I like to say that dairy is pus and flour is paste and refined powders are addictive, like granulated and powdered sugar, cocaine, heroin and meth. Anything that goes from a recognizable plant to a fine white powder is the Devil. This page is all about remembering that the only good food comes in her original package not in plastic, cardboard or even glass. Eat the apple, leave the juice. It has all the life filtered out of it.
Coca leaves are not addicting, but refined cocaine is a pimp and you are an innocent young maiden hearing his exciting promises of wealth and independence. No contest.
“Coca is known throughout the world for its psychoactive alkaloid, cocaine. The alkaloid content of coca leaves is low, between 0.25% and 0.77%. This means that chewing the leaves or drinking coca tea does not produce the high (euphoria, megalomania, depression) people experience with cocaine. Coca leaf extract had been used in Coca-Cola products since 1885, with cocaine being completely eliminated from the products on or around 1929. Extraction of cocaine from coca requires several solvents and a chemical process known as an acid/base extraction, which can fairly easily extract the alkaloids from the plant.” Wikipedia
Milk of the poppy is a valuable pain reliever that is not addicting when used for a short time. Like anything used more than 30 days, it will become a standard of daily life and thus a possible addiction.
Meth comes from ephedra, which is highly enervating, but I was able to stop when I couldn’t sleep. I wanted to sleep more than I desired to twirl around the house cooking and sweeping. The thing is, meth is far removed from its ancestor ephedra or Ma Huang, as the Chinese call it. We called it “stick tea” in the Southwest. Is is a lung remedy and a “happy drink”.
Meth comes from a pharmaceutical derivative. It is born from many levels of refinement. Below you can see the hard crystals that are manufactured from the plant above. Those sores on the faces below are typical of using the crystal. Using the plant does not mess you up like these poor crystal-addicted folks.
The farther we go from the source, the more intense are the effects. White sugar does not resemble a big fat sugar beet. After two years of Macrobiotics, I tasted a sugar drink and spit it out because it was too intense. That sugar taste was beyond my tolerance. The best way to discover how the sugar works on your body is to do without it for two weeks and then bring it back into the diet for one day. You will be educated very quickly! Two days after my sugar rush, my body holds so much water that I look like cottage cheese from my navel to my knees!
This Ted Talk is so enlightening. I know you will like it…
The Tao of Chow