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Dear Students, Parents, and Staff,

Here's an easy, cheap, proven way to achieve:

How? Add flax to your diet. Flax seeds, which look like golden brown sesame seeds, are one of the oldest foods cultivated by humanity. Flax, found in 9,000-year-old Chinese sites, was also widely used during Egypt's golden age (remember those mummies wrapped in linen, the fiber made from flax stems!), and was a staple in ancient Greece and Rome.

Forty years ago, most Americans had never heard of yogurt and sprouts but now they are everywhere. In a few years, flax will be a common ingredient in foods. You can be ahead of the curve.

Q: Why are flax seeds so nutritious?
A: Flax seeds are half oil, and much of that oil is the type called omega-3 essential fatty acids. These omega-3s are vital for the development and ongoing health of the brain and eye, as well as strong membranes for every cell in the body. Some people think that the FDA has delayed setting a Minimum Daily Requirement for omega-3s due to pressure from large food corporations who want to keep the one- to two-year shelf life for snack foods; omega-3s are very volatile and go rancid quickly.

Dr. Artemis Simopoulos, who headed the National Institute of Health Nutrition Committee for nine years, says that 90% of Americans are deficient in omega-3s.

Q: Why are so many Americans deficient?
A: We no longer eat the foods that provide omega-3s, and the trans fats found in hydrogenated foods cancel whatever omega-3s we somehow manage to ingest.

Q: What does flax meal taste like?
A: Other students say it tastes like crushed walnuts. You can add it to fruit smoothies, hot and cold cereals, soup, bread and much more. A very few people are allergic to flax seeds and have to get their omega-3s from other sources, such as

sardines soy oil walnuts
greens pumpkin seeds grass-fed beef
insect grubs bone marrow algae

Q: Where can I buy flax meal?
A: Raley's, the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op (and other natural foods stores), Trader Joe's carry it. You can buy flax seeds and grind them into fluffy meal in a blender or coffee bean mill. Eating the seeds whole won't help since our stomachs can't grind them up. Flax seeds cost between $.70 and $1.25 a pound.

Additionally, research shows omega-3s alleviate and protect against diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and depression. Read the attached information to find out more!

The nutritional approach to mental and emotional well-being has been transforming lives at Central High School in Appleton, Wisconsin, where for the last five years they have had:

Likewise, the Health Recovery Center in Minneapolis has an impressive 75% long term sobriety. Begun by Joan Mathews Larson, who wrote Seven Weeks to Emotional Healing, HRC treats alcoholism and addiction nutritionally. Reviewing the literature, Dr. Alexander Schauss found that whenever prisons or juvenile halls improved nutrition, there was up to 75% decrease in violence, theft, and other misbehaviors.

In a double blind study, Dr. Andrew Stoll of Harvard reports that omega-3-rich fish oil capsules, at a dose equivalent to 15 cans of tuna a day, relieved manic depression (Archives of General Psychiatry, May '99). Blood tests of a group of violent criminals found lower levels of the omega-3 lipid DHA than people without a history of violence. Low blood levels of omega-3 lipids were significantly associated with hyperactivity, impulsiveness, rebellious and destructive behavior, temper tantrums, sleep disorders, and anxiety.

Although omega-3-rich foods appear to be more important to humans than to any other primates (which may account for humans' greater intelligence), the modern convenience food diet is dreadfully low in these nutrients. Flax oil was the main food oil in Colonial America, when intelligent and brave people founded our nation. Before the food processing industry figured out how to use solvents, rollers, and heat to extract oil from corn, humans relied on easily extracted oils like sesame, flax, olive, walnut, and coconut---all very healthy for us.

Now, however, corn and safflower are the major food oils--because they are cheaper. But these are omega-6 oils, so the 1:4 ratio between 3s and 6s that humans evolved on is now 1:25. When cells must substitute omega-6s for omega-3s in cell membranes and in the myelin sheaths of nerve cells, cell function is compromised.

Also, remember those bad trans fats that cancel omega-3s? You know, the hydro-genated fats in our favorite treats: fries, chips, crackers, candy, cake, pies, muffins, popcorn, most peanut butter, not to mention margarine. The National Academies of Science's Institute of Health says there is no safe level of trans fats.

It's nearly forgotten now, but pellagra ravaged our nation for four decades with the "Four Ds" -- dermatitis, diarrhea, dementia, and death. Desperate scientists sought the bacteria that caused pellagra, only to finally discover that it was a deficiency disease resulting from new technology in milling grain into flour that cut out more of the germ and hull, which contain the B-vitamins.

Once flour was "fortified" with B-vitamins, pellagra fell off the epidemic map. Little known then, there are three "legs" to the mental health "stool:"

If any of these is lacking, the stool falls over. Our modern version of pellagra is more of a deficiency of omega-3s and trace minerals than a B-vitamin deficiency. If 90% of Americans had kwashiorkor or scurvy, we'd do something about it. But just as it took MADD to save lives from drunk driving, it will take grass roots efforts to improve our school meals. Call us if you want more information or can help!


Lauren Ayers

James Curiel, PhD
Professor, Sociology

Don Glines
Educational Futures

Hasan Hanks

Jeanie Keltner, PhD
Editor, Because People Matter

Michael J. Kwiker, D.O.

William Mora, M.D.
Health Associates Medical Group

Susan Montoya

Cynthia Mulcaire

Carlina Nowrocki

Robert O’Brien, MA

Suiying Saechao
Member LEAF at Hiram Johnson HS

Charity Smith
President Youth Congress at Sac High