Eating Habits at Home

Do you or your significant other cook with corn, peanut, sunflower, saf-flower, or soy oil (as opposed to olive or grapeseed oil) Do you eat a prepackaged microwave meal that provides a full meal (as opposed to only frozen vegetables) more than once a week Do you eat any foods packaged in boxes, such as ready-to-eat cereals, flavored rices, meat extenders, and other boxed foods, more than once a week When you eat at home, do you use bottled salad dressings that contain soy or safflower oil or...

How Common Are Overweight and Obesity

The prevalence of obesity and overweight have, without exaggeration, skyrocketed in recent years. In 2001 David Satcher, M.D., then surgeon general of the United States, described it as an epidemic. He predicted that the health consequences of overweight and obesity would soon overtake the effects of tobacco. Thirty-one percent, or almost one-third, of North Americans are now obese. They are part of the 65 percent two-thirds of North Americans who are now overweight. The number of overweight...

Flavorful Brown Rice Serves

Short-grain brown rice has a wonderful flavor, and at the table you can add a small amount of RealSalt or sea salt and butter to taste. 1 cup short-grain brown rice 1 cup chicken broth (or plain water) 1 cup bottled or filtered water Rinse the rice in a strainer, then put in a 2-quart saucepan. Add the broth and water (or simply water if you're not using broth). Use very high heat and boil for 5 minutes, then turn the heat down to simmer. The rice should cook fully in about 40 minutes you may...

Nutrients That Can Help

The classic signs of fatty acid deficiency (omega-6, omega-3, or both) are dry and flaking skin. Such symptoms can develop when people are malnourished or eat low- or zero-fat diets. Eating fish and taking fish oil capsules can provide omega-3 fatty acids, and olive oil is an excellent source of omega-9 fatty acids. Adequate amounts of omega-6 fatty acids can be obtained in olive oil and raw nuts such as almonds, or pumpkin seeds. Several antioxidants have been shown to be helpful in reducing...

Optimizing the Antioxidant Network

You may obtain greater benefits by taking multiple antioxidants in addition to vitamin E. According to Lester Packer, Ph.D., of the University of California, Berkeley, antioxidants work best as a team. Antioxidants get used up rapidly fighting free radicals, but a diversity of antioxidants helps them regenerate to full strength. Many different antioxidants also help neutralize many different types of free radicals, with the result often being a faster recovery time. For example, physicians at...

Saffron Seafood Soup Serves

1 leek, very thinly sliced (white part only) V2 cup dry vermouth or dry white wine 1 cup short-grain brown rice, already cooked > 2 teaspoon dried dill or Deliciously Dill seasoning 4 ounces salmon filet, cut into small pieces 6 to 8 large shrimp, cut into small pieces Saut the onion, leek, and carrot in butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. When they soften (3 to 5 minutes), add the vermouth, fish stock, rice, and saffron. Bring to a boil, then add the dill and let simmer for 10 to 15...

Staying Healthy for Life

The prevalence of inflammatory diseases has clearly increased over the past several decades. Part of this increase is related to the overall aging of the population. After all, inflammation is one consequence of age-related wear and tear on the body. Millions of people already suffer from a variety of inflammatory diseases. And in the United States alone, almost 80 million baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1963) are entering middle age, a time when even the healthiest people are likely to...

The Anti Inflammation Syndrome Step Eat More Fish Especially Cold Water Varieties

Cold-water fish contain the largest amounts of the most biologically active, preformed omega-3 fatty acids. Preformed means that the fatty acids exist as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and the body does not have to make them from alpha-linolenic acid. This shortcut enables your body to put the anti-inflammatory properties of EPA and DHA to work right away. An ideal amount of dietary omega-3 fatty acids is about 7 grams a week, which you can obtain in two to three...

The Inflammation Syndrome Connection

The high-sugar and high-carbohydrate diets that lead to obesity raise glucose levels, and elevated glucose spontaneously generates large numbers of free radicals. These free radicals stimulate the inflammatory response, which can increase the risk of coronary artery disease, cancer, Alzheimer's, and many other diseases. In addition, abdominal fat cells secrete large quantities of pro-inflammatory interleukin-6 and C-reactive protein. In overweight and obese people both of these substances help...

The Anti Inflammation Syndrome Step Use Olive Oil as Your Primary Cooking

Extra-virgin olive oil should be your main cooking oil. It is rich in antiinflammatory oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid), vitamin E, and polyphe-nolic flavonoids. Different brands of olive oil, and olive oil derived from different types of olives, have different flavors, so it is good to try different ones. Always use extra-virgin olive oil, an indicator of high quality, and look for a date on the bottle. The olive oil is best used within a year of picking and bottling, but it can be used for...

The Anti Inflammation Syndrome Step When Thirsty Drink Water

Water is the beverage virtually all animals again, except for people consume for life. If you live in an urban area and the quality or taste of tap water leaves a lot to be desired, drink filtered water. Both the Brita and Pur systems filter out chlorine, heavy metals, and, unfortunately, even some of the dietary minerals (such as calcium and magnesium). Buy a brand of sparkling mineral water with a particularly high mineral content, such as Gerolsteiner. Scientists have found that drinking...

What Else Might Help

Because damage to the gut wall is often involved in food allergies, several supplements might be useful in healing the digestive tract. Glutamine, an amino acid, plays important roles in gut-wall integrity. Probiotics, the term used to describe supplements of good gut bacteria, also might be helpful. Various digestive aid supplements, containing pancreatic or plant enzymes, might promote the complete digestion of food. Serenaid, a supplement that breaks down gluten, might help people deal with...

Controversy Is Glucosamine Safe in Diabetes

In 1999 a letter to the journal Lancet raised questions about whether glu-cosamine supplements could increase glucose (blood sugar) levels, cause insulin resistance, and lead to or aggravate diabetes. The questions raised in this letter were widely reported in the University of California Berkeley Wellness Letter, the Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter, and other publications toward the end of that year (the delay resulting from publication schedules). These newsletters warned that...

How Common Is Diabetes

Full-blown adult-onset diabetes affects an estimated 15 million Americans, about half of whom have not been officially diagnosed with the disease. (Juvenile-onset diabetes is an autoimmune disease that is rarely reversible.) However, as many as 70 million Americans have some degree of insulin resistance or Syndrome X. Syndrome X refers to a cluster of insulin resistance, high blood pressure, abdominal obesity, and elevated cholesterol and triglycerides. (For more information see my previous...

Beverages Snacks and Desserts

Often people stray from a diet when choosing beverages, snacks, and desserts. Here are some suggestions to keep things simple, and to keep you on the Anti-Inflammation Syndrome Diet Plan. For cold beverages, stick with sparkling mineral or still waters and a wedge of lemon, lime, or orange. Many sparkling mineral waters, such as Gerolsteiner, have substantial calcium and magnesium levels good for your health. For hot beverages, a herbal tea or a green tea is a good choice. For snacks, it is...

How Vitamin E Reduces Inflammation

The details of how coronary artery disease begins are complex, and sometimes, like the chicken-and-egg story, it is difficult to discern exactly what step comes before another. It is likely that many events are occurring simultaneously, including inflammation of the arteries. During the 1990s it became clear that high levels of the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) form of cholesterol increased the risk of heart disease. Basically, the idea is that LDL appears to be neutral until it is oxidized, or...

Herbs and Spices

Medicinal and culinary herbs are rich sources of anti-inflammatory an-tioxidants, especially flavonoids. They also contain trace amounts of natural Cox-2 inhibitors, such as salicylates. Medicinal herbs can be especially potent, while culinary herbs are perhaps less potent but more tasty anti-inflammatory nutrients. Over the past several years herbal medicines have moved from folk-medicine status to scientifically supported treatments. Major drug companies routinely fund expeditions to the...

Thorne Research

Thorne is one of the most morally ethical supplement companies, and product quality is exceptionally high. The company sells primarily to physicians, but it also accepts orders from consumers mail order only . Thorne has a broad line of products, including many anti-inflammatory nutrients. Its MediClear product provides nutritional support for inflammation, allergies, and gastrointestinal integrity. For more information call 208-263-1337 or go to www.thorne.com.

Breakfast Muesli Serves

This breakfast takes about 5 minutes to prepare the night before and is ready in about 2 minutes in the morning. Use a high-quality muesli, such as the Earth Song Grandpa's Secret Omega-3 Muesli www. earthsongwholefoods.com . Mix cup of muesli with about V2 cup of coconut milk, water, or milk if you are not allergic to dairy in a small bowl. Cover the bowl, and leave it in the refrigerator overnight. Meanwhile, defrost a total of 2 to 3 tablespoons of raspberries and blueberries overnight, or...

Earth Song Whole Foods

Earth Song makes several whole grain some gluten-free snack bars that redefine the meaning of a wholesome sweet. Among the bars are apple- walnut and cranberry-orange. In addition, Earth Song blends an excellent gluten-free muesli, known as Grandpa's Secret Omega-3 Muesli, which makes for a tasty and quick breakfast if you take about five minutes to prepare it the night before . For more information call 877-327-8476 or go to www.earthsongwholefoods.com.

Breakfast Mini Chicken Patties Serves

1 pound ground chicken turkey alternative 4 cloves garlic, diced 4 pitted olives, finely diced 1 tablespoon oregano 1 tablespoon basil Put ground chicken in a mixing bowl. Many natural foods grocers sell ground chicken, frozen, in 1-pound packages. Add the garlic, olives, oregano, and basil. Mix thoroughly with your hands wear disposable gloves and form patties about inch thick and about the size of an old-fashioned silver dollar 1V2 to 2 inches in diameter . One pound of ground chicken should...

Pycnogenol and Grape Seed Extract

Pycnogenol pronounced pick-noj'-in-nall is a patented complex of about forty antioxidants, mostly proanthocyanidins a family of flavonoids and a variety of other antioxidants, including organic acids such as cinnamic acids, caffeic acid, and ferulic acid . It is extracted from the bark of French maritime pine trees and sold under the Pycnogenol brand name by many different companies. The many different antioxidants in Pycnogenol make its sum far greater than any of its individual parts. Studies...

Curcumin and Turmeric Root

Curcumin, a bright yellow spice, is obtained from the root of turmeric Curcuma longa , a member of the ginger family. Native to Asia, cur-cumin is one of the oldest and most cherished anti-inflammatory herbs in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. Turmeric root and curcumin are mild Cox-2 inhibitors but are not as powerful and not as dangerous as popular Cox-2-inhibiting drugs. According to recent experiments, they block the activity of NF kappa B, a protein that turns on inflammation-promoting genes....

Pantox Laboratories

Newsletters, Magazines, Books, and Web Sites Many publications provide excellent information on diet and supplements, though sometimes you may have to navigate contradictory information or ignore information inconsistent with the Anti-Inflammation Syndrome Diet Plan. Newsletters and Magazines The Nutrition Reporter This monthly newsletter, produced by Jack Challem the author of this book , summarizes recent research on vitamins, minerals, and herbs. The annual subscription rate is 26 48 CND for...