Dr Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet Food Pyramid HEALTHY SWEETS How much: Sparingly Healthy choices: Unsweetened dried fruit, dark chocolate, fruit sorbet Why: Dark chocolate provides polyphenols with antioxidant activity. Choose dark chocolate with at least 70 percent pure cocoa and have an ounce a few times a week. Fruit sorbet is a better option than other frozen desserts. RED WINE How much: Optional, no more than 1-2 glasses per day Healthy choices: Organic red wine Why: Red wine has beneficial antioxidant activity. SUPPLEMENTS How much: Daily Healthy choices: High quality multivitamin/multimineral that includes key antioxidants (vitamin C, vitamin E, mixed carotenoids, and selenium); co-enzyme Q10; 2-3 grams of a molecularly distilled fish oil; 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 Why: Supplements help fill any gaps in your diet when you are unable to get your daily requirement of micronutrients. Additional Item:
Soil retrogression and degradation Soil retrogression and degradation are two regressive evolution processes associated with the loss of equilibrium of a stable soil. Retrogression is primarily due to erosion and corresponds to a phenomenon where succession reverts to pioneer conditions (such as bare ground). Degradation is an evolution, different from natural evolution, related to the local climate and vegetation. At the beginning of soil formation, the bare rock out crops is gradually colonized by pioneer species (lichens and mosses). The cycles of evolution of soils have very variable durations, between tens, hundreds, or thousands of years for quickly evolving soils (A horizon only) to more than a million years for slowly developing soils. Ecological factors influencing soil formation There are two types of ecological factors influencing the evolution of a soil (through alteration and humification). Biorhexistasy theory Perturbations of the balance of a soil Influence of human activity
What Pesticides Are on Your Food? Dear EarthTalk: How do I learn about what pesticides may be on the food I eat?— Beatrice Olson, Cleveland, OH Along with the rise in the popularity of organic food has come an increased awareness about the dangers lurking on so-called “conventionally produced” (that is, with chemical pesticides and fertilizers) foods. “There is a growing consensus in the scientific community that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can have adverse effects on health, especially during vulnerable periods such as fetal development and childhood,” reports author and physician Andrew Weil, a leading voice for so-called integrative medicine combining conventional and alternative medical practices. In general, fruits and vegetables with an outer layer of skin or rind that can be peeled and discarded are the safest in terms of pesticide residues. Another non-profit working hard to raise awareness about pesticide residues on foods is the Pesticide Action Network (PAN).
"The Herbal Survivalist Spot" Herbal Survival and First Aid: a book on natural SURVIVAL solutions in the event of any emergency: Nick Carlucci: Amazon.com: Kindle Store Survival Properties of Garlic and Apple Cider Vinegar | Survival Sherpa Guest post by Garlic is one of the earth’s greatest health tonics and does indeed have scientifically-proven medicinal properties. It contains a substance called Allicin, which has anti-bacterial properties that are equivalent to a weak penicillin. It is a natural antibiotic and is useful in treating everything from allergies to tonsillitis. Garlic contains many sulfur compounds which detoxify the body, boost the immune system, lower blood pressure and improve circulation. Garlic has also demonstrated anti-cancer, antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant effects. Photo credit Garlic can stimulate the production of glutathione, an amino acid which is known to be a very potent antioxidant and de-toxifier and the smooth muscle relaxant adenosine, also found in the herb, will lower blood pressure. Today people use garlic to help prevent atherosclerosis (plaque build up in the arteries causing blockage and possibly leading to heart attack or stroke), reduce colds, coughs, and bronchitis. 1.
» Bee-Harming Pesticides Banned In Europe By Damian Carrington, The Guardian Europe will enforce the world’s first continent-wide ban on widely used insecticides alleged to cause serious harm to bees, after a European commission vote on Monday. The suspension is a landmark victory for millions of environmental campaigners, backed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), concerned about a dramatic decline in the bee population. The vote also represents a serious setback for the chemical producers who make billions each year from the products and also UK ministers, who voted against the ban. Although the vote by the 27 EU member states on whether to suspend the insect nerve agents was supported by 15 nations, but did not reach the required majority under voting rules. Tonio Borg, health and consumer commissioner, said: “Our proposal is based on a number of risks to bee health identified by the EFSA, [so] the European commission will go ahead with its plan in coming weeks.”
Pure Inside Out - The Natural Benefits of Vinegar By James Calvin Vinegar is essentially, sour wine. It is not only a useful ingredient in the kitchen, but also aids in natural health remedies. There are several different types of vinegar. These include white distilled vinegar, apple vinegar, cider, and wine vinegar. Vinegar has been used as natural remedies for over 10,000 years. Today, vinegar is still produced and used as it has in the past. Apple cider vinegar is one of the oldest and most useful types of vinegar available on the market. It has a high vitamin content of vitamin C, E, A, B1, B2, b6, proto-vitamin, and beta-carotene. Although most people do not enjoy the taste of apple cider vinegar, it has been shown to help relive the symptoms of allergies from pollen, food and pets. It is traditionally suggested that the best way to take apple cider vinegar is to drink it. Cider vinegar can also help alleviate the symptoms of a sore throat. This works for some people who suffer from arthritis and rheumatism. Source: www.isnare.com
Distilled White Vinegar: A Non-Toxic Cleaner By Dr. Mercola Howard Garrett, also known as The Dirt Doctor, has compiled a number of uses for vinegar, including recipes for both internal use and use in your organic garden, which I will share with you here. "Vinegar is a wonderful organic tool that was discovered by accident 10,000 years ago when wine was accidentally allowed to ferment too long and turned sour," he writes. "It can be made from many products, including beer, apples, berries, beets, corn, fruits, grains, honey, malt, maple syrup, melons, molasses, potatoes, rice, sorghum, and other foods containing sugar. Natural sugars from these food products are fermented into alcohol, which is then fermented into vinegar." ... White, spirit, or distilled vinegar is made by fermenting distilled alcohol. ... The name "vinegar" comes from the French words for "sour wine." White Vinegar—A Great Non-Toxic Cleaner and Herbicide Ingredient Distilled white vinegar is the type of vinegar you'll want to use for cleaning and laundry.
What’s in Your Food? Michael Moss Reveals the Food Industry’s Secrets Americans tell themselves that anything is possible when it comes to self-improvement, obscuring the truth that the privileged benefit from parental investment, strategic behavior, and simple capture of the institutions, like corporate boards, that hand out the money. This country needs some good class treason. Our meritocracy is doing more harm than good, and its members—and everyone else—need to start questioning it. I am a product of that meritocracy. Born and raised in West Virginia, way out in the country, I tested and wrote my way into elite schools, and now I teach at one. It’s a meritocratic age. So I pulled up hard last week reading economist Thomas Piketty’s ground-breaking study of inequality, Capital in the 21st Century. We need a foundation of political equality and social guarantees: education, personal security, health care for those who need it, and the expectation of a fair retirement. The way we pick “winners” in this country is a hybrid. Market meritocracy is worse.
Issues: nutrition intro In 1996 McDonald's opened in India for the first time: a country where the majority of the population is vegetarian and the cow is sacred. Just one example of the inexorable spread of western multinationals into every corner of the globe. A spread which is creating a globalised system in which wealth is drained out of local economies into the hands of a very few, very rich elite. Can people challenge the undermining of long-lived and stable cultures, and regional diversity? tell me more reports A Brief History of McDonald'sMcDonald's Unmasked - McDonald's global ambitions (May 1996)McDonald's 'Strategies For Global Dominance' (May 1996)Here's The Beef - South Africa (June 1996)Another Good Thing About Barbados (June 1996)McDonald's Try to Rape Bermuda (March 1996)Residents don't relish site chosen by McDonald's - USA (March 1996)The Price of Peace - Croatia (February 1996)Update On McDonald's Hospital Opening debate Try the Multinationals section of the McSpotlight Debating Room.
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Let’s Ask Marion: What’s The Recommended Daily Allowance of Sugar? Here’s another one of those occasional queries from Kerry Trueman. This one, posted at Huffington, is about FDA regulations for labeling sugars. Trueman: I’ve just begun to sink my teeth into Michael Moss’s extraordinary food industry exposé, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, a book you’ve rightly lauded as a “breathtaking feat of reporting.” As Moss points out, the FDA is happy to give us guidelines on how much salt and fat to include in our daily diets, but–as a glance at any nutritional label shows–they’ve declined to make any recommendation at all about sugar.Does this mean that:(a) It’s OK to eat as much sugar as you like, or:(b) There may be an unsafe level of sugar consumption, but the FDA just doesn’t have the resources to figure out what that level is, or:(c) The FDA knows how much sugar we can eat without harming our health, but the food industry won’t let them tell us.How is the average American supposed to interpret this absence of information? Nestle: Whoa. 1.