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  • MISO – THE ULTIMATE RADIATION SHIELD

    Date: 2011.04.13 | Category: radiation shield, RECIPES, Superfoods, Vegan Soups | Response: 0

    Miso soup

    Even though, the news isn’t covering the situation in Japan as much as before, the dangers for residents in Japan and people around the world is no less because of it.

    While everyone is talking about taking iodine supplement, is there anything else we can do? I found out that there is something everyone can take and it has no side effects.

    On August 9th 1945, when the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki,  the deadly radiation spred over the devastated city. Most of the residents of the city died in agony but for a small group of people, a miracle happened. The hospital of Dr Shichiro was destroyed but none of the medical staff that worked there suffered or died from the radiations.

    In the years that followed, doctor Shinichiro Akizuki, director of Saint Francis Hospital in Nagasaki investigated what could have caused the survival of these people. His findings concluded that this miracle could only be the result of a special diet the doctor and his staff had followed prior to the bombing. The diet only consisted in brown rice with miso soup and seaweed.

    What is miso? It is a traditional Japanese seasoning in the form of a paste made from fermented soy beans, rice or barley with sea salt and an enzyme to ferment it, called Koji.

    It was only in 1972 that Japanese researchers (one of them was Dr. Morishita Keiichi) discovered that miso contains dipicolinic acid, an alcaloid that can remove heavy metals like radioactive strontium, lead, mercury, cadmium from the bloodstream through our urine.
    Since this extraordinary discovery, the government is now requiring traffic officers to consume 2 bowls of miso everyday, to eliminate the pollutants they are exposed to, breathing fumes from cars all day long.

    In addition to preventing radiation from remaining in our bodies, miso is a powerful digestive helper because it contains up to 50 different enzymes (miso is a source of Lactobacillus acidophilus and other micro-organisms). It helps regulating digestion, replenish the intestinal flora with friendly enzymes. So if you suffer from acid reflux, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn disease, candida… start drinking it daily. It is also known to help with allergies because it builds up the intestinal flora by producing friendly bacteria that can break down undigested complex proteins, especially animal proteins that always cause acidosis and putrifaction.

    Types of miso

    TYPES OF MISO:
    There are 3 types of miso: Shiromiso, “white miso”, Akamiso, “red miso” and Awasemiso, “mixed miso”. The first two being the most commonly found in stores (Asian and natural food stores). The white one is lighter flavored and a good once to start with.

    USAGE:
    For prevention: drink 1 bowl morning and evening
    After X-rays or after going through an airport metal detector: 1 tsp 4-5 times a day in warm water for 2 weeks
    In radioactive areas: 1 tsp in hot water 4 times a day.


    PREPARATION:
    Because miso is a living food containing many beneficial microorganisms, you never want to over cook it. You simply add it to soups just before removing the pot from the heat.
    In addition to soups, miso can be used in marinades, sauces, dips.

    A cup of miso


    BASIC MISO SOUP

    Boil 3 cups of water, add some seaweed (rinced kombu or wakame), dice some soft tofu, thinly slice 1/2 cup of green onions. Remove from heat and add 1 Tbl of miso and gently stir.
    Note: If you don’t have seaweed, just add 1 tsp of sesame oil, it will enhance the flavor.

    A CUP OF MISO: water, miso and a little sesame oil is all you need.

    MISO SALAD DRESSING (makes 1 cup):
      3 tablespoons white miso
      3 tablespoons rice vinegar
      1/4 cup sesame oil
      1/3 cup orange or lemon juice (optional)
      1 green onion, minced
      1 tsp brown sugar

    STORAGE:

    Miso will keep virtually forever. I read that a Japanese TV program did an experiment to see of how long certain foods would keep. The oldest item was a small tub of Miso which had been kept in a cool place (not refrigerated or frozen), for (get ready!) 30 years. Turned out it was safe for consumption and edible. It gets darker and drier with time and a little saltier.

    So, now that you know how healing miso is, make sure to stock up on it and start using it in soups, stews, salad dressing etc.

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  • NUTRITIOUS SEAWEED SALAD

    Date: 2011.03.30 | Category: RECIPES, Salads | Response: 0

    Wakame Salad

    In honor of the courageous people of Japan, I wanted to feature a seaweed salad. It is said that Japanese people have eaten sea vegetables for more than 10,000 years.

    Most seaweed, because it comes from the ocean offers the broadest spectrum of minerals of any food. It also contain a large range of amino acids and numerous trace minerals like zinc, chromium, tin, boron, and bismuth, that are largely non-existent in today’s food. Seaweed is a food that is also rich in lignans, which are known to help protect against cancer and inflammation.

    This being said, seaweed is a bit of an acquired taste. My first encounter was with sushi, but when I discovered this salad, it was both amazing and a little intense. Now, I love it. I can feel the minerals being absorbed by my body as I eat it. Forget popping mineral tablets, go for the seaweed salad instead! There is nothing better than eating foods in their wholesome symbiotic natural state. No drug can ever reproduce that without messing up something else in the process! That is one of the biggest problem of Western medicine/pharmaceuticals drugs and all of their harmful side effects. That is from the patient standpoint and not so much for the drug companies because they have to keep on producing more drugs to fix new problems the previous drug created! Come to think of it, is rather crafty!

    INGREDIENTS:
      3/4 oz. dried wakame seaweed
      1 tbsp. sesame oil
      1 tbsp. soy sauce
      1 tsp. sugar
      1 tsp. ground white sesame seeds
      1 tsp freshly grated ginger (optional)
      Garlic (optional)

    WASHING THE SEAWEED:
    Dried wakame is preserved in salted water (see photo below). Because of it, it looks a little greyish. So you will need to soak the seaweed in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes or more until it is soft. Drain, then squeeze out excess water. Wash wakame under cold water well and drain. If wakame is uncut, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips. The thinner the better because the rehydrated seaweed will have a chewing quality to it but you don’t want too much of it.

    A loving thought for Japan

    PUTTING IT TOGETHER
    Combine all the ingredients and lowly add the sesame oil. Whisk dressing together and add  to the seaweed.Mix well and chill for an hour

    NUTRITIONAL VALUE per serving:
    Wakame is a good source of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Riboflavin, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Copper and Manganese.

    Here is the breakdown:
       15.0mg Calcium
       10.7mg Magnesium
       36.0 of IU vitamin A
       19.6 mcg folate
       1.4mg choline
       18.8 mgTotal Omega-3 fatty acids 

    NOTE: Because it comes from the ocean, wakame is high in sodium, so if you have high blood pressure, consume small amounts. Washing it well, will remove a good part of the salt.

    Wakame package

    This is what the package I use looks like, but there are other brands available. You can buy it at natural food stores or an Asian grocery stores (at a cheaper price).

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