This recipe is courtesy of Andrea Bemis (DISHING UP THE DIRT)

Serves 4-6

For the Soup:
• 2 Tablespoons grapeseed oil (or oil of choice)
• 1 large yellow onion, diced
• 5 cloves of garlic, minced
• 2 pounds red kuri squash (or winter squash of choice) peeled, seeded and cut into 1 inch cubes
• 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
• 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
• 4 cups vegetable stock
• Minced parsley for serving

For the Tahini Sauce:
• 1 clove of garlic, minced
• 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
• Pinch of black pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon allspice
• 1/4 cup tahini
• 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
• 2 Tablespoons water

For the Chickpea Croutons:
• 1 cup cooked chickpeas (if from the can rinsed, drained and patted dry)
• 1 Tablespoon olive oil
• 2 Tablespoons za’atar (a middle eastern spice blend)

1. Preheat the oven to 425F. Toss chickpeas with the olive oil and za’atar. Bake in the oven until lightly browned and crisp. About 15-20 minutes. Toss chickpeas halfway through baking.
2. Prepare the tahini sauce by combing all of the ingredients and mixing until smooth. This works best with an immersion blender or food processor. Taste test and adjust seasonings if need be.
3. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until fragrant. About 5 minutes. Stir in the squash and spices. Cook for about 3 more minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 25 minutes.
4. Carefully puree the soup with an immersion blender or regular blender. Taste test and adjust seasonings if needed.
5. Serve the soup with a healthy drizzle of the tahini sauce, chickpea croutons, parsley and plenty of salt and pepper to taste.

It’s a cold and sunny winter day which I safely observe from the clinic kitchen window while I type.  Checking in with myself, I feel as if I’m finding my way through a long, dark tunnel.  This tunnel has a definite light at the end, with thoughts of “in a few years I’ll be ok”.  However, when I breathe consciously and let myself sink deeper into the moment, I can sense the light right now, in my centre, and am filled with gratitude for the reality of soul and Spirit.  I notice lately that the light is still there when life seems hard, with almost too much suffering to bear—as I remember to access It!

Eventually I’ll write the details of this difficult time.  Right now I need to keep confidentiality for others.  But I can describe the pieces that are mine.

There are several, beginning with being more aware of my closed heart for which I compensate with “saviour behaviour”—helping others in order to cover my fear of loving and losing, of getting too close and getting hurt.  When I’m in helper mode, it looks and even feels like I’m loving, but as a giver it leaves me free from being vulnerable to loss and hurt; it lets me keep my real heart closed and safe.  It explains why I feel uncomfortable receiving from others and often pick relationships where I can (sometimes obnoxiously) help/fix.  I sense this as a constant tension in my chest and recently realize a lack of deep emotion for people with whom I want to be close, made clearer because of certain current events.

I also hide any anger I may hold for a close person so that I don’t hurt them.  Jim Dowling, a healer in Carp, senses this as a volcano in my abdomen.  I experience it physically as chronic bowel problems which don’t respond to any therapies.  Inevitably the anger leaks out and hurts people in spite of all my efforts to hold it in but I’ve continued anyway.

This coping mechanism of keeping my heart closed and my anger suppressed has served me well enough for decades.  Now it is causing me physical problems, blocking my ability to relate to people I want to love and stopping me from continuing to grow spiritually.  My ability to heal is also blocked.

In EMDR therapy with Mary Ann Carmichael, the part that is trying to keep me safe by closing my heart feelings is arising as a frightening demon, a part that I have kept safely under wraps, unconscious, for most of my life.  As I am forced to look at this behaviour by painful situations lovingly served up by the Universe, I notice that my most tender longings and self-love are also being blocked, that I am hard and unloving toward myself, that I don’t allow my vulnerable and hurt parts to show themselves and therefore to heal/integrate.  I’m split off, unauthentic, partly dead.

At the same time, as this awareness arises, I have solid faith that I can be whole, alive and loving towards myself and others.  I am fortunate and profoundly grateful to be able to get the help I need and am taking notes to apply what I’m learning to a restructured ecowellness centre!  Skating and cross-country skiing with Felix and friends helps immensely, smile.

may your winter be a balance of inner work and playing in the snow!


ps Two books that I read daily to support my process are: Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach and The Presence Process by Michael Brown.  Very different flavours, the first more gentle and feminine, the latter rather strict and masculine.  For Simple Abundance, I recommend to start at January 1 no matter what time of year it is as her process is progressive, as is Michael’s.

crazy-sexy-bean-chiliThis recipe is courtesy of Kris Carr. She is a New York Times best-selling author, wellness activist and cancer thriver!



Yield: 8 servings




  • 1 1⁄2 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, finely diced (for less heat, remove seeds and/or use half the pepper)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1⁄2 cups ground seitan (alternatives: crumbled tempeh [wheat-free] or finely diced mushrooms [soy-free])
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1⁄2 cup diced potato (any kind)
  • Two 15-ounce cans of black beans, rinsed
  • One 15-ounce can of kidney beans, rinsed
  • One 14-ounce can of crushed tomatoes (San Marzano recommended)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1⁄2 bunch of fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup kale, chopped
  • Diced avocado (optional)
  • Fresh cilantro (optional)


  1. Toast cumin seeds in a dry soup pot on medium heat, for 2 minutes until you smell the robust aroma. (This process releases the full flavor of the spice.)
  2. Add the olive oil, onion, garlic, and jalapeño. Stir consistently until the onion is golden and translucent.
  3. Add in the chili powder, seitan, zucchini, and potato, and stir well. Sauté for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring to avoid sticking.
  4. Add in black beans, kidney beans, tomatoes, water, maple syrup, sea salt, and cilantro. Cover with a lid, reduce heat to low, and allow to cook for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
  5. Remove from heat, and stir in the kale.
  6. Serve hot. Garnish with diced avocado and a handful of cilantro, if using.

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by Katherine Willow N.D.

From a holistic point of view, colds and flus are not a matter of catching a “bug”, they are about being off balance, physically and emotionally, through congestion, nutritional deficiency and significant stress.

The interesting thing is that the cold or flu is actually the body’s way of trying to re-establish our balance. These “illnesses” are healing symptoms, with a subsequent improvement in health if they are managed correctly—with rest, fluids, positive attitude, emotional healing and natural remedies.  Drugs are required in emergencies, when a person does not have enough vitality. Drugs do more harm than good during acute episodes if one is basically healthy by suppressing our bodies’ healing mechanisms.

In healing chronic conditions, even cancer, we see patients going through colds and flus as the body starts to detoxify, although we do our best to avoid this by treating slowly and carefully according to the person’s body type.

So how do we prevent these miserable conditions—even if they are supposed to be good for us?

  • Manage stress. Unmitigated fight or flight state is the number one immune buster. Often the cold or flu comes on during the “let-down” phase after a stress is resolved and we descend into let-down/recovery mode with its accompanying detoxification.
  • Sleep 7-9 hours, starting before 10pm when the energies begin to rise, in a fully darkened room, away from electronic equipment; dim lights after dinner to avoid suppression of melatonin which makes us sleepy to recharge our bodies after the stress of the day. Take small naps/rests during the day to pace energy. Good sleep is our best immune booster.
  • Movement helps keep toxins from congesting our body and manifesting in colds and flus.
  • Food that fits the season, warming and nourishing, with raw food in small servings gives us energy, balances our weight and keeps us de-congested; then we rarely need to have a cold or flu. Think non-wheat grains, lots of veggies, nuts, beans, grass-fed organic meat and poultry, wild fish, cold-pressed oils, herb teas and coffees, natural sweeteners and condiments. And the biggest food trick for most of us to avoid illness is: EAT LESS.
  • Do regular cleanses; include herbs for parasites. This is a HUGE flu preventive and overall perk.
  • Supplements include: vitamin A, C and D; echinacea in small doses a few days/week, garlic, digestive enzymes, adrenal support; elderberry concentrates in small doses, homeopathic flu prevention monthly and zinc are a few immune builders when life is stressful.
  • About the flu shot: I don’t recommend it unless a patient is afraid not to have it and use alternative methods to boost immunity and build health.

Treating a cold or flu:

  1. Fevers are therapeutic; only medicate if life-threatening.
  2. Stop eating or eat as lightly as you can. You can stop a flu/cold in its tracks if you do this immediately.
  3. Take echinacea, astragalus or elderberry extract, homeopathic aconite or oil of oregano. Everyone has their favourite, just take it IMMEDIATELY. Once the process takes hold, we’re usually down for a few days.
  4. Rest, rest, rest. If you can’t, you’ll probably be “sick” longer.
  5. Make sure bowels are regular.
  6. Stay warm: baths, hot compresses on chest, infra-red sauna (if feeling strong enough)
  7. Hot fluids: ginger tea, chicken broth, lemon water with raw honey, other herb teas.
  8. Stay positive and smile.


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  • Large windows provide natural light
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As you might know from reading my blog, I’ve been putting up with nagging lower back and joint pain for almost three years, trying this and that, getting some results, but not yet having complete success.  I’ve never given in to thinking that this was simply part of aging and always figured that I would come back to a pain-free state.

Well I’m onto my next experiment: Liquid Gym in Bells Corners, a centre with treadmills and exercise bikes under water (among many other offerings, complete with physiotherapists covered by OHIP).  Yesterday I had my intro session with owner Karen Snyder, who showed me what to do on a treadmill in warm water up to my neck, watching my legs on a screen in front of me.  I have been a supporter of Karen’s for years, but never thought of doing this therapy for myself.  She has many inspirational stories of people much more disabled than me who have recovered from injuries and illnesses like strokes through her state of the art equipment.  A woman in the dressing room confided that her sciatica, which had not responded to anything in eight years, had become significantly better in three sessions and was now gone.  She just came for prevention.  There are also athletes who come for training.

After the one session, my back didn’t hurt last night, when the ache is usually worst, but was higher in the morning.  Karen sent me a brief email to see how I was and on hearing this recommended ice, 20 minutes on and off, three times.  I never considered using ice for such a little pain, but it worked!

Too soon to say much, but I’ll report results in the next newsletter.

If you’re interested in trying Liquid Gym out for yourself, here’s the link: or 613-820-8228.

Maybe we’ll cross paths!

warm regards,


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Kind regards from and

This letter is about changes that will be in force once the new College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario is proclaimed.  

Content of this Newsletter:   

Millions of Ontarians are not aware that their freedom to choose their health care treatments is about to end, even though they are paying out-of-pocket for the alternative treatments they have come to appreciate. With your help, six thousand Petition signatures can become 6 million!

These changes affect YOUR right to choice in therapy and practitioner. Only registered psychotherapists will be permitted to provide you with some 312 treatments and wellness approaches, many of them time-proven treatments such as Zen treatments, pet therapy, play therapy and even therapies such as reflexology and aroma therapy !

Check out our Newsletter November 2014 where we provide the results of more research into this matter of the takeover of the entire field of mental and emotional health and counseling by conventional lobby groups. As you will see, it is vitally important that we all act now to protect our rights to choose our own health care treatments by contributing to the legal action and adding our names to our petition.  

We know that not everyone can afford to contribute hundreds of dollars, but we believe that if everyone finds a way to contribute $10 today, fourteen million Ontarians can ensure that this kind of attack on our democracy never happens again.  Fight with us now….contribute at

No person who believes in democracy would ever seek to eliminate other people’s democratic rights so blatantly and arrogantly. This action against Ontarians should be a red flag for those currently under treatment or considering treatment by psychologists, psychotherapists and psychiatrists. Fourteen million Ontarians will be told who and what therapy they can have if this takeover is permitted.

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Our every normal human reaction to life’s bumps and bruises will be ‘diagnosed’ and we will be treated as though we are all flawed if this legislation is permitted to stand. Most alternative therapies, including pet and play therapy, Zen, dietary supplements and organic therapies have recently been defined as ‘psychotherapeutic techniques’ in their Dictionary of Clinical Psychology in order to facilitate this takeover.

Few Canadians have experienced anything but freedom…freedom to speak to whomever, wherever, whenever. But now, over 14 Million Ontarians are losing their freedom to choose their own health care and some 10,000 practitioners, mostly women, will be deprived of their livelihood (source: Statistics Canada). The essential aspect of their work (treatments), have been made a controlled act to be undertaken by a select few!

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. ~Voltaire

It is an absurdity that anyone should for a second believe they are entitled to remove our freedoms and tell us who we should talk to about our issues in life; it is an atrocity if we sink into apathy and allow it to happen!

With your generous contributions to the legal fund set up at we can continue the fight to preserve our rights. We are striving to raise $80,000 by the new year. We must obtain either a total repeal of this legislation or the addition of amendments to ensure that all practitioners can continue to offer the public their treatments without fear of prosecution. It will help ensure the public continues to have many options, including those without life-long labels and drugs.

Most would agree that the state shouldn’t be allowed into the bedrooms of a nation. Why on earth would we allow them into our heads—or to restrict our health care options?

If we give in to ANY demand to accept reduced freedoms, we are signing away the democratic rights that millions before us died to preserve.

We are experiencing systematic, institutionalized democracy-dismantling actions in full sight of the very elected officials tasked with protecting them. We must stand firm against this…with our letters, our calls and our dollars.

The Entitlement Disorder

Psychologists and psychotherapists believe they are entitled to micro-manage Ontarians’ lives and to deprive some 10,000 Ontario holistic, alternative and spiritual practitioners of their livelihood.  

Allowing the public choice, especially when it is paid for out-of-pocket, results in loss of profit for the lobby groups and drug companies.  Learn More at our Newsletter November 2014.

The fact that millions are no longer buying into the ‘you’re mentally ill, here is a pill and a label” narrative, is scaring these lobby groups into using undemocratic legislative force against us all:

WHY? Follow the money!

Sobering statistics listed in our November Newsletter 2014, show that psychotherapists and psychologists pretty much have no choice now but to resort to elimination of their competition by legislation. And we have no choice but to stop them if we want to remain free!

In 2005-2006 (9 years ago already), at the same time medical/pharmaceutical lobby groups started to position themselves to ‘regulate’ alternative and holistic practitioners, Canadians spent more than $5.6 billion out-of- pocket on visits to providers of alternative medicine, compared to nearly $2.8 billion in 1997. This represents a doubling of preference for alternative and complementary treatments in less than 10 years.

Alternative and holistic therapies are out-of-pocket expenditures, saving the health care system billions of dollars annually.  See more important facts at Newsletter November 2014.

Efficacy and risk of conventional vs alternatives

(see website for sources and more important information)

Did you know that:

Physicians are more than twice as likely as the general population to commit suicide and psychiatrists commit suicide at twice the rate of general physicians.

1 in 4 psychologists consider suicide at least once and 1 in 16 have attempted at least one time to kill themselves.

Of the physicians who committed suicide, 42% had been seeing a conventional mental health professional at the time of death, underscoring the fact that removing safe, effective, dignified, empathic holistic therapies from the pallet of health care choices for the troubled client is seriously unwise, unjust and is tantamount to a death sentence for many.

There is no history of harm done by any alternative treatment.

With Statistics like this, it is scary to think what awaits us if these lobby groups are permitted to tell us how to look after our health!

The Situation Facing Ontario Residents Right Now

Thousands of alternative and holistic practitioners are unaware that the Dictionary of Clinical Psychology (2013 ed.) lists 312 treatments as psychotherapeutic techniques, with most if not all alternative and holistic treatments now found on that list. Because psychotherapeutic techniques are now a controlled act, your favorite practitioner is likely to be eliminated.

The new College of Registered Psychotherapists is talking in circles, using intentionally ambiguous or misleading statements such as “We will not regulate holistic and alternative practitioners AS LONG as they don’t engage in the controlled act”, knowing full well that without the ability to treat, no practitioner can offer their services for long.

While they refuse to define important terms such as ‘psychotherapeutic techniques’, in the background and undisclosed to the public, they have manufactured a definition of ‘psychotherapeutic techniques’ that has now grown to include 312 treatments of all sorts.  Most of your favorites are now on that list to be regulated by those who have never believed in them in the first place.

This legislation together with this new edition of the Dictionary of Clinical Psychotherapy are backhanded, truly deceitful ways of ‘regulating’ alternative and holistic practitioners out of work.

Meanwhile, the College has ignored legal letters criticizing the violation of rights and misrepresentations.

There are no subcategories of ‘registered psychotherapists’, therefore people seeking spiritual care will increasingly and inevitably be treated by ‘registered psychotherapists’ in spiritual care disguise. This is not being disclosed to the client.

All Ontarians should now be demanding full disclosure from their spiritual care practitioners and reconsidering their choices if their practitioner has joined this College. Few of us would knowingly choose to be associated with any group who is involved in the dismantling of our rights and freedoms.

The College will have the authority to arbitrarily prohibit ANYONE who is not a member of the College from using any techniques they alone decide are psychotherapeutic techniques, thereby preventing practitioners from speaking freely to their clients about human issues including, for example:
• stress
• anxiety and worry
• depression
• grief
• addictions
• trauma and sexual abuse

The College will have the authority to fully gag anyone from speaking to and treating any Ontario resident about their issues. Only one way of treating will be permitted and that is by the diagnostic/medical model that psychologists and psychiatrists use.

Please contribute generously to the effort to keep you free by donating at Donations at the petition site do not reach us…they go to


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Pecan Pie CookiesIngredients

For the filling:

  • 1/3 cup dates, chopped
  • 5 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped

For the cookie base:

  • 2 1/4 cup blanched almond flour, gently packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1-2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


To make the filling:

  1. Cover the chopped dates in 1 cup of hot water and set aside for at least 10 minutes.
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the maple syrup, coconut oil, almond milk, and vanilla extract. Stir until the coconut oil is just melted and then remove from heat.
  3. Drain and discard the hot water from the dates, and place the dates in a blender with the saucepan contents. Blend until smooth, pour back into the saucepan (so you don’t dirty another bowl) and then stir in the sea salt and chopped pecans. Set aside.

To make the cookie base and form the cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F) and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond meal, sea salt, and baking soda. Whisk in the coconut oil until the dough resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Stir in the maple syrup, vanilla, and almond milk. Start with 1 tablespoon of almond milk and add another tablespoon only if the dough needs more moisture to pull it together.
  4. Roll the dough into balls (using about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough each) and place on the cookie sheet. Flatten the balls of dough and use your fingers to make a well (or indentation) in the middle of the cookies.
  5. Generously fill the cookies with the pecan pie filling (and I do mean generously fill, otherwise you will be left with a lot of filling left over).
  6. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until the bottoms of the cookies are golden brown.
  7. Allow the cookies to completely cool on the cookie sheet (otherwise they will fall apart).

It is 5am, dark and still.  There’s an hour left before our ride to the airport to catch a flight to Pennsylvania for a family Christmas.  I’m looking forward to seeing my creative elder daughter and boyfriend, my brave sister with her children and my sweet cousin and his partner who will get their marriage certificate while we are there so we can celebrate together.  We plan to cook healthy food, make guilt-free sweets, have a disco party, lounge and make sure we get outside to move.  I remind myself that it is a blessing to have family that is like-minded.  My inclination to stop celebrating holidays, at least for a while, is making this one easier.  All I really want is some time alone.

My interior life has been more intense than usual this last week.  My treasured guides suddenly turned demonic.  At therapy, my “inner parts” showed up dead, dismembered and bloody, followed by a shift into deeper spiritual faith that holds firm during the persistent violent visions that I’ve been having for decades.  Even though I’ve been exhausted lately, I discovered a way of breathing into my body that restores my energy without changing my schedule—although I DO have a plan to slow down after the holidays.  I feel in touch with a source of bliss—which comes and goes as I cycle in and out of old and new ways of thinking and being, learning to surrender graciously into the present…

There’s more clarity about my path ahead: I’ll be ready to restart my book on German New Medicine in January instead of spring.  It’s amazing how quickly life can change when I change on the inside.  Writing may be the best thing I can do without burning out.  For now this seems to be the most realistic scenario.

During this process in the last few months, I’ve been unable to keep up with emails and phone calls, trusting that I’ll catch up once through this particular phase of healing that demands stopping everything in the evening and going to bed, even if all is not done.  Hard to do; I’m sorry to those of you who have been trying to reach me—hoping to get back to you in January.

Finally, here’s a Christmas gift from the book Simple Abundance, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach:

    If, as Herod, we fill our lives with things, and again with things; if we consider ourselves so unimportant that we must fill every moment of our lives with achieving, when will we have the time to make the long, slow journey across the desert as did the Magi?  Or sit and watch the stars as did the Shepherds?  Or brood over the coming of the child as did Mary?  For each one of us, there is a desert to travel.  A star to discover.  And a being within ourselves to bring to life.       Author Unknown

May we set inspiring intentions for the New Year!

warm hugs and thank you for being in my life,


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