Updated February 2017 – Five years later and I’ve made a few changes. Crock pot chicken. We’ve been getting pastured chickens from the same farmer for many years and they are very clean so now I take one out of the freezer, unwrap it and put it into a crock pot on high for 4 hours then turn it to low for another 4 hours. Bone the chicken and put half in Tupperwear for another meal (you may want to freeze this) and the other goes into the refrigerator. The skin and bones go back into the crack pot for another 4 hours on low. After cooling run this through a fine screen strainer and discard the skin and bones. Add noodles and vegetables of your choice and you have soup. Read more… »
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But what might make it seem somewhat less so – even perhaps a bit disturbing – is the fact that a lot of us are already ingesting this supposedly ”safe” alternative pesticide. And not as a residue, either, but in the form of a no-cal sweetener – one we sprinkle on foods and beverages and can find already added to juice and other items by food manufacturers. Read more… »
Research shows that the food you eat can have a profound effect on your mental health. So, regardless of your mental health problem, the importance of addressing your diet simply cannot be overstated.
In a very real sense, you have two brains — one in your head, and one in your gut. Both are created from the same tissue during fetal development, and they’re connected via your vagus nerve, the tenth cranial nerve that runs from your brain stem to your abdomen. Read more… »
What if you found out the safe levels for blood pressure and cholesterol, obesity, eating fruits and vegetables, and even drinking alcohol were all made up – and without any firm evidence? Don’t miss this eye-opening expose. You’ll never view “research” the same…
There’s so much confusion regarding health information in the media. How do you determine which advice to follow and what to take with a grain of salt? Dr. Malcolm Kendrick wrote the book Doctoring Data: How to Sort Out Medical Advice from Medical Nonsense to help you answer that question.
His fabulous book will teach you how to identify common research flaws and help you sift through misleading and meaningless data. An important resource if you are a serious student of health. Read more… »
When you’re looking for expert advice on what and what not to eat and drink, who ya gonna ask?
Why a registered dietitian, of course! After all, who can you trust for an authoritative and impartial answer about whether or not something is good for you if not a trained, credentialed and certified professional in that very field?
Or so goes the conventional wisdom, in any case. The reality, however, is often not quite so simple and legit, as this blog has revealed on a number of occasions.
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Oral Enzyme Therapy combines various proteases (protein dissolving enzymes) in order to prevent disease, assist the body to fight various cancers, and lessen the negative effects of chemotherapy and radiation. The proteolytic enzymes papain and chymopapain are found naturally in the papaya leaf.
Memorial Sloan Cancer Center Site explains possible Mechanism of Action:
“PEs (proteolytic enzymes) are thought to exert immunomodulatory effects by causing increased release of reactive oxygen species by polymorphonuclear leukocytes or by production of tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interleukins IL-6 and IL-1B that cause cytotoxic effects. Read more… »
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The FDA now estimates that at least 96 percent of children aged 2-5 years are being exposed to at least four artificial colors in food products – FD&C Red 40, Yellow 5, Yellow 6 and Blue 1.
What that means is that the great majority of America’s kids –especially those of preschool and kindergarten age — are now being fed foods that are tainted by virtue of being painted.
Perhaps you never thought of the use of synthetic food dyes in quite that way. But to “taint” can be defined as “to modify by or as by a trace of something offensive or deleterious.” In other words, to add a very small amount of a substance that can be harmful or “injurious to health.”
And that’s how many experts now view the artificial hues that are used to “pretty up” so many processed foods by making these nutrient-deficient products appear more colorful. Read more… »
- The documentary Consuming Kids reveals the shrewd practices of the multi-billion dollar marketing machine designed to turn your kids into loyal, lifelong consumers who will also influence how the entire family spends its money
- Children age two to 11 now see an average of more than 10 television food ads per day. Ninety-eight percent of food advertisements viewed by children are for products that are high in fat, sugar, or sodium. Most are also low in fiber
- A UN official recently warned that obesity is a bigger global health threat than tobacco use, and that this fact isn’t taken as seriously as it should be
- He urges nations to place stricter regulations on unhealthy foods, restrict junk food advertising, and amend agricultural subsidies that make unhealthy processed foods cheaper than healthy foods
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Papaya leaf extract – wonder drug for dengue patients?
By C.I. Munasinghe
While the dreaded disease, dengue has reached epidemic proportions with a countless number of patients infected by it islandwide and the death toll mounting unabated, creating a national crisis – a cure for this dreaded disease however is still in wanting.
Dr. Sanath Hettige, an MBBS doctor – a consultant family physician – has affirmed that papaya leaf extract has definite beneficial effects on dengue patients. It prevents dengue patients from going in to dengue haemorrhagic state, he says.
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by Srikanth Radhakrishna
Testosterone is a white crystalline steroid hormone secreted by the testes. This androgen (male sex hormone) stimulates the development of male sexual organs. Decreased levels of testosterone can affect sperm count and may increase the risk of medical conditions like dementia, heart problems, depression and osteoporosis.
Men that have low levels of testosterone may become easily tired, unable to
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Is the meatlike mold in Quorn really a ‘healthier’ alternative? Of all the food additives and strange-sounding ingredients readers have asked about at Food Identity Theft, the oddest of all has to be mycoprotein, sold under the brand name Quorn. Mycoprotein is not a mushroom, but a type of microscopic mold-fungi called Fusarium venenatum that is fermented in a giant tank, fed with oxygenated water, glucose and other ingredients, and then further heavily processed into a variety of “food-like” substances such as fake chicken and meat.
If you just look at the Quorn packaging or web site you would think that mycoprotein is the greatest culinary creation since flour from grain, a “natural” meatless way to “eat healthier” that was first discovered in the 1960s during a search for novel sources of protein to feed the world.
But there’s more to the mycoprotein/Quorn story than that.
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Herbal teas are among the most popular and simplest of home remedies. Brewing your own medicinal teas is one of the most ancient ways of using natural herbal remedies.
Medicinal tea infusions are prepared by steeping flowers, roots, seeds or the leaves of herbs in hot water. These herbal teas are drunk without milk, although a little Stevia may be added to sweeten them. The most effective infusions are made by longer steeping plants such as chamomile flowers and peppermint leaves.
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by Dr Pandula Siribaddana
In an era where natural remedies are being increasingly looked at as potential replacements for side effects prone medicinal treatments, pain relieving is an area where medications usually has an edge over natural means. While it is easy to understand the reasons behind the preferred use of over the counter or prescription only pain relievers, it is not clear as to why people do not actively use the food sources and herbs that are capable of fighting pains that may arise due to multiple reasons including due to arthritis type of diseases. Although the effectiveness of such food and herbal remedies may be inconsistent and require more testing at home, utilizing the same would be a safe alternative than the effects of commonly used over the counter pain relievers.
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Milk thistle, or silymarin, has been used as a natural herb to assist liver function for thousands of years. Well established as a liver herb in both alternative and scientific literature, milk thistle strengthens liver cell membranes, decreases “bad” cholesterol levels, boosts the immune system, and is a powerful antioxidant. Milk thistle has also been demonstrated clinically to have a positive effect on certain cancers. However, medical science continues to remain silent about milk thistle as a cancer remedy despite clinical support, according to a recent statement published by the National Cancer Institute. Read more… »
The aroma of winter is wood smoke and evergreen. But winter holidays smell spicy. Herbs that grow only in the tropics – such as cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, mace, cardamom, allspice, and vanilla – are called spices. Their aromatic oils and volatile esters entice us with delicious smells and mouth-watering tastes. And spices warm us from the inside, as if we had ingested the tropical sun on a cold day. Spices help preserve food and counter a variety of illnesses, too. Come, sit and warm your feet by the fire. Close your eyes and imagine the dense green forests where aromatic spices grow.
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As early as 220 BC in China – during the Tsin Dynasty – immortality was sought after through the use of fungi as they were considered to have special magical properties. There was one plant which was prized above all others – the Divine Che – Ganoderma japonicus Lloyd, known to the Chinese as Ling-tche. This particular fungus is still being used today for specific ailments such as Read more… »
by Maggi Thomas
What is the difference between raw milk and organic milk? Which one is better? This is something that has bewildered many people in recent years. It is something that has been talked about a lot more than ever before as people are becoming far more health conscious then in the past. Many are unsure of the difference between the two. There has been a lot of talk about the benefits of raw milk recently, and a big dairy is pushing the Organic Milk so what is the difference between the two? Read more… »
Since Dr. Oz started a craze for Raspberry Ketones, NOW has looked into this with the idea of introducing a product to meet our customers demands. As always, NOW conducts an exhaustive investigation for any new product with many people and departments involved. Our Technical team does a literature review including product claims, toxicology and much more. Our QA team creates specs, talks to vendors and investigates details to make sure the product will be safe and efficacious. Our QC team is next involved with more research and pre-testing of ingredients and method development to make sure we can test for actives. Later, our Purchasing team is involved and eventually a product is bought, re-tested, manufactured, tested again and sold.
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Cinnamon and Honey:
Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. It will do what some call turning to sugar. In reality honey is always honey.. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will do what I rather call “crystallizing” . When this happens I loosen the lid, boil some water, and sit the honey container in the hot water,turn off the heat and let it liquefy. It is then as good as it ever was. Never boil honey or put it in a microwave. To do so will kill the enzymes in the honey.
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