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April 8, 2012

Heart health and slimy beef

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For devout Christians the Easter season is a special time of celebration, as we remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. For us, it is a matter of believing in our hearts – that spiritual center of our beings. Although customs between churches vary significantly, our church celebrates Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday (a Christian name for Easter, a term which derives itself from a pagan goddess).

As a minister of the Gospel, I could write endlessly about the life, teachings, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. I have authored one book titled, “The Midrash Key,” and write a monthly editorial for our church newsletter. For the opinion page of the Tribune, however, my goals are somewhat more secular. I seek to interpret life and events, albeit from a Judeo-Christian perspective.

So that leads me to the downside of Easter. Two years ago, on Easter Sunday, my brother-in-law died suddenly at home of a massive heart attack. Easter reminds me to take care of not only my spiritual heart, but also my physical one. I do not know if a better diet and more exercise would have made a difference in his case, but I know it does in many cases.

More people today are serious about healthy diets, yet others have gone into the opposite direction. In addition to old foes: high fat, high cholesterol foods, an aversion to green vegetables, eating at fast food restaurants, spiking healthy food with bacon, etc., we have to fight some new hidden dangers. One of them is “pink slime.”

While the supermarkets advertise that their beef is “Angus beef” (as though I really care), stuff is coming into institutional hamburger that ought not to be there. According to Dr. Cynthia Paulis of Antonnews.com of Long Island, N.Y.:

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