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Eggs Help Prevent Stroke and Heart Disease

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One large egg typically contains six grams of high-quality protein, the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin (a substance in egg yolks), as well as significant amounts of the important vitamins E, D, and A.

Vitamin E has been proven to reduce the risk of coronary attacks in people with heart disease, while lutein helps to protect against clogging of the arteries.

A study concluded at EpidStat Institute in November, 2016 found that consuming just one egg a day reduces risk of stroke by 12 percent. The study’s principal investigator, Epidemiologist Dr. Dominik Alexander, said: “Eggs do have many positive nutritional attributes, including antioxidants, which have been shown to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation. They are also an excellent source of protein, which has been related to lower blood pressure.”

U.S. scientists have found that, contrary to traditional perceptions acquired from decades of less rigorous research, consuming eggs had no association with coronary heart disease, which is on record as the leading cause of death worldwide.

©M-J de Mesterton 2017

M-J’s Article about Eggs, Published in 2010

Eggs don’t cause heart disease, as the medical industry previously believed. And here is more good news: a research team at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge determined that women on a weight-loss regimen who ate an egg with toast and jelly each morning lost twice as many pounds as those who had a bagel breakfast with the same number of calories without the accompanying egg.

Huevos (Eggs), by Spanish Court Painter Diego Velasquez

Eggs are nutritious, convenient, useful in thousands of recipes, and are a relatively inexpensive source of high-quality protein.

One large egg, which represents less than 4 percent of the total daily calorie intake of a person who consumes 2000 calories per day, provides 10 percent of the Daily Value for protein, 15 percent of the Daily Value for riboflavin, and 4 percent or more of the Daily Value for several other nutrients, including vitamins A, B6 and B12; folate; iron; phosphorus; and zinc. Eggs also provide choline, which is  essential in the human diet, and is credited for helping to create healthy babies during pregnancy. Because the percentage of the  recommended  daily amount for many nutrients provided by an egg is greater than the proportion of total calorie intake that the egg represents, the egg more than pulls its weight nutritionally. Most of the vitamins and minerals in eggs are found in the yolk; protein, however, is found in both the yolk and the white.

Recent research indicates that egg eaters are more likely than non-egg eaters to have diets that provide adequate amounts of essential nutrients. This seems to be partly due to the nutritional contribution of the eggs themselves and partly due to the fact that the inclusion of eggs in the diet is an indicator of a desirable eating pattern that includes breakfast.

Eggs can be prepared easily, in a variety of ways. They keep well  in the refrigerator for about three weeks, and therefore an individual can easily use up the dozen eggs in a carton before they spoil. Because most egg recipes involve short cooking times, eggs are convenient for the person with little time to prepare meals.

Eggs have several important physical and chemical properties that help make recipes work. They thicken custards, puddings and sauces; emulsify and stabilize mixtures such as mayonnaise and salad dressings; coat or glaze breads and cookies; bind ingredients together in dishes such as meat loaf and lasagne; eggs are used to clarify coffee and soups; retard crystallization in boiled candies and frostings; and leaven some types of baked goods such as cakes, cookies, soufflés, buns and sponge cakes.

Eggs are economical, especially when compared to other high-protein foods. For people who are trying to balance their budgets as well as their diets, serving eggs occasionally instead of meat, poultry, or fish is very economical.

One other  benefit of eggs is that they are a functional food—that is, a food which provides health benefits that go beyond basic nutrition. Eggs contain the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, two components which are believed to have health benefits.

Stocking up on dehydrated eggs would be a wise move right now.  There are many sources of dried or powdered eggs on ebay and the internet. I prefer to dessicate and process them at home. Here is my procedure:

Emergency Powdered Eggs

Cook the desired amount of eggs in a non-stick pan until they are scrambled dry. On a a large baking-sheet, place your scrambled eggs in a thin layer. Use a French chef’s knife or a pastry cutter to break them into smaller pieces. In a low oven around 130 degrees Fahrenheit, bake this tray of eggs for eight hours or until it is devoid of moisture. Using a hand-mill, meat-grinder, food-mill or a blender, process the eggs until they turn to powder. Store the dried egg powder in an air-tight, food-grade container.

©M-J de Mesterton 2010

Reversal of Long-Held Beliefs on Dietary Fats

Additional Information on Foods Containing Cholesterol

A heart specialist from the University of Ireland, Professor Sherif Sultan, notes:

  • Current dietary guidelines are outmoded and desperately need to be revised.
  • Despite decades-old recommendations, high carbohydrate diets should be avoided.
  • Diets consisting largely of foods high in good-quality fats are the healthiest.
  • This essential changeover will stem the epidemic of Type 2 diabetes and weight-related heart problems.
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Honey for Good Health

Inside and Out, Honey Helps Maintain Good Health

Using Honey to Promote Good Health

Honey helps to kill viruses and bacterial infections, especially when mixed and eaten with raw, minced ginger. Honey boosts energy, reduces fatigue, stimulates mental alertness; honey strengthens immunity by providing minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants. Help to preserve your eyesight by eating a spoonful of honey every day. Honey alleviates sore throats, and is used as a natural replacement for cough syrup. Honey helps to prevent heart disease by improving blood flow; honey protects your capillaries. Honey helps to control blood pressure. Reduce anxiety by using honey as a mild sedative; it promotes calmness and restful sleep.

Honey helps to adjust the human body’s alkalinity, thereby mitigating general interior inflammation. This and other anti-cancer properties in honey inhibit the formation of tumors.

Honey helps to relieve indigestion and acid reflux; honey is instrumental in healing peptic ulcers. Ingesting honey promotes the expulsion of parasites from the liver and colon. Mitigate the effects of toxins in the human body by using honey in green tea. Honey speeds metabolism, thereby stimulating weight-loss. Drink a mixture of honey, lemon and warm water in the morning for a beneficial interior cleanse. Honey aids the healing of diabetic ulcers with daily topical applications. Relieve hangovers by eating honey in tea or mixed with raw ginger Honey acts as a mild laxative; mixing it in a cup of hot tea enhances its efficacy.  Honey improves and promotes proper digestion with its natural enzymes.

Build immunity to hay fever by mixing honey and bee pollen; ingest this potion daily in advance of and during allergy-season. Honey helps to quench thirst and alleviate heat-stroke.

Honey can reduce asthma symptoms when mixed with pepper and ginger. Alleviate symptoms of hay fever by chewing on honeycomb.

Honey, a natural antibacterial, is used to cleanse wounds; rubbing it regularly on wounds promotes and accelerates healing. Applying honey to healing wounds aids in preventing scars. Soothe burns, disinfect wounds, reduce inflammation, and promote skin-healing with honey. Scrub with honey to exfoliate facial skin and reduce wrinkles; apply lightly to soften dry, rough skin elsewhere.

Protect hair from split ends by using honey as a conditioner; adding honey to rinse-water promotes shine. Honey makes a skin-friendly lip balm and is beneficial as a component of herbal cleansing-washes. To kill acne-causing bacteria and can reduce scarring, rub some honey on acne at night to help heal while you sleep. Adding a bit of honey softens hard bath-water.

Anti-fungal properties in honey help to resolve internal yeast-infections and athlete’s foot. Honey protects internally and externally against pathogens such as Staphylococcus Aureus, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus or “MRSA”.

Warning: Eating honey is not safe for children under two years old.

Stock-up on honey now!

More about Honey in Natural News

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Turmeric Tea, a Liver Detoxifier

Liver Tonic, Turmeric
Turmeric Tea, as Served on Okinawa

A Possible Weight-Loss Aid and Other Benefits of  Turmeric

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Researchers have determined that laboratory mice given a diet supplemented with curcumin experience a reduction in the formation of fat-tissue, and a lowered number of blood-vessels that feed fat. Curcumin is the active ingredient and major polyphenol in the bright yellow spice from India known as turmeric.

The growth and expansion of fat-tissues requires new blood vessels, a process known as angiogenesis. In fat-tissue, this process is mediated by the secretion of adipokines, such as leptin, adiponectin, resistin, interleukin-6 and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). The researchers first investigated the effect of curcumin in cultured human cells to which adipokines had been added to stimulate angiogenesis. They found that the ability of curcumin to inhibit angiogenesis was partly due to the reduced expression of VEGF. Subsequently, the mice were fed a high-fat diet supplemented with 500 milligrams curcumin per kilogram of food, for three months. Weight-gain was reduced in the mice who were given curcumin. The curcumin-supplemented mice had lower weight and reduced total-body fat. They also had lower liver-weights, and experienced a reduction in VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor), indicating reduced risk for angiogenesis.

Also called “curcumin”, turmeric is a mustard-yellow spice from India. Indians use it more for its healing properties than for taste. Turmeric has an innocuous flavor, and adds colour to foods.

In India, turmeric has been revered for its healing properties, and thus is used as a daily dietary supplement.  In the Ayurvedic system of health, turmeric has medicinal properties and is an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic. Because of its effects on enzymes related to inflammation, turmeric may have the same mode of action as anti-inflammatory drugs, without the side-effects. Curcumin is used for cuts and burns and is known as an antiseptic/antibacterial. It is also used to remedy stomach-ulcers.

The U.S. National Institues of Health has four clinical trials in progress, involving curcumin as a treatment for pancreatic cancer, multiple myeloma, Alzheimer’s, and colorectal cancer. According to a 2005 article in the Wall Street Journal titled, “Common Indian Spice Stirs Hope,” research activity into curcumin, turmeric’s active ingredient, is burgeoning. Two-hundred and fifty-six curcumin-study papers were published in 2005, according to a search of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

 M-J de M., 2009

 

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Elegant Carrots, Celery and Onions

ELEGANT MACROBIOTICS, M-J’S NEW PAGE FEATURES SIMPLE ORGANIC DISHES,  LIKE THIS VEGETABLE STIR-FRY

These simple vegetables accompany brown rice for a sumptuous, health-promoting luncheon dish.The best oils to use for cooking in a macrobiotic regimen are safflower, refined (not  toasted) sesame (by Spectrum) and sunflower oils. Organic, short-grain brown rice is easy to store as a dietary staple. It may be time to concentrate your survival food-storage efforts on things like this that do not require refrigeration. You can use a small barbecue grill to boil rice and sauté vegetables, so keeping a high supply of charcoal briquets is a good idea.©M-J de Mesterton

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Home-Grown Red Chiles in Sesame Oil

September 30th: Some of my many cayenne pepper plants finally have red fruit. The potted cayenne pepper plants are producing faster than those in my tiny vegetable garden. Only pure vegetal compost, from my year-round pile, was used to feed the pepper plants. This cayenne pepper plant was grown from seed, and has larger fruit than the one I featured here last year, which was a nice, big, shapely thing from the nursery that turned out to be several small plants. I was able to mimic it by planting several seeds in a large pot. Following is a health-promoting sauce that I made today with some of the harvest:

Red chiles, freshly-harvested, are put into a blender and crushed with refined sesame oil, sea salt, and a few drops of toasted sesame oil.
©M-J de Mesterton

 

©M-J de Mesterton

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The Wonderful Walnut

Walnuts Promote Good Health

Walnuts Help to Prevent Osteoporosis, Prostate and Breast Cancers; Walnuts Can Lower Your Levels of Bad Cholesterol and Promote a Healthy Heart

The following information was captured from California Walnut Growers, circa 2007 (the roguish FDA prohibits them from advertising the health-benefits of Walnuts–read the latest about walnuts at NaturalNews.com). Walnuts and other tree nuts and peanuts were recently ranked using the Index of Nutritional Quality (INQ) nutrient testing system at the Food Consulting Company of Del Mar, California [i]. According to Karen Duester, MS, RD who conducted the test, “Not surprisingly, walnuts ranked highest among the nuts in INQ. Because INQ relates to nutrient density, we looked at specific nutrients known to be abundant in nuts and peanuts: protein, fiber, omega-3, omega-6, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, and zinc.”

On another independent scale, the Overall Nutritional Quality Index (ONQI)[ii] ranking system to be used by the Raley’s grocery chain, walnuts received 82 points on a 100 point scale, an excellent score among foods and nuts [iii]. According to David Katz, MD, MPH a nationally renowned authority on nutrition and the principal inventor for the ONQI system, “When overall nutritional quality is assessed, the verdict is clear: walnuts are a great food — they pack a lot of nutrient benefits in a nutshell!”
Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, professor of nutrition science and policy at Tufts University and a member of the Hannaford Scientific Advisory Panel explains, “Walnuts are a whole food rich in antioxidants, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential omega-3 fatty acid, protein, fiber, and more. Whole walnuts receive the ‘best nutritional value’ three star ranking (the highest) due to their nutrient profile.”
Walnuts have nutritional qualities that are very important. One of the richest sources of alpha linolenic acid (ALA), the plant form of Omega-3, walnuts are unique among nuts and popular whole foods [v]. A one ounce serving of walnuts provides 2.57 grams of ALA, the plant form omega-3s, which is above the dietary reference intake (DRI) set by the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine. Walnuts are also one of the highest natural sources of antioxidants, according to Halvorsen’s study from American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2006 [vi].
15 years of clinical research on walnuts have shown benefits for the heart, and we’re not just talking about cholesterol reduction — improved vascular function and a reduction in inflammation have also been documented [vii-xii]. Looking to the future and expanding on this base of knowledge, research is underway at a variety of prestigious universities looking into cancer, diabetes and issues of ageing.
[vi] Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Jul;84(1):95-135
  “Supportive but not conclusive research shows that eating 1.5 ounces of walnuts per day, as part of a low saturated fat and low cholesterol diet, and not resulting in increased caloric intake may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.”
[viii]   Circulation. 2002 Nov 19;106(21):2747-57
[ix]     Hypertension. 2007 Aug;50(2):313-9
[x]     J Am Coll Cardiol. 2006 Oct 17;48(8):1666-71
[xi]    Arch Intern Med. 2007 Jun 11;167(11):1195-203.
[xii] Ann Intern Med. 2006 Jul 4;145(1):1-11

Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Walnuts

How do Omega-3s work?
Inside your favorite kinds of nuts — walnuts, almonds, pecans and others — you’ll find many vitamins, minerals and other compounds your body needs for good health. There are the antioxidants found in vitamin E; several essential minerals such as magnesium, selenium, copper and manganese; and even fiber for more effective digestion. Thiamin, niacin, folate, phosphorus and zinc are all found in nuts.
Researchers believe that omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce the risk of heart disease by making the blood less sticky and less likely to form dangerous intravenous or arterial clots. Studies have also shown that omega-3s may lower the risk of stroke and prevent arthritis. In addition, there’s good evidence that omega-3s can increase HDL (good cholesterol), further reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease.
The omega-3s found in fish oil are thought to be responsible for the significantly lower incidence of breast cancer in Japanese women as compared to women in the United States. This may be because omega-3 fatty acids inhibit the tumor growth that is promoted by the acids found in other fats, such as corn and safflower oils.
Finally, the brain itself is composed of a whopping 60 percent fat. It too needs omega-3s to help build and maintain tissue. Brain function itself may be at stake: in treating major depression, for example, omega-3s seem to work by making it easier for brain cell receptors to process mood-related signals from neighboring neurons.
What are good sources of omega-3s?
Omega-3 fatty acids are plentiful in cold-water fish such as mackerel and salmon. They’re also found in walnuts, canola oil, soybean oil, tofu and leafy green vegetables. Which would you rather sprinkle on your morning cereal or grab for a nutritious snack?

Walnuts are a delectable, convenient alternative to fish, tofu and leafy greens. In fact, just a handful of walnuts provides as much omega-3s as a comparable serving of salmon.

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Health Bytes, August 23rd

Elegant Photography by M-J de Mesterton: Ginger Jar

Kids are now in school, catching and spreading germs galore. Many working mothers send their offspring to school in contagious conditions, and even bring them to the local shops after school to buy supplies. Maybe their child-care options are limited by economic circumstances (don’t expect, under the current leadership, that this situation is going to get anything but worse…).  It seems that “sick” is the new “healthy”. People of all ages seem to be coughing, sneezing and spewing pathogens in public like a modern-day plague. Protect yourself by having a bottle of chewable Zicam with you, and when you get home, take ginger-root raw, candied or in capsules (we like to mix the chopped, fresh ginger with honey). Taking cayenne pepper capsules helps as well–my husband uses the “Cool Cayenne” ones by Solaray, whereas I just use the spice on my cottage cheese every other day. Wear gloves in public whenever possible (it may seem odd and old-fashioned, but gloves are very elegant and practical). If a checker at the grocery store has obviously been infected (coughing, sniffling and nose-blowing are bad signs), move to another cash-register. Cashiers would do well to wear disposable latex gloves (a Wal-Mart worker told us that her colleague caught Staphylococcus Aureus and died). And if people in a store-aisle are coughing or sneezing near you, hold your breath and vacate the position as quickly as possible. Also, try to disinfect the handlebar on your shopping carts. Many markets have dispensers of disinfecting wipes near the cart-storage area. Using these simple measures has kept me rhinovirus-and-influenza-free for six years (knocking on wood). There was a rare incident of me getting a virus: a schoolteacher at one of our dinner parties sat next to me, generously sharing the deadly cough she had picked up from some student. It was a particularly tenacious, painful ailment that lasted a month. The bitterness lingers on, six years later…. Below, you will find some links that can help you maintain general good health.

~~M-J

Ginger, an Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Bacterial Root, at World’s Healthiest Foods

Detox Naturally: JB Bardot at Natural News

Also Relevant from Natural News:
http://www.naturalnews.com/027434_cilantro_natural_detox.html

http://www.wheatgrasskits.com/issue17.htm

http://www.ei-resource.org

http://www.naturalnews.com/035177_chlorella_cilantro_detox.html

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Sea-Borne Bacteria Vibrio Travels Northward

Vibrio, courtesy of Wikipedia

Vibrio Outbreaks

A number of illnesses, including cholera, are caused by the Vibrio family of bacteria, which comes in ten forms if not more by this date, as it apparently loves to mutate as well as proliferate. Vibrio bacterii cause gastrointestinal problems, soft tissue infections, and sepsis, which is deadly.

Long-known as a tropical maritime bacterial family, Vibrio has continued northward to the chilly Baltic Sea, and now Scandinavians and their many tourists are prone to the ill-effects of compromised seafood. It only took a one-degree increase in sea temperature to cause a 200% rise in the cholera-like Vibrio bacteria. People are thus being sickened by eating seafood that is even just slightly undercooked.

To avoid the potentially disastrous effects of Vibrio, make sure your seafood is properly cooked, which is difficult to determine especially in restaurants. Sound advice would be follow the example of the man who recently “saved” a seventeen-pound lobster from a restaurant tank, and  avoid eating seafood completely!

©M-J de Mesterton 2012

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Reprint from July 2009: Celebrate Diversity with Alternative Medical Care

Health and Happiness
Health and Happiness: Uninsurable

Here is what I wrote in 2009 about the so-called Affordable Care Act

Don’t let the government take over health care and force you to buy “insurance”–it is the biggest scam ever threatened by the U.S.Health insurance is not the solution, but part of the problem. It causes enormous overhead costs for filing, etc. See the STATMed philosophy, which appears at the end of this article.

Americans have been conditioned, by big industry, to believe that health-care does not exist without insurance. This is simply not true, and is an intrinsically unhealthy attitude. In fact, some Muslim cultures outlaw “health insurance”, because it is tantamount to gambling.

Paying enormous premiums amounts to betting against yourself, because that money will only be “used” if you get sick. And who can afford them anyway?

The Obama health-care scam will slap a fine of $1,000.00 a year per person on those who do not buy into its “insurance” plan. These fines will, in the current administration’s mind, offset their trillions in unauthorized political give-aways known as the Stimulus Bill. Call your congresspeople and senators now, and tell them to leave the health-care system alone. Alternatives are cropping up all over the United States, such as Wal-Mart’s $4.00 prescription plan, and non-insurance-based clinics, all of which can provide remedies without paying thousands into the insurance-gambling schemes.

Many doctors will offer you a steep discount if you are not “insured”, because the money that they save by not having to deal with the insurance companies is colossal. And the government now wants to get into the health-insurance racket–since when have they ever succeeded in causing anything but pain to citizens? If President Obama’s health-scheme comes true, with the aid of an unwitting congress and senate who, once again, will not have time or ability to read the outsized bill–the largesse of doctors and clinics towards those who don’t have insurance will come to a screeching halt, because any such activity will be prohibited. A citizen will have no choice but to participate in one of the most corrupt, corrosive systems in history.

For now, there are clinics, such as STATMed, that offer health-care at reasonable prices for those who are not fortunate enough to have an employer arrange their “insurance”, and for we who simply cannot afford to gamble on the insurance schemes.
~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2009

StATMed

The STATMed Philosophy
In the past 5-7 years, the cost of medical care and medical insurance has escalated to unreasonable levels. Many working people can no longer afford medical insurance–and it’s not a matter of being cheap, it’s just insanely expensive. Every year the premium costs have increased 10-20%, regardless of how much you, personally, used your insurance. The person who is healthy and seldom goes to the doctor, pays as much as the person who is always sick and saw the doctor 30 times that year. There had to be a better way.
The answer was to go back to “old-fashioned” medicine where you paid the doctor for your care. It’s pretty basic, but we’ve lost track of that concept since insurance came into existence in the 1940’s and now has grown to a multi-billion dollar industry. Now we are made to think that what’s important is for everyone to “have insurance”, rather than everyone should have access to affordable medical care. The key word being affordable. There are a lot of hidden costs in a traditional doctor visit, and some of them we can’t escape–like the ridiculous cost of malpractice insurance, reasonable wages for employees (since we can’t outsource to India), rent, utilities and cost of supplies, but one cost we can eliminate completely- the cost of dealing with insurance companies.It costs a doctor a lot to file your insurance for you. Think of how many plans are out there, and each one has a different system, a different form, different co-pays and pre-approval requirements, different addresses and different paying cycles. It’s a nightmare. To manage this nightmare, the doctor needs additional staff, and not just any staff, but specially trained staff who know the intricacies and details of how to code for an office visit so the insurance company will pay for the visit. Because this staff has special training, they’re paid more too, and that gets expensive. Not only that, when a doctor agrees to accept an insurance plan, the insurance company wants a discount–since they’re providing the benefit of access to this huge group of people. The discount varies, but can be as high as 40%. Who do you think makes up for that discount? YOU–the cash paying patient since you have to pay the “rack” rate–and not the discounted rate the insurance companies get. Not only is there the discount, there’s the game the insurance companies play of denying payment on a claim “until further information is provided”, which usually turns into “until the doctor finally gives up and takes the loss”. Or, the insurance pays a partial amount of the claim and then makes the doctor file an appeal to get the rest, which they deny until the doctor gives up. All of these loses have to be made up somewhere, and we all pay the price.It’s all a game, and STATMed doesn’t play it. We believe that if we take the insurance company out of the middle, we can give you excellent medical care at its true cost–and we’ll give you our best estimate of the cost before you agree. There are no hidden costs, and no further billing after your visit. It’s a new “old-fashioned” idea and we think it can work.

Read about Non-Insurance Alternative Clinics in Seattle

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The Beautiful, Beneficial Beet

This home-garden-grown baby beetroot was washed, steamed for five minutes, then dressed with olive oil and a few drops of balsamic vinegar. The root, bulb and leaves were consumed by your faithful editor. Grown in soil with only kitchen compost as a fertiliser, and no pesticides, this exquisite, nutritious beet was part of a health-promoting luncheon. Here is an article in the Wellness Times about the many health-benefits of beets, by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO. Dr Schor recommends drinking beet juice as well as eating the richly-coloured, elegant vegetables.

©M-J de Mesterton

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Dr. Mercola on the Benefits of Coconut Oil

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By Dr. Mercola

Many still believe that saturated fats like coconut oil are “fattening” and bad for your heart — a pervasive myth that began in 1953 following the publication of a seriously flawed study by Dr. Ancel Keys.

But the truth is, coconut oil is actually one of the healthiest oils you can consume, especially for cooking, which is why it is one of only two oils you’ll find a gallon container of in my kitchen.

Many are initially surprised when they learn coconut oil is actually good for you, but indeed it is — and it may even help you attain your weight loss goals as well.

Why is Your Waist Size so Important?

As you may know, your waist size is not only a matter of aesthetics, but also a powerful indicator of a build-up of visceral fat, a dangerous type of fat around your internal organs that is strongly linked with type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Your waist size is a far more accurate predictor of your heart risks than even your body mass index (BMI), Your waist size is also a powerful indicator of insulin sensitivity, as studies clearly show that measuring your waist size is one of the most powerful ways to predict your risk for diabetes.

If you want to determine if your waist size is in a healthy range, use a tape measure to figure the distance around the smallest area of your abdomen below your rib cage and above your belly button. Then compare your measurements to this general guide:

  • For men, between 37 and 40 inches is overweight and more than 40 inches is obese
  • For women, 31.5-34.6 inches is overweight and more than 34.6 inches is obese

Coconut Oil Shrinks Your Waist Size

When 20 obese men added coconut oil to their diets for four weeks, their waist circumferences got significantly smaller, with a mean reduction of 2.86 cm. Researchers noted:

“[Virgin coconut oil] is efficacious for WC [waist circumference] reduction especially in males and it is safe for use in humans.”

A similar 12-week-long study on women, published in the journal Lipids, also found that dietary supplementation with coconut oil may result in a reduction in waist circumference, among other benefits, compared to supplementing with soybean oil. Divided into two groups of 20 participants each, the women received a daily supplement of 30 ml (about two tablespoons) of either soybean oil or coconut oil. They also followed a balanced low-calorie diet, and walked for 50 minutes per day.  The end result?

The coconut oil group presented:

  • Increased levels of HDL (good cholesterol)
  • Decreased LDL/HDL ratio
  • Reduced waist circumference/abdominal obesity

The soybean oil group presented:

  • Increased total cholesterol
  • Increased LDL (bad cholesterol)
  • Increased LDL/HDL ratio
  • Decreased HDL (good cholesterol)
  • No reduction in waist circumference/abdominal obesity

Many of coconut oil’s benefits may be due to its content of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs, rather than the long chain fatty acids found in vegetable oils like soybean oil and animal fats such as lard. The authors concluded:

“It appears that dietetic supplementation with coconut oil does not cause dyslipidemia [an abnormal amount of cholesterol and/or fat in your blood] and seems to promote a reduction in abdominal obesity.”

Why Coconut Oil’s Medium-Chain Fatty Acids are so Good for You — and Your Weight

Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of healthy MCFAs. By contrast, most common vegetable or seed oils are comprised of long chain fatty acids (LCFAs), also known as long-chain triglycerides or LCTs. There are several reasons why these long-chain fatty acids are not as healthy for you as the MCFAs in coconut oil: Additionally, many LCFAs are from genetically engineered vegetable oils that are loaded with omega-6 fats.  Not only do you want to avoid the genetically engineered foods, but even if they were organic these vegetable oils should be avoided as they are high processed and also distort you fragile omega 6/3 ratio.

  • LCFAs are difficult for your body to break down — they must be packaged with lipoproteins or carrier proteins and require special enzymes for digestion.
  • LCFAs put more strain on your pancreas, your liver and your entire digestive system.
  • LCFAs are predominantly stored in your body as fat.
  • LCFAs, when oxidized, can deposit within arteries, contributing to both blood vessel inflammation and plaque build-up.

On the other hand, the MCFAs in coconut oil are more health promoting, because:

  • MCFAs are smaller. They permeate cell membranes easily, and do not require lipoproteins or special enzymes to be utilized effectively by your body.
  • MCFAs are easily digested, thus putting less strain on your digestive system. This is especially important for those of you with digestive or metabolic concerns.
  • MCFAs are sent directly to your liver, where they are immediately converted into energy rather than being stored as fat.
  • MCFAs in coconut oil can actually help stimulate your body’s metabolism, leading to weight loss.

There are numerous studies showing that MCFAs promote weight loss, including one study that showed rats fed LCFAs stored body fat, while rats fed MCFAs reduced body fat and improved insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance. Yet another study found that overweight men who ate a diet rich in MCFAs lost more fat tissue compared to those eating a high-LCFA diet, presumably due to increased energy expenditure and fat oxidation from the MCGA intake.

Researchers concluded:

“Thus, MCTs may be considered as agents that aid in the prevention of obesity or potentially stimulate weight loss.”

Additionally, a very exciting discovery is that coconut oil may even serve as a natural treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, as MCT’s are also a primary source of ketone bodies, which act as an alternate source of brain fuel that can help prevent the brain atrophy associated with dementia. Coconut oil is also rich in the medium-chain fatty acid derivative lauric acid, which converts in your body to monolaurin — a compound also found in breast milk that strengthens a baby’s immunity and has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties.

How Coconut Oil Was Miscast as a Dietary Villain

Saturated fat like coconut oil has been wrongfully vilified as the cause of high cholesterol and heart disease for the last 60 years, when in fact the converse was true all along. You can read the details of how this widely perpetuated myth became conventional medicine’s dietary dogma here, but basically it was spawned from a series of flawed studies that snowballed the theory out of control.

Coconut oil, in particular, continued to be demonized by the vegetable oil industry throughout the ensuing decades. The soybean industry was especially ruthless in their condemnation of the use of tropical oils, and I’m sure you realize the reason why – competition …  and millions and millions of dollars.

Unfortunately, the tropical oil industry, centered in poorer nations like the Philippines and Indonesia, could not afford to counter the negative propaganda spread by rich American industrial conglomerates. And in the United States coconut oil largely disappeared from the radar, except among small groups of health-seekers who had examined the research for themselves and/or experienced positive results firsthand.

Through it all, however, the healing properties of coconut oil were apparent for anyone who was willing to see them. Back in the 1930’s, a dentist named Dr. Weston Price traveled throughout the South Pacific, examining traditional diets and their effect on dental and overall health. He found that those who consumed diets high in coconut products were healthy and trim, despite the high fat concentration in their diet.

Similarly, in 1981, researchers studied populations of two Polynesian atolls. Coconut was the chief source of caloric energy in both groups. The results, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, demonstrated that both populations exhibited positive vascular health. There was no evidence that the high saturated fat intake had a harmful effect in these populations.

Why Coconut Oil is the Superior Choice for Cooking

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or not, using coconut oil as your primary cooking oil is important because it is the only one that is stable enough to resist heat-induced damage. Extra-virgin olive oil, while great as a salad dressing or for other non-heated uses, should not be used for cooking. Due to its chemical structure (it’s one double carbon bond per fatty acid), heat makes it susceptible to oxidative damage.

And polyunsaturated fats, which include common vegetable oils such as corn, soy, safflower, sunflower and canola, are absolutely the worst oils to use in cooking. These omega-6 oils are highly susceptible to heat damage because of their multiple double bonds.

Coconut oil is far superior to any other cooking oil and is loaded with health benefits, not to mention flavor. Make sure you choose an organic coconut oil that is unrefined, unbleached, made without heat processing or chemicals, and does not contain genetically engineered ingredients.

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