On Sept. 1, Dr. Ariel Policano will pile into a Biodiesel and solar-powered RV with three other women and embark on a tour of health and wellness information.
The crew is undertaking a nationwide video project to document the lives that have been touched and dramatically changed by the use of raw, living foods. Dubbed the “Women Go Raw Tour,” this team of specialists in the field will “host dynamic, fun events that include tips on live food nutrition” for various health concerns.
Policano’s crew has teamed up with Ramona Family Naturals to bring the Women Go Raw Tour to Ramona. Ramona Family Naturals will be hosting the event on Sept. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at 642 Main St.
The free event will include speakers, fitness experts and a discussion on using food as medicine. The women from Ramona’s Fitness Express, a gymnasium for women, will also be in attendance with a booth.
A “pre-opening” sneak peak into the store that will be Ramona Family Naturals will be offered, giving anyone in attendance a look into the renovations taking place at 642 Main St. prior to Ramona Family Naturals’ grand opening in October.
Policano’s team will be interviewing 70-year-old raw foodist Mimi Kirk of Ramona. Kirk has gained nationwide attention for entering the “Sexiest Vegetarians Over 50” contest hosted by PETA. Kirk has credited a raw food lifestyle with maintaining a young physique as well as boundless energy levels.
Policano, who is from Tucson, Ariz., plans to use stories such as Kirk’s to “get the word out that getting old does not necessarily mean getting sick or needing pills. We want to document the impact of raw foods on the health and lives of women all over the country.”
Kirk, according to Policano, “embodies the possibility of not having to take any of the ‘standard’ medications given to people as they age. She shows how one can maintain a perfect weight and remain vibrant into our seventies and beyond.”
Policano believes this kind of information is “just not getting out there” to the people who need to hear it.
“If people only knew how much easier weight loss can be,” said Policano, “or how different types of foods can change your awareness. Your relationships will be better, careers become more fulfilling, and the change of people through a raw food lifestyle is almost always positive.”
Policano, a naturopathic doctor, became interested in the naturopathic field following the illness of family members. A trip to Puerto Rico and a chance meeting with naturopathic specialists there changed Policano’s life and passion forever.
“My experience returning from Puerto Rico was very powerful,” said Policano. “I learned about living foods and colon cleansing and juicing. I learned about stories all over the country of people recovering from so many different things...inoperable tumors shrink, people recover from arthritis, depression, weight problems. This motivated me to study health and the live foods.”
Policano encourages patients to use raw, live food as medicine. With a degree from the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Oregon, Policano is set on spreading the “truth about food and how it affects our health” to any and all who will listen. (NCNM is the oldest accredited naturopathic medical college in North America. It is accredited with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), one of six U.S. regional accrediting bodies recognized by the Secretary of Education.)
The Women Go Raw Tour is a video project to explore the impact of raw foods on women’s health and women’s lives. The RV chosen for the tour is an eco-friendly rig powered entirely by solar and biodiesel.
“We want the sustainability to show,” said Policano. “We see this as an extension of the raw food lifestyle in that it leaves less of a carbon footprint.”
For more information, contact Ramona Family Naturals at 800-778-3515 or visit the Web site at www.RamonaFamilyNaturals.com. To watch the Women Go Raw youtube video tour as the group travels across the country, visit www.womengoraw.com.