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To Our Readers
e newsletter in your hands right now is
the second issue of Vine Life. Admittedly,
we were surprised by the enthusiastic re-
sponse to our rst issue. Not only did we see
copies show up on shelves and newsstands
throughout Douglas County, copies were
snapped up le and right o tables in our
restaurant. So well continue with insights
into healthy eating and living.
As a reminder, the Vine Café & Market op-
erates from Tuesday to Friday from 11 am to
8 pm and on Saturdays from 11 am to 9 pm.
You can reach us at: (770) 485-9451
e next time you’re in ask about our “Taco
Tuesday,” “Wings Wednesday” and “Fish
Friday” specials; our delivery and catering
services and/or our popular “Friday Night
Live” (with live entertainment.)
With us, the best is yet to come!
-By Whitney Howard
Kemiko Lawrence is a fast mov-
ing, fast talking burst of sheer
energy. And theres no doubt that
shes, eh, “on something.
You see, as quickly as she moves
around the kitchen in the house
on her sprawling 10 acres, she
scoots with similar ease up the
rusty gate leading into the barn
in her backyard – the future site
for the mass production of her
product…Kem-Boocha. at red
barn is the centerpiece of her 20-
20 vision.
A serious player in the fast
growing kombucha trend thats
driving healthy lifestyles, Ke-
mikos Kem-Boocha is catching
re, churning out from 10 to 20
gallons a week and growing daily.
Okay, who is this Kemiko Law-
rence person and whats her kom-
bucha claim to fame?
A native New Yorker with roots
in Mississippi, Kemiko, who
doubles as a yoga instructor, has
home schooled her ve children
and boasts proudly that not one
has ever had the u. And like
Mom, they’re all productive and
full of energy.
Her passion for kombucha is
rooted in energy. “To me food
comes with energy and energy
drives mood. You cannot cook if
youre not in a good mood. I brew
with plenty of energy. So what folks
taste is a big part of my energy.
As we sat at her table watching her
trot out bottles of kombucha, she
called out the name of each one –
Sunset,” “Lady Sings the Blues,
and “Krunk Cranberry,” each one
brilliantly color-matched with the
contents inside.
Without missing a beat, she rattled
o in rapid re succession the ben-
ets of her Kem-Boocha, including
a healthy digestive system, detox-
ication, spikes in energy levels,
boosts to ones immune system and
nutrition absorption.
Whats her parting advice? Fol-
low your gut, literally. When
your digestive system speaks
dont ignore it. “e universe,
said Kemiko, “will always
cooperate with the made up
mind, and so will a healthy
digestive system.
Whats on the horizon? “I will
continue to study and learn
more about this product as
I move towards my 20-20
vision.” And part of that vision
is to continue drinking three
or four glasses of her product
a day because, as we said at the
outset, shes “on something.
For purchasing, contact Ke-
miko at 770-648-4450, or go to
is story is about “kombucha.” It
also touches on “fermentation” and
the connection between the two. So
what are we talking about here?
Well, simply dened, “Kombucha is
fermented tea!
Fermented? Yuck!
Yes, thats the immediate reaction
when many folks hear the word
fermented” or “fermentation,
words that conjure up images of
rotten,” “moldy,” or even “alcohol.
But by denition fermentation
is the chemical breakdown of a
substance by bacterial yeasts or
other microorganisms, typically
involving eervescence and giving
o heat. So fermentation is actually
a good thing.
Now speaking of bacteria, the fact
is that bacteria is found in most
environments. e human body
is comprised of 10 million cells
and 90 million bacteria cells. e
bacteria in our body collectively
weighs about four pounds. When
we consider that most bacteria
are our allies and not our ene-
mies, the true meaning of bacteria
becomes easier to appreciate. So
it makes sense that consuming
foods containing benecial bacte-
ria can help support the bacteria
in our bodies.
Now this is where fermentation
re-enters our story.
Fermented foods are rich in
sources of probiotics (benecial
bacteria.) We eat many fermented
e Kombucha Story!
- By
Lynda Smith
foods daily, for example, cheese,
yogurt, pickles, cured meats, etc.
All fermented foods oer nutri-
tion as well as benecial bacteria
and yeast. However, kombucha
tea is the most versatile. It can
be consumed at all times of the
day, either sweet or sour.
When rst introducing kombu-
cha into your diet, start slowly.
Begin by drinking 2 to 4 ounces
on an empty stomach, then wait
to see how your body reacts over
the next few hours.
Okay, thats the kombucha story.
So stop by the Vine Café & Mar-
ket and enjoy a freshly brewed
kombucha treat.
At a recent wellness panel
co-hosted by Chattanoogas
Jewish Federation and Hadassah
women, the focus was on self-
care for a healthier and more
active life for mature women. e
panelists included Cady and Ed
Jones, Nutrition World, Nicole
Berger, a physical therapist expe-
rienced with geriatrics and Lisa
Schubert, an occupational thera-
pist specializing in ergonomics.
e panel began with Ed Jones
advising us to reclaim the gi of
vital energy that is all too oen
bombarded and diminished by
information that is chaotic and
all too oen merged with market-
ing that urges us to spend money.
His discussion of chronic pain
included a focus on vitamin D,
its vital role, and the factors in its
absorption. Ed talked about green
drinks and noted that Nutrition
Worlds professionals oered a
full program to deal with chron-
ic pain. He was then joined by
Cady who discussed the nutrition
issues behind chronic conditions,
including pain.
As many of the women in the
audience nodded in agreement,
Cady talked about returning to
eating in ways that pre-date fast
food and highly processed food.
She cited articial sweeteners, high
fructose corn syrup, canned foods,
and especially margarine which she
said is only a compound away from
being plastic. She highlighted the
need for healthy fats that help keep
the brain healthy: coconut oil, olive,
avocado oil, and sh oil. Added to
that list was the fat from “clean” ani-
mals such as chickens that werent
fed antibiotics.
From a discussion of diet and
inammation, the panel turned to
an issue on the minds of many in
the audience, falling and its conse-
quences. Physical erapist Nicole
Berger noted that although one out
of four seniors falls each year, only
half of them share that information
with their physicians. At a price
tag of billions of dollars, falls are
among the most expensive injuries.
e cost to the individual and their
families is dicult to quantify.
erefore, older people need to pay
attention. Yes, Vitamin D is helpful,
but balance is key.
As we age, our vision is not as clear
and vision is a major element of
Jewish Federation
Hadassah women
health forum
-By Deborah Levine
balance. Awareness of our joints
and how they operate is also a ma-
jor part of balance.
Schubert spoke about falling and
ergonomics and why women oen
fall when carrying groceries. Use
your hands eciently, she suggest-
ed. e thumb and rst two ngers
give us dexterity, but the other side
of the hand gives us strength. She
advised that we carry grocery bags
with elbows bent and close to our
In the end, the panelists advised
that we stay active, eat simply, and
build core strength. And for com-
puter nerds, the advice is not to sit
for more than twenty minutes at a
Debra Levine is an author, a con-
tributor to the Hungton Post and
Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the
American Diversity Report.
I got devastating news recently.
A college classmate died from an
unfortunate fall she took while
alone at home. As a guy who is well
north of age 60, that got me think-
ing about four far less serious falls
I took last year while tripping over
branches in nearby woods and, the
second time, while visiting Cuba for
the rst time. With a few thorns in
hands and knees, I survived the two
falls in the woods.
However, in Cuba with an entou-
rage of family and friends, I took
a tumble; in fact twice I fell o di-
lapidated sidewalks suering from
years of neglect and crumbling
infrastructure. But my less fortu-
nate brother-in-law fell four times.
e culprit for him, too, were those
crumbling sidewalks that took me
down. Bruised elbows, knees – and
pride – quickly gobbled up our
supply of Advil.
Which brings this narrative to a
fascinating article, “e Art of Fall-
ing Safely,” in a recent issue of the
AARP Real Possibilities magazine.
Its author, Michael Zimmerman,
writes that while avoiding a fall is
job one, knowing how to take a fall
when its inevitable is a crucial skill.
For those who know a thing or two
about falling, he cites professional
stuntwoman Alexa Marciglianos
four point plan for “safe” falling:
STEP ONE: Stay bent. e moment
you sense youve lost your balance,
fall with bent elbows and knees.
“When people panic they become
rigid. Bend your elbows and have
some elasticity in your arms to
soen the impact.
STEP TWO: Protect your head. If
you are falling forward be sure to
turn your face to the side. Falling
backward? Tuck your chin to your
chest so that your head doesnt hit
the ground.
STEP THREE: Land on the meat.
If at all possible attempt to land
on a meaty part of your body
– i.e., your thighs or butt and
not your elbows, knees, hips or
STEP FOUR: Keep falling. Our
instincts are to stop our body
from falling. However Macigliano
suggests that your safest route is
to give in to the fall. Spreading the
impact across a larger part of your
body lessens the impact of one
e Art of Falling Safely!
- By Terry Howard
part of your body receiving the impact.
e more you roll with the fall the safer
you will be.
Ergonomics is the study of how our bodies
interface with the environment. Inargu-
ably, the older we get our reexes are not
as sharp as they once were, thus how our
bodies interface with the physical environ-
ment changes as our years accumulate.
And the reality is that although the speed
by which we fall seems not to change
– think the forces of gravity here - the
speed by which we get up gets slower by
the years. While once our resilient young
bodies allowed us to spring right up, our
aging bodies (and spasms of pain) warn
us, “whoa, not so fast!
One more piece of advice, if at all possible
do not climb up on a ladder while alone at
home, even if its just to change a ceiling
light or sweep leaves out of a gutter. Have
someone with you to brace a fall or to
administer help if needed. And ALWAYS
have your fully charged cell phone at-
tached to your hip with 911 on speed dial.
And, oh, yes, keep a bottle of Advil nearby!
Meatless Meatballs
1 cup wheat germ (honey avor)
1 cup bread crumbs or pre-sea-
soned stung mix
3 stalks of nely chopped celery
1 onion nely chopped
2 eggs slightly beaten
2 hard boiled eggs nely chopped
1/2 stick of melted butter
To taste: add salt, pepper, paprika,
sage and fennel herbs
1/4 cup of oil
Mix all ingredients except oil.
Form into balls.
Put 1/4 cup of oil into a baking
dish. Place meatballs in the oil and
bake 30 minutes in a 350 degree
Aer baking 30 minutes pour sea-
soned tomato sauce over meatballs
and bake 10 more minutes and
serve with your favorite spaghetti
e Cranberry Smoothie
1 large peeled orange
1/3 cup fresh/frozen cranberries
½ cup frozen mixed berries
1 frozen banana (peeled before
1/3 cup of ice
Mix all fruit and ice in a blender,
and mix until smooth
e Shamrock Smoothie
1 frozen banana
½ avocado
1 tablespoon of crushed pineapple
1 handful of fresh spinach
A pinch of salt
½ cup of milk or alternative
½ cup of cold water
2 tablespoons of dark chocolate
chips or crushed dark chocolate
Place banana, avocado, pineapple,
spinach, salt, milk, water and choc-
olate into a blender then puree
until smooth.
Pour into a glass and top o with a
whipped topping and any remain-
ing chocolate.
Recipes Of e Day
Clipboard in hand, stethoscope en-
circling neck, he moves at breakneck
speed from patient room to patient
room in his oce complex in Lithia
Springs, Georgia. 
M.J. Collier, Jr., M.D.
Bottom line is that hes as quick to
dispense his unltered views of local
news and politics as nimbly as he
doles out health advice and prescrip-
tions. His charm, charisma, energy
level and sense of humor are mes-
merizing; not what youd expect from
a visit to a doctors oce.
During a recent visit, I happened to
run across his business card head-
lined, “Medically Speaking.” It high-
lights his Wednesday call-in radio
talk show (WYZE, 1480 AM) where
he provides advice to a broader audi-
Expecting Dr. Collier to pop in any
minute now with my test results, I
got up to get a closer look at the large
poster on his wall.
“While many vitamins and mineral
formulas are eective, most men
and women can get real benets
from a simple regimen of these
three supplements.” 
- Dr. M. J. Collier
Just below he describes the benets
of those supplements:
Lipo-Omega - for heart and
cholesterol balance. It decreases
inammation associated with joint
pain, sharpens brain functioning,
boosts moods and reduces depres-
sion and can even stave o Alzhei-
mer’s disease.
Lipo-Biotic – strengthens the im-
mune function and helps control
food and environmental allergies.
It activates healthy digestion and
bowel elimination.
Lipo-D3 m– a Vitamin D essential
for bone health, bolstering the im-
mune system and oers protective
eects against breast, colon and
prostate cancers.
A visit with Dr. Collier is not really
an appointment. Far from it. Its an
experience and a delightful one at
that, especially when he tells you,
“Your numbers look good!”
O now to pick up my supple-
Big Mamas Hands! 
by Shar Moore
We called her Big Mama, even
though she was petite. I went to
her house and found her sitting,
e Collier
- By Terry Howard
head down staring at her hands.
I said Big Mama, are you ok? She
raised her head and looked at me
and smiled. “Yes, I’m ne.” She
then asked me, “Have you ever
looked at your hands? I mean
really looked at your hands?” Big
Mama then rattled o ways that
her hands served her so well over
the years:
-“ey braced my fall as a tod-
- “ey put food in my mouth
and clothes on my back.
- “ey taught me to fold them in
- “ey tied my shoes and pulled
up my boots.
- “ey’ve been dirty, scraped,
raw and swollen.
-“ey’ve been decorated with
my wedding band.
-“ey wrote my letters.
-“ey held my husband, chil-
dren and grandchildren.
-“ey were uneasily clumsy with
my newborn child.
- “ey covered my face and
combed my hair.
- “ey’ve consoled my neigh-
b o r.”
- “ey’ve shook in my sts of
anger in the face of oppression.
- “ey mark where I’ve been and
the ruggedness of my life.
And to this day,” Big Momma
continued, “when not much of
anything else on me works real
well, these hands hold me up, lay
me down and continue to fold in
Pause now and commit to taking
care of an incredible marvel in
engineering…….your hands.
Your health and wellness depend
on them.
M.J. Collier, Jr., M.D.