Dija Know… Joe’s Restaurant Newsletter -132 November 2016

Joe’s Newsletter #132, NOV 2016
Sheila, CIL   (archives available at JoesDining.com)

Our apricot tree slowly turning.


  What a glorious gradual autumn we are having here in Santa Fe.  And Thanksgiving is is the centerpiece of this month.  As in years past Joe’s will offer a scrumptious take-out heat and serve traditional menu.  Order the entire meal or just the à la carte courses you choose.  The menu is posted on the website and also printed for your convenience.  Organic turkey is the star of the offerings but there are many other choices.  We’ll use as many locally grown ingredients as available.

♦  Tues Nov 15th is the 3rd annual fund-raiser for the Listening Horse Therapeutic Riding from 7:30AM to 9PM.  These fund-raisers do not cost you a penny.  But the more you eat and spend on almost anything we sell (meals, truffles, latte mugs, tee shirts, greeting cards and art works) 20% will be donated to that wonderful program.  You’ll get to meet Gus and Laurie and Kathy, 3 people truly devoted to a calling.  The Listening Horse Therapeutic Riding offers recreational therapy with horses for people facing challenges such as PTSD, Physical, Brain & Spinal Cord Injury, Visual & Auditory Impairment, Autism, Down Syndrome, Grief and more.  Horses are incredibly sensitive – feeling and reacting to everything.  Plus they are capable of knowing when their human needs support and confidence building.  Not every horse is adapted to this job, but the horses chosen for The Listening Horse understand their job. Wonderful changes can and do occur in the presence of horses or while riding. It’s beautiful to see.

  Friday Nov. 4th from 7:30 – 11am, Richard Eeds broadcasts the Morning Show live from Joe’s on Hutton FM 101.5.  Richard keeps New Mexicans abreast of the times.  And each 1st Friday of the month he does it live from Joe’s.  During the broadcast get a surprise discount on your breakfast.  Just ask!


♦  A new local artist joins us for the holiday season and beyond.  Chris Pennington’s colorful and kinetic equine works are displayed on the ramp.  Bill Todino’s pristine Souhwest photos remain displayed in the upper dining room and David Marks’ bold abstract pieces will be in the Red Room into the New Year.

  DancingBones, coming soon  – It started with addressing bone loss and muscle loss in mostly the aging population.  It’s become much much more.  Yes indeed bone loss can be and is reversed by the Biodensity device.  And that is truly exciting.  Especially since no drug or protocol has produced anywhere near the results to date. (Bless you, John Jaquish, the inventor!) But adding to it the second and third technologies, is blowing my socks off.  As I use and share with others the Bemer device (the second device DancingBones will offer) I am privy to small and large miracles.  Friends using the Bemer are reporting that conditions they have lived with for years or even decades are ameliorating.  In non-medical terms – debilitating “discomforts” are reducing, movement is becoming easier and with increased range, brain fog is lifting, old injuries are fading.  And this is happening to me too.  So you can see why I am so excited to get this center off the ground and open the doors so anyone can benefit if they so choose. (see flyer)

Book now – Joe’s Red Room is perfect for your Holiday Party.  It seats 30-36 people.

  Here in DiJa Know, this piece is the second in a series on the most frequent healthcare misconceptions I encounter on a daily basis. I cringe when I hear people still following entrenched and dangerously outdated notions about healthcare.  Here we go – the fat myth – For those of you who still fear fat, please stop it!  For your own good (humor me – just say “yes, mom” and then do whatever you want).  Mainstream advice has been dangerously off base advocating low fat and no fat diets.  Eating fat does not make you fat.  However, remember, we are referring only to the good fats: lard (that is not a mis-print) from organically raised animals, butter, coconut oil, olive oil and few others.  The controversy over fat has more to do with politics and related economic interests than with solid science.  Vegetable fats touted to be healthier than satuarated fats and coconut oil, took over the fat segment of our food economy starting in the late 60’s.  Soy and corn and rape (Canola) seeds became profitable, highly subsided, mostly GMO mono crops ruining hundreds of thousands of acres of prime farm soils.  And benefitting whom?  Follow the money and you’ll end up at the doorstep of Big Ag and our old “friend” Monsanto.  That subject aside and back to the health aspect of fats – the science of fat metabolism is fascinating but long and complex.  However, the following statements from eminent scientists, doctors and researchers reveal the truth about the “good” fats, their value to our bodies and the insult to our health when avoiding them in our diet.
“The more saturated fat one ate, the more cholesterol one ate, the lower people’s serum cholesterol.  We found the people who ate the most cholesterol, the most saturated fat, the most calories weighed the least and were the most physically active.” – Dr. Wm. Castilli Director of the Framingham Heart Study.  And this from Dr. Mary Enig, world renowned lipids researcher, (I call her the queen of fats) “The idea that saturated fats cause heart disease is completely wrong, but it has been published so many times over the last 3 decades that it is very difficult to convince people otherwise unless they are willing to take the time to learn what produced the “anti saturated fat agenda”.  Michael Gurr, lipid biochemist says, “Whatever causes coronary heart disease, it is not primarily high intake of saturated fatty acids.”   And a brief quote on heart disease from Dr. Dwight Lundell – “The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.”  And this from the TV doctor, Mark Hyman MD,  “You see, eating more fat is the #1 thing you can do to shut down cravings, accelerate weight loss and potentially prevent or reverse disease. But all fat is NOT created equal.”

My comment: butter and lard from grass-fed and finished animals, coconut and olive oils are wonderful fats.  Tiptoe around statin drugs and enjoy the good fats!


  DiJa Know?  In a very recent study on Multiple Schlerosis and vitamin D published it in the prestigious journal JAMA Neurology, researchers found that women with higher vitamin D levels during pregnancy had children who were less likely to develop MS.  JAMA Neurol. 2016 May 1.  Apparently this has been known in medical circles for years – the link between more sun exposure and a lower MS risk…and less sun exposure with a higher MS risk.  Sun exposure of course, increases your body’s natural production of vitamin D.  (Please refer to last month’s DiJa Know for more on sunshine and Vit D.)

  DiJa Know?  A recent study in Sweden suggests drinking beer is not only enjoyable, it also protects your brain from neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s disease.  No I did not make that up just because we sell beer! (Research Society on Alcoholism. “Is beer good for the brain?.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 1-  June 2016)


  ❤  Joe’s fresh dark French chocolate truffles are a perfect gift for any and all of your loved ones.  Mocha or hazelnut?  Ask your waiter.
  Why are we at Joe’s so persistent about this “buy local” stuff?  Many factors are out of our hands when it comes to our food supply.  Most of what ends up on the American dinner table derives from a shockingly few giant agribusinesses. Their reach is long- from designing the (GMO) seeds to planting, fertilizing,  processing and shipping.  We as consumers cannot with confidence hand over the entire stewardship of our food to these few multinationals.  Our passion here at Joe’s is for a local sustainable food supply – food produced by growers who are accountable for what they grow.  KYG – Know Your Grower.  We are able to look our local farmer in the eye and ask him about his growing practices or even visit his operation. This gives us the confidence that we are eating food that is healthy, wholesome, non-genetically engineered, often better than organic, humanely treated and minimally processed.  It is grown with a smaller energy-use footprint and transported short distances. We cannot divorce human health, the economy, ecology, personal (perhaps spiritual) satisfaction or honorable work from food.  Food is fundamental.  What we eat, where it comes from, the stewardship of food animals, the nurturing and building of soils – all these factors affect us at a cellular and visceral level.  Santa Fe is fortunate to have one of the very best Farmers Markets in the nation.  Here at Joe’s we offer this bounty to you, keeping dollars in the community.  In the interest of transparency, in 2008 Joe’s spent $30,000 on local foods.  In 2009, $60,000.  Each year since 2012 we have far exceeded $100,000 per annum (over 30% of our purchases).
Land, economy, health – inseparable.

  Joe’s will give you $10.  What’s the catch?  Well the way we figure it, if you cut out the middleman by NOT using a credit card, we can give that back to you and then some.  Credit cards costs the retail merchant about 3-5% and extra time & paperwork.  Now let’s be real – in today’s world one cannot function without a credit card. But there are still (legal) alternatives that reduce our dependency on the Big Banks and actually save us all money.  We have a couple of suggestions: (1.) Joe’s Check List – If you are a “regular” and wish to pay by check, please ask your waiter to get you on the list.  (2.) Joe’s gift card – purchase  $100 gift card with cash or check or silver or gold coin, get a $10 free bonus! Your $100 gift card will actually buy you $110 worth of meals at Joe’s. 



l  Fight attendant to the only traveller on the plane, “You’ve got the whole cabin to yourself.  The large group going to the psychic convention just cancelled.”

l  Walmart is closing 269 stores in 2016 putting 14 cashiers out of work.
l  I always carry a knife in my purse, you know, in case of cheesecake or something.
Joe’s Dining
2801 Rodeo Rd (at Zia Rd) Santa Fe, NM   87507
505-471-3800       www.JoesDining.com
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