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11/10/09 11:56 A

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Blackandi, is the kind you have the "CS Non-stick" or the "Calphalon One Infused Anodized" kind? In doing just a little research I see that the non-stick kind isn't safe (the coating can become scratch very easily and toxic stuff can leach into your food)and there seems to be some questions regarding the anodized surfaced one. Some say that it is very difficult to scratch through that surface but that if you did the stuff under it is definitely not safe.

Stay safe.

Here's an interesting blog conversation some people (engineer types!) had about cooking with the infused anodized cookware.
www.cookingforengineers.com/forums/v
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Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 11/10/2009 (12:03)
Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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11/10/09 9:49 A

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I cook using Calphalon pots and pans. Don't know if they are good or bad.

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If I'm remembering right chlorophyll is the green pigment in all green plants and chlorella is an algae which gets its green color also from chlorophyll. Of course this is a gross simplification. But I think that chlorella has a very good amounts of nutrients--protein (it's supposedly is a complete protein) and essential fatty acids and other stuff. If anybody wants to look this up and educate us further please do. This old lady is getting tired...sigh

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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Well, I'm in Canada, but I wouldn't trust the FDA either. Second, a lot of the points that they warned Mercola about, I agree with Mercola...
Mercola:
1)opposes immunization
2)and fluoridation
3)claims that amalgam fillings are toxic

A study in Canada had showed that MOST Canadian doctors do NOT have their own children immunized. Also, I discussed flouride with my own dentist just the other day actually. (Because I have a built in water filtration system that removes ALL contamination from my tap water, including flouride) My dentist told me that flouride in the water was something that municipalities does to make sure that the most poor people have at least SOMETHING to fend off cavities. That people who follow a proper dental hygene regimen do no need extra flouride. If you have flouride in your toothpast, then that is plenty. The water filtration is much better for your body, then any little bit of flouride anyone can get.
Also, my mother, years ago, replaces all of her traditional filling in favor of gold. After she discussed with her dentist, the dangers of the old mercury ones... I'm not sure if this is the type of fillings Mercola is talking about.
Also, about the Chlorella, fighting cancer and lowering blood pressure. (I believe that chlorella would be akin to chlorophyl) I thought that was common knowledge. I have heard this many times elsewhere. It is in dark leafy greens, and was a STAPLE (along with carrots) in my dad's own cancer fighting treatment.
As for coconut oil... I think he is not the only one that feels it is a healthy alternative. Tosca uses it a LOT in her newest cookbook. I also feel that if it is an all natural, God given product (like stevia) what could be so wrong with it. Too much of anything is unhealthy, but...

Anyhow, my point is, after watching the Food Industry FIASCO on Food Inc. the LAST people I would trust is the US government or the FDA in determining the HEALTH standards of the USA. They seem to be motivated by money rather than the well being of the US citizens.


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Paulene, I just want to mention that "selling things for profit" isn't a bad thing. We all have to make a living. I have been familiar with Doc Mercola for a very long time and I have never seen anything about him that shows he's trying to make a profit by deceiving anyone. If you go to his website and click on (something like) "Meet Doctor Mercola" you will see how he runs his website and his motive behind it. He makes his living from his clinic in Chicago. Yes, he does very well. I am glad for him; he works VERY hard and researches untiringly for our benefit. I have met him in person and yup, he's sort of...uh...different. He has a lovely and sweet wife who I also met while they were engaged. I wondered how the heck she was going to keep up with him!!

On the other hand, the FDA and it's bed partners the drug companies, ARE corrupt and between them we are being taken for a bit of a ride. Their main job right now is to keep us sick, fat and uneducated so we will feel that we need to depend on them and not be responsible for our own health. They are NOT in the business of "health care" (though they throw that phrase around a lot) they are in the business of "sick care"; that is, they manage our sicknesses. That is how they make money--if people stopped being sick they would be out of business. So they KEEP us sick!
I'm stepping off soapbox now

Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 11/8/2009 (10:57)
Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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First off, I would tell you to watch any claims that the FDA has I know you said that you don't trust them, but this is all about why the FDA doesn't like Mercola. Of course they don't like him -- they aren't making money off of his stuff. The FDA makes money off of people being sick -- not well. I am not saying that I take everything that Mercola has to say at face-value, I am grateful for him to try to educate the public and to ask questions. Of course the FDA is going to be against what he is offering because THEY are not capitalizing on what he is offering.

Sorry, my 2 cents worth. I don't trust the FDA for anything. They are one of the most corrupt organizations out there. They don't get richer off of our health. They get richer off of us being sick.

I won't bog down the thread by putting in a bunch of links, but if you would like I would be more than happy to share. The FDA is NOT to be trusted.

Edited by: A*L*P* at: 11/8/2009 (10:31)
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I also found a site against Dr. Mercola. Sometimes I'd be wary of a person selling all kinds of product for profit. I'm not sure what to believe anymore. I know one thing, you cannot trust the FDA. We all agree on that, but I've been getting those Natural News newsletters and I'm not sure I believe everything they write.

http://www.quackwatch.org/11Ind/mercola.
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Oh, PAULINE! I have a horror story about microwave cooking. My parents won't even use a microwave anymore...
There is a study where a plant was watered with evryday tap water, but it was boiled in the microwave. Then cooled. The plant died in a month or two. Can't remember, I've got a PDF on my computer; I'll look it up.

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http://www.thedietchannel.com/Microwave-Co
oking-And-Food-Vitamins.htm

This is an article for the use of microwave. Does anyone have an article against?

Also there isn't any radiation in microwaves. They are too low energy for radiation. In order to produce radiation you need high energy waves. I'm schooled in radiation.

I know not to cook in plastic even though snopes says that urban legend is not true. I like glass anyway. I've also been baking in glass, lately. My pots and pans I'll have to check what they are.

I like the Earth Chef, Laura, maybe I'll invest in some of that soon.

Boy, getting rid of toxins is really costly. LOL!

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I love enamel covered cast iron. I have only one at the moment and it is the 5 1/2 quart Dutch oven. (Red!) I use it a lot. I got it off Craig's list for 1/2 it's usual price and it was new in the box! It's not LeCreuset; it's the less expensive one that is just as good (according to Cook's Illustrated).

But the cookware I love the best is my Thermalloy sauté pans. I even raise my artisan bread in them ('cuz of their shape) on a sheet of parchment and then when the Dutch oven is very hot (from being in a 400 degree oven) I just lift the dough by the paper and lower it into the hot Dutch oven.

If I had a gas stove I would use my cast iron stuff that is in storage in my basement. It's my old, well used, and fantastically well seasoned stuff and I'm not using them now because I am stuck with one of those flat surface ranges. They don't conduct heat worth a darn up into any cookware that isn't absolutely flat. Cast iron gets kinda wonky after it's been used a while. But I do miss it...some day a new stove...sigh.

But these Thermalloy sauté pans are the greatest. They have heavy triple layer bottoms, beautifully curved sides and nothing ever sticks. They are stainless on the surface with layers of aluminum, and heavy steel inside the bottom. We bought them at a restaurant supply warehouse. They are so top notch that I won't ever buy any other pans if I can help it. None of those fancy ones you see at the kitchen supply places even compares; I'm not kidding. And they are 1/3 the price!! I've searched all my life for these pans!! My guess is that there are other brands that are similar that chefs use but these are the ones available here in Portland. The whole thing is oven-proof; great for Yorkshire pudding.

What's really fun is to see how when you braise something at a very high heat, remove it from the pan and then spill in some wine, it de-glazes in seconds to a clean shine. Beautiful! Then comes the sauce.

I'm finished bragging...for now

Oh, I forgot; here's a picture. It's the one on the upper right
www.halco.com/viewjpg.php?section=ki
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Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 11/7/2009 (21:47)
Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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I use cast iron...my grandmother has been using it her whole life (she's almost 90) and has no major health problems. Plus you can find it used or antique for under $50 most of the time.

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Yeah.. I always thought stainless was safe. But, yeah, definitely better than teflon. Anyhow, I plan on getting all my cooking and bakingware updated! emoticon

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I banished my non-stick years ago. I watched the video by Mercola. We have stainless. NOt the best but better than teflon.

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My husband is so adamant about not using the nonstick pans that I just happily go along with him; I totally agree anyway. We use stainless steel, made by Cuisinart. My favorite item in the kitchen is a ceramic coated cast iron Dutch oven. It's pretty and RED and I love cooking things in it, stove or oven.

I didn't check the links before I posted, but I will. Thanks!

UPDATE: Hmmmmmm - Dr. M doesn't like stainless steel either!?!?!


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I recently got a newsletter from Dr. Mercola's website about the dangers of cooking ware. Pots, pans, baking pans, etc. What he said made sense. So, he developed a ceramic, non-stick surface, that is SAFE for humans AND the environment. His cookware set is also over $600 USD, so in Canada, after shipping, GST and duty I'm sure we are looking at possibly $800-$900 per set of cookware.
I have found this cookware made by EarthChef. It is also ceramic, non stick. It can be used with metal utensils (throw away that plastic; was never sure about their safety/integrity either), oven safe up to 1000 degrees, etc, etc...
I found a set in Zellers for $300 Canadian...
Today, though, I just bought the 12" covered saute pan. I gotta save SOMETHING for my hubbie to buy me for Christmas! LOL!
www.earthchef.ca/
After I get the cookware set, I will defintely invest in the bakeware... I believe it all comes with a lifetime warranty.
Anyhow, as clean eaters we should be JUST AS careful about our cookware as we are of our food. The non-stick surfaces of conventional cookware comes off into our food, and is also emitted into our environment. YUCK!

I had to come back and edit. I had another look at Dr. Mercola's cookware. It's actually a pretty good deal. It also includes all the bakeware. So, you get 16 piece cookware, 12 piece bakeware, and 12 piece teaware set, as well as his cookbook and free shipping... hmmm. I'm gonna look into that.
cookware.mercola.com/cookware.aspx

Well, after looking at his products, I have decided to go with Earth Chef. His set is still $300, and it's not HERE! The EARTH CHEF stuff is, and it is easily returnable. Since it has a lifetime warranty I can easily take it to my local Bay or Zeller's stores. I am not too interested in the tea set...
ANyhow, they both look like good cookware.
Happy Cooking!

Edited by: FIT_ARTIST at: 11/7/2009 (17:52)
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