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Yes, it really does matter where you put the price tags!!

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 Yes, it really does matter where you put the price tags!!

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Reasons Why Food Sucks

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2013 by ecofrenfood

December 10, 2012

Reasons Why Food Sucks

1. You eat, then a few hours later you’re hungry again.
2. It messes up your face.
3. It gets stuck in your teeth at the worst possible time.
4. It makes your breath stink.
5. It makes you fart.
6. It makes you poo.
7. It can get you really sick and make you barf.
8. It makes you thirsty, then you have to drink water, and that opens a whole other can of worms.  (Please see “Reasons Why Water Sucks” volumes 1,2, and 3).
9. It makes you fat.
10. It makes you feel like a lazy lion.
11. It gets your teeth all dirty.
12. You HAVE to eat, so you’re a slave to food for your entire life.  Food is your master!  Ahhhhhh!
13. It makes you have to wash your hands and use napkins.
14. It can taste really bad.
15. It can smell up the whole place.
16. When other people are eating food, then you might get hungry too.
17. Did I mention it makes you POO?
18. You get grumpy and start making all these dorky noises when you don’t have food.
19. It can burn and start fires.
20. It makes you indecisive cuz there are so many different types of food.  Then you waste all this time trying to decide while your stomach growls away.  Then you don’t get to eat cuz you spent so much time deciding what you want to eat that you’re now late for your chiropractor appointment.  Then your chriopractor gets pissed and cracks your back in half.

That’s why I say: SCREW FOOD!

http://www.mondaiji.com/blog/other/general/10157-reasons-why-food-sucks

Rat Poison Contamination

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2013 by ecofrenfood

Rat Poison Contamination

The active ingredient in rat poison is brodifacoum. It is used in baits to kill rodents such as mice and rats. It is sometimes referred to as a super-warfarin, because it is longer acting than the drug Warfarin. Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots in people.

How does brodifacoum cause poisoning?

Brodifacoum reduces Vitamin K in the body which leads to decreased blood clotting ability. If clotting ability is reduced significantly, bleeding can occur.

How much brodifacoum do you need to get sick?

It has not been established how much is needed. It varies from person to person. However, based on cases where bait has been consumed, a significant amount of bait in a contaminated food would need to be eaten to cause poisoning.

Children who have eaten “mouthful” amounts of bait have developed bleeding problems. The minimum amount required to depress normal blood clotting is estimated to be approximately 1.5mg for a child weighing 10kg.

Commonly available baits contain up to approximately 50mg/kg.  To eat 1.5mg of brodifacoum from bait, a child would need to eat approximately 30 grams of bait, which would be equivalent to a number of teaspoon size doses.  The amount needed in an older child or adult would be proportionately higher as the body weight increased.

Signs and Symptoms:

The active ingredient in rat poison is brodifacoum. It is used in baits to kill rodents such as mice and rats. It is sometimes referred to as a super-warfarin, because it is longer acting than the drug Warfarin. Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots in people.

Treatment:

The antidote for proven poisoning is vitamin K.  Exactly how this is given will depend on the person’s clinical condition.  As brodifacoum is a long-acting anticoagulant (a drug that prevents blood clotting), treatment may be needed for some weeks, but this will vary from case to case.

Effects of other medications/diseases

A person already on medication that affects blood clotting, for example warfarin, will be affected by a much smaller dose of brodifacoum than someone who is not on medication.  In addition, a person with significant pre-existing liver disease may also be more easily affected as they could already have abnormalities in their blood clotting system.

There are a number of other prescribed drugs and diseases that interact with brodifacoum, and these should be discussed with a general practitioner.

Help and Assistance:

If a person is concerned they may have eaten contaminated food, they should contact their local general practitioner as soon as possible.

http://www.healthier.qld.gov.au/conditions-treatments/rat-poison-contamination

Palestinian costs

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2013 by ecofrenfood

Palestinian costs

Palestinian farmers near the Wall in Qalqiliya in the West Bank
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Naturally it is the Palestinian population which pays the highest price for the occupation of its land. The growing divergence between the wealth of the average Israeli and Palestinian citizen is telling. Over the past three decades, Israeli income per capita has increased from being seven times higher than that of the Occupied Palestinian Territories to being fourteen times higher. The net result of four decades of occupation are expanded Jewish settlements and controls, combined with diminishing Palestinian economic policy space, reduced physical territory, and reduced access to natural and economic resources.

In addition to their suffering and material losses, the Palestinians are forced to pay taxes to Israel, while these funds are used against them to build forts, bypass roads, roadblocks and the Wall, and to create an infrastructure for extracting their resources to the benefit of Israelis. Moreover, the profits generated by Israeli companies through the exploitation of the captive Palestinian market, and the different forms of income that Israel enjoys at the Palestinians’ expense, have helped finance the occupation.

The Israeli closure of Palestinian land has made it impossible for the Palestinians to build up a viable economy. Strict control of borders between Israel and the OPT has blocked the latter’s access to international markets. Closure between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, closure of the borders of the West Bank with Jordan and the Gaza Strip’s border with Egypt, and internal closures within the West Bank and the Gaza Strip restrict movement and trade within and between these areas.

The Wall

The Wall has an enormously destructive impact on the economy of the West Bank. Agricultural development on the West Bank was already restricted by the loss after 1967 of some 40 percent of land to settlements and related infrastructure. However, during the construction of the Wall some of the most fertile land was confiscated from Palestinian owners. Access to almost 15 percent of the West Bank’s agricultural land will be lost when the Wall is finally completed. The Wall has eroded the agricultural sector’s already limited natural resource base. Closure, checkpoints and the Wall have an impact on the Palestinian economy through multiple channels, resulting in a decreased volume of production. Needless to say, the loss of jobs for Palestinians in Israel due to the closures, hampers growth by reducing demand inside the OPT.

Deterioration of productive capacity

The productive capacity of the Palestinian economy has been subjected to extensive degradation as physical infrastructure and private and public property has been destroyed. Agricultural land, trees, factories, machines, buildings and other productive assets have been hit. Closures have compounded the loss by forcing producers to overuse the remaining capital stock to supply the local market. The deterioration of physical capital and productive assets will continue to be felt in the long term. This in turn limits the ability of the PNA to raise enough tax revenues to finance social transfers and public investment.

The near impossibility for the Gaza Strip to export agricultural produce is another case in point. Due to closures, carnation farmers exported only one-fifth of the 45 million flowers they produced in 2007. The remainder was used as animal feed. As a result they lost about USD 6.5 million. In the same season, strawberry exporters lost USD 7 million because of Israel’s closure policy.

The cumulative economic cost of six years of tight closure policy from 2000 to 2005 is estimated by UNCTAD to be around USD 8.4 billion. To put this in perspective, this loss is twice the size of the GDP of the OPT in 1999. More detrimental are physical capital losses. The Palestinian economy has lost, and not replaced, at least one-third of its pre-2000 physical capital.

Due to the systematic constraints imposed by the occupation policy, unemployment increased by more than 10 percent between 1999 and 2008 to reach 32 percent. Poverty continued to widen and deepen, with 57 percent of households in the OPT living in poverty in 2007, compared to 20 percent in 1998. The trade deficit as a ratio of GDP reached an unprecedented 79 percent. The trade deficit with Israel alone was equivalent to more than 140 percent of total international donor support to the PNA in 2008 and accounted for more than 70 percent of the overall trade deficit, according to a recent UNCTAD report.

Gaza Strip

The Gaza Strip has been disproportionately affected by the occupation policy due to the tight Israeli blockade since 2007. The Gaza Strip, where 40 percent of the Occupied Palestinian Territory’s population lives, has seen widespread destruction of infrastructure, productive capacity and livelihoods. 30 percent of the arable land has been rendered inaccessible to Palestinian farmers. Fishing is allowed only within a narrow distance from the coast, resulting in resource depletion and declining returns. To make matters worse, the Israeli military campaign of December 2008 caused massive destruction. Material losses caused by Operation Cast Lead are estimated to be around USD 4 billion, almost three times the size of the economy of the Gaza Strip.

Nine years of intensified closures have seriously weakened the Palestinian export sector and many of the firms driven out of business are unlikely to come back if and when relative normalcy returns. Palestinian exports now are below the level of 1999.

The ultimate impact of the occupation and closure policy is the systematic erosion of the Palestinian productive base, particularly in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian people have been deprived of their ability to produce and feed themselves. They have been turned into poor consumers of essential goods imported mainly from Israel and financed by donors. Only foreign aid has prevented the Palestinian economy from complete collapse in the last few years.

http://fanack.com/en/countries/opt/in-depth/costs-of-israeli-occupation/palestinian-costs/

VIETNAMESE STYLE LEMONGRASS PASTE

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2013 by ecofrenfood

 VIETNAMESE STYLE LEMONGRASS PASTE

The paste we can keep in refrigerator for 1 month and can be used in different recipes. Lemongrass chicken dish is quite famous in Vietnamese restaurants.

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 stalks of lemongrass if it is small like I pictured or 4 to 5 if you take big stalks
  • 1 ½ inch ginger
  • 8 nos of garlic pods
  • 18 nos of dry red chilly-according to your tolerance
  •  1/3 cup of cooking oil

METHOD

  • Remove the outer part of lemongrass stalk if it is dry and dirty and all together above stated except cooking oil. Add some amount of water during grinding

  • In a cooking pot bring the paste to boil and reduce the water content.
  • Add cooking oil , stir well and reduce the heat to medium low and cook until the paste become a kind of crunchy as shown in picture.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF LEMONGRASS

 Anti-Cancer : Citral Can Kill Cancer Cell

Doctors and reseachers have discovered that 1 gram of lemongrass contains enough Citral to prompt cancer cells to commit suicide! Citral has been shown to cause apoptosis (self destruct) in cancer cells.

Anti-Oxidant

A recent study by the Food and Nutrition Research Institue of the department of Science and Technology (DOST) claims that every 100 grams of edible lemon grass, when boiled can contain up to 24.205 micrograms of beta-carotene the powerful anti-oxidant that scientist believe can help prevent cancer.

Detoxification

Lemongrass helps to clean the kidney, liver, pancreas, digestive tract, bladder etc and removes unwanted toxic substances through the urine.

Reduce Blood Pressure and Cholesterol

Being a detoxifier, lemongrass contains citral that removes excess cholesterol, uric acid, toxins and fats from the body. This stimulates blood circulation throughout the body. Drinking a glass of Citralife lemongrass herbal tea everyday helps to reduce blood pressure.

Constipation

It helps in throwing away the toxic substances from the body and is the ideal cleanser for the pancreas, liver, colon, bladder and kidney.  It is easy on the stomach and aids in proper digestion.

Help to Cope with Stress

Hypertensive patients are given daily dose of lemon grass concoction as it helps to maintain their blood pressure levels and keeps them calm and cool. This refreshing drink raises the resistance levels in our body.

Arthritis, Gout and Sprains

Lemongrass are ideal for people suffering from arthritis problems. Patients suffering from ailments like bone related problems and osteoarthritis are highly benefited by using lemongrass.

Fever, Flu and Cold

This lemongrass has amazing medicinal properties and is used since ages. As this grass helps to get rid of fever, it is also know as fever grass.

COURTESY-http://lemongrassherbal.blogspot.sg/

“Beating Cancer” Interview with Dr. Francisco Contreras

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 16, 2013 by ecofrenfood

“Beating Cancer” Interview with Dr. Francisco Contreras – Alternative Cancer Treatments

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A chicken Farmer

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2013 by ecofrenfood
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A chicken farmer went to a local bar…. sat next to a woman and ordered a glass of champagne.

The woman perks up and says, ‘How about that? I just ordered a glass of champagne, too!’

‘What a coincidence’ the farmer says. ‘This is a special day for me ….I am celebrating.’

‘This is a special day for me too, I am also celebrating!’ says the woman.

‘What a coincidence!’ says the farmer.  As they clinked glasses the farmer asked, ‘What are you celebrating?’

‘My husband and I have been trying for years to have a child, and today my gynecologist told me that I am finally pregnant !’

‘What a coincidence,’ says the farmer. ‘I’m a chicken farmer and for years all of my hens were infertile, but today they are all laying fertilized eggs.’

‘That’s great!’ says the woman. ‘How did your chickens become fertile?’

‘I used a different cock,’ he replied.

The woman smiled and said, ‘What a coincidence.’

10 best Hong Kong local food

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10 best Hong Kong local food

Due to its geographic location, and wide exposure to different parts of the world, Hong Kong developed some uniqe food that is an assimilation of various food culture. The below food items (marked with **) are my top favourite 10 Hong Kong food, I strongly recommend you to try them all.

    • bakery – the most famous bakery includes egg tart**, pineapple bun**, cocktail bun, and paper cup cake**. Most bakery shops make good bakery, but don’t pick the bakery shop which sells pasteries that are too yellowish – too much colouring. The last Governer of Hong Kong, Christopher Patten, likes the egg tarts from Tai Cheong Bakery, so all of a sudden the shop became famous, with multiple branches and expensive. However, I found its bakery has too much artificial colouring and pricy, taste good though. Here are some good choices for Hong Kong style bakery –
      • Happy Bun Bakery, Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Exit C1 of MTR Admiralty station, walk east bound along Queensway, which continues to Queen’s Road East, Happy Bun bakery will be on your left. Ask if they have freshly baked pineapple buns, you just want to eat it when it is still burning hot!
      • New Blue Pool, Caine Road, Mid Levels, Hong Kong. Exit D1/D2 from MTR Central station, walk southwest bound, turn right on Queen’s Road Central, you will find a mid-level esculator in front of 100 Queen’s Road Central, take the esculator up, exit at Caine Road, walk west bound along Caine Road, New Blue Pool Bakery will be on your right.
      • Tai Cheong Bakery Tai Cheong Bakery, 32 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong. Exit D1/D2 from MTR Central station, walk southwest bound, turn right on Queen’s Road Central, you will find a mid-level esculator in front of 100 Queen’s Road Central, take the esculator up, exit at Lyndhurst Terrace, walk west bound along Lyndhurst Terrace, Tai Cheung Bakery will be on your right.

 

    • beverage – milk tea(**), red bean ice. They are served at every tea cafe. Milk tea has a well-known nickname, stocking milk tea, as tea cafes use a stocking-like bag to filter out tea leaves. Milk tea and red bean ice might be available in other types of eateries but cannot compete with those served at tea cafes.

egg puff

    • snack – egg roll**(plain, or with shredded meat and/or seasame inside), almond cookie**(plain or chunky style), chicken pie, curry puff, small egg puff**(492 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong).

 

    • breakfast – rice roll wrap donut**. Many Chinese-style breakfast stores sell this item, but the best ones are those with smooth warm rice roll and crispy donut, served with soya sauce, you have to eat it fast so the donut does not get soggy. Ocean Empire maintains this quality quite well, just ask for exchange if you are not satisfied with the quality, this dish at Ocean Empire is called ‘Twisted Doughnut Ricesheet Roll’. Wai Kee Congee Shop Another common breakfast item is turnip cake, the most famous turnip cake shop is Wai Kee Congee Shop (82 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong. Exit D2 of MTR Central Station, then walk westbound along Queen’s Road Central, right on Cochrane Street, right on Stanley Street, the shop is on your left), it is recommended by many local food critics. Also try rice roll and minced beef congee.

 

  • lunch, dinner –
    • fried noodle**(crispy style) – served at tea house at dinner time.
    • lobster in cheese sauce** – Chuk Yuen Seafood Restaurant makes extraordinarily tasty cheese sauce. Prince Edward Road West (near South Wall Road), Kowloon City, Kowloon. Cash only. To get there is a bit tricky as MTR does not have access to it.
      • Take bus route 101 or 111 ( from Hong Kong Island) outside Vicwood Plaza, 199 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan, (from Kowloon) at Tsim Sha Tsui East / Hung Hom Station, get off at the station of Argyle Street Playground, Ma Tau Chung Road.
      • An easier way is to take a taxi from MTR Mong Kok station.
    • http://thehongkongtravelguide.com/restaurants.html#hongkongfood

How to Use Lemongrass Oil as an Insect Repellent

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2013 by ecofrenfood

How to Use Lemongrass Oil as an Insect Repellent

By an eHow Contributor

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      Purchase pure lemongrass oil to use as a pure, natural and safe insect repellent. You can dilute the oil in rubbing alcohol or distilled water, and pour the mixture into a spray bottle for easy applications. Note that concentrated lemongrass oil may cause skin irritation if not diluted, so test your formula on a small patch of skin before spraying all over your body.

    • 2

      Burn pure lemongrass oil in candles and small lamps in order to protect a larger outdoor area from insects. You can use a variety of lemongrass products such as tea lights, lanterns and even large torches for a decorative touch. If you form a perimeter around a picnic or barbecue area with the candles and lamps, you can protect hundreds of square feet from insect activity.

      • Use lemongrass oil with other types of natural oils to create an even stronger insect repellent. Lemongrass oil can be mixed with lemon eucalyptus oil for an insect repellent than can protect you for 5 to 6 hours per application. Rosemary oil, which can be extracted from the common rosemary plant, can be combined with lemongrass oil for a more aromatic formula than will repel an even greater variety of insects.

      • 4

        Add a few drops of lemongrass oil to other cosmetics for an aromatic yet effective way to discourage insects from biting. Lemongrass oil can be added to moisturizing lotions, sunscreens, shampoos and liquid hand soap. Just add lemongrass oil until its scent starts to dominate the other scents of the product.

      • 5

        Grow lemongrass in your yard in order to have continual access to the oil. Lemongrass grows quickly and easily in many climates, and the plant itself tends to act as an insect repellent. You can extract the oil by grinding up the leaves, by chopping the lower stalks of the plant into small pieces, or by rubbing the juices directly on your skin.

      Read more: How to Use Lemongrass Oil as an Insect Repellent | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2164040_use-lemongrass-oil-as-insect.html#ixzz2Kvyra5DP

Migraine Headaches

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2013 by ecofrenfood

Migraine Headaches

 

Suffer from heartburn or migraines? Instead of heading straight to the medicine cabinet, you may want to check out the kitchen first. “Many foods provide vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that help ease ailments and possibly prevent them,” says Susan Lark, MD, a physician and nutritionist in Los Altos, California. “Even if you take medications to relieve symptoms, what you eat can help as well,” Dr. Lark says. Next time you experience one of the following minor conditions, just open your refrigerator. (If your symptoms persist or worsen, consult your doctor.)

For Migraine Headaches

Try: Fatty fish such as trout, sardines, and herring

Preliminary research suggests that eating fatty fish, which are high in long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, may lower the body’s production of prostaglandins, hormone-like chemicals that can induce inflammation and pain, causing migraines. “We found that adolescents who took 1.25 grams of fish oil daily for two months experienced fewer headaches, which were less severe and didn’t last as long,” explains Zeev Harel, MD, the lead researcher on the study and an associate professor of pediatrics at Brown University.

How much? Have one four- to six-ounce serving two or three times a week, says Dr. Harel. Or consult your doctor about taking fish-oil supplements.

Avoid: Processed meats, artificial sweeteners, MSG, red wine, chocolate, hard cheeses, and citrus. Research shows that 20 percent of migraine sufferers are sensitive to one or more of these foods