When my wife telephoned me last week to ask if I had heard about SALADMASTER, my mind went straight to a young university graduate who sells all kinds of salads in Pen Cinema, Agege, area of Lagos. He was unemployed and withering until he recognised his education may not necessarily be to make him a paid worker but to open his faculties so he could design self employment for himself to eke a living however small.
“No”, replied my wife. “Saladmaster is a machine designed for cooking food without water”.
It was intriguing. And, as they say in spiritual terms, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears”. I decided last week I would examine this concept of cooking and provide an exploratory report this week. So, last Sunday, as I prepared for this, a resident in my neighbourhood who had witnessed a demonstration of this machine, and knows of my passion for doing things, including cooking, the natural way, dropped by on a visit, the Saladmaster being the last thing on his mind. For people who believe in the roles of the forces of Nature in our lives, the rest of the story will be readily understandable. When you throw up a thought, the radiations of that thought are caught by Nature beings whose work activities are in this area. They fashion these rays into a form which they may bring before the gaze or attention of people who have the tendency to actualise that thought. If, for example, I need money to finish off a project, they may link this thought to people who may give me jobs to earn an income from which I can fund the project. I believe it was through this activity that this gentleman dropped by on a visit. For, suddenly, he asked me if I knew about Saladmaster. Being on orthodox medical doctor veering into Alternative Medicine and always itching to gladden his heart that he is one step ahead of me, he expected me to be at sea. So, he was bowled over when he learned I knew about saladmaster. Apparently, a demonstration had been done in his apartment the day before. He called the agent on the telephone, and in about 10 minutes, the machines were brought to my home. But a boisterous situation warranted the shifting of the demonstration to another day. So, what is the Saladmaster?
arry Lemmons, the owner, reports that the company was established in 1946 but became operational in 1947 in his home. He invested $9,000, had only one product, three salesmen but, one year after, he had more than 100 distributors. By 1949, three years after, Mr. Lemmon had to invest $50,000 in a new office building. In 1950, Mr. Lemmon introduced another product, Mirror Master, an Aluminium Cookware. Stainless steel cookware did not exist at that time. In 1952, Saladmaster came up with 18 to 8 (3ply) stainless steel cookware. More stainless steel products joined the stable as time progressed.
According to a product literature on Saladmaster machine: “The cooking surface of Saladmaster is 316 Titanium stainless steel. It is the highest grade of steel used in the cookware industry. Saladmaster’s raw materials are manufactured exclusively for Saladmaster in the U.S. and Switzerland, unlike other metals originating from overseas, our metal is clean, non corrosive, non porous and highly resistant to chemical attack”.
It is reported that, with Saladmaster, cooking can be done without oil, and that it is easier to clean than regular stainless steel cookware. Saladmaster 316-Ti is equipped with a vapour valve which helps to regulate temperature to avoid damage to vitamins and other nutrients while, at the same time, allowing heat high enough to kill bacteria. This feature is said to make it cook faster under low heat and preserve an average of 93 percent of your food nutrients”. Vitamins and minerals are thought to become damaged at temperatures above 200 degrees Fahrenheit which is inevitable with common cooking practice such as boiling, steaming and microwaving.
There is yet another advantage Saladmaster is said to have. Often, many people believe a heavier pan is a better pan. Saladmaster says “NO”. For Saladmaster, the average cooking pan has several layers of heat-conducting alloys only at the bottom of the pan where the heating source contacts the pan. This is said to be the reason food burns easily in these pots or stick to the bottom and why, to prevent this, the food has to be turned and turned in the pot to distribute the heat. This problem is reported to be solved in Saladmaster 316-Ti through “super-thermo-cool construction”. This is a combination of metals designed to distribute the heat evenly over 360 degree matrix. “This allows your food to cook faster at lower temperatures without the need of stirring. Each piece of cookware is considered like a mini oven, you can even bake a cake at the top of the stove”, says a Mastersalad manual.
What the Saladmaster agent was to demonstrate to me included the superiority of 316-Ti surgical steel, from which the pots are made, over 304-Ti surgical steel from which most brands of stainless steel pots are made. I threw away all my aluminium cooking pots when I became aware that they leach aluminium into food, for which I had to add to my diet food supplements which choate or drag out these toxic metals from the body. Such supplements include Zinc, Zeolite Pure and Diatomaceous or Diatom, also called food grade Edible Earth. Now, I am being educated that the stainless steel pots to which I turned are only a shade better. So, it means I have to change these pots again. But I have not witnessed a demonstration, as I said. Thus, I rely on the product manual which advises: “Saladmaster’s unique construction allows you to fry chicken without added oil or grease. Heat large or small skillet over medium heat two to three minutes, until a few drops of water splashed in the pan bed and dance. Add chicken pieces, pressing them against bottom and side of pan. For a healthier option, remove skin and fat before cooking. Meat may stick but will loosen as browning continues. Place lid on pan slightly after when meat loosens, turn and fry until golden brown and cooked through about ten minutes”.
I look forward, as I said, to a live demonstration of cooking without water, and frying without oil.
I received from one well wisher, Dr. Sam Asomugha, a New Year present which I consider a great gift. I had told him my health plan this year was to improve the health and functions of my liver and eyes. What I got from him last month was an ECLIPTA tincture.
Eclipta is an Ayuverdic herb which, literally speaking, means king of the hair. So popular is this herb that it is claimed to help health many in condition such as healthy hair, liver health, nerves, healthy skin, cholesterol and blood sugar control, anti-inflamation and gynaecological problems. It is anti-viral, anti bacterial, is an antioxidant, antispasmodic, spleen and is kidney cleansing, warming, vision improving and has a positive impact on the digestive system.
Eclipta is used in Ayuverdic medicine to rejuvenate hair, prevent hair fall, baldness, dandruff and premature graying. Many shampoos contain it. Eclipta oil or powder or paste is applied to the scalp. When used for detoxification, the positive effects rebound on the hair and skin.
Powder of the root is used for liver conditions, including cirrhosis, hepatitis, jaundice, anaemia and gall bladder congestion. It is reported, also, to help enlarged spleen. Other problems which this herb helps to curb are listed in Ajuverdic medicine to include kidney disorders, urinary tract infections, piles and impure blood.
We are nothing but our nerves. They keep us awake when we should be up on our feet, and make us fall asleep when we should. Eclipta is considered effective for insomnia and for supporting sound and restful sleep. Keen memory, good vision and hearing profit from Eclipta therapy as well. Anti-stress and anti-aging, perhaps through its antioxidant properties, the oil is reported useful for headaches, tension, anxiety and migraine.
When the blood is loaded with toxins, and the liver, kidneys and digestive system do not eliminate toxins as well as they should, one of the first signs of this trouble is unhealthy skin. The body tries to eliminate these poisons through the skin which, in fact, is the largest organ of detoxification. Thus, the detoxifying effects of Eclipta is said to help conditions such as eczema, cracked heels, athletes foot, insect bites and stings.
Cholesterol and blood sugar
Blood sugar imbalances and high blood cholesterol are serious issues for many people. Low blood sugar may cause dizziness fainting and death in extreme cases. High blood sugar may damage the eyes and the kidneys, for example, while high blood cholesterol may cause heart attacks, strokes and blood vessel damage. Some studies have shown Eclipta is able to lower blood LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) cholesterol and triglycerides levels in addition to raising High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels. LDL is the bad cholesterol, HDL, is the good guy. Other studies show Eclipta reduces blood glucose level and blood pressure.
Inflammation is desirable for healing. But when it becomes prolonged, it becomes damaging. Unfortunately many people have organs which have become inflamed over a long period of time. The healing process may cause inflammation. But so does, also, toxins, heavy metals, microbes and other factors. I often ask my friends to block one nostril and breathe with the other. It is only then they find one nostril may have become partially or completely blocked. Many hearts are inflamed (carditis). The asthma sufferer needs no special education to know his or her lungs may be inflamed. Piles are nothing but enlarged blood vessels in the anus. Jethro Kloss reports in his BACK TO EDEN that when he was privileged to work in a morgue (mortuary), he found that inflammation must have been a major cause of the death of many people.
Ayuverdic medicine advises us that “the inflammatory properties of Eclipta make it an effective remedy for conditions such as joint pains and arthritis” and that it is also useful for the treatment of cough, asthma and acidity”.
When the leaves of Eclipta are mixed with honey, it is a worm remedy in children, it is said.
This is an area of Eclipta which would be of interest to many men and women these days of increased male and female reproduction system troubles.
Eclipta leaves are indicated for miscarriage and abortion…interine bleeding and post delivery pain. Eclipta is, indeed, good news for people who wish to protect their livers and upgrade liver function. Studies in Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh say it is hepaprotective, that is, it is liver protecting. A well known herb for this is Milk thistle. This herb gained its popularity after it passed the carbon-tetrachloride test. In the experiment, animals were divided into three groups. One group was given carbon tetrachloride without milk thistle. They all died. Carbon tetrachloride damages the liver. Another group given milk thistle 24 hours before carbon tetrachloride suffered partial mortality. The last group, given milk thistle for days before being given carbon tetrachloride suffered the least mortality. This led to the conclusion that milk thistle protects the liver against all sorts of poisons. Eclipta, too, was found to overcome carbon tetrachloride in the livers of rats. Its pro-active chemical substances, say one report, “showed significant stimulatory effect on liver cell regeneration”. The alcoholic extract was “found to have good anti-hepatoxic activity as assessed in induced liver damage in albino rats” the liver gained weight when given Eclipta.
Eclipta may also be helpful in cancer therapy. In 2011, a study reported in the Journal of Ethno pharmacology said researchers investigated anti-cancer potential of Eclipta against liver cancer. The researchers said that alcoholic extracts of Eclipta inhibited the growth of cancer cells and had cytotoxic effects meaning that it was efficient in killing the cancer cells. The study suggested that Eclipta prevented proliferation of cancer cells by destroying their DNA molecules. Thus, it effectively inhibited growth of the cancer.
In respect of Eclipta anti-microbial effects, an article appeared in the Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Microbials of May 2011. It reported a study of the II antimicrobial effects of Eclipta Alba on secondary infections of patients undergoing anti-cancer treatment, samples were gathered from 40 oral cancer patients. Nine different pathogenic bacteria species were identified in the samples. The bacteria included staphylococcus aureus, which causes Staph infections, Escherichia Coli (E.Coli), which causes gastrointestinal problems and Staph epidermis. This is a common cause of boils and barber’s rash. The researchers reported that “Eclipta alba was an effective microbial agent against all of the tested organisms and encouraged future studies to test the efficacy and safety of this herbal remedy”.
distressed young man asked me last week what he could do to overcome vitiligo which had begun to creep in around his neck. Vitiligo is a discolouration of the skin pigment found in all races, especially among dark skin people such as Africans. Many possible causes have been spoken of, and these have led to varied suggestions either from the management of this condition or its cure.
Vitiligo begins with damage to the cells which give the skin its pigment or colour. The cells are called melanin. The damage expresses as white chalk spots or patches. Some researchers believe toxin overload in the liver and failure of the excretory organs, including the lungs, liver, intestine and kidneys to do their work efficiently leads to an extra workload for the skin. As the toxin load bombards the skin, free radicals attack its cells, damaging them. So, one way to combat vitiligo is through the use of antioxidants specific to the skin. Many proprietary products for this purpose have been developed and are present on the Nigerian Alternative Medicine market. One of them is Bells Help for Skin Disorders. Another is Amazon Skin – P. I took interest in Grape Seed extract after I read in the book of an American doctor of how this herb helped to cure his skin damage caused by stress induced free radicals. I have watched, with joy, as this herb has helped people I suggest it to. Some other researchers believe vitiligo is an auto-immune system disease which marks the pigment cells for destruction. If this is the case, Grape Seed Extract may also help. In Dr. Ray Strand’s what your doctor doesn’t know about nutrition may be killing you, he reports the case of a man with autoimmune disease which shot up his ANA (Anti-Nuclear Antibody) thousands of times above normal levels. His doctors suggested chemotherapy. He declined. Instead, he added large doses of Grape Seed Extract to his nutritional support regimen of minerals and vitamins. One year after, his ANA normalised.