Blog by Melissa and David Sokulski, L.Acs.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Victoria Boutenko on Rawkathon

I just watched an amazing interview with Victoria Boutenko on Rawkathon. If you are interested in health, healing from all sorts of conditions, and other very interesting information, watch this interview. It is up for free until 8 pm tomorrow (Wednesday, October 22.)

Victoria Boutenko is the author of Green for Life, as well as her previous books Raw Family and Twelve Steps to Raw. More information about her can be found at www.RawFamily.com.

Enjoy this amazing interview! (And others as well - Rawkathon posts two free interviews a night, through Saturday night.)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Sad loss...

I'm so sad to report that a wonderful Pittsburgh holistic doctor - she was actually my doctor and the doctor of many of our clients - Dr. Amy Stine, died Monday in a rock climbing accident in WVa.

The full story is here.

Dr. Stine was a wonderful and supportive woman, and an intelligent doctor with an open heart and an open mind. She herself knew of many wholistic remedies, and often recommended patients receive massage, acupuncture, chiropractic and other modalities of care if she felt it was in their best interest.

Her practice was often full, but she regularly opened it again to let more people in. So many people wanted to see her and just loved her as a doctor; she was very unique to the area.

She was an excellent doctor, a wonderful woman, and will be missed by many.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Steel City Sunday - Bicycling

We had a low-key weekend...the Steelers didn't play today so we had to make due....

Ella learned how to ride her bicycle this weekend without training wheels! So we went to FreeRide in the East End and found the perfect bike for her. What an excellent place, check it out if you get a chance.

Dave also participated in a health fair at the new Vitamin Shoppe, down at the Waterfront, talking to people about acupuncture. It has opened where the Boston Market used to be, and they are having a nice opening sale, so if you use vitamins, supplements, green powders, raw food bars and the like, now might be a good time to stock up!

And, we haven't seen it yet, but downtown Pittsburgh is all lit up! Not quite for the holidays yet, but if you visit www.imaginepittsburgh.com you'll see that they have lit up lots of the buildings and churches, and it sounds beautiful! (October 10 through November.)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Foraging Friday



It's foraging Friday, and today we did indeed go foraging. Above is a picture taken a week or so ago of me and Ella cracking into our black walnuts (she with a hammer, me with a rock)...I LOVE them!

Today we hiked around Frick Park and not only found an enormous abundance of black walnuts, but we finally came across (and tasted) some hickory nuts. To me, they tasted like black walnuts, only a bit sweeter.

And, we have to send a special thank you to our friend Grace, who graciously called to offer us some deliciously ripe paw paws that her friend Taylor had found while in Berkeley Springs, WVa! Thanks for sharing!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Steel City Sunday - Pittsburgh is 250!

This year is Pittsburgh's 250th birthday...and this was quite a birthday weekend!

We began the weekend on Friday downtown with the Gallery Crawl, taking a free swing lesson at Aurthur Murray dance studio. We saw live dance by the Pillow Project, which was an extra special surprise treat as Ella's gymnastics teacher is in the dance troup. What a thrill for Ella to see her!

Saturday we picked our pumpkins out at Schramm's Farms and Orchards, and then watched the spectacular fireworks celebration for Pgh's 250th. What a display! We watched from an excellent vantage point on the south side slopes, and were able to see fireworks launching off buildings, barges, point state park, pnc field and bridges. Wow!! (The youtube video at the end is the finale, but you'll see it was hard for the person to take in the entire scene from such a close view as they were. I really enjoyed the set-back view we had...too bad our camera battery fizzled yesterday.)

Today we did the 8th annual Step Trek on the south side slopes...Ella walked the entire "church loop." When we arrived at the raw food potluck she was fast asleep.

But what a great potluck...delicious food, delightful company, and as always, so much to learn. There is a movie being made about a wonderful young woman named Bethany who healed herself from so many incredibly complicated conditions...including paralysis (she was in a wheelchair for three years) and nerve degeneration (condition from birth) with raw foods. You'll find information at www.bethanysstory.com.

And here is that fireworks finale video:

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Wellness Wednesday: Rawkathon

There's a free online health event coming up that some of you may be interested in...



It's called Rawkathon, put together by Kevin Gianni (who did Raw Summit a year ago.) Rawkathon consists of one-on-one VIDEO interviews with 15 of the best known raw and living food pioneers, and they'll be broadcast for us all to watch or listen to in a few short weeks, starting on October the 19th.

If you are interested in signing up or getting more information, you can sign up for free here.

Here is a list of who will be interviewed:

  • Matt Monarch ~ A Candid Look into the Life of a Raw Foodist

  • Dr. Gabriel Cousens ~ How to Heal your Body and Transform your consciousness with raw and living foods

  • Victoria Boutenko ~ Simple Ways to Transform your Diet and Stay Raw

  • Dr. Doug Graham ~ Key Elements to Optimal Health

  • David Wolfe ~ Superfoods to Regenerate, Rebuild and Reenergize your body

  • Mike Adams ~ Cut through the media hype to get and stay healthy

  • Viktoras Kulvinskas ~ Overcoming Obstacles to Reach Your Health and Wellness Goals

  • Nomi Shannon ~ Cleansing Lessons

  • Raw Food Chef Cherie Soria ~ how to Raw-food-ize your kitchen

  • David Rainoshek ~ Why People fail on raw and vegan and how to ultimately succeed

  • Frederic Patenaude ~ Real Life Experiences and how to deal with falling off the plan

  • Rick Dina ~ The Science behind Why raw food works

  • Karen Knowler ~ How to transition from cooked to raw

  • Jameth Sheriden ~ Quality Raw food health products

  • Happy Oasis ~ Tribal Experiences from around the world.

Be part of this amazing event...all at no cost! Sign up today, it starts October 19!