Saturday, January 14th, 2012
Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, January 14, 2012
Flu Vaccine: No Good Evidence
by Damien Downing, M.D.
(OMNS, Jan 14, 2012) Is it wise to have the flu vaccine, or Tamiflu, or would you get better protection just from taking vitamin D? Having a vaccine should be a matter of personal choice; we don’t think that government or insurance companies or medical societies should be telling you what to do. If you’re bothering to read this then you’re clearly smart enough to make your own decisions about your own health. While you are deciding, here is a second opinion.
So What About Vaccines?
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Saturday, December 24th, 2011
UPDATE! (12/27/11) I just bought a BUNCH more stuff. The Andrea’s Oils I ordered that are noted below just arrived and they’re spectacular. I’m in love. I can’t wait to share them with Kamea (in her diet and on her cute little bod!). PLUS! The Raw Food World online store just announced their AT-COST January specials 4 days early so you can use the coupon noted below on those, too! I ordered sea spaghetti, coconut oil, more dental floss, Irish moss, cacao products, more pili nuts, hot sauces, radiant love butter (hubba hubba! lol), more Andreas’ oils, cherry and coconut extracts, MORE chlorella, NuTru DHA with EPA, and more! I’m stocked up for the next 6 months.
I’ve been making a lot of purchases at The Raw Food World online store (owned by the lovely Matt Monarch and Angela Stokes-Monarch). And, I mean it when I say a lot! lol! I can’t help myself, I keep going back for more (the products are superb quality) and they have an awesome holiday coupon going on from now until the end of December. Plus, the At-Cost Specials going on right now… WHOA! Good stuff! The deals are too good to pass up.
If you decide to do some shopping there, be sure to use the code Holiday18 when checking out.
Just a few of my favorite things...
Want to know what I’ve been buying? (It’s a long list, but I plan on buying even more. I’m all about stocking up on things when they’re on sale and the Holiday coupon is too good to pass up!)
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Friday, December 9th, 2011
Mmmm this is a keeper. I’ve been making it quite a lot lately. It’s without protein powder… shocker coming from me, right? It’s smooth, creamy, light, refreshing, and delish. The recipe below is for a big batch! Almost 2 quarts. I like making a big batch because I share it with Greg and Kamea as well (there’s my sweet darling slurping up hers below). You can make it and share it, or make it and split the batch so you have two smoothies to enjoy throughout your glorious day, or simply halve the recipe.
The goods on this baby? Hydrating and loaded with nutrients. Nuff’ said. Read More »
Friday, November 25th, 2011
I’m a fan of veggies and dip, so it’s no surprise that I’m always creating new ones. While looking for new ways to use my mesquite powder (other than my delicious Mesquite Cacao Banana Shake), I developed this delicious recipe. The subtle mesquite-ness is fun and unique.
Mesquite Red Bell Pepper Dip
Yield 2 1/2 cups
- 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
- 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes plus soaking water
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 large clove garlic, chopped
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon mesquite powder
- 3/4 teaspoon Himalayan crystal salt
Place the cashews in a medium bowl and add enough water to cover them by about an inch. Place the sun-dried tomatoes in a small bowl and add enough water to just cover. Let the cashews and sun-dried tomatoes soak for up to an hour. Strain the cashews, rinse them, and put them in a blender. Add the sun dried tomatoes and their soaking water, along with the rest of the ingredients to the blender, and blend until creamy.
- For raw fooders, use as a dip with vegetable crudite. Raw broccoli and cauliflower never tasted so good. I also routinely serve this alongside big (whole) romaine lettuce leaves. This is excellent served as the spread in your next collard green wrap sandwich, too.
- For people eating cooked foods, spread on veggie burgers, toast, or serve with pita chips
Friday, November 18th, 2011
I’ve been planning our ThanksLiving meal for awhile now… I can’t help it. When it comes to food and planning, I’m all over it! This year, we’re doing a mix of raw and cooked, organic, plant based foods. Oh! And, we’ll adopt a turkey like we did last year.
Compassion drives our menu.
- We’re starting the day with a delicious breakfast of Fresh Cranberry Chia Pudding (come back tomorrow to get the recipe!). Then, our main dinner will have…
- Romaine salads loaded with fresh raw veggies and fruits. My plan is to dress it with simple coconut vinegar, himalayan crystal salt, and maybe some extra virgin olive oil for those who desire it. This will make up the bulk of my plate, and it’s obviously all raw. :)
- Barely cooked green beans tossed with (raw) Tuscan Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
- Cranberry Kiwi Relish
- Homemade Italian Bread (mom’s recipe)
- Creamy mashed potatoes with roasted garlic, fluffed with coconut milk, and seasoned with Himalayan crystal salt and black pepper
- Harvest Soup (raw)
- Gardein chicken breasts slathered with (raw) Velvet Wine Sauce that will be slightly warmed, but still keeping it raw
- Apple Crisp (mom’s recipe)
- Pumpkin Pie
What are you making that is PLANT BASED? Please share!
Saturday, October 15th, 2011
I recently read on NPR’s iPhone app (national public radio) about vitamin E being attacked, which focused on prostate cancer risk and links to vitamin e supplementation. However, after reading it, I was emailed the following newsletter from Orthomolecular Medicine News that gives another perspective. It’s very interesting. (You can read more articles here and subscribe to their newsletter here.)
Vitamin E Attacked Again
Of Course. Because It Works.
by Andrew W. Saul
Editor, Orthomolecular Medicine News Service
(OMNS, Oct 14, 2011) The very first Orthomolecular Medicine News Service release was on the clinical benefits of vitamin E. That was seven years ago. (1) In fact, the battle over vitamin E has been going full-tilt for over 60 years. (2)
Well, you can say one thing for vitamin critics: at least they are consistent. Consistently wrong, but consistent.
A recent accusation against vitamin E is that somehow it increases risk of prostate cancer. (3) That is nonsense. If you take close look at the numbers, you will see that “Compared with placebo, the absolute increase in risk of prostate cancer per 1000 person-years was 1.6 for vitamin E, 0.8 for selenium, and 0.4 for the combination.” That works out to be a claimed 0.63% increase risk with vitamin E alone, 0.24% increase in risk with vitamin E and selenium, and 0.15% increase in risk for selenium alone.
Note the decimal points: these are very small figures. But more importantly, note that the combination of selenium with vitamin E resulted in a much smaller number of deaths. If vitamin E were really the problem, vitamin E with selenium would have been a worse problem. Selenium recharges vitamin E, recycling it and effectively rendering it more potent. Something is wrong here, and it isn’t the vitamin E. Indeed, a higher dose of vitamin E might work as well as E with selenium, and be more protective.
And, in fact, this study did show that supplementation was beneficial. Vitamin E and selenium reduced risk of all-cause mortality by about 0.2%., and also reduced the risk of serious cardiovascular events by 0.3%. Vitamin E reduced risk of serious cardiovascular events by 0.7%. But what you were told, and just about all you were told, was “Vitamin E causes cancer!”
The oldest political trick in the book is to create doubt, then fear, and then conformity of action. The pharmaceutical industry knows this full well. One does not waste time and money attacking something that does not work. Vitamin E works, and the evidence is abundant.
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Monday, October 10th, 2011
Next week I’m sending out a special edition to my email newsletter where I’m sharing everything holidays… recipes, tips, and special announcements you won’t want to miss.
Make sure you’re signed up here. (You’ll see the spot to enter your email address on the right side of my main website’s home page.)
Thursday, October 6th, 2011
I’m quite excited and proud to announce that my recipe for Raw Harvest Soup made its way in the line up of recommended recipes on Huffington Post!!
I found this article interesting from Orthomolecular Medicine News Service… you can read more articles here and subscribe to their newsletter here.
Free, Peer-Reviewed Nutritional Medicine Information Online
No Evidence, Eh?
(OMNS, Oct 3, 2011) Many of our readers have written to say that when they try to talk to their physician about using nutritional medicine, the subject is promptly dismissed. Furthermore, such dismissal is often accompanied with doctor statements such as, “I have not seen any good research showing that vitamins work therapeutically.”
That your doctor has not seen the research is probably true. However, the research has been there all along. The problem is that many health practitioners are often too busy, and sometimes too complacent, to look for it.
It is time to change that. Here are some highly-reliable orthomolecular resources online, for free access.
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Monday, September 19th, 2011
A while back I blogged about the protein grenades I routinely make Greg. Basically, they’re little glass mason jars that have a single serving protein mixture (vegan and mostly raw) in each. I say “single” but there’s more than that in each (typically a few scoops of protein powder and other goodies). However, for Greg, it’s a single serving in that he dumps the contents into his shaker cup, adds filtered water, and drinks it as one of his shakes for the day. He’ll drink anywhere from 2-5 of these a day. It’s a lot of protein, but it’s what he wants for his body in building lean muscle. Plus, he works out, by strength training a 3-day split, regularly. You can read more about his grenades in detail here.
Today, I’m featuring a couple of new items we’ve tried recently in an attempt to further diversify his grenades. One is a new protein powder and the other items are sprouted (dried) ingredients.
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Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
I make lots of kitchen sink raw recipes. For those of you not familiar with those, they’re basically recipes where you throw in everything, except the kitchen sink! Most often, they’re recipes with odds-and-ends ingredients that you’re trying to use up before the next shopping trip. I’ve made Kitchen Sink Green Juices, Kitchen Sink Smoothies, Kitchen Sink Breads and Crackers, Kitchen Sink Pates, and now… Kitchen Sink Nut Butter.
And, this may be the best nut butter I ever made. Too bad it’s never to be truly replicated because I didn’t measure anything, as is the case in most kitchen sink recipes. I just threw the last nuts from my jars into my food processor and hit “on.” (Took only a few minutes and it was done!) I do know the main ingredients though (all organic): almonds, cashews, walnuts, Brazil nuts, and pecans.