Wednesday, January 31, 2007
This past week the KNN staff had the pleasure to interview Akote Tsitriyah of Chicago's Two Dimensions School. The interview went as follows:
KNN-WHEN DID THE SCHOOL IN CHICAGO START?
A Tsitriyah-Two Dimensions Home School is a vision of Sar Aytahniel. The school began on September 11th, 2006. A new beginning for our KOY youth, on a day that is remembered for the pain and suffering of those families who lost loved ones on 9/11.
KNN-HOW MANY STUDENTS DO YOU HAVE?
A. Tsitriyah-We presently have 16 students. Four, PreK students taught by Morah Ahniyah. One, Kindergarten student taught by Morah Yahfah. Three, 1st grade students taught by Moreh Yosheyahu. Four, 4th grade students, one, 5th grade student and three, 7th grade students taught by myself, Morah Tsitriyah.
KNN-WHAT IS THEIR TYPICAL DAY/WEEK LIKE?
A. Tsitriyah-Our day begins, Raising the Ark, the Nation Song and with the Prayer of Dedication and Blessing. My 4th grade students learn Math daily from Moreh Ammihud and the 7th grade students learn math from his Isha Morah Baht Aylah. Music on Shle-She by Moreh Daveed and African/Hebrew-Israelite History on She-Shee by Dr. AviMalech. The yellodim will resume swimming once a week at the neighborhood community center. Hebrew has been taught by Morah Tyryeyah and Moreh Yohanathan. While I, teach my students Language Arts, Spelling, Reading, Social Studies, Science and Art.
Nutritional, divine lunches are prepared on the premises by the Two Dimensions Ehmote. After lunch students and Moreh Yosheyahu engage in outdoor recreation (weather permitting), or classroom trivia based on the subjects taught or board games.
KNN-WHAT HAS BEEN THE BENEFIT OF TEACHING OUR OWN CHILDREN?
A. Tsitriyah-The benefit of teaching our children is that it allows us to focus on each childs' individual needs. Most of our yellodim need to heal before we can teach them. Teaching Kingdom of Yah students allows us to teach truth. Our students learn that fruits, herbs and vegetables where ordered to nourish us by Yah in Genesis 1:29.
When I accepted the offer to start the homeschool I thought it would be easier because I would be dealing with Kingdom Yellodim. Although this is a rewarding experience to dedicate ourselves to the education of Kingdom Yellodim, it is impossible to succeed without total parental support and involvement. Our school, Two Dimensions is appearing to be a catalyst for the healing process through positive parental interaction.
KNN-WHAT HAS THIS EXPERIENCE DONE FOR YOU?
A. Tsitriyah-This KOY teaching experience has helped to heal me from my 15 year, New York public school teaching experience. Prior to leaving the NY Board of ED in 2004, I told the Shagrere that I never wanted to teach again! And here I am, teaching at TWO DIMENSIONS HOME SCHOOL...PRAISE YAH !
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Tuesday, January 30, 2007
By Debbie Cafazzo
Julie Wheelan was confronted by a Rhode Island shopping mall security guard. A restaurant assistant manager in Las Vegas criticized Emilee Holt. And a lifeguard at a public pool in Washington state ordered Laurie Waldherr away from the water. Their offense? Breast-feeding in public. It seems that no matter how many protests breast-feeding moms stage in support of their rights, there’s always another confrontation right around the corner.
Even though health authorities have said for decades that breast is best for baby, American attitudes about nursing are still heatedly divided....The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be exclusively breast-fed (with no added water, juice or other foods) for the first six months of life. It supports breast-feeding for the first year and beyond as long as mother and child are willing. But in 2005, only 21 states achieved the national Healthy People goal for 75 percent of mothers to begin breast-feeding at birth, according to CDC data. See complete article: Mother of a debate
Sunday, January 28, 2007
By Dr. Baruch
In addition to the mental and emotional benefits of growing and eating organic food, there are also the physical benefits. These physical benefits can be boiled down to nutrients present in organic foods that are not in commercial foods and toxins not in organic foods that are present in commercial foods. An article in the Journal of Applied Nutrition gave credence to the notion that organic foods have higher nutrient levels that non-organic food. In this study the mineral content of organic apples, pears, potatoes, wheat, and sweet corn were compared to commercial varieties. Overall the organic foods showed much higher levels of nutrient minerals and much lower levels of heavy metals.
Here are a few of the nutrients that were found in higher levels in the organic foods:
* Chromium is a micronutrient that is low in Western diets. Its deficiency is associated with the onset of adult diabetes and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Chromium was found to behigher in organic foods by an average of 78%.
* Selenium is one of the antioxidant nutrients that protects us from damage by environmental chemicals. It is protective against cancers and heart disease. It was found to be an average of 390% higher in organic foods.
* Calcium, needed for strong bones, averaged 63% higher in organics.
* Boron, which has been shown to help prevent osteoporosis (along with calcium), averaged 70% more.
* Lithium, which is used to treat certain types of depression, was 188% higher.
* Magnesium, which reduces mortality from heart attacks, keeps muscles from spasming, and eases the symptoms of PMS, averaged 138% more.
In short, many of the minerals that we most often are deficient in are found in much higher levels in organic foods. Do we see the correlation here?
Other studies have looked at vitamin levels of food plants treated with certain pesticides. They showed that application of some pesticides would significantly lower the vitamin levels in the plants they were applied to. This is different than the notion that plants raised with chemicals are low in nutrients because the soil is depleted. This shows that chemicals actually reduce the amount of nutrients in plants after application. The nutrients most often affected are vitamin C, beta carotene, and the B vitamins. These nutrients are vitally necessary for the body to withstand the onslaught of chemical toxins. Vitamin C has been well documented by two-time Nobel laureate Linus Pauling to prevent and treat cancers. Beta carotene has been shown to be astimulant of the immune system, and is sometimes able to prevent lung cancer.
When they studied organic food for mineral levels, the researchers also looked for the amount of the heavy metals aluminum, cadmium, lead and mercury. Aluminum has been implicated for years in the development ofAlzheimer's disease. It's content in organic food averaged 40% less that in commercial foods. Lead toxicity, which has been in the news a lot lately, can adversely affect our children's' IQ. It averaged 29% lower in organic foods. Mercury, which can cause neurologic damage, averaged 25% lower in organic foods.
Besides the lower levels of heavy metals, there are the chemical residues themselves. The big question is whether or not the accumulation of pesticide residues in non-organic foods is a real health concern or not. According to an ongoing EPA study of fat samples taken from surgeries and autopsies across the country, we are all loaded with chemical residues. Similar studies done on other countries all show the same results.
The clearest studies that we have about pesticide residues and disease are those looking at breast cancer. In the last few years there have been a series of studies, each building upon the other, looking at the level of DDT, DDE, and PCB in men and women. They have very clearly shown that chemical residues in the serum and fat cells greatly increase the risk of breast and prostate cancer. Since these cancers are major killers in this country, it is reasonable to say that avoidance of pesticide residues in food (the only known route of exposure to DDT in this country, since we no longer use it to spray for mosquitoes) could save numerous lives and reduce our health care cost dramatically. Let’s not even go into the impact that Genetically Modified Foods are having on our health.
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