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Smart Cooking Tools

  • Dear Readers,

    Welcome to the October 2019 issue of TotalHealth Online Magazine.

    This issue begins with Dr. Charles Bens all-encompassing article on Radiation: The Silent Killer. The current renewed interest about the impact of radiation on our health is primarily due to the introduction of the 5G technology for wireless electronic communication. The older 3G system used 2.4 Ghz (gigahertz) of power while the new 5G system will use up to 90 Ghz. The impact on wireless transmission can be illustrated by the following comparison: 3G- a two-hour movie can be downloaded in 26 hours and 5G- a two-hour movie can be downloaded in 3.6 seconds. Read on for the human and environmental impacts.

    Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, Rh(Ahg), presents Glutathione (GSH): A Tripeptide of Paramount Importance. GSH has a wide variety of functions in the body. Supplemental GSH is bioavailable and will increase GSH levels in the body. Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of GSH as a part of the liver’s natural detoxification process, an agent to reduce UV-induced skin spots, a treatment for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and a means of preventing muscle fatigue. Many oxidative stressors can deplete GSH, including ultraviolet and other radiation, viral infections, environmental toxins, household chemicals, heavy metals, surgery, inflammation, burns, septic shock, and dietary deficiencies of GSH precursors and enzyme cofactors.

    Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum follows up with his part 2 with Healing Emotional Trauma article about what happens when the nervous system “freezes.” This happens during a trauma where you can’t fight and you can’t run. Such as a child being beaten by an alcoholic parent. But in addition, your muscles, and the fascia tissue, which encases them, tighten up like a suit of armor, while your body goes into a hyper alert and numb mode. This mode persists until you do something very critical to reset the system and release the muscles and fascia. To learn a therapy you can do on your own, in a place of your choosing, read this article for Dr. T.'s professional advice on how to deal with this.

    Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, The Smart Kitchen—Part 2 Smart Cooking Tools For Smart Eating. The more Smart Fat you eat (and digest properly), the faster you will lose weight, restore your cell membranes from head to toe and repair your stress, hunger and sex hormones while insuring that soft, wrinkle-free skin! Let Ann Louise explain the health reasons behind her every suggestion. And gives us a total picture on how to start with the basics and how this effects our health and that of our families.

    Gloria Gilbère, CDP, DAHom, PhD, presents Health Benefits of Coconut Flour. Coconut flour has various health benefits from those of other coconut products—such as the oil for instance—and it offers a great gluten-free and very low carbohydrate alternative to conventional flour. Considered a functional food, coconut flour exhibits properties that significantly benefit health and is a valuable source of nutrition. She will continue the story of coconut flour including receipts in the next two issues.

    Shawn Messonnier’s, DVM, continues with part 2 on Asthma in pets.

    Thank you to our authors, readers, and advertisers. You make TotalHealth online possible.

    Best in health,

    TWIP—The Wellness Imperative People

    Click here to read the full October 2019 issue.

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  • Knives
    I would be remiss if I did not remind you how important the right knives are for chopping, paring, slicing, and carving-everything from fruits and veggies to roasts and turkeys. At the very least, you will need one high-quality utility knife and one four-inch paring knife for the majority of your cutting needs in the Smart Kitchen. If you are planning to purchase a new knife set and you want something durable, then I highly recommend MAC Japanese knives, which are acclaimed by chefs all over the world as the world's finest knives. The MAC knives are what I personally use because they have a razor sharp edge, stay sharp a long time, and have thin blades for easy slicing. They are easily available online.

    Thermos Cooker
    A wide-mouthed thermos is helpful for taking soups, stews and leftovers to work with you.

    Flaxseed Grinder
    Since ground flaxseeds are such a potent source of metabolism-boosting omega-3s and fiber-rich lignans-which function as natural hormone balancers-a specially designed flaxseed grinder is a valuable Smart Kitchen item. The Krups F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder with Stainless Steel Blades is an efficient, easy-to-use grinder. You can find it and similar products online.

    Mortar and Pestle
    Many of the recipes call for crushed dried herbs. A mortar and pestle is best for extracting the essence of the dried herbs and spices used in the recipes. The mortar and pestle crushes the herbs, which in turn releases the volatile oils that contain the herbs' health and aromatic qualities. The aromas of the ground, dried herbs or spices are nearly four times as strong as the same herbs and spices before they are ground.

    Seed Grinder
    For grinding and crushing seeds (like anise, fennel, or coriander), a small hand-turned mill is very useful.

    The Thrill of the Grill: Gas versus Charcoal
    Grilling is here to stay. And nothing says outdoor fun more than a cookout. Health wise, the oxidative reaction of charcoal grilling (a combination of browning and charring) may be somewhat toxic. Food can soak up added chemicals from the charcoal briquettes, too. So, if you are a charcoal fan, please be sure to cut off any charred, burned, or blackened portions of food. Gas grilling is another way to go, especially if there is no sensitivity to hydrocarbons, which are the by-products of gas combustion.

    The safest way to protect your food from harmful substances formed during the grilling process is to marinate, marinate, marinate. Some research shows that marinades can cut down on carcinogen production by nearly 99 percent.

    SMART TIP:You can make easy grilling marinades by combining about 1 cup olive oil, 1?2 cup fresh lime or lemon juice, and 1?4 cup apple cider vinegar seasoned with some of your favorite herbs. For a sweeter marinade you can also add a tablespoon of Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener.

    Other Smart Cooking Tools and Cutlery

    • Wooden spoons
    • Measuring spoons
    • Measuring cups
    • Slotted spoon
    • 2 chopping boards (1 for meats, 1 for veggies)
    • Rubber spatulas
    • Mixing bowls (various sizes)
    • Lemon juicer
    • Tongs
    • Pastry brush for basting
    • Garlic press
    • Grater
    • Can opener
    • Utility knife
    • 4" paring knife
    • Scissors
    • Ceramic sharpening rod
    • Masher
    • Whisk
    • Popsicle molds
    • Freezer-proof, airtight containers
    • Grilling accessories (broad-headed jumbo tongs and turner tongs with one-sided spatula)
    • Vegetable spiralizer
    • Food processor/blender for whipping up smoothies and pates
    • Toaster oven

    Smart Eating

    You're Paleo. You're Primal. You're Price, Ketogenic, GAPS or Vegan. No problem.To reap the very best benefits of whatever program you follow, you can easily integrate many of these Smart Eating components for dee-licious, filling meals and snacks every day of the week. Remember: The more Smart Fat you eat (and digest properly), the faster you will lose weight, restore your cell membranes from head to toe and repair your stress, hunger and sex hormones while insuring that soft, wrinkle-free skin!

    Smart Fats are simply destined to become the smartest staple in everybody's kitchen. They seal in delicate food flavors, keep food hot, and contribute to juiciness, color and texture. And they leave us more satisfied long-term.

    Smart Fat Transition Tips
    Here are my top 10 Transitional Tips to bring smart, healthy fats back into your kitchen, especially if you are leaving behind your no-to-low fat diet or have been avoiding fats because of digestive issues or gallbladder concerns.

    1. Your best bet is to start with about two teaspoons of coconut oil in smoothies or your morning coffee or tea because coconut oil, unlike the other Smart Fats, does not require bile to break it down to be utilized. While you're at it, experiment with 1?2 cup of full-fat canned coconut milk in curries and soups for a creamy, rich taste and velvety smooth texture. YUM!
    2. Do butter up your veggies with organic pastured butter and melt some on your non-GMO popcorn.
    3. Start using ghee or avocado oil for your higher heat cooking or frying. Avocado oil is ideal for searing your meats and frying in a wok.
    4. Use avocado as a spread instead of partially hydrogenated mayonnaise.
    5. Experiment with omega-rich hemp seed oil on salads, especially if you are not a flax oil lover. Just treat it with TLC-always store in the fridge and use it up quickly.
    6. Consider substituting turkey bacon for bacon from pork. Pork is one of the top three allergens for gallbladder issues. Wrap a slice of turkey bacon around your turkey burger, crumble crispy bacon bits into salads, soups and veggie sides (like string beans, spinach, collards, Brussels sprouts and cabbage).
    7. Snack on nut butters (like pumpkin, peanut or sesame) with celery, carrot and jicama sticks or spread on a Granny Smith apple between meals. Note, once again, that I can't in good conscience recommend any almond products produced in the USA whether organic or not because all almonds are either gassed or overly heated, which negates all possible nutritional benefits. The "King of Nuts" has sadly fallen off the throne.
    8. Get savvy about SaviSeeds. These omega-3 and protein-rich seeds are also known as sacha inchi seeds. SaviSeeds give chia a run for their money as they are being promoted as the "highest source of omega-3 on the planet." They are native to the Amazon Rain Forest and are an ancient health food in Peru. They are now available in select health food stores from Vega and can be ordered from The seeds take a bit of getting used to, but I find them to be a perfect snack in their one-ounce packet. Each one-ounce packet provides an incredible six grams of omega-3 and nine grams of protein.
    9. Toss some pine nuts in all types of tomato sauces; make a breading for chicken and fish out of toasted crushed pistachios, pecans or walnuts and use ground flax seeds for bread crumbs and binders in all recipes.
    10. If you are trying to avoid eggs because of gallbladder issues, allergies or food sensitivities, then use my egg substitute in recipes by blending one tablespoon ground flax with three tablespoons of water and let stand for three minutes before adding mixture to a recipe.
    11. Enjoy organic full-fat dairy products, allergies permitting, like plain Greek yogurt or cream combined with fruits as a refreshing dessert. If dairy is a no-go, then substitute some coconut yogurt or coconut cream. Either way, top with toasted flax, chia or shredded unsweetened coconut for crunch, a boost of fiber and some powerful omega-3s.