particular crop right now? “Because they like it?” Yes, but why do they like it?

Let me share an analogy– A horse looks at a beautiful field of grass and wants to eat it. We look at the same field of grass and think what a beautiful field it is, but we don’t want to eat it. Similarly, realize that insects are not humans, and their ideal food is not our ideal food. Insects have a different digestive system than we do.

Quality food for humans has fully-formed molecules of proteins and carbohydrates. Insects have a hard time digesting these big molecules. They seek fragmented molecules which are easier to digest. Plants which are healthy are able to fully form their molecules. These fully-formed molecules work properly in the plant to do various jobs and keep the plant growing, reproducing, etc.

Now let’s say the plant did not get enough zinc (or some other mineral element) which is needed to activate an enzyme in the plant so that it can fully form needed molecules. The plant now contains fragmented molecules that can’t perform the tasks needed by the plant and the plant gets sick, though perhaps not noticeably at first. Insects are attracted to the plant because it contains fragmented molecules that they can digest.

Keep in mind that more nutrients are not always better. It’s achieving the right balance that counts. For example, applying too much material rich in nitrogen can cause aphids to be a problem.

If plants are healthy, they can also make compounds which discourage insects from eating them. But again, they must have the right balance of nutrients they need to do so.

Our soil needs a vast array of beneficial microbes which make nutrients available to the plants and crowd out detrimental microbes. Microbes need nutrients for their own health, then when they die, the plants uptake the decomposed materials.

Also, having optimal amounts of nutrients in your plants, especially silicon, strengthens cell walls, physically making it more difficult for insects to feed on your plants.

Think about this gem which was shared with me by Dr. William Jackson– “Insects are nature’s way of taking out plants that are not worthy of reproduction.” This is how plants evolve over time to become stronger instead of dying out as a species.

So take good care of your soil and plants, and let the harmful insects fly on by to eat some unhealthy weeds down the road.

 

Kohala Chapter of Hawaii Farmers Union United Established and Working

Here’s a sneak preview of an article I submitted to the Kohala Mountain News.  You heard it here first!

Kohala has recently formed a chapter of the National Farmers Union, an organization established in 1902 to unite farmers and others interested in food in cooperative efforts of education and legislation.

The National Farmers Union mission is to advocate for the economic and social well-being, and quality of life of family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and consumers and their communities through education, cooperation and legislation. National Farmers Union advocates sustainable production of food, fiber, feed and fuel.  The Vision of the National Farmers Union is to continue to be the respected, influential and independent national voice and coalition leader that bridges family producers and consumers on behalf of a vibrant and growing grassroots membership.  See more at: http://nfu.org .  Follow the drop-down tabs to get to the Hawaii section.

Our local chapter joins seven other chapters in Hawaii, falling under the umbrella of the Hawaii Farmers Union United.

On December 9th, elections were held and a board established.  Dash Kuhr is serving as president, Nate Hayward as vice president, Jim Land as secretary, and Andrea Clipson as treasurer.  Other board members include Clarence A. “Cab” Baber, Gail Byrne Baber, Jana Bogs, and Peter deVries.

Cab Baber with Senator Thielen and her hempcrete building block

Cab Baber with Senator Thielen and her hempcrete building block

Our board has been busy attending influential, legislation-related events on Oahu and the Big Island.  Some items on the legislative agendas include industrial hemp production, an on-farm mentoring bill, direct farm to school food sales, legalizing cottage industry sales (items made in home kitchens), and cow share and raw milk legalization.  Our board members found our elected legislators very interested in the needs of small farmers.

Our last meeting, on January 8th, hosted Ed Boteilho Jr. of Cloverleaf Dairy here in Hawi.   After his family’s more than 50 years of milk production, he is forced to sell due to price controls by Meadow Gold, Hawaii’s only milk processor.  Boteilho is hoping that Ulupono, a Hawaii-based investment company, will take over operations.

To address concerns about the dairy expressed by some of our members, the Kohala HFUU passed a resolution which recognized Mr. Boteilho’s history of avoiding rBST (genetically-engineered hormone injections) and GMO (genetically-modified organism) practices (which are common to the dairy industry) as examples of good management essential for the future sustainability of the ‘aina.  The resolution supports the operation of a local non-GMO dairy in North Kohala; and supports all regenerative practices related to dairy farming and farming in general.

Our Farmers Union chapter meets once a month, at 6pm on the Thursday nearest the new moon at the Kohala Hub in downtown Hawi.  We have a yummy potluck dinner featuring locally-produced foods, interesting speakers, and just plain fun.  Our next meeting will be on Thursday, February 12th at 6pm.  Please come join us!  Our membership goal for 2015 is to have 200 members.  The nearest chapter is in Kona, so we expect to welcome members from the Waimea area too.  Come help us improve our local food production and “Keep Kohala, Kohala” by sharing your mana`o.

Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas) a Hauoli Makahiki Hou! (& Happy New Year!)

Aloha All,  Another year has zipped by!  I hope it has been a great year for you and your garden or farm.  For me, a big thing was getting my Beyond Organic book published in printed form.  It has been well received and is being sold in over 20 locations around the Big Island.  There are more exciting happenings in the Beyond Organic world that are in the works!  I will roll them out as they come to fruition over this coming year.  Hint: One is an online teaching and support program to help everyone achieve the goal of growing the most delicious and healing food ever.  If you aren’t already a subscriber to this blog, just sign up in the box on the right to stay in the loop with the latest happenings.

About the gorgeous photo:  This glass house scene was borrowed from the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh.  The conservatory was built by Henry Phipps in 1893 as a gift to Pittsburgh.  A great gift that keeps on giving!  We are fortunate in Hawaii because Poinsettias love to grow outdoors here, sometimes creating tall “hedges” of brilliant red around Christmas time.

I hope you have a wonderful, colorful Holiday Season and all your Dreams come True in the New Year!    Jana

How's this for an amazing Christmas Garden?

How’s this for an amazing Christmas Garden?