Media Reality Check: Nutrients and Veganism

May 22, 2012



On nearly every single one of my major media appearances, the network has felt it necessary to consult "the other side"—a doctor, a psychologist, or a nutritionist (personally, I think veganism is inherently the other side). Not one of these talking heads has been a vegan representative—as if none exist to consult.

In each instance, these folks have reinforced the public with the same exact biased messages that continue to justify the standard American diet:
"It's hard to get protein, B12, calcium, and fat on a vegan diet."
"Vegans have to be extra careful..."
"Vegan diets are dangerous...we absolutely need the nutrients we get from animal foods."
"Meat-free diets can cause deficiencies..."
"Kids may become malnourished."

So, we know where conventional medicine stands, and frankly, they're about twenty years behind doctors doing plant-based-diet research. Their facts are so distorted and empty, it's actually shocking. But like I've said before, the majority of opposition can be explained by fear, ignorance, and industry collusion.

So let's clear up some of these concerns with a few reality-check points:

Seek experienced advice:
You wouldn't take swimming lessons from someone who never learned to swim. Don't take advice from any doctor or nutritionist who is not a successful vegan themselves. Current conventional medicine is not based on healthy people who have found solutions, but rather sick populations with unnecessary chronic disease caused by normalized unhealthy habits. Most doctors simply don't stay current on the most advanced vegan research and protocols. Their work is more geared towards alleviating symptoms, not healing the root cause. Seek out the best medical and nutritional advice in the field from the likes of Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. Gabriel Cousens, David Wolfe, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Jameth Sheridan, and Dr. Michael Greger. Also, books by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Victoria Moran, and Brendan Brazier.

The SAD food pyramid vs. the plant-based pyramid:
The nutritionists and conventional doctors (many have as little as six hours of nutritional training) that oppose or caution against veganism seem to base their advice on the standard American diet (SAD) food pyramid. To be clear: with veganism, we are not talking about the standard American food pyramid minus meat and dairy (this leaves nothing upon nothing). A plant-based pyramid has an entirely different arrangement of food groups that provides for all of our human needs for macronutrients (carbs, protein, and fat) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants). By exploring a plant-based pyramid and vegan nutrient recommendations, everyone will reap the benefits of finding micronutrients the American public is generally deficient in.

The ANDI Chart:
The Aggregate Nutrient Density Index rates the micronutrient quality of foods on a scale from 1-1000, taking into consideration vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. Kale and mustard greens: 1000. All animal products fall in the 30s or below. If you are eating a variety of whole foods, you are most likely already getting all the macronutrients you need (carbs, protein, fats). It's time for everyone to focus the bulk of their diets on foods that provide micronutrients the average person is not getting. Conventional doctors and nutritionists need a reality check on who "needs to be careful."

Chronic disease: Studies continue to show the link between chronic disease and consuming animal products. Let's look at the trajectory for kids in this country:
•50% or more of Americans adults are on pharmaceutical medication.
•20% of children ages 2-19 are obese.
•30% of girls are getting their periods by age 8.
•The Center for Disease Control lists cancer and heart disease as the two leading causes of death.

These maladies are all exacerbated, if not caused, by eating meat and dairy. The standard American diet has been given its chance and it has proven to be a disaster. One hundred years ago, people only became ill in the last few months of their lives. Today, the average person will experience at least a decade of disease and unnecessary suffering. For many, transitioning to a plant-based diet at a young age will be a life-saving choice.



Protein: The average American gets too much protein (remember, extra is stored as fat). Many people don't know that proteins are simply chains of amino acids, and that plant proteins contain all essential amino acids. The vegan pyramid provides a healthy amount of protein with a lower biological value than animal products, which prevents IGF reactions (insulin-like growth factors that trigger cancer and tumor growth). According to the USDA, children need about .4 grams of protein per healthy pound of body weight. For kids ages 4-6, that only amounts to about 15-20 g. protein per day! One piece of sprouted whole grain toast (4 g. protein) with a couple tablespoons of almond butter (6 g. protein) and you're half, or more than half-way, done by breakfast. Protein is not hard to find in a plant-based diet.

B12: Conventional nutrition will tell you that vitamin B12 can only be found in animal-products. This is factually skewed and distorted. B12 is neither an animal-based nor plant-based micronutrient, but bacteria-based. If we were all eating foods pulled straight from the ground, we would be getting sufficient amounts of B12 in the grooves of our veggies, for example. If people are getting B12 at all from meat, it is because the animal ate grass and stored B12 in her gut—B12 is not inherent to the flesh. But most animals are not grass-fed these days. B12 is crucial for everyone, but the reality is that 50-90% of meat-eaters are deficient in optimum levels of B12, too! NO ONE EVER MENTIONS THAT! I eat lots of nutritional yeast and spirulina and my levels are in the normal range after 9 years of veganism, but because everyone seems to absorb B12 differently, the only accurate test is an MMA blood or urine test. If your levels are low, add B12-fortified foods into your diet along with a sublingual B12 (kids love them, they're tiny and sweet). The methylcobalamin type is the most absorbable. Everyone can benefit by exploring the vegan pyramid because our research may shed light on nutrients everyone needs.

Fat:
Fats and essential fatty acids are crucial, especially for children—but we want good fats that do not carry along the negative side effects that animal products do. Our brains live in 80% fatty tissue, so including raw organic fats in our repertoires is vital for all kinds of biological functions (some experts posit that our prehistoric advances in brain size may have been due to the fat content in the meat we hunted, not the protein). We also now know that vegans who eat nuts and seeds live longer than those who don't. Choose excellent sources of raw, organic fats: olive oil and olives, seeds, nuts, nut and seed butters, algae oil (long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids), flax oil, hemp oil, walnut oil, coconut and coconut oil (healthy saturated fat), and avocados, for example. Note: new studies show that eating saturated fats together with Omega-3 fats doubles the absorbency of the Omegas, for example coconut oil and algae oil together.

Calcium: Animal products are a relatively poor source of calcium compared to leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, and bok choy. Meat and dairy have an acidic PH, causing calcium to be leeched out of our bones into our bloodstream in order to alkalize our system. Studies (i, ii, iii) are now showing that the countries with the highest intake of dairy products also have the highest rates of osteoporosis. Even more important than the amount of calcium in a food is the amount we absorb (we absorb 60% of calcium from broccoli—VERY high).

Calcium from plants is more bioavailable to our bodies and comes without harmful side effects like IGF (insuline-like growth factors) that trigger growth of tumors, cancer, and cell mutations. We know for a fact that toxins bioaccumulate up the food chain, so if one is eating meat or dairy, even from organic cows, you are ingesting an exponentially higher amount of toxins including PCBs, dioxins, and even radioactive particles. There is nowhere in the world that is untouched by these toxins, they are being found in the fatty tissue of polar bears. Calcium absorbency also depends on magnesium (which meat and dairy have very little of compared to plants). Fifty to 75% of the general public is also magnesium deficient. The best sources for maintaining a healthy balance come from a plant-based diet (and lucky for us, raw chocolate is one of the highest sources of magnesium on Earth!). Remember that the cow gets her calcium from eating grass.


Vitamin D: Fifty to 90% of Americans are deficient in D—this isn't just a vegan problem. A 2007 study showed that even 50% of young, healthy Hawaiian-island surfers lacked sufficient D due to immediate showering post-session. Supplemental D3 comes from lanolin, aka "wool grease," a waxy substance secreted by sheep's glands, the collection of which is a gross and abusive industry. Supplemental D2 is plant-based based, but it is unclear whether it provides absorbable amounts to sufficiently increase D serum. Mushrooms are now known to produce D3 and there are comapanies at work to provide mushroom-based D3. Source of Life brand claims to have such a product, but I have not verified its ingredients.

With exposure to sunlight, our skin produces D on its own in a matter of minutes or hours (depending on location and skin color), but it takes several hours for our bodies to absorb those oils—so spend some time in the early or late sun and don't wash off!

In the words of the great Chuck D of Public Enemy, don't believe the hype. Reality checked.

Fear, Ignorance, and Collusion: The Real Reasons Why Experts Dis' Veganism

April 5, 2012

“Propaganda.” “Brainwashing.” “Child abuse!”

I’d never have guessed my children’s book would provoke such claims. That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals, though well received, also caused some controversy, garnering attacks from the likes of animal agriculture trade magazines and even Farm Bureau CEOs. Though veganism is swiftly gaining momentum, it still provokes knee-jerk reactions—for me, each case of opposition a study of the invisible forces that shape our thinking about food, health, and animals. My upcoming children’s book, Vegan Is Love, was recently reviewed by Nicole German, a registered dietician on Diet Blog whose occupation and critique perfectly exemplify the real reasons why “experts” often dis’ veganism: fear, ignorance, and industry collusion.

FEAR

“The main problem I have with this book,” German writes, “is that children are impressionable, and this is too sensitive of a topic to have a child read this book.”

We tend to shelter children from the “adult” world because we fear shattering the fragility we imagine they inherently possess. We follow this concept of childhood because we inherited it from the Victorian age—not because it is universally accepted. Throughout history and the world, various cultures consider their children to have capabilities beyond what we acknowledge here in the West. In some cultures kids are contributing members of the community by the time they’re four—watching siblings, pounding grain, helping collect firewood.

Kids are more competent and sturdy than we think. Surprised parents have repeatedly told me that their child reacted with curiosity—not fear—when they learned about factory farming in my books. During readings, I’ve never once seen a child overwhelmed—only adults. Kids learn when we teach them. I do, though, agree that kids are impressionable, which is exactly why they need information at an early age that will help them make educated choices. In my experience, when kids understand options, they choose wisely.

With constant media and technological stimulation, kids are being “impressed” upon by biased messaging up to hundreds of times a day—by whom? Follow the money. Seventy-five percent of government subsidies go to meat and dairy while less than half a percent goes to fruits and vegetables. The Milk Mustache campaign, driven by the National Milk Processor Board (administered by the USDA) spent $190 million in 1998. Colluding industry-led campaigns like these cause massive increases in demand, in this case, billions of pounds of fluid milk. These profit-seeking systems are the ones we should be concerned about influencing our kids—not a picture book about choices.

If we don’t intercept the all-pervasive, concerted efforts between Big Ag, Big Pharma, and federal nutrition programs, today’s youth will inevitably join in the animal cruelty and the dysfunctional cycle of disease and medication we are experiencing in this country at an all-time high. The most important message to teach kids is that we don’t have to fear anything we have the power to change.

IGNORANCE

“[This book] could easily scare a young child into eating vegan, and without proper guidance that child could become malnourished.” writes German.
Typical of doctors and nutritionists educated through conventional programs, German’s paternalistic, cautionary advice is based on remedial knowledge of veganism. Yes, everyone needs protein (some more, some less). But this warning perpetuates the most common myth about veganism—that it leads to deficiencies. Even without science, this is an issue long disqualified by the nations of people who have thrived on plant-based diets throughout history—the Essenes, many Buddhists, Hindus, Rastafari, Seventh Day Adventists, and Jainists among others. With all the supporting evidence—from scientific research to factory farm exposés—we should really be warning people that going from a plant-based diet to an omnivorous one is the path that more likely to lead to disease—and positively, to violent consent.

Studies continue to show the link between animal products and chronic disease (which, on a side note, one might interpret as the physical or even spiritual manifestation of consuming ill, abused, and terrified animals). The highest quality proteins—the most absorbable and least toxin-accumulative—come from plant-sources like spirulina and chlorella, for example, which contain approximately 60-70 percent protein with 40 percent absorbability. The protein in red meat, fish, and chicken is less than 20 percent absorbable, especially because amino acids like tryptophan are heat sensitive, destroyed during cooking. It takes a lot of animal flesh to supply sufficient amounts of protein, meanwhile, we’re building a toxic load not worth its weight in nutrients.

When 80+ percent of cows on American farms have bovine leukemia, isn’t it in our best interest to regularly eat almonds for calcium instead of pus-filled milk? There may be nutrients in milk from a cow untainted by environmental toxins, but that’s not what’s for sale—anywhere. It doesn’t exist.

German also writes, “The worldly problems presented in this book …are meant for the government, businesses, and large groups of adults to conquer.”
The problems presented in my book are caused by government, big business, and large groups of consenting adults. They will not be the ones to fix them. As Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can changethe world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” In U.S. history, social and legislative change has always been achieved from the bottom of the ladder up, not the top down. Most of the rights we experience as part of daily existence—from the 40-hour work week to equal opportunity housing—are due to the activism of regular citizens, specifically the working class, people of color, and women, who led until government and big business were forced to follow. We can’t afford to wait for the next generation to grow up before teaching them to live consciously. Sugarcoating or avoiding truths only hinders what children are actually capable of, psychologically, spiritually, and physically. And hindering their capabilities delays the potential we have to green our society, improve our health, and do best for all living things.

INDUSTRY COLLUSION

Unless one works behind the scenes or actively seeks out the truth, it is unlikely one would know the degree of collusion between government and big pharma, agriculture, and food corporations in getting us to abide by their guidelines and consume the products. When the level of their organization and calculation becomes clear, the reality is dizzying.The revolving door between “watchdog” institutions like the FDA, the USDA, the Department of Health and Monsanto, large processed food corporations, and pharmaceuticalsensures the alignment of public services and education with industry interests.The very Dietetics program at the University of Georgia where German received her degree is accredited by the American Dietetic Association, which regularly receives sponsorship from corporate giants like Monsanto, the National Dairy Council, Aramark, Coca-Cola, and PepsiCo. [1, 2, 3]. From elementary school to graduate programs, everything from school events and lectures to vending machines and curriculums are known to be organized for potential gain by colluding industries. Medical students are routinely influenced and educated by pharmaceutical-sponsored events and learn to deal with disease by prescribing medication, not advising changes in diet. What they prescribe will often depend simply on whichever brand got a hold on their school first.

In Western medicine, there is little connection between food and health—and these corporate alliances aim to keep it that way. In 2002, Pharmacia merged with Monsanto to become one of the top-tier companies in both agriculture andpharmaceuticals. They want us to think we can eat whatever we want without consequence. When we become ill, we go to doctors who prescribe their medications. It’s win-win.

So, veganism, relatively new to the mainstream, is bound to remain extra-curricular. Neither moral nor ethical imperatives, nor environmental toxins, may ever be addressed as part of nutritional science, nor taken into consideration in the nutritional profiles of different foods. Neither will the cognitive and emotional lives of animals. And so, conventional nutrition degree programs produce advisors like German, who suggest that you can’t get full unless you include animal protein in a meal. Her idea of a healthy choice salad dressing contains 30+ processed ingredients including 6+ kinds of milk products fortified with vitamin A (protocol for replacing nutrients lost in processing). But look, no added sugar! It’s healthy.

Calorie-counting, trans-fats, and Trader Joe’s-informed “health” (TJ’s private label foods come from companies like PepsiCo, Frito-Lay, Danone, and Tasty Bite, by the way), are all fine distractions from understanding true health and the consequences of animal agriculture. I am not attacking German personally, but the system that produces views like hers. Like most, she trusted that system. But at this point, "experts" like German should either find new occupations or take their knowledge up about 600 notches, because what they're really doing is harm—in German's case, the extent of which is masked by her inclusion of small bits on truly healthful, cruelty-free foods.

It may seem maniacal to have built a grand case against such a small critique, but this is truly what comes to my mind when I know that on flipside of a pebble hides a mountain. It is the underbelly of things I've always been interested in. It's why I write children’s books. I want the next generation to be exposed to alternative thinking, educational experiences that will allow them to compete with “expert” opinions about health, animals, and the environment as they grow into adulthood. I believe in the capabilities of children. They need but little guidance in learning to love deeply, think critically, and act responsibly. No corporation or industry can interrupt this kind of education.

Why I'm Not A Millionaire by David Wolfe

January 14, 2012



Now THIS is a leader. Hot off the press, the essay below is a letter released today by our dear friend David Wolfe. Check it out, we wish the whole world would.


WHY I'M NOT A MILLIONAIRE by David "Avocado" Wolfe

Many people think I am a millionaire. I have certainly been responsible for millions of dollars in book sales (hundreds of thousands of copies of my books have been sold in the past 12 years). I've also put my name on products that have sold in the countless millions as well (over $30 million from one of my former companies alone). And I've helped support many independent businesses that have gone on to become multimillion dollar ventures too… but I, David “Avocado” Wolfe, am not a millionaire. You are probably wondering how this could have happened. Am I a fool? Have I allowed unscrupulous people to take advantage of me?

First off, I need to clear the air: not only am I not a millionaire now, I was never a millionaire in the past, and I certainly don't want to be a millionaire anytime in the future. Many people believe I own www.LongevityWarehouse.com. I don't. I was offered a large percentage of the company last year and I refused. Many people believe I own www.TheBestDayEver.com, The Longevity Now® Conference… and www.SacredChocolate.com. I don’t. I love these businesses and I support their success and they support mine, but I don't have any ownership in any of them at all. I also don't own any stock in any companies… nor do I own any companies that own companies. Many people think I own lots of property too. I don't. I operate two organic farms that are mostly owned by banks and if I ever end up owning any equity in these properties at all, I will immediately donate them to charity.

Less Is More

Let me be clear: I own very little. I have an 11 year-old Jeep, one computer, a stereo that I have had since 1986, a drum set I bought in 2000, my books, my plants, enough clothes to fill a suitcase, and a few necessities (blender, grounded flip flops, toothbrush, etc.). As you can see, I don't own much at all. Why…?

The ancient Taoist Immortals embraced the philosophy of renunciation, living with the Earth, discipline, as well as abandoning attachment to worldly pleasures, wealth, and reputation as a path to longevity and health. Throughout my whole life, ever since I first saw David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine in the television program Kung Fu, I have become more and more enamored with the ascetic life of a Taoist Immortal. In addition, I believe having nothing gives you the ultimate freedom of having nothing to lose. Because when you have a lot, you have a lot to lose. One of the owners of Sunfood Nutrition, Robert Deupree, is worth an estimated $50 million. Do you really think if Mr. Deupree has to make a choice between doing the right thing and doing anything that will put his many millions in jeopardy, he will take the higher path?  His partner in Sunfood Nutrition, E. Douglas Harbison is the son of billionaire Earle Harbison who ran Monsanto for 10 years. Do you really think Mr. Harbison has any interest in selling the best superfoods on the planet if it risks putting his father's legacy in jeopardy? I don't have answers to the questions above. I only offer them as something to consider: The more things one owns, the more one has a vested interest in protecting those things s/he has acquired. I also believe that the higher one climbs on the tree of life, the thinner the branches; it's better to be somewhere towards the middle where the branches are strong and where the people who make up our world actually live. If you know me then you know that I never speak negatively about people or their companies, however I feel the time has come to protect the natural food industry with some much needed clarification. As one of the pioneers of this industry I feel this is my responsibility.

My Favorite Place in the World…

One of my favorite places in the whole world is Costa Rica. Costa Rica has no military, guns, tanks, or soldiers, at all. Do you know why? Because they don’t have any natural resources, such as gold, oil, or precious minerals that other countries value. When you have nothing others value, you have nothing to lose. And yet because I value Costa Rica’s natural attributes, with it’s deeply healing volcanic hot springs, intricate rainforest ecosystems, beautiful mountains and beaches, and fertile farmland… Costa Rica, for me, is one of the wealthiest countries on the planet.

New Ideas About Wealth

This brings me to my next question: What constitutes real wealth, anyway? There are many multimillionaires suffering in hospital beds, eating hybridized, genetically modified processed foods, who are spiritually, emotionally, and mentally confused. There are many billionaires even, suffering from poor health and unable to experience the vast number of enjoyments they have spent their life acquiring. I have few assets, and yet I’ve never lacked for anything. I’ve never eaten anything but the best food ever… slept in the best (grounded) beds ever… traveled to the most exotic lands ever… experienced the most extraordinary health ever, shared the company of the most beautiful friends and family, and most of all, met 100,000's of fantastic, wonderful people like you who are hungry for the knowledge I share. I am, in my estimation, incredibly rich — perhaps the wealthiest person in the world. Only my wealth isn’t “mine”, it’s available to anyone who chooses to reconsider where true wealth and freedom is found. And where is true wealth found? Consider the following:

  • True wealth is a peaceful state of mind.
  • True wealth is abundant physical health.
  • True wealth is spiritual connection to source energy.
  • True wealth is emotional wellness.
  • True wealth is found in serving others.
  • True wealth is knowledge of oneself, knowledge of one’s environment… and finding and following your mission in life.

In addition:

  • True wealth cannot be hoarded, only shared.
  • True wealth is not created by what one has acquired, but by what one gives away.
  • And true wealth (or happiness in oneself) is directly proportional to the happiness one brings to others.

So let’s consider that our previous notions of “wealth” and “resources” are possibly outdated and irrelevant. Let’s also consider that making money for its own sake is a meaningless and never-ending, never-fulfilling endeavor.

Sunfood

The last time I owned a company was in 2009 when I was the CEO (and 50% owner) of Sunfood Nutrition. When I was an “owner” of the company, I not only found myself surrounded by greedy sharks looking to use my name to sell more stuff to more people (and not caring about the quality or source of the products)… but I also found myself working harder and harder for less and less.  In fact, Sunfood Nutrition is a good, but tragic, example of what happens when the power of greed and control overtakes the power of doing some good in the world (I will share my epic battle - in exquisite detail- against the crooks at Sunfood in the future, and it is quite a story). Since July 2009 (when I was defrauded out of the company assets) I have had nothing to do with that company and I am continuously shocked at the criminality and unconscious behavior displayed by the people who run it.

A Mission-Driven Life
So you might be wondering why I continually recommend the products I love without getting rich in the process? Because it’s my mission in this life to search for the most time-tested, scientifically-researched, healthiest, most valuable (even magical) raw foods, superfoods, superherbs, and longevity technologies and share my discoveries with as many people as possible. All the money that I could have put in my pocket has been consistently reinvested back into expanding our choices and broadening all of our horizons.It is my mission to give a voice to the healthiest choices ever — especially those that have yet to see their day in the Sun. It’s not about making tons of money. It never has been. It is about the mission and the message. I have found this to be true of nearly every great achiever I have ever met — their mission and message in life comes first. And the one thing I really want is a planet that is filled with: the best foods, the best herbs, the most extraordinary organic farms, massive wild tracts of land, and the healthiest humans possible.
  • A planet where we are all supported in implementing the best solutions ever to overcome our health challenges.
  • A planet that works for 100% of humanity and supports the spiritual health of all living things.
  • A planet that has put the LOVE back into every project and endeavor.
The more I share the knowledge I have been gifted… the closer, I believe, this dream to be. There have been BIG changes for the better in the global health scene and in our world in general over the last 20 years. We are making progress.

The Proper Role of Money

So where does the role of money fit into all of this?
We must appreciate the power of money and understand its important role in making things happen in the world. Money is not the root of evil; it is a very powerful—but also limited—force. Without money, there is no way we can ship thousands of kilos of organic, non-GMO, non-CCN-51 hybrid cacao from the jungles of Ecuador to a store shelf in the United States. We cannot package and distribute cacao just because we want to, we require money to make that happen. At the same time, I cannot use money to improve my spiritual practice or to achieve a peaceful heart; to do that I require discipline, hard work, and concentration. Again, money is not the root of evil… but it’s not the root of everlasting happiness either. We need a balanced approach in our understanding of what money can and cannot do for us. Which brings me to my last point:

If I don’t want to own anything, why don’t I do everything for free?
My answers are simple: I have put out hundreds of high-quality education videos out on the Internet for free—more, I believe, than any other health activist in the world. I have also spoken at countless events for free in my career, but have I found that whenever I give too much away for free—it is less valued, easily discarded, or not appreciated. Too many free events attract takers and drainers (or “drainbows”) and those who feel entitled. In addition, I believe in a fair energy-exchange. The information I produce and products I recommend create jobs and income for thousands of hard-working people. I have always felt the obligation to support my contractors, suppliers, and farmers, even at great personal sacrifice to myself. The products I create and distribute are good for the majority of people in every area: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual and are based on my 20+ years of research. Not everything is for everybody, but by working with probabilities, I know most people will discover something unique and special in what I have to offer. And in quality the stuff I bring to the market is unsurpassed in the health food and natural products industry because my field experience has given me the connections no one else has.

Ignoring the "Whiners"

My experience has been that the people who whine and complain about money (or anything for that matter), are the people who daily do what they hate and who are the most disconnected from their mission. These types of people often fall into the “drainbow” category — they take or attack but rarely give or appreciate. As a consequence, these types of people don’t want to do too much, but they expect a lot in return. They often believe that anyone who makes it in the world did so through fraud and deceit, instead of through hard work and integrity. I work very hard, seventeen, eighteen hours most days. I am a firm believer that hard work combined with solid motivation (wanting little for oneself) and integrity along with a powerful life-mission (wanting a lot for others) creates an effortless, almost imperative desire to continually do the right thing. I am not saying I have always done the right thing. Mistakes happen and are part of life. Nor am I doing the only right thing; I am doing what I perceive is right for me. What is right for you? I don’t know. That is for you to consider. My hope is that we can work together to spiritually put money in its correct and appropriate role until such time as humanity has moved past the need for money. The true wealth of friendships, deeper connections to source energy, spiritual peace, health, and tranquility of mind will be our reward.

Written by: David “Avocado” Wolfe, January 2012 Founder of the non-profit Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (www.ftpf.org) Author of: The Sunfood Diet Success System Eating For Beauty Naked Chocolate Amazing Grace Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future Chaga: King of the Medicinal Mushrooms The LongevityNOW Program Host of over 2500 health events worldwide.

 

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