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Study: Pomegranate Found Better Than Lipitor Drug For Managing Cholesterol Level
The pomegranate is native from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India and was cultivated over the whole Mediterranean region since ancient times. This nutrient dense, antioxidant rich fruit has been revered as a symbol of health, fertility and eternal life. A compound called punicalagin found only in pomegranates shown to...More


Lipitor (aka Atorvastatin) is prescribed for patients with high cholesterol. It functions to lower the levels of overall cholesterol, LDL, triglycerides and to increase levels of HDL. It is part of a group of drugs called statins

Side effects: The use of this drug has been reported to cause myopathy (the dysfunction of skeletal muscle cells) - resulting in weakness. Liver function labs (AST and ALT) should be monitored regularly because the drug cannot be processed by an unhealthy liver. There are contradicting reports of memory loss resulting from use of the drug - high cholesterol is often associated with dementia, however a depletion of cholesterol may have an effect on neuron function. Grapefruit juice should not be consumed while on Lipitor, it may lead to toxicity. 

Lipitor is a very popular, kind of expensive drug. In 2008 it was the top selling brand-name drug in the world and grossed over 12 billion USD. Pfizer totally had the monopoly on cardiac disease prevention, but all good things must come to an end. When Lipitor’s patent was up in June 2011, Pfizer managed to buy another 5 months (not quite sure who approved of this ethically questionable business deal). On November 30th, the generic version hits pharmacies.

Womp, womp. Sorry, pharmaceutical industry ;)  

Eat Your Way to Lower Cholesterol

According to the American Heart Association, if your cholesterol is high, you might be at an increased risk for heart disease and stroke,   America’s number one and number four killers, respectively.  Unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise can contribute to high cholesterol, so it’s important to focus on making good choices. Here we’ll look at how cholesterol affects your body and give you some tasty ways to build a heart healthy diet.

First, what exactly is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a type of lipid or fat that is waxy in texture and is naturally produced by the liver. Cholesterol is also found in certain foods, particularly foods made from animal sources. While too much cholesterol can be bad for you, it is also important to remember that your body needs some cholesterol to carry out essential functions. Cholesterol is needed to regulate the body’s metabolism, produce vitamin D and help build and maintain cell walls. There are actually two kinds of cholesterol:

  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as “good” cholesterol, helps protect against heart attacks. If your levels of HDL are less than 40 mg/dL for men and less than 50 mg/dL for women, you may increase your risk of developing heart disease.

Medical experts believe HDL carries cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver. It is also believed that HDL removes excess cholesterol, slowing plaque buildup in the arteries.

  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, can slowly build up in the inner walls of the arteries that feed the heart and brain. It can turn into a thick, hard deposit of plaque which can narrow the arteries and make them less flexible. A clot can form, blocking the narrow artery, resulting in a heart attack or stroke.

If you have high cholesterol, you can lower your levels by eating a diet that consists of low saturated fat and low cholesterol foods. Here are a few of them:

  • Avocados contain oleic acid, which is a healthy monounsaturated fat that helps boost good cholesterol and lower bad. They are rich in fiber and beta-sitosterol, both of which help keep cholesterol down. Keep in mind that since avocados are high in calories and fat, they should be eaten in moderation.
  • Tomatoes can help keep your cholesterol in check because they are a great source of lycopene – a plant compound that reduces LDL levels. The body actually absorbs more of the lycopene in tomatoes if they are processed or cooked, so try drinking tomato juice or choosing tomato sauce over alfredo for your pasta dishes.
  • Nuts like pecans, walnuts and almonds contain healthy unsaturated fats, so they won’t clog your arteries. They are also high in plant sterols, substances that prevent the body from absorbing bad cholesterol. Nuts are an excellent addition to a heart-healthy diet, so go ahead, grab a handful.
  • Crisp, sweet and high in fiber, pears help lower LDL levels due to their high pectin content. Pectin binds with cholesterol and carries it out of the body before it becomes absorbed. If you’re not into pears, other pectin-rich fruits include: apples, oranges, bananas and peaches.
  • Fish or fish oil supplements are great for a heart healthy diet. They contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce blood pressure and lower the risk of developing blood clots. The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings of fish a week. So consider picking up some trout, albacore tuna, salmon or halibut.
  • Foods that are high in fiber like oatmeal and bran contain soluble fiber, which lowers “bad” cholesterol. Soluble fiber reduces the absorption of cholesterol in the bloodstream. In addition to oats and bran, other high fiber foods include: kidney beans, barley and prunes.

Not sure if you have high cholesterol? Ask your doctor to do a simple blood test. In the meantime, avoid saturated fats like butter, stick margarine, lard or shortening and increase your weekly amount of exercise. Eating right and making sure to exercise will make for one healthy heart!


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Summer rabbit stew
July 20th 2016

Rib cages and front quarters are pressure cooked in a chicken broth and Peroni beer for 30 minutes under high-pressure. The meat is then strained, broth poured back into the pot and meat placed onto a shallow pan. Separate the meat from bones and place it all back into the pot. This is where you get creative or seasonal by adding in the seasonings and vegetables. Because it is summertime, we went with a more light, bright and zesty flavor. Lots of fresh basil, a squeeze of lime with a side of Greek yogurt, a dash of volcano salt.

This is how we get the most out of our rabbit harvest. From the front quarters and rib cages (less desirable cuts) with this process one can get a large amount of tender, very flavorful, meat. Furthermore, you get the mineral benefit and flavor from the bone broth.

Sidenote, we were tickled to cut into the carrots we harvested today from our garden beds to find them to be so alive with color and flavor. Also, the Greek yogurt served in this dish really complements the tender pulled meat. We added some red curry to this dish with a handful of basil. Once it was served with a fresh squeeze of lime it was a rabbit stew with a Thai cuisine smoothness. We are really happy with the way this one came out.

We typically don’t post much of the food we eat but we believe it would be great for you to experience the benefits of our efforts in raising homegrown food.

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Omega-3 fatty acids are necessary for human health but the body can' t make them -- you have to get them through food.
  • For healthy adults with no history of heart disease: The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least 2 times per week.
  • For adults with coronary heart disease: The American Heart Association recommends an omega-3 fatty acid supplement (as fish oils), 1 gram daily of EPA and DHA. It may take 2 - 3 weeks for benefits of fish oil supplements to be seen.
  • For adults with high cholesterol levels: The American Heart Association recommends an omega-3 fatty acid supplement (as fish oils), 2 - 4 grams daily of EPA and DHA. It may take 2 - 3 weeks for benefits of fish oil supplements to be seen.

Got GREAT News, GOOD News & BUMMER News Today!

Went to my Dr. appt to follow up on the blood tests I had last week to check how well my Type 2 Diabetes is being managed & also to see if my scary high cholesterol #’s have come down due to the healthy lifestyle changes I’ve been making.  

The GREAT News: My A1C test (for the Diabetes) was great! I’m down to a very healthy 6.2%! Doing my happy dance! :-)
Here are the ranges, fyi: 
(<=6.9%)         Indicates good control
(7.0% - 7.9%)  Indicates fair control
(>=8.0%)         Indicates poor control

I used to take Metformin pills to help manage my Type 2 Diabetes, but my A1C had improved so much about 6 months ago, the Dr. took me off the pills! It’s heartening to see that I’m maintaining healthy blood levels (for Diabetes) by making healthy changes!

The GOOD News: My very high cholesterol levels have come down through diet changes via Weight Watchers & adding exercise! I’m making good progress…

The BUMMER News: Although my cholesterol levels have improved, they’re still too high.
She decided that it would be best for me to start taking pills to help get my numbers into a healthier range. We’ll recheck progress in 3 months & see how it’s going. 

Here’s how my current test compares to the last one in October:

Total Cholesterol: Healthy range/units = 100-199
Oct: 261
Now: 237

Triglycerides: Healthy range/units = <150
Oct: 245  (A really good change for the better here, but still too high)
Now: 190

HDL “The Good” Cholesterol: Healthy range/units = <40
Oct: 43
Now: 39  (YAY! This is in the healthy range) 
LDL “The Bad” Cholesterol: Healthy range/units = <131
Oct: 169
Now: 160

The last bit of BUMMER news is, because I’m 51, she said it’s time for me to schedule a colonoscopy. Oh joy. It’s just something that needs doing for a baseline & she said while it’s not fun…it’s really not that awful. No rush on this test, she said…so I’ll take a bit of time before I dive into that! The things we do for good health! LOL

I shared all the range info, as I thought it may be helpful to some of you who are also dealing with health-related things & heck, it’s just good for people to know what the healthy ranges are for those important tests!

It’s also really important for people to understand that you can have dangerously high readings for diabetes, cholesterol & also blood pressure without experiencing many symptoms simply due to your genetics. So, even if you’ve always lived a healthy lifestyle, ate right & exercised, there’s a chance that you could have serious issues going on without knowing it, so it’s always a good to get a check-up at your Dr. & make sure you’re OK. 

Wishing you all a happy, healthy rest of your day! 
Did you find this info TMI, somewhat interesting or helpful?

So although my dad has a very physically demanding job, he is about 20 kg overweight because he eats crap. I’ve been telling him that he needs to change his diet for a while, but he never listened. After visiting his doctor for a regular check up a few days ago and discovering he has a high cholesterol, he finally decided he wants to do something about it.

I was officially put in charge of his diet. As you can imagine, I’ve very excited to help him lose some weight and improve his health. I’m just not sure how I should go about it.

Acording to his doctor, his diet should be really low in fat and high in carbs (accordung to her plan, he is only allowed to eat 2 eggs a week, just chicken meat and lots of grains and stuff) to low his cholesterol level.  But my own experience based on lots of experimenting with different ways of eating taught me that most of the time fat isn’t the problem, sugar/rubbish carbs is. So I’m kinda torn between whether I should follow what the doctor says or just do what I think it’s the best.

What do you guys think is the best approach?

Diabetes And High Cholesterol Levels

Diabetes is a chronic disease which can have numerous side effects. The illness (normally) comes about as a result of the pancreas not producing enough insulin, which you require to handle the sugar level in your blood. 

Having diabetes, or too much glucose in your blood can have dire consequences such as cataracts (treatable blindness), bad teeth and an elevated danger of general infections. 

However what lots of individuals do not comprehend is that there is a link between high cholesterol levels and diabetes. This link is known as macular edema and it has an effect on eyesight. If you have diabetes and elevated cholesterol levels, you ought to be paying meticulous attention to your diet in order to avert macular edema

Macular edema is often a painful, non-reversible kind of blindness.

In case you are unsure about cholesterol, it would be best if we talk about this subject in order to clarify. People talk about ‘cholesterol levels’ because there are three measurements that are important. HDL cholesterol is frequently called 'good cholesterol’ and LDL cholesterol is known as bad cholesterol.

It is vital to have LDL because it helps in the generation of bile and vitamin D and it helps regulate hormones, but too much of it can furr up arteries and cause heart concerns. HDL is 'good’ because it mops up LDL and takes it back to the liver where it is disposed of.

Those are the two main levels. You would be forgiven for thinking that it is best to have as much HDL as you can, and this is a fact, to a certain extent, because you do require LDL too, but the total of both of these levels is also significant. You should not have a high level of both combined either.

The other reason why these levels are more important to diabetics is because diabetics with a high level of LDL run approximately three times more risk of getting macular edema than non-diabetics. Therefore the danger of high cholesterol for diabetics is imperative.

This is such a serious problem that diabetics are warned to check their cholesterol levels very often. The good news is that diabetics will already be watching their food and the low cholesterol diet is fairly comparable and is easy to integrate into your current one.

The foodstuffs that you ought to avoid to reduce your LDL cholesterol level include saturated fats like those that  are found in red meat and dairy products like full-fat milk, butter, cream and cheese. 

It is also to be found in trans and hydrogenated fats, which are present in junk foodstuffs and cheap margarine.

The foods to eat in order to raise your level of HDL are basically mono- and poly-unsaturated fats, vegetarian foodstuffs such as fresh fruits and vegetables, soya products, fish, nuts and grains, especially whole grains. 

Roughage and fibre are what you ought to be looking for. Fish and olive oil are also good in the fight against LDL cholesterol.

Owen Jones, the writer of this piece, writes on a variety of topics, and is now concerned with 500 Delicious Diabetic Recipes. If you want to know more, please visit our website at Easy Diabetic Meals


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Trailer to the documentary “Soul Food Junkies”

That New Year Resolution

I’ve always had this resolution. Always, since I was 10. Probably. But the only difference is that I’m actually going to make an effort to complete it this year.

With one more year before I receive my college degree, one year and half before I’m to be married to the man I love, I should have enough time to lose some weight. I’m just not very motivated.

I’m trying now though. With two doctors telling me I need to exercise in order to be healthy it’s kind of hard for me to keep on ignoring it. Especially since I’m 20 years old with HIGH CHOLESTEROL! 

So, I’ve started taking fish oil and I’m doing better at not eating after 8PM(even though it’s supposed to be 7PM) and I just got some great tips for how to cook healthier and well… eat healthier too :)

Wish me luck!