Life SupportApril 1, 2007 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
Dr. Don Colbert is a best-selling Christian author and doctor who believes in combining alternative and traditional medical practices to achieve optimum wellness. In THE SEVEN PILLARS OF HEALTH (Siloam Press, 2007) he details a 50-day plan that will put you on the fast track to good health. THE SECRET (Beyond Words, 2006), edited by Rhonda Byrne, culls wise insights from modern-day thinkers that show how thoughts create reality. Oprah's a fan. In fact, she devoted two episodes to the book and DVD. On that same note, THE INTENTION EXPERIMENT (Free Press, 2007), by acclaimed science journalist Lynne McTaggart, offers a practical program that will help you get in touch with your own thoughts and increase the strength of your intentions to achieve change in your life. —C.W.
Q. What do you do to give back?
We put this question to John Paul Mitchell Systems CEO John Paul DeJoria, who along with Brad Pitt and Nelson Mandela, is a patron of the Mineseeker Foundation. The organization aims to rid the world of land mines in the next 15 years and then, through a campaign it calls "The Sole of Africa," to make sure the cleared land is used to grow crops and feed the local people.
Maria Gulele and John Paul DeJoria
"I make this contribution on behalf of hairstylists, in order to help make the world a better place to live," says DeJoria, who has traveled to Mozambique with the foundation and is also sponsoring a prosthetics-donation program to give land mine victims a new life. Maria Gulele, a hairdresser who lost both her legs after stepping on a mine during the civil war in Mozambique in the 1970s, was among the first to receive a new pair of prosthetic legs, and she is now able to walk again.
"We believe in giving back and helping people—it's part of our culture at Paul Mitchell," DeJoria says. "We start teaching it in our schools, and our students love the fact that they are involved with a company that does things to help people throughout the world." mineseeker.com —C.W.
Get Healthy Food Straight From the Farm
Farmer's markets have become a weekly ritual for many people who like their fruits and vegetables fresh-from-the-farm. But there's another way to get flavorful, fresh produce while supporting local, small or organic farmers. Called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), it connects farmers to local consumers by creating a mutually beneficial relationship where community members agree to purchase a share of a season's harvest from a CSA farm. They become "subscribers" to the CSA, and each week they receive a box of fresh produce, fruit, eggs, milk and flowers, or other various farm goods. Meanwhile, the subscriptions help the farmers cover their operational costs.
A CSA season typically runs from late spring through early fall, so if you're looking for an easy way to eat fresh and healthy all summer long, you'll want to subscribe now. Visit localharvest.org for a wealth of information on CSA and to find a CSA farm near you. —C.W.