Calcium carbonate is dangerous for you

January 13, 2016

PROBLEM: Some products (such as some non-dairy milks) and supplements/vitamins contain “calcium carbonate“. (it’s elemental/inorganic calcium from rock, bone, shells, etc.)

“Growing evidence suggests that Calcium Carbonate, which is chalk or limestone, is not a biologically appropriate form of calcium for human metabolism.  The primary justification for ingesting Calcium Carbonate is to “support bones,” however, Lancet and the British Medical Journal, recently published the results of two extensive clinical trails which concluded that Calcium plus Vitamin D does nothing to prevent bone loss.”

Also, the latest study “involving 24,000 people between the ages of 35 and 64, were even more alarming. Those participants who took a regular calcium supplement increased their risk of having a heart attack by 86% versus those who took no calcium supplements at all.”
(source: “Stoned to death: calcium supplements proven to kill again”)
That article also says that calcium carbonate may end up in places you do not want it to go such as bowels, kidneys (stones), breasts, brain, etc. or create osteoarthritis or hypertension.
” “Brain gravel” is also an increasingly prevalent phenomenon, where autopsied patients have been found to have pebble-size calcium deposits distributed throughout their brains, including the pineal gland (‘the seat of the soul’).”

Inorganic “Calcium carbonate” causes brain lesions. (source: “Taking calcium supplements causes brain lesions”)

SOLUTION:
almondbreeze.jpg-Stay away from products that contain “Calcium Carbonate”. Always check labels. (Examples of some products that I know contain calcium carbonate include: Silk non-dairy milks and also AlmondBreeze non-dairy milks made by Blue Diamond have it too.)

So look for other non-dairy milk brands. There’s products out there that don’t have it. Always check every label on any product you buy. (stay away from calcium carbonate).

-Instead choose products with other forms of calcium. “Calcium as found in chelated form, e.g. calcium citrate, calcium bisglycinate, calcium asporatate, or in its natural state as Food, is much more readily absorbed and utilized within the body, and does not have the risk factors associated with inorganic calcium ingestion.”


Dairy Alternatives

December 12, 2015

Consuming dairy is very bad for your health and the animals. (example: The China Study showed that the milk protein casein causes cancer. And you are not a baby cow so you do not need cow milk.)

So here are some good alternatives to dairy:

Non-dairy milks:
Almond milk, soy milk, hemp milk, cashew milk, rice milk, oat milk, coconut milk, etc. And there are some non-dairy milks that have MORE calcium than dairy milks.

So Delicious is one brand I use and they make lots of different non-dairy milks, creamers, yogurts and non-dairy ice creams that are delicious. See: http://sodeliciousdairyfree.com/products

Others: WestSoy soy milk, Rice dream, etc..

Non-dairy cheese products, butter and more:

There are lots of options out there for vegan cheeses but here are some that I like:
Tofutti non-dairy cream cheese. (They also offer non-dairy sour cream, slices, ricotta, and other products such as non-dairy ice cream and frozen foods. I thought their frozen pizza tasted great but it is hard to find. And I tried their non-dairy ice cream at the main street ice cream parlor  inside Walt Disney World and liked it.)
Earth Balance vegan cheddar squares taste just like Cheezit crackers. I think they recently won the VegMag survey for best snack.
-If you want another cheesy snack, try the vegan Nacho flavored bean & rice chips by Beanfield’s. See their vegan chips here.
Earth Balance vegan butters.
-Vegenaise by Follow Your Heart is a good vegan alternative to mayonaisse. And they have other products such as vegan cheese, vegan eggs, dressings and more.
Daiya sells non-dairy cheeses, pizzas, yogurt and packaged macaroni and cheese. I like their Daiya deluxe white cheddar style veggie Cheezy Mac.
-Amy’s kitchen has some good frozen foods such as “dairy-free rice mac & cheeze” that uses Daiya cheese. I found them in Whole Foods market and my local regular supermarket. Not all products by Amy’s Kitchen are dairy-free but she does have a lot of different vegan products available. See their vegan section here of vegan frozen foods, soups and more. They are widely available. I even saw some at Target.

So there’s no excuse to eat dairy with so many non-dairy options out there. You can find most products at Whole Foods market or other health food stores. And some products are available in regular supermarkets such as Daiya cheeze, Amy’s Kitchen products, Earth Balance butters, some non-dairy milks and more. Check the health food stores and supermarkets near you. You may be surprised.

 


What’s wrong with peanuts and cashews?

June 7, 2015

From the 5/6/15 eNewsletter of the Hippocrates Health Institute:

“Peanuts are not the best choice in a healthy diet. Most nuts grow above the ground on trees which keeps them relatively dry. This minimizes the possibility of developing mold, fungus and rot. Peanuts are unique as they grow below the ground making them much more susceptible to mold. Aflatoxin is a potent carcinogen produced by the Asergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus molds, which can grow on peanuts. The syndromes of aflatoxin toxicity are vomiting, abdominal pain, pulmonary edema, convulsions, coma, and even death.

To make matters worse, peanuts normally go through a sorting process after they are harvested. The best mold-free peanuts are reserved for roasting and eating whole. The remaining, less-than-pristine peanuts are often ground up and used for making peanut butter. These second rate peanuts may be infested with aflatoxin mold which goes unnoticed once ground up into peanut butter.

A much better option is to use raw almonds and raw almond butter instead of peanuts. Almonds are an excellent source of calcium which helps build strong bones and teeth. Other benefits of almonds include:

  • Reducing the risk of heart attack by lowering ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and raising blood HDL.
  • Protecting artery walls from damage. This is because raw almonds have an antioxidant effect warding off free-radicals.
  • Provides protection against diabetes because raw almonds are a blood sugar balancer.

Make sure your almonds are “truly raw” and that you soak them for eight hours prior to eating or using in recipes. This releases the enzyme inhibitors making them easier to digest and more nutritious.

Most Americans are getting far too many omega-6 fats in their diet compared to omega-3 at a ratio of about 40:1. This is because the Standard American Diet (SAD) includes eating animal products, processed foods, and processed oils. We need a healthy balance of omega-6 and omega-3 oils at a ratio of about 1:1. Cashews contain too much omega-6. 

The other issue with cashews is that they are in the same family as poison ivy and poison sumac. This means that the cashew plant contains powerful chemical irritants, just like the previously named plants. Urushiol is the ingredient in poison ivy that binds to your skin causing a rash, but it occurs in a much smaller amount in cashew husks.

People who are extremely sensitive to poison ivy may even get a rash on their lips from eating cashews. You must be wondering why we are able to eat cashews and not have any reactions? The chemical irritants are only found in the shell and not in the nut itself. To make sure that the cashews are free of these irritants, manufactures heat the nuts in the shell at a very high temperature to destroy them. Even “raw” cashews have actually been heat treated. 

An excellent substitute for cashews is pine nuts and macadamia nuts which are also sweet and creamy. Just like with almonds, make sure your pine nuts and macadamia nuts are “truly raw” and that you soak them for eight hours prior to eating or using in recipes.”

And a recipe from them…

“From the Kitchen – Pad Thai

Trying to ditch the peanuts? Try our amazing version of the classic Pad Thai

Pad Thai with Almond Ginger Dressing Pad Thai, Yield: 4 Servings
1 1/2 C. Spiralized Purple Top Turnips
2 C. Bean Sprouts
1/3 C. Thinly Sliced Scallion
1/2 to 1/4 C. Almond Ginger Dressing
1/4 C. Chopped Dehydrated Almonds

1. In a bowl, combine the radish noodles, bean sprouts, and scallion. Add fresh cilantro and/or basil if desired.
2.Toss the Almond Ginger Dressing with the noodles and scallions.
3. Add he bean sprouts and mix again.
4. Add chopped almonds and mix again.
5. Plate and garnish with additional bean sprouts, scallions and almond.

Almond Ginger Dressing, Yield: 4 Cups
2 C. Chopped Bell Pepper
1 C. Raw Almond Butter
1/2 C. Chopped Scallion
1/4 C. Chopped Red Beet
2 T. Chopped Ginger
1 Clove Garlic
1 1/2 T. Kelp Powder
1 C. Water
1 T. Braggs Aminos or Nama Shoya (optional)
1/2 T. Fresh Lemon Juice
Cayenne to taste

1. In a blender combine all ingredients (of the dressing). Blend well and season to taste.”


The Healing Power of Olive Leaf Extract

December 1, 2010

Crazy thing: drugs that suppress the body’s immune system or only treat symptoms. Solution: Try a natural remedy. One example is olive leaf extract.

Olive Leaf Extract may well be one of the most significant anti-infection agents ever discovered. …For over 6,000 years, an extract from the leaves of this revered tree has been used as a folk remedy for many types of infections.

Scientific research has now shown that olive leaf extract contains powerful active ingredients, such as oleuropein and calcium elenolate, which actually help destroy viruses, fungi, bacteria, and parasites that cause disease. Although olive leaf extract is capable of killing a broad range of infection-causing agents, it does not harm the beneficial bacteria in your body. Many studies show it to be very safe, nontoxic and effective, even for children.

Research shows a wide range of actions of olive leaf extract. It has the ability to:

  • Powerfully strengthen the immune system
  • Degrade organisms of all types, without harming the normal flora. Examples include Giardia, Chlamydia, fungi (such as candida), yeast, Clostridium, Helicovacter, viruses, etc.
  • Stop arthritis inflammation in both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Reduce insulin need in diabetics.
  • Eliminate chronic fatigue.
  • Reduce elevated blood pressure in high blood pressure patients.
  • Normalize abnormal heart beats – arrhythmias
  • Clear fungus of all types – jock itch, athlete’s foot, fungal nails, etc.
  • Clear viruses of all types – herpes, influenza, colds, cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr virus, retroviruses such as AIDS, etc.
  • Decrease pain from hemorrhoids.
  • Create abundant energy.
  • Give permanent relief of malaria.
  • Neutralize the production of reverse transcriptase as well as protease.

By interfering with the amino acid processes of pathogenic microbes, olive leaf extract prevents them from reproducing. Some studies suggest that calcium elenolate can enter virally-infected cells in the body and stop them from replicating.

Virus shedding is the process by which viruses reproduce. Calcium elenolate attaches to the cell’s membrane and stops the viruses from multiplying and spreading. Calcium elenolate neutralizes the virus’ production of reverse transcriptase and protease. Without these enzymes, a retrovirus (such as AIDS) cannot alter the RNA of a healthy cell in order to reproduce itself. The virus is stopped cold.

(source: http://www.phpure.com/nutrition_products/oleuropein.htm )

It is also said that olive leaf extract lowers hypertension and improves blood circulation. It also helps in reducing bad cholesterol and at the same increases good cholesterol level. Scientific studies have proven the various benefits of olive leaf extract. Due to the presence of antioxidants, this extract helps in scavenging free radicals, which are responsible for attacking body cells and tissues. Hence, it restores cells by preventing cellular damage.

It is also said to be good in the treatment of ear infections. I encourage you to google ‘olive leaf extract’ and do some research of your own if interested. Or go out and buy some olive leaf extract. (I have the liquid version which is kept refrigerated).

more info:
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/olive-leaf-extract-benefits.html
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/benefits-and-side-effects-of-olive-leaf-extract.html


Today’s diet 11/29/10

November 29, 2010

Breakfast: banana
Lunch: raw vegan lettuce wrap (cucumber, carrot, sunflower sprouts, tomato, avocado, nut cheez in a big lettuce wrap of collard greens). very delicious.
Snack: vegan cookie
Dinner: tbd


Milk does not do the body good

November 29, 2010

It’s sad that most people think that milk is good for them and that they need it for calcium, when in fact the opposite is true.

Animal protein causes bone loss.
Read this article about milk and calcium. (it also lists some alternative sources of calcium):
http://www.notmilk.com/deb/092098.html

What else is wrong with milk and why is it not good for us? Read this:
http://www.notmilk.com/kradjian.html

What do I drink as vegan replacement for milk? Almond milk or Coconut milk. Read about some of Coconut milk’s health benefits:
http://www.ehow.com/facts_4744724_coconut-milk-health-benefits.html

“Half the medium-chain fatty acids in Coconut milk are composed of lauric acid, which is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal. Coconut milk can help boost the immune system.”

and more info in a video about why cow’s milk is bad:


Raw food I ate

May 3, 2010

Here’s some things I’ve eaten lately as a raw food vegan

I went to a raw food potluck recently and here’s a photo of what I ate. It was great and I had mango & lettuce salad, asparagus, avocado, butternut squash salad, grapes, strawberries, apples, cucumbers, kale & tomato salad, broccoli, carrots, green beans, a pumpkin seed cracker with nut pate, and a salsa. Very tasty, colorful and nutritious.
Oh and for dessert I had a slice of raw cinnamon & apple pie. =)
Also I had recently… Strawberries and romaine salad with sunflower sprouts, sunflower seed crackers and a tomato basil dressing.
and hummus pizza on onion bread with sprouts, bell peppers and tomatoes. also cauliflower & dill salad and cucumbers.

and a Butternut squash salad with raw stirfry veggies.

also had raw chocolate (cacao) drops with almonds and coconut. And organic fruit (peaches, papaya, mango, banana, cantaloupe, etc.)


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