Is There a Doctor In The Kitchen? – Dr Andrew Weil’s Cookware

Dr Weil 10 Piece Stainless Cookware SetWhat have a Medical Doctor and Waterford Wedgwood got in common?  They have collaborated to produce an innovative line of cookware.  Dr Andrew Weil M.D. says “I believe good health begins in the kitchen and together, we have created the first authentic healthy lifestyle brand to provide consumers the tools they need for optimal food preparation.”

Who is Doctor Andrew Weil?

Doctor Weil studied botany at Harvard College.  He then went to Harvard Medical School but instead of taking a residency there, he completed his internship in San Francisco at Mount Zion Hospital, followed by a year working for the National Institute of Mental Health.

He became a fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs and spent four years travelling throughout South America, publishing his first book ‘The Natural Mind’ in 1972.  The book explores the idea that the body creates its’ own natural highs, which medications access, rather than create. Doctor Weil has written or co-authored ten books.

Honors received by Doctor Weil

• He has appeared twice on the cover of TIME magazine (in 1997 and 2005).
• Doctor Weil has the honor of a mushroom named after him!  In 1995, Mycologists (mushroom experts) Dr. Gustan Guzman, Fidel Tapia, and Paul Stamets honored him by naming a newly discovered mushroom, Psilocybe weilii.
• In 1997, TIME also honored him as one of the 25 most influential Americans.
• He was inducted into the Academy of Achievement in 1998
• In 2004, the New York Open Center honored Dr. Weil as having made “extraordinary contributions to public awareness of integrative and complementary medicine.”
• In 2005, TIME magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
• In the same year, Smithsonian Associates awarded him the John P. McGovern Award in Behavioral Sciences.
• In 2006, Dr Weil was award the honor of “Pioneer in Integrative Medicine” by the Institute for Health and Healing in San Francisco.
• Forbes on-line magazine listed his web site as one of the three “Best of the Web” in their  “Alternative Medicine” category.

Doctor Weil is now focusing on healthy living and general health care, with a particular interest in the health concerns of the growing population of older Americans.  In his book ‘Healthy Aging’, Dr Weil examines the aging process from all aspects – physical, social and cultural.  He advocates that people do not seek to reverse the process but focus on having good health, “serenity, wisdom and its’ own kind of power and grace.”

Why is Doctor Weil’s Cookware Healthy?

Dr. Weil believes that cookware should have the advantages of aluminum without it coming into contact with your food.   His cookware range features 5-ply bonded 18/10 stainless steel for optimum heating with a core of aluminium to ensure an even distribution of heat.  The unique part of the design is a rolled and sealed rim the makes sure no aluminium ever touches the food.

The cookware also has riveted handles that stay cool and has been ergonomically designed so that it is perfectly balanced for all types of stove tops, including induction.

Dr Weil’s Range of Cookware Includes:

Why is Aluminum Considered Unsafe?

Many people are scared to use aluminum cookware as they believe it may cause Alzheimer’s disease.
Back in the 1970’s, some researchers in Canada reported the finding that people who had died with Alzheimer’s had unusually high levels of aluminum in their brains.  It sparked controversy – was aluminum the cause of Alzheimer’s, or the result of it?  Many people were alarmed by this and threw away their aluminum cookware.
More recent studies would seem to indicate that the increased levels of aluminum were due to the Alzheimer’s itself.  Brains which have already suffered damage from Alzheimer’s will allow unusually high levels of aluminum in.

This is not difficult as aluminum is everywhere.  The most common elements on Earth (in order of prevalence) are oxygen, silicone and aluminum.  It’s in air, water, soil and consequently in the plants and animals that we eat.

The Weil Foundation

Dr. Weil donates all of his after-tax profits from royalties from sales of Spring Switzerland cookware directly to the Weil Foundation.  This is a non-profit organization which is dedicated to the support of integrative medicine through training, education and research.

Dr Weil’s Website

http://www.drweil.com/

Not All Olive Oil is Created Equal

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Some interesting facts about Olive oil that you may not be aware of.

  • In the United States olive oil is graded differently from the rest of the world as they are not part of the International Olive Oil Council which defines the standards and monitors production of olive oil in most countries around the world.
  • Thi means that the IOOC grades do not apply in the US which has four grades of Olive oil – Fancy, Choice, Standard and Substandard. The quality is determined according to acidity, absence of defects, odor and flavor.
  • Extra virgin may appear on labels for any grade of oil so it is no guarantee of the quality of oil you are buying in the US.
  • Olives need to be ground within a day or two of being picked to avoid oxidation.

So it pays to buy quality olive oil such as the  IDYLL – Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Sparta Greece  which has been certified Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), a EU label for a product unique to its location.

This olive oil is made from olives that have been hand picked. It has a smooth, fresh and grassy flavour with a peppery finish. It is high in polyphenols and oleic acid.

How Long Does Olive Oil Keep?

  • Olive oil can go rancid so keep in a cool place and ensure that it is sealed properly.
  • A good olive oil should last between 12-18 months however it is best used within 3 months.

For more information about olive oil why not read our post on: What you need to know about Olive Oil

The Best Stainless Steel Cookware Set

stainless-steel-best-set-logo-blogA reader told us about a particular stainless steel cookware set that she had purchased. She couldn’t say enough good things about it. Now it took us a while to get around to reviewing this set…not sure why really but let’s just say that we are glad we eventually did.

Well were we surprised! After all of our research we could finally understand our readers enthusiastic praise for this cookware set.

This cookware set has all the qualitites of an All Clad Cookware set but at a quarter of the price. Its beautifully finished and  gives excellent cooking performance

Want to know what this set is? CLICK HERE to find out…

 

Silit Nickel Free Cookware Set

silit-cookware-setAnyone suffering from allergice reactions to nickel will be pleased to know that Silit cookware is nickel free.

Although studies by the Nickel Institute have refuted claims that nickel leaching from Stainless Steel cookware may be a health hazard, ift you are concerned then this cookware from Silit is just what you need.

The exterior of Silit Nickle Free Cookware is made from a ceramic coated stainless steel  which is resistant to scratching and chipping.

There is a steel core that allows for efficient heat distribution.

And the best part is the interior of Silit’s cookware which is made from Silargan which is an ultra hard, ceramic surface that is both nickel free and anti bacterial.

The cookware can be used on the stovetop and you can also use it in the oven.

The  handles are made from a metal that is heat insulating and  they are oven proof while the lids are made from high quality stainless steel and are designed to fit so that the steam and heat are locked in.

Designed with functionality in mind the rim around the pots gives you  spill-free pouring.

This eight piece  set is available in the following colors:  green, orange and red and would make an ideal starter set as it has the basic pieces  needed for most cooking. Included are:

  • 2.6 quart low casserole
  • 2.1 quart high casserole with lid
  • 3.9 quart high casserole with lid
  • 6.7 quart high casserole with lid

These casseroles are dishwasher-safe color fast, in fact the pots have been tested in 1000 cycles through a dishwasher and have shown no signs of fading.

CLICK HERE to buy Silit Nickle Free Cookware

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Easter Baking Pan – 3D Cottontail Easter Bunny

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Here we are again, Easter is almost upon us and its time to break out the Easter cookware to bake up those specialty items.

Now if your Easter baking pans are getting a bit jaded or you feel like a change in design, then this Cottontail Bunny 3-D Baking Pan by Nordic Ware could very well be you next replacement.

Nordic Ware are renowned for the quality of their bake ware products and this non-stick cast aluminum Easter Bunny baking pan is no exception.

The mold creates a 3D bunny with plenty of detail and the pan releases the cake without any fuss.

The pan is egg shaped pan and measures  17 1/2 inches long x 13 1/2 inches wide.

Pour the batter into the 2 cavities which form the front and back of the bunny and when the cake is cooked you simply join the bunny together with icing.

Your  edible 3D Cottontail bunny  centerpiece stands at 11 inches tall  and is approximately 5 inches wide.

You will need 2 boxes of cake mix to make the bunny.

The kids will love to help you decorate the bunny, so let your imagination run wild and just have fun with it.

CLICK HERE to buy the Cottontail Bunny 3D Baking Pan from Nordic Ware