Top 10 Horror Films Of All-Time

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 27, 2010 by thefoodshaman

Wait a minute, where’s Freddy, Chucky and Dracula ? Well they didn’t quite make this list because the characters in these movies SHOULD scare the hell out of you. If anything make you think “How have things gotten out of hand about our food and water?” These are real true to life adventures in horror, non-fiction scripted evil that will make your skin crawl !

Number 10 – Fast Food Nation – We’ll start you off with one that’s actually a film starring Greg Kinear and based upon the book by Eric Schlosser. It examines the local and global influence of the United States fast food industry.

Number 9 – Gasland – A documentary about the truth about hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” which is used to recover natural gas and oil from rock formations. Watch in HORROR as water from a kitchen tap is lit on fire !

Number 8 – Food Inc. – Oscar nominated doc about how our foods are heavily processed and the effects they have.

Number 7 – The Future Of Food – The movie that started it all for me, asking questions and not liking the answers that were revealed. Jerry Garcia’s wife wrote, produced and directed.

Number 6 – Food Matters – A connection between factory farming and big pharma – you decide. A pill for everything and everyone !

Number 5 – King Corn – Why is corn in everything? Soda, bread and just about everything that’s on your plate – find out why here.

Number 4 – Supersize me – Morgan Spurlocks 30 day McDonald’s only diet and the effects it has on him.

Number 3 – Blue Gold – Will the next war be fought over water?, maybe.

Number 2 – The Cove – Oscar winning documentary that is right on target like The Bourne Identity but only real. A little town with a big secret.  Are we really out of harmony with nature? I think so after watching this.

Number 1 – The Corporation – To truly understand how these horror inspired events have taken place you have to watch this doc. It explains how corporations shuffle executives in and out of our federal agencies to get their agendas approve. And the bottom line is profit over people and environment.

Most of these are available in their entirety on Google video or put them in your cue with Netflix.


How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love MSG

Posted in Uncategorized on October 11, 2010 by thefoodshaman

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love MSG

Never in a million years ! The title is just a play on words from the 1964 classic film “Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb”. I thought it was a good way to capture your attention and explore this flavor enhancer called MSG. First lets establish what MSG is. MSG is Monosodium Glutamate and is a sodium salt of the naturally occurring non-essential amino acid glutamic acid. It is used as a food additive and is commonly marketed as a flavour enhancer. Monosodium glutamate is one of several forms of glutamic acid found in foods, in large part because glutamic acid, being an amino acid, is pervasive in nature. Glutamic acid and its salts can also be present in a wide variety of other additives, including hydrolyzed vegetable proteins, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed yeast, yeast extract, soy extracts, and protein isolate. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded that MSG is safe for most people when “eaten at customary levels”.


Mad Flavor Scientist?


So whats the big deal?

Well for starters MSG can result in side effects from mild headaches and indigestion to chronic migraines, depression, obesity and possibly even seizures by over stimulating brain neurons.Obesity experiments often rely on treating lab rats with monosodium glutamate, which is a fast and reliable way of inducing obesity in animal test subjects. It is now considered an “Excitotoxin” – a substance added to foods and beverages that literally stimulates neurons to death, causing brain damage of varying degrees. When neurons are exposed to these substances, they become very excited and fire their impulses very rapidly until they reach a state of extreme exhaustion. Several hours later these neurons suddenly die, as if they were excited to death. This can also attribute to overeating because these substances actually trigger the satiety center of our brains and tell us “I need more food!” when in reality, we are not truly hungry. An example would be Chinese take-out and being hungry an hour later.

O.K. . . But I don’t use MSG. Really?


mmm ... mmm .. good?


The flavor enhancing industry is a 1.5 billion dollar a year giant and they are going to make your fast, convenient and processed food taste great  . . . even if it KILLS you. Lately I’ve been really watching what I buy and analyzing those food labels. I keep seeing this ingredient “Natural Flavors”. Natural Flavors is far from natural, it is concocted in a laboratory by a food scientist known as a “Flavorist”.Labels such as “All Natural,””Organic” and even “No Added MSG” may also be misleading, as MSG is technically a naturally occurring amino acid, and, therefore, may still be found in such product. The FDA states that any product containing MSG must be labeled so. Here is their backdoor around the FDA rule. Pretty sneaky and profitable. So what is “eaten at customary level” when it is found in most processed foods, fast foods, sodas etc.There are many “hidden” sources of MSG that make it difficult to maintain a truly MSG-free diet.A great website with lots of info is There is even a link for a printable list to carry with you when grocery shopping. You might be surprised by what you find on there, check it out.

Next on my list of diet saboteurs is Canola Oil.

The Power of Quinoa !

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on March 26, 2010 by thefoodshaman

A delicious summer recipe with Quinoa ( keen – wa) . . . the recipe is here Tomato Cucumber Quinoa Salad

All work and no play . . .

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 23, 2010 by thefoodshaman

I know its been awhile, took some much needed time off. Here’s two new recipes, I hope you enjoy them. . . please post comments if you like.

Valentines Day Dinner

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 12, 2010 by thefoodshaman

This is one of my all time favorites, hope you enjoy it . . . here’s the Eggplant Caprese. . . and side dish. . . Broccoli Ricotta Pie
Ciao !

Super Bowl Sunday Menu is done !

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 5, 2010 by thefoodshaman

I think we nailed this Super Bowl Sunday Menu, it’s a nice fit to the “28 Day Veggie Challenge”. Buffalo Zucchini SticksSuper Sunday Deviled Eggs and Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip. You can now rate the recipes if you like and please leave comments. Thank you to those who have subscribed to the blog, we have lots more de- lish recipes on the way.

Thank You, The Food Shaman

This is not good news . . .

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 4, 2010 by thefoodshaman

Today Monsanto agreed to buy one of the worlds largest seed companies. . . this is a quote from the article . . .

It is estimated that Seminis controls 40 percent of the U.S. vegetable seed market and 20 percent of the world market—supplying the genetics for 55 percent of the lettuce on U.S. supermarket shelves, 75 percent of the tomatoes, and 85 percent of the peppers, with strong holdings in beans, cucumbers, squash, melons, broccoli, cabbage, spinach and peas. The company’s biggest revenue source comes from tomato and peppers seeds, followed by cucumbers and beans.

Link to article . . .