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Ndole - West African Stew

ndole

Based on a recipe in The Jungle Effect by Daphne Miller M.D. My adaptation of Miller's Americanized recipe.

Ingredients

  1. Brown the meat.
  2. Make a paste of the first five ingredients in food processor.
  3. Add the paste to the meat and simmer ten minutes. Stir occasionally.
  4. Add the greens, nut butter and fish flakes or sauce.
  5. Cook until the greens are done how you like them.
  6. Add salt, pepper and more hot pepper to taste.
  7. It is normally served with things like rice, plantains, yams and other starchy foods. The only public domain image I could find shows rice and potatoes. Kind of high carb for Primal unless you worked really hard today.

The Jungle Effect

This book is sort of a travelog. Miller visits five health "cold spots" - places where there is very little of certain health problems: Copper Canyon, Mexico - Diabetes. Crete - Heart Disease. Iceland - Depression. Cameroon Africa - Bowel Problems. Okinawa - Breast and Prostrate Cancer. She also works at a clinic on the Amazon and notes how healthy the people are. (That's where the title Jungle Effect comes from.) She implies that what the natives in these places do is the answer to the diseases.

Critics have accused her of "cherry picking" locations. I don't think that is quite fair. But you can't study one location and say that it has the answer to a certain disease. Much of what she learns is good, just not always as good as the complete Primal answers to the health problems, IMHO.

Positive

Here is an MD who realizes that she needs to learn more about nutrition because the conventional treatments she prescribes do lots of harm to her patients. She travels to remote locations to learn from native people who seem to be doing something right. She is very open to hearing both sides on issues such as fiber. She talks about traditional methods of making grains and beans more digestible (soaking). Her writing style is quite charming. I really enjoyed learning about the places she visited. She includes recipes. The ndole is delicious.

Negative

Miller still buys the conventional wisdom about meat, saturated fat and fiber. (She is not anti-meat. In fact, she recommends using lard, in moderation, of course.) She still, from my perspective, is too quick to prescribe medications rather than trusting in lifestyle changes.