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Thursday, November 29, 2007
For gingerbread house competitors,
winning is just the icing on the cake
By Pennie Leas
More than 325 gingerbread creations are on display at the Grove
Park Inn in Asheville, following the 15th annual National
Gingerbread House Competition awards ceremony on Nov. 12.
Open to the public, the free display remains at the inn through Jan.
Overall appearance, theme consistency, creativity and difficulty
provided the basis for judging in the adult, teen and youth
Patricia Howard’s brick gingerbread house won the grand prize.
The house has a shingled roof surrounded by a wrought-iron fence
and green shrubbery. This is the second consecutive year Howard,
of Winter Springs, Fla., received this honor.
During the week of Dec. 18, the grand prize winner and other
selected winners will travel to New York City for an appearance
on "Good Morning America.”
Al l, Photos By Pi;nnif, Lkas - Photikirai’HY Editor
Grand Prize Winner
Winter Springs, Fla.
Hollinshead said people’s bodies
react differently to the juice, and it
may take longer for some to see or
“How long does it take to kick in?
If it took two months for me to feel
anything, then I would be spending
tons of money,” Mosley said.
MonaVie can be expensive. A dis
tributor can buy the product whole
sale, which makes the cost of one
case $130. A month’s supply is one
case, which contains four bottles.
The company does try to affect
change with its profits.
Hollinshead said she became a
distributor when she watched a short
video about MonaVie. The company
takes most of the proceeds and
builds homes and communities for
orphans in Brazil. They work to get
the children involved so they will
stay off of the streets.
“I just thought, ‘Wow. This is a
company I want to be affiliated
with,’ ” Hollinshead said.
The juice itself is considered a
whole food and contains a blend of
fruits from all over the world. The
blend includes acai, apricot, aronia,
acerola, purple grape, passion Iruit,
camu camu, banana, lychee fruit,
nashi pear, kiwi, pomegranate,
prune, wolfeberry, pear, bilberry,
blueberry, cranberry and white
"Our human body is very com-
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By Matthew Vincent
For the past six years, every
time a new client walks through
the door of Blue L.oUis Ayurveda
in West Asheville, an hour and a
half long session ensues with
Vishnu Dass, the lead Ayurvedic
practitioner there. Dass devel
ops a thorough case study of
each client's lifestyle in order to
tailor a specific therapy, typical
ly herb-based, for an individual.
"It's not cookie-cutter pre
scriptions." Dass said. "We
don’t just give the herbs and tell
people to go home and live the
way they usually do."
Dr. Vasant Lad, a leading
Ayurvedic educator and sur
geon. mentored Dass at the
Ayurvedic Institute in
Albuquerque, N.M. Lad wrote
many books on Ayurveda, many
of which arc sold along with
Ayurvedic goods in the lobby of
Dass also serves as a board
member for the National
Ayurvedic Medical Association.
The beginnings of Ayurveda
practices can be traced to Last
India thousands of years ago.
predating Western medicines. A
staple of the practice is the intro
duction of herb-based therapies.
“I have a great respect for
Western medicine and science,"
said Dass, who considers him
self a detective on the Doshic
Under Ayurvedic principles, a
person is one of three doshas,
Wl' Vl’ treotiH}’ the body, hut the mind isn / sepa
rate from the body, and the spirit isn't
separate from the mind or body. It's all
together, hut it doesn't mean I f’iye spiritmd
eounsel to a person who eonies in here for a
and determining which dosha
aligns with each client plays a
crucial part in Dass’s diagnoses
and subsequent recommenda
“I know the triggers. This is all
1 do," Dass said. "1 know what to
In India, Ayurveda is recog
nized nationally by the govern
ment. according to Dass. In
America, however. Ayurveda is
still unsubsidized, and insurance
providers have yet to cover the
practice. This could be due to the
fact that some traditional herbs
continuing to be prescribed con
tain levels of naturally occurring
toxins illegal in America.
Like Chinese medicine, which
many American insurance
providers have added to cover
age lists in recent years,
Ayurveda takes a holistic
approach to treating ailments,
disease and disorders.
“We’re treating the body, but
the mind isn't separate from tlie
body, and the sihrit isn't separate
from the mind or the body,"
Dass said. “It's all togetlicr, but
it doesn't mean I give spiritual
counsel to a person who comes
in here for a liealth consulta
The history of Ayurveda is a
rieli one. Though there is no for
mal organized religion of Last
India, a common deity known as
l,ord Dlianvantari disseminated
the knowledge ol' Ayurveda to
luimans. The documented prac
tices of Ayurveda and its poten
tial to heal and affeet the lives of
luimans stretches back for years.
Dass has countless success sto
ries, and even wlien lie can't find
a cure, he often sees the patli of
Ayurveda raise a person's quali
ty of life.
"I truly am graleful to do this
work and make a living at it,”
Dass said. “But, more important
ly, 1 am grateful to help people.”
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plex, so when you put just one food
in it, it’s not as good as having a
synergy or a blend of food that
actually work at different times
with antioxidant value. It has the
highest antioxidant food ol any
food on the planet," Hollinshead
MonaVie is becoming more pop
ular nationwide and getting recog
People magazine mentioned the
juice in its 2007 February edi-
The magazine said, “This is an
easy way to get great skin.
MonaVie’s juice is only 20 calo
ries and it delivers tons of
antioxidants and flavonoids.”
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