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have Lower Blood Pressure
Higher intake of vegetable protein associated with lower blood pressure
levels. People who eat more protein from vegetables tend to have lower blood
pressure, according to a new study in the January 9 issue of Archives of
Internal Medicine. Most adults have either high blood pressure (hypertension)
or prehypertensive blood pressure levels, according to background information
in the article. Previous studies have found evidence that meat eaters generally
have higher blood pressure than vegetarians. Other research looked directly
at the effect of high overall protein intake and found that people with higher
total protein intake are likely to have lower blood pressure, the authors
Yogurt may be one of our oldest foods as it finds regular mention in the
Yogurt remained primarily a food of India, Central Asia, Western Asia, South
Eastern Europe and Central Europe until the 1900s, when a Russian biologist
named Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov theorized that heavy consumption of yoghurt was
responsible for the unusually long lifespans of Bulgarian peasants. Believing
lactobacillus to be essential for good health, Mechnikov worked to popularize
yoghurt as a foodstuff throughout Europe.
Ancient Sanskrit texts describe a range of "starters" to get those bacteria
to do their thing, including the Ber fruit and the bark of the Palash
tree. The starter culture for most yogurt production in North America is a
symbiotic blend of Streptococcus salivarius subsp. thermophilus
(ST) and Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus (LB). Although
they can grow independantly, the rate of acid production is much higher when
used together than either of the two organisms grown individually. ST grows
faster and produces both acid and carbon dioxide. The formate and carbon
dioxide produced stimulates LB growth. On the other hand, the proteolytic
activity of LB produces stimulatory peptides and amino acids for use by ST.
These microorganisms are ultimately responsible for the formation of typical
yogurt flavour and texture. The yogurt mixture coagulates during fermentation
due to the drop in pH. The streptococci are responsible for the initial pH
drop of the yogurt mix to approximately 5.0. The lactobacilli are responsible
for a further decrease to pH 4.0.
A traditional Scandinavian beverage, fermented milk, can help reduce blood
pressure in people with hypertension, a new study reported in American Journal
of Hypertension, December 2005, from Finland shows. The drink has long been
popular in Scandinavian countries. It is made by adding Lactobacillus to milk,
which breaks down the milk protein casein into two types of protein fragments
called tripeptides. The tripeptides, isoleucine-proline-proline and valine-proline-proline,
have been shown in animal studies to reduce blood pressure and also lower
blood pressure in people with mild hypertension.
Yogurt bacteria may be useful in blocking HIV transmission, providing a
cheap and effective way of fighting the virus, Nature magazine said, citing
a study by researchers in the U.S. and the U.K. Lactococcus lactis,
a bacterium used to produce cheese and yogurt, was altered genetically by
scientists at Brown Medical School in Rhode Island and the U.K.'s Food Research
institute to generate cyanovirin, a drug that has been used to stop HIV infection
in the cells of monkeys and humans. The bacterium is also found in the
human body, including the stomach and vagina where it halts the growth of
other harmful bacteria. The same principle could be applied with the genetically
modified version. The bacteria may have advantages over vaccines because it
could be applied directly to peripheral areas of the body including the mucosal
surfaces of the vagina, the report said. The bacteria can live in the vagina
for as long as a week, and the scientists are working to prolong the life,
the magazine said. Bharat Ramratnam, an HIV specialist at Brown in Providence,
Rhode Island, and colleagues led the research, which is published in the
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
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Rutgers researchers have found that the Indian curry spice turmeric holds
real potential for the treatment and prevention of prostate cancer, particularly
when combined with certain vegetables. The scientists tested turmeric, also
known as curcumin, along with phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC), a naturally
occurring substance particularly abundant in a group of vegetables that includes
watercress, cabbage, winter cress, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower,
kohlrabi and turnips. PEITC and curcumin, alone or in combination, demonstrate
significant cancer-preventive qualities in laboratory mice, and the combination
of PEITC and curcumin could be effective in treating established prostate
cancers. The discovery was announced in the Jan. 15 issue of the journal Cancer
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the
United States, with a half-million new cases appearing each year. The incidence
and mortality of prostate cancer have not decreased in past decades despite
tremendous efforts and resources devoted to treatment. This is because advanced
prostate cancer cells are barely responsive even to high concentrations of
chemotherapeutic agents or radiotherapy. The authors noted that in contrast
to the high incidence of prostate cancer in the United States, the incidence
of this disease is very low in India. This has been attributed to the dietary
consumption of large amounts of plant-based foods rich in phytochemicals
– nonnutritive plant chemicals that have protective or disease-preventive
properties. Consequently, scientists have been investigating intervention
options based on compounds found in edible and medicinal plants. They have
had some success, and a majority of patients with prostate cancer are now
combining the conventional therapies with these compounds as alternative,
supplementary or complementary medications. The paper, "Combined Inhibitory
Effects of Curcumin and Phenethyl Isothiocyanate on the Growth of Human PC-3
Prostate Xenografts in Immunodeficient Mice," is available at cancerres.aacrjournals.org.
The omega-3 fatty acids can dramatically reduce the incidence of sudden
cardiac death. They stabilize the rhythm of the heart and help to prevent
the irregular heart beats called ventricular fibrillation that can lead to
death. The omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish, but the fish that
are the highest in the omega-3 fatty acids are also the highest in fat and
cholesterol and, often, in toxic substances such as mercury. The best alternative
to fish is flaxseed (linseed) oil. Being a rich source of many Essential
fatty acids (such as omega-3 fatty acid, omega-6 fatty acid and omega-9 fatty
acid), as well as containing B vitamins, potassium, lecithin, magnesium,
fiber, protein, and zinc, Flax seed oil is commonly considered a very healthful
supplement. About 3 or 4 grams a day will provide the protective effects;
more is not better. Some of the other food sources of omega-3 and omega-6
fatty acids are soya oil, canola (rapeseed) oil, hemp oil, chia seeds, pumpkin
seeds, urad lentils, leafy vegetables, and walnuts. To get the right amount
of omega-3 fatty acids one may take capsules. These usually come in 1-gram
doses, so you can take three or four capsules a day.
Common Flax Scientific classification
Binomial name: Linum usitatissimum Linnaeus.
Flax is grown in wide areas of temperate and sub-tropical regions of both
hemispheres. Flax fibre is obtained from the stems of the LINUM USITATISSIMUM
plant, belonging to the LINACÆ family. The use of flax for weaving into
"linen" cloth dates back to Egyptian dynasties over four thousand years ago
and from the latter part of the Middle Ages it became the most commonly used
textile material in Europe. It was not until the early part of the nineteenth
century that cotton began to challenge this premier position. Today flax production
for commercial textile purposes (it is also grown widely for its oil-yielding
seed, especially in North America) is primarily in France, Belgium, the Netherlands,
Spain, Russia, Belo-Rus, Egypt and China. Estimated crop for the three main
producers (France, Belgium and the Netherlands) for 2003 was 90,000 tons
of long flax and 35,000 tons of short flax from a combined hectarage of 98,000.
A study of 9,000 mothers and children in Avon suggested those who consumed
less of the essential fatty acid Omega-3 had children with lower Iqs, mothers
with the lowest intake of the essential fatty acid had children with a verbal
IQ six points lower than the average. These children also had poorer
motor skills and hand-to-eye co-ordination, research in the Economist said.
One of the richest sources of Omega-3 are larger fish which eat other fish,
but research shows that the fish contain pollutants, such as mercury, which
cause brain damage in children.
However, even in high doses, omega-3 fatty acids found in flax, nuts, urad
and fish, don't reduce cancer risk, according to a study published in the
Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers analyzed results
from more than 38 previous studies conducted over the past 40 years. They
found no convincing evidence that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids prevented
any of a wide range of cancers, The New York Times News Service reports in
Drinking caffeine drinks appears to stifle the body's ability to boost blood
flow to the heart during exercise, suggests new research out of Switzerland.
Blood flow to the heart has to increase during exercise in order to match
the increased need of oxygen. But when 18 healthy people were given the equivalent
of two cups of coffee, scientists found that blood flow increase during exercise
was much lower than when they exercised without having consumed coffee, reported
in the 17 January issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology
(vol 47, pp405-410). This effect was even stronger when the participants
were in a chamber simulating high altitude, said the scientists at the University
Hospital in Zurich. They say that although caffeine drinks are known
to stimulate the brain, their results show that caffeine is unlikely to boost
athletic performance. This counters previous research suggesting that caffeine-based
drinks may help sportspeople. A UK team previously reported that introducing
caffeine into sports drinks increased the rate in which carbohydrate is delivered
to the athlete. Many professional sportspeople already take caffeine tablets
to boost their performance.
Drink Coffee and Crave for Sex
In a study, titled "Coffee, Tea, and Me," is due to appear in an upcoming
issue of Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior. Caffeine may put females
in the mood for sex, a new study shows.
In the study, female rats that got their first shot of caffeine before mating
were quicker than uncaffeinated females to scurry back to a male rat after
sex. The caffeinated females weren't just looking for company, but they
wanted to have sex again. Caffeine didn't affect how quickly the female rats
left their partners after sex, the study shows.
Coffee lowers Breast Cancer
Women with BRCA1 gene mutations, which confer a high risk of developing
breast cancer, might decrease their risk by drinking a lot of coffee, according
to a multicenter team of investigators. The likelihood of developing breast
cancer among BRCA mutation carriers who drank 1 to 3 cups of coffee daily,
4 to 5 cups, or 6 or more cups was reduced by 10 percent, 25 percent and 69
percent, respectively, compared to those who drank no coffee, according to
the report in the International Journal of Cancer.
is a Waste
Millions are spent on detox products. But scientists are now saying detox
remedies are a waste of money and a glass of water and an early night is far
more beneficial. The body detoxifies itself. The body is rehydrated with ordinary
tap water and is refreshed with a good night's sleep. Many of the detox diets
and supplements really aren't that good for you, nor have they been properly
Hard to Be Happy
Researchers from Gothenburg University in Sweden have been studying published
data on what makes people happy. They believe working to achieve a goal,
rather than attaining it, makes people more satisfied - although they said
good relationships were important. UK experts agreed, but said the work had
to match an individual's strengths.
Walking Reduces Depression
A study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
suggests that 30 minutes of brisk walking can immediately improve the mood
of people with depression. The study looked at 40 people ages 18 to 55 who
had been diagnosed with major depressive disorder. The participants were not
taking antidepressant drugs and were not regularly exercisers. The researchers
assigned half the patients to walk on a treadmill for 30 minutes. The other
half sat quietly for 30 minutes. The researchers asked the participants about
their mood five minutes before the half-hour session, then again 30 and 60
minutes afterward. All the participants reported feeling less tension, depression,
anger and fatigue after the session, The Associated Press reports. But people
who exercised reported feeling good -- they felt more vigorous and had a greater
sense of psychological well-being, the AP says. The effects of exercise only
lasted for about an hour, but the AP quotes other experts who say exercise
could give people with mild to moderate depression a way to help themselves
in the short term.
An American Heart Association statement notes that soy products like tofu,
soy butter, soy nuts and some soy burgers should be heart-healthy because
they contain a lot of polyunsaturated fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals and
are low in saturated fat. Veggie burgers and tofu are very good
alternatives for unhealthy burgers, but they might not be ward off heart disease.
An American Heart Association committee reviewed a decade of studies on soy's
benefits and came up with results that are now casting doubt on the health
claim that soy-based foods and supplements significantly lower cholesterol.
Nutrition experts say soy-based foods are good because they often are eaten
in place of less healthy fare like burgers and hot dogs. But they don't have
as much direct benefit as had been hoped on cholesterol, one of the top risk
factors for heart disease. The committee members reviewed 22 studies and
found that large amounts of dietary soy protein reduced LDL, or "bad" cholesterol,
about 3 percent and had no effect on HDL, or "good" cholesterol, or on blood
pressure. Bad cholesterol numbers would certainly get worse if instead of
eating tofu burgers we went out and had hamburgers. Soy isn't a magic bullet,
but it can be a valuable contributor to a heart-healthy diet.
Soy Prevents Breast Cancer
A diet rich in soy, with its natural plant estrogens or isoflavones, may
help protect postmenopausal women with relatively high levels of estrogen
from getting breast cancer, preliminary research at Wake Forest University
suggests. Soy is considered good for building bones and good for heart health
as well as for relieving hot flashes during menopause.
Soy doesn't help hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
According to a study findings in the Jan. 4 issue of The Journal of Clinical
Investigation, consuming soy might adversely affect the sick with a condition
called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Male mice, who carried a gene mutation
associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disease in which the heart
muscle thickens abnormally, were taken off their normal soy diets, their heart
function improved significantly compared to HCM male mice who stayed with
soy. Female mice with HCM did not show the same significant change. For the
normal, healthy mouse, a soy diet doesn't seem to be either harmful or beneficial,
but in the context of this particular disease, soy has a detrimental effect
on male mice.
Exercise and Alzheimer's
Yet another study finds that just a little bit of regular exercise can help
ward off Alzheimer's disease. In a study published in the Annals of Internal
Medicine this week, researchers looked at more than 1,700 people over 65 years
old. The researchers examined and interviewed the participants every two
years between 1994 and 2003; they evaluated the participants' exercise routines,
physical abilities, memory and cognitive functions, and other health habits.
People who had been getting regular exercise at the beginning of the study
-- 15 minutes of physical activity at least three days a week -- had a 32%
lower risk of developing dementia than those who exercised less, the researchers
Consuming apple juice may protect against cell damage that contributes to
age-related memory loss, conclude researchers investigating the benefits in
mice. They believe their results are down to the rich antioxidant levels
in concentrated apple juice. The team from the University of Massachusetts
Lowell previously showed the benefits of feeding apple juice in mice bred
to be prone to Alzheimer's disease. But the new tests were carried out on
mice designed to represent the normal aging process. This new study suggests
that eating and drinking apples and apple juice, in conjunction with a balanced
diet, can protect the brain from the effects of oxidative stress – and that
we should eat such antioxidant-rich foods. "An apple a day" now has new meaning
for those who want to maintain mental dexterity as they age.
Compounds in black currants may help protect against Alzheimer's disease,
according to a study in the current issue of Chemistry & Industry magazine.
Researchers found that these compounds -- anthocyanins and polyphenolics --
had a strong protective effect in cultured neuronal cells. Darker black currants
contain more anthocyanins and are likely to be more potent. While previous
research found that compounds in black currants acted as antioxidants, this
is the first study to demonstrate that they may help protect brain cells.
Obesity and Heart Health
Obesity doesn't just create conditions that increase the risk of heart disease
-- it may be a risk factor all on its own. A study published in the Journal
of the American Medical Association finds that middle-age people who are overweight
have a higher risk of dying from heart disease later in life -- even if their
cholesterol levels and blood pressure are normal. Middle-age people who are
overweight but have normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels are kidding
themselves if they think their health is just fine as there is a growing
body of science suggesting that excess weight alone is an independent risk
factor for heart attacks, strokes and diabetes.
Obesity and Prostate Cancer
Obese men may have a higher risk of dying from prostate cancer, because
the disease is more difficult to detect in them. That's the finding of a
study to be published in the Journal of Urology. The study suggests that
doctors should take particular care in screening obese men for prostate cancer.
Because obese men tend to have larger prostates than normal-weight men, prostate
biopsies end up sampling less of the total tissue.
A very low calorie diet can help the heart age more slowly, according to
researchers who released what they call the first-ever human study on the
subject, (The Journal of the American College of Cardiology). The findings
confirmed earlier studies on mice and rats that demonstrate the cardiac benefits
of a restricted calorie diet.
Tomato juice is rich in beta-carotene, which is easily converted to vitamin
A. A Japanese report, in the February issue of The American Journal of Physiology-Lung
Cellular and Molecular Physiology, appears to be the first to link tomato
consumption to emphysema prevention. They found that after eight weeks of
exposure to cigarette smoke, the fast-aging mice did develop emphysema, while
the normal mice did not. But when they had the mice drink a 50 percent tomato
juice mixture, emphysema did not develop. Lycopene was probably responsible
for the protective effect, they wrote, because tobacco smoke is full of tissue-destroying
oxidant molecules, and lycopene is a powerful antioxidant.
A new study suggests that the longer infants are breastfed, the lower the
likelihood they'll be overweight as adolescents, a relationship that does
not appear to be influenced by sociocultural factors. The findings,
published in the journal Epidemiology, add to the not always consistent body
of research on breastfeeding and childhood weight gain. While a number of
studies have suggested that breastfed babies are less likely to become overweight
than bottle-fed infants, others have found no such benefit or that the weight
difference does not last far into childhood.
Smoking and Secondhand Smoke
California became the first state to declare secondhand smoke a toxic air
pollutant in January 2006, putting tobacco fumes in the same category as diesel
exhaust, arsenic and benzene because of its link to breast cancer. The
unanimous decision by the state Air Resources Board relied on a September
report that found a sharply increased risk of breast cancer in young women
exposed to secondhand smoke. It also links drifting smoke to premature births,
asthma and heart disease, as well as other cancers and numerous health problems
Using information from a national database on U.S. births, researchers found
that babies born to women who smoked during pregnancy were 31 percent more
likely to have birth anomalies as babies of non-smokers. And the more a woman
smoked, the greater the risk. The habit, researchers say, may raise the risk
of having a baby with extra, missing or webbed fingers and toes. Plastic and
Reconstructive Surgery, January 2006
Researchers have known for years that smokers are more likely to develop
rheumatoid arthritis, but Swedish scientists now think they know why: Tobacco
use makes it more likely that a rare genetic condition will trigger the body's
immune system to attack itself. Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by inflammation
in the joints and may stick around indefinitely, flaring up at certain times.
According to researchers, smoking appears to double the risk that someone
will get rheumatoid arthritis. The study findings appear in the January issue
of Arthritis & Rheumatism.
Setting up a nursery, finding a pediatrician, picking out a name — planning
for a new baby is a lot of work. But don't forget what's most important: a
healthy, full-term pregnancy. About one in 28 babies is born with birth defects
each year.* The cause is usually unknown or unavoidable. But you can reduce
the risk of birth defects, even before you're pregnant, by taking these steps:
Bedwetting may occur because a child sleeps very deeply, according to Feldman
and his colleagues. Ten to 15 percent of 5-year-olds and 6-8 percent of 8-year-olds
wet the bed, they note. Parents hoping to help their children stay dry
at night can take the following steps, the CPS states:
--make getting up at night to go to the bathroom a clear goal, and make
the toilet easily accessible
--stay away from excess fluids and caffeine-containing foods before bed
--have the child urinate before bedtime
--stop using diapers at night, although training pants may be appropriate
--have the child help clean up the wet bed in the morning "in a nonpunitive
--and "preserve the child's self-esteem."
Known scientifically as nocturnal enuresis, bedwetting should not be seen
as a possible medical issue unless a child continues to wet the bed at least
twice weekly past the age of five, according to the CPS. If bedwetting persists
beyond age eight to ten, the group advises, psychological problems such as
poor self esteem may be involved, making "reassurance, support, and avoidance
of punishment and humiliation" particularly crucial.
The most effective treatment for bedwetting is an alarm device that goes
off when the child wets the bed, according to CPS. Although it cures bedwetting
less than half the time, the group states, alarms can be helpful for older,
motivated children with motivated families when simpler approaches don't work.
The drug desmopressin is an effective short-term treatment for some children,
and may be useful for camp or sleepovers, they add. Behavioral approaches
such as rewards or waking the child to go to the bathroom can be helpful for
some children, according to CPS, although they carry the risk of causing poor
self-esteem in the child and frustrating the parents.
In general, bedwetting does not stem from a medical, psychological or emotional
problem. But it can become a problem if parents, children, or physicians
allow themselves to be bothered by it. Most children who wet the bed
will outgrow it, and treatment is necessary only if bedwetting is upsetting
to the child, according to new guidelines from the Canadian Pediatric Society
(CPS). Pediatrics & Child Health, December 2005.
Back pain is an extremely common condition, with four out of five Americans
suffering from it at some point in their lives, according to the U.S. National
Institutes of Health. Fortunately, most back pain is short-term -- called
acute. However, if back pain lasts longer than three months, it is considered
chronic. People with chronic lower back pain can reap as much benefit from
cognitive behavioral therapy as they do from physical therapy, a new Dutch
study suggests. Results of the study appear in the Jan. 20 issue of the open
access journal Musculoskeletal Disorders from BioMed Central.
Erectile Dysfunction is a Symptom of
Recent studies have tied erectile dysfunction to vascular disease, but this
study links it with abnormal results on cardiac stress testing. One
recent report found that men who had no problems with sexual function at the
start of the seven-year study but later developed erectile dysfunction were
25 percent more likely to have a heart attack or stroke compared with those
who did not develop erectile dysfunction. The latest study appears in the
Jan. 23 issue of The Archives of Internal Medicine. The study found that
54.8 percent of the men had some degree of erectile dysfunction. In addition,
men with erectile dysfunction had poorer scores on exercise tests and other
measures of coronary heart disease. These men also had evidence of significant
coronary artery blockages. There is considerable evidence that vascular disease
can be prevented or delayed through behavioral interventions.
Experts have long noted temporary light sensitivity and color vision problems
as possible side effects of the two erectile dysfunction drugs, which are
taken by an estimated 23 million American men. Reporting in the current issue
of the British Journal of Ophthalmology, the authors found that patients taking
Viagra and/or Cialis who also had a history of heart attack were almost 11
times more likely to develop nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy
than patients who had no similar heart history and did not take either medication.
Researchers and doctors who treat the diabetes say that a drug derived from
the Gila ( pronounced HEla) monster lizard's venom is one of the most powerful
new treatments for diabetes in the past five to 10 years. The injectable drug,
which is a synthetic version of the Gila's saliva, won Food and Drug Administration
approval and has been on the market for six months.
Stress and Cardiovascular Health
A British study strengthens the link between on-the-job stress and the risk
of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular problems. People who
report that their job is stressful are more likely to develop metabolic syndrome:
a collection of cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure
and high cholesterol levels, according to the report.
Consequences of Fatherlessness
Only one in six divorced fathers sees his children once a week or more.
Almost 40 percent of children who live with their mothers haven't seen their
fathers in at least a year. The bottom line is, fathers are vanishing from
the social landscape, and as the following facts compiled by the National
Fatherhood Initiative demonstrate, father absence has dramatic and extremely
serious effects on us all:
Seventy-two percent of all teenaged murderers grew up without fathers. Sixty
percent of rapists were raised in fatherless homes. Seventy percent of the
kids now incarcerated in juvenile corrections facilities grew up in a single-parent
environment. Fatherless children are twice as likely to drop out of school
as their classmates who live with two parents.Fatherless children are eleven
times more likely than are children from intact families to exhibit violent
behavior. Children whose fathers are absent consistently score lower than
the norm in reading and math tests. Three of four teen suicides occur
in single-parent families. Children who live apart from their fathers experience
more accidents and a higher rate of chronic asthma, headaches, and speech
defects. Eighty percent of the adolescents in psychiatric hospitals come from
fatherless homes. Compared to girls raised in homes where both parents are
present, the daughters of single parents are 164 percent more likely to become
pregnant before marriage, 53 percent more likely to marry as teenagers, and
92 percent more likely to dissolve their own marriages.
A growing body of evidence establishes a high correlation between fatherlessness
and violence among young men (especially violence against women).
The absence of a biological father increases by 900 percent a daughter's
vulnerability to rape and sexual abuse (often these assaults are committed
by stepfathers or the boyfriends of custodial mothers). Jeffery M. Leving's
book, Fathers' Rights http://dadsrights.com/leving_book.html#Fatherlessness
Stuffed Tomatoes with Feta and Pine Nuts
Ingredients: 3/4 cup instant brown rice, 1 Tbsp. pine nuts, 4 large, ripe
tomatoes, 1 green bell pepper, seeded and minced, 1/2 cup yellow squash, finely
chopped, 4 Tbsp. feta cheese, crumbled, 1 tsp. minced dried onion (or onion
flakes), 1 tsp. dried oregano, 1 tsp. dried basil
Salt to taste, and 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper.
Direction: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat shallow baking pan with cooking
spray. In small saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to boil. Add rice, reduce heat
to low, cover and simmer 10 minutes, until liquid is absorbed. Meanwhile,
in small skillet, toast pine nuts over medium heat for 2 minutes until golden
brown, shaking pan frequently. Set aside. Slice off stem end (top) of tomatoes.
Using a spoon, gently scoop out pulp. Finely chop pulp and place 1/3 cup of
pulp in large bowl (discard any remaining pulp). Add rice to pulp along with
toasted pine nuts, bell pepper, yellow squash, 2 tablespoons of feta, minced
onion, oregano, basil, salt and black pepper. Mix well. Stuff rice mixture
into tomato shells. Transfer tomatoes to pan and top with remaining feta
cheese. Bake 20 minutes, until top is golden. Serve hot or at room temperature.
Ingredients: 1 1/2 lbs. Portobello mushrooms, 1 Tbsp. canola oil, 1 medium
onion, chopped, 1 large tomato, seeded and chopped, 1 tsp. ground cumin, 1/2
tsp. Cinnamon, Pinch to 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, to taste, 1 cup tomato sauce,
1 bay leaf, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, Salt to taste.
Direction: Remove stems from mushrooms and discard. Trim away any crumbling
edges from caps. Cut each cap in half, then each half crosswise into 3/4-inch
slices. Set sliced mushrooms aside. In a small Dutch oven or heavy,
large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Sauté onion and tomato
until onions is translucent, about 4 minutes. Stir in cumin, cinnamon and
cayenne and cook briefly, until spices are fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomato
sauce and bay leaf. Bring just to a boil and add mushrooms. Cook, stirring
occasionally, until sauce is dark brown and slightly thickened, and mushrooms
are cooked but not soft, about 12-15 minutes. Remove bay leaf and discard.
Add salt to taste. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with cooked brown rice or
is your key to financial success in the United States
Establishing a good credit history is essential to succeed in the United
States. Your credit history is your financial "reputation". A good credit
history allows you to easily get credit cards, loans, finance a car and
even buy a house with a low interest mortgage.
The "How to Establish a Credit History and Get a Credit Card in the United
States" information package was especially designed for immigrants and for
people with bad or no credit history. It contains valuable information on
how to legally apply for a social security card, how to establish and maintain
a good credit history.
The fact is that almost anyone may get a credit card issued by a U.S. bank.
You don't have to be a United States citizen or a Green Card holder to get
an American credit card. If a person is legally in the United States, on
a F-1, H-1B, H-2B, J-1, B-2 visa (among others types of visas), the person
may apply for a Social Security Number. You can use the Social Security Number
to establish a credit history, and obtain credit cards, car loans and even
a house mortgage. If you are in the United States as a temporary visitor
as explained above, you should NOT use your Social Security Number for work
purposes. Additional information can be found in the information package.
These Homebuyer's Mistakes in 2006
The housing market is not what it once was, and several homebuyers found
that buying a home in 2005 was more difficult than it was a few years ago.
Mistakes abound in this market and most military personnel might have committed
the same offenses other homebuyers did when buying or selling a home. Real
Estate, a real estate publication, developed a list of mistakes in 2005
and how to avoid them in 2006. Here are a few of the mistakes homebuyers
made in 2005:
is an "interest-only" loan?
This material contains only general descriptions
and is not a solicitation to sell any insurance product or security, nor
is it intended as any financial, tax, medical or health care advice. For
information about specific needs or situations, contact your financial
agent or physician.
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