Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Real Story of Change . . .

I've mentioned in earlier blogs how hard it was to be wheat or gluten free back in the 1990's . . . there was so little known about the devastation these proteins had on the body, plus the baked goods had the flavor of cardboard and the texture of styrofoam. 

It was equally as hard to be dairy free since that was long before unsweetened soy milk, almond milk or coconut milk . . . 

And back then stevia was rare and agave, coconut or palm sugar were unheard of!

But in 2012 things are very different!  There are GF sections in nearly every grocery store!  There are whole sections of the dairy case with non-dairy options!  And there are more kinds of sweeteners than I ever imagined!

All of this ingenuity is the result of a change of consciousness . . . it started slowly but all at once the scale tipped and here we are with options all around us.  There are even cookbooks and blog sites dedicated to this subject!  :)

We have so much power to evoke change in the world, a change toward healthier food, without the fear of pink slime or GMO's or chemicals that harm the farmers, the land and the consumer.  

It takes only 1 person to get it started . . . so just imagine what we can do together!

In fact, that's where it starts, by imagining a change.  Your imagination is the spark that starts a change . . . that change is fueled by your actions . . . and then it spreads . . . and before you know it  the whole world is different.

Here's a real example of just how powerful our consciousness can be . . . 


The Japanese monkey, Macaca fuscata, had been observed in the wild for a period of over 30years. In 1952, on the island of Koshima, scientists were providing monkeys with sweet potatoes dropped in the sand. The monkey liked the taste of the raw sweet potatoes, but they found the dirt unpleasant.

An 18-month-old female named Imo found she could solve the problem by washing the potatoes in a nearby stream. She taught this trick to her mother. Her playmates also learned this new way and they taught their mothers too.

This cultural innovation was gradually picked up by various monkeys before the eyes of the scientists. Between 1952 and 1958 all the young monkeys learned to wash the sandy sweet potatoes to make them more palatable. Only the adults who imitated their children learned this social improvement. Other adults kept eating the dirty sweet potatoes.

Then something startling took place. In the autumn of 1958, a certain number of Koshima monkeys were washing sweet potatoes — the exact number is not known. Let us suppose that when the sun rose one morning there were 99 monkeys on Koshima Island who had learned to wash their sweet potatoes. Let's further suppose that later that morning, the hundredth monkey learned to wash potatoes.


By that evening almost everyone in the tribe was washing sweet potatoes before eating them. The added energy of this hundredth monkey somehow created an ideological breakthrough!

But notice: A most surprising thing observed by these scientists was that the habit of washing sweet potatoes then jumped over the sea...Colonies of monkeys on other islands and the mainland troop of monkeys at Takasakiyama began washing their sweet potatoes. Thus, when a certain critical number achieves an awareness, this new awareness may be communicated from mind to mind.

This story was written by Ken Keyes Jr.

I do hope you are inspired by this story . . . inspired to start your own Real Food revolution.  

Dr. P

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