Of Note

Lights! Cameras! Action!

Two of you get to be our studio audience during the filming of Eat Well Be Happy in my (Debra’s) home kitchen in Acton. Each month (except August and September) we film four shows, one right after the other, on a Friday morning. This month, the shoot is Friday, June 12th. We start at 9:00 a.m. and finish about 1:30. Our studio audience of two will also enjoy eating with all of us, camera crew and cooks. The food and company are great!

Want to be our studio audience? Enter your name in the bucket on the store’s carrot table. The two winners for June will called on Monday, June the 8th. If you don’t win, don’t worry, we’ll be picking two names every month we film. What fun!

Feed your plants!

 Flower growers have used blackstrap molasses to get stronger, longer lasting blossoms for ages. Molasses supplies trace minerals along with bio-available sugars that feed plants.  Milk, too, is a soil and plant food.

Are You Stuck With Damaged Genes?

From a 2005 Debra’s Natural Gourmet newsletter. I still find it interesting, sez Debra!

In Jack Challem's book, Feed Your Genes Right, Mr. Challem says nutrition feeds our genes, which not only are found in every one of our 70 trillion cells, but which contain the basic biological instructions for everything from eye color to the risk of heart disease and other disorders.  “Instructions, encoded in the long strands of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) that form genes, program everything that happens in your body. They tell heart cells to beat rhythmically and brain cells to store memories. But when genes and their DNA become damaged, information becomes garbled and disease can be one of the consequences.”

 What's Cooking

Smoked Tuna Sunflower Bites

Smoked-Tuna-Sunflower-BitesYes, we do have smoked tuna that is USA pole-and-line caught! That means tuna that is responsibly, sustainably fished. If you’re a tuna lover, you will enjoy the smoked tuna in this recipe.  Don’t do tuna? Sophie’s Vegan Toona is perfect here, too.

Sunflower seeds are a simple, old-fashioned food rich in magnesium to soothe nerves, and vitamin E to help combat UV rays and keep skin youthful. I read that eating ¼ C sunflower seeds daily can help bad cholesterol from sticking to the walls of your arteries, thus helping prevent heart attacks.

Spring Asparagus & Arugula Salad

Spring Asparagus & Arugula Salad
As always, we want you to be at the top of your game, and one way to do that is to eat food with the highest nutrient value. In my opinion, that means eating food grown without pesticides or herbicides. To me that means “Organic!”

Try the bee pollen garnish here too. Bee pollen is actually flower pollen — but it's gathered by bees, and then we gather it from them. It’s 40% protein and rich in B-vitamins. Dr. Gabriel Cousens MD, listed bee pollen as one of the most energizing foods, and bee pollen can be used to help alleviate allergies, keep the prostate healthy, and help skin conditions. Cousens says it may help correct nutritional imbalances within the body.

Adam's Corner

“Warts and All”

Why Research on Natural Medicine is “Better” and “Cleaner” than Research on Pharmaceuticals.

On April 14, 2015, the World Health Organization of the United Nations issued a statement calling for “the disclosure of results from clinical trials for medical products, whatever the result.” [emphasis added].

This is a huge deal – or at least it would be, if it accomplished anything. Chances are, though, it won’t. Because no matter what the WHO says, pharmaceutical companies are still under no obligation to publish or even admit the existence of trials in which their drugs don’t work.  

Natural Medicine for Concussion

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury caused by a thwack to the head.  It’s usually something big, but it doesn’t have to be. Even something as “benign” as an errant soccer ball will do it, if it hits you just wrong.

The impact and following inflammation disrupts neuronal membranes, cell contents “slosh over” into the surrounding tissue, and blood flow to the brain is reduced. Brain cells ramp up their metabolism to try and repair the damage, using up their (now, limited) fuel, leading to a suffocating build-up of metabolic wastes. All of which, combined with the heightened neuronal excitation, suffocates and fries brain cells.

Everything gets thrown out of kilter, and recovery can take weeks or months.