BINGE ON THIS – The Turkey Trot and Other Tales

Turkey

LOBSTER, SEAL AND SWANS…TURKEY?

O.K., here’s the real Thanksgiving story (according to some…) After a 66-day arduous journey that left them with malnutrition, exposure, scurvy and outbreaks of contagious disease, the Pilgrims that somehow made it, were grateful just to be alive. Food? Not much available of anything, until the Wampanoag Indians taught them how to cultivate corn. Time to celebrate! The Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians sat down for three days…but not a turkey to be found. In fact, none of the stuff we stuff ourselves with today. It was a potluck of nothing to get excited about. Beaver, skunk, raccoon and tough, now extinct wild passenger pigeons. Oh, and 5 deer the Indians brought. Feast? Hardly. Well, on the good side, since they didn’t have a lot to gorge on, and no streaming anything to plop themselves down to watch, they probably didn’t get as much gastric distress as we suffer now. Or maybe if they did, burping and flatulence were commonly accepted.

Talking turkey, here are some facts we do know for sure. And they sure are amazing:

Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of the popular women’s magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book, and the woman who wrote the classic song “Mary had a little Lamb”, was a real trendsetter for running a household, and a leading voice in establishing Thanksgiving as an annual event. Beginning in 1827, Hale petitioned 13 presidents, the last of whom was Abraham Lincoln. She pitched her idea to President Lincoln as a way to unite the country in the midst of the Civil War, and, in 1863, he made Thanksgiving a national holiday and without being conscious of it, emancipated the nation’s appetites.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Minnesota is the top turkey-producing state in America, producing more than 46.5 million a year. Six states—Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri, Virginia, and Indiana—account for nearly two-thirds of the 248 million or so, turkeys.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest pumpkin pie ever baked weighed 2,020 pounds and measured just over 12 feet long. It was baked on October 8, 2005, by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers in Ohio, and included 900 pounds of pumpkin, 62 gallons of evaporated milk, 155 dozen eggs, 300 pounds of sugar, 3.5 pounds of salt, 7 pounds of cinnamon, 2 pounds of pumpkin spice and 250 pounds of crust.

Oh wait, it gets better.

Thanksgiving is the reason for TV dinners! In 1953, Swanson had so much extra turkey (260 tons) that a salesman told them they should package it onto aluminum trays with other sides like sweet potatoes — and the first TV dinner was born!

Campbell’s soup created the green bean casserole for an annual cookbook 50 years ago. It now sells $20 million worth of cream of mushroom soup.

Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, not the eagle.

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first meal in space after walking on the moon was foil packets with roasted turkey.

And yes, the short, jerky steps of the turkey, did inspire the turkey trot, at that time considered a ballroom dance.

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Before you pounce on the promise of fat and calories to come, you should make an appointment to see Dr. Stephen A. Goldstein at Denver Hormone Health. He knows everything there is to know about hormones and how certain ones can, with certainty, spoil the binge-o-rama you’ve been dreaming of for 365 days. To you, every tidbit (and who settles for tidbits?) is part of the eating extravaganza. But what you might not know, is that there is a serious link between hormones and holiday binging. What you think is so good, can really set off a not-so-good-for-you hormone imbalance, which in turn can turn wonderful into “whaaat?” “Why do I feel so awful?” Dr. Goldstein can explain it all and with simple tests, determine what’s going on with your hormones before a bite goes into your mouth. Call for an appointment now.

And wait until you see what he cooks up for you.

Sweet Heart – Sex, Love, and Rock and Roll

How we long to hear those three little words… “sex is great”. (You were thinking maybe “I love you”?) Hey, they both work. And we’ve been working on them both before man started walking upright. Love and sex both come from the heart (well, actually, sometimes a bit lower). It’s a bit of scientific foreplay that the act of loving actually improves your heart health. Sex figures into that, too. Any way you look at it, it rocks.

Cupid’s Not Stupid

Remember when you were in kindergarten and Mrs. Whoever-She-Was had the class make paper Valentines? For most of us, it was pretty fun. Mostly we made them for our Moms. (Big hit.)  As we start to develop sexually, Mom was replaced in the picture with the amazing Blond in Chem (male, or female). Getting crushy gives you butterflies in your stomach and a racing heartbeat. As an adult, those feelings intensify, making your brain release hormones such as dopamine, adrenaline, and norepinephrine, which make your heart beat faster and stronger. Being hit by love’s arrow is a heart health bullseye.

Lust’s a Must

Lust is a hormone-driven phase of attraction that stimulates desire…alright…, “the hots”. Our bodies tell us we “just gotta get it.” When broken down, there are actually millions of reasons to have sex. (Oh, what luck!)  Here are just a few:

  • Sex relieves tress
  • Sex lowers your blood pressure
  • Sex helps you lose weight
  • Sex helps you sleep
  • Sex boosts immunity
  • Sex burns calories
  • Sex boosts self-esteem
  • Sex improves intimacy
  • Sex strengthens pelvic floor muscles
  • Sex reduces the risk of prostate cancer
  • Sex can stop heart attacks

A recent study showed that men who had sex at least twice a week had a 45 percent drop in the rate of heart attacks, even when factors like age, weight, and cholesterol levels were taken into account. If that isn’t a big-time reason to hop into the sack, what is?

The Sweetest Taboo

Sade, made this thought a big hit when they recorded The Sweetest Taboo, in 1985. Consider one of the lyrics, “And I never felt this hot before.” Sex is identified with reproduction and power in our youth-oriented culture.  So, older people “wanting it” and “doing it”, is appalling to them. Horny old broads, dirty old men. Sorry, guys, there is no age limit on sexuality. According to a survey by the AARP (the organization formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons), in 60- to 70-year-olds, 46 percent of men and 38 percent of women have sex at least once a week, as did 34 percent of those 70 or older. (Shocker alert!) A Duke University study shows that some 20 percent of people over 65 have sex lives that are better than ever before. Which keeps their hearts beating more. Ah…sweet.

Birds, Bees, and Hormones

Low libido is just one of the endless list of symptoms that could be the result of an imbalance in your hormones. (No Valentine cards to cover that fact.) That’s where bioidentical hormones come in. They are completely identical to the hormones in our bodies. They’re not chemically altered like synthetic hormones which could alter your sex drive, driving it right into reverse. That’s where Dr. Stephan A. Goldstein, M.D, F.A.C.S at Denver Hormone Health comes in. With years of experience and expertise in successfully treating hormone imbalances, he knows just how to get your sex engine roaring again. With simple tests, he gets a clear picture of what’s going on. Which allows him to create a treatment plan uniquely tailored to your needs. So, call to make an appointment to see Dr. Goldstein now.

He’ll put you totally in the mood.

Sweet Heart – A Little Heart-to-Heart

Risk factors are conditions or habits that make a person more likely to develop a disease. They can also increase the chances that an existing disease will get worse. Important risk factors for heart disease are:

  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight
  • Lack of exercise
  • Having a family history of early heart disease
  • Age

You really have to take these things to heart.

Lub-Dub

Can’t you hear your heart beat? In healthy adults, there are two normal heart sounds described as a lub and a dub, (could not possibly ever make that up) that occur in sequence with each heartbeat. It’s o.k. if you can’t really hear it, the docs or nurses in the white coats all have an ear for it. But there are a lot of sounds that aren’t so normal, such as heart murmurs. Heart murmurs are sounds during your heartbeat cycle — such as whooshing or swishing — made by turbulent blood in or near your heart. Sometimes innocent, sometimes not so good. For such an important organ, there are a host of things that could go wrong. The one that frightens people most is having a heart attack. A heart attack occurs when the flow of blood to the heart is blocked, most often by a build-up of fat, cholesterol and other substances, which form plaque in the arteries that feed the heart (coronary arteries). The interrupted blood flow can damage or destroy part of the heart muscle. A heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction, can be fatal, but treatment has improved dramatically over the years. Some of the symptoms can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Palpitations
  • Chest discomfort and/or pain
  • Chest heaviness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Pain that radiates to the jaw, arm, or throat

People with the symptoms above persisting for longer than five minutes should call 911 immediately, for emergency medical care. Sadly, Americans typically wait over two hours before calling for help when they have symptoms of a heart attack. A dangerous mistake.

Achy Breaky

Billy Ray Cyrus produced a No. 1 song called Achy Breaky Heart more than 20 years ago. What you might be surprised to know, is that a broken heart is bad for your health. True. Absolutely true. While having love in your life can benefit your health, a broken heart can sometimes have physical side effects. Broken heart syndrome, also called takotsubo cardiomyopathy (say that quickly three times in a row), is a very real medical disorder. It’s more common in women, although either gender can have symptoms. In rare cases, this condition can be dangerous and even fatal. As Neil Sedaka sang in 1962, “Breaking Up is Hard to Do.”

Take Heart

You want what’s best for your heart. And it’s simpler than you might think. These lifestyle changes can help prevent a heart attack and heart disease:

  • Eat for your future-starting a healthy diet can always make a positive difference
  • Don’t wait to lose weight
  • Take it easyfor example, yoga can steam up your sex life
  • Keep tabs on your blood pressure
  • Watch your blood sugar-too much sugar in your blood can damage your arteries, even if you don’t have diabetes
  • Be smart about cholesterol-one is bad for your heart (LDL), and the other (HDL) can protect it
  • Ask about aspirin-in some people, taking an aspirin every day can reduce the risk of heart attack
  • Get a move on-exercise, exercise, exercise. (Even more important than location, location, location…and how often have you heard that one?)
  • Be social
  • Take responsibility for your overall health
  • Don’t avoid your Doctor like the plague
  • Stay informed. Science changes daily

Does a Heart Good

You don’t need cards and candy to know that there is someone out there who really cares about you and your heart health; Dr. Stephan A. Goldstein, M.D, F.A.C.S. at Denver Hormone Health. No one understands better how unbalanced hormones can take a hit on your heart. Hormones are the chemical messengers that attach directly on the DNA of the trillions of cells in your body. When they don’t do their job, they do a job on different parts of your body, including your heart. With simple tests, Dr. Goldstein can see what’s really going on, and develop an integrated program of hormones, healthy eating and exercise that will make you love the way you feel. So, call now.

One visit and you’ll see the attraction.