Cooking is Like Science

Cooking is Like Science
Cooking is Fun & Healthful!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Fantastic Healthful Cookbook Recommendation

  I don't know what it is about this cookbook, but every woman should have this in her home. Yes, men can benefit from it as well. Actually, this cookbook (if that is what you want to call it) should be in everyone's home, not just for the recipes, but for all the information and research that is printed in this book.

  This book is chock full of information of other cultures and how different people ate in the past. For example, here is an excerpt from the section on Breads and Flour Products: "Mexican women had a custom taken from traditional Indian food preparation of soaking the corncobs in lime water before they made the tortillas." Of course, there are instructions on how to make 'lime water'.

  The book covers a lot on fermentation and soaking grains, as well as a section called, 'Feeding Babies' (including safe recipes for milk-based and meat based formulas.). Lots of stuff on vegetables, salads, salad dressings, yogurt, kefir, meat, fish, poultry, condiments, cultured dairy products, and a host of many other things. The food is definitely not boring or tasteless, but it does require some work to prepare it, but every recipe in this book is nourishing and safe to eat.

  In the back, there is a section on Superfoods. All kinds of goodies are in this book. You might wonder what this book is called. Here it is:

  If you can check it out from a library, good for you. Just make sure you have lots of paper to take notes with and to copy recipes down. You can order it through as well. Just click on the link and it will bring you to the page. Be sure to read the reviews as well.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Swimming Safety Tip Derived From A Life-Threatening Experience

  I know this is a little late seeing that it is almost the end of summer vacation, but I figure, better late than never.

   I think I could really like swimming, except for the fact that when I was around 8 years old, I almost drowned.

   Once a person goes through the process of almost drowning, they will be much more cautious around water.

   Here is how it happened: I was in a little pool, probably about two feet deep, at the most. My mom watched us like hawks around water, and rarely ever took her eyes off us, but this one time, she went into the house, possibly to answer the phone. I was folding up my legs inside a doughnut shaped float, and rolling around like a wheel on the water, only it wasn't working out very well. While my mom was in the house, the tire shaped float fell over and I was stuck inside it and couldn't get out. It was terrifying and I don't know how long I was under water, but it was longer than what it should have been.

  My mom came out just in time and pulled me out. As a result, every time I see a doughnut shaped float it reminds me of that event.

  Parents, please watch your children while they are in the water. It only takes a couple of minutes for them to drown. Even children have drown by putting their heads in a bucket of water. Even the best of swimmers can drown, if they get caught underwater.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Concerning Toothpaste - Isn't There Anything That Is Safe Anymore?

  Every day we hear the latest news about what is bad for you to eat, drink, use on your skin or hair, and now we hear about how toothpaste is bad for you. Why? Is there any hope for anything safe out there?

   Perhaps you never knew any danger about toothpaste. The most obvious problem with most toothpastes is that they contain fluoride. The American Dental Association approves of fluoride, unfortunately, but, in spite of that, more information is being made available about the harm in fluoride.

   I've already written in articles prior to this one, about the connection between the FDA and groups like Monsanto. Monsanto works with genetic modification in plants, which is approved by the FDA. The FDA also approves of the use (I call it overuse) of fluoride in our products, despite the fact that fluoride is a known carcinogen. Also, we are the only country in the world where adding fluoride to our drinking water is mandatory. The same person who has been one of the lawyers for Monsanto, has also been the head of the FDA, and by making the connections, you might be able to see why there are problems with some of the standards allowed by the FDA which any normal person would consider dangerous.

   Also, the AMA and the ADA unfortunately work hand in hand with the FDA.

   Some of the other ingredients that are in our conventional toothpastes, that are considered unsafe are; FD&C blue color dye #2, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Triclosan, Saccharin, and Aspertame.

   I have found some 'safer' toothpastes, so I thought, only to find sodium lauryl sulfate in them. Maybe toothpaste needs a complete renovation!

    There is a toothpaste that is safe to use, and you can find it on It is called, 'Earthpaste' and at first, it might seem kind of strange because it is different looking and tasting than the average factory produced toothpaste. Here is a link to it. Keep in mind, it's not going to be cheap.

  I actually really love this toothpaste. The first tube I bought was pretty expensive, but I have found it a little cheaper if you buy it in a 4-pack.

   I think that as time goes on, more and more people will want to buy products that don't contain these dangerous ingredients that are put into our store bought toothpastes, and some adventurous young people will come up with their own toothpaste and will make a lot of money from selling their 'safe' toothpaste to the public. Of course, the FDA will step in and give their 2 cents as well, and we just have to take whatever they say with a grain of salt.

    Did you know that you can make your own toothpaste? There are a few links out there and I will post  a few here:

Do your own research on the use of glycerin. Some say it weakens the enamel on the teeth, so don't feel obligated to add it to your toothpaste mixture.