Gracious Goodness

Food As Medicine: True Story

Written by Alisha M. Forrester Scott

Up until November 2012, I was living well below the poverty line in the toxic industrial wasteland that is Fruitvale, East Oakland, California.  Granted, I was living in community at Vulcan Studios with a couple hundred of the most interesting people that I have ever imagined, and was arguably happy.

During a Thanksgiving 2012 visit to my hometown, Arizona, I had the opportunity to visit the home office of holistic nurse practitioner, Brandi Owens.  I had decided that I needed to find out what was going on with my health.  Within a few months prior, I had noticed a change in my skin tone and eye color, and unwanted hair and weight loss.

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During my visit to Brandi, and up until the moment that we reviewed the results of my thermographic scan, it is my opinion that I had been eating and drinking like a normal American (irresponsibly).  Poor quality meats, a ton of inexpensive and internationally-imported produce, and regularly drinking unfiltered water in an area that was known for water toxicity.

The results of my thermographic scan were, in a word, “severe”.  My kidney was in “severe” peril.  My circulation was showing reversal in several areas around my body, and increased fever in my abdomen indicated bacterial infection and potential food allergies.  And so that day, I flew back to northern California feeling thankful but confused, and determined to reverse the serious condition of my health.

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Back at home in the bay area,  I found myself working with multiple practitioners to determine the best course of healing action.  I quickly moved out of my toxic residence, and In my conversation and research, I was pointed in the direction of using food as medicine to detoxify my blood.  Specifically, I was referred to a book and diet called “Eat Right For (4) Your Type” by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo with Catherine Whitney.  My blood type is in the A category, and the book is very specific about the types of foods that affect my blood, and how.

Within 30 days of eating only the foods and types of water that wholly nourished my body, my recovery was becoming more physically evident.  My eyes were clearer, my hair had stopped falling out, my skin tone evened, and my weight loss had stopped, reversed, and regulated itself.

Within 60 days of eating the foods that nourished my body, and by taking whole food and nutritional supplements, I felt great!  I was noticeably more confident and felt less depressed, and I even felt my mind perk-up.  (Overall, my daily energy levels lifted-off the charts!)

Habitual Importance

Having moved to Albuquerque in April 2013 to work on the BeeSWeek 2013 project, my environment was new, and filled with fun people and tasty temptation.  Within just three weeks of arriving in-town, I ultimately wavered and then crashed from my success in dietary consistency.

Within 30 days of moving away from my health-conscious routine, I felt less happy and more frustrated.  My weight was staying the same, but the shape of my arms and shape of my lower body seemed to be changing.

Within 60 days of eating and drinking irresponsibly, just like my old, regular American self, I was fully distressed and having a hard time falling asleep.  I felt depressed, and my personal frustrations began to turn towards anger.

Positive Influence

I observe that I am deeply influenced by my environment and community.  And so, when I am able to live amongst others who value internal physical health, I feel supported and encouraged to continue making healthy food choices.

This week marks my fourth week being “back on” my nourishing diet.  Although, I still occasionally find myself thinking of cheating on my self with cane and beat sugars, crazy-delicious carbohydrates and gluten, the way that my body is currently feeling is giving me the confidence to stay progressive.  I believe that I can personally develop a permanent dietary habit that will provide long-term benefits.  Simply said, I am doing the work to stay consistent in my daily dietary practice.

Saving The Bees to Save My Own Self

My diet is primarily vegetarian.  This simple truth indeed humbles me.  And, I am grateful for the many types of bees that provide pollination of the fruits, vegetables, nuts, and spices that I eat in order to stay healthy.

Here’s an online petition to ban the Neonicotinoid chemicals that are killing bees, if you are interested:  https://secure.avaaz.org/en/usa_save_the_bees/?deXMSdb

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Honey beekeeper Tomas Urrea © 2013

BeeSongs

Alisha Bee is Queen B © 2013 Pollinator Support Movement

Alisha Bee © 2013 Pollinator Support Movement

Written by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott 

Last night, a friend who is an expert musician announced to me that he was interested in working in collaboration to create and produce a song about the crisis of the bees that may be used in my endeavors to positively promote bees.  This is great news!

Last night’s experience reminded me that I should public announce plans for an upcoming “BeeSongs” fundraising music album.  This concept has been in the works since the official launch of Pollinator Support Movement last fall 2012.

The “BeeSongs” album release date is not yet set.  Genres set to be included in the first BeeSongs album (from the artists mentioned above) include: grass rap, hip-hop, death metal, world, alt-pop, waltz, and rock.

There are currently eight musical artists that have agreed to participate; from the Phoenix valley and Sedona in Arizona, from Albuquerque, from the Bay Area of northern California, and from the wild west Bay Area of northern California.

Want to Play?

Are you a musician or in service to the music industry?  If you would like to learn more about working with me on the “BeeSongs” fundraising musical album release project, here is what to plan for:

  1. Decide what you want to do.
  2. If you are a musician, you can create lyrics, a song, musical concept, or pre-production audio recording that features content which promote bees.  Creations may be of any musical genre, and should be less than ten minutes in length.  If this scenario describes you, please use the contact form below to let me know about your interest.
  3. If you would like to donate time and expertise, resources (any item, service, or processes needed to get an online music album to sell), or currency (to cover any real costs), please use the contact form below to let me know about your interest.

Kickstarter Treasure

Written by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott

If you’re looking to support bee-friendly education for kids and their adults, check out this exciting project find from Kickstarter.  “The Lost Bee” is a children’s eBook app that teaches about honey bees with a moving story and games that replicate honey bee jobs. The project is being created by Little Bird Games out of State College, PA.

According to the project’s Kickstarter page, the Xerces Society and the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State University were consulted to keep information scientifically correct.  The game will feature and educate players on the tasking that bees perform, including:

  • cell cleaning and larvae feeding
  • cell building and filling
  • feeding the queen and her attendants
  • using propolis (plant resin)
  • maintaining hive temperature, and
  • foraging for nectar and pollen

To contribute to the creation of this project, visit the official Kickstarter page, at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/912633800/the-lost-bee

Little Bird Games' concept art for "The Lost Bee"

Little Bird Games’ concept art for “The Lost Bee”

New Report from Friends of the Earth

Written by Alisha M. Forrester Scott

You are in a Home Depot, Lowe’s or other major garden center, and you decide to purchase some new “bee-friendly” plants for your yard.  You pick out your favorite varieties, take them home, and plant them.  You step back from your planting work, and feel pleased to be helping keep bees and pollinators happy, by purchasing plants to attract them.  End of story?  Sadly, no.

Today, an international network of environmental organizations in 74 countries called Friends of the Earth, announced the results of a “new” and “first-of-its-kind pilot study” which showed that 54% of “bee-friendly” plants sold at garden centers nationwide have been pre-treated with bee-toxic pesticides.  A Friends of the Earth Facebook post simply read: “many “bee friendly” home garden plants sold at Home Depot, Lowe’s and other leading garden centers have been pre-treated with pesticides shown to harm and kill bees.”  The plants that were studies were purchased from major garden retail centers in the Bay Area of northern California, Washington, D.C., and the Twin Cities in Minnesota.

According to Friends of the Earth, they conducted the pilot study “to determine the extent of neonicotinoid contamination of common nursery plants purchased at retail garden centers in cities across the U.S. This is the first investigation of neonicotinoid insecticide concentrations in “bee-friendly” nursery plants sold to consumers at garden centers in cities across America. The findings indicate that bee-friendly nursery plants sold at U.S. retailers may contain systemic pesticides at levels that are high enough to cause adverse effects on bees and other pollinators — with no warning to consumers.”

The Friends of the Earth report was written by Timothy Brown, PhD, Pesticide Research Institute; Susan Kegley, PhD, Pesticide Research Institute; and Lisa Archer, Friends of the Earth-US.  Two handfuls of individuals reviewed the report prior to its release: Professor Jim Frazier, PhD, Pennsylvania State University; Nichelle Harriott, PhD, Beyond Pesticides; Professor Vera Krischik, PhD, University of Minnesota; Stacy Malkan, Communications Consultant, Friends of the Earth; Scott Hoffman Black, PhD, and Jennifer Hopwood, PhD, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation; Dr. Pierre Mineau, Pierre Mineau Consulting; Judy Wu, Graduate Fellow, University of Minnesota; Larissa Walker, Center for Food Safety; and Paul Towers and Emily Marquez, PhD, Pesticide Action Network.

The report details ways to keep pollinators safe and include point-by-point instructions specifically laid out for garden retailers, wholesale nursery operations supplying retailers, home gardeners and institutional purchasers, cities, counties, and states, Congress, consumers, and even the United States Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.), who has yet to officially determine the safety of Neonicotinoids usage.

If you are a patron (spend money) of any national garden retail center, and especially if you purchase plants from them, please take the time to educate yourself on these devastating findings by clicking through the links below.

Important Story Links

Download the report from the Friends of the Earth websitehttp://libcloud.s3.amazonaws.com/93/07/d/3118/Gardeners_beware_report_8-13-13-acknts.pdf

Download the press release from the Friends of the Earth website – http://www.foe.org/news/news-releases/2013-08-bee-die-offs-new-tests-find-bee-killing-pesticides

Visit the Friends of the Earth website – http://www.foe.org/beeaction

“Send a letter to the CEOs of Home Depot and Lowe’s asking them to stop selling bee-killing pesticides”http://www.foe.org/beeaction#sthash.oPtgKVfq.dpufhttp://action.foe.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13389

“Tell Congress to stand up for bees and support the Save America’s Pollinators Act”http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13977

PSM Official Launch Sticker

PSM 2012 Official Launch Sticker © Pollinator Support Movement

FB Milestone + New Bee Info

Written by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott
Founder, Pollinator Support Movement

It is with pleasure that I thank each of the 1001 other online community members of Pollinator Support Movement (PSM) for their ongoing support of pollinators and their spirit of community action.  On Monday, August 12, after 13 months of dedicated promotion by many, the PSM page at Facebook reached the 1000 Likes milestone.  The next official FB goal is 1111 Likes.

To celebrate this milestone, I am re-posting a new plea from The Xerces Society that I received this morning by E-Mail, entitled “Act Now to Save Bees: Support the Saving America’s Pollinator Act”.  Kindly consider reviewing this information and get involved by clicking on the links contained in the plea.

❤ Bees and Bee-ple. ❤

Click here to visit The Xerces Society on Facebook.

Pollinator Support Movement logo by Alisha © 2013 Alisha Forrester Scott

Pollinator Support Movement logo © 2013 Alisha Forrester Scott

ACT NOW TO SAVE BEES

Support the Saving America’s Pollinator Act, from The Xerces Society

Eight weeks ago, a drama unfurled in a Portland suburb. Thousands of dead and dying bumble bees carpeted the tarmac below linden trees that lined the parking lot of a big-box store. Linden are a known bee magnet and sometimes the nectar is toxic — but could this many dead bees be a natural phenomenon?

Investigators from the Oregon Department of Agriculture provided the answer: No. Lab tests demonstrated that the deaths were caused by dinotefuran, an insecticide applied to the trees to control aphids, whose honeydew was dripping on cars below. Dinotefuran is a neonicotinoid, the most widely used group of insecticides and ones that are implicated in bee die-offs the world over. An estimated 50,000 bumble bees died on those trees.

Much progress to prevent future bee kills has been made in the weeks following this tragedy. The ODA has declared a 180-day ban on the use of dinotefuran in Oregon. Some independent garden centers have removed neonicotinoids from their shelves, an action initiated by Portland’s Garden Fever store. And the Saving America’s Pollinators Act has been introduced into the U.S. Congress.

The Saving America’s Pollinators Act (H.R. 2692) suspends certain uses of neonicotinoids, providing a time-out for these insecticides until the EPA can determine if they are safe to use on crops that are visited by bees. Xerces scientists helped write the act, which was introduced into Congress on July 16 by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and John Conyers (D-Mich.).

Most neonicotinoids were banned in Europe this spring. It’s time for America to do the same thing — but we need your help to make the act the law. If you haven’t yet added your voice to the growing clamor for change, do it now.

  • Contact your member of Congress to urge him or her to support the Saving America’s Pollinators Act. Find out how to contact your representative here.
  • Show Representatives Blumenauer and Conyers that they have your support by signing the petition on Credo.

You can also take direct action to reduce the threat from neonicotinoids: Check your own garage or garden shed for neonicotinoid products, and stop using them. For more information, see the brochure “Protecting Bees from Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Your Garden” and the recent Wings article “Neonicotinoids in Your Garden.” Both are available at www.xerces.org/pesticides.

It’s Graphic Design

This post is from Alisha’s Blog on 8-10-2013

Written by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott

Below is my latest attempt to woo business owners to hire me for their graphic design needs.

Note: Click on the image to open as full-size.

Flyer “Graphic Design Services” © 2013 Alisha M. Forrester Scott

Flyer “Graphic Design Services” © 2013 Alisha M. Forrester Scott

This flyer will be posted around town, and walked-in to local businesses.  Today, I hung one from a Tempe, AZ, coffee shop. As an added bonus, 50% (half!) of my professional service fees are donated directly to Pollinator Support Movement (PSM) community awareness projects.

I can work with clients from almost anywhere they are at, am easy to work with, and could really use the financial support to fulfill my purpose.  If you are in a position to, will you kindly pass my name along?

❤ Bees and Graphic Designers. ❤

Click here to view my graphic design portfolio at Behance.

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New Experience: Wild Success

View of edited BeeSWeek footage tables © 2013 Pollinator Support Movement

View of edited BeeSWeek footage tables © 2013 Pollinator Support Movement

 

This piece was originally posted at Alisha’s Blog on 8-10-2013.

Written by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott

My definition of wild success has recently occurred.  After two months of working to get beyond the multiple blocks of learning new skills like transcribing and editing content and timing for the BeeSWeek 2013 footage, the process has wrapped.  The end game of this minutiae-filled process is the forthcoming “BeeSWeek 2013: Bee Friendly” educational DVD.  Spreadsheet tables listing content and time signatures of the BeeSWeek footage were created to aid the film editors (H/H Productions, Albuquerque, NM) in efficiently producing a first-draft DVD release.

Alongside the educational DVD will come a pre-sales event, happening inside of an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign.  This Indiegogo campaign has been a month in the making.  The most challenging aspect of the Indiegogo campaign to me is the ever-important “3-5 minute pitch video”.  I have been in all ways wrestling with the concept, script, ordering, obtaining of the elements that would go into the video, and video editing functions for this pitch (sales) video.

And thank goodness Universe for easing my troubled mind, enter Emily Neumann (Sedona, AZ).  Emily has just completed a successful crowd-funding campaign on her own behalf.  (She’s going to be a life coach!)  And, after some explanation as to my current challenges in launching the Indiegogo campaign to pre-sale the educational DVD, Emily has agreed to work with me on video editing.

At this point, with thanks to Emily’s creative soothing, I am now confident that I have a video concept and storyboard that will be entertaining and enlightening.  I will do my best to convince everyone that they need to learn about what’s happening by purchasing the “BeeSWeek 2013: Bee Friendly” educational DVD.  As it stands now, the video will answer 73 vital questions about all-things-bees and the businesses surrounding the bees.

Teaching our North American community (and beyond) about bees as food pollinators has never seemed more important.  Soon, TIME magazine will release their bee-centric cover issue.  And so, I commit to moving forward; carrying hope and the message to “save and restore bees and the food supply chain” to our communities and the media.  The money that will be earned from the educational DVD fundraising campaign will pay to fund and complete the project ($8,000 required), and to register Pollinator Support Movement as an official 501 (c) non-profit organization ($1,400 required).

My very next steps:

  1. Work with film production company to schedule and preview the first-draft release of the “BeeSWeek 2013: Bee Friendly” educational DVD
  2. Work with Emily Neumann to complete production of the “3-5 minute pitch video”
  3. Launch official educational DVD pre-sales program through Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign (fundraising)

Thank You to everyone who continues to be outwardly positive and encourage my “free the bees” work with Pollinator Support Movement.  At this time, I am doing this work with very few resources.  However, your kind words and various contributions are helping me to open-up our North Americans neighbors to the idea that we must immediately take measures to protect our food pollinators and food supply chain.  I feel blessed to have found one of my purposes for being, and am SO VERY CURIOUS to see what happens next.

If you have not already, click here to read how I became involved in this work.

Visit Alisha’s Blog online.