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Interview with Mary Waldner of Mary's Gone Crackers reveals a nutritionally sane snack

Monday, July 17, 2006
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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Tags: snack foods, health food, health news


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Mike: Hello everybody. This is Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, here with Mary Waldner, the founder of Mary's Gone Crackers. This is a fantastic brand of healthful crackers. They have no hydrogenated oils whatsoever, no trans fats, and they're crackers I've been eating for well over a year now. Thank you for sharing some time with us.

Mary Waldner: Oh, you're welcome. Nice to be here.

Mike: Now, how did you come up with these crackers in the first place?

Waldner: I was looking for a product that I could eat when I went to parties and restaurants because I'm a celiac, so I can't eat anything with gluten. And a lot of the products out there -- that was 11 years ago -- had chemicals or refined products -- ingredients that I didn't want to eat. So I had the idea for this, and it turned into a cracker. I wasn't sure what it was going to be, but I really liked them so I just started making them and taking little bags of them with me everywhere I went, and that's how it got started.

Mike: Word got around and...

Waldner: Well, everyone started eating them and wanting more so I started making them more and more and more. I got a new oven so I could make enough for all my friends, and I got tired of making crackers, so I said to my husband, "I think we need to manufacture these so I can get out of the kitchen." And we started two years ago.

Mike: Wow. And now you're already in national distribution.

Waldner: That's right. Yes.

Mike: You're in health food stores everywhere, right?

Waldner: Everywhere. Right.

Mike: The box is easy to identify. Look for this box in health food stores. And the name -- you can't forget that.

Waldner: Right. My friends came up with this name. I've been a psychologist for the last 26 years. I actually just closed my practice last October, and my friends decided that my name should be on the product somehow. We were just kind of joking back and forth and one of them said, "Yeah, it should be like 'Mary's cracking up' or something." And then my other friend said, "Yeah, 'Mary's gone crackers,'" and it was like (gasp). That was the moment that the name was born.

Mike: Wonderful.

Waldner: Yes.

Mike: It's very viral, too. People remember the name.

Waldner: Yes, that's right. People laugh all the time, which is good.

Mike: What originally attracted me to this product is the fact that it's made with both brown rice and quinoa. These are two very healthful, very special ingredients, and you don't find them in a lot of crackers. How did you have the nutritional wisdom to know that those ingredients should be in your crackers?

Waldner: Well, I've been kind of a health nut my whole life. Not knowing what my health problems were based on, I learned a lot about nutrition, and I knew whole grains were good. I knew quinoa was particularly good because it's high in protein and fiber. It's hard, especially if you're eating a vegetarian diet -- which I'm not, but a lot of people do -- to get the balance of protein. So I liked that. I liked how it tasted. So that was the basis.

Mike: What if people can't find it locally? How can they order it online?

Waldner: They can go to MarysGoneCrackers.com and order it online or call our office, and we'll ship them out.

Mike: Wonderful. Thank you for sharing your story with us today.

Waldner: Thank you. Nice to meet you.


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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

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