03 Apr, 2016


Posted by: Dina Eliash Robinson In: Food Safety|Public Safety

President Obama’s last State of the Union address included a call to a “moonshot”-like mission to find cures for cancer. He entrusted Vice President Joe Biden—who recently lost his son to cancer—to spearhead the project.

The next morning, Dr. Ronald DePinho, President of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center was interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR) about current progress in his institution’s cancer research. After mentioning several promising findings, Dr. DePinho emphasized—repeatedly— that the best anti-cancer weapon is prevention.

With all due respect to Dr. DePinho… duh? Although I was delighted by this overdue emphasis by a physician on prevention, I wondered if it was tinged with an inadvertent admission that commonsense might have an edge over degrees and expertise. While it’s possible that other members of the medical profession have been aware of, and even voicing similar opinions, it is frustrating that still so few of them conduct their practices according to the old adage of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Even worse, that so many others imagescontinue to treat diseases mostly with one-size-fits-all prescription drugs—all of which have side-effects ranging from mild to lethal—and
occasionally with surgeries, instead of learning less toxic or invasive ways to protect patients from getting sick in the first place.

The healthcare industry’s resistance to shifting some of the emphasis from medical protocols to prevention through better nutrition, regular exercise and healthier lifestyle choices is, frankly, incomprehensible. Especially since medical and nursing schools have already implemented government-mandated expansion of nutrition education—which, one would think, is a clear signal to already practicing professionals that it is time to update their training in that important tool for disease prevention.

For example, it is high time that physicians, nurses and researchers learn to connect the dots between the prevalence of cancer—especiallyimages-2 the epidemic of this horrific and multi-faceted disease among children—and the reckless overuse of highly toxic (and especially carcinogenic) chemicals such as pesticides, fungicides, etc., as well as antibiotics, hormones, genetically modified or engineered (GMO and GE) in agriculture, livestock, fish farms and processed foods.

The healthcare industry’s reluctance to connect these dots is especially frustrating in light of the daily flood of alarming media reports about research findings by leading scientists and institutions about the toxicity of our food and water supply; and equally abundant information about the growing demand for, and acceptance of successful alternative (non-invasive, drug-free, vitamins- and supplements-aided) treatments by holistic healthcare practitioners.

Evidence of the increasing popularity of the latter is in the proliferation of alternate therapy centers located in hospitals and clinics touting “Integrative Medical Facilities,” as well as in free-standing concierge establishments, where such holistic healing services as nutrition, exercise and stress-management plans are customized for individual patients.

Solution Suggestions

Since it takes time and effort to persuade most people to adopt healthier lifestyles, the only way to speed up the process is by implementing a well-designed, collaborative program linking

  • Government institutions involved in environmental protection (EPA),
  • agriculture (USDA),
  • food safety (FDA) and
  • healthcare (USD of HHS)—

imgres-1in a coordinated process with the healthcare and food industries—to

  • restore soil,
  • reduce the use of toxic chemicals and expand organic growing practices in agriculture and farming;
  • clear pollution from air and water through implementation of innovative techniques in sewage and water treatment;
  • help slow climate change by charging fees (tax) for carbon emissions and other air pollution; and
  • increase healthcare focus on disease prevention and therapeutic methods that are, whenever possible, less costly,images-1 less invasive and less toxic.

Who is in Charge?

Each of us has both the responsibility and the Power of One to bring about some degree of collaboration among these stakeholders—as well as to contribute to making the process as fast and successful as possible. Some of the tools available to all of us at this time are as easy as making an ongoing commitment to signing petitions, writing emails, making phone calls and finding every other means to persuade those with the most influence, bureaucratic access, political power and humanistic vision and willingness to make this a healthier nation—and maybe a better world. (I walk my talk, having been doing this for decades.)

Let’s get to work.

Dina Eliash Robinson

28 Mar, 2016

Mating Game of Date Palms

Posted by: Catharine Kaufman In: Healthy Eating|Super Foods

By Catharine L. Kaufman (a.k.a. The Kitchen Shrink)

Perhaps this column should be marked PG-13, since much of what’s said about the exotic fruit often called “tree candy,” cannot avoid a slightly suggestive tinge. Starting with its original name: dactylifera, the Greek word for “finger” and later English translation (date), this nutritious progeny of pollinating boy-palms and fruit-bearing girl-palms brings to mind a romantic love story.

imgresAn ancient plant said to have re-energized Mesopotamian desert travelers at oases some eight thousand years ago, date palms thrive in dry, hot climates—such as California’s Coachella Valley—and bear several varieties of fruits. Among the latter are the soft species (Barhee, Halay, Khadrawy and the generously sized and popular Medjool), the somewhat less fleshy ones (Dayri, Deglet Noor and Zahd) and the dry, almost crunchy Thoory.

To Choose Your Date Wisely… here is a short tutorial:
Nicknamed The Queen of Dates, Deglet Noors are favored for their translucent, amber skin and flesh tinged with delicate honey flavor. Medjools are moist, meaty, each with one small pit; great for snacking or stuffing (with nuts or berries, for example), due to their jumbo size. The small, round Bathis have a caramel candy essence in both texture and flavor. While golden-hued Zahidis are favored for their firmness and toned down images-3sweetness. The mahogany-dark skinned Khadrawis are soft enough to spread on bread.

Their exotic names indicate Middle Eastern and North African provenance—a geography that earned date palms some 50 mentions in the Bible and 20 in the Quran. Honoring their origins, the names were kept unchanged when dates found their way to the New World, to be cultivated in the warm climes of Southern California, Arizona, Southern Florida and south of the U.S. border, in the Sonora and Baja California parts of Mexico.

Courtship Leads to Date Abundance
Once dependent on winds, insects and birds for transporting pollen from male to female palms, horticulturists have developed manual pollination methods, which are not only more reliable, but also allow commercial orchards to plant fewer male and greater numbers of fruit-bearing female trees to maximize yields and profits. Most such orchards plant a ratio of 49 girl trees to one boy tree per acre. As these palm trees grow, ladders are fastened to their trunks so skilled workers could climb to retrieve pollen from the male plants’ imageslong, tendril-like stalks and dust it over female trees’ flowers waiting to be fertilized. (Some growers save labor costs and speed up the process by using wind machines for pollination.)

Dates start to ripen in the fall, but since they do so gradually and at different times, harvesters must climb each tree periodically to hand pick the fruits that are ready to eat.

Growing a date palm from planting to commercially viable ‘parenthood’ takes seven to ten years. But once matured, it yields from 150 to 300 pounds of fruit during each harvest cycle. To achieve maximum productivity, however, each heavily packed cluster must be thinned and carefully cocooned in special bags to protect them from insects and birds while they ripen. This tedious process expands the space dates need to grow abundant clusters and fruits of optimum size and plumpness.
A renowned grower, the Shields Date Garden orchard in Indio, California, just east of the resort town of Palm Springs, has been fanning its product’s fame with a theatrical show called imgres-1“The Romance and Sex Life of a Date,” which entertains and attract tourists to its shops and café which serves freshly made date shakes and light meals.

Dates With Benefits
While weight watchers and diabetics must be careful to enjoy the sweet and chewy fruit in moderation, dates compensate for their sugar content with far more generous amounts of many super-healthy ingredients—which put them without any hesitation in the health-food category.
For starters, dates have more fluid-balancing potassium than bananas; are rich enough in dietary fiber to keep the constitution humming and put the skids on bad cholesterol; are loaded
with immune-boosting anti-inflammatory tannins, Vitamin A, Beta Carotene and Lutein to keep skin radiant, eyes clear and vision sharp; and are a good source of energizing Vitamin B-12. Dates also contain iron for red blood cell production and protection from anemia; calcium, copper, manganese and magnesium for bone and muscle strength; and Vitamin K for balancing blood viscosity (for timely coagulation). These single pit fruits also aid digestion and rev up energy with dextrose images-2and fructose. The abundance of these and other sugar components—it needs repeating—recommends mindful moderation for weight watchers and diabetics.

Abundant nutrition, rich and seductive flavors… no wonder dates have so many delightful culinary uses. They are baked into breads, scones, muffins, cookies, bars and granolas. Dried dates can also be ground into fine flour for gluten-free baking. Nor could anyone find better breakfast and brunch luxuries with which to celebrate red-letter days, than scrumptious smoothies, shakes, flavored yoghurt or oatmeal and mixed-fruit compote. Dates lend caramelized notes to sauces and images-1dressings, elevate chicken and seafood dishes to gourmet fare, lend extra flair to tabouli, quinoa salad, pilaf and stuffings, make sinful snacks when stuffed with nuts and rolled in chocolate and shredded coconut. And in whatever guise, they do light us up with instant bursts of energy. Interested in recipes for any of the above? Email me at

Cook’s Tip: Dates have a Methuselah shelf life and can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a year. No matter how you serve them, your taste buds will enjoy their

15 Mar, 2016

Foods That Banish The Winter Blues

Posted by: Dina Eliash Robinson In: Brain Boosting Foods

By Dina Eliash Robinson










If your naturally cheerful disposition slides into depression as soon as daylight hours are shortened by longer nights or darkened by frequently overcast skies, you might be one of about 25 million Americans afflicted with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). An acute response to sunlight deprivation and prolonged darkness during winter and rainy months, SAD also affects countless Scandinavians and other populations of Northern and gloomy climates–such as the American Pacific North-West.images-4

More sufferers of SAD are found among those who spend their days cooped up in windowless workplaces, submariners on long deployments, night-shift workers, many elderly or disabled people with too little access to the outdoors during daylight hours—and images-5even among party animals who spend much of their lives in darkened nightclubs and bars.

Long before the syndrome had a name, its cause was well known and treated with various remedies devised and practiced to relieve the debilitating depression it caused. Most of those remedies are still in use, such as sunlamp treatments, LED-powered visors designed to illuminate areas around the wearers’ faces and the flooding of homes and workplaces with bright artificial light.

Cave dwellers are believed to have been the earliest humans who discovered that eating more fatty animal protein and starchy or sweet carbohydrates was a good pick-me-up combination whenever winter or volcano ash turned days into nights.images-6

imgres-6Centuries later, we are still trying to kick the blues by self-medicating with similar protein and carbs combos that are now known as comfort foods. Some of the main reasons they are not hitting the desired mark, however, are due to current (conventional) food production practices, which consist of both plants and protein being loaded with toxic chemicals, depleted of nutrients by processing and genetically modified into (increasingly known to be unsafe) “Frankenstein” facsimiles better known as junk (omission intended, since qualifying these as ‘food’ would be misleading).

Weight gain snuck up on modern societies as they continued to fight the winter blues with calorie-rich comfort foods but without the physical effort that once helped their prehistoric ancestor to survive. This is quite evident in the ample figures portrayed in the classical paintings of the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries by Dutch, German and other North European masters.imgres-7

Being an addictive portal to cravings for ever-larger portions, as well as for salt and sugar, junk food accelerated weight gain in modern populations. And because of its tantalizing marketing and ubiquitous presence within arms’ reach (again, requiring none of the physical effort prehistoric humans had to spend hunting and gathering), junk food also became one of the main causes of images-7today’s epidemic of depression-linked obesity and many of the diseases associated with it.

In short, today’s junk food is neither comforting, nor effective in counteracting the emotional lows of SAD. What’s more, no supersized bag of chips or gallon container of ice cream has the necessary ingredients to relieve life’s beat-downs—such as lovers’ breakup, job loss, bereavement, financial crisis or other sources of fear and stress.imgres-10

The most efficient way to boost the brain’s ability to generate positive emotions is, as prehistoric humans discovered (probably by accident), by eating certain combinations of toxin-free, wholesome foods—which, search-2in today’s tainted environment, means mostly organic products.

Serotonin To The Rescue

Years of investigation by international researchers have shown a strong connection between depression and inadequate levels of serotonin in the brain. A chemical neurotransmitter, serotonin is the key to helping us feel good, sleep well, learn and memorize, maintain a healthy sex drive, control our social behavior, regulate our body imgres-8temperature and possibly even live longer.

Because crossing the body-brain barrier is a complicated process, shortcuts such as supplements and prescription antidepressants have been developed to do the job. Taking either requires medical supervision since neither is completely safe or effective. While supplements have limited—and often hit-or-miss—effects, antidepressants are frequently hampered by biological incompatibility with patients’ bodies or needs, their effectiveness is often minimal or temporary, and all have toxic side-effects.

The Food Solution

There is by now plenty of evidence that the most effective means to achieving the mysterious alchemy that boosts the brain’s serotonin levels in the safest, longest lasting and most enjoyable way, is to regularly consume serotonin-conducive foods that include carbohydrates and proteins rich in iron, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and the amino acid tryptophan, from which serotonin is synthesized. You may remember tryptophan as the imgres-1protein-synthesizing amino acid because of which Thanksgiving turkey is blamed for the nearly catatonic post-feast siesta no one seems able to resist.
Admittedly, using food to boost the brain’s mood-elevating chemistry requires a little patience and strong resolve to follow a serotonin-increasing diet, not only until positive results kick in (usually from 2 to 10 days), but to make it a habit, so healthy levels of this neurotransmitter can be maintained in the brain, to act as a protective shield against dark thoughts, insomnia and other
symptoms of SAD and depression.

What’s more, in order to assure that emotional wellbeing and resilience are not interrupted or sabotaged, it is important to avoid sugar—especially in the form of pancreas-walloping high fructose corn syrup, but also including sweetened and chemical-laden junk food and alcohol. And since alcohol is also a depressant, it is best avoided by people struggling to keep SAD and other moodiness at bay; and search-3certainly when good judgment is required (i.e. never before driving, etc.). Otherwise, moderation and commonsense about place, occasion and timing are good tips to follow.

images-8What, How & When?

The following is a guide to serotonin-producing foods and combinations, as well as to the timing of meals proven to be most conducive to boosting the levels of this neurotransmitter in the brain:


  1. Make sure to eat plenty of foods that contain B Vitamins, since they are critical to brain health and the production of neurotransmitters—such as   serotonin. They include thiamine (Vitamin B1), riboflavin (Vit. B2), pyridoxine (Vit. B6), Vitamin D, folic acid,images-1
    selenium, calcium and magnesium.

These substances often overlap in combinations of various (all organic) foods, among them:

  • whole grain cereals (oatmeal is especially nutritious)
  • breads and other baked goods—for weight loss or maintenance, lower calorie wheat germ can be used, with Stevia as sweetener
  • cooked brown rice
  • potatoes (most effective when baked with skin on)
  • kidney- and black beans
  • poultry
  • bananas
  • eggs—(Note: egg whites alone are not quite as rich in protein as whole eggs, but still a good source of it. Avoid frying. Cook on low heat and add a few drops of water to olive oil while sautéing or scrambling. Best to combine with tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, spinach, kale, herbs, spices, etc.)almonds_and_nuts_191544
  • almonds (and almond milk), walnuts, cashews and many other nuts and seeds.

(NOTE: Peanuts are legumes, not nuts and often trigger dangerous allergenic reactions—suspected to be caused by certain mold(s) ubiquitous in peanut growing soils.)


  • Raw carrots, raisins, avocado and apple are among foods rich in magnesium (another essential serotonin-builder)
  • Brussels sprouts—one of nature’s top super-foods—kale, spinach and salad greens are most important because of their abundance of essential fatty acids—such as alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), which, according to Dr. Frank Sacks, professor of Cardiovascular Disease and Prevention at the Harvard School of Public Health, is vital to proper brain function.
  • search-1Fatty fish, like wild-caught salmon, are rich in EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexanoic acid)—all essential nutrients for healthy brain maintenance.
  • The amino acid L-Theanine is plentiful in green tea and credited with boosting alpha waves in the brain, with the interesting property of working both as a relaxant while also fueling alertness.
  • Vitamin B6-rich foods include—in addition to several listed above with overlapping ingredients—

== organic leafy greens (spinach, turnip greens, mustard greens, celery, etc.)

== organic chicken and turkey; etc.

== wild caught sardines, herring, salmon and other small and medium size fish.Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 4.47.38 PM

(Note: Look for marine foods caught in the least polluted waters and least tainted with toxic mercury.)

(Find more options by searching this site or e-mailing us your questions to for more information.)


  1. Protein—especially foods with highest tryptophan contents—is an essential component for boosting serotonin levels in the brain. Useful tip: Eat small portions of protein three times a day to help the body absorb the necessary levels of its essential B vitamins and nutrients.

But here is the caveat: This works only when the protein-rich foods are combined with vegetables. The reason? Due to another biochemistry quirk, eating protein with carbohydrates actually inhibits the production of serotonin. (While vegetables also contain carbs, these are absorbed by the body very slowly. Mysteriously, this slow-mo process actually enhances, rather then obstructs the protein’s serotonin uptake into the search-7brain.)

  1. In addition to the above-mentioned tryptophan-rich foods, wild-caught deep-sea scallops and small and medium size fish also help assemble the serotonin combo—as are sunflower and pumpkin seeds and goat dairy. The latter is much preferred to cow products that tend to provoke allergies or lactose intolerance; as well as having higher cholesterol content while also lacking the beneficial digestive enzymes present in goat dairy.

(Note: Shrimp, while a rich source of protein and phosphorus, is also very high in cholesterol and not recommended for people with high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease.)

 Worth noting is that merely increasing the amount of animal protein in one’s diet will not boost serotonin levels in the brain. Because of another quinoa-seedsbiochemistry quirk, the tryptophan in animal fat actually competes with other amino acids to reach the brain, but for some reason, it always loses that race. In short, more is not always better. Small portions eaten frequently works best.


  1. While organic grains, such as rice and wheat, are great serotonin-producing carbohydrates, so are various grain-like (often nutty tasting) seeds—amaranth, buckwheat, millet and quinoa among them. Quinoa is also useful as an alkaline food that can rebalance body chemistry after consuming foods or meals with high acid content. These B-vitamin-rich, grain-like seeds offer delicious gluten-free and non-allergenic alternatives to people sensitive to certain or all grains.

Nutrition experts suggest eating organic grain-like seeds with vegetables or seaweed for strong serotonin-producing combination. These have also lentils-190x190proven to be most effective when consumed in late afternoon or as part of early evening meals, when blood sugar levels tend to be low. Such combinations and timing are not only  positive mood-boosters, but also help prevent overeating and are conducive to better sleep that night.


  1. search-4Whenever possible, include fermented foods with probiotic qualities in your meals to enhance digestion and the assimilation of B Vitamins and other serotonin-producing nutrients. Probiotics have also been found to strongly boost the amount and quality of
    nutrients in most foods.

Bottom Line

Needless to say, combining serotonin-boosting foods with endorphins-boosting exercise provides an even quicker way to kick SAD and other depression symptoms out of your life. They are also less expensive, safer, healthier and predictable—i.e. lasting as long as imgres-12you practice them—than experimenting with prescription drugs and juggling side effects.











By Dina Eliash Robinson

Those of us who are not billionaires and cannot afford individualized, custom-designed Concierge Medicine, nor personal nutritionists and chefs, can still keep ourselves safe, healthy and properly nourished by learning to adapt or correct the one-size-fits-all  healthcare (based on statistical averaging) and profit motivated food information available to most of us, to fit our individual needs.

Believe it or not, it is not only doable and costs not a penny, but it only requires a slight mindset adjustment, a bit of time to find reliable information sources and the decision to pay attention to what goes into and onto our bodies.Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 4.44.02 PM

The following are a few tips to help you achieve these goals:

• Turn Your Back On Fad Diets… In fact, It’s best to forget the concept of ‘dieting’ altogether and press the Delete button the instant another media-hyped magical body-sculpting, fat-burning or weight-loss formula pops up and clamors for your attention. It is important to remember that as much as we have in common as human beings, each of us is a unique organism carrying within ourselves distinguishing biological, genetic and experiential markers that help us make good choices when we learn to be self-aware.

Our research shows that the only successful shortcut to achieving and maintaining a healthy, high-energy and clear-thinking body and mind consists of

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 4.53.17 PM• knowing the current condition, workings and needs of one’s own unique physical and genetic makeup; and

• designing and adopting a well-balanced eating plan with foods and portions compatible with one’s body’s nutrition needs.

To achieve the best results in the shortest possible time, it helps to build eating plans around organic fruits, vegetables, chicken, turkey; and wild-caught small and medium size fish. Courtesy of our awful habit of polluting our oceans, large fish tend to have dangerously high accumulations of toxic mercury, gathered from the smaller fish they eat, which contain very little, if any discernible amounts of this dangerous heavy metal. It is also Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 4.43.27 PMwise to avoid bottom-feeding fish (such as sword fish), which are contaminated with PCBs, as well as seafood that is farmed or obtained from waters known to be highly polluted or from untrustworthy exporters. 

Since even government health authorities have been recently reporting that red meat poses higher cancer risks than was
previously believed, it is best to eliminate it altogether from our diet. The only red meat that seems to be relatively safe for healthy people with no cardiovascular or high blood pressure problems to eat, on rare occasions and in small quantities, is grass-fed lamb imported from New Zealand.

You’ll find additional food safety and nutritional information scattered throughout this website. We’ll also be happy to Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 4.47.38 PManswer any questions you might have about the food-and-health connection. Just click on “Contact Us,’ or e-mail me at

• Never Self-Medicate… Let your trusted health professional prescribe the supplements (homeopathic, herbal, food-based, etc.) and vitamins when and as you need them.

It is not safe to take either of these substances on your own. So don’t be influenced by the recommendation or example of anyone you know who is taking them; nor by a persuasive marketing pitch, bargain price offer, or even by a “scientific” article in the media about their enticing health benefits.

Needless to say, self-medicating with over the counter pharmaceuticals is far more dangerous, since they are too easy to misuse and can have severe—and sometimes fatal—side effects. In fact, the latter should also be a consideration before agreeing to take prescription drugs. Fortunately, pharmacists and online sources can provide plenty of risk-versus-benefit information on which to base one’s decisions.

Holistic healthcare practitioners base their supplement recommendations on in-person examinations, which often include a muscle-testing method called kinesiology.

Doctors and other allopathic (medical) healthcare practitioners base their prescriptions of medicines on in-person examinations, various test results and on how persuasive they found to be the latest presentations by pharmaceutical representatives who managed to get into the former’s office.   

To get the best of both holistic and allopathic healthcare methods, some patients use their trusted professionals in either or both disciplines, depending on their symptoms or concerns. For example, they ask their primary physician to prescribe blood workups that test not only for the usual medical problems, but also for levels of vitamins, minerals, blood count (anemia), etc. They then bring a printout of the blood test results to their holistic practitioner to determine what supplements might solve the problem(s), before considering prescription or over the counter drugs.

(NOTE: For example, when interior bleeding was caused by the baby aspirin prescribed by a doctor for my then 89 year old mother to lower her slightly elevated blood pressure and prevent a stroke, on the advice of our holistic practitioner, we replaced the aspirin with Kyolic garlic capsules, which not only lowered her blood pressure and protected her from stroke until the end of her life, of natural causes, at age 94, but seemed to also have protected her from viruses and Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 5.04.42 PMinflammations.)

• Never Self-Diagnose… Consult your trusted health professional as soon as you begin to experience unfamiliar or uncomfortable symptoms. Online research can be misleading and inaccurate—especially when done by a layperson with little or no experience is finding reliable sources of information.

My family, several friends and I found that unless symptoms are serious (in which case physicians should be immediately contacted), it is practical to first consult the holistic professional, since allopathic medicine protocols focus on testing—often invasive or otherwise including some risks—and medications, which, of course, have some or many dangerous side-effects. (Just listen to the fast-talking off-camera voices during drug commercials, describing the scary side effects—sometimes including ‘death’).

If the holistic health professional does not provide the answers and solutions sought during the examination, a trip to the primary physician or a specialist should be the next step.

• One Size Does NOT Fit All… As mentioned above, our bodies are as different from each other as fingerprints. We have various genetic backgrounds, experiential life histories, environments we have lived in or visited, and foods we have consumed—all of which have left some effects on us.

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 10.43.10 AMBecause therapies and medications are based on statistical averages, with most drug dosages leaning toward the adult male, with little or no differentiation for sizes, weights, females and children, it is best to err on the side of caution. This is also when it is advisable to ask lots of questions and to be a pain in the neck.

The situation regarding supplements and vitamins is thankfully more benign, since on the very rare occasions when some mild discomfort or allergic reaction occurs, it is quickly reversible with no harmful after effects. Homeopathic remedies are the safest, since they are virtually impossible to overdose on, or to cause any harm.

Preferably wild-caught salmon with all organic vegetables, herbs, spices and other ingredients. Excellent with organic brown Basmati rice. Yields four portions of salmon and several additional portions of the vegetable mix, which can be incorporated as a veggie risotto or served over mashed potatoes or pasta.P1020630


  • 2 slices of wild-caught salmon filet, 3” to 3-½ “ wide
  • ½ cup organic, extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small fennel bulb
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill (from the fennel stalks or other)
  • 3 cups of shredded kale (hard spines removed)
  • 1 peeled parsnip (or small rutabaga or other root vegetable)
  • 2-3 sheets of nuri or ¼ cup other seaweed
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley (or 1 tablespoon dry parsley)
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil (or ¾ tablespoon dry basil
  • 2 tablespoons capers


  • ½ cup Balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup Pomegranate (or other) vinaigrette
  • 2 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon red paprika powder
  • pinch or two (or to taste) cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon ginger powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric

Cooking Directions:

  • Immerse salmon in marinade—if need be, add cool water that had been boiled or spring water to cover the salmon. Marinate for 1 hour.
  • Slice parsnip, fennel & other root vegetable & set aside in a bowl;
  • Chop onion & garlic & set aside, each on its own separate plate;
  • Have dill, parsley, basil, seaweed & kale prepared & set aside, each in separate bowls;

In a big skillet…

  • Sauté chopped onions in olive oil, on low heat, until translucent;
  • Add chopped garlic & sauté 8-10 seconds;
  • Add fennel, sauté for a few minutes, then add root vegetables—add some of the marinade liquid so it doesn’t burn, stir well, cover & cook for 5 minutes (add more liquid as needed);
  • Transfer salmon from marinade to skillet & lay slices down carefully, skin down, on the veggies; spoon about a cup of the marinade on top of the salmon, cover, cook for 5 minutes, uncover & flip salmon skin up, ladle some of the veggies on top of the slices;
  • Add parsley, basil, kale, seaweed, dill, capers & mix them in without braking the salmon slices;
  • Ladle as much marinade as needed to prevent veggies & salmon from burning, cover & cook on low heat, adding as much of the rest of the marinade as possible without drowning the ingredients;
  • Cook until veggies are done & salmon is cooked to your taste—if it is cooked before the veggies, remove the salmon & place it in a covered bowl or plate to keep it warm, & return it to the skillet when the rest of the ingredients are cooked.


Serve over rice, pasta or mashed potatoes.


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Healthy Cookin with the Kitchen Shrink – Veggie Fried Rice


Catharine Kaufman, the Kitchen Shrink, appears in a series of five videos. In the first video she is seen interviewing Dr. Lisa Loegering, MD, a pediatrician, concerning children's eating habits. The other four videos take place in Catharine's kitchen, as she instructs her two daughters, and two of their friends, in the preparation of various dishes.

Children’s Eating Habits-Interview w/Pediatrician

Catharine and her Pizza Chefs

Making Baked Stuffed Apple

Fruit Sparklers and Feast

Make Your Own Salad