The FireStarter ~ Winter 2016

Volume 32, Issue 1


A Co-op Call For Artists

The Tonasket Natural Foods Co-op is seeking proposals for an ART INSTALLATION. We have a $500 allowance available that the board would like to present to an artist.

1. VISIT the Tonasket Natural Foods Coop at 21 W. 4th Street in Tonasket, 988552
2. VISUALIZE where your art would enhance the Co-op's indoor or outdoor space
3. SUBMIT your proposal to the Co-op Board *via EMAIL to: slanigan @
--INCLUDE: size, dimensions, medium, sketch and description
--DEADLINE: Please submit before JULY 14th, 2016 EXTENDED to September! :-)

* Please only correspond directly with the board. Our wonderful Co-op store staff are busy serving our community.

Good luck to all! We will contact the winning artist. The finished piece becomes the property of the Co-op, and they receive the right to display or remove the piece.

Follow us at

New and Noteworthy at the Co-op

Even though there is not a lot new and notable in the retail areas of the Co-op, it’s always refreshing to see new faces helping staff the store, as well as a familiar face we haven’t seen in a while!

Freya Bradbury is back at work part time, after taking maternity leave since late fall of last year. Her presence at the till and throughout the store is a welcome sight!

We have also hired two new staff members, Catherine Miller and Chance Painter. Catherine has been a Co-op member and a volunteer for quite some time. Chance, who hails from Oklahoma, has lived in this area since last year.

Both Catherine and Chance bring with them a cheery disposition and a strong interest in the natural foods field. Welcome to them both!

Get Your Hands Dirty!

Recent studies have identified key environmental triggers for two important chemicals that boost our immune system and keep us happy -- serotonin and dopamine. As often experienced by local farmers and gardeners, the environmental triggers happen in the garden when you handle the soil and harvest your crops.

According to research, getting your hands dirty in the garden can increase your serotonin levels. Contact with soil and a specific soil bacteria, mycobacterium vaccae, triggers the release of serotonin in our brain. Serotonin is a happy chemical, a natural anti-depressant and strengthens the immune system. Lack of serotonin in the brain causes depression.

Another interesting bit of research relates to the release of dopamine in the brain when we harvest from the garden. The researchers figure that this response evolved over nearly 200,000 years of hunter gathering, that when food was found (gathered or hunted) a flush of dopamine released in the reward center of brain triggered a state of bliss or mild euphoria. The dopamine release can be triggered by sight (seeing a fruit or berry) and smell, as well as by the action of actually plucking the fruit.

Look for the SALES throughout the Co-op, displayed with white shelf tags below the items. Current Tonasket Co-op Members receive special discounts on these products.

Some are one-time deals, some are monthly sales, and others are introductory promotions. Price tags show member prices and non-member prices, with the sales being for our Co-op Members only.

Bentonite Colon Cleanse – Spring Cleaning For Your Body

-reprinted from the Spring Firestarter 2013

Effective colon cleansing is helpful for the maintenance of vibrant health. It achieves a number of goals:

A good general goal is to do some form of colon cleansing twice a year, each spring and fall. It is a wonderful way to honor and care for your body in keeping with the rhythms of nature.

Bentonite clay
Liquid chlorophyll
Concentrated aloe vera juice
Psyllium hulls/husks
Organic apple juice or other non-citrus juice
Purified water
16-oz jar or larger, with a tight fitting lid

The Co-op carries everything you need to do this cleanse!

Mix six ounces of the fruit juice with six ounces of purified water for a total of twelve ounces of fluid. Add to this one-tablespoon each of aloe juice concentrate, psyllium hulls, liquid chlorophyll and the bentonite.

Cover the jar, and shake this mixture well, making sure the bentonite is well dissolved. You might need to smoosh the clay against the sides of the jar a few times to help break it apart sufficiently. It is important to drink the solution within five minutes or else it will begin to thicken into a pudding while still in the glass. The goal is to have it thicken into a nice pudding while in your intestinal tract.

It’s best to take this colon cleanse drink on an empty stomach a half an hour or more before breakfast. The bentonite will tend to absorb anything in the intestines, so don’t take supplements at the same time because they will not be well assimilated.

While on the cleanse, it’s a helpful to stop drinking coffee and alcohol, but not essetial, so your body can better focus its energies on cleansing. It is also important to drink at least ten eight-ounce glasses of purified water a day to help flush out the colon. You should be having a minimum of one bowel movement per day on the cleanse, If need be, you can take a mild laxative at bedtime to keep everything moving along.

Do this cleanse every morning for at least twelve days, though three to four weeks is optimal. It’s a good idea to take a probiotic supplement each evening with dinner or before bed because the cleanse moves everything out of the colon including beneficial bacteria. This can also be accomplished with a plain (non-sweetened) yogurt or kefir.

While on this cleanse eat an abundance of raw foods that are rich in enzymes, vitamins, minerals and lots of fiber that all enhance cleansing in addition to repairing strengthening and building tissue.

This colon cleanse is gentle, safe and very effective. A blood cleansing tea or a liver cleanser can be taken several times a day to enhance the overall detoxification process.

This cleanse comes from The Path of Empowerment by Barbara Marciniak. Another excellent book is The Liver-Cleansing Diet by Sandra Cabot. It has an effective and easy 8-week liver cleanse program, and also includes 12 basic principles for keeping the liver healthy and strong.

The Skinny on Toothpaste

from Organic

Are There Toxic Chemicals in Your Dentifrice? Toothpastes, even “natural” toothpastes, vary greatly in the ingredients they contain, some of which are questionable or potentially toxic. This is alarming when one considers that the mouth membrane is one of the most absorbent areas of the body, and that the average American will use about 20 gallons of toothpaste over her lifetime. Children are vulnerable to an even greater risk of exposure.

Help is needed to decode the hard-to-understand toothpaste ingredient labels, so Cornucopia is developing a new tool to do just that. The report, slated for release this spring, will discuss specific ingredients to avoid – such as carrageenan – and will include a web-based buyer’s guide to help consumers make educated decisions when buying dental hygiene products.

Toothpastes are divided into two broad categories. One includes mass market brands, such as Crest®, Colgate®, Arm & Hammer®, Aquafresh®, Ultra Brite®, Sensodyne®, etc. The second contains the premium toothpastes, including those marketed as “natural.”

The use of “natural” ingredients in a toothpaste product does not necessarily imply that the highest-quality and healthiest ingredients were used across the entire brand, nor does it ensure the product is free from unnecessary or potentially dangerous additives. However, some excellent options exist that use organic ingredients and shun synthetic additives.

When it comes to choosing among the many natural types of toothpaste available, it is a challenge to wade through the list of difficult-to-pronounce ingredients and exaggerated health claims made by the industry.

A number of “Natural” toothpaste manufacturers use the same synthetic ingredients (usually petrochemicals) that are commonly used in mass-marketed toothpastes. These may include: sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), triclosan, formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, natural flavors, carrageenan, and fluoride, among others.

Toothpastes are considered cosmetics and, as such, are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).

The cosmetics title of the FFDCA, which has not been amended significantly since it was enacted more than 75 years ago, provides virtually no power to perform even the most rudimentary functions to ensure the safety of the estimated $71 billion cosmetic industry.

The FDA lacks authority to make sure cosmetic products and ingredients are safe; thus, regulatory weakness and loopholes allow for the use of questionable ingredients in personal care products that could negatively impact the health of users.

In fact, according to the FDA, “Cosmetics products and ingredients do not need FDA approval before they go on the market. The one exception is color additives, which must be approved for their intended use.”

The FDA restricts or prohibits only 11 ingredients for use in cosmetics. In stark contrast, the European Union prohibits over 1,300 and restricts more than 250.

In effect, cosmetics are regulated by the free market. If enough concerns are expressed by consumers, accompanied by decreased sales and, perhaps, the initiation of legal actions, a company may move to modify or remove an ingredient from its products.

Though most such problematic ingredients are found only in small quantities in toothpastes, consider the following: The mouth mucosa is extremely effective at absorbing chemicals; that is why some medications are administered sublingually (under the tongue), where they directly enter the blood, bypassing the gastro-intestinal tract and initial liver metabolism.

We are continuously exposed to a mixture of potentially toxic chemicals everyday via the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Do we really want to add to our overall exposure by using toothpastes that contain potentially dangerous chemicals? Many of these compounds have not been thoroughly tested, or have only been tested individually. Synergistically, these compounds may be more toxic than they are individually.

When The Cornucopia Institute publishes their planned report the Firestarter will include it in our current issue, so be sure to watch for it. The Co-op has a wide selection of natural toothpaste; we strive to sell only the purest and non-chemical varieties. Come in and see what we offer.

EWG's New 2016 Guide
To Pesticides In Your Produce
The Clean Fifteen
1. avocados, 2. corn, 3. pineapples, 4. cabbage, 5. sweet peas frozen, 6. onions, 7. asparagus, 8. mangoes, 9. papayas, 10. kiwi, 11. eggplant, 12. honeydew melon, 13. grapefruit, 14. cantaloupe, 15. cauliflower

The Dirty Dozen
1. strawberries, 2. apples, 3. nectarines, 4. peaches, 5. celery, 7. cherries, 8. spinach, 9. tomatoes, 10. sweet bell peppers, 11. cherry tomatoes, 12. cucumbers

The Environmental Working Group ( publishes “The Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” Fruits and Vegetables annually, showing pesticide residue tested on conventional produce. The lists run from top to bottom, with strawberries being the dirtiest and avocados being the cleanest.

While the Co-op sells certified organic produce as well as select local produce grow with organic methods and standards, we encourage people to refer to this chart and make informed, healthy purchasing decisions.

Some of the Many Uses for Organic Coconut Oil

How Much Coconut Oil Should I Consume Daily? According to Dr. David Jockers the number of tablespoons for your body weight is:
50 pounds use 1-1/2 tablespoons per day
75 pounds use 2 tablespoons per day
100 pounds use 2-1/2 tablespoons per day
125 pounds use 3 tablespoons per day
175+ pounds use 4+ tablespoons per day

Co-op Board of Directors meets on the THIRD MONDAY of each month, at 6:00 pm . in the North Valley Hospital Board Room in Tonasket, at 126 S Whitcomb, in the Administration Building. (subject to change)


This edition of the Co-op News was edited by River Jones,
and published as a service to the members of the Tonasket Natural Foods Co-op.

Letters and articles are welcome from members.
Please email your submission for consideration to us at .

Newsletter editor and store management will review all submitted articles to determine suitability for publication.

Co-op Board of Directors:
Sunny Lanigan, Chair
Cassandra Schuler, Vice Chair
Ron Jones-Edwards, Secretary
Aaron Kester
Szarka Carter
Your Name Here???(There is an opening)