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To Microwave or Not to Microwave, that is the Question.

The Nazis were the first to use microwave-cooking devices to provide mobile food support to their soldiers during their invasion attempt of the Soviet Union in World War II. Although the US was given the task of researching the safety of the microwave oven, Russia was the leading investigator. The Russians banned the microwave oven in 1976 and international safety warnings were issued.  The ban was later lifted in 1987 by Perestroika. (“History of microwave ovens” Green Health Watch)

 

Microwaves vibrate water molecules at very high frequencies which create steam, and consequently heat food.  The water content of the food determines how evenly the food is heated.  Some mothers found that heating their infants’ bottles resulted in uneven heating of the milk resulting in mouth burns.  This is one of many reasons mothers are warned not to use the microwave oven to heat baby bottles.

 

 

Russian investigators found:

Microwaving food caused carcinogens in almost all foods tested.
The microwaving of milk and grains converted some of the amino acids into carcinogenic substances.
Microwaving prepared meats resulted in cancer-causing d-Nitrosodienthanolamines.
Microwave thawing of frozen fruits converted glucoside and galactoside fractions into carcinogenic substances.
Even short exposure of raw, cooked or frozen vegetables converted plant alkaloids into carcinogens.
Carcinogenic free radicals occurred in microwaved plants – especially root vegetables.
Decreased food value was found in 60 to 90 percent of all foods tested, with degradation of  B, C and E vitamins, and minerals. (Powerwatch, Home/Microwave)

 

 

More research:

The November 2003 issue of The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that microwaved broccoli lost up to 97 percent of its beneficial antioxidants. By comparison, steamed broccoli lost 11 percent or fewer of its antioxidants. There were also […]

By |January 4th, 2017|Healthy Eating|

Preventing Cognitive Decline

University of California Alzheimer’s researcher Dale Bredesen, is a neurologist and the founding president of the independent Buck Institute for Research on Aging. He has developed a 36 point plan to help people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Bredesen is passionate about helping people with early Alzheimer’s disease. He helped a 66 year old man who had been having problems missing appointments, misplacing keys and had difficulty performing at work. His brain scan showed amyloid plaque which is characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. His memory center (the hippocampus) had a volume of just 17 percent for men his age. Dr. Bredesen recommended his plan including a low-carb/high-fat diet, intermittent fasting, supplements, a sleep schedule and other lifestyle changes. Within 3 months, his hippocampus had grown 12 percent. His family noticed improved cognitive function.

“Such improvements are unprecedented,” says Bredesen, who described this and nine other hopeful cases in a provocative paper published in June in the Journal of Aging. “These are the first examples of a reversal of cognitive decline in early Alzheimer’s patients.”

Dr. Bredesen evaluates nutritional and hormonal deficiencies, infections, toxins and drugs as likely culprits leading to this type of cognitive decline. His program then attacks them simultaneously. This is a novel approach to mainstream medicine’s standard of care – the one-pill approach. There were 244 clinical trials of Alzheimer’s drugs between 2002 and 2012; all but one failed. His paper describes only 10 cases which is not enough to be considered a clinical trial but we may want to make use of his information.

Dr. Bredesen’s theory is that Alzheimer’s disease has 3 main causes: inflammation or infection, environmental toxins and/or hormonal deficiencies. There is a strong correlation between elevated blood sugar levels and Alzheimer’s disease […]

By |November 28th, 2016|Supplements, Therapy, Vitamins|

Kobe Beef and WAGYU

Popping up all over America are signs for Kobe beef. Where does the beef come from? What makes it so special? What is Wagyu? How has production met demand?

Kobe beef is the world’s most famous red meat, but it is misunderstood, extremely rare, and cloaked in mystery. According to bonappetit.com’s July 12, 2016 article “Kobe Beef in the U.S. Is Basically a Huge Sham”.

Many restaurants and meat stores outside of Japan, including the United States, market steak that is incorrectly labeled as Kobe Beef (justonecookbook.com). Legal recognition of the Kobe Beef trademark is lacking. For clarification, Wagyu simply means Japanese cow. True Kobe Beef or Wagyu Beef is 100% full blooded Wagyu.

The bonappetit.com article explains that Kobe is an actual place, and its beef is one regional style of Japanese Wagyu. Stories of cattle reared on classical music, beer and massages are largely myths.

Genetics set pure Wagyu apart from all other beef with vastly superior marbling and fat quality. The fat is evenly dispersed and does not appear in bands or clumps, but as either tiny pinhead dots or a spider web of ultra-thin veins throughout the entire muscle. While most raw steaks are red and white, Wagyu is uniformly pink, a highly integrated blend of meat and fat. It’s also unusually high in healthier unsaturated fatty acids—especially oleic acid, which is responsible for flavor. These monounsaturated fats have a lower melting point, below human body temperature, so they literally melt in your mouth. Instantly recognizable, Japanese Wagyu looks and tastes markedly different from almost all other beef.

Today, enough Kobe beef reaches the U.S. To satisfy the average beef consumption of just 77 Americans. It’s so scarce that Kobe’s marketing board licenses individual

restaurants, and […]

By |November 28th, 2016|Healthy Eating|

Thermography Questions and Answers

1. When should a woman start thermography screening is she doesn’t have a breast lump or pain?

A woman may want to get her first thermographic screening at 25 years old. Thermography detects cancer up to 8 years before mammograms. Women are certainly at risk for breast cancer by 33 years of age. The incidence of breast cancer at age 30 is 1 in 227, by 40, it is one in 68. https://www.cancer.gov/types/breast/risk-fact-sheet

2. What is the risk of cancer in a woman who doesn’t have breast pain or a lump for having cancer with a TH1 or TH2?

Thermograms are graded from TH1 to TH5. TH1 and TH2 are very good evidence that a woman will not develop cancer in the next year. Of all the tests for breast screening, this is the most accurate at reassuring a woman she does not have breast cancer. A TH4 or TH5 is of concern that a woman may have breast cancer developing. Additional studies such as a mammogram might be recommended. The TH3 is the “fence sitter” and could go either way. The only way to know what will happen is to get another study and compare it to the previous thermogram to see if it develops into something more serious.

Quick reminder:

If you haven’t scheduled your thermogram this fall, the special continues until Halloween (October 31) at midnight. All of our October appointments are full, but the special will be honored if you pay by Halloween.

By |October 9th, 2016|Cancer, For Women|

What Can Natural Medicine Do For You?

An Evening With Dr. Ann Huycke, MD

Dr. Huycke is Board Certified in Family Practice and Holistic Medicine.  This seminar will touch on issues related to: pain, chronic infections, autoimmune diseases, ADD/ADHD, depression/anxiety, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, hormone dysfunction, stroke, traumatic brain injury, breast cancer detection, and female incontinence.

There will be a question and answer session after the lecture.

Event Date: October 20th, 2016
Event Time: 6:30-8:30

Location: Jolts and Juice Upper Deck, 298 S. Oregon St. Ontario, OR

For information please call 541 889 8714

By |October 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Affordable Health Insurance Options for Obamacare – Revisited for 2017

The current health care options can be overwhelming. This article is an attempt to make the choices a bit clearer. If you own your own business or work for an employer that does not provide health insurance coverage, you now must buy insurance or pay the penalty for not having insurance on your tax return. This applies to every working person in the USA.

So what are your options?
Qualifies for ObamaCare exemption:
1. Sign up at your state’s health care exchange online or at the federal government site healthcare.org.

Fill out an application and your federal tax savings will be calculated (if any). Then choose one of the plans that are offered in your state. Your federal tax savings will show as an automatic deduction on the plans available. Some states only offer 1 option, others offer many options. This is the easiest avenue to take.

2. Health care sharing ministry

These are voluntary, charitable membership organizations that share medical expenses among the membership.  Members of recognized health care sharing ministries are exempt from the requirement to have health insurance.

Samaritan Ministries –. http://samaritanministries.org

Christian Care Ministry (Medi-Share) – https://mychristiancare.org/medi-share/

Liberty HealthShare – https://www.libertyhealthshare.org

Healthcare sharing ministries operate entirely outside of ObamaCare’s regulations, and typically offer benefits for about half the cost of similar health insurance.

3. Natural Medicine Healthcare.

GreenSurance– an alternative to Obamacare that recognizes natural medicine mygreensurance.com

O’Na HealthCare – an alternative to Obamacare, this is a healthcare co-operative formed under a Native American Tribal Community. Includes coverage for complimentary and natural modalities, services, and protocols including nutritional supplements, homeopathic remedies, herbs and more. Onacare.com

4. Health care cooperatives

Some consumer-owned health care co-ops provide prepaid health care services to their members, while others may pool resources to purchase health insurance at a better rate. […]

By |October 9th, 2016|Insurance|

Options for Purchase for Safe Almonds for all you Almond Lovers

Sources for Unpasteurized and Unprocessed Almonds

Rawnutsandseeds.com tells us that “At the present time almonds and hazelnuts are the only nuts required to be pasteurized. Cashews, macadamias, pecan, pistachios and walnuts at present are not required to be pasteurized. Be Warned: Some organic nut processors are pasteurizing organic nuts and labeling them as raw even without the law requiring it.

According to worldwellnesseducation.org – It is extremely important to purchase organic nuts and seeds. And I will add that you need to know the source of the almonds. This country does import almonds from China but would you eat them?

The processing of cashews includes the use of heat to remove the meat from the shell. According to wildernessfamilynaturals.com, their cashews are processed using hot air to gently loosen the shells of cashews so the meat comes out whole rather than in pieces. They say little to no heat actually reaches the meat.

There is a solution to being able to purchase raw almonds. Buy imported nuts. Imported almonds are not required to be pasteurized. Imported organic nuts might be more expensive but that is the best way to be assured of quality – and that you are getting what you want. According to terrasoul.com, their unpasteurized almonds are truly raw and alive and are never treated by radiation, ultra high heat, steam or chemically sterilized as required for all domestically grown almonds, even those labelled as “raw.” Terrasoul’s almonds are from Spain. They also use a low-heat harvesting process to remove cashews from the shells. Their cashews are imported from Vietnam.

I spoke with Davy C. Pruzansky, owner of Living Nutz. He assured me that there is not any law requiring pasteurization of imported almonds, and that his […]

By |October 9th, 2016|Healthy Eating|

What hygenic drying agent has been found to increase ovarian cancer? Ladies: THIS IS IMPORTANT!

Application of baby talcum powder to the genital area and underwear increases the risk of ovarian cancer by 33%.

In 1971, an association between talc and ovarian cancer was first made. In 1982, the first large scale study on women by Dr. Daniel Cramer et al in the journal Cancer, found a 92% increased risk in ovarian cancer in women who used genital talc. Dr. Cramer has been a tireless advocate to mandate that Johnson and Johnson (the primary distributor of talc used for humans) to label the product with health warnings. There have been 22 additional studies showing a link between talc usage and ovarian cancer. Since 1993, The US National Toxicology Program found clear evidence of carcinogenic activity of talc. In 2003, a meta-analysis of 16 talcum powder studies found that application of talc to the genial area increased the incidence of ovarian cancer by 33 %. Despite the discrepancy between Dr. Cramer’s research and the meta-analysis, there is still a statistically significant incidence of ovarian cancer in talcum users.

There has been a jury award of $55 million to Gloria Ristesund of Sioux Falls SD, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after 40 years of talcum usage. Talc was found in her ovarian tissue.

Another patient Jacqueline Fox of Birmingham AL used J & J talc for 35 years, and died of ovarian cancer last year. Her family was awarded $72 million.

J&J is facing now 1,200 lawsuits in Missouri and New Jersey, charging it with fraud, negligence, conspiracy, and failing to warn consumers about the cancer risks. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-bodine/behind-the-55-million-ver_b_9833366.html.

By |October 9th, 2016|Cancer, For Women|

What do I use if I have to do outdoor work when the air quality is poor?

I use a respirator mask labeled N95 or N100. This provides protection from fine and course particles, but does not filter hazardous gasses such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and acrolein. It is fairly comfortable and easily accessible and can work almost anywhere. The mask should have 2 straps that go around your head. A surgical mask or a one-strap paper mask is inadequate. The mask should seal tightly over your face. It should indent in with a very deep breath. These masks don’t seal well on children or people with beards. I almost always have a particulate mask hanging from the sun visor in my vehicles for unexpected smoke or dusty jobs.

Paper “comfort” or “dust” masks commonly found at hardware stores are designed to trap large particles, such as sawdust. These masks will not protect your lungs from the small particles found in wildfire smoke. Bandannas or towels (wet or dry) or tissues held over your mouth and nose are not adequate protection. These may relieve dryness but won’t protect your lungs from smoke particulates. http://www.cdc.gov/features/wildfires/

For purchase:

Home Depot, Boise N 95 Respirator Masks @ $.5.00- and $21.00 for a 15 pack .

Amazon – sells N95 Respirator Masks at about $4.00 each and an N100 Disposable Particulate masks for $6.00 each.

Thriftway Home Centers, Boise – none

 

Credits to Ann Huycke and Jeanine Butler.

By |September 14th, 2016|Air and Water|

What should we do to protect ourselves from the smoke on a day to day basis?

My first (OK, maybe second or third) activity of the day is to check the air quality on airnow.com. If the air quality is above 50 or yellow alert, I don’t bike to work or exercise outside (I am very sensitive to smoke). I recommended the same for people with heart or lung diseases (asthma, angina, allergies, chronic sinusitis, etc), for older folks (if they are more predisposed to heart and lung disease) and children (who breathe more air per pound than adults). I don’t think anyone should exercise outside with air quality over 100 or orange alert. And if the air quality gets in the red zone, I suggest we all move to Hawaii.

You can improve indoor air quality by keeping the windows and doors closed. Run the air conditioner but keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside.

Avoid activities that increase indoor pollution, such as burning candles, fireplaces or gas stoves, vacuuming (darn!) and smoking.

 

Credits to Ann Huycke and Jeanine Butler.

By |September 14th, 2016|Air and Water|
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