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Newsletter December 4, 2017:

Video: Guidance, Design and Purpose vs. “survival of the fittest”

Dear brothers and sisters,

It happened. In February 1858 in a remote Island in the Malay Archipelago, it happened. An Englishman, Alfred Russell Wallace,a botanist was suffering from an attack of malaria . Feverish in his delirium,suddenly he saw it.He saw it! A vast panorama unfolded for him-the most primitive species-an amoeba or protozoa gradually evolving during immense eons of time-into sea creatures,birds,the land animals-the guiding mechanism being “survival of the fittest”. Between bouts of fever, Wallace gathered sufficient strength and wrote an detailed essay explaining his theory and sent it together with a covering letter to Charles Darwin, who he knew from correspondence was interested in the subject of evolution.

This was essentially the same theory that Darwin had been ruminating on for 20 years but never got around to publishing as he continued to collect evidence. Wallace’s letter prodded Darwin to rush out his famous book the following year.

Yet Wallace’s concept of evolution was deeper and more profound than that of Darwin. Darwin claims that all biological life can be explained through a directionless process of “survival of the fittest” and random mutation. Attributes in an organism will only develop when they accord the organism a survival advantage. Wallace, on the other hand suggests that there are areas of the biological world beyond the scope of natural selection’s operations and some purposive intelligence must be called upon to explain their existence. For example, Wallace reasons that man’s intellect – his reason, his artistic and musical ability, his wit, his talent, and most important, his moral sense – his kindness, compassion, honesty, integrity… cannot be explained via the Darwinian mechanism of “survival of the fittest” and random mutation. Rather this must be caused by an Intelligence that guided evolution. Wallace insisted that man’s mind was created by a Mind.

In place of the primitive materialism of evolution we have a natural world that is designed.

Wallace enunciated “intelligent evolution” if you will, that is, evolution as part of a designed and guided universe.

Please accept my best wishes for good health, prosperity and success to you and family,

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

Recipe: Blackout Sesame Chili

by Master Live Food Chef Hannah Kaminsky of BitterSweet

There’s nothing wrong with a healthy dose of darkness, especially when it comes primarily in the form of rich, nutty tahini. Quite the rarity despite the popularity of sesame tahini, black sesame tahini is in a category all its own. I was lucky enough to score a jar while visiting the Living Tree Community Foods offices here in the east bay, and have been somewhat obsessed with it ever since. If you thought almond butter toast was pretty snappy, just try switching up your schmear tactics and taste the difference for yourself. A subtly bitter edge offsets its sticky decadence, lending a far more nuanced flavor profile than one might expect from this silky-smooth, raw puree.

Not to throw shade on Black Friday, but it only wishes it was half as dark as this hearty concoction of black lentils, black beans, black cocoa, and of course, black sesame tahini. Get a healthier fix this “holiday” and save your dollars for the important things that really matter… Like more black tahini to prepare a second round, perhaps?

Blackout Sesame Chili

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Medium Red Onion, Diced
5 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 (14.5-Ounce) Can Diced Tomatoes
1 (6-Ounce) Can Tomato Paste
1 1/2 Cups Dry Black Beluga Lentils
1 (16-Ounce) Can Stout Beer
2 Cups Vegetable Stock
1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
2 Tablespoons Black Cocoa Powder
2 Teaspoons Ground Cumin
1 Teaspoon Chipotle Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/2 Cup Living Tree Black Sesame Tahini
2 (15.5-Ounce) Cans Black Beans, Rinsed and Drained
1 Tablespoon Lime Juice
1 Teaspoon Salt

To Garnish (optional):

1 Cup Vegan Sour Cream
3 – 4 Scallions, Thinly Sliced
1/4 Cup Toasted Black Sesame Seeds

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Featured Item: Alive & Organic Gift Packs

Alive, Organic Bonus Program – Heritage Olive Oil and Medjool Dates for the Month of December

New! Items For December

Jujubes – Alive, Organic Chinese Date Apples

Imagine Ziziphus jujuba on your festive table! Astonish and delight friends and family with a delicious fruit they do not know. Grown for you by Judith Redmond with Full Belly Farms, an outstanding family farmer here in California.






Coconut Oil – Alive & Organic – Back!

Living Tree Raw Organic Coconut Oil is made from fresh coconuts. The flesh is chopped and placed in an expeller press. The temperature of the coconut flesh and the emulsion does not exceed room temperature. The coconut milk emulsion has the water “spun” out of the oil using a centrifuge. This is the only method of extraction that requires no heat at all. This virgin coconut oil is creamy and the smooth. It has a very mild taste. Melts in your mouth like a delicious candy. Very low moisture contents and a very long shelf life.



Boreal Dulse Flake Energizing Mix – Back!

Starting with Dulse from the pristine waters of Iceland, we’re added pumpkin, sunflower, sesame and black sesame meal.
We suggest sprinkling it on everything you eat. The dulse flakes are harvested by Grettir Hreinsson, a live food afficionado. Gathered in a remote part of Iceland. Dehydrated below 83 degrees, Fahrenheit. We’ve added California almonds, Oregon pumpkin seeds as well as sunflower and sesame seeds.



Peaches (California) – Sundried & Organic – Back!

Organic and Sundried! Moist and chewy.





Hemp Hearts – Alive & Organic

Hemp hearts are a nutrient dense source of protein, essential fats, and antioxidants.
We suggest you add to soup, salad or vegetable dishes. Sprinkle onto cereal, oatmeal or yogurt. Add to desserts. Add to smoothies. Sprinkle onto almond or cashew butter spread on a slice of apple or pear.
Sprinkle in sandwiches or wraps.





Ohi’a Lehua Blossom Honey

We invite you to plunge back to sun – filled days of times long past with the lilting, floral flavor of the essence of Ohi’a Lehua blossoms.

A white honey, luxuriously thick and spreadable.

Mix with almond or cashew butter and spread on a slice of apple for an ecstatic experience.





Lake Baikal Siberian Pine Nut Butter – Alive & Organic

These pinenuts nuts are wildcrafted from trees in a pristine wilderness, the Siberian taiga. This is the most extensive virgin forest in the world. We invite you to experience the taste of the primordial!

Siberian pine nuts are quite different from the pine nuts you find in stores. The latter are imported from China and are a species of Korean pine nut, Pinus Koraiensus. Siberian pine nuts are a different species, Pinus Sibirica. They are the fruits of a majestic and beautiful tree.

December Victory Garden Sale

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

Coconut Oil 1 Gallon – Alive & Organic

Available in 16oz. or one gallon, 128oz., glass bottles at a considerable saving.

Living Tree Raw Organic Coconut Oil is made from fresh coconuts. The flesh is chopped and placed in an expeller press. The temperature of the coconut flesh and the emulsion does not exceed room temperature. The coconut milk emulsion has the water “spun” out of the oil using a centrifuge.



Almond Butter 8oz – Alive & Organic

We began making almond butter over 25 years ago. Over the years, we have developed a proprietary process: we make the almond butter slowly, over several days. We slice the almonds and never grind them, which exposes the nut to the least heat possible to keep the flavors and properties of the raw nut intact. We make it frequently, in small batches, so it’s fresh and alive.





Coconut Butter – Alive & Organic

Our alive coconut butter is created from alive coconut. Savor its fragrance. Ponder its texture.





Cashew Butter 8oz – Alive & Organic

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.





White Kiawe Blossom Hawaiian Honey – Alive and Organic

Our rare, certified organic Kiawe Blossom Honey is gathered from an isolated Kiawe forest on the island of Hawaii. The deep tap roots of the Kiawe trees have reached an underground aquifer of fresh water that flows down from the volcanoes. This forest is in a desert and no other vegetation has tapped the aquifer, allowing the bees to collect Kiawe nectar of exceptional purity and quality.




No meds required: 3 ways schools can help ADHD kids without resorting to risky psychiatric drugs

(Natural News) Normal children tend to be inattentive at times, hyperactive, and sometimes impulsive. However, there are some children who have all those qualities amplified. These children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, and it affects 4–12 percent of all school-aged children.

ADHD is one of the most common behavioral disorders that spring from childhood, at an estimated rate of 5.29 to 7.1 percent in children and adolescents, and at 3.4 percent in adults. While most people think ADHD can be outgrown, it actually carries over from childhood to adulthood. When ignored, individuals with ADHD develop unfavorable behaviors such as addiction, poor time management, poor organization, lack of concentration, and low self-esteem.

Children with this disorder generally have these three main characteristics: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Inattention encompasses the inability to complete tasks, difficulty in following directions, forgetfulness, and problems with organization. Hyperactivity may include symptoms such as the inability to sit still, restlessness, and the inability to remain quiet. Symptoms of impulsivity include speaking out of turn, blurting out answers (before hearing the whole question), and the inability to wait.

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