Archive | October, 2008

Halloween candy recall made in China

30 Oct

 With Halloween fast approaching comes a warning to parents and kids regarding Sherwood brand Pirate’s Gold milk chocolate coins imported from China.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the public not to eat, distribute or sell the candy.

It is sold across Canada by Costco and may also have been sold in bulk packages or as individual pieces at various dollar and bulk stores.

The chocolate contains melamine which is the same chemical responsible for killing several babies in China, and sickening thousands more.

The following link is from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to provide you with further information.


Take a break from meat tonight – Tomato-and-Leek Frittata

29 Oct

Not a meat eater? Not a problem! You can enjoy a healthy lifestyle with a vegetarian diet. by eating lots of vegetables, whole-grain starches, soy-based meat alternatives, and milk or egg products if desired and still lose or maintain weight if that is your goal.  The good thing is that even meat eaters can set aside days where they take a break from meat dishes and enjoy vegetarian meals.   Here is a good one for you.  Make sure you scrub the leek properly to get rid of stones and dirt that are sometimes hidden in the folds.


Tomato-and-Leek Frittata 


Makes 8 servings


2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 medium leeks, cleaned and thinly sliced (white parts only)

(you can also substitute – cauliflower if leeks are not your thing)

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

8 large eggs

1/4 cup fat-free milk

Salt and black pepper

1/2 cup shredded white cheddar cheese

2 small (1-pound) ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced


Preheat oven to 350°F. Warm oil in 10″ ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add leeks; cook 8 minutes, until softened, stirring. Reduce heat to medium-low.


In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, fresh thyme leaves, milk, salt, and pepper. Stir in cheese. Pour over leek mixture in skillet. Gently lift up leek mixture to coat bottom of pan. Arrange tomato slices in overlapping pattern on top. Cook 8 minutes, until sides are set but mixture is still loose on top. Transfer skillet to oven and cook 10 minutes, until center is cooked through and tomatoes are lightly browned. Remove from oven; run a rubber spatula around edges and underneath to loosen frittata from skillet. Place on a platter and cut to your liking.

Nutritional information

123 calories

8 g total fat (3 g sat)

215 mg cholesterol

5 g carbohydrate

9 g protein

1 g fiber

129 mg sodium

(A South Beach recipe)


Cooking with Martha Stewart

27 Oct

Enter Martha’s contest with some of your down-home cooking  and win


GMO Tomatoes promises to help fight cancer

27 Oct

If there can be purple dinosaurs, why not purple tomatoes. That’s prpetty reasonable.

A team of British scientists from the John Innes Centre, Norwich, has developed a genetically modified tomato – purple tomatoes -, which they hope will be a cancer-fighting machine.  They have created the tomatoes by incorporating genes from the snapdragon flower- high in anthocyanin, which is thought to have anti-cancer properties.  Researchers found that mice that ate these tomatoes lived longer than mice that did not eat them.

 Scientists have developed purple tomatoes which they hope may be able to keep cancer at bay. Anthocyanins, found in particularly high levels in berries such as blackberry, cranberry and chokeberry, have been shown to help significantly slow the growth of colon cancer cells.

They are also thought to offer protection against cardiovascular disease and age-related degenerative diseases.

There is also evidence that the pigments have anti-inflammatory properties, help boost eyesight, and may help stave off obesity and diabetes.

The John Innes team is investigating ways to increase the levels of health-promoting compounds in more commonly eaten fruits and vegetables.

Tomatoes already contain high levels of beneficial antioxidant compounds, such as lycopene and flavonoids.

Transsexual Gene found and other tidbits

27 Oct


I just listened to a show on CBC and the host said that according to his research, gay men have the most problem with their body image followed by heterosexual women.  Those with the higest esteem for their bodies are heterosexual men and lesbian women. Interesting eh!


Transsexual Gene

The next thing that caught my attention in the BBC news is the discovery of a transsexual gene.  Australian researchers found a corelation between gene involved in testosterone action and male and transsexualism.

An analysis of 112 male to female transsexual volunteers show a strong link between the gene involved in testosterone and male transsexual have a longer version of the androgen receptor gene.

  “There is a social stigma that transsexualism is simply a lifestyle choice, however, our findings support a biological basis  of how gender identity.” said Professor

There is a social stigma that transsexualism is simply a lifestyle choice, however our findings support a biological basis of how gender identity develops. 
Professor Vincent Harley Researcher

Subsaharan Women

Not surprising but yet shocking is the new report and urgent call for action  about the state of maternal health in Sub-sahara Africa.  Something needs to be done to stop these women from dying  in such large numbers.

Dr. Francisco Songanem, director of Maternal health, WHO, said that more funds is need and a coordinated approach taken.  Most of the deaths occur as a result of unsafe abortions, haemorrhaging and problems are the major causes of mortality.

Delicious, nutritious and weight loss friendly foods

23 Oct

If you are trying to lose weight you could include some or all of these delicious antioxidant-packed foods into your meal plans in moderation of course. Remember the formula for weight gain is: excess of calories over calories burned for the day = fat accumulation

  • Blueberries:  2005 University of Illinois study found that a number of compounds in blueberries, including pigment-producing anthocyanins, have powerful cancer-preventive powers. Other berries contain similar antioxidants in smaller quantities.
  • Walnuts: Like all nuts, walnuts are a great source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Unlike other nuts, however, walnuts are high in heart-healthy omega-3 oils. Enjoy up to 15 walnuts a day as part of your nut/seed allotment. Other South Beach Diet–approved sources of omega-3s include flaxseed and, of course, fish and fish oil.
  • Pomegranates: These fruits are high in flavonoids, antioxidants also found in red wine  and cocoa ( unsweetened). Recent studies show that pomegranate juice (may also help prevent heart disease.
  • Sweet potatoes They’re rich in beta-carotene and vitamin C, both powerful antioxidants that work to eliminate free radicals (damaged cells that injure healthy cells and harm DNA). Other good sources of beta-carotene are carrots and apricots .
  • Tomatoes A 2002 study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that eating tomato products may reduce prostate cancer risk. The link is so strong that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now allows tomatoes and tomato-based products, like tomato sauce, to carry a health claim linking tomato consumption with a reduced risk of prostate cancer. The key ingredient is a powerful antioxidant called lycopene, also found in pink grapefruit and guava;
  • Kale: Research shows that eating dark leafy greens, like kale, may help maintain good health by reducing one’s risk of heart disease and stroke, some cancers, and several other illnesses. They’re rich in beta-carotene, folate, and vitamins C, E, and K, which help protect against cell-damaging free radicals. Regularly eating dark leafy greens may also lower blood pressure and cholesterol and promote normal eyesight. Spinach and Swiss chard also contain these disease-fighting ingredients.

Diverticulitis diet

21 Oct


21 Oct

 I am an ER nurse and this is the best description of this event that I have ever heard. Please read, pay attention, and send it on! FEMALE HEART ATTACKS
 I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the best description I’ve ever read.
 Women and heart attacks (Myocardial infarction). Did you know that women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing heart attack ..
 you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in the movies. Here is the story of one woman’s  experience with a heart attack.
 ‘I had a heart attack at about 10 :30 PM with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might have brought it on. I was sitting all snugly & warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting story my friend had sent me, and actually thinking, ‘A-A-h, this is the life, all cozy and warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up.
 A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when you’ve been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems to feel like you’ve swallowed a golf ball going down the esophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable. You realize you shouldn’t have gulped it down so fast and needed to chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my initial sensation—the only trouble was  that I hadn’t taken a bite of anything since about 5:00 p.m.
 After it seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE  (hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasms), gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone, where one presses rhythmically when ministering CPR).
 This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out into both jaws. ‘AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was happening — we all have read and/or heard about pain in the jaws being one of the signals of an MI happening, haven’t we? I said aloud to myself and the cat,  Dear God, I think I’m having a heart attack!
 I lowered the foot rest dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a step and fell on the floor instead. I thought to myself, If this is a heart attack, I shouldn’t be walking into the next room where the phone is or anywhere else … but, on the other hand, if I don’t, nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be able to get up in a moment.
 I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next room and dialed the Paramedics … I told her I thought I was having a heart attack due to the pressure building under the sternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn’t feel hysterical or afraid, just stating the facts. She said she  was sending the Paramedics over immediately, asked if the front door was near to me, and if so, to un-bolt the door and then lie down on the floor where they could see me when they came in.
 I unlocked the door and then laid down on the floor as instructed and lost consciousness, as I don’t remember the medics coming in, their examination, lifting me onto a gurney or getting me into their ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the way, but I did briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the radiologist was already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me asking questions (probably something like ‘Have you taken any medications?’) but I couldn’t make my mind interpret what he was saying, or form an answer, and nodded off again, not waking up until the Cardiologist and  partner had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery into the aorta and into my  heart where they installed 2 side by side stints to hold open my right coronary artery.
 ‘I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling the paramedics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the fire station and St. Jude are only minutes away from my home, and my Cardiologist was already to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going on restarting my heart (which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing the stints.
 ‘Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail? Because I want all of you who are so important in my life to know what I learned first hand.’
 1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your body not the usual men’s symptoms but inexplicable things happening (until my sternum and jaws got into the act). It is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn’t know they were having one and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping they’ll feel better in the morning when they wake up … which doesn’t happen. My female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is  unpleasantly happening that you’ve not felt before.
 It is better to have a ‘false alarm’ visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be!
 2. Note that I said ‘Call the Paramedics.’ And if you can take an aspirin. Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!  Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER – you are a hazard to others on the road.
 Do NOT have your panicked husband who will be speeding and looking anxiously at what’s happening with you instead of the road.
 Do NOT call your doctor — he doesn’t know where you live and if it’s at night you won’t reach him anyway, and if it’s daytime, his assistants (or answering service) will tell you to call the Paramedics. He doesn’t carry the equipment in his car that you need to be saved! The paramedics do, principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your Dr. will be notified later.
 3. Don’t assume it couldn’t be a heart attack because you have a normal cholesterol count. Research has discovered that a  cholesterol elevated reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it’s unbelievably high and/or accompanied by high blood pressure). MIs are usually caused by long-term stress andinflammation in the  body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge things up in there.  Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep.  Let’s be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive.

Illegal dog meat flourish in the Philippines

20 Oct



According to an alternative press report, dogs in the Philippines don’t have it as easy as our four-legged friends in the United States. They are picked up off the streets and killed as part of the cruel and illegal dog meat

Every year, an estimated 500,000 dogs fall victim to the cruel dog meat trade in the Philippines. We desperately need your help to end this practice and stop other forms of animal cruelty around the world.

This is horrible but if people are starving can they help it if in North America you want to treat dogs like people. Dogs are not people and cows, goat and sheep, rabbits and rats, they can be all up for grabs. Do you think there should be a law that says mankind should not hunt and eat a particular animal for food?

Meat is not my personal favourite but if others like to eat it then why should we stop them. 

Roasted Red-Pepper, Feta, and Mint Dip Makes about 1 3/4 cups

20 Oct


1 (12-ounce) bottle roasted red peppers, drained, rinsed, and chopped
1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped
4 ounces reduced-fat feta cheese
4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Salt, as desired

Combine red peppers and garlic in food processor or blender. Pulse until well blended. Add remaining ingredients, except salt; process until blended but still thick. Add salt and additional lemon juice to taste. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Serve cold.

Make-Ahead Tip: Dip can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate.

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