Health Tips – Tobacco

Image result for free pics of anything related to smokingWhat Do You Know – about Tobacco Related Dis-ease, or diseases?

The government claims that approximately 480,00 people die each year as a result of cigarette smoking. The lists are numerous as to what diseases are the result of cigarette smoking. But what doesn’t the government and tobacco industry tell you? 

If you are a smoker or a non-smoker, but are exposed to secondhand smoke, the following information should peak your interest.

The New England Journal of Medicine conducted a study. Here are some of the results of that study.

It is important to note that insidious diseases that kill smokers and former smokers long after they quit, can cause genetic changes that manifest decades later as a lethal disease.’

Diseases that are recognized by the Government and medical system that are a result of the use of tobacco in any form and especially cigarette smoking include:

  • Esophageal cancer
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke (total)
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Urinary bladder cancer
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Pneumonia, influenza, TB
  • COPD2
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Lip/oral cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Lung cancer

Diseases that are not on the list of recognized illnesses by the government and medical system as being related to or the cause of death by the use of tobacco or cigarettes, include:

  • Kidney Failure
  • Immune system suppression
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Platelet aggregation (related to the blood)
  • Inflammation
  • Gene Alterations
  • All infections (to include flu/common cold)
  • Hypertensive Heart Disease
  • Intestinal Ischemia
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Liver Cirrhosis
  • Respiratory Issues
  • Rare cancers
  • Digestive Diseases
  • Acute Mycloid Leukemia
  • Peptic Ulcers
  • Bowel Obstructions
  • Gallstones
  • Diverticulitis
  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Gastric hemorrhage

There you have it – in a nut shell. Cigarette smoking is the most prominent cause of death and disability, all of which are ‘PREVENTABLE’.

This kind of information appalls me. In the first place, the big question in regards to smoking, is WHY? Why would a person want to jeopardize their whole life for what they feel is a pleasure and claim it is not an addiction – a serious addiction, even though it may take a long time to manifest the results of the choice made. WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT?

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The list of what can be done, is being done. Everyone has been given ‘free agency’ by God, to do what they want with their lives. The government steps in to make us think that they care. However, in the long run, it is the money to be made by the tobacco industry that counts – not my opinion, or yours.

Do you know?

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Sounding like a broken record – you as parents, me, family doctors, anyone who really cares need to discourage the use of tobacco in any form. It can start in your own family. When it comes to teenagers, tell them to not use tobacco and especially now days, to not use,or try the E cigarette (another subject that needs to be addressed, but not in this blog). Educate them as to the results such a choice may cause.  Remind them that once addicted, a smoker craves a new cigarette as often as every 30 minutes. That is a difficult schedule to meet, today, where smoking is prohibited almost every where.

In addition to children, teenagers, anyone who has the wish to smoke or use tobacco, should be educated on Nicotine – the damaging chemical that is what tobacco users become addicted to. Do you know that nicotine addicts spend most of their day suffering the miseries of unfulfilled cravings. Smokers who try to stop smoking suffer withdrawal agonies for weeks. I know people who have experienced this. However, many eventually succumb to temptation from any direction where they see cigarettes or smell cigarette smoke.

Aggressive efforts need to be applied to help improve the health of countless people. Discontinuing the sale of cigarettes in retail stores and pharmacies would help, but only minimally. And, that is not about to happen because, once again, it is all about the money to be made by the big industries. The government adding on more taxes doesn’t seem to help, just as it doesn’t help to keep people from buying alcoholic beverages (another addiction). It is funny how Medicare will help pay medical expenses for people with addictions (adding on to the cost of healthcare costs), but won’t help pay the expenses incurred for senior citizens who can’t see or hear.

In my research, it seems other countries are more successful with their efforts in reducing tobacco consumption than the U.S. In spite of all the strategies here in the U.S. to reduce smoking, such as warning mandates, tax hikes, and smoke-free zones, statistically, “one out of six Americans is a smoker, and one out of five smokers has a disability.”

What can you do?  Use your common sense folks. Think about how your actions may be, or are affecting the people around you – especially your wives, husbands, and children, co-workers, friends etc. who are not tobacco users or smokers. Think about how your addiction is affecting your health. Think, does smoking really help you lose weight – an excuse used by many women (especially) – for years. Think, does it reduce your anxiety, fears, worries, make you feel good, make you feel you are now part of the ‘in crowd’, look sexy – as the movies seems to make it look (especially back in the good old days). Think, does smoking improve your life style, improve your hygiene? Think again, in reality, smokers cannot effectively camouflage the smell of cigarette smoke in clothes, the house, or your hair, the taste in the mouth, the smell on the breath, the effect of decay on the teeth, fingernails, toenails, and the list can go on and on.

Image result for free pics of anything related to smokingIt may be difficult, but suffering the agony associated with quitting may be worth it. Remove yourself from being a burden to your family, your friends, the government and the insurance companies.

Image result for free pics of anything related to smoking Toll of smoking in the United States.

It, once again, is your choice. QUIT SMOKING, OR USING TOBACCO PRODUCTS. Detox yourself back to good health, great health for what time you may have remaining. It can be done.

PS: This is not a trivial matter. I understand that the CVS Pharmacy discontinued retail sales of cigarettes and other tobacco related products. I applaud them. This is, at the least, a step in the right direction to reduce the consumption of tobacco. May everyone get on the Band Wagon, so to speak, so this type of addiction can be eliminated from the lives of those who are addicted and the life of those who are affected by those who are addicted. I have never been a smoker, but am one of those people affected by the smoking addiction of others, at home and in the work place. I am thankful for what little has been done to alleviate this problem – but there is yet, much more to still be done.

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                                         Trudging along, but getting it done!

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Fermented Foods – Test Kitchen

There is a lot of hype in regards to Probiotics, and a lot of new companies popping up that say we need them, over and over again. Were you aware that ‘probiotics’ are prevalent in FERMENTED FOODS?

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So what are FERMENTED FOODS? Fermented foods can be bought in the grocery store – or you can make them yourself. They include Kimchee a Korean and or Asian food, Indian Chutney, German Sauerkraut, Kombucha, Brine Pickles, Kefir, Relishes, Pastes and etc.

Fermented foods offer a variety of positive effects on health. “You are literally bathing your GI tract in healthy, food-related organisms,” says food research scientist Robert Hutkins, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

A study in the journal Gastorenterology says that fermented foods with live probiotics can also improve brain function. Because fermented foods are strong they should be eaten as condiments, and not consumed in large quantities. Too much or overdoing the intake of fermented foods might cause bloating, cramping and other digestion problems.

When eating fermented foods as a condiment the recommended amount would be a half-cup. You can start there and work it up to more as long as your body can handle probiotic cultured vegetables and liquids.

Fermented foods are not to be seen as a ‘medicine’. They should be seen, rather, as a fun food, delicious, easy, and as a healthy addition to a meal.

In an earlier Test Kitchen, I posted my Kimchee recipe. I also make my Sauerkraut.

SAUERKRAUT – so easy try it:    Image result for picture of fermented foods

Using a small head of Organic green cabbage – finely shred the whole head. Put in a bowl, add 1 Tbsp sea salt. Wash your hands and then mix the cabbage and salt by squeezing it and moving it around until the cabbage becomes limp and begins to release its juice. (can also use a wooden spoon for this process).

Pack the mixture into a clean 1 quart wide mouth Mason jar. Pack it down and add until it fills the jar. The cabbage should be submerged in the juice. Leave about 1 inch at the top. Cover with a clean piece of cheesecloth. I have a special lid with holes in it that I put on over the cheesecloth to hold it in place. Put it in a cool place. I put mine at the bottom of a lower cupboard. Leave it there for about 1 week, checking it but not opening it. The bubbles you see signal fermentation is taking place. It is ready to eat in 3-5 days, but keeps well in the refrigerator for several weeks. I have kept it for 2-3 month. I found that the longer I kept it the better it tasted.  It is up to you. You may like it so well you will eat it up quickly.

I found this recipe in a local newspaper over 40 years ago. I love it. It tastes much better than store-bought Sauerkraut. I also pickle red beets, okra, red cabbage, and other vegetables. Yogurt is also a source of probiotics.  I use it is as long as I make my own, and, I do not use cows milk. You can buy what is called ‘Yogurt Starter’ at any health food store. I have never made Kefir as I find it tedious to make.

BENEFITS OF FERMENTED FOODS!

  • Boost immune system
  • Maintain healthy Intestines
  • Strengthen bones (rich in calcium)
  • Weight loss
  • Improve Mental Health
  • Improve Digestion – and the list goes on.

Fermenting the food preserves the beneficial enzymes, Omega-3 fatty acids, the b-vitamins, and etc.

For otherImage result for picture of fermented foods fermented food recipes – and yogurt recipes, just google them. You will find ‘You Tube’ videos and all kinds of information. 

HAVE FUN!

 

World of Wellville……

….in the New Year!

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As my Tag Line says – ‘WAKE UP TO A NEW YOU!’ New Year resolutions are made by most of us and yet they are seldom adhered to. We get busy and forget that we made them until sometimes it is almost too late.

In conversations I’ve had with many acquaintances over the past few weeks, they all wished they had kept their last years resolution or their resolution from years before that, to do something about getting healthier. Their intentions were on the right track, but their willingness to act, to change, to apply what was necessary to improve their health never happened.

Don’t let this be you in the NEW YEAR – 2019. Your life may depend on it.

I’ve already had many requests for topics to be discussed for my blog. I will do my best to address each and every one of them…and hope many of you will be inspired to become a NEW YOU!

May your new hopes and new wishes come to fruition in the year 2019!

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The following information from my mentor and friend, Dr. Robert Morse, can be a good way to start, now – or later!

May GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

FYI Health Talk Test Kitchen….

TIPS AND FOOD FACTS!

Even I learn new things every day. I have often wondered if there was anything you can use in the place of eggs when cooking. There is!

  • EGG SUBSTITUTES: a few suggestions…
    1/4 cup of applesauce equals 1 egg.
    1/2 of a banana equals 1 egg – if using this one add a bit more of the leavening agent you use in the recipe, e.g baking powder.
    1 T Ground Flaxseed to 3 T Water equals 1 egg – mix well before adding to the recipe. This works great as a substitute when making pancakes.
    (This info is compliments of Danny Seo)
  • GREEN DRINKS! They are back.  You ask, “Did they ever go away?”
    To me they seemed to have gone away, at least for a little while. Why? Because ‘Green Drinks’ were difficult to make without a ‘juicer’. There are some new Juice Guru’s out there who want you to get back to the basics with vegetables. The only thing that bothers me is that they are selling you on vegetables only. What happened to the fruits? Think and research before you decide to go and buy a new juicing machine; end up using it once or twice and then it just sits on the shelf collecting dust.

    • FOOD – WHAT IS FOOD?
      Think about it. What is food – is it just a list of ingredients that we do not know the meaning of? FOOD is a code that regulates your body – it sends different messages to the body – it knows right where to go to regulate the organs and glands and health of the body. This can be called Nutritional Healing – where the body through proper nutrient intake through the foods you eat and/or supplements you take – heals itself. You might want to start by making a great salad with a homemade dressing the main meal of the day (veggie or fruit).Image result for free pics of salads

SOME MORE FOOD FOR THOUGHT!
1. Get rid of your food addictions – the STD (Standard American Diet)
2. Disease, or as I like to call it Dis-ease, isn’t always genetic. People often use that as an excuse to be sick. Natural foods already have the ingredients to help prevent disease. Your body is naturally disease proof. Don’t mess it up with wrong food choices.
3. When it comes to meat – especially the red meats, which I am asked about all the time – YOU ARE WHAT YOUR MEAT EATS!
4. Detoxification resets your body!
5. REMEMBER: Nutritional excellence promotes ‘super immunity’. That is how you stay healthy.
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MAY GOD BLESS YOUR EFFORTS!

Merry Christmas

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CHRISTMAS – a common household word every year at this time. What does it mean? Santa Claus, Christmas trees, bells, angels, tinsel, presents: these things, man inspired, seem to have caused the TRUE MEANING of Christmas to become, obscure and Christmas seems to have become only a Happy Holiday.

I would like to bring the true meaning of Christmas back to the attention of my readers and followers.

                     May the Peace of the night the Christ child was born  

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And the Love Jesus had, and still has for us, be felt by everyone worldwide this Christmas Season!
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                DISCOVER THE GIFT EMBRACE THE GIFT SHARE THE GIFT!

                         MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!

 

Test Kitchen – Christmas Goodies

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I will make this blog short and sweet. Why not start Christmas day off with tasty, healthy foods. The following is a great recipe for breakfast.

  Image result for smoothie images free   MORINGA BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

1 small banana
1/4 cup blueberries for fruit of choice
1 Tbsp. Moringa Powder, or leaves (fresh or dried)
2-3 chunks of fresh pineapple
1/2 cup plain or flavored Yogurt
Honey or Maple Syrup to sweeten
Crushed Ice
Put all the ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth. You can substitute Canned Coconut milk for yogurt – which I do because it is thick and yummy. I use it to make my yogurt. The color of the smoothie will vary according to the ingredients. You can also add veggies (broccoli, kale, spinach, etc.). Make it your own – be creative

Do you like to snack during the day. This recipe makes a delicious snack (like eating candy):

MORINGA COCONUT BALLS     Image result for coconut ball images

1  1/2 cups Crushed Walnuts
1 cup shredded Coconut packed down
2 Tbsp. Moringa Powder
1/2 cup Peanut butter or Almond Butter
1 Tbsp. agave syrup
2-3 Tbsp. Coconut Flour (it holds the mixture together)
1 tsp. Vanilla extract (optional
1/4 tsp. sea salt (optional)

After you have crushed the walnuts stir them together well with the coconut and Agave syrup – or you can put them in a blender and blend. I like to stir mine. If you find the mixture a little runny add more Coconut flour until the mixture is firm enough to roll into a ball. Roll a heaping teaspoon into a large grape size ball. Roll the ball in loose shredded coconut to coat. Put in a container. Store in the refrigerator. Makes 36 large grape size balls. Stores well for up to 3 months.

And of course, something delicious to drink cannot be forgotten!

CHRISTMAS NOG – Dairy free and non-alcoholic      Image result for eggnog images free

1 quart Coconut milk
1 pkg. Instant Coconut Pudding or Vanilla Pudding
1 tsp. Rum Extract (for flavor) – not Alcohol
1/2 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
1/2 tsp. Allspice
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon

Combine all the ingredients in a blender on high-speed until well mixed for approximately 2 minutes. Put in a quart container with a lid and refrigerate to allow the nog to thicken. Put in cup or glass. Top with whip topping and a sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon. Contains fewer calories than the store-bought Egg Nog. A great drink for the whole family – including the kids.

 Image result for free images christmas food   ENJOY and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

Charcoal

There is a lot of material out there today about Charcoal. What it is and what is it all about. Image result for pics of charcoal products

Activated charcoal has been used for medicinal purposes since around 1550 B.C.

Scientific research shows that when activated charcoal is taken in any form (capsules, powder in drinks, etc.), drugs and toxins bind to it. Therefore, it helps the body to rid itself of unwanted substances.

Activated charcoal has been shown to have anti-aging benefits, whiten teeth (is in the toothpaste). It is in soap. It is used in the water filters for the astronauts in space ships, and is also used in the astronauts space suits. Charcoal is used in filters that purify water. I have a water purification product that uses it in its filter.

Real charcoal comes from wood and not briquets. Other things that activated (real) charcoal is good for include making a paste and putting it on insect bites; Use in dialysis for kidney and liver; Use in hospitals for wound dressings; Use for acid indigestion; May lower cholesterol and promote better kidney function.  Activated Charcoal can be used topically, comes in powder form and in capsule form.

The Mayo Clinic as well as other hospitals use charcoal for treating drug overdose. Another suggested use is for detoxification (as mentioned above, it clears the toxins from the body).

Image result for pics of charcoal productsThe beauty industry is on board with Charcoal as well. You can find it in facial masks, cleansers, and creams.

Activated Charcoal can be used topically, comes in powder form and in capsule form.

As with any new or old products that are on the market or making a comeback, there may be risks or side effects. I found more side effects than risks. The side effects range from nausea, vomiting and constipation to bowel obstruction, a chalk like taste in the mouth, and black colored stool (which to me is a given). The stool changes color because of many foods and medications that are taken orally into the body.

For more information you can check out a book on Charcoal by going to     Charcoal Remedies.com.

If you are going to use Activated Charcoal use it properly. Check with your doctor for dosage if taking it orally. Dosage varies from person to person to include children and adults.

I am experimenting with charcoal, and am presently using it for skin care as an Intensive Face Serum with Hyaluronic Acid. So far, it is good. As time goes on, I will try it in other forms.

 

You can also make your own charcoal. It may be a project worth looking into.Image result for pic of bonfire for making your own charcoal

HOWEVER YOU CHOOSE TO USE CHARCOAL –

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CHOICE YOU MAKE IS YOURS!