Foods for the Wise

Good food is the foundation of health and we are blessed with a great diversity of foods here in Central California. Our December Mini-Medical School featured Michael Pollan’s Book of Food Rules. It is a great guide to better eating. We also began a journey into teas and tea tasting, featuring Puer-Eh, a great detoxifying tea for the holiday season. The first weekend in February brought us Eco Farm’s 32nd Annual conference at Asilomar Conference Center in Pacfic Grove. I would encourage you to visit their website, The 2011 audio files are posted, and the 2012 will be posted soon. This group of farmers, educators and activists carried on a deeply intelligent discussion of the food issues around the world. A most exciting thing was the presence of so many young people. If you have not already found a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) or Farmer’s market, take a look at the Links section of this website. If you find yourself at the supermarket, you will enjoy a little app from the Environmental Working Group (ewg) called The Dirty Dozen”. You can load this onto your smartphone from the app market by searching ewg or the dirty dozen. It lists fruits and vegetables that should be organically grown and those that you can safely buy conventionally grown. If you prefer a paper copy for your purse, go to to print a copy.
Our next Mini-Medical School will be Saturday, March 17th at 12:30 at Chautauqua Hall. Come for a good time and bring your friends. No charge for the lecture.