Today on Fresh Air: America’s Test Kitchen shares some of their shopping/cooking tips for meat. 

Listen to the interview (and find recipes for the perfect burger, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and oven-friend bacon) here:

'Test Kitchen': How To Buy The Safest Meat And Make The Juiciest Steaks

• Don’t put much stock in “pasture-raised” or “free-range” Some companies really are letting animal graze outside but access to the outdoor can be highly limited)

• “Natural” is pretty meaningless (means no artificial ingredients); look for USDA “organic” seal instead Companies must comply with long list of regulations and inspections—animals not given antibiotics or hormones, feed produced without pesticides and or synthetic fertilizers.

• Don’t buy enhanced pork. It’s injected with salt solution and preservatives.

• Don’t buy select beef. You want choice or prime meat because it has more fat and more flavor.

• Buy air-chilled chicken rather than water-chilled, unless you like bland chicken and you like paying for water. 

• Never buy 99% lean ground chicken or turkey with no fat. There’s no flavor, and the meat is really, really dry. Go for 93%, which is made from mix of white and dark meat.

• Avoid mechanically tenderized meat It’s not tender and there’s a higher risk of bacteria contamination.

• Don’t put much stock in “no nitrates added” label on bacon. These products are often cured with celery juice (sometimes listed as natural flavor) and celery juice has high level of nitrates, which are converted to problematic nitrites by the bacterial starter culture in the cure. In our tests, some “no nitrates” bacon had more nitrites than conventional brands.

• Don’t buy stew meat. Instead buy a shoulder or chuck roast and cut up the meat yourself.

• Buy Berkshire pork whenever you can. Meat has higher pH which makes it darker, firmer and more flavorful. We found juicier and more porky than regular pork. Higher pH is because of genetics and farming practices—stressed pigs produce a lot of lactic acid which lowers the pH.


My surgery scars are finally healing; however due to the surgery, massive doses of antibiotics and prolonged hospital stay my immune system is shit. I had to return to the doctor and am on more antibiotics for what they think is Strep Throat. This is honestly the most antibiotics i’ve taken in the last 10 years.

This autumn started with pain and continues to be frustrating. As many of you know Osteal is my only source of income. When i can’t work, i can’t live.

I’m offering a 15% off coupon good for the rest of October - Please, if you have your eye on anything in the shop now is the time. If something is out of your price range ask me about payment plans -  and larger discounts for orders over $100.

Coupon Code : SURGERYBILLS gives you 15% off any purchase

Good at and at

All orders will come with a thank you note and extra goodies like incense, dried native plants and other beautiful, natural items.

I hate asking for help, I hate needing help.. but right now i do.

 - For those of you who don’t know in mid September i was admitted to the emergency room in severe abominable pain, later that night after several blood tests and ultrasounds they determined that my Gallbladder was infected and two stones were blocking the connective tube, as well as many more still in the Gallbladder.  They scheduled round the clock care and ordered an Emergency Surgery.

I was kept in the hospital on IV antibiotics until the surgery could be safely performed. All together i was in the hospital for three days, the anesthesiologist bill alone is over $1,000. (that’s just for 45 minutes)

[my gallstones are a result of genetics, not of poor dietary choices]

I am incredibly grateful for all the love and support I’ve received, thank you so much.

Researchers find novel way body defends against harmful bacteria

Bacterial infections can cause major problems for people undergoing treatment for cancer and other diseases. The concern is especially acute during hospitalization, when patients often have weakened immune function.

To complicate matters, antibiotics given to relieve or prevent infections may have a negative effect on the health-promoting bacteria that live in the body, mainly in the gut. If the microbiota—a word that refers collectively to all of the microorganisms that inhabit the body—get out of balance, it can allow harmful bacteria to dominate and give rise to antibiotic-resistant strains.

In light of this, there’s a growing interest in clarifying how the body fights pathogenic bacteria without wiping out the benign forms. The idea is that this understanding could lead to ways to enhance this natural defense.

Now Memorial Sloan Kettering researchers have identified an unusual process by which the body can sense the presence of pathogenic bacteria and destroy them. Rather than detect the microbes directly, individual cells monitor how the bacteria interfere with the functioning of energy-producing cellular structures called mitochondria.

"Some intestinal bacteria trigger mitochondria dysfunction, presumably to promote infection," says MSK cell biologist Cole Haynes, who led the research. "In response, when the cells perceive that mitochondria function is being perturbed, they turn on genes that launch an attack against the bacteria."

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I’ve been feeling nauseous all day.

Finally gave in and called the surgeon at lunchtime.

He confirmed that my infection was a staf infection and that I’m on the right antibiotics. I have some anti nausea meds that I use for migraines and he said it’s fine to use them. Took one about three hours ago and not sure if it worked because I’ve basically been asleep since then.

If I get worse over the weekend, I can call him up to 4pm tomorrow (then he goes interstate for the day) or I can go back to the emergency department.

I just want to feel better. I’m hoping it’s just a bad reaction to the anaesthetic and I’ll wake up feeling much better tomorrow.

anonymous said:

I used to watch the occasional episode of I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant and the amount of people on there who were either flat out told false information or NOT told information by their doctors is terrifying. "I'm going to put you on an antibiotic that's known to interfere with birth control AND JUST ASSUME YOU KNOW THAT BUT NOT TELL YOU". "Oh, you have a hormone disorder that an estimated 10% of the population with ovaries has, you can't ever get pregnant! I'm going to tell you this when you're

14, and then never test to see if you ovulate, or if you’re actually fertile, or any kind of actual work for me!” And then people so often online have the NERVE to claim that these people are stupid for not believing that they could get pregnant after BEING TOLD THEY WERE INFERTILE, among other things. “OH THEY HAD TO HAVE SIDE EFFECTS - DIDN’T THEY NOTICE THEY DIDN’T HAVE A PERIOD???” My mother lost weight initially and had no side effects with me when she was pregnant at all. I once went two years without a period, and somehow I didn’t give birth to an elephant. My aunt, meanwhile, had consistent monthly bleeding throughout one of her pregnancies. SO IRRITATING.


Right?! I don’t understand some of that stuff. I’ve never seen the show but I’m familiar with the concept. I’ve had doctors in the past put me on meds that completely fucked with my system because they didn’t bother to consider certain things.

It’s so important to realize that everyone is different. Everyone’s pregnancy symptoms are unique. Sometimes people don’t realize they’re pregnant for a long time. It’s not unheard of.

- Emily.

My Doctor

I know I always say how awesome he is, but it’s TRUE! And here is yet another example.

I woke up with a UTI this morning. I can peg them quickly. Unfortunately, I get them easily, and they escalate quickly, so I’ve learned to catch them asap. Anyway, I have no money for a doctor’s appointment and I KNOW that I have one. I called and left a message asking the medical assistant if they could get me an antibiotic prescription without my going in. My doctor called me back, said he’s sorry I have a UTI, told me he sent the prescription to my pharmacy. He also added that he made the prescription for 7 days, but I really only needed to take it 3-5 (sneaky way to leave me extra antibiotics for future use). Also, he gave me 3 refills on it, so I can self-diagnose and not have to call next time.

Not kidding, I cried. Nicest thing ever.


Guys, I’m not leaving this blog forever. I went to my doctor (it’s acutally the only doctor that I trust) and she told me that my fears are only in my head. My lungs, my heart are health. I’m just tired of my illness, I didn’t sleep much, I’m also taking my antibiotic, and it’s making me tired  and that’s why I’m thinking about the worst. But all of the people, my parents, my friends, my physical therapists (they are just like my friends) are telling me that with every day I look better, so…I guess I will only take a break to recover from my sick imagination ;) I hope everything is gonna be okay, even if there are the moments of weakness when I think that everything hurts and I’m gonna  suffer and even worse. Please, just keep me in your prayers and I hope I will recover very soon and come back with even more of my power :) I love you all guys, thank you for your sweet messages, you’re wonderful.



I have the worst case of strep I have ever had. I left work early on Tuesday. I was home and in bed by 7pm. I got out of bed at 7am on Thursday.

36 hours. I skipped Wednesday.

I am taking horse pills of antibiotics (875mg of Amoxicillin).

I didn’t come here just to list off symptoms. I came here to say that this feels like the physical equivalent of depression. I know I have stuff to do and it needs to be done, but I don’t have the energy to pull it off.

This morning there was snow on the ground! I’m not ready for winter yet. Viiku is wearing the sweater I made her last winter. She doesn’t need it really but cold seems to make her joint ache worse so I try to keep her warm. She got a positive result for anaplasma (tick transmitted bacteria) and had antibiotics. That could’ve been the cause for Viiku’s symptoms but who knows. Anyway things are looking better now but we’re still taking it easy and careful: lots of excercise but nothing too strenuous. And no more swimming in the sea until next summer! We’re slowly adapting to life in the city and getting to know our surroundings. Some of the good sides are that you can walk pretty much any direction and get to the sea in max 20 minutes. And related to that one downside is that in order to get away from the traffic and masses of people and be surrounded by something else than buildings and concrete you have to walk a bit. So no quick walks to the nearest forest anymore :(. I have a pile of photos I should go through and edit and post here! I hope that by confessing this I’ll be more likely to get and do that soon :’).

Man the more I think about my college the more I love it

—All my professors are ridiculously progressive and diverse and even my 80-something white old guy Classics professor gets lost on tangents about sexism in Ancient Greece

—I get free basic healthcare as a student, like, I got a prescription for antibiotic eyedrops for free today and the doc was prepared to help me with affordable insurance options if I didn’t have insurance to fill out the prescription

—My theater department is bomb as hell and I get to take grad courses as an undergrad

—My tuition is only a couple of grand a year which is SO FUCKIN GREAT for a program that competes with Ivy League schools

Basically what I’m saying is the CUNY system is fucking AWESOME and should be the model of higher education across America. Thank you NY State government for not fucking this up oh my god

CUNY’s far from perfect but if it was funded properly holy shit it would be so glorious get on it America everyone should demand this level and above of treatment from their state

So, somewhere along the way I caught an infection. I guess it’s been in my body since the weekend but between leaving home and getting to the hospital, redness cropped up. My doctor and I agreed to take an aggressive tack and I got sent to nuclear medicine to get a PICC line for IV antibiotics (for 3 weeks!?). Holy 47cm of tubing through my arm into my chest. #mastectomy #brca #brca2 #youngprevivors #recovery #recoverylife #nobeaverleftbehind


Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]
Microorganisms with names in bold are shown in illustrations above, in the order listed.

Microorganisms with a Threat Level of Urgent

  1. Clostridium difficile
  2. Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae 
  3. Drug-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae 

Microorganisms with a Threat Level of Serious 

  1. Multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter 
  2. Drug-resistant Campylobacter 
  3. Fluconazole-resistant Candida (a fungus)
  4. Extended spectrum β-lactamase producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBLs) 
  5. Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE)  
  6. Multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa 
  7. Drug-resistant non-typhoidal Salmonella 
  8. Drug-resistant SalmonellaTyphi 
  9. Drug-resistant Shigella  
  10. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  11. Drug-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae 
  12. Drug-resistant tuberculosis  

Microorganisms with a Threat Level of Concerning

  1. Vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA)
  2. Erythromycin-resistant Group A Streptococcus
  3. Clindamycin-resistant Group B Streptococcus 

Source: CDC Drug-Resistant Health Threats

So, kids, the next time someone says to you, “You might as well take an antibiotic, it can’t hurt,” just say no!

This year’s Longitude Prize is focused on the growing problem of antibiotic resistant bacteria. They’ve put together a nice image, shown here, which showcases what they term ‘the ten most dangerous antibiotic resistant bacteria’. You can read more detail on each of them here:

The prize offers a £10 million prize fund for the development of a cheap, accurate, and easy to use bacterial infection test kit, which will allow doctors to prescribe the correct antibiotics at the correct time for patients, to try to help minimise the development of antibiotic resistance.