Recipe | The Porterhouse Steak | Weekly Wakeup

Dr. Borgardt's famous - Porterhouse Steak Recipe. Yes, it is finally spring here in Kalispell, Montana. I would like everyone who has a BBQ or a cast iron skillet to join me in cooking the best cut of meat, ever, the porterhouse steak. So lets get to it!

Ingredients

  • One - 2 inch or so porterhouse steak (preferably however if you end up getting more of a T Bone that is just fine)
  • Two - Table spoons of small grind quality salt (Preferably a salt that includes many salt types, usually Himalayan or sea salt is fine)
  • Pepper grinder to taste

Instructions

  1. Take the steak out on your counter, set on a rack and liberally coat it with all the salt you see. Yes, as Ron Swanson said "All". Let it set out for at least one hour. Unless you have flies or bugs hanging out in your house don't worry there is enough salt and not enough time for anything to start inoculating the meat causing any issues. If you do just put a bowl on top of it and give it an extra hour to come to room temperature.
    • The preparation goal is to do two things get the meat to room temp and to allow the salt to pull out proteins that when seared create a crust.
  2. Start BBQ 20 min before cooking whether its a coal or a gas we are looking for degrees if possible of more than 800F. If you are using gas, that means turning your gas on full. If you have neither then get the oven started to 475F and start a cast iron skillet 10 min on full flame to imitate the act of heat from the BBQ.
    • The goal here is to create a surface that will sear those proteins drawn out of the meat by the salt at room temperature.
  3. Sear both sides of the porterhouse steak over the hottest portion of the grill, covering the top for 90 seconds a side, no more, no less. In between the one flip that will occur - DO NOT TOUCH IT.
    • If your using coals, set them an area that is concentrated allowing an intensification of the heat. This also allows you to reserve the other area of your bbq to act as an oven.
    • The same concept is applicable for the gas, just turn off gas lines on the side where the steak is and turn down the one burner to medium / low to resemble an oven.
    • Using a cast iron skillet make sure that you have that thing almost smoking hot it will again take 10 min. When it is done on the second side place in the oven.
  4. Now here is where the argument happens. I like my steaks bloody rare. I take them off the grill at this point setting them on a butchers block and let rest for 10 min. Generally additional cooking times are going to vary for their doneness. However, if you go by this guideline of letting them rest in their respective oven types they are all equal.
    • 05 minutes of time in their respective oven type = Rare
    • 10 minutes of time in their respective oven type = Medium Rare (most common however not the most nutritional)
    • 15 minutes of time in their respective oven type = Medium (if you do this please don't show me a photo or talk about it to anyone you should be ashamed of yourself).
  5. Set on a wooden butchers block for 10 min. Do not use plastic. Plates and cookie sheets are acceptable.
    • I know you have heard this before; DO NOT TOUCH IT FOR THE NEXT 10 MIN. This is a resting period. If you cut through the meat prematurely, it will be like other things that are labeled with the same adjective; Null and void.

Done.

Coffee & Diabetes

Quality coffee is an important part of any good morning ritual. Now researchers have found that it is playing an important role in warding off abnormal lipid levels, hyperglycemia, and excess body fat. A plethora of studies recently have connected drinking a cup of 'bean water' as my wife says, with an improved metabolism for glucose, insulin, and being responsible for a significantly reduced risk for diabetes. Researchers have started to connect the dots so to speak. Showing that coffee's inverse correlation with diabetes seems to be associated with its antioxidant and the anti-inflammatory properties. Through the mechanism of chlorogenic acid, thought to directly reduce glucose absorption.

 

  1. Coffee in relation to incident type 2 diabetes mellitus: a systematic review with meta-analysis:  2009 Dec 14;169(22):2053-63. doi: 10.1001/archinternmed.2009.439.

Microbes Influence Brain Health | Weekly Wakeup

Over the last few years It has become apparent that fermented foods of the past, however uncommon they may be now in our American diet today, were important aspects of our heritage affecting our metabolism, immunity, and brain health.[1] A recent review of studies from Stony Brook University has demonstrated how microbes within your gastrointestinal tract influence neurodegeneration in your brain.

My favorite quote from the article:

The multidisciplinary nature of the processes by which our partner organisms influence our health suggests that we realize how little we know and recall the saying of James Clerk Maxwell, “Thoroughly conscious ignorance is the prelude to every real advance in science.”

Now I am not going to go on some treatise for a 500 word essay about ignorance and how we as a society think we can outthink the culture of food; However, what I will say is this: Here is a list of common fermented foods, we as Americans used to eat on a daily basis:

  • Amazake - Fermented rice drink
  • Atchara - Pickled vegetables
  • Ayran - A cold milk yogurt beverage
  • Bagoong - Fermented fish paste
  • Boza - Fermented millet drink
  • Beer - Fermented and good for you
  • Cheonggukjang - A Korean chili paste
  • Cocoa - Yes fermented and good for you
  • Cod Liver Oil - Originally fermented with salt
  • Creme Fraiche - Goes well with fruit
  • Dhokla - My favorite non baked bread
  • Dosa - My favorite South Indian food snack

I am stopping here for one reason. It is a long list and the only items you probably know are beer and cocoa, right? Give me a month and I we will work on making some fermented foods on our YouTube Chanel. Till then, eat some yogurt, sauerkraut, or kimchi to start off with. I promise it will help. For what I hope is obvious, if you end up choosing beer and chocolate as your only introduction, try to have some of the local brews within the Flathead Valley and dark chocolate.

  1. http://journals.plos.org/plospathogens/article?id=10.1371/journal.ppat.1006654

Narcan vs Chiropractic

Being ignorant of our opioid epidemic is not an excuse, but the solution by our Surgeon General to go buy Narcan is completely ignorant. If you have not been paying attention their is an opioid crisis underway. A large portion of the addictions we see today did not start off as addicts. They just wanted to be pain free, not needing to get high.

Yet, the Surgeon General just thought it was a good idea to , "urge more Americans to, purchase, an antidote those that overdose accidentally": Narcan.

I can not tell you how angry this makes me. As if the solution wasn't a completely horrible option. Now the answer to the the solution for the solutions issues is another thing you and I have to buy? I know I am not supposed to show, or talk about this in a manner that makes me seem as if I am an angry, irrational person. However, I admit, this makes me an angry, irrational person.

My family and friends often help me through these times. Again, they have some good advice.

Control the things you can. Conservative Management of pain through chiropractic care is what I can do about this problem.

The prescription painkiller epidemic vs chiropractic care:

Opioid dugs only mask the pain. They do not fix or treat the problem. They make the pain less so you can do more. That being a huge problem because doing more when its a physical issue causes more issues. This misunderstanding can lead to a huge delay in your healing process and often lead to permanent problems that will never go away.

Drugs given by their associated profession for back pain: [1] [2]

Primary care MD:  28%.8

Internists:  14.6%

Orthopaedic Surgeons:  7.7%

Chiropractic Physicians:  0%

Yet to our amazement, a research paper written and published in the British Journal of Medicine back in the 90's was the most eloquent of them all:

Conclusions: " At three years the results confirm the findings of an earlier report that when chiropractic or hospital therapists that patients with low back pain as they would in day to day practice treated by chiropractic derive more benefit and long term satisfaction that those treated by hospitals" [3]

 

  1. Practice analysis of chiropractic 2015. NBCE.
  2. The Opioid Epidemic: Impact on Orthopaedic Surgery. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic surgeons, 2015; 23 (5): 267 10.5435/JAAOS-D-14-00163.
  3. Randomised comparison of chiropractic and hospital outpatient management for low back pain: results from extended follow up. BMJ 1995 Aug 5; 311(7001): 349–351.

Coffee Update | Reducing the Risk of Strokes

Coffee is healthy, and it reduces the risk of strokes. There, I said it.

The consumption of coffee has now been associated with a 25% reduction in having a stroke. Thats right, a healthy cup of coffee. To think, nutrition does play a role in your life. [1]

The study specifies that the consumption is 1-6 cups of coffee a day, not a triple breve latte with two extra shots of huckleberry syrup. So please, don't take this as an excuse to give yourself diabetes.

On a personal note: I would like to thank everyone at Colter Coffee for knowing how to make it, knowing how to serve it, yet most of all just being the basic coffee snob. It makes me feel not so alone in the world.

1. Coffee consumption and risk of stroke in women. Stroke. 2011 Apr;42(4):908-12. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.110.603787. Epub 2011 Mar 10.

Allergies & Medications

According to a new study by the Journal of the American Medical Association, they have associated those children and adults that develop allergies in their life to be directly linked to acid-suppressive medications and antibiotic use as an infant. [1]

Yet another perfect reminder, unless it’s an emergency, use conservative management methods before you reach for a magic pill solution. Throughout chiropractic, medicine, or other forms of clinical management of any patient the primary goal is to do no harm. Unless its an emergency, conservative management of any patient needs to be the first step to fixing our overall prospective in our health care system. Especially when we observe the expected need for medications rather than education and self improvement is considered.

 

Contact Flathead Chiropractic for a consultation if you have any questions about you or your children's health!

 

  1. Use of Acid-Suppressive Medications and Antibiotics During Infancy and Allergic Diseases in Early Childhood. JAMA Pediatr. Published online April 02, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.0315