Article of the Month


If we accept the premise that environmental toxins are linked to many diseases and that the foods we eat are affected by this condition, then reversing those problems should reverse the disease. If foods we consume, grown with extra hormones or pesticides, cause cancers, then eating pure foods that have no pesticides and no additives can certainly “uncause” cancer.

Logical? Yes. Possible? Absolutely.


One of the most prevalent causes of death in our present society is cancer. Cancer is basically the failure of the repairing and defense systems of our body.

The body’s ability to heal itself is a result of optimal nutrients that keep our system functioning. Quality foods provide those nutrients-quality being the key word.

In 1988, the U.S. Surgeon General declared that diet helps prevent cancer as well as other diseases.

Cancer-fighting foods were flying high in every newspaper, but critics emerged proving that our foods were often empty foods. Many of the cancer-fighting nutrients we cherished in our foods were gone forever!

The supplement business soon began to boom. Recently our government’s health agencies finally recognized that our foods were not giving us what we need and endorsed adding nutrients to our diet. Let’s look at some of these nutrients to see how they truly affect our health.

  • Beta Carotene: Found in carrots, leafy green vegetables, sweet potatoes and spinach, has interactions that reduce cervical, most oral, stomach and lung cancers.
  • Calcium: Contained in most dark-green vegetables, seeds, nuts and salmon, promotes cell metabolism along with healthy bones. The research shows that it is helpful for colon cancer.

The problem with milk and dairy products as calcium sources is two-fold: added growth hormones and the inability for some to digest dairy. It’s not by accident that with the added growth hormones in dairy, children (especially girls) are having extreme hormonal acceleration. Growth hormones, it has been documented, may contribute to multiplication of tumors. Don’t think twice-if you drink milk or eat any dairy, buy organic!

  • Vitamin B6, in all sweet potatoes, leafy green vegetables, bananas, apples and carrots, assists with cervical cancer prevention and increased immune function.
  • Vitamin C, found in citrus fruits, vegetables, broccoli and green peppers, improves the immune system.
  • Flax seed oil contains essential fatty acids that help balance prostagladins which regulate fat metabolism, hormones, inflammation as well as the immune, cardiovascular and central nervous systems. It’s best to use either flax seed or the flax oil tablets (organic of course).

Foods that contain flax (omega-3 fatty acids) are fish, salmon, cod, haddock and, if you’re brave, sardines. Flax oil prevents breast cancer and promotes good cell function.

Selenium is a trace mineral found in vegetables and fruits which aids the body in the production of glutathione perioxidose, an enzyme that aids detoxification.

Research has been running in high gear on selenium and cancer prevention; many researchers believe selenium can make a huge difference in cancer prevention. 

At the annual meeting of the American Societies for Experimental Biology held in Washington D.C. in 1996, Dr. Larry Clark presented the results of a pioneering 10-year clinical study showing that the effects of selenium significantly cut cancer incidences and cancer death rates.

Dr. Richard Passwater reviewed numerous selenium cancer studies representing evidence that selenium dramatically cuts cancer incidence.

He summarized several studies that showed selenium had the following effects: stimulation of immune response, maintenance of cellular respiration, protection of the liver and detoxification of environmental mutagens or carcinogens.

Many of the studies show that selenium is also critical in preventing prostate cancer. Selenium receives our medal of honor for fighting cancer.

It’s obvious that food power is only as good as the quality of the food. Do we need to take nutrients? Yes! But we also need to become affiliated with productive power foods-organic, organic, organic!

Don’t listen to the hype that organic food is a waste of your money. It is not. It’s actually a waste of our lives to not eat as much organic as possible. Consider growing your own organic foods; even a small plot can yield numerous non-pesticide grown veggies.

Proper cooking is also essential. Lightly steaming veggies and eating your fruits separately all provide productive power foods.

Above all, and with great determination, work diligently at setting up a supplemental nutrient program that gives you a source of protection from our environmental ills. Develop a personalized program supervised by a holistic practitioner.

Don’t depend upon your doctor to give you permission to take nutrients-in most medical schools they have but one class on nutrition. It may be time to practice an integrative and complementary approach to your healthcare that includes both your doctor and your holistic practitioner.

Some say that believing in the more natural approach to healing is like believing in miracles. I leave you with a quote from David Ben-Gurion: “Anyone who doesn’t believe in miracles is not a realist.

Mary Jo Ruggieri, PhD, BCPP

Healthy Tidbits

Tomatoes, Tomatoes Everywhere!

Wondering what to do with all of those Tomatoes in your garden? Here are some great recipes from Robyn Openshaw!

Healthy Garden Fresh Tomato Catsup

  •    5 cups Garden Fresh Tomatoes cut into large chunks
  •    1 cup balsamic or apple cider vinegar
  •    3 cups dehydrated tomatoes
  •    1/4 cup dates
  •    1 teaspoon sea salt
  •    1 clove garlic
  •    1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Blend ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.  Serve or refrigerate. This catsup is great on “healthy fries.”

Healthy Fries

Cut potatoes (sweet or white but leave skins on) into potato slices. Place on lightly oiled baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, flipping them over when they are half cooked.

Garden Fresh Vegan Cream of Tomato Soup

  •    8 cups Garden Fresh Tomatoes cut into large chunks
  •    3 cups dehydrated tomatoes
  •    1 cup rice milk
  •    1 cup soaked raw cashews
  •    1 cup nutritional yeast
  •    2 dates
  •    3 cloves garlic
  •    1 teaspoon sea salt
  •    1 teaspoon black pepper

In a high-speed blender, blend everything until smooth except four cups of chopped tomatoes. Pour into a sauce pan. Add remaining four cups of tomatoes. Cook on a medium heat until soup starts to boil slightly. Turn to a low heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Serve with your favorite healthy crackers and enjoy.



How to Make a Green Smoothie! 

The simple easy way!
Are you getting enough greens? They contain the most bio-available minerals of all foods. Living green foods have to be plentiful in the human diet. Our digestive tracts, the way they’re built, demand lots of plant food. 
And all the nutrients in greens are highly bio-available to humans. Watch this video by the Green Smoothie Girl for a easy, simple start to making a green smoothie and adding more GREEN to your life!



Juicing for Health

Cut, Slice, Dice, Juice!


Fresh Juices are complete whole foods. Juicing is the fastest way to get live and Enzyme rich foods into your diet.

Green Juices to the Rescue


  • Excellent cleansers-assist in eliminating mucous.

  • Help eliminating toxins from body.

  • Helps to calm inflammation.

  • Nourishes cells

  • Alkalizes the body

  • Balances blood sugar

Veggies to Juice that have Therapeutic Properties

  • Sprouts:(most all sprouts) complete food high in proteins, alkalizing, helps blood coagulate, Immune booster.
  • Cucumber:Cooling, good for kidneys, skin, natural diuretic, muscle, connective tissue health.
  • Celery:Alkalizing, hydrates, lowers blood pressure, hellps digestion.
  • Carrots:Cancer prevention, cleanses liver, helps skin problems, very alkalizing.
  • Red/Green Pepper:Anti-oxidant, immune builder
  • Beets:Cleanses blood, helps circulation, colon, liver, gall bladder health.
  • Garlic:Anti-viral, lowers cholesterol, Immune builder.
  • Ginger:Digestive balance, anti inflammatory, immune builder.
  • Potato:Great for joint issues.
Reference: Mary Jo Ruggieri, PhD, HHP, BCPP

 Holistic Health Research


Autism Update


According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since 2007 the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum disorder has increased by 78%. Discussions in the media about Autism tend to focus on whether or not vaccines play a role, but researchers have been focusing on other factors.


One focus has been the immune system where researchers have made some extraordinary breakthroughs in discovering a link between inflammatory disorders and autism for at last one-third and maybe more of those affected. The research is well summarized in a recent New York Times article, An Immune Disorder at the Root of Autism.


Read some of the research:



The August 2012 issue of Nature  discussed study results that point to the age of the father as a factor in gene mutation that could also be related to autism.  The article includes a podcast link to an interview with  Kári Stefánsson, chief executive of deCODE Genetics in Reykjavik.


Heidi Beke-Harrigan, BCPP, RPP at and at Green Wisdom on Facebook.

Essential Herbs

About Herbal Healthcare

Herbology is the use of plants for health and wellness thus encompasses many forms of practice. It is fundamental to primary health care worldwide.

Herbology is a natural, non-toxic way to bring balance to a person’s health. It is a Holistic system of healthcare and embraces all levels of an individuals physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

An herbal practitioner takes a holistic approach, accessing the whole person rather than just symptoms. This is based on a philosophy that suppression of symptoms alone may not lead to complete health, because underlying problems are not addressed.

 Herbology may be used not just when ailments occur, but also to maintain the general health and vitality of patients. It is suited to people of all ages, from babies to the elderly.

What is Herbal Healthcare?

Herbal health is the use of plants as the basis of the practice. It is fundamental to primary health care worldwide. It is holistic, meaning it treats the whole person, embracing all levels of an individual: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.


The majority of the world’s population relies on herbals as its primary form of treatment, and indeed most modern drugs originate from isolated phytochemicals (phyto – plant: a phytochemical is a chemical constituent of a plant).

Herbalism is both an ancient art and a modern science. Plants provide the principal ingredients in medicines used in most medical traditions globally. According to the World Health Organization, 80 per cent of people in the world use herbal healthcare as their primary form of healthcare.





Learn About Every Holistic Health Modality A-Z

Holistic Health Glossary

Releases patterns of chronic tension in the body through slow strokes and/or deep finger pressure on contracted muscles, either following or going across the grain of muscles and tendon. Can be  used for specific areas or full-body.

This technique brings in 10 more “virtual” strands of DNA, connects these to our current two  strands and brings their functionality into being. This accelerates self-discovery and self-healing  on the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual levels.

Apply to electronically produced impulses to kill pathogens.

An ancient system of spiritual psychology used for centuries to understand the development of  the soul. Although the familiar symbol was devised by Pythagoras, the Enneagram system  originated in the Middle East in 2500BC. Similar to the Meyers-Briggs personality test, the  Enneagram can be used to identify one’s strengths and weaknesses among nine major  characteristics.

Are the volatile essences extracted from aromatic plants by steam, distillation, expression or  solvent extraction. Essential oils are applied topically or inhaled, and act on physical, emotional
and psychological processes.  


*Compiled by the Art of Well Being. / Institute of Holistic Health Careers


Come Blog With Mary Jo!

Ask Charoula about Herbs