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Archive for February, 2015

Measles: What you should know

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Measles is a serious respiratory disease that is spread easily through coughing and sneezing. Measles is a very contagious virus that can spread even if the person with measles is no longer in the room. Measles can also be spread by an infected person even before a rash or any other symptoms appear.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2011, 38 percent of children younger than 5 years old who had measles in the United States had to be treated in the hospital.  Although the number of cases in the U.S. is low, measles is common in other countries.

Measles is spread from person to person through the air by infectious droplets. Severe cases of measles can cause pneumonia, convulsions, brain damage, and death. One to three children out of 1,000 in the U.S. who get measles will die from the disease.

Symptoms of measles
    Fever—which can become very high
    Runny nose
    Cough
    Feeling run down, achy (also known as malaise)
    Red, watery eyes (similar to pink eye)
    A rash that runs from the hairline to the face and neck
    Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth (Koplik’s spots)

Measles vaccine
To prevent measles, get vaccinated. The vaccine available for measles is a shot that combines the vaccines for
measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). Two doses of the MMR vaccine is recommend for children, starting between
12 and 15 months. The second dose should be given before the child enters kindergarten (between 4 and 6 years of age). The vaccine protects children by preparing their bodies to fight the measles virus. Almost all children (95 out
of 100) who get two doses of MMR vaccine will be protected from measles. Be sure to ask your healthcare provider for a copy of your children’s vaccine records.

Immunization protects future generations. Vaccines have reduced and, in some cases, eliminated many diseases that killed or severely disabled people just a few generations ago. If we continue vaccinating now, and vaccinating completely, parents in the future may be able to trust that some diseases of today will no longer be around to harm their children in the future.

Additional resources
CDC – Measles WHO – Measles fact sheet NFID – Measles –
Updated: 6/30/2014

Ideal Protein Recipes – Braised Beef

Monday, February 2nd, 2015


Slowly Braised Beef

1 1/2 pounds beef round steak
4 Cups Green Peppers (sliced)
2 Cups Celery Stalks (diced)
3 Cloves Garlic (minced)
1/4 cup Walden Farms Basil and Tomato Sauce
1/2 Cup Walden Farms BBQ Sauce
2 Teaspoons hot sauce
1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
Sea Salt to Taste
Pepper to Taste

Cut beef into serving-sized portions. Brown beef in a bit of olive oil. Set aside. Saute vegtables in same pan.

Place vegetables on bottom of slow cooker. Top with beef and sprinkle with fresh ground pepper, minced garlic and oniorn powder. Mix the BBQ and hot sauce in a small bowl with water. Add Basil and Tomato Sauce. Pour over the meat. Turn the slow cooker to LOW. Cover and cook for 7 to 9 hours.

If you are interested in more recipes from Chef Verati, contact your Ideal Protein representative about his book, My Ideal Recipes.

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