Kitchen Medicine

Detoxify and Vitalize with Seaweeds

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Algin, found in all brown algae, and carageenan and agar in many red algae, have great therapeutic value as a heavy metal detoxifying agents. In the diet, they can bind radioactive and heavy metals present in the food stream and carry them out with the stool, since algin is generally not digestible.

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Bone Broth for Health Building

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Bone broth is prepared in cultures around the world as both a tasty, healthful soup and an easily digested medicinal food. The broth is rich in nutritional constituents that promote strength, tonify the blood, rehabilitate after sickness, and help to prevent bone and connective tissue disorders.

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Earth Guardianship

The Culture of Waste

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Stop throwing food away! The demand for quick meals and grab-and-go foods has lead to enormous food (and packaging) waste, to the tune of 70 billion pounds per year in the U.S. alone. This means that about 30% of all the food that is produced is thrown away. Yet worldwide, 1 in 9 people are hungry.

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The Scam of Bottled Water

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Plastic is one of the most toxic, yet ubiquitous, environmental problems on the planet. It leeches into the bottled water you drink, into the oceans, and the landfills. A single water bottle takes over 1,000 years to decompose, yet only 1 in 5 bottles are recycled.

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Diet Makes a Difference – Eat Less Beef

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The average American consumes about twice as much protein as needed. You can significantly improve your health and the health of our planet by cutting your beef consumption by half, or cutting it out of you diet completely. Worldwide, beef production contributes more to climate change than the entire transportation sector.

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Cultivating Wholeness

The Search for Wholeness

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“Searching” may not be the best word to use regarding wholeness, though many of us feel it to be something elusive, or at best found in occasional moments scheduled into our busy days. So why does it feel like a difficult “job” to find wholeness, when presumably, we are already whole? Perhaps what we are really looking for is the time and presence to truly sense ourselves, to listen.

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Redefining Abundance

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In the Western world, our lives are often characterized by hurry and overwork. Between work and other responsibilities, there is barely enough time to know how we feel or what we need, much less what our deep personal fulfillment looks like. Annie Dillard famously wrote, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives”.

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The Revolutionary Love Project

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At Our Selves, Our Planet, we were so moved, and feel so strongly supportive of the words of Valerie Kaur, founder of The Revolutionary Love Project, as she spoke of her vision of our world as a metaphor of our time, that we wanted to dedicate a page in the launching of our site to pass her perspective on to others.

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Yin and Yang of Life

Five Elements and the Five Seasons

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Wu Xing, the concept of the five elements, or five phases, has been an aspect of Chinese philosophy and medicine since at least 400 BC. This system represents the changing cycles of life as seen in the fluctuations of the seasons, in energetic tendencies, and the natural rhythm of growth, movement and rest in all things.

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Food As Medicine: A Chinese Perspective

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In Chinese medicine and culture, food is recognized as an important healing force. Sun Si-miao, one of the great physicians and writers of the 6th century, wrote that “a true doctor first finds out the cause of disease, and having found that out, he tries to cure it first by food. If that is unsuccessful, only then does he use stronger medicine”.

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