Glorious Garlic


By: Marlene Affeld ~

Native to Central Asia, garlic (Allium sativum) has been prized for over 7,000 years for its amazing culinary and medicinal properties. From the time of the ancient Romans, garlic, also known as the “stinking rose”, was believed to increase sexual potency and endurance during physical competition. Garlic is a species of the onion genus, Allium. Closely related to rakkyo, chives, leeks and shallots, garlic is attributed with antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.

Dioscorides, a Greek who lived in the first century A.D., practiced plant-based healing. Revered as the founder of modern pharmacology, Dioscorides routinely dispensed the pungent plant to treat bronchitis, cough, respiratory infections, leprosy, circulation problems, snakebites, rabid dog bites, and numerous other medical conditions. Ancient Chinese, Egyptian, Indian and Greek writings also praise the odorous bulb. Garlic was placed in the tombs of ancient Pharaohs as long ago as 3,200 B.C. Written in 1550 B.C., the Egyptian “Ebers Codex” presents 22 different medical formulations in which garlic was an integral ingredient.

Many European cultures employed garlic as protection against ghosts, evil spirits, vampires, and demons. However, throughout history, many religious sects forbade garlic, believing garlic to be a passion-arousing stimulant.

soup-727964_640Garlic, an indispensable seasoning in the cuisine of hundreds of cultures around the world, also has a wealth of well-documented health enhancing effects. In Korea, China and Italy, where the consumption of the pungent bulb is viewed as a protective against disease, per capita consumption is as high as 12 cloves each day.

“People have known garlic was important and has health benefits for centuries,” said Dr. David W. Kraus, Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Biology at the University of Alabama. “Even the Greeks would feed garlic to their athletes before they competed in the Olympic games.”

food-877968__180“Many home chefs mistakenly cook garlic immediately after crushing or chopping it,” noted Dr. Kraus. Dr. Kraus advises, “To maximize the health benefits, you should crush the garlic at room temperature and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes. That triggers an enzyme reaction that boosts the healthy compounds in garlic.”

Medical studies show that garlic helps fight infection, boosts the immune system, improves circulation, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol while helping to prevent many types of cancer including colon, breast and prostate. Garlic’s health benefits are attributed to its sulfur-containing compounds: diallyl trisulfide, diallyl disulfide and allicin.

Blame allicin for the pungent odor. The odor is caused by the interaction of the compound alliin and the enzyme allinase. Allinase enzymes are activated by water, heat and oxygen. This is the reason cooked, aged or pickled garlic does not present as pungent an odor as fresh garlic. Both the flavoring agents and the medicinal properties of garlic are strongest when raw.

spaghetti-706124_640Garlic also contains the anti- cancer agent germanium. In fact, garlic has more of this potent cancer-retarding agent than any other plant. Recent lab tests noted that mice fed garlic showed no signs of cancer, whereas mice fed a garlic-restricted diet developed the disease.

Garlic lovers should be aware that garlic could potentially interfere with prescribed anti- coagulants, so it is best to avoid eating garlic prior to a scheduled surgery. Although sensitivity is rare, some people may be allergic to garlic and should consult their health practitioner if they develop a severe headache, digestive tract irritation, an elevated temperature or skin blistering after handling or consuming garlic.

Because of its delicious flavor and powerful health benefits, garlic deserves a prominent place in a healthy plant-based diet and lifestyle.







How Meditation Relieves Stress #PTSD

12191078_918981804845671_5262419959871832479_n“Your body is precious. It is your vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” ~ Buddha

By: Marlene Affeld ~

Stress, a preprogrammed biological response of the body characterized by symptoms of emotional or physical tension in reaction to a situation in which a person feels anxious or threatened, is experienced by everyone at some time in their life. Man or woman, adult or child, no one is immune. For many of us, stress seems an inescapable “part and parcel” of our daily lives.

Stress triggers an alarm in the brain, known as the “fight or flight” response, prepping the body for defensive action. When the nervous system is alerted of potential danger, respiration deepens, muscles tense and our heart picks up the pace. describes stress, stating, “The unpleasant emotional state consisting of psychophysiological responses to anticipation of unreal or imagined danger, ostensibly resulting from unrecognized intrapsychic conflict. Physiological concomitants include increased heart rate, altered respiration rate, sweating, trembling, weakness and fatigue, psychological concomitants include feelings of impending danger, powerlessness, apprehension, and tension.”

Stress can be positive in that it helps us develop the skills required to adapt and cope with the new situations, environments, and potential dangers and threats that arise throughout life. In an emergency, stress helps us respond to the crisis.

While occasional or short-termed episodes of stress can be positive and presents a small risk to our health, stress-provoking situations that go unresolved keep the body in a constant state of “alert”, which increases “wear and tear” on our biological systems and accelerates aging.

Prolonged stress, regardless of its origin, is tiring and compromises the body’s ability to heal and repair itself. Fatigue, irritability, stomach distress, headaches, and insomnia are typical early signs of stress overload. Troubled relationships with family and friends, compulsive behavior, difficulty focusing, memory loss, loss of libido, anger management issues and weight loss or weight gain are other common symptoms of stress. Research studies confirm that accumulated effects of chronic stress result in an increase in illness and injury.

Stress Provoked Reactions

Everyone reacts to stress in their own unique way. Common reactions to a stressful event may include insomnia or excess sleeping, crying, fears about the future, depression, reduced interest in daily activities, a desire to be alone, aggression, loss of appetite,   irritability, erectile dysfunction, memory loss, disbelief, feelings of guilt, bad dreams, reoccurring bad memories, and suicidal thoughts.

Stress And Disease

Over the past decade a wide body of medical research studies have demonstrated the relationship between chronic stress and a diverse variety of ailments. Stress, when severe enough, can overwhelm a person’s ability to care for themselves or their families. Stress has been shown to be associated with several types of chronic health problems especially psychological disorders, musculoskeletal disorders and cardiovascular disease.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

When some people experience an extremely frightening traumatic event, such as military engagement, a natural disaster or a near-death event, they may have an intense and prolonged stress reaction to the event known as PTSD.

Stress Management

While the old advice of making time for adequate rest, eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise can help the body combat the effects of stress, stress management techniques that involve calming the mind and consciously relaxing the body as practiced in guided imagery or meditation have proven to be the most effective for long-term management of chronic stress.

The benefits of meditation are amazingly diverse. When practicing meditation your breathing and heart rate slows down, you blood pressure returns to normal, your body uses oxygen more efficiently, your mind clears and your senses sharpen. People that meditate daily find it easier to control life-damaging habits such as drug abuse, alcohol, and smoking.

Initially, your mind may tend to wander when you practice meditation, however, by training your mind to focus on the present moment, you will begin to feel a transformation and a sense of peace and contentment.

If you have difficulty controlling your thoughts and they constantly return to the negative or the source of your fears and sadness, meditation teaches you to be watchful of your thoughts and consciously only chose positive ones.

As with any new skill you are trying to master, meditation requires daily practice to acquire mastery of the powerful technique. For persons in Indianapolis and regional Indiana that would like to learn more about Zen, Tibetan, Christian, Hindu, or non-sectarian meditation,  a visit to a group meditation session will answer questions, provide guided meditations and help you master a practice that can literally change your life.

Smile With Confidence – Cosmetic Dental Procedures Explained


By: Marlene Affeld ~

Do discolored or deformed teeth make you hide your smile or diminish your confidence and self-esteem? Are your teeth sensitive to heat or cold or do you experience paid caused by cavities?

Do you suffer from severe headaches, pain in the neck or jaw, back or shoulder muscles? Do your facial muscles ache? Many people have TMJ (Trans-mandibular joint) dysfunction and don’t even know it. You know something is wrong, but you don’t know what. TMJ symptoms include jaw click when you talk or chew. If left untreated, TMJ can lead to painful dislocation of the jaw. If you are experiencing these symptoms or disfigurements, it’s time to see your dentist for an evaluation. Dental intervention could free you of pain and improve your quality of life.

You deserve a beautiful, pain-free, fabulous smile. The advances in cosmetic dentistry over the past decade have significant improved not only the appearance but the health of countless millions of people who in the past, would “have had to live with” discolored, gaping, twisted or missing teeth or TMJ.

In the past, orthodontic procedures and teeth whitening were about all of the options patients had to turn to in correcting a disfigured or damaged mouth. Today cosmetic dentists create happy smiles by employing the latest advances in dental technology combined with an understanding of the symmetry required to restore a natural looking smile.

When choosing a cosmetic dentist, ask to see before and after pictures of actual patients. You will be amazed at the dramatic improvement in appearance. Ask questions and make sure you have realistic expectations as to the outcome of any dental procedure.

Teeth Whitening And Professional Cleaning

laser-teeth-whitening-716468_640You want to present a clean, healthy and vibrant smile to the world. That’s hard to do if your teeth are yellowed and stained. Smoking, drinking coffee, wine and other food items contribute to discolored teeth as does lack of fluoride or excess minerals in drinking water. No matter the reason, it difficult for a person with nasty yellow teeth to make a good impression, especially when you are an up and coming professional where peer judgments are often made based on appearance.

The American Dental Association recommends that everyone have his or her teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year. Your dental hygienist can consult with your dentist to recommend one of the many different methods currently employed to lighten, whiten and brighten teeth. There are many of methods available for teeth whitening, so you should select one that best suits your lifestyle.

Teeth whitening can be an easy and brilliant solution to discolored teeth. With a whiter, brighter smile, you’ll have the confidence you want to excel in life. Get rid of embarrassing of yellowing or stained teeth and embrace the amazing beauty of your smile.

Teeth whitening procedures are used to brighten the aesthetic appearance of a patient’s smile; often lightening the patient’s tooth coloration by as many as 5 to 10 shades in a single pain-free session.

The American Dental Association reports, “Teeth whitening procedures have become some of the most popular esthetic dental treatments among patients throughout the country. Professional teeth whitening services can be performed in an office setting or prescribed for take-home use by a patient. In comparison to over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments, professional whitening uses stronger whitening agents that deliver faster and more effective results.”

It’s no wonder that teeth whitening gained such incredible popularity in the last few years. As patients discover how confident and happier having a brighter, whiter smile makes them feel, they are opting to rid their mouth of the social stigma of yellowed teeth.

Yellowing or discolored teeth not only give rise to feelings of insecurity, embarrassment or self-consciousness; teeth whitening helps replace those negative feelings with a happy smile of confidence and improved self-esteem.

Teeth whitening products are designed to work on two basic types of stains found on teeth: intrinsic and extrinsic. Extrinsic refers to stains found on the surface of the enamel. Toothpastes are quite effective at lightening or removing extrinsic stains. Toothpaste, however, cannot reach and remove stains that are underneath the enamel. These stains are known as intrinsic. They are inside the tooth and show through the enamel and cannot be corrected with tooth whitening methods. These types of stains are usually masked with laminates or veneers.


tooth-366335_640Orthodontics, also known as dentro facial orthopedics, is the dental specialty that focuses on correcting teeth and jaws that are improperly positioned. Teeth that do not fit together correctly such as in the case of an over-bite, or crooked teeth do more than detract from your appearance. These types of malocclusions are harder to keep clean and have a higher risk of early decay, periodontal disease and tooth loss.

Uneven teeth not only detract from one’s smile, they put extra stress on the chewing muscles that can lead to facial pain and headaches. Orthodontic treatment brings the teeth lips and jaw into proper form and function and can address control or modification of facial growth.

Children, teenagers, and adults can benefit from orthodontic procedures.

Gone are the “painful mouth full of wire” days of the past. Braces are virtually invisible and much more comfortable than previous dental appliances. In most cases, your friends won’t even know you are wearing a corrective tray or retainer. Because patients vary in their physiological development, doctors work to provide the best type of treatment at the appropriate time.

For patients concerned with aesthetic appearance and missing time from a busy work schedule for frequent appointment, orthodontist can now offer ceramic braces made from a translucent material that does not require an elastic ligature to hold wires in place. The ceramic material, though somewhat costlier, does not stain nor discolor and allows for fewer office visits.

Crowns And Caps

One remedy for dealing with imperfections in your smile, such as deformed, damaged, missing, discolored or unsightly teeth, is dental restoration using crowns and bridges. Frequently prescribed by dentists to address dental health problems as a lower cost alternative to more expensive dental implants, crowns and bridges are long lasting and aesthetically pleasing.

Prosthodontists, known as crown and bridge experts, are highly trained specialists focusing on the diagnosis, treatment and restoration of the comfort, function and appearance of missing or diseased or damaged teeth. As well as enhancing your grin, bridges and crowns can repair and correct alignment of your bite and treat a wide range of complex dental challenges.

Remember the long-term durability and the appearance of restorative dental work is dependent on you taking proper care of your mouth and always practicing good oral hygiene. Crowns and bridgework require the same level of diligent care and attention as natural teeth.



Long popular with beauty pageant entrants and actors, veneers, also known as laminates, are cosmetic dental appliances that dramatically alter the appearance of the mouth, allowing patients a chance to achieve a natural looking “perfect” smile while foregoing invasive dental work or great expense. Custom fabricated to meet the patient’s aesthetic preferences; veneers are available in any shade of whiteness. Secured in place with strong bonding cement, veneers obliterate dental flaws.

The ideal candidate for veneer attachments is the person who has stained or imperfect, but otherwise healthy teeth. Persons with cavities, gingivitis or infection must work with their dentist to address those issues before veneers are applied.

If you have a habit of biting your fingernails, chewing ice or tearing plastic bags open with your teeth, veneers may not be right for you. Veneers provide a strong and durable surface and good service for normal oral function. However strong, porcelain veneers can chip, break or pop-off if subjected to extreme pressure and do not stand up to twisting or bending. Patients that participate in outdoor physical activities or sports are wise to wear mouth protection in order to avoid damage from a blow to the mouth, a collision or fall.

As technology has improved the product, dental veneers have become exceedingly popular. They are no longer thick, bulky and uncomfortable. Today’s veneers look completely natural and make a dramatic change in one’s appearance.

Do you have an unsightly gap between your front teeth? Crooked teeth or teeth that are positioned to far apart can frequently be corrected with laminates rather than more expensive orthodontic procedures or dental implants. Patients are happy that with veneers they see an immediate cosmetic improvement rather than waiting months or years to complete other dental improvement procedures.

Veneers are simply a very thin layer of resin or porcelain that are adhered to the outside or visible portion of patient’s teeth. The process is fairly simple, pain free and does not take long. Veneers are used to conceal damage or discoloration from teeth stained by tetracycline or a root canal. Extremely versatile, veneers can be bonded to a single tooth or applied to all teeth visible when we smile. Today, veneers are available and affordable offering a quick way to take your smile from dull to dazzling. 


Did you run into a door jam, lose a bar fight or fall off your bike? Common everyday incidents often lead to losing “your two front teeth.” Dental implants are a permanent and aesthetically pleasing way to repair the damage of tooth loss. Whether it is a surfing, skiing, snowboard or skateboard accident, an accident on a construction site or a smack in the mouth by the ball at a little league game, hundreds of persons have their teeth knocked out daily. Implants now allow what was once a life-disfiguring injury to be addressed with a natural-looking replacement tooth.

Titanium application in dentistry has greatly enhanced the development of dental implants. Titanium is ultra strong and is well tolerated within the body by the majority of patients. Tiny titanium screws are used to anchor the implant in the bone. Dental implant surgery was first introduced during the 1960s. The quality, realistic appearance, comfort and affordability of dental implants has improved dramatically since that time making implants one of the most popular ways to repair or replace damaged or missing teeth.


Percy The Pig


piglet-520883__180 pig-483242_960_720A friend sent me this article. Normally I do not want to engage in any kind of dialogue that is one-sided, racially motivated, or expresses bigotry. I have Muslin friends. I respect their faith as they respect mine. The following post is for informational purposes only. There is so much mis-information on the Internet – let’s keep things in perspective. This insight affects not just Muslims. I wonder if vegetarians or those of the Jewish faith are aware that pork products are hidden in so many products, especially the foods we eat.

An extremely interesting read.. I never knew pigs were in most products!


“Every Muslim who has ever handled TNT, Nitro, Bullets, High Explosive Bombs, Rocket Launchers, or been treated for cuts injury requiring stitches, or taken antibiotics, or Vitamin Capsules, has been contaminated with Pig Products.

The ironical part is that when a Suicide Bomber blows himself up his body parts are impregnated with Gelatine and Glycerine from the explosive. Both Gelatine and Glycerine are manufactured from Pigs worldwide.. Ergo, they will never be accepted by Allah.

Some makers of cigarettes use haemoglobin from pig’s blood in their filters. Apparently this element works as a sort of ‘artificial lung’ in the cigarette so, they claim, ‘harmful reactions take place before the chemicals reach the user’, (enter the Pig.)

Pig bone gelatine is used to help transport gunpowder or cordite into the bullet. Insulin, the blood-thinning drug heparin, and pig heart valves are all vital. The complex workings of the global food and processing industry have ensured that it is impossible to avoid pig altogether.

Pig product goes into liquorice and many other products. In this process, collagen is taken from the pig and is then converted into gelatine. This finds its way into numerous foodstuffs, where it acts as a gelling agent.

A number of medicines also contain pig gelatine – everything from painkillers to multivitamins. Fatty acids extracted from the bone fat of pigs are used in shampoos and conditioners to give them their shiny, pearl-like appearance. These acids can also be found in a number of body lotions, foundations, and anti-wrinkle creams. Glycerine made from pork fat is an ingredient in many types of toothpaste.

There is no legal obligation for manufacturers to specify whether the gelatine they use is from a pig or another animal. When it is specified, it is often confusingly referred to as Suilline gelatine.

So to all prospective Suicide Bombers, ISIS and innocent, good Muslims, I say, “Have a Nice Day” from “Percy” the wonderful Pig.”

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Affirmations For My Soul’s Journey

By: Marlene Affeld ~


Affirmations help us maintain focus, belief, and clarity: empowering us with hope and faith that motivates effective action to bring about the positive changes we seek in our daily lives. Affirmations, like all thought, are a form of prayer.

  • I have the ability to change anything in my life I choose to change.
  • I speak with confidence and conviction.
  • I live in “an attitude of gratitude, expressing my heartfelt appreciation and praise for others earnestly and often.
  • I am congruent and totally committed to my goals; seeing them as already accomplished.
  • I only seek that of which I can be a loving custodian. I honor, respect, appreciate, value, mend, and maintain whatever or whomever comes into my life.
  • I respect and love myself: flaws and all. I hold myself, and others in high esteem.
  • I see myself as the person I want to be: courageous, decisive, healthy, truthful, loyal, fair, prosperous, and wise.
  • My vitality, energy, and health increase daily.
  • I slumber in peace and awake in joy living life with a sense of eager anticipation: knowing the best is yet to come.
  • I live a life of design rather than reaction. Divine life flows through every cell of my body as I acknowledge that everything in the Universe is sacred.

Creamy Cilantro Avocado Dressing

I love avocados and because are so plentiful here on the Big Island of Hawaii, I am always looking for new ways to utilize the abundance from the garden. This creamy dressing is a winner.

Reprinted from an article published on

avacado-71555__180Avocado is one of the world’s most perfect foods. It’s incredibly delicious and so versatile. Avocado can be used to make dips, dressings, sauces, smoothies, soups, and desserts, and is wonderful added to salads, sandwiches, stuffed with other veggies and fruits, or added as a topping to almost anything!

Avocado is also easily digested and contains over 25 essential nutrients including iron, copper, magnesium, and essential fatty acids that help the body to function optimally. Avocados increase the body’s ability to assimilate nutrients, so they are a wonderful addition to green leafy salads to ensure proper absorption of all the vitamins and minerals.

They are an excellent source of glutathione, which helps to boost the immune system, strengthen the heart, rebuild the nervous system, and slow the aging process. The monounsaturated fats in avocados reverse insulin resistance, which helps to steady blood sugar levels.

Due to its nutritional profile, avocado is one of the closest foods to mother’s breast milk, being a complete and easily assimilated food with protein ratios that are equal to breast milk. Avocados are high in folate, which is essential for women in childbearing years and is also known to aid in preventing strokes and reducing the risk of heart disease. Try adding a couple avocados to your diet each week and enjoy the benefits of this delicious and health promoting food.

Today I have a wonderful, creamy dressing recipe to share with you that is perfect on any salad, or used as a light dip for vegetable crudités.

Avocado Cilantro Dressing


1 large avocado

2 cups zucchini, peeled and diced

2 medjool dates, pits removed

¼ cup cilantro leaves

1/2 lemon, juiced

· optional sea salt and pepper


Blend all ingredients until smooth, adding water as needed to desired consistency, about ½ cup.

Enjoy over salad greens or as a dip with raw vegetables such as cucumber, cauliflower, or bell pepper.

Serves 1-2

Meditation: The Simplest And Fastest Way To Reduce Stress #PTSD

By: Marlene Affeld ~

12191796_918974671513051_7102312580434827728_nFor centuries, mankind has sought out ways to combat fear and find inner peace. Some of the very earliest written records of the practice of meditation come from the Hindu around 1500 B.C.

Originally meditation was a sacred practice meant to help deepen the understanding of the mystical and spiritual forces in life. Today, rather than just focusing on spiritual growth, meditation is also used for stress reduction, relaxation, healing and self-improvement.

Meditation has gone mainstream; recognized as a simple and easy way to reduce stress. Recent statistics show that more than 10 million people in the United States actively practice meditation.

If chronic stress has left you feeling fatigued, tense, anxious, and worried, spending even a few minutes of mindful meditation can renew your energy, restore a sense of balance and calm and bring about an attitude of gratitude and serenity.

Meditation is especially beneficial if you have a medical condition that may worsen with stress. While the evidence is not conclusive, however, there is a great deal of scientific research that supports the health benefits of meditation.

While meditation is not a replacement for any ongoing medical treatment, it is viewed as a type of mind-body complementary medicine that produces a tranquil mind and a deep state of relaxation. Meditation may be helpful in the management of symptoms of asthma, depression, anxiety disorders, heart disease, chronic pain, high blood pressure, and cancer. Many former insomniacs report that meditation is the way to a good night’s sleep.

The emotional benefits of meditation include gaining a new perspective on stressful situations and building new skills to manage your stress. With meditation comes a new self-awareness, fewer bad dreams, a new sense of creativity and hope for tomorrow.

Adult or child, man or woman; anyone can practice meditation. Meditation is simple, doesn’t require any special equipment and it’s free. One of the best things about meditation, is you can learn to practice it whenever and wherever you want to find peace and calm just when you need it most. The benefits don’t stop when your meditation session is over, but rather help you carry on calmly for the remainder of your day.

Meditation can wash away the day’s stress while bringing a sense of release and an inner stillness. Our minds are constantly bombarded by a diverse array of jumbled thoughts that crowd our consciousness and fight for our attention. During meditation, by focusing your thoughts, you quiet the chatter, clearing away the information overload that contributes to your stress.

Walking Meditation

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., founder and Director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, advises that one simplest ways to bring awareness into your life is through walking meditation.

“This brings your attention to the actual experience of walking as you are doing it, focusing on the sensations in your feet and legs, feeling your whole body moving,” Dr. Kabat-Zinn explains. “You can also integrate awareness of your breathing with the experience.”

To do this walking exercise, center the attention on each foot as it contacts the ground. When your mind wanders away from the legs or feet, or the feeling of the body walking, redirect your attention. To deepen your concentration, don’t look around, but keep your gaze focused in front of you.

“One thing that you find out when you have been practicing mindfulness for a while is that nothing is quite as simple as it appears,” says Dr. Kabat-Zinn. “This is as true for walking as it is for anything else. For one thing, we carry our mind around with us when we walk, so we are usually absorbed in our own thoughts to one extent or another. We are hardly ever just walking, even when we are ‘just going out for a walk.’ Walking meditation involves intentionally attending to the experience of walking itself.”

Types Of Meditation

There are many different types of meditation including guided meditation, mantra meditation, mindfulness meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, and Qi gong. It pays to do some research, attend some classes, and try different methods until you find the meditation method that is right for you.

It is once again stressed that meditation is not a replacement for traditional medical treatment. It can however, be a useful addition to any other type of treatment.




Amazing Health Benefits Of Nuts #GoNuts


By: Marlene Affeld ~

Grab a handful and munch away. Energy dense nuts are good for you! Convenient and great for snacking, nuts are an excellent source of protein, fiber, magnesium, manganese, calcium, zinc, potassium, phosphorus and vitamins A and E. Nuts are also a rich source of l-arginine. L-arginine helps keep arteries flexible and less prone to dangerous blood clots that block blood flow and can lead to a stroke.

file0001859756979The United States Department of Agriculture divides nuts into two groups: tree nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, etc.) and peanuts (a legume). Peanuts are included because they are typically consumed in the same manner as tree nuts and present a similar nutrient profile. Be aware that some people are allergic to nuts. Reactions can be life threatening in sensitive individuals. If you, or a family member, are allergic to nuts, always read food labels. Food products labels must note if they contain nutmeats or have been prepared in a facility that processes tree nuts or peanuts.

walnut-101462_640When it comes to nutritional value, walnuts appear to pack the biggest punch. NuVal, a proprietary food scoring system developed by Topco Associates and Griffin Hospital of Derby, Connecticut (home of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center located in Braintree, Massachusetts) provides food-scoring systems to food retailers. NuVal gives walnuts a score of 82, closely followed by almonds with a score of 81. Pistachios score an impressive 69, peanuts 67 and cashews rank low with a score of 25.

The United States Department of Agriculture advises, “Walnuts have specifically been studied for their effect on serum lipids and blood pressure. Results have shown that incorporating a moderate amount of walnuts into a cholesterol-lowering diet decreases serum total cholesterol levels and favorably changes the lipoprotein profile in healthy men.”

The USDA reports that in response to growing national and international demand, United States production of nuts has increased substantially. Production has increased from 206.4 million pounds (shelled) in 1970 to more than 2.0 billion pounds produced by the middle of the first decade of the 2000s.

cashew-kernels-610481_640High LDL levels (low-density lipoprotein or “bad” cholesterol) in the blood are one of the major contributing factors in cardiovascular disease. New research data, provided by the research team of David Jenkins and Cyril Kendall at the University of Toronto, reports that dietary changes to incorporate mixed nuts into the diet have significant health benefits. A diverse variety of nuts, including roasted peanuts, help patients with type 2 diabetes control blood lipids (HDL and LDL cholesterol) and blood sugar levels (postprandial glycaemia). The Toronto research team concluded, “Two ounces of nuts daily, as a replacement for carbohydrate foods, improved both glycemic control and serum lipids in type 2 diabetes.”

Most nuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that help keep the heart healthy by preventing dangerous changes in heart rhythms that can trigger a heart attack. Nuts are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Whether they are use for baking, cooking or snacking, nuts desire a prominent place in a plant-based diet.

Stop Bigotry And Bulling


By: Marlene Affeld ~

Bigotry and bullying are learned behaviors. No child is born with hatred in his or her heart. Children model their behavior and belief after the actions and opinions of their parents and peers. Sadly, within our society, the differences between people frequently ignite racial or sexual insults, caustic name-calling, harassment, cruel bullying, and violence.

Parents ask how they can instill in their children respect and understanding for people who act, sound or look differently than they do. Educators and child psychiatrists offer sage advice and creative examples of how parents can establish an environment where ethnic diversity is appreciated and valued.

Words Can Wound

bullying-1019271__180Teach children from an early age that certain words can hurt other people and that racial, ethnic and sexual slurs are not allowed. Avoid teaching political correctness without teaching the underlying reasons why certain words are used to wound and should never be repeated. suggests, “Don’t let racist and prejudicial remarks go by without intervening. It’s important to let children know from a very early age that name-calling of any kind, whether it’s about someone’s religion, race, ethnic background, or sexual orientation, is hurtful and wrong.”

aggression-790827__180Teach Children To Think For Themselves

Many children have a tendency to mimic and “go along” with the opinions of their contemporaries, thinking it’s cute or clever to parrot conversation they have overheard.

Teach children to be critical thinkers, specifically about prejudice and discrimination. Critical thinking is when we strive to understand issues through examining and questioning. Young children can begin to develop these skills, to know when a word or an image is unfair or hurtful.

Cultural Immersion

Create a home environment that embraces diversity and honors individuality. Plan family activities that reflect the rich ethnic tapestry of the unique cultures that make up America.

The Anti-Defamation League comments on the importance of the home environment, stating, “What is in a child’s environment (as well as what is absent) provides children with important information about who and what is important. Therefore every effort should be made to create a setting that is rich in possibilities for exploring cultural diversity. Consider decorating their rooms with objects made from a variety of materials; if they are enrolled in a formal preschool program, work with the teacher to see that their classroom follows suit. Play music with words from different languages and try to introduce games from around the world. Try art projects that introduce various cultural traditions. Folk dancing and storytelling are two especially effective ways to introduce children to other cultures.”

  • For young children, plan a month long focus on another culture by giving children an opportunity to taste or cook a variety of foods served by a different ethnic group. 
  • Purchase an old-fashioned globe for your home and make it a game to teach children around different regions of the world and where they are in reference to your home.  
  • Provide props such as clothing, dolls, books, movies, or posters that are culturally diverse. 
  • Teach your child several new key words or phrases in the language of the culture; gratitude and love sound sweet-voiced in every language. For school age children, place name stickers in a foreign language on common household items such as the telephone, television, bed or refrigerator. Make a game with a small reward for learning and using the new words. 
  • Visit and participate in cultural events and celebrations. Expose children to the art and music of other cultures.

We Are All Different

Lead by example, never allowing racial slurs or diminutive descriptivism to be part of your vocabulary. Show children that the differences we see in other people doesn’t define them and that people should be judged as individuals on character and not skin color, religion or sexual orientation. 

Christopher J. Metzler, Ph.D. in an article titled “Teaching Children About Diversity, advises,  “Get out of our comfort zone. For all the talk about diversity, Americans still segregate ourselves into fairly homogenous communities. Teaching our children to accept differences may require that we use the power of the Internet to learn about differences, that we seek out cultural activities that are out of our community and explore the strength and value in diversity. It is not enough to simply visit cultural events, eat ethnic foods and thus learn about differences from a voyeuristic point of view. Instead, we must make a deliberate effort to get out of the familiar and show our children we mean it. Accepting differences should be how we live our lives.”







Deadly Spider Alert! – What’s Hiding In Your Bananas? #Venomous

After reading this article, I believe I will just buy locally grown bananas from the farmer’s market here on the Big Island and pass on those imported by the major supermarket chains.

891eb34f319f5a3dcb406a0e4b725437Mother Discovers Venomous ‘Erection-Giving’ Spider Eggs In Her Iceland Bananas – Yahoo News UK 11/18/15, 1:06 PM

Samantha Frampton, 24, found Brazilian Wandering Spider eggs infested in the bananas imported from Colombia – which has a lethal bite that can kill a human in just two hours

By Matt Payton | Yahoo News – 5 hours ago

A mother-of-two was shocked to find venomous spider eggs in bananas she has bought for her children.

Samantha Frampton, 24, found Brazilian Wandering Spider eggs infested in the bananas imported from Colombia – which has a lethal bite that can kill a human in just two hours.

Samantha carefully wrapped the bananas in a plastic bag and left them outside, but is now worried her house may be infested.

The Brazilian Wandering Spider’s venom is currently being studied for use in erectile dysfunction treatments – as it can give male victims a painful four-hour erection.

These spiders hide in banana plants during day thus explaining how they could have entered the fruit bought from Iceland.

Samantha, from Barnstaple in Devon, said: ‘I was about to hand him a banana and I noticed what first looked like a small cocoon – it looked like a silver, sealed web with leave on it.

‘I hate spiders anyway, but when I started seeing pictures of the webs and comparing the banana to some of those images. I immediately wrapped the banana in a carrier bag and put it outside – I just don’t know what to do.’

Iceland in Barnstable have confirmed that the banana has been sent to head office but declined to comment further.