Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Senator Harkin and Senator Milkuski Rock

This is very exciting! First and foremost for myself as a health counselor, but for all of us who are concerned about our health care, prevention, and living vital, brilliant lives. In February, 4 of the great Integrative doctors of our time gave witness testimonies to a panel of the Senate. This on the heals of President Obama's address, where he stated that Health Care should focus on prevention and so, how do we do that? Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Dean Ornish, and Dr. Andrew Weil each present their argument to support Pres. Obama's health care plan focusing on education and prevention.

What is so exciting is that Iowa Senator, Tom Harkin, is so enthralled by these doctors as they speak, that he wants so badly to harness the knowledge of these Integrative Doctors to make major changes in our health care.

Check out the video here

26 min. mark- Introduces Dr.Oz
40:30 min- Dr. Oz mentions the importance of the Health Coach
41:15 min-Senator Milkuski reiterates the importance of Health Coaches
63:00 min- Discussion of the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Bill
65:25 min- Dr. Mark Hymen-Links disease prevention and treatment to nutrition.
74:12 min- Dr.Dean Ornish
80:50 min- Dr. Andrew Weil
84:30 min- Dr. Weil presents breathing therapy as treatment to Senate(!)
86:12 min- Dr. Weil discusses laughter therapy to Senate (!)
88:35 min- Dr. Weil presents the idea of treating people not only as a physical body (but also a mental, emotional, and spiritual being)
96:20 min- Dr. Dean Ornish taking pills/fear education versus education of preventative health changes and lifestyle changes
97:20 min- Smoking makes you ugly and impetent
100:55 min- Dr. Andrew Weil presents what Doctors are not taught (nutrition, supplements, preventative health). Health store clerks are left to discuss supplements and with no training, are taking the place of pharmacysts.
116: min- discussion of health care in existance
123:15 min-Harness the "Obama effect". His example of being cool to be healthy and a cultural movement to make health and caring about your family a trend
131: min- Good ideas on readdressing the Child Nutrition Bill
133 min- Making healthy transportation a priority

Watching this was really great. I felt relief hearing Senator Harkin speak, he says some powerful things from 133 min mark on. I just wanted to share this with all of you, it is long so I put the marks in there. I hope this gives you all hope and inspiration.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day (intro to swiss chard)

Forget the corned beef and cabbage unless it is a bona-fide soul food for you. Here's a green treat that won't make you turn green...

Swiss Chard is one green that is easy to introduce to people because it's just so damn likable. First of all look at those leaves and the bright red stems (this chard is sometimes called Ruby Chard). Rainbow chard is even more exciting because the stems come in all different colors. Chard has a pretty mild nutty flavor, not as bitter as some other dark leafy greens. To prepare it I dice up a small onion and the stems and saute them in a little EVOO until translucent and softened. I rinse the leaves and then roll them up like cigars to make them easy to cut. Then add the chopped leaves to the pan...no need to add oil because the water on the leaves from rinsing them will help them steam. Saute them down till wilted and while they cook sprinkle in a little garlic powder and a pinch of sea salt. The sea salt brings out the chards natural sweet flavors and the garlic just tastes good.