Monday, February 21, 2011

Fw: AAP District I Vaccines Project

Great to hear from you Anne!  We want to alert everyone that Paul Offit's Book is out, " Deadly Choices"  Also Anne has noted that Paul will be donating all of the proceeds to Autism Research, which is commendable.  Let's get this out to our networks, and get this message going viral to all young mommies. Please RT!!

To Your Best Health,

The Personal Medicine Team

On Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 2:22 PM, Anne B. Francis <afranci2@rochester.rr.com> wrote:
This is a way to support children and vaccines and help a group which is trying to help us.  Buy a book TODAY!
Anne Francis
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Subject: AAP District I Vaccines Project


Dear Friends:

AAP District 1 is promoting a mass book buying event on amazon.com for Dr. Paul Offit's most recent book, Deadly Choices. This event will take place on Monday Feb 21st (tomorrow). See the note from District 1 leadership below. Also, please know that Dr. Offit has generously agreed to donate all royalties from book sales to the Autism Science Foundation, so that we can fund research to learn the true causes of autism.  Many thanks. Alison

Alison Singer
President, Autism Science Foundation


From: "shadowdaisy03" <prgordon@nyc.rr.com<mailto:prgordon@nyc.rr.com>>
Date: February 20, 2011 8:10:51 AM EST
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Subject: [Philippa_Gordon] Vaccines Project
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Dear Friends and family. . .

In an effort to raise awareness for the importance of childhood vaccinations, the Section I chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics (the Section on Administration and Practice Management) is promoting a mass buying event on amazon.com<http://amazon.com> for Dr. Paul Offit's most recent book Deadly Choices. Dr. Offit is the Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is a relentless in his advocacy for children's health and childhood vaccination. As a favor to me, and all the children you know and love, please purchase a copy of his book on Monday February 21 on Amazon.com<http://Amazon.com> If his book is the biggest seller on Amazon on Monday the 21st, this will raise much needed publicity about the importance and safety of vaccines. Even if you don't have the time to read his book, purchase it and donate it to your local library!

<http://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Choices-Anti-Vaccine-Movement-Threatens/dp/0465021492/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1298173814&sr=1-1>

Thank you for helping in this effort!


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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Can We Harness The Power Of The Internet To Close The Healthcare Gap? - OrganizedWisdom Health Blog

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February 16, 2011

Can We Harness The Power Of The Internet To Close The Healthcare Gap?

This opinion piece was authored by Jerry Levin and was also published today on Business Insider. Jerry Levin, former Chairman and CEO of Time Warner, is the Presiding Director of Moonview Sanctuary and a Board Member and investor in OrganizedWisdom.com. He is a tremendous partner, mentor and one of the most passionate and inspired people we know who are also on a mission to help people by improving health and wellness. It is an honor to work with Jerry and have him on our Board.

Can We Harness The Power Of The Internet To Close The Healthcare Gap?

For all of us -- young, old, and those in the middle -- life is simply an interlude between doctors’ visits.

This perspective, while obvious, perennially stays beneath our consciousness since we are consumed by the daily pursuit of personal identity as if our mind-body-and-spirit were to function without incident and without end.  

More powerfully of late is the recognition that the explosive neglect of mental health issues has led to the horror of deadly violence—so massively played out recently in Arizona.  

In my own family, we have witnessed the tragic consequences of unattended drug addiction. On a national level, as we have engaged in a heated debate about legislating health care, my greatest fear is that we have lost focus on the ability of an individual to take control of his or her own health and wellness. Now is the time for us to transform the conversation from one about ‘healthcare’ to the far more personal issue of an individual’s own ‘health’.

Clearly we have reached an inflection point in our quest to improve healthcare.  Empowering people to control their own health and wellness destinies may be the most important way to create greater efficiencies in the healthcare system and help drive down the spread of excessive costs.  

In fact, one of the most important parts of a renewed personal investment in healthcare are the real benefits associated with preventive measures like sound nutrition, frequent exercise, stress reduction and regular medical visits. We can also see that the Internet is revolutionizing people’s ability to take charge of their physical and mental health.  

Sparkling advances in social media and mobile technologies have shifted the paradigm for consuming health information online and have created a “new bedside manner” for health practitioners.  Doctors and other medical experts now actively participate on Facebook and Twitter, on personal blogs and through many other online interactions—empowering patients with more knowledge and understanding at their fingertips than ever before.

While the number of health experts online is still relatively small, it is growing every day as more doctors view their online presence as an extension of their professional reputation.  A recent Manhattan Research survey of U.S. physicians showed an increase in Internet usage for professional purposes up from 2.5 hours per week in 2002 to 8 hours per week in 2010. This is reminiscent of the early days of television when we heard arguments that the new screen would deaden human emotion and personal connection.  We hear echoes of this same concern for the generation growing up with the Internet.  

Yet today’s children are still raised with a mother’s touch and a father’s care, and they play with each other with the same joy that we experienced; however, they also enjoy the enormous value of having the Internet in the classroom as digital technology is providing a gateway to greater learning and self-realization.  Rather than diminishing human connection, technological innovation and the Internet have the power to bring the world together and improve countless lives. Indeed the pace of change wrought by the Internet is breathtaking.  

According to Google’s Eric Schmidt, we now create as much information every two days as we did between the dawn of civilization up until the year 2003.  Moreover, Pew Research has reported that searching for health information ranks among the top three Web activities across generations.  The most significant way to utilize this wealth of available information is to encourage innovation in online health technology with the mission of elevating the standard of care and closing the gap that exists between a doctor visit and an Internet search—where people are left alone with only an empty search box and their own unmet anxieties. We are on the cusp of vastly improving the overall level of health and wellness knowledge in this country by using the Internet to cultivate a new generation of highly informed patients.  

It is clear that the more understanding patients have, both before and after a doctor visit, the more efficient our healthcare delivery system will be.  With a commitment to better understanding of ourselves and our own bodies, we can take control of our personal health, live a more fulfilling existence and advance in the pursuit of real happiness.

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Very nice post from Jerry Levin, Former CEO or Time Warner on the potential for our society to potentially use the internet to improve health. Jerry, seriously you should call me, we should talk...

To Your Best Health,

The Personal Medicine Team

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund in Your State | HealthCare.gov

The Affordable Care Act creates a new Prevention and Public Health Fund to assist state and community efforts to prevent illness and promote health, so that all Americans can lead longer, more productive lives.  The Fund represents an unprecedented investment – $15 billion over 10 years – that will help prevent disease, detect it early, and manage conditions before they become severe.  By concentrating on the causes of chronic disease, the Affordable Care Act helps move the nation from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on wellness and prevention.

The Cost of Chronic Disease & the Need for Prevention

Chronic diseases – such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes – are responsible for 7 of 10 deaths among Americans each year and account for 75% of the nation’s health spending. Often related to economic, social, and physical factors, too many people engage in behaviors – such as tobacco use, poor diet, physical inactivity, and alcohol abuse – that lead to poor health and contribute to chronic disease. 

A new focus on prevention will offer our nation the opportunity to not only improve the health of Americans, but also control health care spending.  A report from Trust for America’s Health entitled Prevention for a Healthier America concluded that investing $10 per person per year in proven community-based programs that increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and prevent smoking and other tobacco use could save the country more than $16 billion annually within 5 years. 

See How the Fund Improves Wellness and Prevention for Your State:

Posted: February 9, 2011

Here is how HHS's prevention budget breaks down state by state.

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iPad 2, Xoom, TouchPad: The tablet age is upon us. - By Farhad Manjoo - Slate Magazine

Wow the tablet wars are getting fierce. These gamechangers are also shaping the way we care for patients. The Bedside will become THE BEDSIDE, again. I found today a 8 inch android tablet on an alibaba site with a one year warranty for 156.00. Drop shipped to my house for 30 bucks... I'll take 10 thank you. And to think hospitals are still buying those 3K bulky wheely things to set computers on... wow. #HIMSS11

To Your Best Health,

The Personal Medicine Team

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Shopping List, powered by Epicurious.com

Here is a great healthy shopping list for this weeks family dinners! 


This Epicurious.com shopping list has been sent to you by a friend.

Included recipes: Turkey Meatloaf with Mushrooms and Herbs, Tomato, Fennel, and Crab Soup, Swiss Chard Lasagna with Ricotta and Mushroom, Winter Salad with Lemon-Yogurt Dressing, Black Bean Chili with Butternut Squash

FRESH PRODUCE
8 ounces sliced button mushrooms
1/4 cup minced shallots
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
3 1/2 cups chopped onions
2 medium fennel bulbs with fronds; bulbs cored, thinly sliced, fronds chopped and reserved
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1 pound Swiss chard, center rib and stem cut from each leaf
1 1/3 cups chopped onion
4 large garlic cloves, chopped, divided
1 pound crimini mushrooms, sliced
1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, pressed
8 cups coarsely chopped romaine lettuce (about 8 large leaves)
1 1/2 cups 1/2-inch cubes peeled jicama
2 small carrots, thinly sliced into rounds
1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, sliced
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup 1/2-inch cubes peeled kohlrabi or peeled broccoli stems
1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes
2 onions, chopped
8 garlic cloves, chopped
1 2 1/4-pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 3 cups)
Coarsely grated hot pepper
Diced red onion chopped
Fresh cilantro
Pickled jalapeño rings

MEAT AND POULTRY
1 pound ground turkey (15% fat)
1 pound ground turkey breast

SEAFOOD
8 ounces fresh crabmeat, picked over

BAKING, NUTS, AND SPICES
1 cup low-salt chicken broth
2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups (or more) vegetable broth
1 Turkish bay leaf
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon (scant) ground nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
Coarse kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Fine sea salt
1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds
2 1/2 chili powder
1 tablespoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
Coarse kosher salt

BREAD AND BAKED GOODS
2 cups 1/3-inch cubes crustless day-old pain rustique
4 1/2-inch-thick slices pain rustique or rustic whole wheat bread, toasted

PANTRY ITEMS
9 7 x 3-inch lasagna noodles
1 pound dried black beans, rinsed
1/2 cup quick-cooking bulgur

OILS AND VINEGARS
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus additional for brushing
1/4 cup olive oil
Additional olive oil
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup avocado oil or canola oil
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

CANNED AND TINNED ITEMS
2 14 1/2-ounce cans diced tomatoes in juice
3/4 cup canned garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
3/4 cup halved pitted Kalamata olives
2 14.5-ounce cans fire-roasted tomatoes
2 chipotle chiles from canned chipotle chiles in adobo, minced

DAIRY
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 1/2 cups whole milk
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
1 15-ounce container whole-milk ricotta cheese (preferably organic), divided
6 ounces Italian Fontina Cheese, coarsely grated (about 1 1/2 cups packed), divided
8 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
Sour cream
Monterey jack cheese

OTHER
Test-kitchen tip: To test for doneness, insert the blade of a small knife deep into the center of the lasagna for 30 seconds. remove the knife and feel the blade. If it's hot, so is the lasagna.
Ingredient info: Chipotle chiles in adobo can be found at some super markets and at Latin markets. Look for bulgur at super markets and natural foods stores.

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3 Iphone Aps for Pediatricians to use in Practice

1. Nike Training Camp- This is a great ap from Nike. Teenage girls love this one. It is flexible and provides a range of workouts for varying fitness levels. Has an integrated music selection program that lets you pick your fav ipod tunes to listen to during the workout. Slick User interface with nice social integrations that lets you share your success with your Facebook Friends. I personally use the ap and integrate with both my personal and practice facebook. Hopefully I can influence my social graph and improve the health of both parents and children alike.

2. Loseit.com - Great self tracking tool to self monitor your calories. Has EVERY fast food known to man when you slip up such that you can easily add those calories in too. Can track your weight here and if you're brave, share it with your social network. Loseit.com has nice nutrient content estimations that can help you follow your protein intake as well. I have lots of overweight teens and preteens losing weight on this now.

3. Fooducate- Great iphone ap with an integrated bar code scanner to check nutrient content of foods and get a rating at the store before you buy. It rates foods on an A, B, C, D schedule according to some complex algorhythms. The founder is a techie and dad who wanted to simplify label reading for families at the grocery store.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Wow, I forgot the Corn Syrup Industry pays Clients to defend Sugar...

Interesting Day Folks, I normally just let stuff like this go, but this is my second run in with the food industry defending it's systematic fattening of our country in lobbying in its defense.  I did an interview for a local paper on my opinion on chocolate milk which is referenced below.  The following day I received an email ( below) from the secretary of an actual MD physician trying to convince me of ? I'm not quite sure.   An actual MD, mind you.  Obama are you reading this??  Then after a brief curiosity and " WFT" moment, I took a look at their website to realize this institution is  paid by many food industry clients to apparently go out and  physicians that " corn syrup and sucrose are nutritional equivalents"   Are these people for real?  Did they miss the point?   Let's not quibble about semantics here.   Our kids are fat, we are in crisis, we have a massive obstacle to climb as pediatricians in obesity prevention.   Let's not forget there are powerful forces at work here... The food industry wields immense power.  It is packed with coffers of profit to indefinitely fund organizations like this.   Do we even have a chance?   If you want to improve the waning lifespan of America's Children, please take a look at this organization and question ( in loud voices) why they are trying to defend corn syrup, except to profit at the sad expense of our children.   RT, send it out on FB, etc...


Last summer I was seated at the table with the CEO of one of these major companies, at an innovation meeting, Yea, put the pediatrician next to this guy.  This was the first time I saw this perspective of the power and enormity of obstacles pediatricians face in prevention of obesity. 


To Your Best Health,


The Personal Medicine Team



SUBJECT:  From you and Alan Reed article:  “Flavored Milk, Tasty, But Adds Calories” The Paducah Sun, February 9, 2011

 

Dear Dr. Hodge,

 

I am writing to offer some comments and raise a few concerns about some statements attributed to you in the above referenced article.  I am particularly concerned about a few of the statements that you made about sugar content of flavored milk in general and high fructose corn syrup in particular. 

 

The article containing your quotes was sent to me by a colleague who knows that my research laboratory has been a leading source of scientific information related to the metabolism of both high fructose corn syrup and sucrose.  I want to comment on these issues not only as a researcher in this area but also the proud father of 4 school aged children who drink not only 1% white milk but also flavored milk, not only at home but in their schools.   Please allow me to offer a few observations and comments.   

 

There is wide scientific agreement that there is nothing about high fructose corn syrup that uniquely leads to obesity or other metabolic problems.  HFCS is no different from a nutritional or metabolic standpoint than sucrose, honey, or concentrated fruit juices.  Research in my laboratory (1-10) and in others (11,12) has shown that by every parameter yet measured in human beings high fructose corn syrup and sucrose are identical.  We have shown that high fructose corn syrup and sucrose are identical in terms of short term energy regulating hormones such as insulin, leptin and ghrelin.  They are also identical in terms of blood sugar response, uric acid and triglycerides, as well as appetite and calories consumed at the next meal. 

 

You may be aware that the American Medical Association looked at whether or not there is a unique link between obesity and high fructose corn syrup and after studying this question for over a year, in June 2008, concluded that: “High fructose corn syrup does not contribute to obesity more than other caloric sweeteners.”  The American Dietetic Association reached a similar conclusion.

 

It is not surprising that HFCS and sucrose behave similarly since they are essentially chemically identical.  Sucrose is 50% glucose and 50% fructose.  HFCS has two major forms used in food, one is HFCS-55 which is commonly used in soft drinks, this contains 55% fructose, 42% glucose and 3% other sugars.  HFCS-42 which is used in some baked goods and other foods, has 42% fructose and 58% glucose.  As a practical matter, sucrose and HFCS are absorbed identically by the human body, have the same sweetness and the same calories.  From a nutritional standpoint there is good evidence that HFCS, sucrose, honey and cane sugar are essentially interchangeable from a nutritional point of view (15).

 

The issue of whether HFCS is chemically or metabolically different from sucrose or uniquely a cause of obesity or other metabolic abnormalities has been discussed in two recent expert panels related to nutritive sweeteners which have been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (13-16) and the Journal of Nutrition (17-19).  In both instances the expert panels have unanimously concluded that there is no difference between HFCS and sucrose.  Even the initial authors who suggested there might be a link between HFCS and obesity, Drs. Bray and Popkin, have publically retracted this statement recognizing that it is not scientifically correct. 

 

Perhaps Professor Dr. G. Harvey Anderson best summed up this issue in an editorial in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition when he stated:

 

“The hypothesis that the replacement of sucrose by HFCS in beverages plays a positive role in obesity is not supported on the basis of its composition, biologic actions, or short-term effects on food intake.  Had the hypothesis been phrased in the converse, namely that replacing HFCS with sucrose in beverages would be seen as a solution to the obesity epidemic, its merit would have been seen more clearly.  Put simply, a proposal that a return to sucrose containing beverages would be a credible solution to the obesity epidemic would have been met with outright dismissal (20).”

 

I would like to specifically raise some concern about your suggestion that children who drink flavored milk are likely to gain weight.  I am not aware of a single study that suggests the consumption of flavored milk is associated with weight gain.  I have actually discussed this Dr. Rachel Johnson who is one of the leading experts on milk and nutrition in our country and she is also not aware of any research linking the consumption of flavored milk to weight gain or obesity. 

This may seem like a trivial point but I actually think it is quite important.  There are very good data that when school systems eliminate flavored milk from the foods they supply that milk consumption in general plummets (21).  In fact,  in one study, when flavored milk was removed from the school systems menu the overall milk consumption dropped 35% with corresponding decreases in vitamin D, calcium, potassium and phosphorus (21).  Of course, this is an unintended but significant consequence given that children are in their bone building years and to decrease the leading source of calcium and vitamin D in their diet seems to me very unwise. 

This is one of the reasons why the American Heart Association specifically excluded flavored milk from their scientific statement raising concerns about added sugar consumption and potential links to increased risk of heart disease (22).  Moreover, the suggestion that there is something different about high fructose corn syrup than sucrose is, for all the reasons I have already outlined in this letter not based on any theoretical or scientific evidence.  The two substances are essentially the same from a metabolic and nutritional standpoint.

You may not be aware that more sucrose is consumed each year in the United States than HFCS.  Worldwide, nine times as much sucrose is consumed as HFCS.  In parts of the world such as Mexico, Europe and Australia there is essentially no HFCS consumption and yet all of these areas are in the midst of epidemics of obesity and diabetes.

I am presenting all of this background information to you in the spirit of hoping that you will consider this body of scientific literature before singling out high fructose corn syrup as somehow uniquely deleterious to health.  I am not suggesting that people should consume excessive amounts of any refined sugar.  However, I believe it serves no useful purpose and is potentially distracting in the national debate to somehow think that high fructose corn syrup is different than other nutritive sweeteners, or more dangerous. 

 

As you know as a physician, when we have tried to blame any one specific component of our diet for causing obesity this has never worked.  Every time we in the medical community try to do this it makes the public trust us less.  I am sure you are aware that in the average American diet more than twice as many calories are consumed as fat than all nutritive sweeteners combined.  In fact, as a percentage of calories consumed, the amount of nutritive sweeteners has actually declined over the last 30 years.  We are simply eating too much of everything and not exercising enough.

 

Thank you for the opportunity to offer these comments.  I am delighted to see that a fellow physician is actively involved in helping the public understand what we in the medical community can do in the area of obesity.  I believe that having knowledgeable physicians, such as yourself, involved in this area can only improve the health and wellbeing of our country.

 

Sincerely,

 

James M. Rippe, M.D.

Rippe Lifestyle Institute

21 N. Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 

T: +1.508.756.1228  •  F: +1.508.754.5098 • 

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Chicken Breasts with Fennel-Mustard Butter and Radicchio Recipe at Epicurious.com

Chicken Breasts with Fennel-Mustard Butter and Radicchio

Bon Appétit  | August 2004

Try this for dinner with a salad!

To Your Best Health,

The Personal Medicine Team

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

NYTimes: Lymph Node Study Shakes Pillar of Breast Cancer Care

From The New York Times:

Lymph Node Study Shakes Pillar of Breast Cancer Care

For about 20 percent of breast cancer patients, removing cancerous nodes, a painful measure that can cause complications, does not improve survival or prevent cancer recurrence, researchers say.

http://nyti.ms/ed7Vuy

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Monday, February 07, 2011

Recipe for The Minimalist's Corn Chowder from Epicurious.com

Great recipe for tonight if you are snowed in! 

This Epicurious.com recipe: The Minimalist's Corn Chowder
has been sent to you by a friend.

You can view the complete recipe online at: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/The-Minimalists-Corn-Chowder-358354?mbid=ipapp


The Minimalist's Corn Chowder
4 to 6 ears corn
1 tablespoon butter or neutral oil, like canola or grapeseed
1 medium onion, chopped
2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tomatoes, cored, seeded, and chopped, optional
1 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves, optional

1. Shuck the corn and use a paring knife to strip the kernels into a bowl. Put the cobs in a pot with 4 cups water; bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, put the butter or oil in a saucepan and turn the heat to medium-high. When the butter melts or the oil is hot, add the onion and potatoes, along with a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens, about 5 minutes; add the tomatoes if you're using them and cook, stirring, for another minute or two.
3. After the corn cobs have cooked for at least 10 minutes, strain the liquid into the onion-potato mixture. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down so the mixture simmers. When the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes, add the corn kernels and milk and heat through. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary, garnish with the parsley, and serve.

Keys To Success STRIP THE KERNELS from the cob with a sharp knife, and make sure to catch any liquid that seeps out during the process.
TO MINIMIZE COOKING TIME, chop the potatoes into 1/4-inch pieces. Leave them larger if you're not in a hurry.
AS LONG AS your corn is young and tender, the kind you can just about eat raw, the kernels should be held out of the mix until the chowder is just about ready, so they don't overcook. But the new supersweet hybrids, which retain much of their flavor in the refrigerator for a few days, are not as tender, and their kernels should be cooked for a few minutes at least. Just keep tasting and stop cooking when the texture seems right.

The Minimalist Cooks Dinner
April 2010
by Mark Bittman

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Special Obesity Issue Preview || Intro by Michelle Obama

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