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March 27, 2003

Sesame Shrimp Toast

4-6 Servings

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!

Hello to everyone -

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 recipe instead!

Happy Cooking,
Heather Van Vorous

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IBS Interview with Heather this Sunday on KWRM Radio
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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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.

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 distress. 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. Heather & Company is dedicated to serving people with IBS. Our mission is to offer education, services, and products that allow people with IBS to successfully manage their symptoms through lifestyle modifications. We currently offer the books Eating for IBS and First Year IBS, web site resources including the IBS Message Board, seminars and classes, and Heather Cooks!, a healthy cooking show on the internet and television. We will soon have other IBS services available. Heather Van Vorous, an IBS sufferer since age 9, is the company founder and president.

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