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Comment by Daniel W on June 17, 2014 at 10:26pm
Kim-chi is in a class of its own. Very very sour, lots of ginger, lots of hot pepper. i think there is nothing like it. Should be in any Asian market. They have it in regular grocery stores here, usually where they have tofu. But my area has a good sized Asisn population, so the market for it may be bigger. Its usuall still fermenting, so the jar sometimes overflows when openen
Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 17, 2014 at 10:11pm

I had to look up kim-chee.  Never heard of it and never smelled it, but it sure looks and sounds delicious, 

Comment by Daniel W on June 17, 2014 at 9:35pm
Oooohhhh. I live kim chee!
Comment by sk8eycat on June 17, 2014 at 9:27pm

As long as it doesn't smell like kim-chee.....

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Comment by sk8eycat on June 17, 2014 at 8:30am

Osteopathy, homeopathy, chiropractic...."health" food...ALL had their start as religious "faiths."  That's why I reject them.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 17, 2014 at 7:45am

WHEW!  While I don't always agree with Mercola, I think he has some valid suggestions, i.e., his "high intensive interval training" workouts. I don't buy any of his health products, nor endorse his philosophy. I'm just passing on a tidbit or two. On Dr. Oz's show, he came off as a real weirdo (as he contradicted the necessity of taking multi-vitamins).

Thanks, Joan, for the information on sprouting. I tried it with soybeans not long ago. What a hassle. I think I'll stick to regular food!

Comment by Pat on June 16, 2014 at 6:02pm

Joan, you raise interesting questions. My take on Mercola (I agree with Felaine, I hesitate to call him a doctor) is this. His recommendations as to diet are probably good. But then again, that is relatively accessible information without having to revert to the arcana of "alternative" medicine. His recommendations against vaccines are, in my estimation, quackery. 

At what point in eating a bowel of stew, and having one piece of rancid meat after another, do you come to the conclusion you're being poisoned? Mercola is snake oil salesman. Nothing more, nothing less.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2014 at 12:57pm


Debating Homeopathy Part II


"There is a great deal more detail that I could go into, and Saine and I might engage in a written exchange to follow up our live debate. This would be a great opportunity to delve deeply into the research of homeopathy.

"On every point proponents fail to make the case for homeopathy. It remains extremely implausible, and even setting aside that implausibility, the clinical evidence is negative. The pattern of results that we see are consistent with the null hypothesis – a scatter of results, a positive bias in the preliminary studies, but as methodological rigor increases studies tend to become negative. The evidence is a giant arrow pointing at the null hypothesis – homeopathy does not work.

"The basic science and clinical evidence for homeopathy has not come anywhere close to the four criteria I outlined for compelling scientific evidence – statistically significant outcomes with adequate signal to noise ratios in high quality studies that survive replication.

"What we have instead are excuses, special pleading, appeals to low grade evidence, some conspiracy mongering and bashing of mainstream medicine, ad hominem attacks, and other logical fallacies.

"And yet Saine marvels at how skeptics can remain skeptical."

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2014 at 12:38pm

Part 2 

Safe Sprouting: Sprouts carry a risk of contamination with salmonella, E. coli, listeria, or other bacteria. The warm, humid conditions they need are part of the problem. Bacteria thrive in those conditions, too.

For food safety, the FDA offers this advice:

Refrigerate sprouts you buy.

Don't eat raw sprouts. Cook them thoroughly before eating.

Children, seniors, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems should not eat raw sprouts.

Sprouting at home? Buy seeds from a certified supplier, and sterilize the seeds and container before sprouting. Also, use your nose. Sprouts should smell clean. When in doubt, throw them out.


???Question, how can one sterilize seeds and then have them sprout? My understanding is sterilizing kills the part of the seed that sprouts. 


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