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Natural Gourmet Alumni News
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 THOUGHTS FROM THE FOUNDER & CEO
by Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D.
NEW POSSIBILITIES FORTHE NGI
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here have beensome veryinteresting developmentsin growth at the NaturalGourmet. I believe youhave heard about ourproject with the Tai SophiaInstitute in Laurel, MD, where we’ll be setting upthe Annemarie Colbin Center for the Study of Foodand Healing. That will be a long term project withmany possibilities. Another interesting connection is happeningwith the Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield, IL(near Detroit). At the suggestion of Caroline Nation,one of my Food Therapy course graduates, we wereinvited for a meeting with them in February. I wentwith George Armiger, a member of the NGI Boardand our director of corporate development, to seewhat was going on there.
1 Thoughts from the Founder 2 On the President’s Mind 3 Adventures in Cooking 4 Upcoming Cooking Tours 4 Farmers’ Markets: The Rx for a Healthy Foundation5 Reflections From Abroad on Local, Seasonal Cuisine6 FYI...
Issue 23June 2010The first surprise was entering the hospital.It looks like a cross between a mall and an airport:there was a gift shop, a clothing shop for specializedclothing, a spa for massages and acupuncturetreatments. And, best of all, a cooking demo kitchenthat seats 90! Turns out this hospital has set up acooking school, the Culinary Institute for Healthand Healing, and they’re just beginning to set up“healthy” cooking classes for the community. Theyalso want to offer classes on the healing aspects of food to health professionals. A hospital!Turns out that the CEO used to be at the RitzCarlton hotel, so he brought the whole concept of hospitality to a hospital setting. They aim to becomea model for health care in that they are focusing onhow to support and maintain health and educatingthe community, rather than just fixing disease. A novel idea in this setting, to say the least. Wewere given a tour, and the head chef, Frank Turner,showed us his gorgeous kitchen. I was particularlyimpressed with the menus, which sounded reallydelicious. The lunch prepared for us was excellentwith its “low fat, low salt” approach – very gourmetto say the least. For the patients, the best thing isthat they can order their own food when they wantit, instead of being awakened to get some industrialbrown junk food. Lots of vegetables and greens, allfresh, nothing canned or frozen.We have since set up an internship possibilityfor our CTP students. Henry Ford Hospital will evenprovide housing. If you’re interested, do contactRosemary, of course.The other project we’re working on with themis setting up a satellite NGI there to teach publicclasses. That should be happening fairly soon – thesepeople don’t drag their heels! Anyone interested inlearning more about this who is in the Detroit areaor planning to move there, let Rosemary know, andshe will pass this on to me. All the best!
 
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ON THE PRESIDENT’S MIND
by Jenny Matthau
OXALATES IN FOOD ANDTHEIR RELATIONSHIPTO A VARIETY OFHEALTH PROBLEMS
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ast November Iattended WiseTraditions 2009, the 10
th
 annual conference of theWeston A. Price Foundationin Illinois. I look forward to going every year, as Iget to hear fascinating lectures on a wide varietyof topics related to food and health. One of themost engaging speakers I heard was William Shaw,PhD. He received his doctorate in biochemistry andhuman physiology and is board certified in clinicalchemistry and toxicology by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. Dr. Shaw’s lecture on oxalateswas one of the most interesting that I heard at theconference. According to Dr. Shaw, kidney stones will bediagnosed in 10% to 15% of adults during theirlifetimes. In the United States, one million adultsdevelop them every year, and approximately 80% of these stones are caused by oxalates. Furthermore,about half of these oxalates are made by the body,and the other half are derived from oxalic acidcontained in food. Dr. Shaw estimates that roughly20% of the human population has a genetic variantthat makes their bodies more susceptible to oxalateformation than the general population. He alsomaintains that many people without this genetic variant suffer from stones as well as many otherdisorders caused by oxalates.While oxalate stones or crystals are mostcommonly found in the kidneys, they can formanywhere in the body, including the heart, brain,eyes, thyroid and even the bones! We were shownslides of the crystals, imbedded in various organsand tissues. They come in a variety of colors andshapes, and many are very beautiful. It would be coolto discover them growing on the walls of a cave, but very painful and damaging when embedded in bodytissue because they are quite sharp and pointy.Elevated oxalate levels are much more common inautistic children than in normal kids. ResearcherSusan Owens found that autistic kids are oftenafflicted with diarrhea, pain in the stomach andurinary tract, Candida, as well as impaired cognitiveand motor skills. When they were put on a diet lowin oxalic acid and treated with the anti-fungal drugNystatin, their pain lessened, Candida markers weresubstantially reduced, and their skills improved.Other hallmark symptoms of autism such asaggressive behavior, hyperactivity and lack of eyecontact decreased significantly with the treatmentand diet. Vulvodynia (pain in and outside the vagina)is also linked to oxalates and Candida. Thecrystals become embedded in the tissue, causinga stinging, burning sensation. This condition hasbeen successfully treated using anti-fungal drugsand a diet low in oxalates. The relationship betweenoxalates and Candida is also illustrated by the factthat children who are given oral antibiotics oftenhave high oxalate values. This happens due to theimbalance in normal gut flora, paving the way foropportunistic Candida to proliferate. The yeast thenforms oxalates in the gut.Restricting dietary oxalic acid is one of themost effective, practical means to prevent oxalateformation. Oxalic acid can bind with minerals toform oxalates. Vegetarians need to be particularly vigilant, since several plant foods are rich sources. According to Dr. Shaw, textured soy protein is themost problematic, followed by spinach. One smallsoy burger contains 638 milligrams of oxalate, aboutthe amount in an average serving of spinach. Theamount of oxalate in the “typical diet” ranges from97 to 930 mg, and the recommended amount toreduce kidney stones is less than 30 to 50 mg daily. An occasional spinach salad should not be a problemfor most people, but Dr. Shaw warns that virtuallyeveryone will develop kidney stones if they consumea large spinach salad every day.Oxalates are very stable and are not destroyedby cooking. However, simmering spinach in waterwill reduce the oxalic acid load, because someof it will precipitate into the cooking water. It isimportant not to drink the pot liquor, somethingwe highly recommend when cooking other greenssuch as collards or kale. The same caution applies toSwiss chard.Before you swear off spinach and chard,remember that they provide an abundance of nutrients including calcium, iron, magnesium,potassium, vitamins A, B6, C, E and K, as well asseveral phytochemicals. You don’t have to followPopeye’s diet. Rotate them with kale, collards,dandelion greens, escarole and broccoli rabe.Other foods that are rich sources of oxalicacid include tofu, peanuts, pecans, rhubarb, sweetpotatoes, chocolate (woe is me!), instant coffee, leeks,tea, okra and wheat germ. Again, the take-homemessage for most of us is moderation, rather than
 
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 ADVENTURES IN COOKING
by Sue Baldassano
What do I have incommon with AnthonyBourdain? Urban, sardonic,well-traveled ex-smokers?While I cannot claim tobe in Mr. Bourdain’s league,we both recently visited Istanbul and were bothpleasantly surprised at the plethora of excitingfoods we encountered. We also both dined at oneof Istanbul’s most notable restaurants, Asitane,specializing in the cuisine of the Ottoman Empire(1299-1923). At the height of its power (16
th
-17
th
centuries),this empire spanned three continents controllingmuch of Western Asia, Eastern and South EasternEurope and North Africa. The food is a uniquemixture of Central Asian, Middle Eastern and theBalkans in terms of flavor prints and ingredients.The chef/owner of Asitane, Batur Durmay, hasthe glazed look of a man on a mission. His dishes areinspired by the Ottoman empire’s shopping lists, asdetailed recipes are nonexistent. All his ingredientsare seasonal and local, and he spends a great deal of time and energy procuring the “best of the best” interms of his proteins and produce.We received real star treatment there,especially when he was informed that I wasemployed at a mostly plant-based, New Yorkculinary school -- a curious concept for the lamb-loving Turks.He did have some vegetarian items on his menuthat were decent, though not as good as our FridayNight Dinners. Other interesting items includeda Scorpion Fish Soup, Stuffed Grape Leaves withCherries, Lamb simmered in Honey and Almondsand an awesome Pomegranate Sherbet made withthe bursting pomegranates that can be found allover the city in late November. As much as I enjoyed the Asitane diningexperience, the highlight of the trip was visitingNGI graduate, Idil Sanal (CTP 156). In November,Turkey celebrates Bayrum, a holiday where almosteverything is closed, so we were lucky to be invitedto the home of Idil’s aunt for a traditional familymeal. Idil not only picked us up in Istanbul properand drove us to the Asian side of the city, sheaccompanied us back via a small ferry boat andmade sure we were safely back in our hotel. There isnothing like being carted around by a local when youare in an unfamiliar city, and I am appreciative of Idil’s gift of her time to us.The eggplant dish her aunt prepared wasmeltingly tender, sweet and seasoned with butterand milk (so creamy and unctuous). It was servedover braised lamb. Other dishes served included acolorful plate of pickled vegetables, 3 or 4 fabulousitems with phyllo and a soup prepared withhomemade noodles.Later that week we toured Istanbul withSelin, another native. She seemed to know everygood restaurant and item to eat and purchase inthe entire city. She is also quite the schmoozer,trading small talk with all the local merchants andgetting us nice deals on some of our purchases. Byferry, we accompanied Selin and her husband, Ali,to Buyukada, one of several islands off the coastof Istanbul. Overlooking the Mamara Sea, weenjoyed a fabulous lunch of perfectly grilled bluefishaccompanied by a variety of tasty fish appetizers(mezes) and a sampling of Raki, the traditionalanise-flavored signature drink of Turkey. Later weexperienced what I thought would be a cheesy buggycomplete avoidance. Lemon peel, lime peel, parsleyand black pepper are also quite high, but are usuallyconsumed in such small amounts that they do notpose a problem for most people.Dr. Shaw recommends certain supplementsto reduce oxalates in the body. Calcium citrate iseffective if taken at the same time as the oxalate-containing food. The dosage is 1000 mg daily individed doses. Another option is 300-400 mg of magnesium citrate for adults. These minerals can be very helpful for those people suffering from oxalate-related disorders. Probiotic bacteria contain enzymesthat break down oxalates. Omega-3 fatty acidsand cod liver oil do a very good job of preventingoxalate deposition, while omega-6 fatty acids havethe opposite effect -- another reason to maintain abalanced ratio. Dr. Shaw takes 100 mg of vitaminB6 daily and recommends the pyridoxine form. Hemaintains that this supplement is the most helpful,and that this amount is very safe.Oxalate status can be determined using urinepanels that measure oxalates and yeast markers atThe Great Plains Laboratory for Health, Nutritionand Metabolism. Dr. Shaw serves as Director of the laboratory that specializes in the diagnosisand treatment of metabolic disorders of adults andchildren, along with autism, PDD, hyperactivity,inborn errors of metabolism and adult disorderssuch as depression, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.

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