Honeybees at work making honey

Here in New Zealand we have a secret, it’s called Manuka honey and it can heal our bodies both externally and internally, but thats not all, some honey when tested in the lab has been found to contain a second unique healing factor which enhances the uniqueness of this wonderful natural healing nectar. Manuka honey is a ‘mono-floral’ honey, meaning it’s made predominately from one flower, in this case it’s made from the delicate small flowers of the Manuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium) or Tea tree as some call it . Native to the shores of New Zealand, its a pretty low growing tree which has an abundance of tiny white or pink flowers in summer, and it’s wood is highly prized for its aroma and is used in wood fired pizza ovens or in the smoking of many food items, but it’s the nectar we are interested in today. Read more »

Food Matters on DVD

Sometimes I feel that it would be infinitely easier to pretend that our world’s healthcare problems do not exist. It would be bliss to trust that our food industry operates with the public’s best interests at heart and that the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry are committed to human health. I suspect however that you already realize that this is currently a fairy tale dream. Or perhaps you’re like many others and understandably feel confronted by criticism of these paradigms. Whatever the case may be, James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch have learnt the hard way. In 2003, James’ father experienced a severe health crisis. After decades of working in stressful conditions and consuming a typical western diet, Roy Colquhoun’s body completely shut down. Bedridden for months with depression, chronic fatigue, anxiety and severe flu-like symptoms, Roy sought the best medical care available. Psychiatrists and medical specialists recommended a myriad of drugs that did nothing to alleviate Roy’s physical ailments […] Read more »

Himalayan Goji Berries

Goji berries (Lycium barbarum) are the most nutritionally dense fruit on Earth. They are a member of the nightshade family (Solonaceae), which contains many other common vegetables such as potato, tomato, eggplant, and pepper, as well as some poisonous plants like belladonna and deadly nightshade. Native to the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet and Mongolia, the goji berry is now grown in many other countries as well. Read more »

The statistics on diabetes are staggering… Over the last 20 years the world population has grown by 30%. During that same time the population of diabetics in the world has grown by 766%! If you're one of them… this film could change your life. The incidence of diabetes has reached pandemic proportions. Those of us in the western world have a greater choice of foods available to us than ever before in history. We have access to supplements of every type and description, far more food than we need on a daily basis, yet the average person's state of health is arguably worse than any at any other time in history. Read more »

A report from the Union of Concerned Scientists on the value of GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) crops is the first to evaluate in detail the overall yield effect of these crops after more than 20 years of research and 13 years of commercialization in the United States. Based on all the information that's been gathered during that time, the report concludes that these frankencrops have done little to increase overall crop yields. Read more »

Well, you would never guess from the weather today, but it's spring here in New Zealand, and if you've read my article from yesterday you'll know that we've already been exposed to toxic chemicals from neighbors spraying. I was really concerned about our animals, especially our dogs, after reading that in studies looking into how toxins affect pets it was found in general our companion animals had about twice the level of toxins in their bodies that we do. It makes sense when you think about it, our pets are closer to the ground and a lot of toxins come off carpets (including fire retardants) if they spend time inside. Or outside everything that comes in as an airborne toxins will eventually settle on the ground. Since they are living, breathing, lying on and often eating and drinking off the ground – or close to it, it makes sense that they would be exposed to a much higher level of […] Read more »