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5-Point Friday Sept 18th, 2015

Happy Friday, I hope you enjoyed last weeks 5-Point Friday post!  I’m playing with subjects week to week.

Hope this post lifts you and motivates you.  A little cheer, a little wisdom never hurt anyone.

1)Positive Thought:

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
—–Winston Churchill

2)Health News:  This week I gave 3 seminars on the risks of poly-pharmacy.  The sessions were well received by attendees and I am currently processing the video versions of these talks and I hope to share with the NRGTRIBE followers in the coming weeks. My research for this talk confirmed my belief that, “Health doesn’t come from a bottle.”

As a teaser, check out this post which served as a primer for the live events.

Polypharmacy:  Adventures in Legal Drug Dealing

3)A Year Ago: About this time last year I was writing about the upcoming changes to DEA regulation of hydrocodone. Since that time I’ve seen a huge drop in usage of this heavily prescribed Narcotic.  I’ve used the change in regulation to raise awareness to the risk of taking hydrocodone without pursing alternatives.   I am continually shocked at how many patients do not realize hydrocodone lowers testosterone, affects brain hormones, and can even lead to greater sensitivity to pain.

4)What I’m reading: Food, Inc—This book continues to reinforce my belief that we must reclaim our right to healthy food.  We as a community must recognize food can heal and it can kill.  As a physician I am reminded my mission should be to emphasize healthy behaviors and diet…not simply treat symptoms and react to illness.

5)Health Nugget: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels sprout, Kale, Cabbage and Collard Greens are all Cruciferous vegetables.  They have strong positive health benefits.  I often recommend them as a nutritional strategy for detoxification and cancer prevention.  As a bonus several of them are fairly easy to grow in a fall garden!  If you can’t stand eating them….message me below I’ll throw out additional options that give similar benefit!

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Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful weekend!

W. Curtis, MD

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  • Kelly Craft September 19, 2015, 10:07 am

    I had never been a huge fan of Brussel sprouts until now. Rather than boiling them, I now take fresh Brussel sprouts and cut in half or quarter. Place on a cookie sheet drizzle with healthy oil – olive or coconut usually- and season with sea salt and whatever else I have at the moment. Roast at high temp (about 375) until they are crispy and kinda “charred” looking. They are crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. Delicious!

    • William Curtis MD September 20, 2015, 8:57 pm

      I eat brussel sprouts weekly. My wife tends to use them in the most unusual places. Love them. Cauliflower is another favorite given the ability to make it look and taste like mashed potatoes.

      Brussels Example

      I just saw a recipe for cauliflower “Biscuits” Trying that next.

    • William Curtis MD September 20, 2015, 8:59 pm

      Love that idea!

  • Susie Zook September 19, 2015, 12:17 pm

    Dr. Curtis, I am not a big vegie eater. If I go out to dinner I will have vegies with my steak. I am also taking SP Complex for breakfast and lunch so I am told that I am getting vegies that way. Do you have something else that is acceptable to take the replacement of the vegies?

    • William Curtis MD September 20, 2015, 8:50 pm

      Susie, eating habits are just that– habits. We learned our food preferences and habituated those styles of eating over many years. I have patients that never eat veggies! Not good.

      In those extreme cases I often recommend veggie powders (Green Powders) to at least push some of the nutrients without the texture or taste.

    • William Curtis MD September 20, 2015, 9:01 pm

      One more thought, SP Greenfood is a product made by Standard Process. It’s an organic source of concentrated vegetable nutrients all in one.

      You could also simply throw veggies in the shake…Kale, raw spinach, etc all give some flavor but tons of nutrient. Takes some of the textural issues away from eating veggies

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