Saturday, January 08, 2011

Show Notes: French Onion Soup

Make Soup!! Here are two of my favorites that we'll be talking about today on the radio program.

There’s a lot you can do with this soup. Throw in some sliced mushrooms, or even the chicken meat, just after the flour addition. The smokiness of the mushroom and the heartiness of the chicken are truly delicious and make this soup its own meal. 

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup just proves that there’s an elegant genius to creating something out of even the most mundane ingredients. With an onion, butter, flour, chicken stock, cheese, and toast, this rich delicious hot meal in a bowl emerges. Brilliant.

You’ll Need
1 medium sweet onion, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 quarts chicken stock
2 tablespoons (about) Emmenthal or Swiss
 cheese per person
1 baguette toast round per person

in a skillet
Sauté onion in butter over a gentle medium flame until it softens (a good 15 minutes). Sprinkle in 2 tablespoons of flour and stir for another 2 minutes.
Add in chicken stock. Bring to a boil, and then simmer with the lid on. Allow this mixture a chummy sort of bubbling for another 40 minutes.

ready the remaining parts
As the soup comes along, grate the cheese, and then toast the bread (baguettes, not surprisingly, work best for this).

Simply ladle the broth into oven-safe bowls, top with the toast, and sprinkle with enough cheese to just cover the bread. Broil until the cheese wants to be golden and the soup bubbles up the side of the dish.

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Show Notes: Squash Soup

The reason Ponce de Leon, that optimistic Spaniard, never found the famed Fountain of Youth wasn’t for lack of trying. He was quite energetic. 
But it’s a (very) little known fact that one day, after weeks of marching his men through the thickets of the pre-Disney Floridian forests, he came upon a clearing. Within the perfect grassy circle stood a well, raised on its knoll like a baptismal font prepared from the finest marble.
Sensing the completion of his quest and the validation of his sanity, he stumbled upward as the sun sliced through the primeval mists and the wind brushed back his long curly locks in a very Steven Speilbergian pose.
He knew that the culmination of his work had been reached at last. He had finally found the fountain of youth. The elixir of life. He would live forever. He stumbled to the top and reached the perfect smooth marble basin. Looking over its rounded edge, he couldn’t believe his misty eyes. He lowered his hand, drank from its nectar, and wheeled about dramatically to his men.
“Wrong fountain,” he yelled. “This one’s squash soup.”
Everyone groaned in unison. And the disappointed band tromped off into the waiting trees. If only he had known about beta-carotenes. These are found in abundance in yellow and orange vegetables and prevent cancer. This squash soup recipe, then, must have been what Ponce de Leon found so long ago and mistook as the work of juvenile native pranksters. It combines butternut squash with just enough creamy flavors to make sure your body can absorb the cancer-fighting carotenes and keep you ticking forever (your individual mileage may vary).

You’ll need:
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 onions, chopped
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp coriander
About 2 ½ lbs butternut squash (acorn squash is good too)
3 – 4 cups chicken stock
1 cup half-n-half
4 pats butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese, grated

To start.
·         Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds. Peel away the outer skin, and then cut its meat into modest cubes.
·         Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add and sauté onions. Add in the spices, squash pieces, and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat until you achieve a cheery little simmer.

·         Let it bubble away, covered, for about 20 minutes.
·         At this point the squash should be done. Take the pieces out with a slotted spoon and blend in a food processor until smooth. Add them back to the pan, then add in the half-n-half and butter.
·         Season it with salt and pepper. Taste and, depending on what you like, you could touch up the cinnamon flavor, too. Taste again.

At the table.
·         Top this soup with a bit of grated Parmesan. Add in some good crunchy bread and it makes its own meal. 

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Shaky evidence behind massage therapy for autism

Massage has become a fairly popular alternative therapy for autism, but there is only limited evidence suggesting it is helpful, a new research review shows.
Researchers say some studies did find benefits -- for instance in language and social skills -- but small patient samples and other problems make the results unreliable.
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disorders that, to varying degrees, hinder a person's ability to communicate, socialize and build relationships.
There is no cure, but special education programs and behavioral and language therapies are standard. Often, parents also turn to alternative approaches for additional help, including special diets or art and music therapy.
In general, massage or "touch" therapy is thought to have both physical and emotional benefits. For children with autism, it could have effects on the nervous and hormonal systems that may help ease some of their difficulties, explained Dr. Myeong Soo Lee of the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine in Daejeon, the lead researcher on the new study.
And parents seem to be putting some hope into that idea: Two recent U.S. studies of children with ASDs found that 11 percent to 16 percent had undergone massage therapy.
But whether it actually works is unclear.
In their search of the medical literature, Lee and his colleagues found only six clinical trials that tested massage therapy against standard therapies for children with autism.
There were some promising findings, Lee said. Children who received massage plus special education, for instance, improved their social abilities and "daily living" skills, like dressing and feeding themselves.
And those who had massage added to language therapy made bigger strides in communicating than those who had language therapy alone.
However, all of the studies had fundamental shortcomings, according to the researchers: None included more than 50 children and they lasted only between one and five months.
There were also problems in the studies' methods that put them at a high risk of bias. In some cases, for example, the researchers assessing the children knew which ones had gotten massage therapy and which ones had not, so they might be more inclined to see progress in the former.
The bottom line, the researchers write, is that "firm conclusions cannot be drawn" as to whether massage therapy aids children with autism.
On the other hand, the researchers are not advising parents against finding a massage therapist with experience in working with children with autism.
If parents are interested in the therapy, Lee said, he knows of no serious potential risks of massage for children with autism. But as far as effectiveness, more rigorous studies are warranted, he and his colleagues write.

Shaky evidence behind massage therapy for autism | Reuters

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Fraud: Autism-vaccine researcher Nailed

Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the-now disgraced British doctor who published studies linking vaccines with autism, committed an "elaborate fraud" by faking data, the British Medical Journal said on Wednesday.

The journal's editors said it was not possible that Wakefield made a mistake but must have falsified the data for his study, which convinced thousands of parents that vaccines are dangerous and which is blamed for ongoing outbreaks of measles and mumps.

He Is A Fraud
For instance, the reports found that Wakefield, first of all, only included data from 12 children,  and that several of them showed symptoms of autism before having been vaccinated.
Fears that vaccines might cause autism have not only caused parents to skip vaccinating their children, but have forced costly reformulations of many vaccines.
In 1998, The Lancet medical journal, a rival to the BMJ, published a study by Wakefield and colleagues linking the combined measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine with autism.

Unbelievably, Wakefield denied the allegations. "The study is not a lie. The findings that we have made have been replicated in five countries around the world.
A disciplinary panel of Britain's General Medical Council said last February that Wakefield had presented his research in an "irresponsible and dishonest" way and had brought the medical profession into disrepute.
"Clear evidence of falsification of data should now close the door on this damaging vaccine scare," they added.
Many experts have tried to show that vaccines might cause autism. Newer suspicions have focused on thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative once used in many vaccines and since removed from childhood vaccines.

Autism-vaccine researcher a fraud: medical journal | Reuters

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Were They Wrong About Whole-Fat Dairy? Study: May Lower Diabetes Risk

The short answer is ... yes. 

And I'm going to talk about how this little research finding relates to our Culture of Health. 

Why were we so confused for so long about so much? Because we rely on a source of knowledge that is inherently unstable: research science. 

Knowledge that's embedded in the history, culture, and traditions of a people are much less likely to shift with the wind. The Mediterranean dietary habits have always included normal dairy. They didn't have to undergo a clinical trial to figure out what this study had to do. 
What they found
The incidence of type 2 diabetes declined significantly, linked to the consumption of whole-fat dairy. This, according to data from a large cohort study.

Adults with the highest levels of this fatty acid had a 60% lower diabetes incidence compared with individuals who had the lowest levels. And this was associated with a more favorable metabolic profile, investigators reported in the Dec. 21 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.
Multivariate analyses of demographic, clinical, and lifestyle factors showed that whole-fat dairy consumption had the strongest association with levels of trans-palmitoleate. However, the authors remained circumspect about the association.

Medical News: Whole-Fat Milk and Cheese May Lower Diabetes Risk - in Endocrinology, Diabetes from MedPage Today

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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Your kids' cholesterol. The best medicine may be to just leave them alone.

The old saying is, "If you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail". In other words ... if you have a product, you want to apply that product to everything. 

Here are two examples:

  • Bariatric surgeons want to apply gastric bypass and banding to children.
  • Companies that make Lipitor, etc., want to give those meds to your children. 

New data on cholesterol in kids
These new findings, published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, are based on 539 school children, aged seven to 15, who had blood drawn in 1985 and again 20 years later. Both cholesterol and triglycerides were measured.
Most of the kids with scary-high cholesterol turned out NOT to have high cholesterol as adults. Most of the adults with very high cholesterol NEVER had that condition as kids. In other words, the cholesterol you have as a kid has nothing to do with the cholesterol you develop as an adult! 
It's even worse:
Of the kids with bad cholesterol numbers who grew up and never improved their lifestyle factors (they kept eating nasty food and not being active), a full 84% of them no longer had those same bad numbers (low HDL).
So the bottom line is that our kids are not nails for someone else's pharmaceutical hammer, and they certainly don't need to correct a "problem" with their cholesterol, when it will more than likely correct itself over time. 

Healthy choices tied to kids' cholesterol changes | Reuters
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Monday, January 03, 2011

VIDEO: Get Your Fad Diet Flu Shot

Every year it's the same!! The newest, new REVOLUTIONARY approach, from some new diet guru invites us to magically shed pounds with their wicked-cool fad diet. 

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But how do you take your fad diet flu shot? How do you inoculate yourself against the yearly tide of fad diet fakers out there? 

This video explains it in a principles-driven fashion. 

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