Breaking News: More Evidence Salmon is Heart-Healthy

Promising news on several fronts. One, more data that support the evidence that salmon and other fishes high in Omega-3 fatty acids are good for your heart. Two, as a person of color, it’s good to see a doctor of color in this MedPage article’s video. On the very same day that the NYTimes reports that the AMA has finally issued an apology to black physicians who’ve been systematically excluded from their organization. Good read. Here are three excerpts.

Dr. Cobb — physician, physical anthropologist, civil rights activist, president of the National Medical Association in the 1960s — knew that the organization owed its very formation to racial barriers. It was founded in 1895 after the A.M.A. refused to seat three African-American delegates at its annual meetings in 1870 and 1872.

By 1938, the situation had grown so dire that Dr. Louis T. Wright of Harlem Hospital declared, “The A.M.A. has demonstrated as much interest in the health of the Negro as Hitler has in the health of the Jew.”

Consider this statistic: In 1910, when Abraham Flexner published his report on medical education, African-Americans made up 2.5 percent of the number of physicians in the United States. Today, they make up 2.2 percent.

Hypertension, diabetes and heart disease quite often are accompanied by stress. I’ve often speculated, though I’m not a doctor, not even on TV, that systemic injustices like the racism in the AMA story above must be correlated to high incidence of these diseases in communities of color.

Steps in the right direction.

Diet, exercise – Do we really need anyone to tell us this?

I don’t think so, but here’s more evidence that eating fish like salmon can help. That’s easier than going to the gym, anyway. A baby step, replace one meat meal this week with fish like Copper River Salmon. Then take a walk after dinner. You’re on your way.

So there’s a video clip that refuses to load. Here’s the net (pun intended?) of what it says:

Salmon is good for your heart!

Pink Salmon being unloaded from a Prince Wiliam Sound Fishery tender to the Cannery.

So make sure your diet is heart-healthy and includes fish like Copper River Salmon which are high in the protective Omega-3 fatty acids. (Vegetable sources such as purslane and flax seed while they’re good for you, don’t provide the same type of Omega-3s as fish does. So fish trumps veg.)

Smoked Salmon, Fresh-grated Horseradish, Creme Fraiche, Dill Spread.

Lox, with curly cress, farm fresh egg.

~ by jacqueline1230 on July 29, 2008.

2 Responses to “Breaking News: More Evidence Salmon is Heart-Healthy”

  1. I like that, have some fish and go for a walk. There you go. You have to start somewhere. The foods recommended for a diabetic diet to control blood sugar are good for those with diabetes and everyone else. This means that you and your family can eat the same healthy foods at the same time. However, for people with diabetes, the total amounts of carbohydrates consumed each day must be monitored carefully. Of the different components of nutrition, carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, carbohydrates have the greatest influence on blood sugar levels. Most people with diabetes also have to monitor total fat consumption and protein intake also.
    To keep your blood sugar levels correct, you need to make healthy food choices, exercise regularly, and take the medicines your doctor prescribes.

  2. Charles – thanks for stopping by. I try to alternate my news of new cocktails with some healthy stuff, too. I hope you and your readers find some news they can use here. I’d also be happy to help out with recipes or ideas – of course, the caveat is that I don’t know much about diabetes. I do know a wide range of food and nutrition resources and would be happy to pass along info, consult with them.

    Let me give you a couple of good sites to check now:
    Chef Michel Nischan (click here) is a great chef who has children with diabetes. As a result, he’s re-directed a lot of his efforts toward helping families create healthier ways of eating.

    Kate Geagan (click here) is another excellent resource, though not specifically diabetes-focused.

    Thanks for sharing your story on your website. Keep up the good fight!
    – Jacqueline

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