“Yes BooBam, you are absolutely correct that sprouting will help to get the most out of the quinoa seeds!
Sprouting reduces the level of phytic acid in nuts, seeds, beans and grains. Cooking quinoa does reduce the levels as well, but not as much as sprouting. By sprouting you convert the seeds or grains into a vegetable activating its life force and enzymes!
You do want to consume lower levels of phytic acid in general because it is a chelator (binder) and can prevent optimal absorption of essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc in the gut.
By sprouting, you can reduce the phytic acid levels at least by 50%.
I recommend my patients to add sprouted chia seeds to their green drinks daily!
It is difficult to find sprouted quinoa, where do you buy yours? Brand name?
Here is a helpful site on sprouting quinoa at home, but laborious!
Dr. Susanne Bennett
Natural Allergy Expert and author of The 7 Day Allergy Makeover”
BooBam on Jul 4, 2012 at 13:47:16
I wouldn't say it's laborious...all you have to is rinse them twice a day. In the morning while making breakfast and in the evening while making dinner. I use a qt Mason jar with a plastic screen, or cheese cloth cut to fit the lid ring. Place a 1/4 cup of seeds in the jar, close with screen and ring. Fill with cool water, empty through the screen and let it drain upside down in the sink awhile.
Give it a gentle shake to distribute the seeds and lay on it's side in a cupboard. Rinse as above and after three days that's it. With wheat, barley, rye, oats, as soon as the little white root point appears it's finished.
For sm seeds and beans judge for yourself the length of the white root portion and for extra benefit place in on a sunny window sill for a day to boost up the chlorophyll and vitamin content.
Sprout garbanzos for making hummus...really makes a delicious difference. I sprout pintos and use them in standard recipes. Sprout large beans like the large grains...just until the little rootlet peeks out. Sprouted beans digest as a vegetable not a starch, no need for those anti-toot drops!
“Absolutely, it is a seed not a grain. In one cup of quinoa, there is 39 gm of carbs, and 5 of it is fiber, 8 gms of protein and 4 gms of fats.
The glycemic index is around 53, which is decent for regulating blood sugar levels. Once cup is actually a lot for one serving, cut it down to 1/2 or 3/4 cup and add lots of veggies such as onions, broccoli, and kale to make a hearty warm salad with your organic roasted chicken!
Dr. Susanne Bennett
Your Natural Allergy Expert and author of The 7 Day Allergy Makeover”
AG creative on Jul 3, 2012 at 00:50:53
“Thanks so much for the info. We replaced pastas, rice and beans with quinoa and it's great. I put some crushed almonds, sauteed scallions and diced zucchini in it and it was especially divine. It goes a lot longer too, I love it.”
“Quinoa is not a grain, it is actual a seed. It comes from a species of goosefoot plant (Chenopodium). Seeds are usually high in amino acids and proteins.
Best way to clean quinoa is by soaking it in Vitamin C powder or crystals, for 15 minutes. Rinse well and you are ready to cook!
Use organic chicken broth instead of water to add more flavor and a small amount of olive oil or ghee (clarified butter) will moisten it.
If you have a rice cooker, it does an excellent job!
Dr. Susanne Bennett
Your Natural Allergy Expert and author of The 7 Day Allergy Makeover”
Pema on Jul 3, 2012 at 14:30:30
“so far i have never had problem with bitterness or "soapyness". i just give it one good rinse in a mesh strainer and its been good to go, so far no problems it amazes me how many things quinoa is great on, or in. being a veggie its another great tasting option for protein, but i would eat it anyway it is so good. i do however put in on a plate in the freezer to stop any carry over cooking. seems to always come out fine. and i buy it much cheaper from a store that has bins of a good variety of grains to chocolate. the reg store wants almost twice the price! i cant recommend the chicken broth organic or not, try it with veggie broth its a more humane and eco friendly option.”
Jul 20, 2012 at 11:31:52
“Fluoride is not a vitamin or an essential mineral. Scurvy is the disease caused by Vitamin C deficiency. Beriberi is the disease caused by Vitamin B1 deficiency. Ricketts is caused by Calcium deficiency.
Infection is not a disease caused by fluoride deficiency.
Dental caries and infection is caused by the most common bacteria in the mouth- Streptococcus Mutans, Eating too much sugar and poor dental hygiene promotes the bacterial growth and decay.”
picker2222 on Jul 20, 2012 at 12:35:07
“This argument about the semantics of "essential" has nothing to do with the decision for fluoridated water.
It is certainly true that eating too much sugar and not brushing cause cavities. It is certainly true that low fluoride intake is not associated with a deficiency disease like Ricketts.
It is also certainly true that community water fluoridation is safe, inexpensive and effective in preventing cavities.
The National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine publication "Evolution of Evidence for Selected Nutrient and Disease Relationships" makes it clear that at the highest level of expertise, fluoride in water is considered a nutrient mineral which prevents disease.
All ordinary citizens want to know is this: Is fluoridation really going to help protect my teeth and is it safe?
The crystal clear expert opinion from scientists specializing in public and oral health "YES" to both questions.
It seems to me the American Academy of Pediatrics fairly and correctly represent what is good for kids. The American Public Health Association knows what is the best public health science. Because of these and many other prestigious academic, expert organizations, fluoridation reaches 74% of Americans on public water systems.
What the many respected dental, medical, public health and disease prevention organizations say in their own words about fluoridation can be conveniently read at:
Mar 30, 2012 at 12:12:31
“Thank you for your comment! Yes, clinically in my practice, I do find that patients who have strong cravings for sugar, dairy and gluten grains do best when they refrain from those foods. Their allergy/sensitivity symptoms can subside quickly and cravings subside in a couple of weeks. Yes, 6 weeks without dairy, sugar, gluten grains, etc.. is plenty of time to see if foods are a contributing factor to your symptoms and health issues.”
Mar 30, 2012 at 11:55:48
“I have been dairy free for 18 years and I must say that restaurants are now more cognizant about food allergies and sensitivities. I am seeing more restaurants using dairy free cheese, almond, rice or soy milk, and desserts without heavy cream or milk.
But- I still ask the waiter about every dish and makes sure dairy is not part of the ingredients!”
garystartswithg on Mar 30, 2012 at 13:03:41
“i get mad at starbucks -- soy milk is not worth 50 cents more!
Things are getting better, its still massively frustrating. Between the lactose intolerant and the allergic and the vegans you would think --”
Mar 30, 2012 at 11:49:26
“Have you tried getting a consultation on your bite by a dentist, TMJ specialist or oral surgeon? Your malocclusion issue definitely can contribute to your symptoms. Softer foods that do not need chewing may be your best bet for now, such as soups, juicing, pureeing your proteins, etc. A digestive enzyme that is available at health food stores/pharnacies may also be very helpful to optimize the digestion process.”
Mar 30, 2012 at 11:42:18
“I have countless patients that would agree with you!
Yes, so many people live daily tolerating their "minor" symptoms such as belching, acid reflux, constipation, headaches, joint pain, anxiety. Changing what goes into the body is the easiest and fastest way to change health and wellbeing but it can be difficult if you have strong cravings.”
Mar 30, 2012 at 11:30:59
“Thank you so much for your comment. Yes, children and adults can be very sensitive to artificial dyes in foods Allura Red (Red No. 40) is the most commonly used found in cereal, candy, gelatin, drinks, and baked goods. Red No. 40 can contribute to digestive, respiratory, skin and brain health issues. Erythrosine B (Red No. 3) is also used for cake decorations, candy, popsicles, and maraschino cherries. I personally have had a reaction to red dyes in make up, specifically eye shadow.”
Mar 29, 2012 at 20:25:41
“Organic foods are not sprayed with pesticides or fungicides. Pesticides are chemicals that keep bugs, snails, worms (pests) from eating the vegetables and fruits. Fungicides are chemicals that prevent fungal growth on vegetation.”
Bread n Circus on Mar 30, 2012 at 13:45:57
“Ignore hazel aka farmer guy for the moment. the point it is trying to make about pesticides and fungicides is pedantic. Technically a fungicide is a form of pesticide. Semantic nonsense really.
However the point it made about copper sulfate is somewhat true.
"Organic farmers use copper sulfate very commonly"
-Very commonly? I doubt it. We would have to see numbers. It just likes to make up wild figures in its head and pass them off as proof. But it is true that not all "organic farmers" are organic. With the constant degradation of the organic title by forces of evil, more and more suspect chemicals are being allowed in under the banner. And bad, fraudulent people exist everywhere, even in organic farming, so outside of close regulation it can be a ruse to charge you more for rubbish.”
Farmer Guy on Mar 30, 2012 at 11:03:58
“Sorry but you are wrong. Pesticides refers to chemicals that control pests. Insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides are all pesticides.
Organic farmers use copper sulfate very commonly, which the EPA says is very toxic to humans. While glyphosate is reported to be very benign.
Mar 29, 2012 at 12:14:41
“Thank you for your comment! Alcohol releases histamines that causes inflammation in the body. In addition, alcohol is a sugar and it can indirectly affect water metabolism, adrenal hormones such as cortisol, and contribute to chronic yeast infections.”
Depending on the concentration % and surface area of the DEET skin application, you will be able to measure the amount of dermal absorption and metabolism through the detoxification pathways of the Liver and Kidneys by collecting urine and feces. Concentrations of DEET in skin collections after exfoliation will be conversely related to the levels in urine and feces and will depend on the time of collection. The longer you leave the chemical on your skin, the deeper it penetrates and absorbs into the dermis, fat and eventually the blood stream. The longer you leave DEET on your skin, the less you will have available to exfoliate. Does that make sense?
I recommend my patients to use the probiotic soap formulated by award-winning microbiologist, Ichiroh Ohhira, Ph.D. I have been using this amazing soap for the last 10 years myself. The unique ingredient is the Lactic Acid Bacteria (Probiotics) Extract. The Extract is made of natural, wild growing plants hand-harvested from Chugoku, Japan, seaweed from Japan’s ocean and mountain spring water. Also other herbal raw ingredients are carefully blended, naturally fermented and matured for up to five years. I believe the soap helps maintain a healthy “terrain” and allows naturally occurring skin microbes to live in “peace”! In my practice I find that the soap works well for superficial fungal infections (jock itch and athlete’s feet) and mild bacterial issues such as acne.
I hope I answered your questions,again- thank you for your interest!”
Heat therapy induces vasodilation, drawing blood into the target tissues. Increase in blood flow delivers essential oxygen and nutrients, and removes metabolic wastes. The heat decreases muscle spasms, relieves pain, and can increase range of motion. Range of Motion of the ankle joint can be the objective measurement for this type of hydrotherapy.
As for “one example of a toxin that is released through exfoliation”: I would answer DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide). I am very concerned about the excess use of this over the counter toxin. With higher rates of insect borne illnesses such as Dengue, West Nile, and Lyme more individuals are using this toxic chemical everyday all around the world. DEET only repels insects it does not kill them. It is known to cause mild to severe symptoms such as dermatitis and eye irritations, as well as neurological issues such as tremors, seizures, encephalopathy, coma and even death. An interesting study showed that when DEET was applied in combination with oxybenzone, a commonly used sunscreen, there was an enhancement of skin permeation of both products. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20959613.”
First I want to say thank you for reading my post and asking these great questions. Sorry I did not respond to your comment until now, I didn’t realize there was a second page to the comment list!
Answer to your first Q: “one example of a specific bath therapy for a specific illness”:
Hot and cold hydrotherapy are the most common noninvasive physical therapy available for home use. Hospitals, orthopedic clinics, chiropractors and physical therapists also implement these therapies to relieve pain, modulate blood circulation and increase lymph flow.
For acute injuries let’s say a sprained ankle, cryo or cold therapy will be of choice promoting vasoconstriction, reducing inflammation, myospasms, and pain. Submerging the foot in a bucket with cold water and ice cubes will alleviate much of the acute symptoms.
To scientifically measure the benefits of cold therapy on a sprained ankle you can go from the aggressive to non-invasive. On the aggressive side, before you start therapy, you can order radiographic studies (x-rays), visualize on film and measure in millimeters, the abnormal expansion of tissue between the bone and skin. After the cold hydrotherapy, you can take another x-ray and measure the same exact area to calculate the difference. On the non-invasive side (my first choice), you can use a good old measuring tape and measure the circumference of the ankle before and after therapy.”
“I went online looking for the Korean scrubbing mitt for you but only found a site that is based in South Korea! Let's save fuel and money- please call my office in Santa Monica and I would be happy to provide you with one, my patients love it!”
“You are welcome! If you live near a Korean Market, see if you can find the special scrubbing square mitts (usually green or red in color) that help with the exfoliation. The mitt is very unique in texture and a little rough, but that is what makes it so amazing in the way the material lifts the dead skin and rolls it off your body.”
MossyOak on Oct 30, 2010 at 10:38:30
“No Korean markets where I live (abject wilderness in the northern Rockies, miles from even a small town) but I would appreciate knowing the name of these mitts so I could perhaps find them on-line, or a link would be helpful. Thanks again.”
“Drinking green tea can increase thermogenesis and naturally upregulate your detoxification pathways. I personally drink an organic powdered green tea called matcha due to the wonderful aroma, taste and antioxidants. Small amounts of caffeine in green tea may keep you awake at bedtime so enjoy the tea before 6pm.”
Vivian Alicia Evans on Oct 30, 2010 at 01:50:03
“Thanks I will be drinking more green tea.”
Vivian Alicia Evans on Oct 30, 2010 at 01:47:35
“Thank you. I didn't know that green tea detoxifies. I have some so I will be drinking more.”
“By exfoliating you will be able to remove the superficial layers of skin that collect and absorb various types of chemicals including benzene (gasoline, air freshners), toluene (glues, varnish, finger nail polish), formaldehyde (found in textiles such as carpet, brand new laminated furniture and clothing), household chemicals (chlorine, ammonia), perfumes (synthetic phenols and esters), cosmetics (phthalates, petroleum, benzyl alcohol, dyes, nickel) and much more! Bathing in warm water and scrubbing your skin will stimulate blood circulation and lymph movement and naturally increase your metabolic rate. Sweating will begin and help release metabolic waste and stored toxins.”
Gregory Goldmacher on Oct 30, 2010 at 17:06:07
So, let's take benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, chlorine, and ammonia (since perfumes and cosmetics aren't used by everyone).
One group of people follows the exfoliation procedure routinely (we can make the frequency and the period over which they do it whatever you think is appropriate... daily for two weeks? every other day for a month?). Another group does only their regular showering/bathing. At the end of the test period, we have each person do the exfoliation, then take the waste water used in the exfoliation and measure the levels of the molecules above.
If our skin collects and absorbs these chemicals, and exfoliation removes them, then our control group has been building up these chemicals in their skin, while the regular exfoliators have been getting rid of them. Thus, the exfoliation group should have lower levels of the chemicals in the water than the controls, right?
That is a specific, testable prediction. So much for all the doubters who say that holistic medicine practitioners don't make testable claims. This is not even a difficult trial to do. All it will take is some volunteers, bathing supplies, and a mass spectrometer. Experimental design nerds, please feel free to chime in with suggestions.”