Calcium supplements and heart disease

According to the Los Angeles Times, recent studies by Dr. Ian Reid of the University of Auckland in New Zealand and his colleagues combined results from 11 randomized controlled trials of calcium supplements (without vitamin D, which is often given in conjunction with the supplements) involving more than 12,000 patients. Of this population there was a 31% increase in heart attacks. The study as reported in the journal BMJ concluded that the increase in risk of cardiovascular disease might translate into a large burden of disease in the population. A reassessment of the role of calcium supplements in the management of osteoporosis is warranted.

We must not loose sight of the real problem. Why have we become so calcium deficient? A known cause of mineral depletion is refined sugar. The loss of calcium is one of first minerals used to digest refined sugar. If we reduce the use of refined sugar from the food supply, we could eliminate the need for calcium replacement. Natural sugar and less of sugar in general is the way to prevent calcium deficiency, supplement use and potential heart disease.

Calcium supplements and heart disease

Travel Tips for Long Flights

imageLong haul flights don’t have to be miserable. A little pre-planning can keep you relaxed and feeling well. Here are some tips to ensure that you are comfortable during long haul flights and that you arrive at your destination in great condition.

Pre flight preparation

  • Five to seven days before your flight de-stress. Move some appointments and free up capacity. Relaxation, brisk walks, more sleep and only positive thoughts are very important for immune health and mental health. When on travel, you will need more capacity in order to embrace the new and different experiences of the trip. You must also be able to make quick adjustments in case of lost luggage, missed connections, etc.
  • Research your destination for history, culture and traveling precautions (US State Department reports) for that area.
  • Plan what you will wear. Make sure that you layer so that you can adjust based on temperature. If there are no blankets available you may not be able to get comfortable or sleep. An extra layer could serve as a pillow. This outfit must also have lots of pockets that have button of zip closures.
  • Consider purchasing travel insurance. Medical treatment and expenses abroad can be costly.  Most insurance plans in the U.S. consider your travel abroad “out of network” and will not cover your medical expenses (including emergencies). A medically assisted transport can cost thousands of dollars. You can purchase coverage for various types of situations, from medical evacaution to cancellation of trip due to illness or accident.   International travel insurance is well worth it and eliminates the stress around this issue. See your travel agent (service) for assistance.
  • 48 hours before your flight drink more water (4 – 16oz bottles per day)
  • 48 hours before your fight order special meals with the airline (if your diet is limited). For example, low fat, diabetic, vegetarian. These meals are almost always fresher than the standard meals. So consider having a special diet during your flight.
  • Eat more fruits & vegetables, which provides the dietary fiber to keep the bowel clear and prevent days of constipation and/bloatedness
  • Again, increase sleep to strengthen immune system
  • Plan every item to be packed in your carry on bag

Carry on packing tips

  • Make sure that your empty carry on bag is lightweight. A 5lb neat looking carry on bag once packed (could be 15 to 25 lbs), will quickly become unbearable after you start walking through the airport.
  • 1-quart size zip lock bag filled with 3oz containers. What can you carry on board? TSA rules
  • Pressure relieving ear plugs (if needed)
  • Ear plugs for noise control  or cotton balls will do)
  • Protein bars – most airline meals/snacks are high carbohydrate and low in protein. A good brand is Builder’s bar.  Another good choice is  30/40/30 bars, which contain 30 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein and 30 percent fat. These bars will satisfy, provide energy and burn fat at the same time. You can find them at a health food store.
  • WetOnes or pre-moistened anti-bacterial towelettes
  • Non-caffeinated herbal teas: chamomile to relax & make you sleepy, peppermint for digestive health & wellness. Purchase a natural sleep remedy if needed.
  • Pack 1 or 2 bottles of water. You may need more than the attendants are serving in order to stay hydrated, so pack your own. You will need to buy or fill them after your security clearance. Note: When you get thirsty, you are probably already dehydrated.
  • Clean underwear
  • Deodorant stick
  • Prescription medicines (labeled in baggies to reduce bulk)
  • Copy of prescriptions, list of allergies, list of emergency contacts, color copy of passport (another copy in your checked bag)
  • Small inflatable pillow or soft garment that can be rolled into a pillow
  • Toothbrush
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Entertainment – Good book or paperwork, I Pad, laptop or favorite electronic.

In-flight Health

  • Move at least every two hours to maintain good blood circulation. A  forced sedentary condition can cause blood clots and other health complications. It is important to stretch, walk and turn the waist. Support stockings will also help.
  • Drink water to stay hydrated. Avoid sugary beverages, alcohol, or caffeinated drinks. These all dehydrate the body and may suppress the immune system.
  • Sleep is good but should be natural not induced by medicine. In flight the air is thin, which tends to make a person drowsy. Relax and flow with it. Your body will shut down as needed. Have a cup of chamomile tea or a natural sleep remedy from the a health food store if needed.
  • Use the rest room. No one likes in-flight restrooms but the alternatives will make you ill. Most people clean up after themselves and so should you. Use your hand sanitizer after you wash your hands to be safe.
Travel Tips for Long Flights

Mission To South Africa

“the nature of missions is a partnership; some give and others go” — Surina Ann Jordan, PhD


Dr. Surina Ann Jordan has accepted an invitation to join a health/medical mission to the country of Lesotho located in the southern region of Africa. If you would like to make a contribution or sponsor this mission, see details below.


Once there, we plan to accomplish the following:

  • Set up a medical clinic to address the health needs in the areas outside of the capital of Maseru
  • Conduct health education and distribute over the counter medicines
  • Visit the women’s prison and provide health education & toiletries
  • Visit village schools, senior homes and churches

The delegation will include medical doctors, nurses, other health professionals, health educators and ministers.

This has been a vision of Dr. Jordan’s for many years.  The nature of missions according to scripture is that some give and others go. “Until now I have been a giver”, Jordan says. ” This is my opportunity to go”!

Your contribution should be payable to:

4th District WMS AME Church [Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church] and place “Surina A Jordan – Lesotho” on the memo line

Send your contribution as soon as possible to:

Surina Ann Jordan, 1997 Annapolis Exchange Pkwy, Suite 300,  Annapolis, MD 21401

Thank you, thank you and God Bless!

Mission To South Africa

Quick Healthy Biscuits


2 cups all purpose flour (not bleached, not enriched)
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup oil (I use 1 tbsp olive & 3 tbsp canola)
3/4 to 1 cup soy milk

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium sized bowl. Stir the dry ingredients together. Then cut the oil into the flour: meaning add the oil very slowly to minimize the little balls formed. Pouring with one hand and using two knives in the other hand to stir will get the job done. Use a spoon to stir in enough of the soymilk to create a batter that is just past sticky to slightly moist. Form the mixture into a ball in the bowl.

Flour a surface and rolling pin before dropping the ball on the floured surface. Using floured hands, knead the dough twice don’t over-knead. Using the rolling pin, roll the dough out to about 1/2 inch thickness. Use a 2″ cookie cutter to create about one dozen biscuits. Place the biscuits on a lightly greased cookie tray and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until they just begin to brown on top.  I use an air pan so the tops and bottoms taste like the tops.

While they are hot use a sharp serrated knife to cut the biscuits and butter them.  I use Canola in the blue container; the brown container has something we want to avoid. For a change of pace consider using agave or a fruit spread instead. Enjoy!

Quick Healthy Biscuits

Organic Apple Salad


Juice of 1 orange

2 yellow delicious apples, chopped (or apple of choice)

½ cup organic raisins

¼ walnuts, crushed


Mix juice, apples and raisins together.

Top with walnuts when serving. Serves 3.

Can be made in advance. The orange juice will prevent the apples from browning and reduce the tartness of the apples.


– cinnamon can be added to taste

– maple syrup can be added to taste

Organic Apple Salad

Wild Rice Stir Fry

1 ½ cups of Lundberg Wild Blend rice, cook as directed rice (best when leftover or thoroughly chilled)
¼ cup canola oil
1/2 cup chopped kale stems, broccoli stalks or chopped celery
1 cup of mushrooms, chopped (optional)
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small red onion, chopped
1 cup broccoli
½ cup snow peas or organic sweet corn
¼ cup low sodium tamari

In a wok or large pan, heat oil using medium heat. (Be very careful because olive oil burns quickly). Add garlic then let cook until brown (reduce heat if popping). Add onions and stir. Layer the vegetables in the following order: celery, mushrooms, broccoli and snow peas. Add 1 tbsp. of tamari and cover for 2 minutes. Remove cover. Toss vegetables together and continue cooking to allow some of the liquid to evaporate. Make a well in the wok by moving vegetables up to the rim of the wok. The well will have some remaining liquid. Add remaining tamari and bring to a boil. Add rice. Mix in the vegetables. Serves 6.

Use brown rice, wild rice, long grain or short grain rice.

As main dish (for protein), add shaven tofu or chicken with vegetables.

Copyright – Zima Health, 2009

Wild Rice Stir Fry

Black-eyed Peas


2 cups of peas, rinsed and soaked or dry — if using a pressure cooker. 4 cups of water or 4 cups vegetable broth

2 bouillon cubes or 2 tbsp. Soup Starter (if broth is not used)

½ tomato, chopped

4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 small green pepper, chopped (optional)

1 small or ½ cup onion, chopped

½ cup carrots, shredded

¼ cup kale or spinach, chopped

2 tbsp. canola oil

1/3 tsp. thyme

dash of  black pepper


Pressure Cooker

Heat oil. Sauté the onions, garlic and green pepper until soft.  Stir in carrots and tomato.  Cook for 1 minute.  Add kale to top — do not mix in.  Add a little more oil or water, if needed.  Cover and cook for 1 minute.  Stir. Add water, bouillon and stir.  Add peas, thyme and black pepper. Bring to a slight boil. Cover and pressure on high for 7-8 minutes. Release pressure using the quick method.

Conventional Cooking – Stove Top

Heat oil. Sauté the onions, garlic and green pepper until soft. Stir in carrots and tomato. Cook for 1 minute. Add kale to top, — do not mix in.  Add a little more oil or water, if needed. Cover and cook for 1 minute.  Stir.  Add water, bouillon and stir.  Add peas, thyme and black pepper. Bring to a slight boil. Cover and cook on low for approximately 3 hours or until peas are tender.

Crock pot

In a pot, sauté the onions, garlic and green pepper until soft. Stir in carrots and tomato.  Cook for 1 minute. Add kale to top — do not mix in. Add a little more oil or water if needed. Cover and cook for 1 minute. Stir. Add water, bouillon and stir.  Add peas, thyme and black pepper. Bring to a slight boil. Pour into crock pot.  Cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours and on high setting for 4 to 5 hours.

Remove 1 cup of the peas. Puree peas in a blender or mash with a fork. Add to pot of peas.  Mix and serve over brown rice. Top with large raisins. Serves 4.


Add other vegetables.

Add a bay leaf for additional flavor.

For more color and taste, try wild rice instead.

Note: If not using a pressure cooker, soak peas for about 8 hours.

Copyright – Zima Health, 2009

Black-eyed Peas