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My research is mainly focused on the effects of cholesterol, saturated fat and statin drugs on health. If you know anyone who is worried about their cholesterol levels and heart disease, or has been told to take statin drugs you could send them a link to this website, and to my statin or cholesterol or heart disease books.

David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Can meat help to treat heart disease?

This post features a synopsis of a study published in Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs 1999 Nov;8(11):1785-1793 and a recipe for sausage and vegetable stuffed delicata squash

Study title and authors:
L-Arginine: a novel therapy for coronary artery disease?
Lerman A, Suwaidi JA, Velianou JL.
Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic and Foundation200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905, USA.

This paper can be accessed at:                Books:
Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health (Vintage)

Lerman states that the endothelium (the thin layer of cells that lines the interior surface of blood vessels) needs to stay intact to function correctly. When the endothelium is compromised, endothelial dysfunction may occur which may be a precursor to heart disease. L-Arginine is a semi-essential amino acid that improves endothelial function which can give protection from heart disease.

The best dietary sources of L-Arginine are beef, pork, gelatin , poultry, wild game, seafood and dairy products.

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Recipe of the day

Sausage and Vegetable Stuffed Delicata Squash


1 Delicata Squash (you can use acorn, or another small winter squash), halved and seeded
1T. Coconut Oil
1/2tsp. Sea Salt                                                                                                   Food Mall: Bacon
Irish Rashers (Sliced Breakfast Bacon)1tsp. Ground Cinnamon (optional)

1T. Coconut Oil
10-12oz of Ground Meat (I used a combination of pork sausage and buffalo)
1/2 Small Onion, chopped finely
1 Garlic Clove, minced
1 cup Finely Chopped Vegetables (I used a combination of zucchini and cauliflower, pulsed in my mini chopper)
1/4 cup Fresh Herbs (I used parsley and thyme), finely chopped, plus more for garnish
Sea Salt and Black Pepper, to taste
1 Egg, lightly beaten
4 Bacon Slices, sliced into 1/2" pieces

Roasting the squash:
Preheat oven to 400F.

Transfer squash to a baking sheet, coat with 1T. coconut oil, and season with cinnamon and salt.

Bake for 30-45 minutes, until soft.

While squash is roasting, make stuffing:
Heat a saute pan, over medium-high heat. Add coconut oil and meat. Cook meat until browned.

Add onion, garlic, and vegetables and toss to coat. Cook until all vegetables are softened, about 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Add fresh herbs and stir to combine. Remove from heat and set mixture aside to cool slightly.

Add egg and stir to combine.

Fill squash halves with mixture, top with bacon slices, and return to 400F oven (I cooked the squash on a cake/cookie-drying rack, but this is not necessary). Bake for 40-45 minutes, until bacon is browned and mixture is cooked through.

Garnish with fresh herbs and serve.