Microwaved Food!

Every once in a while I come across information that I feel everyone should know about or at least become aware of. However, the information is too extensive to just put in the ‘Tip’ part of my blog page.

Microwave oven Stock Photography

The following is just such information. Just about every person in the world has a Microwave Oven. You can’t buy a house without one being included. You are bombarded with TV ads, magazine ads etc. about how to make cooking your food fast and easy. In fact – in the past 30 years microwave ovens have practically replaced the traditional methods of cooking food. This is because there are so many people on the go, barely stopping to eat, that is, unless the food can be cooked in 2 minutes or less. The grocery store shelves are loaded with “instant cook” food, packaged (just add water and stick it in the microwave), and/or frozen, which you don’t even need to thaw out first. Microwave oven’s today, will even thaw frozen foods, such as meat, out for you to supposedly save time.

BUT – what do you really know about the microwave oven? Are they no more than timesaving machines for cooking? A Swiss Study found that “food which is microwaved is not the food it was before !”

Just the other day I was asked if microwaved foods were really not good for you.  And, if so, why not? Here is what I found out. You can check it out for your self.

“The microwave radiation deforms and destroys the molecular structure of the food – creating radiolytic compounds. When microwaved food is eaten, abnormal changes occur in the blood and immune systems. These include a decrease in hemoglobin and white blood cell counts and an increase in cholesterol levels.” Just that information alone should be enough to scare the living daylight out of a person (an expression used in the good old days).

There was an article in Pediatrics journal warning that microwaving human milk damages the anti-infective properties it usually gives to a mother’s baby. How many of you are or have been guilty of warming the baby’s milk in the microwave? And, you wonder why your child is sick all the time, is susceptable to every flu bug that comes along? I am sorry, I just have to say it the way it is. There were studies done at the University of Warwick in Great Britain that warned, “microwave radiation is damaging to the vital electromagnetic activity of human life vibrations.”  This is scary stuff.

I am as guilty as the rest of you who got caught up in the microwave revolution. I find that the older generation – seniors – are still caught up in it as many are heard to say, “I just don’t feel like cooking,” “if it weren’t for my microwave oven, I probably wouldn’t even eat.” I do have a microwave (it came with the house). I very rarely use it. The food cooked in a microwave, and eaten, is dead food with no nutritional value – but it does fill you up and take care of your hunger pangs.

The question I ask myself and you should be asking yourself is – do you want to die of radiation poisoning at your own hand? Isn’t that considered to be suicide? It just takes longer than if you were exposed to radiation by an atomic bomb blast.

My solution – a convection oven would be much safer. Might take a little longer to cook with, but is MUCH SAFER.! I own a NuWave oven. It cooks food as good, if not better, than a microwave oven. Also you don’t need to thaw the frozen meats or anything else before you cook it.

THIS IS FOOD FOR THOUGHT – A LOT OF THOUGHT!

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Tooth Decay a.k.a. Cavities

Being the daughter of a Dentist (who is no longer with us), I learned a lot about the benefits of oral health. I remember my dad saying, “you can tell a smoker by looking at their teeth. You can tell a soda pop drinker by the look of their teeth. You can tell a drinker of alcohol by the look of their teeth.” He was right then, and it is still true today. No wonder everyone wants to have their teeth whitened. (I chose a picture of naturally white teeth with healthy gums.) We may not all have teeth this straight, but a good Orthodontist can correct the crooked teeth problems.

A quote I ran across by way of the Michigan Dental Association says,  “Sweetened soda is to teeth as cigarettes are to lungs.” WOW!

Maybe this blog should be a continuation of the blog, I just posted, about  Soda Pop. How does tooth decay relate to Soda Pop or anything else for that matter? My sisters and I were not allowed to drink soda pop as children. I never had a cavity in my teeth until I was 21 years old and in the child-bearing stage of my life, where a mother-to-be is encouraged by the doctor to take supplements, because the baby takes the nutrients from the mother’s body, to include the teeth. The good news is, that because I never got addicted to soda pop, I very seldom drink it today. I never encouraged my children to drink it, I never bought it, I never craved it. Research facts do tell you that “a steady diet of soft drinks is a leading cause of tooth decay.”

So…how do you get tooth decay a.k.a. cavities?

It is not just from the lack of flossing or brushing your teeth.

  • Sugar – the sugar in soda pop combines with bacteria in the mouth to form acid. Also called “tooth demineralization.” True of sugar from any source.
  • All soda pops to include diet and/or “sugar-free” contains its own acid.
  • The acid in a soft drink whether it contains sugar or not, is the primary cause of weakening tooth enamel. When the body becomes acidic, minerals are leached out of your teeth and bones. You need the alkaline balance that I have mentioned in earlier blogs (80% alkaline to 20% acid), to keep this from happening.
  • Each acid attack on the teeth lasts about 20 minutes or more as you continue to sip or drink the soda pop.
  • These continual acid attacks weaken your tooth enamel.
  • The tooth enamel breaks down and the bacteria in the mouth causes the cavities.
  • If you notice your gum line receding (which it often does as you age), then the acid does more damage especially below the gum line.

Cavities are a sign that your body doesn’t have the necessary nutrients to keep your teeth healthy.

Fillings, which most of you get to repair the teeth, are merely a band-aid. They don’t treat the cause.

I feel that the dental community today does not warn the public enough about the damage soda pop, alcohol, and cigarettes, etc. can do to the teeth and gums. I cringe every time I see anyone offering a child of any age a can of soda pop; or a child begging their parents for a can of soda pop. I have seen children with rotten – yes rotten teeth because they are addicted to soft drinks. I also feel the caffeine – even the caffeine free soft drinks are a danger to the health of anyone who drinks it. I have seen children, who are addicted to soda pop with caffeine in it, ask their parents for coffee….why, why, why? And, I cry inside when mom, dad or any adult gives it to them.

                                                   This is only the beginning!

You can drink soft drinks in moderation; use a straw to keep it away from your teeth; swish your mouth out with water afterwards; read the labels; floss; use fluoride toothpaste (that is another story); or whatever else you do to lessen the effects of the damage soda pop, nicotine, alcohol or anything else in the ‘not good for you’ category does, but, in my mind these are just rationalizations for justification.

The bottom line, according to the Michigan Dental Association, is that “There is no nutritional value in soft drinks. In regular pop all the calories come from sugar. In addition to cavities, heavy pop consumption has been linked to diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis. One fifth of all one and two-year-old children drink pop. Today, teens, drink three times more pop than 20 years ago. Soft drink companies pay high schools and middle schools big bucks to offer their products. Sealants only protect tooth chewing surfaces. Soda Pop decay tends to occur where sealants can’t reach.” This actually is true for decay from any source.

Parents need to talk to their children about the effects of soda pop, as well as any other tooth decaying sources – especially sugar based. I know it is hard to do when you are addicted yourself. I hope your dentist is telling you to monitor, not only yourself, but especially your children about how much they, and you, drink or eat and when. Encourage your family, and provide for your family healthy alternatives such as water, and though the dentist might urge cows milk – I encourage drinking the nut milks, and natural juices as well.

Train yourself and your children to – MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES!!!!

NOTE: There are many diseases associated with the mouth – to include canker sores, bad breath, abscesses, etc. Do your homework, do your own research. Today, we live in a cyberworld of information. As a precursor read my earlier blog on Soda Pop.

                                                       SMILE, SMILE, SMILE!

 

 

Soft Drinks

I came across some information on soft drinks that I thought might be of interest to you all. You see the TV inundated with ads to drink cola’s in many forms by many manufacturers and some all by the same manufacturer.

Did you know:

  • One 10 ounce soft drink robs your body of 16 trillion oxygen molecules!
  • Given a soft drink with a pH of 2, it would take 35 glasses of water with a pH of 10 to get to just a pH of 7 – which is neutral – and which your body’s blood value should be.
  • There is an enzyme in your body that literally dissolves your bones in order to keep your blood pH at its proper pH levels.
  • Humans only lay down bone density for the first 25 years of life; after that it is a fight to prevent loss of bone. And you wonder why you, eventually, have osteoporosis?
  • Soda robs the body of bone density!
  • The phosphoric acid in soda bonds to oxygen, robbing the body of the potential use of said oxygen.
  • Sugars are also a culprid…that is one of the reasons why manufacturers of Soda are taking it out of their products. However, the artificial sweeteners or zero sugar does not change that the oxygen in the bone is depleted….robbing the body of bone density.
    In my opinion the consumption of Soda is just another crisis of epidemic proportions.

     Look at the labeling – oh so true!

    Your HAPPY HEALTH  is YOUR CHOICE!

Knees

Knee Joint Illustration

It has come to my attention lately that more and more folks are having Knee Surgery or getting Knee Replacements. Some of these surgeries or replacement are successful and some aren’t. In this short blog I just want to share some information I found about this subject.

“As with any surgery, knee replacement surgery carries risks.” Physicians Rehabilitation wants to remind you of some of the complications:
*  Infection
*  Blood clots in the leg vein or lungs
*  Heart Attack
*  Stroke
*  Nerve damage
*  Allergic reactions to anesthesia
*  Post-surgical pain

Concerning knee replacement surgery, it is important you know that there can also be failure of the artificial joint…because even with the strongest metal and plastic parts, they eventually wear out with daily use. You also need to be aware of the types of activities you take part in, because the risk is higher if you stress the joint with high impact exercises and excessive weight.

“In this procedure (knee replacement or surgery), a gel-like fluid called hyaluronic acid is injected into the knee-joint. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the synovial fluid surrounding joints. It acts as a lubricant to enable bones to move smoothly over each other and as a shock absorber for joint loads.”

Osteoarthritis lowers the normal concentration of hyaluronic acid in the joints.

My advice, be sure you do your research before you consider any type of knee surgery. Be sure the facility and/or doctors are highly qualified and specialize in this kind of management and treatment.  You want the results of this kind of surgery to be pain-free, so medication is zero or minimal.

HAVE A GREAT DAY! and GOD BLESS!

Colds & Flu

It’s here again, the Flu Season. Just about every person I know who got a Flu Shot – has gotten the Flu. Why? In case you were not aware, the flu vaccines contain, mercury and aluminum (considered to be preservatives). These are two toxic metals that should never be allowed to be put into the body. I have never had a flu shot in my lifetime and I – “knock on wood” (if you believe in old wives tales), have never had the type of Flu that is said the Flu Shot keeps you from getting. I have had a COLD here and there – the same kind I had when a child. A mustard plaster, Vicks rubbed on the chest afterward, and a hot toddy always did the trick. It still does if I ever feel a cold coming on.

Colds and the flu are often treated with a variety of prescription medications which reduce the symptoms but not the cause. They do not have the ability to activate the body’s own immune system to fend off invading bacteria or viruses.

As I was reading the Life Extension Magazine, I came upon an article about colds and the flu. In the article they said, ” Scientists discovered that a targeted probiotic cocktail of bacteria can boost the body’s immune defense system, in particular mucosal secretory IgA.

Quoting from the article in the magazine, I am sharing the following  information about – What You Need to Know.

  • Respiratory infections such as colds and the flu can be life-threatening.
  • A major source of susceptibility is the gradual loss of secretory immunity, mediated by secretory antibodies called IgA.
  • IgA antibodies, secreted from mucous membranes in the mouth, nose, and lungs, bind to and block respiratory viruses from invading human cells and producing symptoms of colds and flu. But as their production fades, so does our immunity to these microbes.
  • Studies have revealed that selected strains of oral probiotic bacteria are capable of stimulating the intestinal immune system, resulting in body-wide increases in secretory immunity.
  • In the respiratory tree, this increase in IgA production leads to enhanced protection against cold and flu viruses.
  • Studies demonstrated that supplementing with these strains of probiotic bacteria resulted in significant reductions in the incidence and duration of year-round respiratory infections.
  • IgA is the acronym for immunoglobulin A.

Influenza  usually manifests itself by way of – headache, fatigue, muscle aches, a non-productive cough, nasal congestion, diarrhea, fever, and in the elderly, cognitive dysfunction and confusion, difficulty walking and falls.  It is necessary to take aggressive action within 24-48 hours upon the first signs and symptoms of the flu.  ALTERNATIVE supplements to be taken within that 24-48 hour period should include some, if not all, of the following:

  • High-allicin Garlic (9,000 mg.) – once or twice daily. Because of its potency you will experience heartburn if you don’t eat food right after taking this kind of garlic, and you will reek of the sulfur odor of garlic. But, saturating the body with it is the objective. Garlic has been shown to have direct virus-killing effects.
  • DHEA (200 mg.) early in the day. Another high dose – but DHEA has shown some unique benefits in boosting one’s ability to mount a stronger immune response and, as well, protects against inflammation and infection.
  • Zinc Acetate Lozenges (18.5-mg.) – Take 2 every 2 waking hours. CAUTION: this is a very high dosage and is considered toxic if taken over the long-term. You should do this for only a few days. Zinc has shown a direct effect of inhibiting cold viruses from latching onto your cells.
  • Melatonin (10-50 mg.) – Again, a high dose – as it is usually taken at levels of 1-3 mg. Melatonin induces a powerful immune response. This high dosage triggers a deep sleep needed to fend off infection, and will make you extremely tired. Be wise, only take at bedtime and DO NOT operate any machinery or vehicle after taking.
  • Aged Garlic Extract (3,600 mg.) per day. There are immune-boosting compounds in aged garlic that work differently than those found in High-allicin garlic.
  • The only allopathic drug suggested to be taken in the 24-48 hour period is the prescription drug Tamiflu (75 mg.) Take twice a day to block entry of certain viruses into cells where they multiply.

The reason suggested for implementing the above regimen early is because once a flu virus infects too many cells, it replicates out of control and strategies like zinc lozenges will NOT be effective.

The above is for your information. If you feel it can be applied to your situation – don’t hesitate to try it under the supervision of your physician or a good alternative doctor.

 DON’T LET THIS BE YOU!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curcumin/Turmeric…..

For months now, the public has been encouraged by the various media, to add Curcumin and/or Turmeric to their regular supplement routine.  It is the latest trend. What is Curcumin/Turmeric?

Curcumin is a highly therapeutic component in Turmeric Root. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a an herbal plant with yellow flowers: the root is used as a spice, through, by way of scientific studies, has been shown to help remove the carcinogens in your body. A typical dosage is 250 to 500 mg in capsules, taken two to three times per day. I heard on the radio, recently,  that you can, now, purchase it in tincture (liquid) form. This form is supposed to have 5 times the potency that the capsule form has – thereby, it enters the blood stream and gets into the body’s system quicker than when taken as a capsule.

The medical community (the conventional doctors) are skeptical about the medicinal value of curcumin…mainly, again, because it is a natural food healing source. They don’t want to accept that anything short of synthetic pharmaceuticals are of any value in treating health issues.

So what are the benefits of curcumin in treating disease – health issues? There are thousands of published studies demonstrating the therapeutic value of curcumin. The benefit of turmeric in cancer treatment is the one that impresses the medical researchers the most. To understand this you have understand the term “CANCER”. I like the following definition of cancer being “a hyperproliferative disorder”, meaning that it is not a foreign agent like bacteria or virus, but that it is your body’s own cells that have differentiated incorrectly. These harmful cells then begin to spread and multiply to form colonies, and as they progress, hamper the natural function of the body to fight the spread of cancer on its own.

Conventional methods used to help the body to, supposedly, fight off or remove the cancer cells is chemotherapy and radiation. These methods are toxic and kill anything they touch – meaning that even large numbers of healthy cells die as well as the cancer cells. RESULT…the body weakens even further as that feeling of wellness is short-lived and the race against time begins. I’ve never experienced this, but have many friends who have, with many more joining the ranks everyday. With so many different types of cancer, conventional methods, basically, are effectively eradicating the cancer before the body becomes to weak to carry on. However, “studies about this have demonstrated that over 50% of patients die from the effects of the chemotherapy, not from the cancer itself.”

What has this to do with CURCUMIN? Curcumin is a humble little molecule, in turmeric, that research has shown “can accomplish what no conventional cancer treatment can – it kills cancer cells and halts the progression of the disease without damaging the body’s healthy cells, and without any negative side effects.” Turmeric/Curcumin can also be used to treat other imbalances in the body to include: peptic ulcers, hardening of the arteries, indigestion, liver problems, oxidative stress, and endocrine imbalance. It possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cholesterol reducing factors in addition to cancer-fighting properties.  Pre-cautions should to be taken into consideration when taking any herbal or chemical product into your body. With Turmeric/Curcumin the CAUTION is: that you NOT take this herb if you have gallstones or obstruction of the bile ducts. Also it may interact with anticoagulant drugs.

When used properly, turmeric/curcumin heals the whole body rather than damaging and destroying it (as happens when chemotherapy is used for the treatment of cancer). It combats the root factors that allow cancer, as well as other imbalances in the body, to flourish. When used for cancer, curcumin/turmeric, targets and kills cancer cells and it does this without harming normal healthy cells, something chemotherapy and radiation can (target the cancer cells) and doesn’t do ( without harming the normal healthy cells).

I am happy to share this information with you and urge you to do your own research on curcumin/turmeric – if you have or are experiencing cancer issues or other imbalances in your body. Keep in mind you need to take the right forms of curcumin/turmeric. The curcumin (usually called Turmeric), found on the spice shelf in the grocery store or your kitchen has some benefits, but not what is needed to be totally beneficial. You would have to put it on everything you eat and in very large amounts for the benefit it offers to be affective.

Check out the Curcumin/Turmeric supplements at your local ‘Whole Foods’ or other health food stores. The employees in these stores are always happy to share their knowledge to help you with what you are looking for. There are many brands out there – be sure you get the one that is most beneficial to you. My research shows that what is needed is ‘Liposomal curcumin’ as it has the best absorbable value. You be your own judge. Happy shopping!

RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH – AND GOOD HEALTH TO ALL!

The Spleen

Continuing on the subject of organs that doctors might remove from the body with the idea in mind that they are, or are not important to the health of the human body.

THE SPLEEN – is many times removed when it seems to be destroyed because of an accident injury. The SPLEEN is the largest collection of reticuloendothelial cells in the body. An elongated, dark, oval-shaped organ lying in upper left quadrant of abdomen posterior and inferior to the stomach. It is composed of sponge like tissue (splenic pulp) consisting of lymphatic tissue differentiated into white pulp and pulp infiltrated with red blood cells (red pulp). It is enclosed by a dense capsule from which trabeculae extend into substance of the spleen. On one side is the hilus through which enter the splenic vessels and nerves.

FUNCTION: Blood formation: In the embryo all types of blood cells are formed but in the adult only lymphocytes and monocytes. Blood storage: Smooth muscle and elastic tissue fibers in the capsule and trabeculae enable the spleen to contract and discharge blood cells into circulation. Blood filtration: By which bacteria and particulate matter, wornout red blood cells, are removed from circulation.

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