January 2009


Recently many products containing peanut butter have been recalled.

http://vegetarianindominica.wordpress.com/2009/01/17/salmonella-in-our-peanut-butter/

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 America’s tweens and teens more than doubled their use of type 2 diabetes medications between 2002 and 2005, with girls between 10 and 14 years of age showing a 166 percent increase. One likely cause: Obesity, which is closely associated with type 2 diabetes.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/11/081103102121.htm

 The human body is a complex organism with the ability in most cases to heal itself – if only you listen to it and respond with proper nourishment and care.” ~ Introduction, Prescription for Nutritional Healing by James and Phyllis Balch.

 

 Breadfruit – Super Food, Super Nutrition              

Recently we had roasted breadfruit at Ross Campus and the students really loved it. One student took it home and told me she was enjoying it days later!

 

I first tasted breadfruit while traveling through the Caribbean studying vegetarian cooking in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Each island I visited had a wide range of recipes for utilizing the breadfruit; my favorite was the roasted breadfruit; but close behind was a delicious vegetarian calallu (spinach) ital with coconut gravy and breadfruit pieces. It was so common on all the islands; I found it hard to believe when I discovered it was not indigenous to the Caribbean area.

 

Rather this incredible tree originated in the South Pacific, and is thought to have been introduced to the West Indies in the 1700’s.

 

Breadfruit and the other provisions traditionally eaten throughout the Caribbean; are the most healthy, ecological way to get the complex carbohydrates we need; equivalent to the whole grains of Europe and North America.

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Every drop in the ocean counts. ~ Yoko Ono

 

RESPECT  to ITME; the Institute for Tropical Marine Ecology. I met Dr. Steiner at a meeting of the Dominica Conservation Association. When he told me he had opened a school and research centre here I was impressed. Over the years ITME has brought people from all over the globe to study our marine environments. Based on the exploration and research carried out by students and staff; ITME has recorded and published a website on Marine Habitats of Dominica. This year ITME will be hosting the 34th Scientific Conference of the AMLC (Association of the Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean), right here in Dominica………nuff respect.   

 

 

 

 

 

HOLISTIC EDUCATION

Nature Education – Dominica’s Ocean Environment

Teaching young children to love their environment is one of my great joys in life. I am convinced it is the first step to creating passionate environmentalists. I love to teach thematically using local environmental systems to teach math; language arts; science, social studies, health and any other curriculum standard feasible. This allows an in depth look to be taken at the theme chosen. Themes can change by the week, the month, the semester or even the year. The do not have to be focused on the environment it can be almost any suitable topic.  

 

 

As a teacher at Pioneer Prep; I often used Dominica’s Oceans as a semester theme. We did ocean math; ocean language arts; ocean science experiements; ocean read alouds, ocean spelling, ocean art and sang ocean songs.

 

 

I tied everything together using a large wall mural. Starting with basic concepts such as land and shore, levels of ocean the students/teacher draw Dominica rising out of the ocean. We drew and labeled the animals and plants of the sea and attached them to the levels of the ocean they lived in. The water cycle is easily added to this same mural too.

 

 Young children who come to know and love their environment grow up wanting to protect it. Children need to know that they are neighbours to a whale family that lives just off shore less then a mile away!

 

 

Ocean Education Links

ITME Marine Habitats of Dominica a virtual tour through the costal waters of the island

 

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HOLISTIC EDUCATION
Nature Education
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ITME; Institute for Tropical Marine Education ITME is a private, tertiary level research/education institution, registered by the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica. ITME focuses on the biological investigation of tropical marine environments in regions where such activities have not been carried out, only marginally, or not in recent times

 

 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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 Yoga classes at Crescent Moon Cabins; January 26 to 30; 7:30 am to 9:00 am and 4:45 pm to 6:15 pm; $10 US or $25 EC per class. Visiting yoga teacher. Contact: 449-3449


 DHTA – Dominica Hotel and Tourisma Association General Meeting January 22. Venue to be announced.

 

 

Phenomenal Caribbean Women Symposium; January 31, 2009; 9 am; Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Morne Bruce, Dominica; Tel + 1 767 449 9649.

                                                                                                    

Dominica Herbal Association, General Membership Meeting; Monday, Feb 2; 2:30 pm; Fisheries, Roseau.

 

Dominica Organic Agriculture Movement; DOAM General Membership Meeting; Tuesday Feb 3; 4:00 pm, Prevost Cine Mall, Roseau

 

“The Next Great Love Poem” Competition; Hosted by The National Youth Council in collaboration with Free Expressions Poetry Company. Youth 13 to 35 submit entries before February 7; email: nyc_dom@hotmail.com; office: 15 Bath Road, Roseau.

   

“The Next Great Love Poem” Competition Show; “Many Moods of Love”; February 15th; 7 pm; Alliance Francaise de la Dominique. The show is also expected to feature other Dominican poets, dancers, singers as well.

 

International EcoFest 2009; “A celebration of the world’s progress on saving our beautiful planet”; Rosalie Forest Eco Lodge, Dominica; Friday May 1st to Friday May 8.

 

34th Scientific Conference of the AMLC  – Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean; to be hosted by ITME, May 25-29, 2009, Fort Young Hotel Conference Centre, Roseau, Dominica.  

 

REGIONAL

 

International Conference Sustainable Animal Production in the Humid Tropics – Guadeloupe; 7-13 March 2009.   ► The Flyer

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

 

The 29th Annual Ecological Farming Conference: January 21 – 24, 2009 at Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California, on the shores of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

 

 The 2nd World Congress of Agroforestry Nairobi, Kenya; 20-29 August 2009. Agroforestry – The Future of Global Land Use.

 

CLASSIFIED

New Book Release: Plants of Dominica‘s Southeast, highlights the flora and fauna found along the six most popular trails in the southeast: Denier Falls, Anba Wavin, Siwik Falls, Secret Beach, Sari Sari Falls, Glasci and Victoria Falls! 276-0586 ALLAN GEORGE/276-4280 RONALD GREEN

 

Organic Oyster Mushroom Crop in! Oyster mushrooms have phenomenal nutritional and health benefits. Contact rainforestmushroomsdominica@yahoo.com

 

Email me with your event or programme; we can include it in our blogs and newsletter. This newsletter and the blog require that each event/programme in some way promote holistic, healthy or natural living.

“In the future, food will be used as a preventative medicine. Growing evidence points in the direction that certain foods fight disease–the way of the future is prevention.” ~ Dr. James and Phyllis Balch; Prescription for Dietary Wellness

Respect to Shannah Robin; a long time promoter of healthy living in Dominica.  Shannah offers classes in martial arts and yoga; addressing the needs of both children and adults in his programmes. Living the lifestyle as well; Shannah has recently received his 3rd black belt. I have watched the effect his programme has on children and I am impressed with his skill in encouraging focus and concentration in his students……….nuff respect.

Healthy Lifestyle as a Treatment for Heart Disease

In 1998 Dr. Dean Ornish released a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing that it was possible for heart disease to be not only prevented but REVERSED through comprehensive lifestyle changes.

In 2002 Dr. Ornish stated in an interview that he was disappointed that the medical association was not taking this study further. Well it was just a matter of time. 

Now the home page on the American Heart Association Website  is all about healthy lifestyle. 

The Jamaican Gleanor writes of Heart Disease being preventable.  “It is of interest to note that up until the middle of the 20th century, heart attacks seldom occurred in Jamaica.”

In 1997, Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Pittsburgh, PA became the first health insurer in the country to provide the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease as a covered benefit for its members.

Thanks to Dr. Ornish this is now a mainstream concept.

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE RESOURCES
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Martial Arts Instructors
Shannah Robin – Purple Dragon Dojo Dominica; holder of 3 black belts; trained in teaching Don Jitsu Ryu and Ashtanga Yoga; #43 Hillsborough StRoseau, Common Wealth of Dominica WI. Phone: 1 767 245 8902; 1 767 614 5406; Email: shatoo22@hotmail.com

 

 

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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Yoga classes at Crescent Moon Cabins; January 26 to 30; 7:30 am to 9:00 am and 4:45 pm to 6:15 pm; $10 US or $25EC per class. Visiting yoga teacher. Contact: 449-3449

International EcoFest 2009; “A celebration of the world’s progress on saving our beautiful planet”; Rosalie Forest Eco Lodge, Dominica; Friday May 1st to Friday May 8.

 

REGIONAL

International Conference Sustainable Animal Production in the Humid Tropics – Guadeloupe; 7-13 March 2009.   ► The Flyer

INTERNATIONAL

 The 2nd World Congress of Agroforestry Nairobi, Kenya; 20-29 August 2009. Agroforestry – The Future of Global Land Use.

 The 29th Annual Ecological Farming Conference: January 21 – 24, 2009 at Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California, on the shores of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

 

“There are 70 pesticides that are listed as known or probable carcinogens, based on animal testing. Of those 70, 44 are in use today, and 23 are used on our food.” ~ Gina Solomon, specialist in internal medicine [2001]

What if Domininica was an organic island? – Organic Markets are growing

Markets for organic produce and products are growing; according to an IFOAM document presented at  the Ecological Farm Conference in January 2008 called Global Statistics of the Organic Market; global sales of organic food and drink have increased by 42% between 2002 and 2005 and experts are predicting organic markets to grow even faster in the next few years.

 

Just having returned from working in the health food industry in Canada; I saw with my own eyes that the growth of organic products has been tremendous in the last 10 years.

When volunteering at the Toronto Vegetarian Fair; one of the largest Vegetarian Fairs in North America I walked around the food distributors booths. When I told them where I was from many asked me what organic products we had as an island; especially asking for chocolate.

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Organic Links

 

 

French bees find a haven in pesticide free Paris.

 

 

 Natural Expo Japan Besides the host country Japan, there was a particularly strong presence of exhibitors from Germany, Austria, Australia, Mexico and Thailand this year. Newcomers in 2008 were Costa Rica, Madagascar and New Zealand.

 

 Sales of organic products are still increasing in Italy. 

 

 Conferences

 

International Conference Sustainable Animal Production in the Humid TropicsGuadeloupe; 7-13 March 2009.   The Flyer

 

 The 29th Annual Ecological Farming Conference: January 21 – 24, 2009 at Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California, on the shores of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

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ORGANIC AGRICULTURE

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Rainforest Mushrooms Organic Oyster Mushrooms. Reishi Medicinal Mushrooms. Organic Mushroom Farm Tours. Arts and Crafts. Music and Poetry. Paintings. Herbal Products. Indigenous Local Instruments. Consulting Services in Mushroom Cultivation. Contact us to join our data base; we’ll inform you of new mushroom crop. 449-1836, 225-8678, rainforestmushroomsdominica@yahoo.com

 

 Non Profit Organizations:

DOAM: Dominica Organic Agriculture Movement. 

 

 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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Wise Woman Moon Bathing Rainforest Shangri-La Resort; Wotten Waven; Saturday 10th January 2009; 5 pm til we sigh. Women Only Event; EC $40 

 The 2nd World Congress of AgroforestryNairobi, Kenya; 20-29 August 2009. Agroforestry – The Future of Global Land Use.