By Randy Moore
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery from The Prince
Rick Hotton is stuck in time, but he’s not complaining. The 56-year-old cartoonist from Sarasota, Florida lives life with the kind of soulful deliberation more commonly associated with an ancient temple or monastery. Hotton would rather observe the flight of a mud wasp or study a turtle munching on grass than watch a popular television show or sporting event.
His reflective nature and reverence for life is the byproduct of practicing and teaching martial arts since he was 14. Hotton has trained thousands of students; 55 have earned their black belt under his skilled tutelage. Today, he travels the world teaching advanced karate techniques. Recent trips include Sweden, Norway, England, Ireland, and Canada.
It is Hotton’s regard for tradition and ritual that frames his outlook about life and the human experience. It’s also the essence of his award-winning cartoon Holy Mole, an original creation influenced by Eastern sensibilities and the etiquette of martial arts.
“Mindfulness is at the heart of my martial arts practice and Holy Mole,” he said. “Both involve an appreciation for the intrinsic spirit in everything and the deeper truths about living with focused awareness.”
Leo A. Drey: Keeper of Missouri Forests & Streams
January 19, 1917 – May 26, 2015
By Margaret Hermes
In 1970, as Board President of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, which he co-founded, Leo Drey wrote, “When the majority demands that this planet be kept habitable, the powerful will respond.” A powerful figure in Missouri conservation, Leo didn’t wait around for the majority to demand anything.
While Leo was leading the Coalition and helping to found the Open Space Council, he was also tending Pioneer Forest, nearly 160,000 acres spilling across six counties. The heart of Pioneer Forest is in Shannon County, which is in the heart of the Ozarks, which is where some would say Leo’s heart was located, too.
In 1951 he made his first purchase of forestland. From the outset, his goal was to operate sustainably, using uneven-age harvesting to produce a healthy income, a healthier forest, and a successful model for other timber outfits. Rather than clear-cutting all trees in a given area at one time with the trees replacing them all the same age, he chose to harvest individual trees at the height of their maturity and value while culling defective trees.
Natural Medicine From The Kitchen: A Treasure Trove of Traditional Gastronomic Remedies
By Thomas Duckworth
Doctor of Kototama Life Medicine
Apparently, every book on food, nutrition and diet published in the past 50 years has turned a profit for the author or publisher. From Adelle Davis to Nathan Pritikin, from George Osawa and Macrobiotics to Barry Sears and the Zone Diet; we have paleo, Blood type, Vegan, gluten-free and fat enriched; we have opinions and philosophies all over the place. “Eat large quantities of protein to lose weight” ; “Over-consumption of meat will kill you” ; “Eat as little fat as you can; “Eat as much fat as you can” ; “Do not eat fruit” ; “Eat only fruit” ;“Eat soy” ; “Don’t eat soy” “Drink smoothies all day” ; “Detox”. It is crazy! Experts everywhere saying nonsensical things.
It is understandable why food and nutrition books sell so well. Modern medical training is a ‘fix it when it breaks’’ mindset, nutrition is part of a ‘keep it from breaking’ paradigm. I have heard the definition of health as “a situation where not enough medical tests have been conducted,” but that is a different article.
There are healing systems that have always considered nutrition basic to the health of mind, body and spirit. There are civilizations where cookbooks and medical text are on the same shelf.
Last month’s article “The Story of Megan” has generated a lot of interest in food sensitivity testing. As discussed in that article, the foods you eat can either build you up or break you down. If you have a sensitivity to a particular food, eating that food will negatively impact your immune system. This will ultimately cause a negative impact on your health. This month we would like to provide more information about food sensitivity testing and how it may help you improve your health.
Food sensitivity testing looks at different types of reactions, immediate, and delayed. If a person has an immediate reaction to a food they will typically experience symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, tightening of the throat, abdominal cramps or diarrhea, within minutes or up to a couple of hours after consuming that food. This immediate type of reaction is due to a particular part of our immune system called an IgE antibody. An example of this reaction would be someone having trouble breathing after eating a peanut.
Delayed sensitivities are a different animal. These types of sensitivities can take up to 72 hours to appear. The immune system reactions we are interested in are those due to IgG and IgA antibodies. Without a test, determining these sensitivities can be very difficult. This is difficult because our meals consist of many different ingredients. Each ingredient is a possible food to which we may be sensitive. To make matters worse, these particular sensitivities can build upon each other. Trying to pinpoint one food that may cause a reaction over the course of 72 hours is practically impossible. It is even more difficult when we understand that the symptom may not be a digestive symptom like an upset stomach, but may actually be something completely different such as a headache, increased agitation, joint pain, anxiousness, depression and/ or fatigue to name a few.
Unknown food sensitivities may contribute to many chronic conditions. A few of these conditions include: irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, Rheumatoid arthritis, chronic ear infections, chronic fatigue, insomnia, thyroid disease, ADD/ADHD, cardiovascular disease, eczema/psoriasis, overweight/ obesity, and diabetes.