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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 30, 2014 at 2:06am

Chris, your response rings a bell for me. I remember my grandmother saying washing your hands before you eat, flush the toilet with the lid down, don't touch food if you haven't washed your hands and wash the food. Don't leave water on the cupboards or table, clean up after yourself. Change your underwear every day. Wash bedding at least once a week. Lay towels out to dry before putting them in the hamper. Hang your clothes so they don't touch the floor. Don't leave food out where the flies and mice can get to them. 

Simple things, but things that made a difference in preventing the spread of disease. To those simple chores, add sewage systems, clean water, and antibiotics, and we do live a nice long healthy life hopefully. 

Comment by Plinius on January 30, 2014 at 12:56am

I still live on my own version of the paleo diet, because it works for me. It keeps me healthy and with low carbs I have less craving.

And of course the ancients died early: most of us would be dead by now without sewage systems, clean water and antibiotics.

Comment by Daniel W on January 29, 2014 at 2:16pm

Patricia, excellent point!

science news.  Humans are living so much longer today compared with the rest of human history that the probability of dying at 72 is similar to the death odds our ancestors likely faced at 30.

So much for the paleo diet.

I also love fruits and vegetables.  Especially home grown.  Some of the grocery store versions might as well be made from paper mache.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 29, 2014 at 1:37am

Grinning Cat, thanks for this information. Pollan makes more sense than many of the food gurus. I'm reposting. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 29, 2014 at 1:27am

Michael Pollan interviewed on Inquiring Minds, on his book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, reasons the "paleo diet" and raw foodism don't hold up, the importance of cooking, the benefits of fermentation and microbes in our diet (such as from sauerkraut as well as beer, yogurt, cheese, kimchi, miso, and pickles), and more:

(The podcast, to stream or download, is at the bottom of the Alternet article.)

Comment by Daniel W on January 28, 2014 at 8:24pm
Pat, cool! Much better than scliced fingers! Keep us posted on your kraut!

I think mine is too saly. One of the videos recommended using half as much then tasting it after crushing the kraut. If its not salty enough its eaxy to add more.
Comment by Pat on January 28, 2014 at 6:56pm

My food processor does have the slicer attachment. I'll try using that. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 28, 2014 at 5:41pm

Interesting Daniel.  I knew to soak blood stains in cold water, but not why.

Comment by Daniel W on January 28, 2014 at 3:15pm

Pat, I think I've seen some videos that show using a food processor to slice the cabbage.  I would use the slicing attachment instead of the grating one.

You can soak the jeans in cold water.  That dissolves the red blood cells without bursting them, so they wash off.  Once burst, the iron from hemoglobin becomes a more permanent stain.

Supposedly, before the times of modern sanitation, blood soaked clothing was a sign of a doctor's success.   That is what they taught in medical school.

Comment by Pat on January 28, 2014 at 2:57pm

I just finished up a murder trial today, so now I have a free weekend coming up. And, considering I have a lot of empty quart canning jars, think I'm going to try sauerkraut this weekend. I, too, have a mandolin slicer. Great time saving device, if you use the hand guard. If not, expect to waste a lot of time in the emergency room, and throwing out those favorite jeans now covered in blood stains.

I'm wondering if instead of slicing the cabbage, using a food processor to shred it would work as well.


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