Are Digestive Enzymes Safe For Pregnancy?

I have something to say. I would like to get your attention. How can I do it? Maybe a joke will do. Here’s another joke I got from the Internet. This one is titled “Adopted Turtle” and was submitted by Jamie. Here it goes…

Deep within a forest a little turtle began to climb a tree. After hours of effort he reached the top, jumped into the air waving his front legs and crashed to the ground. After recovering, he slowly climbed the tree again, jumped, and fell to the ground.

The turtle tried again and again while a couple of birds sitting on a branch watched his sad efforts. Finally, the female bird turned to her mate.

“Dear,” she chirped, “I think it’s time to tell him he’s adopted.”

Did that get your attention? Then let us get on the real topic at hand, enzymes. There are three types of enzymes. The two types are naturally produced by our body they are digestive and metabolic enzymes while food enzymes are the ones found in food.

Metabolic enzymes function to speed up the chemical reaction within the cells for detoxification and energy production purposes. Metabolic enzymes enable us to hear, see, feel, move and think. Every organ we have, every tissue we have and all the 100 trillion cells we have in our body all depend upon the reaction of metabolic enzymes and their energy factor.

Meanwhile, digestive enzymes are secreted along the digestive tract and their function is to break down food into nutrients and waste. This process allows nutrients to be absorbed inside the blood stream and separate the waste to be discarded. Some human digestive enzymes include ptyalin, pepsin, trypsin, lipase, amylase and protease.

Food enzymes are taken by the body from the raw foods that we eat. Raw foods naturally contain enzymes but cooking and processing of foods will destroy the natural enzymes found in raw food.

If you are pregnant and want to take digestive enzymes as supplements. Be sure that the supplement is all natural 100% vegetarian and plant-based. For that is the safest and effective of them all. The one enzyme to avoid when pregnant is the enzyme pancreatin.

Pancreatin comes from the pancreas of the hog or ox that contains enzymes. This enzyme contains proteolytic enzyme, an enzyme that breaks down protein and has been studied extensively for it anti-inflammatory properties. But according to Dr. Roy Dittinan, pancreatic enzymes should not be taken during pregnancy.

I thank you for giving my article attention. Before I end, I leave you with a quote from a Spanish Proverb. It says, ” a man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.” Bye!

Natural Remedies For Cats With Kidney Disease

Kidney disease in cats is a common problem. It can be due to a number of factors such as accident, shock, old age or bacterial and viral infections. Natural remedies for cats with kidney disease can treat the condition and will improve the quality of your cat’s life.

Diet

Feed your cat a special kidney diet. Feed a protein rich diet of human-quality raw meat plus small quantities of a variety of herbs, fruit, grain and vegetables. A raw meat diet keeps blood urea nitrogen levels low, a protein waste product excreted through the kidneys. Heat-treated animal protein, as found in commercial foods, is more difficult to digest and creates more waste which the kidneys must deal with. Such a diet is more stressful to the kidneys and results in higher toxicity in the blood if the kidneys are not working properly. Raw protein, in comparison, digests more completely with less waste.

Change the diet gradually and be patient and persistent, especially if your cat is not used to eating raw meat. Feed small meals but often, to ease the burden on the kidneys. A tiny bit of salt can be added to the morning meal to replace the salt loss brought about by the imbalance of the kidney function.

If you cat suffers from kidney failure, you need to monitor the acid content of the food carefully. Honey is the most suitable of sugars that can be dealt with by the kidneys, but do not give more than half a teaspoon per day. Dilute the honey in spring water and add 1/3 of a teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar.

Herbal remedies

The best way to administer natural kidney remedies is to prepare a tisane (herbal tea). Useful herbs include parsley, shepherd’s purse, golden rod, cleavers, yellow deadnettle, yarrow, horsetail, marigold and stinging nettle. To make a tisane use one teaspoon of the required herbs and pour 150ml of boiling water over the them. Leave to infuse for one minute. For all kidney disorders give four dropperfuls, four times a day.

Parsley has a cleansing and toning effect on the system, so offer your cat fresh chopped parsley. If she does not accept it, prepare a parsley tisane. The parsley tisane is so beneficial that it should be given in addition to all other treatments.

If there is blood in the urine, give a tisane of shepherd’s purse and golden rod. If your cat suffers from hardening of the kidneys, make a tisane of golden rod, cleavers, yellow deadnettle and yarrow. Per litre of the solution add half a teaspoon of Swedish bitters. For gravel in the kidney make barley water and give one dropperful before each meal. For kidney failure due to accident or shock give a golden rod, horsetail, yellow deadnettle and St John’s wort tisane.

Many forms of chronic kidney failure are the end result of infections or toxins damaging the kidneys. However, the typical form of chronic kidney failure is the result of aging. Chronic kidney disorder can be treated with a horsetail and yellow deadnettle tisane. This will help older cats with a sluggish liver. For acute kidney disease due to bacterial, viral infection use a horsetail, marigold, stinging nettle and cleavers tisane. This recipe will also benefit cats with kidney failure due to serious injury or major surgery.

The most important thing for a cat with kidney failure is to maintain adequate hydration. Offer lots of fresh water. If your cat isn’t a great water drinker, pour liquid over its food. The aim of this is to promote diuresis, i.e. flushing the body with fluids to create more urine and help eliminate the build up of waste products.

These natural remedies for cats with kidney disease are proven to be effective. They are safe and will improve kidney functioning.

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Health ministry urges caution on eating raw chicken sashimi – Asahi Shimbun

Chicken sashimi and “tataki” (seared chicken breasts and livers) are a common menu item in yakitori bars and restaurants across Japan.

However, eating undercooked or raw chicken can cause food poisoning via the campylobacter bacteria, which can cause severe stomach pain and diarrhea.

Raw beef liver and raw pork are banned, but no such restrictions have been imposed on raw chicken, despite many cases of food poisoning caused by eating tainted bird meat.

“It is not fatty, and I love it. I never worry about food poisoning,” said a 39-year-old company employee enjoying a plate of chicken sashimi at a yakitori bar in Tokyo.

The owner of the yakitori bar added, “Chicken sashimi and tataki have been some of our popular dishes since we opened (50 years ago). I am careful about campylobacter.”

The owner said she purchases chickens freshly butchered in the morning for sashimi, and the meat is boiled in hot water until the surface turns white. No cases of food poisoning have ever been reported related to her restaurant.

In June this year, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare finally took action and advised regional public health centers to take steps to implement preventative measures to reduce food poisoning from raw chicken.

Although the advisory is not legally binding, the ministry printed fliers asking restaurants to change their practices.

“Re-evaluate raw and half-raw chicken menus,” the flier reads, urging restaurants to heat the meat at 75 degrees at its core for one minute.

The ministry also printed fliers for customers, urging them to be careful and “choose well-cooked chicken dishes.”

The main cause of chicken food poisoning is campylobacter, which is found in the intestines of the chickens and other animals.

Campylobacter is responsible for about 60 percent of all bacterial food poisoning cases in Japan. About 300 cases are reported annually with an estimated 2,000 individuals affected.

More than 800 people complained about stomachaches or diarrhea in Tokyo and Fukuoka in April and May after eating chicken breast sashimi and chicken sushi rolls at events made by the same company.

The mass food poisoning in the span of two months prompted the ministry to issue its advisory.

According to ministry preliminary statistics, there were 56 cases with 395 people treated at the hospital for food poisoning from campylobacter from June to August. More than half of the identified causes were due to consuming chicken.

The bacteria can get transferred to the meat if a butcher mishandles chicken viscera. Consumers can be infected if the meat is not properly cooked, even though the bacteria can be killed by heat.

Another ministry report says that 67 percent of chicken meat processed for consumption tested positive for the bacteria, and freshness does not always mean safe.

In 2011, five people died of food poisoning after eating “yukke” (Korean-style raw beef). In 2012, the health ministry banned restaurants from serving raw beef liver to customers. After the ban, raw pork liver became popular, but it was declared verboten in 2015.

The ministry set up an expert panel on raw meat, including horse, deer and other wild animals, in 2013. The panel’s report said in 2014 that raw chicken has a relatively low life-threatening risk, unlike raw beef or pork, and recommended that the ministry implement measures after investigating ways to prevent campylobacter contamination and during distribution of the meat rather than banning raw chicken immediately.

“There is a certain demand for raw chicken eating, and it is part of our food culture,” a health ministry official said.

The ministry plans to estimate the number of campylobacter infection cases that go unreported to gauge the extent of the food poisoning as it only causes minor diarrhea in some cases. In addition, the ministry seeks to implement sterilizing methods, such as rapid freezing technology or food disinfectants.

“We never expect the public to consume chickens raw,” said Teruaki Oshima with the Japan Chicken Association, which is made up of meat producers and food processing companies. “If consumers choose to eat raw chicken, they should carefully consider the risks, and the level of hygiene and credibility of the restaurant.”

The Components of the Food We Eat: Minerals and Trace Elements

MINERALS AND TRACE ELEMENTS

Most, if not all of the non-organic elements (known as minerals) can be found in the human body. About 15 of them are known to be essential in the diet and might be derived from food. Minerals are classified into major minerals/macro-minerals and micro-minerals/trace elements.

Macro-minerals are those present in the largest amounts in body tissue. They include Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Iron and Zinc.

Micro-minerals (or trace metals) are equally important but are needed in minute quantities. They include Copper, Selenium, Iodine, Manganese, Chromium, Cobalt, Molybdenum and Fluoride. Although it is difficult to induce a dietary deficiency of these trace metals, most of them can be toxic if taken in excess amounts. Therefore, it is very important for individuals taking supplements to be aware of how much of these elements they are taking, especially if supplements are to be ingested for a long period of time. Nevertheless, the incidence of subclinical deficiency is not uncommon as far as Zinc and Selenium are concerned.

THE IMPORTANCE OF MINERALS

  • The constituents of bone and teeth, e.g. Calcium, Phosphorus and Magnesium.
  • The regulation of body composition and fluid balance e.g. Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Magnesium and Phosphorus.
  • Essential adjuncts to many enzymes (cofactors) and other protein molecules such as haemoglobin, which are necessary for the release and utilisation of energy. This mainly includes Iron, Zinc, Selenium, Copper and Phosphorus.

As already stated, there are numerous nutrients that are essential to nutritional health and the only way to ensure their supply in the right proportion and the right amount is to consume a varied and balanced diet. Different foods contain a mixture of different nutrients and different nutrients are present in different quantities in different foods. To prevent or manage a disease like Osteoporosis, one should ensure adequate consumption of not only Calcium but also all elements which help in the absorption and metabolism of Calcium i.e. Magnesium, Phosphorus, Silica, Iron, Vitamin K, Vitamin D, etc. This, or satisfying the body’s needs for any other nutrient, can only be achieved by eating a variety of foods from all the main food groups.

Dietary Reference Values for fat and carbohydrate for adults as a percentage of daily total energy intake (percentage of food energy)

Value: /Individual minimum / Population average / Individual maximum /

Saturated fatty acids: / – /10(11)/ – /

Cis-polyunsaturated fatty acids: / – /6(6.5)/10 / – /

Cis-monounsaturated fatty acids: / – /12(13)/ – /

Trans fatty acids: / – /2(2)/ – /

Total fatty acids: / – /30(32.5)/ – /

TOTAL FAT: / – /33(35)/ – /

Non-milk extrinsic sugars: /0/10 (11)/ – /

Intrinsic and milk sugars and starch: / – /37 (39)/ – /

TOTAL CARBOHYDRATE: / – /47(50)/ – /

NON-STARCH POLYSACCHARIDE: /12 /18 /24/

The average percentage contribution to total energy does not total 100% because figures for protein and alcohol are excluded. Protein intake averages to 15% of total energy, which is above the Reference Nutrient Intakes (RNI)

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The Holistic Protocol to Reverse Cancer

Cancer is at epidemic levels in the United States.

The five year survival rate for conventional treatment of most forms of cancer is less than 10 percent. Conventional methods do not cure cancer. They prolong life for a few years.

Conventional methods eradicate cancer cells, but cancer often returns later. This is because conventional treatment does nothing about the underlying causes of cancer. Conventional treatment destroys healthy cells along with cancerous cells and damages the immune system. Conventional treatment does nothing to bring the body back into a state of balance and good health.

Generally speaking, conventional medicine treats cancer as a death sentence. It is used to prolong life for a few years, but not to cure cancer.

While conventional medicine searches for the “Cure,” alternative medicine says we have the “Cure” already- and the Cure is the holistic mind, body, spirit (energy) approach to cancer.

This article focuses on holistic methods that are being used to reverse cancer. Holistic methods include natural techniques, methods and products.

Historically, holistic techniques, methods and products have not been subject to well-funded clinical trials. But, there is much anecdotal evidence to support their effectiveness. Some holistic health clinics that are dedicated to reversing cancer like the Budwig Center in Spain, the Oasis of Hope Clinic in Mexico and the Gerson Institute in San Diego assert that the five year survival rate for holistic methods is better than conventional treatment by multiples. Depending on the type of cancer, some holistic practitioners assert that the five year survival rate for the holistic approach to cancer is as much as 90 percent.

Clinical trials of natural supplements take place with more frequency now. Clinical trials are very expensive and not within the budget of holistic practitioners, clinics and organizations. But, they are beginning to take place by universities. Naturally, there is resistance to holistic techniques, methods and products. After all, cancer is a $100 Billion per year industry.

In general, people diagnosed with cancer opt for conventional treatment before they turn to alternative therapy. This puts alternative medicine and the holistic approach at a marked disadvantage. Conventional treatment (especially chemo and radiation) does massive damage to the body. So, the holistic approach used after conventional treatment attempts to reverse cancer after the body has been greatly damaged by the conventional treatment. The cure rate for the holistic approach would be much higher if the patient elected alternative therapy from the beginning.

With respect to disease, the holistic approach treats the whole person-mind, body and spirit to bring the person back into a state of good health and balance. The holistic philosophy begins with the premise that disease is “dis-ease”, an imbalance in the body that must be brought into balance to heal disease.

The holistic approach first identifies the causes of this imbalance and then eliminates, greatly reduces and/or mitigates them. The holistic approach to disease also involves the use of natural techniques, methods and products to build up the bodily systems- the immune system, the digestive system, the metabolic system, the lymphatic system and the circulatory system. This is also true with cancer.

So, first holistic practitioners identify the causes of cancer. Holistic practitioners believe the main cause causes of cancer is a weak and compromised immune system, an acidic PH balance and low oxygen levels in the blood and carcinogens and other toxins (chemicals, heavy metals and radiation) which cause some cells to mutate and spread as cancer. We regularly ingest and absorb carcinogens and other toxins. These toxins are in the food, water, beverages, body products, cleaning products, the environment, pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines.

Other causes of cancer include stress, negativity and negative energy, vitamin and mineral deficiencies and a poor diet, i.e., a diet that consists primarily of processed and manufactured foods.

Holistic practitioners and writers believe that all of the above causes lead to the ultimate cause of cancer- a weak and compromised immune system that is not able to stop the spread of cancer cells or the formation of tumors. Our bodies produce cancer cells on a regular basis. But, a normal immune system swiftly destroys them and prevents them from spreading and forming tumors. A weak immune system cannot destroy cancer cells or prevent them from spreading and forming tumors.

The main causes of a weak and compromised immune system begin with cellular oxidation and inflammation and low energy at the cellular level. The causes of this include all the causes listed above. The result of all these causes is to damage all of the other bodily systems (i.e., the digestive system, the metabolic system, the lymphatic system and the circulatory system) and the organs-especially the kidneys, liver and thyroid. The end result of damaged bodily systems and organs is a damaged and weak immune system that cannot stop the spread of cancer.

The holistic approach to cancer starts with the belief that the body can heal itself. All that is needed is to use natural techniques, methods and products (foods, herbs, herbal supplements, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants) to boost the body’s ability to heal. As mentioned above, in holistic parlance, disease is referred to as “dis-ease,” an imbalance in the mind, body and spirit that has a deleterious effect on health. With respect to cancer, there are imbalances and deficiencies that have to be corrected.

The holistic protocol discussed in this article employs mind, body and spirit (energy) techniques to eliminate or greatly reduce the causes of cancer and boost the immune system, while repairing damage done to other bodily systems and the organs and restoring cellular energy. The focus of the holistic protocol is to enable the immune system to destroy the cancer cells and tumors and prevent them from spreading further. At the same time, the holistic approach restores the health and vitality of the non-cancerous cells so they can defend themselves from the spread of the cancerous ones.

The most important bodily systems to boost with respect to cancer are the immune system and the metabolic system- especially that aspect of the metabolic system related to cellular mitochondria and cellular energy. But, all the bodily systems and organs work together. So, they must all be dealt with together through the holistic protocol. This will enable the body to function at an optimal level.

The holistic protocol uses diet, nutrition, vitamin and mineral supplements and other natural supplements to boost the immune system and energy. It also uses vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and oxygen for the same reason. At the same time, it employs natural supplements to directly target and destroy cancer cells -like natural chemo. The holistic protocol also uses diet and natural supplements to de-toxify toxins (chemicals and heavy metals) that are stored in the body’s cells. Detoxification is specifically focused on the intestines and organs to get them to function better.

The optimal diet to reverse cancer is a raw organic vegan diet (which consists of raw organic, whole, plant-based foods). This consists of fresh whole organic vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts and seeds. They should be consumed in raw form as much as possible. This will boost the immune system.

This diet includes a lot of salads with dark green leafy vegetables such as collards, kale, spinach and arugula (green leafy vegetables contain a lot of cancer fighting chlorophyll) and an assortment of colorful vegetables- i.e., cucumber, tomato, onion, mushroom, celery, beets, pepper, radish, avocado, green and red cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. Green juices, beat and beet root juices and carrot juice are also good along with smoothies. These foods are filled with what the body needs for good health- vitamins minerals, anti-oxidants, fiber, water, oxygen and life force energy. When, you eat them in raw form, you maximize the ingestion of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, water and oxygen in them. This will boost the immune system.

There is a split in the holistic world on fruit because fruit contains sugar (albeit natural fructose) and sugar (along with an acidic PH balance) feeds cancer. If you continue to eat fruit, make it low glycemic fruit such as berries – blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries. Avoid whole grains that contain gluten. Gluten is a form of sugar- and sugar feeds cancer. The best whole grain is quinoa because it is gluten free and high in protein, vitamins and minerals. Brown rice is second best for the same reasons, but it contains fewer nutrients than quinoa.

The typical meal and snacks include salads and fresh juices and smoothies. Eat plenty of nuts and seeds. Nuts include walnuts, cashews, almonds and Brazil nuts among others. Seeds include pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds and chia seeds among others. Nuts and seeds will provide you with needed protein and fats (along with avocado and coconut). They will also help stabilize brain chemistry, which is important for happiness and positive thinking which is important for a strong immune system.

The optimal diet includes super-foods along with pre-biotic and pro-biotic foods. Superfoods are filled with anti-oxidants include, among others, chlorella, spirulina, wheatgrass, chlorophyll, fresh onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric, blueberries, goji berries, acai berries, chia seeds, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds. Garlic, ginger and onion are also pre-biotic foods. Also, drink water with fresh squeezed lemon or lime. Lemon and lime are rich in vitamin C, a strong anti-oxidant. Probiotic foods are fermented foods and include sauerkraut, pickles and kefir (which is not plant based). Prebiotic and probiotic foods are especially important to boost the immune system.

The above-described diet is similar to the Gerson Diet, Bud wig Diet and the Oasis of Hope Diet discussed below.

Because it is organic, this raw vegan diet is free of carcinogens and other toxins from pesticides and herbicides. It contains no toxic GMOs. This diet contains needed vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, fiber, oxygen and life force energy to help repair the body and immune system. It is also very de-toxifying as it contains a lot of fiber needed for detoxification.

Refined salt is toxic and devoid of minerals. So, only use a fully mineralized salt such as Himalayan salt or Celtic salt.

Eliminate or greatly reduce meat and dairy. If you include them, make sure they are organic and grass fed/free-range. Egg whites and wild, fresh water fish are the best source of animal protein for health. But, the raw vegan diet contains sufficient amounts of protein (you only need 60 to 120 grams of protein per day depending on your size and body type). There is a lot of protein in nuts, seeds, beans and whole grains (especially quinoa). Vegetables also contain protein. So, animal protein is not needed.

Eliminate refined sugar and processed and packaged foods. These manufactured foods are not real food. They are not easily digested. They are toxic and full of sugar and, along with dairy and meat, tend to make the PH balance acidic. An acidic PH balance and sugar feed cancer. The need to keep the PH balance alkaline and the need to eliminate or greatly reduce sugar (especially refined and processed sugar) is discussed below. The optimal diet discussed above is an alkaline diet and a low sugar diet.

To reverse cancer, we must conserve and boost our cellular energy. We expend most of our energy on digesting and metabolizing food (and on ongoing negative thoughts). The raw vegan diet consists of natural plant-based foods that are easy to digest and metabolize. Meat and processed foods take a lot more energy to digest and metabolize. This is another reason to avoid these foods.

Ongoing negative thoughts burn energy. Mindfulness and positive thinking techniques discussed below keep us in a relaxed state. We must greatly reduce stress and negativity and stay in a relaxed state to conserve and boost cellular energy.

To reverse cancer, maintain an alkaline PH balance. This will boost your immune system. Alkaline is the opposite of an acidic PH balance. Acid an acidosis feeds cancer. You can test your PH balance with test strips. These test strips will show you whether your PH balance is alkaline or acidic.

The raw vegan diet is alkaline. To maintain an alkaline PH balance, eat the raw vegan diet and drink a lot of pure water each day. Some advocate a gallon of pure water each day or eight, eight ounce glasses of water each day. But, make sure your water is filtered, distilled or spring water. It is best to filter your water with a strong filter that gets out all chemicals and heavy metals including sodium fluoride. A reverse osmosis filter is best for this. To maintain an alkaline PH balance only drink pure water and tea, especially herbal tea and green tea. Avoid or greatly reduce coffee. It promotes an acidic PH Balance. Eliminate soda, soft drinks and sugary and artificially sweetened drinks. They promote an acidic PH balance.

Also, to maintain an alkaline PH balance, drink a few eight ounce glasses of pure water with a teaspoon of aluminum free baking soda and fresh lemon a couple of times each day. This will help you maintain an alkaline PH balance. Water, fresh lemon and Himalayan salt is alkaline. You can buy alkaline water.

On a daily basis, take a good size dose of vitamins and minerals – 10 to 15 times greater than the Recommended Daily Allowance. The Recommended Daily Allowance is not sufficient to boost the body’s immune system and cellular energy. Multi-vitamins include vitamins A, B complex, C, D3, E, K1 and K2. Take a good size daily dose of colloidal trace minerals, which includes all of the trace minerals needed by the body. The body needs a lot of vitamins and minerals for good health. Whole plant-based foods are important but not sufficient to deliver all the vitamins and minerals needed for good health. This is because of the enormous amount of toxins we ingest or absorb that we must combat along with the fact that the soil has been depleted of needed vitamins and minerals.

Take supplements that boost your immune system and cellular energy including ginseng (American, Asian, Siberian Ginseng), resveratrol, B complex vitamins, Asian mushroom supplements (reishi shiitake maitake mushroom extract), green tea and green tea extract, Bee Propolis, grape seed extract, quercetin, alpha lipoic acid and maca.

All disease including cancer is triggered by oxidation (oxidative stress) and inflammation at the cellular level. So, take anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories on a daily basis. This will boost the immune system. Take a good size dose of Co Q 10/Ubiquinol. This is a super anti-oxidant – and the immune system needs to be flooded with anti-oxidants to fight cancer. Also, take a good size dose of turmeric or curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric). Turmeric is a super food. It is an herb from India that is both an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory.

Eat fresh garlic and ginger on a daily basis. Garlic is a super food and strong anti-oxidant. Ginger is a super food and strong anti-inflammatory. Take a good size dose of flaxseed oil supplements. Flaxseed oil contains omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which are beneficial for health and will help boost the immune system. Also, consider hemp oil. Hemp oil also contains omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Other seeds such as pumpkin seeds and chia seeds also contain omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Some practitioners recommend fish oil for omega 3 fatty acids, while others believe that fish oil may contain contaminants from the fish and from how it is processed. So, flaxseed oil and hemp oil are the preferred choice for omega 3 fatty acid.

The whole, organic, vegan diet contains vital nutrients and fiber needed to boost the immune system and cellular energy. The whole, organic, vegan diet consists of foods that contain a lot of water and oxygen needed for good health.

A lot of oxygen is needed to bolster the cells to fight cancer. Also, oxygen destroys cancer cells. Water contains a lot of oxygen. It will also keep your body hydrated for good health. So, drink a lot of pure water. You can add oxygen to your water with an ozone machine. Besides pure water, practice deep breathing. Take deep cleansing breaths from time to time and make sure your breaths are slow and deep. Buy alkaline water.

Do not drink soda, artificial or bottled drinks. Do not drink artificially sweetened drinks. These are made from toxic chemicals. Drink pure water, green tea and herbal teas while healing.

Do not use refined sugar or artificial sweeteners. They are toxic and will damage the immune system and cells.

To boost the immune system, you must greatly eliminate and avoid toxins. At the same time, you must de-toxify the cells of your body including the intestines and colon, liver and kidneys. This will rev up your immune system.

For general detoxification of the body, drink apple cider vinegar and water on a daily basis. Put apple cider vinegar on your salads. Drink water with diatomaceous earth or bentonite clay. Use psyllium husk and activated charcoal. Eat fresh onions. Take colloidal trace minerals on a daily basis. Drink a juice made with fresh parsley and cilantro. Boil water and put clumps of parsley and cilantro in the hot water and let it steep overnight. Then drink the juice. All of this de-toxifies chemicals and heavy metals stored in the body’s cells by drawing them out of the cells. The body then eliminates them as waste.

To boost the immune system, it is important to de-toxify the intestines and colon along with the kidneys and liver. With respect to the kidneys and liver, take herbal supplements designed to remove toxins from them. These supplements include milk thistle and dandelion root and other beneficial herbs. Drink unsweetened cranberry juice and eat kidney beans for the kidneys. If your energy is low, you may need to bolster the thyroid with iodine and Indian herb called guggul gum.

A healthy colon and intestines are critical to boost the immune system. To de-toxify the colon and intestines, you must get rid of the parasites and candida over-growth that smothers interior walls of the intestines and colon and limits their effectiveness. Candida over-growth and parasites feed on refined sugar, processed foods and an acidic PH balance. So, most people have candida over-growth and parasites in their intestines and colon because they have eaten refined sugar and processed foods and they have drunk acidic beverages such as coffee and soda for a long time.

By adopting the alkaline diet discussed above, you will eliminate sugar and processed foods and move to an alkaline PH balance. Next, take herbal supplements designed to destroy candida over-growth and parasites in the intestines and colon. This includes a combination of wormwood, black walnut shell and cloves extract along with grapefruit seed extract. Whole grapefruit is also beneficial in treating candida overgrowth.

Finally, good digestion requires the gut to be populated with beneficial bacteria to get it to function effectively. But, often antibiotics, drugs and toxins kill off beneficial, gut bacteria. So, re-populate your gut with beneficial bacteria. You do this by eating pre-biotic foods and fermented foods or by taking a good pro-biotic supplement. This will keep candida overgrowth in check.

Detoxification is important to boost the immune system. Toxins (chemicals and heavy metals) that are ingested and absorbed are stored in the body’s cells. While de-toxifying, it is essential to stop ingesting and absorbing additional toxins that will damage your immune system. So, eat a clean organic, vegan, raw diet. The foods in this diet contain a lot of fiber that will help to de-toxify the body and, because they are organic, they will not add toxins to your body. Drink pure water, green tea and herbal teas. Pure water and these teas help to de-toxify the body and they will not add toxins to your body.

Also, use body products (soap, lotion, shampoo, etc.) and cleaning products that are organic and toxin free. Be careful of drugs and vaccines. Drugs are made from chemicals. Vaccine fluid contains chemicals and heavy metals. Refrain from drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes. Cigarettes contain heavy metals and chemicals and alcohol is a chemical.

Take good sized doses of supplements that specifically target cancer cells for destruction. These supplements assist the immune system in destroying cancer cells and they take pressure off the immune system. These supplements include dandelion root, turmeric/curcumin, Vitamin B17 (laetrile)(sold only in the form of apricot kernels in the US per the FDA), black walnut hull extract, arteisinum or wormwood extract (especially when combined with iron), grape seed extract, colloidal gold (gold nanoparticles), soursop, pau’ d arco, bitter melon, thunder god vine (lei gong teng), modified citrus pectinpyrroloquinoline quinone, milk thistle, medical marijuana and cannabis oil. Some of these herbal supplements also come in the form of tea. Essiac and dandlion tea are also highly recommended to reverse cancer. Essiac tea contains a blend of herbs including sheep sorrel, which is believed to be the main cancer fighting herb in Essiac tea.

The holistic approach also includes injection of large doses of vitamin C to target cancer cells. Vitamin C is a super anti-oxidant that destroys cancer cells.

Daily exercise and stretching are important. This improves the circulation- which is necessary to bring needed nutrients, oxygen and life force energy to the cells. Exercise includes walking two to three miles per day, cardio-vascular exercise (that gets the heart rate up) and lifting light weights (that aids metabolism and circulation) along with stretching and yoga (that also aid circulation). You should exercise at least 1.5 hours per day. Get outdoors and get at least 20 minutes of sunshine on your arms and face as often as possible. This promotes the body’s production of Vitamin D- which boosts the immune system.

The mind is an important aspect of healing. With respect to the mind, the holistic protocol starts with beliefs. The mind can trigger disease and help to reverse it. To reverse cancer, we must believe in the conscious and unconscious mind that we are healthy and whole and the cancer is a temporary problem that will be solved with the holistic methods. Essentially, we must visualize ourselves as healed, whole, peaceful and happy. This requires us to use positive affirmations to change our beliefs from negative to positive ones. If we believe what we are told by a medical doctor – i.e., that we are very ill and cancer is a death sentence and the prognosis for survival is bad – then you will most likely succumb to the disease. It also requires a lot of meditation, prayer and the use of emotional release techniques to let go of all fear and worry and to maintain an relaxed, positive and happy state. Fear and worry damages the immune system, but can be overcome with inner work.

We must achieve and maintain a relaxed state. This is important to boost the immune system and cellular energy. A relaxed state stops the body from producing cortisol – which is a toxin that damages the body. A relaxed state ensures that nutrients, oxygen and life force flow freely to all the cells of the body through the circulatory system A relaxed state requires us to use meditation, prayer and emotional release techniques to release negative energy related to anxiety, fear, worry, anger, resentment, etc. In addition, we must greatly reduce stress and stress factors in our life. It requires us to have faith. This will help boost the immune system.

While stress is triggered by external factors, it is really caused by ongoing negative thoughts and negative self- talk. It is important to eliminate or avoid triggers. This is done, in part, by building and maintaining strong boundaries and staying away from negative and toxic people and environments.

Practice mindfulness. Through mindfulness techniques, we monitor our thoughts and related emotions. Use “distract and substitute” techniques to turn negative thoughts into positive ones or just focus on your breath or details that you encounter in the moment.

When you experience negative thoughts, command yourself to stop thinking about that and substitute positive thoughts, images, affirmations and prayer for negative thoughts. The holistic approach includes energy healing, holistic health coaches, hypnotherapists and bio-feedback specialists to get the mind to be relaxed, centered, balanced and positive. This along with being happy will boost your immune system.

There are many herbs and supplements that help reduce stress and get the mind and body to relax, while boosting your energy. This includes Adaptogens (such as ashwaganda, rhodiola, astragalus, ginseng ( American, Asian and Siberian Ginseng) and maca. Also helpful with respect to stress reduction and relaxation are the following supplements: 5 htp, valerian root extract, magnesium, theanine, chamomile, hops, hawthorn, lavendar, kava, passionflower, skullcap and lemon balm along with medical marijuana and cannabis oil. Hot baths (with Epsom salt, magnesium powder and lavender essential oil) also helps get the body to relax, along with massage.

A lot of rest, sleep and relaxation are essential to boost the immune system. This is true for all diseases including cancer. If you can get a leave from work, take it. Spend your time resting, sleeping, relaxing and enjoying life. Be in a clean and comfortable, stress-free environment. Listen to relaxing and upbeat music. Get into nature often. Turn off the news. All of this will help to keep you in a relaxed, positive and happy state, which will boost your immune system and energy level.

Daily heart centered meditation and inner work (including daily prayer and expression of gratitude) are essential to boost the immune system. This is the spirit aspect of mind, body, spirit. It is important to focus on blessings and what is good in your life (and give thanks for that on a daily basis) and to not focus on the disease and what is lacking in your life. Start with the blessing of life and being alive and the basic things that you have-loved ones, pets, shelter, food, a car, a job, etc. Have fun, enjoy life, turn on the music, dance and live in the moment through your senses and not through ongoing negative thoughts.

There is an energy component to all diseases including cancer. So, the spirit (energy) aspect of mind, body, spirit includes energy healing.. Our cells are mostly energy. They are re-vitalized with additional life force energy. Negative energy depletes them of needed life force energy. Energy healing replenishes them.

Life force energy flows to all the body’s cells through the circulatory system. This free flow of life force energy is needed for good health and a strong immune system. Negative energy (low vibration energy) blocks the free flow of life force energy (high vibration energy).

These negative energy blockages are the same as emotional blockages and always manifest in disease. Energy healing brings extra positive life force energy into the body to break up energy blockages and restore the free flow of life force energy. Energy healing includes Reiki and acupuncture. Yoga, chi gong and Tai Chi are also helpful along with prayer, meditation and meditative visualizations designed to fill the body with life force energy and cleanse the body of negative energy.

As mentioned above, to reverse cancer, it is essential to do inner work on a daily basis i.e., heart-centered meditation and prayer and meditative visualizations. The goal of inner work is to infuse the body life force energy and to raise vibrations and bring inner peace at the same time. Breathing techniques are important to combine with meditative visualizations. Breathe in visualized white light in meditation. Take long and slow breaths and fill up with visualized white light and then expand it out a foot or two from your body and hold it there. Fill the body with a visualized violet flame and the color green (the color of healing). The body responds positively to visualized white light, the violet flame and the color green for healing. Short quick breaths (about 20 in a row) in rapid succession also will help raise your vibrations. High vibrations will burn off negative energy (which is low vibration energy).

Use high vibration crystals such as orgone, citrine and clear quartz. Hold them in your hands during meditation to raise vibrations. Angel light and fluorite help bring inner peace. So, hold them in your hands while meditating and carry these and high vibration crystals in your pocket. Essential oils are used in aromatherapy help to raise vibrations and bring inner peace. Orange and lemon help raise vibrations, while vanilla, sandalwood and lavender help bring inner peace. The essential oil frankincense along with the plant it is derived from (boswellia) also boosts the immune system.

Burn white sage in your home and spread the savory smoke to clear it of negative energy.

Here are some other well-known holistic cancer protocols:

Cesium Chloride Therapy

Many holistic practitioners use cesium chloride or a combination of cesium chloride and potassium for advance states of cancer. Cesium and potassium make cancer cells alkaline, while cesium chloride inhibits their intake of glucose. Cesium chloride and potassium starve cancer cells by cutting off their” food” -i.e., sugar and acid.

Ozone Therapy

Oxygen destroys cancer cells. So, ozone therapy is part of the holistic approach to cancer. Ozone therapy is administered by licensed medical professionals. Ozone therapy gets oxygen to the cells by using oxygen or hydrogen peroxide. The most common approach of ozone therapy is to draw a pint of blood from the patient and infuse it with oxygen. The blood in the bottle turns bright red. The oxygen- infused blood is then injected into the patient’s bloodstream. Ozone therapy may include drinking edible hydrogen peroxide mixed into a glass of water. Edible hydrogen peroxide can be taken orally when mixed with water.

The foregoing is not intended to be medical advice. It is holistic health information. Consult your physician for medical advice.

17 Popular Quotes about Chocolate

1. “Chocolate causes certain endocrine glands to secrete hormones that affect your feelings and behavior by making you happy. Therefore, it counteracts depression, in turn reducing the stress of depression. Your stress-free life helps you maintain a youthful disposition, both physically and mentally. So, eat lots of chocolate!” – Elaine Sherman, Book of Divine Indulgences

2. “Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar in four pieces with your bare hands–and then just eating one piece” – Judith Viorst

3. “Self-discipline implies some unpleasant things to me, including staying away from chocolate and keeping my hands out of women’s pants.” – Oleg Kiselev

4. “It’s not that chocolates are a substitute for love. Love is a substitute for chocolate. Chocolate is, let’s face it, far more reliable than a man.” – Miranda Ingram

5. “Life is like a box of chocolates…You never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump in Forrest Gump

6. “The superiority of chocolate, both for health and nourishment, will soon give it the same preference over tea and coffee in America which it has in Spain.” – Thomas Jefferson

7. “Research tells us fourteen out of any ten individuals likes chocolate.” – Sandra Boynton

8. “If one swallows a cup of chocolate only three hours after a copious lunch, everything will be perfectly digested and there will still be room for dinner.” – Brillat-Savarin

9. “It has been shown as proof positive that carefully prepared chocolate is as healthful a food as it is pleasant; that it is nourishing and easily digested… that it is above all helpful to people who must do a great deal of mental work.” – Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

10. “If you are not feeling well, if you have not slept, chocolate will revive you. But you have no chocolate! I think of that again and again! My dear, how will you ever manage?” – Marquise de Sévigné

11. “Chocolate is a perfect food, as wholesome as it is delicious, a beneficent restorer of exhausted power. It is the best friend of those engaged in literary pursuits.” – Baron Justus von Liebig

12. “Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies.” – John Q. Tullius

13. “There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love chocolate, and communists.” – Leslie Moak Murray

14. “Forget love… I’d rather fall in chocolate!” – Author Unknown

15. “There are four basic food groups: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate and chocolate truffles.” – Author Unknown

16. “My favorite thing in the world is a box of fine European chocolates which is, for sure, better than sex.” – Alicia Silverstone

17. “After about 20 years of marriage, I’m finally starting to scratch the surface of that one. And I think the answer lies somewhere between conversation and chocolate.” – Mel Gibson in What Women Want.

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Argentina’s Food Scene Is Changing In One Epic Way – GOOD Magazine

Imagine a hot summer day in Buenos Aires. Your nostrils flood with the smell of charcoal; you’re surrounded by amigos, familia, and familiar faces. The grill sizzles with the snapping and popping that signifies in a few minutes all of the guests will gather around the table to eat. The table is set, the Malbec flowing, and you grab the tongs to flip over those big, juicy, pieces of … eggplant?

When you think about eating in Argentina, there are probably a couple dishes that immediately come to mind—but veggies aren’t among them.

Your assumption is a fair one: the South American country is known as one of the world’s largest consumers and exporters of beef. However, recent years have seen a growth in the popularity of more vegetable-centric lifestyles, as well as restaurants that specialize in veggie-friendly fare.

But being a vegan or vegetarian—or just someone trying to cut down on red meat—in a country with meat eating so tied into its culture isn’t always easy. The gaucho (cattle rancher) lifestyle plays such an important role in Argentine history. Since the 19th century, this historical figure has served as a national symbol for the country, inspiring countless legends, folk songs, and pieces of literature. And a 2013 article in the Los Angeles Times pointed out that many Argentineans believe it’s a health mistake to curb meat intake. Plus, there’s the customary weekend asados (barbecue) that friends and family members gather to enjoy. Going meat-free in Argentina has much wider social implications than one might imagine.

“When someone stops eating meat in Argentina, it affects their social and family relationships,” said Anne DeLessio-Parson in an email interview with GOOD. DeLessio-Parson, a sociologist from Penn State University, wrote her doctoral thesis about vegans and vegetarians living in La Plata, Argentina, a city about an hour away from Buenos Aires.

In recent years, there have been a host of initiatives aimed at limiting consumption of red meat, including the global Meatless Monday movement, created to help spread awareness of the benefits of eating less animals and more plants; it’s now currently being embraced in more than 36 countries. Studies the world over are nearly unanimous in suggesting that a high consumption of meat can increase the risk of colon cancer, heart disease, and more. Although most fall short of actually blaming meat consumption as a direct cause, there’s evidence it plays a role—likely because many link the causes to the way that red meat is processed and cooked rather than the meat itself.

But are any of these findings hitting home in Argentina, where such a meat-centric culture still exists? According to one Argentinean chef, it’s making quite a difference.

“In the last five years I’ve seen an exponential change,” chef Máximo Cabrera tells GOOD. Cabrera is a well-known Argentine chef who owns several popular veggie-friendly restaurants. “Ten years ago you said ‘organic’ and people wouldn’t know what you were talking about.”

Cabrera is the co-owner of Kensho, an organic vegan restaurant located in the somewhat posh, up-and-coming Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires. Recently, the self-taught chef also opened up a cooking school named CRUDO, which means “raw” in Spanish.

Cabrera jokes that everyone from politicians to satanists are welcome at the school, which aims to create a conscious link between the food we eat and how it’s produced. Like the name implies, most of the classes offered deal with raw foods; what it may not suggest is that no animal products are used. When asked why, Cabrera said CRUDO is “investigating other alternatives,” stating that commercial meat and dairy products are unhealthy and unsustainable.

Although the doors of CRUDO have only been open since April of this year, almost every class has been packed with students eager to learn the ins and outs of such culinary arts as vegan cheese making, vegetable fermentation, pasta making, and more. On average, they enroll about 180-200 students a month.

His mission is more extreme than you’d think, especially considering that Argentineans love their steak in more complex ways than just enjoying a good, meat-heavy meal.

“Argentina is the only place in the world that every day you eat meat,” Cabrera says. Though plenty of other countries around the world have meat-centric cuisines, the facts stand to reason that whether Argentineans consume meat every day or not, it’s a country that loves its carne. According to a recent study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Argentineans consumed more than 40.4 kilograms of meat per capita, or nearly 90 pounds per person, in 2015; other countries like the U.S. (24.7 kg/capita, or 54.5 pounds) and Canada (17.4 kg/capita, or 38.4 pounds) consume much less.

“When meat plays such a central role in the culinary culture, as it does in Argentina, the rejection of meat implies a rejection of national identity. Some people react with bewilderment, confusion, suspicion, and sometimes, yes, hostility,” DeLessio-Parson said.

DeLessio-Parson is currently heading a study exploring the social implications of what it means to be a vegan or vegetarian in a culture so steeped in the consumption of meat. The study is collecting data by surveying a sample of non-meat eaters, and includes questions such as: I feel discriminated against as a vegan/vegetarian, strongly agree to strongly disagree; and When you became vegan, did the men/women in your family put obstacles in your way?

Though it’s currently underway, she said that preliminary findings of the survey show that, although some face discrimination for going vegan, many others are shown support and encouragement.

“Some people report pushback from family and friends, who make fun of them or put obstacles in the way,” DeLessio-Parson said. “But, at the same time, many people report having friends or family who make special vegetarian meals for them, or express interest in trying vegetarianism for themselves.”

Recently, DeLessio-Parson was featured on a popular Argentine morning news show, where she spoke about her research, in particular how it relates to gender. She explained that in many cases, the study found that the traditional Argentine asado is a “highly-gendered space.”In many cases, the man stands watch at the grill with his buddies while the women set the table, prepare the salads, and keep an eye on the kids.

“In this setting, vegetarianism is disruptive,” DeLessio-Parson said. “That’s especially true for men. Where should a vegan go when the grill is full of meat?”

People around the world are wrapping their heads around new nutritional and culinary possibilities for a whole host of reasons. But in Argentina, the shift away from meat could change the entire culture.

“As one can complain about some aspects of the culture, we too can change it, and I’ve seen it happening,” Cabrera said, in terms of the growing interest in organic and raw foods, and the science of nutrition. “The level of (culinary) inspiration we’re generating is good, and it’s doesn’t end with asados.”

For Cabrera, the answer lies in how we eat as opposed to what we eat. He cites the health benefits of eating fermented foods along with meat. Would the historic gauchos have avoided major health problems such as colon cancer if they’d only had some kimchi with their steak? Probably, according to a 2014 study published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology, which enumerated both the physical and neurological benefits of consuming foods rich in the chemicals created during the fermentation process.

“We have to take out the prejudice and we have to first make tasty food, because it’s what people need now,” Cabrera said. “When you feel bad, it’s difficult to be a good person.”

Or to eat well, for that matter.

Castlemaine tops the list of most vegan-friendly small town in Australia – ABC Local

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October 07, 2016 18:39:59

PETA has named Castlemaine as the most vegan-friendly small town in Australia, with many businesses offering vegan options.

Castlemaine vegan cafe owner Caithlin Meave watched her father skin a rabbit when she was a young girl.

The graphic image proved the catalyst for a gradual “transition” over the years to becoming a vegan, which was further influenced by Ms Meaves then-baby’s dairy intolerance.

Ms Meave now specialises in raw food after becoming a raw vegan about 12 months ago after a decade of veganism.

And her’s is not the only business in the small town catering to vegans.

According to Claire Fryer from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) the small town tops the organisation’s tally in offering at least nine vegan-friendly food businesses.

“Which is quite a lot considering there is only a population of around 7,000 people,” she said.

She said the town reflected the growing popularity of the vegan movement in Australia, which is becoming “bigger than ever” if Google trends data is anything to go by.

“We have the highest percentage of searches for the word vegan of any other country for the last year,” Ms Fryer said.

Australians are increasingly becoming concerned about their health, the environment and the treatment of animals.

“They’re starting to take a lot more interest in eating, and obviously a lot of people are choosing to either cut animal products or certainly to cut down animal’s products as a result of that,” Ms Fryer said.

She said recent research found there were 2.1 million vegetarians across the country, with many more reducing their meat intake.

“More than half the population has agreed to eating less read meat,” Ms Fryer said.

What type of vegan are you?

According to Ms Fryer there are different types of vegans.

Some people eschew all animal products in food and other items such as clothing, to avoid animal exploitation, while others might not follow a fully vegan lifestyle but chose a 100 per cent plant-based diet.

Add raw vegans and paleo vegans to the mix and it becomes a broad range of interpretations.

Ms Maeve calls being a vegan an intent.

Eliminating animal products from her diet is not just for health reasons, but about the social and environmental impacts of eating animals.

Concern for the planet and the future lives of her children and grandchildren are paramount in her choice.

“Vegan to me means taking care of the planet, not eating animal products that damage the planet and not eating animal products that are cruel,” Ms Meave said.

She thinks there is no ethical way to kill an animal she refers to as sentient beings.

“You know even if you treat animals nicely, they still end up walking into an abattoir alive and come out cut up into little pieces,” Ms Meave said.

But rather than use the vegan label Ms Meave prefers to say she does no eat animal products and also does not sprout the term vegan in her business.

“Because if I say I’m vegan people immediately get defensive,” she said.

So along with fresh nut milk and soy milk she also uses dairy milk to keep some customers happy.

However, sometimes people get more than defensive.

Ms Meave’s 11-year-old daughter Iskhar, also a vegan, was the subject of bullying at her school.

“She was teased regularly at lunchtimes with people throwing meat at her and hassling her about meat,” Ms Maeve said.

The book that changed everything

Nikki Medwell from nearby Elphinstone, who runs Australia’s only all-vegan bed and breakfast called Bed and Brocolli with her husband, has been a strict vegan for the last seven years.

The two do not eat honey, there are no woollen underlays on their bed, no feather down quilts, leather shoes and visits to the zoo or circus.

The self-described animal lover runs an animal rescue shelter on her 60-acre property taking in ex-factory farm hens, a couple of “bobby calves”, unwanted male calves from a dairy and native animals including two joeys she is nursing.

“When people come and stay here they’re not going to encounter any level of cruelty, or see any level of cruelty,” she said.

She said she caters to a growing curious market of not only vegans but vegetarians, ethical eaters and what she terms the “pre-vegans”.

“It’s the whole shebang basically,” she said.

She does wear second hand woollen jumpers and leather wear from second-hand shops.

“Because you haven’t contributed to any harm from any animals, so if it’s second-hand you’re recycling and you’re not contributing directly to any cruelty or cruel industry,” Ms Medwell said.

Raised a vegetarian, veganism was not a radical departure. After reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer her world changed.

“I got a third of the way through the book, closed it, basically went and emptied out my fridge, my pantry,” Mr Medwell said.

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