Category: Food Alchemy


Heather Whole Life Expo Nov 2013

Many Thanks to my Dear One Heather; Thank you for your love and support during this years Whole Life Expo and beyond. I Couldn’t have done it without you.

This years whole life expo was a magnet for spiritual seekers, there was intense energy around us for three incredible days. Indigo kids gravitated to us, other spiritual healers and even other vendors came to learn about chaga;  Not to mention thousands of others wanting to heal themselves and learn more about this miracle mushroom.  We handed out over 500 flyers and gallons of free chaga tea samples for all to try.  If there was one word to sum up the energy around this years show it was Chaga.

I had a good turnout for my lecture on Friday, people were stopping by Saturday disappointed that they missed it!  Dr. Cass Ingram gave  a very informative lecture on Saturday which included information about Chaga and Birth trees.   Dr. Ingram ended up sending people our way from his booth as we were sending people his way too.

There were several people stricken with cancer that came to the show looking for help and answers.  You could see the desperation on their faces change to that of hope when we told them how Chaga could possible help.   One lady told me she was given a message from God to come to the show and that there would be a man there with a means to heal her.   She told me, as tears of joy flowed down her face, that it was me she was sent to meet and thanked me for telling her about Chaga; She told me she did not want to leave my presence.  We hugged and shared a very deep heartfelt connection knowing that God was smiling upon both of us; that very moment alone made everything worthwhile.  

We just about sold out of Chaga and ended up giving away gallons of Chaga tea and OM Rocks to help spread the word about Chaga.   The look of shock and gratitude when one gives with no expectations is a gift beyond words.   There is Love and peace in this world, it is within each of us.  So many lost souls looking for happiness and health on the outside;  The answers all lie within and Chaga can help each of us raise our vibration to that of the Christ consciousness so that we may see our own inner light – the divine spark of God in each of us.  

Annanda Chaga is truly blessed and is surrounded by the energies of Lightworkers given the divine purpose to heal others from harvest to market.   I personally bless each and every bag of Chaga before it goes to market.   Chaga is a gift from God offered to those wishing to heal and evolve their consciousness.    For more information please visit www.annandachaga.com 


Be well.  Love.  Drink Chaga.   – Namaste Blairish
 

Blairish - Whole Life Expo Nov 2013

Blairish – Whole Life Expo Nov 2013

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Our sister company Annandachaga at our first trade show Ecofest.

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Annandachaga at Ecofest – Heritage Part Barrie Sept 27-29/2013

The Eco Fridge

eco_fridgeTake a smaller pot and put it inside of a larger pot. Fill the space in between them with wet sand, and cover the top with a wet cloth. When the water evaporates, it pulls the heat out with it, making the inside cold. It’s a natural, cheap, easy to use and even portable refrigerator. So, instead of perishable foods rotting after only three days, they can last up to three weeks using this method

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Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), the primary type of fat found within coconut oil, have been found to boost cognitive performance in older adults suffering from memory disorders as serious as Alzheimer’s — and not after months or even days of treatment, but after a single 40 ml dose!

imagesA groundbreaking 2004 study published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging found that the administration of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), the primary fat type found in coconut oil, almost immediately improved cognitive function in older adults with memory disorders.

The study involved 20 subjects with Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment who, on separate days, were given either emulsified MCTs or a placebo.  The researchers observed a significant increase in blood plasma levels of the ketone body beta-hydroxylutyrate (beta-OHB) after only 90 minutes of treatment, and depending on the apolipoprotein E genotype of the subject tested, beta-OHB levels either continued to rise or held constant between the 90 and 120 minute blood draws in the treatment condition. Remarkably, cognitive testing revealed that this brief MCT treatment facilitated improved performance on the Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive Subscale (ADAS-cog) in 4 subjects within the study group. Moreover, “higher ketone values were associated with greater improvement in paragraph recall with MCT treatment relative to placebo across all subjects (P=0.02).”[i]

The details of the study procedure was described as follows:

The study was conducted with a double-blind placebo controlled design with two study visits. During each visit, subjects received one of two isocaloric conditions (690calories) in a randomized order: emulsified MCTs, or emulsified long chain triglycerides as a placebo.NeoBee 895 (Stepan, Inc.) was used for MCTs. To increase palatability, heavy whipping cream was used as a source of long chain triglycerides and as a source of long chain mono- and di-glycerides for emulsification. MCTs (40ml) were blended with 152ml heavy whipping cream to create the emulsified test sample. Heavy whipping cream alone (232ml) was blended to create the placebo.

Subjects fasted from 8:00 p.m. on the night prior to the study visit. They arrived in the morning and blood was drawn to determine plasma ?-OHB levels and APOE genotyping (first visit only). Subjects then consumed the test beverage and rested quietly for 90min, after which blood was drawn and a 30-min cognitive testing session ensued. After testing, a final blood draw was taken.

How Medium Chain Triglycerides Work

How could a single dose of MCTs (40 ml or 2.7 tablespoons) cause an almost immediate improvement in cognitive performance in those suffering from cognitive impairments as serious as Alzheimer’s disease? The explanation is found both in the unique metabolic needs of the brain and in the configuration of MCTs themselves. Whereas the primary fuel source for the energy-hungry brain is glucose, when insulin resistance and suboptimal metabolism (hypometabolism) develops in the brain, both the brain’s structure and function are compromised. Ketone bodies provide a much needed alternative fuel source to glucose that can recharge metabolic processes within the brain, resulting in an almost immediate improvement in cognitive function.

MCTs are not like most fats we consume. For instance, due to their smaller size they do not form micelles and are not stored in adipose tissue. Whereas up to 97% of the dietary fats we ingest are made up of long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) which have been 14 and 18 carbons,[ii] MCTs have relatively shorter chain lengths of 5 to 12 carbons, making them easier to absorb and utilize. They are preferentially oxidized by the liver, and when provided in large enough quantities, they give rise to ketone bodies.[iii]

What is the best way to take MCTs? As we are advocates of whole food nutrition, coconut oil is our preferred source of these triglycerides, containing approximately 2/3rds MCTs by volume. Coconut oil also has a broad spectrum of other health benefits, which we highlighted in our previous article “13 Evidence-Based Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil.”

Also, instead of treating coconut oil or MCTs as some new nutraceutical “magic bullet,” almost as if we are just loading natural bullets into the same old outdated allopathic gun, try incorporating it into your diet in a way that displaces less healthy fats. For instance, replace that rancid, pro-inflammatory ‘vegetable oil’ (e.g. soy, grape seed, peanut, canola oil) you are using to fry an egg or bake with, with sublimely saturated, rancidity-resistant coconut oil.

Or, enjoy a delicious curry with coconut milk as a base. Because 25% of coconut milk is fat, and about 66% of that fat is MCT, you are still getting a healthy dose. It is always better to eat smaller amounts of truly therapeutic foods, enjoyed in the context of sharing, preparing and enjoying good food, so that you will ideally never have to use the heroic “food as medicine” approach after a serious disease has had the opportunity to set in. Think: use food so that medicine never becomes necessary.   

For additional information view the testimonial of Dr. Mary Newport who discovered the benefits of using coconut oil to treat her husband’s Alzheimer’s Disease.

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