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by Needful Provision, Inc. (NPI)

After many years of working in Third World nations, areas with food and nutrient deficiencies and high rates of disease, NPI’s staff has collected and developed recipes that greatly improve health while increasing resistance to disease. The following recipe for an organic Grain Amaranth snack will be the first in a series of recipes to improve health for poor children, and provide new food options for many kids with allergies.

Amaranth Snack: Use only organic Grain Amaranth to avoid possible consumption of potentially harmful GMOs (genetically modified organisms). First, pop the Amaranth as you would popcorn initially using trial and error to get the right moisture content and heat to pop nearly 100 percent of the grain. Place the popped grains in a pan to a depth of one to two inches, and then level. Increase vitamins, minerals, protein, and polyphenolics (antioxidants), by adding some five to ten percent dried microalgae ---algae such as Spirulina, Scenedesmus, or Chlorella--- and mix thoroughly. Again, level the mixture.

To the above mix, add enough natural honey to make everything stick together as if you were making crisp rice (Rice Krispies) treats. Let this mix set for 20 to 30 minutes, and then cut in squares the size desired for snacks. Wrap each snack in a material that will help keep it fresh while preventing contact with insects. In the tropics, a good choice is often banana leaves. Prepare enough of these snacks for each child to have at least five per day. (The Inca first developed a similar type of Amaranth snack.)

Dietary Notations: Amaranth contains a plant source of squalene, and squalene is believed to help reduce stress in humans and animals. A recent scientific study from the University of California (Davis), provided evidence that organic grains have at least 50 percent more polyphenolics than non-organic grains. Added scientific evidence gives us reason to believe that polyphenolics (antioxidants) increase resistance to disease while also reducing most damage from many major diseases. When diets are deficient in essential proteins, children do not develop properly. Ancient Aztec and Inca civilizations, and several tribes in Africa, used protein supplements obtained by harvesting and drying wild species of microalgae --- and then blending the dried algae with bread flour and soups. Available evidence indicates that microalgae also provided an array of vitamins and minerals essential for good health. (In the U.S., and some overseas locations, dried microalgae may be purchased in Health Food stores.)

Safety Consideration(s): Persons harvesting microalgae, in the wild, must be able to identify the species they are collecting. Some unusual species of microalgae, such as Aphanizomenon, are toxic at certain times during the growth cycle.

Grain Options: It is possible to replace the Amaranth with other grains, such as quinoa, but popping may be more difficult --and may require some experimentation. For quinoa, brushing, washing, and solar drying must first be used to remove a bitter saponin coating. “Puffing” quinoa is an option that prevents loss of the germ and its nutrients.

Legal Matters: NPI has provided the above recipe as a public service. We make no specific nutritional, dietary, health, or non-allergic claims, and assume no responsibility for your safe and/or healthful use of the subject recipe and the resulting food product(s).



by Needful Provision, Inc. (NPI)

Millions of poor children, worldwide, drink polluted (infectious) water containing viruses, bacterium, and parasites that cause a high rate of death. Diarrhea, or chronic diarrhea, is often the first illness that appears. The diarrhea may, or may not, be caused by diarrheal diseases, such as cholera. Diarrhea is usually the first illness that must be treated to save children’s lives. Without such treatment, children frequently die ---and those who are weakened by malnutrition, other diseases, and/or parasites, are the most vulnerable.

The Centre for Health and Population Research, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, developed a simple oral rehydration therapy that is saving thousands of children each day. To prepare the Dhaka rehydration treatment add, to each 8 oz. glass of potable (boiled or distilled) water, half a teaspoon of salt and one teaspoon of sugar. Stir until the salt and sugar are dissolved in the water. Give each patient at least 8 to 10 treatments per day, or treat as prescribed by a medical doctor. This very basic formula prevents deadly dehydration, produced by the diarrhea, and is far more effective than simply giving patients water. (Giving water alone will usually intensify the diarrhea.)

NPI’s staff has found that sea salt is somewhat more effective than regular salt for use in the above rehydration formula. In addition, we have often obtained added benefits by adding half a teaspoon (per glass) of dried, crushed microalgae (such as Spirulina, Scenedesmus, or Chlorella) as a source of polyphenolics (antioxidants) to speed the healing process. (Do not attempt to harvest wild species of microalgae --------- unless you know exactly what you are harvesting. Some species of microalgae are toxic at different times during their growth cycles.)


N.B. Please let NPI know if you discover other simple, inexpensive treatments for any type of illness. One African tribe has just given NPI information on a root-extract they use as a natural antibiotic. NPI’s staff is exploring the real potential of this root-extract in helping to fight diseases throughout the Third World. This research is an example of NPI’s current efforts to improve the health of poor children.