|A group of our Natural Health M2M penpals convened in person on the Big Island in October, 2000 for a grand Millennial Bash celebration. This picture was taken at the raw food retreat called Pangaia . From left to right standing: Forest Greenwald, non-M2M Pangaia resident Tim Gorter, Steve and Tricia [...removed...] with their child Skylar, M2M Coordinator Bob Avery, Susan Mazzocco; front row: Helen Sun; Forrest [...removed...]; rawfoodist instincto author, former M2M'er, and resident of Pangaia Ano (Zephyr) Tarletz, and Giancarlo Mazzocco.|
Bob Avery is coordinator/editor of the quarterly publication known as The Natural Health Many-To-Many (M2M).
The M2M is a quarterly snailmail publication that comes out around the middle of March, June, September, and December containing a distillation of members' own knowledge and life experiences related to living a natural lifestyle, together with relevant articles and cartoons. Recent issues have been running in excess of 150 pages.
|ONE-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION (4 ISSUES): $32 for domestic
First Class mail (and Airmail to Canada) or $26 for domestic Media Mail delivery.
For foreign countries other
than Canada, airmail is $40 and surface mail is $28. Foreign
members are welcome to participate. We currently have, or have had,
members from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Finland, and
France in addition to the U.S.
Send your cash, check, or money orders payable to:
Robert W. Avery
1930 Washtenaw Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3655
Please remove the "x" before sending.
I'm trying to deflect those junk emailer robots.
|Important: If you do not send green cash, please make checks and money orders payable to Robert Avery, not Natural Health M2M, or your check will be returned. (Bob runs the M2M out of his own personal bank account as a not-for-profit service to the natural health community.)|
|(Overseas send $8 to cover additional airmail postage
unless you are willing to wait a couple months for delivery at the $6
surface rate). Each interested person may receive a single sample copy of
whatever issue the coordinator has on hand (usually the latest) at this
subsidized rate in order to check out the M2M before subscribing.
|(This reflects the higher cost of one-off copying rates
compared to the volume rates obtainable when originally copying the issue
en masse). Three or more back issues purchased in a single order will be
sent 1st class at the cheaper $7 per copy rate.
|M2M participants send in quarterly letters which are xeroxed and collated into an issue by the M2M coordinator, including a table of contents and participant roster list, a copy of which is sent out to each subscriber. Participants are also encouraged to send in articles, clippings, and even cartoons likely to be of general interest to the readership, the most pertinent of which are included or summarized by the coordinator. Most participants are natural hygienists. However, there are some mavericks in the group including followers of Guy-Claude Berger (Instinctos) and Arnold Ehret, plus rogue hygienists who disagree with the NH party line. All conversation is welcome, and the subjects discussed have been wide-ranging - anything radical related to veg/raw health and/or "paleolithic" nutrition (including animal foods), organic farming, ecological and ethical issues related to society's heavy dependence on flesh-eating, plus what's going on in our personal lives, et. al. There is an 8-page limit (12 in some cases) on participant letters to keep the M2M cost reasonable and permit as wide a variety of letters as possible. Deadlines for letter submissions are the 1st of March/June/September/December.|
There are optional (suggested) discussion topics set for each issue of
the M2M. Conversation, discussion, storytelling, reminiscences, and
debate on any topic are always welcome, however, and many people do ignore
the optional topic each time. Except for the first several issues early on
which were smaller, most issues have been running over 150 pages.
Aside from the above, there has also been ongoing debate on such subjects as fruitarianism, chimpanzees, the evolutionary evidence for flesh-eating, and of late, instincto diets, as well as much rending of raiment over the ANHS's (the American National Hygiene Society's) recent backpedaling of all-raw diets and food-combining principles. Other perennial favorite discussion subjects are fasting, the "detox vs. degen" conundrum (when are symptoms on natural diets due to detoxification, as opposed to deficiency or worsening of health), B-12, SBGA, mercury/amalgam fillings, sprouts. Additional subjects periodically discussed have been the difficulties of being a weird or wimpy vegetarian in a macho meat-eating society; oppressive government and our freedoms; soil deficiencies; juicers and juicing; is television good or bad; Bates-type eye exercises; whether NH and other veggie movements may be de facto cults; and the premature death of NH gurus like T.C. Fry. Two or three members are dedicated conspiracy theorists variously regarded as either prophetic or crazy. You name it, we talk about it!
"I know that without having had the M2M experience my whole life would be completely different right now, and likely not for the better. That's the kind of publication the M2M is. It changes lives. It is not beholden to any advertisers, so it can afford to tell the truth. Publications like that are rare in this world." -Bob Avery
Please don't forget to sign the guestbook when you leave!
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