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Odds and Ends – mostly, and my 5 things to make it to 100

November 18th, 2012 · No Comments

The aphorisms below do not come from me, and I don’t know from where. During the day, they were just suddenly there in my mind. A couple of them are quite good. I can say that because they’re not mine. The rest are not so much. It may be that I saw them once a long time ago and don’t remember, or I’m channeling – from whom, I have no idea, but it comes to me that perhaps our best work is often channeled.
1. There is no greater accomplishment in the world than to find humility.
2. It’s never too late to express love.
3. I don’t have enough time in my life to waste it on hate.
4. It is not the length of life, but the joy of being alive that is important.
5. Brilliant ideas arrive in the dead of night and are gone by first light of day.
6. We are surrounded by ignorance, and no shortage of those who wish to use it.
Channeler: Morgan
Searching for a supplier
Here in Israel, facing a long winter and a very uncertain future, a genius in the government is thinking of providing thousands upon thousands of waterproof sleeping bags distributed to the shelters throughout the country, just in case. Currently searching for a supplier who can supply the product according to a very stringent set of requirements, plus be available over a number of years so that additional supplies may be made available. From a news article in an Israeli daily.

No Reason To Go Out

(aside from getting food for my cat, and the usual 4 km walk, with a cappuccino in the middle)

And anyway, I have only pocket change (waiting for the end of the month). But then there is the daily walk to reduce the ravages of diabetes or kidney problem – whichever or both as I still haven’t gone for the second checkup. The first was an emphatic ‘no high blood sugar’, therefore, according to my doctor, no diabetes. I’m going to change doctors. I still have this numbness in my feet and I go 7 times a night and I’m losing weight. The getting up doesn’t bother me since the moment my head hits the pillow again, I’m asleep. But my neighbors may not be as lucky. Therefore, I don’t flush, and I go on the side of the bowl (do that anyway), and very quietly open and shut the bedroom door (must be shut to keep the cats out), and wear soft soled Crocks, and so as not to run water, I have an old syrup bottle filled for when my mouth is dry, ostensibly from sleeping with my mouth open.  Now….., back to getting out of the apartment. Just in case I decide to go, I have my clothes in the dryer, and the final decision has been delayed until they are dry – and / or – until I count my change.  If at least 16 shekels aren’t there, then it’s not worth it. That cappuccino on the turnaround point makes it all worthwhile. That’s the first 10 shekels. But, even if I only have 6 shekels, I have to go. My cat is sleeping there on her new found spot, believing (dreaming) that I will give her a fantastic dinner. OK, but I’ll cancel the 4 km walk.

One of the greatest salads I have ever had.

Since I have a short memory for salads, I have to give my past salads some leeway.  Hence the ‘one of‘.
No oil for salad dressing, and here I went and bought lettuce and parsley. But, there’s really no decision. That’s what’s in the house except for an eggplant and an onion. Not much of a choice.
So put lettuce and parsley leaves in my stainless steel frying pan. Great place to mix salads.
Add one radish which my daughter gave me because she doesn’t like them. Ditto, but when you’re on the edge of an empty fridge, you don’t turn down gifts, or radishes.
Put spices on: turmeric, oregano, thyme, sweet basil and salt.
Add walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and about 10 raisins for taste.
And now the hard part without the dressing. I have coconut oil and tahini. Not my idea of salad dressing but not in a position to be picky.
Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with the tahini and add water until I get a pourable mixture. Pour, and as a final boost, add a capful of maple syrup.
Really, really great, or it is just the capful of maple syrup?. And I don’t often say that about food. Well, about my dishes anyway.

Lentils and Chinese Pumpkin Noodles TOGETHER

There is nothing better for getting you back on track than lentils and pumpkin noodles cooked in a base of diced medium red onion, lots of garlic (probably not a favorite with your close companions), and lots of organic coconut oil . Red lentils (very short cooking time), chinese pumpkin noodles (also short time when soaked in boiling water for 6 minutes prior to adding to the pan), and the spices turmeric, sweet basil, cumin, salt, and lots of ginger.  The spices are added and mixed in only after the lentil-noodle mix are on the plate, although in this case added the cumin during the cooking. The lentils and noodles were fried/boiled in a mixture of water and organic coconut oil until the water evaporated.  Delicious. Still no camera. In any case, no loss. It’s not a great dish visually, but the taste and the effect on the system is supreme.
Who uses ginger except with ginger beer, ginger ale and with lots of sugar in ginger snaps, but then most people don’t drink the liquid stuff or eat the cookies. However, much more research is being done which is proving that we are really missing the boat on this one. It’s a fantastic spice and one which you should use everyday – no, not on everything, but on something. Overcome that sharpness by thinking of all the good things it’s doing for you.
Here’s a good summary which gives the low down on what ginger can do for you in terms of cancer, plus the fact that the body does not become immune to ginger as it can do with some pharmaceutical preparations.
Ginger makes cancer prevention a reality. Studies show that it can be effective in breast, colorectal, ovarian, and prostate cancer through various methods which affect the cancer cells but does not have a significant effect on normal cells. These include: inhibiting the division of cancer cells, causing cancer cell suicide, promoting cancel cell self consumption, and inhibiting growth.
Also, ginger may help the body absorb glucose by bypassing the need for insulin, which is severely hampered in performing its function in diabetes 2.
 “…ginger extracts obtained from Buderim Ginger were able to increase the uptake of glucose into muscle cells independently of insulin. This assists in the management of high levels of blood sugar that create complications for long-term diabetic patients, and may allow cells to operate independently of insulin,”
And there are many other pluses to the downing of ginger on a daily basis.
One more –
Ginger gives relief from vomiting and nausea during early pregnancy with no side effects as with other over-the-counter and doctor prescribed medications.
Most of my comments about food and its effects come from self study, but the last one I’m not planning on testing  – at least not in this life time. Check out this site:
And if you don’t like the idea of shredding/grating your own fresh ginger, including occasionally your finger, then at least get the powder (much easier), or you can bag it with ginger tea.

The Essentials for reaching 100 years 

                THE 5 teaspoons of…

You might be able to make it without these five, many have, but then you miss out on some of the truly great health sustainers right there under our noses. And I dare say that most of the population does not use these, which could be one of the reasons only a small % of the population is around 100.
I have come to believe that most conditions may be resolved with the following five teaspoons (baking soda, apple cider vinegar, ginger, cayenne pepper, coconut oil), plus some garlic and an onion.
And the big question is why.
Okay, I’ll give you one reason why I take each of the above. But know that there are many other benefits for each of them.
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) – Perhaps these two quotes sums it up perfectly: “…sodium bicarbonate becomes a first-line medicinal for the treatment of cancer, kidney disease, diabetes, influenza and even the common cold.”, “Sodium bicarbonate happens to be one of our most useful medicines as it treats the basic acid-alkaline axis of human physiology.”
However, do everything in moderation. There appears to be some risks associated with taking too much baking soda – see report on a life threatening condition to an 8 week old baby in which “baking soda was being used by the mother as a home remedy to “help the baby burp.”  Also see Acute toxicity from baking soda ingestion|en|%0D%0A
Apple cider vinegar – For its possible effect on type 2 diabetes. For other benefits and for risks associated with Apple cider vinegar, see
Ginger – The Health Benefit of Ginger
Cayenne pepper
After suffering deep vein thrombosis in my leg, cayenne pepper is a good replacement if I don’t have walnuts handy. Walnuts are the main support in this. They are a very successful replacement for me of the anticoagulant drug Coumadin which is used in the prevention of blood clots and thinning of the blood, with its restrictions on diet, sun exposure, side effects and drug interactions, not to mention price. If my leg starts to swell, I ingest walnuts or extra cayenne pepper and the swelling generally disappears. I want to warn that if you are on Coumadin, you should not stop on the basis of this comment. This is not medical advice. See your physician. One very important precaution. If you are on Coumadin or other blood thinner, do not take cayenne in any significant amounts together with Coumadin since it can lead to very dangerous conditions in the body related to possible bruising and hemorrhaging. See an excellent discussion here “The dangers of cayenne for Heart Attacks and Strokes” 
Also, for an indepth overview of Coumadin’s interaction with other drugs and spices it is well worth reading. Mentioned is a precaution about the interaction of ginger and coumadin causing the possibility of unexpected bleeding. This might be relevant to taking significant amounts of ginger and cayenne pepper together. 
A very good video as an overview of the numerous benefits of cayenne and in particular in the heart and venous structure
Coconut oil – helps in cases of Alzheimer’s (others, including a friend of mine, have had significant improvement in the condition when using significant quantities of coconut oil).
Onions and garlic – Onions and garlic: not only anti-cancer, anti-arthritis too 
How to take: 
Baking soda and apple cider vinegar (1 or 2 tsp) – in a cup of water for both the baking soda and the apple cider vinegar taken separately at different times of the day, just not on an empty stomach for the apple cider vinegar.
Ginger (liberally) – immersed deep in maple syrup on a pancake or on/in/under just about anything, 
Cayenne pepper (at least 2-3 tsp) – in hummus or tahini to soften the taste. Some people just do it in a glass of water. They’re braver than I am. 
Coconut oil organic, unadulterated and not strained (at least 2-4 heaping tablespoons) – in, on, under (as in frying) anything. For example, in stews, in vegetable dishes, on pancakes, and according to today’s salad, in salads. For fullest nutritional value, I make sure to use most of the coconut oil uncooked. And what type and quality of coconut oil should you buy? Check out this source for a very good rundown I buy mine in a health food store, and even then, I’m choosey. Be very careful of most of the products sold in supermarkets. Not all coconut oil is created equal.


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