Thursday, September 10, 2015



Tagalogon Vickyan's photo. 


CUTE FRUIT from the PHILIPPINES FILIPINAS Let's see if I remember? 
Tilapia batter fried,, 
in the background Sugar Cane 
and the dimple on Tagalogon Vickyan of Aloran, Misamis Occidental, Philippines is cute too.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Avocado Oil? Instead of Olive Oil? Where can I buy that?

Renegade Health
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Why I Ditched Olive Oil for This

There are certain products that you just can't find at the store.

I buy all of my produce from local markets, but there are some items that I order online because I can't find them anywhere else.

That's the case for the oil that I use.

Olive oil is widely available but is not ideal.


* It's often "not as advertised." Many producers smuggle olive oil into Italy, cut it with cheap, refined vegetable oil, toss in some food coloring and sell it to you as "pure" extra-virgin olive oil.

* Extra-virgin olive oil should only be used raw. It has a fairly low smoke point (about 325 degrees Fahrenheit, or 165 C).

* Most olive oil bottles are old and contain toxins. Oils should only be purchased when extremely fresh.

So what do I use instead?

I switched to avocado oil. I don't use much of it, only when it's necessary for stir-frying. And I only use ONE kind — the best and freshest possible.

Avocado oil is not as common as olive oil, but it offers several benefits:

* First of all, the kind I use tastes amazing — it's super-fresh and has an amazing avocado smell and flavor.

* Avocado oil has a super-high smoke point. It's 520 degrees Fahrenheit!  It won't turn carcinogenic like extra-virgin olive oil when heated. You can safely use it for stir-frying or anything else.

* Avocado oil contains more monounsaturated fats than olive oil! And less omega 6 fats — the type most people over-consume.

It's also delicious raw, in salads.

It comes from my good friend John Cawrse, who also brought us the amazing 
Aztec Salt

John and Ava Jane's Kitchen are currently accepting a small group of new members into their exclusive, Premium Avocado Oil Club -- but only until May 24. So be sure you check out the following information right away.

Click here to find out more 

I'm a total Ava Jane's Kitchen Avocado Oil convert and love getting the freshest avocado oil in the mail every quarter. If you're a health and food enthusiast, you will love it, I'm sure!


P.S. Remember, this special invitation ends May 24/15 So be sure to check it out soon

Thank you for this Kev Gianni, RENEGADEHEALTH.

Chris J. Slater, GROWNFOODS are Green, Raw, Organic, Wet or Wild and Natural FOODS

Thursday, May 14, 2015

STOP the TPP, Monsanto’s Secret Trade Deal

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Dear Chris,
Yesterday Democrats temporarily blocked the Fast Track agreement for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) – but we just received reports that Senate Republicans and Democrats are CUTTING A DEAL to move ahead.
We MUST STOP this disastrous trade deal that aims to put corporate profits ahead of our basic democratic rights. This BREAKING news from the Senate could be a huge setback in our critical fight to defeat the TPP and win mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.
Chris make an URGENT contribution right now and help us FIGHT BACK against Monsanto’s secretive trade deal. Chip in whatever you can today and stand up for our consumer democracy. Every bit helps!
Today’s news suggests that Monsanto and their allies are working furiously behind the scenes to pass the TPP and protect their corporate profits.
In the past year, over 125,000 Food Democracy Now! activists like you have voiced their vehement opposition to the TPP. Every single one of us must stand up now and fight for our consumer rights and the future of our democracy.
As you probably already know, the TPP is a super secret trade deal that’s been negotiated behind closed doors between a dozen nations worldwide. If passed, it could give corporations the right to sue local governments in secret international tribunes, meaning Monsanto and the leaders of the biggest agrochemical corporations would essentially be allowed to veto local laws in favor of their own corporate profits.
And get this – one of the original lead U.S. negotiators for this trade deal is a former Monsanto lobbyist.
If signed into law, the TPP could mean the death of GMO labeling. On page 9 of the agreement, the White House and Congress Declares GMO Labeling is an “Unjustified Trade Restriction”:
(ii) unjustified trade restrictions or commercial requirements, such as labeling, that affect new technologies, including biotechnology.
Here’s what it comes down to: the TPP is designed protect the rights of Monsanto and other monster corporations at the expense of consumers and the environment. We cannot let this disastrous “free” trade agreement become a reality.
Our hard work has been leading up to this moment. We have the strength to DEFEAT the TPP -- but we urgently need your support to keep fighting.
We CANNOT allow the TPP to put Monsanto ahead of family farmers and let their GMOs continue to contaminate organic farmers fields. Rush an URGENT contribution today to help us fight back and STOP Monsanto’s Secret Trade Deal before it’s too late.
The public isn’t allowed to know much, but what we do know is that the TPP would be totally devastating to our rights as citizens and consumers. It would give corporations the right to write the rules -- and we, the American public, would have ZERO say whatsoever.
Unfortunately, due to a little-known provision called “investor-state dispute settlement,”  (ISDS) “corporations could rise to the level of nations and be empowered to sue governments directly over environmental protections that they claim might hurt their profits.” Seriously Congress?
Please Chris , Rush your contribution of $25 or whatever you can today and help us FIGHT BACK against Monsanto’s disastrous secret trade agreement.
Remember, democracy is like a muscle, either you use it or you lose it!
Thanks for participating in food democracy,
Dave Murphy
Founder / Executive Director
Food Democracy Now!
1. “Senate Cuts Deal To Pass Obama's Secretive Trade Bills”, Huffington Post, May 13, 2015
2. "Senate strikes deal to pass fast-track trade bill”, Politico, May 13, 2015
3. "Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015," U.S. Senate Finance Committee, April, 2015

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Green Vegetables Protect the Heart

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Green Vegetables Protect the Heart    Dr. Fuhrman
Green leafy vegetables are superior to other foods in their nutrient density, and unsurprisingly, greater intake of leafy greens is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.1, 2 Greater consumption of cruciferous vegetables (a family of vegetables known for their anti-cancer effects, it includes many leafy greens such as kale, cabbage and bok choy), are similarly associated with lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and from all causes.3 Oxidative stress is known to be a significant contributor to the development of cardiovascular disease. Our antioxidant defenses are a combination of dietary compounds and the body’s own antioxidant enzymes, and there is evidence that when we eat cruciferous vegetables, their phytochemicals signal the body to produce its own protective antioxidant enzymes, by activating a protein called Nrf2.
Nrf2 is a transcription factor, a protein that can increase or decrease the expression of certain genes. Nrf2 works by binding a specific sequence present in genes called the antioxidant response element (ARE). In the presence of certain phytochemicals, Nrf2 travels to the nucleus of the cell to induce that cell to produce natural antioxidant enzymes and protect against inflammation.4, 5 Essentially, Nrf2 is a messenger through which beneficial phytochemicals from the diet turn on the body’s natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection mechanisms.
For example, one study on sulforaphane (a phytochemical found in broccoli) showed that once activated, Nrf2 suppresses the activity of adhesion molecules on the endothelial cell surface to prevent binding of inflammatory cells and therefore retard atherosclerotic plaque development.6 Another study showed that sulforaphane and other isothiocyanates (cruciferous vegetable phytochemicals), by activating Nrf2, blocked inflammatory gene expression and oxidative stress in endothelial cells inhibiting aging of the vascular tree.7 Sulforaphane also helps maintain the integrity of the blood-brain barrier, a vascular system that is crucial for proper brain tissue function, via activation of Nrf2.8 The point is that cruciferous vegetables are essential for excellent health and promotion of maximum lifespan.
Other phytochemicals that can activate Nrf2, iunclude anthocyanins (found in berries), EGCG (found in green tea) and resveratrol (found in grapes and peanuts).5, 9, 10 Exercise may also activate Nrf2.11 In contrast, smoking suppresses the protective actions of Nrf2; human endothelial cells exposed to the blood of smokers compared to non-smokers showed decreased Nrf2 expression, reducing antioxidant defenses.12 Not surprising that smoking and green vegetables have opposite effects!
Research on phytochemicals and the protective effects Nrf2 is still in its early stages, and as we learn more, we can expect exciting advances in the understanding of how phytochemicals work to promote health and extend lifespan.
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1. Hung HC, Joshipura KJ, Jiang R, et al: Fruit and vegetable intake and risk of major chronic disease. J Natl Cancer Inst 2004;96:1577-1584.
2. Joshipura KJ, Hu FB, Manson JE, et al: The effect of fruit and vegetable intake on risk for coronary heart disease. Ann Intern Med 2001;134:1106-1114.
3. Zhang X, Shu XO, Xiang YB, et al: Cruciferous vegetable consumption is associated with a reduced risk of total and cardiovascular disease mortality. Am J Clin Nutr 2011;94:240-246.
4. Donovan EL, McCord JM, Reuland DJ, et al: Phytochemical activation of Nrf2 protects human coronary artery endothelial cells against an oxidative challenge. Oxid Med Cell Longev 2012;2012:132931.
5. Han SG, Han SS, Toborek M, et al: EGCG protects endothelial cells against PCB 126-induced inflammation through inhibition of AhR and induction of Nrf2-regulated genes. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 2012;261:181-188.
6. Zakkar M, Van der Heiden K, Luong le A, et al: Activation of Nrf2 in endothelial cells protects arteries from exhibiting a proinflammatory state. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol 2009;29:1851-1857.
7. Huang CS, Lin AH, Liu CT, et al: Isothiocyanates protect against oxidized LDL-induced endothelial dysfunction by upregulating Nrf2-dependent antioxidation and suppressing NFkappaB activation. Mol Nutr Food Res 2013;57:1918-1930.
8. Zhao J, Moore AN, Redell JB, et al: Enhancing Expression of Nrf2-Driven Genes Protects the Blood Brain Barrier after Brain Injury. J Neurosci 2007;27:10240-10248.
9. Cimino F, Speciale A, Anwar S, et al: Anthocyanins protect human endothelial cells from mild hyperoxia damage through modulation of Nrf2 pathway. Genes Nutr 2013;8:391-399.
10. Ungvari Z, Bagi Z, Feher A, et al: Resveratrol confers endothelial protection via activation of the antioxidant transcription factor Nrf2. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 2010;299:H18-24.
11. Muthusamy VR, Kannan S, Sadhaasivam K, et al: Acute exercise stress activates Nrf2/ARE signaling and promotes antioxidant mechanisms in the myocardium. Free Radic Biol Med 2012;52:366-376.
12. Fratta Pasini A, Albiero A, Stranieri C, et al: Serum oxidative stress-induced repression of Nrf2 and GSH depletion: a mechanism potentially involved in endothelial dysfunction of young smokers. PLoS One 2012;7:e30291.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

go! Island - Nanaimo Loaves & Fishes Spring Food Drive, March 27th 2015

THANK YOU Nanaimo Loaves and Fishes, Peter Sinclair,  ALL volunteers, City and Port of Nanaimo, personal donations, Kait Burgan and Shaw TV for reporting this good news and making our community a better place to live. For more information:, Facebook - and Twitter -

Saturday, March 21, 2015

WASH your fresh Fruits and Vegetables