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Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, for Today's World

Raw Chocolate Truffles Vanilla Dream

 

IT WAS OUR FIRST AND QUITE SUCCESSFUL OPEN HOUSE , HERE IN PATAGONIA ON THE 5TH OF DECEMBER; A BEAUTIFUL SUNNY DAY AND LOTS OF FUN . TO KICK START THE HOLIDAY SEASON, I DEMONSTRATED HOW TO MAKE DELICIOUS, HEALTHY AND EASY CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES THAT ARE SURE TO BRING A SMILE TO ALL CHILDREN AND ADULT ALIKE.

I PROMISED I WOULD GIVE YOU THE RECIPE TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF YOU CAN BENEFIT FROM IT, SO HERE IT IS, BY POPULAR DEMAND, AS PART OF THIS NEWS LETTER.

FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT WISH TO SPEND TIME LABORING IN THE KITCHEN, KNOW THAT I WILL MAKE THESE CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT EAST WEST HOLISTIC MEDICINE NEW STORE, NEXT TO THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ON MC KEOWN AVENUE.


Equipment:

  • Food processor
  • Double boiler
  • Various bowls of different sizes
  • Spatula
  • Small measuring scale
  • Measuring cup and spoon
  • Sifter
  • Glass jar

Ingredients: (will make about 50 1/2oz balls)

  • 3 oz (about 1 cup) soaked and dehydrated almonds
  • 2 oz cacao butter ( about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/8 tsp Himalayan salt or other good quality salt
  • 14 Mejold dates pitted (soaked a couple hours if too
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Qigong for Kidney ChallengeWe will have our third “Qi Gong challenge” this January. And, yes, as much as possible we will do it outside and do like the Chinese do: wear warm clothes, hats and gloves. Some mornings in October were already cool and we sure had to get our Qi moving at 7:00 in the park! Yet, our hearty Patagonians asked for more and wanted me to organize another challenge in winter…so, here it is: one more in January!

So, come join us! if it really is too cold, we will meet at the Community Center.

What Kidney and Bladder mean in Chinese medicine - beyond the organs

Relationships according to the Wheel of 5 energies:

  • Kidney/Bladder: Water energy
  • Season: winter
  • Color: Deep blue or black
  • Movement: descending, horizontal, inward, quiet
  • Taste: salty
  • Sensory organ and sense: ears and hearing
  • Controls: bones, teeth, spine and marrow, brain
  • Manifests into: hair
  • Functions: regulates sexuality, reproductive and hormonal functions
  • Secretion: urine
  • Positive aspects: humidity, moisture and freshness, body fluids, resilience, fluidity and flexibility, renewal, purification, energy reserve
  • Negative aspects: water retention, inundation, edema, deformation, lack of water, dryness, brittleness, stagnation, decomposition
  • Positive emotions: calm will, intuition, self-confidence, spiritual and ancestral memory, courage and
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raw chocolate bourbon pecan pie

Yes! this is a gluten free, dairy free, unbaked, and yes! it is delicious…

Being French I have always had a sweet tooth, with a discriminate palate and great love for the American classics like pecan pie and cheesecakes… Here I join this festive, luscious pecan pie with my other love: chocolate. Enjoy!

 

CRUST

  • 1 1/4 cups flax seeds powdered or toasted pecans
  • 1 cup coconut flakes floured
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (turned into a fine powder)
  • 2tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 TBSPs melted coconut oil

RECIPE NOTES: You can easily powder your flax,coconut flakes,coconut sugar or pecans in a coffee grinder or a blender. Of course they can also be purchased already powdered but the flavor is not quite the same.

  • Toasting your nuts will increase the nutty flavor and the dryness.
  • To toast your pecans, just measure how much you are going to need for the whole recipe. Place for about 10 to 15 minutes in a 300 oven, let them cool a few minutes before use.
  • Place all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl, then using your fingers, mix thoroughly to form a wet but crumbly mix that will shape easily into an 8”
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The goal of this lecture is to both demystify the process of Alzheimer's and provide practical tools of prevention and intervention. Since science presently holds Alzheimer’s to be irreversible, people dread this disease and feel powerless when facing it. Yet, there is also much research to give us hope. Did you know that Alzheimer's has been termed a “third diabetes” or “diabetes of the brain?” Unlike Alzheimer’s, diabetes is not a mysterious disease and many are those who have reversed it through diet and lifestyle. This is but one piece of the many available to unravel the puzzle of Alzheimer’s

Put together, Chinese medicine and Western knowledge in particular provide a precious combination to get us out of powerlessness and provide both knowledge and very practical applications.

Watch Entire Alzheimer's Video

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smoothie 460x295A common question when people switch to a healthier diet is “what about breakfast?” Here are a couple options to help you get away from toasts, eggs, butter and jam!

The following is a healthy breakfast recipe from my husband, Chef Didier Cuzange who regularly prepares breakfast at the Tree as well as our breakfast at home. Didier never runs out of ideas and I especially enjoy his summer concoctions when all the fruit are out!

If you mix greens and fruit, you get a delicious morning smoothie that balances the bitterness of those sometimes bitter greens with the sweetness of the fruit while balancing the sugar content of fruit with the alkalizing effect of greens. The best of both worlds! Combinations are endless. If you tend toward diabetes or hypoglycemia you can omit the fruit and use a sweetener such as stevia. The chia provides protein and energy as well as deep hydration but you can substitute or add any protein powder or your choice either homemade such as ground flax seeds or commercial (as long as there is no sugar). Didier’s favorite is “buckwheaties”…buckwheat groats that he dehydrates and mixes with small pieces of apples.

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Three Treasures Series

Qi, instrument of our health and destiny

 

Qi can wear many hats, from mundane “air” (you put “Qi” in your flat tires), “function” (the “Qi of the Heart” makes it beat) to”activity”, “strength” or “life” as no qi means death. It also includes modern concepts of “energy” “electricity,” or “electromagnetism”

The main medical role of Qi in our body is “transformation,” metabolic and enzymatic functions being its modern names. Our Lung, Spleen/ pancreas and liver constitute its main “transformers”.

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Three Treasures series

Shen, radiance of our spirit and flame of our soul

Shen is the most subtle of the three treasures. Often translated as spirit, Shen can also mean soul, mind, character, personality, emotion, charisma, talents or radiance. Shen resides in our Heart and its nature is Fire. Heart health and Shen are therefore closely connected. Interestingly enough Oriental medicine assigns to the Heart many of the functions that we assign to the brain. Concentration for example is a function of our Shen. The separation between mind and heart is of our making!

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Three Treasures Series

Jing, source of our longevity and vitality

Oriental medicine lists 3 fundamental treasures essential to human health: Jing, Qi, Shen. “Treasure” means something precious and unique to be cherished and protected, like our. national parks designated “national treasures” to protect them from mindless exploitation. Treasure entails the necessity of conscious care and awareness of irreplaceable value.

Jing is the first of the three treasures, sometimes translated as “kidney essence” but much wider than that. Some other Western terms could include “vital energy,” “DNA,” “constitution,”. “body fluids and lubrication” or “libido.”

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Today, in this little blog, let me just tackle the most common question: “what is acupuncture good for?” or another version of it “Can it treat X, Y, Z…?”

In a way, that is like asking “What is medicine good for?” While acupuncture in the West is best known for its pain applications (knee, shoulder, elbow, lower back and all kinds of arthritic pains) its uses cover a much wider scope.

The best way to understand acupuncture is to see it as a resetting of the deep electrical wiring sending signals to all our tendons and joints but also and every single one of our organs and cells. This is why acupuncture can reach anywhere along this electrical grid and different points can relieve headaches as well.