In this issue:
1. Delicious Spring Green Smoothie Recipe
2. Ode to Organic Farmers
3. Russian Version of Green for Life in Stock
Reversing Diabetes Testimonial
5. Farewell to Our Educational
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Delicious Spring Green Smoothie
6-8 Medjool Dates
4-5 cups Miners
2 cups water
Yields: 1 quart of smoothie
Important! Please make sure you identify
Miner's Lettuce correctly before consuming it.
Vitamin C content in Miners Lettuce varies from 120
to 860 mg per 100 g fresh
Good Sources of Vitamin C 
Red Pepper(raw) 190
Yellow Pepper(raw) 183
*mg of Vitamin C per 100 g
At the same time:
Dietary surveys carried out in the U.S. population indicate that
than 12 percent of U.S. children and adults meet the recommended level of intake
[of vitamin C]. Diet appears to be an important cofactor in the development of obstructive lung disease
[New] research should focus on the equally challenging policy issues--namely, finding
effective methods of convincing people to increase their daily consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.
1-Hippophae Rhamnoides L. M. C. Pearson, J. A. Rogers The
Journal of Ecology, Vol. 50, No. 2(Jul., 1962)
RomieuI, Trenga C. Diet and obstructive lung disease. Pan American Health Organization and National Institute of Public
Health, Center for Population Studies, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
For more interesting facts about Vitamin C please see May 2007 newsletter
Ode to Organic Farmers
We like shopping at stores that carry organic foods. The
organic industry is a fast- growing industry in the United States. Were not the only ones who notice that - large
corporations do too. Recently I ran across a unique website created by assistant professor of Michigan State
University,Philip H. Howard, PhD. From this website I learned that my favorite frozen fruit company, Cascadian Farms, is
in fact owned by General Mills. I contacted Dr. Howard and he graciously gave me permission to publish his research
link.You will find out many more connections:
Odwalla- owned by Coca Cola
Naked Juice-owned by
Spectrum Organics, Garden of Eden, Celestial Seasonings and others- owned by Heinz
Boca Foods and Back to
Nature- owned by Kraft
Dagoba Chocolates- owned by Hershey
Morningstar Farms- owned by Kellogg
Horizon and White
Wave - owned by Dean
Natures Farm- owned by Tyson
Annies Naturals- owned by Solera
Maranatha- owned by American Capital Strat. Ltd.
Power Bars- owned by Nestle
Seeds of Change- owned by
You may see for yourself; look for your favorite
companies at this link:
One can imagine how difficult it is to maintain small
organic food factories. I once opened a raw food bakery (remember our piroshkis and scones?) and was only able to survive
four weeks before I got stuck in debt and had to close down. Since this experience I consider all organic farmers and
health food companies to be heroes, as they are competing with those who sell sugar and white flour products. Even though
the prices of organic products seem high to us, very often they earn as little as a charity. I completely understand how
the smaller companies often feel forced to crawl under the wing of larger corporations. The good news is that we have a
way to support small corporations: by buying locally grown food.
Below are two amazingly comprehensive websites that will
help you find organic sustainable farms, stores and restaurants in your area.
http://www.localharvest.org/ and http://www.eatwellguide.org/
In Ashland, Oregon where I live, we have a weekly farmers market
from the end of March till the middle of November. I go every Tuesday and depending on the season, purchase anywhere from
$40 to $80 worth of produce. Then I dont have to go to the grocery store for my fruits and vegetables. I receive
great benefits in buying from local farmers:
~ I save quite a bit of money
~ My produce is of the best
~ I support my local organic heroes
~ I receive the enjoyable experience of communicating with the people
that grow my food
~ I help save gasoline and the environment by buying food that wasnt shipped thousands of
~ I feel connected to nature and the seasons, even though I spend my life in front of a computer.
~ It tastes
To better understand what it takes for small farmers to
make a living, I invite you to watch this heroic video, in which Jaime Jones,
owner of The Date People (www.datepeople.net), climbs a 60 foot
ladder, to reach the tops of high date palms.
Turn on the volume, listen to the funky music and
I hope youll be inspired to get to know and
support your local heroes.
Russian Version of Green for
Life in Stock
At long last, we have received copies of our Green for
Life book in Russian!
Now available at www.rawfamily.com for
Reversing Diabetes Testimonial
This testimonial is very inspirational, however,this
person made some high risk decisions. Even though we believe in natural healing, The Boutenko family will not accept
responsibility for your medical choices. Whatever you decide to do is at your own risk.
around, comes around. I was blessed to meet Alex at the recent Raw Food Film Festival in California. I didnt know
him before. Alex just walked right up to me and handed me his wonderful testimonial. It is my privilege to introduce to
you this beautiful man.
My name is Alex Romanov, and I am writing this in
thanksgiving for the help I received from the Boutenko family, which has forever changed my life.
As an adult, I was diagnosed as a type one
diabetic. This was determined by the results of a C-peptide assay performed at Century City Hospital in Los Angeles,
California while under the care of Dr. Englanoff. I was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia and a septic condition of
the blood. I was in end-stage diabetic Ketoacidosis. It was determined that my body was no longer producing insulin.
The news that I was diabetic came as a total
shock! Looking back, I realize that I had been experiencing various symptoms for some time. These included frequent
urination, insatiable thirst, pain in my feet and legs, blurred vision and slow healing of cuts and
The diagnosis was devastating for me because, for
many years, I had dabbled off and on with raw foods, and felt I was in control of my health. After reading Victoria's
Green for Life, I had added smoothies to my diet occasionally with great results. I
now realize that it was those very smoothies that were keeping the diabetes at bay.
I spent 4 days in critical condition in the ICU
followed by an additional five days in the hospital. During that time, I found it was difficult not to buy into the
doctor's dire predictions. I was told that my life would depend on my taking a large amount of insulin daily.
When I got out of the hospital, I was so sad. I felt like I had lost control of my health and this horrible "boogeyman" named
diabetes had taken charge. I attended classes and clinics, and at every one, I was endlessly
informed that I should expect one dire outcome after another. I was told that the numbness in
my feet was Neuropathy and that it could one day lead to amputation. I was warned to have my vision checked because I may
develop Retinitis which could lead to blindness. It was a constant diet of negative outcomes.
I was truly depressed about this, but I started to
look to natural ways to deal with this. I was inspired to contact Victoria from whom I had
received great advice several times in the past. I e-mailed her, described my condition and
begged for her help. She e-mailed me back and said that Sergei would answer my question on
his teleconference the next day.
I tuned in via the web, and at the exact time that I connected, I heard
Valya reading my question! Sergei said that green smoothies were good for keeping his own blood sugar levels normal,
especially with dandelion greens since they contain some insulin. He also shared that mango is healing to the
pancreas. He said that the key to fruit smoothies was the fiber content which mitigates the
sugar in the fruit.
I cannot describe the joy and relief I felt at
that moment! Sergei's own story inspired me, and his referral to the April 2006 newsletter gave me so much hope.
The information in that newsletter described
others who overcame diabetes, and it made me realize that if they could, I could!
I rushed off to the market and came home with
dandelion greens, mangoes and blueberries ready to make a delicious, green smoothie! I
measured my blood sugar before the smoothie and two hours after. I made two quarts intending to have only one quart and
save the other. It was so wonderful that I ate all of it.
Of course I knew that having a fruit
smoothie was forbidden by the standard diabetic diet. I was told that I could not have more than one half an apple
or banana. I had just consumed four apples, blueberries and three large mangoes in smoothie form!
I felt satiated and well. I tested my blood two hours later and my sugar was LOWER than the previous test. It was
then that I knew I found the answer.
I stopped taking insulin that night. I have maintained my raw diet and
have two quarts of smoothie per day. My sugar is 70 to 80 pre-meal and never more than 110 post-meal. As a result, I
consider myself healed from diabetes since these are normal non diabetic levels. I have
stopped going to the clinic and do not need further allopathic treatment.
Victoria and her family gave me back my health. I
turned to them in a moment of darkness and despair, and they made me believe that I could have perfect health again and
that with the proper nutrition, my body would heal this crisis. I cannot express in words how
thankful I am. I am eating 100 percent raw with 2-3 quarts of
green smoothie daily. My diet before was about 50 percent raw with some cooked vegan.
I understand that my story may be hard for some to
accept. In this society, doctors are respected if not worshiped. When I was under their care
at the hospital, I bought into their dire prognosis. I was surprised because it had been years since I believed in
allopathy or conventional treatment.
The Boutenkos showed me that there is another way,
a natural, pleasant way that ensures a wonderful outcome. I realized that I had a choice. I
could believe in the allopathic approach OR I could believe in my own body's natural ability to heal.
This past weekend, I happily attended the Raw Film
Festival and could not wait to tell Victoria my story and thank her in person. One of the
films shown was Valya Boutenkos Reversing the Irreversible which touched me deeply! In the film, she says that health and well-being
are as natural as water flowing
down a stream and that
it is unnatural to be ill. In the film, there
are those who overcame their diabetes just as I had.
For me,the first step was being able to change my
thinking. This is the extraordinary help that the Boutenkos provide. They offer a personally
tested strategy to attain well being and perfect health. I will always remember and be grateful for the hope that they
I hope my story will inspire others like me to choose a different way, to provide their wondrous
bodies with the tools necessary to maintain perfect health. I encourage you to try green smoothies and raw food. Let your
glucose meter be your guide as I did. Allopathy does NOT have all the answers, and there is
an alternative. How blessed we are to have people like the Boutenko family who courageously
share their love and hope with the world.
In this time, when disease has become prevalent in
our society and the treatment of which is so profitable, their message reminds us that there is another way!
With deepest appreciation and respect,
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