Supplement Facts: Ceremides vs Wrinkles

What do you know about a ‘ceremide’?

Anatomical Structures of Human Skin

Ceremides are lipids and pertinent to aging…for the young and the old. Ceremides are contained naturally in a young persons skin which in appearance is moist, plump, and wrinkle-free. Ceremides (per Life Extension Magazine), “are major skin components that help form the “glue” that holds surface cells together. Aging skin loses these natural lipids.” “Ceremides are contained in four layers of the epidermis creating the natural barrier that holds in moisture, keeps out infection and prevents wrinkles.”

For the benefit of the aging, scientists have developed “plant-derived ceramides.”  Referred to as phytoceramides, these can be taken orally as a supplement. They are absorbed into the bloodstream and inner layers of the skin. Working from the inside out they hydrate, smooth and rejuvenate the aging and wrinkled skin throughout the body.  Ceramide produced in food – such as wheat and rice – is not enough to provide sufficient quantities to optimally rejuvenate aging skin. It was determined, by the scientists that “the decline in ceramide content in mature skin may stem from a decline in the enzyme activity that normally promotes the delivery of ceremides in a usable form to the skin.” And, that because of the loss of ceremides during the aging process, it is important to boost ceramide levels not only on the surface – through the use of lotions, etc, but deep inside the skin cells by the use of internally taken supplements. Topically, skin creams have contained ceramides for years, but these are found by most women – including myself, to deliver only minimal improvement. Other skin conditions and issues that are the result of low ceremide levels include, atopic dermatitis, cellulitis, and bacterial induced skin infections, etc.

NOTE: Clinical trials using 200 mg daily were given to women for 3 months to test skin hydration. The women experienced improvement in skin hydration, reduced dry patches, roughness, and itching.

In Summary – the skin takes a beating day in and day out from solar exposure, pollutants, stress, and aging. I agree, that skin problems need to be treated from the inside out as well as topically. This is where a good diet of fruits and vegetables is needed. See my Detox Diet Plan in an earlier blog.

There are many topical products on the market today. After trying many of them myself, I have seen little improvement with topically used creams, lotions, etc. I do see improvement with a good diet, and internal use of supplements – of which there are many as well. You do your own research. I find the herbal ‘Skin Formula’ available at the Fyihealthtalk Store an excellent product. I as well like the Life Extension products.

BE YOUR OWN JUDGE!

 

 

 

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Body System: Lymphatic

I see people all the time whose body’s exhibit health issues – by swelling (edema) in the limbs or other parts of their bodies, by restricted range of motion, with aching and/or discomfort, recurring infections, hardening or thickening of the skin on the arms or legs, and staining which usually appear from the ankles down: however, I have seen it on the arms and the back and front of the calf of the leg, tonsilitis, sinus congestion, earache and hearing loss, Cysts and tumors, Cellulitis, Blurred vision, Snoring, Sleep apnea, stiff neck, etc.

What are all these symptoms indicative of? Glandular weaknesses – which can be due to complications after surgery (because of the trauma the body endures); injuries; allergies; cancer radiation; medications; blood pressure issues; and  etc.

The glandular system involved is the Lymphatic System which is a part of, what is referred to as the Eliminative System. Your physical body is composed of many systems, which in a joint effort keep it alive and well. They depend upon each other for the running, maintenance and repair of the body as a whole entity. So, how does the Lymphatic System fit into the picture?

3d render medical illustration of the lymphatic system - side view.

The structures of the lymphatic system include the spleen, thymus, appendix, tonsils, lymph nodes, lymph vessels and lymph fluid. The lymphatic system serves as one of the body’s main highways. “With its network of vessels and ducts, it works as a filtration system for body fluid entering into the blood stream.”The lymph system is the body’s sewer system – removing cellular wastes, excessive fat-soluble compounds from the gastrointestinal tract and serves as the house for the immune system. The lymph system also carries the nutrients to various parts of the body. It can become heavily congested with mucus and lymph from the eating of dairy products and refined and complex sugars. Lymph fluid is an alkaline, translucent fluid that flows from the cells to the venous blood supply via the lymph vessels. “the lymph fluids act as the water that carries the wastes from the toilet to the septic system.” Lymph fluids move by means of three different methods.  1) Pressure changes that are reflected through the blood vascular system, 2) Contraction of the skeletal muscles, which are activated through movement and exercise, 3) Contraction of smooth muscle stimulation. A good massage helps put this method into action. Lymph vessels, mentioned above, extend throughout the body mimicking your blood vessels, except that they are larger. As the lymph fluid flows through the lymph vessels toward the subclavian veins, it passes through the lymph nodes. The lymph nodes are bean-shaped holding tanks, or ‘septic tanks,’ that are used by the lymph system to filter, neutralize, bond and destroy pathogens (toxins), antigens, etc. They range in size from that of a penny to the size of a quarter. They work in networks or groupings located in the:

  • Neck, upper shoulder and chest areas as filters for the head area.
  • Arm pits, which filter the thoracic (chest) area and upper extremities.
  • Groin area for pelvis and legs (lower extremities).
  • Mesentery or abdominal area – filters the gastrointestinal tract.

Resources: The Detox Miracle Sourcebook; Health & Wellness (newspaper)

In Summary: When the lymph system becomes overburdened with toxins, parasites, weakened cells from acidosis, mucus, metabolic wastes, etc., the body starts to show symptoms such as those listed in the first paragraph. The Lymphatic System seems to be the most neglected system in the body and needs the most attention. All diseases (the list is huge), begin when this system becomes overburdened and fails.

This is where detoxification of the body is a necessity, to clean and open all the pathways within the body so dis-ease cannot settle in – resulting in death.

Remember – NUTRITIONAL EXCELLENCE PROMOTES A HEALTHY LYMPHATIC SYSTEM AND SUPER IMMUNITY!

Health Fact Tips – Sciatica, Obesity, Diabetes

A pain in the behind. What is it all about and what can you do about it – to ease the pain.

Picture of Sciatica

Sciatic pertains to the hip. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, arising from the sacral plexus on either side, passing from the pelvis through the greater sciatic formen, down the back of the thigh, where it divides into tibial and peroneal nerves. Lesions cause paralysis and flexion and adduction of toes, absuction and adduction of toes, rotation inward and adduction of foot; planter flexion and lowering of ball of foot; paralysis or dorsal flexion and adduction of foot; rotation of ball of foot outward and of raising external border of foot and of extension of toes.

Sciatica is severe pain in the leg along the course of the sciatic nerve felt at back of thigh running down the inside of the leg. The pain may begin abruptly or gradually and is characterized by a sharp shooting pain running down the back of the thigh. Movement of the limb usually intensifies the suffering. The pain may be felt infrequently or just in certain spots where it may be more intense; you will feel numbness, tingling, and the nerve may be extremely sensitive to touch. Symptoms usually grow worse at night, and, amazingly, on the approach of story weather.  The duration of an attack varies from a few days to several months. The Treatment may include surgical intervention if due to ruptured intervertebral disk. Rest is essential. Hot fomentations (packs) can be used. Usually it is treated with drugs such as Demerol or Morphine, which in today’s use of opioids puts one in danger of habituation. The best treatment is to keep your body in generally good health, eat a good nourishing diet. Nerve stretching  by pulling affected leg is also affective. (Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary)

Childhood Obesity – is getting out of hand even to the point of being epidemic. Over 75% of adults are obese and the childhood percentage of children with obesity in the US has more than tripled since the 1970’s.  Obesity is having excess body fat. Overweight differs from obesity as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors. Something needs to be done about it and it should begin with the parents. Your child should be drinking more water. Eliminate all sodas, and juices that are artificially sweetened, as they cause more weight gain than regular drinks. Bottom line get your child used to water.

Eliminate processed and fast foods – which are high in carbohydrates which packs the fat on to your child. I have seen it in my own grandkids and great grandkids. They can eat fruits – grapes seem to be a favorite, and veggies preferably raw. They can eat good fats. Good fats are found in avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, grape seed oil (to mention a few), nuts, and seeds. Vegetable oils and canola oils are not good for your health and should be avoided at all costs. And just so you know – eating fats does not cause you to store fats. The obese train is not the train you want your child to ride. It is difficult to make changes, but the quicker and earlier you make the changes in your child’s life, the better. Over a long period your child will get used to eating healthy and feeling healthy and will more likely make it a permanent change in his/her own life as he/she grows older.

Diabetes and Diabetic Neuropathy! The number of Americans, adults and children, that have Diabetes is mind-boggling. It use to be rare to hear of children having diabetes. Today, that is a different story.

Diabetes has a down side that people with the disease struggle with – called Diabetic Neuropathy – which can be very debilitating.

Diabetic Neuropathy is a progressive disease. It is a complex disease. In short, one has high blood sugar levels, along with low blood and oxygen supply, which damages the nerves throughout the body.  This damage “affects the long peripheral nerves that feed sensations to the legs, feet, and toes from the spinal cord, through communication with the brain.” Symptoms include: Numbness, tingling, burning sensations, painful aching, joint inflammation, joint damage, balance issues, skin discoloration and texture changes, muscle cramps, feeling of stiffness and pins and needles. Treatment usually involves prescription drugs and or surgery. Drug therapies do not cure diabetic neuropathy, and again, are highly addictive. Treating the underlying cause of diabetic neuropathy is essential. Lowering your blood sugar level (Alc) and managing it through ongoing maintenance is crucial for your wellbeing.

There are two types of DiabetesType I, which is usually called juvenile or brittle diabetes, which is insulin dependent. Type II is referred to as ‘late onset’ and is considered non-insulin dependent, but can become insulin dependent.

One of the glands involved in diabetes is the pancreas. The pancreas has two jobs to do, first is the secretion of major digestive enzymes, second is the production of insulin by the beta cells for glucose utilization. When the pancreas doesn’t do it’s job, where digestion is concerned, which involves the mouth, stomach, pancreas and small intestines, it results in inadequate bile flow which in turn will inflame the walls of the intestines, which eventually leads to ulcers and intestinal “itis’s”, which goes on and on into other health issues. The function of the pancreas that directly relates to diabetes is performed by the beta cells, which produce and release the insulin that aid in the utilization of glucose fuel by the body. Insulin assists the transport of glucose through cell membrane walls. In both types of diabetes, but especially Type I, the weakness in the pancreas is usually passed on genetically. However, you can create pancreatic weakness yourself by allowing your body to become highly toxic. It may take a long time, even many generations, for a weakness from inflammation or toxicity to actually cause diabetes. The range of diabetes is broad. Diabetes is considered to be another autoimmune problem. The allopathic medical community cannot find a reason for this autoimmune response other than to say it is probably in the genes. A good detoxification program along with cleaning the parasites and flukes out of your body is a good start to combat this disease.
(Dr. Robert Morse, N.D.)

Be a part of your own healing. Start Now!

Taurine

Every body dreams of finding Shangri la – a place where everything is perfect, an earthly paradise/utopia where people have perpetual youth. I know I have. A, long ago movie, called ‘The Lost Horizon’ was my introduction into there being such a place. The movie was fictional, but could it be real?

While researching supplement ingredients, I came across an ingredient called TAURINE. Because of my insatiable curiosity, I checked it out. Could it be a step toward finding that Shangri la I am looking for?

You may know that the Japanese people have a life expectancy that is among the highest in the world with people over 100 years old. What factor comes into play for them to have that kind of life span?  Researchers claim the connection for this kind of long life span is an amino acid called taurineIn animal research “it was found that taurine protected against heart failure – reducing mortality by nearly 80%.” Others things taurine was found to be beneficial for included, in addition to cardiovascular health, insulin sensitivity, electrolyte balance, hearing function, and immune modulation.

Chances are that if you have a healthy body you have an abundance of taurine. If you are experiencing issues with the liver, kidney and/or heart, diabetes, and/or cancer you have taurine deficiency. As one ages the body doesn’t produce the amount of taurine it needs, so taking supplemental taurine is vital for continued optimal health and nutrition.

To educate you in regards to taurine, other benefits include:

  • Obesity control – by improving glucose tolerance.
  • Treats Diabetes – it is known scientific fact that taurine concentrations are lower among diabetics. Thereby,”normal taurine concentrations are essential in controlling diabetes and its consequential impacts. Taurine supports nerve fiber integrity – slowing painful diabetic neuropathy. It also minimizes kidney damage in diabetics.”
  • Supplementation strengthens heart muscle cells, extends their life spans, and protects them from damage.
  • Taurine protects retinal and inner ear cells from damage, normalizing the flow of calcium ions they require for proper function.
  • It also plays a role in preventing epileptic seizures and liver disease.
  • Enhances exercise performance by increasing muscle contractility; helps the muscle to rid itself of lactic acid (which causes pain and soreness); it protects muscles from the oxidant stress and DNA damage caused by hard exercise.

Taurine also prevents and treats liver disease – especially non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. “The human liver is our master detoxifying organ. Taurine is an integral part of the liver’s self-protective mechanisms. It defends liver cells against free radicals and toxins, helping to reduce the severity of oxidative stress-induced liver injury.”

How do you get taurine into the body, in addition to the healthy body making it from the metabolism of the amino acid cysteine? Natural sources include: FISH, dark chicken meat, eggs, seaweed, and sea algae.

(Research sources include: Life Extension, Wikipedia, etc.) I leave you with a quote from the Life Extension Magazine.

“With epidemiological evidence that it contributes to the longevity of famously long-lived groups, taurine belongs on the short-list of supplements necessary for maintaining optimal health in the face of aging.”

Have the Japanese found their Shangri la? Does this help you? I will keep looking, as I think it takes more than one supplement to maintain a healthy body. There is still a lot to be learned. Do your own research, and….

May God Bless!

Body Systems – DIGESTIVE

I am adding a new chapter in my blog called BODY SYSTEMS. You all know what the ‘body’ is, but what do you know about what makes up the ‘body’. In other words, the Systems of the body. It is time to ‘clean up your act’, to ‘stop killing yourself’, get beyond dis-ease, think about your health, and conquer your problems by changing your life and way of thinking.

DIGESTIVE SYSTEM!

What Structures make up the Digestive System?
…..The mouth and salivary glands, stomach, small intestines, pancreas, liver, and gallbladder.

What are the functions of the Digestive System?
…..In the mouth, the digestive system uses mechanical (teeth) and chemical (enzymatic) action for the breakdown of coarse foods into simple structures or compounds for absorption and utilization purposes. The salivary glands secrete amylase, which is an alkaline digestive enzyme for starch and carbohydrate breakdown.
…..The stomach – located between the esophagus and duodenum, is below the diaphragm and to the right of the spleen with a portion lying underneath the liver. Food enters the upper part of the stomach through the cardiac sphincter valve and leaves through the pyloric sphincter valve. The stomach has four layers. The stomach acts like a time-release mechanism allowing food time to digest (be broken down) so the body can use it properly.
…..The small intestines make up the first part of the bowel structure. They are smaller in diameter than the colon, but are 4 to 6 times as long. Three sections make up the small intestines, with each having its own job to do. They include the 1)Duodenum which is responsible for protein digestion into amino acids; for alkalization and fat breakdown; stimulation of pancreatic enzymes and gallbladder bile extraction; and changes complex sugars into monosaccharides or simple sugars. 2) Jejunum – makes up two-fifths of the small intestines. It helps with duodenum digestion, and absorption of vital nutrients in the break down of food particles to their simplest form. 3)Ileum – comprises the lower three-fifths of the small intestine.  It mixes the already byproducts of digestion (amino acids),
monosaccharides, fatty acids, glycerol, vitamins and minerals with water to continue them on their way out into the colon.
…..The pancreas is both an endocrine gland and an exocrine gland. It is located in a horizontal position behind the stomach in front of the first and second lumbar vertebrae; it is attached to the duodenum and reaches to the spleen. As an exocrine gland, its ducts join with the common bile duct which empties into the duodenum. This gland supplies the bulk of the digestive enzymes needed to breakdown the food. They also supply sodium bicarbonate, which is an alkalizing substance necessary to alkalize the stomach contents. When the stomach contents cannot be alkalized proper digestion is halted. The food then ferments and putrifies, causing excessive gas. This results in the loss of the nutritional value of the food. The pancreas is a vital organ. It is destroyed by acidosis and harmful chemicals. What destroys the liver also destroys the pancreas.
…..The liver has many functions. It is the largest organ in the body and carries on the most functions. Its basic tasks are: *Storage and Distribution: storing amino acids from digestion, reconstructing them for essential body proteins. It converts excess glucose into glycogen, converts the stored glycogen back to glucose when the body needs it, and, stores vitamins, various minerals, and iron and copper. *Conversions, synthesis, biological transmutations: converts stored fat, converts ammonia from excessive protein consumption into urea, which is then excreted by the kidneys, synthesizes Vitamin K and other various clotting factors, synthesizes non-essential amino acids for growth and repair functions, synthesizes cholesterol for use in cell membrane walls, steroid production and for anti-inflammatory  purposes, etc. *Secretes – 1 liter of bile per day. Bile is a fat emulsifier and alkalizing agent. *Detoxifies – the liver’s immune cells digest bacteria, viruses and other pathogens within the blood from the digestive tract. It can metabolize hormones, chemical drugs, and other chemicals as well – if the liver is healthy. These are detoxification processes. When the liver is abused, other health issues are the result, such as brain function.  “Your body develops and functions according to how you treat it.”
…..The gallbladder – a pear-shaped sac located on the underside of the right lobe of your liver is a ‘holding tank’ for bile, which is produced in the liver. Bile is needed for digestive purposes. It is used as an alkalizer, anti-inflammatory and emulsifier of fats. When this function is interfered with, gall stones usually develop. The next step – if the stones don’t dissolve on their own – is removal of the gallbladder which puts a burden on the liver and the whole digestive system. In my opinion, medical doctors remove the gallbladder much to freely, telling the patient it is not a vital part of the body’s function – or it isn’t needed. People who have had their gall bladder removed because of gall stones, have told me they now are having severe liver problems and kidney issues, etc. (gall stones develop when the body become too acidic). A change in the diet can naturally make a difference with gall bladder issues.

With all this being said – in a simplified, and I hope you can understand version of the digestive system, you need to take into account, that every part in your body (like the parts in a car) is necessary for the body to function properly and in unison with each other in order for the body to respond positively and stay healthy.
(Sources: Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary; Dr. Robert Morse, N.D.)

IF YOU ARE BROKEN, YOU CAN BE FIXED – NATURALLY, AND BECOME A NEW YOU!

GOD BLESS!

 

Loquat

What is a Loquat? I have a tree in my backyard. I was introduced to the Loquat tree when I first moved to Florida. There was one between my house and the neighbor’s house. That was my first question: WHAT IS A LOQUAT?

When I point out my Loquat tree to folks, they always say, ” I have never heard of a loquat, what is a loquat?  A fruit of course!

Wikipedia, as well as other research sources, describe the loquat as being a species of flowering plant in the family Rosaceae. It produces fruit. It is native to China, but common in Japan, Korea, India, Pakistan, the Philippines and hill country in Sri Lanka,” not to mention many other temperate climate countries. It is a large evergreen tree grown commercially for its yellow fruit” which is also known as Japanese plum and Chinese plum.

Today, Japan is the leading producer of loquats followed by Israel and then Brazil. The wood of the tree is hard and durable. In Central America, they make furniture out of it. In the US, the loquat tree is hardy only in certain areas of the country to include Hawaii, California, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, flowering only where winter temperatures do not fall below 30 degrees F. In these areas, the tree flowers in autumn and the fruit ripens in late winter.

Loquats are unique among fruit trees. The flowers are 1 inch in diameter, white, with five petals which grow on a stiff panicle or small branch of three to ten flowers. They do have an aroma and can be smelled from a distance. The Loquat fruits grow in clusters, are oval, or pear-shaped with a smooth or downy, yellow/orange, or sometimes red-blushed skin. The tangy flesh is white, yellow or orange and sweet to sub acid or acid. The seed/seeds inside of the fruit may be different in number in each fruit – even grown on the same tree; usually one to four in number. They are of a good size for being in such a small fruit. The flavor of the Loquat fruit, which tastes different to everyone, is a mixture of peach, citrus and mild mango. It has a high sugar, acid, and pectin content. It mixes well with other fruits in fresh fruit salads. The fruits can also be used to make jam, jelly and chutney. I clean the fruit, take the seeds out, and freeze them in zip lock freezer bags. They are good as snacks.

In Italy, a liqueur is made from the seeds, but with much caution, as the seed contains (like the apricot seed), cyanogenic glycosides (cyanide poison). The leaves contain this same ingredient – even though in Japan they do dry the leaves and use them to make an herbal tea, call Biwa Cha. As for me, I definitely stay away from using the seeds or the leaves  for anything but putting them in the garbage. I am too cautious, I suppose.

The loquat fruit is said to have good nutritional and health benefits. It is low in saturated fat and sodium, high in vitamin A, dietary fiber, potassium and manganese, as well as Vitamin C, folate, the B vitamins, and minerals to include, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese and zinc.

I am all for good health benefits of any natural foods. Some of the benefits related to Loquats, as scientifically researched, are as follows:

  • Regulates blood pressure – according to research, the potassium in the fruit acts as a vasodilator of the cardiovascular system, helps lower the blood pressure and thereby can decrease the risk of heart attacks and stroke. It is also considered a ‘brain booster’ – increasing the flow of blood to the brain.
  • Stimulates the Circulatory System – due to the high iron level which is important to prevent anemia. Iron is essential for red blood cells, part of the hemoglobin, which brings oxygenated red blood cells to all the body’s organs and thereby boosts the circulation. This helps your body to speed up the healing process, increase energy, and keep all the organ systems functioning properly.
  • Lowers Cancer Risk – by the presence of the antioxidants in the fruit.
  • Treats Inflammation – with its own anti-inflammatory properties and analgesic qualities, preventing the body from cellular aging.
  • Can Prevent Diabetes – reducing the blood sugar, regulating insulin levels, and prevents hyperlipidemia in the blood.
  • Soothes the Respiratory System – by clearing phlegm and mucus from the respiratory tract.
  • Improves the Immune System with its high level of Vitamin C, which also encourages the generation of white blood cells is necessary for the production of collagen which supports the growth and repair or organs and tissues in the body after an illness or injury.
  • Improves Digestion – rich in dietary fiber it bulks up the stool and stimulates peristaltic motion which helps regulate the bowel movement. The dietary fiber is essential for constipation reduction, diarrhea, bloating, cramping and other stomach disorders.
  • Helps Control Weight – the fruit is low in calories and it suppresses the appetite. It also improves the metabolism which helps promote healthy weight loss.
  • Eye Vision – is improved because of the Vitamin A, a component important for eye health. This vitamin also helps to prevent the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. It, as well, is helpful for strengthening and developing bones and teeth.
  • Improves Skin Health – because of the antioxidants essential for preventing early aging, and skin inflammation. It as well, is being researched for use to fight the effects of chemotherapy in cancer patients.
  • Supports the Liver – by eliminating harmful toxins out of the body.
  • Fights Against Viruses – last, but not least, for there are many more benefits to be derived from the Loquat Fruit.

Now you know what a Loquat Fruit is, but, as with all foods, despite the wide range of benefits it is necessary to not over consume the Loquat fruits. The precaution is that the fruits can cause toxic myopathy including weakness and non-specific pain. Thereby you should consume the fruit and any derived products from the fruit in moderation.

Loquat Fruits are suitable to be added to your daily diet…when in season, or you can buy them or pick them. JUST DON’T OVER-DO!

 

 

Test Kitchen – Eggs

Did you know that the color of the egg doesn’t make a difference? The color of the egg indicates the color of the chicken that laid the egg….except for man colored Easter eggs.

I am a lucky person. I have a friend who owns a chicken farm. I am able to get fresh eggs when I need them…delivered to my door. No pesticides or injections to enhance the chickens or the eggs etc. I do vouch for the fact that fresh ‘right off the farm’ eggs taste so much better than store-bought eggs…which I no longer buy. Soooo, what do you and I need to know about eggs?  I will try to cover all aspects in reference to eggs, for you, my readers benefit.
EGGS!

I assume you all are aware that eggs purchased by the dozen in the grocery store are already weeks old before they hit the store’s shelf. Eggs do have a long shelf life as eggs freshly hatched will last for several weeks without refrigeration due to a special coating on the eggs outer shell. It is called bloom. Bloom acts as an oxygen inhibitor and it keeps the egg from breathing. The slower the egg breathes the longer the shelf life. This is interesting, because I didn’t know eggs breathe. Some companies take the ‘bloom’ off the egg before they package them – with a special washing method. I understand they remove the ‘bloom’ for sanitary reasons as it holds bacteria. The problem with taking it off is that it cuts down the shelf life of the egg.

My cousin’s family raised eggs for market. When I visited their farm in the summer, I remember doing what is called ‘candling’ the egg. To do this, we held the egg up to a special light and because the egg-shell is translucent, you could see inside of the egg. Eggs are candled to decide the condition of the air cell, yolk, and white. Candling detects bloody whites, blood spots, or meat spots, and enables observation of germ development, as well as embryo development. I bought a dozen eggs at the grocery store once, and when I broke open one of the eggs to make an omelet, it had a dead chicken inside. I threw up. I never ate eggs again for a long time. Apparently that dozen of eggs had not been ‘candled’.

Today, candling is still done, but by various methods: 1) eggs are placed on a conveyor belt and pass over mechanical sensors integrated with computerized systems for defective eggs. 2) advanced technology, utilizes computerized integrated cameras and sound wave technology for the segregation of eggs.

Eggs are pasteurized when used for freeze drying, imitation egg products, and egg substitutes. The pasteurization of shell eggs means they must be kept refrigerated to retain quality. This is not often done.

Eggs don’t have to be graded. A company wishing to have their eggs graded pay for this USDA service. If a carton of eggs has not been graded it will have “Grade A” on the carton without the USDA shield.

Once refrigeratedeggs should stay that way to avoid bacteria growth. Do not wash eggs – washing takes off the (bloom) protective coating. Keep eggs in the carton they came in to retain freshness. Do not transfer eggs into the new fangled egg holding devices you can buy at the store. Also, do not put eggs in the door of the refrigerator, because that is the warmest part of the refrigerator and the temperature fluctuates as you open and close the door.

How do you tell if the egg is fresh? Apply a simple test – all you need is water. When you are ready to use your eggs. Just fill a bowl with cold water and place your eggs in the bowl. If they sink to the bottom and lay flat on their sides, they’re very fresh. If they’re a few weeks old but still good to eat, they’ll stand on one end at the bottom of the bowl. If they float to the surface, they’re no longer fresh enough to eat and should be discarded. As the egg ages, the air sac in the end of the egg increases in size. This is what makes the egg float. Also, the air sac in the end of the egg – when it gets larger makes the egg easier to peel. That is why older eggs are better to hard boil…but need to be eaten within 2-3 days.

WHAT ABOUT ORGANIC EGGS/FREE RANGE EGGS?
Organic eggs are produced through organic means.         
The chickens are fed organic feed. According to the USDA, organic means that the laying hens must have access to the outdoors (except on rainy days), cannot be raised in cages, and cannot be given any low-level antibiotics during infectious outbreaks.

Free Range chickens are caged, but when outdoors, the range area is fenced. They can roam freely outdoors for at least part of the day.

There is so much to learn about eggs. You can do your own research and come to your own conclusion about eggs.  Goose and duck eggs are also good. I found http://www.fsis.usda.gov to be a very helpful site, as is Wikipedia.

Did you know eggs are not considered to be dairy but are considered to be an animal by-product? I will talk about the cholesterol from eggs in another blog.
                             HAPPY EGG EATING – IF YOU ARE AN EGG EATER.