GNM WeminarSunday January 4th, 2015


We are happy to announce a new live free “Introduction to the GNM” webinar at the start of the New Year.


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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,


You are invited to attend the

1st Annual GMO Free Ottawa Symposium

Sat Nov 22nd, St Paul U, 9am -5pm

Featuring Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Thierry Vrain, ‘The Science of GMOs &

Mr. Tony Mitra, ‘What You Can Do About GMOs

who are on the

Human Health & GE/GMO Cross-Canada Speakers Tour

New: Local, Organic Lunch Available to Purchase Separately at St Paul U

$20.00 Keynotes Morning

& $15.00 Afternoon Panel Discussion

includes Keynotes, Tom Manley and Experts from COG OSO, COG National, CBAN and COTA

Win a Free Ticket & T-Shirt by entering the Draw at

The Table Restaurant by Nov 18th! 1230 Wellington Rd, Ottawa

Saturday Dec. 13th , 2014 10am – 2pm


Vision Workshop-1The workshop is being offered by Dr. Estelle Saunders who has been practising optometry for thirty years and maintaining a keen interest in holistic health.  For more information please see the poster.  If you know someone who might be interested please spread the word.  Space is limited.  Please reserve in advance with: Estelle:  613-823-0414 or Maryam: 613-265-1348
View the poster for more details.

(courtesy of FMTV and Trudy Slabosz (Veggie Num Num)

Red Lentil Tomato SoupA wholesome, comforting soup boasting a combination of nourishing ingredients. Simple to make and can be easily adapted for the whole family. 

Serves 6


  • 1kg (2lb) ripe tomatoes
  • 200g (7oz) sweet cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red capsicum (bell pepper)
  • 1 red onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1-2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cups water
  • ¾ cup red lentils
  • 4 tbs balsamic vinegar


  • 1/3 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tbs olive oil


  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1-2 tbs lemon juice (to taste)
  • 1-2 tsp olive oil


  • olive oil
  • fresh basil



  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/390°F
  2. Slice the tomatoes in half, peel and quarter the onion and quarter and deseed the capsicum.
  3. Throw the tomatoes, onions, and capsicum in a large baking dish along with the cherry tomatoes and whole unpeeled garlic cloves.
  4. Drizzle over a tablespoon or two of olive oil and season with salt flakes and pepper. Place in the pre-heated oven for 20 minutes until tomatoes are soft and juices running.
  5. Meanwhile you can prepare the spicy pepitas by combining all the ingredients in a small bowl. Heat a small frying pan over a medium/low heat. Add the pepita mixture and roast, tossing in the pan until the seeds begin to pop and the spices are fragrant. Remove from the pan and transfer to absorbent paper until you are ready to serve. Tip: these spicy pumpkin seeds are also great in salads or served over roasted vegetables.
  6. Make the avocado cream by adding the avocado to a small food processor or blender and pulse until smooth with lemon juice to taste and a little drizzle or two of olive oil. Season with salt flakes and pepper and set aside in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
  7. Once the tomatoes, onions and capsicum are roasted remove from the oven. Pick out the whole garlic cloves and allow these to cool enough to handle. Transfer everything else from the baking dish, including all the juices into a large soup pot. Once the garlic is cool enough to handle, squeeze the soft roasted garlic from their skins straight into the same pot.
  8. Add the stock, water and red lentils and bring to a simmer over a medium heat. Simmer, covered, for 25 minutes until lentils are nice and tender.
  9. Using a stick blender or in batches in your blender or food processor, blend the soup until smooth. It should be a lovely thick and creamy soup consistency.
  10. Return to the heat and warm through.
  11. Serve in warm bowls sprinkled with the spicy pepitas, a good dollop of the avocado cream, a drizzle of olive oil and scatter of basil leaves.
Note: For a kid-friendly version, serve the soup over some spelt pasta and top with organic or vegan cheese and the avocado cream.
We are looking for people interested in taking on roles in managing the popular monthly Carp Dinner Talks (recently with the addition of Celtic music).
If you are interested in applying for a position, please contact us through:
We look forward to hearing from you!
The Current Carp Dinner Volunteers

It’s a grey, chilly Wednesday morning from the kitchen window at the clinic where Felix and I now live. Beams of sunlight break through the clouds to brighten the day. A squirrel runs across my view and up a tree, scrambling to get ready for the cold season. The parking lot is empty.

I’m deeply tired but satisfied. Most of the last two weeks has been spent in New York state helping my sister with medical visits and a big move and she is recovering splendidly from her brain surgery in August, looking well with a new emerging beauty. Her process is facilitating healing for the rest of us!

My daughter Coral and partner Ashley have settled into my former house and now Felix can visit back and forth between Nana and Mom and Ashley. Coral and I go for counselling for family healing and parenting transitions.

Felix is in grade one French immersion at the wonderful public school in Carp and chatters away with great enthusiasm in his new language. We have dictionaries everywhere to look up French words.

The clinic has been vacated and Lori (manager), Gisele (bookkeeper), Jeremy (maintenance/drumming) and I are cleaning up, preparing the infrastructure at the centre for what comes next.

Internally I’m hanging on by the skin of my teeth. With little time for self right now and my emotional healing roaring away in my subconscious, I often feel disoriented and strange. By grace I’m able to continue my daily meditations/tapping/prayers, which take the edge off the anxiety that comes with old memories surfacing. Knowing there will be time alone ahead and glimpses of bliss nurture me through this demanding phase.

One lovely new activity that helps is that I’ve started figure skating again. Felix and I skate three times weekly with both lessons and free time. For me skating is like soaring and dancing all in one and feeds my soul profoundly. I used to be a skater as a child and my body is slowly remembering the spins, jumps and figures that I used to do. What a joy! My joints are still sore, but I refuse to let that stop me and am certain that this is part of my healing, not old age, grin…

My retreat in Quebec to learn more shamanic work with splendid teacher Ilka Marcenay was profound—and feels light years away. However, I’ve claimed the yurt at the centre for myself to practice “journeying”. It is insulated, has a stove and is in the woods. When time allows, I light a fire in the morning and then come back later when it’s warm to meditate, write, rest and enjoy nature. It reminds me of the forts I used to build as a child and makes me happy.

Finally, I made a decision about holidays. After another agonizing Thanksgiving, I decided to stop doing holidays after this Christmas. Until I’m emotionally well, I’m going to take that time to slow down instead of getting drained. Alternatively, I will do something else to connect with family and friends and give to charity. I’ll let you know how that goes!

in growing love,


After four enjoyable years of writing this column, it’s time for a break. This goes together with a hiatus for the Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre. Both of us are due for a tune-up.

More specifically, I need to apply the principles of German New Medicine (GNM) to myself.

GNM describes symptoms as belonging to one of two phases: shock or resolution. The shock phase is the result of an unexpected event that startles us into survival mode. This may become chronic and is experienced as ongoing stress and tension.

If and when there is a resolution to the stressful event, we graduate into the second phase of GNM, the resolution or healing phase. In this phase we experience fatigue (as in letdown after a burst of activity), inflammation (which acts to repair damage from the stress) and many other symptoms that are misinterpreted as disease.

In my case, I have had several of these healing phase symptoms for years because I have not taken the time to finish recovery. GNM describes this all too common pattern as “hanging healing”.

My hanging symptoms include: a cataract in one eye that renders it virtually blind—except when I am relaxed and rested; Hashimoto’s disease, the most common type of low thyroid, considered “autoimmune” in mainstream medicine but not in GNM; joint pain, labelled as arthritis in our culture; chronic digestive upset; low iron; and an inconvenient tendency to dissociate when overwhelmed.

Each of these symptoms is related to a specific shock and mental belief which locks it in place. Over the years I have made many efforts at fixing them, all short of the most important requirement: rest.

It has been through practicing mindfulness meditation and experiencing the depth of my exhaustion and undergoing EMDR trauma therapy to neutralize some of my anxiety that I became willing to stop and rest without wanting to jump out of my skin or feel utterly worthless.

I closed the naturopathic practice of thirty years that was my emotional lifeline—my patients were actually keeping ME alive—and subsequently shut down the rest of the clinic at the centre as it was not financially feasible to keep it open. The only activities left here are the nature school and spaces to rent.

Since then an interesting thing happened: a close family member went through a health crisis requiring immediate support, information and frequent travel to the States. And there I was with both and available. Also, my younger daughter and her partner moved onto the Carp Ridge property with me, setting in motion a new level of relating with each other and the six year old boy we co-parent.

These events have brought up and magnified issues I’ve been avoiding for decades through excess work. Thankfully I now have the understanding, tools and support that allow me to stop and gain insight instead of complaining, although I admit it’s still hard to slow down, a constant learning process. And even though this inner work is intense, it has a different flavour than the chronic tension of avoidance: moments of sheer bliss and inner connection.

As for the future of the centre, I’m aiming to work from a position of clarity instead of unmet needs and eventually create a better clinic. And I assume that if Tone is still doing its important work (gratitude to Lemmy and company), I will write more articles.

A warm thank you to those who have given me feedback over the years!

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