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Kombucha: Separating the myths from the reality

Sugar in kombucha

MYTH: Kombucha is sugar-free.
TRUTH: You cannot make kombucha without sugar to feed the SCOBY. The more days kombucha is brewed, the more of the sugar the SCOBY consumes. But it won’t be sugar free until 30 days or so, by which time it is more sour than most people can like. The usual brew time is 7-12 days, after which time there is sugar, but as you can see in the graphic, it is FAR less than in other drinks. If you need to know the sugar content of your home brew, you can use sugar test strips.

TRUE: Kombucha is an alcoholic drink.
FACT: Yes, but it is a very small amount, usually between 0.5 and 3%, depending on length of fermentation. (Beer contains 4-6%.)

MYTH: Kombucha is caffeine-free.
TRUTH: Kombucha has the same caffeine as the tea you started with. If you want decaff, start with decaff.

TRUE: Kombucha is a powerful detoxifier.
FACT: Kombucha appears to help the body produce glucoronic acid, which is a powerful detoxifier. Kombucha itself does not contain the compound, but people who drink kombucha have a lot of glucoronic acid in their urine.

TRUE: Kombucha is effective at relieving joint pain.
FACT: Although kombucha itself does not contain hyaluronic acid and glucosamine, it appears to help the body produce these joint-helping compounds.

MYTH: Kombucha contains over 50 different kinds of probiotics, organic enzymes, amino acids and vitamins.
FACT: This is a debatable claim, since every batch of kombucha is different. Most batches of kombucha will contain an analgesic (pain reliever), an anti-arthritic compound, an anti-spasmodic compound, a liver-protective compound, and several anti-bacterial compounds. [Note: Kombucha has gluconic acid, but not glucoronic acid.] Every batch will contain at least one beneficial yeast, acetobacter (the beneficial bacteria in the SCOBY), gluconic acid (a pH regulator), and acetic acid (an anti-microbial acid, which also stabilizes blood sugar).

MYTH: Kombucha is dangerous and has been linked to deaths.
FACT: In 1995, two ladies who drank kombucha from the same original SCOBY got sick suddenly and one died. The CDC published a caution that it may have been the SCOBY, but tests proved there were no pathogens or toxin-producing organisms in the SCOBY and no one else who brewed from that same SCOBY had any problems. Whatever made those two ladies sick, it wasn’t the kombucha.

Read more myths and facts @ http://www.phoenixhelix.com/2013/03/25/kombucha-myths-vs-truths/

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It’s doubtful any of us were here at the beginning. Of the 16 million who participated in that World War about one million remain. It was a different time. After trying to become directly involved in the world conflict,the Empire of Japan dragged us inexorably into that maelstrom. Back then,when we went into war we went to win. We were not as preoccupied with political correctness or considering the feelings of those who were trying to kill us. Had Obama been around then he doubtless would have been a zoot-suit-wearing draft dodger. It is to this country’s everlasting shame that he has as commander-in-chief became the most dangerous enemy of those with the balls to put on the uniform.

When we studied history the text stuck pretty much to the facts,as I recall. If it hasn’t happened already our future generations will be treated to the liberal view of events,no doubt blaming the Pearl Harbor attack on American imperialism and just not trying to understand the Japs who were killing us. They will be taught we had it coming and we got what we deserve. We were fortunate to have talked to people who lived through it. Younger people will not.

It was,as FDR famously stated “a day that will live in infamy.” It seems to be disintegrating into a day that will slip into anonymity. I know nobody comes around here on Sunday,it’s just something I feel I owed to my uncle Ron who fought in Europe and my last surviving uncle Roger,who served in Korea.


Obama declares National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
This day doesn’t live in as much infamy as it used to.
Today is the 73rd anniversary of Japan’s sneak attack on the US Navy base at Pearl Harbor, which killed 2,403 people, wounded 1,178 and took out 21 Navy ships.
But fewer people remember — and there’s less pomp surrounding the occasion.
President Obama issued a proclamation — on Friday — declaring Sunday as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
“The men and women of the Greatest Generation went to war and braved hardships to make the world safer, freer, and more just,” the proclamation says.
But the president is not expected to attend any ceremonies Sunday and has no public schedule. He also had no public schedule last Dec. 7.
In New York, flags will be flown at half-staff at government facilities.
But the ceremonies held every year are getting smaller. At the USS Intrepid, this year’s ceremony will include a wreath laying and remarks by Pearl Harbor survivors.
The low-key remembrance will be in contrast to 2011, the 70th anniversary of the attack, which included an overflight by two World War II-era propeller planes that dropped 70 roses over the Statue of Liberty.
Only 1 million of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II still live.

I had planned on doing some links,but that can wait until tomorrow.





Awesome Color Photos of the Attack on Pearl Harbor (6)


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Solving the Enigma of Pope Francis

Never has a pope been called liberal, conservative, radical, Peronist and fascist, all at the same time. A new book by British author Austen Ivereigh attempts to sort out the confusing mystery of this controversial leader. I think he’s done an outstanding job. This Fox News interview of Mr. Ivereigh with Lauren Green is particularly good.


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Memes I can believe in

Person responsible for Brown's death

The “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!” thing is crap. If Brown had DONE that, he wouldn’t be dead. Below are two variations I can get behind:

Pants up don't loot

Hands up don't abort

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