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Non-Traditional Approaches to
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Pomegranate

September 28, 2015

Mohammad once told his followers: “Eat the pomegranate, for it purges the system of envy and hatred.” The pomegranate is one of the oldest fruits known to man. Frequent references to it are found in the Bible and in ancient Sanskrit writings. Homer mentions it in his Odyssey, and it appears in the story of The Arabian Nights. The pomegranate is native to Persia and its neighboring countries, and for centuries has been extensively cultivated around the Mediterranean, spreading through Asia. King Solomon was known to have an orchard of pomegranates, and history speaks of the children of Israel wandering in the wilderness and remembering with longing the cooling taste of the pomegranate. Ancient Assyrian and Egyptian sculpture has depicted this fruit, and it is sometimes on ancient Carthaginian and Phoenician medals.

The word pomegranate is derived from the Latin world meaning “apple with many seeds.” The fruit grows on a bush or small tree from twelve to twenty feet high. It grows to about the size of an orange or larger.

A pomegranate of good quality may be medium or large in size and the coloring can range from pink to bright red. The rind is thin and tough, and there should be an abundance of bright red or crimson flesh, with a small amount of pulp. The seeds are contained in a reddish, juicy pulp that is subacid and of fine flavor. They should be tender, easy to eat, and small in proportion to the juicy matter that surrounds them, while the juice should be abundant and rich in flavor.

There are many varieties of pomegranate. At least ten varieties were growing in southern Spain in the thirteenth century, as described by a writer of the time. It is a warm-climate fruit, and the leading producers in this country are California and the Gulf states. This fruit will not mature in cooler climates, although there are dwarf forms grown in cool climates which have striking scarlet flowers that are sold commercially. Pomegranates are in season September through December, and October is the peak month.

THERAPEUTIC VALUE

Use only the juice of the pomegranate. This juice is one of the best for bladder disorders and has a slightly purgative effect. For elderly people, it is a wonderful kidney and bladder tonic.

NUTRIENTS IN ONE POUND (edible portion)

Calories: 160

Protein: 1.3 g

Fat: 0.8 g

Carbohydrates: 41.7 g

Calcium: 20 mg

Phosphorus: .8 mg

Iron: .8 mg

Vitamin A: trace

Thiamine: 0.07 mg

Riboflavin: 0.07 mg

Niacin: 0.7 mg

Ascorbic acid: 10 mg

September 25, 2015

Filed under: Press — Tags: , , , , , — admin @ 5:41 am

NEWS FLASH: THE JIG’S UP ON GMO CLAIMS OF SAFETY!

Monsanto and its Big Food minions have spent hundreds of millions of dollars pushing the idea that anyone who questions the safety of their genetically-engineered products is ignorant, alarmist and “anti-science.” So no doubt they’re stewing about an article just published on August 20th — by a medical doctor and scientist —in the highly prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. The authors, Philip J. Landrigan, M.D. and Charles Benbrook, Ph.D., present rational, science-based evidence to support their recommendations that 1) the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) not allow the use of Dow Chemicals’ Enlist Duo, a toxic combo of glyphosate (declared a “probable human carcinogen”) and 2-4,D (a major ingredient in Agent Orange and “possible human carcinogen”), both now lavishly applied to GMO crops, and 2) that GMOs should be labeled.

According to the authors:

In our view, the science and the risk assessment supporting the Enlist Duo decision are flawed. The science consisted solely of toxicologic studies commissioned by the herbicide manufacturers in the 1980s and 1990s and never published, not an uncommon practice in U.S. pesticide regulation. These studies predated current knowledge of low-dose, endocrine-mediated, and epigenetic effects and were not designed to detect them. The risk assessment gave little consideration to potential health effects in infants and children, thus contravening federal pesticide law. It failed to consider ecologic impact, such as effects on the monarch butterfly and other pollinators. It considered only pure glyphosate, despite studies showing that formulated glyphosate that contains surfactants and adjuvants is more toxic than the pure compound.

And on labeling:

[Labeling]is essential for tracking emergence of novel food allergies and assessing effects of chemical herbicides applied to GM crops.

Visitors to RethinkingCancer.org know that we are steadfastly opposed to GMOs and firmly in support of mandatory labeling. In July, GMO proponents managed to convince the U.S. House of Representatives that GMO products should not be labeled (H.R. 1599) because of the bogus claim that they pose no risk to human health. This fall, a Senate version of this bill will be introduced to try to seal the deal and deny all states the right to require labeling and all Americans the right to know what’s in their food.

Polls show over 90% of the public consistently supports mandatory labeling of GMOs. We cannot allow the greed and corruption of the few to supercede the wishes and endanger the health of the vast majority. We strongly urge you to forward this essay in NEJM, along with your demand for mandatory labeling, to as many people as possible, including your U.S. Senators, the President and all presidential candidates:

To your health!

Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (FACT)

Cranberry

September 21, 2015

Cranberries are native to the swampy regions of both the temperate and arctic zones of North America and Europe. Because they grow on slender, curved stalks, suggesting the neck of a crane, they were named “crane-berry”, or “cranberry”.

Long before the first colonists arrived in this country the cranberry was in common use by the Native Americans. The Pilgrims found them in the low marshes near the shore on the Cape Cod peninsula, and the women preserved them as a delicacy and served them with wild turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts.

Cultivation of the cranberry began early in the nineteenth cen­tury. The earliest records show that the business was largely carried on by retired seamen. Howe and McFarlin were the names of two of these men, and important varieties of cranberries are named for them. By 1870, a flourishing business had developed. It was re­corded in 1832 that ”Captain Henry Hall of Barnstable, Massachu­setts, had then cultivated the cranberry for twenty years,” and that “Mr. F. A. Hayden of Lincoln, Massachusetts, gathered from his farm in 1830, 400 bushels of cranberries which brought him in the Boston market $600.”

It has been said that the old clipper ships out of Gloucester, New Bedford, and the “Down East” ports carried supplies of raw cranberries in casks so that the sailors could help themselves. They did this to prevent scurvy, just as the sailors of England and South­ern Europe used limes to prevent this disease.

Cranberries grow on low, thick vines in a bog. The bogs are built on peat swamps that have been cleared, drained, and leveled. Water must be available and arranged so that the bog can be drained or flooded at the appropriate time. The surface, usually sand, on top of a subsoil that will hold moisture, must be level so the bog can be covered with water to a uniform depth when neces­sary. A cranberry bog takes three to five years to come into full production.

There are only five states that produce the greater supply of cranberries for market. They are, in order of production: Massa­chusetts, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Washington, and Oregon. The berries are marketed from September through March, and the peak months are October, November, and December.

The quality of the berry is determined by its roundness and size, and from its color, which varies from light to dark crimson, depending on the degree of maturity. Some varieties of cranberries are more olive-shaped or oblong. They have a fresh, plump appear­ance combined with a high luster and firmness. Avoid a shriveled, dull, soft-appearing berry.

THERAPEUTIC VALUE

Cranberries have a heavy acid content, and therefore should not be eaten too frequently. They increase the acidity of the urine. Be­ cause of their extremely tart taste, people drown them in sugar syrup, which makes them unfit for human consumption. They are best if cooked first; then add raisins and a little honey.

One of the finest therapeutic uses for cranberries is as a remedy for rectal disturbances, piles, hemorrhoids, and inflammation of the rectal pouch.

NUTRIENTS IN ONE POUND

Calories: 218

Protein: 1.8g

Fat: 3.18g

Carbohydrates: 51.4g

Calcium: 63.5mg

Phosphorus: 50mg

Iron: 2.7mg

Vitamin A: 182I.U.

Thiamine: .13mg

Riboflavin: .09mg

Niacin: 0.45mg

Ascorbic acid: 55mg

Broccoli

September 14, 2015

Broccoli was grown in France and Italy in the sixteenth century, but was not well known in this country until 1923, when the D’Arrigo Brothers Company made a trial planting of Italian sprouting broccoli in California. A few crates of this were sent to Boston, and by 1925 the market was well established. Since then, the demand for broccoli has been steadily on the increase.

Broccoli is a member of the cabbage family. California, Arizona, and Texas are the main broccoli-producing states.

When choosing broccoli, look for tenderness in the stalk, espcially the upper portion. If the lower portion of the stalk is tough and woody, and if the bud dusters are open and yellow, the broccoli is over mature and will be tough. Fresh broccoli does not keep, so purchase only as much as you can immediately use.

Broccoli is often gas-forming, but if cooked in a steamer or over a very low fire, this may be avoided. Broccoli is best if under-cooked, because the more green that is left in broccoli, the more chlorophyll will be left to counteract the sulfur compounds that form gas.

THERAPEUTIC VALUE

All of the foods in the cabbage family, including broccoli, are best if eaten with proteins, because the combination helps drive amino acids to the brain. Broccoli is high in vitamins A and C, and is low in calories. It is beneficial to the elimination system.

NUTRIENTS IN ONE POUND

Calories: 103

Protein: 9.1 g

Fat: 0.6 g

Carbohydrates: 15.2 g

Calcium: 360 mg

Phosphorus: 211 mg

Iron: 5.6 mg

Vitamin A: 9,700 I.U.

Thiamine: 0.26 mg

Riboflavin: 0.59 mg

Niacin: 2.5 mg

Ascorbic acid: 327 mg

Rethinking Cancer Newsletter #53

September 8, 2015

Filed under: Rethinking Cancer Newsletters — ggrieser @ 6:32 pm

Half a century ago, Marshall McLuhan, philosopher of communication theory, became famous for coining phrases like “global village” and “the medium is the message” and for predicting the World Wide Web almost 30 years before it’s arrival. But he also warned, “When things come at you very fast, naturally you lose touch with yourself.”

Also in the 1960s, Thomas Merton, mystic and philosopher who inspired the rise of spiritual exploration with his best selling books on Eastern philosophy and Zen Buddhism, noted: “Man was made for the highest activity, which is, in fact, his rest.” Merton acted on this by stepping out of the rat race and into a Cistercian cloister.

We’re not recommending joining a monastery, just suggesting that, as summer officially arrives in the Northern Hemisphere, why not take a cue from these foresighted figures. Set aside a little time to slow down, smell some roses and “surf” your inner dialogue, free of digital interruptions.

To your health!
Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (FACT)

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What Causes Melanoma Cancer — Is It All About the Sun?
By Miles Price

We’re all aware of the repeated advice “Don’t go in the sun, you’ll increase your risk of sunburn and skin cancer,” and by and large we believe this is true. Cancer organizations link UV exposure to various types of skin cancer with Melanoma linked particularly to intermittent sun exposure, however there are a few anomalies published highlighting findings that it is not as straightforward as we think.

A study published in June 2014 by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden1, showed that women who avoided sunbathing in summer were twice as likely to die as those who sun bathe every day. So avoiding the sun at all costs by putting on sunscreen is doing more harm than good! Let’s delve deeper… Read More

What Is This?

Some sort of globular fantasy from the mind of a sci-fi film director? Actually, it’s a section of sage leaf — produced by optical microscopy, also known as light microscopy. Optical microscopy can be traced back to the 17th century with the invention of the first microscope equipped with three lenses. The microscope uses visible light and a system of lenses to magnify objects up to thousands of times.

You’ll find this and many other fascinating and spectacularly beautiful micro-optics in the bookInvisible Worlds: Exploring Microcosms by Julie Coquart. The author suggests trying to guess the common objects from nature, biology, chemistry, medicine, minerology, textiles — before reading the explanations. Warning: afterwards, you may find yourself looking at things differently…..

Cannabis — the New “It” Plant

It’s not surprising that a plant, used for over 10,000 years for healing a wide variety of ailments, is just now being seriously studied by the conventional medical community. Studies are costly and huge profits are generally not expected from marketing a whole natural plant (not to mention, plenty of push-back from Big Pharma, which views such plants as big competition for their synthetic drugs). The real surprise is that this new hot botanical is cannabis, otherwise known as ” marijuana,” “weed,” “grass,” “pot,” etc., the colorful and controversial source of the psychedelic “high” that figured so prominently in the ‘60’s and beyond.

Times are a-changing, largely because the mounting evidence of benefits coupled with public wariness of pharmaceutical drugs, is just too powerful to ignore. Today, 23 states plus Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana for medical use (with varying policy restrictions) in a panoply of conditions like PTSD, cancer, seizure disorders, MS, Parkinson’s, pain and insomnia, and more.

This is the good news. For some, the bad news may be that the most medicinally potent strains of cannabis do not contain enough of those psychoactive constituents needed to produce the typical “high” associated with the plant. Medical marijuana derives its power from a different mix of components. Read More

Cannabis Cake?

Usually, we like to offer you a recipe containing a featured food in the newsletter. However, when it comes to cannabis, it wouldn’t be fair because, at this point in time, good quality strains of edible medical marijuana are very hard to come by in the U.S. Unless you’re willing to move to Colorado, you will have a very hard time being approved for and obtaining the good health-giving stuff. Though 23 states and Washington D.C. have approved some limited medical use of the plant, bills are pending in 7 states and have failed in 11 others. Moreover, the federal government still bans cannabis in any form, creating an atmosphere of fear, especially for those crossing state lines to obtain help for themselves or a loved one.

The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, introduced by Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), seeks to drastically reduce the federal government’s ability to crack down on state-legal medical marijuana programs and encourage more research into the plant through several major changes in federal law.

People have the right to make their own medical choices. So the recipe is: take action! 
Become informed on this subject and let your elected representatives know how you feel!

 

Blueberry

September 7, 2015

Blueberries originally grew wild in North America, and in many places they still do. By 1910 there were at least two varieties being cultivated for market. Breeding and selection have made these berries popular, but wild fruit is also marketed.

Blueberries are available from early May through August, and the peak month is July. Canada and the northeastern United States produce the greatest amount of blueberries, because they grow best when the days are long and the nights cool. In any one area the blueberry season usually lasts from six to seven weeks.

Quality blueberries are plump, look fresh, clean, and dry, are fairly uniform in size, and are a deep blue, black, or purplish color. Overripe berries are dull in appearance, soft and watery, and moldy.

THERAPEUTIC VALUE

Blueberries contain silicon, which helps rejuvenate the pancreas. They are said to be good for diabetic conditions.

NUTRIENTS IN ONE POUND

Calories: 310

Protein: 2.9g

Fat: 2.1g

Carbohydrates: 63.8g

Calcium: 63mg

Phosphorus: 54mg

Iron: 3.6mg

Vitamin A: 420 I.U.

Thiamine: —

Riboflavin: —

Niacin: —

Ascorbic Acid: 58mg

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