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“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

Yes, I know it’s Thanksgiving in America in 2 days, but my post and recipe is one for you to incorporate, even daily, as much as possible, the way the longest-lived peoples do. That’s really something to be Thankful for!

So, find a way to start this food in your diet over the 4 day holiday week-end. You won’t be sorry. The more I learn about seaweed, iodine and the complex, healing polysaccharides which it contains, the more amazed I am.

Seaweed is really the Foundational Food of Life.

This low glycemic, high nutrition food has no calories and lots of fiber, wonderful mineral content, along with great, clean taste.

The Iodine and Fucoidan in seaweed will help you to:
___ reduce weight
___ remineralize especially when stressed
___ aid thyroid and metabolic health
___ help to reduce blood sugar levels and body-wide inflammation
___ help to prevent excessive blood clotting
___ automatically thin your blood
___ protect bone marrow and kidneys
___ support healthy joint activity
___ engage your immune functions and fire-up your T cell-mediated and natural killer (NK) cells for effective anti-viral (including AIDS and herpes) and anti-cancer protection.

Yes, it’s that amazing and effective in the right quantities.

Introduce your children to this pH alkaline, life-giving food, too. Start them on better habits than you had. In the 1950’s Americans used to eat 4 times as much iodine as they do now! This current lack is probably behind most of the massive rise in chronic diseases and conditions, like diabetes, heart disease and cancer, especially breast cancer and prostate cancer.

You just cannot spend your food money more wisely than to buy organic seaweed from one of the firms which carefully source where and how it was grown. These companies are listed in the previous parts which I mention below.

I now add Mitoku Brand – Japanese foods, with some organic seaweeds to the list. Sorry I forgot you; it’s a great company, which I have also used for years and years.

Please read these articles before continuing, if you have not already been following the series.

Diabetics – Iodine and Health, Part 1
Diabetics – Iodine and Health, Part 2
Diabetics – Iodine and Health, Part 3 – includes recipe

Do NOT buy any Chinese-sourced seaweed. Assays have shown that the unrelenting pollution of their air, sea and water has resulted in arsenic in their seaweed products.

Dr. Ray Sahelian, MD states: “Fucoidan substances are sulfated polysaccharides extracted from brown algae (seaweed). Fucoidan has been studied for its diverse biological activities. It appears this substance has blood thinning properties and has an influence on the immune system.”

He continues: “Fucoidan (sulfated alpha-L-fucan) is a sulfated polysaccharide and is found primarily in the cell walls of several species of brown seaweed, such as kombu, limu moui, wakame (and mekabu), hijiki and bladderwrack.”

Most of the clinical immune research has been done on animals, using wakame and also on its special structure called mekabu (available from Eden Foods). Mekabu is the green crunchy plant in seaweed salad in sushi restaurants. See the sketch of the wakame fronds and the mekabu spiral structure, just above the life-giving holdfast support.

My discussion is all about getting these wonderful ingredients only in food, not in supplements. There’s very little human research (if any) in the amounts and concentrations placed in supplements, whereas, there are tens of thousands of years of normal, daily ingestion of these seaweeds as food, in normal appetite portions.

One teaspoon of a powdered seaweed is equivalent to eating a whole plate of seaweed. It takes about 40 pounds of seaweed to make one pound of powdered product.

The oldest Japanese recipes do not call for seaweed to be cooked (for varieties tender enough to eat this way). This may be healthier as science shows, that unlike Iodine, Fucoidan is disrupted by heat.

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from http://epicureandebauchery.blogspot.com

Seaweed Preserve (nori no tsukudani)

5 sheet nori (seaweed like the one used for sushi)
2 cups sake in 1/2 cup increments
1/2-1 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
1/8 cup toasted sesame seeds **

1. Tear up all the nori into approximately 2 inch x 2 inch pieces
2. Pour first 1/2 cup sake into a small pan on medium heat *
3. Add nori and cook until almost all of the sake is absorbed
4. Repeat until 1 1/2 cups of sake is almost all absorbed
5. Add soy sauce, mirin, and sesame seeds
6. Add last 1/2 cup of sake
7. Cook until all of the liquid is absorbed and the seaweed has a very thick consistency.
8. Keep in an air tight container in the fridge.

Use over rice, on top of salads, over fish etc.,
For an Ochazuke:
1) For each 1/2 cup cooked brown rice, use 2 tbs seaweed preserve and 1 tsp wasabi paste, 1/4 tsp ume paste.
2) Pour on hot sencha tea, brewed strong.
3) Enjoy right away after mixing with your spoon!

* Frankly, I am going to try this recipe with just letting the seaweed absorb the incremental amounts of sake and other liquids without cooking, and see if it will absorb enough over time. No harm in trying it this way; I can always cook it a little at the end. I saw another wakame recipe that just used a no-cook absorption method, so it is possible and will keep more of the beneficial fucoidan.

** I never toast seeds; they lose too much nutrition, even on low heats. Use white and // or black sesame seeds.
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Links:
This store carries Mitoku’s full line. Mitoku’s full inventory of products available online

Enjoy! More next week. Have a safe and happy holiday!
Best to all — Em

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“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

If you are having trouble losing weight, and keeping it off, then keep reading! The newest nutritional research is showing there’s about a 90% chance that this problem is being caused by a deficiency in an essential nutrient because there’s not enough coming from your dietary choices. What’s the needed nutrient?

Some clinicians find that up to 90% of their overweight clients (especially women) are lacking in iodine and iodide (our body needs both forms), and when the problem is corrected properly, the people lose weight and often keep it off, usually permanently.

As iodine is essential for the proper functioning of your thyroid gland, then it is logical that if you are low on iodine, your thyroid won’t function well, no matter what the (inaccurate) blood-tests “say” that its doing.

As your thyroid gland has the sole job of orchestrating your whole body’s metabolism, you won’t burn extra calories or fat properly if something in the thyroid is amok.

And, in today’s world, your thyroid is at risk.

Dr. Guy Abraham, MD one of the world’s foremost experts on iodine, says that you probably have to take 100 to 400 times the amount of iodine that is currently being recommended in the RDAs (recommended daily allowances) from the US Government scientists. But, some forms of iodine are HARMFUL. So you have to do this protocol under the watchful eye of a knowledgeable practitioner, additionally so because iodine can heal you and change your need for medications.

And, Abraham says that iodine:

___  helps you lose weight

___   may correct thyroid disease— whether sub-clinical hypothyroidism (“sluggish” thyroid) or other forms of overactive or enlarged thyroids

___   helps with fibromyalgia, by removing inflammatory bromide from your body. Bromides are regularly added to bakery products and soda pop, asthma drugs (!), and as bromine and iodine are in the same “halogen” family on the Periodic Chart of Elements, they are like Jekyll and Hyde, being able to “mess” with each other. You do not want bromine taking over receptors made for iodine. Iodine also protects against inflammatory fluorine, another halogen, rampant in its destruction of our body and readily available in our water, as fluoride. Having sufficicient iodine will pull harmful bromine and fluorine out of your body.

___   prevents breast cancer and corrects polycystic breast disease

___  supports your adrenal glands which buckle under a stressful life

___   aids in correcting Graves disease, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and sleep apnea

___  helps improve or correct BOTH kinds of DIABETES

___   balances hypertension (high blood pressure), heart arrhythmia, and hormone resistance syndromes, among other conditions.

Iodine is needed in the thyroid, but also in the stomach, adrenals, breast, ovaries, testes (male sex glands), parotid glands (in your neck) and in your salivary glands which help pre-digest your food if you chew well (making less effort later, for your pancreas’ part in digestion).

Paleo-anthropologists studying ancient humankind know that their diet was very rich in seafood — a prime source of iodine. Ancients tribes clung to the coast and lived from ocean food for millions of years. Mountains of ancient shellfish shells are regularly found, and place-names (even tribal names) also give hints about eating and valuing seaweed, e.g. the Musqueam tribe of Vancouver, BC, a Coastal Salish Nation, take their name from “maquis”, their name for the seaweed that grows and was harvested there.

Those countries whose peoples still eat copious amounts of seafood — fish, crustaceans, seaweed — in their diets are usually the healthiest peoples and the slimmest, like the long-lived Okinawans (“Japanese”). Seaweed is the highest iodine sourced food, and you need to eat it daily. Most of it tastes delicious!

At least 90% of Americans are deficient in iodine and a McDonald’s fishwich once in a while isn’t going to be enough!

But adding kombu powder to just about everything and anything everyday, or eating sheets of crispy nori sprinkled as a garnish or just eaten for snacks etc., can start making a real difference, along with eating fish meals, almost everyday.

Dr. Abraham found that we need 50 mg a day for proper metabolic efficiency instead of only the .15mg RDA!

He uses a safe, non-radioactive, inorganic, stable form of iodine as well as a new iodide identical with Lugol solution (which has been used for 180 years, but is foul-tasting). His better-tasting iodine supplement is called Iodoral.

Be patient; it takes a long time to come up to optimal levels, and when you do, you’ll feel fantastic.

When you take the 50mg daily, iodine becomes not just a “mineral” but it importantly becomes “an adaptogen” — a substance which balances your biochemistry, intuitively, knowing just what it needs to do to get things running well.

Other well-known adaptogens include ginseng, but each works in their own way. Let’s stay with how iodine works.

Unfortunately, we are so incredibly iodine-malnourished, that for most Americans (and other first-world nations), eating whole sea salt or kelp tablets, or fish or seaweed will give you enough only if you eat proper food amounts of it every single day, as Nature intended.

And, I am NOT suggesting “iodized” salt at all as a source, because the sodium-chloride in it is creating dangerous imbalances; I never recommend regular table salt, iodized or not.

Dr. Nan Fuchs, PhD, who alerted me to the role of iodine beyond the thyroid, says that you must be tested, first, for iodine insufficiency levels using a 24-hour urine test. If your doctor won’t do it, she says to call Dr. Flechas, one of the researchers at USA 828-684-3233 and the test will cost around $75 US.  Other iodine tests you may have heard about are useless; only this one works.

If you test low for iodine, then order Iodoral from Dr. Flechas and let your doctor monitor your progress, especially if you are getting better and requiring less or no medications, as you heal.

A month’s supply of Iodoral costs $27 US a month. Your physician can also get it directly from Optimox:  USA 800-223-1601 and your doctor should ask for the professional packet which includes 2 hours of professional orientation.

You must stay with specific preparations as some iodine (as isotope 131) is a harmful by-product of the nuclear energy industry, and your body can absorb it too. The good iodine (isotope 127) which I am describing above in foods and in Iodoral will help block your absorption of bad iodine 131.

I’ll help you learn more next week in Part 2 and will help you source some great seaweed products then, too.

Diabetics – Iodine and Health, Part 2
Diabetics – Iodine and Health, Part 3
Diabetics – Iodine and Health, Part 4
Diabetics – Iodine and Health, Part 5

(c)2009 Em at https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com
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