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Food, Health and Fitness Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, October 9, 1997 13 / i II I I I Honey apple cake II I I I I I Ill Ill Honey cake is one of the festive foods so often found on the Jewish holiday table. In some homes, family members and guests will dip slices of apple into honey in wishing each other a "sweet New Year." We've com- bined the apple and honey in a spiced cake that' s brushed with a honey-lemon glaze while both are still warm, giving the cake a delicious, moist texture. The grated lemon zest and touch of cinnamon gently flavor the honey. The cake, spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger, is quite simple to put together and may be made in a fluted pan for a pretty presentation or in a rectangular pan. HONEY APPLE CAKE 314 cup honey 1/2 cup margarine 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee 2 eggs 3 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg I/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 2 cups finely chopped apples Honey-Lemon Glaze* Combine honey, margarine, sugar, coffee and eggs; heat thoroughly. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and ginger. Add to honey mixture; beat until thoroughly blended. Stir in apples. Pour into greased 8-inch fluted** baking pan. Bake at 325F. for 50 to 60 minutes or until pickinserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Invert on serving plate. Brush with warm Honey,Lemon Glaze (recipe follows). Makes 10 to 12 servings. III Fibromyalgia by Karcn Mooney One pervasive illness we hear a lot about today is fibromyalgia, a seemingly rheumatic disorder characterized by chronic muscular pain. Many people with fibromyalgia "appear" well, some are even told "it's in your head," but if you could look inside you would understand the reports of "burning, stabbing, shooting, throbbing pain" and many other symptoms that interfere with their normal daily lives. The course of fibromyalgia is unpredictable. Some cases can clear up on their own, some become chronic and some cases have flare ups andremissions (especiallyduring weather changes). Most people suffering from fibromyalgia have associated sleep disorders. One is Alpha EEG anomaly, in which sleep is interrupted by bouts of waking type brain activity. Sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, brnxism, and sleep myoelonus (sudden rapid contractions or "charlie horses" in one or a group of muscles) can be present. Any one of these results in a poor night's sleep and fatigue. Depression is not uncommon with fibromyalgia, given the debilitating effects, fatigue, pain and the accompanying mis- understanding of many physicians, loved ones or the patient him/her self. Causes are generally unknown. Evidence points to various factors such as problems with the immune system, infections, such as Epstein Barr (mono virus), yeast infections (candida albieans), mercurY poisoning, anemia and especially previ- ous injuries, even as far back as childhood. The most distinct features of fibromyalgia is the existence of "tender points" or trigger points where the muscle is abnormally tender to touch. In our practice we have found that ,depending on the stage of the illness, there is a vast difference in treatment. In the early stages we address the neuromuscular problems because at that time the inflamed areas or trigger points are causing low blood supply to that area and the muscles are in a low grade rapid firing. The blood also takes away the waste products of muscular aetivity, primarily carbon dioxide (CO2) and metabolic products such as lactic acid. Now the cells are *Honey-Lemon Glaze: In small saucepan, com- bine 1/2 cup honey, 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon; heat until consistency is thin enough to hrush over warm cake. Makes about 1/ 2cup. ** A greased 13x9x2-inch baking pan may be sub- stituted. Bake at 325F. 35 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near center comes Out clean, Do not remove from pan. Brush with Honey-on Glaze. i i Ill II I I not only getting less nutrition because of lack of blood flow but the need for waste removal increases and the muscles and nerves do not stop their firing. In fact, one side effect of high levels of CO2 and lactic acid is to stimulate muscle cells to fire. This is a vicious cycle that has to be broken hefore a muscle can relax. When a muscle can't "turn itself oft' or relax the arteries, veins and capillaries which penetrate the muscle are "pinched" and blood flow to tissues becomes limited. We find the problem spreading to other areas and since the tissues become inflamed it's like a wildfire spreading out of control. As the illness spreads to this next level with other areas becoming involved we then see problems with the immune system, skin sensitivities, headaches, palpitations, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, sinusitis, dry eyes, dizziness, fre- qucnt changes in vision, anxiety and so on. The change in treatment then is to address the changes in the body before we are able to treat the underlying neuro muscular problem. Most patients are too sensitive at this time to handle more than that. Another characteristic of our fibromyalgia patients we have observed is their tendency to overwork. They are usually very helpful persons whoa re generally depended upon by another or others, who try to keep up with an overwhelming set of responsibilities and have a need to serve. They take no real time in their life to allow the body to have recovery time and their bodies are thus continually set on "go." Of course the best time to treat fibromyalgia is at the onset but since we often ignore our bodies until the situation is intense, the fibromyalgia patient is often seen after the frst level, There are dietary changes and supplements that have been very effective in treating fibromyalgia, as well as "body- work" with a therapist that is knowledgeable about the illness and the appropriate treatments. Editors Note: Karen Mooney is a licensed massage therapist now practicing in Pahrump with her husband, Howard. She did her undergraduate work in rchabUitation education at Penn State University and graduate work in psychology at Marywood College in Pennsylvania.