May 2017

Published by the Atlanta Chapter of the Human Ecology Action League (HEAL), Inc.
P.O. Box 28116, Atlanta, GA 30358-0116www.atlantaheal.org

President: Andrew Heyward, First Vice President, Program Chairman: Sydna Fisher, Second Vice President,
Membership: Joyce Taylor, Secretary: Joyce Taylor,Treasurer: Andrew B, Webmaster: Ian Greenberg, Newsletter: Sydna Fisher


Our May 20th meeting will be a picnic at the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area off Roberts Drive. In case of rain, we’ll meet on the balcony at Johns Creek Whole Foods. Please RSVP to Andrew B by phone or email if you plan to attend in case any last minute calls are necessary and bring whatever you want to eat and drink. We’ll meet at 1 pm at the shelter near the visitor center. Follow the paved path to the left of the visitor center and go left down a couple of steps to a dirt path. You’ll see the shelter on the left.. If you need assistance call Andrew B on his cell phone. Directions from GA-400 going north: Take exit 6 for Northridge. Follow the ramp around and turn right at the light onto Northridge. Go over 400 and immediately turn right on Dunwoody Place. Go half a mile and turn right on Roberts Drive. Go .6 of a mile (you will go over 400) and turn right into the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area. Follow the road all the way to the end (1.2 miles). The parking fee is $3. From GA-400 going south: Take Northridge exit and follow the ramp around. At the light (Northridge) go straight on Dunwoody Place. Go half a mile and turn right on Roberts Drive. Go .6 of a mile (you will go over 400) and turn right into the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area. Follow the road all the way to the end. Directions from I-85 north: Take I-85 to exit 87 (GA-400). Once you are on 400 go a little over 11 miles to exit 6 for Northridge. Continue with the directions for GA-400 going north. Please turn off your cellphone or leave it in your car.


Our April meeting was a sharing session with an emphasis on newsletters and catalogs. Also mentioned:



Cannabis, one of the oldest domesticated crops dating back thousands of years, is the genus for the plant that grows as three species, sativa, indica, and ruderalis. They are different in appearance, traditional uses, and amounts of phytocompounds or cannabinoids in each plant. Cannabis has been used to make clothing, textiles, animal feed, pottery, and biofuels, and as medicine. Records dating back 10,000 years to central Asia, reference cannabis’ healing properties. In 1850, cannabis was added to the US Pharmacopoeia. By the 1930s two US pharmaceutical companies sold standardized extracts of the plant as an analgesic and sedative.

Hemp and marijuana are subspecies of Cannabis Sativa which differ greatly in their level of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. THC is prevalent in marijuana while hemp contains no more than 0.3% - a level too low to produce a mood altering effect.

Hemp is a rich source of lipid based compounds, including over 100 phytocannabinoids. They include cannabidiol CBD, cannabichromene CBC, cannabigerol CBG, and cannabinol CBN. In 1990, scientists at the National Institute of Mental Health discovered a family of receptors in the human body located in the brain, nervous system, glands, gonads, connective tissue, and immune system. They found that phytocannabinoids and cannabinoid-like compounds (terpenes) produced a physiological response on this network of receptors, so they named it the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The body makes its own versions of these phytochemicals called endocannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids help balance the system that balances the body and keeps it in homeostasis. This system influences energy balance, endocrine function, immune activity, inflammatory response, mood, perception of pain, sleep/wake cycles, stress responses, and other body processes.

Plant based cannabinoids along with cannabinoid mimics are highest in hemp, but they are also found in echinacea, Chinese rhododendron, flax seeds, cacao, black pepper, green tea, cruciferous vegetables, and polyphenol-rich foods like turmeric.

If you choose to use a phytocannabinoid supplement, the author of this article says that the label should clearly identify and quantify all active ingredients and that it is important to use a full spectrum formula, which will improve bio-availability and maximize utilization by the endocannabinoid system.


Oxalic acid is a strong organic acid found in plants and to a much lesser extent, animals. The name comes from the plant oxalis (wood sorrel) from which it was first isolated. Oxalic acid has the ability to bind with various minerals, forming tiny organic salts called oxalates.

High oxalate levels are found in autism, kidney disease, fibromyalgia, vulvodynia, and interstitial cystitis. Oxalates are also implicated in gout, arthritis, joint pain, carpal tunnel, headaches, sleep disorders, restless legs, fragile bones, fatigue, and nerve damage.

Oxalates can accumulate in any tissue of the body, especially in injured or degenerating tissues. These sharp crystal deposits can disrupt normal cell function causing problems in nerves, glands, bones, eyes, heart, skin, muscles, arteries, lungs, lymph nodes, gums, testes, or vulva.

Sources of oxalates are diet, fungal infections such as candida, and human metabolism. Some of the risk factors for excessive absorption are a diet consistently high in one or more high oxalate foods, chronic digestive issues, a history of repeated or extended use of antibiotics, chronic yeast infections, mildly impaired kidney function, a family history of kidney problems, and a genetic variance that increases likelihood of producing oxalates even when not consuming a high oxalate diet. Oxaliplatin is a cancer drug that can cause severe neurotoxicity and nerve damage.

Some of the foods which are the highest in oxalates are spinach, Swiss chard, beet greens, soy protein, rhubarb, chocolate, and nuts.

Calcium, magnesium, potassium, and zinc lower oxalate absorption and help carry it out of the body. One of magnesium’s many functions is to keep calcium in solution which prevents it from crystallizing. Magnesium binds to oxalate in the gut, allowing it to pass through without being absorbed. It there isn’t enough magnesium to keep calcium in solution, various forms of calcification will occur, resulting in stones, muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, atherosclerosis, and many other conditions. Magnesium has been used effectively to prevent recurrent kidney stones. Arginine, omega 3 fatty acids, and cod liver oil are also effective in preventing oxalate deposits, while omega 6 fatty acids accelerate the process. High amounts of vitamin C will also make it worse.

- Wise Traditions, Townsend Newsletter, Well Being Journal, The Role of Oxalates in Autism and Chronic Disorder by William Shaw PhD.

May – Jean Leslie 9th, Lisa Ehler 13th, Andrew B 14th, Andrew Heyward 15th, Teresa Smith 17th, Leah Spitzer 26th
June: Sunnye Martin 8th, Barbara Schwartz (no date)

This will be your last newsletter if you haven’t paid you dues. If you get an envelope, please send it in with your dues, or a note that you won’t be renewing. Thanks!

Thank you to Mark Fisher and Ian Greenberg for their assistance in this newsletter.

This newsletter is meant for information only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition and is not a substitute for professional advice.





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Our April 15th meeting will be a sharing session with an emphasis on catalogs, newsletters, and whatever else you find interesting and helpful!

We’ll meet at 1 pm in the community room in Johns Creek Whole Foods. Please make sure you and anyone you bring are fragrance free and please turn off your cell phone. Looking forward to seeing you there.




The speaker for our March meeting was Sharon Reynolds, RN, ND, who spoke on “The Power of your Thoughts and Beliefs.” Included in the talk were how to go about changing unhelpful thoughts and beliefs, some tools that help the process, and things that get in the way.

A dramatic example of how a man’s belief can affect his life was presented to Sharon when she was in a nursing school during a rehabilitation rotation. Diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, a neurological wasting disease, a 42 year old man came in for an electromyogram. The man was helpless and had to be fed, turned, and moved from his bed to his wheelchair. Upon seeing the results, the doctor administering the test said, “This man doesn't have myasthenia gravis! This man has had a stroke! With proper rehabilitation he will be able to regain function.” Upon hearing this, the man slowly stood up, walked to his wheelchair and sat down. Our beliefs drive our lives. They help to create and support our reality, especially when they are repeated over and over.

The first step to changing our thoughts and beliefs is to become aware of them. It is normal to have negative thoughts, but they add to the problem. When you have a negative thought or belief, look for objective evidence that supports your assumption. We perceive things according to our thoughts and beliefs, not necessarily objective reality. To become more aware, take a few days to write down what you are thinking, the good and the bad. Honor the good ones and start working on the bad ones. By identifying a negative thought or belief you can begin to change or override it.

The next step is to use statements which express and affirm a healthier, more positive way of thinking. They must be repeated frequently. Sharon said that while you are doing this, use the present tense and think in broad terms. You don’t have to know how the change will come about and the statements you use can be changed or modified with time. During this process, focus on the positive such as what you already have and what you like about yourself. Give attention to what makes you happy. Look for things to be grateful for. Look for little signs and changes that things might be shifting, indications that what you want can be true or is coming true.

In addition to repetition, Sharon said the key to using affirmations is emotion. Believe what you are saying. Get in touch with how you will feel when you reach your goal. Relaxation is also important, especially when using creative visualization. Twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, engage all five senses, picture yourself doing what you want to do, and imagine how you will feel when you have achieved your desired result.

It is always important to get support on the physical level from your health practitioners. Other tools which can be helpful in affecting a change are EFT, homeopathics, Bach Flower Remedies, and Reiki.

Sharon said that EFT tapping helps reconnect the flow of energy and can be powerful, but that it must be repeated at least 10 times a day in one session or throughout the day to be effective.

Homeopathics can be helpful if you get the right remedy and the right dilution.

Bach Flower Remedies work on the mental/emotional level and can do amazing things, but using the right one is the key. For instance, there are five different remedies for fear. To determine the best remedy, Sharon said to make a statement and ask why. For instance, I am feeling A. Why? Because of B. I am feeling B. Why? Because of C. Keep going until you get to the underlying problem or cause. Sharon also recommends Mechthild Scheffer as the most helpful author when deciding on a remedy. It is hard to know ourselves objectively, so the opinion of a second person can also help in the process. Some Bach Flower Remedies act immediately and others take much longer. Sharon recommended using the remedies made in England from Edward Bach’s garden.

Deep relaxation is in and by itself profoundly healing and Reiki is one of the best ways to achieve this. Using peaceful and relaxing words and phrases can be helpful. (See the picture on the next page.)

If you want to look at the possible emotional component of an illness, Sharon recommends Messages from the Body by Michael J. Lincoln PhD or Heal Your Body by Louise Hay.

When it comes to the ability to change beliefs, Sharon said there are three types of people. The first group thinks it is possible and believe they can do it. The second group thinks that all is up to chance. The third group thinks that healing comes from the outside (doctors, medicine). There are also people who can’t do it or won’t because of an unconscious desire to keep the problem because they receive a secondary gain such as getting attention or sympathy. The way to deal with this is to find another way to get these needs met. Worry also gets in the way of changing and healing and causes more suffering. Sharon said that children are happy because they haven’t learned to worry about what might happen. A member shared that when a group of old people were asked what they most regretted, they said that they had worried too much.

Another book Sharon recommended is New Thinking, New Life by Eric Allen Atwood. For Reiki, Healing Imagry, Bach Flower Remedies, or EFT, contact Sharon at 404-374-1577. sreynoldsatl@gmail.com




April – no birthdays

May – Jean Leslie 9th, Lisa Ehler 13th, Andrew B 14th, Andrew Heyward 15th, Teresa Smith 17th, Leah Spitzer 26th




[] This newsletter covers the main points of Sharon’s talk but there is much more. If you would like a CD or mp3 file of Sharon’s talk, contact Mark Fisher.

[] Our May meeting will be a picnic. Ian Greenberg will be in town and plans to attend.