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Benefits of Going Vegan

Better for your health and the planet

A plant-based diet is increasingly becoming recognized as a healthier alternative to a meat based diet. Vegetarianism is widespread and in recent years veganism has become one of the most popular diets, endorsed by many celebrities and members of the medical community. Going vegan has many benefits for us and our environment.

1. Vegans Live Longer

Scientists have been talking for years about the effects of greenhouse gas emissions on our atmosphere and planet. Now, more than ever, the need to find solutions for these problems has become urgent.

One of the ways in which we can help is by switching to a plant based diet. A study conducted by Oxford Martin School

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Vegetarian Diet

Humankind’s natural diet

Everyone has an opinion, but not every opinion is correct. When we look around the world at humanity, those who live longest and remain healthiest all have a very good or semi-vegetarian diet. In Okinawa Japan, life expectancy amongst the older generation is in excess of 100 years because bulk of their diet is fresh vegetables.

It is one of the tragedies of Okinawa that the parents, great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents have to bury their children who are dying because they have embraced the Western high meat, high-fat and highly processed diet that has become so prevalent across the world.

In India and other countries where vegetarianism is prevalent, longevity and good health are considered normal yet in

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Okinawan Diet

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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Hemp the Wonder Crop

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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Blue Cheese

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 and Osteoporaosis

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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Papaya - Nutrition and Healing

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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Turmeric

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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Chinese Cuisine

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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Cinnamon

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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