Thursday, February 26, 2009

Why Organic?

Why organic? Why not organic? Eating grassfed versus conventionally grown foods should not be a hard decision. Choosing to eat clean and healthy protein is essential to our well being and necessary for the prevention of disease. Organic foods are foods that are grown without synthetic chemical pesticides or fertilizers.

Pesticides are systemic, which means they are inside and outside of fruits and vegetables. No matter what you spray your fruits and vegetables with and no matter how many times you wash them, they will still contain pesticides. A healthier choice would be to eat organic fruits and vegetables where pesticides are not used. Instead they use bugs that eat other bugs and are not considered harmful.

Some things are more important to buy than others. Certain fruits and vegetables need less fertilizer or certain fruits have tougher skins than others and absorb fewer pesticides, while others are sprayed with more and absorb more making it difficult to entirely wash off this deadly agent. Pesticides are well known as one of the "foods that kill".

Buying organic food is just a good way of easing your mind over the concerns of drugs, hormones, additives and synthetics in the meat sold in supermarkets. Your children, starting from birth as well as your entire family should be eating organic food. You can never put a price on good health, and we all know good health is vital.

Organically grown chickens are raised in Pennsylvania Amish country on family farms. These organic chicken are free range, and have plenty of room to roam and live "stress free" lives. These chickens are free of antibiotics and are fed a natural diet, which makes a huge difference in the way they taste. They are constantly being moved from one spot to another and the area is raked and the waste used as fertilizer. This prevents the chicken from eating it's own waste.

I read an article in the "fear factor" by Laurie Tarkan, about the cruel way chickens are treated. They wrote about the conventional chicken found in supermarkets, how they are mass produced and of negligible health value. The chicken are injected with hormones and antibiotics and they get so fat their little legs cannot carry them to water for a drink and many of them die young.

They are not free range and are raised in extremely cramped quarters where they can barely move. They are transported in over- crowded cages where they have to eat and defecate all in the same place. Their beaks are cut off so they cannot peck at one another and cause damage. All of this creates stress in the commercial chicken that can lead to disease changing the taste and total health value. These chicken are clearly unhealthy for consumption.

You want to eat organic chicken that has the USDA(United States Agriculture Department) stamp of approval, certifying that the meat is 100% certified organic. The chicken is certified by both the New York and Pennsylvania certifying organizations. You might have to spend a little more money but it is worth knowing you are eating healthy, delicious, clean protien.

There is an article on "Healthy Eating", which lists "the most important foods to buy organically". They are: baby food, strawberries, rice, oats, milk, bell peppers, bananas, green beans, peaches and apples. Why organic? Why not organic?

Vilma Vaccaro
Preferred Homecare Plus
99 Main Street, Suite 106,
Nyack, NY 10960

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Alzheimer's vs Dementia

When does forgetfulness become something more.....When do Alzheimer's and dementia become evident....when do they become part of the picture???? As we become older, many of us will have problems with our memory, this is normal, it is part of the aging process. But, going for a walk and not remembering or knowing where you are going is not normal and becomes cause for concern.

As Alzhiemer's progresses memory loss and the inability to make decisions occur. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. Dementia is a term used to describe a number of brain disorders. Alzheimer's disease is a nuerological disorder, a progressive disease of the nervous system. The person will start failing to recognize familiar people and places. Preparing meals becomes difficult, losing things and getting lost occurs more frequently.

They are cognitively aware that something is dreadfully wrong, but they don't want anyone to know they can't comprehend anymore for fear they will be abandoned, so, they remain silent and become withdrawn and depressed. Depression is one of the first signs of Alzheimer's disease, and sleeping most of the time is another.

Alzheimer's disease affects the parts of the brain that control the thought, memory, and language, and usually begins at 60. They begin to have spacial problems, when watching T.V., they feel that what is going on in the T.V. is going on in the room. Rugs, they feel like they are going to fall into a hole.

Memory goes back in time, they see themselves in the mirror and don't recognize themselves. They see themselves as 21 years old. They continually repeat stories and/or ask the same question over and over. Alzheimer's is a 2 victim disease, loved ones grieving all the time for the person that used to be there, but is not there anymore. Unfortunately, in the Severe stages institutionalization becomes necessary.

I attended an Alzheimer's convention and the speaker mentioned that Alzheimer's disease is caused by plaque in the brain, the cause is unknown. Doctors and nutritionist say the best way to eat is the Mediteranian style. This diet consists of extra virgin olive oil, yogart, plenty of fruit and vegetable, fish, hummus, and not too much red meat. Excercise at least three times a week and keep the brain actively busy. Read, learn a new language, play an instrument, challenge your mind. This information was very helpful to me, I hope it will be as helpful to you.

Vilma vaccaro

Preferred Homecare Plus