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Butter Fat and Bread.

Author: Wiseman
June 25, 2014

New Rules!

Trendy diets

Daily Wisdom

2014 Butter—and other full-fat foods—may help us lose weight. In other good news, a new study says there is definitely no linkbetween the saturated fat in butter and heart disease. But wait: Some big flaws with that studyprove that there may be a thread of connection between butter and disease after all. No. Wait again. Butter really is okay. Just in moderation, and as a part of a balanced diet. http://www.bonappetit.com/entertaining-style/trends-news/article/butter-studies-roundup

The butter boom, at least in part, has been attributed to a shift in consumer preferences away from processed foods and back toward natural foods. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/03/24/butter-consumption.aspx

My advise: Stop! Do not jump from one extreme to the other!

Food is good for you. And water. And coffee. And alcohol.


Healthy life style

Stop that!

The main rule: avoid processed food in any form – hard, soft and liquid.

Supplemental rule: Move! Shake your butt! Exercise.

Take care of your body. Many people take better care of their car than of their body.

Enjoy life my friends and don’t feel guilty munching on a piece of chocolate. Enjoy a glass of good wine. Don’t torture your body with latest trendy diet. You’re  just confusing your body.

Don’t read about all the hot new diet trends or “miracle” foods or lotion that makes you thin.

There is no instant gratification.

But there is this pleasure of eating good food without feeling guilty about it and feeling good about yourselves.

Good for you

It’s OK. Enjoy.

May 13, 2011

Bees are dying around the world

They feed us.

In addition to the fact that honey is a unique substance with healing properties our main food supplies are in danger.

From http://democracyinactionblog.com/

The reservoir of bees is dwindling to the point where ratios are dangerously out of kilter, with the US reaching the “most extreme” imbalance… [and] animal pollination is essential for nuts, melons and berries, and plays varying roles in citrus fruits, apples, onions, broccoli, cabbage, sprouts, courgettes, peppers, aubergines, avocados, cucumbers, coconuts, tomatoes and broad beans, as well as coffee and cocoa.”

Scientists from the United Nations (UN) say the phenomenon is now a global crisis, afflicting bees across China, Japan, and Africa, as well as in other places. The report, issued by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), explains that without bees, there will be no more food. Bees are one of nature’s primary pollinators, and over 70 percent of the world’s food supply relies on them to grow. “Human beings have fabricated the illusion that in the 21st century they have the technological prowess to be independent of nature,” said Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director. “Bees underline the reality that we are more, not less, dependent on nature’s services in a world of close to seven billion people.”
One such mode of “technological prowess” is the flagrant and irresponsible use of genetically-modified organisms (GMO). GMO technology is heavily reliant on the use of toxic pesticides and herbicides, which several recent studies have pinned to the widespread bee deaths. In January, a leaked document revealed that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) actually knowingly approved a bee-killing pesticides known as clothianidin. This Bayer CropScience chemical has been identified as a primary instigator of CCD,
disappearance of bees


Jamie says:

March 22, 2011 at 7:01 pm
The bee keeper that I get my supply of honey from ( organic bee keeper ) told me that he is having to go to Cnanda to get his bees as his colonies are in total collapse. He went down to Geaorgia, USA in 2010 and said that he was greeted by a most eerie sight in the meadows where hives are kept; Silence. He said that he heard not a cricket, not a bird or frog or any other creature that is natural to those woodland meadows. Just recounting the story, I could see, was causing him some intense uneasiness.
Bumble Bees Dying News
Bee deaths are in the news. A recent increase in sudden bee deaths has many worried. Bees are integral to agriculture and without them it can literally be deadly for business and regions of people. While honeybees often take center stage when it comes to this topic, deaths of Bumblebees are no less a concern. Multiple species of Bumblebees are experiencing a mysterious decline prompting both intensifying scientific interest, and paranoia that it could be a sign of impending doom. Concern that this could be the result of man-made circumstances that are difficult to reverse is prompting fears of the impact the world over.
The die-off problem among North American bumble bees has repercussions beyond the mere issues related to saving the species. Bumble bees also account for nearly $3 billion of the US’ economy because they actually pollinate around 15 percent of all the crops grown in the US.
The geographic presence of North American bumble bees was also reduced by between 23 percent to 87 percent over the same course of the last 20 years.
Christopher Mullin of Penn State joined with several colleagues to take samples from beekeepers across 23 states, and found a wide variety of pesticides and other chemicals in the hives they examined. No one pesticide, they said, was strong enough to be lethal — but they said it is possible that some of them are combining in some way that is not yet understood.
“In many ways we view honeybees as an indicator species,” like the proverbial canary in the coal mine, he said. “We don’t know what’s going on. And we all share the same earth.”

February 26, 2011

Herbs of Kedem

Judean Desert Herbs

The ancient Hebrew medicine was practiced in the Land of Israel at least until the second century B.C., as attested by contemporary historians who described the export of ointments from the Judean Desert region.  Its approach included: the maceration of plants in oil (installations for such a process were recently discovered in Ein-Bokek, near the Dead Sea);

Emphasis on total change of an existing condition, as exemplified by symbol of snake on bar (current symbol of pharmacies), which Moses received: stick converted to snake and back.  Immediately upon receiving this symbol, he
performed an act of healing on himself: converting healthy hand to hand with leprosy, and healing it again.  This total transformation was typically performed with hormones-rich plants.
The Hebrew term Kedem means “antiquity” but also “forward”- and the idea of the name is that ancient remedies will be the basis for the remedies of the future.
Herbs of Kedem’s researcher, Isabelle Haim, a biotechnologist,  has succeeded to combine Dead Sea minerals with antiseptic local plants to create powerful anti-aging creams without any synthetic stabilizers or preservatives.  These creams bear biblical names related to their purpose:
KARMEL– following the name of the place where this rich anti-aging cream is made, and which means in Hebrew “God’s
Vineyard”, referring to the goodness o local crops on the desert’s verge.
MESHI– a rich facial serum for dry skin, meaning Silk in Hebrew, and indeed a silky texture is created by it
TSUKIM– a rich anti-wrinkle balm, applies the astringent features of desert shrubs to create anamazung Botox-like
natural lifting of wrinkled skin.  It means “cliffs” in Hebrew.
TISHREI is a gentle scrub for aging skin, containing rapidly absorbed oils and shredded jojoba seeds, rich in nourishing
proteins.  A weekly scrub with it creates wonderful results.  (In Hebrew, Tishrei is the first month of the year- a symbol
of skin regeneration).
AVIV, “spring” in Hebrew, is a cleanser for the skin, and BOKER, “morning” in  Hebrew, helps tone aging skin right after
the skin becomes loose at night.
The skin & body therapy line includes:
MACCABIM oil, meaning the ancient heroes that saved the Holy Land from Syrian invasion. Treatment for scars, hematomas, bruises, keloids, sprains, pigmentation, burns, eczemas, atopic dermatitis.  7 times more powerful than Aloe-Vera, and a first-aid must for any home.
REGALIM, meaning “legs” and festivals of pilgrimage to Jerusalem, is a balm for feet, nails & cuticles, using the powerful ingredients of MACCABIM.
MAZOR, meaning relief and healing  for chapped feet, athlete foot, jock itch, and together with MEDBAR oil (meaning desert), it treats psoriasis.
TOVA, meaning the good salve, supplements MACCABIM for eczema-affected skin.
SEPHORRIS, stemming from Nail in Hebrew, applied powerful Hyssop species to treat nail fungus.
BARKAN, stemming from Knee in Hebrew, provides relief for arthritis of joints, and helps improve motion of joints and slow down deformation.
Nikuz Organic Herbal Detoxification Tea
Importance of liver and kidneys for detox: “liver” in Hebrew means also “heavy, respectful”; “kidneys” in Hebrew mean also “totality”.
In our family we use many of the Kedem products. We know it is safe for our kids and grandkids.

February 15, 2011

Citric acid in lemons


For brighter, softer skin use fresh lemon juice on any area of your body, including the knees, elbows, and face to brighten up and soften your skin. Lemon juice also fades freckles and age spots by applying lemon juice on the areas before going to bed. Over the course of a week or two, it will cleanse the skin and lighten its color. You can also add 1/2 cup of fresh juice to your bath water and soak for 20 minutes for an all over skin treatment.

If your skin is sensitive to the citric acid in lemons, you may dilute the lemon juice with a bit of water.  I apply lemon juice to my skin by putting the juice on an already moistened cotton ball. Do not apply lemon juice to your skin before sun exposure as it makes the skin more sensitive to the sun.
To exfoliate dead skin cells rub a cut lemon dipped into a half-teaspoon of sugar over your face for a few minutes, or create a mild mixture by using lemon juice, sugar and a small amount of water. Do this every night to help remove accumulated dead skin cells and refresh your skin.
Can Lemon Juice Help Pimples?
The short answer is yes…for some people. As with most acne treatments, whether prescription, a home remedy, or over the counter, many people find that it works wonders, while others see no improvement.
Lemon for your skin

Try it!

Lemon juice is, of course, a citric acid and very rich in vitamin C, which has benefits for all skin types. The citric acid acts to exfoliate the skin, an important step in treating acne. Lemon juice is also a natural skin whitener, so it can act to reduce a pimple’s redness.

A bit of lemon is also good for applying to fresh acne scars, both for the exfoliation that speeds up the healing and for temporary bleaching to improve the look of the skin.
Lemon is widely used in home beauty preparations. If you mix it with Aloe Vera, it can be used as a cleanser. Some people use them diluted with water as toners for oily skin.
Drink it too! Lemon water is good for your skin.
Lemon contains high levels of vitamin C. This citrus fruit rejuvenates your skin from the inside, enhancing your existing beauty and bringing a natural glow to your skin. Lemon water also flushes out toxins from the body, which also results in healthy skin and a glowing complexion, according to Iloveindia.com. Lukewarm water will bring out the best in your lemon water, according to Energiseforlife.com. Using water that is too cold or too hot will only cause the body to expand energy in order to process the liquid, while lukewarm water gives your body an easier time absorbing the nutrients.

February 11, 2011

Are all skin care products safe?

Is it safe?

Here is some valuable information about ingredients in skin care products.

Every white cream is in fact an emulsion of water with fatty materials.  Such an emulsion necessarily contains stabilizers and preserving ingredients.
Include Propylene Glycol.  Propylene Glycol is used in antifreeze, hydraulic fluids and as a solvent. The material safety data sheet on this ingredient warns to avoid skin contact. Propylene Glycol is implicated in contact dermatitis, kidney damage and liver abnormalities; it can inhibit skin cell growth in human tests and can damage cell membranes causing rashes, dry skin and surface damage. Is this in your moisturizer?

Antifreeze in skin creams

Skin scare

You can find it in cosmetics, toothpaste, shampoos and conditioner, lotions, deodorants, baby wipes, processed foods and many more personal care items. Studies have shown that it is retained in your system.  Find more about it and other risks of cosmetic ingredients in: www.ewg.org.

Preserving Ingredients
These appear in almost all cosmetic creams, and include triclosan, and methyl paraben (other forms are: propyl, ethyl, and butyl). Following is an excerpt from an article in the September 2002 issue of Happi (Household and Personal Products Industry) — a chemical industry trade journal “Cosmetic Product Preservation” by Jabbar Mufti:
“Typical preservatives used in the cosmetic industry include methyl paraben, ethyl paraben and propyl paraben and their derivatives. They disable activity in the bacterial wall to prevent fungal contamination. This action continues when the product is on the skin and may be absorbed into the skin tissue, taken up by the blood stream and ultimately reside in the major organs. The preservative action is so stable, it continues to work while inside the body, limiting the normal enzyme activity of the body. How do we know this? Autopsies performed on cancerous tumours have shown residues of methyl-, ethyl- and propyl parabens.”
Toxins in lipstick

Is it safe?

Scientists have found new evidence to show you why you should think carefully about using products that contain methyl paraben. “Their experiments show that xenoestrogens in a mixture can have a very significant effect in the presence of estrogen. The additive impact of a collection of xenoestrogens, each of them at concentrations beneath their individual “no effect” level, was to more than double the effect of natural estrogen by itself.”

Here`s the link to read the report on “weak” estrogens:

All organic skin care

Safe creams

The products offered on this site contain exclusively edible ingredients, of vegetal origin.  They contain no preserving ingredients, artificial fragrances or solvents.

February 9, 2011

Cure for cold

Common cold

I stumbled on this article in the Parade magazine and was shocked.

Millions of dollars are spent on a very scientific research. By very scientific people. Like this one.

Dr. Birgit Winther, an otolaryngologist and part of a cold-research team at the University of Virginia, is one of the top experts on the subject. For 30 years, this tidy, petite scientist has studied the untidy subject of sneezes, coughs, and runny noses. She’s the kind of fearless researcher who weighs dirty tissues, harvests mucus from swollen nostrils, and smears it on phones and light switches.

She suggest a few “simple” remedies. Dr. Winther calls drugs “simple remedies”!

Treat the individual symptoms that bother you most,” Winther advises. Her step-by-step plan: At the first sign of symptoms, take ibuprofen to ease sore throat, headache, and malaise. If a stuffy nose is a problem, add an OTC nasal spray. For a runny nose, use a prescription spray (especially useful if you must be around people the first three days of a cold, the most contagious time). Old-style antihistamines, such as Benadryl or Chlor-Trimeton, can also alleviate congestion and sneezes but may make you drowsy


common cold

Tea and honey

Meanwhile the distinguished learned doctors are forgetting about very simple way to prevent cold and to get rid of cold quickly. My grandmother taught me a few tricks.

Like dress warm when it is cold outside! Like several layers of clothes, warm socks and shoes. Don’t forget the gloves. Put the heat on.

Don’t drink cold drinks. Forget the ice cream!

My own advise: stay fit and healthy. Then your immune system will do the job.

But if you get the cold forget the pills!

Hot tea with lemon and honey tastes better than ibuprofen that ruins your liver!

And chicken soup is much better for you and more pleasant than nasal spray.

For a runny nose, use a prescription spray”

Prescription spray? Why don’t you use the spray, doctor and I will get by with facial tissue for a day or two!

Old-style antihistamines, such as Benadryl or Chlor-Trimeton, can also alleviate congestion and sneezes but may make you drowsy”

I honestly would prefer to get drowsy with the help of some good Bourbon!

“Whatever you do, Winther cautions, do not take antibiotics. They kill bacteria, not viruses. Doctors prescribe them more than 40 million times a year, which has led to more lethal, drug-resistant strains of bacteria.”

A agree about the antibiotics

And finally my advise: go to this site and thousands of other sites to get some GOOD advise.


Just use common sense and forget the drugs!

And forget Dr. Birgit Winther!

February 9, 2011

Dry skin

Your face on ice

Winter is not good to our skin. The wind chaps. The dry air wicks. The combination blows us into the arms of the billion-dollar cosmeceutical industry, which awaits with pricey over-the-counter potions and serums promising to undo the season’s damage.

But these companies often promise much more than simple moisturizing. Their products can, according to their advertising, “help to boost oxygen microcirculation.” They can reset “the skin’s aging clock by converting resting stem cells.” They contain ingredients that can “turn on digestive enzymes that will only go after scars and wrinkles” or “help to promote collagen production.” In short, they can utterly transform your old, dry, thinning, wrinkled skin.
The FDA maintains a list of more than 80 companies _ including such beauty giants as L’Oreal, Avon and Revlon _ that the agency believes may be importing, manufacturing or shipping creams with drug claims.
“It is a good example of how people can use science-y-ness to try and sell a product,” said Dr. Ben Goldacre, who wrote about moisturizers in his book “Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks and Big Pharma Flacks.” “It is used decoratively as marketing in a way that is meaningless.”
The press materials for ReVive Peau Magnifique Youth Recruit, which costs $1,500 for four ampuls of serum at Neiman Marcus, say it “resets the skin’s aging clock by converting resting adult stem cells to newly minted skin cells.”
Telomerase, another ingredient in Peau Magnifique Youth Recruit, is “an enzyme that activates and differentiates dormant adult stem cells into brand new skin cells” and “repairs DNA fragmentation,” according to the product’s press materials.
But what effect does the telomerase in this product have on a customer’s skin? “We don’t know exactly,” Brown said. “We know stem cells line the hair follicle and sweat glands. They are on the surface. We don’t know if it has an effect on those cells.”
Brown added that ReVive tests the safety of each product it puts on the market.
Dermatologists interviewed for this story said most skin creams are harmless. If you like a product, enjoy it, they said, but realize your skin likely won’t be miraculously transformed.
“Go ahead, but it won’t do much more than a moisturizer that is a lot less expensive,” Yoo said. “It won’t be any better than Neutrogena or Cetaphil for less than a 10th of the price or a 100th of the price.”
Is DMAE safe for your skin?
From smartskincare.com
DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol) is a skin care ingredient enthusiastically touted by many skin care vendors. One of the reasons for its popularity is that it is one of the very few agents (perhaps even the only one) shown to produce some skin tightening and modestly reduce facial sag.
The researchers found that adding DMAE to the cultures of fibroblasts (key type of skin cells) produced the effect known as vacuolization. Vacuolization is often observed in cells after various types of damage as cells try to encapsulate and excrete foreign agents and/or their own damaged components. Hence the researches concluded that the vacuolization induced by DMAE was suggestive of cell damage. They also observed that DMAE impaired the ability of fibroblasts to divide. Notably, the above adverse effects reversed after DMAE had been washed out of the culture following a short-term exposure. (Long-term exposure has not been studied.)
What to do until such data is available? To be on the safe side, you could just wait and refrain from using topical DMAE. If you do not want to wait, it may be prudent not to exceed the strength of 1% of DMAE and watch out for any adverse effects, such as skin irritation.

Not much to add here.

December 3, 2010

Honey heals wounds

Healing honey

Patients who’ve undergone surgery should ask their doctors whether they should apply honey to their wounds to speed up healing and reduce infection.

“Honey is one of the oldest foods in existence and was an ancient remedy for wound healing” explains Dr Fasal Rauf Khan from North West Wales NHS Trust in Bangor. “It was found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun and was still edible as it never spoils.”
Honey is enjoying a revival as more reports of its effectiveness are published, he adds.
“Researchers started to document the wound healing properties of honey in the early 20th century, but the introduction of antibiotics in 1940 temporarily halted its use.
“Now concerns about antibiotic resistance, and a renewed interest in natural remedies, has prompted a resurgence in the antimicrobial and wound healing properties of honey.
“Honey has a number of properties that make it effective against bacterial growth, including its high sugar content, low moisture content, gluconic acid — which creates an acidic environment — and hydrogen peroxide. It has also been shown to reduce inflammation and swelling.”
Researchers have also reported that applying honey can be used to reduce amputation rates among diabetes patients.
Stressing that patients should always check with their surgeon before applying any substance to post-operative wounds, Dr Khan adds that studies have found that honey offers a number of benefits.
“It can be used to sterilize infected wounds, speed up healing and impede tumors, particularly in keyhole surgery.”
Studies have suggested that honey should be applied at regular intervals, from hourly to twice daily and that wounds can become sterile in three to 10 days.
“The research suggests that honey seems to be especially indicated when wounds become infected or fail to close or heal” says Dr Khan. “It is probably even more useful for healing the wounds left by laparoscopic surgery to remove cancers.”
Sugar to Heal Wounds
Sugar for wounds healing

Sugar heals wounds

Healing through the use of sugar is an old-time tradition that has been used by both Native Americans and different tribes in Africa. In 2009, a series of tests were conducted in British hospitals to determine whether there’s any truth behind the idea that sugar can be used to treat wounds and ease pain. After a series of tests, the Daily Mail newspaper in England reported that the treatment had been a success.

Step 1
Clean the wound well using soap and warm water. Pat dry until you’re sure there is no moisture left. If there debris or foreign objects are observed within the wound, extract everything and clean again.
Step 2
Pour sugar directly on the wound, making sure it gets into the wound and doesn’t stick only to the surface. If the wound is large, cover it with honey first and then sprinkle sugar on top. The honey will help the sugar stay in place and provide its full healing benefits.
At  times, when wounds require immediate attention, standard antiseptics aren’t available. The next time you find yourself hurt and in need of a quick healing fix, reach for some sugar. Sugar helps your skin recover and promotes healing by killing harmful bacteria.
Decades ago, surgeon Richard A. Knutson, MD, published his experience using this old-fashioned approach to wound care in the Southern Medical Journal  We spoke with him and he told us he resisted his elderly nurse’s recommendation at first. “When we started I thought it was absolutely nuts.” But his experience with more than 5,000 patients convinced him it was useful to speed healing.
Recently, scientists compared honey and sugar as wound dressings. They concluded that honey is somewhat more effective than sugar in reducing bacterial contamination and promoting wound healing (Journal of Wound Care, July, 2007).

November 2, 2010

Should you buy organic?

Dangerous food

Here are some shortcuts to getting the benefits of organic without the cost:

• Avoid synthetic colorants.
• Choose foods without labels, which are better than packaged foods.
• Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly, preferably with a vegetable brush, which can enhance pesticide removal. Some foods absorb more pesticides than others and are easier to clean. The top five common items that I recommend always be washed are peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery and nectarines.
• Peel fruit if possible since that removes pesticides and allows you to save money by buying nonorganic.
• Buy seasonal fruits. It lowers your grocery bill. And bear in mind, frozen veggies retain most of the health benefits of fresh ones.
Most important, remember: When it comes to food, buy organic if you can afford it to help the planet. If not, you can still eat healthily with a few precautions. Food is an affordable medicine for all of us.
The feed given to the hens may include organic supplements like flaxseed meal, which increases vitamin A and omega-3 acids and improves taste. The birds are better treated too, with more room to move around.
Price: $4.39 a dozen for grade-A large brown eggs
The pluses are price and availability. It’s just easier and cheaper to buy nonorganic.
Price: $3.79 a dozen for grade-A large brown eggs
Verdict: Organic. The treatment of the birds seals the deal. An industrial hen in a battery cage is not a pretty sight.
Cows that produce organic milk are not treated with antibiotics or hormones; this is especially important, as drug-resistant bacteria and early-onset puberty in girls continue to be on the rise.
Price: $6.39 per gal.
Cost. There’s real sticker shock in paying a $3.50 premium per gallon, especially if you have milk-gulping kids in the house.
Price: $2.89 per gal.
Verdict: Go organic if you can; the extra chemistry in commercial cows is just too much.
Grass-fed cattle have a higher ratio of omega-3 acids, which may reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. There may also be a lower risk of E. coli transmission thanks to reduced crowding.
Price: $6.59 per lb. for 85%-lean ground beef
One word: taste. Grain-fed beef is fattier; that means tastier. Another word: price. Grass-fed beef is simply out of reach for many people.
Price: $4.49 per lb. for 85%-lean ground beef
Verdict: Opt for organic if you can afford it; it’s better for you — and much better for the cows.
The pesticide risk is lower, and if the food is local and in season, it will taste better than produce that ripens during shipping. Better for the planet too.
Price: Bananas, 54¢ each.
The price is lower, and not everyone has a handy farmers’ market close to home. There is not much nutritional difference between conventional and organic produce.
Price: Bananas, 45¢ each.
Verdict: Conventional. Eating any produce is better than not eating it at all. Price matters — though the environment does too.

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