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Dija Know… Joe’s Restaurant Newsletter -121 December 2015
– Sheila

Chimayo Christmas, photo by Bill Todino

Seasonal greeting cards, like the one above, are available for purchase at the red counter. They are creations of 4 local artists.

We truly wish everyone a very joyful Christmas and a happy Chanukah. It seems that especially this year, holding peace and brotherly love in our hearts and minds is an imperative. We indeed wish you peace and love.

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Mon Dec. 7 is the 2nd annual fund-raiser for the Monte del Sol Charter School from 4:30PM to 9PM. These fund-raisers give us the opportunity to support some very deserving local causes. Now, although it does not cost you a dime extra, the more you eat and spend on almost anything we sell (meals, truffles, latte mugs, tee shirts, greeting cards and even Nancy Kreger’s gorgeous watercolors and Nancy Nickerson’s sweet chicken paintings) the more Joe’s will donate to the school. In fact 20% of all sales that evening goes to MDSCS. So please plan on having your dinner at Joe’s that evening. .

Book now – Joe’s Red Room is perfect for your Holiday Party. It seats 32 comfortably.

Friday Dec 4 from 7:30 – 11am, Richard Eeds returns to Joe’s broadcasting the Morning Show live on 101.5. During the broadcast, watch Richard at work and benefit from a surprise discount on your breakfast! Just ask.

DiJa Know? Artificial Sweeteners increase your risk of obesity. Research has shown that artificial sweeteners can stimulate your appetite, increase carbohydrate cravings and stimulate fat storage and weight gain. It seems that artificial sweeteners break the connection between a sweet taste and a high-calorie food. The taste processes become re-programmed. It loses its innate ability to regulate calorie consumption.

We all have cancer cells in our bodies. With our exposure to air, water and soil-borne toxins, chemical assaults of all sorts, even someone living in a cave in the Himalayas is subject to cell mutations.   What then accounts for who develops full-blown cancer and who does not? I would love to know the answer to that question. I don’t. But what I can tell you is that over the last 20 or so years, I have come across many natural, non-invasive and yes effective treatments for cancer. I’m not advocating any single treatment here. There are honestly too many to recount. But I will share with you a memorable experience I had with a neighbor who had developed lung cancer. He referred to me as the neighborhood witch – I treated his and all the neighbors’ animals at the time with homeopathy. So he shared with me his condition and the allopathic route he chose. He had now given up hope and was at home to live out his last days. I introduced him to something I had been researching at the time – a now well-known herbal tea. He bought it, prepared it and drank it faithfully. He found himself getting stronger, breathing easier and the color was returning to his skin. Unfortunately once he felt much better, (about six months after starting the tea) he stopped taking it. He quickly declined and passed. I know, I know – anyone can argue his remission was routine. But I believe it was more than coincidental. And it propelled me forward in my search for natural remedies. Recently I read about a component in some foods called quercetin. Quercitin is a flavinoid (Vitamin C family) and one of the most powerful cancer killers. People with the highest intake of quercetin experience significantly lower risks of death from many of the major cancers: lung, colon, gastric and a reduced breast cancer risk. Population studies have found that people with the highest levels of quercetin reduced the risk of lung cancer by 51% and 65% among smokers. Quercetin is found in onions, tomatoes, green tea, grape skins, citrus fruits, parsley, apples, sage, tea and red wine. Bottom line: as Hippocrates said – let food be thy medicine and thy medicine be food. Really really good food or concentrated extracts from good food, can go a long way to enabling a disease-free life.

And don’t forget the role of sunshine on the skin (Vit D) in preventing cancer. I’ve written ad nauseum about Vit D3 and K2 and I’m not alone in my conviction about its importance.   Here’s what Dr. Mercola says. How much should the average person take? “Well, I want to see my patients with cancer taking 10,000 iu/day, maybe more in the winter months. Measure Vitamin D levels with a simple blood test – 80-120 is a normal range in my book!”

In an effort to control genetically modified “food” seeds some countries have taken extreme actions. Some of the EU member countries are bent on purging the continent of these “seed monstrosities”. But in order to do so, the European Commission has proposed a draconian law that would make it illegal to “grow, reproduce or trade” any vegetable seeds that have not been “tested and approved” by a new bureaucracy called the EU Plant Variety Agency. Now here’s the problem. Home gardeners who save, trade and grow their own plants from non-regulated seeds would be considered criminals under this law.” Talk about unintended consequences! Modifying genetic codes (GMO) is proving to be a genie too fat and pugnacious to be stuffed back into the bottle.

Tuesday night tradition at Joe’s –Spaghetti and Chianti Night. $29.95 for two will get you Caesar Salad, Spaghetti with homemade Bolognese and a great ½ ltr of Chianti. Wadda deal! The Bolognese sauce is made with our grass-fed-and-finished regional beef.

Priceless health and beauty tip. The Russians did the early heavy lifting (1950’s I think) with research into tissue rebuilding with tissue-specific peptides (proteins). American researchers have done quite some work in the topical peptides area. You may notice many skin creams now feature peptide content. In more serious therapy, American researchers are finding that peptides are ranking up there with stem cell therapy in creating close to miraculous therapeutic results in a variety of conditions. No side effects and no tissue invasion. Do your research! It’s quite exciting.

Healthy habits – are you kidding?! Here are 4 habits that have been touted as healthy. We debunk them here. 1) Low and no-fat diets. When you cut back on fats, you sabotage your body’s natural ability to extract cancer-killing nutrients from your food, like caratenoids from veggies. So the very thing you eat the veggies for, is lost to a low fat dressing. Ironic, eh?

2) Staying out of the sun. I won’t belabor this one as I have written about it so often. Simply put – get some sun on your bod! 3) Avoiding salt can throw off your electrolyte balance and deprive you of some essential minerals. We prefer sea or Celtic salt. By the way, on Joe’s tables it’s sea salt.   4) Your workouts are mostly cardio. This can actually be counterproductive, causing loss of muscle tissue. Resistance or weight training is essential to keep muscle mass and a billion other benefits.

Why are we at Joe’s so annoyingly persistent about this “buy local” stuff? Many factors are out of our hands when it comes to our food supply. Most of what ends up on the American dinner table derives from a shockingly few giant agribusinesses. Their reach is long – from designing the (GMO) seeds to planting, fertilizing, processing and shipping. We as consumers cannot with confidence hand over the entire stewardship of our food to these few multinationals. Our passion here at Joe’s is for a local sustainable food supply – food produced by growers who are accountable for what they grow. KYG – Know Your Grower. We are able to look our local farmer in the eye and ask him about his growing practices or even visit his operation. This gives us the confidence that we are eating food that is healthy, wholesome, non-genetically engineered, often better than organic, humanely treated and minimally processed. It is grown with a smaller energy-use footprint and transported short distances. We cannot divorce human health, the economy, ecology, personal (perhaps spiritual) satisfaction or honorable work from food. Food is fundamental. What we eat, where it comes from, the stewardship of food animals, the nurturing and building of soils – all these factors affect us at a cellular and visceral level. Santa Fe is fortunate to have one of the very best Farmers Markets in the nation. Here at Joe’s we offer this bounty to you, keeping dollars in the community. In the interest of transparency, in 2008 Joe’s spent $30,000 on local foods. In 2009, $60,000. Each year since 2012 we have far exceeded $100,000 per annum (over 30% of our purchases).   Land, economy, health – inseparable.

Banking forever changed in the 2008 financial meltdown. And subsequent Big Bank (BB) bailouts. And people real people are still paying for it. Countless numbers lost their way of life–their homes, jobs, businesses even families. Slap-on-the-wrist fines were paid–a pitiful token far from compensatory for the damage done. DiJa know…in 2011 a congressional audit of the Federal Reserve found that the Fed gave 16 trillion dollars from American taxpayers to bail out the “too big to jail (whoops) fail” banks with a hefty portion of it going to CEO’s obscene bonuses. Just imagine — had this staggering figure been re-directed to the people of the US, how different the picture could have looked today. Manufacturing starts, “shovel-ready jobs”, skills training, road and bridge repairs, national parks, education, etc. Had that been bailed out to the American people, each man woman and child would have received $50,000! Every time we use a credit card, part of that 3%-5% fee contributes to the BB’s. Now let’s be real – in today’s world one cannot function without a credit card, but there are still (legal) alternatives that reduce our dependency on the BB’s and actually save us money. We have a couple of suggestions: (1.) Joe’s Check List – If you are a “regular” and wish to pay by check, please ask your waiter to get you on the list. (2.) Joe’s own credit card/gift card – purchase a $100 gift card with cash or check or silver or gold coin, get a $10 free bonus!

 

Giggles: Things are heating up again in politics. We can try to keep our humor about it!

I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. ~Charles de Gaulle~

When I was a boy I was told anybody could become President. I now believe it. ~Clarence Darrow~

If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates. ~Jay Leno~

 

Joe’s Dining
2801 Rodeo Rd (at Zia Rd) Santa Fe, NM   87507
505-471-3800       www.JoesDining.com
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