Archive | February, 2012

Low-Fat Fish Curry

Low-Fat Fish Curry Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, chopped 1-2 tbsp curry paste (mild or hot, depending on your taste) 14oz can tomatoes 4 fl oz vegetable stock (or more if necessary) White fish fillets, cut into big chunks (about lb) Handful of cooked prawns (optional) […]

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The Wrong Approach to Disease Prevention

I recently read an article in the New York Times by H.Gilbert Welch a professor of medicine at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice who is also the author of “Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health”.  The article is reproduced below. I thought that it was a well written article which raises some issues that we should all be thinking about, particularly when we talk about prevention of disease. Different people think about prevention in different ways.  For example, many of us think that prevention is all about ensuring that we eat a nutrient dense diet, avoid processed foods wherever possible, use high quality supplements, exercise regularly, have good sleeping habits and avoid damaging lifestyles such as smoking or excessive alcohol consumption. Then other people think that prevention is all about going to the Doctor regularly and having check-ups and screening for early signs of potential diseases, even though that they are feeling OK at the time. Mr Welch’s article outlines his concerns about relying on the latter approach.  He feels with justification that the medical profession has to a large degree moved towards taking people who are well and often making them sick as a result of intervention from diagnosis screening…which can often be wrong.  What is interesting and why he is against this increase in screening is that at the end of the day it seems to provide minimal benefits and has the capacity to do harm and the energy of the profession seems to be moving more to making healthy people sick rather than the other way around. He cites a report by the National Cancer Institute in which it was established that early screening for prostate cancer did not improve mortality rates, but in the process of treatment many men suffered incontinence or impotence for little upside. It may be that you don’t agree with everything that he says, but one point he makes is indisputable, and that is we cannot look to the medical profession to make us healthy…that is the individual responsibility of each of us. Here is the article. If You Feel O.K., Maybe You Are O.K

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Yarrow for Beautiful, Healthy Skin, and More!

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a truly remarkable herb with many uses. In this issue, we will talk about growing yarrow and using it to make simple cosmetics. Yarrow for Oily Skin and Hair Yarrow is a wonderful choice when making cosmetics and cleansers for oily skin. Here are some of my favorite recipes. Facial Steam […]

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Natural remedy for maintaining anal health and supporting regular soft stools

Soothing relief… We might not think of the anal area as a place where circulation is important, but skin, veins and capillaries in the tissues surrounding the anal opening need a healthy supply of oxygen-rich blood as much as our other body structures do. The skin surrounding the anus is particularly sensitive and can become […]

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Own a Pet? You May Have a Healthier Heart!

It’s well known that owning a pet has many health benefits. However, a new study reported in the American Journal of Cardiology shows that pet owners with chronic ailments may even have healthier, more adaptable hearts. The study followed people with conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol and found that they had more changes in heart rate than people without pets during the same period of time, indicating that they were more adaptable and would therefore less likely to be less taxed under certain circumstances; for instance, high-stress situations.

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dental braces care

More and more adults and children are using braces in order to straighten their teeth and improve their smiles. Dental braces care is an important aspect of taking care of your teeth and brightening your face. One of the challenges that people with braces face is keeping their teeth cavity free. Unfortunately, while braces are […]

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Top 10 Secrets for Graceful Aging

The Harvard Study of Adult Development, the longest, most comprehensive examination of aging ever conducted. Since the 1930s, researchers have studied more than 824 men and women, following them from adolescence into old age, seeking clues to the behaviors that translate into happy and healthy longevity. The book “Aging Well”, by Harvard Medical School Psychiatrist, […]

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Men DO Suffer From Bladder Infections

While bladder infections are more common in women than they are in men, men do suffer from bladder infections on occasion. A bladder infection is an inflammation of the bladder or urethra from over growth of bacteria. Once this infection occurs there is a higher risk for an individual to develop a kidney infection, epididymitis, […]

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Delicious Winter Salad

Delicious Winter Salad Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 lb beets, cooked, peeled and cut into slices 4 radishes, sliced 1 red onion, thinly sliced 1 apple, unpeeled, cut in half, de-cored and thinly sliced 1 fennel bulb, finely sliced 1 tbsp brown sugar 1 tbsp boiling water 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 tbsp white wine […]

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Colder Climate Window Tips to Keep the Heat In

You have likely heard it said that “every little bit helps,” and that’s particularly true with regard to economizing your household’s heat in the winter. For those who live in frigid climates, it may be a challenge to keep the warmth from escaping via the windows. Here are a few pointers on how to hold […]

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