Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Bovine Revenge ; Your Beef Is Killing You...

             rBGH is in your milk, milk products, and meat.,,

Unless you eat organic of course. First things first, The growth hormones given to dairy cows, and beef cattle are different. In dairy cows, the controversy centers around recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), a synthetic version of a hormone cows produce naturally. For beef cattle it's steroids, where it all leads is to sick cows, and polluted meat from massive doses of anti-biotic. Beef cattle producers administer a variety of steroid hormones, including natural, and synthetic versions of estrogen, and testosterone to make animals grow faster, convert their food into muscle more efficiently, and make their meat leaner. Synthetic hormones in milk lead to increased levels of a growth factor, known as insulin-dependent growth factor 1 (IGF-1) in both milk, and milk products, and meat.

First let me say if you haven't realized it by now, no one is going to look out for you, and your families nutritional well being. It's your responsibility, You, Not the Farmers, Not the Government, you decide what ultimately ends up on your dinner table so choose wisely. I'll attempt to explore the topics to help you ask the right questions. You elect congressmen and women who are on the right side of these issues, and hold them accountable, deal?
 
So that brings us back to, rBGH, recombinant bovine growth hormone. According to the organic consumers association, rBGH is a genetically engineered, potent variant of the natural growth hormone produced by cows. Manufactured by Monsanto, it is sold to dairy farmers under the trade name POSILAC. Injection of this hormone forces cows to increase their milk production by about 10%. Monsanto has stated that "about one third of dairy cows, are in herds where the hormone is used". Monsanto, supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), insist that rBGH milk is indistinguishable from natural milk, and that it is safe for consumers. This is blatantly false, the fact's are rBGH makes cows sick. 

Monsanto has been forced to admit to about 20 toxic effects, including mastitis, on its Posilac label. rBGH milk has been shown to be contaminated by pus, due to the mastitis commonly induced by rBGH, and antibiotics used to treat the mastitis. Also, rBGH milk is chemically, and nutritionally different than natural milk. Milk from cows injected with rBGH is contaminated with the hormone, traces of which are absorbed through the human gut into the blood. So, rBGH milk is supercharged, with high levels of a natural growth factor (IGF-1), which is readily absorbed through the gut. So, excess levels of IGF-1 have been incriminated as a cause of breast, colon, and prostate cancers, because IGF-1 blocks natural defense mechanisms against early submicroscopic cancers. Based on 37 published scientific studies as detailed in Dr. Samuel S. Epstein, (professor emeritus of environmental medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, and world renowned author), in his book What's in Your Milk?, "excess levels of IGF-1 in rBGH milk pose major risks of breast, colon, and prostate cancers."

A little history, In 1937, the administration of BST was shown to increase the milk yield in lactating cows by preventing mammary cell death in dairy cattle. Until the 1980s, there was very limited use of the compound in agriculture as the sole source of the hormone was from bovine cadavers. During this time, the knowledge of the structure, and function of the hormone increased. With the advent of biotechnology, one of the pioneering biotech companies, Genentech succeeded in cloning the gene for BST. Monsanto had working along the same lines, and struck a deal with Genentech in 1979 to license Genentech's patents and, collaborate on development of a recombinant version of BST. The two companies used genetic engineering to clone the rBST gene into E. coli. The bacteria are grown in bio-reactors. Then they're broken up, and separated from the rBST. Which is purified to produce the injectable hormone. FDA approved Monsanto's application in 1993. Monsanto launched rBST, brand-named Posilac, in 1994. A 2007 USDA Dairy Survey estimated rBGH use at 15.2% of operations and 17.2% of cows.

In September 2010, the United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit Court, analyzing evidence submitted in briefs, found that there is a "compositional difference" between milk from rBGH treated cows, and milk from untreated cows. The court revealed that milk from rBGH treated cows has: increased levels of IGF-1, higher fat, and lower protein content. Today there is a very well established correlation between abnormally high levels of circulating IGF-1 and the development and growth of human cancers. Although IGF-1 occurs normally in the milk of both humans and cows, we as consumers have been concerned about massively elevated levels of bovine IGF-1 in milk, and meat treated with rBGH. Regulatory bodies in several countries, such as the EU, Canada, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand have all rejected Monsanto's application to sell rBST.

Here are some companies you can trust when it comes to rGBH, in response to concerns from consumers and advocacy groups about milk from cows treated with rBST, some dairies, retailers, and restaurants have published policies on use of rBST in production of milk products they sell, while others offer some products or product lines that are labelled "rBST free".

  • Costco  has no overall rBST policy, but sells brands, such as "Kirkland", with labels pledging that no rBST was used in milk production.
  • Wal-Mart announced in March 2008 that its private label Great Value milk will be "sourced exclusively from cows that have not been treated with artificial growth hormones like recombinant bovine somatotropin (rbST)"
  • Kroger announced  "it will complete the transition of milk it processes and sells in its stores to a certified rBST-free supply by February 2008."
  • Dean Foods has no overall rBST policy, but has brands, such as "Oak Farms", with labels pledging that no rBST was used in milk production.
  • Winder Farms, a home delivery dairy and grocer in Utah and Nevada, sells milk from rBST-free cows.
  • Guernsey Farms, a dairy farm and distributor located in Northville, Michigan sells and distributes rBST-free dairy products in Southeastern Michigan. Its milk has been labeled rBST free for a number of years.
  • Safeway in the northwestern United States stopped buying from dairy farmers that use rBST in January 2007. The two Safeway plants produce milk for all Safeway stores in Oregon, Southwest Washington, and parts of northern California. Safeway's plant in San Leandro, California had already been rBST-free for two years.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill announced in June 2012 that it will serve rBST-free sour cream at its restaurants.
  • Publix, a supermarket chain, states on its website: "Publix milk is rbST-free. (No added artificial hormones.) However, the FDA has stated that no significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rbST-treated and non-rbST-treated cows"
  • Braum's, a dairy and ice cream retailer in the midwest with a private herd, says on its website that it does not administer rBST to its cows.
  • Starbucks website, as of August 2012, has no statement about use of milk from cows treated with rBST. For example, its Animal Welfare policy is silent on the issue. However it announced in January 2008 that it would no longer sell milk from cows treated with rBST in its stores in the US. The Organic Consumers Association, an advocacy group, claimed that Starbucks' change was due to their advocacy work.
  • Ben & Jerry's ice cream uses milk and cream from dairy farms that have pledged not to use rBST.
  • Tillamook County Creamery Association, a co-operative made up of 110 dairy farms, indicates on its website that its cows are not treated with hormones.

Please patronize these companies because when it comes to food additives they care about your health.

The Center For Food Safety states:
Operations using rBGH do so with little regard for the cows or the humans that eventually eat them, the beef industry pumps growth hormones into upwards of 80% of beef cattle raised in the U.S. each year. These hormones are intended to boost growth rates, and increase body mass. Even though the U.S. Department of Agriculture does not allow producers to treat chickens, or pigs with steroid hormones, the agency does permit the practice for cattle and sheep. The USDA also allows for a ridiculous amount of anti-biotic application also. Overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture has led to antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria that make treating illness more difficult. Hardy strains of the bacteria survive the exposure, and pass on that resistance trait to successive generations. Preserving the effectiveness of antibiotics and other antimicrobials will require changes in all major areas of use. Such as human medicine, veterinary medicine, and agriculture. Agricultural uses deserve special attention now, since they account for 70% of the antibiotics, and related drugs used in the United States, and since they provide antibiotic resistant bacteria with a direct route into people's kitchens.

Factory cattle farms who use rBGH, and antibiotics to grow their cattle also pose a major threat to the viability of small organic cattle, and dairy farms. While rBGH enriches Monsanto, it exposes consumers to dangers, without any benefits. So once again we see mega factory farm organizations like Monsanto with a strong Washington lobby controlling public policy much to the determent of the of the beef eaters in the USA. While the congressmen, and women they've bought line their pockets with gold. Paid for by the health miseries of the unsuspecting consumers who believe that someone is looking out for them, and their families nutritional health interest's.

These are organically raised grass fed cows. Do they look distressed? Now if you'd rather consume hormone-free dairy or meat products, look for organic options. U.S. Department of Agriculture standards for products labeled organic require that animals not be treated with either growth hormones or antibiotics, products bearing a USDA Organic seal are in compliance with these rules. On non-organic foods, look for the right words. Check the packaging or label for "no added hormones" or "from cows not treated with rBGH". Don't assume that other wholesome-sounding terms, such as natural or free range, mean that the food comes from animals that weren't given growth hormones, steroids, or antibiotics. Good Luck...






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Sunday, January 1, 2017


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Christmas, The Sweetest Time Of The Year !!


If you think now's the time of year to lay off the sweets, you've absolutely gone MAD !!

This time of year has always been my favorite not for it religious reasons, but for it's sinful reckless confection consumption. Christmas just brings out the sweet-tooth in all of us. If you don't agree, you're reading the wrong article. Have a carrot and we'll see you on Monday with a health tip. For the rest of us here we go with my favorites.

Candy Canes 

For me Christmas starts with the first sightings of candy canes. I mean whats Christmas without candy canes? In its early form, the candy cane began as a simple white stick of sugar for children to eat. There was no "cane" shape or stripes to speak of. While it is uncertain where the first canes originated, it is clear that by the mid-17th century, the candy had already become widespread across Europe. To silence or reward children. These sticks were made by confectioners who had to pull, cut, twist, and in later years bend the sugar sticks by hand, making it a time-intensive process. Candy cane production had to be done locally, since they were easily damaged and vulnerable to moisture. The labor required, and difficulty of storage, combined to make these candies relatively hard to get, although popular. The distinctive hook shape associated with candy canes is traditionally credited to a choir-master at Cologne Cathedral in Germany, who, as legend has it, in 1670 bent straight candy sticks into canes to represent a shepherd's crook, and gave them to children at church services. The candy cane machine wasn't invented until the 1950's. This machine made it possible to produce and wrap the candy canes, which made the distribution of the traditional Christmas treat a lot easier. In North America, the first documented example of the use of candy canes to celebrate Christmas occurred in 1847, when a German-Swedish immigrant by the name of August Imgard, hung the candy canes from the branches of a Christmas tree. The signature stripes did not become part of the candy cane until the 19th century. It is uncertain who first started using the stripes, but evidence of their use only appears after the turn of the century. At around this time, candy makers also began using peppermint as the candy cane's  flavor.
   
Egg Nog 

Now I must admit when I was young one way I knew the holiday season was beginning was when the egg nog began to appear in the market. Also, back then, I used to drink the nog like they weren't going to make any more, and although that's tapered enormously since childhood, I'll still enjoy a quart or two during the season. Our egg-nog comes fresh from the dairy in old fashioned glass milk bottles. It's thick creamy and with a bit of help from Capt. Morgan to make it interesting, it's a holiday home run. Eggnog developed from posset, a medieval European beverage made with eggs and hot milk. In Britain, the drink was popular mainly among the aristocracy, as dairy products and eggs were rarely consumed by the lower classes due to their high cost and the lack of refrigeration. Those who could get milk and eggs mixed it with brandy, madeira or sherry to make a drink similar to modern alcoholic egg nog. The drink crossed the Atlantic to the English colonies during the 18th century. Since brandy and wine were heavily taxed, rum from the Caribbean was a cost-effective substitute. The inexpensive liquor, coupled with plentiful farm and dairy products, helped the drink become very popular in America. When the supply of rum to the newly-founded United States was reduced as a consequence of the American Revolutionary War, Americans turned to domestic whiskey, and eventually bourbon in particular, as a substitute. Traditional eggnog typically consists of milk or cream, sugar, and raw eggs. Vanilla is also a common flavoring, with grated nutmeg sprinkled on top. Eggnog is high in fat, not to worry though it's only a seasonal drink and you don't really drink that much to really matter. However, low-fat and no-sugar formulations are available using skimmed or low-fat milk. Some North American manufacturers even offer rice or coconut milk-based alternatives for vegans and those with dairy allergies. I just finished a quart of chocolate coconut milk who needs dairy milk? Not me, except for once a year. Now don't be fooled by these pseudo eggnog's in the supermarket. READ the ingredient's. Most of them are a little milk and eggs water, sugar and high fructose corn syrup, malto-dextrin, 2 or 3 different preservative salts, and sucralose or some other artificial sweetener thrown in to make it even more irresistible. Yuck !! bad news, if you can't get your eggnog from the dairy like we do here in southern California, and those pseudo eggnog's are your only options, make your own. It's a simple, fun easy family thing to do. I've done it with friends, and I can tell you, all you have to do if find a recipe on line that you want to try and go to the market and get the ingredient's, make your own substitutions according to taste, and you on you way to drinking a healthy holiday traditional drink. 

Gingerbread Men

 Christmas brings out the bakers and I'm well aware everyone has their favorite cookie or cake treats that remind them of the season. For me it is butter cookies and gingerbread men. Just the smell of ginger baking to me, is so intoxicating it immediately transports me to a childhood time. With an instant recall of all those holiday memories. Gingerbread itself dates back to the 15th century, and gingerbread man biscuit making was practiced in the 16th century. The first documented instance of figure-shaped gingerbread biscuits was in the court of Elizabeth I of England. She had the gingerbread figures made and presented in the likeness of some of her important guests. In design, gingerbread men are roughly a humanoid shape. Most gingerbread men have a face, made with candies or icing. Icing decorations are common, hair, shirt cuffs, and shoes are sometimes applied, but by far the most popular decoration are shirt buttons, which are traditionally represented by gum drops or icing. The man itself is a simple combination of flour, butter, baking soda, ginger, some brown sugar and eggs, and a lot of childhood memories. Gingerbread men are good dunking cookies they are firm and can stand up to a good dunking in your favorite warm beverage. In my experience they will stay fresh for a considerable length of time if they are kept in a Tupperware type container.


There you have it, three of my favorites. The ones that bring the holidays home for me, and I'm sure you're contemplating your favorites right now. Now we are a nutrition website, and sugar isn't very nutritious. Keep in mind that sugar is an inflammatory agent, so the moderation rule applies here. So use organic sugar, and (in moderation) here's one of my favorite holiday cocktails to start off your holiday season, and don't forget Santa's milk & cookies. Good Luck...

Candy Cane Tini

3 ounces half & half
2 ounces white chocolate liqueur
1 ounce chilled vanilla vodka
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
White chocolate
Peppermint flavored hard candy (preferably red)
Crushed ice

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously!  Melt white chocolate and dip rim of a Martini glass into it.  Immediately dip rim of glass into plate of crushed red peppermint candy.  Garnish with a candy cane! 





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Sunday, November 13, 2016

It's Dragon Fruit Season !!

                          A Little Gem Of A Fruit

Dragon fruit is the best tasting fruit you never heard of. This may just be the coolest looking, and most handsomely named fruit in the world. When I finally got my lips wrapped around one, it was heaven. The dragon fruit, also known as pitaya or pitahaya is one of the most exotic and nutritious fruits you’ll find. If your going to take the plunge with this fruit, and you don't live in Asia prepare to fork over a pretty penny for this gem. The one in this picture I paid $4.00, @ $8.00/lb.

Dragon fruit is rich in phytoalbumins which are highly valued for their antioxidant properties. Dragon fruit is also rich in fibers, vitamin C, and minerals. The dragon fruit helps the digestive process which can help to prevent colon cancer, and diabetes. When consumed regularly natural medicine practitioners believe the dragon fruit can help against asthma, and cough. Eating dragon fruits helps strengthen your immune system, and promotes faster healing of bruises, and wounds. It's also rich with potassium, protein, fiber, sodium and calcium. If you are looking for fruits that are filling, and delicious but will help keep your weight in check, dragon fruits are a perfect choice. A 100g serving of dragon fruit has only 60 calories. Dragon fruits do not have complex carbohydrates, so they can be easily broken down by the body. Dragon fruits are also packed with minerals such as calcium for stronger bones, and teeth, phosphorus for tissue formation and iron for healthy blood. Lycopene is also present in dragon fruits, and this is the pigment responsible for their red color, like tomatoes. Lycopene guards against prostate cancer among other things.

Hylocereus undatus (White-fleshed Pitahaya)  is the most cultivated species in the genus. The Dragon Fruit is used both as an ornamental cactus vine, and as a fruit crop. The native origin of the species, according to Wikipedia has never been resolved. It is widely distributed through the tropics. Like all true cacti, the genus originates in the Americas, but the precise origin of the species H. undatus is uncertain, and it may be a hybrid. Hylocereus undatus is a sprawling or vining, cactus. They climb by use of aerial roots and can reach a height 10 meters or more even growing on rocks and trees.

Dragon fruit also contains carotene which helps in maintaining, and equally improving our eyesight. This is good news for the seniors community. Dragon fruit's high protein content can boost our metabolism. This also leads to reduction in excess weight. Protein is also a vital ingredient in producing hormones, enzymes, and chemicals in the body. The small black seeds in the edible part of the dragon fruit contain a small amount of fats but are unsaturated fats. The unsaturated fats are responsible for increasing the levels of good cholesterol, and removing bad cholesterol from our bodies. Dragon fruit is also a natural appetite stimulant because it contains Vitamin B12. This is great for anyone who has just recovered from an illness, or has lost their appetite. Dragon fruit is anti-fungal and antibacterial. This can help increase the white blood cell count in the body which defends against toxins, and it also inhibits the entrance or growth of fungal, or bacterial infections in the organ systems. You will also find that it stimulates cell regeneration and speeds up healing, so wounds and bruises will heal at an increased rate.

Yellow Dragon FruitYellow Dragon Fruit Yellow dragon fruit has the title of the sweetest of all of the sweet pitaya, it is the yellow pitaya (Hylocereus megalanthus). The yellow pitaya is smaller sized as compared to each of the red-skinned varieties. Yellow dragon fruit plants develop like a trailing, vine-like cactus. The plants can easily develop into a huge size with stems as much as 20ft, and therefore need a well built trellis for them. Color is yet another method to inform the ripeness of these fruit as the skin will turn from green to yellow on ripening, even though occasionally completely ripe fruit is still somewhat tinged along with green.

Red Dragon Fruit with Red Interior
Red Dragon Fruit with Red InteriorRed dragon fruit (Hylocereus Polyrhizus) develops alongside trellis or even fence lines in mexico, central, and south America. The exterior of the fruit is really a fushia color along with elegant flowering palms around the bulb. The interior of the red dragon fruit is comparable in color to the external as well as marked along with tiny black seeds. The red dragon fruit along with red internal is usually utilized to make sorbets, jams, and syrups.

• Red Dragon Fruit with White Interior
Red Dragon Fruit with White InteriorThe red dragon fruit along with white internal (Hylocereus Undatus) develops within the American southwest as well as the south pacific and south east Asia. This dragon is smaller sized compared to the some other types. The outer skin of the red dragon fruit is actually vibrant pink along with small, spiked folds across the sides. The red dragon fruit with a white-colored interior also blossom's at night.


The types of anti-oxidants in dragon fruit stop harm to the skin as well as internal organs brought on by free-radicals, plus they also may help you defend against a variety of health conditions. A Dragon fruit also includes vitamin E which required for natural skin care. Vitamin B3 may also improve our skin's physical appearance simply by moisturizing it. Recently a chemical company has separated substances known as dormins from dragon fruit. Dormins are usually all-natural extracts from plants  that are able to decelerate cell expansion, preserve younger healthier skin. Also more, and more recently the air we breathe has become very contaminated. The dragon fruit tree performs a huge role to help make the environmental air fresh, and clean by soaking up the CO2 (carbon dioxide) and delivering oxygen O2. Store the dragon fruit within the crispier compartment of the fridge. Dragon fruit stores very best at temperature ranges in between 45 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit.  You can keep refrigerated fruit for approximately 3 months.
 
Look for bright, even-colored skin. If the fruit has a lot of blotches, it may be over-ripe (a few is normal). Another sign of over-ripe dragon fruit is a very dry, brittle brown stem, or brown on the tips of the "leaves". Hold the dragon fruit in your palm and try pressing the skin with your thumb or fingers. It should give a little (like a ripe kiwi), but shouldn't be too soft or mushy. If it's very firm, it will need to ripen for a few days. Put the dragon fruit on a cutting board or other clean surface, cut the fruit length wise straight down the middle with a sharp knife. Separate the fruit into 2 sections. Run a tablespoon around the circumference of the first section to separate the flesh from the skin. Now lift the flesh out of the skin, and place it on the cutting board. DO NOT EAT THE SKIN, OK. (It's not poison, just don't eat) 

Do the same for the other half. Turn the mound of flesh over, checking for any residual pink skin. Slice this off, the skin isn't healthy to eat. Now I toss the halves in a plastic container, and toss them in the refrigerator to chill them off. You can eat the chilled fruit right out of the frige, or save the skin, cut the fruit into cubes refill the skin, and serve as a desert, or on a main course plate, delicious! Get creative there are no limit on how you can serve this truly unique healthy fruit. If the supply is limited where you live grow your own. They are very hearty plants. Whatever you do, don't miss out on this treat. Good Luck...






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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Somebody say, Pumpkin Time !!

   It's Fall and our lives are consumed with the color orange

The images of Halloween Jack-O Lanterns are everywhere, but what about pumpkins are they really healthy? Well, if they weren't you could bet I wouldn't be writing this article! Let's see, how about some history. Pumpkins are believed to have originated in North America. Seeds from related plants have been found in Mexico dating back to 5500 B.C. So references to pumpkins date back many centuries. The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word for "large melon" which is "pepon." "Pepon" was changed by the French into "pompon." The English changed "pompon" to "Pumpion." American colonists changed "pumpion" into "pumpkin." All the while Native American's were using pumpkin as a staple in their diets centuries long before the pilgrims landed. They also dried strips of pumpkin and wove them into mats. Native Americans would also roast long strips of pumpkin on the open fire and eat them. When the European settlers arrived, they saw the pumpkins grown by the natives, and pumpkin soon became a staple in their diets. The early settlers used them in a wide variety of recipes from desserts to stews and soups, and even made beer out of it.

The origin of pumpkin pie is thought to have occurred when the colonists sliced off the pumpkin top, removed the seeds, and then filled it with milk, spices and honey. The pumpkin was then baked in the hot ashes of a dying fire. Pumpkins are a member of the Cucurbita family which includes squash and cucumbers. Pumpkin flowers are also edible. The pumpkin blossoms can be eaten, batter-dipped and fried. Pumpkins range in size from less than 1 pound to over 1,000 pounds. The current world record holder is  Tim Mathison. On October 11, 2013, Tim brought his now world record 2032 pound pumpkin to the Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park Weigh-off at Morgan Hill, Ca.  I knew you didn't want to see that. So here's another pic of the roadside pumpkin maiden.

For cooking purposes, you should pick the smaller sizes, they will have more tender, tasty flesh. Select pumpkins which are free of blemishes, harvested with their stems intact, and pick the ones that feel heavy for their size. There are so many roadside pumpkin stands this time of year, pull over and see what they have to offer. Unless they are waxed by the grower, a shiny skin indicates the squash was picked too soon. Look for a dull finish. For extended storage, you should wash the skin in a solution of about a tablespoon of chlorine bleach to a gallon of water to disinfect the skin and discourage mold or rot. Then dry your pumpkin immediately because dampness encourages spoilage. If you find mold, wipe it with vegetable oil to remove the mold and seal the spot.

The Orange Bulldog pumpkin, is resistant to the wilt, and viruses that would plague more traditional-looking varieties. These pumpkins are generally more squat than round, and can range in size up to 30 pounds. It's open-pollinated seed so there's a pretty wide variation in the fruit. If you don't carve it, it will last forever you can treat it like butternut squash, storing it in the pantry through the fall and winter. So if we have a zombie apocalypse, you can survive on this pumpkin.
 
Now while pumpkins are a tasty source of vitamins, and minerals, particularly beta-carotene, vitamin C, A, and potassium which helps prevent arteriosclerosis, that can lead to strokes or heart attacks. The real fun is in the seeds. While pumpkin seeds are available year round, they are the freshest in the fall when pumpkins are in season. The health benefits of eating pumpkin seeds are well known. Let's look at some. The high content of zinc makes them beneficial for the prostate.

They reduce inflammation. They can also protect against the parasites in the intestines, and their anti-inflammatory properties, and can help lower blood cholesterol too. The seeds are also good sources of protein, as well as iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, and potassium. About a quarter-cup of seeds can provide over 20% of the recommended daily iron intake. According to the USDA, one gram of roasted seeds contain 5.69 mg L-tryptophan and one gram of seed protein contains 17.2 mg of L-tryptophan. (One cup of milk contains 183 mg.) This high tryptophan content makes pumpkin seeds interesting to researchers studying the treatment of anxiety disorders.  So it stands to reason you could eat the seeds as preventative measure against onset of anxiety attacks, mild depression and other mood disorders. About 100grm. of pumpkin seeds, about a handful, contains 30% protein.

The carotenoids found in pumpkin seeds, and the omega-3 fats found in pumpkin seeds are also being studied for their potential prostate benefits. Men with higher amounts of carotenoids in their diet have less risk for BPH (enlarged prostate). Zinc in pumpkin seeds might also impact prostate function. In animal studies, the addition of pumpkin seeds to the diet has compared favorably with use of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug indomethacin in reducing inflammatory symptoms. However the pumpkin seeds did not have any of the side-effects of the drug indomethacin. Pumpkin seeds do not increase the level of damaged fats in the linings of the joints, a side-effect that actually contributes to arthritis. In a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers published the amounts of phytosterols present in nuts and seeds commonly eaten in the United States. Phytosterols are believed to reduce blood levels of cholesterol, enhance the immune response and decrease risk of certain cancers. Pistachios, and sunflower seeds were richest in phytosterols, followed by pumpkin seeds. They keep fresh for a long time, If you keep them in a quality, food storage container.

Not only do they taste good, they are packed with alpha and beta carotene, potassium, magnesium, zinc, vitamins A and E and other nutrients with only 15 cal per 100 grams. Pumpkin's and their seeds are without a doubt, one of nature's wonder food's. Try some pumpkin deserts, and breads at your local bakery this season. If they aren't part of your regular diet now, try some seeds this season too. You certainly can't knock the benefits. You can buy them in the shells, and shell them yourself, or buy them already shelled. I suggest you don't buy them out of huge bins at the health food store, because they don't stay fresh, and a little moisture can ruin the batch. Sprinkle them on  over grilled fish, in salads, or eat them by themselves. Use your imagination. I even mix mine with  a little chili powder, for a change up. It's always better to buy your seeds or nuts unsalted, if you don't like them unsalted, add your own quality sea salt. If you want to know how to grow your own pumpkins check this video.


Also if you are old enough, and you like beer, try a Pumpkin Ale this year it's seasonal, and tastes great, and by all means if you spot a pumpkin maiden at a farm stand on the side of the road this year stop and sample her wares. Good Luck...












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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Sweet As Honey...

        
                                    
Truth is, few foods in the word can rival honey

I thought we would start the year with one of my favorite super-food powerhouses, honey. As an all natural food, and health aid, the product of that relentless little bee, that everyone is so dreadfully afraid of,  results in one of the worlds true super-foods, honey. A food that never spoils. I know that many of my friends and a lot of my readers are sick with colds, and flu. Honey is antibacterial, antiviral, and will keep your immune system strong. It's been used on cuts, and burns for thousands of years. Honey will promote healing, and deter scarring. Honey is also an age old beauty product that will keep you skin and hair looking young and beautiful. These days people are turning to alternative medicines for treatment of diseases despite the modern advances in synthetic drugs. We are finally looking to nature for safe, healthy, time tested remedies. Honey is one of nature's purest foods for promoting general health. There are so many health benefits to honey, it truly is one of nature's super foods.

Let's see first off you might be surprised to learn that it's a natural antimicrobial, and antioxidant. Now I think it's kinda funny that most people go to the drug store for cough, cold and flu remedies, seeking a product that often has honey, and lemon as the main ingredients, when a glass of warm water with raw honey, and fresh lemon juice is far more effective. Raw honey contains the anti-oxidants we need in our daily diets to mop up those free radicals which are so harmful to our health. In fact honey contains far more anti-oxidants than some fruits and vegetables. However the combination of the two is an excellent way to stay healthy. Raw honey also has the enzymes that boost the immune system. In terms of antioxidants, darker is better when it comes to honey. Processed honey ( in the little bear)  is heated and filtered, robbing it of all natural nutrients. Only buy raw unfiltered honey.
 
Honey has also been used throughout the ages as an all natural beauty product. Honey is a powerful booster to the immune system. Raw honey contains 27 minerals, 22 amino acids and 5,000 live enzymes. It keeps you healthy by fighting disease and boosting the digestive system. One daily spoonful in your tea or spread on your toast or cereal is all that is needed to reap these benefits. Honey is also great for cuts and wounds. Honey has been used to treat wounds for thousands of years. The antiseptic properties of honey will clean wounds and inhibit bacterial growth. Its natural antibiotic and antibacterial properties aid in treating cuts and burns. It promotes healing, reduces swelling, and prevents infections. Unlike refined sugar, honey contains vitamins, and minerals. Refined sugars are void of vitamins, and minerals. The body must utilize it's store of valuable nutrients to digest refined sugar. This process depletes the supply of minerals essential to dissolve cholesterol, and fats. Honey helps metabolize cholesterol, and fatty acid preventing obesity. In fact you can make a simple diet drink by adding honey, and lemon to a glass of water.

Cleopatra, queen of Egypt was no stranger to the skin enhancing properties of honey. She regularly took milk and honey baths to maintain her youthful appearance. In fact she supposedly is the most beautiful woman who ever lived. Honey as a natural beauty product has unlimited possibilities. It can be used as a facial mask, hair conditioner, skin moisturizer, and more. If you read the labels of most commercial skin care products the almost all contain honey, and coconut. Honey has natural humectants, with the ability to replenish the moisture level in skin without adding oil. Honey is a popular anti aging skin care ingredient in many commercial moisturizers. Using honey as a facial mask will exfoliate, clarify, and unclog pores.
Honey is a wonderful deep conditioning treatment for dry hair. Smooth honey through your hair from 
 root to tip, once a month. Be sure to rinse it out completely. Your hair will be soft, and full of shine. Eating honey can be a fun, erotic experience. You see it really doesn't matter how you get your honey, in your food, tea, or off your lover. You can't go wrong.
The best way to buy honey is locally from a beekeeper or a local farmer's market. This is likely raw honey. Raw unrefined honey can prevent hay fever-type symptoms, because of the pollen spores it contains. It actually de-sensitizes you. Only spend your money on the best, organic honey. The bees are not subjected to any form of pollution. Always read the labels on the jar, nothing added, nothing blended, just pure honey is what you should look for and buy.

Honey use is widespread in hospitals around the world for wound care. Modern hospitals today use "Honey Dressings" called Medi-Honey. These are applied to all kinds of skin infections such as bedsores, burns, and even babies ass rash with spectacular results. In fact honey heals these infections faster than any chemical medications. Even after major operations honey is the preferred dressing in today’s hospitals. Apart from being sweet, aromatic, and tasting nice, honey cures ailments with its ability to eat away, and destroy bad bacteria (stomach ulcers are caused by these bacteria) without destroying the good bacteria we need in our digestive systems and on our skin, to promote healing. Can you think of a more versatile food source than good ole pure honey? Honey can be used in cooking and baking, can be mixed with fruits to naturally sweeten a delicious smoothie. It will calm a nasty cough so you can sleep. It can be used as a beauty product for the skin, and is an amazing natural medicine just to name a few of its benefits. Now, Don't give your baby any honey before he/she's a year old, even if it's to treat a cough. This is because honey can, very occasionally, contain a spore of a bacterium called clostridium botulinum. This can cause a rare form of food poisoning (botulism) in babies.

So thank the honey bees, the only insects that produce food, for human consumption. New Year's resolution, dump the refined sugar, and artificial sweeteners this new year, and add some raw honey to your diet. You'll be healthier I promise. Happy New Year.  Good Luck...





If you are sick get well soon, hope the honey helps, try it in a...

Hot Toddy:

  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 fluid ounces boiling water
  • 1 1/2 fluid ounces whiskey
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 slice lemon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg  


Pour the honey, boiling water, and whiskey into a mug. Spice it with the cloves and cinnamon, and put in the slice of lemon. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes so the flavors can mingle, then sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg and serve with a good book...





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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Healthy, Juicy And Sexy, The Pear...

        The pear was likely cultivated by prehistoric man.

Since I'm sitting here slurping on, and enjoying one of the sweetest pieces of fruit I've ever eaten, I give you the pear. There is convincing archeological evidence of prehistoric pears, from the excavation of the ancient lake dwellers in Switzerland. Chinese records show commercial pear cultivation as early as 5000 B.C., but ancient pears were smaller, and more bitter than today's fruit. After many generations of breeding, I ask you is there anything tastier than a cold juicy pear. Here's a little history. In the eighth century BC, In "The Odyssey," the Greek poet Homer claims pears are a "gift of the gods." Pomona, goddess of fruit, was a cherished member of the Roman Pantheon and Roman farmers documented extensive pear growing and grafting techniques. The Romans proceeded to use those grafting techniques to develop more than 50 varieties. They also introduced the cultivated pear to other parts of Europe. Thanks to their versatility and long storage life, pears were a valuable commodity among the trading routes of the ancient world.

Pears are often seen in the works of the Renaissance Masters, pears have long been an elegant still-life muse for artists. Pears are members of the rose family and related to the apple, and the quince. Just like some women, pears have a semi-rough exterior that bruises easily with buttery insides, and a large round bottom that tapers towards the top. In the 17th century modern pear cultivation began taking place in Europe, and as we all know on the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a "partridge in a pear tree." A rhyme people have been singing since the 18th-century, accounting for the first of The Twelve Days of Christmas. English records show that in 1629, pears were sent by the Massachusetts Company to New England colonists to plant and grow into trees at Plymouth, MA. The first pear trees in America's eastern settlements thrived until crop blights proved too severe to sustain widespread cultivation. Fortunately, the pear trees that were brought west to Oregon, and Washington territories by pioneers in the 1800's thrived in the Pacific Northwest. Today's Northwest pear varieties are the same or similar to those first cultivated in France, and Belgium where they were prized for their delicate flavor, buttery texture, and long storage life. When more sophisticated irrigation and growing techniques were developed during the past century, pear orchards flourished dramatically in the Northwest's river valley regions from Northern Central Washington to Central Southern Oregon. Today, the pear orchards in Oregon and Washington are as specialized as the regions where they are grown. From small organic, to large commercial farms all contribute high-quality fruit to the Northwest's pear industry. Consumer interest and enjoyment of Northwest pears grows each year. Thanks to advancements in Controlled Atmosphere (CA) storage technology, fresh USA Pears are available to consumers nearly year-round. The State of Oregon named the pear Oregon's official state fruit, and the USDA annually recognizes the pear by declaring the month of December as National Pear Month.

The USDA has found that pears have a very high Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. ORAC is a way of expressing a measure of the antioxidant activity of food. Antioxidants help prevent damage caused by free radicals, which are byproducts of reactions between oxygen and foods when energy is created. Free radical damage increases when diets are antioxidant-poor, because free radicals are allowed to roam the body damaging other cells and tissues. To reduce the chance of cell damage, I recommend a diet high in antioxidant foods, like pears and other fruits. Key nutrients in pears include vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, potassium, iron, fiber, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), niacin, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, copper, selenium, manganese, fructose, glucose, sucrose, pantothenic acid, and vitamin E. Some of the important phytochemicals in pears are beta-carotene, caffeic acid, quercetin, pectin, and tocopherols. To determine the iron levels in a pear, see if it turns brown when cut. If it doesn’t turn brown, the iron content is very low or non-existent.


Here is a few of the health benefits of pears:

  • Help for Diabetics. Pears have a low glycemic index (GI) of just 38. Low-GI foods are digested and absorbed more slowly, producing a more gradual rise in blood glucose and insulin levels. Foods with a low-GI are recommended in the prevention of coronary heart disease and obesity, and in the management of diabetes. Particularly for diabetics, pears are one of the fruits that can improve blood glucose levels, help a person lose weight, and improve concentration. 
  • Non-Allergenic BenefitsPears are a hypoallergenic fruit, and are the only fruit allowed on elimination diets used to test allergy sufferers. This also makes pears and pear juice attractive for serving to small children because they are less likely to produce adverse reactions.
  • Cancer PreventionPears contain hydroxycinnamic acid, which has been identified as helping to prevent stomach cancer. At least one serving of apples and pears a day is associated with a reduced risk of lung cancer in women. The high vitamin C and copper content act as good antioxidants that protect cells from damage by free radicals. Studies have revealed that eating pears help protect women against postmenopausal breast cancer.
  • Pulmonary DiseaseEating pears appears to improve lung function and reduce Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease symptoms such as breathlessness and coughing.
  • InflammationPears can be useful in treating inflammation of mucous membranes, colitis, chronic gallbladder disorders, arthritis, and gout.
  • Asthma PreventionAn Australian study has revealed people who eat pears regularly have the lowest risk of developing asthma.
  • Constipation. The pectin in pears is diuretic and may have a mild laxative effect. Drinking pear juice regularly is said to help regulate bowel movements. A high sorbitol content, plus extra fiber, makes pears ideal for persons suffering from constipation. 
  • Healthy Cholesterol Levels. Like other fruits, pears have been shown help sustain healthy cholesterol levels because of the high content of pectin. Pears are actually higher in pectin than apples. 
  • Bone HealthPears provide copper and vitamin C. They also have boron, which is needed for proper functioning of calcium and magnesium; boron helps the body retain calcium and thus prevents or retards osteoporosis.
  • Blood PressurePears have antioxidant and anticarcinogen glutathione, which help prevent high blood pressure and stroke.
  • EnergyYou can get quick and natural source of energy from pears, due largely to its high amounts of two monosacharides (fructose and glucose) and carbohydrates.
  • Sore Throat and FeverPears are known to have a cooling effect that is excellent in relieving fever. Some say the best way to bring a fever down quickly or sooth a sore throat is to drink a big glass of pear juice. The antioxidants will also build your immune system; so drink pear juice when you feel a cold coming on. One recommendation says that for vocal chord health, boil the juice of two Chinese pears with raw honey and drink it warm.
  • PregnancyThe high content of folate (folic acid) is thought to help prevent neural tube defects in infants.

  • Vision. Regular consumption of pears is thought to lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration, the main cause of vision loss in older adul

Your mother may have told you to eat carrots for your eyes, but it looks like fruit is even more important for keeping your sight. Data reported in a study which involved over 110,000 women and men published in the Archives of Ophthalmology indicates that eating 3 or more servings of fruit per day may lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the primary cause of vision loss in older adults, by 36%, compared to persons who consume less than 1.5 servings of fruit daily. Three servings of fruit may sound like a lot to eat each day, but pears can help you reach this goal. You can add sliced pears to your morning cereal, lunch time yogurt or green salads. For an elegant meal, decorate any main supper dish with slices of pear. They go with just about anything. Which brings me to after dinner. Pear deserts are some of the most heavenly on the planet bar none! You only need to spend  5 minutes on the web searching for pear related deserts, and your mouth will be watering, or I'll eat my hat! After desert there's the pear brandy one of the most unique liquors on earth, because the pear needs to grow inside the bottle that will later contain the brandy.




This practice of growing pears in the bottle is traditional in Alsace, France where pear brandy has been made for hundreds of years. Pear-in-the-bottle is highly labor intensive, requiring weeks of work putting the bottles on the trees in late May when the small pear will still fit in the neck of the bottle, tending them all summer, and picking them in late August. Since they use no preservatives or artificial cleaning solutions, each pear and each bottle must be painstakingly scrubbed by hand before they fill it with pear eau de vie for which they are known worldwide. Due to the unpredictable nature of pear growth from year to year the pear in the bottle is only available certain years. Now I ask you can you think of any reason you shouldn't eat more pears? Didn't think so. Go ahead try some different pears, or try a new pear desert, or some pear brandy. Good Luck...




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