Monthly Archives: August 2014

Daily Kale

No matter which way one turns with regard to nutrition and disease the beneficial role of cruciferous vegetables crops up time and time again and the leader of this pack of free radical scavengers is invariably Kale. The problem with Kale is that its a bit on the tough side, certainly too thick for salads although it works well in a Kale and Mung Bean soup where a short ten minute stew of the Kale seems to soften it up enough to make it enjoyable. With the best intentions making soup or finding other ways to integrate Kale can become a forgotten cause. What I needed was a quick idiots idea to integrating Kale on a daily basis and I am glad to say I have found it. The Kale smoothie is quick and easy and a great way to start the day, simply blend

1 mug of water
Two handfuls of Kale
One handful of blueberries
One pear
One banana

and there you have your daily shot of Kale in 30 seconds. Don’t be tempted to use fruit juice instead of water as the increased injection of sugar is counter productive. You can vary the veg’ by taking time off Kale and using Spinach, in fact rotating is recommended as good dietary advice.

There is also an interesting talk on the benefits or not of taking supplements below

Finally an interesting summary articles on how to circumvent 17 risk factors for heart disease at
http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2009/may2009_Heart-Attack-Risk-Factors_01.htm

Saturated Fat

You may have read about the change in dietary advice being put out to the population of Sweden. Actually this may not quite be an accurate description as some quarters are saying that official guidelines have not actually been changed in Sweden, but this forward thinking country does seem to be making the right noises about fat and carb’s. The message coming out is that we really should be focusing on a low carb’ and high fat diet rather than the other way round which is probably what has been rammed down your throat for the past 30 or 40 years. The interesting aspect of this new advice is that they do not really pick out saturated fat as one to avoid, leaving trans fats as the only rogue fat to rule out. The question around saturated fat is probably the most difficult one for most people to formulate a personal answer to. Particularly as low fat gurus such as Dean Ornish still feel that no saturated fat is the way to reverse heart disease even if it plays a limited role in causing it. Should we just play it safe and still eliminate the saturated fat along with reducing the carb’s ?.
Another clue to helping you with your own personal decision appeared whilst I was reading the excellent book, The Disease Delusion by Dr Jeffrey S Bland. In his book Dr Bland writes about the ApoE4 Gene and how the occurance of this gene suggests a greater susceptibility to Heart Disease and Alzheimers. The carriers of this gene are more prone to caustic oxidisation, our bodies natural defence mechanism for fighting diseased cells. The problem with over production of caustic oxidisation is the collaterall damage that occurs to healthy cells. People who carry this gene are also more prone to the adverse effects of saturated fats. I am not sure how one can get checked for this gene but in the meantime it might pay to cut down on the drippin sandwiches.
The more you drill down into these various aspects of disease the more you realise that what the doctors are pushing is not only a chemical based solution but also a broad brush solution. A one size fits all approach that is designed for people who have zero interest in nutrition or zero will power to follow through dietary suggestions. As one cardio’ said to me 9 out of 10 patients would not listen to dietary advice. My answer was ‘well what about the one in ten?’. It is clear to me that more you can personalize medical care on both a nutritional and chemical level the better the prospects, but do not wait for that to happen on your behalf. You will have to do it for yourself.