Nutrients and Nasties


Scientists discovered that by altering a very specific step in gene regulation, this compound essentially re-educates cancer cells to revert back to normal cells that die as scheduled. The compound, known as apigenin is found in abundance in many plant-based foods frequently found in the Mediterranean diet that include chamomile tea, celery and parsley, among a host of other leafy green vegetables
Ever wondered why you get cravings for certain foods? I always go along with them if possible and have never over the years found my body to be wrong about what it needs. Right now it’s celery and parsley! Here in the South of Australia we are reputed to grow the best celery – it is large, crisp and tasty, with plenty of crunch and delicious with a very matured, real, cheddar. I also steam the larger outside stalks and serve with lime juice and butter or often steam them with those ingredients in a package, a nice change with salmon. Celery is great in soups too and I have in the distant past made celery soup, straining it carefully before serving for those stringy bits that get stuck in your teeth. It is light, cleansing and refreshing.
Parsley is a wonderful herb, great as the main ingredient in tabbouli or as a finisher. I prefer the Italian parsley, but curly will do and often looks better and more decorative as a finishing touch. For lunch yesterday I had thin corn crackers spread with avocado, topped with crumbled fried bacon and sprinkled with chopped parsley and lime juice. Delicious! Nutritious! And think of my cells rejoicing at the apigenin intake!
Good food is so important in recovery, in pain control and in cancer telief. The healthier our body, the better placed it is for fighting disease, illness and the struggles we have in life with the challenges it presents – like adoption, reunion, post-reunion and the constant barrage of the adopted life for adoptees. Comfort foods are vital and if they can be healthy comfort foods, so much the better. It seems the jury is no longer out on chocolate, it is now seen as a healthy food to consume, as long as it is dark and not too plentiful in the diet. There are some of us who didn’t really care what the jury found!
I have read that adoption is a one-off event, that it occurs on a single day and is then over, to be celebrated as Gottcha Day! How very much those who write such trash stuff really want that to be so! In their belief they deny all that goes before and all that goes afterwards for the adoptee. It is totally egocentric, focussed on what the adopter wants to be true and as a belief is able to be pushed onto the adoptee, brainwashing, if you like and made to be true, regardless of what is true. Dangerous stuff! I have seen adopters recommend that adopters just forget what went before adoption, wipe it out as if it didn’t happen!! Thank you Bobby Binko!
Another damaging aspect of the adopted life, of how others perceive the adopted life and how they want it to be. It makes it more comfortable and it makes it theirs. While we might understand that, parenting and particularly adoptive parenting is not about making the experience all about the adopters, it should surely be, in part, about learning to accomodate the truth, the whole story of the adoptee’s life. It does not start and never has on Gotcha Day, or any other day determined by anyone except the adoptee on the day of their birth. We adoptees read many horror stories on blogs and forums, things that make our stomachs turn and fill us with dismay. Stories of the insensitivity and blundering joyfulness which overlook the real events and what adoption is about for the adoptee. We read of transnational adoptees being taken to Disneyland on their way ‘home’, the photos showing bewildered, often frightened children, traumatised by their removal, their journey, the strangers and finally the unreality in an already unreal world. How insensitive can you get?
Of course adopters who do this sort of thing, seem to believe it is their right, they do it because they can and they do not respond positively to suggestions. They know best and will continue to do so, until the chickens come home to roost, as they inevitably will at some time in the future. They tend to be the same adopters who believe it is their story to tell and post the most intimate photos of adoptees, give information about the most private of matters and laugh about adoptee behaviour on blogs which will be available to adoptees and anyone who cares to look forever more. Much of what they do actually constitutes abuse and you wonder how long it will be before we see the first court case in which an adoptee brings an action against adopters. Any young adoptees will have nothing but support from older adoptees, if their plentiful comments are anything to go by.
Have a peaceful weekend. Hope you enjoy some quiet time, recharge the batteries and find yourself refreshed.

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