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Note from our President: Miriam Zacharias 

The date of April 22nd has great significance.On that day in 1914, Babe Ruth made his professional baseball debut as a pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles.

Apollo 16 astronauts John Young and Charles Duke walked and rode on the surface of the moon for 7 hours, 23 minutes on April 22, 1972.

The only man charged in the United States in connection with the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, Zacarias Moussaoui, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison on this day in 2005.

And on April 22, 2016 I discovered – and embraced – the notion that I am a food heretic.

That day, Joel Salatin blasted the USDA and FDA, Monsanto, the makers of Hot Pockets, and even large-scale organic farms in his conference keynote talk. He accused them of establishing orthodox food and farm policies for political favor and profit at the expense of our nation’s health. Citing example after example of orthodoxies that must be eradicated, Joel implored us to stay the course and fight for change through our work.

We get this, of course; Joel was preaching to the choir. But labeling us heretics was new. Yet it’s remarkable just how appropriate that term is to describe those of us who follow the principles of holistic nutrition.

A heretic is one who differs in opinion from an accepted belief or doctrine. Although this word typically applies to religion, it also applies to us; we who battle conventional doctrine when it comes to health promotion. For me, whole foods nutrition IS my religion!

But it wasn’t always this way; I was a foodie first. Given my background, it’s no wonder why. My mom was born to Italian immigrants. Each Sunday she would camp out in our kitchen, kneading and forming pasta into a variety of shapes while listening to Pavarotti on the “hi-fi.” My job was to fork-close the edges of her mouth-watering spinach, chicken, and pecorino-stuffed ravioli.

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Spotlight Interview: Niki Gratrix

Abundant Energy Expert

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Tell us about yourself; at the personal level:

I am English, born in Manchester, grew up mostly in the south of England, then lived in Paris in France for 3 years from age 16, then 14 years in London before I moved to the USA in 2010, starting in Boulder in Colorado, then Southern California. I currently live in LA county.

I’m not married yet, no children – my career has been center stage for me so far (no regrets!). I’ve been a lifelong student of consciousness, spirituality and the mind-body connection since my teens. I’ve done more personal development courses that I care to mention. I once did a 2 month silent meditation retreat (!) and spent a month at a meditation resort in India.

What led you to the health and wellness industry?

I had a degree in economics & international politics and a career as a chartered accountant at Price Waterhouse Cooper and in banking and Finance in the city of London for 7 years before realizing I wanted a career with more meaning and which more directly served people. I’ve always mainly been inspired by how to be truly happy – a lot of that involved studying psychology and consciousness, but at age 30 I left the finance industry, retrained as a yoga instructor, personal trainer and as a nutritional therapist at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London. I realized psychological well-being was dependent on a healthy physical body and vice-versa.

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Did You Know...

The name of Portland was chosen after a coin flip. If the other side of the coin had come up, the city would have been named Boston!

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Adverse Childhood Events and the Impact on Health across a Lifetime

Niki Gratrix, BA, Dip ION, MBANT, CNHC 

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