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:
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.)