According to a new study by researchers at Stanford University and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, organic produce and meat are no different from conventional varieties when it comes to vitamins and nutrient content. In other words, organic food aren’t worth ponying up the extra cash. From a health perspective organic foods lower exposure to pesticides and antibiotic resistant bacteria. The study results were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Read more at Reuters
If you have a death wish, try the Cinnaburger — a hollowed-out cinnamon bun stuffed with ground beef and bacon. This is in the traditional of the artery-clogging dishes Paula Deen prepares. Well, she used to prepare shocking dishes such as a donut burger, but since she was diagnosed with diabetes, the Southern chef has changed her ways, shedding pounds in the process.
The Cinnaburger was created by Nick of DudeFood and packs a calorie count in the stratosphere. Proceed with extreme caution if you dare try this dish:
Is anyone really surprised to learn that Southern cooking personality Paula Deen has diabetes? What’s surprising is that she is just learning she has the condition. This is the same woman who dished on Michelle Obama’s appearance on her show, saying she was eating just about everything. Um, Paula Deen is learning a hard lesson — her dishes will literally kill you. When you have someone pushing the Brunch Burger, which is donuts for buns topped bacon, egg and a beef patty, you might as well walk into oncoming traffic because you are one heart attack for a morgue.
Paula Deen, a Food Network personality will go public with her condition soon, according to a report on The Daily website. What’s she going to say? Channel Steve Urkel and say “did I do that?” The Daily report, which cites an anonymous source saying Deen is “going to have to start cooking healthier recipes,” and will soon become the celebrity endorser for a pharmaceutical company. Um, you think?
Paula Deen’s affinity to rich ingredients is almost suicidal and you have people who swear by her recipes. Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain told TV Guide Paula Deen was “the worst, most dangerous person to America.” I won’t joke about her illness because diabetes some people are genetically predisposed to the illness. But Paula Deen is sending the wrong message to America about its relationship with food.
Study finds vegetarian diets & regular exercise substantially reduces diabetes in blacks.
STUDY: Vegetarian diets (vegan, lacto ovo, semi-) reduces diabetes in blacks — substantially and independently. The study found that in blacks, the dimension of the protection associated with vegetarian diets, was as great as the excess risk associated with black ethnicity.
The study, led by Dr. Serena Tonstad, a professor at Loma Linda University, was published online in the October edition of Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases. Dr. Tonstad and her colleagues found that compared to non-vegetarian blacks, vegan blacks had a 70% reduced risk of diabetes, and vegetarian blacks had a 53% reduced risk. The study also found that blacks who exercised three or more times weekly compared to once a week or not at all, had a 35% reduced risk of being diagnosed with diabetes.
According to the American Diabetes Association, 3.7 million, or 14.7% of all blacks aged 20 years or older have diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as one in three adults in the U.S. could have diabetes by 2050.
It’s breast cancer awareness month and it’s the time when we remember women who have paid the ultimate price with their lives in the fight against breast cancer. It was my turn recently to submit to my doctor’s order for a mammogram. I became fully aware of my body when my doctor said, it’s time for a check- up. I was reluctant,but then I thought , I feel my boobies, so I’m fine. In truth, I do feel my boobies, I do the monthly self exam when you examine your breasts for anything unsual. There is no history of breast cancer in my family, but you can never take anything for granted. You have to test and allow yourself to be examined, do your own self exam monthly and if you find anything unusual, go to your doctor. Ladies please feel your boobies.
Some years ago, a woman I knew found a lump in her breast and against her doctor’s advice refused a mastectomy. Her excuse was her husband would not find her attractuve enough with just one breast. Unfortunately, the cancer spread and within a short period of time, she was gone. Saddened by her death her husband passed away one year later. I have never forgotten her face and how filled with life she was. I made a chocice from then on to always feel my boobies and to keep praying for a cure.
This brings to mind, why I wanted to write about this in the first place. On arriving for my appointment at the place to be tested, I was greeted by a kind and compassionate technician. I expressed my hesitation about subjecting my breasts , a delicate part of my anatomy to an uncomfortable procedure. She was kind and explained her mastery of the technique would reduce any discomfort I would experience . I asked the sixty four thousand dollar question that had been burnning at the back of my mind: What about women with breast implants, do they get tested? She said yes, however the implant hides a portion of the tissue from being exposed to the x-ray machine, so if there is a lump it cant’ be seen.
Read the entire article: http://harrietcammock.blogspot.com/2011/10/have-you-felt-your-boobies-lately.html?spref=bl
In the survey, the foundation sent questionnaires to more than 150,000 doctors nationwide. Of the 12,000 respondents, 49 percent said they’d consider leaving medicine. Many said they are overwhelmed with their practices, not because they have too many patients, but because there’s too much red tape generated from insurance companies and government agencies.
And if that many physicians stopped practicing, that could be devastating to the health care industry. Source: CNN
This should serve as another indication that we need to reform the entire healthcare system, including the insurance industry:
So what to do? Physicians don’t have a lot of answers. But doctors say it’s time to make some changes, not only in the health care field but also with the insurance industry. And they’re looking to the new administration for guidance. Source: CNN
After reading this article, I wonder if a universal healthcare system would eliminate some of the complexities of the current system.
What do you think?