Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Reading List

** Know Your Fats by Mary Enig
** Cure Tooth Decay Now by Ramiel Nagel
** Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A Price
** Tales from the Perilous Realm by JRR Tolkien
** The Children of Hurin by JRR Tolkien
** Atlas Shrugged by Ann Rynd

Chicken Stock for the Soul

Easy to digest and rich in colloidal vitamins, minerals and glutamate, good stock is said to raise the dead. Stock, coined as a health elixir can be traced back as far as ancient Egypt. Chicken stock, sometimes referred to as tea is believed to repair the mucus membranes of the small intestines, nerves, and digestion. The quality of stock is noted by its gelatinous consistency when cooled. The gelatin indicates that there is a significant proportion of protein, vitamins, and minerals to water. Cartilage from bones breaks down to gelatin.

More bones= more gelatin
boney parts = necks, backs, breastbone, wings


gravy base
flavoring for veggies
base for pilaf
base for soup

Making Stock

Choose the bird
Organic grass feed birds produce a stock with more gelatin. For simplicity, I'm using split broiler birds with back bone in.

2. Process the bird

Thoroughly wash the bird with cold water all over. Some use a brush with stiff brisles to clean the cavity. (Rinse with hot water after use and run through dishwasher)

Separate the bird at the joints. Crack some of the bones for maximun nutrient transfer.

3. Add to pot

Fill the pot 3/4 with (filtered) water. The bird should contribute to half the fullness of the pot. Bring the water to a boil to allow the "scum" to rise. Use a slotted spoon or whisk covered in cheese cloth to remove the scum that rises.

Notes: Some sources refer to scum as albumin. Some leave it in and believe it is of nutritional value others remove it due to cloudiness that it gives to the stock. It causes foam.

4. Add Mirepoix (Veggies)

Reduce heat to a simmer. Add additional veggies to increase nutrient content and flavor

Usual are carrots, celery, onion, leeks

*Will try to add kale, dandelion greens

5. Add Hard Herbs

Garlic, Pepper corns can be added now.

6. Add soft herbs

Soft herbs should be added at the end

7. Cool & Strain (Alton's method I'm Just here for the food p.203)
(I usually just use an ice bath)

Cook until the bones can be easily cracked. Cook the stock right away by placing it on a trivet in the sink and allowing cool water to run around the base and sides.

Strain into a glass (or other non reactive material) container. Alton Brown uses a cool method in his book I'm Just Here for the Food.

Caution: The growth of bacteria is held back at around 4 degrees C (40 degrees F)

8. De fat

Remove fat when the stock cools with a spoon. (I save mine for high temperature cooking.)

9. Store

Store for 7-10 days at 40 degrees in the fridge or Freeze into cubes or plastic containers.

Safe plastic containers(not known to leach harmful materials):

Polypropylene, designated "#5 PP"
High-density polyethylene, designated "#2HDPE"
Low-density polyethylene, designated "#4 LDPE"

Additional Resources:
Sally Fallon's Broth is Beautiful article

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Natural Dental Care

It was not until I had became extremely mercury poisoned from a mouth ful of amalgam fillings that I realized that teeth are organs. I found Tooth Truth and Whole Body Dentistry; they were the beginning for me to an unorthodox view of dentistry. It was another problem whose root cause pointed to nutrition. It made sense now, I cleaned my teeth religiously even using the blue pills to reveal left on plaque only to find at dental visits that I had caries. I also remember an insatiable appetite for pasta at that time in my life. I despise the invasiveness of the procedures that I went through. The latex tastes from the gloves will forever be associated in my mind with dentists. To make a long story short, I want to save my son from this.

I've read that:
** certain bacteria and sugar can eat away enamel on the outside when brushing is not sufficient.
** certain foods can leech minerals that are necessary to nourish teeth
** tooth decay can be prevented and even healed by following the right protocol

It goes back to the teachings of Dr. Weston Price who traveled the world studying the dental profiles of indigenious peoples. He found their overall health and dental profiles to be significantly impressive compared to those of "civilized" people he had seen in his office.

I've read that caries can occur from calcium, phosphate, vitamin, and mineral deficient blood which caries nutrients through out the body including teeth. Cod liver oil, high vitamin butter have been said to aid in remineralization or regrowing teeth. We don't use toothpaste that contains flouride and glycerine as the coat teeth. The Tooth Truth also talks about procedures in normal dental cleaning visit that coats teeth with latex. Will definitely pass on these.

There is a book available: Cure Tooth Decay that was written by Ramiel Nagel after his own young daughter developed caries. His book was inspired by the findings of Dr. Price.

He also gives preview information here about early childhood caries

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston Price DDS is also a good source of information.