November 28, 2008
The great thing about turkey is that it can be adapted to any kind of cuisine and there are lots of turkey recipes to use up leftovers after the Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays. Turkey can be a bit bland and dry, so it can be improved with spices and glazes. The important thing to remember is to cook the bird thoroughly, right into the cavity. Allow plenty time but don’t overdo it, those juices are needed for the flavor. Don’t forget to remove the giblets! Those innards don’t have to be thrown away however; they make a delicious stock for the gravy.
Plan ahead and think carefully about the size of bird you’ll need. It has been known for people to order a huge turkey and then find that it won’t fit into the oven! It’s not a good idea to keep re-heating poultry, so try to use up those leftovers in one go if possible.
Turkey needs the flavor bringing out and herbs are ideal for this. Sage, oregano or tarragon is ideal. Some people like to pep it up with some paprika. The stuffing is probably the best thing about turkey recipes and you can experiment and find what combination you prefer. There is the traditional sausage meat with sage and onion or chestnut. Fruit stuffings add a lot of moisture, with pear, cranberries or orange. All these can be mixed with garlic and lemon. Honey glazed turkey is very tasty and the sweetness of the honey combines well with vegetables such as sweet potatoes or parsnip.
You would have to be a mathematical genius to calculate the exact amount of meat needed over a festive holiday. Leftovers are inevitable and they offer tasty meals with a bit of imagination. Turkey recipes for curries can use up leftover vegetables too. Some cumin, chili and coriander will add some zest or you could use a Thai curry paste. Soup is another idea and there is no waste with this method. The carcass can be boiled for the stock. Add some chicken stock cubes and cook up some carrots, peas and barley with the meat.
Burgers are great for breakfast or lunch, made from ground turkey meat with peppers, onions and tomatoes. Add some Tabasco Sauce for a Cajun flavor.You can top them with grated cheese or caramelized onion and serve with pineapple rings or scrambled egg. A more healthy option is turkey salad with mixed green leaves, celery, sun dried tomatoes, chutney and mustard. You could accompany the salad with a homemade pizza with turkey sausage topping. Turkey recipes can use up whatever ingredients you have in the cupboard and you’ll look forward to the next big bird!
November 17, 2008
Scoliosis is never fun. Along with the physical pain it brings, it can also result in emotional difficulties for its victims. But chiropractors can usually provide correction if problems are identified in time.
Scoliosis is a condition that results in an improper curving of an individual’s spine and sometimes incorrect rotation of the spine. While the problem begins as abnormal posture, it can progress to deformity and — if untreated — complications to the lungs, heart, and other vital organs.
The formal cause of scoliosis has never been identified, but there are some facts about it that have been determined:
- Scoliosis is usually seen in women
- Individuals with cerebral palsy or spina bifida are more prone to develop scoliosis
- It may be present at birth because of an anomaly
- Trauma may be a culprit in the development of scoliosis in adults
- It may begin or become worse during adolescence
- Often, scoliosis may develop from assuming an incorrect position of the head or hip
Chiropractic care can bring relief to pain and better health to a patient experiencing difficulties associated with scoliosis by restoring the integrity of their spine and nervous system. Regardless of its origins, the biggest threat from scoliosis is ignoring the problem.
Scoliosis is easiest to correct in early stages, but there are rarely symptoms then. However, there may be warning signs that include clothing that will not fit properly because of a high shoulder or low hip. Pain in the legs and back that are often dismissed as growing pains may also be an early indicator of the presence of scoliosis in a child.
Through a simple procedure, chiropractors can help victims of scoliosis on the road to recovery and a safer future by helping them recapture their health, posture, and self-esteem.
The process begins with an examination that helps correct the early stages of scoliosis. This is followed by corrective action that may involve bolting a steel rod to the patient’s spinal column. This, along with focused spinal adjustments, can help improve the function and structure of the spine.
There are three other things everyone should know about scoliosis, both to detect and prevent the problem that include:
- Any sideways curvature is abnormal. The existence of scoliosis can be seen with the presence of two curves — a major curve in one direction and a compensatory curve in the opposite direction — versus a straight spine.
- The use of devices that hasten early walking may interrupt the crawling stage, which is essential for proper spinal development. Parents can also help their children avoid scoliosis by encouraging them to use both straps on their backpacks and that their load doesn’t exceed 15 percent of their total body weight.
- Early detection is the key to fighting almost all health problems, and spinal abnormalities are no different. Parents should take their children to a chiropractor soon after they are born and follow those visits up with regular chiropractic care throughout the child’s development.