The Biogenic Secret of Food

The Biogenic Secret of Food

by Dr. Gouri Maharaj

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This book attempts to allow us to have a social, cultural spiritual and scientific insight into food and nutrition. It suggests that proper use of food may be the basis for elimination of all diseases. It outlines methods of preparation and proper use of food. It gives a simple guide to those interested as how they can live a more healthy lifestyle by utalising proper nutrition.


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ISBN-13: 9781452029085
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 07/12/2010
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

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The Biogenic Secret of Food


By Gouri Maharaj

AuthorHouse

Copyright © 2010 Dr. Gouri Maharaj
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ISBN: 978-1-4520-2908-5


Chapter One

The Origin

The merging of pure consciousness and universal nature led to the formation of three nonmaterial constituents. These have been viewed as the essentials of all substances. The first is light or intelligence, the second is turbulence or motion, and the third is inertia or darkness. These three multidimensional substances are at work behind the scenes in every substance. These substances manifest in every cell (whether you believe in creation, evolution, or projection).

The great philosophers of the past postulated that the human body is composed of the "five great elements." These elements are categorized as being gaseous, etheric, radian, fluid, and solid states of matter that should always be in equilibrium. Any disruption, whether in humankind or the universe, causes disequilibrium and sets out a series of problems that can lead to chaos. These substances are thus called as follows:

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Natural science has pointed out similarities between humankind and the universe. There are three main causative factors in the universe. They are energy of conversion, energy of cohesion, and energy of propulsion. Some natural sciences and spiritualists see them as sun, moon, and wind.

Optimum health is seen as the impeccable balance of all three energies in the human being. The combinations of these five great elements have led to the formation of the constituents of the human body. This human body is said to consist of three biological humors, seven tissues, and three sets of waste products. These will be discussed at length later on in a separate chapter.

Every substance occupies space (ether). They exist at certain temperature (fire). Every known living being has at least one or more element that exists in the earth (earth). Substances can be compressed, and they do not have vacuums existing in their atoms or molecules. This means that air is being displaced when these substances are compressed (air).

It is therefore highly acceptable that every substance and everything that exists and will ever exist in this universe will have these five great elements in them.

The big question is why we have these great elements in us and how they are used in our lives. I am certain that we can have billions of answers for this very question. Some could say it is to regenerate, while others may indicate that it is part of our vital origin or even suggest that life and happiness are in their simplest state. Maybe at the end of this book we can give a greater insight into this theory. Whatever the reason or reasons, we cannot run away from the fact that they do exist in our very being.

Let us examine which of these we can live without! Water is essential for all living beings. Of course, we all occupy space, and we must maintain a certain body temperature. Everything we utilize in our life comes directly or indirectly from the earth. Needless to say, without air we will never be able to live. The food we eat, the clothing we wear, the buildings we erect, the wealth we accumulate, and everything else technically comes from the earth. When a person dies, even the body eventually goes into the earth. Some cultures believe that from here, the various elements as discussed above go back into the universal aspect of each element: ashes to ashes; dust to dust.

How much are we really related to our universe? Is it that when we destroy certain things in the universe, we are destroying some things in our body? Is the destruction of the ozone layer, which is a form of protection for the earth, causing our body to malfunction and thereby causing us to incur so many types of diseases that were unheard of in the past? How about the topsoil of this earth? Since more than two-thirds has been eroded both by nature and humankind, is this adversely affecting the quality of air or having some negative effect on our lungs, thereby causing us to have so many types of lung and blood disorders? Is there any relationship between our journeys in space and the moving of the solar system in its vacuum that is causing it not to return to its original position? Does this movement have any effect on changes in temperature throughout the world? Does the vast amount of pollution in our waters have some effect on our body fluids and the amount of free radicals and toxins present in them?

These are all possibilities. Many factors both in the fields of science and metaphysics have pointed out that all of the above and more than these occurrences are possible. Is it true then that every step we take toward advancement in "civilization" is really like two steps backward?

We create cars to travel faster, and the atmosphere is filled with too much carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. We are polluting the air and are cutting down so many trees that the carbon dioxide cannot be really used up by the plants!

Now do not misunderstand my notion. I am just trying to stir your brain cells to another level so that you will appreciate what I am going to tell you in the next few chapters. It is imperative that we set the stage for this "world drama" so that it will not only be acted out with great enthusiasm but understood that we are all actors and spectators at the same time. The various parts to play must be filled by someone. The various scenes must have the proper settings, and the whole picture must be visual if it is to be understood and realized. At the same time, we the actors must be able to understand ourselves, know our needs, and be fit to act the part that has been given to us on the "world drama stage."

The necessity for us to understand our body function, its limitations and capabilities, and the need for fuel to energize and regenerate itself in the process of life must never be forgotten. If we do, we will lose ourselves in the character that we are playing and forget our true identity. The end result is that we will forget our true self and live a life that is totally fictitious. We may thus end up creating a world to live in that will never exist in reality.

Now let us come back to earth, the place where we are and will continue to be for a long time if we understand the basics of life and living. Needless to say, if we misunderstand or ignore, we will cease to be. Let us, therefore, examine the life force of our mere existence-food.

Chapter Two

Food

It is most interesting to note all the modern research conducted in the field of medicine and the impact it has had on our lives. All research in medicine only led to a conclusion that had been come to thousands of years ago. The only three necessities of healthy living are food, exercise, and rest. These three headings comprise all that is necessary for any lifestyle we may choose to follow. Under the label of "food" comes medicine, natural or otherwise. While the other two branches of health are also important, our book will be dealing more with food and eating healthily.

Food is given the greatest importance and may be considered the best and most enjoyed of the above three aspects of health. The food industry is perhaps the biggest industry in any country. The various chefs of the world are highlighted so much today that every time you turn on the television, you are certain to see at least three to four shows that deal with food preparation and exotic foods. In fact, the number of competitions that are hosted all over the world is enough to show us the unsurpassed place that food and food preparation hold in the minds of every person.

A unique combination of this triad will lead to proper maintenance of the strength and vitality of the body. Nutritious food along with proper exercise and rest is capable of preserving every cell in the body. The body will be enriched with physical and immunological strength. Continued growth, nourishment, and youthfulness will be observed as we aspire to utilize "good food" in our daily lives.

The true significance of food is seen distinctly during intrauterine life. From the moment of conception to the time of birth, the child is consistently being fed. It is a great example of food being the building blocks of every cell, tissue, organ, and system. Food is the governing factor that embodies all the ingredients necessary for generating and controlling all metabolic processes. It contributes in the formation of all types of tissues, which is the basis of the various organs and systems in the human body.

A regulated practice of food, exercise, and rest is the greatest blessing of life. Lack of it brings about discord, disharmony, or "dis-ease," disease. The result is that the lack of food-or better yet, the lack of proper food-makes the body, mind, and spirit very problematic. Certain cultural literary works have pointed out that eating in an unwholesome manner may be the biggest sin we can ever commit. This is said to be the cause of all diseases.

Individuals having a healthy body are capable of performing all activities leading to happiness and liberation in every sense of the terms' meanings.

The preservation of health requires alertness to the fact that food is essential and is a basic factor in the process of life. Food sustains the life of living beings. It is no wonder why all species seek it out. Some even kill for it!

A great complexion, a good voice, clarity, happiness, strength, longevity, and intellectual development are dependent upon proper nourishment.

Professional activities leading to success and happiness in this world and cultural and ethnic practices all recognize the biological importance and response to food. Food nourishes and instantly promotes strength. It protects the well-being of the body, mind, and intellect. Some have even gone as far as to state that the span of life, enthusiasm, memory, and luster are dependent on good food.

Good food may therefore be defined as that which will cause the desired senses, objects, and life itself to be sustained at optimal level. It is the main ingredient that governs the body's tissues, strength, and luster, acuteness of the senses, plumpness, disease-free state, and healthy skin. At the same time, it maintains the integrity of the body, mind, and intellect.

The biogenic contribution of food is very important. Metabolic processes are governed by the various acids and enzymes that are responsible for digestion. Enzymes are said to operate at both chemical and biological levels. This fact, as explained by Dr. Edward Howell, indicates that "science cannot measure or synthesize their biological or life energy." Enzymes may be considered as the life force of the living being. In the absence of enzymes, the body may be seen as merely a bundle of lifeless chemicals. Each person, at birth, has been given a limited amount of these precious substances. The important thing to understand is that they are to last us a lifetime. Wasting them means a shorter life span. The wise use of enzymes will be dealt with in a subsequent chapter. The result is that food being absorbed in the cells is able to maintain body-tissue elements by the anabolic process. Remember that the body accepts most food only in the form of sugar. The body must therefore break down the complex substances into simple sugar in order to feed the cells.

Excess food is usually stored in the form of fat. It does not matter if it is of protein, carbohydrate, or fat derivative. Proper functioning of the metabolic pathways is essential for absorption of food. It is therefore essential that we have the best ingredients to supply this "processing plant" in order to get the best end product. Any imbalance in metabolic function may lead eventually to malfunction, which will result in diseases. The rate of proper growth and repair is directly proportional to the quality of food that a person eats.

The effect of wholesome foods cannot be overstated. It may be seen in its crude stage as a means of satisfaction of hunger. Some even see it as a means of generating new cells and maintaining life. Others may see it as the supplier of the essentials for tissue metabolism. It is also a requirement of the body, especially in the role of manifesting a disease-free state and maintaining optimum health. The body in the true sense is therefore a result of nutrition drawn from eatables, beverages, linctuses, and masticables.

Food could therefore be medicine to our cells. It is nutritious, and it is to be utilized intelligently and with great care. Do you live to eat or eat to live? Hold that thought until you are finished reading this book; then reexamine your answer.

It should be noted that the very food we eat may be the root cause of many diseases that are manifested in the body. Dr. John Nowicki pointed out that food allergy is now an unrecognized epidemic. Scientific evidence is now available to show that 95 percent of the people living in industrialized nations now suffer from some type of food reaction. His article, published in "priority one news letter," volume 6, issue 2, of 2000, states that "more than fifty medical conditions are associated with food allergies." The intake of wholesome foods in the proper manner, amount, and timing is very important to good health. Unwholesome foods are responsible for poor health and lead to the creation of diseases in the body.

History has pointed out that in every culture, food has played an extraordinary and vital part in the rise and fall of nations. The greatest asset of any nation is its people. If they are not strong and healthy, then the nation will ultimately end up very poor. No amount of wealth can buy health. Health does not come in a bottle. If it did, then all the pharmacies and health food stores and their owners would be the healthiest ones on the planet. The history of the world could probably be rewritten in terms of food. How healthy the soldiers ate would determine how well they perform in battle. The weak are easily trodden upon while the strong survive. This can be seen even before conception. It is the more healthy sperm that is able to reach the egg in order to fertilize it. Maybe this is when the battle for life begins.

The errors of food have detrimental effects on the human body and on nations as a whole. How food is presented to us is of great importance. It is important to understand if the bread we eat is coarse or fine and whether it is made of wheat or some other ingredient.

The process it has undergone-whether it is with or without hull-and the effect, if any, of its nutritional content as well as the reaction in the body when it is eaten is important. Just food for thought! How do you prepare your bread? Do you use too much or too little water? Should it be strongly kneaded or lightly or even not at all? Should your wheat be baked or eaten raw? Do you think these answers could make a difference to you? Do you think the result of the modification of the above factors would have any impact on your health? The creative as well as the biogenic aspects of food and food preparation are essential. Science and art combined with the natural colors of nature are able to bring mouthwatering dishes to our table. Many famous chefs are very concerned about the amount of calories that is present in their dishes. Some countries are considering regulating the type of ingredients used in food preparation. I do not mean preservatives and related chemicals. The use of added salt, trans-fatty acids, and certain types of fats are being closely examined. There is another school of thought as to whether we should be using them in our food or not. Many fast-food companies are being told that they must "shape up or ship out." The emphasis is on a higher level of nutrition.

How many people pay attention to these simple things? Being concerned with the above factors and seeking out the answers could be the difference between using food as medicine or our food being poison to the body. Food could be a medicine, it could be a poison, it could be a disease, and it could be detrimental to the body. It could also bring great nutrition to every cell in the body. Now what is the food that you are eating doing to your body?

Is it any of the above?

(Continues...)



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Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword....................v
Acknowledgments....................xv
Introduction....................xvii
SECTION ONE....................XXI
1. The Origin....................1
2. Food....................7
3. Enzyme Nutrition....................23
4. Human Nutrition....................31
5. Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load....................43
6. Real Food....................49
7. Our Needs and Wants....................59
8. Vegetarianism....................65
9. Planning Meals....................69
SECTION TWO....................81
10. Food Preparation....................83
Vegetable Broth....................85
Dashi Vegetable Stock....................87
White Mushroom Veggie Broth....................88
Italian Style....................89
African Style....................90
Jamaican Style....................91
Cabbage Salad....................92
Broccoli/Potato and Chickpeas Salad....................93
Beet Salad....................95
Celery Root, Orange, Grapefruit, and Spinach Salad....................96
Cucumber Salad....................97
Mixed Salad....................98
Eggplant Salad....................99
Black-eyed Peas Salad....................100
Gazpacho with Couscous....................102
Moong Dal Soup....................103
Black Bean and Spinach Soup....................104
Buttermilk Soup....................106
Japanese Noodle Soup....................108
Sorrel and Green Lentil Soup....................109
Beans/Greens and Sun-dried Tomato Crostini....................110
Onion Pakora....................112
Stuffed Grape Leaves....................113
Bean Sprout Parata....................115
Bean and Salsa Dip....................116
Tomato Puri....................117
Stuffed Tomatoes with Lentils....................118
Shahi Cauliflower....................119
Mushroom Lasagna....................121
Malai Kofta....................123
Steak/Mushroom Salad....................125
Baked Chicken and Rice/Veggies....................127
Green Beans and Lamb-Grecian Style....................129
Salmon with Shiitake Cream....................131
Strawberry Tofu Cream....................133
Butter Almond Cream....................134
Cran-Grapefruit Drink....................135
Mango Drink....................136
Guava-Yogurt Pie....................137
Roasted Almonds with Melted Chocolate....................138
Tables and Charts....................139
A Delicious Meal Plan to Get Down Those Pounds....................163
References....................171
About the Author....................173

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