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The Game of Eating - Part One

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This is a three-part series. All three articles are tied together by the theme of knowledge equals health. Part one states the case for the tremendous impact we can have on our health by gaining knowledge.

Part two examines the theme from another angle. I examine whether there is an alternative to acquiring specific knowledge about nutrition. Can we just apply common sense and intuition?

Where can I find real milk products?

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I found a local person that sells me real milk right from her own cow! This site has listings for sources of real milk all over the US and even in other countries

My milk is raw and unpasteurized (and non-homogenized). I recognize there is a lot of controversy associated with milk and even more with raw unpasteurized milk.

Some people feel cow's milk and dairy products are not healthy for humans. On the other hand, some groups feel cow's milk is an ideal food - as long as it is raw and non-homogenized. And of course, the "official position" is that raw milk is not fit for human consumption or commercial sale, while ultra-pasteurized, homogenized, irradiated milk is perfectly fine - as long as it is reduced fat (which mine is certainly not).

What's my opinion? I disagree, to some extent, with all these views.

Things that seem impossible: tooth enamel is capable of fairly rapid organic recoating and remineralization

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Here is a quote I saw at a web site I stumbled upon today.

"There is nothing sacred about the original enamel surface...within certain limits, the enamel is capable of fairly rapid organic recoating and remineralization, when favorably exposed to salivary contacts." -- Dr. Sogannes, D.D.S.

Is it true that plant foods do not contain Vitamin B12?

Is it true that, "Plant foods do not contain B12 (all vegans should take B12)" as Dr. Fuhrman says?

I took a graduate medical school course in nutrition in 1983. In that course, the professor made this same statement, and I challenged him on it (because of some research I had done on my own). After some of his own research, the professor came back and admitted to the class that I was right, but he also defended his original statement on technical grounds.

He had stated his position the same way as Dr. Fuhrman did, in the quote above, but he also stated that only animal foods contain B-12. When he conceded my point that foods such as bananas contain Vitamin B-12, he explained that because micro-organisms actually produced the B-12 in the bananas -- and because he classified those micro-organisms as animals -- he was technically correct!

Is Yellow Dal Safe?

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Have you ever cooked the Indian beans called yellow mung dal? Dal means "bean". Mung (also spelled Moong) is known as green gram.

The yellow dal we can purchase in Indian groceries is green gram (mung dal) that is split with the outer green hull stripped off. It is considered a very healthy food in Ayurveda. The combination of rice plus yellow dal is considered almost ideal.

However, I have been questioning that opinion for a while. My first reason for quesitoning it was simply from the whole food perspective. We know that whole grains have more nutrients than refined grains. Is that same thing true for "refined" beans? Split yellow mung dal is certainly refined compared to whole green mung dal (green gram). Ayurveda says that the yellow dal is easier to digest (and a great variety of health problems can be traced back to subtly incomplete digestion).

The Wrong Reason to Integrate Meat Into Your Diet

I posted a comment on Dr. Fuhrman's blog about his debate with someone on the Weston Price Foundation's board (Barry Groves). Comments are moderated at Fuhrman's blog, so I went back to see if my comment had been posted - it had not. But while there, I saw another article on a very similar topic. Both these topics relate to my July 14th post in the Health category of this blog.