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Concerning the ill effects of microwave cooking on living things:
"There is extensive scientific literature concerning the hazardous effects of direct microwave radiation of living systems.... It is astonishing therefore to realize how little effort has been taken to replace this detrimental technique of microwave cooking with technology more in accordance with nature....Of all the natural substances- which are polar- the oxygen of water molecule reacts most sensitively. This is how microwave cooking heat is generated- friction from this violence in water molecules. Structures of molecules are torn apart, molecules are forcefully deformed, call structural isomerism, and thus become impaired in quality. This is contrary to conventional heating of food where heat transfers convectionally from without to within. Cooking by microwaves begins within the cells and molecules where water is present and where the energy is transformed into frictional heat."
Dr. Hans Hertal, Search for Health
Concerning MSG or monosodium glutamate sensitivity:
"The evidence points to MSG sensitivity of epidemic proportions among the general population. But for most people the symptoms are vague: depression, headache, mild nausea, pressure around the eyes, tingling of the face, behavioral disturbances in children and mood swings, accentuating those already present in adolescents and also in adults.... Recently, we have witnessed important changes in personal habits. Families eat together less often. When they do sit down to a family meal, it often consists of convenience foods, such as fried chicken, frozen dinners, canned soups, vegetables in sauces and prepared salad mixes, all of which usually contain MSG. When you further consider that monosodium glutamate is an ingredient of seasoning salts, bouillon, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, meat tenderizers, most prepared spaghetti sauces, most sausages, some bacons, and even such ethnic foods as gefilte fish and matzo balls, it becomes quite evident that the level of MSG in any family meal may be quite high.... MSG is a standard ingredient in most canned soups, soy sauces, bouillon cubes, soup stocks and frozen dinners. It is difficult to avoid even in the finest of restaurants... even the cigarette smoker may get additional MSG since tobacco leaves have been cured with MSG for smell and flavor enhancement."
Dr. George R. Schwartz, MD, In Bad Taste: The MSG Syndrome
Concerning true health:
"To me, true health is... achieved by following the laws of nature; when you break them, illness results. Health is not something bestowed on you by beneficent nature at birth; it is achieved and maintained only by active participation in well-defined rules of healthful living- rules which you may be disregarding every day."
Dr. Henry Bieler, MD, Food is Your Best Medicine
Inspiration from Taoism:
"By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try & try. The world is beyond the winning. When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be."
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
Concerning eating & cooking:
"Above all, take satisfaction in the cooking and joy in the eating. If cooking is no more than time-consuming drudgery and eating nothing better than fear, denial and the observation of dietary guidelines, then we subvert and deny one of the great pleasures of our kind. Enjoy!"
Elisabeth Rosin, The Universal Kitchen
Concerning eating with mindfulness:
"Eating three grains of rice with full consciousness, chewing them carefully and extracting every element of nutrition may be just as nourishing as grabbing a sandwich as we rush from one meeting to another."
Concerning pernicious influences on the body:
"When a person receives pernicious influences on his body, there must be a place where they are granted entrance. These influences have gone there because they responded to a summons. As long as a person's essence and spirits are complete and strong, no external evil will dare to offend that person."
The Yellow Emperor