Monday, May 10, 2010

Bad News for Lung Cancer

Good News for Ex-Smokers or Midnight Tokers

Sandi, my wife and best friend, successfully put her cigarettes down six months ago and never looked back. Now, she’s focusing on repairing the damage and renewing her pink lungs after 30 years of inhaling combustible microscopic particles in a nicotine-infused pottage of chemicals. Putting the coffin nails down took admirable guts. Sandi clearly illustrated to me no one will successfully succeed until they’re psychological prepared and not an instant sooner.
There’s no absolute way to totally reverse the damage smoking inflicts, save for a diet rich in leafy greens and folic acid which may offer the best protection against lung cancer in smokers and bong Jockeys. Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute evaluated participants cells to see if cancer-protective genes had been switched off; a common feature of lung cancers. Scientists saw fewer changes in veggie-chompers who took food-based multivitamins combined with lots of leafy greens, rich in vitamin C, carotenoids, lutein, folic acid, and vitamins K and A.
Experiment with new foods you’d normally turn up your nose up, like bok choy, kale, spinach, arugula, watercress, cilantro, and mustard or collard greens. By now, I hope you’re aware nutritionally bankrupt Iceberg lettuce has the nutrition of a paper towel. Such Low-grade food is one indictable reason we are so undernourished as a nation. Instead, opt for romaine, arugula, spinach, mesculin greens, bib or Boston lettuce, or purslane, the next super-food hovering on the culinary horizon.
Please don’t assume sucking down inferior grocery vitamin pills will cure your every ill. The American Institute for Cancer Research says some supplements lack vital elements found in fresh plants brimming with the cosmic life force bestowed by a generous creator; the ultimate healer, not a starry-eyed scientist from the pages of Mad Magazine.
Summon the gumption and experience instant perks:
*In 20 minutes your blood pressure will drop back down to normal
*In 8 hours toxic carbon monoxide levels in your blood stream will drop by half, and oxygen levels will return to normal
*In 48 hours your chance of having a heart attack will have decreased. All nicotine will have left your body. Your sense of taste and smell will return to a normal level
*In 72 hours your bronchial tubes will relax, and your energy levels will increase
*In 2 weeks your circulation will increase, and it will continue to improve for the next 10 weeks

A Duke University study shows health-promoting fruits and vegetables make cigarettes taste snarkey. But meat, coffee, and booze make smoking tastier. "…. cigarette addiction isn’t totally about nicotine," McClernon tells WebMD. "But we’re learning smoking addiction is also about sensory effects like taste and smell, the sensation, visual experience and the rituals of smoking." Enlist more of your current favorite garden, not canned vegetables and then keep your mind and heart open. You just might make some leafy-green acquaintances on your journey returning your Temple to its original wholeness.
The best way to reduce cancer as well as heart disease and stroke is to stop smoking entirely. Quitting after acquiring cancer is akin to putting on seatbelts after a head-on collision with a produce truck.

Baby Bok Choy Salad
½ cup virgin olive oil
¼ white vinegar
1 tbs. raw honey or maple syrup
3 tbs. Tamari (Wheat-Free Soy Sauce)
2 bunches baby bok choy, cleaned and sliced
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
1/8th cup slivered almonds, toasted
1 package of rice noodles
Warm ¼ inch vegetable oil in a saucepan. When the oil is hot gently add a small handful of rice noodles. Exercise caution. They will instantly puff up. Immediately turn off the heat. Remove at once, drain on towel and reserve for garnish
In a lidded glass jar or Tupperware container, mix together olive oil, white vinegar, sweetener of choice, and tamari / soy sauce.
Close the lid and shake well.
Combine bok choy, green onions, almonds, and noodles in a salad bowl. Toss with dressing and serve

Friday, May 7, 2010

Vitamin C-Scurvy Anyone?

How’s Your ‘C’ Levels?

As you flower on the proverbial tree of life, no other Earthly nutrient besides Vitamin C has been shown to have such awesome beneficial effects on your current state of health. Certainly by now you can clearly see today’s health care calamity is generally a result of inadequate nutrition discharged from the Western diet of industrially-altered foods of convenience.
‘C’, a powerful antioxidant feeds the immune system, offers cancer prevention and is essential for healthy bones, smooth, moist skin and strong teeth, as well as the production of collagen. C is requisite for successful internal and external wound healing.
Sweet, luscious tropical orange au jus plays an abundant roll in American culture; feeding millions, accompanying bacon, eggs, vodka and providing wages for thousands of pickers, packers and processors. As OJ’s original nutrient composition became industrially diminished over decades, America lost sight of the icons worth; with each generation accepting it diminished nutritional contents as the new norm. For example, Sunny-D is a dietary weapon of mass consumption; candy. The ersatz beverage is brimming with high fructose corn syrup, canola oil, only 2% fruit pulp, natural flavorings, cornstarch, food dye, and everyone’s favorite, sodium hexametaphosphate; an agent used in the industry of soap, detergents, water treatment, metal finishing and plating, pulp and paper manufacturing, synthesis of polymers, photographic products, textiles, scale removal and agriculture. Like drunken sailors, corporate America lost their way seeking the illusive Sea of Nutritional Righteousness.
In the late 1800’s, due to a dietary lack of C, sailors developed scurvy. Arrrrrgh Matey, for months at a time, swarthy sea dogs didn’t have access to fresh plant foods and began bleeding out of their bodies. Bless their hearts; they had no collagen production happening to prop up their weakening arterial health. Vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen; the building blocks of muscles, ligaments, bones, tendons and tissue, and bone structure therefore preventing osteoporosis. Lesson learned; they began stowing bushels of limes, giving birth to the term, ‘Limey’.
The World Health Organization (WHO) insists a diet featuring carotenoids, flavonoids, folate and magnesium from citrus fruits and vegetables offer protection against heart disease, the #1 Killer of women. C’s potassium content guards against stroke, arrhythmias, and helps to control cholesterol while lowering blood pressure.
Just one juicy orange smoothie or seven strawberries supply more than 100% of your Temple’s daily vitamin C requirements. In 1989, the RDA of 60 mg for the average healthy adult was increased, however, still woefully insignificant. Certified Nutritionist, Carolyn Landon of Indianapolis, suggests starting with 500 IU’s then build up to 1000 per day. If your stool gets loose, then back off. Everyone’s threshold is different. University of Milan, Italy researchers say consuming vitamin C supplements does not, however, provide the same protective benefits as fresh produce.
Foods with C appear to reduce mouth, larynx and pharynx, and stomach and digestive cancers by 40-50%. ‘C’ from fresh Farmer’s Market produce disarms cancerous free radicals, preventing damage inside and outside your cells. Most cardiovascular disease joint disease, cancer, diseases of the eye, thyroid, joints, liver and lung require special emphasis of C intake, but not from Orange Crush. Those with acne, alcoholism, Alzheimer’s, asthma, Autism, depression, diabetes, IBS, and Parkinson’s need be especially focused on adequate C intake. You can do it.
Low C levels impair your Temple’s ability to defend against bacterial infections. A 500 mg dose will soothe inflammation and thwart gum bleeding from periodontal disease. People who frequently get colds, infections and flu typically have low C levels in their white blood cells. Health white blood cells are needed for the immune system to destroy inhaled and digested environmental free-radical toxins.
Glorious produce jam-packed with C include kiwi, cantaloupe, grapefruit, raspberries and blueberries, pineapple, Acerola cherries, lemons and limes, papaya and strawberries. Vegetable sources include any dark leafy green, broccoli, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and crunchy red bell peppers. Ironically, at this time when patriotic Americans need fresh produce more than ever to prevent costly, sometime mortal disease, our society has become Vegaphobic. Face it, only 2% of the collective American advertising budget is spent promoting fresh foods from God’s healing and sustaining celestial apothecary. Father knows best!
The Holy Temple cannot synthesize its own ‘C’ booty; therefore it must be pirated from plant-based foods, not a swarthy scientist. With community Farmer’s Markets bursting everywhere, why accept less than the real thing?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Vitamin C

Tropical oranges and their au jus play a profuse, traditional role in American society; feeding millions, accompanying bacon and eggs, and providing income for thousands of orange pickers, packer and processors. Did you know just one ‘real’ juicy orange supply’s 116% of your daily vitamin C requirements?
As OJ’s composition industrially degraded over decades, humans lost sight of the icon’s significance; with each generation accepting its diminished nutritional content as the new norm; a/k/a, Sunny D; a pure, undiluted weapon of mass consumption that shouldn't’t be used for anything but low-grade candy. It’s second ingredient is high fructose corn syrup followed by a disturbing list of faux- ingredients including canola oil, 2% or less actual fruit pulp, natural flavorings, cornstarch, yellow food dye #5 and #6, and everyone’s darling, sodium hexametaphosphate; a sequestering agent used in the industry of soap, detergents, water treatment, metal finishing and plating, pulp and paper manufacture, synthesis of polymers, photographic products, textiles, scale removal and agriculture. The skulduggery practitioners who market this crap (yes I said crap) as healthy food for our kids are no better than common criminals or terrorist. God weeps at such haughtiness.
In its defence, there is vitamin C, however, in an un-absorbable synthetic form, unavailable to our cells; ergo disease and crêpe skin. So, why in Gods’ name would anyone in their right mind settle for anything less than the real thing, baby? To my gray matter, Sunny-D is a product of the supposed Antichrist; i.e., anything or anyone that causes harm to the sanctity of the Holy Temple, a gift from our creator and should be considered physical assault on your life by Big Food.
We desperately need to take in more vitamin C either from fresh plant food or Rose Hips supplement sources. Did you know vitamin C is a vital player in sustaining smooth silky skin? The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition linked consuming plenty of vitamin C-rich foods with youthful skin. “Our findings suggest that a higher intake of vitamin C from foods is connected with a lower risk of having wrinkled skin and age-related skin dryness in middle-aged women,” says Maeve Cosgrove, Ph.D., who led the research. The Journal of the American College of Nutrition evaluated 6,000 adults enrolled in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. In addition, participants with the highest blood levels of vitamin C had a 25% lower incidence of infection with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori); the bacterium responsible for peptic ulcers which increase risk for stomach cancer. The healing properties of oranges are linked with phytonutrients citrus flavanones; sustaining Gifts from our higher source.
You’ve been ill-advised by commerce and bankers ‘playing doctor’ with your health to consider vitamin C solely comes from processed citrus fruit juices and or artificially flavored beverages. On the contrary; produce with vitamin C include kiwi, cantaloupe, grapefruit, raspberries, blueberries, pineapple, limes & lemons, papaya and strawberries. Vegetable sources include dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and red peppers. Most members of God’s Apothecary are excellent sources of vitamin C. Regrettably, we’ve morphed into a Vegaphobic culture, implicated as one of the causes of the current health care crisis.
Vitamin C from un-processed plant sources disarms free radicals, preventing damage both inside and outside cells. Inside cells, free radical damage to DNA causes cancer; preventing DNA mutations prevents cancer especially in areas of the Temple where cellular turnover is especially rapid, such as the digestive system. Most forms of cardiovascular disease, joint disease, cancer, eye disease, thyroid disease, liver disease, and lung disease require special emphasis on vitamin C intake, not Sunny D or Orange Crush. Acne, Alcoholism, Alzheimer’s disease, Asthma, Autism, Depression, Diabetes, Irritable bowel disease, and Parkinson's disease are all positively affected by adequate Vitamin C intake. As you can clearly ‘C’, the process of healthy aging requires special attention to the sacred, sustaining vitamin. Ask your community vitamin store for the best supplemental source of C. Carlson brand is excellent.

Kiwi-Pineapple Colada- A Vitamin C Festival

4 peeled kiwifruit

3 cups ice

¼ cup light rum (Optional)

3 tbs. coconut milk

8 oz. fresh pineapple chopped

  • Fresh Strawberries for garnish-Bursting with Vitamin C

  • Cut peeled kiwi into quarters and place into a blender

  • Blend till smooth and taste.

  • Add Sweet Leaf brand stevia if it needs to be sweeter

  • Add iced and remaining ingredients and process till smooth

  • Garnish with a strawberry slit from the bottom almost to the top and slide it on the rim