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  • Who was Wilbur Scoville? :     Wilbur Scoville and the Organoleptic Test Centennial By Dave DeWitt [Author's Note: The year 2012 marks the Centennial Anniversary of the Scoville Organoleptic Test, so I decided to apply all my food history online research skills that I've honed over the past five years to create what is the first definitive—however brief—biographical essay on Scoville. Fortunately, the combination of Google Books, Google Scholar, and other online resources prov...

  • Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar: There surely must be something really healthy in using apple cider vinegar, since historical records suggest that even The Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, used it back in around 400 B.C. for its health giving qualities. Apple cider vinegar is made from fresh ripe apples that are fermented and undergo a stringent process to create the final product. The vinegar contains a host of vitamins, beta-carotene, pectin and vital minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, chlo...

  • Pepper Component Hot Enough to Trigger “Suicide” in Prostate Cancer Cells: Capsaicin, the stuff that turns up the heat in jalapeños, [and Brother Bru Bru’s contains Habañero peppers which have WAY more capsaicin than Jalapeño or Tabasco peppers] not only causes the tongue to burn, it also drives prostate cancer cells to kill themselves . . .

  • The Hot Sauce That Fights Prostate Cancer: When my nephew was born in a Seoul suburb, my Korean in-laws decorated their front door with a cluster of bright red chili peppers, a neighborhood announcement that a son had been born to their household.

  • Hypertension Develops Early, Silently, in African-American Men: Young and healthy African-American men were found to silently develop hypertension earlier than their white counterparts, according to a new study. How blood pressure is measured may be the key to early detection. Central blood pressure, in the aorta near the heart, not brachial pressure, in the artery of the arm, may be the key to screening, the study found. . .

  • African Americans and High Blood Pressure: Blood pressure normally rises and falls. When the blood pressure is elevated over time, it is called high blood pressure. Any person can develop hypertension, which is the technical term for high blood pressure. Blood pressure measures the force of the blood flowing through your blood vessels when the heart contracts to pump blood and when the heart rests between beats. In people with hypertension . . .

  • Food / Diet Therapy for Hypertension: Research has shown that following a healthy eating plan can both reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure and lower an already elevated blood pressure. Vegetarians, in general, have lower blood pressure levels and a lower incidence of hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases. Experts postulate . . .

  • Growing Numbers of People are avoiding Wheat and Other Grains because of Celiac Disease: Gluten seems to be the food ingredient non grata these days. Bakers are coming up with recipes for gluten-free . . .

  • Dr Andrew Weil’s Diet : DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, a strategy that has proved quite effective in lowering blood pressure. The diet involves consuming less salt and fat and more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. It's low in saturated fat, total fat, and cholesterol, and includes poultry, fish, and nuts, but includes much less red meat and fewer sweets and sugared beverages than most Americans are accustomed to consuming. Another version of the DASH diet limits . ...

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