Saturday, November 20, 2010

Is it True....Can we Save Energy By Eating Veggies!

It's true. Living a vegetarian or better yet vegan lifestyle saves a ton of energy. Meat and dairy production is the number one user of fossils fuels on the planet. So eat veggies, preferably those grown close to where you live.

Eating vegetables has all kind of nutritional and health benefits, we all know. But, what you may not know that adopting a more plant based diet uses less energy and water than if you followed a meat-based diet. In fact, meat is the least energy efficient food on the planet. It requires an enormous amount of water to produce it for human consumption, and the production of it causes a lot of pollution. To produce one measly pound of beef requires 2,500 gallons of water.

Further, livestock produce 130 times the waste of humans. That’s a lot of manure! In fact, livestock actually produce eleven billion pounds of manure, sludge, and slurry waste every year. This same waste turns releases volatile organic compunds (VOCs), endotoxins, ammonia, and hydrogen sulfide. Methane, a VOC, is the second leading greenhouse gas, which causes gobal warming.

The livestock industry is responsible for 20 percent of the methan in the atmosphere. Got the gist? So, give thought to reducing or eliminating the amount of meat in your diet and adopting a more plant based diet. Not only is eating more vegetables healthy for you, it helps out the earth. Try growing your own veggies and fruits!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Dr. Andrew Weil: Why Plants Are (Usually) Better Than Drugs

I have always been fascinated by the difference between plants and the drugs that are isolated from them. This goes back to my student days at Harvard in the 1960s, where I received my undergraduate degree in botany, and then went on to medical school. It's rare, too rare, I have to say, for botanists to become doctors. The experience gave me a unique perspective on health and medicine.

For four decades, I've been skeptical of a prevailing belief in Western medicine: when a plant shows bioactivity in humans, we must attribute that effect to a single, predominant compound in the plant. We label that the "active principle," isolate it, synthesize it, and make a pharmaceutical out of it. Then, typically, we forget about the plant. We don't study any of the other compounds in it or their complex interactions.

This belief persists for two reasons. First, it makes research much easier. Single compounds can be manufactured in pure, standardized dosages, which simplifies clinical trials. (However, technology has largely solved this problem. Modern growing and processing methods make it possible to produce standardized, complex, whole plant based medicines. Clinical trials of these compounds have become quite sophisticated, especially in Europe.)

Second, and this is clearly the major reason, it makes drugs far more profitable for drug companies. Isolating and synthesizing a single molecule allows a drug company to patent that molecule. Making slight chemical modifications allows further patent potential. Such exclusivity can be worth billions, whereas a whole plant offers little opportunity for profit.

Read the entire article "Why Plants Are (Usually) Better Than Drugs"

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Governments Numbers are Not to be Trusted!

From guest blogger Sunshine Sara at Vitamin D Deficiency Syndrome.Com......

The current Recommended Daily Allowance of Vitamin D is only 200 International Units (IU) for people up to age 50. Ages 51-70 is 400IU and ages 71 and over is 600IU.

Experts are telling us about their research which has shown that we need a lot more than the current RDA to prevent Vitamin D Deficiency, perhaps 10 times that or even more. They say intake should be higher in the winter and for those living at higher latitudes. I live in the southwest and I am currently taking 4000IU daily as a maintenance dose. I may need to take more this winter. Some medical conditions, additional body fat and some medications may inhibit the ability to absorb and convert Vitamin D.

Lots of foods have some Vitamin D in them but it is tough to get......Read the entire article.

Friday, November 5, 2010

What's "Organic" About Organic? Movie Trailer

The organic label has swept into supermarket shelves over the last decade, but what does it mean? Through the stories of five farmers who steward land from Harlem to the foothills of the Rockies, from upstate New York to Florida, WHAT'S "ORGANIC" ABOUT ORGANIC? offers the audience a deeper understanding of the complexities involved in creating a more sustainable food system. The film is a headfirst dive into the challenges that arise when a grassroots agricultural movement evolves into a booming international market.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Vitamin D Deficiency Syndrome: Vitamin D and Diabetes

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Vegan Guacamole with Tofu

If you live in the southwestern U.S. like we do, you can't live life without Guacamole. Here is a simple version that will spike your protein intake without giving up taste.

These days the poor avocado has taken a beating for it's high fat content. But let's not forget that we need our essential oils daily and there is no better excuse to get it then GUACAMOLE!

1/3 lb tofu
1 avocado
1/4 cup or less chopped onions (or green onions with greens)
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt or two fresh garlic cloves
lime juice (about 1 half lime)
1 tomato, chopped
salt to taste

Peel and remove seed from avocado. Place in mixing bowl and smash with fork until it is a paste.
Add 1/3 lb of tofu to mixing bowl and smash tofu with a fork until it is mixed with avocado.
Mix it until the mixture is one color.

Add chopped onions, garlic, lime juice, salt to taste, and one chopped tomato.

Of course this is most often enjoyed with corn chips around these parts but could also be placed on bread with lettuce or alfalfa sprouts.

The tofu gives the guacamole a creamier taste, more than doubles the amount of guacamole made, and adds 16 grams protein.

Are you passionate about dessert? Check out "My Sweet Vegan" on our Amazon.Com online store.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Natural Foods Flying High

Good news bad news. More people enjoying natural foods making them more readily available, but it looks like prices will be going up in the near term.

A look at the natural food stocks that are hitting new highs, with Greg Badishkanian, Citi analyst.

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Canada Becomes First Country to Ban Toxic BPA

As avid Inhabitat readers know, BPA is a nasty substance. The organic compound, found in everything from reusable water bottles to soup cans, is thought to cause both hormonal and neurological issues. But the anti-BPA movement is growing strong, so strong, in fact, that Canada just moved to ban the substance altogether.

Canada banned BPA containing plastic baby bottles in 2008, but the new move will see BPA removed from all products on store shelves. As a result, Canada will become the first country in the world to declare BPA as a toxic substance. There’s no word on when the ban will take effect, but the North American chemical industry is reportedly angry with Environment Canada’s decision to abolish the stuff.

Even though the U.S. hasn’t made any moves to ban BPA outright, the Canadian ban could reverberate across the border, and that’s a good thing for anyone concerned about their health.

From Inhabitat

Friday, June 4, 2010

Dr. Weil on EWG´s Shopper´s Guide to Pesticides

Dr. Andrew Weil, renowned medical expert on natural health and wellness, tells why and how he uses the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists from EWG´s Shoppers Guide to Pesticides.

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Why Should You Care About Pesticides?
The growing consensus among scientists is that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can cause lasting damage to human health, especially during fetal development and early childhood. Scientists now know enough about the long term consequences of ingesting these powerful chemicals to advise that we minimize our
consumption of pesticides.

What’s the Difference?
EWG research has found that people who eat five fruits and vegetables a day from the Dirty Dozen list consume an average of 10 pesticides a day. Those who eat from the 15 least contaminated conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables ingest fewer than 2 pesticides daily. The Guide helps consumers make informed choices to lower their dietary pesticide load.

Will Washing and Peeling Help?
The data used to create these lists is based on produce tested as it is typically eaten (meaning washed, rinsed or peeled, depending on the type of produce). Rinsing reduces but does not eliminate pesticides. Peeling helps, but valuable nutrients often go down the drain with the skin. The best approach: eat a varied diet, rinse all produce and buy organic when possible.

How Was This Guide Developed?
EWG analysts have developed the Guide based on data from nearly 96,000 tests for pesticide residues in produce conducted between 2000 and 2008 and collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. You can find a detailed description of the criteria EWG used to develop these rankings and the complete list of fruits and vegetables tested at our dedicated website,

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Farmer vs Farmer....Organic Valley Lays Down the Law on Raw Milk

Organic Valley started up in 1988 with a vision of being a different kind of milk cooperative, one that helped save small family dairies via promoting organic dairy products. "It was an idealistic, mission-oriented place in those days, spreading the gospel about the benefits of organic dairy and founded on the premise of economic justice for farmers," recalls Mark Kastel, who served as a consultant to Organic Valley a year after it launched. (He's currently head of the Cornucopia Institute, a watchdog organization that monitors dairy compliance with organic standards.)

That idealism and Americans' insatiable appetite for organic food helped propel Organic Valley onto a rapid growth path. Today it has more than 1,600 dairies and upwards of $500 million in annual sales, along with a premier brand in the organic food marketplace with its line of milk, butter, yogurt, and cheese. Unfortunately, at least some of the idealism has vanished, thanks to a bitter year long struggle among the farmers about whether the co-op should allow its dairies to sell or distribute unpasteurized, or "raw," milk on the side.

Last week, the board voted four to three to prohibit its member dairies from selling raw milk. "It's not a fun issue here," says George Siemon, the CEO. "Everyone on the board drinks raw milk." It's been the most bitter dispute in the enterprise's 22 year history, he says. The decision threatens to tear Organic Valley apart, or at least hamper its business effectiveness, by raising two major risks.

First, Organic Valley could lose a significant number of its dairy members. No one knows how many of its dairies sell raw milk, but 10% seems a conservative estimate, according to co-op insiders. That means 150 or 200 dairies, minimum, are selling raw milk. For those dairies, the business challenge is that raw milk fetches between $5 and $10 a gallon, while Organic Valley and other co-ops typically pay in the vicinity of $1.50 per gallon for bulk milk that then goes to pasteurization. But because most of the raw dairies are far from urban centers, where demand for raw milk is greatest, and are limited in most large states like Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts to selling direct from the farm, it's difficult to sell all their milk unpasteurized.....Read the entire article.

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Monday, May 31, 2010

Is The Raw Food Diet For You? Check out Alice's Transformation

Check out "Raw Food Rehab" member Alice (aka - Socorro A Quinonez) being interviewed by Dan the Man! Check out Alice's AMAZING transformation!

If you think the raw food diet might be for you, join us on Raw Food Rehab Forum!


Friday, May 28, 2010

New Video: Turning A Suburban Yard Into An Organic Farm

In this video, KVIE profiles Jules Dervaes, a man who has turned his small suburban yard into a profitable organic farm. Dervaes says what started out as a hobby became serious for him with the advent of genetically modified foods and rising food prices.

With the help of his family, they now produce over 6,000 pounds of food annually on their 1/10-acre land, though their goal is to hit 10,000 pounds. The 350 varieties of organic fruits and vegetables grown not only sustain the Dervaes family, but the large surplus is sold to local restaurants and catering companies. Setting an example as to what's possible in city farming and sustainability, the Dervaes family even makes their own bio-fuel for their minimal vehicle usage. Watch how a backyard lot became a farm.....


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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Can Vitamin D Prevent Autoimmune and Chronic Diseases Including Diabetes?

Can vitamin D help prevent certain cancers and other diseases such as type 1 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain autoimmune and chronic diseases? To answer these questions and more, UCSD School of Medicine and GrassrootsHealth bring you this innovative series on vitamin D deficiency. Join nationally recognized experts as they discuss the latest research and its implications. In this program, Michael Holick, MD, discusses vitamin D relating to bone and muscle health and the prevention of autoimmune and chronic diseases.



Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Dangerous Side Of Sugar

As if you needed another good reason to kick your soda habit, a new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that a diet heavy in added sugar is linked to elevated triglyceride levels and may increase your risk for a heart attack.

Added sugars such as cane sugar, beet sugar, high fructose corn syrup, glucose, fructose, evaporated cane juice, fruit juice concentrate, and honey are used to sweeten packaged foods like sodas and fruit drinks, cereal, candy, cookies, and baked goods. In the study published this week, researchers at Emory University found that individuals who consume large amounts of added sugar have lower HDL ("good") cholesterol levels and higher triglyceride levels than individuals who eat less of the sweet stuff. Among women only, high added sugar intake was also linked to increased LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels. All of these red-flag numbers-low HDL, high triglycerides, high LDL-are independent risk factors for heart disease, which means that guzzling sugary coffee drinks and chomping down cookies may be putting your ticker in harm's way.....Continue reading at > The Dangerous Side Of Sugar


Monday, March 8, 2010

Fresh The Movie....New thinking about what we are eating!

FRESH is more than a movie, it’s a gateway to action. Our aim is to help grow FRESH food, ideas, and become active participant in an exciting, vibrant, and fast growing movement.

Please help us reach 1 million people (to start with that is.) Organize a home screening or a community screening.


Monday, February 15, 2010

Jamie Oliver's: Teach Every Child About Food

Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, W. Va., TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all out assault on our ignorance of food.

Jamie Oliver is transforming the way we feed ourselves, and our children. Jamie Oliver has been drawn to the kitchen since he was a child working in his father's pub-restaurant. He showed not only a precocious culinary talent but also a passion for creating (and talking about) fresh, honest, delicious food. In the past decade, the shaggy-haired "Naked Chef" of late-'90s BBC2 has built a worldwide media conglomerate of TV shows, books, cookware and magazines, all based on a formula of simple, unpretentious food that invites everyone to get busy in the kitchen. And as much as his cooking is generous, so is his business model -- his Fifteen Foundation, for instance, trains young chefs from challenged backgrounds to run four of his restaurants.

Now, Oliver is using his fame and charm to bring attention to the changes that Brits and Americans need to make in their lifestyles and diet. Campaigns such as Jamie's School Dinner, Ministry of Food and Food Revolution USA combine Olivers culinary tools, cookbooks and television, with serious activism and community organizing -- to create change on both the individual and governmental level.

Join Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution