Monday, May 19, 2014

Cancer Patients Fly Free!

Corporate Angel Network is the only charitable organization in the United States whose sole mission is to help cancer patients access the best possible treatment for their specific type of cancer by arranging free travel to treatment across the country using empty seats on corporate jets. This not only improves the patients' chances of survival but at the same time, it reduces their emotional stress, physical discomfort and financial burden. 

Thanks to the generous cooperation of 500 of America's top corporations, including half of the top 100 in the Fortune 500, Corporate Angel network has coordinated more than 35,000 flights since its founding in 1981. The program offers an obvious and meaningful benefit to cancer patients along with the opportunity for companies with corporate aircraft to provide a wonderful community service by merging business activities with corporate social responsibility. 

http://www.corpangelnetwork.org

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Data From Three Million Children under 20 yrs in 5 States Shows 23% Increase in Diabetes



Jeffrey Brewer, president and CEO of JDRF, issued the following statement today in response to a new study showing an increase in T1D among young people in the United States. According to the latest SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the prevalence of T1D in people under age 20 rose by 23 percent between 2001 and 2009.
“This alarming growth in T1D, if unabated, means the prevalence of the disease would double for every future generation, resulting in massive new health care spending in federal entitlement programs and the private health care market,” said Mr. Brewer. “But even as the T1D rate rises, researchers funded by JDRF and other private foundations, coupled with federal initiatives like the Special Diabetes Program, are making remarkable strides across an array of diabetes research frontiers, from treatments to reverse vision loss, to technology like the artificial pancreas, to vaccines, and to new forms of insulin. ……read more at JDRF.org

Friday, February 7, 2014

Chinese Dumpling Instructional, Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy New Year!
 
2014 is the year of the green wood horse, a high energy year of rapid progress, unexpected and fleeting opportunity, potential for scandals and for those with a business involving wood or fire 2014 will be a particularly lucky year. 

Chinese New year began on the new moon of the 31st in the tiger month of January, and will continue until the full moon on Feb 14th, plenty of time to celebrate and observe ancient rituals for the new year and sacred meanings of symbolic foods like dumplings.
Dumplings/Jiaozi for Chinese New Year and Spring Celebration is a tradition dating back to the Sung dynasty. These luscious and delicate little bundles of exquisite flavors and textures are the original comfort food. 

Pictured above is a Green Tara dumpling in honor of the green wood horse. This is one of the beauties of dumpling making, creativity rules and the variations are endless. Master Chinese dumpling making and you are on your way to mastering the cousins of Chinese dumplings,  momos, piorgi, vaenyaky, ravioli, tortellini among others, 'dumplings' in all their guises are universally loved.

 Dumpling making is easier than it looks and can be done solo, but much like tamale making at Christmas, labor intensive dumplings are reserved for celebrations. Making them is traditionally a community event involving friends and family, potentially a deliciously fun pre-party.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Thumbtack.com For Local Services

Om Chef is now on thumbtack.com as a personal chef and wellness coach. Thumbtack is a little like Angies List and allows you to submit a request for bids for a variety of services. I found an excellent tree trimmer and nontoxic home cleaning service before adding Om to their roster of providers.

It's a great site if you happen to need almost any kind of service, but do keep in mind the provider in paying to send you a bid, so only submit requests you're serious about.

Thumbtack.com 

private chef

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Chemo Friendly Boxed Lunches

Chemo Friendly Boxed Lunches
Perfect for chemo days, a bento style boxed lunch with extra snacks and tummy calming teas, all neatly packaged in a travel friendly box.  A delicious selection of om made, high protein and nutrient dense comfort foods created for the uniques needs of those receiving or recovering from chemotherapy or radiation. Fresh, organic, nutrient dense, low sugar  and high protein, soups, wraps, nut breads, nut and seed bars, yogurts, custards and granolas.
Delicious variety  in small portions.
All Om cuisine is Om made, nothing prepackaged, gmo and preservative free, zero refined sugar and refined grains. Delivery available in Pasadena, Ca.
When ordering please specify omnivore, vegetarian, vegan and if raw foods are allowed.


Friday, November 29, 2013

Aspirin at bedtime cuts morning heart attack risk



Taking aspirin at bedtime instead of in the morning might reduce acute heart events, according a new study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2013.
There is a body of research that suggests the majority of heart attacks occur in the morning. So taking aspirin before bedtime may be the better bet as it allows time for the medication to thin the blood, which reduces the risk of heart attack.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131119193632.htm

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Dean Ornish: Healing through diet


Dr. Dean Ornish wants you to live longer, and have more fun while you're at it. He's one of the leading voices in the medical community promoting a balanced, holistic approach to health, and proving that it works. The author of Eat More, Weigh Less and several other best-selling books, Ornish is best known for his lifestyle-based approach to fighting heart disease.
His research at the Preventive Medicine Research Institute (the nonprofit he founded) clinically demonstrated that cardiovascular illnesses -- and, most recently prostate cancer -- can be treated and even reversed through diet and exercise. These findings (once thought to be physiologically implausible) have been widely chronicled in the US media, includingNewsweek, for which Ornish writes a column. The fifty-something physician, who's received many honors and awards, was chosen by LIFE Magazine as one of the most influential members of his generation. Among his many pursuits, Ornish is now working with food corporations to help stop America's obesity pandemic from spreading around the globe.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Nuts for Longevity



People who eat nuts, particularly walnuts, are more likely to live longer, finds research in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Medicine. In a longitudinal study, researchers suggest that those who eat nuts more than three times a week have a reduced risk of dying from cancer or cardiovascular disease than non-nut eaters.
People eating more than 3 servings (1 serving -- 28 g) a week of nuts reduced risk of death due to cardiovascular disease by 55% and cancer by 40%. …….more at
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130715202458.htm

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Parkinson's and Diet

According to one study, "vegetarian and vegan diets are effective in treating and preventing several chronic diseases." The adaptation of a low-fat vegan diet can substantially mitigate the impacts of type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and Parkinson's disease....... read more http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/01/the-evidence-for-a-vegan-diet/251498/

The possibility that vegan diets could be therapeutically beneficial in PD, by slowing the loss of surviving dopaminergic neurons, thus retarding progression of the syndrome, may merit examination. Vegan diets could also be helpful to PD patients by promoting vascular health and aiding bloodÐbrain barrier transport of L-dopa.....read more  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306987700913215

The Western Diet Causes Parkinson’s Disease ....read more http://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2010nl/nov/parkinsons.htm


"Studies have shown that people who use caffeine are less likely to develop Parkinson's disease, but this is one of the first studies in humans to show that caffeine can help with movement symptoms for people who already have the disease," said study author Ronald Postuma, MD, MSc, with McGill University in Montreal and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center. Postuma is also a member of the American Academy of Neurology.....read more http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120801165353.htm


2011 case study in the "International Journal of General Medicine" sought to reduce the negative side effects of the Parkinson's medication L-dopa, allowing patients to use larger, more effective doses. Researchers found that by administering a supplement containing 5-HTP, L-tyrosine and a sulfur amino acid with the L-dopa, side effects like involuntary movement, nausea and psychiatric symptoms do not occur, or are at least manageable because the supplement replaced chemicals that the L-dopa depleted or inhibited. A 2010 case study in the journal "Clinical and Experimental Gastroenterology" found that supplementing with 5-HTP and L-tyrosine helped a Crohn's disease patient experience remission once the proper serotonin levels were achieved. Of course, these examples are only case studies, not treatment plans, so more research is needed before the 5-HTP/L-tyrosine combo becomes a commonplace treatment for any condition........read more  http://www.livestrong.com/article/539256-l-tyrosine-5-htp/