Immunity, Cancer, Nutrition and Cooking: Super Foods with Dr Oz

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Super Doctor of Super Foods

I believe there is a national movement to help you get stronger, leaner and healthier with what you eat.  Knowing what’s in your food, and how it can help you get well or make you sick are the most important steps you can take to transform your life.

This post is a re-posted, edited summary of my recent experience in New York City, with Dr. Oz: there, we did 3 TV segments over 25 minutes (it aired first 10.18.12); it is online and rebroadcast today, 08.15.13. I demonstrated and described the medical magic of

a. chicken, antibiotic free
b. oyster sauce
c. arugula
d. lime
e. pumpkin, both fresh and canned
f.  bulgur
g. black pepper and oregano
h. concord grapes
i. red wine

I also described how and why hospital food has to change to prevent disease instead of cause it, and medical education as well, and gave my simple acronym of BITES™ of foods you should eat every week. The Little Bites part of my ChefMD book is everyone’s favorite part.

Boosting immunity and reducing risk for cancer with what you eat is powerful. Obesity is probably the most important cause of cancer, equivalent now with smoking.

We used culinary medical tools on the Show: a blender (VitaMix!), a microplane zester (essential creating zest and capturing the phytonutrients in the skin) and a wine aerator (to bring up flavor and aroma in red wines, regardless of price point).  Plus my great Santoku knife for opening and roasting that pumpkin.

Finally, we made a simple, marinated-for-a-moment (Chris Kimball is right: short marinades of very lean meats especially are as effective as long ones) anxiety-reducing, easy recipe: Honeyed Chinese Chicken.

You can get a downloaded excerpt of my Cooking the RealAge Way recipes, free, when you sign up for my still-free newsletter, sent once or twice a month, full of information, recommended products and tips, exclusive subscriber benefits, plus more on BITES™.

Lab and human studies show reduction in cortisol levels (the stress Honeyed Chinese Chickenhormone) with chicken essence and bonito broth consumption, and this anxiety-reducing recipe has both.

But it might actually reduce anxiety because it is so easy and quick, tastes even better the next day and because you can make it in quantity and save it.

Recently I taught knife skills to young men: I love doing this, and everyone practiced well. (Btw, the best chef’s knife for most people is a smaller, well-made, easy to use and a Santoku, and a paired, greater hardness steel: my favorite Victorinox here, on Amazon).

Victorinox 9 inch Steel

We touched on supplements, as multivitamins reduce total cancer in men, especially those with a parental history of cancer, and magnesium is a mineral most people are deficient in, is critical to normal muscle, nerve and cardiac function and regulates normal blood sugar, blood pressure and immune function. And people wanted to know about a recommended multivitamin