Tuesday, December 28, 2010

"Teams of Scientists Have Cracked the Genetic Codes of the Wild Strawberry"

The natural food on this earth contains all that the body needs to create and maintain health on all levels. It's written into its makeup and molecular structure. Once consumed it sends restorative messages to the cells of our body, and ensures that our health soars. Natural food is like a reset button. Restoring us to our natural state of well being on a cellular level and beyond.

But when natural food is tampered with biologically it no longer contains that primordial message of restoration. Once consumed these "foods" confuse our cells that were designed to eat only that which grows of its own doing, not that which is cultivated merely for convenience sake and monetary gain.

"Because farmers have been cross-breeding and hybridizing food crops for centuries to improve traits, they tend to have large complicated genomes but the wild strawberry's is relatively small so we can get access to all of these useful genes comparatively easily,' said Dan Sargent of Britain's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Crop Science Initiative, who worked on the project...

This will accelerate research that will lead to improved crops, particularly commercial strawberries," said Todd Mockler, of Oregon State University, one of the lead researchers on the team in the United States."

The intent behind cultivated fruits and veggies is mass production. Splicing various genes from a variety of sources (even human genes) into produce for the purpose of everything from disease resistance, repelling insects, increasing growth rate, to overall aesthetic appearance.

Is this what we call progress?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Are Your Almonds Really Raw?

Did you know that it is mandatory for U.S. almonds to be pasteurized?

As a result of a handful of salmonella outbreaks, the Almond Board of California (the governing body of virtually all U.S. almond growers and handlers) and the USDA ruled in 2007 that almond growers within this country must pasteurize almonds for sale within the United States. Pasteurization is the process of heating foods to high temperatures in order to kill microorganisms. Pasteurization of almonds involves either a steaming process or treatment with propylene oxide gas (once used as racing fuel). Doesn't sound so natural does it?

So when you buy almonds today that carry the "raw" label, they aren't raw in actuality. They've been pasteurized using one of the processes outlined above. There is a loophole however. Grocers can import raw almonds from other countries. Not so good for reducing your carbon footprint, but one of the few ways to get around it at the moment. These almonds are usually labeled unpasteurized or "really raw" and list the country of origin. There are also some domestic growers who sell raw almonds directly but who knows how long they will be able to do so. Again, in this case if they are really raw they will specifically say so. It's really a shame. There is so much natural goodness in raw almonds that you can't get from the pasteurized version and the taste is completely different too.

Also noteworthy is the fact that cashews labeled raw are generally not raw either. They are usually boiled or steamed in oil to help remove toxins from the outer shell of the cashew. They do sell some really raw hand polished cashews and there are companies that utilize special technology to make sure the toxins don't touch the nut itself. But unfortunately these aren't the varieties they sell in most grocery stores.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Herbs That Cure

Two of Dr. Sebi’s commonly recommended herbs. Burdock root and Sarsaparilla (also known as Sar'sas'parilla).

Both are highly regarded for their blood purification properties. People always ask me which herbs are great to detox and cleanse the body. These two are a great place to start. Anti-viral, microbial, fungal, anti-cancerous and rich in several essential vitamins and minerals. These bad boys will pick up the toxins in your body and flush them right out due to their diuretic properties.

I’m going to use the sarsaparilla as loose tea. For the burdock it’s best to finely chop and soak the raw root to reduce some of the tannin content (especially important if you are prone to anemia), then you can dry it for tea, eat it raw, put it in smoothies, or even cook with it.

Remember that herbs are potent medicine. Although they are natural you should always research thoroughly and follow the advice of a trusted herbalist because they do sometimes come with precautions and interactions/side effects. –Aiya Abrihet Jna-Asha