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March 27, 2003
Sesame Shrimp Toast
12 thin slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed
8 oz. raw tiger shrimp, shelled
1/3 C drained water chestnuts
1 organic egg white
1 t toasted sesame oil
1/2 t salt
2 green onions, minced
2 t sherry
1-2 T toasted sesame seeds
Preheat oven to 250F. Cut each slice of bread into two or four triangles (depending on size of slices). Spread on ungreased
baking sheet and bake 25 minutes, or until crisp.
While bread toasts, add all remaining ingredients except sesame seeds to food processor or blender and puree until a medium-smooth paste.
Scrape mixture into a bowl and let rest 10 minutes. Raise oven to 400F. Spread a generous amount of shrimp mixture
on toast triangles and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 10-12 minutes and serve hot or warm. Delicious!
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This newsletter features one of the best-loved appetizers in Chinese restaurants - Shrimp Toast. These are delectable, bite-size
morsels of rich shrimpiness on crispy toast points. Delicious, yes, but also quite deadly for digestive health as
they're usually deep fried. However, here's a version that is much fresher and tastier than most restaurant versions,
and best of all, they're baked - not fried! The results are just as crispy-crunchy and the luscious shrimp topping remains
the same, but now you can enjoy your meal and keep your digestion stable.
This recipe comes together very quickly - just toast the bread and blend all the topping ingredients together.
Then spread the shrimp on the bread, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and toast until
done. That's all there is to it! The toasted
sesame seeds on top add an especially rich nutty crunch. If you can't find sesame seeds
already toasted, simply toast plain seeds in a dry heavy skillet until they're
golden brown and fragrant.
So, the next time you're craving
Chinese food but don't want a greasy restaurant meal, try this delicious homemade
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Everyone in the Puget Sound, WA area is invited to listen to the "Sunday Morning Magazine" public affairs show with Kate
Daniels this coming Sunday, March 30, from 5:30 to 6:30 am. The "Talk IBS" campaign with Lynda Carter will be featured, with a special
follow up discussion of dietary guidelines and support group resources. I'll be
addressing general IBS diet concerns, recipe
adaptations, and how IBS patients can take control of their symptoms with self-help. Come listen in!
Patient and Physician Evaluation of New Fiber Pill for Constipation
This study summarizes physician and patient assessment of a new fiber
caplet following 2 weeks of use for the treatment of
constipation. Physicians rated more than 75% of patients' responses to treatment with
methylcellulose caplets as "very good" or "excellent," and considered the
responses equal or better than that expected for a fiber treatment in 90% of
subjects. Among 24 patients who had previously used fiber, 21 preferred the
caplets over prior fiber products.
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information...(refresh your browser page if the article does not appear when you click on the link)
Extraintestinal Symptoms in Irritable Bowel Syndrome
The purposes of this study were to compare the nature and severity of extraintestinal
symptoms in IBS patients in relation to patients with inflammatory bowel disease
(IBD) and to nonpatients, and to clarify the relationship between intestinal and
extraintestinal symptoms. The study concluded that IBS patients experienced extraintestinal symptoms to the same
extent, or even more, than patients with IBD.
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New Blood Marker May Screen for Colon Cancer
Researchers have found a biological marker that may lead to a simple blood test
to screen for colon cancer, possibly replacing some invasive techniques now used
to check for the killer disease.
A subtle molecular change that switches on a usually inactive gene has been
linked by researchers at Johns Hopkins University to an increased risk of
developing colon cancer.
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The Incidence and Socioeconomic Burden of IBS
Kevin W. Olden, MD: "IBS: Taking Concepts Into Clinical Practice" Symposium
"IBS is a multispectral, multidimensional problem. We have a significant
prevalence in this society and probably in most societies across the world. It
clearly reduces quality of life. These patients are suffering and they're
suffering in a very significant way. IBS accounts for 12% in primary care practices and about one third of
gastroenterology practices. It's something that we cannot ignore and we cannot
not invest our research efforts in. The annual cost of the disease is high, and
in the economic environment in medicine these days, it is not going to get any
lower. We need to find a way to get these patients feeling better and to
decrease their healthcare utilization." Click here for more
information...(you may have to register or login at Medscape - it's free)
Can I eat dairy if it's lactose-free?
"I have IBS - is it okay to drink Lactaid milk or eat yogurt"
Unfortunately, lactose is just one of many elements in dairy that can cause digestive
The fat content, as well as the dairy proteins casein and whey, can all trigger IBS
problems. As a matter of course I recommend people avoid dairy altogether.
Lactose intolerance is often misdiagnosed or confused with IBS, but they are two different disorders.
You can be lactose intolerant AND have IBS, but you can also not be lactose
intolerant and have IBS, and dairy will still trigger attacks. As a result, even if you find out you're not lactose intolerant, but you do have
IBS, it's safest to assume dairy is a likely trigger and eliminate it completely
from your diet. Even a fat-free, lactose-free dairy product like Lactaid milk or
skim yogurt will still contain the casein and
whey. You're much better off using soy or rice substitutes for milk, cheese, and
ice cream. If you want the
benefits of the live cultures in yogurt, try a soy yogurt instead of
dairy. For powdered milk used in baking, choose powdered soy milk instead.
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