Love, Chocolates and Medicine

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The cocoa beans from which chocolate is made are not, themselves, sweet. The Mayans and Aztecs in Central America and Mexico consumed chocolate as a bitter, frothy drink mixed with chilies. Among the more than chemicals contained in chocolate are a number of ingredients that help explain why we crave it. Chocolate triggers the release of endorphins and serotonin, which make us feel good, Rodriguez said. And while no proof exists that chocolate is an aphrodisiac, it does contain the chemical phenylethylamine, a mild mood elevator that our brain produces when we feel happy or in love.

Chocolate contains stimulants as well, including small amounts of caffeine and theobromine, said Christine Palumbo of Naperville, a registered dietitian in private practice, adjunct faculty member at Benedictine University in Lisle, and nutrition columnist and speaker. Stimulants make us feel alert and contented.

Not all chocolate cravings are equal, added Palumbo, whose husband is the chocoholic in their family. Some studies have indicated that people with strong chocolate cravings have different bacteria in their digestive tract than other people, she said. People seeking relief from stress may also eat chocolate. Most people like chocolate to some degree, but our taste for it varies, as with any food, she said. For some people, texture is important. Chocolate's creamy texture contributes to its sensual quality, aficionados say. Bouchard, who suffered from fibromyalgia for nine years, says chocolate isn't just sensual, but health giving.

She says she recovered from the chronic, debilitating pain caused by her disease after she began eating an ounce of pure chocolate every morning. Now an apostle of chocolate, Bouchard sells in her store what she calls The Chocolate Regime, bags that contain a two-week supply of chocolate for those who want to try its health benefits. She requests that customers fill out forms to report back to her the results.

Within a month or six weeks, hundreds of customers have reported improvements in conditions that include fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and migraines, she said.

Bouchard is quick to explain that she doesn't mean all chocolate is equally healthy. She recommends chocolate that is at least 70 percent cocoa and chock-full of heart-healthy flavonols, which also may act as antioxidants to prevent or delay damage to the body's cells and tissues. With its higher percentage of cocoa, dark chocolate contains a greater concentration of flavonols than milk chocolate, which is higher in calories and saturated fat.

However, even the dark chocolate label can be misleading, Bouchard said. Dark chocolate that contains milk or lists sugar as its first ingredient won't offer nearly the health benefits, she said. Dietitians agree that chocolate contains many beneficial elements, although they caution it often is high in fat and sugar.


Palumbo writes in a February column in Chicago Parent that the health-promoting flavonols in chocolate are most concentrated in cocoa powder, followed by baking chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate and lastly syrup. The flavonols are not found in white chocolate, which is not made from the cocoa bean. I have been very ill. I was in a wheelchair because all paralysed from my middle to down, I couldn't talk anymore, could not swallow, my sight was very bad and my head was shaking all the time because of a tremor.

Since I watch my food everything came back to me and I am so well now. Since that time I didn't go backwards on the contrary I learned to walk,talk,and swallow again. My head doesn't shake anymore and I am not tired. I really feel gr8. When you see me now you will not believe how bad I was at that time. I tell you this all because I know you too can feel better when you do the same.

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There is a lot of food where you can be allergic to. You will have to find out what food you cannot support. Listen to your body and it will tell you what it doesn't support. In the beginning it is a bit difficult but soon you will learn. It all started in September I became paralysed within 3 weeks. During the three month in hospital I discovered something wonderful. Something that completely changed my view of Multiple Scleroses. Now I know for sure:. I really would like to shout it out loud but than everyone thinks I have gone nuts.

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So please tell this to veryone who has MS. This is really true. Please try it and you will see. I have discovered that ms is nothing more than an allergic reaction or you better can say a food intolerance. The minute I took a piece of chocolate the numbness in my head became worse and flew away after half an hour. But because the feeling was so horrible I talked about it with the neurologist. Only the revalidation doctor told me he had spoken with another doc I call her the chocolate doc who said that ms became worse with cocoaproducts. He told me to stop and I did because the "pain" in my face was not nice.

Every day I became better and better, even came out of my wheelchair and learned how to walk again. After a few month I came in contact with that chocolate doc and she said she was glad that I found it out myself. She told me about the allergic theory. The "bulbs" you get with an allergic reaction on your skin dont come there but in the central nerve system. For me that was a very logic story. She also told me that her mother also had MS. She was very bad when she lived in Indonesia. But when she came into a Japanese camp during the war she was the onlyone who became better and better.

I already try to warn all the ms patients for over 16 years because I know that cocoa is so dangerous for them. I just discovered the Flavour Enhancer E I didn't feel well after eating it. There are more things that ms patients cant support but I dont like them so I dont eat them. Me I cant support red wine, oranges they always say it is so healthy But not for me so also orange jus, Coca Cola ,fish and nutmeg.

But I blame the chocolate the most. This I think is the worst food.

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Listen well to your body. But How? Click on the blue word if you want to know how you do this. It will tell you what it likes or not. You will realy feel it. Think of it as a diet. It is a personal diet. For every singel person there counts a differend diet. It can be that the things I cannot support another person can support.

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I hope that you understand my poor English. With love from Pat. Here are a few tips to make sure your cup of coffee is as healthy as…. Take a look. Get to Know Us. Now I know for sure: I really would like to shout it out loud but than everyone thinks I have gone nuts. The flavonols can protect against sun damage, improve blood flow to the skin and increase skin density and hydration

So you must find out for yourself. You can find me often in ms chatrooms on internet. There I talk to ms patients all over the world, like America ,Australia, New Zealand and lots of other countries. There I meet even children of 16 years and older with ms and then I am very sorry for them. It gives them energy. Y ou know? I often thought about it and I probably also would not believe quickly if someone tells you this. Think of it: taking away my chocolates. I is a pitty but not too many people will do it. Most of them rather take those medicins.

They are very expensive and also very bad for your body. I even heard about people who get a chemotherapy. Can you imagine??????

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Thought this was ment for another illness! The newest therapy now, in Holland where I live it was written in the paper ,is the transplantation of the marrow in the bone.

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