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May 22, 2009

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invisible hand

And don't you wish Dannon came with a Hecksher? Just as a nod to the company's history.

ML

Are you thinking of Labeneh? It's kind of like a cross between cheese and yogurt. The Druze make it fabulously.

ML

Dr. Dave beat me to the punch. Nice Spaceballs reference.

Dave Marshall

In the "old days" in the Middle East, a lot of Jewish and Arab moms used to make yogurt at home, eg. my maternal grandmother, z'l. It's called "leben" in Arabic (= lavan in Hebrew= white).

radical feminist

Here is a copy of the post I sent Shmarya, hope it is of value to some of you.
I am a Naturopathic Doctor. I graduated from a 4 year medical school after doing my undergrad pre-med program at the UW and focus on alternative non-invasive treatments for dz.
We try to rebuild the gut and we try to find out if there is an irritant. We look for the cause. There appears to be a genetic component to IBD that makes Ashkenazi at greater risk. My mother was a Sephardim however and my brother has Crohn’s dz so there may be other factors.
We usually will run a series of labs to determine if the person has a food allergy. We run something called a GI health panel.
We place them then on a restricted diet and supplement with probiotics ( a brand know as Pharmax ultra flora IBD and or Metagenics Ultra IBD is the best) and an amino acid known as L-Glutamine, that has been found to restore the gut lining. We also prescribe a series of supplements and make sure the person is receiving enough vitamins and nutrients; this can be a problem due to poor absorption. Natural anti-inflammatories include Turmeric, ginger boswelia, carotenoids. There is a product by metagenics called “Sustain”, that can sometimes help build the gut, it’s a powder that you would drink with rice milk and maybe add pureed berries for extra nutrition. I might place a patient on that for a month. The biggest food allergies we see are wheat and dairy and these two foods are the first to be pulled. I hope that give you an idea of some of the things you could try.
Take care

Nigritude Ultramarine

>Ashkenazis have the worst diet ever invented

I disagree. It's only my opinion but I think African-Americans have the worst diet.

Nigritude Ultramarine

Yogurt has been around for thousands of years. Bedouins have made yogurt a permanent part of their diet centuries before Abraham.

I just ran across this article on how to make your own yogurt the other day:

Make Homemade Yogurt with 20 Minutes of Effort

Shmarya

>>>In my practice I deal with this everyday; Jewish people with digestion problems. They range from irritable bowel syndrome to Crohns dz and Ulcerative colitis. The probiotics help and we now prescribe them along with other things to heal the gut.

Posted by: radical feminist | May 22, 2009<<<<

RF –

Would you please be more specific? What else do you prescribe?

Garden of Eatin'

Ashkenazis have the worst diet ever invented. It's an amalgamation of the worst of Polish, Russian and German food. Obviously a lot evolved out of poverty and necessity. But why would you eat stuffed derma now unless you served it with a side order of Lipitor?

Oy, and what's a vegetable? Something you should cook until it turns gray.

Sefardic food is wonderful and mostly healthy.

Popularizing yogurt was very commendable. I agree with the probiotic comments before. Wonderful food, easy to make at home. I make kefir myself. Go look up Sandor Katz at www.wildfermentation.com/

Dr. dave

Of course a Jew invented Yogurt -

Mel Brooks!!!

May the Schwartz be with you!!!

Chicago Samson

Daniel Carasso is a modern success story but this man did not "invent" yogurt. However, he did certainly popularize it.

Yogurt has been around for thousands of years. Bedouins have made yogurt a permanent part of their diet centuries before Abraham.

maven

RF: Are you an actual MD?
Why do you think digestion problems are a "Jewish" thing?

steve

A great success story.

radical feminist

In my practice I deal with this everyday; Jewish people with digestion problems. They range from irritable bowel syndrome to Crohns dz and Ulcerative colitis. The probiotics help and we now prescribe them along with other things to heal the gut.

yankele

SO when Ben COhen dies, after 120, are you going to write an article how the Jews invented ice cream????

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