“You Can’t Do Nothing, Literally”

There is a lot of talk online and offline about how humans are on the brink of extinction, along with many other hundreds of species leaving existence each year. But no real worries, because brave people who love life will always end-up DOing the little things “at home” which are making positively major shifts in their own lives; making leaps and bounds within a short amount of time.

Changing Earth Again

Changing Earth Again by Alisha Bee (c)

FACT: Americans still dream of Mayberry

Have you ever seen or visited a faraway farmhouse that you LOVE? Or looked at a painting or picture of this timeless scene?  I wonder, what did you love about that “snapshot” of life? I have experienced several versions of farmhouses, and what bonds me to that reality is: the wholesome and filling foods which are grown, the wild animals which encroach, the simple peace and stillness of a natural setting, the clean water (assumption), and the sustainable designs which help the farmhouse to grow old and loved.

In my reality on this planet, the truth is evident… there is actually a ton of positive “farmlives” being lived. I see a massive shift already having occurred, and now every farmer’s little-big dreams are coming true in each moment. The truth is that sustainable “farmlife” investments are real and available to everyone. These lives are actually like portals into another dimension. If you know anything about rewards of stewarding safe and natural environments (which naturally protect and encourage pollination processes), then you are likely a fan of wholesome energy and nourishing foods, environmental beauty, natural mysteries, odd creatures, and otherworldly plant life.

Alan Watts and human relationships to life

Regarding our control and abuse of nature, it may be true that we cannot directly control what we’ve already done to change and stress the forces of natural Nature. And perhaps our collective consequences are left to education, planning, fate, chance, and technology.

“To act without feeling is to believe that your actions are separate from Nature. “You have to have space to be alone, as to not become a rubber stamp. The unity of man and the universe is not a loss or a merging of personality, in something impersonal. It’s more like the fact that when personality is known and experienced as an expression of the whole cosmos, then the person comes individual in the spirit of an un-carved block.” Alan Watts

I read once that you CAN’T control consequences, but that YOU CAN control your choices. And, you can make positive choices, to ensure that you’re experiencing the best-possible and most positively-charged results you desire. But, I’m NOT talking about trying to change what we CANNOT seemingly control. I’m highlighting my true love for the ideas which drive the DOers to create positive changes throughout life at all levels, and everywhere.

I believe that I meet people every day, who know for a certain that life is beautiful. I talk to a lot of “bee people”, and everyone seems to feel that Bees would be “fine” if humans weren’t around. Life would go on just fine without us. BUT, I do NOT want this. I want to live in harmony with Nature and Bees. I want to be an “US” with Nature, because I already feel that I Am experiencing this. I do not want this incredible gift of merging with all the life around me, to be ceased without necessity. In essence, just like you are obviously not going extinct today, right this very moment; and that I am not going to today either; then, I will simply not believe that the Bees are going extinct today either.

I am saying that — humanity and bees have one secret and MAJOR last card to play. Our card is a sure-fire WIN with endless gains for anyone on the team, and these GAINS begin with your own Positive Attitude Adjustment. Have you ever questioned why you are living the way you are, here and existing in a body that has a life, here on Earth? Since we only ever have a today, and then if I have my free will, instead I will that the Bees are going to adapt faster and allow us to work WITH them in a more honoring way. 🙂 If you’ve ever had the inclination to “save” something beautiful in Nature, then start with yourself, Wild Ones! I am not “just going along” with anyone else’s ideas here, and neither should you.

What if you could dream alive your dream reality?

We can literally and figuratively change any of our cultural collective’s negatively-projected fates, by very simple choosing and decided to re/train ourself (only) to accept positively-uplifting lifestyles. We only need each worry about ourselves here, because you cannot ever fully control someone else’s brain and thoughts and dreams.

BASIC Beliefs & TRUTHS

“It’s one thing to be happy, and not know it. For your reflections in your life experience show you what you know, that you know.” Alan Watts

Do you BEE-lieve that you, personally, are actually real and living a mysterious miracle? What about the other people around you? Do you see them as real people living our their fantasy lives? How attached or detached are you from the experiences that would help you know if and how others are actually living their lives?

If we can choose to do something to improve our very own lives, even if it’s just to prove to a higher power that we love our life, then the energy of hope will always remain available to our ways of life.

We humans are SO beautiful, and SO connected to other life, and SO good at dancing!! We are SO good at researching and telling stories about what we learn!! We are SO able to cultivate health and teach each other about anything we need to know!!  So, great idea: how about we change any negative human race trajectory, just because we want to and because we can? Why wouldn’t we?? 🙂

Recently, a friend of a friend won the lottery. Another friend is newly cured of their cancer using food as medicine. I just signed a contract to produce a bees media edu-tainment program. Tell me then, how can ridiculously good news like this exist in a naturally negative future? They can’t! The now is positively positive, if that’s you’re thing! Being positively charged is definitely my thing, because life seems easier this way.

In regards to the range of “miracles” which happen each day, do you still ever feel negative energy in your body or mind? Do you notice that your thoughts become snappy or un-kind, and that you are actually mentally attacking yourself for not being perfect or smarter, or…? YES?! Well, YES!! You’ve done a great thing by catching yourself! This is a great awareness to have, so that you can CHANGE the way you’re feeling.

Letting loose of the negative knit-picking

What happens when the bad news that you’ve been given, ends-up being much less terrible than you originally had believed? For me, my body stops tensing, I stop holding my breath and actually start breathing, and I ultimately stop thinking negative and worried thoughts. In contrast to miracles, are you ever annoyed with feeling negative energy in yourself and as you hang around others? Are you exhausted from always talking (and hearing talk) about how humans and nature are f*cked beyond repair?

Do you want to become positive and feel more joy and calm? If you were able to, do you want to feel positive energy about the direction that you are taking our own life? Would you like to learn to more easily recognize the positive realities being lived within our own life and the lives of our families, friends, and local community members?

Let’s NOT allow each of our minds to become negativity storehouse which kill joy and human spirit, simply because we are thinking that something is “too whatever!” to actually be happening?! We must get out of our own heads, and begin to express our thoughts with those around us. Thinking is NOT as powerful as DOing something. We are so uber powerful as humans with massive brains that we can DO and process whatever we need to, or order to change negative trajectory.

Simple 3 Ideas To Adjust Your Own Negative Attitude (if needed)

Our human moods of nostalgia, of feeling emptiness after joy, and of experiencing the consequences of our choices, are all very important to us, as a global people, to experience. A philosophy of life which I like is that: If we don’t know the feelings of love, then we won’t know what it is that we love to feel.

Then next time you “catch yourself in the act” of being a sassy person full of zip and outward punishment, then do yourself a favor by performing this 60 second brain re/training exercise on yourself. This easy 3 step personal exercise can help you to re/gain control of your conscious attitude, by re/training your sub-conscious mind to identify and will love. (You’ll be like your own brain doctor.)

How about we really let loose and start dreaming BIG BIG BIG positive changes into reality?

Step 1) When you find that you are being negative, or if you are told that you’re being negative, just take a moment to stand UP out of your seat. Yes, what I’m saying is that you should first physically stand-UP. (If you are not already standing.) Just try it. 🙂 Great job! You are well on your way to liberating yourself from passivity and negativity.

Step 2) Hold or go and stand in front of a clean mirror. OK, now that you are standing looking in the mirror, stop checking yourself out, and just give yourself permission to look at yourself. Go ahead and muster a smile, and say “Nice to see you now.”

Final Step 3) Look at yourself, and watch yourself say the words: “It is okay for me to believe that my life can be healthy, fulfilling, and fun. I believe in living a healthy, fulfilling, and fun life. I am living a life of natural beauty, regeneration, and joyful awarenesses.” Come on… just try it. In fact, there is a long list of studies which show that “mirror work” changes your self-perceptions and helps you to realize your beliefs.”

To paraphrase philosopher Alan Watts: “There are Yogis who share ideas of what happens (energetically) when you’re a perfect human, performing as the ideal. In the human existence, there is a state of detachment which always will contains a little bit of resistance to achieving a perfect peace; there is a certain clinging, still. But, in order to stay in the body, a human must make mistakes. Otherwise, he would leave his body. It is the human perception of experiencing a touch of regret that life is fleeting. If you don’t, then you are capable of compassion to people that very much regret that life is fleeting.”

If you want a video example (because you are a video junkie like over 70% of Americans out there lol), then here is a good example of positively helpful mirror work prompts that can work wonders for healing negativity and uplifts you by changing away from your negative or “stuck” brain patterns.

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Why Businesses Must Bee-Friendly

Why I Believe That All Businesses Must Save The Bees Which Benefit The Communities Of Their Consumers

Written by Alisha M. Forrester Scott  |  Alisha is a writer, artist, and social entrepreneur.  And, she is a Creative Director at Sedona Advertising Agency (SAA). 

The original post found here, at Alisha’s Blog: http://alishatheexplorer.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/why-businesses-must-bee-friendly/

Especially in the economically fragile united states, if the bees continue to die-out so rapidly, I believe that free trade and doing “fair” business will not survive. There will be ZERO business if the real people like you and I lose public access to the nourishing foods that bees pollinate. Businesses of all sizes, and especially the businesses of government, must each save themselves (even corporate persons) by helping to save the bees and other pollinators. Businesses may save the bees in their areas if they immediately cease the usage of household, landscape, and agricultural chemical pesticides and insecticides. Most of these common chemical products are much too potent for “the good bugs”.

Insects which rely upon pollination for their food source/existence are being killed without grace by toxic levels of chemicals. Including, unprotected ground water, many natural resources upon which the eco-system exists are being extinguished and poisoned from these same chemicals. These same chemicals are also sprayed on national “conventional” grocery store produce. These chemicals are already proven by many scientific and health experts to be causing a myriad of pandemic health abnormalities in a wide range of humans all over the planet Earth.

“Do You Like Food? No Bees, No Food!” 

As Americans, to many inside and outside of our country, it seems that our citizens are under-educated about the human body and agriculture. We allow genetically engineered and non-nourishing foods to line our grocery shelves, and serve each other toxic fluoride water from our faucets. And, “offline” we do not riot about any of it at all.

Businesses are owned and managed by people like you, and like me. We are flesh and bone, and are ignoring the simple fact that our human bodies WILL DIE from diseases without the wholesome foods which bees pollinate. Business investors, owners, and managers should NOW AT ONCE help to save their businesses and personal legacies by saving their pollinators! Why businesses? They currently have A LOT more resources like money and land than all of the combined working-class people do.

Rainbow Astronaut concept (c) 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott

Killing Beneficial Bugs

Written by Alisha M. Forrester Scott  |  Alisha is a writer, artist, and social entrepreneur. 

Click here to view the original post at Alisha’s Blog.

My latest creative obsession (in a good way) is to make digital posters for online distribution out of images that I take. These posters contain thoughts and beliefs that describe my opinions and perspectives. In the last two days, I have released two posters promoting the message: “Ban Neonics”. My personal creative goal is to create a poster a day to help save the bees. So, what follows is my offering for today… hot off the PhotoShop press.

I have named this poster: “Killing Beneficial Bugs”. If you’d like to hire me to create a poster for your cause, please E-Mail me at alishatheexplorer@gmail.com. My fee is $150 per poster — you provide the high-resolution image and words. And, to show my true concern for the pollinators, I will donate half of my fee to support the projects produced by Pollinator Support Movement (PSM), and list your name as a supporter (and poster design!) in an article on the PSM website.

"Killing Benefitcial Bugs" poster design by Alisha M. Forrester Scott

“Killing Benefitcial Bugs” poster design by Alisha M. Forrester Scott

 

Neonics is short for Neonicotinoids (yes, like Nicotine). Neonicotinoids are a synthetic neuro toxic current used MOST EVERYWHERE that crops and bugs are. Now, whether of now you are a “bug person”, it would only take you a couple of seconds to search online and figure out that, without bugs, you would die. Go ahead, research it. Frankly, the bugs that we NEED to be saving (as a global community) are food pollinators. There are a good handful of food crop pollinators that are dying FAST because of synthetic herbicides, insecticides, and pesticides. Either, we get our shit together and learn how to keep food pollinators alive, or, we face a few terrible consequences.

What kind of consequences? First, a majority of the vegetables, spices, nuts, and fruits that you enjoy purchasing in the store will NOT be widely available (or, at all). Why? Because the beneficial bugs (pollinators!) that are dying from the Neonicotinoids usage weren’t able to pollinate the produce and food that you want to buy. Next, natural and landscaped gardens all over the planet will fail; and Spring will cease to occur. And then, our bodies aren’t able to fight-off disease. Why? Well, because the foods that pollinators provide for us are the same foods that prevent our bodies from rapidly aging and decomposing.

My point: please join Pollinator Support Movement (PSM) — it’s FREE — and learn about how you can help to stop the sales and usage of toxic chemicals like Neonics. Thank You for reading and for your continued support.

Click here to see all of my recent “Ban Neonics” posters at my Behance portfolio.

Click here and here for related posts about posters.

What is a Neonic?!

Written by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott  |  Alisha is a writer, artist, and social entrepreneur. 

neonics REFORM" poster © 2014

neonics REFORM” poster © 2014

 

It’s really dangerous to be a bee

“I’ve heard that bees are dying.  Why are bees dying?  Do we know why?  I’ve heard that mites and cell phones are the cause.”

Yes.  Scientists do know.  

The biggest manmade reason that pollinators like bees are dying is a chemical class called Neonicotinoids or “neonics”.

Stop Using Neonicotinoids

Can you even imagine no vegetables, spices, nuts, and fruits?

For bees and other pollinators, chemical insecticide products used in homes and crops all over the globe cause a variety of neurological (brain!) conditions which result in unnecessary death.  Honey bees, specifically, are dying faster than they can repopulate. Humans all over the planet must quickly take action in order to prevent unimaginable catastrophe.

About Neonicotinoids

Here are some facts about the chemicals, called Neonicotinoids (think Nicotine!), that are used worldwide on farms and in homes:

  • Very persistent in soil and water soluble.
  • Systemic pesticides applied at the root (as seed coating or drench) and then taken up through the plant’s vascular system to be expressed in pollen, nectar and guttation droplets (like dew) from which bees then forage and drink.
  • Systemics on food cannot be washed off.
  • Nicotine-like, neurotoxic insecticides that bind to nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in insects’ brains.
  • Bees have a particular genetic vulnerability to these & other pesticides because they have more of these receptors, as well as more learning and memory genes, and fewer genes for detoxification.
  • Widely used on more than 140 crop varieties, as well as on termites, flea treatments, lawns and gardens.
  • Fastest-growing class of synthetic pesticides in history.
  • Imidacloprid is Bayer’s top-selling Neonicotinoid chemical; used to treat fleas on pets.

Click here to learn about the planet’s most common offending chemicals; found in your homes, offices, and on your pets.

Source:  http://www.panna.org/current-campaigns/bees

* Psst!  Monsanto is involved with organic product labeling.

Click here to read more about the challenges of current commercial organic food labeling organization and policy.

The Co-Op Op

Justin Booz, The Co-Op Op, and Free Food for South Side Chicago
Written by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott

Click here to listen to this article at the SoundCloud @BNN Bees News Network page.

Introducing Justin Booz

Late one evening, I sat comfortably on my bed in Phoenix, Arizona, with a notebook and pen.  By telephone, I interviewed Justin Booz in Chicago, Illinois.  Booz (pronounced boose) is one of founders of The Co-Operation Operation. Justin is a living proof that with intention and focus, wild dreams may be made manifest.  At present, he and his twenty-something hometown buddies are making history and positive names for themselves; tending raised bed garden boxes on a toxic land plot in the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.

Justin Booz is a bona fide multi-talented artist, who also speaks French and plays the cello.  He has a healthy sense of humor and a promotional smile that attracts friendly people.  Justin is loved by many, and in my playful opinion would easily win if he ever ran as the Mayor of Chicago.  Speaking on the benefits of working in the garden and garden project, Justin shares, “Boy, oh Boy, is it worth it.”

I originally met Booz inside of a posh San Francisco building, while volunteering as a live camera operator at an annual French cuisine event.  He had arrived on-site before I had, and was also a volunteer cameraperson.

In between working, we talked and discovered that we both lived in the east bay of the San Francisco.  And, we were both living life as low-income agricultural-activist-artists.  We were supporting and amongst the citizens who openly protested Wall Street greed during historical movements such as Occupy Oakland.

Once, Justin and I had fun volunteering together on the lower portion of a public art piece drawn with sidewalk chalk, sponsored by the Chalkupy Oakland group.  For our part, we drew blue and white-colored ocean waves.

While still living in the bay area, I visited Justin during his residency at a local urban-agricultural collective in Berkeley, called P.L.A.C.E.  He was practicing the sustainable lifestyle that he admires.  As friends living in different “neighborhoods” in the east bay area, we often talked often about our dreams of sustainable creativity.  We agreed that freedom and free community food gardens would someday become a social staple.

Since that lifetime in the bay area, the last time I saw Justin was during Thanksgiving 2012.  I was visiting family in Arizona for the holiday.  He stopped for a brief stay in Arizona while on his way back home to Chicago.

Introducing The Co-Operation Operation

Are you living in the south side of Chicago?  Do you like Kale, Cherry tomatoes, Onion, Zucchini, Chard, Cucumber, Radishes, Basil, Lettuce, or Nasturtium (edible flowers that taste like pepper)?  Do you enjoy the positive physical and emotional benefits from consuming entire meals grown in organic gardens?

If you do, be prepared to fall completely in love with the creators of The Co-Operation Operation; a FREE organic food and urban community garden.  Neighbors are emotionally re-investing in the neighborhood itself, and are sharing their social energy to power basic garden projects.

The urban garden that is being established is currently 5000 square feet, and features 41 beds for food production.  The intention behind “The Co-Op Op” urban garden installation is to grow an organic garden that produces enough food for residents of the local neighborhood and surrounding community.

The Co-Op Op on FB already has 800+ Likes; mostly from the United States.  A majority of online response originates from the Chicago-area, but does include both coasts.  Booz reports, “People from over 20 countries like what we’re doing.”

About the Pullman Neighborhood and Garden Site

For general information about the Pullman neighborhood and its historic national role, search online for “Pullman rail cars”.  About 1000 households exist in the Pullman area, which is about four blocks by four blocks large.  The median age of the Pullman neighborhood is mid-thirties.  The area’s racially diverse neighborhood has a smattering of wealthy people, but is historically poor.

Booz says that the hood is, “…not a hip, or, up-and-coming neighborhood.  It’s kind of like a small town.  You could cross the neighborhood in a 10-30 minute walk.”  And, to be frank, no one living in the area ever expects community investment or the birth of profitable commercial potential.

The word “diversity” aptly describes the history of the Pullman area, and the many unfulfilled visions that have existed for this particular land parcel.  One previous land use proposal included plans for a park, but there was no community interest and no investment capital to power any changes.  A decade-long general rejection by The Alderman land council to incoming projects proposals, has felt morally degrading to the locals.

During the last 10-years, the local political system has been plagued with deadlock.  Constant infighting and open disagreement have prevented the community at large from finding a beneficial use for the land.  Environmental quality and local political leaders have been unable to unite the neighborhood.

The land parcel that The Co-Operation Operation is on had previously remained “un-zoned” because of a special designation by the Environmental Protection Agency as a “Super Fund Site”.  What is a “Super Fund Site”?  In a short description, a general health-hazard.  Any land parcel labeled as a Super Fund Site means that it is utterly polluted and contaminated.  Like many land plots in the county, the garden site was off-limits.  That is, until The Co-Operation Operation began toxic remediation.

Interview with Justin Booz of The Co-Operation Operation

As I questioned Justin Booz about his personal experience living a sustainable lifestyle, I was surprised when he described his current existence, “Like living a mystery novel and thriller novel all at once.”

Alisha:  What is the message you are sending, and whom are you sending it to?  

Justin:  The message that we are sending to the entire local neighborhood is “come and take vegetables!” In this way, the garden is benefitting the local neighborhood by improving it, and offering nourishment to the neighbors that want to become involved and fed for free.

A:  How do they know to come and take vegetables? 

J:  Word of mouth invitations.  Members of The Co-Operation Operation project are integrated into the established neighborhood network.  The neighborhood response to the project is openly positive, and one staff member is typically on-site at the garden each day to greet and invite neighbors and curious others as they stop-by.

A:  How do you describe what the project is accomplishing?

J:  Providing a place for neighbors to nourish themselves with garden fresh produce is in itself a simple idea.  Metaphorically, the garden space is opening a community door that was previously unable to be opened, and is filling a void.  Symbolically, the regeneration of this working-class neighborhood is unexpected.  It is hard for many locals to see that there is “Life” growing where people didn’t expect there to be. Everyone is excited at the early and present success of the project.

A:  Who performs the ever-important social media tasks?  

J:  Monica Wizgird, another founder who is on The Co-Op Op’s Outreach Committee, is the one who consistently posts vibrant photo stories on Facebook for everyone to enjoy.

A:  Do you and the group work to accomplish any specific food production goals?

J:  No.  The goal is to continue upgrading and developing the non-profit’s strategic organization and planning, and garden infrastructure.  Operating a high-functioning garden is the focus of the non-profit.  Currently, the The Co-Operation Operation urban garden project is protected by a 5-year land use contract signed in agreement with City of Chicago.  At the end of the term, members operating the site have been told that the non-profit will be given the option to purchase the garden site.

A:  Does The Co-Operation Operation plan to purchase the site?

J:  Yes.

A:  Please report on one unexpected and positive personal benefit from your participation in the project? 

J:  I’ve gained a deeper understanding of the importance of community and volunteerism.  And, I’m learning to build a more sustainable community through focused and collaborative development of a simple idea.

A:  How about one unexpected personal challenge that you have encountered while working on The Co-Operation Operation project? 

J: A rascal neighbor stalked members of our group, and attempted to sabotage the project by spreading very vicious lies.  It was a draining, drawn-out experience.

A:  What is The Co-Op Op planning to do during the Chicago winter? 

J:  A greenhouse made of common corrugated and greenhouse plastics, wood, steel, and concrete will help us to continue growing food in the cold.  So, the group will be nurturing winter crops.  We will continue with site improvements, including the exciting construction of a large water reservoir.

A:  What are your personal plans for winter? 

J:  I plan to work on getting our residential row house off of the grid using recycled materials.  First, gas; then electrical.  I will be working at the garden as a paid staff member through a city-funded “Designated Work Site” program.

About the Angels

Some members of The Co-Operation Operation are currently living near the urban garden in an old row house.  Busy with actively planning and documenting the project for historical purposes, project participants intend to duplicate their program at a second site.  Everyone living at the old row house helps at the garden.

Erin Delaney:  Co-Chair Garden Operations, Education, Events, Outreach and Volunteer Coordination

Viviana Gentry:  Co-Chair Garden Operations, Press Relations, Outreach and Volunteer Coordination

Monica Wizgird:  Secretary Fundraising Chairperson, Social Media, Photography, Press Relations, Education, Events

Justin Booz:  Treasurer Building and Design, Press Relations

Elizabeth Nerat:  Garden Operations, Outreach and Volunteer Coordination, Education, Events

Jessica Gorse:  Education, Events, Outreach

Sara Koperdak-Meekins:  Outreach and Volunteer Coordination, Legal liason

The Co-Op Op ribbon cutting ceremony  |  Photo by Alicja Wizgird "Pullman IS magic," echoed a child, to everyone's delight

The Co-Op Op ribbon cutting ceremony | Photo by Alicja Wizgird
“Pullman IS magic,” echoed a child, to everyone’s delight

Reach The Co-Operation Operation

Website http://coopop.org

Phone number  (773) 609-3389

E-Mail  cooperationoperation@gmail.com

Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Cooperation-Operation/601185756574486

Drink a Green Drink

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SoundCloud: BNN Bees News Network – Sep 22 2013 – Episode No. 1 “Drink a Green Drink

Hear this piece as a recorded audio blog podcast, with show host “Alisha Bee”, at the newly-launched BNN Bees News Network; online exclusively at SoundCloud.

“Drink a Green Drink”

Written by Alisha M. Forrester Scott 

This coming Thanksgiving marks the one year anniversary that my lifestyle changed forever.  Last November, I was living in east Oakland CA (Fruitvale).  As I visited Mesa AZ for my family’s annual Thanksgiving feast, I was already cognizant that my hair was brittle and falling out.  My skin was aging rapidly, I was losing weight, and I was unable to stop that from happening.  I did not tell anyone about what I noticed, because I felt so upset about it.  Even though I was the only one that could tell that my hair was brittle and falling out, I was accustomed to looking younger than my age, and I was becoming boney thin.  I was very unhappy.

I took several modern medical tests in the office of an experienced holistic nurse practitioner, the day of my flight back to CA from AZ.  Test results from an in-office thermographic scan revealed that I was the owner of a toxic kidney, and living with blood that was full of heavy metals.  The report listed the degree of my kidney toxicity as “severe”.  The report also listed that I had a bacterial infection in my abdomen, with signs of wheat and dairy allergies, and poor overall circulation.  I was poisoned, inside.  I thought, “Um… what the…??!!”  And thus, my reality and perspective instantly changed.

Poisoned At Home

Sitting in my nurse’s office, reviewing and discussing my test results, I felt very confused and fearful of what I needed to do next.  I realize now that my confusion was steeped in the mystery of what I had done “wrong to make all of this happen”.  Living in the Bay Area without a vehicle, I had walked to and fro, on an almost daily basis.  And, I looked fit.  Wasn’t that healthy?  Without personal transportation or much money for food, I had been actively trying to avoid the nastiest of the fallible east Oakland ghetto food supply (whenever possible).  But, instinctually I knew that the low-quality meats, produce, and sugar snacks that I had been consuming were part of the problem.

Before I left her office that day, my nurse practitioner and I discussed the various ways that I had likely developed the heavy metals poisoning.  The short answer: at home; in my own space.  You see, I had been living at the infamous Vulcan Studios in the east Oakland ghetto.  I had been practicing life in a tightly-knit community that (still) houses 150+ of the west coast’s finest artists, musicians, and professional entertainers.  My home was vitally important to my emotional well-being.  I loved the variety and diversity of the Vulcan community.

While I had been living at the Vulcan, I learned from official city bulletins and local community residents that I was living in an area built upon and surrounded by dumped industrial waste.  I had also learned that the water supply was unhealthy.  I knew that the Vulcan warehouse buildings had once been foundries (metal melting buildings).  It is likely that metal particulates are still present in the buildings, and in the air.  To top it off, my nervous system was already imbalanced from a traumatic event, and I was experiencing very high levels of anxiety every day.  

Pleased to have been validated in my health concerns, and finally diagnosed (just barely avoiding all sorts of disasters), I flew back to Oakland.  I remember wanting nothing more than to make all of the bad news about my body and living situation disappear.  I was heart-broken at the realization that the fastest way for me to stop damaging my body was to move out of my home at the Vulcan.  But, I was going to have to do the healing work and I was going to have to move away from my friends and community.  There was no way around it.  Without health insurance, I was now tasked to literally save my own life.  

Internal Health

Since the intensity of that confusing time last November 2012, I have actively participated in the positive alteration of my lifestyle.  My general intention and focus to heal and thrive has allowed me to begin discovering the benefits of food as medicine.  As humans, we ALL have one thing in common: food.  Even if you are a spiritual master that consumes energy from the sun, you still require some food.  

My destroyed health was a blessing in disguise, and I find it exciting that my personal health and wellness goals have fully intersected with my life’s work to save and restore bees and the food supply chain.  Without bees, we do not have nourishing foods available to prevent our guts and organs from toxicity and decomposition.  

Reality Check

Throughout my early life, I competed in both individual and team sports.  As an adult I have remained athletic, and have “tried to stay in-shape”.  The more I learn about actual health, the more I am learning that being in-shape externally — that is, how you look — may relate very little to your actual internal health.  Without proper nutrition, even if YOU are a fit, thin, beautiful human, you are likely still unhealthy.  Especially, and simply, just by living in a modern America.  

Currently, I am enjoying work as a consultant in residency with Rejuvenation and Performance Institute (RPI) at Grace Grove in the Sedona AZ area.  And recently, my colleague, Emily Neumann presented me with a mid-morning “green drink” (blended foods beverage).  Emily’s health-wise beverage contained yellow chard, carrots, parsley, cilantro, cucumbers, ginger, and collard greens.  

Did my mid-morning green drink taste sweet?  No, not particularly.  Did it make me feel high, and full of energy?  Yes.  Was it my favorite meal ever?  No.  

Green Drink © 2013 Alisha M. Forrester Scott

Green Drink © 2013 Alisha M. Forrester Scott

Lifestyle and Education Upgrades

I am learning to be brave, literally trust my gut (which is no longer inflamed from gluten and dairy intake), and be more present and disciplined.  As I work diligently with RPI to progress their humanitarian agenda to detoxify bodies, I look forward to experiencing the realities of real internal health, and sharing all of the results and benefits that I experience.

It is a fact that, simply by living in a modern America, I have been legally exposed to GMOs, tainted water (stop using fluoride products and stop drinking your tap water!), and chemical hazards on a daily basis.  I am amazed at all of the bona fide, scientific information about anatomy and wellness that I was never taught.  The amazement that I feel has inspired me to research a variety of detoxifying diets and therapies that are completely new to me.  Using discernment and medically-competent combinations of these diets and therapies, I am learning to live outside of the modern realities of the Standard American Lifestyle.

Am I proud to be consciously living a reality that is separate from that which I had been shown?  Yes.  Do I feel compelled to begin sharing my new conscious and health-wise reality with others that are literally sick and tired of being sick and tired?  100%.

SoundCloud: BNN Bees News Network – Sep 22 2013 – Episode No. 1 “Drink a Green Drink

Hear this piece as a recorded audio blog podcast, with show host “Alisha Bee”, at the newly-launched BNN Bees News Network; online exclusively at SoundCloud.