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Volume 12 Issue 3
Sept/October 2006

Turnips or Rutabagas? Delicious and Nutritious Superfood

Integrative Pain Medicine: A Rapidly Expanding Field of Health Care

The Diderot Effect: Staying Simple in the City

Calling All Angels: A Speaker Series Presented by Archangels Landing

Bruno Groening Circle of Friends: A Spiritual Way to Healing

Editorial

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Volume 12 Issue 3 —September/October 2006

The current issue Turnips or Rutabagas?
Delicious and Nutritious Superfood

by Paulette Millis

In Canada we often call this yellow winter vegetable a "turnip" but the correct name is "rutabaga". Rutabagas are members of the cruciferous vegetable family and have the botanical name Brassica napus. Turnips are members of the mustard family and they differ in appearance and taste. Generally speaking, rutabagas are usually yellow while turnips are most often white. The rutabaga, or Swedish Turnip, has a swollen "neck" that has a number of ridges from the leaf base scars, and leaves that look like cabbage leaves until the roots begin to swell. Rutabagas are sweeter and denser than turnips. In fact they may be substituted for carrots in some recipes. Turnips have little or no neck and hairy green leaves. They are round, flat, or top-shaped and the flesh is white or yellow. The Purple Top White Globe is the most popular variety. It has a globe-shaped root with an irregular purple cap, and its flesh is white, sweet, crisp, and tender. Rutabagas are larger than turnips, they grow best in a cool climate, and they are a hardy long-lasting, easy-to-store crop. The rutabaga has a longer ripening period than the turnip. One source said that most of the rutabagas eaten in the US are imported from Canada.

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Integrative Pain Medicine
A Rapidly Expanding Field of Health Care
by dr. anita chakravarti

Pain is a universal experience—a little boy with a scraped elbow whose mom can kiss it better, a woman experiencing the pain of labour and the miracle of childbirth, a man recovering from hip surgery, a woman with fibromyalgia, a patient dying with terminal cancer. Yet, it can also be someone experiencing the pain of loss—the death of a spouse, the illness of a child, the betrayal of a friend, failure at a job, the death of a dream. It can be the pain of loneliness. Pain is often feared more than death itself.

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The Diderot Effect: Staying Simple in the City
by Bruce Elkin

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more
. -Melody Beattie

In an essay titled "On Parting with My Old Dressing Gown," French philosopher Denis Diderot described receiving a fancy velvet robe as a gift. He loved his new robe, but, shortly, he noticed its magnificence made his study look threadbare. His desk, rug, and chairs looked shabby by comparison. So, one by one, he replaced his furnishings with new ones that matched the robe's richness. Later, surrounded by bright and modern furnishings, he regretted giving up the old robe. He resented the new one for "forcing everything else to conform with its own elegant tone." In The Overspent American, Juliet Schor says consumer researchers call striving for such lifestyle conformity the "Diderot Effect". Purchasing a new home leads to buying new furniture. A new jacket needs a new skirt or slacks to set it off. Moving to an upscale area prompts thoughts of a car upgrade.

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Calling All Angels
A Speaker Series Presented by Archangels Landing

by Deborah Kenney

Archangels Landing was created to help fellow human beings in their pursuit of mind, body, and spirit wellness. We are here to brighten the path for those people wanting to experience the "NOW" and live life with passion and purpose. To this end, the Calling All Angels speaker series has a twofold purpose: 1) To generate a source of revenue to support the creation of Starburst Healing Centres-sanctuaries for those wishing to live in spirit, unconditionally and free. These Centres are being created to empower and supply tools for development of Self. Each Centre will house an array of holistic practitioners for physical, emotional, and spiritual growth and recovery; 2) To inspire, educate, and nourish individuals at all levels in their mind, body, and soul development. Our intent is to bring today's motivating leaders of mind, body, and spirit to share their stories of personal growth and healing to audiences across Canada. We are seeking out speakers with a message. We are supplying a spiritual platform to deliver that message and we are calling for those to hear that message.

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Bruno Groening Circle of Friends
A Spiritual Way to Healing

by Andrea Niemerg

Gerhard Blaettner, a German medical doctor, recalls: "One day my own patients, whom I had been treating for over a decade, came to tell me about their healing through the teachings of Bruno Groening. From a medical point of view I had applied every possibility to help them, but I had not been able to heal their chronic suffering." Very skeptical at first, Dr. Blaettner was finally completely convinced of the effectiveness of Bruno Groening's teachings when his own wife was spontaneously healed from chronic arthritis. Since then, he has been delivering free public lectures on this topic all over the world, with the help of numerous colleagues from different countries. Is there a healing power that can help people? In his lectures Bruno Groening (1906-1959) constantly talked about the Divine force, or life force, - or Heilstrom, as he termed it - that anybody could take in easily. Bruno Groening became well-known with the public due to extraordinary healings which occurred during his lectures.

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Editorial
by Melva Armstrong

What an incredible summer! It is one of the longest and warmest I can remember. There has been lots of sunshine and lots of heat so I trust that folks here will feel blessed and will have no need to be grumpy about having a "too short" summer, as often is the case. So kudos to Mother Nature for giving us such gorgeous weather. It sure seems to have lifted the spirits of the folks around me and my own, as well. My walks through the park, then down the hill, and along the path on the riverbank have continued to be grounding and inspiring, and over the last two months I have marvelled at the rapid regeneration of some of the wild bushes, trees, flowers, and plants after the Meewasin staff mowed them down with large tractor-mowers and, in some cases, drove over them with big trucks dumping top soil and wood chips on portions they had rototilled. One of the little hills I walk over had all the lovely green and purple-flowered shrubs cut and trampled down so it was brown, barren, and bald-looking. I was very sad and felt like crying when I first saw it. Then amazingly, with the abundant sunshine, some rain, and growing time, the green has begun to come back and flourish on that little hill and with that I was reminded how mighty and powerful is the will of Mother Nature - humankind can knock her down but she always bounces back. What a great lesson for all of us!

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