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A Visit to Gaia Herbs' Organic Herb Farm


| 9/12/2016 11:08:00 AM



Photo by Fotolia

BREVARD, NC—The sky looks foreboding as I head out to the ’Gaia Cares’ benefit but when I get there Ric Scalzo (herbalist, Gaia founder and CEO) assures us that the weather will cooperate. As we make our way to our seats, we are first gifted a Gaia Herb tote bag filled with supplements.

The event starts by Ric telling us Gaia’s mission to give back to the community. Every year they sponsor Golden Courage International, an organization run by Dr. Yun Lu, which aims to provide education to children living in China who are affected by extreme poverty.

Dr. Lu stands before us. He has a soft-spoken voice that belies a strong presence of dignity, humility and intelligence. He tells us that the early work of his organization supported children who have been orphaned because of AIDS (in addition to that work, the organization now provides education and nutrition to vulnerable children in China, and support to families and communities in need of micro-loans, government support and job training). He tells us that the name “Golden Courage” was coined by a girl who was disillusioned until the organization stepped in and helped her with her education. She has since finished college and is now a nurse.

After a brief slideshow, we hear about Dr. Lu’s clinic in Michigan. He reviews with us five items of vital importance for health, such as “Sleep, necessary for detoxification and rejuvenation” and, “Pooping…what are your poops like?”  Dr. Lu mentions the toxic nature of constipation and the importance of regularity.  “When I go to Ann Arbor and see all the angry drivers, I think THE LIVER! They need more greens.”



The next is stress—“I see a six-year-old and they say to me, ‘Dr. Lu, I am stressed.’  Why are six-year-olds stressed?”  Finally, he discusses overindulgences—our addictions, not just what we eat, but how and when we eat, and the need for detoxing.



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