Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Here's the recipe again:
1/2 - 1 cucumber, peeled
1 Fuji apple
(Juice in that order)
Daily Food Tip
If I can't afford to buy organic vegetables and fruits, can I still be healthy?
Yes, if you can't afford organic produce, you can still enjoy great health. If you can't buy organic produce, I would still encourage you to buy non-organic fruits and vegetables and enjoy a full array of different types.
However, I'd also recommend taking some additional steps with the non-organic produce that you purchase. It would be important to wash your non-organic fruit and vegetables well, using a natural bristle brush to lightly scrub the surface, so that you can remove some of the pesticide residues that may be present.
You may also want to peel conventionally grown cucumbers, eggplant, potatoes, and apples. This peeling recommendation is due to two factors. First, the outermost surfaces of fruits and vegetables may be the most affected by pesticide spraying. Second, the above types of produce often have petroleum-based wax coatings that may work against your best health. (The situation with the peeling of non-organic produce is exactly opposite from the situation with organic fruits and vegetables. With organic produce, you almost always want to keep the peels and skins intact because they are among the most nutrient-rich parts of any food.)
Do you have a farmer's market near you? If so, you may want to buy your produce there. Even if the produce you find there is not certified organic, chances are that it may contain less pesticide residues than produce available in larger grocery stores that do not focus on locally grown foods. Many small farmers don't go through the process of organic certification but still grow their produce with minimal, if any, agricultural chemicals.
For more information on this topic, please see:
- Can I effectively wash off pesticides from my fruits and vegetables?
- What is the dirty dozen?
- Which fruits and vegetables have the least amount of pesticide residues?
If you have any questions about today's Daily Tip Ask George Your Question
Friday, February 20, 2009
Just read this excerpt from the Introduction:
What's Wrong With Modern Medicine
How Can We Improve It?
Almost everyone agrees that something is wrong with modern medicine. I recently attended a talk given by Andrew Weil, and when he announced his prediction that the healthcare system in America would soon collapse, everyone in the room vigorously applauded. However, although most people agree that something is wrong with modern medicine, not everyone agrees as to what it is and what to do about it.
On a most basic level, many patients simply feel that their physicians can't relate to what they're going through and that they're treated like a statistic. As a way to help remedy this situation, mind-body physician Bernie Siegel told me, "One simple suggestion would be to put every doctor into a hospital bed for a week as a patient. Put them in a hospital where they are not known, and have them admitted with a life-threatening illness as their diagnosis. Then let them stay there."
Another big problem with modern medicine is expense. The skyrocketing costs of healthcare, and the lack of healthcare insurance by many, is a serious problem. According to Larry Dossey, the author of Space, Time, and Medicine, "We're nearing fifty million people in this country who don't have health insurance." So what does Dr. Dossey suggest? "We need government-financed, centralized healthcare for everybody," he said.
However, not everyone that I spoke with agrees that socialized healthcare is such a good idea. When I spoke with life extension researcher Durk Pearson he said, "The most dangerous possible thing I can think of—other than having a complete police state like Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia—is to have a national medical program. Because, believe me, they are not going to be acting in your interest—they're going to be acting in their interest. There's no such thing as a free lunch. When you have a government health system, you have a bunch of bureaucrats telling you when it's time to die. The reason is very simple. They'll never collect back from you as much tax money as they spend taking care of you, so it's time for you to die.
Read up on Nobel prize-winning economist James Buchanan's Public Choice Theory."
Ironically, many people also seriously question the safety of modern medicine—and for good reason. Dr. Dossey also told me that, "The death rate in American hospitals from medical mistakes, errors, and the side-effects of drugs now ranks as the third leading cause of death, behind heart disease and cancer." Although some people who have studied the statistics that Dr. Dossey is referring to disagree with this figures, they don't disagree by much, as even the most hard-nosed skeptics rank medical errors and drug side-effects as the fifth or sixth leading cause of death in American hospitals. Not a very comforting thought.
So the lack of trust that many people have toward modern medicine is understandable. However, an even greater cause for concern is that many people think that the medical establishment and the federal government are deliberately impeding medical advances that might divert profits away from pharmaceutical companies. For example, Durk Pearson—who won a landmark lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), charging the government agency with unconstitutionally restricting manufacturers from distributing truthful health information that could save people's lives--told me that he thought that the FDA was "the biggest barrier between life extension and people."
Pearson told me that this is simply because many people in the FDA are financially intertwined with the pharmaceutical companies. According to Pearson's partner, life extension researcher Sandy Shaw "... right now the FDA favors drug companies. There's no doubt about it. The drug companies are in bed with the FDA. The FDA is in bed with the drug companies." What this means is that the FDA generally supports patented drugs over natural dietary supplements—regardless of the scientific evidence—because the drug companies can't profit off them.
Pharmaceutical companies are seen by many as being motivated primarily by profit, and a lot of people are concerned that this motivation adversely effects their research agendas and marketing strategies. To help solve this problem, retrovirus researcher Peter Duesberg suggested that we "Generate a free market for scientific ideas in which funding depends on logic, scientific principles, and useful results, rather than on the approval ... of "peer-review." Since the "peers" represent the established scientific monopolies their self-interest demands "science" that confirms and extends the status quo—rather than innovation, which threatens their considerable scientific and commercial investments."
When I spoke with natural medicine advocate Jonathan Wright he offered some insight into why the research agendas of the pharmaceutical companies might be off track to begin with. He said, "So far as medicine in general goes, our very biggest mistake ... started in the early part of the twentieth century, and it continues to this day—and that is, relying on patent medicines to heal the body. This has been an enormous mistake, because the condition necessary to patent anything says that it can not occur in nature. But our bodies are made of materials that are entirely natural ... The best it's going to do is suppress symptoms, and yet the medical profession has gone along with this for over a century."
However, Dr. Wright told me that he thought that the solution to this problem was very simple. He said, "Everything we need to do can be summed up in these two words: copy nature." For example, research has shown that when engaging in hormone replacement therapy it is essential that one use hormones that are biologically identical to those found in the human body, if one wishes to avoid the potentially deadly side-effects from taking patented synthetic hormones. The scientific evidence certainly suggests that we should avoid that which is unnatural to the body, and that an important secret to health and longevity is simply to mimic what nature does. Others point out that this is a good place to start, but that we can also significantly improve upon nature.
Our conventional medical system is entirely oriented toward the treatment of disease, illness, and injury. Little attention is given to making healthy people healthier and for improving physical, sexual, and cognitive performance. However, there are now many drugs, herbs, and nutrients available that have been shown to improve physical endurance, cognitive abilities, memory, and sexual performance. In the pages that follow, I discuss these drugs and dietary supplements with Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw, Jonathan Wright, Ray Kurzweil, and others.
These performance-enhancing supplements appear to compensate for some of the decline in performance caused by aging. If cognitive and sexual performance can be enhanced in the elderly then perhaps other consequences of aging can also be reversed. Understanding and reversing the aging process is another important theme in this book.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Anyway, jokes aside, you can learn a lot from your poop. Imagine if the sewers near your home got clogged and did not drain properly. Well, now imagine if the same were true for your own sewage system. The toxins getting into your bloodstream, the bloating, etc. Your sewage system is not to be ignored, but should be glorified. This is a great article for some basic information on what makes healthy bowels!
Anyway, yesterday I had two great juices, and I will say I prefer one over the other, but variety is the spice of life.
(to be blended in this order)
1 bunch of nettle
2 stems of kale
(to be blended in this order)
3 stems of kale
1 whole apple(Fuji is best)
Ok, both juices cost MAYBE $1 each. MAYBE. That's worst case. How much would Robeks or Jamba Juice be? AND, they are filled with sugar, frozen products and give you brain freeze. Lame.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
So, I had some dandelion that I purchased from the farmer's market on Sunday. Most farmer's markets should have dandelion. In a pan, I put about 4 tbsp of water. I cut the dandelion in thirds and used the entire plant, stem to leaf in the pan and sauteed them until steamed, added pepper and the quinoa, stirred and voila! It was a delicious, simple, healthy dish. It took maybe 5 min. to make. And the cost of the meal, maybe $1. NO JOKE.
Can I be honest, that I am not sure how much of the nutrients from the dandelion is lost when prepared this way, but I look at it as, well, isn't this a crap load healthier than the dollar menu at Micky D's?!!!!!!!!! So enjoy!
BE CREATIVE AND COOK!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Let's educate ourselves.
WATCH THE VIDEO and share it with friends. Learn about what we can do to change this country's view of health and nutrition. Let's work together to make it A PRIORITY!
(to be juiced in this order)
handful of all the Dandelion
3 stems of Kale
1 golden beat with leaves attached
Tomorrow I hope to blog about how to make fresh nettle tea! xo
PEACE, LOVE AND HEALTH!
Friday, February 13, 2009
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Living in LA with the pollution, pollen, dust, whatever, you realize how much your allergies, sinuses and overall body are effected and suffer. Even today I woke up with a terrible sinus headache right on my temples and behind my ears. Yuck. I believe it was last year that I discussed neti pots, but now I need to buy my own and get going on what seems to be the answer to all my respiratory problems. It appears to be the BEST natural way to get rid of the common cold, sinuse infections, etc.
Nasal irrigation has been used by practitioners of Ayurvedic and yoga in India for thousands of years. Jala Neti, or neti pot, is one of six purification techniques used to prepare the body for yoga. Jala Neti, though relatively less known in Western culture, is a common practice in parts of India and other areas in South Asia where it is as routine as brushing one's teeth and washing one's face. It is recommended to perform this nasal irrigation once in the morning and once at night, but I read it can be done up to four times a day. Of course, this varies from person to person cause well, if you haven't noticed by now, everyone is different. So do your own research!
The nasal passage is considered to be the doorway to many illnesses and diseases and keeping those passages clear and mucous membranes moist can help prevent these problems from plaguing your body including upper respiratory tract infections, fever, allergies, etc. The saline solution is a smooth and non-invasive procedure. I don't see any bad side effects from doing this, but if you know of any, COMMENT!
Ok, now a video: Spring Cleaning For Your Nose
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
A dear friend of mine gave me the newest issue of Food and Wine (March 2009) 40 Healthy and Delicious Recipes. BUY IT! Easiest, most delicious-looking recipes.
Anyway, this particular recipe caught my eye. Fish baked in salt? Perhaps it's familiar to you, but I, on the other hand, have never heard such a thing!
Gas - it's everyone's worst and smelliest enemy. Most of you suffer from it all of your waking hours and have just dealt with the discomfort (I did). Some only get it after eating those frijoles, maybe after eating some fruit, granola, whatever - it's there. What feels like gas may be indigestion, cramps, constipation or diarreah, irritable bowel syndrome or worse! So, did you know there are ways to prevent and avoid all this discomfort!?!!! Well, food combining is the #1 way to get rid of all these intestinal problems. Eliminating dairy products is #2. There's really no #3, but if you have one, leave me a comment.
So let's learn about food combining. Food combining is something I learned from Gillian McKeith's, "You Are What You Eat" but there are many sources that talk about it. Food combining is figuring out which foods are compatible with each other for digestive chemistry - - in other words, what combinations of food will go down your digestive tract easiest and what combinations of foods will help nutrients be absorbed best. It's for the most part the same for everyone, but at the same time, everyone is different. So keep that in mind when putting food combination to use! Ok?
There is a whole lot of chemistry involved when explaning this. I am giving you the lay person's explanation. I am not a chemist and most likely, neither are you.
Food is divided into four groups:
1. Proteins - poultry, meat, cheese, eggs, fish, milk, nuts, beans
2. Carboyhydrates - bread, pasta, cereals, flour, starchy vegetables, potatoes, yams
3. Selective Veggies and other stuff - non-starchy veggies, roots, salads, nuts, seeds, herbs
Never eat Groups 1 and 2 together. I know, I know. You can't eat mashed potatoes with meatloaf!!?! Or granola with milk!!?! Sure you can! (FART!) But you know the consequences. It's something about these groups requiring certain digestive enzymes that makes them just not mesh very well together. Who cares the reason why - - it works!
Eat Groups 3 with either Group 1 or Group 2. Group 3 is excellent to mix with proteins or carbs, but not both! Make sure you leave 2 hours after eating a carbohydrate to eat protein.
Never eat Group 4 with any other group! That's right, no more cereal with bananas. But listen, it's for your own good. Fruit is the fastest digesting food and needs to be eaten all by itself. In fact, it should be eaten before anything else so that the nutrients get absorbed properly. If you feel like a fruit snack while at work, eat it 30 min. after your last meal. One more thing, when eating grapes, eat them alone. Never eat grapes with other fruits. Get the book if you want to learn why (see Entry #1 for details). It's as simple as that.
So you're a little disappointed about the combination method. Well, let me offer some solutions, and if you have any, leave them in the comments!
So with your chicken dish, puree some carrots or parsnips and they will mimic those mash potatoes. For cereal or granola, instead of milk use soy or nut milk. Men should be careful with soy products - gives you man boobs and hurts your prostate. Still drink it, just don't over do it. For additional suggestions, feel free to ask.
Most people are lactose intolerant. Yes, it's really true. Our bodies were not made to digest cow's milk. It begins with the body not having enough lactase to digest the lactose from cows. So your wine and cheese habit (FART!). It can stay, but just understand why intestinal discomfort is happening to you. Despite what you may think, goat's milk is an excellent alternative to cow's milk and is far easier to digest. Goat's milk is most similar to human milk. The taste needs getting used to, but add goat cheese on your salad, in your stuffed peppers, on your nacho ... mmmmmmm. There is even goat cheese brie! I love it. Find it at Trader Joe's. Seriously, it's goat heaven!
So, say "NO MORE GAS!" Eliminate the discomfort now. It's the best feeling to know that gas is not forever and ever and ever.
Peace, love and health!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Parsnips may seem like an exotic vegetable that is unfamiliar to many, but what they have to offer your diet is twofold: Their fiber content is great for digestion and their sweet taste is satisfying without being high in calories.So now for the good stuff - - THE RECIPE!
Parsnips shine as a fiber source. They're high in soluble fiber, the type that helps lower cholesterol and keep blood sugar on an even keel. They're a surprising source of folic acid, that B vitamin which women who are planning a family require to help reduce the risk of certain disabling birth defects. Folic acid also plays a role in reducing heart disease and may help prevent dementia and osteoporosis bone fractures. And potassium, an aid to blood pressure, is present in ample quantities. Unlike their carrot cousins, however, parsnips lack beta-carotene.
Friday, February 6, 2009
This morning when I woke up, I steamed bok choy for about three minutes than sauteed it in a pan with butter salt and pepper. I put that in a container and took it to work. I also brought the Herb Salad Mix from Trader Joe's and Wild Rice (precooked) also from Trader Joe's. It comes in packets - ask someone there if you don't know where to find it.
For the salad, I just added some onion sprouts, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper and chicken seasoning (it's just a bunch of herbs thrown together, sans salt). I threw the wild rice and bok choy in the microwave to heat it up, added salt to the rice and grated goat cheese all over it (that I got from the farmer's market) and threw it altogether on a plate and gobbled it right up! Next time, pictures.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
1 handful of dandelion leaves and stems
(in that order)
AND VOILA! It's delish!!!
Monday, February 2, 2009
My new favorite thing at the moment is Weleda Salt Toothpaste, which I picked up yesterday from Whole Foods. So far, my teeth feel amazing without having to floss (I still floss - not to worry). Normally I have to floss to get this clean feeling. And it naturally whitens and prevents tartar build up.
TRY IT! It was around $5, if not less.
I have been back into juicing and I mean REALLY BACK! Doing it all the time. I went to the farmer's market on Melrose Place (near La Cienega) yesterday and picked up some mighty fresh and organic dandelion weeds. I thought it would make a great spinach-like dish, or could be wonderful for juicing.
Dandelion, or "lion's tooth," is a common weed found mainly in the northern hemisphere, although I find it near dumpsters mid-city. But I wouldn't suggest using those. The leaves are an amazing source of Vitamin A and is amazing in the digestive department. In fact after my apple-dandelion juice this morning, my system was CLEANED OUT! It's great for constipation AND water retention. Read more about dandelion.
Juice them in the order below - soft items before hard items.
a handful of dandelion leaves w/ stems attached
2 apples (fuji has the most juice)