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Chocolate Strawberries!

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Strawberries are just starting to turn red here in Ohio. I am reposting this from last year– as it got many hits.

(June 16, 20009) Kimmi Harris, the Nourishing Gourmet, was right 0n time with the recipe for chocolate strawberries, right before I went out to pick two quarts out of my own patch. Here’s Kimme:

Ripe, sweet, in season strawberries are dipped into darkest dark chocolate. Left in lonely solitude, the chocolate hardens into a shell around the strawberry. A bite takes you through the bitter chocolate to the sweet strawberry for a heavenly match.

Lest you think that having fruit for dessert always has to be a non-decadent treat, I thought I would feature this fruit based dessert first. Strawberries are in season where I live right now, in all of their beautiful red glory, and it’s time to enjoy them in as many ways as we can! If you get tired (if that’s possible) of eating them plain, with cream, or in smoothies, this is another wonderful way to enjoy them.

Finish the article and get the recipe at the Nourishing Gourmet.

Nitrate-cured Meats: Salami, Hot Dogs, Lunch Meats, Etc.

Today’s news was not surprising that processed meats (bacon, hot dogs, lunch meats) increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes and believed to be from preservatives and high salt, according to a UK study. Recently, the artificial flavors and liquid smoke came under attack for possible toxic effects according to a story in the Health Ranger’s Natural News, but the story did not have much meat in it.

Most people may not be aware of the low quality fats and protein in the pork– and that some pork and chickens from factory farms have superbugs, not to mention the chemicals we keep hearing about. (There is a story on this under CAFOs here at the Journal). Fewer readers may not know that USDA approves the use of some sort of meat waste product (pink slime ?) to be mixed into the school beef at 10 percent, but due to budget cuts have now increased it to 15 percent. What about the health effects of the animals eating frankenfood and ethanol slop and chicken poop? Remember, the story a few months ago about adding ammonia to the meat destined for the fast food outlets? All of this is heavily subsidized by the government using your tax dollar to make it appear cheaper at the checkout– compared to the real farm fresh food.

This all reminded me to rerun a great article on the nitrate issue with the deli meat. There are alternatives like this post points out. Of course, all meats from properly pastured animals are healthy and important part of the diet when eaten in moderation.

Nov. 11, 2009–Mo Freschetti is Founder of the Zingerman Community of businesses in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I have eaten at Zingerman’s Delicatessen and it is truly a delightful experience. You will find no better deli– even in New York City. Here is his article on nitrates added to salami and such.  Nitrates reduce to nitrites during curing and nitrites are cancer-causing. Mo explains you can cure meats with nitrates and yet be legally labeled “nitrate-free.” How? By using celery juice!  Definitely see Mo’s blog and go to the Zingerman deli and menu.

I spent a few minutes this week talking to Francois Vecchio, the man behind the crespone, finocchiana, cacciatore and felino salamis we carry. He gave me a chemistry lesson on salami making that I thought was worth sharing.

People are often worried about meat cured with nitrates. Is it a valid concern? I’ll get to that in a minute. First let me explain how nitrate cures meat. Welcome to a brief voyage through high school chemistry with apologies to mad scientists if I get any of the specifics incorrect.

Sodium nitrate NO3 is added to salami ingredients before they’re stuffed into the mostly air proof casing. Inside, the bacteria and microbial organisms live in an anaerobic environment—no oxygen.

Their activity sucks one of the three oxygen molecules away, turning sodium nitrate into sodium nitrite NO2. Sodium nitrite is unstable and aggressive to microbes. It’s the compound that does the real work of curing, making it safe for us to eat.

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Why Don’t They Get It? Maureen Diaz on God’s Food and Medicine

Maureen Diaz is a Weston A. Price chapter leader up near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. I met her last month at their annual conference and Annie has her traditional cooking video (you really have to see her new DVD featured below!) She wrote an article called “Why Don’t They Get It?” over at Liberation Wellness, posted yesterday. She writes about when she is at church fellowships where the ladies talk about all the diseases going around as they serve the folks junk food: cookies, cakes and other industrially processed food. Here is my favorite part:

God has supplied us with everything we need to live an abundant life upon this earth. We just need to recognize and return to His nourishing and healing ways! Let’s return to His garden, His pasture. Let us embrace His healing ways; the herbs, oils, foods, and prayer which are our sources of health and healing. God’s medicine cabinet is full of good things! These medicines are not quackery or the delusions of fanatical, misguided people. They are God’s ways, and His ways are always good. Even Hippocrates understood these principles when he declared, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”.

You can read Why Don’t They Get It? at Liberation Wellness.

She has brought to mind that I have not yet put out Part II of Spiritual Meaning of Natural Food and Drink. (Part I is here) Maureen has produced another nutritious cooking DVD. I have only seen one segment– but based on her first video that Annie and I bought two years ago– you will want to have both.

Now, sample her new DVD production call Liberation Cooking.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Ask Maureen how you can get your copy: email her at motherhenof9@comcast.net

Why Don't They Get It? Maureen Diaz on God's Food and Medicine

Maureen Diaz is a Weston A. Price chapter leader up near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. I met her last month at their annual conference and Annie has her traditional cooking video (you really have to see her new DVD featured below!) She wrote an article called “Why Don’t They Get It?” over at Liberation Wellness, posted yesterday. She writes about when she is at church fellowships where the ladies talk about all the diseases going around as they serve the folks junk food: cookies, cakes and other industrially processed food. Here is my favorite part:

God has supplied us with everything we need to live an abundant life upon this earth. We just need to recognize and return to His nourishing and healing ways! Let’s return to His garden, His pasture. Let us embrace His healing ways; the herbs, oils, foods, and prayer which are our sources of health and healing. God’s medicine cabinet is full of good things! These medicines are not quackery or the delusions of fanatical, misguided people. They are God’s ways, and His ways are always good. Even Hippocrates understood these principles when he declared, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”.

You can read Why Don’t They Get It? at Liberation Wellness.

She has brought to mind that I have not yet put out Part II of Spiritual Meaning of Natural Food and Drink. (Part I is here) Maureen has produced another nutritious cooking DVD. I have only seen one segment– but based on her first video that Annie and I bought two years ago– you will want to have both.

Now, sample her new DVD production call Liberation Cooking.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Ask Maureen how you can get your copy: email her at motherhenof9@comcast.net

Bone Broth– The Food That Heals

Many of our Journal commenters have some expertise in natural food and healing, be they moms, doctors, nutritionists or chefs– or those that just eat. This commenter is a new blogger in the field who also happens to be a professional freelance writer. Her prose is delicious, and her content is quite nourishing. So, I want to introduce you to Elizabeth Walling from The Nourished Life.[002.JPG]

Just as Annie and I were set to make our bone broth tomorrow , from grass-fed, naturally raised beef bones, lo and behold her article, Broth–The Food That Heals, pops up on the screen when I clicked on her name at the comment she made. Of course, it is the season, after the steers are butchered, to make nourishing bone broth. Here is an extract from Elizabeth’s latest article:

The nutritional value of real broth was well-known in ancient cultures and is still revered in traditional communities today (fish broth in Asia protected natives from the harmful effects of soy). Broth is often viewed as a powerful health elixir which can strengthen the joints and bones, prevent and cure illnesses, and provide ample amounts of energy and stamina. These claims are not antiquated myths, though it may seem like if you try to cure modern ailments with canned broth. That won’t work. But by preparing your own stock the old-fashioned way, you can reap many health benefits from it.

Of all the various ingredients which can be included in broths, bones are the most important. While the idea of bones, cartilage and marrow may not get you salivating, it’s these components that bring the miraculous nutritional value to homemade broth. Broths are a rich source of gelatin (which enhances protein absorption and helps grow healthy hair, too), as well as important trace minerals. For those who can’t eat much dairy, broth is an important natural source of calcium.

See the entire article at The Nourishing Life.

Big Pharma Wants to Make You Sicker

This article came to the Journal from a reader and I was able to get a permission to repost in full by the author Ed Steen over at the most excellent Food Freedom blog . I found the article one of the better ones I have read in a while, and straight to the point.

The Pharmaceutical Industry Toasts to Your Ill Health

By Ed Steene

Your good health translates into zero profit for the pharmaceutical industry. General well-being of the public and cures for disease would mean the collapse of the pharmaceutical industry since they must have illness to have demand for their drugs, in order to exist. This is the truth that drives political corruption, mandating of vaccines, control over the healthcare industry, and efforts to destroy natural health companies and practititioners.

But to accomplish and sustain your ill health, the pharmaceutical industry must confuse people about the source of good health, make sure there is no access to what people actually need to be well (including information), and keep the public perpetually frightened of diseases and their risk of dying.

The pharmaceutical industry works especially hard to keep the public from knowing two things, a central one about people’s biology, and a central one about their drugs:

1. People are blessed with an immune system which does a phenomenal job day in and day out in protecting them, and in helping them get well if they become ill. Their being well does not depend on luck. People get cancer, for instance, many times over their lifetime but naturally shrug it off because their immune system is designed to do just that.

2. Most drugs do not “cure” disease or support the functioning of the body (insulin is an exception) but only mask symptoms. Antibiotics kill pathogens but they simultaneously wipe out people’s immune system.
Both things concern the immune system and are in serious conflict: people’s immune system is what keeps them healthy and most of what the pharmaceutical industry has to offer messes it up. Those two facts are not selling points for the industry.

So, the less the public knows about how their body works, the less they trust their own bodies, the less they are able to support it in functioning optimally, the better for the pharmaceutical industry. That is, the more afraid and helpless people feel, the better . So, the industry works to create myths that keep the public anxious.

You are just lucky to be healthy (so far);
You have only avoided disease “somehow”;
You are vulnerable at every moment;
You are harboring disease you just don’t know about yet;
Your genetics have condemned you to whatever you may “get”;
Infectious diseases are terrifying and deadly, can crop up at any time, and are getting worse by the year;
Natural food supplements are not only worthless but dangerous;
Staying or getting well is terribly complex, dependent on extensive testing and medical expertise; and
You can’t live without industry’s expensive drugs and vaccines.

Rubbish. Nonsense. Hogwash. Fiddle-faddle.

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The Miracle of Vitamin D3

We know that most people are deficient in Vitamin D3. Vitamin D is vital to building immunity. This is one reason why cod liver oil, high in Vitamins D and A, is so good for immunity against colds, flus and other viruses. I have wanted to post a few of the best articles I have seen on this topic, but for now, this amazing 6-minute video called The Miracle of Vitamin D, will have to do. More to come.

See a thorough paper on the Miracle of Vitamin D at the Weston A. Price Foundation.

The Nourished Kitchen and the Food Renegade are Nominated for National Award for Sustainable Food

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Jenny McGruther of The Nourished Kitchen

Two real food bloggers have been nominated for a prestiguous national award from FoodBuzz.com. Jenny McGruther of Crested Butte, Colorado and Kristen Michaelis of Leander, Texas. They are both Weston A. Price Foundation members and are featured contributors to the FoodBuzz.

Jenny and her husband created and manage the Crested Butte local farmers market and work closely with farmers and the community on developing farm to consumer marketing such as CSAs, community kitchens and gardens, dining co-operatives as well as programs for low-income residents like WIC to market and farmers market foodbanking. Her blog is simply beautiful. Her page designs and nklogophotography are quite artistic. Her tag line for The Nourished Kitchen is “Where Eating Gets Political”. Her style is exquisite that shows her passion for sustainable farming and real food. And, boy, does she have a huge library of recipes. You can see for yourself at the The Nourished Kitchen.

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Connect to Wilderness Family Naturals’ Healing Substances

 As a publisher of an international food and health journal, I must take extreme diligence in recommending any product much less endorsing one. On this rare occasion, I am delighted to introduce you to this small family whole food ministry– Augie.

IMAGINE: Imported organic spices, herbs, teas, coconut oils, nuts, berries and such from small family farmers around the world delivered to your door. Now imagine being connected to the largest global database of their health benefits, application and ratings from users for specific diseases and disorders through the Journal.

 

EXCITING NEWS: Wilderness Family Naturals is offering readers of the Journal a 10% discount on top of the already low prices for the month of September only. 

Fischer Family at Bean Lake in Minnesota

Fischer Family at Bean Lake in Minnesota

Wilderness Family Naturals (WFN) is a small, family-owned, organic whole food ministry and importer for small family farmers throughout the world. Owners Ken and Annette Fischer and their seven children were victims of an FDA enforcement action in July 2009 that so far has cost them $100,000 and requires them to pay FDAs legal and travel expenses for the next 5 years. They were also required by FDA to terminate their contracts with 300 U.S. resellers/affiliates that sold much of their products. Read our story, updated today, September 4. Although their business is fine, more invoices from the FDA are coming. When I spoke to Ken yesterday and Annette in August, I told them I think “help is on its way.” Continue reading

Connect to Wilderness Family Naturals' Healing Substances

 As a publisher of an international food and health journal, I must take extreme diligence in recommending any product much less endorsing one. On this rare occasion, I am delighted to introduce you to this small family whole food ministry– Augie.

IMAGINE: Imported organic spices, herbs, teas, coconut oils, nuts, berries and such from small family farmers around the world delivered to your door. Now imagine being connected to the largest global database of their health benefits, application and ratings from users for specific diseases and disorders through the Journal.

 

EXCITING NEWS: Wilderness Family Naturals is offering readers of the Journal a 10% discount on top of the already low prices for the month of September only. 

Fischer Family at Bean Lake in Minnesota

Fischer Family at Bean Lake in Minnesota

Wilderness Family Naturals (WFN) is a small, family-owned, organic whole food ministry and importer for small family farmers throughout the world. Owners Ken and Annette Fischer and their seven children were victims of an FDA enforcement action in July 2009 that so far has cost them $100,000 and requires them to pay FDAs legal and travel expenses for the next 5 years. They were also required by FDA to terminate their contracts with 300 U.S. resellers/affiliates that sold much of their products. Read our story, updated today, September 4. Although their business is fine, more invoices from the FDA are coming. When I spoke to Ken yesterday and Annette in August, I told them I think “help is on its way.” Continue reading