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NEW APPRENTICE PROGRAM IN
TROPICAL MEDICINAL PLANTS

We are now accepting apprentices for training in tropical medicinal plants at our farm in Costa Rica.  As economic conditions continue to decline in Latin America,  rural families in Costa Rica are hardest hit by the situation.  Often families can not afford the expensive conventional medications or hospitalization.  There is a definite need for preventative health care and natural alternatives, such as plant based medicines.  We continue to offer educational talks on natural health care to rural families, so they may have a better chance to live healthier and happier lives. We also provide a line of herbal products  at a reasonable cost. Don't miss this opportunity to study and learn how to identify, grow and process tropical herbs. We plan to expand our production and distribution of medicinal plants, as well as expanding our ecological health gardens. 

We are looking for emotionally mature persons over 21 years of age, who are dedicated to a healthy lifestyle,  free from alcohol, drugs and tobacco.

Apprentices may participate in this project by the week or month.  We are asking $150 per week for co-housing expenses  at our tropical herb farm.  Each day there will be projects apprentices can participate in for hands on learning in tropical medicinal plants.   While living on the farm, apprentices can pick up lot of useful knowledge about ecological health gardens in the tropics and natural health care therapies. We also strive to prepare wholesome natural foods much of which come from our gardens and orchards.  Weekends are also open to apprentices for travel to local beaches and rain forests in the area.
For more information contact us at: thenewdawncenter@gmail.com


THE BIO-SAND WATER FILTER


It’s now been 4 years since we built our filter and we are please to announce that this extraordinary filter has functioned perfectly all this time.  We are so much impressed with it’s value to rural families, we are presenting the information here again.
Here’s a great solution for water purification that’s affordable, easy to do at home and very efficient.  It’s called the bio-sand water filter and it’s been used around the world for rural home water purification.  The design was refined by the Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology, and their construction manual can be downloaded at their website: www.cawst.org
The unique feature of this sand filter is the very top surface layer of the filter.  The system maintains about 5-10cm of standing water above the surface of the sand.  This edge between water and sand is where a bio-film is created.  This layer is a microbiological community of decomposers.  As the new incoming water goes into the filter, incoming microbes become trapped in the bio-film and are quickly consumed.  As the water continues to pass through about 1 meter of fine sand any remaining particles, as well as some of the soluble minerals are removed.  
We decided to build a bio-sand filter because we have a 4m deep surface well that provides good water, but might have some unwanted microbes.  In the past I’ve used a commercial filter that worked well, but every a new filter was very expensive.  I spent about half the amount of a new filter on materials for building the bio-sand filter, and it will last for years before changing the sand.  I checked the water’s purity with a lab test and the results show complete absence of coli-form bacteria and certified as drinking water.  In the tropics there’s a higher risk of becoming infected from water and soil born microbes and parasites that can wreck havoc with your health.    Pure water means pura vida.  You’ll find the bio-sand filter a good choice for purifying stream water, rain water and well water.  It’s also a good practice to use care when preparing vegetables at home.  Soaking them for 15 minutes in water with lemon juice ,vinegar, or grape fruit seed extract, then washing in clean water will do a good job of disinfecting your produce.  We even do it with our home grown vegetables.  An ounce of prevention is certainly worth a pound of cure when it comes to dealing with parasites.  Eating plenty of onions, garlic, ginger, cayenne and pro-biotics, such as yogurt or fermented vegetables, also help to protect your digestive tract. 

PRODUCTS FROM NEW DAWN

Our teas and condiments are wonderful
substitutes to help you move toward a healthy lifestyle. All the ingredients are produced naturally
without agrochemicals.

Each 25g package makes 20 cups of tea. 
2500 colones each with mailing included
Call us for more details and quick service at
2770-4229
All products sold only in Costa Rica.

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<![CDATA[THE NEW DAWN NEWSLETTER   JAN.  2018]]>Sun, 07 Jan 2018 22:28:48 GMThttp://thenewdawncenter.info/blog/the-new-dawn-newsletter-jan-2018Picture

We are glad to invite you to our Sunday morning workshop on medicinal plants and basics of home gardening in the tropics.  I hope to see you then.
BEST WISHES FOR ABUNDANT HARVEST
THIS NEW YEAR

TIPS FOR GROWING TOMATOES IN THE DRY SEASON
After the long, wet, rainy season, the dry season now provides the best conditions for growing tomatoes in Costa Rica.  During the past year, I researched and tested new techniques for home gardening, and one of the most surprising of these new tips is so simple it’s hard to believe.  It’s amazing that a product one uses to relieve sore feet can also produce remarkable results for growing good tomatoes.   I’m referring to Epsom salts, a natural mineral that was discovered in the well water of the town of Epsom England.  In Spanish it’s referred to as Sal Inglaterra, and is available in most pharmacies.  The salts’ chemical composition is hydrated magnesium sulfate (about 10% magnesium and 13% sulfur). Magnesium is important when it comes to seed germination and is also important in the production of chlorophyll. Magnesium strengthens cell walls and helps plants absorb nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur. Sulfur helps plants produce required vitamins, amino acids, and enzymes.  Often tropical soils are deficient in trace minerals, such as magnesium, and Epsom salts can help to correct this condition.  When plants have an abundant supply of magnesium, they can also absorb calcium and potassium more efficiently.  Magnesium deficiencies in plants show up as yellowing of leaves between the veins and curling of the leaves, as well as stunted growth and lack of flavor.  The best way to apply Epsom salts to a plant is to dilute it with water and apply as a foliar spray that can be absorbed quickly by the plant’s leaves. To make this spray combine 1 tablespoon Epsom salts with 1 gallon of warm water.    This foliar spray can be applied once a month for good results.  Epsom salts can keep your tomato and pepper leaves greener and bushier, while enhancing the production of healthier fruit with better flavor and thicker pulp. It also helps to prevent blossom-end rot, a common disease in tomatoes, which strikes the fruits just before they mature. It’s quite a disappointment for the gardener, who has tended the tomato plants for weeks and greatly anticipated eating the fruits of his labor.  Epsom salts, in fact, will enhance all your garden vegetables and house plants.   It makes a world of difference with houseplants that have been in the same pot for a long time. A cup of the mentioned solution will clear out the accumulation of natural salts in the pot that can cause the root cells to clog, which makes it difficult for the plant to take up water and nutrients. Remember, however, that the secret to a productive garden lies in the soil.  A continued program of composting organic material for enriching your garden soil is the best way to feed your plants.  Epsom salts is a convenient way to fine tune the garden’s fertility for better production. 


PRODUCTS FROM NEW DAWN
Our teas and condiments are wonderful
substitutes to help you move toward a healthy lifestyle. All the ingredients are produced naturally without agrochemicals.
Each 25g package makes 20 cups of tea. 
2500 colones each with mailing included
Call us for more details and quick service at
2770-4229
All products sold only in Costa Rica.

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<![CDATA[THE NEW DAWN NEWSLETTER 2017   SOLSTICE SPECIAL]]>Sun, 17 Dec 2017 22:14:01 GMThttp://thenewdawncenter.info/blog/the-new-dawn-newsletter-2017-solstice-special
BEST WISHES FOR A HEALTHY HOLIDAY
Included in this edition before the new year, I’d like to provide some facts on the enemies of our health.  At this time of year we often lose our control.  Maybe the cold facts will help us to make better choices during the festive season.  Remember you can always find a healthy substitute.  Transition to a new healthy lifestyle.  You know, some of the doctors are even calling many of our chronic diseases “lifestyle diseases.”  Love yourself in the true sense of the word.  Today, there is a great deal of uncertainty, and at times it seems impossible to change the circumstances that now face us.  Even so, you’ll find that breaking old habits will boost your self-esteem and give you a sense of freedom and joy.  Enjoy the journey to a healthy lifestyle…step by step.

Our teas and condiments are wonderful
substitutes to help you move toward a healthy lifestyle. All the ingredients are produced naturally without agro-chemicals.
Each 25g package makes 20 cups of tea. 
2500 colones each with mailing included
Call us for more details and quick service at
2770-4229
All products sold only in Costa Rica.

THE HARD FACTS ABOUT SUBSTANCES WE CONSUME THAT ARE ACTUALLY ENEMIES OF OUR HEALTH

TABACCO

The American Lung Association states that tobacco smoke contains over 500 known toxins.  The worst are nicotine, tars, and carbon monoxide (CO). These protoplasmic poisons are drawn into the lungs and absorbed into the bloodstream. TOBACCO IS A HIGHLY TOXIC AND ADDICTING DRUG.  Only recently has the U.S. government issued a statement that tobacco is every bit as addicting as heroin. The National Institute of Drug Abuse estimates that smoking is responsible for 350,000 premature deaths each year. And more than 500,000 Americans die from smoking-related illnesses each year.  People smoke for various reasons: stimulation, relaxation, tension coping, habit, handling oral need, unconscious need for self-destruction and/or punishment, and biochemical addiction.  Probably the most popular reason Smoking Sufferers started was the need to project a sexy image promised by the tobacco pushers.
THE MAIN REASON PEOPLE CONTINUE TO SMOKE IS A BIOCHEMICAL ADDICTION
Nicotine is among the most toxic and powerful of all known stimulants. The curse of addicting drugs: They make us feel good when we take them, rotten when we don't. THE NICOTINE-FREE BODY DEVELOPS AN IMMEDIATE TOLERANCE AND PHYSIOLOGICAL DEPENDENCE ON THE NICOTINE WITHIN HOURS. A nonsmoker who lights up more than 2 cigarettes in a row has a 15 % chance of remaining a nonsmoker. 98 % of all smokers are addicted to nicotine. 80% of the men and 60% of the women smokers average 15 or more cigarettes a day: 1 per waking hour. Heavy smokers need a hit every 20 - 30 minutes.
 
SMOKING AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
The 300,000,000 air cells — alveoli — in the 2 lungs of a Nonsmoker have surface area equal to a room 25' x 30'. The lungs of a Smoking Sufferer have a greatly reduced surface area and cannot take up oxygen efficiently.  The American Heart Association states that a 2-pack-a-day habit increases death from cardiovascular disease by 3 times. The heat and the tar in smoke paralyze the cilia in the lungs.  Since the cilia act as filters when unimpeded, they can no longer effectively act as filters once they are so paralyzed. This means that the entire immune system cannot function properly.  Carbon monoxide (CO) attacks the main oxygen O2 carrier in the blood, hemoglobin. The CO clings to the hemoglobin and crowds out the O2. Smokers are O2 starved, with up to 20 percent of their red blood cells occupied by CO. Nicotine stimulates the body to mimic the "fight-or-flight” response.  Nicotine can increase the heart rate by as much as 25% and can multiply the amount of adrenaline in circulation as much as 4 times over. A pack-a-day smoker can maintain a chronic state of fear-fight-flight-panic just from the excessive, nicotine-inspired adrenaline flow alone! Nicotine constricts blood vessels, making the heart work harder to pump the blood. Nicotine increases the blood's "stickiness" by activating platelet clotting. As arterial walls are injured by the increased, adrenaline-inspired blood barrage, these clots are attracted to injured sites and form a "sticky spot" that attracts "trash": atherosclerotic build-up begins. In short: smoking INCREASES the heart's workload and DECREASES its ability to meet these workload needs at the same time. 
SERIOUS MALFUNCTION IS INEVITABLE.
 
THE SIDESTREAM SMOKER
If you spend 2 hours in a bar, you will inhale the equivalent of 2 low-tar cigarettes.  lf you spend 8 hours at an office where smoking is allowed, you will inhale the equivalent of 3 low-tar cigarettes.  If you spend 2 hours in a restaurant's nonsmoking section, you will inhale the equivalent of 1/2 of a low-tar cigarette.  If you spend 4 hours at a cocktail party, you will inhale the equivalent of 2 low-tar cigarettes.  "Sidestream smoke danger" refers to smoke from the burning end of an idling cigarette as well as exhaled smoke. This indirect smoking pollutes air in enclosed places and harms nonsmokers. The amount of CO in the blood of nonsmokers doubles in a poorly ventilated, cigarette smoke-filled room.  The inhaled CO stays in the body for 3-4 hours. Inhaling second-hand smoke speeds up the heartbeat, raises blood pressure, and elevates CO blood levels. In fact, sidestream smoking contributes to all the aforementioned disease symptoms... but to a lesser degree than if you had been smoking directly.
Studies show that, in some ways, being a Side-Stream Smoke Sufferer can be more hazardous to your health than actually smoking the tobacco directly. More cadmium (which is related to hypertension, bronchitis, emphysema) drifts off the cigarette than is in the actual drag taken from the cigarette.  And smoke from an idling cigarette holds more tar and nicotine than the direct drag. Then, consider a 1981 study which concluded that the risk of cancer doubled for the nonsmoking wife of a man who smokes less than one pack a day and tripled for the wife if her husband smoked one pack a day! Or consider yet another study of 91,000 nonsmoking wives 40 years of age and more, over a 14-year period who lived with a 1-pack-a-day husband. The results showed the risk of the wife contracting lung cancer was 2.08 times higher for them as it was for women who lived with nonsmoking husbands. The study further showed that the risk factor was 4.6 times higher when the husband smoked 2 packs a day.  Furthermore, lung illness is wice as common in young children whose parents smoke at home as compared to those with nonsmoking parents. The child's smaller body weight and smaller lungs intensify harm. Of course, the smoking parents would probably think the child "caught a cold or flu," rather than realizing the child is reacting to a smoky, polluted environment.  In 1988, the acting U.S. Surgeon General Everett C. Koop branded tobacco as... "One of the most destructive substances in our environment and the chief preventable cause of death in our society." In 1985, Koops warned us that. . . "very solid evidence exists" . . .that nonsmokers suffer lung disease as a result of sidestream smoke. He is further quoted as follows. "Nonsmokers have as much right to clean air as smokers have to their so-called “right to smoke” which I would redefine as a so-called “right to pollute”.  It is high time to ban smoking from all confined public places such as restaurants, theaters, airplanes, trains, and buses. It is time that we interpret the Bill of Rights for the nonsmoker, as well as for the smoker."
Three of the most prominent poisons in tobacco smoke are tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide. Sidestream smoke has two times the tar, two times the nicotine, and five times the carbon monoxide as mainstream smoke. The Environmental Protection Agency reported that as many as 5,000 nonsmokers die each year from lung cancer — caused solely by breathing other people's tobacco smoke.
Pack-a-day smokers are twice as likely to die from lung cancer, bronchitis, emphysema, and heart disease than their nonsmoking counterparts. They shorten their lives by 9 years. 91% of the lung cancer patients die within 5 years of diagnosis. The average, fatal "cancer stick dose" is 125,000 sticks (1 pack-a-day for 17 years). Although men are bigger on smoking than women, the women have, nevertheless come "...a long ways (baby)," as lung cancer is about to replace breast cancer as the leading cancer killer among women. Women on birth control pills, who smoke run an even higher risk of developing hard arteries, blood clotting, and heart disease. And pregnant women endanger the health of the unborn fetus through "passive, forced smoking." All in all, what good does it do to smoke?
Your body holds nearly 100,000 miles of blood vessels — from large arteries to microscopic capillary beds! With every puff of smoke you inhale, every mile of those blood vessels constricts in response to the smoke. Every cell in your body is thus deprived of the freshest, richest supply of oxygen it needs. Your hands and feet may chill, as your circulation is impaired. Your thinking is likewise impaired. When lung damage is far beyond that which ordinarily causes death, the person's life may be maintained by intensive oxygen equipment.
Nothing prematurely ages the very delicate tissues of the face — especially those around the eyes and mouth — more than years of addiction to smoking. This addiction is an Energy Robber, a Youth Robber, and a Beauty Robber — all rolled into one and smoked by the pack! It is not unusual for a Smoking Sufferer to look a good 10 to 15 years older than her or his chronological age.  When the respiratory membrane becomes progressively damaged to the point of no return, its capacity for transmitting oxygen is impaired enough to cause death of The Smoking Sufferer.
 
TAKE A DEEP BREATH - AND GO THROUGH NICOTINE WITHDRAWAL
Studies show that smokers refuse to heed the warnings about the health hazards of smoking, due to either a belief in future "cures" or a belief in their own personal invulnerability. Still, the only way a Health Seeker can be free of these hazards is to take a deep breath — and go through complete withdrawal. Nicotine withdrawal symptoms can include one or more of the following: nervousness, drowsiness, anxiety, headaches, energy loss, sweating, hostility, heart palpitations, cramps, tremors, hostility, and/or irrationality. The success rate for quitting smoking is less than 25%.  Statistics show that smoking creates a desire for caffeine and sugar, that twice as many smokers are found among drinkers than nondrinkers, and that a high-acid diet intensifies cigarette addiction. A "cold turkey" approach to get off cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine, and the acidic Standard Modern Diet is, therefore, the best way to stop smoking. A day or more of juice fasting that is followed by Healing Diet, and a program based on The Living Love Method is the best withdrawal and detoxification health insurance The Smoking Sufferer can take out! The smoker’s health improves the moment he or she stops smoking. Within 9 hours, blood pressure begins to normalize. Within 12, blood levels of nicotine and CO fall as the heart and lungs are allowed to heal the poisoned tissues.  Within just a few days, the lost senses of taste and smell are regained. Breathing is easier. And The Health Seeker feels stronger, more energetic, and clearheaded.
 
CAFFEINE
Caffeine is the most popular and the most widely used stimulant in the world. Coffee is the major caffeine source.  And coffee is also the most popular beverage in the world. This means that coffee — although taken for pure pleasure — is pure poison at the protoplasmic level.
CAFFEINE DOSAGES IN MILLIGRAMS (mg): "
50 mg/cup for instant coffee
150 mg/cup for drip coffee
30 mg/cup for instant tea
50 mg/cup for brewed tea
50 mg/12 oz. bottle for caffeinated soft drinks
10 mg/cup of cocoa
50 mg/8 oz. bar of milk chocolate
"Coffee nerves" or "coffee jitters" occurs after — a 150-250 mg  ingestion. Actual physiological and psychological dependence occurs at" 300-600 mg/day (2 - 4 cups).
62% of the Americans in a recent survey - claimed they "...could not function..."without their daily coffee intake.  Children are far more susceptible to intoxication due to lighter body weight and comparative purity of the physiology. Parents who wouldn't dream of giving their children coffee are giving them the equivalent dose of caffeine every time they let them indulge in caffeinated soft drinks, cocoa, iced tea, and chocolate.
"Caffeinism" or "caffeine intoxication" is a form of severe poisoning on the cellular level.
"Caffeinists" consume 250-750 mg of caffeine daily. The toxic stimulant may result in: heart palpitations, stomach irritation, dizziness, muscle tension and trembling, insomnia, shortness of breath, diarrhea, ringing ears, lightheadedness, and/or headache.
Caffeine first triggers an adrenalin release and then mimics the "fight-or-flight" response by stimulating the cardio-respiratory and central nervous systems.  Every cell, organ, and system is affected.  Caffeine speeds up Basal Metabolic Rate by - 10 - 25%. It increases blood pressure, causes irregular heart rate, and restricts brain blood flow. It is implicated in cardiovascular disease. Six cups of coffee daily doubles heart attack risk.
Caffeine stimulates overproduction of gastric pepsin/hydrochloric acid contributing to the formation of stomach ulcers.  Besides all these physical symptoms of auto-"poisoning, caffeinism can simulate mental disorder with symptoms identical to "anxiety neurosis": nervousness, irritability, self-consciousness, moodiness, and/or depression. Indeed, some people who suffer from mental disorders are undoubtedly "adding fuel to the fire" when they become caught in a vicious circle of caffeine abuse.
 
THE HEALTH SEEKER WHO WANTS TO GO THROUGH CAFFEINE WITHDRAWAL MAY HAVE TO ENDURE A FEW FLEETING HOURS OR DAYS OF UNPLEASANT SYMPTOMS.
Such symptoms include:
headache, heart fluttering, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, feelings of dullness and helplessness, irritability, moodiness, and depression. This occurs for 18 - 24 hours after drugging and typically lasts 2-3 days, and then The Health Seeker is caffeine-free at last!
 
ALCOHOL
Upon ingestion, alcohol is broken down into toxic substances that lead to poisoning at the cellular level. Over a period of time with chronic alcohol toxemia, cells adapt by making morphological changes that lead to a series of biochemical and physiologic malfunctions and to a variety of disorders of the central nervous system, liver, gastrointestinal tract, and cardiovascular system.
VIRTUALLY EVERY CELL, TISSUE, ORGAN, AND SYSTEM IN THE BODY IS THUS HARMED THROUGH ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION – WHETHER IT BE A ONE-TIME EXPERIMENT WITH THE DRUG OR A LIFETIME HABIT.
Alcohol is a depressant, in the true sense of the term. In small doses, it makes people "loose," relaxed, and feel more self-confident by depressing the inhibitory centers of the brain. After 2 or 3 drinks, however, the nervous system is observably depressed. It is slowed down — this results in significantly slower reflexes, delayed reaction time and unreliable muscular response. Critical thinking centers are likewise depressed; and the subjective experience can range from euphoria to anger, from giddiness to sadness. Higher doses can cause loss of consciousness. Death can even result, as the cardio-respiratory centers are shut down. Alcohol destroys brain cells — 100,000 with each drunken spree. Alcohol raises blood pressure by weakening kidneys and causing arteries to constrict. Having 3 or more drinks per day significantly raises blood pressure. Alcohol stimulates cortisol release, which causes sodium and water retention and further elevates blood pressure. Alcohol also stimulates loss of potassium, which contributes to an irregular heartbeat. Alcohol has a diuretic effect and dehydrates the body, which causes blood to thicken and clot, aggravating circulatory problems. Alcohol damages heart muscle fibers, resulting in alcoholic cardiomyopathy, whereby the heart becomes dilated, flabby, and unable to pump properly. Evidence has surfaced that suggests that as "little" as one drink a day may double a person's chance of having a stroke.
 
ALCOHOL, AS YOU CAN SEE, IS A MAJOR FACTOR IN CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE.
 
People who have between 1 and 3 drinks a day have a 60 % higher risk of developing oral cancer than nondrinkers.  New England Journal of Medicine announced in May 1987, that studies had found a significant link between alcohol consumption and the incidence of breast cancer in women. Even one drink per day could increase the risk of developing breast cancer in women. MOST INFAMOUS OF ALL ALCOHOL-INDUCED DISEASES IS, OF COURSE, CIRRHOSIS OF THE LIVER. NORMAL LIVER CELLS ARE REPLACED BY USELESS, FIBROID, SCARRED TISSUE SO THAT THE LIVER CAN NO LONGER FUNCTION AS IT SHOULD. IT IS THE 4TH CAUSE OF DEATH AMONG MIDDLE-AGED MEN. The hard and bloated up "beer belly" is the telltale symbol of The Alcoholic Sufferer today. Alcohol damages digestive organs, so that the body cannot assimilate available nutrients in foods effectively. Alcohol damages bone marrow and leads to anemia. Pregnant drinking women expose the unborn baby to risks of fetal alcohol syndrome. Prolonged, heavy drinking leads to lower sexual drive and — finally to impotency.
 
THE DARK, SICKENING SIDE OF ALCOHOL
From a description like this, only a person addicted to alcohol and to low self-esteem, and to hopelessness and to helplessness would willingly continue to drink. The sexually exciting, thrill-promising commercials that promote the beer, wine, and booze do not show this dark, sickening side of alcohol.  If you drink at all, you have a 1 in 10 chance of becoming an Alcoholic.  If one of your parents is alcoholic, statistics show you have a 50 - 60% chance of becoming addicted to alcohol. If both parents are alcoholic, you have an 80 % chance of addiction.  Alcohol abuse troubles 1 in 3 of every family.  If the normally tense, rigid, nervous person typically drinks to become "relaxed and comfortable" at the end of a stressful day, he is in danger of becoming dependent on alcohol. He is making an entry into the dark, sad side of alcoholism. For it is the "black magic" of ALL addicting substances that make us feel so "right" at the precise moment we ought to feel so "wrong." The ability to drink more than others is an early symptom of alcoholism and indicates a tolerance, which leads to a dependence.  Alcohol kills. And it robs from the quality of life for tens of millions of people who have the misfortune to become emotionally attached to The Alcoholic Sufferer.   Alcoholism is a leveler: it is rampant throughout all age groups, all social groups, and all economic groups. While the booze-distillers are making fortunes on alcoholism, the governments are yearly presented with an enormous burden to bear due to lost production, health and medical care, motor vehicle accidents, violent crime, and social programs that relate to alcohol problems. Alcohol is the major causal factor of all kinds of accidents: 69% in drownings, 50% in car fatalities, 30% in all traffic injuries, 47% in industrial injuries, 44% in aviation accidents, 83% in fire and burn fatalities, 86% in homicides, and 64% in suicide attempts. Specifically, the USA reports 20,000 alcoholic deaths annually (twice as many men as women). Over 25,000 die in alcohol-related traffic deaths, and over 15,000 die in alcohol-related homicides and suicides. Additionally, alcohol is implicated in well over half of all criminal acts committed in America — especially violent, so-called "crimes of passion" where children and "loved ones" are battered and maimed for life. The emotional toll, of course, is inestimable — and cannot even be put adequately into words.
 
REFINED SUGARS
The average person consumes 130 pounds of refined sugar a year... 50 teaspoons a day! Much of it is eaten in the form of pure junk foods as represented in the "Informally Declared 5th Basic Food Group":  candy, jam, sodas, ice cream, pastries, sugar-coated cereals, ad nauseum. Some is heaped on by the spoonful, directly from the sugar bowl. But increasingly, refined sugar is unsuspectingly "hidden away" in the most "acceptable" foods: soup, peanut butter, whole wheat bread, and canned corn. Sad to say, refined sugars have replaced natural sugar in the modern diet today. From 1950 to 1980, per capita consumption of fresh fruit dropped an estimated 26%. Likewise, we ate more refined sugar — pound per pound — in 1980.  We cannot have a successful Health Revolution until we help others suffering from sugarholism to get off their crystalline junk. We Health Seekers can use the following arguments as we help ease Sugarholics onto The Ideal Diet:
1. REFINED SUGAR IS FRAGMENTED. Through heating and mechanical and chemical processing, all vitamins, proteins, fats, enzymes — indeed — every single nutrient is removed until nothing but pure white sugar, pure "naked calories," pure refined carbohydrate remains. Sixty-four food elements are destroyed in the processing. To a lesser degree, all refined sweeteners — corn and maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar — are thus fragmented. And fragmented foods, set up nutritional imbalances that precipitate health problems galore.
2. REFINED SUGAR LEAVES TOXIC ACID RESIDUES. Like animal products and refined grain foods, refined sugar is also "acid forming." To repeat, this means that the body must take vital alkaline minerals — sodium, potassium, magnesium, and primarily calcium — from healthy cells to metabolize refined sugar. With high sugar abuse, so much calcium is used to neutralize the massive sugar intake that bones become osteoporotic and teeth decayed.
3. REFINED SUGAR CONTRIBUTES TO BLOOD SUGAR DISORDERS. One pound of apples contains 263 calories; whereas, one pound of candy holds 1800. Refined sugar in junk foods is concentrated far beyond what the human body was ever adapted to metabolize at one sitting.  It's as if the digestive system yells in astonishment to the brain:
'Hey, this guy just ate a whole bushelful of apples! I don't have any idea how to handle all this sugar!! Help!!!'' Incredibly, the body does "help" — but only through the maladaptive process commonly called "disease."  Diabetes and hypoglycemia are the 2 primary refined sugar diseases that mark The Sugarholic today.
DIABETES is the failure of the pancreas to produce adequate insulin when the blood sugar rises. Concentrated amounts of sugar cause a rapid rise in blood sugar. Chronic intake eventually exhausts the pancreas as it tries to compensate for the frequent doses of concentrated sugar. Insulin production then becomes insufficient to support the sugar habit, and sugar spills over into the urine. Once this happens, the person is diagnosed "diabetic." And The Diabetic Sufferer is condemned to taking insulin daily or face diabetic coma - and/or death. Diabetes is the  "Number Three Killer Disease," third only to cardiovascular related diseases and cancer.
 
JUNK BEVERAGES
The pure junk beverages include the following:
"Diet" drinks, alcohol, caffeine drinks (coffee, tea, caffeinated soda drinks, cocoa), soda pop, milk-based drinks, canned or bottled fruit and vegetable juices, fruit drinks, sparkling water, tap water, and other artificial drinks. The Health Seeker will do well to get off of these beverages. There are serious objections to each.
First, consider that some drinks are outright poisons. These include the beverages made from additives, as in diet drinks using chemical sweeteners, colorings, flavorings, and preservatives. These also include alcohol.  Second, realize how high in sugar some drinks actually are. The average American drinks 300 bottles of pop a year, each of which contains 7 to 14 teaspoons of sugar!  Milk-based drinks, additionally, not only have the objections of milk, but are loaded with sugar, as well. Then take the juices.  Commercial juices are heated during canning or bottling, which results in loss of vitamins and minerals (and life). Furthermore, some juices (such as tomato juice) have been adulterated with salts, and chemicals. Fruit drinks are even more objectionable than the juices, since only a fraction of the "fruit drink" is real fruit. These drinks are most often sweetened with refined sugars and chemicalized. In addition to these specific condemnations, further common objections to junk beverages follow:
1. JUNK BEVERAGES ARE FRAGMENTED IN NUTRIENTS AND/OR ZERO IN NUTRITIONAL QUALITY, EXCEPT FOR THE "EMPTY CALORIES."
2. JUNK BEVERAGES ARE TOXIC: THIS MEANS THEY ARE ENERGY-ROBBING AND LEAD TO ENERVATION AND TOXEMIA.
3. JUNK BEVERAGES ARE ADDICTING, DUE TO THEIR STIMULATING FLAVORS, THEIR HIGH SUGAR CONTENT, AND THEIR CHEMICAL AND CAFFEINE CONTENT. The junk beverage industry promises high excitement and a hot time in the old town.  The truth is that the beverage-junkie is hopelessly addicted. And his junk-drink-addiction will keep activated all his other addictions for fragmented, junky foods.
As a Health Seeker, you now have the superlative alternative. You can see that all these junk beverages are the product of capitalistic interests who plot to keep you drinking and addicted. Recognize that these commercial potions are not natural foods in any way.   And stop taking them! Refuse to patronize those who would destroy our very health without a trace of guilt.    These drinks are not only toxic, but most of them supply empty calories that we surely don't need.  Pure water is the only fluid that can be used without taxing the body.   This comes in two forms: water distilled by mechanical means and water distilled by plants.  These drinks — and these drinks alone — are "the REAL thing"!
 
SYNTHETIC FOOD
Reading the labels best identifies a final category of Pure Junk Food. Of course, the position of The True Health Seeker is that if the food item in question comes with a label, it is NOT fit for human consumption in the first place! If, in the list of ingredients, only two or three actual food items appear, accompanied by a long list of chemicals (or a list of any length), you are holding one of technology's "modern-day miracles": synthetic food.  These "quasi-foods" (foodless foods) are highly toxic. Every chemical additive is an out-and-out poison that promotes addiction and toxemia.  Take, for example, the following: "IMITATION STRAWBERRY FLAVORING": vanilla and other aldehydes, ethyl butyrate and other esters, oil of lemon and other essential oils. Butyric and other acids, benzodlhydropyrone, iodine and other ketones, alcohol, propylene glycol, water, artificial color, and .01 % benzoate of soda.  And this is only the flavoring! Synthetic foods are chemical concoctions. They are a sign of the times — counterfeit foods that build counterfeit health!
 
 SALT
 
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SODIUM AND SODIUM CHLORIDE
 
1. SODIUM...It is an essential, organic      mineral.
2. SODIUM...It is found naturally occurring in fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, which have not been tampered with through any form of processing or preserving, whatsoever.
3. SODIUM...It is totally usable by the body and in an assimilable form in these Ideal Foods.
4. SODIUM...is necessary to the body for optimum health, and it is responsible for:
* maintaining fluid balance,
* regulating the circulatory system, and
* normalizing nerve propagation          impulses.
5. SODIUM—The human body needs an estimated 200-280 mg of it daily to carry on these essential functions.
6. SODIUM...It occurs in adequate, sufficient
     amounts on The Ideal Diet.
7. SODIUM... contributes to health.
 
 
1. SODIUM CHLORIDE...It is a toxic, inorganic compound formed by the union of the sodium and chlorine.
2. SODIUM CHLORIDE...It is found as "common table salt," and is laced into ("hidden") processed foods.
3. SODIUM CHLORIDE...It is totally unusable by the body; and in this unassimilable form, it acts as a poison.
4. SODIUM CHLORIDE...It is toxic to the body and is responsible for:
* upsetting the fluid balance,
* debilitating the circulatory system, and
precipitating and/or aggravating a number of salt pathologies.
5. SODIUM CHLORIDE...The human body on the modern diet takes in an estimated 4,000 to 10,000 mg daily!
6. SODIUM CHLORIDE...It precipitates and/or aggravates a host of sicknesses: edema, obesity, hypertension, coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, stroke, congestive heart failure, kidney failure, PMS,  and manic-depression.
 
 
PROCESSED FOODS
 
FOOD PROCESSING: Any alteration in the original state of a food — this almost invariably includes the over-cooking of foodstuffs.
FOOD REFINING: The breaking down of a food into various parts, resulting in fragmentation of the whole food into an unbalanced source of nutrition.
FOOD PRESERVING: The addition of chemicals, euphemistically called "nonnutritive substances" to basic foodstuffs are poisons.
 
THE CORRUPTION OF OUR FOOD SUPPLY THROUGH PROCESSING    "FOOD PROCESSING" IS A GENERAL - EVEN VAGUE - TERM USED TO REFER TO ALL FOODS THAT MAN HAS "IMPROVED UPON." PROCESSED FOODS, THEREFORE, HAVE BEEN CHANGED: THEY ARE NO LONGER IN THEIR UNTAMPERED FORM AS FOUND IN NATURE. "FOOD PROCESSING" REFERS TO ANY ALTERATION WHATSOEVER IN THE ORIGINAL STATE OF A FOOD. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE FOOD HAS BEEN PROCESSED IS - THE DEGREE TO WHICH IT IS TOXIC.
The treatment most commonly applied to virtually all processed food is heat, usually high temperatures and for long periods of time. And primary among "The Health Hazards of Cooking" is the undoing of nutritional balance and breakdown of fiber.  First, consider the question of balance. When the foods are nutritionally unbalanced, the body craves the missing elements, regardless of calories consumed. Because processed foods are so far from the wholesome, nutritionally balanced state of Ideal Foods, the body "can't get enough" — even when the caloric intake is exceedingly high on "civilized foods." "Food processing," technically defined, does not include removal of fiber: this is the realm of "food refining." Food processing does, however, result in the breakdown of fiber during the heating process. The effect of such fiber-damaged foods is similar to that of fiber-deplete foods. Even the simplest of processed foods have been cooked, resulting in nutritional imbalance and broken down fiber, both of which render the food toxic and unsuitable for The Health Seeker.
CASES IN POINT...
Take, for instance, an ear of freshly picked sweet corn. This tasty Ideal Food has about 1 milligram (mg) of naturally occurring sodium and 85 calories of energy. It fulfills all "The Criteria of an Ideal Food" and is a perfectly acceptable food when eaten just as nature prepares it. Canned corn has approximately 250 mg of salt (in processed foods, sodium chloride) per 1/2 cup serving; sugar as well as chemicals are often added.
Frozen and canned corn dishes are also loaded with salt, chemicals and butter.
Corn chips have about 1,000 mg (!) of salt for a 4 oz. snack. with chemicals and boiled in oil.
Sugar frosted corn flakes have 250 mg of salt per cup and 155 calories, as well preservatives.
Or...take, for instance, a fresh and ripe apple.  As with the corn, this is an Ideal Food, holding 12 milligrams of naturally occurring sodium and about 100 calories of energy. It is a perfect food for a weight-loss program, if eaten just as nature serves it up. Likewise, as with the corn, once the cook or crook gets a hold of it, the apple is badly abused and toxic to human well-being.
Applesauce may be low in salt, but it is loaded with sugar at 230 calories per cup.
Apple pie has 250 milligrams of salt per slice and 345 calories.
An apple Danish has 360 mg salt and 400 calories.
 
PROCESSED GRAINS
 
Refined grains are handled with difficulty by the human organism. Despite this fact, studies show that grain products make up to 1/3 of the average American's total daily carbohydrate intake. And although whole grains are less harmful in that they have not undergone fragmentation through relentless refining and chemical addition, the use of whole grains is limited in the population. This is so true that it's difficult to find even a few 100% whole grain products. Virtually all the breads, cereals, pastas, rice, corn grits, hominy, and so on are processed. Indeed, people hold an emotional penchant for only the soft, white pastries... and for only breads made from bleached, light flour, and for only the cereals that have been first snapped, crackled, popped, and then dipped in sugar. Because refined grains, therefore, are the object of the society’s affections, rather than whole, the following objections to grains and cereals are limited to this more popular, more fragmented form:
1. REFINED GRAINS ARE EXCESSIVELY STARCHY. In fact, they're the starchiest food eaten by humans and present a great digestive task to the system.
2. REFINED GRAINS ARE ALMOST ALWAYS EATEN IN POOR COMBINATIONS. Consider sandwiches with meat, sweetened pastries, or milk-and- sugared cereals. Invariably, they're mixed or cooked with other starchy foods or heavy proteins or fried in fats. The result is an indigestible mass.
3. REFINED GRAINS ARE PRACTICALLY DEVOID OF NATURAL FIBER AND MOISTURE.  They set consumers up for food pathogens.
4. REFINED GRAINS MUST BE COOKED, ALTERED, AND PROCESSED BEFORE EATING.
5. REFINED GRAIN PRODUCTS ARE PREPARED WITH TOXIC CHEMICALS. Additives completely poisonous to the human body are routinely used: chlorine gas, nitrogen dioxide, bencoyl peroxide, potassium bromate, potassium iodage, azocarbonamide, mono- and di-glycerides, sulfates, chlorides, and so on.  In fact, out of the 100 pounds of just bread alone the average person eats yearly, an estimated 1/4 of a pound of toxic chemicals are ingested. 
6. REFINED GRAINS LEAVE TOXIC ACID RESIDUES. Due to their nutritional imbalance, refined grains acidify the body upon their digestion and assimilation. This predisposes the body to excessive mucus formation. Like with animal products and refined sugar, the body must leach alkaline minerals from the bones and teeth to correct the altered phosphorus-calcium balance when refined grains are taken.
7. REFINED GRAINS UPSET NORMAL BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS, CAUSING MENTAL AND/OR PHYSICAL IMBALANCE. When refined starches are eaten, a high percentage of the starch is quickly broken down into a glut of simple sugars hitting the bloodstream and causing alarm to an exhausted pancreas and/or adrenals. In short, this amounts to the same objectionable diabetic/hypoglycemic reactions initiated by the refined sugars.
8. REFINED GRAINS ARE ADDICTING AND FATTENING. The point to remember concerning refined foods is this: whenever a food has been fragmented, it is nutrient-deficient and always results in lower levels of nutrition and health. This is invariably the case with refined grain products today. And due to the nutritional imbalance, the body continues "being hungry" — seeking to meet its needs. This leads to overeating on more of the same. We are truly "overfed and undernourished." In addition, grain products are the highest starch (fattening!) food known; and they are always eaten with fat, sugar, and salt.

 PROCESSED JUNK FOOD
Pure Junk Food includes those fragmented items of minimum nutritional value. Like recreational drugs, they are "recreational foods," eaten for stimulation and for entertainment. All too many soothe their spiritual bankruptcy with junky foods.
Pure Junk Foods can spice up a "dull" salad or jazz up a bland hamburger. They tantalize the taste buds. They excite the eyes to water and the mouth to salivate.  They are what you put on regular food to make it "interesting" — indeed, "worth eating" at all! They are the "nostalgic foods" that remind you of grandma and easier days. They are the "seasonal treats" that appear only on happy holidays. They are the "soothing foods" that comfort a broken heart or mend a shattered dream.  They are the "fun foods" that make complete a campfire, a picnic, and a trip to the movies, Monday night football, or a romantic interlude. They are the "something special" for which one searches when bored, restless, unhappy or depressed — something to fill in those empty spaces in the lives of people who suffer emotionally. Indeed, they are the foods for all seasons and for all reasons — and they always make us feel "better"... for a while.  We are often told to beware of that which promises to fulfill all our wishes too easily. Unfortunately, junk food carries this empty promise. Charming and seductive on the outside, pure junk food is dangerous on the inside: it turns its users into Sufferers. Pure junk foods are typically high in fat, high in refined sugar, high in salt, high in chemicals, high in calories — and high in toxicity. The only thing they are NOT high in is nutrition! Most horrible of all, these miscreations of The Food Giants are relentlessly addicting, incredibly fattening, and totally toxic. Pure junk foods include an estimated half of the food in any given supermarket.
 
PROCESSED MILK PRODUCTS
Advertisers have successfully capitalized on milk calcium and secondarily on milk protein in their campaign. After all, the unsuspecting PUBLIC now consciously believes: "Every BODY needs milk!" It is "Nature's Most Perfect Food" - right?  Wrong!
1. PROCESSED MILK PRODUCTS ARE INDIGESTIBLE Immediate poisoning effects are often experienced: indigestion, gas, cramping, and diarrhea. The fact is that over 75% of the world's population cannot even digest milk! The body secretes little — if any — rennin and lactase after about age 3. These enzymes, respectively, breakdown the casein, a calcium/protein component of milk, and lactose, the milk sugar.
2. PROCESSED MILK IS TOXIC. When pasteurized milk products are taken in, our bacterial flora decomposes it, fermenting part and putrefying part. Toxic waste by-products result.
3. MILK PRECIPITATES MUCUS FORMATION AS THE BODY ATTEMPTS TO DETOXIFY ITSELF. That is, the presence of milk products in the body creates great mucus detoxification in the form of the respiratory elimination: common cold, asthma, sinusitis, and bronchitis.
4. PASTEURIZING MILK DESTROYS ITS NUTRITIVE VALUE." Heating milk renders its calcium inorganic. This means that all that highly promoted calcium in milk is not in the ideally usable form because of its altered molecular structure from the heating. Additionally, in the pasteurizing process, milk protein (casein) is coagulated and toughened, making it less available.
5. PASTEURIZED MILK PRODUCTS PROMOTE CALCIFICATION OF THE SOFT TISSUES. The inorganic and unabsorbed calcium from pasteurized milk products is deposited in the soft tissues and calcify, literally precipitating a number of diseases.

PROCESSED MEAT PRODUCTS
1. FLESH CONTAINS TOXIC PRODUCTS OF METABOLIC WASTE. Considerable quantities are held up in the tissues at the moment of slaughter, including uric acid, adrenalin, and creatin. Bacteria and parasites hosted by the animal also become part of the meat-cut.
2. FLESH IS ALREADY IN A STATE OF TOXIC PUTREFACTION DUE TO BACTERIAL DECOMPOSITION FROM THE MOMENT OF DEATH.  AND IT CONTINUES TO ROT UNTIL THE MOMENT IT IS EATEN. When a slaughtered animal is hung to "age," it is really hung to "rot." This rotting allows enzymatic action to putrefy the flesh and render the meat tenderer and supposedly palatable.
3. FLESH IS CHEMICALLY TREATED WITH TENDERIZERS, PRESERVATIVES, AND FOOD COLORING. There is even a chemical that can turn black, foul-smelling meat back to a red-blooded color that can kill the rot smell at the same time!
4. MALIGNANT TUMORS ARE ROUTINELY FOUND IN ANIMALS SUBMITTED FOR SLAUGHTER. Since only a very small percentage of the animals that pass through the slaughterhouse are actually inspected, many diseased animals undoubtedly make it to the cooking pots.
 
CONCLUSION
As you can see, our modern diet is anything but healthful, and if we are interested in maintaining our health or healing ourselves, we have to return to a natural diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds and avoid the modern enemies of our health.  Our industrialized food processing businesses with their intense media propaganda makes it difficult to overcome the old patterns we have established in our lives, but with love - all things are possible.  Love yourself and take good care of your physical and emotional body.  Love your neighbors.  Tell them about the benefits of changing their lifestyle.  Be a positive, healthy influence with everyone. 
SOURCE:  HEALTH SEEKERS YEARBOOK by Victoria Bidwell, 1990
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<![CDATA[THE NEW DAWN NEWSLETTER     DEC. 2017]]>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:13:29 GMThttp://thenewdawncenter.info/blog/the-new-dawn-newsletter-dec-2017
We are glad to announce our next workshop on Dec. 10th.  We hope you join us...extraordinary new plant friends await you.
Here’s a photo taken by Connie Yunker at our last Nov. Sunday workshop on gardening and medicinal plants.
Participants came from Quepos as well as the San Isidro area.  Thank you so much folks for being so attentive and interested.  Our next workshop will be the 10th of Dec.  Hope you’ll join us.

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<![CDATA[Health Care Special  2]]>Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:23:49 GMThttp://thenewdawncenter.info/blog/health-care-special-2A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE OF OUR DIET
 
To begin our exploration of diet and nutrition, let’s take a view of this theme over a broad range of time and see how our diet has evolved during the past millenniums.  First, let’s go back in time to our earliest ancestors and their original or primordial diet.  At the dawn of our species’ history, when the use of fire had not yet been discovered and only basic, rudimentary tools where being discovered, we can speculate that the human diet basically consisted of fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds.  This simple diet laid the foundation for the development of our species and represented the building blocks of our evolution.  Perhaps hundreds of thousands of years passed by while our ancestors lived and developed healthy generations of offspring with this diet.  According to anthropologists, these earliest people lived in Africa, and as their populations grew and prospered on the original diet, they migrated to new territories in search of food.  During these migrations, these early tribes where often forced to move into new habitats with cooler climates, and so, through necessity, they developed new tools, weapons, clothes, and the use of fire.  There was a transition from food gatherers to hunter-gatherers.  These new groups of humans began to hunt and cook food.  It is interesting to note that the ancient texts from India mention that when humans began to eat meat and cook food, 13 new diseases arouse to inflict our species.  It’s easy to list at least a half-dozen parasitic infections alone, not to mention, coronary, renal and arthritic diseases that researches are now revealing stem from excessive animal fats in our diet.
As our species developed and populated the world, territories became well established with human populations.  The next stage of development was the agricultural phase, in which, humans, were no longer able to explore new territories and were obligated to plant and harvest, as well as tend domesticated animals as their food source.  This stage also extended over millenniums of time.  The apex of this development is manifested in the cultures of India and Asia through the Hindu and Buddhist religions.  Both cultures perfected a vegetarian diet as the optimal diet for long life and vitality based on natural whole cooked grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. 
In the last 500 years of our development we entered the age of technology and industrialization.  Our societies have become centralized in urban populations, and we depend upon highly technical support systems.  Our diet of processed foods reflects much of this modernization.  Now, the majority of our foods are processed to preserve the food for longer periods of time in storage.  Most of the time, the main reason for this processing is profit oriented.  Foods that can remain on the store shelf for long periods of time will not represent a profit loss.  The processing of food also reflected society’s tastes as well.  What was considered finer and refined became the popular trend in food.  Therefore, we see many of our whole foods have been processed for taste, instead of health.  White bread, white sugar and white rice represent a few examples.  At the expense of taste, we have sacrificed nutritional value, since the processing of these foods eliminates the fiber and nutrient content. Today our foods are also processed with additions of preservatives, stabilizers and artificial flavors.  In agriculture, we have also utilized highly technical methods to produce food with the use of pesticides and other agrochemicals, resulting in foods which contain residues of these chemicals and lower level of nutrients, and finally, many foods are now being genetically modified, which creates potential safety risk for consumption.
Athough science and technology have made advances in eliminating contagious diseases, our hospitals are now full of patients with chronic degenerative and malignant diseases, the majority of them directly related to our modern diet and environmental contamination.  Cancer, heart and kidney disease, diabetes, arthritis and rheumatism are just a few of the examples.  In most of these cases, the life span of the population is extended through the use of drugs and surgical operations.  Fortunately, a small, but growing percentage of our population is becoming aware of the advantages of returning to the natural diet of our ancestors for health and vitality.  This chapter will present you with several options concerning diet that I hope will serve you well in improving your health.  Here in the tropics, we have the benefit of an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds to include in our diets.  The availability of organic produce is also more common these days, and of course, you may find growing your own fruits and vegetables another viable solution.  There’s a wonderful relation between working outside with Nature, caring for the plants and trees and the food they produce.  The exercise, fresh air, the soil and the rain all bring us closer to the magic of Life.  You’ll find my book, The Costa Rican Organic Home Gardening Guide,  a useful companion for growing your own food here in the tropics.
 
ENEMIES OF OUR HEALTH
Before we start on describing the various types of natural diets, it’s important to first list the foods and substances that cause the greatest damage to our bodies - the enemies of our health.
This group contributes to rapid aging and chronic disease.  When you begin to eliminate these items from the diet and substitute them with other natural products, you’ll make great progress in improving your health.  Remember to love yourself unconditionally and each day build self-esteem.  Most of the time we are programmed on the lower three levels of our consciousness to consume for taste and pleasure.... move into the love zone and love your body.  Choose foods for enhancing your health.  You’ll also find that you don’t have to go without taste and pleasure.  You can substitute the old enemies of health for natural foods and drink that are equally delicious and pleasurable.  Here is an outline of the enemies of our health and healthy substitutes for better health.

Smoking
 
Alcoholic drinks
 
Coffee and Black Tea
 
Sugar, Candies, Ice Cream
 
Salt
 
Processed foods
White bread, rice, cakes, etc.
Canned goods

 
HEALTHY SUBSTITUTES
 
Fresh Air
 
Pure water, vegetable and fruit drinks, herbal tea
 
Pure water, vegetable and fruit drinks, herbal tea
 
Honey, fruits, nuts and seeds
 
Spices and herbal condiments
 
Whole, natural, unprocessed foods
Whole wheat bread and whole grain rice
Freshly prepared meals from local produce

 
THE MACROBIOTIC DIET
The macrobiotic diet was first introduced in the West by Mishio Kushi during the early 1970’s.  Mishio was a student of George Oshawa from Japan, who taught the importance of returning to the natural diet that was traditional in the pre-industrial period of this country.  This diet is inspired by the Buddhist vegetarian tradition, and is based on the precepts of eating natural, whole foods, which are grown organically in the same region.  The term macrobiotic means “long life”, which is the aim of following this diet. 
The macrobiotic diet is centered around vegetables, seeds, nuts, fruits and whole grains, particularly rice, as well as many whole grain products, such as whole wheat bread, noodles, and soybean products, like tofu and miso.  Careful attention is placed on cooking food correctly to avoid losing it’s nutrtion value.  Stir-fries with low oil content and steaming vegetables are utilized to preserve the vitamin and mineral content of the food.  The use of animal products is restricted, as well as fried foods and refined food products.  Here is a list of typical foods that are included in the macrobiotic diet.
 The macrobiotic diet adapts well in the tropics, since our basic grain is rice, and there is a year round supply of fresh fruits and vegetables to suppliment our diet.  Rice and beans are a good example of a traditional combination of grain and legume.  Whole grains and macrobiotic products are now available in most parts of Costa Rica, making it feasible to switch over to a diet based on the macrobiotic principle.  Whenever possible, try to buy organic produce from your local farmers.  This helps to support sustainable agriculture in your area, and also insures you are eating food free of agrochemical residues. 
 
Whole grains
brown rice
barley
millet
oats
wheat
corn
buckwheat
rye
Legumes
soybeans
lentils
red and black beans
aduki beans
mung beans
chick peas or garbanzos
limas
Seeds and Nuts
sesame
sunflower
almonds
cashews
walnuts
peanuts
Vegetables/Fruits
Any organically grown
vegetables or fruits, particularly those grown in the same area where you live - for example
Cabbage, onions, garlic, lettuce, parsley, carrots, beets, root crops, etc.
Fruits of season -  bananas, mangos, avocados, oranges, lemons, pineapples,etc.
OILS
Olive oil
Sesame
Flax seed 
Coconut 
Sunflower

THE LIVE FOOD DIET
There’s a small, but growing number of people who are discovering the benefits of returning to our original diet- the live food diet - based on fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds.  Here in the tropics, our ideal climate makes it easy to live on the raw food diet, but the difficult part seems to be overcoming all the cultural conditioning associated with our eating habits.  Our associations with food are strongly conditioned in our sensation programs.  We associate much of our pleasure and enjoyment in life with what we eat.  Not many people are willing to sacrifice these pleasures for healthy reasons.  Most commonly we hear people say, “ You only live once!”  I’ve observed that a good portion of the people that have changed to raw food did so because they suffered from chronic illnesses.  These individuals often have a different motivating force in life.  The suffering of illness can create a very strong  desire for being healthy, much more so than those who go through life with a strong constitution, and often take their health for granted.  They abuse their bodies, yet don’t seem to pay the consequences... or so it seems.   What’s remarkable is how well these individuals with sensitive health constitutions seemed to recover and live with so much vitality on the live food diet.    Many of these persons tell of going through years of different doctors, medicines and medical procedures without recovering their health, but they regained it with the live food diet.  For this reason, I also like to call it the regenerative diet or the healing diet. 
So, what we can gain from these people on raw foods is simple.  If you are sick and would like to get well, try this diet and see how it works for you.  It certainly can’t harm you, unless, of course you eat only oranges or something fanatical like this.  But, if you eat a balanced diet of live food, you may just find all those aches and pains will disappear, and all that extra weight just seems to vanish, as well as the wrinkles and dry skin.  And for those folks with a strong constitution that are concerned about their health, a transition to raw food can be the best health insurance for a long and energetic life.  Perhaps a 100% live diet may be difficult to achieve, but increasing your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables can make a big difference in your health in the long run.  Here in the tropics, a 50% raw food and 50% macrobiotic diet is easy to achieve.
Let me tell you a true story about an example of living foods and its benefits.  During the late 70’s, I lived in Key West, Florida.  At the time I was experimenting with regenerating my health after years of abuse from my university party days.  Key West has a lovely tropical climate, but for the most part, it’s a city surrounded by beaches and the sea.  To obtain a good supply of fresh fruits and vegetables, I would travel up the highway of bridges through the keys to south Miami in a section called Homestead.  Here many retirees had little homesteads, and one in particular, a man of 90 years of age, had a small farm with an orchard of avocados, mangos and oranges.  Every two weeks or so, I would buy bushels of fruit from him to take back to Key West.  This fellow was truly remarkable.  He looked like he was about 60 years of age and had no gray hair.  He was also lean and very active.  He would not permit anyone, but himself, to climb the trees to harvest the fruit, and he did it with the agility of a young man.  After getting to know me, he began to reveal the secrets of his youthful longevity.  He ate principally live foods from his orchard and garden, as well as raw eggs from his chickens and raw milk from his goat.  He also felt that sexual abstinence was a big part of his success.  When you see a person living like this and can see the results, it’s a lot easier to believe this type of diet really works.

PROTEINS
nuts & seeds, also high in fat
peanuts, also high in fat
soybeans sprouts
dried peas sprouts
mung bean sprouts
garbanzo bean sprouts
lentil sprouts
sunflower sprouts
raw milk
cottage cheese
yogurt
raw eggs
 
FATS
avocados, also high in protein
vegetable oils (cold pressed)
 
STARCHES
fresh lima beans
jerusalem artichokes
yams, grated
coconuts
sprouted grains
mature, starchy corn
mature, starchy peas
carrots
beets
 
ACID FRUITS
oranges
grapefruits
pineapples
strawberries
kiwis
tomatoes
lemons
limes
pomegranates
tangerines
tangelos
cranberries
all sour fruits
 
SUB-ACID FRUITS
mangos
cherries
apples
peaches
plums
apricots
most berries
pears
nectarines
papayas
 
SWEET FRUITS
bananas
dates
cherimoyas
persimmons
sapotes
fresh figs
grapes & raisins
all dried fruit
MELONS
watermelon
honeydew melon
muskmelon
cantaloupe

LOW & NON-STARCHY VEGETABLES
celery
fresh-picked, sweet corn
fresh-picked, sweet peas
snow & sugar snap peas
Brussels sprouts
Chinese cabbage
Swiss chard
broccoli
sweet bell peppers
all summer squashes
eggplant
alfalfa sprouts
bean sprouts
green beans
yellow beans
garlic
lettuce
cucumbers
cauliflowers
cabbages
collard greens
bok choy
kohirabi
kale
asparagus
onions
leeks & scallions
mustard greens
spinach (small amounts)
 
SYRUPS    
honey

 JUICE THERAPY
 
Therapeutic Benefits of Fresh Juices
by Cherie Calbom and Maureen Keane,
Authors of Juicing for Life
 
For centuries, fruit and vegetable juices have been used for their therapeutic benefits. The  tradition of raw juice healing goes back to the nineteenth century. At that time, juice-making involved the squeezing of crushed or chopped vegetables through muslin, a very tedious process.
Why would anyone go to that much work if the juice did no more for the individual than whole vegetables? It seems that people knew then what some of us are discovering now for the first time: Human beings get well on juices when nothing else seems to work. This is what Max Gerson, M.D., found when he put his cancer patients on a juice therapy regimen.  His "gentle" treatment of cancer is described in detail in his book, A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases. The fifty people he discusses all recovered from cancer through his natural treatments.
When Norman Walker, D.C., was a young man, he recovered from an illness by eating a raw food and juice diet. He lived to be well over 100, enjoying vibrant health, by practicing what he taught, which was that after the fiber is removed from fruits and vegetables, the remaining Juice can be very quickly and easily assimilated. Scores of people got well through his program. Dr. Bircher-Benner discovered the same phenomenon as he worked with many of his patients. It led him to believe there was nothing more therapeutic on Earth than green juice.
To understand juice therapy requires an understanding of juice itself. How would you define juice? We define it as water,flavors, pigments, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Juice is all these substances working synergistically to give your body the materials that promote healing, energy, and protection from disease. But beyond what we can define, there is a mystery left undefined. It's like the miracle of birth. There is a miracle of energy supplied by live plants that comes from nothing else on this planet. After all is investigated and analyzed, it still can't be fully explained.  We're not saying that juices are "magic bullets." They're not.  They should be part of a diet that is a high quality, junk-free whole-foods plan like the one we recommend in the Basic Diet. And juices should be a part of a comprehensive approach to wellness. But what we do know is that juice therapy has worked to bring about recovery from illness for thousands of people, many of whom had been given no hope to live.  And for Cherie they did what nothing else could do: they helped her get well. Whatever ailments or conditions you are struggling with, we encourage you to make the dietary changes necessary to promote wellness. Get a juicer, if you don't have one already, and use it every day. Make juicing a way of life. Refer to the rest of the book for specifics on your condition. And most of all, don't give up. Healing takes time. Unless you make the necessary changes, you'll never know how good you can feel. The Western industrialized nations have a large piece of the nutrition puzzle missing from their standard diet. Isn't it time to place the fruit and vegetable pieces in the center of the table?

JUICING PROGRAMS
 
First, you’ll need to acquire a juicer, and for preventative health care, you will find centrifical juicers are sufficient for this type of use.  However, if you plan to use the juice for therapies, it’s best to buy a juicer,  which extracts the juice with pressure or a screw gear.  These juicers extract about 60% of the juice, while centrifical juicers only extract about 20%.  If possible, find organically grown vegetables for juicing.  Nevertheless, Norman Walker, one of the most respected authorities on juice therapies, states that residues from agricultural chemicals in vegetables remain in the fibers of the plants during the juicing process and not in the juice.
The basic steps in juicing are:  wash the fruits and vegetables well, peel  the skins of citrus, papaya, kiwi and others that may have been waxed or treated, remove all pits and seeds, use the stems of plants, except for carrots and rhubarb, slice into small pieces for the juicer, avocados and bananas don’t juice, and it’s better to make small batches than large ones.
Another contraversy concerning juicing is about mixing fruits with vegetables.  Their are experts that  maintain that mixing creates a bad combination for digestion, while others suggest there is no proof of this.  I have a tendency to go with the no-mixing group, but you can experiment with combinations and test how they react with your digestion.  Generally, you will find that your combinations will depend upon what types of vegetables and fruits are available in the markets or in your garden and orchard.  Basically, I prefer to use fruit juices in the morning and vegetable juices in the afternoon.  Here are just a few examples of some of the possible combinations.
 
FRUIT JUICES
 
grapefruit, lemon, orange
 
grapefruit and apple
 
papaya and mango
 
papaya, pineapple, ginger
 
starfruit, pineapple, ginger
 
apple and carrot
 
watermelon
 
VEGETABLE JUICES
 
carrot, celery, parsley, spinach
 
cabbage
 
carrot, cabbage, celery
 
cucumber
 
carrot, beet. cucumber
 
carrot, beet, spinach
 
Celery, cucumber, parley, spinach
 
carrot, string beans, lettuce
 
carrot, beet, cabbage
 
carrot, celery, endive, parsley
 
celery, endive, parsley
 

 THE BASIC TENETS OF NATURAL HYGIENE
1... NATURAL HYGIENE holds that health is the normal state of all living organisms and that health is maintained through natural, self-initiating, self-healing processes.
2... NATURAL HYGIENE holds that the one cause of all disease is the toxic saturation at the cellular level of the bodily tissues, bloodstream, and fluids brought on by the depletion of Nerve Energy reserves through wrong living habits. This state of self-poisoning is alternately termed "Auto-Intoxication," "Toxicosis," and "Toxemia."
3... NATURAL HYGIENE views disease as orderly retrograde changes on the cellular level as a result of Toxicosis. In order to prevent these retrograde changes and to forestall morphological changes and degenerations for as long as possible, the body attempts to isolate and/or eliminate abnormal accumulations of metabolic waste and ingested poisons. Such bodily attempted actions of elimination may be called "disease" (acute) and serve to prevent the morphological, degenerative changes.
4... Because Toxicosis is "the one cause of all disease," NATURAL HYGIENE refutes the concept that microorganisms or "germs" or "viruses" are the sole, causative factors of disease.
5...Because only the body is capable of instituting cleansing and healing processes, NATURAL HYGIENE rejects the ingestion of any substances which the body cannot metabolize and assimilate and which cannot be used in the normal, metabolic processes to thus be appropriated into bodily tissue. Such unnatural substances can only further enervate and poison the body and are not to be considered as "food" or "nutrition," in any way. Both medication and "quasi-food" substances typical of the chemicalized, processed food supply are included in this enervating, poisoning category and are, therefore, considered to be life-threatening.
6... NATURAL HYGIENE recommends the following as The Ideal Diet and the only foods fit for the highest level of human health and well-being: whole, raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds; prepared in proper combination and eaten in moderation when in a state of Emotional Balance.
7... NATURAL HYGIENE employs fasting, which provides deep physical, physiological, sensory, mental, and emotional rest. This deep and almost total rest provides the body with the ideal conditions necessary for the regeneration of Nerve Energy necessary for the repair of damages and for the elimination of toxins.
8... NATURAL HYGIENE maintains that health is the personal responsibility of each individual and that vibrant health is achieved only by the conscientious application of healthful living practices in all areas of one's life.
 

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<![CDATA[Health Care Special]]>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:44:42 GMThttp://thenewdawncenter.info/blog/health-care-specialIMPROVING YOUR MIND AND SPIRIT WITH THE  LIVING LOVE THERAPY
Let’s begin our exploration into holistic health with our bio-computer or  central nervous system, which houses what we call our mind or consciousness - our awareness of being alive. As we all know, negative thoughts and emotions can be indirectly responsible for many of the  “dis-eases “ that people suffer from in society.  Learning how to modify our behavioral patterns and enjoy emotional balance can be just as important as how we eat and exercise.  Many of the patterns of behavior people learn as children and during their lives are not always in the best interest of their mental, emotional and physical well-being.  But the good news is  these “ junk programs” were learned and  can be unlearned just as well.   It’s just a matter of learning how to unlearn these programs more than anything else.  The following section of the Living Love Method, by Ken Keyes, Jr. provides an excellent guide for self help in “reprogramming the biocomputer” to live a rich life full of true happiness and love.  Ken himself was one of the best examples of how it’s possible to overcome crisis , and still be positive and happy in life.  Ken developed polio, which left him paralized from the neck to his feet.  His quest was to find true happiness, in spite of the tragedy that ocurred.  After many years of attending personal growth programs, Ken  was ready to share the methods he learned for freeing the human spirit of negativity to live in joy and love.
One of the big benefits of Ken’s method involves the fact that once you understand the basic mechanics of your biocomputer and how it functions, you can move forward in self-healing, without expensive trips to the psychiatrist or group therapies.  As Ken says, “ Life becomes your teacher.  For every moment life is offering what you need to grow into higher consciousness.”  I will try to provide the basic excerps from his method in this section and hope you will be encouraged to seek out his complete work, The Handbook to Higher Consciousness.  Ken Keyes College, Coos Bay , OR 97420,
The human biocomputer (or brain) is a fantastically sensitive instrument with enormous capabilities. But like any complex tool, it cannot be used optimally unless cautions and training are given to the user. We can easily be misled into the illusion that our consciousness is aware of what is really happening both inside our biocomputer and in the outside world of our body and the people and things around us.  You and I, as users of our magnificent biocomputers, should realize that our consciousness can only be aware of perhaps one-millionth of the incoming information each second of the day. Every hair on our body is connected with our biocomputer.  All of our internal organs are constantly sending information to and receiving information from our great biocomputer—usually on levels below our consciousness. Our receptor organs of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell, plus the kinesthetic senses, which give information regarding our body are continually sending in millions of impulses per second toward our biocomputer. The eye alone is connected to the biocomputer with over two million nerve fibers. The ears are connected to the biocomputer by over a hundred thousand nerves. This tremendous mass of data going into our biocomputer second by second would be absolutely overwhelming if it were not for the underlying systems of organization that automatically abstract, classify, suppress, or distribute this huge flood of incoming sensory information. Our consciousness operates on preprocessed, filtered abstractions of abstractions received from various parts of our biocomputer.

THE ABSTRACTING PROCESS
Our universe is made up of matter and energy. Every material object is composed of atoms, which in turn are made up of even finer subatornic particles such as electrons. These are in an incessant state of dizzy-fast motion. Atoms group together to form molecules, which are still too fine to be registered by our five senses unless special instruments, such as an electron microscope, are used. The smooth table that I experience with my fingers is an abstraction from the table on the atomic level that is composed of flying atoms.  A characteristic of the abstracting process is that some aspects are left out each time there is an abstraction. When our senses report the smoothness of a table, obviously a fantastic number of characteristics are left out. Our senses "manufacture" a smooth sensation by abstracting from the colloidal, molecular, atomic, and subatomic activity that lies behind the object reported by our sensory
equipment. Our senses do not permit us to tune in to reality—but only pick up that small aspect of reality that is transmittable through electromagnetic waves. Further abstractions take place when these are projected by the senses of our eyes onto our retinas and transformed again into electrochemical impulses that proliferate throughout our brains. As the circuits of our biocomputer are activated by the huge stream of incoming electrical impulses, even more abstracting takes place. The tiny portion selected for projection on to the screen of our consciousness represents a highly processed abstraction of an abstraction of an abstraction, etc.  Our senses and our rational mind do not tune in to the world as it is. The picture of the world that comes into our consciousness is mostly a creation of the human biocomputer with its vast memory bank and distorting addictive programming. These processed products that reach our consciousness reflect the limitations and idiosyncrasies of our biocomputer and the programming from which it operates—just as much as they reflect the outside energies that spark the process. The part that a hen plays in the production of an omelet is analogous to the part the outside world plays in producing the stuff that is projected onto the screen of our consciousness. When we realize how our minds manipulate, suppress, change, and distort, we begin to perceive the awesome way in which our heads create our world.  Although the human biocomputer works as an integrated system, it is possible to point out certain neural structures that are especially important to the student of human consciousness. These are:
1. The Cerebral Cortex
The cerebral cortex is a thin outer covering of the side and upper parts of the convoluted surfaces of the brain, which has from ten billion to thirteen billion cortical cells. These brain cells and their connections are the structures that enable our remarkable rational mind to be aware of being aware, to use words and symbols, and to comprehend complex systems of thought, such as mathematics, science, and art. Generally, other animals have only a fraction of the cortical cells that are our birthright as human beings. Although we possess this remarkable equipment, we are not automatically experts in how to use it. Special training (such as these instructions ) is required to operate in the higher states of consciousness, which represent the optimal functioning of our human biocomputer.  Unless you have freed your biocomputer from consciousness-dominating addictions and demands, your cerebral cortex will continually chew over a situation in which  in  you do not have what you want.
​Your rational mind will churn away with such questions as, "What did I do that resulted in my not getting this? What can I do to get it in the future? Are people trying to block me? Do people really like me?" Every word that is channeled into your consciousness by your rational mind separates you by a milli-second from the deepest levels of here-and-now awareness. To be sensitive to the deepest levels, your Conscious-awareness must be attuned to the finer energies in the world outside of you and to the finer energies that arise from the complex operation of your biocomputer below conscious levels.
We can live predominantly at the fourth level without completely calming our minds. But to find the unitive state of mind that is characteristic of Cosmic Consciousness, it is vital that we control the generation of thoughts that continue the illusion of separateness. As long as our cerebral cortex is continually active in introducing and following one thought after another, our consciousness will not be sensitive to the finer energies. A degree of quieting of the rational mind will automatically occur as you reprogram your addictions. But to reach the highest levels of consciousness, the Living Love Catalyst (explained later) will help in further quieting the activity of your rational mind.
This quieting process may be measured by an electroencephalograph that detects alpha waves and beta waves. The subject object activities of the first three Centers of Consciousness generally produce beta waves. As we go into the Fourth and Fifth Centers of Consciousness, our cerebral cortex begins to produce more alpha waves.
 
2. The Limbic System
One of the underlying processing systems of the brain is the limbic system that plays a paramount part in the generation of emotional feelings. One of its major functions is to compare the incoming stimuli from the body and the sensory receptors with the programmed instructions that have been put into it by our experiences to date. The limbic system interacts with the cerebral cortex to pick up perceptions and memories, and to use the facilities of the cortex analyzing such data. The hippocampus (which is part of the limbic system) plays a part in evaluating the incoming stimuli in terms of one's past experiences.

THE ABSTRACTING PROCESS
Our universe is made up of matter and energy. Every material object is composed of atoms, which in turn are made up of even finer subatornic particles such as electrons. These are in an incessant state of dizzy-fast motion. Atoms group together to form molecules, which are still too fine to be registered by our five senses unless special instruments, such as an electron microscope, are used. The smooth table that I experience with my fingers is an abstraction from the table on the atomic level that is composed of flying atoms.  A characteristic of the abstracting process is that some aspects are left out each time there is an abstraction. When our senses report the smoothness of a table, obviously a fantastic number of characteristics are left out. Our senses "manufacture" a smooth sensation by abstracting from the colloidal, molecular, atomic, and subatomic activity that lies behind the object reported by our sensory
equipment. Our senses do not permit us to tune in to reality—but only pick up that small aspect of reality that is transmittable through electromagnetic waves. Further abstractions take place when these are projected by the senses of our eyes onto our retinas and transformed again into electrochemical impulses that proliferate throughout our brains. As the circuits of our biocomputer are activated by the huge stream of incoming electrical impulses, even more abstracting takes place. The tiny portion selected for projection on to the screen of our consciousness represents a highly processed abstraction of an abstraction of an abstraction, etc.  Our senses and our rational mind do not tune in to the world as it is. The picture of the world that comes into our consciousness is mostly a creation of the human biocomputer with its vast memory bank and distorting addictive programming. These processed products that reach our consciousness reflect the limitations and idiosyncrasies of our biocomputer and the programming from which it operates—just as much as they reflect the outside energies that spark the process. The part that a hen plays in the production of an omelet is analogous to the part the outside world plays in producing the stuff that is projected onto the screen of our consciousness. When we realize how our minds manipulate, suppress, change, and distort, we begin to perceive the awesome way in which our heads create our world.  Although the human biocomputer works as an integrated system, it is possible to point out certain neural structures that are especially important to the student of human consciousness. These are:
1. The Cerebral Cortex
The cerebral cortex is a thin outer covering of the side and upper parts of the convoluted surfaces of the brain, which has from ten billion to thirteen billion cortical cells. These brain cells and their connections are the structures that enable our remarkable rational mind to be aware of being aware, to use words and symbols, and to comprehend complex systems of thought, such as mathematics, science, and art. Generally, other animals have only a fraction of the cortical cells that are our birthright as human beings. Although we possess this remarkable equipment, we are not automatically experts in how to use it. Special training (such as these instructions ) is required to operate in the higher states of consciousness, which represent the optimal functioning of our human biocomputer.  Unless you have freed your biocomputer from consciousness-dominating addictions and demands, your cerebral cortex will continually chew over a situation in which  in  you do not have what you want.

A MAP OF THE LEVELS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
 
1. THE SECURITY CENTER   (fear and anxiety)
This Center makes you preoccupied with food, shelter, or whatever you equate with your personal security. This programming forces your consciousness to be dominated by your continuous battle to get "enough" from the world in order to feel secure.
 
2. THE SENSATION CENTER   (frustration and disappointment)
This Center is concerned with finding happiness in life by providing yourself with more and better pleasurable sensations and activities. For many people, sex is the most appealing of all sensations. Other addictive sensations may include the sound of music, the taste of food, etc.
 
3. THE POWER CENTER   (anger, hostility, irritation, hate)
When your consciousness is focused on this Center, you are concerned with dominating people and situations and increasing your prestige, wealth, and pride—in addition to thousands of more subtle forms of hierarchy, manipulation, and control.
 
4. THE LOVE CENTER   (love)
At this Center you are transcending subject-object relationships and are learning to see the world with the feelings and harmonious of flowing acceptance. You see yourself in everyone—and everyone in yourself. You feel compassion for the suffering of those caught in the dramas of security, sensation, and power. You are beginning to love and accept everyone unconditionally—even yourself.
 
5. THE CORNUCOPIA CENTER   (contentment)
When your consciousness is illuminated by this Center, you experience the friendliness of the world you are creating. You begin to realize that you've always lived in a perfect world. To the degree that you still have addictions, the perfection lies in giving you the experience you need to get free of your emotion-backed demands. As you reprogram your addictions, the perfection will be experienced as a continuous enjoyment of the here and now in your life. As you become more loving and accepting, the world becomes a "horn of plenty" that gives you more than you need to be happy.
 
6. THE CONSCIOUS-AWARENESS CENTER   (objectivity)
It is liberating to have a Center from which your Conscious-awareness watches your body and mind perform on the lower five centers. This is a meta-center from which you non-judgmentally witness the drama of your body and mind. From this Center of Centers, you learn to impartially observe your social roles and life games from a place that is free from fear and vulnerability.
 
7. THE COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS CENTER   (bliss)
When you live fully in the Sixth Center of Consciousness, you are ready lo transcend self-awareness and become pure awareness.  At this ultimate level, you are one with everything—you are love, peace, energy, beauty, wisdom, clarity, effectiveness, and oneness.

THE THREE CENTERS OF UNHAPPINESS 
 
1. SECURITY
Fear, worry, anxiety, dread, hurt, panic, terror, despair, sadness, helplessness, grief,
loneliness, shame, guilt, jealousy, confusion
1. Constant driving compulsiveness.
2. Constant fear of loss.
3. The rational mind can always trigger an unlimited future possibilities to worry about
 
SENSATION
Disappointment, frustration, boredom, grief, disgust
1. Constant driving compulsiveness.
2. Constant fear of loss.
3. When we repetitively experience an enjoyable sensation, we become satiated and bored
 
3. POWER
Anger, resentment, irritation,
hostility, hate, impatience, frustration, rage, fury, jealousy, indignation, annoyance
1. Constant driving compulsiveness.
2. Constant fear of loss.
3. Our power threat stimulates a counter-attack from others and we are continually caught up in defending and trying to control.
 
THE FOUR CENTERS OF HAPPINESS AND FULFILLMENT
 
4. LOVE CENTER
Love, emotional acceptance, contentment, peace, happiness, compassion, appreciation, enjoyment, calmness, harmony
1. Acceptance and preferential treatment in life situations
2. transcending subject-object relationships.
3. Compassion for yourself and all
 
5. CORNICOPIA OR   CONTENTMENT  CENTER
All Love Center Emotions plus abundance, rapture, bliss, elation, wonder, gratitude, fulfillment, joy        1. Experiencing the world as a  friendly place
2. Contentment from enoughness
3. Life is your teacher
 
6. CONSCIOUS- AWARENESS  CENTER    
1. Non-judgmental observing without fear
2. Monitoring your thoughts and action in an objective perspective without judgment and free from fear
 
7. COSMIC  CONSCIOUS CENTER
1. Unity with everything
2. transcending self-awareness and becoming pure awareness.
 
THE TWELVE PATHWAYS 

FREEING MYSELF
1. I am freeing myself from security, sensation, and power addictions that make me try to forcefully control situations in my life, and thus destroy my serenity and keep me from loving myself and others.
2. I am discovering how my consciousness-dominating addictions create my illusory version of the changing world of people and situations around me.
3. I welcome the opportunity (even if painful) that my minute-to-minute experience offers me to become aware of the addictions I must reprogram to be liberated from my robot-like emotional patterns.
 
BEING HERE NOW
4. I always remember that I have everything I need to enjoy my here and now—unless I am letting my consciousness be dominated by demands and expectations based on the dead past or the imagined future.
5. I take full responsibility here and now for everything I experience, for it is my own programming that creates my actions and also influences the reactions of people around me.
6. I accept myself completely here and now and consciously experience everything I feel, think, say, and do (including my emotion-backed addictions) as a necessary part of my growth into higher consciousness.
 
INTERACTING WITH OTHERS
7. I open myself genuinely to all people by being willing to fully communicate my deepest feelings, since hiding in any degree keeps me stuck in my illusion of separateness from other people.
8. I feel with loving compassion the problems of others without getting caught up emotionally in their predicaments that are offering them messages they need for their growth.
9. I act freely when I am tuned in, centered, and loving, but if possible I avoid acting when I am emotionally upset and depriving myself of the wisdom that flows from love and expanded consciousness.
 
DISCOVERING MY CONSCIOUS-AWARENESS
10. I am continually calming the restless scanning of my rational mind in order to perceive the finer energies that enable me to unitively merge with everything around me.
11. I am constantly aware of which of the Seven Centers of Consciousness I am using, and I feel my energy, perceptiveness, love and inner peace growing as I open all of the Centers of Consciousness.                 
12. I am perceiving everyone, including myself, as an awakening being who is here to claim  his or her birthright to the higher consciousness planes of unconditional love.

THE THREE CENTERS OF UNHAPPINESS
 
1. SECURITY
Fear, worry, anxiety, dread, hurt, panic, terror, despair, sadness, helplessness, grief,
loneliness, shame, guilt, jealousy, confusion
1. Constant driving compulsiveness.
2. Constant fear of loss.
3. The rational mind can always trigger an unlimited future possibilities to worry about
 
SENSATION
Disappointment, frustration, boredom, grief, disgust
1. Constant driving compulsiveness.
2. Constant fear of loss.
3. When we repetitively experience an enjoyable sensation, we become satiated and bored
 
3. POWER
Anger, resentment, irritation,
hostility, hate, impatience, frustration, rage, fury, jealousy, indignation, annoyance
1. Constant driving compulsiveness.
2. Constant fear of loss.
3. Our power threat stimulates a counter-attack from others and we are continually caught up in defending and trying to control.
 
THE FOUR CENTERS OF HAPPINESS AND FULFILLMENT
 
4. LOVE CENTER
Love, emotional acceptance, contentment, peace, happiness, compassion, appreciation, enjoyment, calmness, harmony
1. Acceptance and preferential treatment in life situations
2. transcending subject-object relationships.
3. Compassion for yourself and all
 
5. CORNICOPIA OR   CONTENTMENT  CENTER
All Love Center Emotions plus abundance, rapture, bliss, elation, wonder, gratitude, fulfillment, joy        1. Experiencing the world as a  friendly place
2. Contentment from enoughness
3. Life is your teacher
 
6. CONSCIOUS- AWARENESS  CENTER   
1. Non-judgmental observing without fear
2. Monitoring your thoughts and action in an objective perspective without judgment and free from fear
 
7. COSMIC  CONSCIOUS CENTER
1. Unity with everything
2.  transcending self-awareness and becoming pure awareness.

HOW TO USE THE TWELVE PATHWAYS

The Twelve Pathways were formulated in 1972, and since that time they have changed the lives of countless numbers of people. The Twelve Pathways are a modern, practical condensation of thousands of years of accumulated wisdom. They give you a minute-to-minute guide for operating your consciousness while you interact with the world around you. They will enable you to live a continuously happy, conscious, loving, joyous, fulfilled life, If you've had enough of the up-and-down roller-coastering between pleasure and pain, and are really ready to enjoy and get the most out of your life all of the time, then you are ready to use and apply the Twelve Pathways to make a dramatic change in your life. 
The Twelve Pathways to Higher Consciousness can show you how to accelerate your spiritual development and enable you to begin a new life of Living Love. These Pathways can show you the way to find the beauty and happiness that is hidden within you.  You were erroneously taught that happiness lies in getting people and things outside of you lined up exactly to suit your desires. But our desires multiply so much faster than our capacity to satisfy them! In the Living Love System, an addiction is any desire that makes you upset or unhappy if it is not satisfied. Life is warning you to get rid of an addiction every time you are emotionally uncomfortable in any way.
Even if an addiction brings you pleasure, that pleasure is usually short-lived. For you will then begin to perceive threats to that pleasure, and you will worry about changes in your life that will deprive you of the pleasure. And you compare today's pleasure with yesterday's pleasure—and often find today's pleasure is not quite as satisfying. All of this keeps you out of the here and now.
You make a giant step toward higher consciousness when you become fully aware of the price in happiness you must pay for each addiction. You can enjoy the same actions and experiences completely when you uplevel the addiction to the status of a preference.  As you become increasingly aware of how your consciousness operates, you will be able to distinguish between your biocomputer and the programming that your biocomputer uses. For example, a million-dollar IBM computer may work perfectly, but if you put garbage-type programming in it, you will get garbage-type results from this splendid machine. Computer specialists use the word "GIGO" to refer to this problem—"Garbage in - Garbage out." If you are not continuously loving everyone around you and continuously enjoying the here-and-now situations in your life, it means that your magnificent biocomputer has been operating from "garbage-type" programming. When you see yourself consciously and clearly, you realize that you are perfect—your only problem is to change some of the programming from which you are operating. 
Your ego also plays a crucial part in the operation of your biocomputer. Based on past pleasure and pain programming, your ego selects which of the thousands of programs will be used to generate your feelings and experience of what is happening. Your ego is like a master controller that directs which emotional feelings will be triggered (joy, pleasure, anger, grief, fear, disappointment, irritation, etc.) Your ego also chooses exactly what will be projected onto the screen of your consciousness. You are aware only of what your ego permits you to be aware of. When your ego is busy reacting to the people and things around you from the lower three Centers of Consciousness, your primary awareness will be focused on what you desire and what you fear—thereby creating in you the feeling of an urgent priority. Most of these lower consciousness programs represent the urgent priorities you had at the age of two years old. Until you reprogram and change these inappropriate childhood programs, you will continually turn off the energy of the world around you that you need in order to live in a beautiful world of higher consciousness.

FIVE METHODS FOR WORKING ON EMOTIONAL BALANCE
 
Method 1 
Memorize the Twelve Pathways
Use them to guide you through your daily life situations.  When you feel worried, angry, jealous, fearful, anxious, sad or depressed or any other uncomfortable emotional feeling, remember that life is giving you a message.  Your next step is  to find the Pathway you are not following.  Repeat the Pathway phrase and let it show you what to do to feel good again.
Method 2 
Be aware at all times of which Center of Consciousness you are experiencing.
You will discover that working on your consciousness is the most fulfilling thing you can do in your life.  By monitoring your moment to moment thoughts, feelings, words and actions, you can recognize what sphere of consciousness you are operating on.  As you begin to uplevel the  centers you live on, you will find you have more energy, and interact more with people while maintaining emotional balance.  In this way, your life becomes a moment to moment meditation, which is not a holy ritual to be performed once or twice a day, but a continuous clear awarness of of the here and now.
Method 3
Link the suffering  with the addiction to get the intellectual and emotional insight to what is your addictive demand that is causing your suffering.
The key to success in emotional growth is to consciously connect all the suffering in your life with the addictive, emotion-backed models and expectations that you keep telling yourself you must have to  be happy.  So, it is important to feel the emotion to the fullest and not repress it.
Explore the suffering - what negative emotion?  From what center?
Pinpoint the addictive demand - What center and what old program?
Reprogram the addictive demand - What pathway phrase will reprogram my mind?
Experience the freedom - As you repeat the phrase feel the negative emotion replaced
with the unifying emotions of love, peace and harmony.
Method  4
Use the Catalyst Phrase [Mantra]  ALWAYS US LIVING LOVE
You can rapidly increase your growth into higher consciousness and emotional balance by repeating this phrase frequently during the day, and particularly when you are feeling upset.
Like an ancient mantra, the repetition of a higher thought pattern helps to erase the old conditoning in our minds. 
Method  5
Consciousness Focusing
Explore the suffering - When you are really upset,  build up the emotional pain, cry, yell or shout and don’t let others tell you to calm down..really suffer..recognize the negative emotion.
Pinpoint the addiction - Take responsibility for the pain and seek the the inside program.
If you are feeling hate, track down the old conditioning in the power level. 
Select reprogramming phrases -Use a phrase like “I hate feeling angry or jealous” etc.
Focus on your consciousness on reprogramming -  Remember that you have an excellent opportunity to change when you are really upset.  Focus on your suffering and find significant phrases that will reprogram your biocomputer..
 
 


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<![CDATA[THE NEW DAWN NEWSLETTER     NOV.  2017]]>Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:44:59 GMThttp://thenewdawncenter.info/blog/the-new-dawn-newsletter-nov-2017
 
It’s been almost a year now that we have enjoyed inviting local residents to our monthly Sunday workshops at New Dawn.  Both Jess and I are truly grateful for the opportunity to realize our dreams of spreading the word on natural plant based medicines and gardening to help each of us to stay healthy and vital.  And a big heart felt thanks to those who have attended.  We hope to start inviting our Costa Rican neighbors to Sunday workshops in Spanish.  Another accomplishment this year has been the opening of our stand in the local San Isidro farmer’s market where we exhibit and distribute our herbal products made at New Dawn.  It’s also a wonderful place to answer questions people have about natural health care.

GLOBAL COLLEGE VOLUNTEERS
We were also fortunate to have 4 students from Global College volunteer to help us for a week in October propagating pau d’arco trees and gotu kola.  Here’s what we accomplished.

NEW DAWN PRODUCTS
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We only take orders from Costa Rica
 

The Ten Pillars of Holistic Health
 
1  Breathe pure, fresh air
 
2  Drink pure water
 
3  Eat fresh, preferably organic, fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds
 
4  Exercise daily in the fresh air and sun
 
5  Bathe daily in clean water
 
6  Rest and sleep adequately in a quiet place with fresh air
 
7  Work in right livelihood
 
8  Think positive and develop emotional balance
 
9  Do everything in moderation
 
10  Develop a Spiritual Path
 
These 10 facets of our daily activities in our environment create the sum of the quality of our state of health.  When we deviate from any of these activities, the effect is reflected as a decline of our state of health.  If we begin to monitor our thoughts, feelings and activities, and choose the 10 pillars of healthful living, the effect will be reflected as an improvement of our health.
 
In natural healing, the main aim of our actions is to cleanse and fortify the body, so it can heal itself.  Every living cell of the body is endowed with an instinct of self-preservation, sustained by an inherent force in the organism called vital force.  The success of each living organism is directly proportional to this force.  The living organism is completely self-constructing, self-maintaining, self-directing, self-repairing, self-defending and self-healing.  This power or life force only comes from within the body itself. 
 
Our life force is diminished when our bodies become overloaded with toxic wastes from poor diet and incorrect habits.  These toxins accumulate in the body due to poor elimination and cause further intoxification on the cellular level, which compromises our natural defenses against disease – the immune system.
 
The principle aim of this book is to teach you how to protect and regain your health through the re-establishment of the body’s natural abilities to heal itself.   
 
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<![CDATA[THE NEW DAWN NEWSLETTER   OCT. 2017]]>Mon, 28 Aug 2017 15:05:14 GMThttp://thenewdawncenter.info/blog/the-new-dawn-newsletter-sept-2017
THE BENEFITS OF THE NATURAL VINEGAR
Recently there’s been a lot more interest in the benefits of the natural vinegar, and for good reasons.  The naturally fermented vinegars have many beneficial properties that improve and protect your health.  According to the scientists,  
"The functional therapeutic properties of vinegar include the antibacterial activity, the reduction of the arterial pressure, the activity antioxidant, the reduction of the effects of diabetes, the prevention of the cardiovascular illness, and the increase of the vigor after the exercise".
Journal of Food Science
In Costa Rica, an ideal example is the relish called “chilero". Many families still make this popular recipe with vinegar made from the banana called “guineo negro”, along with hot and sweet chiles, onions, cauliflower, and other available vegetables you may have from the garden. Costa Rican families enjoy this delicious relish on most their meals. However, homemade chilero is slowly being replaced by commercial products, like mustard, ketchup and hot sauce to name a few. Unfortunately, most of these products don't contain natural vinegars, but have synthetic vinegars that are nutritionally inferior.   For families that have space to plant, it is very easy to grow some guineo negro bananas at home to make natural vinegar.  The name comes from the Islands of Guinea where these varieties were first shipped by the Spanish to the New World tropics.  Hijos or shoot cuttings are easily found in many regions of the countries. Check your neighbors and local nurseries. Farmer’s markets often carry guineo negro bananas and “vinagre de guineo negro.   That’s handy for families that don't have the space for a vinagre de guineo negro garden, but would like to buy or make “.  For your recipe book, here are the steps to make this natural banana vinegar. By the way, you can make vinegar from any type of banana, but they are often too sweet for that sour vinegar taste we like. So, you will need a raceme of mature guineo negro bananas and a 2-3 gallon plastic bucket with a good lid.   Now look for a 11/2 inch nail, which can be carefully nailed into the outside of the container 1 inch from the bottom.  Make sure that the nail is tight and doesn't drip.  If it drips, look for a bigger nail that fits tightly.  Now peel the bananas and mash them very well in the bucket with your hands.  You should not add water.  Simply place the lid on the bucket and place it in a dark and cool place.  After the first week the pulp of the bananas will float to the top and the liquid remains in the bottom of the pail.  During the following week the liquid begins to ferment and begins to change to vinegar. In the third week the vinegar this ready, although the longer you wait the more mature the flavor.  Now pull the nail and let the vinegar pour out into a recipient. The finishing step it is to filter the vinegar and to bottle it.  Now we can use the vinegar to make chileros.  Here is a recipe for a chilero that’s easy to make.  You will need carrots, cauliflower, onions, garlic, chayote, hot and sweet chiles and almost any other vegetable that you like. Use hot chiles to your taste.  Parboil the vegetables separately for a few minutes (except the onion, the garlic and chiles), then place them in cold water immediately.   Next, put the vegetables in a glass jar along with the vinegar, onions, garlic and chiles, add salt to your taste.  Place the lid on your chilero and allow it to sit several days before using. Then, place it on the table for the family to enjoy, while receiving the probiotic benefits for their health. Everyone will love those pickled vegetables. We use them in salads as well, and sometimes have a hard time keeping up with the demand.  If you are in San Isidro del General on Thursday, you can visit our local farmer’s market. There you will find stands that have guineo negro bananas, and you’ll find chilero at our new health stand Fuente del Bienestar.  Nos vemos.
We are starting up a Stevia project in Costa Rica....we hope to create a model of small scale organic production...contact us if you are interested....ed
Try our new Golden Milk Mix...great flavor and nutrition all in one.  A 25g pack makes 20 cups of gold milk...2000/pack.
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<![CDATA[THE NEW DAWN NEWSLETTER     AUGUST  2017]]>Sat, 05 Aug 2017 14:57:08 GMThttp://thenewdawncenter.info/blog/the-new-dawn-newsletter-august-2017
It's all set now for our August Sunday medicinal plants workshop....hope you join us....ed
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<![CDATA[THE NEW DAWN NEWSLETTER     JULY    2017]]>Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:34:58 GMThttp://thenewdawncenter.info/blog/the-new-dawn-newsletter-july-2017
Hope you will join us for this workshop coming up on July 9.  I will be adding more on our newsletter soon.
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