Baja-Style Fish Tacos

No matter what anyone tells you, Fish Tacos are hot. The recipe came out of the fishing villages off the Sea of Cortez, and now reside in the finest restaurants in America. This recipe may seem a little daunting, but if you are hosting a gala, this is food that will please all. The combination of tastes has been described as the best thing that has happened to the taco since, well, tacos!

The Culinary Institute of America Food Enthusiasts Baja-Style Fish Tacos.

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Asparagus Frittata | The Culinary Institute of America

The frittata is an omelette with a difference. It originated in Italy, and referred to any type of eggs cooked in a skillet. Over the years it has evolved as chefs added ingredients and slow cooked the recipe, usually completing the preparation by placing the skillet in an oven. You can add anything to a frittata. Fried potatoes are common, and lately green vegetables are making this classic dish a bit healthier. Enjoy.

The Culinary Institute of America Food Enthusiasts Asparagus Frittata.

Understanding Coeliac Disease

What is an Autoimmune Disease?

Your body is constantly under attack from other organisms, in the form or viruses, bacteria, and other foreign invaders. Without protection, your chances of surviving these attacks are quite slim. As a consequence, a complex system of defenses has been created to respond to these attacks The immune system protects the body from foreign invaders. In order to do this, it must be able to recognize the parts of the body that are not foreign. In persons with autoimmunity, the mechanism by which the immune system distinguishes foreign bodies from your own tissues and organs breaks down, and the immune system attacks a part of yourself. There are many autoimmune disorders that occur in many places inside the human body. [1]

What is Coeliac Disease?

Coeliac disease occurs when the immune system attacks the tissue and lining of the small intestine. It can begin when you are a child, and may continue your entire life.  In most cases, there are symptoms, which include:

  • Pain and discomfort
  • Chronic constipation and diarrhea
  • Fatigue

A person may not have any symptoms of Coeliac Disease. (The medical term for having no symptoms is called asymptomatic.) In children, a failure to thrive can also be a symptom, because the small intestine is where nutrients are absorbed by the body. Vitamin deficiencies are a consequence. [2]

What causes Coeliac Disease?

Common grains, like wheat, barley, and rye, contain a protein called gluten, and this protein causes a reaction in the small intestine. The resulting inflammation affects the villi lining of the small intestine, which is the lining that absorbs nutrients. The more gluten a person ingests, the more the lining becomes inflamed, and this causes the lining to wither, or atrophy. It becomes a vicious cycle, and the small intestine becomes less able to absorb nutrients the more it atrophies.

Is there a cure for this disease?

Presently, a gluten-free diet is the only way to avoid the inflammatory reaction. Avoiding gluten is not easy, as grains can be found as fillers in a lot of processed foods. However, nutritionists are beginning to recognize gluten as a source of concern, and public awareness is growing. [3]

More information on Coeliac Disease can be found online. Try the Celiac Disease Foundation  or Celiac.com.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autoimmunity
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coeliac_disease
[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gluten
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Constipation Myths and Facts on MedicineNet

HOW COMMON IS CONSTIPATION?

As little as people talk about constipation one would think that no one suffers from it. Yet, nothing is further from the truth! Constipation is very common. According to medical studies (Drossman in Digestive Diseases and Sciences , September, 1993), three percent of the nation’s population suffer from constipation. This means that 6,000 people in Charleston County, South Carolina (population: about 200,000) suffer from constipation.

Digestive Disorders Pictures Slideshow: Constipation Myths and Facts on MedicineNet.

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OBESITY IS AMERICAN ISSUE, NOT POLITICAL ONE

“Two highly visible figures in American politics revealed they had weight loss surgery this week showing no American is immune from the disease of obesity,” said Jaime Ponce, MD, president of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). “We hope the attention they receive sparks a conversation on what we as individuals and as a country can do to create an environment that promotes both the prevention and treatment of obesity and related diseases.”

OBESITY IS AMERICAN ISSUE, NOT POLITICAL ONE: ASMBS Comments on NY Congressman Tom Reed’s Gastric Bypass Surgery | American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

The Colon and Rectum

The colon and rectum are part of your intestines, which are long, hollow tubes that run from your stomach to your anal opening. There are two types of intestines: the small intestine (or small bowel) and the large intestine (also called the colon or large bowel). The small intestine connects your stomach to your colon, and your colon then attaches to your rectum and, ultimately, your anus. The colon is about five to six feet long and about an inch or two in diameter. By the time food reaches the large intestine, all nutrients have been absorbed.

Colon and Rectum | Organs | MUSC Digestive Disease Center.

MUSC Weight Loss Surgery Patient Stories

Patients are beginning to understand what doctors have known for decades; obesity is a disease. For years people who were overweight faced criticism that they were lazy, or lacked will power. Overweight people were humiliated by their peers, and faced diminished prospects in their careers and in their communities.

That prejudice is changing, as years of clinical research and the reflections of primary care physicians are pointing out that despite the effort, overweight people can rarely control their weight over time.

MUSC Weight Loss Surgery Patient Stories.

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MUSC GI Surgery: Mirizzi Syndrome

The Mirizzi syndrome is an unusual presentation of gallstones which occurs when a gallstone becomes impacted in either Hartmann’s pouch of the gallbladder or the cystic duct, causing obstruction of the common hepatic duct by extrinsic compression. The diagnosis of this syndrome is of importance because surgery in its presence is associated with an increased incidence of bile duct injury. The pathology, clinical presentation and management of this syndrome are discussed, and several illustrative case reports presented.

via MUSC GI Surgery: Laparoscopic Accessory Splenectomy – YouTube.

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