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Newsletter April 23, 2017:

Video: What Would Universal Healthcare Look Like in the US?

Dear brothers and sisters,

According to “Physicians for a National Health Program”, single-payer national health insurance is a system in which a single public or quasi-public agency organizes health care financing, but the delivery of care remains largely in private hands. Under a single-payer system, all residents of the U.S. would be covered for all medically necessary services, including doctor, hospital, preventive, long-term care, mental health, reproductive health care, dental, vision, prescription drug and medical supply costs.

The program would be funded by the savings obtained from replacing today’s inefficient, profit-oriented, multiple insurance payers with a single streamlined, nonprofit, public payer, and by modest new taxes based on ability to pay. Premiums would disappear; 95 percent of all households would save money. Patients would no longer face financial barriers to care such as co-pays and deductibles, and would regain free choice of doctor and hospital. Doctors would regain autonomy over patient care.

To us it sounds like an idea whose time has come. After 241 years of American history, can we not provide every American with the essentials of health care? It would be a step forward in decency, compassion and liveliness. What could be more organic than for every American to provide for the vibrant, good health of every American – that, to our mind, is what single-payer is all about.

Here is Professor Dr. David Himmelstein with the City University of New York. He is talking with Jessica Desvarieux.

We would appreciate your comments.

May you and family prosper in good health,

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods


Video: My Permaculture Garden – Morag Gamble

In this inspiring video, a vivacious, young Australian woman gives us a tour of her backyard that she has transformed into a permaculture garden. She has set an example for all of us. In these times, it is essential that each one of us plant a garden, a “victory garden”, if you will, an exemplar of our faith in the wonderful energy and aliveness of our fellow Americans at the grass roots.


Recipe: Creamy Coffee Macadamia Trifle

by Master Live Food Chef Kelly of Raw Gourmet La Vie

We urge you to visit her wonderful website.

Crust Ingredients:

1 cup organic shredded unsweetened coconut
20 medium Deglet Noor dates (Hadley)
¼ cup filtered water
¼ tsp. pink Himalayan salt
2 tbsp. freshly ground coffee
1 ½ cups chopped Macadamia nut (small pieces)
¼ tsp. organic vanilla powder (Living Tree Community Foods)
20 drops coffee Medicine Flower Extract


Place the dates and the filtered water in a measuring cup. Soak for an hour. Place the water and dates into a Vitamix. Add salt, coffee, vanilla powder, and the coffee extract to the container. Blend until creamy smooth. Place the macadamia nuts into a Cuisinart and pulse until you have fine to small pieces. Take a mixing bowl and place the nuts into it. Place the ingredients that are in the Vitamix into the mixing bowl with the nuts. Mix them all together by hand. Take a 7” X 3” cake pan with a removable bottom. Coat the inside of the pan with melted coconut oil. Take 1 cup of the crust ingredients and press it down tightly and flatly with a food press. Cover the pan and set aside. Take the remaining crust and place it onto a chopping block with a teflex sheet. Place another teflex sheet over the top of the crust and roll it out flat with a rolling pin. Form the sides into a square with a flat cake spatula. Place the teflex sheet onto a dehydrator tray. Cover the tray with foil and place it into the refrigerator overnight with the trifle.

Coffee Macadamia Filling


1 8oz. jar of Macadamia Butter (Living Tree Community Foods)
2 cups Thai young coconut meat
1 13.66oz. can Thai young coconut milk
¼ tsp. pink Himalayan salt
¼ cup organic maple syrup
30 drops coffee Medicine Flower extract
¼ tsp. vanilla powder (Living Tree Community Foods)
1 cup melted coconut oil
2 tbsp. sunflower lecithin


Place the nut butter, coconut meat, coconut milk, salt, maple syrup, coffee extract and vanilla powder into a Vitamix. Blend with a tamper until the mixture is creamy smooth. Test it with your fingers to make sure there is no grittiness. Slowly turn the Vitamix on low and add in the coconut oil. Make sure it is mixed in evenly using a tamper. Add the sunflower lecithin and blend it until evenly incorporated. Pour this mixture into the cake pan. Tap it repeatedly on the counter until all of the air bubbles are removed. Cover the pan and place it into the refrigerator overnight. Take the remaining filling and place it into an airtight container in the refrigerator overnight.

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Featured Item: Pistachio Butter – Alive & Organic

This delightful and fresh nut will nourish your body and your taste buds! Our pistachio butter is made from pistachios grown by California family farmers in the rich, alluvial soil of the wondrously fertile Central Valley. We add our raw Black Sesame Oil and sesame seeds to organic pistachios and season them with honey and a dash of Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt.


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Alive Bonus Program – Pumpkin Seeds, Heritage Olive Oil, Lively Chocolate Gift Pack and Alive Almond Butter

We are celebrating the launch of our new website by offering an extra bonus of a half pound of Alive, Organic Oregon Grown Pumpkin Seeds with every order of $70 or more. We invite you to taste their goodness and rejoice in their appearance.

Visit the Pumpkin Seed page!

New! Items For April

Gold Tipped Medjool Dates (California) – Sundried & Organic

These beautiful dates have a firmer texture and are a vitalizing treat as a dessert or snack. Firmer and with more depth of flavor. Pack them along when traveling or hiking. Its easy to remove the pits and use for a wealth of culinary applications. Great addition to school lunches.




Black Cumin Seed Oil – Alive & Organic

Black Cumin (Nigella Sativa) is a powerful medicinal plant and the oil is a concentrated essence.The healing properties of the seeds have been regarded as a cure-all down through the ages. They have been found in Egyptian tombs.




Large Sundried California Medjool Dates

These medjool dates are magnificent. Just the thing to lift the drear of winter. Rejoice with them! Share with friends and family.





“Call Of The Wild” White Clover Honey – Alive & Organic

We feel privileged to bring you this Canadian honey.

Profoundly rich, buttery flavor. Try on a slice of apple. Blend into almond or coconut milk. Lends itself to alive confections.

This honey originates in the sweet clover meadows of British Columbia and Alberta.




“Some Like It Hot” Cayenne Chocolate Bar

This, our creation, is dedicated to Isadore Duncan, a trailblazing dancer whose emphasis on freer, naturalistic movement was a precursor to modern dance. She defied the straightlaced social mores of her day and was viewed as an early feminist.

For the super-woman in your life!




April Victory Garden Sale


10% off this month’s featured items (Remember, if you buy 3 or more of any Living Tree produced product, you get an additional 10% off!)


California Heritage Olive Oil 750ml – Alive, Organic

Made from Mission olives, the only olive native to America. (All other olive oils are made from olives originating in Italy, Spain, the Middle East or North Africa.) It originated in California in times long past, coeval with the sabre-toothed tiger and the wooly mammoth. May we suggest that you take a sip and ponder the Cenozoic. This extra virgin olive oil is dry farmed, sustainably, by Darro Grieco – award winning California family farmer. He is the true husbandman of his soil, plants and trees. Darro and Olivia, his soul mate, embue Heritage Olive Oil with their enthusiasm and spirit.




Chia Cherry Blueberry Cranberry Butter – Alive & Organic

We have combined chia seeds with Oregon grown Blueberries, California cherries and Cranberries. We’ve also added Black Sesame Oil (more than 60% omega-3 fatty acid), honey and a dash of Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt.
The Native Americans of the Southwest would eat only chia seed mixed with water as they ran from the Colorado River to the Pacific Ocean to trade products. Its high energy to weight ratio makes it a favorite choice of long distance runners and other athlete.




Pecan Butter – Alive & Organic

Our pecans are grown on a family farm in Texas and blended with a little Pink Himalayan Salt. Try our Organic Pecan Butter straight on fresh crunchy vegetables. It’s also delicious mixed with your favorite soup or finely shredded cabbage, zucchini and carrots. Use one tablespoon per serving.




Cashew Butter – Alive & Organic

For your delight we have slowly sliced organic sunflower seeds into a butter that goes well on apple slices as well as celery and carrot sticks. Try adding chopped raisins and dates too–what hor d’oevres you’ll make!
Sundried cashews have been transformed into a butter that retains its quintessential cashew flavor. Try it on apple slices, celery sticks or a wedge of persimmon.




Roasted Almond Butter 16oz – Organic

For those who enjoy the heightened flavor afforded by roasting, we carefully roast and grind a mixture of organic almonds. We do not add oil or preservatives. Like the Raw Almond Butter, this is a tremendous source of energy. Living Tree Community Foods Roasted Almond Butter is ideal to bring on camping trips.

First Calf Arrives & Buffalo Are Dancing With No Snow to Hold them Back

(Buffalo Field Campaign) A buffalo nation is coming! Almost all of the snow is gone now, save for a few shady north-facing slopes and mountain peaks. Hebgen Lake is opening up, turning back into water. Buffalo families continue to migrate through the Hebgen Basin and they dance with no snow to hold them back. Adult females are showing off enormous bellies and the first calf was just spotted by our lucky patrols early this morning! Here they come! The next generation of wild buffalo, and most of them will grow strong peacefully in their new year-round habitat!

A buffalo nation is coming! Almost all of the snow is gone now, save for a few shady north-facing slopes and mountain peaks. Hebgen Lake is opening up, turning back into water. Buffalo families continue to migrate through the Hebgen Basin and they dance with no snow to hold them back. Adult females are showing off enormous bellies and the first calf was just spotted by our lucky patrols early this morning! Here they come! The next generation of wild buffalo, and most of them will grow strong peacefully in their new year-round habitat!

Have you saved the date? In addition to running daily and nightly patrols, we are also busy gearing up for our 20th Anniversary Party that will take place in West Yellowstone on May 26 and 27. Everyone is invited! It’s going to be a great event with home-cooked food, music, lots of buffalo family from over these many years, a field trip to see the buffalo and their brand new babies on their native habitat, a wolf-watching tour, and presentations on wolves, grizzly bears, bison, and their interrelationships. We will also have a silent auction featuring very special items. If you have any items you would like to donate to our auction, we would be honored to receive them.

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Depression Is Now No. 1 Cause of Illness and Disability Worldwide

(Mercola) According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, affecting an estimated 322 million people worldwide, including more than 16 million Americans. Globally, rates of depression increased by 18 percent between 2005 and 2015.

According to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, 11 percent of Americans over the age of 12 are on antidepressant drugs. Among women in their 40 and 50s, 1 in 4 is on antidepressants.

In addition to the human suffering, the financial impact of depression is also severe. WHO estimates the global economic loss by households, employers and governments is at least $1 trillion annually.

Depression is also strongly linked to an increased risk for substance abuse, diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, and suicide.

In the video above, James Chau, a news presenter and WHO goodwill ambassador for sustainable development goals and health, opens up about his personal struggle with depression, and the importance of seeking help and having an open dialogue about the problem.

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