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Gluten Free Pizza Crust

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Undeniably un-ayurvedic, but when you're having a pizza craving, and you're gluten-free, instead of caving in and suffering the dire consequences, try your hand at making your own delicious homemade pizza crust...

Oh, and serve it to your wheat eating friends for pizza night, they'll be shocked at how good this is.

Gluten-Free Pizza Crust

Makes two 12" or 14" pizzas, depending on the thickness of the crust you prefer

Important: a heavy-duty stand mixer will make this dough a breeze.

 

Have all ingredients at room temperature.

 

Mix on low speed in a heavy-duty mixer bowl with the paddle attachment for 1 minute:

 

1 c brown rice flour, toasted if desired (at 325 degrees F for 30 minutes)

1 c white rice flour

1-1/2 c tapioca flour

½ c potato starch

2 tsp xanthan gum (or 3 tbl arrowroot flour)

1 tbl sugar

1 tsp salt

2 tbl active dry or quick rising yeast

 

Add and mix on low speed for 1 minute:

 

1 c buttermilk

3 tbl olive oil

1-1/2 tsp rice or apple cider vinegar

2 large eggs

1 large egg white

¼ c very warm (115 degrees to 125 degrees F) water

 

Increase the speed to medium-high and mix for 4 minutes.  Grease or oil two 12" or 14" pizza pans (or tin pie pans with sloping sides).  Sprinkle with:

 

2 tbl cornmeal or polenta

 

With wet hands, press the batter onto the pan and spread it evenly.  Cover loosely with a clean kitchen towel and let rise at room temperature until puffy, about 20 minutes.

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Prick the pizza crust all over with a fork and bake for 15 minutes. 

 

Cover with sauce and other toppings, and continue baking for 10 minutes for thin crust or 15 minutes for thick crust. 

 

Enjoy!

 

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Iodine -131 is a fission product of uranium and plutonium, so it is produced in nuclear reactors. It emits alpha and beta rays and is up-taken by the thyroid, where it can lead to thyroid cancer, especially in exposed children. Such cancers may develop 20 or 30 years after exposure. I-131 is a "short-lived' isotope withe a half-life of 8 days. That doesn't mean it's all gone in eight days. Through the process of exponential decay, it requires 10 half-lives for a radio-isotope to reach undetectable levels.  I-131 is currently being emitted from the Fukushima plant and was also a cause of a vast increase in thyroid cancer among those exposed following the Chernobyl disaster.

Caesium-137 is another fission product produced in nuclear reactors.  CS-137 does not occur in nature. It decays by emitting beta rays and has a thirty year half-life. It can contaminate soil for up to 300 years and accumulates in the body in muscle tissue. Once ingested, it remains in the body for 70 days. The Chernobyl disaster caused widespread soil contamination with CS-137 in Europe and the Fukushima disaster will probably have similar effects in Japan.
 
Strontium-90 is also a fission product produced in nuclear reactors. Unfortunately, it is perceived by the body as calcium and incorporated into bone and teeth, where it can cause bone cancer and leukaemia. Strontium-90 has a half-life of 28.8 years. Elevated levels of Sr-90 in teeth of children born after 1963 led to the ban on above-ground nuclear tests. Sr-90 accounts for many of the Chernobyl heath impacts and, again, similar issues will now probably be seen from Fukushima.

Plutonium-239 is the most toxic radio-nucleotide and a purely man-made poison. One particle of inhaled plutonium is sufficient to cause lung cancer. As a fissile heavy metal, it is used in nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons. There is NO safe level of this highly toxic substance. The Chernobyl reactor was a plutonium plant and so is Reactor 3 in Fukushima. With a half life of 24,000 years, all the plutonium we have manufactured will be around in appreciable amounts for 250,000 years. Compare that with 60,000 years since our early ancestors first left Africa in our distant past and one can see the immense hazard that faces our descendants! Aside from the dangers the world currently faces from a damaged plutonium plant
in Japan, we in Colorado face our own hazards from Rocky Flats former nuclear weapons plant, where plutonium bombs were made for decades. To learn more about the local issues and attend informative lectures on the dangers of managing this site as a wildlife refuge for our children to enjoy (?!!!), visit http://www.rockyflatsnuclearguardianship.org/ .

And to partipate in chants and prayers for world peace and healing with special emphasis on nuclear pollution and nuclear weapons join us  at 7p.m.on Monday nights at Alandi Ashram.
http://www.alandiashram.org/

"Nuclear Guardianship combines art, science and remembrance to address the seemingly intractable human-caused problem of nuclear contamination with insight and creativity. By building commitment and community, the project will explore and encourage implementation of Nuclear Guardianship at the site of the defunct Rocky Flats nuclear bomb plant, where for 37 years the fissile plutonium pits for all warheads in the U.S. nuclear arsenal were produced. Tiny plutonium particles remaining in the soil make the site a hazard essentially forever. Nuclear Guardianship is a powerful manifestation of a cultural shift away from secrecy and denial towards ecological responsibility. It will provide a model for long-term environmental caretaking at other radioactively contaminated sites. But first we must challenge the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service plan to manage most of the Rocky Flats site as a wildlife refuge open for public recreation. Nuclear Guardianship is a commitment for the millennia -- a pledge to our children's children's...children."
 

 



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From Reuters Via Medscape

GENEVA (Reuters) Mar 17 - In the wake of Japan's nuclear crisis, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued fresh guidelines on how to minimize exposure to radiation that can cause cancers, especially in children and young adults.

The United Nations agency said measures taken by Japan so far meet its public health recommendations, including evacuating people within 20 km of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant and asking those within 30 km to stay indoors.

There was no indication of food safety risks due to imports of food products from Japan. It was also unlikely food production or harvesting in the affected area was taking place, but it said crops and livestock in the area should be protected.

Following is a list of the main WHO recommendations:

- The main radionuclides released in a nuclear power plant accident are radioactive cesium and radioactive iodine. "Members of the public may be exposed directly to such radionuclides in the suspended air or if food and drink are contaminated by such materials," the WHO said.

- If radioactive iodine is inhaled or swallowed, it will concentrate in the thyroid and increase the risk of thyroid cancer. This risk can be lowered by taking potassium iodide pills which saturate the thyroid gland and help prevent the uptake of the radioactive material. "When given before or shortly after exposure, this step can reduce the risk of cancer in the long term," it said. National authorities are best placed to determine if it is warranted to take the tablets.

- If a dose of radiation exceeds a certain threshold level, then it can produce skin redness, hair loss, radiation burns and acute radiation syndrome. Due to their work, rescuers and nuclear power plant workers may be exposed to higher radiation doses than the general population.

- Exposure to radiation can increase the risk of cancer. Among the survivors in Japan of U.S. atomic bombs dropped in August 1945, the risk of leukemia increased a few years after radiation exposure, while the risks of other cancers increased more than 10 years after the exposure.

- The risk of thyroid cancer following radiation exposure is higher in children and young adults.

- If warranted, steps such as restricting the consumption of vegetables and dairy products produced in the vicinity of the power plant can also reduce exposure.

- "If you are coming indoors after radiation exposure, undress in the doorway to avoid further contamination in your home or shelter. Remove clothing and shoes and place them in a plastic bag. Seal the bag and place it in a safe location, away from living areas, children, and pets."

- "Shower or bathe with warm, not scalding hot, water and soap. Notify authorities that you may have contaminated clothing and personal belongings to be handled appropriately and disposed of according to accepted national procedures," the WHO said.

- "If you are advised to stay indoors, you should find the safest room in your house or office building that has no windows or doors. Ventilation systems, such as heating and cooling systems, should be shut down," the agency said.

- Foods can be contaminated with radioactive materials as a result of a nuclear or radiological emergency. "The surface of foods like fruits and vegetables or animal feed can become radioactive by deposit of radioactive materials falling on it from the air or through rain water."

- Over time, radioactivity can also build up within food, as radionuclides are transferred through soil into crops or animals or into rivers, lakes and the sea where fish and shellfish could take up the radionuclides.

- "Radioactivity cannot contaminate food that is packaged; for example, tinned or plastic-wrapped food is protected from radioactivity as long as the food is sealed," the WHO said.

- In the early stages of an emergency, and if it is safe to do so, vegetables and animal fodder can be protected with plastic sheets or tarpaulins.

- "Bring livestock in from pasture; move animals into a shed or barn.

- Harvest any ripe crops and place under cover," it said.

- Avoid consumption of locally produced milk or vegetables, avoid slaughtering animals and avoid fishing, hunting or gathering mushrooms or other forest foods.

 
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