Monthly Archives: January 2014

Recipe: Hamburgers without the bun!


Looks good, huh?
Well, it’s delish!

We had these Sunday night. Hamburgers with melted cheeses and topped with salsa placed on a bed of fresh spinach. We each had 2 and were stuffed! Very good and very healthy.

Here’s how:

Cheeseburgers Without The Bun

Ingredients: Butter, Hamburgers, Cheddar Cheese, Cream Cheese, Salsa, Spices, Spinach.


1. Put butter in pan, turn up the heat. (I used a tablespoon).
2. Add burgers and spices.(Spices for us are garlic, salt, pepper).
3. Flip until close to being ready.
4. Add a few slices of cheddar and some cream cheese on top.
5. Turn down the heat and put a lid on the pan until the cheese melts.
6. Serve on top of a couple of cups of spinach on a platter. I like to pour some of the fat from the pan on top of the spinach.
7. To make the burgers even more juicy, add some salsa on top.


The fat feeds your brain and helps stop inflammation in all cells.

The meat helps build body cells and molecules.

The cheese provides more fat and protein as well as calcium and other vitamins, minerals.

The spinach provides vitamins and minerals.

Carbohydrates: 2.2 grams. We try to keep our carbs under 40 gms/day.


A Most Important ‘WhoDunit’

Do you like mysteries? I love them. I loved reading English murder mysteries for a time. But what I love best is investigation of medical diagnosis and cause of disease as well as new facts about the physiology of our bodies! I could read for hours! (Actually, I do!)

Years ago (I was still working in a hospital) my second cousin, who had married and was living in Maryland, called me at 6AM. I was surprised because we are friends with her parents but as a farther removed family generation, we rarely see them unless for a death or wedding.

She was tearful. Her husband was losing feeling in his feet and it seemed to be progressing up his legs. He was unable to move his feet. They had gone to doctors but no one could tell them what the problem was. I remembered one patient I had cared for in our ICU who had the same symptoms. I asked if her husband had had a viral infection recently and she said yes. I told her to get him to an emergency room right away. It sounded like he had Guillain-Barré Syndrome which would keep moving up his body with total paralysis and cessation of the ability to breath. Treatment is maintaining the body functions (respirator, IV fluids, movement, communication) until the ‘storm’ is over for the paralysis always, almost always, disappears leaving the person fully functional or perhaps with slight leftover paralysis.

He wouldn’t go by ambulance so she got him into the car. They spent 12 hours in the ER and the docs could not figure out the diagnosis. Finally, after many calls to specialists and testing, the doctor told my cousin they thought he had Guillain-Barré Syndrome. She said, funny, that’s what my cousin said.

So, medical science, diagnostics have a lot to do with the ability to investigate as in a murder, objectively and skillfully, just who the perpetrator is. And it helps to have had some prior knowledge about the condition. (By the way, after spending many days in the ICU on a respirator, my cousin’s husband was back to normal except for a slight movement problem in one of his joints. He’s healthy and happy!)

With heart disease, we may have been duped. The money flowing into the drug companies selling statins, the labs providing cholesterol tests, the food industry (especially!) making low-fat foods, all have reason to keep fat as the murderer.

Watch this YouTube and see what you think. After reading several books on this, I have become convinced. Fat is not our murderer. Sugar and other things causing inflammation is.

It’s about 28 minutes but very worth your time.



Husband’s progress indicator: Weight

November 18, 2013 was the date he decided to go full health! 

He cut all sugar and gluten , eating all fats, proteins and only the most complex of carbohydrates. (Although, on holidays and birthdays we both allow ourselves sweets!)

He has lost 20 pounds since the summer, which I haven’t placed on the graph. This graph begins in October 2013.


If you click on the graph, you can see that he leveled off right after Thanksgiving, and again around Christmas. After the holidays he has gone full-bore once again and is solidly below 200 pounds.

His goal i 185 pounds, one that he has always thought was too thin!

He is doing so well. And he tells everyone he is never hungry! That’s why he can do this.

cat7_e0Let’s hear it for him!!!!


Worried about that lion that’s about to eat you?


That’s stress. And when the fear of that lion comes, your body instantaneously and automatically causes changes that will save your life! (hopefully!) Your pulse and blood pressure increase to move blood to where you need it to run: your legs. Blood is cut off to the digestive system and other organs unnecessary for saving your life.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
(Psalms 139:14 NIV)

However, most of us will never be threatened by a lion.

But being in that ‘fight or flight’ condition all of the time will kill us.

The common term is stress.

What can you do? (Husband is using these exercises to reduce his stress and reduce his blood pressure.)

  • Walking is great. Walking in the park is greater. But a treadmill is fine. Work up to walking at least 30 minutes at 3mi/hr and at least 3 times a week.
  • Breath deeply. That’s right. The easiest thing you can do anytime you feel stressed is to deep breath in a very controlled way. Breathe in through your nose, slowly and until you cannot inhale anymore. Then breathe out slowly through your mouth with lips pursed until you cannot breathe out anymore.It actually begins to stop the flight or fight process in your body. Breath like this for several minutes if you can. It truly helps!
  • Plan your life to reduce the stress. Stressed over bills? Make a budget, cut spending and stick to it. Put yourself in control. Stressed at work? Figure out why and make any changes you can to reduce it.
  • Get away from others and pray, or deep breath when you can’t. Find a less stressful job?

There are a lot of self-help books, internet sites on reducing the stress you accept. And since there is no lion that’s going to eat you, you should not need to do the fight or flight thing. Especially, not all of the time.

Do something about it.

Stress kills.


Learn to be your own investigator for medication

One of the things we are taking a look at in our health are prescriptions and supplements.


Doctors are usually too busy to tell you about side effects of what they are prescribing. Additionally, sometimes there are better ways or at least other ways to treat what you are enduring without all the risk of taking medications that always have a bad side.

So when your doctor writes you a script for a medication to treat your medical problem, ask him if there is any other way to treat this. Also, do some of your own studies on your disease. View only top medical universities. (Stay away from studies and information by drug companies.) Then, if there is no other way to treat, do the research:  Look up all of the side effects, dosage requirements, any other drugs or food that interact with the drug and what to do if you miss a dose. After you get that information, go to the FDA website to look for any reported problems with that drug. They are called adverse events. Just enter your drug in the search box and read the warnings put out to the drug companies from the FDA. Sometimes you will find that the FDA has required the drug company to back off on some of their advertisements about their product. Sometimes they lie a little…

It can be tedious but it just might be worthwhile in being alert to some interesting, maybe life saving information about your prescription.


Additionally, we have started a few supplements in addition to our multivitamins. Have you heard of the study recently that said “Vitamins do not work”? The results of that study were inappropriately reported. Read what this doctor has to say about vitamins and this study:

You can rely on your doctor and pharmacist to a great degree. But again, it is your body and these people are your consultants. The decision on all of these things is YOURS, with their advice.

After reading all of this information on husband’s prescriptions, he is now off of 3 of them. Still working on the anti-hypertension drug. Blood pressure has been down but not as far as it should be on the medication. But soon!!!

BTW, husband is still slowly losing weight! And he’s not so sleepy in the evening!

A bit more info on turmeric



Turmeric is one of the spices in curry powder that is used in cooking in India and Asia.

It has been found that those who eat this spice have less amyloid protein formations in the brain, which is THE hallmark for Alzheimer’s Disease. Additionally, those who ingest turmeric show much better results on cognitive testing, memory and thinking processes.

A pinch once or twice a day is what we eat. We toss it into our eggs, our meats, our salads, which we eat a lot of. I leave it on the dinner table, along with the salt.

But watch! It stains your fingers and clothing! Yellow!




Husband has hypertension and is taking Losartan, an angiotensin II receptor antagonist.  It works by relaxing blood vessels so the heart need not pump as hard and the piping system (veins and arteries) being relaxed, keep the blood pressure lower.

With the weight loss and the many foods that help with blood pressure control, it is coming down! He used to run 130/90 to 180/100. Not controlled.


He now runs 110/70 to 140/88. Control is much better.

We’re looking forward to getting him off of his Losartan.

The weight reduction is helping a lot.

Walking 1-2 miles a day is also helping to bring down that pressure.

Eliminating sugar from the diet is also contributing. Did you know that eating sugar (simple carbs) will make you retain water just as badly as eating salt does?

The next step is to work on his stress. He lets too much stress in. It would help if he would pray but he’s not a praying man.


So, I gave him a chapter to read from my book: The Great Cholesterol Myth. It’s about stress and stress kills. There are relaxation exercises to do and practice. And other ideas for him to think about. All of this, of course, is up to him.

The antihypertensive med comes with side effects, many the same as he got with his Lipitor: exhaustion, muscle cramps, stuffy nose, sneezing. He’s been on allergy meds and it’s quite possible without the BP med, he won’t need the allergy med! We’ll see…


Blood pressure and your heart. They are part of the same body system.