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Friday, December 29th, 2006
7:42 pm
Fermented traditional drinks
Does anyone know the url of that site that sells "soda" the traditional fermented type, in cans?

Saturday, November 11th, 2006
9:09 am
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Tuesday, October 10th, 2006
5:29 pm
Demand for organic food outstrips supply in U.S.
Demand for organic food skyrockets
The organic sector has been growing at a brisk 15-20 percent a year, compared to overall food sales which grow just 2-4 percent a year, according to an article in the Associated Press. Big chain stores including Safeway and Supervalu are starting their own organic brands, while Wal-Mart has pledged to double its organic offerings. The popularity of organic is good news: more cultivation of organic crops means fewer pesticides in our soil, food, and water, and more options for consumers who care about the health of their families and the planet. But there are also causes for concern. The strong demand for organic could lead to a weakening of the organic standards. Retailers who can't get enough domestic-grown product to satisfy demand could turn to overseas suppliers, whose compliance with U.S. organic regulations is difficult to verify and may be lax.

Current Mood: calm
Monday, September 25th, 2006
11:45 am
I have decided to start going raw. All this process food is making my stomach upset. Can anyone recommend a good starting of raw book?
Thank you!
Sunday, August 6th, 2006
4:01 pm
Meat Molecule Builds Up in Human Tumors
by Dr. Michael Greger (If you don't know who he is, Google him. The man is amazing!)

For years there has been suspicion that components of meat and dairy were absorbed whole through the human digestive tract, triggering autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and childhood diabetes as our bodies try to fight off these foreign substances. Last month, researchers published new evidence that a substance found in lamb, pork, beef and dairy can build up in human tissues and may contribute to chronic disease.

If you take autopsy samples, you can find traces of a molecule called NeuGc in human tissues, particularly in human tumors (especially breast cancer). And you can find relatively high concentrations of anti-NeuGc antibodies in human blood. This mystified researchers, as human beings can not produce this substance. But other animals can. Maybe, the researchers proposed, human beings absorbed it from eating these other animals.

So the researchers went vegan for a few days to clear their system (no animal-derived ingredients in foods or drugs or shampoo), and then basically drank a glass of diluted pig mucous. Within days this invading meat molecule could be found oozing from their bodies, in their saliva, urine--even their hair clippings.

Maybe, the researchers speculate, this is why meateaters have such higher rates of cancer and heart disease compared to vegetarians. Yes, they acknowledge it could just be the saturated fat in meat and dairy, but maybe it's also because of the incorporation of this foreign substance found exclusively in animal products (plants don't produce NeuGc either). The researchers found it particularly interesting that vegetarian diets seem to improve rheumatoid arthritis. Maybe this reactive alien molecule also triggers autoimmune diseases like hepatitis and arthritis.

This article was published in the proceedings of the most prestigious scientific body in the United States, the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers end their provocative article wondering what the long-term consequences might be of constantly challenging our immune systems in this way, and what the long-range implications are of having anti-Neu5Gc antibodies circulating throughout the bodies of meateaters and milk-drinkers.{3]
Saturday, July 22nd, 2006
3:43 pm
My Herb Garden!
Hey guys! I finally planted and have grown some herbs! Here are some picture! Im so proud of myself!

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Current Mood: ecstatic
Sunday, July 16th, 2006
8:28 am
Ask the Plum Industry to Urge the USDA to Stop the Commercial Release of Genetically Engineered Plum
Plum Industry Email

if you would like to help, the email has to be submitted by this monday july 17th.
8:26 am
Tuesday, July 11th, 2006
5:39 pm
Food Energy
I recently made a post in my journal about calories and energy: http://frelsun.livejournal.com/1042236.html?mode=reply

Also I wonder if hot food has more energy. I feel a lot more satisfied after eating some hot than something cold usually. If I don't have much hot food in a day, something feels off. Am I just addicted to hot food?
Saturday, April 22nd, 2006
5:35 am
Peppermint Oil for IBS
Anyone who knows me well also knows that I greatly admire medical doctor, fellow vegan, all-round nice guy and natural foods guru, Dr. Michael Greger. Here is a bit he wrote in his last newsletter about the use of peppermint oil for irritable bowl syndrome:

Peppermint Oil for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects millions of Americans with painful abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, and bouts of diarrhea and constipation. Eliminating dairy and caffeine often takes care of the problem, but if not I often put patients on peppermint oil--and there is finally now solid evidence to support this centuries-old practice.[9]

The latest volume of the journal Phytomedicine reviewed the evidence--16 clinical studies, most of them double-blind placebo-controlled crossover studies (one of the most scientifically rigorous study designs). The majority of these studies showed a consistent and significant improvement in IBS symptoms compared to placebo. The recommended dosing for adults is 1-2 enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules three times a day for 2 to 4 weeks. As always, pregnant and breast-feeding women should consult their physician before putting any new substance in their bodies.

The effect of the peppermint oil was so powerful that some of the studies even performed a head to head comparison between the peppermint oil and the current pharmaceutical drugs on the market and found comparable results. Of course the drugs in current use have side-effects including everything from dry mouth and blurred vision to confusion and memory impairment. The most common side effect of the peppermint oil was, well, let's just call it the "perianal tingle," as the minty freshness exits the body.
Thursday, January 19th, 2006
12:43 pm
I just got some wheat grass to juice with and I am curious about the second growth that occurs once you cut the first bit to juice. I was told it did not hold enough nutritional value to juice the second growth- any thoughts or experience?
Wednesday, November 30th, 2005
6:30 pm
pesticide levels (from an OCA email)
Tip of the week: Produce with the lowest pesticide levels: asparagus, avocados, bananas, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet corn, kiwi, mangoes, onions, papaya, pineapples and sweet peas. Produce with the highest pesticide levels: apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, imported grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes, red raspberries, spinach and strawberries.
Sunday, November 13th, 2005
11:31 am
I have bad stomach pains a lot, as though I am always hungry. I am very thin but I eat a lot and haven't got a disorder :] When I feel like this, I also get faint and grumpy and sick. I get sharp shooting pains for instance if I drink water before I eat breakfast in the morning, its pretty bad.
I have been to the doctors repeatedly about this but all I have found out is I have low blood pressure. I've even been for a stomach scan but there was nothing, and they are all convinced I'm bulimic and keep going on about my weight to me just cos I'm a little thin. So I wondered if any of you had any ideas?
Living in England my diet is very bread and potato heavy indeed but I do try to eat loads of fruit and vegetables. I don't eat red meat or pork. :/
Sunday, October 30th, 2005
3:24 pm
Organic Standards
Congress Votes to Weaken Organic Standards Despite Widespread Consumer Opposition

There seems to be a lot to this, but it's at least upsetting. High cost of cheap food, indeed.
I wrote my senators earlier, and after reading this I've written them again.
Here's a Congressional Email Directory if you'd like to contact yours.

natural_foods organic_living
Tuesday, October 18th, 2005
3:59 pm
hopefully this is relevant here
Today I received this e-mail and I don't know anything about the source. Has anyone heard anything about this before? My youngest daughter loves tuna and sometimes goes through phases where she'll eat it nearly every day of the week.


FROM: Pat Wyman, M.A.
RE: Are Your Omega 3 Fish Oils Safer Than Eating Fish?

As you know, I've been writing about the many benefits of omega 3 fish oils for many years now. If you want to keep your family healthy, this is one of those articles you will want to read all the way through.

News about the superb health benefits of omega 3 fish oils are everywhere these days. Medical science proves that they make you think faster, improve memory, protect your heart, stave off dementia, eliminate many symptoms of ADHD and even lower your blood pressure.

*** But are the fish oil supplements you take safter than eating fish?***

There's growing concern in the medical community about the dangerous chemicals found in fish (both farm raised and wild), like mercury, PCB's, dioxins and other toxins.
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Current Mood: concerned
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005
12:47 pm
Superbugs - Don't Wash Your Meat by Dr. Michael Greger
Don't Wash Your Meat

Can't you just wash off meat like one rinses off fruits and vegetables? No. In fact, the new federal dietary guidelines specifically recommend that "meat and poultry should not be washed or rinsed." The USDA explains: "Bacteria in raw meat and poultry juices can be spread to other foods, utensils, and surfaces." Juices? Animals are not fruits. They don't have juice. In chickens, for example, the "juice" is a fecal soup of bloody serum absorbed in the scalding and cooling tanks in the slaughter house. Further, the infection is actually inside these animals.

Millions of chickens are drowned alive in the scalding tanks (the federal Humane Slaughter Act exempts all birds), which may introduce the pathogens into their lungs. However new research from the USDA's chief scientific research agency suggests that the primary source of lung contamination with bacteria like Campylobacter is inhaled manure during production (where up to tens of thousands of chickens are overcrowded into broiler sheds) or during transport.[44]

The June 2005 issue of the Tufts University Health and Nutrition Letter notes: "Your own hands, where they grasped the meat while washing it, could become just as bacteria-laden as the surface of the food... The best bet is to leave meat or poultry untouched until you start cooking it"[45] (what are you supposed to do--levitate it into the oven?) New research, though, suggests that even this precaution may not be enough.

In March 2005, researchers published a study in which they swabbed the external surface of prepackaged raw meat in the grocery stores for fecal contamination. And did they ever find it. Even though most of the packages looked clean on the outside, they found Salmonella, Campylobacter and multidrug-resistant E. coli on the outer surface of packages of meat. Just picking up a package of meat in the store could put one at risk.

Poultry beat out the competition for the most contamination, followed by lamb, pork and beef. One swab of a single Q-tip picked up over 10,000 live E. Coli bacteria. As few as 10 bacteria of the hemorrhagic type (E. coli 0157:H7) can lead to a potentially fatal infection.[46] The researchers conclude, "The external packaging of raw meats is a vehicle for potential cross-contamination by Campylobacter, Salmonella, and E. coli in retail premises and consumers' homes."[47] Read more...Collapse )
Wednesday, August 17th, 2005
4:12 pm
Vegan and/or Organic Coffee Creamer?
I'm looking for an alternative to my yummy Coffee Mate coffee creamer. This is the last step to making my entire diet all organic/vegan. Is there such a thing as organic/vegan coffee creamer? What alternatives do you use in your coffee?

Friday, June 24th, 2005
4:46 pm
Shop Natural
Great link for natural foods/products: http://www.shopnatural.com/
4:44 pm
Right Fatigue with Figs
By Dr. Michael Greger

by Dr. Michael Greger:

In search of some of the most nutrient-dense foods in existence, chemists at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania started looking at dried fruit. Since 90% of a fruit's weight is water, they figured that dried fruit might be ten times more nutritious by weight than fresh. Well, it didn't quite work out that way. The drying process destroyed about 80% of the chief antioxidant compounds, but, given that the nutrition in dried fruit is ten times more concentrated, dried fruits did still come out ahead, finishing out with about 10% more antioxidant content than fresh (by weight). And with all the fiber and minerals intact, dried fruit did test out to be little nutrition powerhouses. Read more...Collapse )
Sunday, March 13th, 2005
2:04 pm
I'd like to start growing my own sprouts but am concerned with all the reports of food poisoning as a result of eating sprouts. I've done my research on growing them and that organic seeds are best. Now my question is does anyone have a favorite website or wholefood store they buy their seeds from? I rather go by recommendation than trial and error.

Thank you sooo much!
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