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Happy Chinese New Year! 2017 year of the Rooster…

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That one time we accidentally had a rooster at the Dahlstrom suburban farm. “Oedipus,” we called him!

John Copeland
Rancho Olivos
2390 N. Refugio Rd.
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
www.ranchoolivos.com

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Dr. Eric P. Dahlstrom, D.C., L.Ac.
Santa Monica Healing Arts
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Happy New Year! Gong Hey Fat Choy!

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Happy New Year, again!  In 2016, we celebrated New Years on January 1st and this past Sunday, February 8th, it was New Years once again – Chinese New Year, also called the Lunar New Year.  It is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar.  Only, in much of Asia it is not 2016, according to the Chinese calendar it is the year 4715.

About one sixth of the people on our planet are celebrating New Years over the next several days.  In cities, towns and villages across China, one-fifth of the world’s population is welcoming the Year of the Monkey.  It is the biggest festival of the year in China, and many other Asian nations. Taiwan, Bhutan, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Japan all celebrate the Lunar New Year.
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The Lunar New Year is based on the ancient Chinese lunar calendar, and it falls on the second new moon after winter solstice – somewhere between 21 January and 19 February, so unlike January 1st, the date of the Lunar New Year changes from year to year.

Although China has used the Gregorian calendar since 1912, the lunisolar calendar continues to be used to mark traditional holidays such as the New Year and the fall moon festival. It’s also used astrologically to select favorable dates for weddings and other special events.

The Lunar New Year has the longest chronological record in history, dating from 2697 BCE, when the Chinese Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the zodiac. The Chinese calendar is based on a complex lunisolar calendar system that uses both lunar and solar cycles to mark time. And there are several different symbolic cycles within the calendar, used in Chinese astrology, that make it an intricate and complex measurement of time.

The Lunar New Year is based strictly on astronomical observations, and has nothing to do with the Pope, emperors, animals or myths. Due to its scientific and mathematical nature, the Chinese calendar allows us to easily and precisely calculate backward or forward for thousands of years.
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This system is extremely practical. A child does not have to learn a new answer to the question, “How old are you?” in each new year. Old people often lose track of their age, because they are rarely asked about their present age. Every one just has to remember that he or she was born in the “Year of the Dog” or whatever.

The Chinese Lunar Calendar names each of the twelve years after an animal. Legend has it that Buddha summoned all the animals to come to him before he died. Only twelve came to bid him farewell and as a reward he named a year after each one in the order they arrived. The Chinese believe the animal ruling the year in which a person is born has a profound influence on personality, saying: “This is the animal that hides in your heart.” 2016 is the Year of the Monkey.  The Red Fire Monkey to be exact.

The monkey is intelligent, smart, wise, curious, energetic, impulsive, inventive, hyperactive, cheeky, strong-minded and vigilant. Red monkeys are problem solvers and work well within group environments, while retaining their individuality.  The monkey, like all things, has a shadow side, which can bring out infidelity and trust issues.12705210_10207604168838983_3903590007763715836_n
Like any fresh start of a year, questions abound about wealth, health and matters of the heart.

For many in China, Feng Shui masters with their astrological readings and predictions are merely a fun activity to pass the time. But for the superstitious, horoscope experts provide important guidance for the coming year.

The Year of the Monkey runs from February 8th, 2016 until January 27th, 2017, and this year, people who are born under the sign of the rabbit, snake, ox, rooster and rat will have the best luck out of all of the animal signs. More women will be in power this year, but all signs must be vigilant about health issues and potential accidents.

The Lunar New Year is a time of family reunion. Family members gather at each other’s homes for visits and shared meals, most significantly a feast on New Year’s Eve.  At Chinese New Year celebrations people wear red clothes, decorate with poems on red paper, and give children “lucky money” in red envelopes. Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck. The fireworks, which are being forgone in most of China this year because of air pollution are rooted in a similar ancient custom. In ancient times, people in China lit bamboo stalks, believing that the crackling flames would frighten evil spirits.
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And to finish up, how did the Chinese Zodiac become named after animals?  Well, tradition says that the Jade Emperor, or Emperor of Heaven summoned all the animals of the Earth, and he gave a year to each of the first 12 animals to arrive.

When the cat heard the news, he told rat about it and the two animals decided to go together the next day. However, the next morning the rat did not wake up the cat. Therefore, the cat could not make it to the gathering on time and did not get a year. This is why there is no year of the cat and is the reason why cats hunt rats.

Still, the rat made it first to the assembly and received the first year. The Year of the Rat is the start of the Chinese Zodiac Cycle – which repeats every 12 years. The rat used a lot of trickery to arrive first. He tricked the ox to let him ride on its head. The ox agreed and they went together. Just when they were about to reach to the assembly the clever rat jumped off the ox’s head and passed through the entrance gate first. The Ox was second followed by the Tiger and the Rabbit.th-4

The Dragon, even though it was the largest, fastest and most powerful animal of creation, arrived fifth because it stopped along the way to make rain for the farmers and to help the Rabbit cross the river that all animals had to cross to arrive at the Emperor’s palace.

The Dragon was follow by the Snake, the Horse, the Sheep, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig.

But only twelve animals came to offer Buddha farewell and as a token of appreciation he named a year after each of the twelve animals in the order they arrived. In this way each year got linked with an animal. People born in that year are believed to share different traits.

The Year of the Monkey has arrived. So welcome the Monkey and have a very prosperous New Year ahead.
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Happy New Year.
Gong Xi Fa Cai (Mandarin)
Gong Hey Fat Choy (Cantonese)
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John Copeland
Rancho Olivos
2390 N. Refugio Rd.
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
www.ranchoolivos.com
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Dr. Eric P. Dahlstrom, D.C., L.Ac.
Santa Monica Healing Arts
Providing Integrated Alternative Medicine in Santa Monica since 1999 (http://santamonicahealingarts.com). Check out our 5-star Review on Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/santa-monica-healing-arts-santa-monica) or find us on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Santa-Monica-Healing-Arts)
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Inspired by facebook’s query: “What’s on your mind?”

Well Facebook, let me tell you “what’s on my mind…”

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The facebook post that made me think…

I am not a good cook, nor do I particularly like gardening. I am not a “foodie,” and I don’t post pictures of food to boast or make you drool. I am certainly not going to write a cookbook (thank you though to all of you who complement, like, and repost!). I post ‪#‎DrEricsdinner‬ because I believe that the future of humanity is at stake (Special thank you Caitlin Blue for helping that click for me the other day with your political cartoon post!). I am serious. Food is the answer. Food is the medicine. We have become too removed from our natural selves. The Earth gave us the answers and we, in our pursuit of money & more importantly convenience, have forgotten.

Our bodies, this planet, are nothing but a complex chemical experiment that is gone awry. Every SINGLE thing we put on or in ourselves and on this planet complicates our existence. Now, I’m all for the progess that we’ve made- antibiotics can save lives and indoor plumbing sure did, and 3D printing is mind-blowing – but let’s not forget where we came from, let’s not go overboard, and let’s not blindly believe the establishment. This Earth gave us all we needed. The cures lie in the seasonal gifts from her. Cancer, endocrine disruptors, MTHFR, inflammation, heart attack, depression, jealousy, greed, laziness, cholesterol, auto-immune disorders, lupis, gluten intolerance, bladder infections, leaky gut, rheumatiod arthritis, anxiety…insanity…are the result of un unbalanced world. DIS-EASE. What good is wealth if you don’t have health?

I will not walk in a race for the cure, or buy a plastic BPA filled pink bracelet. I believe cures (and prevention), and not just for Cancer, lie in the organic, local, seasonal food we eat, the raw food supplements that we take, the available herbs all around us. And more importantly, what we DON’T eat. Weston Price knew this as early as the 1930s (http://www.westonaprice.org/…/principles-of-healthy-diets-2/). Traditional Chinese Medicine has cured for 2,000 years (http://www.drweil.com/…/Traditional-Chinese-Medicine-Dr-Wei…). The Ancient Celts cured with herbal medicine (http://glmorrisbda.hubpages.com/…/Healing-Herbs-of-the-Anci…), as did the native Americans (http://www.healthandhealingny.org/tradition_hea…/native.html). I do not believe that mandatory vaccination is effective or constituional (not up for debate with me). I believe in building a healthy well-tested immune system. I believe in PREVENTION. It is NOT ok to have a child look at lettuce growing in the ground and say, “wow, I’ve never seen that…or eaten it.”11054469_708175609309876_659682563476613235_n

It’s not okay that my drinking water is infused with someone else’s prescription medicine.  It’s not okay that I’m being forced to inhale Alzheimer’s and Cancer from the sky and your car. I don’t appreciate pesticides in my groundwater or plastics in the ocean. I take every precaution, every day, to undo what others have done to our Earth in order to pad their pockets. These meals you see? They are my CURE. I am saving humanity one squash at a time. One quiche at a time. One child at a time.11218691_919337164826016_7599357560218646815_n

More pressingly, I do not have faith that humanity will reach an acceptable way to deter gun violence, not with beurocracy, pharmaceuticals, therapy, or incarceration. Not when so many people’s chemical imbalances have psychiatric consequences -and monetary ones – both shooters AND politicians. Virtually every single one of the perpetrators in the mass shootings of the past 20 years was or had been on some prescription psychotropic medication – read SSRIs (http://m.disclose.tv/…/every_mass_shooting_over_last…/119552).  Depression and anxiety can be both caused and cured by what you do or don’t eat.  And poverty often causes folks to eat the WRONG stuff.  Don’t even get me started on Politicians and their drug convictions – crack, Oxycodone, Marajuana, Cocaine, the list goes one – and they have money.  It is not about class or social status. We are all out of balance. We are the blind leading the blind. And all of this is entrenched in somebody’s bottom line. No one other than you benefits from your growing your own food though…ask Ron Finley (“growing your own food is like growing your own money”- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzZzZ_qpZ4w).

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How I know food can balance…my supplements.

Our world is toxic. The only way is to reconnect with our Mother. Treat her and all her creatures with kindness. Find homeostasis. Put your hands in the dirt. Work hard. Find the knowledge that our forebearers had and we have lost. It is possible. Balancing ourselves is possible – hey, I know a guy who can help you do it..Dr. Eric Dahlstrom at Santa Monica Healing Arts! Understand of course that what I believe and what he believes are NOT the same, but he CAN balance you that’s for sure. He did me, that’s why I know its possible (thank you very much to Apex Energetics Serotone Active K-38, and Estrovera specifically).

I am not supermom. I am not very good at debate, and I am certainly not patient enough to be a teacher. I am way too opinionated, and I don’t even really like children?! (Wait did I say that out loud?) But I do enjoy making a difference. I love seeing the joy and astonishment on kids’ faces in the school garden when we eat the celery that they grew right out of the garden. “Wait,” they say, “we can eat this? We don’t have to wash it or anything?” No kid. It’s that easy. It grows, you eat it. No pesticides to wash or bags of plastic to open…”You sure?” They say. Yep I am sure. If only everything could be such a sure thing.

But what I realized the other day, with thanks to my friend Melinda, is that folks might not be getting my message. I hope to inspire. I hope to lead by example. If I can do this thing…make every single meal a political statement, make every single dinner count, so can all of you. The choices we can get ourselves embroiled in are infinate; Each step we take offfers up a landmine of consequences. By using the Buycott Ap (http://www.buycott.com), I know sometimes I’m choosing 6 of one over 1/2 dozen of the other. But I CHOOSE. I make a difference. I put my money where my mouth is and vice versa.

Oh, and… “I’m sorry if the pictures of my political meal are annoying you…I assumed the future of humanity was worth discussing!”

btw: if you enjoyed this rant…you might also enjoy reading my occassional blogs at www.santamonicahealingarts.com! hey, wait, maybe I should make this a blog?! great idea…..!

Coby Dahlstrom (aka #mrsdrdahl)

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Dr. Eric P. Dahlstrom, D.C., L.Ac.
Santa Monica Healing Arts
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Whatcha gonna do with all that junk? all that junk inside your…

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Dahlstrom Pumpkin Magic 2014! (I kind of feel like the one on the top right.) The BEST thing about carving pumpkins is the ROASTED SEEDS! A GREAT anti-oxidant (and who doesn’t need more of those after All Hallows?)

Happy November!  

(Translation: Welcome to Junk Belly Central and Gut Healers R US)

The great thing about November is that now we get to eat HEALTHY stuff!  Yep. I’m comin’ at ya with yet ANOTHER post about #bonebroth! (insert eye roll here)

No but really, last month we had so much fun learning how to make it, preserve it, & how it was healthy!  Now guess what?  Yep!  We all can be super grateful that we did!  Gut healing here we come!…

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Let’s address firstly, some of the Dangers of Halloween.

No not witches, bats & goblins.  Rather all the crap that gets ingested and why it is horrendous.  How we got Junk Belly…

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All organic all veggie chili cooking away on the stove in prep for the big fright night.

Right?  I mean, who else is suffering from post-halloween coma?  Wow, fun really costs me these days.  And my family too.  Goes to show how well we really do eat normally, that a few days of pizza, ice cream, soda, cupcakes, and store bought halloween candy can send us all into a tailspin.  Although I am proud to say that I only ate 3 pieces of halloween candy – specifically fun sized peanut m&m’s, Almond joy & Snickers – and only 1/2 a piece of pepperoni pizza (bleck).  For me, rather it’s the gluttony of too much *spirit* lol.  As far as food goes, we really go all out trying to be certain that everyone gets a healthy meal before the fright night begins.  Every year Dr. Eric & I host a full chili bar with all organic homemade chilis, both meat and all veggie, complete with a full scale mostly gluten-free topping bar.  Nothing but the best before the kids bust a gut later.

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The chili topping bar this year…just realized I forgot to put out the cliantro and parsley in my race to the death! damn.

My son is only now recovering from his NASTY bout with *IBS* (a stupid anagram to describe the junk belly that comes along with eating a standard American diet).  Yep, because he’s a kid, and he thought he could get away with it (or maybe he just didn’t think at all), there was loads of unsupervised Halloween candy, pizza, soda, bread, muffins.  In short, binge eating.  He is the son of a nutrional counselor and he knows better.  But truly, he was just being a kid.  Poor thing.

Some succint words about Halloween Candy (aka poison from the devil meant to induce long term disease and reliance upon perscription medication in order to benefit the economic prosperity of a very privilaged few who eat none of it likely).  OOOPS!  sorry!  I didn’t mean to get political.  It just slipped out.  Forgive me.

The thing is, store bought Halloween candy is just so incredibly nasty bad for you in every way imaginable!  To list only a precious few:

1) Partially Hydrogenated Corn Syrup (a fancy way to say Trans Fat).  I mean if the FDA is considering removing Trans Fat oils from the “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) list?  Come on!  Not safe for human consumption?  Why put that s*#t in kids’ candy?  Lord have mercy.  Trick indeed – No treat.

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Dr. Eric’s potion of death….

For more info click here: http://www.naturalhealthadvisory.com/daily/natural-health-101/why-are-trans-fats-bad-even-the-fda-agrees-they-are-worse-than-expected/

2) High Fructose Corn Syrup.  HFCS represents more than 40% of caloric sweeterners.  They “contain anywhere from 55 to 90 percent fructose and are derived from corn, a heavily subsidized (read: cheap) crop. Manufacturers love HFCS because, especially when compared to regular sugar, it’s cheaper, sweeter and produced in abundance.  But studies have shown that chronically high consumption of fructose in rodents leads to [liver and systemic] insulin resistance, obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and high blood pressure.”  It is not the same thing as cane sugar.  Not by a longshot. 

For more info click here: http://www.sott.net/article/288056-The-evils-of-High-Fructose-Corn-Syrup-It-really-is-that-bad-for-you

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#brainfood – what? eating brains doesn’t make you smart?

3) HFCS from GMO Corn.  Uh-oh, she said GMO.  Why worry?  That’s a whole encyclopedia of hot topic.  but I’m guessing that if you are here on Dr. Eric’s blog, you kinda know why.  Sum it up with this:  If the corn is biologically & genetically changed on the cellular level so that it will kill the insects who eat it, why would YOU want to eat it?  On that note, the way that it kills said insects is eerily similar to the way that it kills rats in laboratory studies, by causing cancer, diet related diseases, gastro-intestinal disorders, allergies, etc.  Again, why wouldn’t you also be killed?  Finally, if it is genetically created to resist the herbicide/pesticides that are sprayed onto it to further resist pests, then that means that that same corn is COATED in pesticice that is again, meant to kill pests.  If it will kill pests, it will KILL YOU TOO.  Stop buying GMOs and you can stop buying pink bows in October. No brainer.

4) Carrageenan. Never heard of it?  If you have, wait, isn’t that “organic?”  Well, yes.  It is derived from red-seaweed so there is nothing “fake” about it, therefore it qualifies as organic.  But does that translate to “good for you?”  Nope.  What is it for?  Why do they put it in there?  It is a filler.  For consistency.  Usually added to milk, milk products, and non-dairy milk substitutes, carrageenan creates a creamy thicker fuller consistency while similtaneously thinning out the actual product making it more cost effective.  Cheapskates making a profit off of your tummy trouble.  Carrageenan has been shown to cause serious inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract and liver as well as intestinal abnormalities.  Recently, “the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer and the National Research Council of the United States have deemed carrageenan to be a carcinogen” (ie: causes cancer).

For more information click here: http://bodyunburdened.com/carrageenan/

And for a list of Carrageenan free companies click here: http://t.co/Vetw41LkZm

5) Child Slavery.  Nope, not a costume.  This is real.  “Most chocolate sold in the U.S. comes from cocoa farms where farmers work in unsafe conditions, receive below poverty wages, many of them children under 14 years old who are forced to work and denied education…The Ivory Coast is the world’s largest cocoa producer, providing 43% of the world’s cocoa…A 2002 report from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture about cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast and other African countries estimated there were 284,000 children working on cocoa farms in hazardous conditions. U.S. chocolate manufacturers have claimed they are not responsible for the conditions on cocoa plantations since they don’t ‘own them’.”  So, if you are going to consume chocolate, or let your CHILDREN eat chocolate, please don’t do it at the cost of other childrens’ well being.  Buy Fair Trade.  

For more information click here: http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/the-bitter-truth-about-chocolate.html

For a list of Fair Trade chocolate brands click here: http://orgcns.org/1shlX7Y

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minidrdahl “When LIfe Gives You Lemons…” I wish he’d make a bit more lemonade instead of eating pretzels!!!

And yes, you may have heard about companies like good ol’ American Hershey’s commiting to fair trade chocolate only (more info here: http://fairtradeusa.org/…/hershey-21st-century-cocoa…).  While it is true that they have publically stated a commitment to fair trade, those kinds of changes in multinational food coorporations take decades to actually take effect.  In the meantime, my bet is that they are hoping to increase they’re profit margin by jumping on the fair trade bandwagon and children are still suffering.  Require proof.  Be safe.  Be kind.  Buy fair trade.

Oh, and on a lighter note, well, maybe not lighter on your belly….

6) Wheat/Gluten.  Surprised?  I bet.  Why on earth would you need gluten in candy?  For the same reason you need it in baked goods.  A binding agent.  Or sometimes as barley malt for that malted flavor.  Just a handfull of the many candies that contain gluten?: any licorice (including twizzlers, sour punch candy straws, etc.), kit-kat bars, whoppers, twix bars, crunch bars, & milky way bars.  As I mentioned above, even if you do NOT have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, gluten is just plain bad for happy gut health.  Over time it can cause all kinds of stomach, intestinal, or systemic disorders including IBS, leaky gut, celiac disease, thryroid issues, or many different auto-immune disorders.  Wheat/Gluten can also seriously effect brain chemistry causing depression or any number of brain imbalances.

For more information, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvUgcLQOUSA&noredirect=1

and another good one is here: https://t.co/dBAo5TRZPJ

Wait!  We didn’t even get to the MOST BASIC of all the many bad ingredients…

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This one is enough sugar for me. My Cali-cat. Yep, she got a belly ache too. She just complains less.

7) SUGAR. I mean, haven’t you all seen that rampant viral facebook post about how your brain looks the same on sugar as it does on COKE?? (And I mean cocaine not CocaCola although that is really bad too.) You can find that here: http://mic.com/articles/88015/what-happens-to-your-brain-on-sugar-explained-by-science And here’s another more explanation of why it is so bad: http://wellnessmama.com/15/harmful-effects-of-sugars/  The point is, it’s bad.  Addictive, disease causing, and exhausting.  A quick fix and gone in an instant.  Not a good source of sustained energy or nutrition.  Just the worst.  Period.  And to top it all off, recently, studies prove that sugar, all sugar, doesn’t only worsen existant cancer, but also increases your chances of developing cancer, and wait…yep. CAUSES CANCER.  For more info on that, click here: http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/13456-research-reveals-how-sugar-causes-cancer.html

 

Ok, so now that we have figured out where all the EVIL came from this past holiday & thus how my son got so SICK….Let’s get to fixing him (and me).

This week #minidrdahl was only allowed to ingest six things (GAWD was he pissed!):

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Being forced to drink bone broth…it was like pulling teeth! But, he finally admitted, it truly did make his belly better.

Peppermint tea (with raw honey), plain organic yogurt (with raw honey), brown rice cakes (seaweed ok), organic applesauce (cinnamon flavored ok), dairy free probiotics (read yokult, good belly etc.), and YEP YOU GUESSED IT!  Homemade organic chicken BONE BROTH! woot woot!  This short list consitutes some of THE FINEST gut healing rememdies known to man.  Along with some acupuncure from Dr. Dad, some gentle yoga pose instruction from Mom, and more than a few jet-propelled expulsions, minidrdahl is feeling MUCH better and was back at school today, finally.

You too can recieve this valuable assitance with Halloween Junk Belly recovery! Call for your appointment with Dr. Eric NOW! 310-207-0222 (jk but totally not).

Although…NOW, the boy says that he is having leg pain and still has a lot of sinus congestion…residual systemic reaction?  It’s not isolated in the gut folks; What you eat is what you are.  Pervasive.  BAD Allergies and a little asthma?  In my opinion it’s all a result of the BAD FOOD.  But that is me, Dr. Mom, self-diagnosing (Dr. Eric hates it when I do that…thus the title #mrsdrdahl! lol).

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The Death of me! Drink up Witches!!!”

Or maybe you are like me this week.  Sluggish, swollen, sore, and grumpy.  When the Big Event is over, the system just kinda shuts down, like, “Um, I’m done!”  I know you won’t be surprised when I tell you that my back is out, AGAIN.  I have that acursed mushy bruised feeling all over my body.  Happens every damn time!  I have “damped down” or so they call it in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) too many sweets, excessive caffine, or alcohol will do it.  Plus, although red wine is an anti-oxidant, it still makes my wrists hurt.  Its the nitriates maybe?  But prolly more than that.  There are several other obvious signs that my body chemistry has gotten out of whack.  I mean, the stress of a high pressure guest filled evening in my home, one that takes cleaning and preparations and happiness and socializing and guests and clean up?   Yep, causes depletion!  This week too, I’ve got a herpes blister on my chin, a canker sore on my mouth, and my hair is falling out.  I’m going to have to haul my own self into the office.  Gonna get me some acupuncture and cupping too!  Be like me!  Visit Santa Monica Healing Arts.  No no, really, do. DO.

 

But, why worry about gut health?  I mean, it’s just a stomach ache right?  It’ll pass.  Pop some Tums and get over it?  Not so fast fastguy…

**ooooh! time out.  Fun fact:***  did you know that Tums is ridonkulous?  (our opinion).  Tums was created to cure excess stomach acid.  But most people who suffer from heartburn actually have a LACK of stomach acid, causing digestive failure and thus leaving the food to rot in the stomach.  This rotten food creates acid which thus creates acid reflux.  Tums doesn’t fix THAT kind of acid.  What does fix that  ironically, is MORE stomach acid – to help digest that stagnant food.  Guess what?  An actual really truly great stomach acid whole food supplement is a Standart Process product called Zypan (available at Dr. Eric’s office!).  Also the kicker is that Tums’ slogan advertizes that it “is not just an antacid but also a calcium supplement!”  Well, yes, Calium Bicarbonate contains Calcium, but an non-acidic environment prevents absorbtion of calcium in the stomach.  You’d only absorb the Calcium as a supplement if the product was defective and NOT decreasing the acid in the stomach.  So if the product does what it says it does than it doesn’t do what it says it does?  Whatever.  Just don’t eat crappy food.

 

But back to our topic at hand.  Gut Health.

After Halloween, there’s no doubt that you’ve got an excess of sugar in your system.  There’s another thing that likes sugar besides my son.  YEAST.

You guys know that there are good bacteria and bad bacteria in your gut right?  So there are these YEAST populations.  They do their job by eating all the crappy sugar that you put in your face.  But guess what happens when you eat too much sugar?  Pro-biotics get eaten alive, and an imbalance ensues.  Don’t feed your yeasts!  Ladies, you all know about a yeast infection right?  UNPLEASANT.  So, a systemic yeast infection?  What is that?  When those yeasties have prevailed and have come to inhabit your entire body system causing inflammation, bloating, pain, joint pain, soreness, god knows what.  I’ve had a systemic yeast infection on a few occassions, mostly in my late 20’s & usually post Valentine’s Day when I have consumed WAYYYYY too many See’s Candies.  They suck.  God they are delicious.  So, my son and I might BOTH be having a systemic yeast infection currently.  His from straight up sugar, mine from the sugar that resides in alcohol (because I am so *good spirited!*).  For more information about candida overgrowth from sugar click here: http://t.co/w695qzy23z  It’s a BITCH I tell you.  And we should know better, but we don’t.  The struggle is REAL.

But, basically, when you’ve thrown your body chemistry all out of whack in so many ways, what you need to do is CLEANSE.

Bummer, but yes.  Cleanse.  Start with only the above mentioned happy gut foods, or even fewer and under a Dr.’s supervision, and slowly, very slowly add back in one gentle food at a time.  Keep away from excess wheat, dairy, spicy, and otherwise complex foods.  You will be able to recognize what is tolerable and also learn what is displeasurable to you system so that you can avoid it in the future.  BTW, Dr. Eric is really good at this kind of assisted cleansing and helping you track your food patterns to find problems.  He has all the whole-food supplements to assist your body and great Metagenics detox products as well.

Poor #minidrdahl was PISSED to limit his food like this, and we didn’t even do a prolonged cleanse, only two or three days.  I told him “Guess what?  Sometimes what you don’t like doing makes you much happier than what you do like doing.”  Weird, I know, but true.

If you have celiac disease or severe gluten intolerance, then click here for more info re gluten recovery: http://t.co/RE9q7MJGvY

In summary, if you’ve screwed yourself up, or even if you haven’t…WHAT YOU GONNA DO WITH ALL THAT JUNK, all that junk inside your …trick or treat bag?  Assuming the ENTIRE bag hasn’t already been consumed, you have some options.

First:  BURN IT.  Not suitable for human consumption.  Especially those less fortunate or in a stressful life threatening situation – they deserve better.  But since our world doesn’t yet work like that…

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Who you callin’ Witch?

Two:  Call on the Switch Witch with your children (and yourself).  Convince them to “trade” their candy with her.  If they leave it out in a bowl with a note, the Switch Witch can be convinced to come in the middle of the night and swap it out for a non-candy gift that they have really been hoping for.  Magic.  Then burn it!  Or, trade it into a buy back program or operation gratitude – see below.

Three:  Ask your kids to donate it, and then take them to a health food store like Rainbow Acres or Whole Foods to buy “replacement candy.”  Be sure to decide before you enter the establishment how much money you are willing to spend on this “replacement.”  Teach as you go, showing them why one sweet is better than another and what is acceptible to you.  A GREAT teaching moment.

Four:  There are many Dentist Buy Back Programs wherein your local D.D.S. will pay $1 per lb. to “buy back” the candy in order to prevent cavities associated with sugar (wow, we didn’t even get into those issues!)  The dentists then usually ship the candy off to the troops with Operation Gratitude.images

images-2Five:  There are many ways to donate your candy to the Troops if you decide to do so.  A couple of such programs in addition to Operation Gratitude (you can find that one here: http://opgrat.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/halloween-candy-for-the-troops/) are as follows: Any Soldier (http://www.anysoldier.com/index.cfm), Operation Stars & Stripes images-3(http://operationstarsandstripes.org/?page_id=26), or Operation Shoe Box (https://operationshoebox.com/how-you-can-help/candy-donations/).images-1

Six:  Look into the Ronald McDonald House (because the toxic clown likes to give back to attone for the damage he’s done to kids).  You can find your local branch here: http://www.rmhc.org/volunteerrmhcLogo

Seven: Local Shops, Food Pantries, Pediatric Wards, Homeless Shelter, Retirement Homes, and Nursing Centers.  Try to find your local Meals on Wheels here: http://www.citymeals.org/

Eight: Local Churches, Synogogues, and other places of worship.

 

And us?  Well, we’ll be ok.  Things are already on the mend.  We just slurped down some more broth.  And honey, I’ve got junk in the trunk all day long that ain’t goin nowhere nohow.  

And minidrdahl?  I just caught him sneaking a bag of pretzels in his room…DOH!

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’till death do us part…

Stay sweet, Sugar!

Coby Dahlstrom (aka #mrsdrdahl)

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Bone Appetit! Halloween = Soup Season

Question:

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This was a Von’s roasted chicken from last night’s last minute dinner. My back was out, so my son rode his skateboard to the market and picked it up for us!

When you stop to grab dinner for your family on the way home, how often do you grab one of those whole roasted chickens (doesn’t really matter from where…)?

Second Question:

If you do, do you throw all the bones, skin, carcass in the trash after you’ve eaten the meat?  Wait…don’t answer! Just TELL ME THAT YOU DON’T…or at least, promise that you won’t? … Please don’t waste that carcass!!!

Here’s why:

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A beautiful “Rosie the Free Range” organic chicken from Sprouts that I roasted in Kerrygold butter & homegrown rosemary, sage, & thyme with organic yukon gold potatoes, himalayan salt and white pepper

Bone Broth is INCREDIBLY good for you.  And SOOOOOPER easy to make. Whether you’re using up the last of your Thanksgiving turkey, or you roasted a “Rosie the Free Range Chicken” for dinner, maybe you grabbed a regular ol’ roasted non-organic bird from Von’s, or even picked up a to-go rotisserie deal from Benny’s, never EVER throw out your bones. Trust me.

I mean really, how many recipes call for chicken broth? Sure, you can buy that boxed organic broth: Pacific, Imagine, or there’s Simple Truth at Ralph’s and “O” brand at Von’s.  You can go un-organic with Swanson, Tyson, or Costco’s Kirkland brand.  Or there’s old school Campbell’s in a can or even the OG like my mom sometimes used on the fly: bouillon cubes.

But why pay ANY money at all for ANY of them, when you can make it yourself for FREE?  And therefore be absolutely certain that you know what’s in it?  I mean free of  ADDITIVES  (ie: MSG – a neurotoxic substance that causes a wide range of reactions, from temporary headaches to permanent brain damage (1)) & no added sodium (read “low-sodium”), and even better if you’ve used an organic free-range chicken, NO GMOs! (Don’t get me started.)

Even more importantly, store bought broth is just not as good for you.  No really, it’s not.  Even organic brands can use high temperature, flash-cooking techinques.  You get broth that is watered down, it doesn’t gel up and you won’t get all the nutrients and benefits of the gooey gelatin from true bone broth made from bone marrow(a).  Store bought commercial broths will fake these “thickening effects” with emulsifiers but the true health benefits are lost (1).

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Broth cooking from the other night’s Benny’s rotisseried take out special (another quick, local, last minute option for the family when things were super hectic!)

Don’t have the time you say?  Nah. Watch and learn. easy peasy.

Put the whole friggin’ thing in a big ol’ pot. Fill the pot with water. Boil. You can simmer on low for a few hours, or let it cook and cook and cook for twenty four hours – one gets you more bone for your buck, but both are totally valid.  Go ahead, put the lid on, set the flame low, and go take a shower!  Or cook dinner, or watch a TV show, or help the kids with homework.  You can even do it in your slow cooker while you are at WORK!  No excuses.

And did I mention HOW GOOD IT IS FOR YOU? Well, we’ll get to that later…

Ok, hold up, first things first.  Directions:

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THE best Thanksgiving Turkey EVER! totally organic free-range HUGE bird from Whole Foods cooked with organic, no nitrates added, uncured bacon, rosemary & smoked paprika from my dear friend’s recipe @cookingontheweekends.com! WOWZA!

I mentioned the boiling bit.  If you are making JUST A Bone Broth, and you aren’t planning on making soup of any kind at the moment (fyi, you can use the broth to make many kinds of soup later), then literally add nothing but water, purified if possible.  We have a reverse osmosis spout on our kitchen sink.  But really, since its gonna boil, even tap is ok.  If you have a meat hammer and can crack up the bones a bit great, if not, no worries. If you happen to have some ACV (apple cider vinegar), particuraly Bragg’s, add it too as it helps break down the bones to access the goodness & marrow.  Boil it till it falls apart. You want a nice layer of fatty greasy goodness on top of the water and all kinds of really small weird looking, unidentifiable chicken parts floating around. Boil it with the lid ON, but slightly ajar, so as not to let all the water evaporate.  If you do run low on water, add more and keep on boiling.  Boil it down the the bare bones (get it? – amazing where these expressions really come from!).

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Last year’s AMAZING totally organic free range Thanksgiving Turkey in the pot for broth

If you think you might want to make it into a soup, or are interested in a basic seasoning that covers all the bases, throw in a bay leaf or two while you simmer.  I always do, as this is what my mom did.  My kids even have a “who gets the bay leaf” hunt when we have soup ’cause there’s always at least one that makes it all the way to the table.

Right now, I’m going to stick with simple Chicken Stock and we can do some soup stuff later.  And btw, bone broth can be made of ANY leftover carcass, not just poultry!  Had BarBQ ribs last night? boil ’em down!  A Honeybaked Ham on Easter?  Oh I love hambone soup…BONES ARE GOOOOOOD.

Oh right, so now, you’ve let it simmer forever and you’ve got all the stuff floating around, what do you do?

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Most delicious Bone Broth ever from last year’s amazing Turkey. It was such a big bird, we got quite a lot of delicious broth with hints of bacon and paprika! (notice the sorting of the chicken parts aka fun for doggies).

It’s time to sift.  Let the broth cool WAY DOWN so you can touch it.  And take off your rings if your’re worried about them, as your hands and fingers will get greasy.  I am a real hands-all-in kinda cook; Why use a tool when you can just reach right in? But if you want to stay a bit cleaner, try using a slotted spoon, or a strainer for this party.

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This is Astro, he doesn’t listen very well, or he isn’t very smart, not sure which, but he won’t ever stay out of the kitchen!

Put that cooled vat of chicken stuff right alongside three medium sized bowls. You might only need two, but in my house there are three: 1) Remaining delicious usable chunks of chicken.  2) Actual bones.  3) Skin, cartlidge, fat etc that I can give to my dogs

(if you do this for your hounds, PLEASE be EXTRA careful to sort throught the mess several times – a single tiny chicken bone can choke your pupster to death and even large ones can splinter wrong in their throat and they’ll be a goner.)  I LOVE my pups, who by the way, wait directly under my feet the entire time I am making broth as they know the smell so well(!), so I always treat them to some yummy tidbits of organic chicken goodness.

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This is Kaya. She knows what’s up. she’ll wait patiently just outside the kitchen door with really big puppy dog eyes until I give her the good girl bites.

So now what to do with this mess?  Well, the part that is ok for the doglettes, I don’t give them all at once because that’s a whole lotta grease and fat in one gulp.  Instead, I portion it out to them for the next few days as treats and in thier kibble.  They LOVE LOVE LOVE it!  The bowl that is all bones, wrap up tight in a compostable bag and put in the BLACK garbage can.  And all the yummy bits of chicken that you found and didn’t even know you had?  Well, this is good stuff!  Whole other meals can be made from it.  I like to freeze it and use later for things like Chicken Salad, shepherd’s pie, & other soup recipes.  Instead of a canned chicken, you have your frozen! (so much money saved this way! make the very MOST out of your meal and your money!)

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minidrdahl & minimrsdrdahl pulling our most recent *Wishbone* – He always wins (he sneaks up the stem)…she gets so pissed.

*Fun Part* – When you boil a whole foul, you will recover the WISHBONE from the pot eventually!  How fun is that?  This was a ritual for me growing up, and I believe my kids find it as fun as I did everytime.  Let that fercula dry for a day and then you can go for it!  Two loved ones or friends, kids or a couple, or strangers for that matter, should hold onto the two “handles” at the base of the fork.  Hold them with the thumb and forefinger only!  Each of you, make a wish…Wait…Make sure no one is cheating by inching up the stem of the bone now… and on the count of three, PULL (not UP but OUT).  Whoever gets the head or top of the bone where it connects, well, their wish will come true.

*Fun Fact* – The furcula (“little fork” in Latin) or wishbone is a forked bone found in birds and some other animals, and is formed by the fusion of the two clavicles. In birds, its primary function is in the strengthening of the thoracic skeleton to withstand the rigors of flight.

As for the Bone Broth, that liquid gold…

How do you save it to use in the future?

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See the three layers? fat on top, gelatin in the middle, and chicken stuff on the bottom. This is a quart sized jar as that day, that’s what I had available, but its a bit hard to try to spoon out all three layers. I prefer pint sized.

Ok, so you have this VERY gelatinous thick almost solid goop.  BONE BROTH.  Very concentrated (especially if you boiled it for a VERY long time – ideally 24 hours).  You may notice that it has separated into layers.  There will be a thick fatty skim on top, a gooey jelloey middle kinda like consome, in fact, it IS consome (Oh jeez…do I have a story about THAT but maybe another time…), and on the bottom are little bits of solid stuff – chicken meat and such, but really tiny bits.

If you’re like me, you will use some of this treasure in the very near future. You’d be surprised how very many recipes call for chicken broth.  You might be cooking rice, or quinoa, or cous cous; Always use 1/2 broth!  Say you are making soup.  Yep it always needs broth.  Steaming spinach or any veggie for that matter?  Always steam with 1/2 broth, braising too.  What about a pasta sauce?  Yep, you’ll need to add broth.  Not kidding.  If you cook at home, you’ll need the broth.  So, put some in a jar and keep it in the fridge.  Right, those pickles that are almost empty?  Eat the last one, dump the juice, rinse the glass bottle, and fill it with this bone broth.  Make sure to get proportioned amounts of all three layers.  Then, keep it handy.  You’ll use that jar full in the next few weeks…

If you need it to last for a bit longer, or you made a whole bunch from a big bird, then you’ll have to freeze or can it.  Hold on…  Don’t get overwhelmed!  It’s way easier than you think, canning that is.  I typically don’t freeze because I don’t like to freeze in plastic and glass expands in the freezer.  So are you ready?  Here we go…

Canning 101:

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My mother’s canning pot (minus the lid – I managed to loose that somewhere deep in my garage) complete with wire canning rack and my own well-used canning tongs.

First, you’ll need a big pot.  Not just big, but deep (the water will have to cover the tops of the submerged glass canning jars).  I have my mother’s canning pot which I LOVE, and is totally worth having (if you think you’ll use it at least a few times a year, I suggest you invest).  The thing that’s great about a canning pot is the wire canning rack that fits right inside.  You see, the jars can’t touch the bottom of the pan or they will shatter.  So if you’re using any ol’ big ol’ pot, be sure you put something on the bottom of the pan to disperse the heat – like an opened collandar or similar.  (There are a few basic canning tools that you might be tempted to buy, but none of which are really necessary, they just make it all a bit easier if it’s going to be a “thing” you do).

Anyway, fill the pot with water almost to the top, turn on the heat, let it get to a rolling boil.

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These are pint sized ball jars from Ralph’s – they are filled with homegrown homemade pickles but just pretend that is chicken stock

Next, you will need some canning jars (Ball Jars, Mason Jars, etc).  Pint sized is good because you’ll use it up in several meals and it won’t stand open in the fridge too long.  I buy mine at Ralph’s.  If you have an old hardware store in town that carries them, that’s fun and nostalgic.  We had a great visit to the vintage hardware store in Dunsmuir, just outside of Shasta, this past Labor Day.  Darling place!  Been there since 1894, and it had a great selection of canning supplies (http://www.dunsmuirhardware.com/).  But you can also get them at Target, Wallmart, Amazon.com, etc.

Ok, Gonna make this short…

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I always feel like celebrating when all my jars seal! woo hoo!

Sterilize the jars, lids & rings by rinsing in really hot water.  Let the lids & rings soak.  Fill the jars with broth (again be sure to get proportionate amounts of all three layers of goodness).  WIPE THE RIMS of the jars carefully (if there is stuff on there, they won’t seal).  Place the warm lid on the top, then put on the metal ring loosely.  Submerge the jars in the pot of boiling water.  Leave them there for 12-18 minutes, turning the boil down just a bit.  Removing them is easier if you have a wire rack, or a set of canning tongs, but doable if you don’t, you just need some kinda tong to reach into the boiling water, and not mess with the lids too much or you might undo the seal.  Set the jars to cool in a flat area.  Do not touch them.  As they cool, you will hear a “popping” sound as each one sets its seal.  SUCH A GREAT NOISE!  Like popping a champagne cork!  Woo Hoo!  Celebratory as you know you’ve succeeded in sealing the jar!  When they’ve fully cooled, wipe them down, and you can store them for ALL TIME!  Amazing really. They are sealed so as long as they are refridgerated, they last FOR EVAAAAH.

AWESOME right?  But here’s the REALLY AWESOME part (if I haven’t lost you and you’re still reading)…

WHY IT IS SO DARN GOOD FOR YOU!

Albondigas, or Mexican chicken soup, from homemade bone broth, with homegrown zucchini, carrots, onions, & cliantro

Here’s a quick bit o’ history.  Basically every culture agrees in the healing property of bone broth…let’s review a few:

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Homemade Korean “Pho-style” soup from Thanksgiving turkey bone broth, master tonic, and homegrown cabbage, onions, bell peppers, sugar snap peas, radish, & lime with cilantro, sesame seeds, Braggs Aminos, & homemade “Rooster Sauce” from habanero chilis. Rice Vinegar & Sesame Oil.

The use of gelatin as a theraputic agent dates back to the ancient Chinese (1).  Traditional Chinese Medecine (TCM) uses bone broth to strengthen the kidney, support the digestive system, and build blood (2).  It is a Qi & blood builder (3).  Bone broths are nutrient-dense, and include calcium, potassium, magnesium, and incorporate the marrow of the animal.  Marrow helps our Jing essence (essence from the Kidney).  “Bone marrow is produced by Kidney Jing, so infusing it in bone broth is like drinking a cup of Jing” (3). 

images-6But what is Kidney Jing?  TCM tells us we are all born with it.  It is the “essence” we are given from our mom and dad at birth.  There is a sort of “reserve” of this energy in all of us and as we age, we begin to use it up.  When we are stressed, work too hard, have too much “fun,” are short on sleep, or otherwise over-tax ourselves, our Kidney essence becomes deficient and we become exhausted.  Filling up your resevoir again is wonderful! (3)  Thus the bone broth!

We’ve heard all of the slogans from the 90’s “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” etc.  Those don’t come from thin air.  “Fish broth will cure anything,” is another South American proverb. (1)  All proverbs arrive from years of repitition of knowledge.  They should always be taken seriously, not with a grain of salt! 

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Matzo Ball Soup – Jewish “Penicillin” (Not homemade. But a pic I lifted from google images. Not gluten free so I haven’t made it in a while…but it’s a goodie!

“The term “Jewish penicillin” is used for chicken soup, because it is known to inhibit cell inflammation and mitigate cold symptoms.  And the English have sipped beef tea, or beef broth, since the Victorian era.” (2)

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“Liberty leading the People” by Eugène Delacroix

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The steam digester: a high-pressure cooker invented by French physicist Denis Papin in 1679.

In 1682, Denis Papin, a Frenchman, invented a kind of pressure cooker called the “digestor,” that cooked bones or meat with steam to extract the gelatin.  In the same way that we take vitamins to answer our current nutritional shortages, gelatin was the go to 200 years ago, particularly in France.  Although gelatin is not a complete protein, containing primarily the amino acids arginine and glycine, but a little goes a long way and much broth can be made of a few measely bones. “During the siege of Paris, when vegetables and meat were scarce, a doctor named Guerard put his patients on gelatin bouillon with some added fat and they survived in good health.”(1)

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French Onion Soup made from homemade chicken/beef bone broth – recipe from @thepioneerwoman.com Mais Oui! Merci!

Through the 1950’s the French were the leaders in gelatin research.  Again, think consome right?  In a French restaurant, you can literally order a bowl of plain beef gelatin.  They found it useful in the treatment many diseases including peptic ulcers, tuberculosis, diabetes, muscle diseases, infectious diseases, jaundice and cancer.  Babies had fewer digestive problems when gelatin was added to their milk. (1)

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Francis M. Pottenger, Jr. (1901–1967) In his treatment of respiratory diseases such as TB, asthma, allergies and emphysema, he always highlighted proper diet based on the principles discovered by Weston Price.

The American researcher Francis Pottenger (Pottenger’s Cats) stated that gelatin is a hydrophilic colloid, thus it attracts and holds liquids & facilitates digestion by attracting digestive juices towards the food in the gut. (1)

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Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.”

Famed and oft quoted French gastronome Brillant-Savarin stated that “Soup is a healthy, light, nourishing food…good for all of humanity; it pleases the stomach, stimulates the appetite and prepares the digestion.”(1)  But of course he is better known for having coined the expression “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.”  Or as we say nowadays: You are what you eat.  He was a pretty smart guy that Brillant-Savarin, also coming up with the theory that sugar and white flour were the cause of obesity and suggested eating only protein-rich ingredients of which bone broth was one.  I think he was on to something. 

WAIT! did I lose you??? Was the history lesson too boring?

Hey  – I’m just trying to show you how IMPORTANT it is to not throw away those bones, remember?  

And finally, some brass tack factual reasons WHY bone broth is healthy (4, 5): 

  • reduces pain & inflammation, makes your joints more supple
  • helps you have healthier hair, skin, & nails
  • heals your gut & promotes healthy digestion
  • reduces your need for meat & protein
  • helps get the toxins out.
  • promotes healthy bones.
  • helps promote healthy sleep
  • inhibits infection

I could go into GREAT detail on each of these, but I’d just have to quote directly from the articles below ’cause they are so well written and fun.  Instead, just click on those links at the end.  They’re awesome.

Bones are good for your bones.  And more.

OOOOOPS!  I was going to give you some recipes.  WHAT???  How did that happen?

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Last night’s homegrown homemade pumpkin soup made with last week’s chicken bone broth! Welcome Fall. Welcome Soup Season!

Really, this article has been long winded enough. How about I write another blog soon as an addendum and include my very favorite Chicken Soup recipe?  THE one and only?  My Mother’s (I love you and miss you MOM).  For now I will leave you of a picture of the soup that I was making today while I wrote this blog… No it’s not Chicken Soup, rather homemade homegrown pumpkin.  But guess what is one of only eight ingredients?  YES!!!  You guessed it! ….Chicken Bone Broth!

Until next month…keep drooling! xo Coby

Coby Dahlstrom (aka #mrsdrdahl)

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Sources:
a. http://whole9life.com/2013/12/whole9-bone-broth-faq/

1. http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/broth-is-beautiful/

2. http://doctorauer.com/benefits-of-bone-broth/

3. http://alcantaraacupuncture.com/traditional-chicken-bone-broth-a-recipe-to-build-qi-and-blood-for-immune-building-fertility-and-postpartum/

4. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/12/16/bone-broth-benefits.aspx

5. http://undergroundwellness.com/top-5-reasons-why-bone-broth-is-the-bomb/

 

 

Cherry Blossoms blooming? feeling a bit wistful?

A brief discussion of the Cherry Blossom & “Mono no aware…”

The Cherry Blossom, or flower of the Sakura tree (桜 or 櫻; さくら) is symbolic to many people. To most it is simply the flourish of Spring, however in Japan, it’s meaning is a more ephemeral one.

The custom of “Hanami,” or picnicking under a blooming Sakura tree, is said to have began in Japan during the Nara period (710-794) however chronicles from this time record the festivals being held as early as the third century CE.  By the Edo period (1603-1868) the practice was no longer limited only to the Imperial Court.  The Tokugawa Shogunate of samurai society planted many cherry blossom trees and encouraged commoners to enjoy the centuries old practice of lunching and sake beneath the romantic blossoms.

(Woodblock print of Mount Fuji and cherry blossom from 36 Views of Mount Fuji by Hiroshige.)

It was during this Edo period that the first Europeans arrived in Japan. Portuguese ships began to arrive and established the “Nanban” (meaning “barbarian”) trade followed closely by the Dutch and then the English.  Early  accounts of these foreign “barbarians” describes them as “crude, [with] a lack of hygiene, and [unable] to understand their writing.  A contemporary Japanese account relates:

“They eat with their fingers instead of with chopsticks such as we use. They show their feelings without any self-control. They cannot understand the meaning of written characters” (from Boxer, “Christian century”).

Japanese culture during the Edo period flourished. It was a time of great artistry, creativity, cultural, intellectual, and economic growth.  Out of Buddhism, arose Neo-Confucianism, a system of thought focused on a secular view of man and society.  The application of Neo-Confucianism led to a change in political structure from the previous feudal norm to one that emphasized large group oriented practices.  The idea of the Confucian Man was replaced by the Rule of Law, wherein each person had a specific place in society and was expected to fulfill the mission of that place.  The Rulers reigned with benevolence.  The government was all-powerful but humane and responsible. Humanism and Rationalism were totted as ideal.

The burgeoning metropolis of Edo with it’s growing international industry and sophisticated government,  supported a well-educated elite. Urban populations all at once had both the means and the leisure time to support mass culture. This search for Earthly enjoyment became known as Ukiyo or “the floating world,” a notion that arose out of Buddhist teachings, again, emphasizing the transient or ungraspable nature of beauty and life in this world. Fashion, entertainment, and the importance of aesthetic beauty in all objects and actions of everyday life were essential. Elegance and refinement became the norm.  Geisha, music, Kabuki, poetry, literature, and art all thrived.

This gossamer nature of of the Tokugawa era in Edo Japan is best articulated by the woodblock prints known as Ukiyo-e.  Mass-produced, these prints were made for those who were generally not wealthy enough to afford an original painting.  Like the Sakura tree, they were art brought to the people.  Best known of these Ukiyo-e artists are Harunobu, Moronobu, Utamaro, Yoshitoshi, Hiroshige, and Hokusai.  The odd angles and shapes through which Hiroshige often viewed landscape and the work of Kiyonaga and Utamaro, with its emphasis on flat planes and strong linear outlines, later had a profound impact on such Western artists as Edgar Degas and Vincent van Gogh.  Yoshitoshi’s “100 Views of the Moon,” and Hiroghige’s or Hokusai’s “36 Views of Mt. Fuji” articulate fully the poetic and impermanent nature of the beauty in this world.  Novelist Asai Ryōi, in his Ukiyo monogatari (浮世物語 “Tales of the Floating World”, c. 1661), provides some insight into the concept of the floating world:

… Living only for the moment, turning our full attention to the pleasures of the moon, the snow, the cherry blossoms and the maple leaves; singing songs, drinking wine, diverting ourselves in just floating, floating; … refusing to be disheartened, like a gourd floating along with the river current: this is what we call the floating world…

The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) from “36 Views of Mt. Fuji”
This fleeting beauty or Ukiyo is perfectly exemplified by the Springtime ritual of “Hanami,” and the Festival of the Cherry Blossoms.  In Japan, cherry blossoms symbolize clouds due to their nature of blooming en masse.  More significantly, they are an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life, and the concept of Mono no aware (物の哀れ) which means “the pathos of things,”  “an empathy toward things,” or “a sensitivity to ephemera.”  It is a Japanese term for the awareness of impermanence (無常 mujō), or transience of things, and a gentle sadness (or wistfulness) at their passing.
And so, as you see the blossoms blooming this spring, indulge your pathos.  Allow yourself a fleeting moment of beauty as it does not last…and please, try to act civilized! <3

 

Coby Dahlstrom (aka #mrsdrdahl)

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