Local Food and Farm Products 
Volume 7 Number 53    January  05, 2016

FIELD NOTES: 25 Stem Cell Cancer Killing Foods Smarter Than Chemo and Radiation
by Sayer Ji, Summarized by Yashenka Nesmith

There are thousands of natural compounds that have been studied with demonstrable anti-cancer activity, but only a small subset of these have been proven to target and kill the cancer stem cells that lie at the root of cancer malignancy. Turmeric, for instance, has a “smart kill” property of targeting just the heart of cancerous tumors. More recently, ginger has been found in pre-clinical research to contain a compound up to 10,000 times more effective than chemotherapy drugs at killing breast cancer stem cells. Even blueberries have special cancer killing properties.
A new study published in the journal Anticancer Research titled Natural Products that Target Cancer Stem Cells, has made easier the job of identifying this special category of cancer killers by reviewing the literature on the topic, and listing the top 25 substances along with their commonly recognizable dietary sources:


  • Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) – Green Tea
  • 6-Gingerol – Ginger
  • B-Carotene – Carrot, Leafy Greens
  • Baicalein – Chinese Skullcap
  • Curcumin – Turmeric
  • Cyclopamine – Corn Lilly (we do not suggest eating this plant)
  • Delphinidin – Blueberry, raspberry
  • Flavonoids (Genistein) – Soy, red clover, coffee
    Gossypol – Cottonseed (we do not suggest eating this plant)
  • Guggulsterone – Commiphora (myrrh tree)
  • Isothiocyanates – Cruciferous vegetables
  • Linalool – Mint
  • Lycopene – Grapefruit, tomato
  • Parthenolide – Feverfew
  • Perylill alcohol – Mint, cherry, lavender
  • Piperine – Black Pepper
  • Placycodon saponin – Playycodon grandifloruim
  • Psoralidin – Psoralea corylilyfolia
  • Quercetin – Capers, onion
  • Resveratrol – Grapes, plums, berries
  • Salinomycin – Streptomyces albus
  • Silibinin – Milk Thistle
  • Ursolic acid – Thyme, basil, oregano
  • Vitamin D3 – Fish, egg yolk, beef, cod liver oil
  • Withaferin A – Withania somnifera (ashwaganda)



MLH News Update: Summary of Website Issues
from Marcus LaPilusa

On December 22nd at 2 am Lunar Pages technical support upgraded the version of the database (MySQL) and the version of the programming language (PHP) that the MLH website uses. That upgrade has caused numerous fallout issues of incompatibility with the current code that runs the site. The tech support people did say that going forward, to prevent this type of upgrading issue from happening again, the site could be moved to a dedicated hosting server (instead of the shared server it currently resides on). That is an upgrade in the pricing/support plan so it would cost more money a month to go to a dedicated server with a better support plan. They would then for a price move the mlharvest site to a dedicated server that could be configured to run the older version of the MySQL database and the older version of PHP (the programming language). That would get the configuration back to where it was prior to December 22nd and the functionality should work again. There would still be some coding and configuration changes to get it to work there but not as many as getting the code to work on the current shared environment using the newer version of the MySQL database and PHP.

So that is one option that may be a viable short term solution. That will not be a quick fix and the site will be down for some time as it’s moved to a dedicated server and reconfigured to work with the old database and programming language that it had prior to the upgrade. And that does not address the long term problems of how the site will be supported using the older codebase, older database and older programming language, but those can be determined later.

There are other options, such as going to a hosting provider such as or some other company that sets up sites for CSAs and then charges a monthly fee but provides all of the coding and support needed. That would probably provide mlharvest with long term support options so as people (including myself) come and go to help with the site it will be maintained and supported that company. Again this is not a quick fix and setting up the entire mlharvest site functionality will require time working with a company to make sure everything is setup properly. All the while the mlharvest site is still down.


Jacques Pepins Gratin of Eggs
6 -7
hard-boiled eggs
2 tablespoons butter
1 1⁄2 cups thinly sliced onions (I prefer a bit less)
1 tablespoon
1 1⁄2 cups milk
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
1⁄2 cup grated swiss cheese
Slice eggs and arrange them in one 4 to 6 cup gratin dish (or do individual gratins if you like).
Melt butter in a saucepan and when hot, add onions; cook them over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 2 or 3 minutes until they sizzle and have just started to brown.
Add flour, mix well, and cook for 30 seconds.
Add milk, salt, pepper; stirring constantly, bring mixture to a boil then lower the heat and let sauce simmer gently for about a minute.
Pour over the eggs in the gratin dish.
Mix the sauce and eggs gently, sprinkle with grated Swiss cheese, and bake in a 400 degree oven for about 10 to 12 minutes.
Place under the broiler for another 4 or 5 minutes to brown the top.
Serve immediately.


Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Arugula
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup chopped tomato
1 pound arugula, trimmed and torn (about 16 cups)
4 cups hot cooked whole-wheat spaghetti (about 8 ounces uncooked pasta)
1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat in a Dutch oven. Add red pepper and garlic; sauté 20 seconds. Add tomato and arugula; saute 2 minutes or until arugula is wilted. Spoon into a large bowl. Add 1 tablespoon oil, spaghetti, vinegar, salt, and black pepper; toss well. Sprinkle with cheese




NO BOXES-- WEBSITE UPDATE: From Harmony Hill Farm, January 1

Happy NY everybody. Its a beautiful day outside. I hope you are making the most of it.

I hate to be the harbinger of bad news on this first beautiful day of the new year but I need to let everybody know that we're having a temporary blip in our MLH communication/ordering system, i.e. the website is down for an unknown period of time. Marcus LaPilusa and Jo Ann Daugherty are working on it and the board will be meeting as needed to deal with it but in the meantime, we're on hold for all weekly boxes and add-ons. Its winter, if the website had to crash, this was the better time of year to do it. We will let you know as soon as weekly boxes can be resumed. In the meantime, when you shop, go seasonal, organic and local whenever possible and let your friends know that MLH will be rising come spring. We want to keep you as loyal customer members and are doing everything possible to develop a bigger and better CSA.

Contact Customer coordinator Michelle Grondin for more information at, or 209-419-2503.

Customers Dick and Josie


Mother Lode Harvest has local food and farm products available to order at


Orders received during that time can be picked up on Tuesdays between 10:30 am and noon, or 4:30 to 6:00 pm, at 1235 Jackson Gate Road in Jackson, behind Teresa's Restaurant. Prepaid orders may also be picked up in Volcano or Plymouth. Payment may be made at pickup by cash or check made out to Mother Lode Harvest, or before pickup by PayPal.

New customers will need to register by using the "join" button on the website before they can shop. A signed customer agreement and membership dues may be mailed to MLH, or brought to the distribution center with your first pickup.

If you have any questions or problems with using the website, please contact our customer coordinator, Michelle, at, or 419-2503.


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