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This is part 1 of the third program with biodynamic agriculture educator, Glen Atkinson. The topic is How Steiner's Medical Lectures inform his Agriculture Lectures.

If you are not familiar with Rudolf Steiner and biodynamics or have no motivation as a biodynamic practitioner to gain deep insights into the basic principles of biodynamic agriculture, then there is no reason to listen to this particular lecture series.

This is a very heady program. As you will hear, Glen leaves me behing in the first 10 minutes and this is no reflection on Glen as a teacher. It's the topic, which for me, who, for example, is still traumatized by high school chemistry class, is hard to wrap the mind around ( or is it open the mind to? )

Any, if you are going to schlog forward, Glen has provided some PowerPoint style graphics for this topic. They are at the show notes at bdnow.org. He has also provided a copy of his paper on Equisetum, which is referenced in the lecture. It will give you a good idea of the concepts in this lecture in practice. The paper is also at the show notes for this episode at bdnow.org

Remember, if listening to this podcast brings up any questions, you can ask those questions in the "reply" section of the show notes of this episode. Glen will be directly answering your questions posted there. If you're planning on going this deeply into a biodynamic practice, you owe it to yourself and, frankly, others who will read your question and Glen's response, to take advantage of this opportunity.

As always, if you appreciate what we are trying to accomplish with these podcasts on producing food of the highest nutritional quality, please leave a positive comment at the end of the show notes AND PLEASE rate us with maximum stars at Itunes or which ever podcast distributer you use.

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Our Guest today is New Zealand Astrologer, Gardener, Herbalist, Homeopath and Philosopher - Glen Atkinson, who has developed the agricultural and medical work of Rudolf Steiner into a rational and secular approach of being with nature while staying true to Dr Steiner's energetic indications.

In this episode Glen discusses Rudolf Steiner's natal chart and aspects of his biography.

Glen began working with Steiner's indications in 1976 and has made developments in several fields. His innovation and understanding of Steiner have come from recognizing the fundamental similarity between the traditional Astrological world view and Steiner's suggestions. Then, from experimentation and observation, a simple yet innovative theory of manifestation - The Atkinson Conjecture - has become the basis for many practical activities.

Glen is founder of on-line The Biodynamic College The ONLY college on the planet, where the whole of Dr Steiner’s ‘Agriculture Course’ can be fully understood.

The show notes for today's conversation and more presentations by Glen Atkinson are at bdnow.org If you appreciate hearing programs on topics as valuable as this one, please take the time to leave The Biodynamics Now! Podcast a positive review on iTunes or at least stop by bdnow.org and say 'Hi' in a comment.

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Category:Conversation -- posted at: 8:22am EST

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INTEGRATIVE PHYSICIAN DR ROBIN MILLER  is the author, along with Dave Kahn, of "HEALED Health and Wellness for the 21st Century Wisdom, Secrets and Fun from the Leading Edge."

Integrative medicine uses conventional medicine and natural medicine as needed to heal patients. Dr Miller makes more use of prescription medicine than other healers we've had on Biodynamics NOW! PODCAST but she does it in a personalized way. What makes this 21st century medicine is she is able to use relatively inexpensive genetic testing to tailor effective prescriptions for the individual patient's constitution rather than use powerful drugs in a one-size-fits-all manner, which often promotes side-effects more than it does healing.

She's also all about bringing fun into healing. In this program she extolls the virtues of coffee, chocolate and ballroom dancing as part of a path of dynamic healing and wellness

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

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Welcome to Episode 43 of the Biodynamics Now! Investigative Farming and Restorative Nutrition podcast. Your host is Allan Balliett Today's guest is Elvira DiBrigit, author of "Why We Farm: Stories from Farmers of the Copay valley." An expert in sustainable living and farming, Elvira has profiled more than a dozen small, family farms in Northern California's Copay Valley in an insightful collection that shines a spotlight on the challenges and rewards of independent farming in the 21st century.

Capay Valley is a narrow slice of farmland nestled in the mountains of Northern California, just north of Napa. The area is home to more than 60 organic farms, one of the highest concentrations in the country. The rich soil produced by the rivers and creeks in the area provides ideal conditions for wine, fruits and vegetables and a booming olive oil crop

In 2000 Elvira Di'Brigit moved her family to Capay Valley, where her passionate interest in sustainable living took hold. While teaching she explored curricula surrounding farming, environmental preservation and nutrition - all in support of sustainable living. She is the editor of CapayValleyGrown.net and the author of WHY WE FARM. She also serves on the organizing committee for the Hoes Down Harvest Festival, a fund-raiser for the Ecological Farming Association. Elvira holds a BA in international relations from UC Davis, a teaching credential and a Waldorf/Steiner Teaching Certificate. She lives in Rumsey, CA with her husband and 3 children. An expert in sustainable living and farming, Elvira has profiled more than a dozen small, family farms in an insightful collection that shines a spotlight on the challenges and rewards of independent farming in the 21st century. The small/family farm was becoming an anachronism two decades ago, but the surge of public interest in organic and "locally-grown" food has inspired a new generation to explore farming and self-sustainability. The Capay Valley farming culture is a phenomenal example of how this once dying profession has taken on new life; Elvira Di'Brigit and her book, WHY WE FARM: Stories from Farmers of The Capay Valley, highlight the diversity of business models that have brought success to a myriad of 21st century farm. Capay Valley is a narrow slice of farmland nestled in the mountains of Northern California, just north of Napa. The area is home to more than 60 organic farms, one of the highest concentrations in the country. The rich soil produced by the rivers and creeks in the area provides ideal conditions for wine, fruits and vegetables and a booming olive oil crop. From Full Belly Farm – a 350 acre farm founded in 1985 as a pioneer in organic and sustainable farming – to the tiny 1 acre Cache Creek Lavender Farm, the farmers in the Capay Valley are a microcosm of 21st century sustainability and provide the lion's share of organic and toxin-free food and product to San Francisco's booming farm-to-table restaurants and neighborhood farmers' markets.

Elvira Di'Brigit has investigated and chronicled the production of real food while living in farming communities throughout Northern California and Hawaii. She and her family moved to the Capay Valley seventeen years ago and Elvira began teaching the children of local farmers, which allowed her to gain an insider’s view of farming as a business.

Direct download: BDNOW043ElviraDiBridgitWhyWeFarm.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:42am EST

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Even though Rudolf Steiner told us that malignant beings use the moment of a total eclipse to pass from the moon to Earth, Biodynamic astrologer Glen Atkinson is optimistic that Monday's eclipse could have a positive effect on what's currently going on here on Earth.

Welcome to a special episode of the Biodynmiacs Now! Investigative Farming and Restorative Nutrition podcast. Your host is Allan Balliett

Today we are going to discuss the August 21 Full Eclipse of the Sun from a Steiner perspective with New Zealand Astrologer, Gardener, Herbalist, Homeopath and Philosopher - Glen Atkinson, has developed the agricultural and medical work of Rudolf Steiner into a rational and secular approach of being with nature while staying true to Dr Steiner's energetic indications.

Glen began working with Steiner's indications in 1976 and has made developments in several fields. His innovation and understanding of Steiner have come from recognising the fundamental similiarity between the traditional Astrological world view and Steiner's suggestions. Then, from experimentation and observation, a simple yet innovative theory of manifestation - The Atkinson Conjecture - has become the basis for many practical activities.

Glen is founder of on-line The Biodynamic College The ONLY college on the planet, where the whole of Dr Steiner’s ‘Agriculture Course’ can be fully understood.

The show notes for today's conversation are at bdnow.org

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Category:Conversation -- posted at: 6:16pm EST

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Welcome to episode 41 of the Biodynmiacs Now! Investigative Farming and Restorative Nutrition podcast. Your host is Allan Balliett Our Guest today is New Zealand Astrologer, Gardener, Herbalist, Homeopath and Philosopher - Glen Atkinson, who has developed the agricultural and medical work of Rudolf Steiner into a rational and secular approach of being with nature while staying true to Dr Steiner's energetic indications.

Glen began working with Steiner's indications in 1976 and has made developments in several fields. His innovation and understanding of Steiner have come from recognising the fundamental similiarity between the traditional Astrological world view and Steiner's suggestions. Then, from experimentation and observation, a simple yet innovative theory of manifestation - The Atkinson Conjecture - has become the basis for many practical activities.

Glen is founder of on-line The Biodynamic College The ONLY college on the planet, where the whole of Dr Steiner’s ‘Agriculture Course’ can be fully understood. The show notes for today's conversation are at bdnow.org If you appreciate hearing programs on topics as valueable as this one, please take the time to leave The Biodynamics Now! podcast a positive review on iTunes or at least stop by bdnow.org and say 'hi' in a comment.

 

Table of Contents (Thank you, Gina O'Connor!)

2.26 Who is Glen Atkinson? Atkinson's applications of Rudolf Steiner's medical teachings to homeopathy and agriculture 5.00 All illnesses are derived from energetic problems or imbalances stemming from four aspects: Spirit, Astral, Physical and Etheric. 5.30 Energetic problems causing illnesses can be cured through preparation of plants and chemical compounds made into "energetic" preparations. These can also cure imbalances in the soil and be used for bird control, plant growth stimulants, frost protection, etc. 7.56 Atkinson's Expansion on Steiner's list for Energetic Preparations for Agriculture, the Environment and Human Health. 13.05 Atkinson and his work on Homeopathic Water-based Sprays to Eliminate Odor from Fertilizers and Improve their Quality. 16.47 Mother Tinctures and Dilution Efficacy and Use 19.40 Spraying Plants vs Treating the Roots 22.03 Agrihomeopathy vs the Biodynamic Approach and Steiner's Research 27.17 How to control Harlequin bugs 31.48 The Periodic Table and the Importance of using Spheres aligned with the North Magnetic Pole 37.03 How to Use a Sphere to Collect the Energy of an Element for Healing Imbalances 41.20 The Use of Younger Plants vs Older Plants for Making Preparations 42.38 Radionics Pros and Cons 45.40 Atkinson's Views on using Techniques like Dowsing for Creating Preparations 48.17 Homeopathic Formulators 50.24 Tests for Salt accumulation as a radionic potentizer using the earth's magnetic field 52.40 Tips for the collection methods of radionic potentizers from Atkinson's website using spherical diagrams 54.00 Websites for Biodynamic Movements such as "Adopt an Octagon" and others 58.07 Atkinson and his Creation of a Biodynamic College teaching Energy Sciences 1.01 Invitation for another interview with Atkinson focusing on "Who is Rudolf Steiner?" and more about Glen Atkinson's books

Direct download: BDNow042GlenAtkinsonBiodynamicTeacher.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 7:06am EST

An explosive exposé of the man and the ideas behind the well-heeled right's relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, change the Constitution, and curb democratic majority rule
 
DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America By Nancy MacLean


“An erudite, searing portrait of how the late political economist James McGill Buchanan (1919–2013) and his deep-pocketed conservative allies have reshaped—and undermined—American democracy…. A thoroughly researched and gripping narrative… [MacLean] has delivered another deeply important book that will interest general readers and scholars alike. Her work here is a feat of American intellectual and political history.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review “For those who think the Tea Party, Freedom Caucus, and the alt-right are recent constructs, MacLean provides an extensive history lesson that traces the genesis of the right wing back to post-WWII doctrines…. A worthy companion to Jane Mayer’s Dark Money, MacLean’s intense and extensive examination of the right-wing’s rise to power is perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government.” —Booklist, Starred Review “A chilling portrait of an arrogant, uncompromising, and unforgiving man, stolid in his mission to ‘save capitalism from democracy.’ … An unsettling exposé of the depth and breadth of the libertarian agenda.” —Kirkus Reviews “It’s happening: the subversion of our democratic system from within. How did the political Right do it? Nancy MacLean tells the long-overlooked story of the political economist who developed the playbook for the Koch brothers. James McGill Buchanan merged states rights’ thinking with free market principles and helped to fashion the inherently elitist ideology of today’s Republican Party. Professor MacLean’s meticulous research and shrewd insights make this a must-read for all who believe in government ‘by the people.’”
—Nancy Isenberg, author of White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America The Republican Party of today bears very little resemblance to the GOP of the past. What was once a movement to limit federal “overreach” in favor of individual and states’ rights has transformed into a concerted effort to curb democratic rule in favor of capitalist interests at every level of government, whatever the consequences. To many longtime Republicans, the party seems to have lost touch with their concerns, but to a powerful minority, it’s marching ever closer to the ultimate goal of reshaping the Constitution to protect moneyed interests. This gradual takeover of a major political party happened over several decades, and often in plain sight, but the true architects of this plan and their ultimate aim have never been fully exposed—until now. Nancy MacLean’s DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America (A Viking Hardcover; On Sale June 13, 2017) blows open the doors to the unknown history of the relentless campaign by the radical rich to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize everything from schools to Medicare and Social Security, and change the Constitution. MacLean traces this game plan back to one man, the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan, who forged his ideas in an attempt to preserve the white elite’s power in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education. Painstakingly researched over ten years with unprecedented access to Buchanan’s personal files, DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS explores the genesis of this new radical right, from its beginnings in academia to the eventual embrace and financial backing of the billionaire Charles Koch. From his research centers, first at the University of Virginia and later at George Mason University, Buchanan developed a long-term strategy to prevent those of us without great property or power from using the democratic process to enact meaningful change. Jane Mayer’s Dark Money followed the money behind the rise of the radical right; DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS follows the ideas, exposing the intellectual arguments that Koch and company embraced and applied in their quest for an operational strategy to entrench the power of the wealthy. This is a frightening, important book, and required reading for voters on either side of party lines. For Democrats, it’s immensely important to understand the opposition’s motivations and the logic of its tactics and ultimate endgame. For Republicans, it’s an eye-opening look at the appropriation of their political party by a messianic wealthy elite. Using the architects’ own words and predictions, MacLean creates a chilling portrait of what is in store for the country should this movement succeed. As much of America (and the world) reels from a seemingly unexpected swing to populism and far-right rhetoric, DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS offers a peek behind the curtain to reveal just how we got here and what the future will hold. 
 ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Nancy MacLean is the award-winning author of Behind the Mask of Chivalry (a New York Times "noteworthy" book of the year) and Freedom is Not Enough, which was called by the Chicago Tribune "contemporary history at its best." The William Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University, she lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Direct download: BDNow041NancyMacleanDemocracyInChains.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 5:25pm EST

Welcome to episode 40 of the Biodynmiacs Now! Investigative Farming and Restorative Nutrition podcast. Your host is Allan Balliett Our guest today is naturopathic oncologist Dr. Nasha Winters She has been working in the health care industry for twenty-five years and is a nationally board certified naturopathic doctor, licensed acupuncturist, practitioner of oriental medicine, and is a fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology. She lectures all over the world and trains physicians in integrative therapies. Current statstics show that one in five Americans will get cancer in their lifetime. Personal observation will demonstrate to you that conventional medicine is not effective at healing or preventing cancer. In fact, it really cant even explain it. Dr. Winters is a cancer surviver of twenty-five years. Her early experience with managing her own cancer lead her to to a life time of researching the real cause and cure of cancer. In this journey, she's come to be called " a walking encyclopedia for integrative medicine" Her research led her to dismiss the conventional explanations for cancer and to embrace the metabolic theory of cancer. The metabolic theory of cancer means that when the mitochondria in a cell fail, that cell will become cancerous. It means that we must find ways to always be reducing our toxin intake while promoting our nutritional intake. The Metabolic Approach to Cancer is Dr Winters handbook on how to heal yourself from cancer or how to make yourself so healthy that you will never get cancer, even if you are genetically pre-disposed to it. I The Metabolic Approach to Cancer, by leading integrative oncologist Dr. Nasha Winters and nutrition therapist Jess Higgins Kelley is the first book to offer a comprehensive, nutrition-focused approach to managing cancer. T Through addressing the ten root causes of cancer and approaching the disease from a nutrition-focused standpoint, Winters and Kelley hope to empower both patients and physicians to slow cancer’s endemic spread and live optimized lives The book is a fun and lively read filled with information so important to the well being and longevity of everyone in today's environment The show notes for today's conversation are at bdnow.org If you appreciate hearing programs on topics as valueable as this one, please take the time to leave The Biodynamics Now! podcast a positive review on iTunes or at least stop by bdnow.org and say 'hi' in a comment.

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Category:Conversation -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Our discussion is with Bardic PHILOSOPHER Stephen Harrod Buhner, author of Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of the Earth and at least 19 other books related to transcending the shortcomings of the linear, reductionist, corporate world view

Stephen Harrod Buhner is a tireless advocate for the reincorporation of the exploratory artist, independent scholar, amateur naturalist, and citizen scientist in American society - especially as a counterweight to the influence of corporate science and technology.

Like Rudolf Steiner before him, Stephen Harrod Buhner is a student of Goethe's natural history work. Again, like Steiner, who gained insights into spiritual realm of Nature through the undomesticated herb gatherer Felix Cogutzki he met on a train at the age of 21, Stephen was initiated into the non-linear, non-academic perception of nature that preceded the industrial mindset through his great grandfather, C.G. Harrod a botanical physician.

Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm is the fourth in a series that began, long ago, with Sacred Plant Medicine , and which includes The Lost Language of Plants and The Secret Teachings of Plants ). All of these books contribute to developing sensibilities important to the biodynamic farming practitioner and attempt to teach the reader how to escape an anthropogenic world view.

 

 

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believed – and tapped into – the magical energy transfer that happens within great rock and roll.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 7:17am EST

This remarkable book is a must-read if you have any concerns about improving your health or performance. While mainstream medicine continues to deny the effectiveness - - and even the safety! - - of the ketogenic diet, a nutritionist (Patricia Daly) and a practical celebrity chef (Domini Kemp) - - both cancer survivors - - have researched the sensible nutritional science behind the effectiveness of the keto diet and have given us a beautiful book full of delicious recipes and meal plans that keep being low carb or ketogenic an easy and delicious thing to do!

Domini is the co-author with nutritional therapist Patircia Daly of The Ketogenic Kitchen the first comprehensive ketogenic cookbook based on exciting new research on nutritional approaches to the prevention and management of cancer. This is a must-have cookbook for people with cancer or who want to prevent cancer, written by a practicing research nutritionist and a progressive chef who both use low-carohydrate diets to support their own recovery from cancer. It's beautiful book, full of nutritional information, inspiration and delicious recipes!

Domini is an award winning chef, food writer, and entrepreneur. In 2013, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and since then she has shifted her focus towards healthier eating. She changed her column in the Irish Times to focus on healthier recipes and opened Alchemy Juice Co., a juice and wholefoods cafe. The Ketogenic Kitchen is her fifth cookbook and is focused on nutrition and well-being through tastey and easy to prepare whole food recipes.

For decades, the ketogenic diet—which shifts the body’s metabolism from burning glucose to burning fat, lowering blood sugar and insulin and resulting in a metabolic state known as ketosis—has been used to successfully manage pediatric epilepsy. More recently, it has been used by the Paleo community as a performance and weight loss strategy and to promote metabolic health by reducing insulin resistance. Now emerging research suggests that a ketogenic diet, in conjunction with conventional treatments, also offers new hope for those coping with cancer and other serious disease.

The Ketogenic Kitchen is the cookbook that Domini and Patricia wished had existed when they first started managing their cancer recovery with a low carb high fat diet. The book gives advice we can trust because both of the author's are cancer survivors and attribute their survival to the concepts and recipes included in The Ketogenic Kitchen

Direct download: BDNow038Domini_Kemp_TheKetogenicKitchen.mp3
Category:Conversation -- posted at: 7:51am EST