Six Ways Soy Benefits Your Health
Can I Supersize that Heart Attack
A DAY COULD KEEP CANCER AWAY
BUYING CLUBS SPROUT IN THE BIG
Community Supported Agriculture
BUYING CLUBS SPROUT IN THE BIG APPLE
Over 6,000 low to middle income New Yorkers have discovered how to afford
fresh organic produce for their dinner tables -- cut out the middlemen.
Buying clubs and CSA's (Community Supported Agriculture) are enjoying unprecedented
growth, bringing the farmlife to the innercity. Organic family farmers
are successfully bypassing distributors and supermarkets and literally
delivering their food firsthand to families in neighborhoods like Harlem
and Brooklyn. As a result, the fruits and vegetables are organic, fresher
and less expensive than the produce at supermarkets, yet the farmers see
a better profit from their crops. Members of these urban buying clubs are
even organizing weekend trips to visit the farms where their food is grown.
-An average family-size seasonal share of produce from a CSA is only $350
(half shares are also available), which provides the customer with
a weekly delivery of fresh, locally grown produce, while offering
small family farmers a means to stay in business.
-There are over 1,000 CSAs in the US, up from zero in 1984.
-You can find a CSA near you at http://www.csacenter.org
"How we eat determines to a considerable
extent how the world is used."
-- Wendell Berry, Author
Oct. 24 was national "Take Back Your Time Day". Most of us at the OCA offices
forgot to acknowledge it, as we were too busy
working, serving as a testament to the problem at hand. In the US,
we each work an average of 350 hours (9 weeks) more per year than our European
friends. In other words, for the EU and the US to have equivalent work
hours per person per year, the average American would need to take off
work from October 24 until the end of the year. Although this is not an
obvious food related issue, the American work schedule directly impacts
how the food industry reacts to consumer demands. Longer days at the office
mean more convenience foods, more eat-on-the-run foods, more fast foods,
more packaging, and more preservatives. It also means less time to cook
with fresh locally grown produce from co-ops, farmer's markets, CSAs, and
-The average Americans puts in more hours now than in the 1950s -We put
in more hours than Medieval peasants did, and more than any other modern
day industrialized country.
-Working Americans average a little over two weeks of vacation per
year, while Europeans average five to six weeks.
-Take Back Your Time Day is not about being anti-work. It's about taking
back time for your family, your health, and your involvement in bettering
the world around you.
More info: http://www.simpleliving.net
When you buy overpackaged or disposable items, you're essentially buying
Look for items you can use over and over again.
· Bring your own reusable shopping bag and avoid the paper versus
plastic dilemma. Durable canvas or string bags for grocery shopping are
light and easy to tuck into a purse or briefcase and can be used thousands
· Buy in bulk. Buy the large economy size instead of the same
volume in several smaller containers (for instance two-liter bottles versus
· Buy fruits and vegetables uncut and unpackaged, a whole melon,
for example, not a halved, shrink-wrapped melon in a styrofoam container.
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Six Ways Soy Benefits Your
by Monique N. Gilbert/VirtuesOfSoy.com
Soy, and most soy-based products, are nutritional powerhouses.
Soybeans are the only plant food that has all of the essential amino
acids our body requires, making it a complete protein. Soy foods
do not have any cholesterol, and most are high in fiber. Soy also
has many vitamins, minerals, and phytochemical compounds (like
isoflavones) that work together to create numerous health benefits.
This article outlines six ways soy can improve your health.
Can I Supersize that Heart Attack
By Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D.
No time for your health today;
no health for your time tomorrow.
-- Irish Proverb
Every 33 seconds, an American dies of heart disease. That is more than
954,000 deaths annually, more than 42 percent of all deaths every year.
In fact, since 1900 the number one killer in the United States has been
cardiovascular disease in every year but 1918.
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Not surprisingly, fast food burger companies refuse to acknowledge
the impact that their diet is having on children and adults around the
world. That diet is killing us.
A DAY COULD KEEP CANCER AWAY
New York, January 24, 2002 (ENS) - A natural cancer fighting compound
found in apples may help explain the old adage about an apple a day keeping
the doctor away.
in the medical journal "The Lancet," scientists from Cornell University
and Seoul National University offer a more precise explanation for vitamin
C's anti-cancer activity, and suggest that a natural chemical from apples
works even better than vitamin C.
Lee, Cornell professor of food science and technology, and his South Korean
colleagues, Ki Won Lee, Hyong Joo Lee and Kyung-Sun Kang, found that vitamin
C blocks the carcinogenic effects of hydrogen peroxide on intercellular
communication. Until this finding, the mechanism for vitamin C's ability
to inhibit tumor formation was not understood.
report also notes that quercetin, a phytochemical found in apples, has
even stronger anticancer activity than vitamin C. Phytochemicals, such
as flavanoids and polyphenols, are plant chemicals that contain protective,
disease preventing compounds.
C has been considered one of the most important essential nutrients in
our diet since the discovery in 1907 that it prevents scurvy," said Lee.
"In addition, vitamin C has several important functions in our body for
the synthesis of amino acids and collagen, wound healing, metabolism of
iron, lipids and cholesterol and others. In particular, vitamin C is a
well known anti-oxidant that scavenges free radicals."
anti-oxidant is one of many chemicals that prevent molecules, such as a
special form of oxygen, from attaching themselves to cells. Reducing this
process, known as oxidation, helps prevent cell and tissue damage from
free radicals in the body.
C prevents the inhibition of gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC)
induced by hydrogen peroxide," said Lee.
is essential for maintaining normal cell growth. Inhibition of GJIC is
related to the cancer processes including the growth of tumors.
peroxide, a tumor promoter, inhibits GJIC by changing a special protein,
connexin43. When rat liver epithelial cells were treated with vitamin C,
the researchers report, inhibition of GJIC induced by hydrogen peroxide
vitamin C protects against oxidative DNA damage through its free radical
scavenging activity, Lee and his coworkers believe that the vitamin's anti-tumor
action works through a different mechanism.
most powerful weapon we have in the fight against cancer is prevention,"
Lee concluded. "A diet rich in phytochemicals and vitamin C will reduce
the risk of cancer. These phytochemicals and nutrients are most readily
available in fresh fruits and vegetables."
report appears in the January 12 issue of "The Lancet," the weekly journal
for physicians published in London.
Environmentally Friendly Fish
Want to choose the most environmentally friendly fish in a restaurant or
at the fish market but are daunted by trying to remember which fish are
best and which should be avoided? Visit our Seafood Selector and be sure
to print out the new Pocket Seafood Selector to make informed choices offline!
Dive in to the Seafood Selector:
Mining the Oceans
Carl Safina, author of Song for the Blue Ocean and
Eye of the Albatross, sees the current ocean crisis this way:
"For those who take seriously the overwhelming scientific evidence showing
a precipitous decline in fish populations, the answers to ocean recovery
lie in fishing slower than fish can breed, farming seafood in ecologically
productive ways, and giving consumers the information they need to
vote with their conscience and their wallet. There is time. And, yes, there
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