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B Vitamins

 

Although all nutrients and minerals are important for optimum health, there are a few nutrients that are critical to health. One of those nutrients is the Vitamin B complex. Are you getting enough?

A national survey for nutrition and health reported  the US population is on average anywhere from 3% to 6% low in the B vitamins and may be a silent epidemic and more pervasive than they thought. (1)

How much do you need? It depends on your age, medical conditions, and your diet. If you have had weight loss surgery, celiac, Crohn’s Disease, taken commonly prescribed heartburn medications, or are eating a mainly vegetarian or vegan diet, these can all lead to vitamin B deficiencies.

This month I’m going to share some ways you can make certain you are getting an adequate amount of all the B vitamins.

Thiamine (Vitamin B1), riboflavin (Vitamin B2), and niacin (Vitamin B3), are necessary for energy production.

Vitamin B5, or pantothenic acid, helps the body use fats and proteins in food, and turns carbohydrates into blood sugar for energy. Foods that contain Vitamin B5 are whole grains, legumes, eggs, nuts, avocados, spinach, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, and tomatoes.

Vitamin B6 helps your body process protein, as well as supporting the nervous system and immune system. Vitamin B6 is in avocados, bananas, and eggs.

Biotin (Vitamin B7) helps the body produce hormones and aids in converting food into energy.

Folate (Vitamin B9) is found in citrus fruits, peanuts, and some mushrooms. Along with Vitamin A, it is concentrated in green vegetables like romaine lettuce, spinach, turnip greens, mustard greens, parsley, collard greens, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, and lentils. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say expectant mothers need 400 mcg of folate daily before and during pregnancy to prevent birth defects in their babies’ brain and spine.(2)

The synthetic form of folate is folic acid. High intakes of folic acid have been associated with higher risks of cancer, as well as masking B12 deficiencies. So, if you use a B vitamin supplement, make sure it contains folate in a whole-food form of Vitamin B9.

Look for 5-methyltetrahydrofolate or 5-MTHF as the folate, and avoid supplements that contain folic acid.

Vitamin B12, or cobalamin, is unique in that it is almost exclusively found in animal sources such as meat, fish, dairy, and eggs. It is the B vitamin I have found to be vitally important for vegetarians in particular. As Dr. Joseph Mercola notes, “microorganisms, primarily bacteria, are the only known organisms that manufacture B12. These bacteria often live in bodies of water and soil. Animals get B12 by eating food and soil contaminated with these microorganisms.”(3)  The bacteria require cobalt to produce B12, which is why it is also known as cobalamin. Plant food can provide Vitamin B12 if it is taken from soil containing cobalt and is not cleaned, leaving the bacteria on it.

People eating a mostly plant-based diet should have their blood checked by a doctor to make certain they are getting enough B12 and other B vitamins, including folate. Vegans, who eat no animal products at all, should consistently eat foods fortified with Vitamin B12—such as breakfast cereals—two or three times each day to get at least 3 mcg of B12 daily. For example, if a fortified plant milk contains 1 mcg of Vitamin B12 per serving, then consuming three servings a day will provide adequate Vitamin B12. Other vegans may find the use of Vitamin B12 supplements more convenient and economical.

The less frequently you obtain Vitamin B12, the more you need to take, as Vitamin B12 is best absorbed in small amounts. A daily supplement of 10 mcg is required. But, the body’s ability to absorb vitamin B12 from dietary supplements is limited. “For example, only about 10 mcg of a 500 mcg oral supplement is actually absorbed in healthy people.”(4)

I have been using a new type of vitamin B12 called Methylcobalamin. You take it by spraying it under your tongue. This type of sprayable vitamin supplement is more absorbable.

Methylcobalamin “is the most active form of B12 in the human body. It converts homocysteine into methionine, which helps protect the cardiovascular system. Methylcobalamin also offers overall protection to the nervous system.

This Methylcobalamin B12 form can also cross the blood- brain barrier–without assistance–to protect brain cells. It contributes essential methyl groups needed for detoxification and to start the body’s biochemical reactions.”(5)

Look for this type of supplement. When taking vitamins, you want to thrive, not just survive.

Symptoms of deficiency include energy loss, tingling, numbness, reduced sensitivity to pain or pressure, blurred vision, abnormal gait, sore tongue, poor memory, confusion, hallucinations, and personality changes. Often these symptoms develop gradually over several months to a year before they are recognized as being due to a B12 deficiency, and they are usually reversible upon the administration of B12.(6)

When I read this list of symptoms, I was really surprised. Lack of Vitamin B could have been one of the contributing factors to the vision problems I had battled all of my life.

According to Optometrist Ben C. Lane of the Optical Society, there is a link between nearsightedness, and chromium and calcium levels, which are lowered by sugar and protein consumption. The excessive intake of sugar and overcooked proteins exhausts the body’s supplies of chromium and B vitamins. Fluid pressure in the eye, a contributing factor of nearsightedness, is regulated by the B vitamins.(7)

Make certain you are getting adequate amounts of all of the B vitamins.

Sources:
1. Agricultural Research magazine.
B12 Deficiency May Be More Widespread Than Thought By Judy McBride, August 2, 2000
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Folic Acid.” http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/folicacid/index.html
3. Mercola, Joseph. (2002, January 30). “Vitamin B12: Are You Getting It?” http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2002/01/30/vitamin-b12-part-three.aspx
4..  Carmel, R. (2008). “How I treat cobalamin (vitamin B12) deficiency.” Blood, 112: 2214-21.
5..  Group, Edward. (November 11, 2014). “Vitamin B12 Benefits: 4 Types and Their Health Benefits.”
6. Norris, Jack. “Vitamin B12: Are You Getting It?” Vegan Health. http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/vitaminb12
7. . Goulart, Frances Sheridan. (1991, March 1). “Are You Sugar Smart? Linked to Heart Attacks, Kidney Disease, Diabetes and Other Diseases, Sugar Is to the ’90s What Cholesterol Was to the ’80s (Includes 9 ways to Cope with Sugar Cravings).” American Fitness. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-10722552.html
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“How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian” Was A Finalist In The International Book Awards In 2016!

I just found out that my book, “How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian” was a finalist in the International Book Awards in 2016! I didn’t even realize it!
 Internatioal Book Awards:
Congratulations to all of the Winners & Finalists of the 2016 International Book Awards.
 
Health: General
Finalist
How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian (Second Edition) by Nancy Addison
Organic Healthy Lifestyle Publishing
978-0-9961085-5-3
 
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Super Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

Super Breakfast Smoothie

Smoothies are symphonies of nutrients and fiber! You can have smoothies as a meal or a snack, or freeze them in popsicle molds and have them as a healthy desert.

I put healthy fat in my smoothies because my research shows it gives us energy, supports our brain health, and helps us absorb nutrients in fruits and other food more easily.

Chew on a bite of blueberry or cherry right before you have a smoothie, because it will help prepare your body for digestion.

Serves: One.

Ingredients

1 tbsp. coconut oil

2 tbsp. cold-pressed hemp or flax seed oil

1 scoop Protein Powder (Garden of Life is a good choice, or freshly ground, sprouted hemp seeds.)

2 tbsp. raw organic sprouted seed or nut butter

1-2 tsp. coconut probiotics (from refrigerated section of the grocery store)

1 banana with the skin (Clean the banana, cut off the ends, and cut it into chunks before putting it into the blender. The skin has more nutrients in it than the banana and is high in fiber.)

1 cup berries (cherries, strawberries, wild blueberries or berries of choice)

1 1⁄2 cups organic vanilla non-dairy milk (coconut or hemp work well)

 

Directions

Blend in blender until smooth and creamy.

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Tests Reveal That High Levels Of Weed Killer Is In Food, Including Baby Food.

Tests Reveal That High Levels Of Weed Killer Is In Our Food Supply, Including Baby Food!

Why Aren’t We Hearing Or Reading About This In The News?

        An FDA-registered Food Safety Testing Laboratory recently found extremely high levels of the pesticide glyphosate (the active ingredient in round-up weed killer made by Monsanto) in some popular foods, including Cheerios, Oreos, Doritos, and Ritz Crackers! (1) Scientific evidence demonstrates that levels as low as 0.1 part per billion (ppb) can cause extreme harm to one’s health. Cheerios measured as much as 1.125.3 ppb! (2)

        Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, is the most heavily used chemical weed-killer in history. “U.S. regulators allow a very high level of daily glyphosate residue in America’s food. The acceptable daily intake (ADI) limit is set at 1.75 milligrams per kilogram of bodyweight per day (written 1.75 mg/kg bw/day) in the U.S., versus a more cautious 0.3 mg/kg bw/day in the European Union.

        Tolerances have been set through the submission of corporate-sponsored studies and industry influence on the regulatory process. New research shows that Roundup causes liver and kidney damage in rats, as reflected in changes in the functions of 4,000 genes at only 0.05 parts per billion (ppb) glyphosate equivalent, indicating damage.” (3)

        Recent studies on the Toxicity of Glyphosate (Roundup) found this herbicide carcinogenic.[4]

They found glyphosate:

  1. Causes cell cycle dysregulation, which is a hallmark of tumor cells and human cancers. It’s deemed a carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s team of international cancer experts. Strong evidence from animal studies has linked the chemical to various forms of cancer, and “limited evidence” from human studies has linked it to non-Hodgkins lymphoma in particular. (5)

  2. Inhibits DNA synthesis in certain parts of the cell cycle—the cells’ reproductive process, which underlies the growth and development of all living organisms. It disrupts hormones and leads to reproductive problems, early onset puberty, obesity, diabetes, and some cancers. (6)

  3. Impedes the hatchings of sea urchins. (Sea urchins were used because they constitute an appropriate model for the identification of undesirable cellular and molecular targets of pollutants.) The delay was found to be dose dependent on the concentration of Roundup. The surfactant polyoxyethylene amine (POEA), another major component of Roundup, was also found to be highly toxic to the embryos when tested alone, and could therefore be a contributing factor. [7)

        I would like to let our voices be heard, so that the news will report these findings, and so that the FDA and the USDA will put a ban on this chemical that is leaching into our water and our environment, and is poisoning our food supply.

        If we do nothing, they assume we do not care.

        The only way they will listen is if we demand they listen. Please share this story with your friends, family, etc.  The only way this injustice will be corrected is if enough of us stand up and demand that something be done to stop the poisoning of our food supply.

        Here is a detailed list from Food Democracy Now, showing the test results. (8)

        Click here to see Food Democracy Now’s full report. (9)

        Why is this weed killer  in non-GMO and organic food?

        It’s because the widespread use of this chemical has seeped into the water supply, the soils, and the air. Glyphosate is not just used on GMO crops, even though most GMO crops were developed to withstand huge amounts of this chemical herbicide to be dumped on them in the field. There are quite a few farmers, who are not organic farmers, who use it to help dry their oat and wheat crops. In all of these types of crops, the round-up is then in the food, and is not able to be washed off.

        They also use these toxic herbicides, containing glyphosate, extensively in public areas like parks.  They are neurotoxins and can cause nerve damage. They can go right through the skin and directly into the blood stream. Think of your baby crawling on the grass or your pet’s nose sniffing it. Look at the rise in cancer in pets and children in the US. I find this incredibly alarming.

        The American Cancer Society states on their website that Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children aged 1 to 14 in 2016.

        Likewise, the Veterinary Cancer Society states that cancer is the leading cause of death in 47% of dogs.

        Everyone seems to act as if this is something that is normal, but I firmly believe it to be a direct result of the toxins (like carcinogens such as glyphosate) in our environment, food and water.

        Pollinators travel all over the place gathering food from flowers. Even though “there is no legal tolerance level for glyphosate in honey in the United States,” (10) Glyphosate is used so extensively, that the FDA found it in every single honey they tested. (11)

        “Even though the FDA annually examines foods for residues of many pesticides, it has skipped testing for glyphosate residues for decades. It was only in February of this year that the FDA said it would start some glyphosate residues analysis…The government and Monsanto have maintained that any glyphosate residues in food would be minimal enough to be safe. But critics say without robust testing, glyphosate levels in food are not known. And they say that even trace amounts may be harmful because they are likely consumed so regularly in many foods.” (12)

        Bees are so sensitive that these toxins are one of the reasons the bee population has declined by over 90% in the last few years, and those are only the hive bees that can be counted. We can’t effectively count the wild bees  or other pollinators, who live singularly.

        Can we even guess how many people have glyphosate-filled foods in their pantry? This can be one of the reasons half the men in the US have cancer. One third of women have cancer. The leading cause of death in the US of children is cancer.

        So, my question is: why isn’t our government protecting our food supply from these cancer-causing chemical and herbicides?

        Why isn’t this type of information being reported?

        This is in my opinion the slow poisoning of Americans, and it’s being allowed by our own government.

        I just wonder how much money is changing hands from Monsanto and other companies that manufacture these glyphosate herbicides, to these agencies or the people who are in charge of regulating the toxins in our environment and our food supply. I can’t imagine any other reason for them to allow this kind of continued use to happen, especially after being shown time and time again that they are harmful.

          I feel we need to ban lobbyists, and also demand that our government regulators start protecting us from these harmful poisons that are saturating our food, our environment and our water supply.

         According to EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) archives in the United States, it has been documented that Monsanto knew of the potential of glyphosate to cause cancer in mammals as long ago as 1981. (13)

        Why would the EPA create a cover-up, or continue to allow Monsanto and other companies to use these documented cancer-causing herbicides on crops?

        I personally am so disgusted with the regulations for our food in this country.

        I think it’s disgraceful what our country’s regulatory agencies allow to happen to our food, (including baby food!), our environment and our water. (14)

        I don’t think it will stop until we demand it.

        We need to share this story and other ones like the Food Democracy Now’s documented studies, until they can’t deny it any longer, and must do something about it.

         Just remember that you, your family and your friends’ health depends on what you ingest.  Avoid the herbicide-laden foods by choosing certified organic foods. These toxic chemicals, including glyphosate, are prohibited on organic crops.

        In closing, I’m asking for a call to action.

        Please share this story on twitter, facebook, etc.

        We need to demand that our food be safe.

        The government should take action on this, because it’s the ethical thing to do.

Sources:
1 & 2. Report by Food Democracy Now, “Glyphosate: Unsafe On Any Plate.” Link:https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.fooddemocracynow.org/images/FDN_Glyphosate_FoodTesting_Report_p2016.pdf
  1. Mesnage R, Arno M, Costanzo M, Malatesta M, Seralini GE, Anto-
niou MN. Transcriptome profile analysis reflects rat liver and kid-
ney damage following chronic ultra-low dose Roundup exposure.
Environ Health. 2015;14:70. http://ehjournal.biomedcentral.com/arti-
cles/10.1186/s12940-015-0056-1
  1. Mercola, Joseph. (2012, June 9). “New Evidence Against These Cancer-causing Foods – and the Massive Cover-up Effort.” Retrieved from  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/06/09/monsanto-roundup-found-to-be-carcinogenic.aspx
  2. Monsanto Roundup Harms Human Endocrine System at Levels Allowed in Drinking Water, Study Shows By J. D. Heyes, Global Research, April 06, 2015
  3. Entropy 2013, 15(4), 1416-1463; doi:10.3390/e15041416
Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases
Anthony Samsel 1and Stephanie Seneff 2,*
1Independent Scientist and Consultant, Deerfield, NH 03037, USA
2Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
  1. Bellé, R., et. al. (May 9, 2012). Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part B: Critical Reviews, 15(4), 233-237. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10937404.2012.672149
  2. Report by Food Democracy Now, “Glyphosate: Unsafe On Any Plate.” Link:https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.fooddemocracynow.org/images/FDN_Glyphosate_FoodTesting_Report_p2016.pdf
  3. Huffington Post:  FDA Finds Monsanto’s Weed Killer In U.S. Honey
09/15/2016 07:27 am ET | Updated Sep 15, 2016
 by Carey Gillam
  1.  www.epa.gov/iris/subst/0057.htm
    sustainablepulse.com/2015/03/26/who-glyphosate-report-ends-thirty-year-cancer-cover-up/
    npic.orst.edu/factsheets/glyphotech.pdf
11 https://www.usrtk.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/FDAblankhoney.pdf and Method development/validation of the direct  determination of glyphosate, glufosinate, and AMPA in
Food by LC/MS. Narong Chamkasem, Southeast Regional Laboratory, U.S. Food and Drug
Administration, Atlanta, GA, http://www.nacrw.org/2016/presentations/O-27.pdf
(12)  Monsanto Company. 1981a. MRID No. 0081674, 00105995. Available from EPA. Write to FOI, EPA, Washington, DC 20460.
Monsanto Company. 1981b. MRID No. 00093879. Available from EPA. Write to FOI, EPA, Washington, DC 20460.
Monsanto Company. 1985. MRID No. 00153374. Available from EPA. Write to FOI, EPA, Washington, DC 20460.
Monsanto Company. 1980a. MRID No. 00046362. Available from EPA. Write to FOI, EPA, Washington, DC 20460.
Monsanto Company. 1980b. MRID No. 00046363. Available from EPA. Write to FOI, EPA, Washington, DC 20460.
  1. Method development/validation of the direct
determination of glyphosate, glufosinate, and AMPA in
Food by LC/MS.
Narong Chamkasem,
Southeast Regional Laboratory, U.S. Food and Drug
Administration, Atlanta, GA, http://www.nacrw.org/2016/presentations/O-27.pdf
  1. Research Article Open Access, Volume 4 • Issue 2 • 1000210
J Environ Anal Toxicol, ISSN: 2161-0525 JEAT, an open access journal
Open Access Research Article, Environmental & Analytical Toxicology
Krüger et al., J Environ Anal Toxicol
2014, 4:2 http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2161-0525.1000210
*Corresponding author: Dr. Awad A Shehata, Institute of Bacteriology and
Mycology of Veterinary Faculty, University of Leipzig, Germany, Tel: 0049-
03419738183; Fax: 0049-03419738199; E-mail: shehata@vetmed.uni-leipzig.deReceived January 04, 2014; Accepted January 28, 2014 Published January 31, 2014 Citation: Krüger M, Schledorn P, Schrödl W, Hoppe HW, Lutz W, et al. (2014)  Detection of Glyphosate Residues in Animals and Humans. J Environ Anal Toxicol
4: 210. doi: 10.4172/2161-0525.1000210 Copyright© 2014 ,Institute of Bacteriology and Mycology of Veterinary Faculty, University of Leipzig, Germany 2 Medizinisches Labor Bremen Haferwende 12, 28357 Bremen, Germany 3 Wildlife Research Institute, Bonn, Germany 4 Avian and Rabbit Diseases Department, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Sadat City University, Egypt, http://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/detection-of-glyphosate-residues-in-animals-and-humans-2161-0525.1000210.pdf
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Holiday Traditions

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Holiday Traditions

        In a world faced with uncertainties, we crave our holiday traditions now more than ever.  We want to embrace what is familiar.  


      What is comforting is a table filled with family, friends, laughter, and food from recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.  

 
       I was in charge of the stuffing and Waldorf Salad this year.  My mother gave me the stuffing recipe that she has used since her mother taught her to make it. Now I am taking up the tradition, and I will pass it on to my children. These recipes and traditions can be such a stabilizing part of our lives. 

 
        My mother recently moved, and it has not been the same this year.  She said that she wasn’t going to decorate for Christmas this season, because it is so much trouble getting all the ornaments out, and then putting them away after the holidays.
 
        It would have been so hard to imagine going to my mother’s home on Christmas morning without the Christmas tree and the festive decorations that she so lovingly put out every year of my life.

        I suggested that we just change a few things this year and still make it work, and the traditions will grow and change with the times, and my mother agreed. 

 
         When my daughter asked my mother about the traditions we always had every year, she said that many years ago, she just decided that we were going to have some traditions, and she simply made them up as she went along. 

         After all these years of my mothers’ wonderful traditions, these are what her children and grandchildren now embrace and cherish so very much. 

 
        One of these traditions that my mother started years ago was to have a “Family Wassail Party” the weekend after Thanksgiving. The entire family goes over to my mother’s house, and drinks wassail (a hot mulled cider), eats, talks and helps decorate the tree. 

         There is a rule that you must put at least 10 ornaments on the tree before you can leave.  This creates such fun and merriment, as everyone is part of the overall creation.

        The tallest members of the family put the ornaments way up high, and the smaller ones decorate the lower hard-to-reach part of the tree.

         The laughter and sharing of the evening together is a time when we all get to relax and just catch up with each others’ lives, since we are all running at lightning speed these days. 

 
        My family is very large, and even though most of us live in the same city, we don’t get to see each other all that often.  It is the eye-to-eye contact, sharing and communication that truly bond us together. 

         These traditional events reconnect us and bring us closer together as a family. 

         I am going to make my grandmother’s recipe (that was handed down to my mother, and now to me), with loving care.  I know that the energy and love that I will put into the making of this dish will be what makes it so good. 

         All the foods your grandmother made had her loving energy in it. The main ingredient was always love. That is why that familiar traditional food tastes so much better.  That is also why we crave it when we are sad or lonely.  

 
       So as we continue our traditions, remember that we can create comforting, wonderful memories for our families and friends by just relaxing, and putting a lot of love into everything we do. It is the warm feelings in the traditions that we will always cherish.

         It truly is about being present, and being here, right now.  Slow down and savor the moment.  It is food for our soul. 
 
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Cancer Fighting – Cherry Smoothie Recipe

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Time for organic cherries!

Fresh cherries are only available for a limited time during the year.

Even though the harvest last for 4 months, there are peaks in the season. The California cherries peak at the end of May/beginning of June. The Washington cherries peak in early July.

Cherries contain vitamin C, carotenoids, and anthocyanins – cancer fighting  compounds.

I love this delicious smoothie recipe. But remember, I always recommend organic. Why, because conventionally grown cherries  don’t have the nutrients in them that organic cherries have. Also, cherries are on EWG’s Dirty Dozen List of produce that is the most contaminated with pesticides. They get their data from the USDA Pesticide Data Program, which tests for pesticide residues on washed produce. Conventional cherries have been shown to carry residues from up to 42 different pesticides, some of which are known carcinogens, suspected hormone disruptors, neurotoxins, and bee toxins. Both sweet and tart cherries supply these antioxidant substances, though tart cherries contain more. (Tart cherries can also contribute to better sleep.) The antioxidants in cherry juice and dried cherries (both unsweetened and sweetened) are similar to fresh cherries. Frozen cherries’ antioxidant content is somewhat lower. If you can’t find fresh organic cherries where you are, the frozen ones work great too!

Super Cherry Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1-cup fresh berries (blackberries, blueberries, etc.)

  • 1 cup pitted, fresh cherries

  • ½ cup coconut or hemp, unsweetened, vanilla milk (add more as needed)

  • 2 cups baby greens (spinach, Kale, romaine are all great)

  • ¼ cup sprouted, pumpkin seeds

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Serves one or two.

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Detox Salad

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Detox Salad

          I hope you have had a fabulous and magical holiday with your family and friends!

This is one of our favorite salads to eat,  especially after holidays of rich, heavy meals. Many of my clients have made it and loved it. Now, I’m documenting it here so you can refer back to this recipe over and over again! If you haven’t tried it, it is a must!

I call it a detox salad because it contains a very detoxifying green leafy herb called cilantro and the spice turmeric.

Cilantro can help the body rid itself of heavy metals. We get metal toxins in our bodies from a variety of places including dental fillings, aluminum deodorant, the aluminum foil we use in food preparation and storage, vaccinations, cadmium from secondhand smoke, and polluted air. Metal toxins are harder to rid our bodies of than other toxins, but cilantro is highly effective in helping the body detox them. Cilantro is also a good source of dietary fiber and iron, magnesium and manganese. I love the light flavor it adds to my salad mix and this is a great way to add it to your food!

This salad also contains the spice turmeric, which is anti-inflammatory, increases liver function, is detoxifying, and can help regulate blood sugar.

My daughter, Amanda, and I like to add greens to almost all of our recipes. It makes them healthier and lighter. If we are having a rice or pasta dish, when it’s warm and ready to serve, just combine it with salad greens. It is so easy and absolutely delicious!

Ingredients:

1 c. romaine lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
1 c. cilantro, chopped
¼ cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 c. chopped tomato
1 ½ or 2 c. warm, sprouted and cooked green lentils
1 tsp. minced red onion
1 avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped into chunks
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
¼ tsp. curry powder
¼ tsp. turmeric
unrefined sea salt to taste
fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions: Combine all ingredients well and enjoy!

Note: This is also a salad you can enjoy warm or make ahead of time and store in the fridge for a few days, I love it when the flavors have a chance to meld together. Just remember to chop the avocado later right before serving.

Variation: You can substitute beans for the lentils.

This recipe makes one to two servings.

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Benefits of Being Vegetarian, Amazon Best Seller! “How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian”

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 Benefits of Being Vegetarian

Amazon Best Seller!

“How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian”

– Second Edition

by Celebrity Chef –

Nancy Addison CHC, AADP

is available now on Kindle

and the paperback version

is coming out soon!

Have you ever wondered the benefits of a vegetarian diet or the benefits of being vegetarian? Well best selling author Nancy Addison’s new, second edition of How to Be a Healthy Vegetarian is out now. It’s a Comprehensive Guide to Being A Healthy Vegetarian in Today’s World! It has everything you need to know from the best vegetarian recipes, protein for vegetarians, the best fats, the best sweeteners, protein rich vegetarian foods, quick easy vegetarian recipes, etc.

This book gives vegetarians the power of healthy choices and assists them in creating long-term, sustainable, and life-enhancing strategies for being a healthy vegetarian, vegan or raw foodist. In this book, #1 bestselling Author Nancy Addison inspires, motivates, and teaches easy-to-implement suggestions for leading a nutritious lifestyle. She also offers incredible insight into health and wellness for people of all ages. The book includes over 110 easy recipes, many of which are gluten free, raw and vegan! Get your copy of “How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian” Second Edition today!

You will find out why Celebrity Chef and Nutrition Expert Nancy Addison has been sought out by Doctors from all over the world as well as celebrities and other famous people like Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, Suzie Humphreys, Maryann De Leo, Bob Fanucci, Sir Earl Toon, Bill Booth, Beth Morgan, and many others.

How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian“2nd edition is an excellent book. Having had the opportunity to assist and promote health and nutrition with world-class athletes over the last 25 years; it is my opinion that Nancy Addison’s book is a formula for high-level performance in our daily lives. I can’t imagine a more informative book for the person looking to improve their health. Nancy is one of the top nutrition experts I’ve ever known. What you put on the end of your fork is more powerful medicine than anything you will find at the bottom of a pill bottle.”
– Gary L. Massad, M.D. FACOM, FAASM, FAC, LM. Past attending physician to the 1984 and 1996 Olympic Games, attending physician to United States Cycling Federation, USTAA, and USMAA

Addison is a Dallas native and raised her two children on an organic, whole-grain, vegetarian diet.

“Eat like a cow and you’ll be as strong as an ox!” – Nancy Addison

Do you want to know quick easy vegetarian recipes? This book has over 115 quick vegetarian meals, extensive information and recipes for protein rich foods for vegetarians, information about probiotics, the thyroid, and extensive amount of other importanit information you will be thrilled to read about. Because this book is about being healthy. Making this lifestyle easy and healthy.

This book is recommended by leading Medical Doctors as a great resource for medical professionals.

It is easy to understand and easy to implement!

Nancy is an expert at making cutting edge science easy to understand and even easier to implement with her delicious quick easy vegetarian recipes and easy to implement lifestyle suggestions.

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Nancy Addison is available for interviews and appearances.

For more information, please visit www.organichealthylifestyle.com,

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The Plight Of Pollinators

 

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The Plight Of The Pollinator

 

The intricate web of life,  on this planet, depends on every aspect of life, all the way down to the fragile bee. Every part of this web has a particular role on the earth, and when one element of this web is removed, it starts a downward spiral effect which is difficult to foresee and which can be catastrophic. We are at serious risk of losing the bees now, and we need do something about it. I have a petition for the EPA in hopes they will take action.

Please sign my petition for the EPA. Click here.

Bee colonies are seriously threatened by the widespread use of pesticide-coated seeds currently used by farmers, particularly on corn and soy crops. These insecticides are called neonicotinoids. Studies show that bees are drawn to the nectar of neonicotinoid plants and become addicted to them in the same manner that humans become addicted to nicotine. For this reason, bees become addicted to plants grown from these toxic seeds and gorge themselves on these plants, seeking them out and returning to them in the future. Because nectar is brought back to the hive by individual bees, neonicotinoid toxins are also brought back to the hive, where they spread to and kill the entire colony. They achieve this by destroying the nervous systems of bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies. This has led to what scientists have dubbed “colony collapse disorder.”

Why should we care? Bees are important because we need them to pollinate food crops and wild plants. Bees are also an essential part of our economy as they pollinate over 15 billion dollars worth of crops a year. Some crops that won’t grow without honeybees include: apples, cucumbers, broccoli, onions, pumpkins, carrots, avocados, almonds, and many more. If we lose the honey bee our fragile web of life will be devastated, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has so far failed to aggressively seek out a solution. The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that neonicotinoids don’t even increase crop yields, although that is the purported reason for their use in the first place.

In-depth studies from Purdue University (http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/research/2012/120111KrupkeBees.html), Harvard University (http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2012/04/pesticide-tied-to-bee-colony-collapse/), and Oxford University, Trinity College Dublin, Newcastle University and Lund University (http://marketbusinessnews.com/bees-crave-neonicotinoid-pesticides-like-humans-with-nicotine/58089) concerning the danger and harm of neonicotinoids towards bees and other pollinators confirm that this is a grave concern.  Overwhelming research conducted on the effects these products have on the environment has led the European Union to presently ban the use of neonicotinoids across the entire continent of Europe. In the United States and Canada, seed-producing companies are allowed to make and sell seeds coated with this pesticide, which has been shown in numerous research studies to contribute to bee and bee colony deaths.

“We know that these insecticides are highly toxic to bees; we found them in each sample of dead and dying bees,” said Christian Krupke, associate professor of entomology at Purdue University and a co-author of the findings.

The United States is losing about one-third of its honeybee hives each year, according to Greg Hunt, a Purdue University professor of behavioral genetics, honeybee specialist, and co-author of the Purdue findings. Hunt said no one particular factor is to blame for this loss, though scientists believe that other factors such as mites and insecticides are all working against the bees as well. “It’s like death by a thousand cuts for these bees,” Hunt said.”

In 2014, 37 million bees were found dead in Ontario, Canada after neonicotinoid-laced corn seeds were planted in the area. (http://naturalsociety.com/37-million-bees-found-dead-canada-large-gmo-crop-planting/). “Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions,” stated Dave Schuit, a local honey producer. This catastrophe is a powerful sign of the harm these seeds affect on our environment.

Furthermore, the effects of these toxins are not limited to the fields where these crops are planted. Genetically engineered plants are able to escape into the wild, where they interbreed with natural plants and continue to spread throughout the environment. The repercussions of this are alarming for the future of our earth, the future of food, and the futures of our children and grandchildren.

“The bees we should also be concerned about are the “3,999 other bee species living in North America, most of which are solitary, stingless, ground-nesting bees you’ve never heard of. Incredible losses in native bee diversity are already happening. 50 percent of Midwestern native bee species disappeared from their historic ranges in the last 100 years. Four of our bumblebee species declined 96 percent in the last 20 years, and three species are believed to already be extinct. A little part of me despairs when I read in a scientific paper: “This species probably should be listed under the Endangered Species Act if it still exists.” These bees nest in the  ground and when the neonicotinoid seeds were planted in the fields, the mason bees did not make one single nest.” Source of quote: (Source: http://www.wired.com/2015/04/youre-worrying-wrong-bees/)

“In watermelons, native bees do 90 percent of the pollination.
Native bees improve fruit production in apples. Native bee pollination creates twice as much fruit as honey bees in blueberries. In tomatoes, native bee species increase fruit production significantly.” (Source: http://www.wired.com/2015/04/youre-worrying-wrong-bees/)

How much evidence will it take before the EPA, or other companies involved, stop the use, and protect our fragile web of life? Bees and the future of our environment are in need of protection from these toxic and harmful poisons. Given the enormous number of bee deaths already, the enormous amounts of neonicotinoid insecticide-coated seeds that are currently being planted, the fragile state of the bee colonies, and the mounting evidence showing neonicotinoid insecticide-coated seed is a danger to bee colonies, don’t you agree that the EPA should stop the manufacturing and planting of this toxic seed?

I move that the EPA ban the manufacturing, sale and use of these toxins, poisons and coated seeds in the United States.

Don’t you think companies should have a ethical and moral obligation to humanity to stop doing and promoting things that are proven to be harming the environment and humanity? Monsanto, DuPont, Dow Chemical, Crop Life America and Bayer all make these seeds and sell them. These companies apparently aren’t doing anything to halt this situation. Why? We need to ask ourselves this question. I pose a question: Do you have investment money supporting companies that do this type of thing?  Is this the type of investment in your future, that will sustain the life of your children and their children?

If they are not voluntarily stopping their production, sale and use of seeds and toxins that have been shown to be doing harm to the environment, then isn’t it the responsibility of the EPA to make them stop harming the environment?

Please sign this petition and join me in helping to stop the use of toxins that are proven to be harmful to bees ( all types) and other pollinators (example: hummingbirds & butterflies), to the environment, and to the human population. These toxins put our fragile web of life in jeopardy.

Please sign my petition to ban and outlaw the manufacturing, sale and use of harmful neonicotinoid coated seeds and pesticides by companies and farmers.

Click here to sign my petition.

Update! We have 139,786 supporters signatures! Let’s get 100,000 more! Please share this with your friends and family!
 
Even the federal court system is saying the EPA is wrong!
 
http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2015/09/federal-court-nixes-epa-approval-pesticide-known-be-highly-toxic-honey-bees

The EPA just released a report saying that these poisons are the cause of catastrophic bee deaths, but yet they are still not making them illegal to make or use!  Click here to read the EPA report.

Please sign my petition. I am taking it in February and wish to have as many signatures as possible.

Watch this!  Click Here to watch Maria Spivak on Ted Talks, talk about the bees.

 

Nancy Addison  talks with Richard Kemp on the Farm & Ranch USA Report

KLGD 106.9fm, The Country Giant about the bees –  Click Here to listen to the Radio Show Segment on the Bees.

I’d love to hear your comments!

A Special Surprise For You Today! A Free Uplifting Movie!

 

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Good morning!

A surprise today!

I Love you and I loved watching this movie.


This movie is free to watch for a limited time, so I thought this would be a good thing for me to share with my family and friends.

It educational and uplifting in so many ways.  It’s  available online for a limited-time.

 

This movie shares with you our history, our present situation and how we have become a generation of people who are tired, fat and getting sicker and sicker. This movie shows you how to heal and become a part of the change you want to see in the world.

We have the power to bring about great change. We make that choice every single day.

You can be among the first to see Dr. Pedram’s insightful new movie Origins, and discover the simplest, most profound explanations as to why our health continues to decline and what you can do about it.

Click here to watch the movie.

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”    – Ghandi

Together we can make this a better world for all us!

 

Lots of love, Nancy