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Going Vegan

Hello Dear World. Every piece we learn on the journey to a food revolution can be one more step on the journey. Going vegan seems to be taking me decades and recently I came much further on the journey. All the work I did writing this raw food blog has paid off and once again I encourage everyone to write a blog on anything you’re interested in learning more about or sharing.

This has become a summer for decluttering myself from habits I was so curious about being free from. How would it feel to no longer have to have coffee? It feels really free. Gluten free? Amazing. And free from eating dead animals? Very natural. It’s an unusual opportunity to have a choice about going vegan. In human history we always went for what we could find to eat of course. And while we found it’s easier to sneak up on a plant, if there were no plants available…like I think about Eric the Red who founded Greenland – he must have lived off fish?

On going vegan, if you’re interested, you can pick an interest and let that be your motivation: Health, Environment, Philosophy, Curiosity, etc.

Curiosity sparked my going vegetarian in the 80’s. Health was why I quit dairy over 16 years ago. And when I saw “A Life Among Whales” I was astonished at what the people in charge of killing the animals may be watching all day. Do we really want to support this industry? or do we want people to have healthier jobs? Now I learn it takes 2,000 gallons of water for every gallon of milk (Pearce, When the Rivers Run Dry: Water–The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Century, 2007). And I learn there are Farm Sanctuaries (where farm animals are rescued and cared for). Joel Furhman (“Eat to Live”) writes if there was any one food he could take away from the American diet to save the most lives, it would be cheese. I understand from T. Colin Campbell (“The China Study”) casein (milk/cheese protein) is a carcinogen. If you’re looking for a site, you might check out http://nutritionfacts.org/.

Clothes and going vegan…that’s like a final frontier. There are companies putting to use some great materials (pleather replacing leather, primaloft replacing down, etc). It seems to me, someone is going to make a mint in this field. As people start figuring out things like we’ve been destroying rainforests to grow fast food hamburgers (and while they sold billions, they threw away exponentially more right in the trash, due to: The policy to keep the bins full and quickly ready to sell to customers and the law against selling them after a few minutes of having been cooked). Just now we learn thru NPR that China and Europe don’t add a muscle growth chemical the U.S. regularly uses in pigs:

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People are getting ready to move on. It will take lots of starts but the change is coming. A close friend (in her 60’s) went on Atkins and for the first time had to take cholesterol pills. When she later became vegan (in her 70’s), guess what? no need for the pills anymore. People are finding out on their own. No matter how many billions get pumped into selling misinformation, we’re finding our way and it is a big thanks to the doctors helping us by writing books that point to the evidence they are seeing and inspire us to try a little something different this time. Just experiment, your body is your laboratory.

On BookTV I saw a lawyer who was also a doctor speaking about sugar. (Sugar, the other white powder as Dr. Julie Holland calls it in Moody Bitches.) Anyway his point was we can pass laws locally, the way we have with alcohol. There are little stores near schools all across the country where kids walk in on their way to and from school to buy sugar. You could card for the sugar consumption during certain hours, the way we do alcohol.

Sugar addiction is so difficult to overcome and extremely expensive for our healthcare system. He pointed out diabetes is so expensive because unlike smokers people living with diabetes live with care for it a much longer time (many getting diabetes starting very young now), the smokers passed at about the time of retirement when they would have collected federal benefits. Isn’t it sad to think of it like that? I hope it’s just the point that we see and that we are extremely compassionate with ourselves and any others we know suffering from anything.

It is compassion that will help us. Shaming and blaming do not inspire the kind of courage, strength and hope it takes to make authentic change for ourselves and others. My best wishes to everyone. And one more thing – huge thanks to Ed Brown for his dear cookbook that I find comforting and inspiring – The Complete Tassajara Cookbook.

I want to encourage you to write a raw food blog or a blog about anything you want to get going on/form a habit with/learn about. Writing this blog over the years helped me find ways to bring more and more raw fruits and veggies into my daily life. Reading books like Eat to Live and journal articles cited here, the comments, it all helped normalize eating for example 2 pints of blueberries in a day (which I did yesterday; one pint was blueberry cereal). Anyway think about it. When I started this blog I really was just starting the rawfood journey only having occasional contact with a rawfoodist friend of ours as my initial inspiration. This blog became a notebook.

Now that our gardens are in full bloom, I see kale is very hardy and came back from last year like it owns the place, even growing between our vegetable garden boxes. Smooth leaf kale varieties are simple to wash. Pluck the leaves toss them into a high speed blender (like a ktech or vitamix) with a can of pineapple (fresh pineapple isn’t sweet enough) and even the pickiest eaters will enjoy drinking in the fresh life of kale.

 

 

Human Biome Research

I don’t know why I think its so exciting to think we have all the gut bacteria friends working together with us like a very huge and very diverse team! Some notes from Discover magazine (Jan/Feb 2013) re: recent research by: NIH’s Human Microbiome Project and MetaHIT

Apparently more than 1,000 species were found, “…each person’s body supports many different microbial ecosystems. The vagina, for example is like a sparsely populated prairie, where as…’The distal gut of a human is one of the densest microbial ecosystems on the planet.’ says Stanford University microbiologist David Relman…” We’re diverse like a rainforest.

“People are very different from one another, but they are consistent with themselves. Two healthy Americans’ microbial communities can differ by as much as 90 percent, but an individual’s distinct ensemble of bugs tends to stay stable over many years…Already doctors are having success treating diseases like colitis with fecal transplants to reestablish gut flora in patients who have received intensive rounds of antibiotics” (Discover magazine, Jan/Feb 2013; p.21).

In case you missed the (MetaHIT organized) conference held in Paris last year:

“…the International Human Microbiome Congress, which we think will remain a landmark event in the field of human microbiome research. Here are a few Take Homme Messages we feel are among the most important elements to remember after the Congress:

  1. Microbiome diversity matters! In the gut, low is less healthy than high!
  2. Large scale quantitative metagenomic studies is what it takes to explore relations between the microbiome and chronic diseases!
  3. Standardized protocols are the key to make the most out of large studies and that’s what the Internationals Human Microbiome Standards project does!”

In this video Stanford and NYU Med. Ctr. researchers discuss their research: ASM Live — Antibiotic Exposure, The Microbiome and Obesity. ASM is the American Society of Microbiology. There is some talk on diet in the said video see minute 14:12; and probiotics ~18:30; interesting points also after ~23:30). I see they’re trying to find where the bacteria are coming from, which is why they are interested in babies and how their biomes get their start.

I’d like to see more research on the notion that eating processed sugar and white flour products creates an aggressively growing population of bacteria that then crave more sugar and make you crave eating more sugar. Is it like a yeast festival that kind of takes over in your gut? Edging out the life of the “good” bacteria that are just kindly waiting for your next salad? lol

Here is an excellent lecture on microbe communication by Dr. Bonnie Bassler at Princeton (starts at 3:30). WOW bacteria have been around for 4 billion years and were the first organisms on earth! Some of our bacteria digest our food, make our vitamins and inform our immune system. Bacteria communicate and chemicals are their words. They do so “bi-lingually” with a kind universally known language among various kinds of bacteria. They can sense when there are plenty of their type around and this helps them know if they have enough to take over an organism. So our intercepting their ability to communicate seems to hold promise. “They eavesdrop, they cheat, they free ride…” lol she’s awesome.

Here are some deets I found on Dr. Pawlak who holds her Ph.D. degree in biochemistry, and has done post-doctoral studies in the fields of immuno-biology, chemistry, genetics and the biochemistry of the brain.

Books (She’s been publishing since the 1990’s on nutrition and brain)

This looks like a site she smoshed together in 2001.

Wasn’t able to find even a single radio interview (much less a video) online for this gal, argh! I may have to go to one of her seminars where she will talk about gut bacteria’s extensive effects on us, see lecture topics for FOOD, MOOD & COGNITION :

  •   Brain Food. How Food and Nutrients Affect Brain Cells.
  •   Dietary Supplements and Cognition (Omega 3, Gingko, Coconut oil, etc.): What Really Works?
  •   Shaping a Better Brain. Food for Thought. Feeding the Brain to Optimize Academic Success.
  •   Western Diet and Cognitive Impairment – Causing Hippocampal Dysfunction. The Insidious Effect of Saturated Fats. Does Sugar Make Us Dumb?
  •   The Hungry Brain. Overeating and Brain Deterioration. Energy Balance, Brain Health and Cognition.
  •   Obesity and Poor Mental Health. Is it What We Eat, or What’s Eating Us? Interactions Between Stress, Sadness and Food Intake. Obesity-Associ-

    ated Brain Inflammation – Promoting Addictive Behaviors?

  •   Food and Mood. The Link Between Junk Food and Depression/Anxiety. The Rise of Mental Health Disorders in Our Youth. Inflammation as the

    Common Denominator?

  •   The Gut as Our 2nd Brain: Your Gut Has a Mind of its Own. Could the Gut be the Center of Many of Our Physical and Psychiatric Ailments? Gut

    Signals That Impact Overeating, Mood and Cognition. Gut Dysfunction, Inflammation and Brain Health.

  •   Our Inner Ecosystem. How Gut Bacteria Shape Our Minds and Bodies. To What Extent Can We Blame Our “Bugs” for Obesity and Depression?
  •   The Gastrointestinal (GI) Barrier: Our Defense Against the External Environment. Leaky Gut Syndrome.
  •   Chronic Stress: How it Impairs Our Intestinal Barrier and Alters Gut Bacteria. Evidence That Gut Bacteria Actually Influence How Well We Respond

    to Stress.

  •   Do All Diseases Begin in the Gut? The Link Between Altered GI Function and Allergy, Inflammatory Diseases, Autoimmune Diseases, Diabetes,

    Arthritis, Autism, ADD/ADHD, Obesity, Eating Disorders, Depression, and Other Chronic Disease States.

  •   The Curse of the Inflammatory Western Diet: Promoting Gut Dysfunction and Toxic Intestinal Bacteria That’s Taking a Toll on Our Health.
  •   America’s Chemical Cuisine: Food Additives, Preservatives, Pesticides, Genetically Modified Foods. What Impact is it Having Our Gut and Brain

    Health? Dangerous Grains: Who Could Benefit From a Gluten Free Diet?

  •   Medications That Cause Digestive Problems (eg., Antibiotics, NSAIDs, etc.).
  •   Dental Health Implications. Impact of Diet, Obesity and Depression on Oral Health.
  •   The WAY to Eat to Improve Gut health, Brain Health, Appetite and Weight Control, Dental Health, Energy, Mood and Cognition. What’s the Secret?
  •   Can We Eat our Way to Happiness? Diet as a Depression Cure. Nutrition for Addiction Recovery.
  •   Food Allergies: How Common Are They Really?
  •   New-Fangled Fibers: Will the Real Fiber Please Stand Up?
  •   Prebiotics and Probiotics: Superfoods or Super Swindle? Probiotics to Treat Depression? The GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) Diet. What to Recommend to Our Patients?

Chris’s cancer survivor blog has some interesting info and survivor stories (here is his Youtube Channel link). Below is a short video of his 2012 talk in New York. Below that is a summit on the topic of natural treatments for cancer. I was just interested because I have heard generally about this without having specific resources, so I wanted to note a couple. FYI, I really don’t know anything about this topic; this blog is really my notebook of sorts, a place to plunk things.

 

 

Why is a raw food blogger writing about CVS? What is CVS? Here is NIH’s ideas on it. It’s a complex and rare digestive gig and little is known about it. While I am hesitant to self-disclose I also feel an obligation to get the word out and who knows maybe connect with people who have new solutions. I already participated in one study, sending my genes to California. I have lived with CVS since 1997. It was only in Oct 2011 that I stumbled upon a medical journal article and then other helpful resources, like CVSA (thank you!) that I discovered a name for it.

After acting on recommendations and realizing others, I found that maybe I can eliminate the recurrence from my life (holding my breath here, my last event was July 2011). This, my longest remission, came in spite of it being a high stress time of my life; this makes me think the measures I take are all the more remarkable. There were no new stress reducing habits acquired during this time. I have been doing yoga (3-4) hours a week for 3 years and Mindfulness meditation practice for 9 years.

CVS is a great puzzle at its best. I’m still learning. It seems it may have a neurological component. One gastroenterologist told me it may be as if your digestive system has gone to sleep. That sounded absurd and simplistic at first. Although now, years later, I think this may be a key. Another gastroenterologist, who claimed to be one of the specialists in CVS, told me a trauma can trigger the start of CVS. While I’m not a firefighter I was in a fire once and he felt that event triggered it for me.

Any who, what to do if this is your deal or for anyone you know with this. This is my experience of what is working. Raw simple fruits and vegetables turns out to be one of the keys in eliminating CVS from your life. De-complicate your meals; I have lots of little meals in the day: an ounce of walnuts, or an avocado, that’s a meal; eat 8 ounces of greens with healthy omegas in your dressing, that’s a meal.

Cheese and chocolate are repeatedly advanced as culprits in the literature – these can trigger episodes, and it’s as though by a build up in your system. I think its the casein. Even non-dairy cheese like soy-cheese almost always has casein and soy-cheese definitely contributes to causing an event. So also for example coconut based chocolate is a better option than milk based chocolate. Skipping chocolate all together is the best option.

Casein is the basis for a wood-glue and it is in dairy products (making up 80% of the proteins in cow milk) and basically gunks up your system. Try washing the side of your car with a slice of pizza as Dr. Fuhrman (this link goes to an excellent, dense interview) says. People always say to me then, but I like cheese. You can always juxtapose the experience of your liking to be skinny or healthy or free from disease and suffering caused by obesity. I am starting to think it is possible that Americans just may get rid of cheese the way they did cigarettes. Americans can find their way out of the obesity epidemic. Stephan Guyenet shows 4% of American white men age 40-49 were obese in 1892; in the year 2000 its 25%. Can we get it back down to 4% with all the science and information access we have today? Is there something you can do to help? With ideas for anyone, please leave a comment or do anything you think could be useful.

Moving on, fried anything is terrible for you. I think it belongs to the complicated food problem; use the KISS principle (Keep it Simple Stupid), a lead auto-mechanic once told me that!  Combinations of foods all mixed in a dish seem to be too complicated to work with. When you heat up oil it creates tons of free radicals which oxygen has to carry out of your system. Free radicals are capable of causing mutations in your DNA (Brain Rules, John Medina, p.20). Alcohol also apparently is also not helpful to people with CVS. Interesting aside, apparently alcohol is measurably destructive for your brain (see Daniel Amen’s lecture based on 63,00 brain scans: Change your brain, Change your life). His institute also found the following hurt your brain: obesity, SAD diet, lack of exercise, diabetes)

The key ideas I found online that REALLY helped with CVS: Never eat large evening meals; take CoQ-10 (not sure if that is helping or not, however I have been taking it daily since Oct 2011); if an episode is coming on take very long hot showers (sounds cray cray doesn’t it? It works. And I have no idea why.); take a migraine pill. Deep breath and massage your stomach, try to wake up your digestion kindly and compassionately; don’t go to sleep with an abdominal migraine, instead mindfully stay awake to your experience and fill yourself with oxygen. I use mindfulness practice to bring myself towards the experience; applying mindfulness skills is VERY helpful.

Sorry I just have the one medical journal article citation handy (see below), I believe there is a good one in one of the Nature journals and there are others, just search Pubmed. Take great care of yourself and those around you!

Two Common Mitochondrial DNA Polymorphisms are Highly Associated with Migraine Headache and Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2982.2008.01793.x Cephalalgia July 2009 vol. 29 no. 7 719-728 authors: EA Zaki,
T Freilinger, T Klopstock, EE Baldwin, KRU Heisner, K Adams, M Dichgans, S Wagler and RG Boles; Author Affiliations

Excellent talk, please take a peak, she talks about the vital nutrients for your brain’s mitochondria. Eating tons of greens, sulfer vegetables, and berries helped turned her disease (MS) around. This researcher/doctor promotes dropping gluten and dairy. She has other great talks via YouTube (a great way to listen to the latest scientists – TEDtalks, GoogleTalks, MIT, Yale, Harvard, etc.; you don’t have to spend tons of money or travel to access these great talks – go for it!). Go raw, eat your greens, change your life compassionately. FYI my pause in publishing is due to job change busyness, my passion for eating raw veggies and fruits grows and grows as I see it works!

This quick video clearly and simply animates the impact of free radicals and antioxidants, enjoy:

This one on the Immune Response is great; artsy and sciencey all in one, check it out:

One more very well done, the speaker draws and labels while explaining, see:

Overview of the Immune System

This video provides a general idea of produce/nuts you can get for ~$140.00 at Costco. Basically you can get a ton of great produce there cheaply (even though its not all organic its still better than other choices). You enter a huge walk-in refrigerator where they fork lifted in boxes of produce; that keeps prices down and freshness up. We also frequent local health food grocery stores, farmers markets and join CSAs which are vital for getting locally grown produce, etc.

Check out this database of free medical journals put out by the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

From Scientific American:

“…there are 10 times more bacterial cells in your body than human cells, according to Carolyn Bohach, a microbiologist at the University of Idaho (U.I.), along with other estimates from scientific studies. (Despite their vast numbers, bacteria don’t take up that much space because bacteria are far smaller than human cells.) …Further, probiotics—dietary supplements containing potentially beneficial microbes—have been shown to boost immunity. Not only do gut bacteria “help protect against other disease-causing bacteria that might come from your food and water,” Huffnagle says, ‘they truly represent another arm of the immune system.’…As U.I.’s Bohach says: ‘We do not completely understand the full impact of our bacterial flora on our health and physiology.'”

Lets embrace the community of cells. That sounds like more what we are right? A community? FYI probiotic milks and kefirs can be coconut based, keep looking in your health food stores if you haven’t seen them yet. Good Belly is one source, also SO is creating coconut based creamers, etc. Good luck everyone finding those non-dairy alternatives.

Udo Erasmus has a probiotic product, in pill form, find it stored safely in refrigeration in your store.

Also see related New York Times article: Tending the Body’s Microbial Garden
By CARL ZIMMER
Published: June 18, 2012

A friend of ours grew a jungle last year and this year already has an entire box of delish radishes. They are fun to eat, greens and all. We found they grow fast and easily, as we planted a whole package of radish (cherry belle) seeds 6 days ago and already the leaves are coming out, take a peak in the video below. Below see a delicious spread (hempspread.com) I had to note, it is full of great nutrients. Also funny, I ate like 6 bananas today, partly in honor of the nice vlogger who asks is it more extreme his eating 25 bananas a day or is it more extreme to kill a cow and eat that? Check him out  via Youtube at this link. He is definitely getting plenty of protein on his non-meat diet.

I wanted to share a youtube I enjoyed. This nice fellow touches on so many great food concepts, please listen if you have a minute. Also a tip: Buy 5 oz. boxes of washed greens, open, toss in salad dressing right into the box and voila there is your fresh little salad!

Listen to this Phd. Biochemist, Hagen Schroeter, talk about food research.

Here is the concept I found most interesting:
We can say flaxseeds (my example) are good for you or that some part of the seed is good for you. What part survives food processing? What compound results in your body’s metabolism of the seed? What compounds (if any) remain bio-active and move systemically? I think I got that right, feel free to listen and provide feedback. He explains why it is not simple to see the mechanism or reality of why a particular food is good for you.

Scientific American: Science Talk
Man from Mars: Health and Nutrition Research at Mars, Inc., and Beyond
Hagen Schroeter, the director of fundamental health and nutrition research at Mars, Inc., talks about research on bio-active food compounds and the search for why a healthful diet is good for you
January 5, 2012

Here is a quote from a free Physics Today’s article on food radiation:
“Irradiation does reduce vitamin levels in foods, especially for the B group vitamins. Thiamine is particularly sensitive, and as much as half of that vitamin can be destroyed in food irradiated at high doses. Vitamin loss, however, occurs in many food processes, including cooking and canning…For vegetables, the loss of vitamins is potentially of greater concern. The FDA, however, considers change in nutritional value as part of its evaluation of irradiation processes. The agency is not permitted to approve the use of irradiation if it will result in a significant nutritional loss. For example, at the doses approved for quarantine control of fruits and vegetables—below 1 kGy—more than 90% of the vitamins remain in the produce…Without doubt, applying radiation to a food breaks molecular bonds and thus generates radiolytic byproducts.” (Physics Today, vol. 65, issue2, February 2012, page 66)

Hope you enjoy this simple 3 min. video, maybe it will inspire you to do your own sugar cleanse. I love how she includes the voices of her viewers in this, fun video. Ellen, we love you.

Processed Sugar

Overeaters Anonymous is a group that focuses on stopping eating processed sugar. For decades now OA has successfully motivated people to stop eating all processed sugar for many years at a time. I just know this from going to meetings with my mom as a kid. Her group at the time was not so God focused as some groups are. It is an issue to use God language in that it will limit the number of people interested in joining the group. People would meet and stand up in the circle and say today I have now gone 20 years without sugar (meaning processed sugar of any kind). As a kid I experimented and went one year this way very happily. I still remark on how freeing it is to discover this will power and freedom.

Nature’s article: Public health: The toxic truth about sugar looks at sugar regulation which could include tax, limiting sales during school hours and placing age limits on purchase.
Why? Here is the heart of the article:

“A growing body of epidemiological and mechanistic evidence argues that excessive sugar consumption affects human health beyond simply adding calories4. Importantly, sugar induces all of the diseases associated with metabolic syndrome1, 5. This includes: hypertension (fructose increases uric acid, which raises blood pressure); high triglycerides and insulin resistance through synthesis of fat in the liver; diabetes from increased liver glucose production combined with insulin resistance; and the ageing process, caused by damage to lipids, proteins and DNA through non-enzymatic binding of fructose to these molecules. It can also be argued that fructose exerts toxic effects on the liver that are similar to those of alcohol1. This is no surprise, because alcohol is derived from the fermentation of sugar. Some early studies have also linked sugar consumption to human cancer and cognitive decline.

Sugar also has clear potential for abuse. Like tobacco and alcohol, it acts on the brain to encourage subsequent intake. There are now numerous studies examining the dependence-producing properties of sugar in humans6. Specifically, sugar dampens the suppression of the hormone ghrelin, which signals hunger to the brain. It also interferes with the normal transport and signalling of the hormone leptin, which helps to produce the feeling of satiety. And it reduces dopamine signalling in the brain’s reward centre, thereby decreasing the pleasure derived from food and compelling the individual to consume more1, 6.

Finally, consider the negative effects of sugar on society. Passive smoking and drink-driving fatalities provided strong arguments for tobacco and alcohol control, respectively. The long-term economic, health-care and human costs of metabolic syndrome place sugar overconsumption in the same category7. The United States spends $65 billion in lost productivity and $150 billion on health-care resources annually for morbidities associated with metabolic syndrome. Seventy-five per cent of all US health-care dollars are now spent on treating these diseases and their resultant disabilities. Because about 25% of military applicants are now rejected for obesity-related reasons, the past three US surgeons general and the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff have declared obesity a “threat to national security”.

Green Coffee Cupping

How does it feel to choose raw instead of supporting the industry of forcing food thru manufacturing and into packages, in an infinite stream of copies? What is the end result of choosing raw? Do we finally start to see the food that nourishes us? Each fruit, each green leaf, each nut, seed and vegetable is like a snowflake – no two are alike. Each one is a unique and exquisite expression.

Enjoy your health it means so much to you and those around you. Take it in during this holiday with love and peace. Notice what happens to your energy with choices you make. Take a yoga class. Have some oxygen for breakfast.
Best wishes to every single one of you!

Just found a cool new journal just starting in 2011: Biomedicine & Preventive Nutrition
Not tons of fun to search yet since there is only 2011 content to search so far, still I am looking forward to it.
Here is one article intro quote, just to wet your appetite:

“Introduction
Blue green algae such as Spirulina species contain C-PC (C-PC).
C-PC is a blue photosynthetic pigment that has both nutritional and
medicinal properties. It has been reported that phycocyanin has
antioxidant, antiinflammatory, hepatoprotective, radical scavenging
properties and neuroprotective effects [1–6]. There is an inverse
relationship between the antioxidative status and the occurrence
of human diseases [7,8]. Therefore, identifying antioxidant compounds
has been an important research topic…”
(Artitle title: C-phycocyanin from Spirulina maxima protects hepatocytes against oxidative damage induced by H2O2 in vitro
Pages 8-11
Authors: Yu Ou, Shan Zheng, Lin Lin, Qian Li)

If you search “cheese” in the medical journal Cephalalgia, you find lots of patients associating it as a cause for migraines. One article points to how difficult it is to make the scientific connection between how certain peoples’ bodies are dealing with certain foods and how exactly it is related to getting the headache. What is the biochemical action happening to cause this? There are ideas, experiments and efforts and just not the clear results sought after yet. I am pasting in part of that article and below that is an article citation on the DNA mechanisms related to Migraine Headache and Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome.

One thought: if your body is not dealing with a complicated food well for whatever reason, you wouldn’t necessarily then say, well what other complicated food can I eat in its place. You might say I am going to try sticking primarily with simple foods, that have not been manipulated or complicated.

IgG-mediated allergy: A new mechanism for migraine attacks?

Julio Pascual and
Agustín Oterino

+ Author Affiliations

University Hospital Marqués de Valdecilla, Spain.

Julio Pascual, Service of Neurology, University Hospital Marqués de Valdecilla, 39008 Santander, Spain. Email: juliopascual@telefonica.net

Despite recent advances offered by modern neuroimaging and genetic techniques, the pathophysiology of migraine has not been fully clarified. As pointed out by Selby and Lance 50 years ago, a relevant proportion of patients report that their migraine attacks are usually precipitated by dietary items (1). In a survey analysing the prevalence of dietary migraine in 500 new migraine patients, Peatfield et al. found in 1984 that 19.2% of migraine patients reported sensitivity to cheese, 18.2% to chocolate ad 11.1% to citrus fruit (2)….One of the obstacles to acceptance of the dietary hypothesis is the lack of a clear scientific explanation of the mechanisms implicated in the development of migraine attacks supposedly precipitated by food. The first obvious proposed mechanism was an allergy mediated by IgE antibodies…

Citation of another interesting article:
Two Common Mitochondrial DNA Polymorphisms are Highly Associated with Migraine Headache and Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2982.2008.01793.x Cephalalgia July 2009 vol. 29 no. 7 719-728 authors: EA Zaki,
T Freilinger, T Klopstock, EE Baldwin, KRU Heisner, K Adams, M Dichgans, S Wagler and RG Boles; Author Affiliations

Division of Medical Genetics and the Saban Research Institute, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Department of Neurology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany
Friedrich-Baur-Institute
current address Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California Los Angeles
Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Association, Milwaukee, WI, USA
Department of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Division of Medical Genetics, Box 90, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA. Tel. +1-323-361-2178, fax +1-323-361-1172, e-mail rboles@chla.usc.edu

A Romaine lettuce recall happened on Sept.30, 2011, where one farm, has recalled 2,498 cartons of bagged romaine lettuce (shipping to 21 states) after a sample tested positive for listeria.

While we are at it, may as well remind ourselves to be weary of salad bars that don’t look well kept, see an 2011 article on this at Food Science Central.

Also recently ported are the tragic cases of deaths from eating cantaloupes (see FDA). Good for Costco for taking a stand, see New York times article on this. Costco is an awesome way to get a TON of cheap and great produce!

You can always subscribe to RSS feeds from the CDC to get the latest on outbreaks. Or get FDA e-mail updates.

You may want to see the Wikipedia entry on listeria: “The two main clinical manifestations are sepsis and meningitis…Antibiotics effective against listeria species include ampicillin, vancomycin (unclear effectiveness), ciprofloxacin, linezolid, azithromycin.

Mixtures of bacteriophages have also proven effective in the treatment of Listeria.”

Sorry none of that was fun to read. Maybe it beats reading about issues involved with effectively cleaning surgical tools exposed to mad cow disease.

Keep it simple salad

Some of the very best salads are the simplest (especially if anything otherwise will mean no salad).
Buy the largest pre-washed box/bag of mixed greens you can find. Stuff a large bowl with a third or half of the box. Cut up a few tomatoes and add a dressing. SO VERY SIMPLE. AND SO DELICIOUS. And if you don’t want to be someone walking around literally full of shit (constipated) you will get to your veggies and transform your life.

Fill up on the greens daily; that is the high nutrient, low calorie way to bring lightness to your being. Enjoy the amazing forest in your bowl. Each leaf has its own flavor, each is unique. Each leaf was grown and selected for your box. Invite each leaf and tomato to contribute to the nourishment of your life and those around you.

Check out those grocery delis – some are HUGE and have like 50+ items. You could be doing extra work for the same price. Look for marinades and salads. Last night I found an INCREDBILY delicious dish for the same price had I made it myself. You do have to tell them to pour off the marinade (that reduced the cost by 2 dollars for me – when I asked them kindly to pour that off and reweigh).

The ingredients:
Apple slices (provides delicious light sweetness)
Sunflower seeds (just a few)
Kale (one of the ultimate foods of all time)
Radicchio (I’m a bitter lover so I LOVE radicchio)

There may have been vinegar added; I didn’t see or taste a single drop of oil anywhere – it was fantastic and light – I was SO impressed! They also had a delicious marinade dish of celery, green and black olives, bell peppers, banana peppers.

Check out those delis. Experiment, taste test a few, see if some are the same price as if you had made it yourself. Sometimes items are vegan – you may have to ask. I have complained countless times over the years when everything on the deli/salad bar has mayo, meat, cheese or noodles. It is like – wait are there any green foods without bacon flecks? I was so happy to find some gems out there. It’s a great way to treat yourself!

Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders 2010 June; 29(5): 413–423.
Published online 2010 May 22. doi: 10.1159/000305099
Vegetables, Unsaturated Fats, Moderate Alcohol Intake, and Mild Cognitive Impairment

See (in Discussion) :
“Our findings are consistent with those of other investigators. High vegetable intake was associated with a slower rate of cognitive decline in the Chicago Health and Aging Project [32]; high intake of β-carotene, flavonoids, vitamins C and E, thiamine, and folate from dietary fruit and vegetables was associated with a lower risk of AD in the Rotterdam Study [33] and with better Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE) scores [34]…Our observation of associations of higher intake of vegetables and of higher MUFA:SFA and (MUFA + PUFA):SFA ratios with a-MCI is interesting and raises questions about the role of dietary factors in the pathogenesis of MCI and AD.” (read the article: at Pubmed)

Some people love not chewing. Popular foods are often (not always) mushy foods, think about it. Fast foods and comfort foods are often mushy. Some people hate mushy foods. Some like both.

One day my partner kindly told me why eating raw greens just isn’t her bag. And I never would have guessed the answer because I love chewing and crunching foods (like snap peas, kohlrobi, carrots, celery, etc.). I love the sound, the bursting of flavors, the whole feel of the whole interaction. However like a lot of people, she hates it when it gets all stuck in between her teeth and she has to get it out and just hates knowing that is going to happen. If its not cut small the dressing can get on your face. Many don’t like tearing through fiber and all those “sticks” and strings.

Over many years, we found solutions, for example: green smoothies (high-speed blender), juices (centrifugal juicer), salsas (food processor) and foods like saag (lightly steaming the greens, then blending). A high speed blender will literally spin the nutrients out of the cell walls making them more bioavailable.

Ultimately it’s not so relevant why we dislike a food. What is interesting is when we kindly get in touch with what’s blocking us from a particular vegetable and move on by using creative solutions. Sometimes it’s simple like, I had no idea how flavorful that vegetable was, or how to eat it, or gee my tastes have changed! Pick a vegetable and see if you can peal back its layers, drop the story lines and discover it for yourself. Feel free to leave a comment sharing your story, I’d love to hear your stories.

Tip on getting greens in your life:
So far this summer we have inherited literally pounds of greens from friends with CSAs. CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) often have lots of left overs they want to give away. At one point our house was the pickup point for the neighborhood CSA and whenever someone couldn’t pick up their box that week, we inherited. This year, our CSA is completely paid for by a health insurance benefit. The many pounds of greens that enter our house weekly (what a blessing!) are many more than our household will chew up in one week. However we can juice them, so they don’t go to waste. Juicing is the quickest way to get them into your system.

There are so many discoveries to make. I have so much to learn. The other day a friend of ours pulled an onion right out of the ground, I never saw that before – it was beautiful! We never grew onions in our veggie garden. Green onions are my favorite addition to a salad, now I can picture them growing. She also introduced me to kohlrobi and some variety of a mild radish that was delicious raw.

May you also be able to openly, honestly and kindly find your hang-up with a particular vegetable that has been holding you back. And then, if possible find solutions that work for you and open new doors of nutrients for your miraculous body that carries you through this amazing life.

Ginger in your life

Please someone write an ode to ginger, it deserves it, don’t you think?
It’s only issue: storage. It will fail on the countertop quickly and there you’ll be ginger-less. This will bring ginger forever into your life. It takes a little love and care up front, however the result is tremendous.

Peel with a peeler (like your peeling carrots only a little trickier, persist, don’t be a perfectionist).

Toss into food processor or high-speed blender. If you are using the blender add water.

Spoon into ice-cube trays. Place frozen cubes into zip-lock bag in freezer.

Now they are ready to toss into any recipe; if you spooned in 1 tsp for each that can be handy. My fav these days: ginger, lemon, honey tea. ahhh Enjoy the beautiful life in this beautiful body that you have right now, in this moment.

Yesterday we made a new favorite fennel juice, you can’t imagine how great this tastes! Really. So elegant, so light, and yet so present:
1 fennel bulb (with its leaves)
2 lemons (small, organic and unpeeled)
2 pounds of carrots.

One of my favorite vlogs, jockestonia, is by a rawfoodie, yoga teacher in Estonia, who recently said of all the rawfood options, juicing is the best.

Centrifugal juicing may be the most likely to win over the most hearts. What do you think? It’s a brilliant way to enjoy fresh live vegetables exploding with flavor and life, especially when drank right after being juiced. It works in a hurry or when for whatever reason one doesn’t get the pleasure of enjoying the vegetables whole and uncovered. Enjoying a colorful salad is an exquisite luxury, however everyone loves drinks that can be sweet, colorful, sour, spicy, creamy, etc.

Try resting your cutting board in the sun when you use it, then you can enjoy even more of the vegetables’ beauty sparkling in the light. If you can prepare them mindfully and in no hurry, how nice that is! Let love move right into the dish and onto the table.

We’re all drinking some kinds of fluids. Although, many eat almost no vegetables – lets say you saved all those up that would have ideally been eaten through out the week and put them all into one juice once a week. Hey, that is better than nothing isn’t it? It may be a very important answer missing in the popular habits of healthy eating that people are working for. The motto could be: keep it simple toss it in a centrifugal.

Thanks to everyone enjoying this blog. It’s really fun to be with you on the journey.

Is juicing expensive? For some it CAN cost the same. You or someone you love may be in a situation, where they are not taking in ANY vegetables on some days, THEN if an apple, some celery and a couple carrots would have been gladly budgeted in, a small juice can be the perfect solution.

WHENEVER you’d just be taking in what you would have wanted and that would not have otherwise be taken in – it is an extremely skillful choice. THAT IS WHERE THE REAL STRENGTH OF JUICING LIES. It is GREAT for situations where the cabbage just is not getting eaten and you want those nutrients.

At that point you can see how losing pulp isn’t relevant since NOTHING was being eaten before. It adds vital nutrients to your body. Think of the energy used to produce your multivitamin. There is waste in any processing, no denying. It is a waste that so many farmers can’t move all the eatable veggies they can grow. Its tragic that people are dying from addictions to less skillful habits.

Is juicing expensive? It can be. Were you going to have mostly oatmeal otherwise? Then yes of course it is more expensive. Your actual cost depends on if you have a garden or an insurance-refunded CSA (Community supported agriculture plan), or other access to large amounts of vegetables on the cheap.

Many of us can find a way to the golden opportunity of filling up on juice while passing on cheaper cooked foods like rice, etc. For me, it is not like I just drank of glass of water now where’s dinner. It is like wow I am deeply, refreshingly full and not hungry now.

Get vegetables in your life HOWEVER it works for you. They will change your life. Living on them will set you dietarily and bodily free.

beet carrot juice

beet carrot juice


This delicious and gorgeous juice is made of one lemon, one large beet with its beet greens, ~ 10 skinny carrots, and one apple. FANTASTIC JUICE!!! The flavor of these juices have so much depth and interest – it is difficult to describe. And while I have bought lots of “live” juices in stores “freshly” made that day – it is not the same. As juicing books will all tell you drink them right away. The life is just exploding in you – it is pretty amazing. ANYWAY I can add, in my opinion, there is no need to buy a juice book in so far as naturally delicious recipes will just fall out of your fridge. They really will, I am proof being that I am not a natural chef and live with extremely picky eaters who enjoy these juices I make in minutes with our new Breville 1000 watt.

Old standbys that go into any juice: I always keep these around for juices to ensure deliciousness comes out:
apples, lemons, carrots. Additional: celery, ginger.

Great “main dishes” to toss in: cabbage, swiss chard, bok choi, beets, again celery (can be the main goodness), peppers, any green leaves do fine in the breville (spinach, kale, spring mix, parsley, cilantro etc).

One of my favorite surprises is that no veggies ever go to waste, if our greens are going limp, they get tossed into a juice and sometimes the shreds of leaves turn into a dish themselves. Another surprise is the increased confidence with which I take in the largest spread of veggies at a farmers market or grocery. I know I can try any bizarre vegetable I can’t name and if I don’t get inspired later, the juicer saves the day.

Here is another beauty, a purple cabbage carrot juice, please try to notice the fun “cappuccino” froth:

purple cabbage carrot juice

purple cabbage carrot juice

Pickiest eater EVER gulping said purple cabbage carrot juice (you can see this is an older picture with our older single auger juicer):

Wishing you get to enjoy the goodness of taking in vegetables for your beautiful body! However you do it keep on taking good care of your precious body : )

New York Times posted a video on its front page today pointing to increasing childhood obesity, the issue of corporations pushing sugar, volunteerism. The spokesperson concludes with a need to regulate. Volunteers stand outside the corner stores and encourage kids to make healthy purchases on their way to school. Kids in school play healthy food games, sing health food songs, etc. Way to go Phily!

Schools don’t generally have a lot of choices about what foods they can buy for their cafeteria. Wisconsin has successfully worked with local farmers to bring in lunch (see article): “Like other farm-to-school projects popping up across the nation, Wisconsin Homegrown Lunch benefits children and local farmers by increasing the amount of locally grown, fresh produce served in school lunches…’Local food is an ideal vehicle, both for enhancing school curricula and achieving economic development,’ says [Jack] Kloppenburg, who serves as project director. ‘The Wisconsin Homegrown Lunch project exposes children to healthy food, teaches those children about agriculture and may develop new markets for local farmers.'”
Click here to see the Philadelphia video.

Juice green leaves, lemon and ginger and voila!

Republicans have now broken the law in order to pass their Budget Repair bill. Watch them break the Open Meetings Law on camera to pass this bill. Republicans are taking away health insurance (Medicaid and BadgerCare) from poor people and providing 140 million worth of tax breaks for the wealthiest. For details including the bill see UW-Madison Library Guide. Also see ProgressivesUnited,WisconsinWave, OneWisconsin, UpTake, and UnitedWisconsin

Listen to Gov. Walker talking with who he thought was billionaire Koch and hear part 1 of the conversation for yourself. In a public statement Walker blows it off as just a conversation.

Take a peak at this beautiful juice I just made with a Breville (1000 watt; cheaper to buy via Amazon) also shown in the next video.

Here is the gorgeous juice – two pears, two lemons, one purple cabbage:

Here is the gorgeous juicer Breville 1000 watt. I used a much slower single auger juicer for years, I wish I had found this centrifugal juicer instead – it is lightening speed, easy to clean and produces masses of juice plenty for everyone; in fact you have to watch out or the huge pitcher will overflow it fills so fast! ITS AWESOME! We drink juice everyday now, hopefully I can load a few sample videos like plopping a whole beet with the beet green in there, fennel, celery, etc. It is a sight to behold. I’m truly glad for it because juices are easy to make delicious. Smoothies are trickier to make tasty. Now I show up at the veggie section of the grocery store and anything at all will be fine, things I can’t name, toss them in the juicer with something sweet like apples, carrots, pears and voila your getting all that live, high-nutrient, alkalinizing beauty right into you and your loved ones systems. Life is simple again. Thank you Breville for making a beautiful product. Here is the vid:

Juice Calories

In Fitday.com (my favorite way of tracking) you can take a peak at some of the calorie and nutrition info of foods we commonly juice:

Hopefully we can embrace our efforts towards good health even more in the face of current politics. Current politics where particular politicians are using the economic crash (caused by banks and corporate greed) to use workers as scapegoats and to take away unions and their benefits. If you or your loved ones are facing losing health care benefits or have already lost them or never had them you can especially hope for your health. I was going to say our health is not something a governor can propose a bill about, however so many people are dependent on medication and care that may be affected. It is very concerning and I have written to five of my representatives regarding this issue and encourage others to do so. And as always please take good care of your health!

Andrew Saul, PhD, in a video lesson discussing the importance and practical application of Nutritional Therapy in the treatment of High Cholesterol and Heart Disease. http://www.foodmatter.tv

1) How often do you eat a 5 QT / 4.7 L bowl of broccoli and carrots? an entire head of celery? You can take in the alkalinizing high-nutrients from this as a juice very easily and enjoyably!

2) The last huge tray of veggies we brought to a gathering went largely uneaten and there it all was – perfect for juicing – voila. If you garden or join a CSA you may find you have huge quantities of veggies – juicing uses them very fast before they get a chance to dry up in your refrigerator. Put anything you want in the juicer, just like a salad, if it is not sweet enough add sweet fruits or carrots – it will be delicious and fresh – you will be adding accessible nutrients to your body.

3) Does someone you love not like eating veggies? They might drink them. IMO it is much easier to make a juice taste sweet and go down easily than a smoothie. That was the brilliance of the deadly and extremely popular sugar soda revolution where Americans happily pour tons of corn syrup into their bodies in the form of a drink. If it is sweet, people almost won’t notice the rest.

4) It is faster to juice than other traditional methods of preparing vegetables.

If you have other reasons leave them in the comments below : )

I want to reference a writer/blogger/vegan for Zen Habits, via this post on fast food. A minimalist approach to life and aim to eat primarily raw vegetables and fruits have a lot in common. There is nothing as simple as eating for example a cucumber just as it is, not cut or mashed or grated. Many vegetables can be peacefully enjoyed just as they are. In fact so much is missed when we manipulate them before enjoying all they are bringing us. When you see it whole you can appreciate how it got there, how much watering and care and time it all took. Enjoy your food and maybe check out (subscribe to) the Zen Habits blog, it is inspirational and well written.

When I eat out I think simply: what vegetables does this restaurant have back there in the kitchen? Instead of focusing on what I don’t want, I try to find what they have that I want. Then I think how can I order the most of those. Sometimes it is not a problem, they often have a plan for giving you lots of fresh vegetables. When they have no plan I try to think of the simplest option for the chef. Is there a dish where they can just not add cheese or meat? If so could they replace that with more vegetables?

Nearly every time they are kindly willing to work with me. If they aren’t (if I am alone) I am fine with leaving, I really don’t want to support that business. If I am with others I am fine with not ordering.

Just a couple examples (I can’t be an expert here): Panera Bread and Chipotle have salads. Subway has lots of kinds of vegetables and salads. Einsteins Bagels offers all vegetable salads (in an airport two days ago I found this and it was delicious). The coutons and dressing were all on the side so I just tossed them in the trash and enjoyed a great pile of fresh vegetables. In fact it was packed so well I tossed the salad package into my bag on end and ate it on the plane. That’s salad on the go!

People say pizza places have salad bars. However thinking of the smell from so many years ago, it reminds me of closing/clogged arteries and death really. About 10 years ago on a work trip the group chose to go to a Culvers. I was sickened by the smell of grease and sad for the people in line. Thank goodness they ate outside, so I could sit outside with them while they ate and we all enjoyed the sun.

I learned as a child when I did a year without sugar that you can just opt out of what everyone is eating and the sky doesn’t fall or anything really! Happily so many places offer salad options lets support them when we end up showing at places. Countless times I have asked for the manager and expressed concerns. My least favorite response is when they say: veggies options don’t sell that is why we don’t have any option for you. Incidentally I don’t always think they have really run recent numbers. Best of luck to all you in this new year!

Wanted to share one of the many vloggers I am subscribed to via Youtube. They are all traveling on vacation these days. He is heading to Finland (where he and his family are in this video) and later India. He is doing a raw food challenge and I love his honest down to earth way, you can see if you enjoy it; here he is making a warm juice on an actual wood burning stove:

A shout out to all the vloggers and a thanks to
YouTube :
…YouTube was awarded a 2008 Peabody Award and cited for being “a ‘Speakers’ Corner’ that both embodies and promotes democracy.”[43][44]
“In May 2010, it was reported that YouTube was serving more than two billion videos a day, which it described as “nearly double the prime-time audience of all three major US television networks combined.”[32] (wikipedia)

Thanksgiving is around the corner. My favorite way is to bring a huge raw veggie or fruit tray (people/kids love that with dip so that comes too). I often eat before I go somewhere. I get much more out of being with the people when I am not as distracted by wanting to eat. That way I can be more helpful, you know, let me get napkins for everyone or get a serving spoon, etc. It can make me happy to see someone is happy by whatever they are eating, you know just get into their actual experience of happiness. It’s fun to participate in that and the simple joy of the gathering. What do you gals and guys do/think/bring?

Here David Wolfe (a rawfoodist, author on the topic) talks about eating in social situations (youtube, 2008, from The Best of Raw Food channel).

Gabriel wrote popular books on raw food, for example Conscious Eating. Thanks to YouTube you can see him speak on why you might choose organic:

Plug for simply eating raw

There are so many amazing pates, soups, spreads, even cheeses people are making with raw foods. It is a business waiting to happen. A friend of ours has been asked to work on making his fermented all raw cheeses (actually they are delicious, that name doesn’t sound delicious) as a product with a company. These amazing foods are like the gourmet of raw. I think most people aren’t making gourmet anything at home. I do love blending delicious things. However for me right now in my life I am loving the simple. And it really can be so easy. So mornings for me are often just a banana. If I know I will be doing hot yoga or something active I might add a few (think no more than 6) brazil nuts (an important source of selenium). Later in the morning I might have a grapefruit or pear.

I just want to encourage thinking simply. It is simple to add easily digestible healthful foods. It doesn’t have to be complex. I snack on carrots. Eat an avocado just plain like that, it is so nice when it is so simple. A whole tomato can be enjoyed just like an apple. Just take a bite carefully. Green and red peppers are lovely eaten whole like people eat apples. Celery, etc. so much is just so plainly simple. And yet each plant is extremely complex and you can really see that when it is enjoyed in its simplest form. If I have blended it I don’t have a chance to see how beautiful it is just like it is.

I want to send a big shout out to all the readers and writers and makers of this incredible raw movement revolution which really has saved me in so many ways. My digestion SO much prefers a mostly raw diet and now I don’t feel so weird with such a large gang of amazing people jumping on this wagon. We are all riding together. I am so glad I found out about this secret that you can eat so simply. Of course what is popularized by commercial media is not necessarily a reflection of what is most functional and incredible. Best to you all! : )

Here I’m using aBlendtec (used to be K-tec), my favorite blender for years now, to make a green smoothie: kale, pineapple and flaxseed – enjoy. I mention you can blend a cell phone (don’t do it – the ground powder from electronics is toxic – yuk). Best of luck to all of you in enjoying new ways to include great raw vegetables and fruits.

Funny video. Thanks DeAnne. Love the: “…we’re d’unkin our food in other food so we can just be on the go…” It really is a myth that we all need a huge breakfast (that was when we all went to work in the fields for hours). I have had one banana for breakfast for years now. As Joel Fuhrman points out: if you were sleeping, you didn’t exercise all night and if you sit at work all day, you won’t be expending many calories there either. Getting fat is simple, just take in more calories than you expend. DeAnne explains one option, enjoy!:

Just a few notes: if you massage the oil (use Virgin Olive oil for great flavor) into the kale it will really soften it up. Dashama has a nice avocado cutting technique – keeps your fingers clean. Now that it is pumpkin season – get those pumpkin seeds prepared (by dehydrating or low heat) – YUM.

I have no idea how he comes up with it, however Matt Ridley (on BookTV) says we have profoundly increased the productivity of our land so that we now need much less land to feed each person: in the time of Hunter gatherers 1,000 ha (The hectare is a unit of area, defined as 10,000 square metres-wikipedia), in the 1950s 4,000 sq. m. and in 2004 1,250 sq m (av cereal yield). It is nice to finally see a plug for technology with reference to growing food. If the government (pushed by lobbyists) would replace supplementing corn with supplementing fruits and vegetables for human consumption this would support research for more discoveries there. This will be a great revolution! Imagine the most delicious fruits and vegetables available very cheaply and conveniently and popularly.

At this moment the corn growers are paid to grow corn in the U.S., their surplus corn product quickly makes it into soft drinks (corn sugar) where they can dispose of tons of product for profit. This new addiction is killing people in a slow painful death where people drown their organs in fat. Addicted people are literally drinking liters of soda a day and slowly killing themselves. If it can be any inspiration, the last time I had soda was back in the 1980’s when I quite eating cows and pigs.

Here is the FDA on obesity in 2004:
“In 2002, three states had obesity prevalence rates of 25 percent or more, and all but 15 states had obesity prevalence rates of 20 percent or greater.
Overweight and obesity are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Approximately 400,000 adult deaths in the United States each year are attributable to unhealthy dietary habits coupled with physical inactivity. Overweight and obesity are considered risk factors for other chronic conditions such as diabetes and certain cancers, including cancers of the breast, colon, kidney, esophagus and endometrium.
As the prevalence of overweight and obesity has increased in the United States, so have direct and indirect related health care costs. The current total cost of overweight and obesity is $117 billion per year, which is greater than 5 percent of nation’s total annual health care expenditures.”

Yes the U.S. currently PAYS farmers to overproduce a product that raises health care costs. In my opinion, Americans will find a way to kick the corn-fed beef eating habit and move on. I think we are already starting it. People are producing/trying different foods. People are accessing the information they need to help them find better options for themselves.

This is funny! See the metaphor – Repurpose the industry.:

Juicing Fennel

Here I use my simple Samson juicer to juice fennel. Add grapefruit juice and you have a fun healthy drink. I don’t recommend juicing everything; smoothies are generally better overall because they include the fiber which reduces the speed of the sugar absorption. When looking for a juicer consider how long it may take to clean the parts. This Samson is very easy and fast to clean, operate and store (it is small).

Also see wikipedia for cutting techniques.
In the video I mention Edward Espe Brown’s book, Tassajara Cookbook, it includes great cutting techniques. I also show how to use a citrus peeler and a Japanese vegetable knife.

Lets find some ragweed allergy relief. Some of the most helpful things I found I didn’t find online so I want to post. The way I understand why my shoulder and neck muscle tension is related to the allergic reaction is that the pollen is seen by my body as an allergen. This stimulates histamine release by mast cells, thereby producing vasodilation and ultimately an inflammatory response. Drainage (and possibly a side affect of Flonaze) cause the sore throat. Sometimes cooling the body down is the best. Sometimes warm moisture brings the most immediate relief.

  • Neti pot (you can find a nice ceramic version of this and high quality salts)
  • Lemon, honey, warm water mixture (for a sore throat)
  • Cold grapefruit juice
  • Cold cut up fruit (especially grapefruit) can feel good on a hot sore throat
  • Cold ice rubbed around the sore throat and shoulder area can bring great relief
  • Splashing cool water on the face and neck and shoulders
  • Increase fluid intake (there is lots of water in fruits and vegetables; this is especially important if you are taking loratadine and iubuprofen)
  • Shoulder and neck massage (try using the “Thera Cane Massager” or “Body Back Buddy”, you can get it via Amazon; I need a very deep massage and nothing can replace a tool like this for self-massage, it is just the best!)
  • There is a prescription liquid that you can gargle that will numb the sore throat (if you are really desperate)
  • Face massage (you might try gently pressing your palms under your eyes)
  • Put your face over a pan of soup or warm water and breath in the moist air, this helps you hydrate yourself
  • Yoga helps stretch open the muscles, tissues and vessels increasing flow. It also helps strengthen the core and open the pelvis and chest areas so that good posture comes more easily.
  • Pull your shoulders down and away from your neck. This gives room to the area.
  • Deep breath “into” the areas of pain. Thinking of bringing oxygen to the areas. Your prana goes where your mind goes.
  • Google “allergy videos” etc. There are tons of fun and educational free videos. Ellen Degeneres says the pollen goes up the nose and pushes her eyeballs out her ears.
  • I haven’t tried these yet:

  • EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) see youtube informational videos
  • Stinging nettle and quercetin supplement
  • Alkalol is a commercially available solution which can be used as an oral rinse or nasal irrigant
  • Oregano oils
  • A surgeon once told me that your body naturally produces lots of mucus everyday. I can’t recall the measurement he gave, one site I found said: “Every day the human body produces several liters of sinus fluid and mucus” (wisegeek). Some of this sits in your face sinus cavities and moves out and gets replaced; it is a daily cycle. Your job is to keep it moving, keep it thin enough (by taking in water and moist air). Try to love your sinuses. They filter and moisten the air that we breathe. They also remove unwanted air particles.

    Watch Dashama! She has great tips for relaxing the shoulder and neck (THANKS Dashama!):

    An aside, I found a dense article on why eating raw food is helpful. You might need to give an email to subscribe (then you can unsubscribe easily I found). The site was recommended to me yesterday by our local community pharmacy.