Thursday, May 31, 2012

Turmeric Helps The Body Zap Bacteria, Viruses And Fungi

Tumeric is a sunny-yellow spice used for more than 2,500 years and hailed for its healing properties in Indian medicine and cooking — most often used in Indian curry dishes. Traditionally turmeric’s curative properties have been associated with detoxifying the liver, stimulating digestion and boosting immunity. Lately researchers have been working overtime showing that this antioxidant boosts health in a variety of ways.
The newest findings from researchers at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University show that curcumin, turmeric’s active ingredient, helps the immune system fight bacteria, fungi and viruses.
“Curcumin, as part of turmeric, is generally consumed in the diet at fairly low levels,” said Adrian Gombart, an associate professor of biochemistry and biophysics in the Linus Pauling Institute. “However, it’s possible that sustained consumption over time may be healthy and help protect against infection, especially in the stomach and intestinal tract.”

The Natural Benefits Of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Steeped in thousands of years of development and based in esoteric beginnings, what has become known as “traditional Chinese medicine” (TCM) is widely accepted around the world today. TCM uses unfamiliar methods of assessing physical illness and is grounded in theories that seem more philosophical than scientific. But even though many Westerners don’t know how or why it works, TCM offers natural therapies that can effectively improve your health.
Three of the most common questions I am asked about TCM are:
  • How does acupuncture work?
  • What is qigong (chi kung)?
  • Are Chinese herbs safe to take?
To understand these concepts, you need a basic understanding of TCM.
Modalities Of TCM
Until a few decades ago, there was no designated practice known as traditional Chinese medicine. Chinese medical practices were fragmented into the separate fields of acupuncture and moxibustion, qigong, tuina, herbal medicine, and diet therapy. These were different specialties based on different sets of information and skills.
Then, when China began focusing on growing into a world power, the country embarked on a cultural revolution that spurred the government to support the traditions of Chinese healing arts (along with martial arts and cooking) and introduced them to the rest of the world.
For simplicity, the government lumped all pre-Western-scientific Chinese healing arts under the term TCM. This sounds appropriate, but practitioners of acupuncture had to understand tongue diagnosis, usually employed by herbalists, while herbalists had to study energy meridians, which were the domain of acupuncturists, etc. Well, now, these are all nicely tied together.
The basics of the main branches of TCM include:
Acupuncture: an ancient Chinese system of healing in which fine needles are used to pierce the skin on specific points on the body to a depth of a few millimeters and are then withdrawn after a period of time. Each needle is like an antenna drawing energy from the universe into a very small port on the body, which then regulates the functions of the meridian system. The meridian system connects each organ to the next in a specific cycle.
Moxibustion: an equally ancient healing method that uses heated mugwort and other herbs to warm specific acupoints on the body. Moxibustion can be applied directly to a point or above a point with the use of moxa cones or moxa sticks. The heat of the moxa draws out toxins and moves blood and fluids from an otherwise stagnant area of the body.
Qigong: energy healing that is a highly effective internal therapy using Qi (energy) for healing. In clinical qigong, intrinsic energy from the practitioner is emitted into the patient through specific acupoints. In self-regulating qigong, specific qigong exercises are taught to resolve the lack, excess or blockage of energy in the patient’s body to restore balance.
Tuina: a rigorous bodywork therapy that loosens muscles and joints, relaxes tendons, reduces swelling and relieves pain by promoting the circulation of Qi, blood and lymph. Tuina is especially well-suited to treating injuries from falls, fractures, contusions, strains or soft tissue damage to muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Herbal Medicine: the healing branch of TCM that uses Chinese herbs to impart healing benefits to the body through the meridians and the bloodstream. Herbs with similar functions are combined to reduce the danger of toxicity and increase synergistic effect. There are roughly 350 common or “patent” herbal formulas that have been derived over the centuries to address specific patterns of imbalance.
Unlike Western supplements or pain relievers, Chinese herbs are not traditionally used to treat specific ailments, like migraine headache or PMS, as such. Instead, they are used to correct an imbalance in the body which is considered to be the root cause of discomforts like headache or bloating. In addition, five women presenting with PMS may all receive different herbal formulas for their issues based on their overall cluster of symptoms and characteristics, not just the pain portion of their symptoms.
Chinese herbs are safe; those that are imported must first be GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) certified or they are not allowed into this country. Brands that are reputable with a long history include Min Shan, Plum Flower, KGS and others with the GMP seal on the boxes. Most can now be purchased on
Diet Therapy: the use of food combinations with specific food characteristics to treat illness and disease. Chinese diet therapy is not dieting to lose weight. Rather, the practitioner performs an assessment of each patient before determining which foods or beverages are needed to help improve an individual’s health situation and which foods should be avoided to stop health from deteriorating.
For example, someone with a bronchial infection may be told to eat more ginger and foods cooked with ginger to break up phlegm. Avoiding phlegm- and mucus-causing foods like dairy and sugars is also recommended. A two-pronged approach is the key here. Taking something to help the infection accomplishes nothing if you don’t refrain from consuming items that make the illness worse or tighten its hold on the body.
Balancing Yin And Yang
The overall concept of yin and yang is a philosophical conceptualization, a means to generalize the two opposite principles that may be observed in all related phenomena within the natural world. They are not opposites, as many in the West believe, but are complementary forces that cannot exist one without the other. For example, there can be no concept of what is hot unless one first had felt something cold.
Water and fire are symbols of yin and yang, which means that water and fire represent two primary opposite aspects of a contradiction. In this manner, everything in nature may be classified as yin and yang. Those with the basic properties of fire — such as heat, movement, brightness, upward and outward directions, excitement and potency — pertain to yang; those with the basic properties of water — such as coldness, stillness, dimness, downward and inward direction, inhibition and weakness — pertain to yin.
Accordingly, within the field of medicine different parts of the body are classified as either yin or yang. For example, the upper and exterior parts of the body belong to yang and the lower and interior parts to yin; the hands belong to yang and the feet to yin; the five solid organs pertain to yin; the six bowels or hollow organs pertain to yang.
If yin and yang of the human body separate from each other and cannot aid each other, life comes to an end. That is why balancing hot and cold, tight and loose, sleep and wake, food and water, etc., is the main goal of TCM modalities. When the body or one’s actions are out of balance, there is pain, illness or disease. When balance is restored, symptoms dissipate. I’ll discuss these insightful ideas in more detail next week.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Sex For Optimal Health

Many folks misunderstand the health benefits of sex. Intimate sexual experiences lie at the very center of health and happiness. I have discovered that sexual energy fuels my creative abilities. If you can shake off repressive beliefs about sex, you can access its powerful physical and emotional health benefits.
Sex And Social Rules
What did your parents teach you about sex? What is society teaching you now? Certainly, it is a gift for us to enjoy. I believe the best circumstances for sex are in a loving, committed relationship. In this case we call it “making love.” However, depending on your age and your own social rules of “rightness” or “wrongness” about sex in our society, I’ll bet you have some discomfort or hidden fears about sex or perhaps even condemn others for their proclivities.
Also, I think it is rather humorous that my local church leaders have created the role of “anti-pornography expert.” The more we fight anything the more we empower it. Although I do not promote pornography, I also cannot condemn it. For some, watching sex can help improve the intimacy experience. It opens the mind to sexual creativity in the bedroom for both men and women. This also up-regulates sexual desire and sexual fantasies, which are not only natural and normal but also healthy. Visual sexual stimuli for both women and men can work really well.
Why is there so much fear that a husband or wife may find pornography on the Internet and begin to enjoy it? Are marriages really ruined because of pornography itself (inherently, it is joyful), or is it the judgment and shame — the immaturity on the part of someone in the relationship — that is really to blame?
Sex Helps You To Love More And More
Since love is a spiritual feeling, sexual intimacy is best used as a way to express this feeling and to energetically connect more deeply. You can also use your sexual energy and direct it into loving acts of service, quality time together, words of appreciation and gifts that are further expressions of your love connection. The key is to focus on the relationship aspects that you enjoy and not waste energy or attention on unrewarding activities.
The Beneficial Effects Of Sex On The Heart And Other Health Parameters
Epidemiological studies have suggested that sexual activity has favorable effects on long-term health.[1] Researchers followed 914 middle-aged men for more than 20 years and found that having sexual intercourse twice or more a week reduced the risk of fatal heart attack by 2.8 times on average compared to those who have sex less than once a month. This was reported in the February 2002 Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.[2]
Blood pressure can improve, too. In 2002, German researchers reported in Biological Psychology that frequent intercourse among couples living together was associated with lower diastolic blood pressure.[3] The same journal reported a study that showed a more favorable blood pressure response to stressful events in those who routinely had sexual intercourse compared to those who had only other types of sexual activity or abstained. Maybe these cardiovascular benefits also derive from the fact that sex burns calories and can be considered exercise. It is estimated that sexual intercourse burns about as many calories as walking slowly (at about 2 mph).
Prostate Issues
Prostate cancer was once thought to be linked to frequent sexual intercourse. But a large prospective study with 29,342 men ages 46-81 with eight years of follow-up reported in the April 2004 Journal of the American Medical Association  found that high frequency of ejaculations (21 or more per month compared to fewer than 4-7 per month) is associated with lower prostate cancer risk. For high frequency of ejaculations during the ages of 20-29 (from subjects’ recall), researchers found an 11 percent lowered risk of total cancer. For high frequency of ejaculations during their former ages of 40-49, subjects experienced a 32 percent lowered risk of cancer.[4]
Sex helps reduce pain, too; the bliss of sex alone is enough to block pain. Some researchers postulate that the hormone oxytocin is released with sex while endorphins, natural analgesic chemicals, also increase. A study published in the Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine shows that oxytocin has a strong potential as a pain reliever.[5]
Sex improves sleep almost universally. It certainly does for me. The wonderful sense of well-being is the perfect thing to eliminate your worries or feelings of stress. Sex also improves your confidence for overcoming life’s challenges.
Sex Fuels Creativity
The fact that a healthy sex life can enhance your focus, concentration and creativity is another reason why sexual energy is so powerful — for more than just enjoying those moments of bliss. Frequent sex keeps you feeling good, which opens the channels of inspiration for new creative thinking.
I believe the creative power that all men and women have is somehow related to attractive and joyful sexual energy. In my column next week I’ll begin a discussion of sex hormones.

Joke Time:

Old people have problems that you haven’t even considered yet! An 85-year-old man was requested by his Doctor for a sperm count as part of his physical exam. The doctor gave the man a jar and said, "Take this jar home and bring back a semen sample tomorrow." The next day the 85-year-old man came to the doctor’s office and gave him the jar, which was as clean and empty as on the previous day. The doctor asked what happened and the man explained, "Well, doctor, it’s like this--first I tried with my right hand, but nothing. Then I tried with my left hand, but still nothing. Then I asked my wife for help. She tried with her right hand, then with her left, still nothing. She tried with her mouth, first with the teeth in, then with her teeth out, still nothing. She even called up Arleen, the lady next door and she tried too, first with both hands, then an armpit, but still nothing. The doctor was shocked! "You asked your neighbor?" The old man replied, "Yes, none of us could get the jar open."

Joke Time:

A nice, calm and respectable lady went into the pharmacy, walked up to the pharmacist, looked straight into his eyes, and said,"I would like to buy some cyanide." The pharmacist asked,"Why in the world do you need cyanide?" The lady replied, "I need it to poison my husband." The pharmacist’s eyes got big and he exclaimed, "Lord have mercy! I can’t give you cyanide to kill your husband. That’s against the law! I’ll lose my license! They’ll throw both of us in jail! All kinds of bad things will happen. Absolutely not! You CANNOT have any cyanide!" The lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband in bed with the pharmacist’s wife. The pharmacist looked at the picture and replied, "Well now, that’s different. You didn’t tell me you had a prescription."

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Dental X-Rays Linked To Brain Tumors

A standard session at the dentist often includes a cleaning and diagnostic X-rays. But if you have no discomfort and your teeth are doing fine, you should probably skip the X-rays. They could increase your risk of developing a brain tumor. Children may be especially vulnerable.
study performed by researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Yale University School of Medicine, Duke University, University of California San Francisco and Baylor College of Medicine, found a correlation between frequent dental X-rays and the risk of developing meningioma, the most common form of brain tumor in the United States.
People who had a panorex X-ray, a dental X-ray which displays the entire mouth in one view, were found to be at an especially high risk. Children under 10 who had experienced a panorex X-ray were 4.9 times more likely to develop meningioma. Adults with a history of this type of X-ray were 3 times more likely to develop meningioma.
“The findings suggest that dental X-rays obtained in the past at increased frequently and at a young age, may be associated with increased risk of developing this common type of brain tumor,” says Elizabeth Claus, M.D., Ph.D., a neurosurgeon at Brigham and Women’s Health and Yale University School of Medicine. “This research suggests that although dental X-rays are an important tool in maintaining good oral health, efforts to moderate exposure to this form of imaging may be of benefit to some patients.”

If You’re Hot, Cold And Then Hot Again, Your Life’s In Danger

If you live in an area where the temperature varies greatly, hot days followed by cool spells followed by a heat wave, those fluctuations may be shortening your life expectancy.
New research from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) suggests that seemingly small changes in summer temperature swings — as little as 1° Centigrade (about 2° Fahrenheit) more than usual — may shorten life expectancy for elderly people with chronic medical conditions, and could result in thousands of additional deaths each year. While previous studies have focused on the short-term effects of heat waves, this is the first study to examine the longer-term effects of climate change on life expectancy.
“The effect of temperature patterns on long-term mortality has not been clear to this point. We found that, independent of heat waves, high day to day variability in summer temperatures shortens life expectancy,” says researcher Antonella Zanobetti with HSPH. “This variability can be harmful for susceptible people.”
The study found that, within each city, when the summer temperature swings were larger the death rates climbed. Each 1°C increase in summer temperature variability increased the death rate for elderly with chronic conditions between 2.8 percent and 4 percent, depending on the condition. Mortality risk increased 4 percent for those with diabetes, 3.8 percent for those who’d had a previous heart attack, 3.7 percent for those with chronic lung disease, and 2.8 percent or those with heart failure. Based on these increases in mortality risk, the researchers estimate that greater summer temperature variability in the U.S. could result in more than 10,000 additional deaths per year.
“People adapt to the usual temperature in their city. That is why we don’t expect higher mortality rates in Miami than in Minneapolis, despite the higher temperatures,” says researcher Joel Schwartz, professor of environmental epidemiology at HSPH. “But people do not adapt as well to increased fluctuations around the usual temperature. That finding, combined with the increasing age of the population, the increasing prevalence of chronic conditions such as diabetes, and possible increases in temperature fluctuations due to climate change, means that this public health problem is likely to grow in importance in the future.”

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Get Started With The Best Breakfast

If you eat the blood-sugar slamming foods that Americans prefer for breakfast, you can expect to be besieged by all kinds of painful sensations and illness. Instead, you can take a lesson from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and start your day with a natural health-boosting food that’s filling and good for you.
American Standard
The standard American diet is an abomination. Especially what’s for breakfast: Cereals made from genetically modified grains. Simple carbohydrates loaded with sugar or corn syrup. Greasy bacon, ham, sausages, pancakes, toast, muffins and sticky buns that make your blood sugar go up and down like a roller coaster.
It’s no wonder that office workers endure sugar crashes around 11 a.m. when they reach for strong coffee and maybe another carb-booster for enough energy to hold on until lunch.
Oatmeal seems to be a good choice. Yet many people eat the instant variety, which instigates a blood sugar nightmare. And let’s not forget the havoc donuts, coffee cakes, orange juice, jellies and syrups play on health. Hypoglycemia, diabetes, nausea and pain result from our poor breakfast choices that stress the adrenal glands, weaken the immune system and induce the stress response.
Breakfast Lifeline
The first thing to realize about wellness is that it begins with diet and lifestyle choices. Breakfast starts the day with a clean slate, yet many tarnish the day early with poor eating habits. TCM advocates for a bland (non-spicy) breakfast of stomach-nourishing porridge, known as congee or jook. In TCM, food is a form of medicine. Indeed, many Chinese herbals are from food sources like roots, barks, fruits, seeds, flowers and tubers. Jook serves not only as a wellness-stabilizing breakfast but also as a medicinal porridge when certain herbs are added to it.
Jook is found in Chinese restaurants that serve dim-sum, or the Chinese brunch. You can also make it yourself. It’s simple. Almost any grain or bean can be used as the base, like red beans, mung beans, aduki beans, millet, wheat, barley, corn or long-grain rice. The most common base, though, is polished white rice. It acts as a blank canvas for what may be added to it, like soy sauce, a poached egg, scallions, seafood, etc.
The basic jook preparation is made in a ratio of one part grain to between five and eight parts water. More water makes the porridge thinner and more liquid; less water makes it thicker and heartier. You can make your first batch with six parts water to one of grain and see how you like it. Generally, if you are cooking something else with the grain, then more water is added. Jook can be cooked by simmering the rice on the stove for two hours or overnight in a slow cooker.
Plain jook with added egg or chicken strips, soy sauce, bok choy or other veggies makes a terrific breakfast. However, the power of jook is in its use as a medicinal porridge. This is done by adding herbs, fruits, roots or other ingredients to the base jook. While it is best to consult with an herbalist trained in TCM for the specific herbs you may individually require, here are a few basic recipes that can introduce you to jook.
Jook For Cold And Flu
There are quite a few jook recipes for common cold and flu. Choose one to prepare depending on your signs and symptoms. When you feel achy pain at the beginning of a cold and want to warm up and stay under the covers, try this:
Cook 100 grams of glutinous rice (about half a cup) in 600 grams of water (about three cups). Mash up 15 grams of fresh ginger (about a 2-inch piece) with five whole scallions. When the porridge is cooked, add in the mashed ginger and scallions. Simmer until the ginger and scallion merge well. Eat two bowls per day to induce sweating and remove cold symptoms.
If your cold is accompanied by a sore, swollen throat, cough with phlegm, rash and/or constipation, then try this jook:
Boil a half-ounce of burdock seeds in a cup of water until only half the water remains in the pot. Use a slotted strainer to remove the burdock dregs, and retain the liquid. Add this liquid to two cups of fresh water, then add 50 grams of polished white rice (a quarter cup) and a tablespoon of granulated sugar and cook as indicated above. Note, the sugar releases the throat but also improves the taste. Use only enough to make this jook palatable. Eat two warm bowls per day until your symptoms are resolved.
Jook For Vomiting
Dry heaves, nausea and vomiting are generally caused by too much greasy, sugary or fatty foods, in addition to toxins, motion, pregnancy, gastritis and other reasons. If you are experiencing vomiting during pregnancy or after a prolonged illness, try this jook:
Cook 50 grams of polished white rice (about a quarter of a cup) in 400ml of water (two cups) to make porridge as indicated above. Boil 15 grams of bamboo shoots (a half-ounce) in 200ml (half a cup) of water until only 50 percent of the water remains in the pot. Use a slotted strainer to remove the bamboo dregs, and retain the liquid. When the porridge is ready, add the bamboo water (100g should be left) along with two slices of fresh ginger root. Bring the jook to a boil. Eat two warm bowls per day until symptoms reside.
Try this jook if your nausea is accompanied with abdominal, epigastric or intestinal pain; chronic gastritis; testicular swelling; or poor appetite:
First, make the base porridge by cooking 50g (a quarter cup) of polished white rice in 400ml (two cups) of water, as noted above. Stir fry 30g (an ounce) of fennel until it turns into a burnt yellow color and is dry. Remove from pan and grind fennel into a fine powder. When the porridge is ready, add the fennel powder and a tablespoon of brown sugar to it. Simmer until all the ingredients meld well together; eat once per day for five days.
There are many jook recipes for internal medicine, gynecology, pediatrics, dermatology, cold and flu, pain and inflammation, nausea and vomiting, meningitis, diabetes, obesity, incontinence, anemia, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, and other ailments. Many require the use of specific herbs that are not easily found in local supermarkets. However, they are readily found in Asian supermarkets and many health food and supplement shops. Doing an online search should provide information on ordering these ingredients.
If you want to learn more about ancient Chinese jook porridges, there are many books available as well as local TCM practitioners you can call. The Internet is also a fabulous place to begin your search to know more about this ancient tradition that’s not just for breakfast anymore.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Pesticide In High Fructose Corn Syrup Is Killing Bees

It’s no news that honeybees have been in decline recently because of a mysterious condition known as “colony collapse disorder.” While the exact cause is unknown, researchers believe pesticides have contributed to this decline. One group of crop pesticides, called neonicotinoids, has received particular attention from beekeepers and researchers.
In a study at the University of California San Diego, biologists have found a specific neonicotinoid known as imidacloprid, which has been banned for use in certain crops in some European countries, may be at least partly to blame. This pesticide is often present in the high fructose corn syrup that beekeepers feed their bees.
The biologists found in their experiments that honeybees treated with a small, single dose of imidacloprid, comparable to what they would receive in nectar from a plant treated with the pesticide, become picky eaters.
“In other words, the bees preferred to only feed on sweeter nectar and refused nectars of lower sweetness that they would normally feed on and that would have provided important sustenance for the colony,” says researcher Daren Eiri. “In addition, bees typically recruit their nest mates to good food with waggle dances, and we discovered that the treated bees also danced less.”
The two researchers point out that honeybees that prefer only very sweet foods can dramatically reduce the amount of resources brought back to the colony. Further reductions in their food stores can occur when bees no longer communicate to their kin the location of the food source.
“Exposure to amounts of pesticide formerly considered safe may negatively affect the health of honey bee colonies,” says biologist James Nieh.

There’s No Such Thing As Chocolate Flavor

Think you know what chocolate tastes like? Think again.
When researchers analyzed the mouth-watering taste and smell of chocolate, they found no therethere. Instead, they found that the well-known chocolate aroma is a complicated mishmash of other tastes and flavors none of which, individually, smell or taste like chocolate.
“To develop better chocolate, you need to know the chemistry behind the aroma and taste substances in cocoa and other ingredients,” says researcher Peter Schieberle, Ph.D. “That understanding must begin with the flavor substances in the raw cocoa bean, extend through all the processing steps and continue as the consumer eats the chocolate.
“When you put chocolate in your mouth, a chemical reaction happens,” explains Schieberle. “Some people just bite and swallow chocolate. If you do that, the reaction doesn’t have time to happen, and you lose a lot of flavor.”
Because no individual compound was identified bearing the typical aroma of cocoa, the researchers had to pick apart individual aromas and put them back together for taste testers to experience. This is a crucial step toward determining how aroma substances work together to stimulate human odor and taste receptors to finally generate the overall perception of chocolate in the brain.
To create a chocolate aroma, substances with these smells (and others) have to be combined:
  • Potato chips
  • Cooked meat
  • Peaches
  • Raw beef fat
  • Cooked cabbage
  • Human sweat
  • Earth
  • Cucumber
  • Honey

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Want Some Gluten In That Gluten-Free Pizza?

I hardly ever eat out. It’s usually too problematic trying to get food I’m sure is gluten-free and that I can safely eat. And then there’s Domino’s new gluten-free pizza. The problem is it’s not really gluten-free. For me and other folks with gluten issues, the Domino’s product seems like either a scam or an incompetent attempt at dealing with gluten.
Pizza Problem
Domino’s admits it can’t guarantee the gluten-free pizza you purchase is really gluten-free. So if you’re trying to avoid gluten, you’re better off buying food from other restaurants that make a much more rigorous effort at keeping gluten out of your food.
For many people who suffer autoimmune responses to gluten (proteins found in foods made from wheat, barley and rye), even the slightest amount of gluten may cause a serious reaction. In some cases, experts estimate, an amount equivalent to about half a dozen bread crumbs can sicken someone with celiac (the autoimmune reaction that destroys the digestive tract).
Not all people who react to gluten are that sensitive. But some are. That’s why cross-contamination at restaurants can be a big deal. Even though the food you order may be inherently gluten-free, if it comes into contact with cooking surfaces, utensils or plates that have bread crumbs on them or have been contaminated with another source of gluten, your food can pick up traces of gluten.
Pizza Problems
When Domino’s announced that it was going to be selling a gluten-free pizza, many people with celiac and gluten sensitivity looked forward to being able to eat this new product. (As for me, I wouldn’t eat it in any case. Domino’s pizza in any form is not exactly health food.)
The Domino’s situation, however, is murky. Yes, the new pizza crust is gluten-free. But the pizza is prepared in the same kitchen as the conventional pizza, subject to contamination from the wheat used in the other products. The gluten-free crust is covered with toppings that are also vulnerable to cross contamination.
The implication is that Domino’s gluten-free pizza may be low in gluten, but you can’t really say it is gluten-free. Consequently, some people believe, if you are mildly sensitive to gluten, perhaps you can tolerate this type of pizza better than you would a product made with wheat.
Most experts aren’t convinced.
“We still are in the infancy of understanding gluten sensitivity so to make claims such as they can tolerate a little bit of gluten is totally unfounded,” says Dr. Stefano Guandalini, medical director of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center and president of the North American Society for the Study of Celiac Disease.
“The reality is, we do not really know what gluten sensitivity is, and until we find out, it’s better to be safe than sorry,” Guandilini told The Wall Street Journal.
If you strongly feel the need to consume a pizza-chain pizza, a better choice for a gluten-free pizza is the one sold by Chuck E. Cheese. That pizza is manufactured in a gluten-free facility and shipped to restaurants in a sealed bag that eliminates the chance of cross-contamination. The bag isn’t opened until the customer receives the pizza and opens the package.
Restaurant Dining
According to Elizabeth Barbone, author of How to Cook Gluten-Free, other restaurant chains that make a better effort at insuring their gluten-free food really is gluten-free include P.F. Chang’s, Pizza Uno and Carrabba’s.  As she told “They really train their staff how to handle gluten-free and allergy requests. They go out of their way to prevent cross-contact in the kitchen. In addition to handling the food safely in the kitchen, P.F. Chang’s, for example, serves gluten-free meals on different plates to help you differentiate your gluten-free meal from a gluten-containing meal. When your meal is placed in front of you, it’s easy to tell that it’s a gluten-free dish.”
Still, Barbone warns: “I never show up at a restaurant — even restaurants that do a great job with gluten-free and allergen-free meals — on a busy night. I go when it’s slow.”
She also talks to wait staff and restaurant managers to make sure they know about her gluten issues and allergies. She inquires about how her food is handled. She says that her conversation with staff tells her whether the restaurant knows how to handle gluten-free and allergen-safe food.
Caveat Emptor
When it comes to gluten-free dining out, you’re at the mercy of the restaurant where you order your meal. For example, I recently attended a college reunion where I was assured that certain dishes being served to the alumni were gluten-free. The assurances, I discovered, were not well-founded.
That’s why, for me, eating gluten-free is pretty much a D-I-Y experience. The American food supply, as a whole, has been smothered with gluten. Folks with gluten issues are merely trying to find a little breathing room.

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The subjects in this study conducted in collaboration with the Medical college of Wisconsin, averaged an 88% increase in strength! 

And, we're not talking about amazing changes that took place over years or even months...we're talking a matter of weeks!

Please understand that these extraordinary results aren't just from one isolated experiment. There are many of them and they are all from respected scientific institutions.

For instance in a remarkable study reported in the highly respected medical journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, participants had significant increases in muscle mass and decreased fat without exercise or dieting.

People are having pain vanish, gaining strength and libidos resurrected like when they were teenagers...all naturally.

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Carrot + Ginger + Apple - Boost and cleanse our system.

Apple + Cucumber + Celery - Prevent cancer, reduce cholesterol, and eliminate stomach upset and headache.

Tomato + Carrot + Apple - Improve skin complexion and eliminate bad breath.

Bitter gou rd + Apple + Milk - Avoid bad breath and reduce internal body heat. 

Orange + Ginger + Cucumber - Improve Skin texture and moisture and reduce body heat. 

Pineapple + Apple + Watermelon - To dispel excess salts, nourishes the bladder and kidney. 

Apple + Cucumber + Kiwi - To improve skin complexion. 

Pear & Banana - regulates sugar content. 

Carrot + Apple + Pear + Mango - Clear body heat, counteracts toxicity, decreased blood pressure and fight oxidization . 

Honeydew + Grape + Watermelon + Milk - Rich in vitamin C + Vitamin B2 that increase cell activity and str engthen body 

Papaya + Pineapple + Milk - Rich in vitamin C, E, Iron. Improve skin complexion and metabolism. 

Banana + Pineapple + Milk - Rich in vitamin with nutritious and prevent constipation 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Quote For The Day

6 Essential Flat-Belly Foods

6. Full-Fat Cheese

This dairy product is an excellent source of casein protein—one of the best muscle-building nutrients you can eat. What's more, Danish researchers found that even when men ate 10 ounces of full-fat cheese daily for 3 weeks, their LDL ("bad") cholesterol didn't budge.

 5. Pork Chops
Per gram of protein, pork chops contain almost five times the selenium—an essential mineral that's linked to a lower risk of prostate cancer—of beef, and twice that of chicken. And Purdue researchers found that a 6-ounce serving daily helped people preserve their muscle while losing weight.

4. Iced Coffee

Coffee reduces your appetite, increases your metabolism, and gives you a shot of antioxidants. A study published in the journal Physiology & Behavior found that the average metabolic rate of people who drink caffeinated coffee is 16 percent higher than that of those who drink decaf. Caffeine stimulates your central nervous system by increasing your heart rate and breathing. Honestly, could there be a more perfect beverage? Plus, frequent mini servings of caffeine (8 ounces of coffee or less) keep you awake, alert, and focused for longer than a single jumbo one would, according to sleep experts. When you quickly drink a large coffee, the caffeine peaks in your bloodstream much sooner than if you spread it out over time. Start your day with an 8 ounce coffee (the "short" size is available by request at Starbucks). Or, ask for a large half caf. Then keep the caffeine lightly flowing with a lunchtime cappuccino (it's got only 75 mg, which is about one quarter of what you'd get in a 16 ounce coffee).

3. Grapefruit

In a recent study, Louisiana State University scientists discovered that people who ate half a grapefruit three times a day lost 4 pounds in 12 weeks, even though they hadn’t deliberately altered any other part of their diets. Although the mechanism isn’t clear, the researchers speculate that grapefruit’s acidity may slow your rate of digestion, helping keep you full longer.

2. Apple

Turns out, an apple a day may also keep the extra weight away. Penn State researchers discovered that people who ate a large apple 15 minutes before lunch took in 187 fewer calories during lunch than those who didn’t snack beforehand. (The apples had around 128 calories.) What’s more, they reported feeling fuller afterward, too. Sure, the fruit is loaded with belly-filling fiber, but there’s another reason apples help you feel full: They require lots of chewing, which can make you think you’re eating more than you really are, says study author Julie Obbagy, Ph.D.

1. Eggs

Skip the cold cereal: Eating eggs and bacon in the morning can help you control your hunger later in the day. Indiana University scientists determined that dieters who consumed their biggest dose of daily protein at breakfast felt full longer than those who ate more of the nutrient at lunch or dinner. The upshot: “They were less likely to overeat the rest of the day,” says study author Heather Leidy, Ph.D. To fend off hunger, shoot for at least 20 to 30 grams of protein at breakfast.