Nutritional Deficiencies: Could Infection be the Culprit?

Nutritional Deficiencies: Could Infection be the Culprit?

Imagine a group of clinicians on a mission trip to somewhere in the tropics. One day, the well-meaning Samaritans bring some local kids into a sterile looking hut, poke them with needles, examine their blood and find that they are anemic. They give them either a shot of some rust colored liquid or some pills that make them constipated. The kids feel better for a couple of days, but then suddenly they start getting flu-like symptoms and eventually end up with full blown malaria.

Recipe: Brussel Sprout Slaw

Recipe: Brussel Sprout Slaw

What goes better with BBQ ribs than some Coleslaw? Grilling season is almost over, but Brussel Sprout season just started! Before you start roasting those green nuggets of nutritional density, let's try a different approach and mix them with some tangy and fresh dressing.  

 I use the food processor to shred the sprouts, but you can find pre-shredded Brussel Sprouts in your grocery store or you can shred cabbage and carrots for a classic picnic side dish. 

Recipe: Lechon Asado

Recipe: Lechon Asado

Recipe: Cuban Pork Shoulder

Cuban food, just like its people is beautiful and resourceful. My dear friend Esperanza (which literally translates to Hope, how poetic), who is a native cuban, would tell stories about the island. When the ration book gave you tough pork, you had to use ingenuity to make it palatable. She taught me to marinate the pork shoulder with the classic Mojo marinade, a mixture of flavors borrowed from Spanish, African and French cuisine.

Garlic, citrus and spices come together to make the perfect balance of flavors that everyone will love. This recipe is simple to prepare, but it requires patience. Trust me, you will not regret it.

Preparation is about 20 minutes, but you'll have to plan ahead to savor this roast. You will need to marinate the pork shoulder overnight, and then cook it for about 10 hours.

An Epidemic of Pain

An Epidemic of Pain

You hit your little toe on the coffee table and your world stops. Agonizing, shooting pain that makes you double over and curse like a sailor. This is a transient pain. You walk it off and you go on. But, what happens when the pain stays? When it’s stuck to you like a shadow?

 

100 Million Americans suffer from chronic pain according to the American Academy of Pain Management. Compare that to 11.9 million suffering from cancer. According to those numbers, if I know 2 people with cancer I probably know 16 with chronic pain. [1] Those cancer patients could be part of that number, because chronic pain is not an isolated condition. It can be its own disease or be a comorbidity with cancer, diabetes or heart disease.