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25-7-2011 Medische tips /osteoporosis/diabetes  etc

You want to lose  lose weight and want to do this while sleeping...............well, that maybe a bit difficult.

But let me give you just one single tip:

Buy almonds in a closed bag [already peeled but with the brown skin/film still on them [we have excellent quality almonds in Israel, you will not find them in Europe I think]

Eat during the day some 20 almonds [more or less] but the most important is to chew each almond like chewing gum till it becomes fluid in your mouth and only then swallow the fluid almond [“daisa”]

You may do this during throughout the whole day.

If you want some variation then interchange the almond chewing with some dry oats [oatmeal][Quaker as it is known by Israelis].....also chew till the dry Quaker become fluid and only then swallow.

If you suffer from “stomach acid” [pyrosis] then this will also help tremendously and I have heard from many women in pregnancy how much this benefited them.

There are some people who don't digest the brown skin well: in that case bleach blanch the almonds first to remove the outer skin.

And if you are still smoking [more then a 3 cigarettes per day] then this for sure will get you off the habit.

Start today!

It seems to me that alei selek  [with the "strange" English name Swisschard or in Dutch snijbieten and in Latin Beta Vulgaris] are not eaten by all families or sometimes quite rarely.

Remember to put it on your table every now and then [maybe at least once a week]

Together with spinach it is one of the richest vegetables.

To reduce the oxalic acid in alei selek it is preferable to boil it instead of steaming. Cook for a 3 minutes or so [see below]

The vegetable is of huge importance for diabetics.

It may help beta cells from the pancreas the "regenerate" ,those responsible for the production of insulin.

About Vitamin D I have written enough in the past.

What becomes slowly more and more known is the importance ofVitamin K for prevention /treatment of osteoporosis .

The most powerful kind of vitamin K[2] is found in cheeses and some fermented products such as tempe.

[a soy product] [ask the health food shop how to prepare it]

Alei selek contain a high amount of vitamin K[1] [just like spinach and kale [this last one not available in Israel]

Vitamin K1 prevents excessive breakdown of bone tissue

Part of the vitamin K1 is converted in the intestines by friendly bacteria to vitamin K2, which helps to deposit calcium in the bones.

With a "normal" diet calcium is plenty readily available in food and taking calcium as tablets [supplements] is probably not only wasting money but may damage the blood vessels. This will never happen with calcium from natural nutritional  sources.

Don't take calcium supplements even if this medical "minhag" has been existing for tens of years.

Alei selek is are a very good source of calcium.

As you can see nature works as a "philharmonic orchestra": alei selek rich in calcium,being put down in the bones by vitamin K also rich available in this vegetable..............

If you want to store chard in the fridge then don't wash the leaves before storage as water will cause spoilage,

Wrap the leaves tightly in a bag, as "airfree" as possible.

This way the vegetable may stay fresh for some 5 days

If you cook chard then bring first the water to a boil and cook the leaves for some 3 minutes without covering the pot [to let unwanted acids escape with the steam].

Don't use the water in which the vegetables is are cooked, for the same reason [oxalic acid]

Just to add some biochemistry: alei selek are also an excellent source of :

vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, magnesium,  manganese ,vitamin B2, vitamin B6, copper etc

Another interesting issue:

Abstract [From the internet]

Medically unexplained symptoms (MUSs) are the presenting features in up to a quarter of primary care consultations and up to a half of patients seen in secondary care. They are common throughout the world in all ages and can cause disability as severe as those which originate from organic pathology. The diversity of the presenting symptoms and the associated diagnostic uncertainty make them difficult to manage. Doctors can feel incompetent in their diagnostic and communication techniques and the patient can feel that he/she is not being taken seriously.

I thought it may help to answer the writer [as I did]

Dear Sir,

If doctors where prepared to spend reading just a few hours a good homeopathic book then they would suddenly realize with astonishment that many of these unexplainable symptoms are mentioned in homeopathy.

These few hours will not make them fit to treat their patients with homeopathy yet, but they may start realizing why up to a quarter of patients are "mysteries" for them.

May this be so.......!