Archive for May, 2012
Many people have come to regard Natural Medicine (a.k.a. holistic, alternative) as an alternative to conventional medicine. This puts natural health in an inferior position with a grandmother’s home remedy connotation. If this prevails, people will remain in the dark and feel stupid or silly for not taking some miracle pill or consent to surgery, amputations, etc.
In democratic societies, people have the freedom and inalienable right to choose how they want to live. Natural health is a choice and a way of life. Natural therapies do not work within minutes, hours or perhaps even days. A natural treatment can take much longer than that to help but is much more thorough and treats the malady from the source by properly balancing the body.
I kid you not, in most cases some dietary changes will be required and patience and perseverance are the name of the game. On the other hand, you can feel better in minutes or hours or days with pills, etc. and ignore the cause of the symptom. In return you will be rewarded with a chronic illness farther down the line, that you will not be able to get rid of.
In my years of experience as a Holistic Health Therapist, I have seen too many problems that could have been avoided with proper diet and care. By the time the joint has to be replaced (it is an amputation [more details will follow in later blogs]) so much damage has been done by neglect and ignorance that surgery is practically unavoidable. Many chronic symptoms can be alleviated and eliminated by the natural choice for diet and lifestyle but many people come to it as a last resort, when all other treatments have failed.
Nobody lives forever but quality of life is no less important than quantity. We outlive our body parts and subsist on medication that replaces and suppresses our normal bodily functions.
Why you should NOT cook in olive oil
Olives often conjur positive associations. Even that poor dove who shlepped a branch to Noah’s ark is associated with the olive branch, a peace offering and all good things. Do we know for sure that it was an olive branch? Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine would be drastically altered sans olives and their rich, aromatic, nourishing oil.
Great for salads
The polemic always rears its head when discussions about cooking with olive oil arise. Seductive cooking programs with chefs who are hard not to love for their generous smiles and culinary finesse, always sautee, fry and boil in olive oil. One program emphasizes that the olive oil used is made in Israel so that Israeli viewers will feel even more confident that it is the best oil for cooking. If you Google cooking in olive oil you will find many sites that advocate it as one of the best oils for cooking; or is it?
Olive oil is in fact an essential part of our nutrition. Extra Virgin is the best since it is from the first pressing and has the lowest acidity. This oil is wonderful for our digestive system, livers and general constitution but only when ingested cold or at room temperature; added to the dish, not the pot or frying pan. Naturopaths and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine advise against heating or cooking with olive oil, due to its instability and inability to withstand higher temperatures, which break it down; thereby the oil releases toxic alkaloids that are harmful when ingested.
As a Holistic Health Therapist I can only advise against cooking with olive oil but all the media pressure to do so is formidable. Of late, someone asked me if there are any articles on this subject; I didn’t know since I learned from masters. However, undaunted, I rose to the challenge and conducted a search. Apparently a study was conducted in Spain and the abstract of this article was published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2002.
Oils that are good for all types of cooking are Peanut, Sesame and any refined cooking oil such as soy, canola, safflower, corn, etc.
Some years ago, a young nurse whom I know, of Yemenite origin, told me that older women of her ethnic background revealed a beauty secret handed down for generations. For problem skin, mix curry with honey and spread over clean, washed skin and let it stay there for at least one hour. The mixture can calm inflammation such as acne of several varieties and it leaves skin with a healthy glow.