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French Classic Bistro Dish of Mussels


2-1/4 lb fresh mussels
3 tablespoons light olive oil or canola oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 cup Muscadet or other crisp dry white wine
3 heaped tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
French fries and mayonnaise or crusty bread to serve


  1. Tip the mussels into a sink full of cold water and give them a good swirl. Drain off the water, fill up the sink again, and swirl the mussels once more. Discard any mussels that are open.
  2. Using a small, sharp knife, remove the hairy “beards.” Transfer the cleaned mussels to a large bowl of fresh, cold water.
  3. Heat the oil in a large saucepan or deep casserole, add the chopped onion, and cook over low heat for 5 to 6 minutes until beginning to soften.
  4. Stir in the garlic, pour in the wine, then increase the heat and bring to a boil.
  5. Drain the mussels and tip them into the pan. Turn them over in the sauce, cover the pan, and cook over high heat for 3 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally.
  6. Remove the lid and check the mussels are open. If not, cover and cook for 1 minute more. Discard any mussels that haven’t opened, then sprinkle over the parsley.
  7. Serve immediately in deep bowls accompanied by fries and mayonnaise (wickedly delicious), or crusty bread.

Makes 2 servings.

Source: Cooking with Wine

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Sea Cucumber Used to Treat Cancer

The sea cucumber, an animal found on the ocean floor, has been used in Chinese cuisine for centuries— even as an aphrodisiac— but it’s also been known to treat a wide variety of illness, including certain types of cancer.

“They’re not only anti-viral, anti-bacterial but sea cucumbers have been used to treat gingivitis and gum disease, “ Ty M. Bollinger, author of “Cancer: Step Outside the Box,” told Fox News.

The sea animal, which resembles a large, spiky caterpillar, is used as an adjunct treatment for those undergoing chemotherapy because it’s very effective at mitigating the side effects of the cancer treatment, Bollinger said.

“Chemotherapy is an immunosuppressive set of drugs so it kills the cancer cells but in the meantime it kills your immune system… the properties of sea cucumber that are so fascinating is that it… makes [your immune system] run at the perfect speed… that’s why it’s so effective as an adjunct treatment as well as a treatment in and of itself if people decide to use sea cucumber,” he said.

Besides being immunomodulatory, sea cucumber is cytotoxic, meaning it kills cancer cells.

Sea cucumber, while long used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is not well known in Western medicine— even though it’s been studied for the last 15 years— because most oncologists use chemotherapy, radiation, and therapy as their primary cancer treatments.

“Most people haven’t heard about anything that their doctors haven’t told them about and most doctors aren’t familiar with the sea cucumber. I’m not aware of any medical school that has courses teaching them on sea cucumbers at this point,” Bollinger said.

Sea cucumber can be cooked and eaten, as the Chinese do, or dried, made into a powder and packed into capsules to take in pill form.

“One of the fascinating things about sea cucumbers also is that it is very high in chondroitin sulfate, which you’re familiar with to treat joint pain and arthritis,” Bollinger said. “Well, sea cucumber, to my knowledge, has the highest concentration of chondroitin sulfate of any animal… it’s used very effectively for joint pain and arthritic pain.”

Watch video at You Tube (5:22 minutes) . . . . .

Read more:

Sea Cucumbers Metabolites as Potent Anti-Cancer Agents . . . . .

High-Value Components and Bioactives from Sea Cucumbers for Functional Foods—A Review . . . . .

Fish Oil Supplements May Help Prevent Death After a Heart Attack but Lack Evidence of Cardiovascular Benefit for the General Population

Omega-3 fish oil supplements prescribed by a healthcare provider may help prevent death from heart disease in patients who recently had a heart attack and may prevent death and hospitalizations in patients with heart failure, but there is a lack of scientific research to support clinical use of these supplements to prevent heart disease in the general population, according to a new science advisory from the American Heart Association.

“We cannot make a recommendation to use omega-3 fish oil supplements for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease at this time,” said David Siscovick, M.D., M.P.H., chair of the writing committee of the new science advisory published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

“People in the general population who are taking omega-3 fish oil supplements are taking them in the absence of scientific data that shows any benefit of the supplements in preventing heart attacks, stroke, heart failure or death for people who do not have a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease,” Siscovick said. Approximately 18.8 million U.S. adults reported taking omega-3 fish oil supplements in 2012.

The advisory’s writing group reviewed all randomized clinical trials that evaluated a potential role for fish oil supplements to prevent cardiovascular diseases, including two studies published before 2002 and 13 published since 2002, when the association last issued a scientific statement focused on fish and omega-3 fish oil supplements. The studies rigorously assessed the clinical impact of omega-3 fish oil treatment on outcomes such as heart attacks, strokes, atrial fibrillation (a heart rhythm disorder) and others.

“Scientific findings from the past two decades that focused on the prevention of cardiovascular diseases continue to show that among people who are at risk of dying from heart disease, the potential benefit of omega-3 fish oil supplements is still useful for people who have had a recent heart attack, which is consistent with the 2002 statement,” Siscovick said.

“What is new is that people with heart failure also may benefit from omega-3 fish oil supplements,” Siscovick said. Heart failure occurs when the heart cannot adequately pump blood.

The scientific evidence for the heart failure recommendation comes from a large, randomized, clinical trial that showed a low dose of omega-3 fish oil supplements reduced death and hospitalization by 9 percent in patients with heart failure, which led the authors to determine that healthcare providers could consider omega-3 fish oil supplements reasonable for these patients.

To determine whether scientific studies since 2002 found additional evidence on the usefulness of omega-3 fish oil supplements, the authors focused on studies related to preventing a first heart attack in the general population, or in patients who were at high risk for heart disease, and preventing recurrent events and death in patients who had a prior heart attack, congestive heart failure, stroke, or atrial fibrillation.

Most studies used approximately 1,000 mg/day doses of omega-3 fatty acids, and the writing group concluded that treatment is reasonable in patients with a prior heart attack or heart failure based upon the studies that show modest reduction of cardiovascular events or death from coronary heart disease in the clinical study populations.

The advisory focused only on the use of omega-3 fish oil supplements to prevent cardiovascular diseases and death and did not address the potential benefits of consuming fish, given the differences in dietary fish intake and omega-3 fish oil supplements.

“Physicians should use this advisory as a guide to make decisions on whether omega-3 fish oil supplements might be appropriate for some patients. The advisory concludes that supplementation with omega-3 fish oil may benefit patients with specific, clinical, cardiovascular disease indications, including patients with a recent prior heart attack and heart failure,” Siscovick said.

Source: American Heart Association

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