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David Evans

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Thursday, 22 April 2010

High blood sugar lowers the immune system

This post includes a summary of a paper published in Critical Care Medicine 2005 Jul;33(7):1624-33 and a recipe for citrus roast chicken.

Study title and authors:
Acute hyperglycemia and the innate immune system: clinical, cellular, and molecular aspects.
Natural Health & Weight Loss
Turina M, Fry DE, Polk HC Jr.
Department of Surgery, the Price Institute of Surgical Research, University of Louisville School of Medicine, University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville, KY, USA.

This paper can be accessed at:

This paper was a review of many studies. It found high blood sugar levels lowered our immune systems and impaired our abilty to fight infections.

High blood sugar levels are caused by high carbohydrate diets. See here

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Recipe of the day

Citrus Roast Chicken

•About 5 tbsp coconut oil (or lard, tallow, butter);
3 - Organic Whole Chicken 3-3.5# each
Food Mall: Chicken
•3 lemons or limes (if using limes, use 4);
•1 whole chicken (about 4 1/2 pounds);
•3 tbsp grated fresh ginger;
•Salt and pepper to taste.

1.Preheat your oven to 425 F. Grate the zest 1 lemon and then cut it in quarters.

2.Wipe the chicken dry and place it in a roasting pan.

3.Mix 1 tbsp of the grated ginger with the citrus zest. Rub the citrus mixture in the chicken cavity with some added salt and pepper if wanted. Add the quartered lemon inside the cavity.

4.Juice the remaining lemons with the remaining 2 tbsp ginger and also add the melted coconut oil. Brush the chicken with the mixture.

5.Put in the oven for 15 minutes.

6.After 15 minutes, baste the chicken and reduce the heat to 375 F.

7.After another 25 minutes, baste again, turn the chicken on his breast and cook for an other 25 minutes.

8.At this point, verify the doneness of the chicken by verifying if the juices run clear when you cut the thickest part of the breast. You can also verify with a meat thermometer (should be 160 F in the breast and at least 170 F in the thigh).

9.When ready, remove from oven and let the chicken rest for 15 minutes.

10.Garnish with extra citrus wedges if wanted on a bed of steamed vegetables or spinach. Use the citrus, coconut oil and ginger cooking juice as a sauce.

11.Enjoy! - 125x125