Tomatina festival tomato fest

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this is a romantic one for the romantic at heart

The pictures have spoken  but I include here five benefits of tomatoes I have read online:

1) They are anti-cancer

2) They are anti-inflammatory

3)they keep our DNA healthy

4) They protect against thrombosis

5) They are good for the heart

They also taste good and the organic kind is hard to beat. The Russians pickle them; down south we dry them n the sun!

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Is Tamoxifen Right for Me? Is There an Alternative?

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The Illuminati

Week of the loner

I don’t know if you have read or saw the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. I am going to be honest and say I haven’t but this week I consider myself a bit of an expert on the book’s subject matter. I will tell you why shortly.

I think the international best seller deals with the Free Masons, a secret society with their claws stretching to the four corners of the earth and obsessed with strange formalized ceremonies,  Being  a great author with keen marketing skills Dan Brown or rather  the script writer who adapted the book for the big screen has convinced the cinema goers who have seen it that some well connected people including seemingly unrelated celebrities such as President Obama and Beyonce are illuminati striving for a new world order. Rumor has it they want us all under a single government , their own or rather…

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How raw are you?

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Fact: It was the neardenthals who started charbroiling their food and invented cooking. It is possible that one of their hunters threw their raw deer or other wild, wild grass fed lean meat accidentally on the open fire, ate some and decided it was yummy. The smell may have helped too. Lucy, our Ethiopian ancestor nicknamed thus because Lucy in the sky was dominating the airwaves at the time, was vegetarian but became omnivorous when she ventured out of Africa. Fascinating? I think so!

All such ancestor tidbits are fascinating, even the gossip about Egyptian mummies not presenting with cancer symptoms. I read this on a natural health site fairly recently. However, the Ancient Greeks did know this affliction and documented it. I will try and find out what cancers were common in the Golden Age of Pericles and get back to you soon. Maybe the Egyptian Pharaohs ate a lot of salad.

All the raw food talk was prompted by  the book  Soar on Raw which I have recently acquired . Written by a compatriot of mine,it must be the first raw food cookbook in Cyprus. I have a Greek one on my bookshelf but no local one.  The former Environmental Commissioner   opened  the book launch which served a raw buffet.  More details on Soar on Raw online.  The author is Erini Loucaides.

Some years back I accompanied a friend to her appointment to a local naturopathic practice. The all natural guru was a raw foodist with glowing cheeks as we say in Greek. He looked 30 but said he was 40. I saw a juicer in the back room and he winced in horror when I mentioned eggs so I guess he must have been a raw vegan. There is a sub category of this kind of eater called low glucose raw vegan. Some other online gurus breakfast on several raw egg yolks for vitality…..

On my cancer journey I saw some epidemiological studies that could not agree on whether veggies prevent cancer. Then I saw one that did not lump all veg together but compared numbers and found that the protective effect holds, you guessed it only for RAW vegetables. Yummy marinated raw brocs anyone?