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April 22, 2007

New Dates for Healing from the Source Retreat!

September 23 - 28
Feathered Pipe Ranch, Montana

Who of us does not yearn for replenishment of mind, body and soul in this increasingly toxic, fast paced life, a return to our vibrant, spiritual, creative selves as nature intended? Well buckle your seat belts! Here is the perfect medicine! Healing From the Source is a spiritual painting retreat and body cleanse combined, set in the breathtaking beauty of the Montana Rockies. You will join with an intimate group of like-minded souls guided by two Masters Healers.

Internationally famed “Painting From The Source”, facilitated by Aviva Gold, is a transformational process painting experience (non-toxic tempera paint and paper), for beginners and trained alike, in which you tap into and express unconscious and transpersonal imagery that has surprising beauty.

The Restore Detox Cleanse, developed and administered by Dr. Edie Resto and staff, includes individual evaluations with Biomeridian Assessment system, fasting, bodywork, walks, yoga, supplements, colonics and education, resulting in rejuvenated health and energy.


Both Processes, so powerfully healing and transformative by themselves are now integrated and offered together as powerful healing experience for your radiant health, renewed vitality and flowing creative expression.
What to Expect
Your Painting Sanctuary will be your safe and sacred space from first to last day, always available. Here you will also have group sharing each morning and evening. Your ongoing painting imagery is a mirror of your progressive cleansing journey, a place to express the many emotions and non-verbal memories and imagery released by the Cleanse.

The Phases of your Cleanse, also mirrored in the painting process are: Expectation, which includes pre workshop preparation, lighter meals, individual body assessment, and orientation; Incubation, which includes the first few days of nourishment on herbal drinks, broths and cleansing supplements, body image session, ceremonial Sweat, culminating in the liver cleanse and colonics on the 4th day; Re-emergence, which includes beginning to eat solid food again, acceleration of exercise, “future visualization” session, and transformation of our painting process; and Celebration, the ritual culmination of our cleanse and painting process.

Woven throughout each day of this body and soul healing symphony are yoga, walking, bodywork sessions, and periods of silence. A typical day will start with a walk, and continues with nourishment, group sharing, painting sanctuary, mid-day nourishment, a talk or activity, painting sanctuary, long yoga/exercise session, evening nourishment, and end with group sharing/painting.

Feathered Pipe Ranch, world renowned Yoga retreat in the heart of the Montana Rockies, is surrounded by miles of forested and serene mountains. It is perfect to support people in the quest for personal growth and spiritual nourishment. The Ranch is blessed with a sparkling lake, pristine water, clean air, abundant wildlife, healing plants that abound in this mountain paradise. Gourmet natural food is their specialty. www.featheredpipe.com 406.442.8196

$1,970.00 includes lodging, gourmet meals, broths, supplements, roundtrip airport shuttle, individual Biomeridian Assessments and treatment plans, massage, colonic, art materials, sweat lodge, yoga, health education, painting sessions, and more.

Space is limited to 15 participants. To hold your spot, contact us for information on making a $500.00 deposit.

Contact Dr. Edie: 805.640.8529 or dredieresto@gmail.com

Aviva Gold, MFA, CSW, ATR-BC, Art Medicine Woman has been teaching inspired art for over twenty-five years. She believes that authentic soul touching art comes from a divine place deep within and that the ritual of creating and viewing such art is central to individual and planetary healing. She is an experienced psychotherapist and workshop leader in healing centers worldwide. Aviva is the author of "Painting From the Source: Awakening The Artists Soul In Everyone".
"The sacredness of the vessel Aviva created for us was a true gift. The tiger is out! The entire universe awaits."

Dr. Edie Resto, DC, ND, Chiropractor, Naturopath and educator dedicated to forming healing partnerships with her patients. She is a graduate of the Institute of Psycho-structural Balancing where she studied a variety of massage/body work. Dr. Edie is also a graduate of Life Chiropractic College West, and Bastyr University, the premier Naturopathic medical school in the United States.
“Everyone needs to see this woman as a means to live a healthy and energetic life. She's simply the BEST"

April 10, 2007

Ever heard of Intensified Fats?

Apparently, the industry is getting wise to the fact that consumers are seeking alternatives to trans-fats. They've come up with new language and a slightly different product - Intensified Fats.

from http://www.healthyfastandcheap.com/:

Here is my take on this new development. Food manufacturers are not going to give up the market share of refined polyunsaturate oil, so they are getting around the trans fat labeling by mixing small amounts of fully hydrogenated oil with liquid polyunsaturate oils and calling “interesterified oil.” They claim that fully hydrogenated oil is healthier. Since there is less trans fat, they can sell this product to food manufacturers for use in commercial dressings, baked goods, candies and anything else that used to have partially hydrogenated oil in the ingredient list.

In plain english, interestification means mixing fully hydrogenated oil with liquid polyunsaturate oil to produce a consistency similar to partially hydrogenated oil, which is the source of trans fats. The solution to the trans fat problem; from the manufacturer perspective!

Well, it looks like I am going to have to get used to telling my clients to look for ‘interesterified oil” as well as partially hydrogenated oil in the ingredient list. Of course, no one can ever trust the label regarding trans fat anyway, since the FDA allows .5 grams of trans fat per serving to be labeled “no trans fat.”

from http://www.bantransfats.com/faq.html:

Fully hydrogenated oil does not contain trans fat! Partial hydrogenation is a process that rids an oil of its highly unsaturated fatty acid content and changes anywhere from 5-10 percent to 55 percent or more of the original fatty acids to trans fatty acids and a number of other unnatural fatty acids. Hydrogenation, when carried out in its totality, produces only saturated fatty acids; and a totally saturated oil has the consistency of a wax and is not appropriate for use in food except in very small amounts added with emulsifiers to food products such as peanut butter.


April 09, 2007

Healthy Diet

If you are healthy and want to stay that way, do you know what to eat?
Suggestions on what and how much can be confusing especially when faced with varied and conflicting nutritional advice.

Below I have outlined nutritional recommendations designed to promote health and prevent dis-ease.

Carbohydrates are one of your body’s main energy sources. Complex carbs include legumes, grains and starchy vegetables – potatoes, peas and corn.

45-55% of your daily calories from carbs. If doing a weight loss diet, 35%. Emphasize complex carbs – whole grains, beans, nutrient rich fruit and milk (rice, oat, almond, goat). Avoid sugars, especially candy & sweets.

Protein is essential to human life. Your skin, bones, muscles, and organ tissues all contain protein. It’s found in our blood, hormones and enzymes. Protein is found in many plant and animal sources. Foods riches in protein: legumes, poultry, seafood, meat, dairy products (goat), nuts and seeds.

20-45% of your total daily calories. If doing a weight loss diet, 45-55% 60-175gram/day), based on a 2,000 calorie/day diet. Average intake: Men: 63-68 gram/day, Women: 6-55gram/day.

Fat helps your body absorb many essential vitamins, maintain the structure and function of cell membranes and preserve your immune system. Fat is a very concentrated energy source, providing twice as many calories per gram as carbs and protein. Too much fat, such as saturated and trans-fat, can increase your blood cholesterol levels.

Recommendation: 10%-20% of your total calories. If you consume a 2,000 calorie diet, that equals 20-50 grams/day of fat. Emphasize fats from healthier sources – nuts, olive, canola and nut oils, avocados and coconut. For weight loss, 10% total calories (20-30 grams/day).

Saturated Fat

These fats are most often found in animal products, such as red meat, poultry, butter and whole milk. Other foods high in saturated fat include coconut, palm and other tropical oils. Saturated fat is the main dietary culprit in raising blood cholesterol.

Limit your intake to no more than 10% of your total calories. This equals 20 grams of saturated fat if you consume 2000 calories.

Trans-fat comes from adding hydrogen to vegetable oil through a process called hydrogenation. This makes the fat more solid and less likely to spoil. Trans-fat is a common ingredient in commercial baked goods – such as crackers, cookies, cakes and fried foods, such as doughnuts, french fries, shortenings and some types of margarine are high in trans fat.

AVOID. If you consume 2,000 calories a day, you should not have more than 2 grams of trans fats.

Cholesterol is vital to the structure and function of all your cells, but it is also the main substance in fatty deposits (plaques) that can develop in your arteries. Your body makes all of the cholesterol it needs for cell function. You get additional cholesterol by eating animal foods, such as meat, poultry, eggs, seafood, dairy products and butter.

Recommendation: Watch your intake! No more than 200 mg/day.

Fiber is the part of plant foods that your body doe not digest and absorb. There are two types:
1. Soluble Fiber - may help improve your cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Oats, dried beans and some fruits, such as apples and oranges.
2. Insoluble Fiber - adds bulk to your stool and can help prevent constipation. Vegetables and whole grains.

Women need 21-25 grams of fiber a day. Men need 30-38 grams fiber/day.


Sodium helps maintain the right balance of fluids in your body, helps transmit nerve impulses, and influences the contraction and relaxation of muscles. Too much sodium can be harmful. Most sodium comes from eating processed and prepared foods, such as canned veggies, soup, lunch meats and frozen foods. Avoid these. If you eat these, don’t add salt during cooking or at the table.

Most need 1,500-2,400 mg/day. Take less if having water retention issues. Take the higher amount if sweating a lot and/or exercising