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Fish oil pills don’t boost benefit of heart drugs – Yahoo! News

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Fish oil pills don’t boost benefit of heart drugs – Yahoo! News.’

The German study shows that “we need to be a little more cautious about the prediction of individual benefit of any nutritional supplements,” said Lichtenstein, who had no role in the research.

“We see this pattern — people are so willing to embrace the simple answer,” as if it’s possible “to crack a capsule over a hot fudge sundae” and undo the harm of harmful diets and lack of exercise, she said.


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March 30, 2009 at 10:59 pm

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Hot Cocoa Tops Red Wine And Tea In Antioxidants; May Be Healthier Choice

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Hot Cocoa Tops Red Wine And Tea In Antioxidants; May Be Healthier Choice.

This is an interesting article I found, that I found personally relevant. Althought wine can be wonderful, some people can develop predispositions toward abuse.  Because of the lack of cocoa butter, it seems hot chocolate is a better choice, and lower in calories than a chocolate bar with gemometrically more anti-oxidants.

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March 14, 2009 at 5:13 am

Zucchini Rice Pizza – Comfort Food You can Feel Good About

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ricepizza This is a recipe that my beautiful wife makes.  Too often heart healthy foods don’t seem to be a comfort food. This one, I think if a pleasant abberation in that regard. It is somewhat heart healthy as it is meatless, high in grains and is gluten free:

1 1/2 c. cooked brown or white rice
1 egg, beaten
1/2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 sp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
2Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
1 c. (4 oz.) shredded Mozzarella cheese
Divided 1/3 c. fresh mushrooms
Sliced 1/2 c. zucchini
Sliced 1/4 c. diced red pepper
1 Tbsp. snipped fresh parsley
Combine rice, egg, and Cheddar cheese. Press into  Pam sprayed 12 inch pizza pan or 10 inch pie pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes. Combine tomato paste, Italian seasoning, garlic power, and black pepper; spread over rice crust. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Layer 1/2 c. Mozzarella cheese, mushrooms zucchini, olives, and red pepper. Top with remaining 1/2 cub Mozzarella cheese and parsley. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.Makes 4 servings at 253 calories and 15 grams fat each.

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February 18, 2009 at 7:21 am

Cheese Omelets are healthy now?

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It seems that cheese omelets are good for you again.  Here we enter the quagmire of food politics.

But notice the cornucopia of health information in magazine and online articles often doesn’t include comparison of things that you might find in,…. a cornucopia.

Thats when dieting opinions can get sketchy, and enter a Twilight Zone of misinformation.

It seems every couple of years the diet mystery stories change. Remember when butter was a no-no, then came margarine, now butter is considered healthy because it was found that hydrogenation has derogatory health effects?

And now be the the magic of comparison dieting.

Take one bad thing, compare to another bad thing and ultimately you can rationalize almost anything to eat.

Bagel with cream cheese

  • 700 calories
  • 40 g fat
  • 13g saturated

Eat this instead: Cheese omelet

  • 425 calories
  • 18 g fat
  • 6 g saturated

Bagels are bogus. The bread is bad enough, containing 300 calories and 60 grams of carbohydrates, but tack on the liberal cream cheese schmear (by our survey of popular breakfast chains, up to 4 ounces for a single bagel!) and your “harmless” breakfast snack just got worse than a Whopper. The omelet swap will save you nearly 300 calories, plus provide a surge of metabolism-driving protein. And a recent study from the University of Connecticut found that eggs can help raise HDL (good) cholesterol.
[This taken from]

My view of the above is a better choice than a bagel and cream cheese. But both are a cardiac nightmare; and far from the best choice:

One serving of Oatmeal with 1/2 cup of skim milk. 230 Calories. Plenty of fiber. Zero grams of saturated fat. No worries!

Dr. Virgil Brown, former president of the American Heart Association, says he remains concerned about eggs, even for healthy people. He says eggs can raise cholesterol significantly in someone who already eats a lot of other animal fats. [This from CNN.]

Lastly, and well quite funny actually:

“It’s the side meals that we have with eggs that are the bad part of the meal – the sausage and bacon. Choose to have eggs and oatmeal for breakfast instead.” [From]

Me. I think I’ll have the oatmeal, and a glass of orange juice, thanks.

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January 20, 2009 at 6:10 am

M. I. in Moses Lake

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An M. I. is an acronym or myocardial infarction. Although the term sounds like a smelly engine backfire, it is much worse. Part of a human human heart has died, or was damaged for not having received oxygen. This time it was mine.

Little did I know that for days to come people would call me on the phone asking me if I had a heart attack. Its a label I wanted to avoid. For three days it would be questions that people ask that are the most painful.…mostly questions that I wouldn’t wouldn’t have anwsers to. Patients are the last to know it seems.

This doesn’t seem like an attack. All I know if I felt bad. My chest hurt. I needed to do something because anytime I exerted myself it hurt more.

It all seemed so unfair. Up to some months ago I was working out everyday at lunchtime. Then something happened. My stamina was gone. I couldn’t finish a workout. But now was different. I felt roughed up especially when lifting and carrying stuff.

On my trip to Central Washington I thought, “I can’t walk. I better go to the hospital. Its’ time to take care of business.”

I went into the ER in Moses Lake, Washington. I approached the lady at the Emergency Room desk, (which rather was designated as the “Information Desk.” She looked up. “Why are you here?”

“Chest pain,” I said. ”

How long have you had it?”

“A couple days, off and on. Only when I exert myself now but it becoming more constant. I have historically had alot of GERD, so it difficult to tell what is going on.”

“You should have come in sooner.” She grabs a phone, and speaks into it – “Triage!.” “Go in there and sit down.”

I always triage was sort of a cool French word. People who don’t know what it means must think the Nurse must have some form of Tourette Syndrome because she only says one word loudly. ( Tourette, another cool French word.)

I went into a room behind her. A lady in a white jacket showed up. All business. Anticipating that she would all the insurance information in the world, I fumbled for my wallet.

“We’ll get that later. How come you didn’t come in sooner?”

“I didn’t know what I have.”

“It’s not up to you to diagnose things. Next time come in right away.”

I think to myself, “next time?”

I guess I”m supposed to feel humbled or something. Somehow, the advent of hearing Carly Simon’s song, Anticipation doesn’t seem so appealing anymore.

Now put in my place, the Nurse’ d’ le Triage asked me series very pointed and efficient medical questions.

They put in a room. I”m there with no shirt sitting on a fresh sheet.

Technicians come in strap electrodes to me.

A PA (physicians assistant”) comes in. She looks at the monitor and looks concerned.

“How long have you had pain?”

I answered the questions. A gurney is wheeled in. The P.A. leaves and comes back in with a doctor.

“See those big beats,” the doctor says, pointing at the monitor, “they are abnormal. They are called pre-mature ventricular contractions. Right now 40% of your beats are PVC’s. If they went up to 80% you would be unconscious or dead. You have lots of heart beats that are asynchronous. If you had more we would call that Fibrillation. You did right by coming in. Do you want to go to Wenatchee or Tri Cities?”

“Pardon me?”

I am confused by the seemingly irrelevant question.

They connect several IV’s to me, Heparin;(an anticoagulant), Nitro Glycerin, and water with sodium in it. They take blood. I am constantly being irritated by a blood pressure cuff that inflates it seems every 4 minutes. My left hand is turning colors as a result. I resisted taking St. Joeseph’s Baby Aspirin, having a history of GERD; but they told me to take it anyway. Better to have integestion than be dead I guess.

“I”m sorry. I meant Wenatchee or Tri-Cities Hospitals. We need to send you to a larger hospital with a Cardiac Unit. We are checking right now to see which has openings.”

I wanted to choose none of the above. Give me pills. Maybe let me go.

Somehow things happened so quickly. A moment ago, I was talking to their front desk. Now strapped into an ambulance gurney with telemetry IV’s and a defiblirator unit nearby attached.

“Have you ever taken Nitro Glycerin before?”

“No. I”m familiar with its actions though.”

“Put this under your tongue.”

5 minutes later. “Do you feel less pain?”


“Here, take another.”

I stick it under my tonque.

The doctor orders Epinephrine.

Fear. I have memories of doctors jamming needles into sternums on television movies. That doesn’t happen. She puts it in through my I.V.

I am relieved. I”m thinking. I should be home. Mowing my lawn.

Related: Prayer doesn’t work for ByPass Patients.

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September 2, 2008 at 1:09 am