Oysters are the real pearls of the sea
They are one of the great treasures of the sea. Many love oysters. Others
hate the sight of them. If you are one of the former, what better way to
take the chill off an autumn's eve than to enjoy a lunch or supper
accompanied by a warming hearty oyster stew.
Ancient Greeks believed that Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, sprang from
the ocean on an oyster shell. It was the Greeks who first linked oysters
to the power of love.
Some Romans actually bought oysters according to their weight in gold.
At one point, they launched ships full of slaves to harvest them from
the English Channel.
Oysters are nutritionally well-balanced, containing protein and
carbohydrates. They are recommended by the American Heart and Lung
Association for inclusion in a low-fat diet.
Oysters are also rich in vitamins, containing B1, B2, B3, and vitamins C
and D. Four to five oysters contain the body's daily needs for iron,
copper and magnesium.
Oyster Stew Recipe
1 pint fresh oysters or one 8-ounce can
1 four-ounce can of condensed milk
3 cups milk
4 tablespoons of butter or margarine
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons of corn starch
1 teaspoon pepper
2 dashes of nutmeg
Place all the ingredients in the top of a double boiler or in a
one-quart pan. Heat slowly over a medium heat, stirring constantly.
Don't let it boil.
Ladle the hot stew into four bowls. Add oyster or regular crackers if
you like. It's great as a light fare with your favorite sandwich or
New procedure for Barrette's esophagus
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona think a new procedure for
Barrette's esophagus will help to prevent surgery. Barrette's is caused
when stomach acid reflux burns the esophagus.
Standard treatment for the condition, which affects about 3 million
people in the U.S., is acid blocking drugs, or in extreme cases, removal
of part of the esophagus. About 5 percent of patients with advanced
cases develop cancer.
In the new treatment, the doctor threads a thin scope down the throat
and inflates a balloon next to abnormal cells in the esophagus.
Electromagnetic coils on the surface of the balloon the burn away the
Reducing biological age
An analysis of studies in the British Journal of Sports Medicine shows
that a program of aerobic fitness may delay biological aging by 10 to 12
While this is important for people of all ages, it is particularly
important for those in their later years. With age, the deterioration of
aerobic fitness continues at a steady and predictable rate unless action
is taken to reverse the decline, say doctors at the University of
For retired people, aerobic activity can enhance the ability to perform
daily functions and stave off chronic disease.
Babies diagnosed with GERD
More babies who often cry hard after eating are being diagnosed with
gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The number of prescriptions
written for GERD has soared in the last decade. Some experts say it's
being overdiagnosed. Others say it isn't being taken seriously enough.
Most babies happily spit up some liquid because the valve to the stomach
from the esophagus isn't fully closed.
Colic is still a problem for some babies up to three months old, but
GERD is a separate issue.