Charles Dickens Said It Best…

” It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going the other way…”

What better way to describe our current state of affairs than the paragraph above? All of the information we have at our disposal and yet most choose to listen to those that are driven by greed. If only we would take the time to research the real scientific narrative thereby increasing our ability to follow rational thought. Instead the majority are being driven by foolishness. Those I once respected are now cow towing to the incessant drone of hyperbole to further separate and divide through masks and unconstitutional infringement of our inalienable rights.

It seems the White House intends to strong arm the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) into fully approving Covid vaccines, while completely dismissing evolving safety and efficacy concerns in the process. If you trust Big Pharma and the Government… you should get the vaccine. What could go wrong?

Fully authorizing the Covid vaccines will allow for the government to hop over legal and regulatory hurdles that come from their current status under emergency use authorization. The Biden administration seems to believe full approval will act as a mandate for further draconian, top down policies from the federal government, the likes of which may include vaccine passports and compulsory vaccination for much of public and private industry.

Just to let you know the FDA is not in fact an independent regulatory agency. It is simply another executive branch agency that falls under the umbrella of the Department of Health and Human Services. While the FDA is tasked with ensuring the safety of drugs that have prospects for the open market, the reality remains that politicians and pharmaceutical companies regularly steer and manipulate the FDA as they please.

The revolving door between Big Pharma and the Government Health is very much on display at the FDA today. Patrizia Cavazzoni, the FDA’s new top drug regulator, worked for two decades in Big Pharma (including a stint at Pfizer) before entering her government role in 2019.

In fact, it is the norm, not an aberration, for Big Pharma consulting and employment gigs. Recent FDA chiefs, such as Pfizer board member Scott Gottlieb and Obama FDA chief Robert Califf, have resumes filled with examples of the constant revolving door between lobbying, government, and pharmaceutical companies.

Real world data (as opposed to Big Pharma studies) out of Israel, Malta, and the UK show there are significant side effects and deaths (because of the vaccinations), not being reported through the main stream media. Not to mention the fact that the vaccines have not exactly demonstrated much of an ability to prevent infection, contrary to the early claims made by pharmaceutical companies and Government “Health” organizations.

These are the same government agencies that gave us the disastrous food pyramid. I can certainly attest to that! The FDA is just another bureaucracy, with the primary interested parties being the White House and Big Pharma. Next week I will delve into the real science behind my concerns. However, I can say this, ” A person convinced against their will is of the same opinion.

As in A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens asserts his belief in the possibility of resurrection and transformation, both on a personal level and on a societal level. I hope that through the openness of discovery and information some will begin the difficult journey into the realm of possibility.

Coffee, Wine, and New Recipes… PAZAZ™ Style

I believe that most of you think I know a thing or two about food and wine. Another part of the equation would be coffee. I always tell people I train in the restaurant business that the customer will remember the first three minutes and the last three minutes of a meal more than any other part.

The last three minutes would include the very important beverage, coffee. A few years ago I stumbled upon a great coffee that hits on all cylinders; or, if you prefer, it checks all the boxes. Now, having said that, many have a preference, lighter roast or a darker roast. I prefer the richness of the darker roast.

Urth Caffe out of Hawthorne California produces many different blends and flavors of coffee. The one for me (if you love a dark roast) is called, ” Old Grandpa”. This coffee has the rich yet smooth flavor that comes from triple sorted by hand, (using only the finest organic ripe cherries) grown at the highest altitude, old stock heirloom trees. Because of this the acid is low and the flavor blends dark chocolate with toasty goodness finished with the smoothest cherry non-bitter taste. This coffee is the perfect beverage compliment to the molten chocolate cake or even a bananas foster.

If coffee is not your beverage of choice then I highly recommend either a port wine or a sauterne. The best bang for the buck regarding port wines is the 20 year old tawny port. The aromatics coat the palate with a delectable sweetness, not over powering, but smooth in its constitution. As abruptly as it descends down your throat it embellishes the sweetness of the dessert. This perfect pairing provides a flavor profile of butterscotch, caramel, walnuts, honey and raison completing its journey with a slight candied apricot on the finish. Fonseca, Grahams, or Cockburn are the 20 year old tawny ports I would recommend if you so choose this beverage. Also, remember that a 20 year old tawny port will last after the bottle is opened (without any diminishing quality) 10-12 weeks.

Now we get to the “BIG DADDY” of meal finishers… the sauterne. Sauterne is a French sweet wine from the region of the same name located in the Graves section of Bordeaux. Sauterne wines are made from semillon, sauvignon blanc, and muscadelle grapes that have been affected by Botrytis cinerea, also known as “noble rot”. If you’re going to go big (or go home) there is only one Sauterne to finish the meal in the elegant style you’re accustomed to… Chateau Y’quem. Chateau Y’quem (for sweet wines) has a classification of premier cru superieur, it is quite literally in a league of its own. The grapes are hand picked after they reach an exceptionally high brix content (sugar content) that ultimately produces the most delectable, mouth watering dessert wine in the world. Most recent 100 point wines from Chateau Y’quem are 2011 and 2013. Try these and you will have experienced what the term “Nirvana” is all about.

To finish this expose on coffee, wine, and food I would be remiss if I didn’t mention John McDougall, MD’s vegan recipe, “Summer Fettuccine”.

This recipe (for vegans) incorporates the following organic items:

      • 1 pound fettuccine
      • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic, minced
      • 1 small onion, cut into wedges
      • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
      • 2 yellow summer squash, thinly sliced
      • 1 cup of green beans
      • 1 cup of corn
      • 1/4 cup finely chopped basil
      • 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
      • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
      • ground black pepper to taste

Bring large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente to taste.

Place the water in a large saucepan. Add garlic and onion and cook for two minutes.

Add the tomatoes, squash, green beans, and corn. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.

Add the basil, parsley and tomato paste. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Season to taste with pepper.

Drain the pasta in a large bowl. Spoon the sauce over the pasta and serve immediately.

Enjoy this blog delving into the realm of coffee, wine, and food. Incorporated into this lies the experience we all are looking for which entails the beauty of food coupled with the pairing of wine finished with the rich and satisfying coffee that brings it all to life. As a side bar the wine that should be paired with this dish is Sancerre a sauvignon blanc from the Loire Valley in the Bordeaux region of France.

If I Can Reach Just One Person… This Blog Was Worth It!

As many of you know last week I was a little under the weather. I have had three near death experiences that have fueled my interest in staying above ground. Driving off a cliff, open heart 5 bypass surgery, and the latest PCI High Risk Stent operation. Until now I had decided that I would continue doing what I was doing and expecting different results… you know that definition.

Speaking up is the single most effective way I know to awaken people from the falsehoods that are making them sick and teach truths that can bring them health. The best food money could buy… nearly killed me.

The government suggests the four food groups as Meat, Dairy, Grains, Fruits and Vegetables. As Dr. McDougall (World Renowned MD/Nutritionist out of Santa Rosa Ca.) states,” My medical training taught me nothing about the impact of food and health. Nutrition was almost never mentioned in medical school, my textbooks, or during my internship or residency. There were very few questions about it on my board exam. Yet it was this one simple insight that now allows me to take patients off ineffective pills, protect them from risky surgeries, and offer them a simple, effective pathway to health and longevity and permanent loss of excess body weight.”

So here it is. I’ve decided to go Vegan. Keep in mind I’ve only been on this path for one week since arriving back home last Saturday. However, what I can tell you is this (so far), I’ve felt stronger and slept better than before. I’ve also dropped a significant amount of weight and continue to lose those unnecessary exes pounds. Another interesting side bar is that now I don’t feel hungry all the time in between meals. I am satisfied while spending a third of the money I used to spend when I was buying steaks, lamb, pork, and seafood.

I am not a doctor, I am not a nutritionist… I am a survivalist. To survive and reverse my heart condition I must go to a plant based diet (period, end of story). There is no dipping my toe in the water and exclaiming, “Maybe I’ll cheat once a month.” My heart can’t take the animal based diet anymore. Plus many of you would be disappointed not having my jokes to bring some semblance of humor into your lives.

Starch is the key ingredient. I never knew this. I thought starch was to be avoided and would only add meaningless calories and no nutrition. Boy was I wrong. Humans are built to thrive on starch. The more rice, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and beans we eat the trimmer, more energetic, and healthier we become. Here comes the lesson:

This information is gleamed from a book entitled, “The Starch Solution”, John A. McDougall, MD.

“Plants store in their roots, stems, leaves, flowers, seeds, and fruits the starch they produce. The stored starch provides them with a source of energy when they need it later, keeping them alive through the winter and fueling their reproduction the following spring. It’s what makes starchy vegetables, legumes, and grains so healthy to eat: Their high concentration of carbohydrates not only sustains the plants but also provides the energy needed to sustain human life.”

Dr. McDougall goes on to say, ” Starch should be our primary source of digestible carbohydrates. The enzyme amylase in our saliva and intestine breaks down the long carbohydrate chains, turning them back into simple sugars. Digestion is a slow process that gradually releases these simple sugars from the small intestine into the bloodstream, providing our cells with a ready supply of energy.”

The gold medal for the carbohydrate most beneficial to humans goes to starch. Starch is so important that an international scientific journal “Starch” is dedicated to its study. According to the world-renowned anthropologist from Dartmouth College, Nathaniel Dominy, PhD, “A majority of calories for most hunter-gatherer societies came from plant-foods, not animal-foods, thus humans might be more appropriately described as “starchivores”.

Here is the bottom line: The American Heart Association, The American Diabetes Association, The American Cancer Society, are all sponsored by the very foods that are killing us. Very few doctors will provide a cure to our maladies because they are not versed in the education of nutrition.

If just one person reading this blog decides to go “all in” Vegas style and change your diet from animal based protein to plant based protein, then writing this blog was worth it. I guarantee you one thing… I’m all in and will (through my example) be a lightening rod for this discussion in the future. I only want what is best for all those I love and care about. There is absolutely no other reason for me to post this blog today.