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October 2014 Fruit-Powered Digest greetings
Issue 25—October 2014
2014 Fruit-Powered Digest Issues Issue 25

Fruit-Powered Digest Greetings—October 2014

Issue 25 Articles

Kicking off the Digest’s Third Year, Call for Realigned Focus, Dr. SAM’s Healing Ways, Special Dedication

Hello, readers! I hope you’re enjoying every moment for they all are so very precious. Every single second.

This issue launches the third year of Fruit-Powered Digest‘s serving health seekers, from those exploring dietary choices rich in fruits and vegetables to those transitioning to a raw food diet and seasoned raw fooders alike. I thank all who have shared in this e-magazine! It’s been an honor to publish and is part of my mission and passion!

Young woman buying bananas at a marketSo I can devote some promotional time to growing the Digest‘s audience like wildfire because I know America is ready for a fruitarian diet after watching Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2, I am scaling back on the number of transformation stories—68 were spotlighted in just two years—I publish each issue to two. But with all these stories will now come Top Tips and a recipe! I’ve also decided to publish a feature, arts or guest story on the third Thursday of each month in lieu of four dedicated yearly Arts Issues. All the other components of the Digest—including my column and two articles and insightful stories by regular guest writers Don BennettKorey ConstableArnold Kauffman, Dr. David Klein, Anne Osborne and Karen Ranzi—and the light, bright dessert, Fruit-Powered Fun Food Facts, will continue.

Another reason for the Digest makeover is so I can enjoy more free time for play! Working 80-plus-hour weeks—sometimes even 100 or more hours a week—for well more than a year makes not for good balance. A lesson I’ve learned is that to serve others effectively, we have to tend to ourselves first.

Logo of The Woodstock Fruit FestivalWho would think that in 10 month’s time three of the biggest names in the low-fat raw food world—Doug Graham, Harley “Durianrider” Johnstone and Freelee—would be removed as pioneers from The Woodstock Fruit Festival? When I got into this movement a few years ago, all I saw was love, inspiration and information. It was like nothing I’d ever seen, and I was elated to join the global raw food family!

At some point, though, the fruit-based community has gotten lost in the doings and misdoings of its leaders, and so much energy has been directed at this drama. I’m not saying that weighing these matters wasn’t without merit, but it’s time to put the focus back on serving folks who want to eat healthier to lose weight, triumph over a health challenge such as cancer or diabetes or just feel incredible! All this while saving fellow creatures’ lives and improving the environment, too! I know we can change the world one person at a time!

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I am continuing to change, myself. Four-and-a-half years ago, I began to reverse a decade of ever-worsening chronic pain—back, neck and carpal and cubital tunnel syndromes—by practicing the Egoscue Method. About eight months into practicing the Egoscue Method, the Bates Method came into my field of view. At long last, I’ve freed up just enough time to learn and practice the Bates Method and am ably coached by Nathan Oxenfeld of Integral Eyesight Improvement, whose background in meditation and yoga play a role in his teachings. Day by day, week by week, I’m regaining my vision after wearing glasses or contact lenses for almost 30 years. How extraordinary is it that our bodies can heal from so much!

Dr. Samuel Mielcarski pokes bubbles next to Chris Kendall at The Woodstock Fruit FestivalSpeaking of healing, Dr. Samuel Mielcarski knows quite a bit about this subject. It’s a joy to feature Dr. SAM as the 69th transformation story in the Digest. Samuel looks at the whole body—and all we should be doing for it—as a complete lifestyle package. Savor his insight, built over a lifetime of chasing the best health possible. Also, enjoy his recipe for Sweet Mango Salsa and, on October 9, Top 5 Tips to recover from an injury or illness.

In his Lessons from the Orchard guest spot, Dr. David Klein focuses on many fruit lovers’ favorite meal, durian. “The magnificence that lies within is out of this world!” he writes in “Durian: the King of Foods.”

This month, in weekly installments, look for:

  • A guest transformation story by Conor McMillan, a.k.a. “Handyman Bananas”
  • A guest feature by Joy King on her experiences as a raw vegan living on the road in an RV
  • Guest stories by world-class regular writers Korey Constable, Arnold Kauffman and Karen Ranzi
  • More articles, Top Tips and Fruit-Powered Fun Food Facts!


I dedicate this month’s issue to my dear friend Terry McMenamin. I met Terry at Penn State University in 1998 and consider him to be among most genuine human beings you could ever meet. Terry and his pregnant wife, Masha, were killed in a car crash September 27 while driving home to Maryland after a Nittany Lions home football game. My heart goes out to their families, friends and 4-year-old daughter, who survived.

Terry McMenamin smiles before fireworks in Washington, D.C., on July 4, 2011.
Terry McMenamin smiles before watching fireworks on July 4, 2011, atop the Department of Labor building in Washington, D.C.

Terry came to visit me in Philadelphia in December 2012 during a very special time in my life. He even ate raw food the entire Saturday and Sunday morning we got to spend together! We went to the month’s All-You-Can-Eat Buffet at Arnold’s Way. This was the last time we got to enjoy each other’s company. Terry, you will be missed but never forgotten. You always brightened my spirits.

Cover of Alive! by Brian RossiterMy raw food transition book, Alive!, is designed to help anyone go raw in four simple steps. You’ll also enjoy more than 25 raw food recipes—from smoothies such as Raspberry Shake to main courses such as Pizza Salad—tool recommendations, tips and tricks, a focus on fitness and insight from raw fooders such as Arnold Kauffman and Megan Elizabeth.

Cover of A Taste of Raw Food: 7 Days of Smoothies 'n' Salads by Brian RossiterMy raw food primer, A Taste of Raw Food: 7 Days of Smoothies ‘n’ Salads, offers a fun, easy and exciting way for anyone on any diet to get his or her feet wet with raw food enjoying two staple recipes on a low-fat raw vegan’s menu: smoothies and salads. My four-volume Mouthwatering Recipe Book Series features features 80 recipes from raw food trailblazers across the world! Titles included are Smoothies; Appetizers, Snacks and Party Dishes; Main Courses, Salads and Soups; and Dressings, Dips, Spreads, Sauces and Salsas. The Mouthwatering Recipe Book Series is ideal for those wanting to eat healthfully as well as transitioning and seasoned raw fooders!

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Thanks so much for your donation!

P.S.: Ally wrote me on Facebook:

Love all the work you do at Fruit-Powered. Really inspiring interviews and content all the time. So cool to see all my friends and fruit family being celebrated and sharing.

Tim told me at Arnold’s Way during the September 20 potluck:

Your website has become a resource.

Clinical Dietitians & Nutrition Consultants wrote me on Facebook:

What a wonderful webpage and Facebook site—full [of] great information and inspiring messages. Thanks for your great contribution to the world.


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About the author

Brian Rossiter

Brian Rossiter

Editor of, Fruit-Powered Digest and Fruit-Powered Video, Brian Rossiter guides health seekers in creating supreme vitality through the Fruit-Powered Life Force Center’s natural health services: the Posture Exercises Method and Raw Vegan Coaching Program. Brian, who enjoys a low-fat raw food diet and posture correction exercises and calisthenics, is also the author of the raw food transition and recipe books Alive!, A Taste of Raw Food: 7 Days of Smoothies ’n’ Salads and the four-volume Mouthwatering Recipe Book Series. These books are available in the Fruit-Powered Store, home to 100-plus natural health products.

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