Archive for December, 2009

Kava kava

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on December 30, 2009 by ecofrenfood

Kava root for stress and anxiety, side effects, safety, risks, toxicity and effect on liver
by Ray Sahelian, M.D.


Kava is the term used for both the plant and the beverage made from it. The beverage is prepared from the root of a shrub called the pepper plant, Piper methysticum, found in Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia. The kava root is ground to a powder, and it has a brownish color. The brownish powder is then mixed with water and drank as a beverage, without being fermented. Extracts from the root are placed in capsules and sold as kava supplements.

Additional herbs and nutrients involved in relaxation, stress relief and anxiety reductions include Passion-Flower extract, tryptophan, 5-HTP, ashwagandha, lemon balm, theanine, and valerian. See the link at the top of this page for an index. I don’t recommend the use of kava in children or by teenagers. Kava should only be used by healthy adults, and only occasionally.

CAUTION: Kava is not the type of supplement, like vitamin C, that you take every day. At most use one kava capsule three times a week and take a full week off each month. In fact, it is preferable to use this herb no more than two times a week. Kava use on a daily basis may harm the liver in some individuals. In very rare cases, daily kava use can lead to severe liver harm that may result in total liver failure.

Some common feelings that most users report after taking kava either as a capsule or in liquid form:
-A state of relaxation, without feeling drugged
-Muscle tenseness is less
-Peacefulness and contentment
-More sociable, especially with the right company
-Mild euphoria, sometimes
-Mental alertness is often not effected, except on high doses
-Initial alertness followed by drowsiness which comes on after a few hours, so kava can be taken in the evening, a few hours before bedtime.

Kava kava is also available as a tea, root powder, coffee, and paste for topical use on mucous membranes. Kava powder can be mixed with other herbs used for anxiety or stress relief.

Kava side effects
Tiredness and decreased sex drive or sensation are some kava side effects that have been reported with frequent use. In the Pacific islands, daily consumption of kava kava liquid for several years or decades leads to a skin condition. A kava kava side effect from daily use is lowered sex drive. If you have a lowered libido from kava use, or for other reasons, consider Passion Rx.

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Originating from the South Pacific as a favorite drink of the Pacific Islanders, the plant known as Kava-Kava (Pipper Methysticum Forster) is a member of the pepper family. The brownish root of the plant, known as Waka, is sun-dried, ground into powder, and mixed with water to create the therapeutic drink known by the name of the plant, Kava Kava.

In the United States, Kava-Kava, also known as awa and yaquona, has been used for thousands of years by Pacific Islanders as a ceremonial drink, social beverage, and therapeutic elixir for relaxation and anti-anxiety.

In Germany, kava kava is commonly used to reduce anxiety.

Kava kava has also effective to soothe muscle tension as in PMS. Topically, kava kava has a alagesic effect.

Menopause: Diet for Hot Flashes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on December 30, 2009 by ecofrenfood

Menopause: Diet for Hot Flashes
Written by Gloria Tsang, RD
Published in September 2005

Black Cohosh
Black cohosh is an herb used extensively in Europe for treating hot flashes. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports short-term use of black cohosh – up to six months – for treating symptoms of menopause. But the exact effects of longer-term use aren’t known. Studies are underway to determine the effectiveness and long-term safety of taking black cohosh supplements.

Soy contains phytoestrogens, an estrogen-like substances. In Japan, where soy foods are commonly consumed daily, women are only one-third as likely to report menopausal symptoms as in the United States or Canada. In fact, there is no word in the Japanese language for “hot flashes”. However, clinical trials have generally yielded unimpressive results. The safest approach is to incorporate whole soy products such as soy milk or tofu in you diet. Indeed, the North American Menopause Society in 2000 recommended that 40 – 80mg of isoflavones daily may help relieve menopausal symptoms – that is 1 – 2 servings of soy products.

Other common supplements for hot flashes:

-Vitamin E (400 – 800 IU)
-Dong Quai
-Wild Yam
-Evening Primose Oil

Improve Your Liver Health with a Daily Glass of Wine

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on December 30, 2009 by ecofrenfood

Improve Your Liver Health with a Daily Glass of Wine
SOURCE: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2000

The effects are independent of health status, age, sex, race, physical activity, body mass or diet, and cannot be obtained by drinking large quantities of wine.

The people at risk for alcohol abuse should not consider consuming wine or any other alcoholic beverage.

One glass of red wine can be good for you, but a second may not..

The first drink relaxes the blood vessels and “reduces the amount of work the heart has to do”, the newspaper says, but the second “countered any health benefits – increasing the risk of high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and heart failure”.

A named brand of red wine was used which is known to have high levels of resveratrol and catechin – the chemicals believed to have heart-protective and anti-oxidant properties.

Red wine significantly raised blood levels of resveratrol and catechin.

A second glass of red wine ‘is bad for your heart.

One alcoholic drink had no adverse effect on heart rate or blood pressure.

Drinking red wine with meals resulted in a 20% reduction in the LDL (“bad”) cholesterol oxidation.

Wine should be enjoyed in a responsible manner as part of a well balanced lifestyle by healthy adults who choose to drink.

Red wine without the alcohol good for the heart.

Moderate drinking can lowers diabetes.

White wine is made without the use of grape skins, while red wine is made by fermenting the juice from grapes along with the skins. Grape skin provides red wine with its color, and also contains the highest concentration of polyphenols. Other alcoholic beverages do not contain these compounds.

Red wine may keep prostate cancer cells. There are five polyphenols found in red wine–gallic acid, tannic acid, morin, quercetin and rutin.

Moderate drinking helps preserve women’s mental functioning.

Red wine can raise HDL cholesterol (the Good cholesterol) and prevent LDL cholesterol (the Bad cholesterol) from forming.

Red wine is a particularly rich source of antioxidants flavonoid phenolics.

Pizza Anyone!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 30, 2009 by ecofrenfood

baby foetus soup

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on December 26, 2009 by ecofrenfood

(摘吃.人肉 )
台 商最近流傳著一個駭人聽聞的進補潮流(嬰兒)湯。花三四千元人民幣,就吃到一盅用六七個月大的(嬰兒)燉成的補湯,台商則形容是壯.陽勝品。東莞王姓台商,自詡是(嬰兒)湯的常客,幾個月大的嬰兒,加入巴戟、黨參、當歸、杞子、薑片,加入雞肉排骨,燉八小時,很能補氣養血。他一邊緊摟身旁十九歲的湖南二 (奶),一邊洋洋自得的說:以我六十二歲的年紀,每晚都可來一回,還不是靠這個。眼見記者滿臉狐疑,他自告奮勇,帶記者見識見識
第 一站,他帶記者到廣東佛山市,找到吃開(嬰兒)湯的餐廳,誰知主理的黎師傅卻說:排骨(他們的暗語,指嬰兒)不好搞,現貨沒有,胎.盤倒有新鮮的,這東西 不能冷凍,新鮮的好。黎師傅說,真的要吃那個,有個外地來打工的夫妻,現在懷孕八個多月,由於兩胎都女兒,再過幾天準備鹽水催生,如果又是女兒,到時候就 可以吃了




台商亦說,吃這一盅要三千五百元人民幣,其他細節,他不理了。記者聽他們在聊,流.產或墮.胎的死.胎,仲介人就包給產婆幾百塊紅包,若是接近足月引產的 活.胎,則要付兩千元紅包給女嬰的父母,當是收養;至於嬰兒交到餐廳時,都已死亡,之前是死是活,已無從細考了


看完此篇,渾身起了一層雞皮疙瘩!現在的人除了天上的飛機 、水中的輪船、陸上的機車,還有什麼不能吃的?!還有什麼是人不敢吃的?!年初義大利總統侯選者宣揚中國人用嬰.兒湯作肥料,引起了不小的轟動!也正因為 如此,我開始關注“吃.嬰” 的相關資訊,不曾想今天居然圖文並茂呈現在眼前!中國人要獲得世界的尊重和認可,還有多長的路要走?

Foetus soup is a rare delicacy which originated in Vietnam or China at least 100 years ago.

Ingredients & Preparation
To prepare the perfect bowl of foetus soup, you will require the following:

1x pregnant female
1x wire coathanger
some vegetables
some herbs and spices

Firstly, procure the foetus from the female. It is best to use a coathanger for this, as the standard vacuum-and-grind method of extracting the foetus will mangle it and render it useless for eating. You may now discard the empty female.

There is no need to gut the foetus. Place it in a bowl of water with herbs, spices and vegetables of your choice, bring to the boil and let it simmer gently for one hour. The resulting broth with chunks of dead baby may now be consumed at your leisure, either hot or cold.

Pineapple Shake

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 25, 2009 by ecofrenfood

Pineapple Shake

2 Cups Milk

8 tsp Suger

Crushed Ice

1 Pine Apple

1-Cut out the thick skin of the pineapple and cut into small bits.

2-Grind it in a blender and filter it to get the juice.

3-You may add the cut pieces to a juicer to get the juice directly.

4-To 2 cups of this extract, add 2 cups milk, 8 tsp sugar and whip.

5-Add some crushed ice if required.

Fish with French Fries

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 25, 2009 by ecofrenfood

Fish with French Fries

2 whole fish

½ cup lemon juice

1 tbsp vinegar

2 tsp garlic paste

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp red chilli powder

¼ tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp cumin powder

Make cuts on both sides of the fish and marinate with salt and lemon juice for two hours.
In a bowl mix vinegar, garlic paste, chilli powder, turmeric powder and cumin powder.
Dip marinated fish in the mixture and transfer in a baking dish and bake for half an hour.
Remove from the oven and serve with fries, cucumber slices and onion rings.

A pangolin which can be used in traditional Chinese medicine

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on December 19, 2009 by ecofrenfood

A pangolin which can be used in traditional Chinese medicine at the Dingshushan Nature Reserve (1981)

Pangolins are long-tailed, sticky-tongued tropical mammal found in tropical parts of Asia. Most species feed at night, sleep during the day, and roll into an impenetrable ball when threatened (like a hedgehog). This habit gives it its name ‘pangolin’ from the Malayan for ‘rolling over’. The pangolin’s body is covered with large, flat, imbricated horny scales. It somewhat resembles the New World Armadillo in terms of its feeding habits and its use of a defensive, curled up posture. It has a long sticky tongue which it uses to feed on termites and ants.

The Chinese species (Manis pentadactyla) ranges through Nepal, Assam and eastern Himalayas, Burma, and China.

Pangolin’s meat is eaten as great delicacy by hill tribes and their scales are made into a ring as a charm against rheumatic fever. It is listed as an endangered species in the IUCN Red Book.

© Copyright Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding (SACU)2003

Pangolin Meat

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on December 19, 2009 by ecofrenfood

Hanoi Environmental Police Seize Tons of Illegal Wildlife Parts
HANOI, Vietnam, January 21, 2009 (ENS) – In their largest-ever seizure of illegally traded wildlife products, Hanoi’s Environmental Police have confiscated more than two metric tons of tiger bones, bear paws and gall bladders, and heaps of bones from various other increasingly rare wild animals.

Environmental Police officers began investigating after they stopped a man transporting a set of tiger bones and 10 kilograms of serow bones and horns by motorbike in the city’s Ba Dinh district.

On January 10 police raided a store in the Dong Da district belonging to Nguyen Thi Thanh Tam that was the end destination of the wildlife parts.

There police discovered another set of tiger bones, six frozen pieces of tiger skin, seven bear paws, 16 bear gall bladders, six porcupine stomachs and 69 bags of bones from various wild animals.

Tam’s testimony led to a third and final arrest of a man manufacturing the tiger bone gel found in her warehouse.

Tigers are globally classified as Endangered and trade in their parts is banned by the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species. All tiger range states, including Vietnam, and countries with consumer markets have banned domestic trade in tigers and their parts.

“While this case underscores the very serious threat that illegal trade poses to many of Vietnam’s endangered wildlife populations, we continue to be impressed and encouraged by the good work that the Environmental Police are doing,” said Nguyen Dao Ngoc Van.

Van works with TRAFFIC, the international wildlife trade monitoring network, as senior projects officer for the organization’s Southeast Asia Greater Mekong Programme.

Van says the case is the latest in a string of major seizures, and reflects Hanoi’s improved enforcement capacity since the Environmental Police were established as a division of the Hanoi Police Department in 2007.

Since their establishment, the Hanoi Environmental Police have handled 100 cases, one of them involving 24 tons of frozen pangolin meat and scales and nearly 30 involving other wild animals, from leopard cats and civets to pythons and monitor lizards.

“The presence of the Environmental Police in Vietnam will change illegal wildlife trade for the better,” Van said.

Yet, TRAFFIC is critical of Vietnam’s decision to auction off confiscated pangolins, or scaly anteaters, in Hai Phong in October 2008.

Two months later Vietnamese Customs officials seized another 4,400 kilograms of frozen pangolins and 900 kg of pangolin scales in Cai Lan seaport, Quang Ninh.

“Selling off the seized pangolins sent out entirely the wrong message,” said Sulma Warne, TRAFFIC’s Greater Mekong Programme coordinator. “Whilst it was permissible under Vietnamese law, it undermined the very enforcement efforts that led to the seizure, for which the government received much-deserved praise.”

“This latest seizure in Quang Ninh re-affirms the need to destroy all seized wildlife products, as sell-offs such as the one in October only help to increase demand for pangolins in the region. We call on the authorities to think carefully about how they deal with the seized pangolins in this case,” Warne added.

Pangolins are in great demand in China because their meat is considered a delicacy and some Chinese believe pangolin scales reduce swelling, promote blood circulation and help breast-feeding women produce milk. This, coupled with deforestation, has led to a decline in the numbers of pangolins.

A minimum of 100,000 pangolins per year are needed to supply the Chinese demand, TRAFFIC estimates. Currently, pangolins are mostly harvested in Malaysia and Indonesia and trafficked through the Greater Mekong region for consumption mostly in China, but also increasingly in Vietnam.

Local hunters throughout Southeast Asia report that pangolins are becoming increasingly scarce.

The threat category of both Chinese pangolin and Malayan or Sunda pangolin changed from Near Threatened to Endangered in the revised Red List of Threatened Species issued in October 2008 by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, IUCN, indicating that scientists consider these mammals face a high probability of extinction in the near future.

Tigers are at even greater risk of extinction, threatened by habitat loss, poaching and lack of sufficient prey.

TRAFFIC estimates that today there are fewer than 2,500 breeding adult tigers left in the wild, and some still live in Vietnam, but their numbers are declining. Tigers are listed as Endangered by the IUCN.

Although Vietnam is a party to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species, and national legislation is in place to protect many of its wildlife populations, trade in endangered wild plants and animals is widespread throughout the country.

Copyright Environment News Service (ENS) 2009. All rights reserved.

No onions

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on December 16, 2009 by ecofrenfood