BINGE ON THIS – The Turkey Trot and Other Tales



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.


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.


endocrine system

Without question, all the diseases and disorders of the endocrine system can seem like a forest of fear. One thing is coming at you one way, around the turn is something menacing just waiting to get you. Your head will spin and your “fight or flight” will hit “flight” like a rocket. Last thing you need. You can feel like you’re marooned in an isolated location not knowing if you have what you need for survival. You feel like a terrified castaway, with chaos and obstacles closing in all around you. What is the right move?

You Don’t Have to Go Far to Go for Help

You may feel paralyzed, but you’re definitely not alone. In the Denver area, you’ll find one of the foremost hormone specialists anywhere; Dr. Stephen A. Goldstein MD, F.A.C.S. at Denver Hormone Health. He knows everything about the endocrine system and hormones, inside, out. Just meeting with him will put you at ease. He understands your qualms and perhaps even your lack of confidence at having seen doctor after doctor, always leaving with no real answers. But Dr. Goldstein is all about answers. To get to what’s really getting you, he starts with simple tests that direct him to whatever hormones might be out of balance in your body. At which point he creates a totally unique treatment plan tailored just to you.

So, call for an appointment now.

And stop feeling so lost.

LOST IN THE LAND OF THE ENDOCRINE GLANDS – It’s a Lot to Punch Your Way Through

adrenal glands

The adrenal glands are one of the endocrine glands. Located at the top of each kidney, the adrenal glands produce hormones that help the body control blood sugar, burn protein and fat, react to stressors like a major illness or injury, and regulate blood pressure. They produce hormones that you can’t live without, including aldosterone and cortisol. Often called “the stress hormone,” cortisol influences, regulates or modulates many of the changes that occur in the body in response to stress including, but not limited to:

  • Blood sugar (glucose) levels
  • Fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism to maintain blood glucose (gluconeogenesis)
  • Immune responses
  • Anti-inflammatory actions
  • Blood pressure
  • Heart and blood vessel tone and contraction
  • Central nervous system activation

Cushing’s Not So Cushy

Cushing’s syndrome is a rare condition that is the result of the body producing too much of the hormone cortisol by itself. Some patients have the illness because the adrenal glands have a tumor making too much of the hormone. Other patients have it because they make too much of the hormone ACTH. Cushing’s syndrome is fairly rare. It is more often found in women than in men, and often occurs between the ages of 20 and 40.

Well, that’s Cushing disease. Another little known endocrine gland disease is call Addison’s disease. Addison’s disease is a disorder that occurs when your body produces insufficient amounts of cortisol and often insufficient levels of aldosterone as well. Also called adrenal insufficiency, Addison’s disease occurs in all age groups and affects both sexes. Addison’s disease can be life-threatening. Addison’s disease symptoms usually develop slowly, so you might not even realize anything is wrong.

The Best Guide You Can Get

It’s pretty easy to confuse endocrine diseases and disorders with other disorders and health issues, because many seems the same. So many people see a lot of doctors before finally receiving a proper diagnosis. They feel frustrated on top of not feeling well, all because they don’t actually know where they should go. Seeing a hormone specialist is a good place to start, and Dr. Stephen A. Goldstein MD, F.A.C.S. at Denver Hormone Health is one of the best in the area. If it has to do with the endocrine system and hormones, he’s on top of it. He has had years of experience and expertise in treating patients in the same predicament as you. You might not know where to start in explaining what you’re experience because it can be so complicated, but Dr. Goldstein understands, and he’s there for you in every way possible. With simple tests, he can pinpoint any imbalances that are making you feel out of it all over. Then he creates a totally unique treatment plan just for you. No one-size-fits-all, ever.

So, call to make an appointment now.

Replace feeling frustrated with feeling your best.