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I recently came across an article that described what the original Thanksgiving dinner would have been like. It seemed to look down its long aquiline nose at the simpler fare of 1621, as if our modern smorgasbord actually could boast a superior culinary position. Today, typical meals include lavish, sweet pies made with vegetable oils as folks smear margarines across their white, yeasty, refined rolls. The vaccinated, domesticated, farm raised turkeys sit satiated with nutritionally vacant stuffing…often from a box.

Let me take you back to the feast that started it all. I’m grateful that we can imitate that 17th century wisdom and enjoy humble, pilgrim foods, even now, centuries later.

 The Pilgrim’s spread would have included organic venison, wild turkey, goose and duck. They had dibs on local seafood and cod, bass, lobster and clams could have been served, too.

Their thanksgiving feast wasn’t infused with white sugars or corn syrup  so don’t expect to see bowls filled  with cranberry jelly in the shape of the can or bright yellow, sweet corn. Instead, they munched on toothsome flint corn, which the Indians toasted.  

Instead of rolls and breads made with from bleached and processed flours, expect to see hearty cornbread and sourdough bread.

 Smart moms make these breads to this very day!

Pilgrims hadn’t yet filled their gardens with potatoes, so instead they stewed and boiled their pumpkin with cinnamon, ginger, butter and vinegar. Wholesome vegetables like radishes, carrots, beans, lettuces, parsnips and leaks would have been on their menu, too.

Likely, their seasonal and regional fruits, such as grapes and plums would have made a satisfying tart, seasoned with rosemary and cinnamon.

Yes, their foods were simple.  Their foods were safe. They were not finessed and fussed, but they were wholesome, local, organic and smart. Animal fats and proteins were plentiful, tart flavors were added to the bland and their wheat was fermented.

Time may have provided us with convenient kitchen aids like the oven and Cuisinart, but good, nutrient dense, whole foods are not a fad.

 Thank God.

 May you and your family enjoy a happy and wholesome Thanksgiving.


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A note from Joette:   I asked my new assistant to do some research on the Vatican’s use of homeopathy.  She filled me in on some striking information.  And now, I want to share it with you, too.

Whether Catholic or not, it’s appropriate for the upcoming season of Lent and food for thought. Enjoy!


Italy was rescued from the ravaging cholera epidemic during the first half of the 19th century.

That’s a fact.

But did you know that the Holy Pontiff saw that it was homeopathy that did the good work? That’s right.  From within the Vatican, the successors of St. Peter himself bestowed accolades and great honors upon homeopaths!

Two popes, in particular, made sure to recognize those physicians who used homeopathic medicine to save many lives from succumbing to the disease.

What’s more, they not only recognized the accomplishments of homeopathic physicians, but actively integrated and encouraged homeopathy within the Vatican.

Yes, indeed.  The Vatican has a history of honoring homeopathy.

Popes publicly acknowledged that homeopaths served the “princes”- “princes” meaning the popes, dignitaries and common people who were cared for by homeopaths.

And so to that end, a famous Italian doctor,

Dr. Settimio Centamori, a homeopathic physician, was awarded the Grand Cross.

(The Grand Cross was the highest honor.)

Bestowed upon a layperson for his work in homeopathy!

This was after his homeopathic treatment restored health to those who had suffered from the deadly cholera epidemic.

But, Pope Gregory XVI didn’t just recognize homeopathy’s effectiveness in the hands of the good doctor, but also issued a Papal Bull, which in cases of emergencies, allowed even the priests to administer remedies.

So Catholic priests administered homeopathic remedies under the orders of the Pope.

Then, Pope Pius IX, continued to honor the works of homeopaths and granted Dr. Charge, the Order of St. Gregory the Great.  This is one of the Five Orders of the Knighthood of the Holy See.

Great honors indeed.

Like Dr. Centamori, Dr.Charge saved many from the cholera epidemic. Among those people cared for by him, only 2.9 % died as compared to up to 70% of those who died after being treated in the conventional hospitals!

What about the pope’s personal treatments?

Well, Pope Leo XIII’s chronic tracheal infections became less serious with homeopathy.

And his homeopathic care apparently added years to his life…… He was the Church’s oldest pope, when he died at 93.

So you see, the Vatican doesn’t just evangelize the Gospel message, but the good news of homeopathy, too!

Fine, you say, that was back in the 19th century, but what about more recently?

Homeopathy still has its place within the Vatican walls. The late Pope John Paul II was cared for by the respected homeopathic, Dr. Francesco Negro.

He had a choice of any physician, yet, not unlike other learned and noteworthy citizens of Europe, he chose a homeopath.

So, as a Catholic,  I have to acknowledge, if homeopathy is good enough to have been bequeathed with the Papal Grand Cross, is good enough  for Pope Gregory XVl, Pope Pius lX , Pope Leo Xlll and Pope John Paul II,  I guess it’s good enough for me![i]

[i] In writing this article, I referred to Dana Ullman’s informative book, The Homeopathic Revolution; Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Use Homeopathy


Joette Calabrese,HMC,CCH,RSHom is certified classical homeopath who teaches and consults with  folks the world over via phone and SKYPE.   For a FREE download of 11 Toxins and How to Antidote Them With Homeopathy go to Homeopathyworks.net and find it on the “Free Downloads and Articles” section of the homepage.  Then, consider scheduling a FREE 15 minute conversation with Joette to see if homeopathy is a fit for you or your child’s health strategy.




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