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Rarely mentioned amid all the hoopla about cholesterol lowering drugs is a study from France (Delorgeril M et al. Mediterranean alpha-linolenic acid-rich diet in secondary prevention of coronary heart disease. Lancet 1994; 343:1454-1459) which showed an 80% reduction in cardiac events and a 60% reduction in total mortality with NO change in total cholesterol using the Mediterranean diet.
Also ignored is the followup of the original 7 countries study (Verschuren WMM et al. Serum total cholesterol and long-term coronary heart disease mortality in different cultures - twenty-five-year follow-up of the seven countries study. Jama 1995; 274:131-136) which showed the very weak association of cardiac mortality with total cholesterol and the very strong association with country of origin. These two papers are essential reading for anyone advising patients with atherosclerosis or who are at risk for same (virtually everyone in North American society).
Clearly the biggest risk factor for atherosclerosis is not your cholesterol, not your blood pressure, not your family history, not your smoking habit but your address. There is some very large negative factor which is absent or some very large positive factor which is present in southern Mediteranean and far eastern countries which has still not been identified. On the practical level I tell patients to adopt the Mediterranean diet and largely ignore the cholesterol. If they insist on taking a pill also I tell them that it is unlikely to prolong their lives. Usually their angina improves substantially or disappears just on the diet. NO pills, NO angioplasty, NO bypass. And they can acutally SAVE money!
1 onion, chopped
3 tablespoons olive or soy oil
1 pound lean tender beef ground or minced
1 pound fresh spinach, chopped and cooked to yield
(about 1 cup) or 1 cup frozen
4 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried basil
1½ cups small cubes of Mozzarella, Ricotta,
Feta or Gouda cheese
salt and pepper to taste
1. Heat oil in a frying pan.
2. Add onion and cook gently, stirring, for about 5 minutes. Transfer onion in a bowl and return frying pan to heat.
3. Add beef, season with salt and pepper to taste and cook, breaking it up with a fork or spatula, until no longer pink.
4. Spoon out and discard any excess oil from pan. Return onions to beef, then add spinach and mix well.
5. Season with salt and pepper to taste and cook, stirring, for about
4 minutes. Pour in eggs, sprinkle with basil, then cook and stir just until
eggs are set. Sprinkle with cheese and serve immediately.
|THIS RECIPE IS ANTIFUNGAL/ANTIMYCOTOXIN.
IT IS ANTI-CANCER, ANTI-ATHEROSCLEROSIS,
ANTI-DEGENERATIVE DISEASES & PROHEALTH.
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Coat and whole wheat flour on 9½ x 5½ inch loaf pan or several smaller loaf pans.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine whole wheat flour, nuts, honey, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt; mix until well blended.
4. Lightly stir in remaining ingredients.
5. Spoon in pan or pans.
6. Bake 50 to 60 minutes for a large loaf, 35 to 45 minutes for small loaves, or until they test done.
7. Remove from oven and leave in pan for 10 minutes; then place on a
rack to cool.