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I thought others would have some good notes from prior "Lessons in Living" mentality and other places picked up along the way.

In addition to the article below, I remember from the "Lessons in Living" class from Grace Bliss that pumpkins seeds counteracted radiation disease.

Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Click here: Health Freedom Alliance ยป The Remarkable Healing Properties of Pumpkin Seed The Remarkable Healing Properties of Pumpkin Seed

Pumpkin seeds, like all edible seeds, pack an immense nutritional and medicinal punch. After all, they contain future worlds within their compact structure. As Emerson said, "the creation of a thousand forests is within one acorn."

In order to prepare their "babies" for survival outside the pumpkin, Nature equips these seeds with an extremely dense source of organically-bound nutrients, including exceptionally high levels of key, health-promoting minerals.

For example, a one cup serving (64 grams) of pumpkin seeds has 44% daily value (DV) of zinc, 22% of copper, 42% magnesium, 16% manganese, 17% potassium, and enough iron (17% DV) to improve iron-deficiency associated anemia.

But beyond the obvious nutritional virtues of the seed, recent scientific investigations have revealed that pumpkin seed meal, as well as its pressed oil, may have great value in alleviating the following conditions:

1. Prostate Growth

Pumpkin seed has been studied for its ability to inhibit testosterone-induced prostate growth, a common causative factor in benign prostatic hyperplasia. [ii]

2. Postmenopausal Symptoms

Women supplemented with 2,000 mg of pumpkin seed oil over the course of 12 weeks were found to have reduced blood pressure, increased HDL cholesterol, as well as reduction in the severity of hormone insufficiency associated symptoms, e.g. hot flash, headaches and join pain.[iii] Additional experimental research indicates that adverse cardiovascular changes associated with estrogen deficiency, such as blood pressure and lipid abnormalities, can be mitigated with pumpkin seed oil. [iv]

3. Calcium-Oxalate Kidney Stones

According to a study performed in 1987 and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, children with calcium-oxalate crystals in their urine responded favorably to the supplementation of their diet with pumpkin seeds. [v]

4. Cardiovascular and Liver Disease

A mixture of flaxseed and pumpkin seed was found to have heart-protective and liver-protective properties in an animal study from 2008 published in the Journal of Food Chemistry & Toxicology. [vi]

5. Drug & Chemical Toxicity

The protein isolate of pumpkin seed has been shown to alleviate acetaminophen (Tylenol) toxicity on the liver,[vii] and as methotrexate-induced small intestine damage in an animal model. [viii] It has also been studied to protect against carbon tetrachloride-induced liver injury. [ix]

6. Arthritis

Pumpkin seed oil was found to compare favorably with the NSAID drug indomethacin in an experimental model of arthritis, but without causing liver damage, in a study published in 1995 in the journal of Pharmacological Research. [x]

7. Hypertension:

Animals fed pumpkin seed oil were found to respond more favorably to conventional drug-treatment with Ace-inhibitors and Calcium Channel Blockers, likely because of its beneficial antioxidant properties. [xi]

8. Parasites

A preclinical canine study has shown that pumpkin seeds have significant activity against canine intestinal parasites. [xii]

9. Insomnia/Anxiety

Pumpkin seeds contain a high level of tryptophan (22mg/gram of pumpkin seed protein), the amino acid precursor to serotonin โ€“ which is itself converted to melatonin, the "sleep hormone," in the evening. Research published in 2007 in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology found that when de-oiled pumpkin seed was taken in combination with glucose, a clinical effect similar to that of pharmaceutical-grade tryptophan was achieved. [xiii] A 2005 study published in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience found that pumpkin seed sourced tryptophan in combination with carbohydrate was as effective as pharmaceutical tryptophan in reducing awake time during the night.

These, of course, are only some of the experimentally confirmed beneficial properties of pumpkin seed. Like all foods, there are likely countless properties which within the right context, the right timing, and the right amount, fulfill Hippocrates' age-old and timelessly true proclamation that food can be our medicine.

Article References

Inhibition of testosterone-induced hyperplasia of the prostate of sprague-dawley rats by pumpkin seed oil. QJM. 2008 Mar;101(3):167-79. Epub 2008 Jan 25. PMID: 16822218

[ii] Pumpkin seed oil and phytosterol-F can block testosterone/prazosin-induced prostate growth in rats. Urol Int. 2006;77(3):269-74. PMID: 17033217

[iii] Improvement in HDL cholesterol in postmenopausal women supplemented with pumpkin seed oil: pilot study. Climacteric. 2011 May 5. Epub 2011 May 5. PMID: 21545273

[iv] Supplementation with pumpkin seed oil improves plasma lipid profile and cardiovascular outcomes of female non-ovariectomized and ovariectomized Sprague-Dawley rats. Phytother Res. 2008 Jul;22(7):873-7. PMID: 18567058

[v] The effect of pumpkin seeds on oxalcrystalluria and urinary compositions of children in hyperendemic area. Am J Clin Nutr. 1987 Jan;45(1):115-21. PMID: 3799495

[vi] Hypolipidemic and hepatoprotective effects of flax and pumpkin seed mixture rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in hypercholesterolemic rats. Food Chem Toxicol. 2008 Dec;46(12):3714-20. Epub 2008 Oct 1. PMID: 18938206

[vii] In Vitro antioxidative activity of pumpkin seed (Cucurbita pepo) protein isolate and its In Vivo effect on alanine transaminase and aspartate transaminase in acetaminophen-induced liver injury in low protein fed rats. Phytother Res. 2006 Sep ;20(9):780-3. PMID: 16807884

[viii] Protective effect of ellagic acid and pumpkin seed oil against methotrexate-induced small intestine damage in rats. Indian J Biochem Biophys. 2011 Dec ;48(6):380-7. PMID: 22329239

[ix] Effect of pumpkin seed (Cucurbita pepo) protein isolate on the activity levels of certain plasma enzymes in CCl4-induced liver injury in low-protein fed rats. Phytother Res. 2005 Apr ;19(4):341-5. PMID: 16041732

[x] Effect of pumpkin-seed oil on the level of free radical scavengers induced during adjuvant-arthritis in rats. Pharmacol Res. 1995 Jan;31(1):73-9. PMID: 7784309

[xi] Pumpkin-seed oil modulates the effect of felodipine and captopril in spontaneously hypertensive rats. Pharmacol Res. 2000 May;41(5):555-63. PMID: 10753555

[xii] [Preclinical studies of cucurbita maxima (pumpkin seeds) a traditional intestinal antiparasitic in rural urban areas]. Rev Gastroenterol Peru. 2004 Oct-Dec;24(4):323-7. PMID: 15614300

[xiii] Protein-source tryptophan as an efficacious treatment for social anxiety disorder: a pilot study. Can J Physiol Pharmacol. 2007 Sep;85(9):928-32. PMID: 18066139

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Lemons (I don't know if Lemons do all these things, but they are nice and this idea of freezing them and grating the whole thing is nice. I am using that in my tea.)

Amazing Frozen Lemon

All it is.....is a frozen lemon

Many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using or consuming the

entire lemon and nothing is wasted.

How can you use the whole lemon without waste?

Simple... place the lemon in the freezer section of your refrigerator. Once

the lemon is frozen, get your grater, and shred the whole lemon (no need to

peel it)and sprinkle it on top of your foods.

Sprinkle it to your whisky, wine, vegetable salad, ice cream, soup,

noodles,spaghetti sauce, rice, sushi, fish dishes.

All of the foods will unexpectedly have a wonderful taste,

something that you may have never tasted before. Most likely, you only think

of lemon juice and vitamin C. Not anymore.

Now that you've learned this lemon secret, you can use lemon even in instant

cup noodles.

What's the major advantage of using the whole lemon other than preventing

waste and adding new taste to your dishes?

Well, you see lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins

than the lemon juice itself. And yes, that's what you've been wasting.

But from now on, by following this simple procedure of freezing the whole

lemon, then grating it on top of your dishes, you can consume all of those

nutrients and get even healthier.

It's also good that lemon peels are health rejuvenators in eradicating toxic

elements in the body.

So place your lemon in your freezer, and then grate it on your meal every

day. It is a key to make your foods tastier and you get to live healthier

and longer! That's the lemon secret! Better late than NEVER! The surprising

benefits of lemon!

Lemon (Citrus) is a miraculous product to kill cancer cells. It is 10,000

times stronger than chemotherapy.

Why do we not know about that? Because there are laboratories interested in

making a synthetic version that will bring them huge profits.

You can now help a friend in need by letting him/her know that lemon juice

is beneficial in preventing the disease. Its taste is pleasant and it does

not produce the horrific effects of chemotherapy.

How many people will die while this closely guarded secret is kept, so as

not to jeopardize the beneficial multimillionaires large corporations?

As you know, the lemon tree is known for its varieties of lemons and limes.

You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice press,

prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc... It is credited with many virtues,

but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumors.

This plant is a proven remedy against cancers of all types. Some say it is

very useful in all variants of cancer. It is considered also as an anti

microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against

internal parasites and worms, it regulates blood pressure which is too high

and an antidepressant, combats stress and nervous disorders.

The source of this information is fascinating: it comes from one of the

largest drug manufacturers in the world, says that after more than 20

laboratory tests since 1970, the extracts revealed that It destroys the

malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and

pancreas...

The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times better than the product

Adriamycin, a drug normally used chemotherapeutic in the world, slowing the

growth of cancer cells.

And what is even more astonishing: this type of therapy with lemon extract

only destroys malignant cancer cells and it does not affect healthy cells.

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This would come under "raw foods" category (Another reminder to be thankful for Grace Bliss and her teachings regarding how terrific are raw foods. What a blessing she was in the world!!!)

I know both ginger and cucumbers are good for you.

Smashed Cucumbers with Ginger

This easily made pickle is a great side dish for both Asian and Western courses.

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4 kirby cucumbers

Kosher salt

1 1" piece fresh ginger, peeled

1 tbsp. sugar

1 1โ„2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar

1 tsp. sesame oil

2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

1. Cut cucumbers into irregular chunks about 2" long and 1โ„4" thick. Transfer cucumber slices to a medium bowl, sprinkle with 2 tsp. of kosher salt, mix, and set aside at room temperature to extract excess liquid and let them soften, about 1 hour.

2. Meanwhile, julienne ginger; transfer to a medium bowl and set aside.

3. Drain and gently squeeze cucumbers to extract more liquid, then pat dry with a towel. Add cucumbers to the bowl of ginger along with sugar, vinegar, sesame oil, and garlic. Toss to combine and season with kosher salt, to taste.

4. Let rest at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to come together.

SERVES 4

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Lemons (I don't know if Lemons do all these things, but they are nice and this idea of freezing them and grating the whole thing is nice. I am using that in my tea.)

I love this!

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