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BOOK
Reviews
by Sonia von Matt Stoddard
FOOD REBELS, GUERRILLA
GARDENERS, AND SMART-
COOKIN' MAMAS
Fighting Back in An Age
of Industrial Agriculture
By Mark Winne
Despite increased efforts to
adopt programs to support local
agriculture and nutrition edu-
cation, the majority of the food
consumed in this country is still
highly processed, regulated and
manufactured through unsus-
tainable methods. Author Mark
Winne, writer, speaker and con-
sultant on community food-sys-
tem topics, strongly believes that
there is an urgent need to expose
the truth about the industrial
food system.
People should not have to sur-
render individual health or free-
dom in order to eat healthfully.
A rapidly-growing alternative
food system is slowly coming to
the forefront, where people are
reclaiming their connections to
their food and health. Now is a
perfect time to join this move-
ment to improve our personal
well-being, and the health of
our earth.
The first part of this book
deals with the urgency of our
current food crisis, the indus-
trial food system, its shortfalls,
and the damage that continues.
The "system" in place focuses on
profit versus the consideration of
humans and their environment.
The second and largest part of
the book focuses on our right to
exercise control over our food
and its production.
Winne explores individuals
and systems around the country
that are bringing self-reliance
back to the community. We find
examples of people who are en-
gaging the current system and
becoming more connected to
their geography and are making
positive changes in their eating
habits and their overall health.
Published by beacon Press, this
book is available at your local book-
store or www.beacon.org
NATURE'S DIET
Heal Your Body and Stay
Healthy by Following Nature's
Simple 21-Day Plan
By Andrew Iverson, N.D.
Many of the diet and lifestyle
change books ascribe to a "now
or never" doctrine and readily
admit that "diet" really means a
strict regimen that does not eas-
ily translate into an adoption of
better habits from this point on.
This book begins with a 21-day
plan that starts you off slowly
and incrementally, so you ac-
tually have time to digest the
nuances along the way, have a
chance to practice them, then
add them to the next day and
the next step.
Awareness of your current sit-
uation and getting you to realize
that "auto-pilot" is not the an-
swer, and is actually a big part of
the problem, is step one. We are
then introduced to not only the
importance of water, but when
and how we should drink it for
optimum results.
Gradually, the author moves
onto other areas, always rein-
forcing the use of foods found in
nature as the answer to our ills.
For example, most animals don't
cook their food in nature, so it
is better to eat from the source,
whenever possible.
Author Iverson had the rare
privilege to be mentored by a
classical naturopath, after hav-
ing experienced general malaise
of his own. He pursued a degree
in botany while working side-by-
side with his mentor, then went
on to earn his doctorate in natur-
opathy.
This book builds each chap-
ter and next step by clearly in-
corporating the previous days'
message, so success within the
program is a natural progres-
sion and truly is incorporated as
a lifestyle.
Published by Trilium health Press,
this book is available at your local
bookstore or www.triliumhealth.com
NATURE'S SECRET MESSAGES
Hidden in Plain Sight
By Elaine Wilkes
Divided in four sections, we
are introduced to nature's se-
crets, first through the actual
appearance of a plant and how
it might be able to improve your
physical health, then to secrets
about emotional and men-
tal well-being, how seemingly
haphazard events in nature may
have a vital purpose and how
food, drugs and deceptions harm
us and cost us our ultimate har-
mony with the earth.
Author Elaine Wilkes is a self-
proclaimed "learning addict"
with a degree in naturopathy
(alternative medicine) a mas-
ter's degree in psychology and
degrees in nutrition and commu-
nications. She uses her expertise
in these areas to show how these
disciplines all synergistically
work together to help the body-
mind-soul connection.
Wilkes asks us to take time
to stop, look and listen to our
surroundings and acknowledge
the bounty that exists. For ex-
ample, she includes a picture
showing the inside of a walnut.
It is shaped like a heart. Could
it mean that it is also a heart-
healthy food? Included are illus-
trations, charts, quizzes, exam-
ples, and sections on winning
secrets, communicating with na-
ture, the dark side of nature, as
well as ways to harmonize with
our environment.
We often forget to look at
nature as our mentor and nur-
turer. This book arouses our cu-
riosity by combining ancient
wisdom with modern research,
and imagination with science,
to help us see nature in a unique
way. Learn how to use ancient,
intuitive wisdom to heal the
planet and ourselves.
Published by hay house, Inc., this
book is available at your local book-
store or www.hayhouse.com
PARTNERING WITH NATURE
The Wild Path to Reconnecting
with the Earth
By Catriona MacGregor
Winner of the National Best
Books, Best Social Change Book
in 2010, this book will speak
to anyone who senses a void in
their life. It begins by exploring
our relationship with nature,
how we are touched by it, and
how we have lost touch with
the universe and ourselves. Na-
ture-based spiritual practices
have been marginalized by or-
ganized religion, but the prac-
tices and wisdom still exist. It
is up to us to find our rhythm
and learn how to live within the
cycle of time, instead of outside
of it.
Within the next chapters, we
explore the wisdom of the wild
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The greatest discovery
of my life is that a
human being can alter
his life by altering his
attitude.
-- William James