Glamping

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lakedale 7Glamping“In the next five years, we’re going to see glamping take off.”

These are the somewhat ominous words Lakedale Resort general manager Karl Bruno told me when I visited this past weekend to part take in what he and his team call The Gourmet Glamping Experience. Let’s catch those who have no idea what I’m talking about up right now – “glamping” is a term referring to glamorous camping, a trend sweeping the nation since a couple years ago.

If you haven’t heard of Lakedale (and to be honest, as a city girl – I hadn’t) it’s like a summer camp for adults. And kids. So basically a summer camp for everyone. Located just outside Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, Lakedale has 82 acres of accommodations: a lodge, log cabins, canvas cabins, campsites, and even an Airstream trailer.

Depending on your level of comfortability with the outdoors, you and your family can stay in any of these. Glamping specifically points towards the canvas cabins, which are just that: outdoor cabins with canvas walls, but pillow-top beds, couches, and linens.

“This is for folks who like the outdoors, but don’t really want to rough it,” said Bruno.

I’ll say! I stayed the night in one of the canvas cabins, and while there was no doubt I was outdoors (the noise of the creek, nearby animals, and wind don’t let you forget), I wasn’t in an uncomfortable sleeping bag or getting chewed up by mosquitos like I’m used to with regular camping.

While the accommodations were fantastic, a personal favorite of this “Gourmet Glamping Experience” for me was the accompanying dinner. Lakedale does this a couple times a year; and this year the magic number is three. They invite gourmet Pacific Northwest chefs out to the island to cook up a meal for all of the canvas tent-dwelling glampers to enjoy…together! During my stay I was lucky enough to have the chef behind Frolik! at Motif Seattle, Adam Stevenson and representatives from Kiona Vineyards.

Chef Stevenson – right in front of us in a fire pit – cooked some of the most delicious pulled pork tacos with lime cilantro cabbage slaw that I had ever tasted. Paired thoughtfully with Kiona’s white, red and sparkling varieties – fellow glampers enjoyed artisan cured meats, cheese, watermelon and tomato salad and grilled peaches with coconut pudding.

In the outdoors. I know that might have slipped your mind in the last paragraph – they was all made, eaten, and enjoyed outdoors. We pulled up picnic benches, broke bread with our canvas tent neighbors, and made some news friends.

A thoroughly enjoyable night – and one we highly recommend to anyone wanting to enjoy the outdoors this summer. The final two series dinners are August 22, where Chefs Adam and Jackle Sappington of The County Cat Dinner House in Portland will serve folks, and September 19 when Chef Kyle Nicholson of Duck Soup Inns comes through.

*Any Lakedale guest can participate in the dinner for an additional $65. Reservations for canvas cabins begin at $179 a night.

Another Day, More Whales

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Another Day, More Whales
San Juan Outfitters are in full swing and the whales are out there. Be a part of the adventure

Kayak Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

San Juan Island’s Premier Kayaking Tour Company
Specializing in high quality sea kayak tours. San Juan Outfitters is known for its low guide to guest ratio kayak tours. That includes the whale tours by kayak, day kayak tours and overnight kayak -camping tours.

San Juan Outfitters owns the exclusive kayak facilities at Roche Harbor, San Juan Island and
kayak facilities in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. This means that you will depart from custom designed kayak finger docks that make entering and exiting your boat easy. No more dragging your kayak down a beach or getting wet. We make it easy, safe and accessible for everyone.

Kayak Day Tour

Kayak tours that are 3-hours can expect to see a wide range of marine life including harbor seals, harbor and dalls porpoise, and beautiful marine invertebrates.

Sometimes a whale or dolphins appear. When the tide is right you can feast your eyes on the colors and shapes of the tide pool critters. Family kayak tours are offered also. The 3-hour trip is a condensed route. Our guides have extensive experience with kids.

These tours depart from the best locations in the San Juan Islands. The specially designed finger kayak docks make it a snap to enter and exit your kayak. San Juan Outfitters is known for their engaging and professional kayak guides.

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San Juan Island Kayak with Whales

Kayak with the opportunity to see whales! This tour takes off in the whale rich waters off the west side of San Juan Island. The whale watch by kayak is a 5-hour tour. Along with all the uncommonl sea birds, seals and birds flying overhead, you have a good chance of watching an orca whale. This is a safe situation as our guides are knowledgeable and trained to maneuver safely around whales and marine mammals in the San Juan Islands.. Also offered is the 5-hour “Whale Sanctuary Tour” departing from the south west side of San Juan Island at the County Park.

Summer’s Here

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Kayak guides are up on Stuart Island for a couple of nights enjoying the scenery and cooking up a storm! Overnight training is one of our favorites as it is not only a great learning opportunity, but also tons of fun!
Photo by Kayak Guide Alex

 

 

The ultimate sea kayak vacation! Join us for an overnight 2-day kayak trip, 3- day kayak trip, or customized private kayaking-camping trip 2 to 5 days. Exciting vacation kayak camping trips are great for singles, couples or families with kids. Overnight kayaking camping tours can be a great way to experience Mother Nature and enjoy being outside under the stars.

San Juan Island Family Kayak Tours

Get the kids up and moving and off the devices with family kayaking trips.. Enjoy a real bonding experience that the family will never forget. San Juan Outfitters has a variety of family packages including:
• 2-day family kayaking trips for those who just would like to give it a try
• 3-day family kayaking trips for delving into the kayaking and camping experience.
For longer family kayaking trips or large families, let San Juan Outfitters design a private custom family kayak tour just for you! Phone or email us to learn more about our custom packages, designed around desired length, age, and ability level.

Gut Bacteria-Important? You Bet…

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islandwedding1Gut Bacteria-Cutting Edge Research

Neurologist Speaks Out About the Importance of Gut Health for Prevention and Treatment of “Incurable” Neurological Disorders

By Dr. Mercola

The quality, quantity, and composition of the bacteria in your gut have enormous influence on your brain. Dr. David Perlmutter explores this phenomenon in great detail in his new book, Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain-for Life.

Dr. Perlmutter is a board-certified neurologist and a fellow of the American College of Nutrition (ACN). He also has a clinic in Naples, Florida, and he’s been very active in publishing his findings in peer-reviewed medical journals.

His previous book, Grain Brain, topped the New York Times bestseller list for 54 weeks. In my view, Dr. Perlmutter is probably the leading natural medicine neurologist in the US.

Certainly, most neurologists fail to consider how lifestyle impacts the neurological disorders they diagnose and treat every day, and prevention is an area of utmost importance as we still do not have effective treatments for many of the most common brain disorders.

“We’re now recognizing from research at our most well-respected institutions from around the globe that the gut bacteria are wielding this very powerful sword of Damocles,” he says.

They determine whether we’re going to have a healthy brain or not, whether our brain is going to function well or not, and whether our brain is going to become diseased or not. Who knew that we’d be referring back to the gut?”

Microbiome Research Shreds Notion of Reductionism

It turns out that this notion of reductionism—where your body is reduced to its individual parts—is completely nonsensical and grossly flawed. As explained by Dr. Perlmutter, every system in your body interrelates in a way that ultimately causes the manifestation of either health or disease.

In a previous interview, Dr. Perlmutter discussed specific dietary factors that influence your brain health, but one of the primary mechanisms of action that explains how a healthy diet “works” is that it upregulates, modifies, and improves the quality of your gut microbiome.

“These hundred trillion bacteria that live within your gut are so intimately involved in your brain at a number of levels. They manufacture neurochemicals, for example. Things like dopamine and serotonin.

They manufacture important vitamins that are important to keep your brain healthy. They also maintain the integrity of the lining of your gut,” he explains.

The latter is important because when your gut lining becomes compromised, you end up with permeability or leakiness of the gut. This increases inflammation, which is a cornerstone of virtually all brain disorders, from Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis (MS), to Parkinson’s and autism.

“We’ve got to really deal with it on a preventive basis,” Dr. Perlmutter says. “[We must] understand what in our Western culture, especially from a dietary perspective, is threatening the health of our commensals.

We call these bacteria ‘commensals’ because they share the table with us. We eat together with the bacteria. Basically, they eat what we eat. Our food choices have a dramatic effect on the health viability and even the diversity of those gut bacteria.”

Research Shows Swapping Gut Bacteria Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes and Other Diseases

A researcher in Amsterdam, Dr. Max Nieuwdorp, has published a number of studies looking at changes in the microbiome that are characteristic of type 2 diabetes.

In one trial, he was able to reverse type 2 diabetes in all of the 250 study participants by doing fecal transplantations on them. Remarkable as it may sound, by changing the makeup of the gut bacteria, the diabetes was resolved.

Dr. Perlmutter has embraced this new information full force, and has even helped develop a peer-reviewed scientific journal, Medicus, that focuses on this kind of research. They’re also holding an annual conference to which the leading microbiome researchers in the world are invited.

In his view, and in mine, the understanding and practical adjustment and modification of the microbiome is an important part of the future of medicine. Fifteen years ago, we thought that the Human Genome Project (HGP) would allow modern medicine to leapfrog into new gene-based therapies that would solve all our ills.

That didn’t happen, as HGP discovered that genetics are only responsible for only about 10 percent of human disease,1 the rest—90 percent—are induced by environmental factors. Now we’re coming to realize that your microbiome is actually a driver of genetic expression, turning genes on and off depending on which microbes are present.

“The gut microbiome is 99 percent of the DNA in your body, and it is highly responsive and changeable based upon lifestyle choices, most importantly our food choices,” Dr. Perlmutter says.

“There’s this beautiful dance that happens between the gut bacteria and your own DNA. The gut bacteria actually influenced the expression of our 23,000 genes. Think about that. The bugs that live within us are changing our genome expression moment to moment.

Our genome has not changed over thousands of years. But now, suddenly, because we’re changing our gut bacteria, we are changing the signals that are going to our own DNA; coding now for increasing things like free radicals, oxidative stress, and inflammation. That is a powerful player in terms of so many disease processes…

Being a brain specialist dealing with brain disorders, my whole career I’ve been stymied by not having really powerful tools to implement to bring about changes in individuals who have these issues. Now we’re beginning to get those tools, and they are in the gut. Who knew?

In neurology school, we didn’t study the makeup of the gut bacteria and how that would ever influence the brain, and yet, this is leading-edge science.

This is what our most well-respected researchers and peer-reviewed journals are talking about: not only are the gut bacteria fundamentally involved in brain health, but you can change the gut bacteria by interventions – taking probiotics and choosing to eat foods that are rich in prebiotics and to enhance the growth of good bacteria – and even more aggressive therapies [such as fecal transplants]”

Nourish Your Microbiome, and It Will Nourish You

Two key strategies to nourish and protect your microbiome are to limit your consumption of antibiotics to when they’re absolutely necessary, and be judicious in terms of the foods you eat. Ideally, opt for whole, raw organic, non-genetically modified (GM) foods, along with traditionally fermented and cultured foods. Good examples include fermented vegetables of all kinds, including sauerkraut and kimchi, kombucha (a fermented drink), and fiber-rich prebiotic foods like jicama (Mexican yam), Jerusalem artichoke, garlic, and dandelion greens.

Avoiding confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) meats is also important, as the animals raised in these factory farms are raised on antibiotics, which changes their microbiome as well. This routine practice also promotes antibiotic-resistant bacteria that now threaten the lives of tens of thousands of Americans each year. Pesticides have also been shown to alter gut bacteria and foster drug-resist bacteria in the soil and food, so organically-grown and raised foods are really your best bet.

“These are all very relevant lifestyle choices that we can make to enhance the health and the diversity of the gut bacteria. That’s going to give us a lifelong advantage in terms of being resistant to the very diseases that we dread the most,” Dr. Perlmutter says.

“The true definition of symbiosis: we’re supporting their health and they are supporting our health. We do that by the foods that we eat. They are, as I said, commensals. We’re sharing this meal. We treat them right by eating fermented foods that are rich in probiotic bacteria and prebiotic foods that contain prebiotic types of fiber like inulin and fructooligosaccharides (FOS).

These are nutrients that enhance the growth of good bacteria with multitudes of studies indicating things like weight loss, a better control of blood sugar, and reduction of inflammation… One study came out just last month showing how children with allergic rhinitis and breathing issues have improvements by just giving them fiber to enhance the growth of healthy bacteria.”

The Link Between the Microbiome and Autoimmune Disease

Inflammation is a hallmark of autoimmune diseases such as MS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Crohn’s, and inflammatory bowel disease, just to name a few. As explained by Dr. Perlmutter, many of the factors that affect permeability of the blood-brain barrier are similar to those that affect the gut, which is why leaky gut can lead to neurological diseases as easily as it can manifest as some other form of autoimmune disorder.

The permeability of your gut lining can be measured by looking at a chemical called lipopolysaccharide (LPS), which is the covering over certain groups of bacteria in your gut. When you have higher levels of antibodies against LPS in the bloodstream, it’s a marker of leaky gut.

LPS is also in and of itself a powerful instigator of the inflammatory cascade. Higher levels of LPS in the blood dramatically increase inflammation throughout your body, including your brain. Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease, for example, are both correlated with dramatically elevated levels of LPS.

“In Brain Maker I present pretty aggressive treatments for maintaining and restoring gut health using a variety of techniques – from using probiotic enemas to even going as far as having people get fecal transplantation. And do we see success? We sure do,” Dr. Perlmutter says.

“I have a case history in Brain Maker of a young man with MS who couldn’t walk without two canes and who underwent a series of fecal transplantations in Europe, and came back and walks without any assistance whatsoever. His videotape is linked to the book and is on our site. I use the video of this man walking when I do lectures to physicians. They look at this with their jaws hanging, because again, for you and me, this was never even a consideration in medical school…

If you did pay any attention to the gut you’d become a gastroenterologist, otherwise there’d be no interest in looking at it. But it turns out that it’s relevant whether you’re a gastroenterologist, a neurologist, a psychiatrist, a joint specialist, a skin specialist, or even a cancer specialist. We’ve got to pay attention to nurturing these bacteria if we’re going to keep people healthy.”

Seven Essential Keys to Rehabilitate Your Gut, from Birth to Death

In his book, Dr. Perlmutter delves into seven essential keys for rehabilitating your gut, starting at birth.

1. Vaginal birth Do everything you can to avoid a Caesarian section. When you elect to deliver a child via Caesarian section – and there are times when it needs to be done to save the life of the mother or the baby—understand that by and large, you’re tripling the risk for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and doubling the risk for autism in your child. You’re also dramatically increasing the risk that your child will struggle with obesity, type 1 diabetes, and allergies. These are all inflammatory issues that are dramatically increased in children born via Caesarian section.Dr. Perlmutter describes a simple and elegant technique developed by researchers at Yale University, whereby an organic gauze sponge is placed in the birth canal before the mother who is going to have a C-section is given the IV antibiotics. The sponge is then removed, the antibiotics are given, and as soon as the baby is born, the sponge is placed over the baby’s face, inoculating the child with its mother’s bacteria. This could be a good adjunct anytime a Caesarian is required. Unfortunately, at present it’s unlikely you’d be able to get your doctor to do it.
2. Breastfeeding Aside from providing the most appropriate nutrients, breast feeding also affects your child’s microbiome via bacterial transfer from skin contact.
3. Antibiotics When you change your microbiome, certain groups of bacteria tend to be favored, such as the Firmicutes group. When present in excess, Firmicutes increase your risk of obesity. Animal research shows that when you change the animals’ microbiome using antibiotics, they gain weight. We also give antibiotics to cattle to make them fatter, faster. The same thing occurs in your body, which is why avoiding unnecessary antibiotics is so important.Disinfectant products like antibacterial soaps and hand gels also fall into this category and should be avoided as much as possible.
4. Refined sugar and processed fructose Sugar and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) preferentially increases the growth of pathogenic disease-causing bacteria, fungi, and yeast, so limiting the amount of refined and processed sugars in your diet is a key dietary principle for gut health.According to Dr. Perlmutter, fructose in particular promotes gut dysbiosis, and there’s also a good correlation between fructose consumption and the levels of LPS, the inflammatory marker that shows your gut is leaking.Fructose is also far more aggressive in terms of causing glycation of protein than other sugars, meaning high levels of sugar in your blood that bind to proteins. This too is correlated with leaky gut, and may explain why fructose consumption is related to increased gut permeability, and inflammatory diseases like obesity.
5. Genetically engineered foods and pesticides Avoid genetically engineered foods. As noted by Dr. Perlmutter: “Yes, there is a clear and present danger in the notion of genetically modifying the food that we share with our gut bacteria. The gut bacteria are expecting the type of food that they have been provided for a couple of million years. Suddenly, we’re introducing foods that are genetically unlike anything the human microbiome has ever seen. The research that allows the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow genetically modified food has not even considered looking at the effects of GMOs on the human microbiome.” Glyphosate, which is liberally used on genetically engineered Roundup Ready crops, and many non-organic non-GMO crops as well, has also been found to alter the human microbiome, so genetically engineered foods deliver a double assault on your gut bacteria every time you eat it.

“We’re poisoning the food that we eat. If that’s not bad enough, that’s the food we’re feeding our microbiome, which are going to determine whether we live or die,”Dr. Perlmutter says. “It’s a bit of a worry.”

6. Probiotic foods Focus on eating probiotic foods, such as fermented vegetables, sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, and kombucha (a fermented drink). A broad-spectrum probiotic supplements may also be advisable—especially if you have to take a course of antibiotics.
7. Prebiotic fiber Consume plenty of prebiotic fiber. Not all fibers are prebiotic, so not any old fiber will do the job here. Whole foods are the best. Examples include dandelion greens, which can be lightly sautéd, Mexican yam or jicama that can be chopped up raw and put in your salad.Onions and leeks are also excellent choices. These kinds of foods will allow your gut bacteria to flourish, which is the key to health, disease resistance, and longevity.

Optimal Health and Disease Prevention Begins in Your Gut

By making new choices, following the recommendations outlined above—which are not excessively complex by any means—you can rehabilitate your gut bacteria so that they will do “the heavy lifting” of preventing disease and promoting the healthy function of your body and mind.

To learn more, I highly recommend picking up a copy of Dr. Perlmutter’s NY Times bestselling book, Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain-for Life. In it you will also find plenty of references from well-respected medical journals that you can use to make more empowered choices.

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Ultimately, it’s a magnificent handbook on how to take control of your health and prevent and/or treat many diseases that are considered “incurable” from the conventional point of view, including Alzheimer’s disease and MS.

Guided Kayak Tours

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San Juan Outfitters owns the exclusive kayak launching rights at Roche Harbor. This location has access to prime killer whale waters. Kayak tours generally see a variety of unusual sea birds, harbor seals, bald eagles and tide pool critters.
Their kayak tours have a low guide-to-client ratio. This means that you will have the highest quality kayak tour and safest kayak experience.
•No kayak experience? They love to introduce people to kayaking. Our favorite is the Sunset Kayak Tour
•Camping and Kayaking – 2 day, 3 day or 5 day kayak tours
•Kayaking with orca whales – 5 hour
•Flexible kayak tour options for all ages and all abilities
•Free parking and/or free shuttle service
Both kayaking locations, Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor, offer kayak finger docks for launching. This makes it so easy to enter a kayak and get out of a kayak. No getting wet. No dragging a kayak around. All your equipment is supplied too.
Kayak tours are available mid-April through October.
Kayak tours fill right up. Select and reserve your kayak tour now – click here

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Guided Kayak Tours are a fun and exciting way to explore the waters around San Juan Island. 3 hour and 5 hour day paddles are great for a sunny afternoon!

Health Canada to Relabel Roundup Weedkiller

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By Dr. Mercola

In late March, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is the research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), published their assessment1,2,3 of the carcinogenicity of a number of organophosphate pesticides, including glyphosate.

Glyphosate was determined to be a “probable carcinogen” (Class 2A), based on “limited evidence” showing that the popular weed killer can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and lung cancer in humans, along with “convincing evidence” it can also cause cancer in animals.

Glyphosate and glyphosate formulations have also been shown to induce DNA and chromosomal damage in mammals, as well as human and animal cells in vitro.

It’s worth noting that while recent years have turned up studies raising serious questions about the safety of glyphosate, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) raised the allowable limits for glyphosate in food in 2013. And, as reported by the Institute for Science in Society:4

“The amount of allowable glyphosate in oilseed crops (except for canola and soy) went up from 20 ppm to 40 ppm, 100 000 times the amount needed to induce breast cancer cells.” [Emphasis mine]

Root and tuber vegetables (with the exception of sugar) got one of the largest boosts, with allowable residue limits being raised from 0.2 ppm to 6.0 ppm. Meanwhile, malformations in frog and chicken embryos have been documented at 2.03 ppm of glyphosate.5

Glyphosate-Contaminated Foods May Eventually Carry Cancer Warning in CA

IARC is considered the global gold standard for carcinogenicity studies, so its determination is of considerable importance.

It may even end up having a significant impact on the sale of genetically engineered (GE) foods, as the IARC is one of the five research agencies from which the OEHHA—the California agency of environmental hazards—gets its reports to declare carcinogens under Prop 65.

What this means is that in a few years’ time, foods containing glyphosate will have to have a Prop 65 Warning label to be sold in California. And since glyphosate cannot be washed off6 once sprayed on a crop, a Prop 65 label would likely have to be applied to most non-organic processed foods.

Faithful to its modus operandi, Monsanto is pursuing a retraction of the IARC’s damning report.7

Canada to ReLabel Roundup

While officially disagreeing with the IARC’s determination, after re-evaluating Roundup in partnership with the US EPA, Health Canada recently announced it will update Roundup’s label directions to reduce human and environmental exposure.

As reported by The Star,8 changes to Roundup’s label will include:

A statement that application should only be done when the potential for drift to residential or populated areas is minimal
Agricultural workers will be advised not to enter fields for 12 hours following application
An environmental hazard statement will inform users that the product can be toxic to non-targeted species
Spray buffer zones will be recommended to protect land and aquatic habitats from unintended exposure
Precautionary statements to reduce the potential for run-off of glyphosate into aquatic habitats
Roundup Also Promotes Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

Right on the heels of the IARC’s reclassification of glyphosate as a Class 2 A carcinogen, another breakthrough study9,10,11 ties Monsanto’s weed killer to the rising scourge of antibiotic resistance.

In this first of its kind study, the researchers found that commonly used herbicides promote antibiotic resistance by priming pathogens to more readily become resistant to antibiotics.

This includes Roundup, which was shown to increase the antibiotic-resistance of E. coli and Salmonella. As reported by Rodale News,12 the herbicide causes this effect by turning on a set of genes in the bacterium that just so happens to make it more resistant to antibiotics.

In a nutshell, Roundup “produces tolerance to antibiotics in the bacteria. This genetic switch-on occurs at the typical levels of exposure associated with agricultural and residential application.

It’s worth noting that both E. coli and Salmonella are commonly associated with foodborne illness outbreaks originating in factory farms where animals are typically fed a diet of genetically engineered corn and soy, which tend to be heavily contaminated with glyphosate.

The Growing Plight of Farm Workers Exposed to Toxic Chemicals

Getting back to the issue of toxicity, as many as 20,000 farm workers in the US may be sickened each year as a result of pesticide exposure. More than half are undocumented immigrants, which compounds the problem by the fact that they have no real legal recourse, and usually refuse to speak up for fear of deportation.

Mere handfuls of formal complaints are filed each year, which makes it difficult to track and evaluate the human health impacts of pesticide exposure. As previously reported by Mother Jones:13

“’The system in place to address pesticide exposure is horrible. It’s dysfunctional,’ said Caitlin Berberich, an attorney with Southern Migrant Legal Services, a Nashville nonprofit that provides free legal services to farmworkers in six Southern states…

Some top state regulators agree the full toll of pesticides on farmworkers is not documented. Yet reforms requiring more complete disclosure of pesticide use have been caught up in EPA red tape…

The EPA ‘estimates that 10,000-20,000 physician-diagnosed pesticide poisonings occur each year among the approximately 2 million US agricultural workers,’ federal records show… No one, the EPA included, has a full picture of the problem.

An EPA slideshow report14 in 2006, for instance, opened with a question: How many occupational pesticide incidents are there each year in the United States?

The slide listed multiple possibilities, from 1,300 to 300,000. Each number could be true, the report said—it just depends upon the source… This uncertainty… can carry real consequences.

As its slide noted, the lack of accurate information ‘inhibits clear problem identification.’ Advocates say the dearth of information triggers another problem: It’s hard to hold government and industry accountable when there is no benchmark from which to judge.”

As noted by Think Progress,15 while there’s a shortage of studies showing the effects of pesticide exposure on farmworkers, effects ranging from vomiting and skin rashes to leukemia, brain cancer, birth defects, and nerve damage have been reported.

With regards to glyphosate, drinking water contaminated with glyphosate and spraying glyphosate on rice fields without protective gear has been linked to chronic kidney disease.16

Environmental Causes May Account for 90 Percent of Diseases

According to Joseph E. Pizzorno,17 founding president of Bastyr University, co-author of the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine and The Clinician’s Handbook of Natural Medicine, and former advisor to President Clinton on complementary and alternative medicines, toxins in the modern food supply are now “a major contributor to.

In some cases the cause of, virtually all chronic diseases.” Dr. David Bellinger, a professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School has expressed similar concerns. According to his estimates, Americans have lost a total of 16.9 million IQ points due to exposure to organophosphate pesticides.18 Pizzorno believes pesticides may also play a significant role in the worldwide obesity epidemic, saying:

“Researchers are now finding such a strong connection between the body load of these chemicals [contaminating the food supply] and diabetes and obesity that they are being called ‘diabetogens’ and ‘obesogens’.”

Pizzorno also points out that our modern food supply (most of which is heavily processed) also hampers your body’s detoxification process as a result of being deficient in key nutrients. An interesting admission and change of thought expressed on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) webpage on exposomics19 is the fact that, conversely to what researchers originally thought, the vast majority of diseases do NOT appear to have a genetic origin. According to the CDC:

“One of the promises of the human genome project was that it could revolutionize our understanding of the underlying causes of disease and aid in the development of preventions and cures for more diseases. Unfortunately, genetics has been found to account for only about 10% of diseases, and the remaining causes appear to be from environmental causes. So to understand the causes and eventually the prevention of disease, environmental causes need to be studied.”

How to Reduce Your Family’s Exposure to Pesticides

As noted by Pizzorno, your toxic load is closely linked to your diet, as so many of the chemicals we’re exposed to on a daily basis are contaminants in foods and/or its packaging. Non-organic processed foods will expose you to the greatest amounts of chemicals and potential toxins, including pesticides and genetically engineered organisms (GMOs), but virtually all non-organic whole foods will tend to be contaminated with pesticides to some degree as well. To reduce your family’s exposure to pesticides and other toxic chemicals, consider the following advice:

Buy organic fruits and vegetables. Non-organic fruits and vegetables most likely to be grown using pesticides include apples, peaches, celery, and potatoes. For a full list of the most and least contaminated produce, please see the Environmental Working Group’s shopper’s guide to pesticides.20
Add fermented foods to your diet. The lactic acid bacteria formed during the fermentation of kimchi may help your body break down pesticides, so including fermented foods can be a wise strategy to help your body’s natural detoxification processes. Pizzorno also recommends making sure you’re getting enough fiber in your diet, as it too plays an important role in detoxification.
Choose seafood wisely. Opt for low-mercury fish varieties, such as wild caught Alaskan salmon, anchovies, and sardines, and avoid farm-raised fish, which are often heavily contaminated with PCBs and mercury. To optimize your omega-3, you may also consider taking a krill oil supplement.
Filter your tap water. Municipal water supplies can be contaminated with any number of potential toxins, so filtering your water is always a wise idea. Be particularly mindful of avoiding fluoridated water when preparing infant formula.
Replace your non-stick pots and pans with ceramic or glass cookware.
Avoid plastic food containers, bottles, and mugs. Instead, opt for glass, ceramic, or stainless steel varieties.
Avoid using dangerous chemicals on your lawn. If you have a lawn care service, make sure they’re not using organophosphate pesticides.
Check your school’s/employer’s pest control policy. If they have not already done so, encourage your school district/employer to move to Integrated Pest Management, which uses less toxic alternatives.
Switch to organic personal care products, and avoid using artificial air fresheners, dryer sheets, fabric softeners, or other synthetic fragrances. Any product containing “fragrance” will typically contain high levels of endocrine-disrupting phthalates.

What Are GMOs?

GMOs are a product of genetic engineering, meaning their genetic makeup has been altered to induce a variety of “unique” traits to crops, such as making them drought-resistant or giving them “more nutrients.” GMO proponents claim that genetic engineering is “safe and beneficial,” and that it advances the agricultural industry. They also say that GMOs help ensure the global food supply and sustainability. But is there any truth to these claims? I believe not. For years, I’ve stated the belief that GMOs pose one of the greatest threats to life on the planet. Genetic engineering is NOT the safe and beneficial technology that it is touted to be.

Help Support GMO Labeling

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)—Monsanto’s Evil Twin—is pulling out all the stops to keep you in the dark about what’s in your food. For nearly two decades, Monsanto and corporate agribusiness have exercised near-dictatorial control over American agriculture. For example, Monsanto has made many claims that glyphosate in Roundup is harmless to animals and humans. However, recently the World Health Organization (WHO) had their research team test glyphosate and have labeled it a probable carcinogen.
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Public opinion around the biotech industry’s contamination of our food supply and destruction of our environment has reached the tipping point. We’re fighting back. That’s why I was the first to push for GMO labeling. I donated a significant sum to the first ballot initiative in California in 2012, which inspired others to donate to the campaign as well. We technically “lost the vote, but we are winning the war, as these labeling initiatives have raised a considerable amount of public awareness.

The insanity has gone far enough, which is why I encourage you to boycott every single product owned by members of the GMA, including natural and organic brands. More than 80 percent of our support comes from individual consumers like you, who understand that real change comes from the grassroots.

Thankfully, we have organizations like the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) to fight back against these junk food manufacturers, pesticide producers, and corporate giants.

Internet Resources Where You Can Learn More

Non-GMO Shopping Guide
GMA Boycott List
GMA Traitor Brands
Together, Let’s Help OCA Get The Funding They Deserve

Let’s Help OCA get the funding it deserves. I have found very few organizations who are as effective and efficient as OCA. It’s a public interest organization dedicated to promoting health justice and sustainability. A central focus of the OCA is building a healthy, equitable, and sustainable system of food production and consumption. That’s why I’m proud to announce I will be matching donations up to $250,000 this week.

Please make a donation to help OCA fight for GMO labeling.

Donate Today!

Kayaking-It’s That Time

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Kayak GroupSan Juan Outfitters owns the exclusive kayak launching rights at Roche Harbor. This location has access to prime killer whale waters. Kayak tours generally see a variety of unusual sea birds, harbor seals, bald eagles and tide pool critters.
Their kayak tours have a low guide-to-client ratio. This means that you will have the highest quality kayak tour and safest kayak experience.
•No kayak experience? They love to introduce people to kayaking. Our favorite is the Sunset Kayak Tour
•Camping and Kayaking – 2 day, 3 day or 5 day kayak tours
•Kayaking with orca whales – 5 hour
•Flexible kayak tour options for all ages and all abilities
•Free parking and/or free shuttle service
Both kayaking locations, Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor, offer kayak finger docks for launching. This makes it so easy to enter a kayak and get out of a kayak. No getting wet. No dragging a kayak around. All your equipment is supplied too.
Kayak tours are available mid-April through October.
Kayak tours fill right up. Select and reserve your kayak tour now – click here

Kayak Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

San Juan Island’s Premier Kayaking Tour Company
Specializing in high quality sea kayak tours. San Juan Outfitters is known for its low guide to guest ratio kayak tours. That includes the whale tours by kayak, day kayak tours and overnight kayak -camping tours.

San Juan Outfitters owns the exclusive kayak facilities at Roche Harbor, San Juan Island and
kayak facilities in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. This means that you will depart from custom designed kayak finger docks that make entering and exiting your boat easy. No more dragging your kayak down a beach or getting wet. We make it easy, safe and accessible for everyone.

Kayak Day Tour

Kayak tours that are 3-hours can expect to see a wide range of marine life including harbor seals, harbor and dalls porpoise, and beautiful marine invertebrates.

Sometimes a whale or dolphins appear. When the tide is right you can feast your eyes on the colors and shapes of the tide pool critters. Family kayak tours are offered also. The 3-hour trip is a condensed route. Our guides have extensive experience with kids.

These tours depart from the best locations in the San Juan Islands. The specially designed finger kayak docks make it a snap to enter and exit your kayak. San Juan Outfitters is known for their engaging and professional kayak guides.

kayak guide off san juan island

San Juan Island Kayak with Whales

Kayak with the opportunity to see whales! This tour takes off in the whale rich waters off the west side of San Juan Island. The whale watch by kayak is a 5-hour tour. Along with all the uncommonl sea birds, seals and birds flying overhead, you have a good chance of watching an orca whale. This is a safe situation as our guides are knowledgeable and trained to maneuver safely around whales and marine mammals in the San Juan Islands.. Also offered is the 5-hour “Whale Sanctuary Tour” departing from the south west side of San Juan Island at the County Park.

kayaking with killer whales san juan island

San Juan Island Kayak Camping Trips

The ultimate sea kayak vacation! Join us for an overnight 2-day kayak trip, 3- day kayak trip, or customized private kayaking-camping trip 2 to 5 days. Exciting vacation kayak camping trips are great for singles, couples or families with kids. Overnight kayaking camping tours can be a great way to experience Mother Nature and enjoy being outside under the stars.

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San Juan Island Family Kayak Tours

Get the kids up and moving and off the devices with family kayaking trips.. Enjoy a real bonding experience that the family will never forget. San Juan Outfitters has a variety of family packages including:
• 2-day family kayaking trips for those who just would like to give it a try
• 3-day family kayaking trips for delving into the kayaking and camping experience.
For longer family kayaking trips or large families, let San Juan Outfitters design aprivate custom family kayak tour just for you! Phone or email us to learn more about our custom packages, designed around desired length, age, and ability level.

kayaking kid smiling with family on tour

San Juan Island Whale Watch Tours by Boat

Whale sightings on over 90% of our tours! See orca whales in the wild. Sit comfortably on a 45 foot- long whale watch boat with a walk-around deck, inside cabin and bathroom. Other whales around San Juan Island are Humpback Whales and Minke Whales. We also can see Dalls Porpoise and Harbor Porpoise. Whale Watching tours also see Bald Eagles, Harbor Seals and many exceptional sea birds.
We also offer private whale watch tours and private boat charters. Water taxi service is provided between the San Juan Islands and also Canada.

Best Summer Lake Vacations

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Best Summer Lake Vacation Spots in North America

»Washington State – Lakedale Resort

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Best Summer Lake Vacation Spots in North America

Best Summer Lake Vacation Spots in North America. Voted in the top 20 Nation wide, this well deserved honor goes to Lakedale Resort. Offering a perfect blend of outdoor camping and resort luxury, Lakedale Resort is a one-of-a-kind experience on the scenic island of San Juan in Washington. Nestled on the banks of Three Lakes surrounded by acres of pristine forest, this charming resort is accessible by ferry or floatplane from Seattle, and promises an unforgettable getaway. The resort features a variety of accommodation options, ranging from a modern hotel with deluxe facilities, cozy log cabins for a real wilderness experience and chic canvas camping cabins for a unique ‘glamping’-style stay. Amenities include comfortable décor, log fireplaces in the cabins, crisp linen, lovely en-suite bathrooms and beautiful lake and forest views. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of outdoor fun, including swimming, fishing, and canoeing on one of the three tranquil lakes, or can head further afield for other adventures such as sea kayaking, whale watching, salt-water fishing, wine tasting, and local artisan tours around the island. Cabins start at $179 per night in the summer (website)

On 82-acres, this San Juan Island resort, Lakedale, has  three spring-fed water lakes.  Mature fir trees cover the property. Grass areas are perfect for picnicking and volley ball. Lakedale Resort is an ideal San Juan Island vacation.   This island  resort is nestled between Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor. So convenient.

  • Three lakes on 82 gorgeous acres
  • Outdoor fire ring with a grill and a picnic table
  • Conveniently located between Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor
  • Secluded waterfront campsites
  • Log Cabins
  • Splendid hotel rooms

San Juan Island’s best Resort features a variety of accommodation options. In the main resort lodge there are  10 northwest styled hotel rooms. Guests staying in the hotel receive a complimentary breakfast. There are also individual Log Cabins (pet friendly). Other options are  a  3-bedroom home called the Lakehouse, and a 1978 Excella Airstream trailer.

Canvas cabins with comfy beds,which are called ‘Glamping’ are available from May 1 through September 30. There are 16 glamp sites. Lakedale Resort’s canvas cabins were featured in Sunset Magazine’s glamping issue. The article noted that “Lakedale blends just the right amount of outdoor camping with a resort-like ambiance.”

VOTE NOW-FOR “THE BEST OF”

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If you’ve already voted for us: please accept our sincere thanks!

If you haven’t yet cast a ballot: you’ve only got today and tomorrow to do so!

If you’ve forgotten what it is we’re talking about: have a look below . . .

The Island Inn at 123 West has been nominated once again INN Evening Magazine’s annual BEST Northwest Escapes contest for BEST Luxury Hotel and we would sure love to win…again! You can help us in three easy steps:

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All the best,

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The Island Inn at 123 West
123 West Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
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By ferry

By ferryYou’ll see us as soon as the captain lets you know your next stop is Friday Harbor. As you disembark the ferry by vehicle, foot or bicycle, follow the flow of traffic to the right. Stay to the right through the roundabout (most everyone else will go left) and look for the large water tank with the 1-2-3 sign painted on. We’ll be on Front Street next to the entry to our by-reservation parking garage excited to meet you.

By float plane

By float planeYou’ll totally see us from the sky! Stroll up the docks toward land after splashing inn. When you make it to the Port of Friday Harbor offices, follow the sidewalk to the left. You’ll see our Inn and large water tank with a 1-2-3 painted on to your right. We’ll meet you on Front Street next to the entry to our by-reservation parking garage.

By wheels plane

By wheels planeWestwind Aviation, Kenmore Air and Northwest Sky Ferry all land at the same strip. Though you can walk down to the inn from the airport, the trek is several blocks so we recommend you line up some sort of help. We’re happy to arrange a ride for you or scoop you up ourselves – just ask.

Getting around without bringing your car

Getting around without bringing your car

  • M and W Auto

    Wendy and her team are happy to outfit you with the right vehicle for your San Juan Island getaway.

  • San Juan Transit

    Dan and his buses are a really inexpensive and green way to see the island. Just be sure to check the schedule both to and from your destination.

  • Susie’s Mopeds

    Susie and her crew will set you up inn style with a scoot car or moped – both are way too much fun.

  • The Scenic Byway

    See Washington’s newest scenic byway … without your car! Get the San Juan Islands scenic byway summer explorer pass

Lakedale-Best Camping

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Just received our copy of Seattle magazine in the mail and guess who is gracing the front cover? Lakedale! Pick up a copy of the May issue and take a peek at the great camping and glamping options we offer. Then make a reservation today at http://www.lakedale.com/

San Juan Island’s best Resort features a variety of accommodation options. In the main resort lodge there are 10 northwest styled hotel rooms. Guests staying in the hotel receive a complimentary breakfast. There are also individual Log Cabins (pet friendly). Other options are a 3-bedroom home called the Lakehouse, and a 1978 Excella Airstream trailer.
Canvas cabins with comfy beds,which are called ‘Glamping’ are available from May 1 through September 30. There are 16 glamp sites. Lakedale Resort’s canvas cabins were featured in Sunset Magazine’s glamping issue. The article noted that “Lakedale blends just the right amount of outdoor camping with a resort-like ambiance.”
Have your own camping gear? Camping spots are available for those who have all their own camping gear. The Lakedale Campground provides three swimming areas, paddle boats, row boats, and canoe rentals, as well as fishing in the stocked lakes. (A fishing permit purchase required.) There are three different camping style sites to choose from.
RV’ers will love Lakedale. RV’s up to 40 feet long can be accommodated on the property.
Click here for the photo gallery of rooms and the resort.