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I planted grape vines a few years ago, and didn’t really know what to do with them. So I did what I always do – read a book, looked online, tried to figure out how to prune and take care of them so I could get a good harvest. This year my efforts paid off – my vines were loaded with grapes this spring! Then the birds came.
If you go out to my grape vines today, a flock of about 25 birds will noisily flap their way out of the vines as you approach. What are they doing in there? They are eating the grapes. They are particular – they only like the green, seedless grapes, and boy do they like them. They have eaten every last single green grape on my vines. Even more interesting, they don’t take the whole grape. Somehow they pop it and get all the yumminess inside. They leave the deflated grape hanging sadly on the vine – looking like left-over balloons after a birthday party.
I was quite bitter about this for awhile, until I happened to have a conversation with a neighbor. He asked if I had a problem with grasshoppers eating my garden this year. He said they are destroying his garden – stripping all the skin off tomatoes, eating all the beans… I told him I haven’t seen a grasshopper all year. I get a random snail munching on things now and then, but no grasshoppers.
He and I both wondered why he was having the problem and I wasn’t. I joked that he needed a flock of seagulls to take residence in his yard and have a feast. That’s when I remembered the birds in the grape vines. Perhaps the same birds that have eaten all of my grapes have also eaten all of the grasshoppers. My garden feeds many wild things, including scores of birds from early spring through the first freeze. Maybe some green grapes are a small price to pay for the good they are doing in my garden.
The whole world works this way – with symbiotic relationships. That’s a big word, and basically it means we all do better when we work together. My garden does better because the birds eat the bugs that would have eaten my garden. And they are there because I let them eat the grapes.
I’m learning about some symbiotic relationships inside each of our guts that is absolutely fascinating. Yes, another book. In one of my last posts I talked about my anniversary present to myself – a book about making Kombucha. Well, Amazon is great at reeling in suckers like me. When I went on their site to buy the Kombucha book they conveniently put a section on the page that says “others who bought this also bought…”.
Yep, I’m the reason they do that. I can’t help but look at what others bought – sometimes others have great ideas! And this time they did as well – “they” had bought a book called “Cultured food for Health” along with the Kombucha book, and I couldn’t resist. I bought it too.
I have now fallen asleep with this book in my hand for the last three nights. I can’t get enough, but my body does want to sleep now and then! At the beginning of one of the chapters is this anonymous quote, “The greatest medicine of all is to teach people how not to need it.”
You all know we serve cookies in the office. People have joked from time to time that the cookies must be for job security. If I cause cavities in people with the cookies, I will always have work to do. Whenever someone says that, I joke back and say something like, “You’re on to us!” But nothing could be further from the truth! I would love to have a whole practice full of people with no cavities, no gum disease, no toothaches …just healthy teeth.
It’s a big hill to climb to get there, but I figure it only happens one step at a time. Next week I’m taking two steps in the right direction with two classes I’d like to invite you to:
Healthy Living Now and in an Emergency
When: Wednesday, September 7th at 6:30
972 W 2200 N
Pleasant Grove, Ut
Dr. Michelle Jorgensen: Self-Reliance Made Simple
Learn simple ways to feed your family without running to the grocery store every other day. Find out how to make your own medicine and heal your chronic health problems in your own kitchen. Learn how to store and save when food is inexpensive to help your pocket book all year long…and more!
Elayne Pearson : Special Needs Preparedness
Learn how to navigate the emotions that come up in times of crisis or stress. How can you prepare now to be ready to face difficulties. A special emphasis on preparedness for families with special needs family members.
Healthy Diet for a Healthy Smile!
When: Thursday, September 8th at 6:30
Real Foods Market
420 W 800 N
Dr. Michelle Jorgensen: Healthy Diet for a Healthy Smile
Learn how to eat your way to no more cavities! Parents, learn how to have cavity-free kids, for life. Learn how to heal tooth and gum disease, and how to make foods that will keep you healthy.
**Some hands-on samples of foods as well**
So join me, and I will continue talking about these symbiotic relationships and how if we work with our food and nature, we can have the health we’ve always searched for. Now, back to my book so I can learn more. This is simply amazing stuff and I can’t wait to share!!
Dr. Michelle Jorgensen
This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our American Fork, Utah dental practice would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.
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