Blog: Psyche & Health
by Chef JeM

Psyche & Environment

A proposed foundation upon which we can build "psyche & health".

Date:   6/24/2015 7:58:10 AM   ( 7 y ) ... viewed 1357 times

November 26, 2017 -

"... Machines and satellites programmed whole environments in the industrial age and then the TV age. Then with digitalization and miniaturization people began to program themselves like machines. Hence chipped drugs. People are compulsively exercising, medicating, dieting, piercing, and having surgery, to retrieve their lost chemical bodies. They are merging with the technology that caused them to ‘disappear’."[17]

According to Dr. Carolyn Dean the "chemical body" and the "digital chip body" are two of the four main bodies that we mostly operate with nowadays. The other two are the "TV body"[18] and the "astral body". Each of these are subject to manipulation by external elements that are exploitative in nature. However - if we essentially abandon the "TV body" and minimize our engagements with the "digital chip body" we have a possibility of recovering our own unique "chemical body" as well as our authentic self!

June 14, 2015 -

Tonight a friend share with me his amazement over the great extent that human beings appear to be operating on an automatic mode of behavior and that it appears to such an extent that he refers to the behavior as robotic. I responded with understanding and offered a Human Design perspective on this with what is called "conditioning". I then said it takes seven years for an individual to de-condition their behavior and recover their authentic unique individuality. My friend responded in ways indicating to me that he didn't think seven years was longer enough.

22 days later -
Reading "how an entire society, even an entire nation, can become a Pathocracy"[12] I now realize how my friend could doubt the sufficiency of "seven years" for purposes of deconditioning.

We also talked about "Psyche & Health" as he has a friend who is in a "conflict active" state now. One of the deep-rooted characteristics of "Conditioning" (as well as de-conditioning) includes how we view "disease". Those of us who have a life-long accumulated history of psychological conditioning regarding "disease" (that continues to be reinforced with all the major media input/entrainment constantly broadcasting and intercepting our psyche) may have great difficulty allowing themselves to be open and receptive to considering another perspective of disease. That's the impression that I have of the friend who is in a state of "conflict active" now.

As the idealist that I am I can't help but to think that the friend's conflict would be resolved now were they living in a different environment - free of the kind of programming that my friend has acknowledged has turned people into robots.

We can and need to create that kind of environment my friends! Are you interested? What immediately follows here is my very best suggested start for that.

A Life-Giving Alliance

The potential that farmers and chefs have to be at the "frontline of well-being" is the living and life-giving foundation of a community vision that I call Cheeta: Culturally Healing ~ Ecologically Enlightening ~ Transformative Arts.

My connection with the Biodynamic Association in America has recently allowed me to receive a certain notification and I immediately recognized that the subject matter corresponds with my "High Ideal" of Cheeta!

Melissa Greer, D.O. wrote:

"In medical school I learned very little about the role of nutrition in health. Much of what I did learn in conventional nutrition teachings I have found has little actual meaning in wellness. No one ever spoke in medical school about the role of the farmer in health or illness. As a medical student I was taught of the helping role of the physical therapist, the nurse, the masseuse, the diabetes educator… but no mention was made of the local farmer.

Yet the role of the farmer is an extraordinarily influential one on local community health. Farmers have the potential to be our frontline of wellbeing. ..."[1]

This introduction was followed by a description of a new group: "Bridging Biodynamic Agriculture and Anthroposophic Medicine". I then joined this group and submitted my introduction!:

Greetings All!

This group is the most wonderful sight (from my perspective)! Although the group is new I have reason to believe that there has already been some "bridging" between the two fields (of Biodynamic Agriculture and Anthroposophical Medicine). In any case I feel I have been living in the spirit of this bridge since I first connected with an Anthroposophical conference in 1990 soon followed by my attending Rudolf Steiner College between '90 and '92. At the college I started a group to explore our mutual interests in forming a farm-based healing community. This impulse has essentially initiated me onto a rather long and serpentine path that I've recently recommitted to and declared as my "High Ideal":

I'm a bridge-builder and my community interest is to bring ... the "three areas of Anthroposophic Medicine, Waldorf Education, and BD Agriculture" together into an Eco-village that I call Cheeta (an acronym for "Culturally Healing - Ecologically Enlightening - Transformative Art". This is my vision now in addition to being a nutrition-therapy chef creating food-as-medicine for individuals. I wish to do therapeutic chef work on a larger scale and especially train others in all aspects of an integrated system primarily focused on nourishing children to give them the very best possible foundation for fulfilling their destinies as well as meeting what lies before us in the world.

I'm attracted to this group as I think it's primary purpose corresponds with my "High Ideal". My vision is about integrating the biodynamic agricultural impulse directly into the kitchen/s connected to the farm and then to the school children. Then (the) role of health practitioners in the community can most easily refer back to both the farm and the kitchen in regards to the child's nutrition. I see the wisdom of the farmers, chefs, teachers and practitioners (as well as parents) forming a new community-based support system for children and for their parents. I believe that any like-minded bridge that connects all who travel on it is a most essential one for the future of humanity!

Thank you all very much for being here!"

Since joining this Biodynamic group I've realized that chefs can hold a master link in actively "bridging" ecological farms and their farmers with all kinds of practitioners who include nourishing therapy for their patients. Jessica Prentice, Porsche Combash and co-workers at the "Three Stone Hearth" - community supported kitchen have co-created an archetypal model for this.:

A Google search for "community supported kitchen"(CSK) gave me "about 4,120 results"! Not all are actual kitchens however these search results indicate that the subject matter is alive and growing since the CSK idea was first pioneered nine years ago. "Three Stone Hearth was founded in June 2006 by a cooperative of five worker-owners".

I consider Jessica Prentice to be the high priestess of CSKs. I have been "observing" Three Stone Hearth remotely over the last several years since it has come into existence.

I also discovered what I think may be something on the order of a daughter CSK (to Three Stone) that was founded by Tressa Yellig.

Jessica says: "It has always been our goal to create a model that would be replicable. So far, Tressa[2] is the only person who has done that in Oregon, taking what we're doing and morphing it into what would work for her. She's been in business a few years now. She's been doing well."

"We have a lot of health care practitioners that refer people to us. That's how we get a lot of customers: people who are told by a doctor, 'You need to eat these pastured bone broths.' People either don't have the time, or they are not well enough to make them themselves. ... the basic concept is ...: very nutrient dense, healing food is accessible to more and more people."[3]

I am so glad to hear Jessica say this! It validates my vision!

Health care practitioners who are introduced to the local CSK can then write nutrition therapy prescriptions for their patients that can be filled at the CSK! Those patients who are interested as well as the practitioners can be offered food-as-medicine workshops at the CSK.

I commented the following at the Have Fun Do Good Blogspot:

"Thank You Britt and Jessica!

Can hardly tell you both just how encouraging it is to hear this conversation! The sharing of this communication between the two of you is greatly valued here! Communication is life and it is also the foundation for community and I get a lot of life and a deep sense of community through what is published here!"[4]

I am inspired on a daily basis with the CSK vision. I now see it as a fulcrum point between manufactured foods of commerce and real nourishing foods that come from nourishing farms that are then prepared by and for real people (as opposed to manufactured products for "consumers". A nourishing culture includes close connections, relationships and conversations between food sources, the kitchen alchemists and the community all with a community-building spirit and soulfulness that are just not part of the business equation with most "foods of commerce". The contrasts are profound! The real heart of this vision is a very well nourished community! I believe this deserves to have great works of art expressing in many ways the beauties and joys that a CSK offers against the dark background of a truly decayed food system. (One positive note is that you can compost those products! ; ~ )

I see real nourishment as a four-fold culture that includes:

1.) The nourishing substances,

2.) All the individuals who participate in the "culturing nourishment" process,

3.) All the processes involved,

4.) All the individuals who are being nourished.

Chef Jemichel's list of "Nourishing substances":

1.) In my thinking, the very, very first nourishing substance for human babies (as well as all mammals) is mother's milk. However, not all mothers nurse their children or continue nursing them for the full cycle of time that children can be nursed. Then a farm's "Real Milk" can be considered if it is grass-fed, whole and raw. After all, mother's milk would not come pasteurized, would it? Real Milk also includes all the various forms of culturing the milk into kefir, yogurt, soured milk and more! Finding the right milk is a worthy process! I personally like goat milk! Dr. Bernard Jensen highly recommended it and especially still warm, right after the milking (which will be possible with a CSK located on or right next to a farm)! (I intend to try camel milk some day.)

Regarding milk for children - Rudolf Steiner recognized the that the infant "does not have the strength to deal with earthly substances, so nature provides a nutrient substance, milk, which demands no forces of its own from the infant and thus makes the incarnation possible."
From: "The Anthroposophical Approach to Medicine". Preview at

2.) The next nourishing substance is Broth![5]

Here is a very nourishing food that I would virtually always have working in a CSK. Traditionally "stock pots" worked continuously. It's practically a lost art.

3.) And soups that are made from these broths!

4.) Then possibly juices (for which there are hundreds of books on all the different kinds of juices that one can possibly have). This either requires a juicer (so that you are getting the freshest possible juice) or this is another food process that may be best in a CSK. I once worked for a juice company that had an industrial size press that was based on the famous Norwalk Press.

5.) Traditional Beverages.

There are dozens of lacto-fermented beverages that are nourishing, super-hydrating, thirst-quenching, and most delicious!

6.) Lacto-Fermented vegetables.

7.) Eggs from pasture-raised poultry.

Another of many reasons why I recommend having the CSK on a farm.

"Eggs from pastured chickens contain vitamins A and D – eggs are a sacred food in China. A nursing or pregnant woman in China will eat up to ten eggs per day, if she can afford them. The Chinese recognize that eggs are a brain food, ensuring that the child will be very intelligent if he or she gets the nutrients through her mother’s prenatal diet or through her milk."[6]
(If you are relying upon store-bought eggs then see if they carry true pasture-raised, pasture-fed eggs. If they are not available at your most local market/s then check with your closest chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF)[15], or join the Foundation and get the WAPF-issued Shopping Guide free!

8.) Living soil! I am now declaring living soil as an important nourishing substance that needs to be considered for inclusion in the CSK environment. Wherever a CSK is located it can at least have worm bins. The worm castings can then be included in a potting mix and at the very minimum the CSK can grow baby greens. These baby greens can be potted in small starter pots that can be a source of very fresh greens for the CSK subscribers. One of my favorite greens is beet tops! "Your Enchanted Gardener" says: "plant a beet and you're a gardener"! Then you can harvest the beet tops and they will continue growing back! The CSK can plant the beet and then the subscriber can take home "Keep the Beet" and just harvest the greens! Although anyone can do this virtually anywhere I still hold a vision for a CSK on a full working farm with the animals! (There you can have enough living soil to roll around in! ;-) And the compost piles that can be built on a farm are so far beyond the limited composting that is possible in the city! But in any case start composting where you are and at least grow some soil!

Consider "Soil as Medicine"!

Dr. Dale Jacobson, DC (DJ) in "Raw Milk: The Whole Truth" says: "Pasteurized and sterile are like magic words in this society. People are in love with those concepts. What they don’t understand is that’s what's killing them."

Mark McAfee: "That’s exactly right."

DJ: "The kids who eat dirt in Mexico don’t have mineral deficiencies. The people in this society that wash everything and sterilize and use Listerine, they are walking candida cases."

Fortunately, you may not have to "eat dirt" to benefit from having living soil in your environment! However, it is a link in the circle of life (and there are nutritional therapy and other remedies that include clay as a healing agent)! In any case connecting with living soil can bring you closer to the literal foundation of the many nourishing foods that come from the soil! Children say grace: "Earth who gives us food to eat". It is the living soil that makes that possible![7]

Here is my vision for a Community Supported Kitchen that I offer to the world and with a special interest to communicate this vision in the communities of Waldorf Schools:

"I envision Community Supported Kitchens that are located on or next to mixed farms that include pasture dairy. The 'ownership' of the kitchen can be as diverse as that of Community Supported Agriculture. A CSK can be held in a private Trust with a trustee/s representing each party of interest.

The dietary orientation of the CSK will include a mix of traditional foods with an overall emphasis on nutrient-dense foods. These are foods that have been grown/raised on nutrient-dense soils, harvested at their peak of ripeness and processed in proper ways that maximize their nutritional capacity and deliciousness. (For further information on nutrient-dense foods see: Nourishing Traditions. For further information regarding nutrient-dense soils see Biodynamic agriculture and other sustainable agriculture approaches that build up the soil.)

The kitchen can offer opportunities for training in various capacities including culinary, nutrition, nutritional therapies and CSK gardening. These trainings can be made available on a tuition basis.

If you do not already know about the advantages of organic and especially Biodynamic foods then you may at least appreciate knowing that: "Children consuming an organic food diet exhibit reduced pesticide exposure, and a lower body burden of pesticides (Curl, Fenske & Elgehun, 2003). The expectation of consumers that organic food is a healthier choice for them and their children is corroborated by a meta-analysis of the nutritional value and safety of organic food (Lairon, 2010).[8]

Three Stone Hearth (TSH) is a CSK in Berkeley, California and probably the leading example of a successfully run Community Supported Kitchen. ("Salt, Fire and Time" in Portland, Oregon is another example.) THS was inspired by CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) and therefore people can look to CSAs to better understand the idea of CSK. The vision of a CSK needs to be fine-tuned to the community that it is intended to serve as well as the location.

When the Waldorf School was founded (Steiner) proposed that education must have a therapeutic orientation – always serving individual development and focusing on the child’s developing health. Thus the pedagogical question
becomes a medical-therapeutic question."[9]

Waldorf CSKs would be devoted to "focusing on the child’s developing health" and fully able to serve "food as medicine"!

It should be noted here that "almost all human health problems can be traced back to" the first seven years of child development[10] indicating the need Steiner indicated - "that education must have a therapeutic orientation".

My idea of heaven on earth:

Every Waldorf school has a CSK serving nutrient-dense foods to the whole school. Each school has Biodynamic gardens producing as much food as possible on the school's campus. Each school is connected to a Biodynamic farm with enough of a dairy operation to meet all the demands of the school's CSK. The CSK also provides products for sale to the school's whole community. These sales provide a positive cash flow for the school that supports the rest of the farm-garden-kitchen-community food program. Therefore - All the children are very well nourished!They know exactly where all their food comes from. The know the farmers, the gardeners and "the kitchen fairies"! The parents of all the children are truly happy to have their children so very well nourished! The parents are most attracted to volunteering in the program so they can learn how to extend this into their homes and nourish the rest of their families as well! The teachers are both supported by the program and most supported of it as they see the difference in the children! The school is blessed with all of these dynamics that are working together in support of the sole purpose for it's existence - that the children may flourish!

"And a child shall lead them."

In the culinary world/s one can find nourishing treasures when unearthing the nourishing traditional wisdom of the culture from where the cuisine originate. My initial cuisine training was Italian. It is one of the most popular cuisines in America and therefore holds considerable potential for revealing a traditional wisdom of "Italian" food to the general public.

Not too long ago I had an inspiration for a unique restaurant devoted to the traditional Italian cuisine of the Italian Renaissance then I noted and filed that in my “research” binder with the intention of identifying the nourishing traditional wisdom.

About four days later I suddenly became somewhat “compelled” to sort through a tote-box of books and pull out about ten books to determine whether or not I wanted to include them in my office library. One of these books “Full Moon Feast – Food and the Hunger for Connection” by Jessica Prentice especially caught my attention. I opened it at the beginning and it’s like I had never seen the book before! I’m firstly impressed with what she writes about “World-Come-to-an-End-Food”. I did a search for that title online and added a link to my “Raw Milk: The Whole Truth Blog” at Curezone.

Next I read in Jessica’s foreword by Deborah Madison where she mentions Waverly Root’s two volumes on France and Italy … "food cultures that are based on butter or olive oil or lard.” That really got my attention and I search for "Root’s" Italy (my first and most spontaneous search since I had noted my inspiration four days earlier).

I find the book at Amazon and begin reading the lowest star readings (my cautious approach to most any new book) and find they consist of three four-star reviews. I read those and find nothing serious enough to complain about and check the availability of used books and find several starting at 39 cents! I order one with “one-click”! After ordering it I discovered that I can “Look Inside” the book! I then read the introduction by Samuel Chamberlain. It isn’t until I read the following that I realize this choice is right on the central meridian of my enthusiastic intention that I had set in motion a few days earlier!

"Mr. Root’s regional explorations begin in Tuscany, the heartland of Italy. Here the people speak the national language in its purest form. Appropriately enough, they grow and grill beef better than anyone else. Florence dominated this center of the Italian Renaissance, and her cooking stood unrivaled … Such dedication is truly extraordinary, and it marks the author as the most devoted of epicures, and his book the most authoritative volume on the subject of Italian food and wine yet to appear in English.” - Samuel Chamberlain[11]

Days later the book arrives! My magnetic attraction toward identifying the food of the "Italian Renaissance" draws me to the second chapter: Tuscany. where I read: "It is not enough to say that the great period of Florence was that of the Renaissance. Florence was the renaissance. She created it."!

How many students get to learn this in the public schools? In "Cheeta schools" all the children will. They will all be literally feasting their way through their cultural studies! After all - how good can cultural studies be without enjoying the real food of that culture?

I wonder whether San Diego would like to have a "community supported kitchen"? I certainly do think that there are people here who would really appreciate having truly healing, traditional foods prepared for them. I am convinced it is needed when I talk with professionals in the nutrition field who essentially rely on the convenience of commercial restaurant food. Especially when these professionals specialize in teaching what foods best support a healthy gut! (Something does not appear to align in that picture!) However, I understand about making a commitment to building a career, a business, etc. Then I think the nutrition career people deserve to have their very own CSK for their upgraded "convenience" as well as a place they can endorse and fully recommend to their clients! So now the "question" becomes: Can San Diego professionals in the nutrition field get behind a local CSK of gut-brain healing foods? I am so looking forward to receiving the answer/s to this one!

December 28th, 2015 -

When I was in an extended spiritual emergency in 1970 I had a number of experiences with Nature-Deficit! My own sense of oneness with the Nature literally cried out for re-connection when I was living in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago in 1977. I decided to leave Chicago (which I had previously told myself I would do some number of years before) and within a couple months I moved onto an organic farm. Two seasons later I moved to San Diego much to the relief of my sense of connection with Nature!

For Psyche and Health I support the inclusion of "ecopsychology" when considering one's relationship with the "environment". Other terms used relevant to ecopsycholgy include:

Biophilia hypothesis
Conservation psychology
Deep ecology
Environmental psychology
Green exercise
Green Gym
Green prescription
Horticultural therapy
Human–wildlife conflict
Nature connectedness
Transpersonal ecology[13]

Thank you Chris Lowthert for sharing about eco-psychology!

29th -

"... Denying the relevance of nature to our deepest emotional needs is still the rule in mainstream therapy, as in the culture generally. It is apt to remain so until psychologists expand our paradigm of the self to include the natural habitat—as was always the case in indigenous cultures, whose methods of healing troubled souls included the trees and rivers, the sun and stars.

At a conference titled 'Psychology As If the Whole Earth Mattered,' at Harvard's Center for Psychology and Social Change, psychologists concluded that 'if the self is expanded to include the natural world, behavior leading to destruction of this world will be experienced as self-destruction.' ..."[16]

Prior my acute Nature-Deficit experience in 1970 I had enjoyed six successive Summers immersed in a nature-rich, nature-loving Summer camp about sixty miles out of the city. (I remember the deeply felt contrast upon returning "home" after I had spent the whole two months at camp and telling myself I could live at camp instead of in the city! I was about twelve years old at the time.) My first Summer at age eleven I was most eager to join the Indian Lore activity group. Camp left such a remarkable impression on me that years later in college I choose recreation leadership as my major. Today my "High Ideal" is called Cheeta[14] and in once sense it is a glorified "camp"!

"If our culture is out of balance with nature, everything about our lives is affected; family, workplace, school, community—all take on a crazy shape. For this reason, ecopsychology does not seek to create new categories of pathology, but to show how our ecological disconnection plays into all existing ones. For example, the DSM defines 'separation anxiety disorder' as 'excessive anxiety concerning separation from home and from those to whom the individual is attached.' But no separation is more pervasive in this Age of Anxiety than our disconnection from the natural world."[16]







[7]hot links to 19 blogs with the Waldorf CSK Vision in mind:



[10]Gene Keys - (The 46th Gene Key) page 358



" is almost a mechanical system that operates based on the psychological nature of human beings, most of whom like to live in denial or need to live in denial to please their parents, their peers, their religious leaders, and their political leaders. All they want to do is have some relaxation to enjoy the 'American Dream.' After all, 'if ignorance is bliss, tis folly to be wise'. This is most especially true when we consider the survival instinct of the ego.":


(The first seventeen blog posts.)

"Local chapters help you find locally-grown organic and biodynamic vegetables, fruits and grains; and milk products, butter, eggs, chicken and meat from pasture-fed animals.


[17] "Beware The Chip Body":

[18] The
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