October 4, 2013

Pumpkin Seeds

Posted in GOOD EATS ~ SITES/RECIPES tagged , , , , , , at 6:51 pm by PCOSLady

Pumpkin Seed Ideas

LEF.org states they are highly beneficial for you! Eat a 1/4 cup daily! Eaten 37 days straight you should see significant increases in your HDL cholesterol, also a 47% decrease in total cholesterol and a 78% reduction in LDL cholesterol… They modulate several cardiovascular disease risk factors… October 2012

Pumpkins belong to the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae… The US is currently the largest producer followed by Mexico, India and China…
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Paula shows a variety of ways to make them!

http://www.pauladeen.com/article_view/4_pumpkin_seed_snack_ideas?utm_source=email&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=04oct2013
4 Pumpkin Seed Snack Ideas — http://www.pauladeen.com
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http://www.pauladeen.com/article_view/4_pumpkin_seed_snack_ideas?utm_source=email&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=04oct2013
~ 4 Pumpkin Seed Snack Ideas … By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Here at The Paula Deen Test Kitchen, we carve an obscene amount of pumpkins in October and all through the fall. Don’t get us wrong, though; we love it! We get such a big kick out of carving ghoulish grins and sinister silhouettes. So, what’s the problem, you may ask?

Piles and piles of pumpkin seeds.

Because of our waste-not, want-not attitude, we firmly believe in the following motto: “Let no seed go to waste!”

Silly Seeds
4 cups pumpkin seeds
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon Paula Deen Silly Salt

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Remove pumpkin seeds from pumpkin and discard any pulp. Rinse seeds under running water to remove any remaining pumpkin. Spread seeds out on paper towels to thoroughly dry.

Toss pumpkin seeds with olive oil and sprinkle with Silly Salt. Spread seeds out in an even layer on the parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes, tossing every 15 minutes to prevent burning. Allow pumpkin seeds to cool before eating. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
4 cups pumpkin seeds, roasted and salted
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
2 teaspoons chili powder

In a medium saucepan, melt butter. Add seeds and toss to coat in butter. Stir in brown sugar and chili powder. Spread onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let cool completely.

Pumpkin Seed Snack Mix

1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds, roasted and salted
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup dried dates, chopped
1/2 cup unsalted almonds
1/2 cup candy coated chocolate pieces

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients until well incorporated. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Pepita Brittle
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 cups pumpkin seeds, roasted and salted

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in sugar and honey. Bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until mixture is medium amber and a candy thermometer registers 280 degrees, about 6 minutes. Stir in pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin seeds. Cook until mixture reaches 300 degrees, about 2 minutes. Pour onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let cool completely. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Enjoy!

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January 19, 2013

METABOLIC SYNDROME

Posted in ENDOCTRINE DISORDER tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:39 pm by PCOSLady

METABOLIC SYNDROME
(Syndrome X)

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PCOS Lady:
Women carry the extra weight in their chin, tummy and abdomen… A tall tail sign…
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The weight in the tummies i refer to IR weight, lol… No matter what i try aside from starvation that weight will not disappear without my “miracle” pill Glucophage XR 500 mg daily for a few months!
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http://www.drscottrigden.com/?act=obesity&sub=metabolic
By Dr. Scott Rigden, MD
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Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X)
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What is it?
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Metabolic Syndrome, a.k.a. Syndrome X, occurs in 24% of U.S. adults, or approximately 60-75 million Americans. It is usually associated with obesity. It is a condition that features the combination of insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia (excessive or too much insulin), which has profound health implications. It is commonly associated with coronary heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes mellitus type 2. These individuals often have lipid profiles in which they have elevated triglycerides with low HDL levels (their triglyceride/HDL ratios are usually over 4.) Their fasting insulin levels are above 8.
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DO I HAVE METABOLIC SYNDROME?
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Here are ten clues:
* I cannot lose weight.
* I tend to gain weight in the “apple” distribution.
* I crave sugar and carbohydrates.
* My energy levels are erratic.
* I have a family history of diabetes.
* I had a large baby (over nine pounds) and/or had gestational diabetes.
* I have a history of polycystic ovaries.
* I have non-European ancestry.
* I have a tendency to hypertension and/or borderline blood sugars.
* I have skin tags around my neck and upper body.
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The five clinical criteria doctors use to diagnose metabolic syndrome are listed below. If you have three of them, see your health provider for an in depth work-up.
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FIVE CLINICAL CRITERIA OF METABOLIC SYNDROME
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* Elevated waist circumference (greater than 40 inches in males and 35 inches in females)
* Triglyceride levels above 150 mg/dl
* Decreased HDL (less than 40 mg/dl for men and below 50 mg/dl for females)
* Blood pressure above 130/85
* Fasting glucose above 110 mg/dl
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SITES
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GOOGLE:
metabolic syndrome
syndrome x

June 25, 2012

Statins: Hidden Truth

Posted in MEDICINE TODAY tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:17 am by PCOSLady

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/08/18/is-the-government-going-to-force-your-kids-to-take-cholesterol-drugs.aspx
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The Hidden Truth: Why Government Wants Your Kids on Cholesterol Drugs…
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The exploitation of children for the sake of profit is yet another loathsome strategy drug manufacturers are willing to deploy, this time for the purpose of extending Lipitor’s patent to hold off generic brand competition.
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Here are two ratios, easily calculated from a lipid panel, which can help you evaluate your child’s heart disease risk:
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~ HDL/Total Cholesterol Ratio: Should ideally be more than 24 percent. If it’s less than10 percent, your child has a significant risk for developing heart disease.
~ Triglyceride/HDL Ratio: Should be less than 2.
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Statin Side Effects: Keep Out of the Reach of Children!
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In 2007, the American Heart Association first recommended the use of statin drugs for children with high cholesterol. Then, in 2008 the American Academy of Pediatrics followed suit, recommending cholesterol-lowering drugs for children as young as age 8.
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Now they are concocting ways to place more and more children on statins, in spite of the overwhelming evidence for serious side effects — nearly 900 studies point to the damaging effects of these drugs.
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The list of statin-related health problems includes the following:
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~ Muscle damage (potentially permanent), mostly related to CoQ10 depletion
~ Heart damage, heart failure and strokes
~ Neuropathy
~ Immune system suppression
~ Pancreatic dysfunction
~ Hepatic dysfunction
~ Increased cancer risk
~ Cognitive impairment
~ Depression
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In addition to these risks, there are also risks from insufficient CoQ10 levels, which directly relate to the use of statins:
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~ Impaired white blood cell activity
~ Reduced muscle strength contraction — especially for the heart muscle
~ Impaired liver function
~ Decreased cell growth and division
~ Decreased ability to neutralize free radicals
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And now, it would appear, they are pushing a massive kiddie-statin campaign, disguised as “preventative medicine.”
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A number of times over fraudulent claims about the “health benefits” of Lipitor. Lipitor is particularly damaging if you are diabetic, doubling your risk for stroke. And with childhood diabetes rates increasing by leaps and bounds, prescribing Lipitor would be extremely risky to these diabetic or pre-diabetic kids.
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SITES
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http://suite101.com/article/should-children-take-statins-a59840
~ General Medicine, Suite 101 … Should Children Take Statins? The Race to Lower Cholesterol Now Includes Our Kids …
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http://suite101.com/article/the-dangers-of-statin-drug-use-a119858
~ General Medicine, Suite 101 … The Dangers of Statin Drug Use … Statin Side Effects and Their Danger to Health …

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