Rest in Peace Gordon V.

Gordon Van Wagoner R.I.P.
Gordon Van Wagoner R.I.P.

I think this happened before I ever put up GreenSmoothieGirl.com. My church women’s organization asked me to teach a nutrition class. I don’t think I’d ever taught a class before, before. 12 Steps to Whole Foods was in embryonic stages, at best.

I didn’t know much about teaching. I decided to teach these ladies EVERYTHING IN MY BRAIN about nutrition. I spent three full days preparing. I made yeast-free sourdough whole-grain bread. Green smoothies. My Hot-Pink breakfast smoothie full of beets and carrots. Fermented foods! Sprouting! Dehydrating!

It was my decade of experience in nutrition, in one giant brain-dump! An hour of fire-hosing people with more information than anyone could ever absorb!

As you can imagine, things didn’t go that well. My 12×12 granite patio table was FULL of demo stuff. That’s right, I didn’t just talk about all that stuff, I SHOWED how to make it all, and let people taste.

About 20 women came. Two sat on the front row, on my backyard deck, and talked out loud to each other through my whole talk. I was totally demoralized. Most of them had come to socialize, and weren’t interested in the subject. LDS (Mormon) Enrichment Meetings, weekly, are often a homemaker’s evening out. That night, I cried. I felt my class was an epic failure. I wanted to crawl under my bed and not come out. I didn’t feel they even wanted to learn what I’d spent days preparing for.

Goji berries
Goji berries

But while I didn’t know Kris well, a retired nurse, she sat on the back row and took notes on everything. She was one of the very first subscribers of 12 Steps to Whole Foods, back when I wrote and released one chapter per month as a PDF!

She implemented it all. We became friends. I totally love her, and she taught me things and shared with me, too. When she planted a goji tree in her front yard, I had to have TWO. (Mine never grew, though. L)

Years later, Kris’ husband, Gordon, was diagnosed with CLL leukemia. They said he’d likely had it for many, many years already. There are several acres behind his home sprayed with pesticide, and he was a shop teacher exposed to tons of heavy metals he tested high in, post-diagnosis.

I’m sure the amazing diet Kris had him on is why, several years past his diagnosis, he had great quality of life. (He never did any chemo or radiation. Kris and I sat down to talk through alternatives in cancer treatment, I sent her to some of my favorite resources, and she got Gordon into heavy-metal chelation treatment and they upped their game in nutrition, too.) I ran into him twice in the past year, even though I’ve moved away from that street. He said he felt good.

thankyouBut in early November, Gordon got pneumonia and died quickly of complications.

I am so sad. I loved him. I missed his funeral because I was speaking in Florida.

When I became a single mom, Gordon helped me and was a good and kind neighbor and friend. One time I did a lecture in our little town of Lindon, Utah, and Gordon found me 50 chairs and volunteered to pick them up in his trailer and come set them up for me.

I want to tell him and his family that I love him, his amazing wife Kris, and I miss them both. Thank you, Gordon, for your impact on my life and many others, and thank you for your support of my work. You are a quiet hero and your life was good, honest, and an example to me.

My former traditional dentist friend weighs in about MERCURY FILLINGS

toothpasteDear readers, it’s been a while since I posted on my research about the exciting, burgeoning field of “biological dentistry.” A couple of years ago I wrote fairly extensively about my own dental saga (thanks to the first 30 years of my life eating a LOT of sugar, and doing lots of toxic dental work needing to be replaced).

I have been fascinated by Dr. Michelle Jorgenson’s conversion from traditional dentistry to “biological dentistry.” Today I was in her office and saw her employees reading articles she required, on how to treat dental problems as part of the whole organism’s overall health. Very exciting! Because she lives near me and has shown her education in, and commitment to, holistic dentistry, she is now my family dentist.

I think you’ll find this very interesting, Dr. Jorgenson’s story, and her thoughts on mercury fillings and the state of modern dentistry:

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Dr. Michelle Jorgenson

My name is Dr. Michelle Jorgensen, and I am a second generation dentist.  My father is a dentist, and knew I wanted to be just like him. He is an avid runner and has been extremely healthy his entire career, and that’s what I thought all dentists were like.  When I started to have nagging health issues about 15 years into my practice, I didn’t think it had anything to do with dentistry. Food sensitivities, numbness in my right hand and arm, forgetting things, my nose constantly plugged, difficulty breathing…what in the world could all of these things be from?

Gloomy days started and I thought about leaving my practice.  I emailed a colleague about my issues, and he said my email reminded him of himself 10 years earlier.  He suspected mercury toxicity. I was shocked. I had not placed a mercury filling for over 15 years. He asked if I removed mercury fillings in my practice.  Every day I do!  That was the beginning of my journey to become a biological dentist.

Mercury + Silver = Amalgam

Let’s step back.   The first mercury dental filling material was made in France in 1816.  A Frenchman mixed mercury with shavings from silver coins.  It formed a soft paste that could easily be packed into a hole in the tooth, and shaped before it turned hard.  This was brought to the US in 1830 and was an instant success.  This new filling material was inexpensive, easy to use, lasted a long time, and sealed the tooth fairly well.  It became popular very quickly.

That first filling material was 50% mercury (the liquid shiny stuff in thermometers) and 50% silver.   When I told a friend, who was a successful professional, about my health problems from mercury, he looked confused. “There is mercury in silver fillings?! They don’t put mercury in, anymore, do they?” I’m afraid so – in fact, 50% of those “silver” fillings today and 150 years ago, are mercury.

mad hatterMad Hatters

When this material was introduced, barber/dentists did much of the dental work, and they loved these new fillings. They were easy to place and they could make money on them.  The few  doctors that did dentistry were not so excited about it.  They knew the symptoms of mercury exposure from watching hat makers. The hat makers would use mercury to turn fur into felt.  After repeated exposure to this mercury, the hat makers started showing bizarre behavior.  This is where the term “mad hatter” comes from – the mercury quite literally was making them mad!

The doctors were concerned that mercury was being placed into teeth. but the barbers didn’t care.  They were making money on these easy fillings.  Mercury/silver fillings were here to stay.

Toxic Material

That is the background to dental mercury fillings, and they are still being used today in nearly 50% of dental offices in the US. Science and medicine has since confirmed that mercury is a poison to our system.  Why are dentists still placing these fillings?  Recently, I talked to a dentist who graduated from dental school 4 years ago.  I explained my concerns about my patients and myself  breathing in mercury vapors as I remove old mercury fillings.  He said he’s never heard anything about it.  He didn’t know it could be a problem for patients or dentists.  He graduated FOUR years ago. This is not new information. It’s obvious the dental community at large doesn’t even understand the problem.

Controversy

The safety of mercury fillings continues to be a very controversial subject.  For your information, here are some undisputed facts:

Mercury is the most neuro-toxic, non-radioactive element on the planet.  It is more neurotoxic than arsenic or lead.
Dental researchers now concede that mercury vapor is released from unstimulated amalgam fillings 24 hours a day.
Chewing, brushing, temperature increases and clenching/grinding have been shown to release mercury vapor.
The FDA and the American Dental Association promote amalgam fillings as standard of care dentistry.  Dentists who place amalgam fillings do so in good faith, believing in the efficacy, safety, cost-effectiveness, and longevity of amalgams.
Sweden, Austria, Denmark, and Norway have all banned amalgam fillings.

metal fillingsSo…  Do mercury fillings affect your health?  STUDIES SUPPORT BOTH SIDES OF THE CONTROVERSY.  You must do your own research and decide what is best for you. When existing amalgam fillings are still functioning, it must be your personal choice to have them replaced with other materials, either for health reasons or if you want your teeth to look better.

Fix What’s Broken

Even if you choose  not to have them removed for health reasons, mercury fillings aren’t a permanent fix for a tooth.  They have an average life-span of 8-12 years.  How long have you had your old fillings? You most likely will need to have them replaced, and you need to know how to keep yourself safe when you do.

I was a “mercury-free” dentist for 14 years.  Now I am a “mercury-safe” dentist.  There is a difference. The greatest exposure to mercury comes when the old filling is drilled out.  Safe procedures can reduce exposure by up to 90%.

What are those procedures?  There are 10 that are generally regarded as the standard to be mercury safe.

1. Keeping it cool–to reduce mercury release,  a lot of water is used to keep the filling cool.

2. Rocks, not pebbles–the filling is cut into large chunks, which reduces the amount of drilling.

3. Get it all out–the vacuum must be very strong and placed as close to the tooth as possible.

4. To breathe or not to breathe–avoid breathing through your mouth during the procedure.

5. Dam it – a rubber dam won’t keep vapors out, but it will keep particles out of your mouth.

6. Clean up, clean up–everything in the area and around the area should be rinsed very well.

7. Big vacuum–a very large vacuum is placed right below the chin.

8. Ions are friends – An ionizer traps any mercury still left in the air.

9. Rinse and spit–after the procedure,  rinse very well, even gargle in the back, and spit.

10. After the fact–removing mercury fillings ,even in a safe way, will always produce a temporary increase in a person’s exposure to mercury.  Make sure all of your routes of elimination are clear and ready to do their job.

total dental careI am now using all of the mercury safe procedures in my office, and things have started to look up for my health.  I don’t know if that was the main source of my health problems or not, but I don’t want to risk becoming a “mad dentist”!   I’m staying safe, and keeping my patients safe from now on!  For more information, look up biological dental information at www.totalcaredental.com.

–Dr. Michelle Jorgenson’s practice, Total Care Dental, is in American Fork, Utah

How I lost 70 pounds with NO SUFFERING!

2015Happy 2015!

Hello my friends! This year I have a new class I’m teaching in a city near you in the next few months! JANUARY I’m speaking in Reno, California, Utah, Atlanta, and North Carolina!

ALL tickets are free this year, and I’m showing you the secret to how I lost 70 pounds years ago….

–without counting calories

–without spending a lot of money

–and without eating miserable food!

photoboothIn the early years, my green smoothies weren’t as amazing as the one I’m going to show you at the lecture! Come take a photo with me, in our all-green Selfie Smoothie Station, and have a drink on me (I’m making the smoothies). I’m going to show you how to make your green smoothie a COMPLETE MEAL and a SUPERFOOD like no other habit can do.

You’ll leave with the recipe, a sample, and all the information in your hands. Bring a friend and get an extra ticket in our raffle for free cool stuff.

To Your Health in 2015! My wish for you is that it be the best year you’ve ever had–see you soon!

I recommend you stock up on raw almonds!

cali droughtThe California drought may have long-term effects. This story is interesting, about the effect on groundwater of several years of drought. This year’s almond crop was actually quite high-yield, but some experts say that almond supply could drop sharply starting next year, and of course prices will soar. I keep mine in the freezer in gallon Ziploc bags. I recommend you stock up in this year’s group buy.

I am not certain if we will do a group buy after 2014, as we are folding most of our business activities into GSGLife.com beginning Jan. 1. But for sure if we do continue the group buy, it will NOT have GSG products in it. Here’s this year’s group buy, with lots of unprocessed, nutrient-dense whole foods kitchen staples!gsgalmonds

We started the group buy because it’s so hard to find unpasteurized almonds anywhere. We get them directly from the grower, and because we are just facilitating your purchase through them, and California law allows 100# per day to any given person, we are able to help you avoid having to eat heat-treated almonds. That’s what they sell in the store as “raw,” but in fact they have been heated well above the temperature that kills enzymes.

We’re taking orders only through Oct. 25, so check it out HERE, and organize your neighborhood to stock up!

Science compared every diet. The winner? Real food!

shutterstock_194081942Dr. David Katz and Dr. Stephanie Meller, at Yale University, completed a survey of the published research on diet over the past decade. The primary finding, surveying thousands of studies?

“A diet of minimally processed foods close to nature, predominantly plants, is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention.”

Score one for my mission. This is what we teach. Eat plants, unprocessed ones!

The study compared low carb, low-fat, low glycemic, Mediterranean, mixed/balanced (DASH), Paleolithic, vegan, and many other diets.

Fewer cancers and less heart disease are documented in thousands of published studies. The most effective diets included not just fruits and vegetables, but whole grains, nuts, and seeds. Some other interesting findings:

Katz and Meller found “no decisive evidence” that low-fat diets are better than diets high in healthful fats, like the Mediterranean! Those fats include a lower ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids than the typical American diet.

shutterstock_212666641Finally, about the very popular fad, the “Paleo Diet”, Katz and Meller wrote:

“If Paleolithic eating is loosely interpreted to mean a diet based mostly on meat, no meaningful interpretation of health effects is possible.” They note that the composition of most meat in today’s food supply is not similar to that of mammoth meat, and that most plants available during the Stone Age are today extinct. [In other words, GSG interpretation, it’s not even possible to “follow” the diet Paleolithic man ate!]

Dr. Katz says, of the “dieting” landscape in the popular media:

shutterstock_136284278“It’s not just linguistic…I really at times feel like crying, when I think about that we’re paying for ignorance with human lives. At times, I hate the people with alphabet soup after their names who are promising the moon and the stars with certainty. I hate knowing that the next person is already rubbing his or her hands together with the next fad to make it on the bestseller list.”

Another GSG teaching confirmed by the Yale study:

Exaggerated emphasis on a single nutrient or food is inadvisable. The result, Katz and Meller write, is constant confusion and doubt. My conclusion, instead, is to just eat a wide variety of whole, colorful, unprocessed plant foods. Greens, vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds.

Just home from Switzerland! Come next May! Check out my live blood analysis.

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Beautiful Paracelsus al Ronc

I’m just back from the most magical place ever, my favorite place on the planet besides home—Paracelsus al Ronc in the Swiss Alps. Five GSG coaches, my mentor Laura Jacobs, assorted children and spouses (including my own daughter Emma, 18) enjoyed a 10-day liver detox. Plus some fabulous sightseeing, sunbathing, hikes, and socializing.

Come with the GSG team next May! Write coachmadeline@greensmoothiegirl.com to secure your spot. I know of a bunch of people who want to come, and space is very limited, so claim your spot as soon as you can. I never have and never will accept any money from this clinic. I just love sharing this best-kept secret of holistic health, with others, since discovering it on a worldwide cancer research tour in 2011.

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Robyn’s “before” blood image.

One of my favorite diagnostics practiced by Dr. Petra Wiechel, M.D., and Dr. Christian Groth,M.D., is live blood analysis. Here’s my before and after live blood analysis. In the first one, my blood is “tired” after being somewhat dehydrated and traveling for 24 hours, with only about 6 hours of sleep in a 48 hour period, and some bad airline food when I ran out of my healthy snacks on an 18-hour flight. (I did run to my favorite place for a green juice in the Atlanta airport before I hopped the plane to Milan. But alas, that juice didn’t go the distance. I ate some awful pasta thing.)

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Robyn’s “after” blood image.

After my first blood analysis, I got several nights of good sleep, lots of water, and clean food. In the second blood analysis a week later, Dr. Groth said my blood was “beautiful, perfect, with no nutritional deficiencies. The lipid membranes are holding essential fatty acids well. The red blood cells are robust, floating free, in an alkaline terrain. The white blood cells are sparkling, and active. Virtually no bacteria or parasites in the medium.” The best blood he had seen.

It turns out that a plant-based diet and solid lifestyle habits show up under the microscope! (And I wasn’t perfect, FYI—if I told you I didn’t eat any chocolate on the sightseeing trips, I’d be lying to you!)