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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Tropical Paradise

A parrot flew by the man sitting under the palm tree. The man was reading the newspaper in the shade. When the parrot flew by he looked out over the ocean, watching the bird circle a full arc and swoop back into the forest. That forest, known as the Amazon Rainforest, is home to more species and plants and exotic birds than any other place on earth. In the lush foliage, the man knew, because he was a botanist, thrived a myriad of plants and herbs that could provide relief for illnesses and disease. More new discoveries are being made every year from this area of the world. I'll just mention one, called maca, which the ancient Inca used to give them energy. Keep your eye on the Amazon, for in the next few years it will reveal wonderful things to modern science. In the interim, you may want to try maca yourself, and it's readily available all over the world through internet suppliers. If The Beach Boys had this back in the 80s they might never have used heroin and cocaine.

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Green Tea

The other day, hubby made me a cup of tea but I forgot about it because I was quite busy doing the housework. So when he came back from his job he asked me if I drank it. Embarrased about having forgotten to drink it, I lied and said, “Yes, dear, I enjoyed it very much.” Five minutes later he discovered the cup of tea sitting on the pass through. His face turned red and he started shaking. “What’s this?” he said. “I thought you said you drank it.” I had to admit that I had lied. Later he put ice cubes in it and made iced tea for me.

Tea is one of my favorite drinks. My day is not complete without it. Sometimes hubby makes it for my breakfast. He also drinks it too. It contains very powerful antioxidants. Our body needs antioxidants so that we will not get oxidized.

Friday, May 30, 2008


Cooking has many advantages, making food taste great and also reducing protein to an edible form. But overcooking can cause problems. If food has a crust on it when cooked it can lead to the formation of age spots. In addition, and most importantly, the use of oils in cooking is a mistake. According to lipid expert Udo Erasmus, oils are fragile, and heating them turns them into poisons, or virtual poisons. I know this sounds extreme, but his work is very convincing. It is difficult, however, to imagine a world in which we can't cook in oils. And yet this is exactly what he advocates.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


I went food shopping yesterday. First I browsed in the fruits section aisle. And I saw plenty of cherries. They were very affordable. Maybe it's cherry season. They used to be $6 per pound and now they're only $3. So I bought 2 boxes. I really miss them. Obviously, cherries are so delicious but not only that they're also considered a healing food. According to Barry Fox, Ph.D., cherries can "protect the body against the damage caused by free radicals, and enhance the body's ability to deal with carcinogens, viruses, and other troubling substances" because cherries have "anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins, two types of flavonoids" that "help move vitamin C into the body's cells, and . . . keep the blood-carrying capillaries and the joints strong." (Foods to Heal By, p. 129, emphasis supplied).

Sunday, May 25, 2008


Making time for Smith Machine workouts, dumbell lifting, cardio training, back rows, deadlifts, biceps curls, lat pulldowns, and trying to focus on it while girls in compression shorts and skintight nylon are exercising on nearby equipment may not be the easiest thing in the world — in fact it might be one of the most difficult — but it's got to be worth it, if the experts are right, and those experts include the likes of Jack LaLanne, Clint Eastwood, and Arnold. So who am I to argue with the likes of those authorities? I get out there every day of the week, and I focus, focus, focus. Liffffffffft that weight! You can do it, and it will make you healthier. You don't need me to tell you that. Exercise builds muscle, and more than that it makes the body use insulin better. That, in and of itself, is one of the most important reasons to exercise. It fights diabetes, one of the worst problems facing Americans today.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Sunlight Secrets

I don't care if you are taking a multivitamin supplement, unless you live in the South and walk around in t-shirts and shorts, you're probably not getting enough sunlight, and as a result you're probably vitamin D deficient. It's been said that vitamin D is so important it should be classified as a hormone. Ultraviolet light from the sun produces vitamin D in the skin within minutes, so getting enough sun exposure is the key. Researchers believe you need 800 IU of vitamin D to be healthy. Insufficient vitamin D has been linked with colon cancer and other disease conditions. When you get enough sunlight you even boost your immune system and lower blood pressure. This may be why you feel good after an afternoon sunbathing.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sweet Poison

How many times have you had a soda this week? If you're like most people, you'll say four or five. And if you look on the label you'll probably find it contains high fructose corn syrup. Well you might want to think again about ingesting that chemical. Much research raises a warning flag about the dangers of high fructose corn syrup. It is not metabolized like regular sugar. Instead it damages the liver! So, if you're interested in maintaining good health and a good weight, cut the high fructose corn syrup. It's no exaggeration to call it poison.

Monday, May 5, 2008


I just bought a bag of tangerines yesterday. It was quite delicious and very sweet too. I couldn't help myself and I kept going to the refrigerator and getting more even though it was late at night. Eating tangerines provides beta carotene, Vitamin C, and Folic acid. And also it will help to prevent heart disease and more. "More?" you ask. "What more could tangerines possibly do?"

Tangerines can reduce cholesterol and may prevent clogged arteries. Recent research demonstrates that nobiletin, a citrus flavonoid found in especially large quantities in tangerines, has an "antiatherogenic effect" (meaning it prevents clogged arteries). Nobiletin, a citrus flavonoid isolated from tangerines, selectively inhibits class A scavenger receptor-mediated metabolism of acetylated LDL by mouse macrophages.

Nobiletin has "anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties," according to Ray Sahelian, M.D. Still other research indicates that Nobiletin in tangerines may help the brain function better and reduce the possibility of neurodegenerative disease. Nobiletin, a citrus flavonoid, reverses learning impairment associated with NMDA receptor antagonism by activation of ERK signaling.