Foods

Dandelion Quiche

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Something a bit different!

Dandelion Quiche

31/2 cups dandelion greens

1/2 lb mushrooms

9 eggs

1/2 cup grated Romano

cheese

Pie shell (optional)

1 tbsp Olive Oil

1-2 cloves Garlic,

minced

2 tbsp Parsley,

fresh, minced*

Sea Salt + Black

Pepper to your taste

‘dash’ Hot Pepper Flakes

Cook 3.5-4 cups of dandelion greens in salted boiling water

until wilted but not completely cooked.

Drain using a

colander

Chop the dandelion

greens into bite-sized pieces.

Saute the minced

garlic in the olive oil and add the mushrooms.(this is where I add the green

onions if using)

After about 5

minutes, add the greens. (this is where I add the extras like red peppers or

sun-dried tomatoes)

This mixture is

‘ready’ when all the liquid has cooked off.

Beat 9 eggs in a bowl. Season with S+P and that dash of Hot

Pepper flakes (or your favourite seasoning)

Add the cheese. Stir.

Put the greens

mixture into the pie shell or directly into a pie or quiche pan.

Pour the eggs mix

over the greens.

Bake at 325 degrees

for about 35 minutes (or until the eggs are ‘set’)
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Health and Disease

Psoriasis

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Psoriasis is a chronic disease of your immune system that causes cells to build up on the surface of your skin, leading to thick, red, scaly patches that are very itchy and sometimes painful. Up to 7.5 million Americans suffer from the disease, which has a surprisingly significant economic impact as well.

A new study in JAMA Dermatology reported that direct US healthcare costs related to psoriasis may be up to $63 billion a year.1 There were also indirect costs (such as loss of work hours) of up to $35 billion and another $35 billion in costs related to associated health problems, like heart disease and depression.

Taken together, the researchers found the annual US cost of psoriasis amounted to approximately $112 billion in 2013.

Psoriasis Is More Than a Superficial Skin Condition

Although psoriasis appears as a skin condition, it is actually an autoimmune disease. Part of the reaction occurs when a type of white blood cell called a T cell mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells.

These overactive T cells then trigger other immune responses that collectively speed up the growth cycle of skin cells, causing them to move to the outermost layer of your skin in a matter of days rather than weeks.

Because the dead skin cannot be removed quickly enough, it builds up into the thick patches characteristic of psoriasis. For up to 60 percent of people with psoriasis, the condition seriously impacts their daily life.

Your skin may become so inflamed that it cracks and bleeds. Up to 30 percent of sufferers also develop psoriatic arthritis, which can cause debilitating joint damage.

People with psoriasis are also at an increased risk of numerous other chronic diseases, including eye conditions, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. And then there are the psychological repercussions.2

Those who aren’t familiar with psoriasis may view it as a contagious rash, and as a result people with psoriasis may be shunned or excluded socially. People with psoriasis often suffer from depression, low self-esteem, social isolation and problems at work, which may lead to a lower income.

For help in preventing or reversing this disease, call us at

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Lifestyle

How to Tell if Your Guy is Depressed

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How to Tell if Your Guy is Depressed

New research suggests depression is just as common in men as in women—but the signs look very different

You’ve probably heard it before: Women are way more likely to be depressed than men. Up until now, most of the research has confirmed this. But a new study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry points to a different explanation—men show different symptoms of depression than women do, and when these are factored into the equation, men are just as likely as women to meet the criteria for depression.

Closing the Gender Gap Using data from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (a large, nationally-representative sample), researchers found that depressed men were more likely to show signs of anger, substance use, and risk-taking behavior, while women were more likely to exhibit symptoms classically associated with depression—like sadness, depressed mood, social isolation, and sleep disturbances.

“It’s not that men totally don’t exhibit classic depression symptoms,” says lead study author Lisa Martin, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, who explains that the top symptom for men was also a depressed mood. “But they’re at odds with this strong sense of masculinity,” she says. So most depressed men are less likely to cry or lie around moping in bed. Instead, they’re more apt to lash out or turn to drugs and alcohol.

So the researchers expanded the criteria for depression to include both the usual symptoms and these typically male symptoms. When they did, the gender gap pretty much disappeared, with 30.6 percent of men and 33.3 percent of women meeting the criteria for depression.

Diagnosing Male Depression Based on this research, it’s possible that men are just as prone to depression as women are—but the stigma likely won’t disappear overnight. “We still know men are much less likely to seek help than women are, even men who will tell you that they’re feeling depressed,” says Martin.

So how can you spot the signs in your guy? Pay attention to major changes in mood (like being withdrawn, angry, or overly pessimistic about others—especially if it’s out of the ordinary) and changes in behavior (like suddenly taking up gambling, spending more time at the bar, or doing things solo that he used to do with others). Another sign could be compulsive behaviors like throwing himself into work or exercising nonstop. “If your mind or body is constantly occupied, you don’t have to deal with what’s going on inside,” says Martin.

When you’re ready to talk to a man in your life about their potential depression, be prepared for defensiveness. Don’t bring it up when he’s irritable or angry, and try to talk about it indirectly first, rather than accusing him outright of being depressed, says Martin. You can try asking about specific symptoms you’ve noticed, like that they’re drinking more than usual or seem to be more aggressive these days. “You may have to talk around the subject because it’s a touchy one,” says Martin. “Many people just think men don’t really get depression, so we have to be creative in the language and approaches we use.”

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