Wednesday, August 31, 2005


The results of extensive research are in and they are absolutely conclusive.

A light hearted look at nutritionNovember 7, 2003Terry Hopkin-Sundby

Via AgBioView at

After so many heavy discussions on the pros and cons of GM or

Organic food or regular farming, here's the absolute truth ladies and gents..

For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting medical studies:

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the Americans, Australians, British, or Canadians.2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the Americans, Australians, British, or Canadians.3. The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the Americans, Australians, British, or Canadians.4. The Italians drink large amounts of red wine and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the Americans, Australians, British, or Canadians.5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than the Americans, Australians, British, or Canadians.6. Ukrainians drink a lot of vodka, eat a lot of perogies, cabbage rolls and suffer fewer heart attacks than the Americans, Australians, British, or Canadians.

CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan, Tzfat, Israel ;0)

Monday, August 29, 2005

The Great Distilled vs. Mineral Water Controversy

I've been thinking this matter over. I think I was too extreme in contending that only distilled water should be drunk. This was a reaction to my deeply resenting the many poisons that have been put in our water, to wit: F, Cl...etc. as well as the many pollutants that are being dumped in it and what the water picks up from pipes (the pipes in Tzfat are old are still made partially of lead).

Our ancestors drank a combination of water that came from springs as well as rain water, which they collected in barrels and wells. Rain water is distilled, of course, but it is not nearly as "pure" as artificially distilled water and should not be.

A mikveh tahara that humans create must be a combination of rain water and spring. From this I would learn that both are needed to purify on the physical level as well.

I have concluded, then, that if we are to live in our natural state we should be drinking a combination of distilled water within which many compounds are dissolved and mixed by the time it got to us as well as spring water, which is, quite naturally, part rain water too.

I have concluded that we should shoot for a balance of drinking both insofar as we are able to.

I do not think that drinking distilled water should be reserved only for times of extreme need for detoxification. We are in a contstant need of detoxification, but a balance should be struck.

Let us hope that we are not so alienated from our bodies that we cannot hear when our body calls for the one or the other or both.

Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan, Tzfat, Israel

Monday, January 03, 2005


A New Member of my Yahoo! Group also called The Moral/Spiritual Substrate of Eating, Bryan Au, is the owner of a new restaurant for absolutely fabulous raw foods called Cafe Gratitude.

You have got to see it for yourself. What a concept. Hey, what a menu!

Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan, Tzfat, Israel

Thursday, September 02, 2004



A member of my Yahoo! group The Moral/Spiritual Substrate of Eating posted the following. I'm recopying it here by her request.

I just received an e-mail from Farm Sanctuary, and they are very concerned that the governor will VETO the foie gras bill unless he hears from A LOT of people who strongly support this legislation.

The foie gras bill is now one of the bills that you can support with an automated phone call (i.e., you no longer have to wait for anoperator). Farm Sanctuary has conveniently provided the info for us:
Call 916-445-2841. In the automated message,press 2 to voice concern on a bill,then press 4 to comment on SB 1520,then press 1 to support the bill.

Farm Sanctuary asks: Please call as many times as you can, and urge everyone you know to do the same! The phones have been very busy, so if you don't get through the first time, just try back later.You can also email the governor using his web form at email

On the subject line, scroll to "Forcefed birds/SB01520" and choose "SUPPORT" to show your support for this legislation.

Finally, I'm not (yet!) a member of many of the local veggie groups, so I can't send e-mails to them. Will someone please forward thisto B.A.A.R.N., the East Bay group, IDA, etc? Let's get the word out!

Thank you so much!

Sunday, August 29, 2004


A recent news item on Israeli TV said that a number of children, boys and girls alike, have become sexually mature at a very young age. The youngest is a girl who began to menstruate at the age of two. The culprit is tentatively believed to be the consumption of soy and soy products.

Israel, as I have mentioned, is the country whose per capita rate of vegetarianism for religious reasons is second only to India. (Judaism does not prescribe vegetarianism, as does Hinduism and other religions indigenous to India, but because of the problems of kashrut in mass farming and marketing many Israeli Jews choose not to eat meat. Some Israelis choose not to eat meat for moral and/or reasons.)

We in Israel consume a great deal of soy products: roasted soy beans, soy drink, tofu, tempe, meatless "burgers", "franks", "schnitzel", "ice-cream" and ground soy that resembles ground meat, to mention a few, are all staples of the Israeli diet. Even non-vegetarians consume these products regularly.

It has long been known that, because soy contains an entirely naturually-occurring estrogen-like compound, middle-aged women can stave off the unpleasant symptoms that accompany menopause by consuming about a cup of soy beans or soy-based foods a day. The advantages to coping with menopausal symptoms by consuming soy products are many: soy is nutritious, soy does not cause uterine or breast cancer as does synthetic hormone replacement therapy, neither does consuming soy cause the menstrual period to begin again, as does hormone replacement therapy. All this is well and good.

However, it may be that the hormone-like compounds in soy can cause premature sexual maturity in children who eat large amounts of soy products. This is highly undesirable for many reasons, not the least of which is that growth is affected by the premature reaching of sexual maturity.

Research is now being conducted to confirm, or disprove, he preliminary findings and suspicions that soy is the culprit in these cases.


My son bought a TV (we didn't have one before that) and was watching the news. I was curious about what was on the news and sat down to watch with him. The item was discussed for a few minutes and a couple of specialists were interviewed. It seems strange to me, though. There are cultures, like the Chinese, who eat a lot of soy as well. They, after all, developed tofu (dhofu). I've never heard of a phenomenon like this in other cultures where soy is eaten in large amounts. It could be the way that the soy is being processed in Israel, if the soy is the culprit at all.
A neighbor went to her daughter's twin son's brit (circumcision) today. It is a medically recognized phenomenon that in Tzfat there are an inordinate number of naturally occurring multiple births. My husband and I were at a brit for triplets a few months ago. The staff of the maternity ward of the Rivka Ziv Hospital in Tzfat have noted that the number of naturally occurring multiple births is far higher in Tzfat than in the general population. The Bible mentions that multiple births were common among the Jews in Egypt and of course Rivka is known to have been four years old when she married Yitzchak. The accounts of her are hardly childlike. It may be that there is something about this area of the world that causes unusual s3xual development and fertility. It seems that we are going back to the way we used to be. However, this does not explain why there are more naturally occurring multiple births in Tzfat than elsewhere in Israel. Neither is Tzfat the closest area in Israel to Egypt and I have not heard about a large number of multiple births in the southernmost part of the country.
I'm not convinced that the soy is the only factor involved. It may trigger a latent unusual fertility in us, but given the fact that this phenomenon is not seen outside of Israel in vegetarian societies, except in very rare cases, the final word certainly is not in on what is transpiring and why. There are very young girls who give birth in India occassionally, but the youngest ever recorded was in Brazil, hardly a vegetarian soy-eating society. There are a lot of ???s surrounding this phenomenon.
It's not entirely impossible that this is a fabrication of the meat industry that feels threatened by the growing vegetarianism in Israel.

Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan, Tzfat

Thursday, August 26, 2004


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Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan, Tzfat, Israel

Tuesday, July 13, 2004



Ideally, I would say to anyone who eats flesh: If you have what it takes to hunt, slaughter, splay, flay, eviscerate, and cook it yourself you have whatever it takes to eat it. Such was once the case with all meat eaters.

There is a generalized what I yclepe alienation of food in modern society. We not only do not have any contact with the cow that comes sanitarily, and unrecognizably, packaged in plastic wrap to us by persons unknown at the supermarket, and thus the red, chopped stuff in the package seems to have no connection with an animal at all, we have no connection with the origin and processes involved in most of the foods we eat. How many of us have had any greater part in eating bread than opening the cellophane? Even those who bake bread do not take part in the process of bread production from sowing the seeds onward. Only a few lucky farmers experience bread from seed to loaf and have physically carried out the entire process, thus learning the profound lessons inherent in each stage of the sowing to eating process.

An anecdote: My mother was once over at a friends' house. She offered to make dinner. While she was peeling potatoes for mashed potatoes one the her friends' daughters asked what it was. My mother chuckled thinking the child was kidding. She wasn't. She has never seen a real potato in her life. When my mother told the girl that she was peeling a potato the child answered: "Aw, come on. Potatoes come in boxes." True story. *And* it happened when I was a child myself. More than a generation of complete alienation from food had transpired since. The impact on our society is incalculable.

I believe that one of the reasons that people are not satisfied by food today is that we are alienated from the food we eat. Most of what we eat has been prepared for us by listless, overworked, underpaid factory workers who just want to finish the shift and get off their aching feet and rest their aching backs. Not only are we not involved personally in the production and preparation of the food we eat, no love has gone into its preparation. Is it a wonder that we come away from eating starving?

Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan, Tzfat