Thursday, August 2, 2012

DNA REPAIR INDUCED BY MOLECULES PRESENT IN FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

Dr. John Grinstein, Ph. D.
Food Biochemistry Research
UNREPAIRED DNA DAMAGE is the primary molecular causative factor of most HUMAN DEGENERATIVE CONDITIONS.

Nuritional Medicine Research Newsletter, May 2009

http://www.gc100.com/DNA_repair_induced_by_Molecules_Present_in_Fruit_and_Vegetables..pdf

1) GREEN PEPPER (Capsicum spp.) or known as CHILIE POBLANO green pepper:


2) KIWI FRUIT


3) QUERCETIN found in the following: DARK in color, apples, red or black grapes, blueberries, blackberries and cherries.

4) KOLAVIRON (Garcinia Kila seeds), West African countries


5) CHAGA MUSHROOM

6) FRUIT OF ROSE ROXBURGHII (RR)


7) COFFEE

8) BRUSSEL SPROUTS

9) CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES (cabbage, kale, watercress, bokchoy, broccoli, cauliflower) & LEGUMINOUS SPROUTS (bean sprouts, lentil sprouts, garbanzo sprouts, soy bean sprouts).













ON CANCER: Pancreatic cancer is fundamentally a disease caused by damage to the DNA (mutations). 

Source: http://pathology.jhu.edu/pc/BasicCauses.php

Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center

Friday, July 20, 2012

CARRAGEENAN not SAFE for human health as previously thought!

Carrageenan is a common food additive that comes from red seaweed also known as Irish Moss or Chondrus Crispus. Carrageen has long been used as a thickener and emulsifier in ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese and other processed food products, including soy milk.

Carraggenan is an extract from red seaweed
Carrageenan in dried powder
Carrageenan added to plant milks: Soymilk, Almond Milk.







However, results of a study published in October 2001 suggest that carrageenan may not be as safe as once thought. Findings from animal studies and a review of the scientific literature showed that degraded forms of carrageenan can cause ulcerations and cancers of the gastrointestinal tract.
The researcher who made the connection between carrageenan and cancer, Joanne Tobacman, an assistant professor of clinical internal medicine at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, noted that as long ago as 1972 the FDA determined that there was enough evidence from animal studies to limit the type of carrageenan that could be used in foods. However, in 1979, the FDA rescinded its proposed limitation and since then, no action has been taken.
Concerns about carrageenan have centered on the "degraded" type which is distinguished from the "undegraded" type by its lower molecular weight. Most of the studies linking carrageenan to cancer and other gastrointestinal disorders have focused on degraded carrageenan. But Dr. Tobacman thinks that undegraded carrageenan - the kind most widely used as a food additive - might also be associated with malignancies and other stomach problems. She suggests that such factors as bacterial action, stomach acid and food preparation may transform undegraded carrageenan into the more dangerous degraded type. Dr. Tobacman's findings were published in the October 2001 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives, a publication of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), a branch of the National Institutes of Health. So far, no government action has been taken as a result of Dr. Tobacman's findings. She is currently looking into the possibility of an association between carrageenan and breast cancer risk.
Given this new information on carrageenan, I would recommend avoiding regular consumption of products containing it. While some brands of soy milk do contain the additive, others do not. With a little research you should be able to find a product that suits your taste and doesn't contain carrageenan.

Andrew Weil, M.D.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

SINGAPORE; Fast food intake increases risk of diabetes and heart disease in Singapore

SINGAPORE SHARES PARALLEL HEALH PROBLEMS AS AMERICA DOES DUE TO THE WESTERN DIET


http://www.health.umn.edu/media/releases/fast-food-in-singapore/index.htm




Dr. NEAL BARNARD on DIABETES AND PLANT-BASED DIET

Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee of Responsible Medicine (PCRM)



Taking control of DIABETES with a Plant-Based Diet:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puUvZWT_nB8


New food guidelines are best yet, but not enough,
                                        
                     PCRM                                      The American Dietetic Association (ADA)
                                                                    


These two graphics show what PCRM has achieved in the recognition and inclusion of Plant-Based foods by the main stream of  nutritionists and dieticians. The PROTEIN group indicates the options to include animal sources, and leaves it open to the consumer. We are not quite there yet, but with time and the overwhelming evidence, this will also change!
The group of dairy is out of the plate. No words necessary to explain as a secondary option. This is also an improvement.


Dr. Barnard on PHYSICALLY ADDICTIVE FOODS: Chocolate, Cheese, Meat and Sugar:


                           

Friday, July 6, 2012

LIVING THE FOOD REVOLUTION: Week 4, BEING A FOOD REVOLUTIONARY

Living the Food Revolution with John and Ocean Robbins: Week 4 - Being a Food Revolutionary


                                                         Wednesday June 27, 2012
How do you become a REVOLUTIONARY and an educator on Living the Food Revolution on your daily life?: GIVE, CONNECT, SPREAD the message!

The Context

Find out the truth about genetically modified foods, and the real effect of the food you eat on your health and on our world. Then learn how to put that knowledge into actionable and delicious practice in your life.
Best selling author, John Robbins, joins forces with his son, Ocean Robbins, to give you practical, step-by-step support to bring your food choices into alignment with what you truly value.
Living the Food Revolution will extend your life, increase your vitality, and help you take a stand for a more compassionate and sustainable world.
Here are a few of our favorite Big Ideas from Week 3 - Being a Food Revolutionary:

Big Idea #1: How to Have the Conversation

How do you engage with people about what you've learned? How do you share all of this with people you care about?
First off: save your breath for those who are interested. :)
Ask them, "would you like to know?" If their answer is "no," then don’t go on.
You can also ask, "Are you available to hear the reasons I have and the things I’ve learned about food and health, the environment, the way animals are treated, or about world hunger and our diets?"
Ask what the other person knows about food. You want a dialogue!
The worst thing is lecturing or preaching—when the other person tunes out and you don’t even notice.
We want a connection and a rapport that allows for learning, mutual curiosity and growth!
The tendency to talk down to people is something we also need to be on the look out for. As Martin Luther King, Jr. shared: "You have no moral authority with those who can feel your underlying contempt."
Let's march forward as a revolutionary, expressing ourselves with respect for others and ourselves!

Big Idea #2: Focus on Connection

Ocean shared a heartwarming and touching story of learning to connect with his autistic son, of meeting his son on his level.
If we want to move and inspire people, we need to connect with them. We make contact, we connect, and then we keep going.
Asking “Are you interested?” gives others the opportunity to know more. If they ask why you eat that way, you have no idea if they are genuinely curious or if they are being critical.
Ask them where they are in their journey: what do they like or don’t? What frustrates them? What is their suffering (if they’re open to sharing it)? What are they learning?
To truly change someone's mind, connect with his or her greatness and potential first! :)

Big Idea #3: Watch the Body Language

How do you know if the conversation you're having is going nowhere? Check out your own body language!
Does your body feel tight? Is your breathing shutting down? If so, you’re tuning into them turning out. There’s a collapse and contraction; the energy is compressing rather than expanding.
We always want to be in a conversation where that inquiry is expanding. If there’s resistance to what you're sharing, acknowledge it; don’t fight it, and perhaps suggest that you pick this talk up “another time.” :)
Be mindful of the other person as well: are they making eye contact with you? are they asking questions? are you talking by yourself for too long?
Following this course of action can lead to more positive conversations and interactions!

Food for thought:

Here's an inspiring quote Ocean shared that motivates him in his work:
This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
~George Bernard Shaw
Your relationship to food, no matter how conflicted, can be a doorway to freedom.
Join Geneen Roth on this journey with her "Women Food and God" Self-Guided Online-Retreat. It's, quite simply, a guide for a beautiful life.
If you, or someone you know, is interested in more scientific data on a plant-based diet's impact on health, check out The China Study by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell!
Ocean and John also recommend the book (here) and the movie, Forks Over Knives. Here's the trailer:
For mail-order GMO-free foods anywhere in the United States, check out
Green Polka Dot Box!
For more information about soy (which was raised in our first class), and many other good resources, check out John Robbins’ new book:
And here's an article about soy on the johnrobbins.info site!
If you were left with any questions at the conclusion of this course, please post them on John and Ocean's Facebook Page, and they will do their best to answer them there.
If you would like to share any feedback on the course, including suggestion for improvement or testimonials that they might use in inspiring future participants, please share them on their Facebook page or write Ocean directly.
Hope you enjoyed this course and we look forward to sharing more wisdom with you in the future!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

LIVING THE FOOD REVOLUTION: Week 3, MESSAGES WE RECEIVE, TOXIC FOOD CULTURE, FINDING FOOD FREEDOM

Living the Food Revolution with John and Ocean Robbins: Week 3 - Any Way You Slice It, It's Still Bologna

                                                  Wednesday June 20, 2012

MISLEADING, DECEPTIVE propaganda
UNveiling the UNtold
DARKNESS behind the scenes

LACK of integrity and honesty behind the ADVERTISEMENT CLAIMS





    



How to spread this controversial message and deal with the confusion that it causes on the consumer?
-By SCIENTIFIC evidence. Dr. Colin T. Campell explains in detail the results of his research on the protein in MILK, CASEIN in his book, The China Study and other bibliographical sources.

The Context

Find out the truth about genetically modified foods, and the real effect of the food you eat on your health and on our world. Then learn how to put that knowledge into actionable and delicious practice in your life.
Best selling author, John Robbins, joins forces with his son, Ocean Robbins, to give you practical, step-by-step support to bring your food choices into alignment with what you truly value.
Living the Food Revolution will extend your life, increase your vitality, and help you take a stand for a more compassionate and sustainable world.
Big Ideas from Week 3

Big Idea #1: The Messages We've Received

What messages do we receive from our parents and from society about food?
These ideas often become internalized and continue to broadcast their truth or untruth to us.
What did John learn in the "31 Flavors" family?
  • The more ice cream, the better! (seriously.)
  • There is no relationship between diet and health.
  • Eat what you’re told.
  • Mom knows best, and she is right.
  • The kid's job is to obey and not to question what he is served.



What did Ocean learn from his parents (including John!):
  • Gratitude! They grew most of the food they ate, so food was a product of labor. There was a tremendous amount of gratitude for the rain, the sun, soil, and for each new harvest.
  • They ate simply, but richly, because all the food was something to savor.
  • They took time with their meals, and so there was a respect for food as precious and beautiful.
  • What we eat has a tremendous impact on our long-term health and how much energy we have day-to-day.
  • He learned to listen to and trust himself, when it came to certain foods that would be good for him.
  • Meals were the primary space where people would come together and share time together; it's a sacred act to share food.
What messages have you received? Do you relate more with John's experience or Ocean's?
Are you still carrying any messages that are no longer serving you?

Big Idea #2: Raising Kids in a Toxic Food Culture

All of us are so bombarded by advertisements for unhealthy products that are full of chemicals, trans fats, sugars, and sodium.
We also know that many commercial interests specifically target children!
Add into that birthday parties, lunches at school, and play dates—how do you raise a child to think about food in a healthy way?
What was it like for John to raise Ocean in a toxic food culture?
He wanted to raise Ocean to appreciate the relationship of the earth and food in a much more respectful way than our culture does, which often views food as an entertainment, a distraction, a stimulation and an avoidance of our feelings.
For John, it was far more important for Ocean to be able to talk about his choices and what happens in his life, rather than a child just following his parents' rules.
John's job: to help Ocean develop a healthy relationship to the assumptions and craziness of the culture, so that Ocean wouldn't be "forbidden" from eating certain foods. Instead, John and his wife would explain to him why they ate what they did, and why they didn’t eat other foods, knowing in time that Ocean would be able to make up his own mind. They were there to support and nurture him, giving him a strong foundation so that he could make his own choices.

Big Idea #3: Finding Food Freedom

How can we become more free with our food choices and with our relationship with food?
We want to be free to bring our food choices into congruence with our values and with our sense of purpose—when there is that sense of integrity, that's when you can feel most free, liberated, and powerful!
We want our food to bring us health, vitality, and fulfillment; to be a contribution to the world around us—to eat simply so that others may simply eat; for our food choices to be resonant with the world we want for animals; and for our participation with food to be a source of joy!
What do you struggle with, and what are you working toward in your life, as your contribution and legacy?
Where to begin? Bring joy and gratitude to your relationship with food, and by sharing good food with other people.
A couple questions to consider:
  • Do you feel fulfilled and joyous with food?
  • Do you have people in your life that are close to you and support your ideal way of eating?
If you don't know other people that eat in ways you want to aspire toward, find potlucks and gatherings of others who are interested in this; create a support mechanism for yourself!

Other Important Stuff:

John Robbins, has released a provocative and short new video with the title: “Should Junk Food Marketing to Kids be Banned?”




If you want to get involved, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and Food Revolution Summit speaker Michele Simon’s Appetite for Profit are excellent resources.

For more information about soy (which was raised in our first class), and many other good resources, check out John Robbins’ new book:
And here's an article about soy on the johnrobbins.info site!



Thursday, June 21, 2012

LIVING THE FOOD REVOLUTION: Week 2, OUR FOOD, OUR WORLD

Living the Food Revolution with John and Ocean Robbins: Week 2 - Our Food, Our World

                                                    Wednesday June 13, 2012
  • COWS, what really happens,
  • GMOS, what we do not know and should know,
  • ORGANIC, what it means, the value of organic and where to find them, also ideas how to grow them 
The treatment of cows before the product comes to the store shelves and to your table. Many do not have any idea what GMOs are, the true meaning of organic should be clarified.

Nutrition, Health & Well-being

The Context

Find out the truth about genetically modified foods, and the real effect of the food you eat on your health and on our world. Then learn how to put that knowledge into actionable and delicious practice in your life.

Big Idea #1: Our Animal Family

Think about the first animal you loved: did it have a name? how did it leave your life? How was that for you? How does that memory live in you now?
We call some animals pets and value them so highly—we pay their vet bills and we let them sleep in the same beds we do; other animals, we call livestock, and because of that semantic difference, we allow ourselves to end their life for consumption.
Animals draw breath from the same source as we do. They are our brothers and sisters.
Why does this difference exist? Does it align with your beliefs?
As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
Do you need to take a stand for your own integrity and conscience?

Big Idea #2: Save the Animals, Save the Planet

The science is there: global warming exists. Our actions are causing changes to this planet and they are happening now!
Every single glacier on this planet is shrinking; all the glaciers in Glacier National Park in Montana will be gone in 20 years. The Earth will be the hottest it has been in 2 million years at the end of this century.
The most significant way to change this: eat less or no meat, especially factory-farmed. This is the strongest reason to eat a more plant-strong diet. We can begin to slow this change down!
What about Grass Fed vs. Regular Beef?
It’s like trading in your car and getting a Prius. It helps, but there is more to be done. We need to eat much less of all forms of beef. We really need to take global warming far more seriously than we have.
The biggest thing we can do to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions: eating more vegetables!

Big Idea #3: Feeding the World: GMOs vs. Organic Food

What are GMO’s?
Genetically modified organisms. Sounds tasty, right? :)
Some of the hoopla surrounding GMOs happened when Time magazine ran an article stating that GMO’s could solve world hunger. Well, none of the biotech companies are doing anything about this. None of the genetically modified crops have any desirable characteristics. Most of the GMO crops are created to feed animals.
Currently, GMO's have nothing to do with solving world hunger, and everything to do with making more profit and controlling the world’s food supply.
If we were to shift to more organic, low-input, sustainable forms of agriculture, and were able to drastically reduce our meat (specifically beef) consumption, we could feed the world organically, because we wouldn’t need to produce as much.
We need to produce the amounts of grain that we do because we're feeding almost all of it to the animals we confine in farms!
Get this: It takes 16 pounds of grains to produce the average pound of beef; it only takes only one pound of grain to make a pound of whole wheat bread, brown rice or quinoa.
This is a terribly inefficient way to feed ourselves. We’re cycling the grain through our animals, and essentially wasting most of it. It’s a protein factory in reverse. This is insane.

                                                 
If we were to adopt a more plant-based and humane diet, and didn't need to produce so much grain to feed our livestock in factory farms, we could all eat organically and do quite well!

Other Topics:

If you want to take action on animal issues:
If you want to take action on global warming issues:
Check out the work of 350.org!
For GMO issues:
We think you'll dig the work of the Institute for Responsible Technology!
If you want to take action on school lunch issues, check out Healthy School Lunches!
Knowledge is power!