The Tao of Politics

One of my main concerns is: how can I make a difference? There are thousands of political blogs out there. It’s easy to get lost in that ocean. So I may blog about politics on occasion, or I may blog about health issues, depending on where my interests lead me, and where I feel I can contribute something of significance.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Health Notes
Doctors say don’t give over-the-counter cough and cold medicines to children, mainly because they are not effective, and could lead to more serious conditions.

Is anyone surprised that an increase in hip and knee replacement is related to obesity? Just one more reason to lose weight.

I’m sure we’ve talked about this before, but there is new research suggesting that those who eat a lot of curry are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. It’s the curcumin in the turmeric that is supposed to help. Thing is, you don’t have to go to an Indian restaurant in order to eat curry. You can buy curry in the grocery store and use it at home as a spice that is healthy and that spices up dinner. I published a curry recipe that we like. It is very tasty and very healthy. (It is recipe #3 on this page, so you have to scroll down a bit to see it.)

The American Heart Association has suggestions for those who eat a vegetarian diet. Thing is, vegetarians are usually very informed about nutrition, more so, I daresay, than is the average American eating the American diet, so I think we know a thing or two about what is good for us. For those who don’t, the suggestions include:

Eat enough protein. You can try adding soy to your diet, which is protein rich.
Eat plenty of nuts, whole grains, vegetables, and legumes.
Get plenty of iron by eating lots of spinach, beans, dried fruits, and iron-fortified foods.
Try eating foods fortified with vitamin B-12, or consider taking a B-12 supplement.
Avoid foods high in sugar or fat.

I think these suggestions should be published generally, and should not be limited to vegetarians.

Are you worried about cholesterol? A low-fat vegetarian diet may be better at lowering cholesterol than is a conventional low-fat diet.


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  • At 11:46 AM, Blogger Debra said…

    I am just not fond of curry, maybe once or twice a year. Curcumin and saffron are both herbs in Chinese medicine. They cleanse and tonify the blood.

     

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