A diet for health and longevity
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Residents on the small Japanese island of Okinawa in the Ryukyu archipelago south of mainland Japan live longer on average than many other cultural groups and some say they are the longest lived people with lifespans of 100 – 115 years of age common and many well documented studies have been made to support this claim.
In addition to a longer life, there are fewer incidences of the diseases that plague the Western world such as heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Scientists are so impressed that they generally agree that by adopting an Okinawan style diet, it is possible to retard or
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An opportunity for humanity suppressed
1 acre of hemp that takes less than six months to grow can be used to produce as much paper as it takes 4 acres of trees which takes 50 years to grow
For tens of thousands of years, hemp has been used all around the world in a wide range of products from foods, medicines, rope, clothing and even plastics. It is a very versatile crop that grows almost anywhere and it even improves the soil in which it grows.
It was widely used throughout the world to the 1930s when the oil industry was beginning to boom and they discovered that they could make plastics from oil. But hemp oil is also
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NZ Food Regulations Under Review
As part of the process of globalisation and putting the control of life into corporate hands, we have seen increasing regulation over our foods and medicines. Governments say this is that the interest of public health and safety, but in reality they are supporting the industrialisation and increasing levels of toxicity in our foods through the use of GM O’s and harmful chemicals that create new diseases.
The New Zealand government is complicit in denying its citizens the right to know what’s in some of their foods and eradicating small organic producers in favour of their rich mates.
By Dr Muriel Newman
Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny – Edmund Burke, 1780
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Milk Destroys Your Bones From the Inside
Milk and animals as food have been consumed by us for thousands of years. When the livestock are healthy and the people consuming milk and milk products as they have done in India for perhaps tens of thousands of years with the milk is primarily the A2 variety which is further processed before consumption, milk products and the animals that produce them are healthy.
Where we come to the west, the milk is the A1 variety, cows often suffer harsh conditions and a percentage of their diet is made up of agricultural chemicals which is passed on to us through the milk and meat.
In terms of osteoporosis, after
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The fruit of the angels
Carica papaya is most commonly called “papaya” but may also be called papaw or pawpaw, it’s one 22 species in the genus Carica of the family Caricaceae that was native to the American tropics.
The papaya is a tree-like plant, with a single stem growing from 2 to 10 m tall, with spirally arranged leaves confined to the top of the trunk. The lower trunk is conspicuously scarred where leaves and fruit were attached.
Ripe Papaya has sweet taste, a soft butter-like consistency and it’s not surprising that Christopher Columbus described it as “fruit of the angels.” It’s widely eaten throughout the tropics and often available in the market places in temperate countries where it
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A plant vital for good health
Tumeric powder that is cooked before use
One of the most popular of the Indian spices, turmeric is also known as halad or haldi and its botanical name is Curcuma longa. Turmeric is a perennial herb with short and thick stem and multiple branches with unforgettable aromatic smell. The stems are underground (called rhizomes) and have food, medicinal as well as ritual value.
Turmeric is regularly included in Indian cookery for giving musky mouth watering flavour and beautiful yellow colour to recipe. See the Golden Milk recipe below.
The use of turmeric starts from day 1 in Indian life. A mixture of turmeric+ split gram floor+ milk is used to give bath to
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Is there anything the Chinese don’t eat?
A dog contemplates his dead companions
If it lives, it seems the answer is no and if it’s not food, it’s medicine! The Chinese have been condemned around the world for their love of shark fin soup – a practice where sharks are caught, their fins are cut off and the sharks dumped back in the water while still alive. But it’s not just the cruelty, the practise has seen shark numbers plummet around the world upsetting the ocean life balance.
Tourists and travellers may relish the option to see living fish before it becomes their dinner, but like sharks, there are environmental consequences. But it’s not just fish, Cats, dogs and
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A delicious sweet spice – Cinnamomum verum
We all know the rhyme ‘cinnamon and spice make all things nice’. Cinnamon of course is a spice best known for flavouring cakes and sweets, it’s great sprinkled on top of hot chocolate drinks although it can be mixed into almost any hot drink, especially coffee.
Cinnamon was once one of the world’s most highly sought after commodities, it has been in use for thousands of years as a medicine, an embalming agent, a means of preserving food, and as a flavouring. The earliest reports of cinnamon date back to ancient Egypt in 2000 B.C. Cinnamon is also described in the Old Testament as an ingredient in anointing oil.
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) is
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A divergence from nature
The Belgians are known for one or two odd experiments, and this is the genetically modified, hyper-sculpted and ultra-muscular physique of the Belgian Blue.
We can only presume that humans have always eaten meat, but as we came through into the modern era, in most parts of the world meat remained a luxury and not the staple food that it is today.
Until the development of agriculture and the domestication of livestock, all meat was from animals that were hunted and trapped. This was real game meat and the quality of that meat depended on the nature of the animal and the quality of its life.
In nature there are lions and other carnivores that
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A commonly used root vegetable
Cassava is low on the nutrient scale and yet it’s a major source of carbohydrates for over half a billion people. It is a white fleshed tuber and is also called manioc, yuca, balinghoy, mogo, mandioca, kamoteng and kahoy root. It may be compared with taro as both have little taste and a similar texture.
Cassava is a woody shrub originally native to South America but extensively cultivated as an annual crop in most tropical and subtropical regions of Asia and Africa. It can be purchased in many Asian food stores peeled and frozen, or as a frozen pulp.
Cassava must be well cooked as it contains Prussic acid (hydrocyanic acid), which can cause cyanide
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