Mutton Stew

Keywords; mutton stew, chiropractic help, chicken bones, fish soup, Red meat consumption and stroke.

Our dinner tonight is really a red meat goulash; this recipe also uses plenty of veg and other cholesterol-lowering foods. Looks like a dog's breakfast, eh; just remember, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. You won't be disappointed; it's easy to make and very tasty.

Red meat of course needs to be balanced with protein from other sources. Here you can see we have added chickpeas and, at the last minute, a handful of spinach.

Chicken bones bouillon and fish soup

Other animal protein sources 

Fowl, for example this chicken bones bouillon ...  and my very own favourite fish soup are other nourishing sources of animal protein; neither are difficult or time consuming to prepare.

So, too, this very delicious Eggs Florentine breakfast. The high cholesterol content is balanced by the spinach. It's the richest source of anti arthritis magnesium but you do need a small spinach patch.  How to grow spinach. 

Vegetable protein

A 1m x 1m, 10 square feet, patch of garden is all you need for growing spinach. After radishes and green beans, spinach makes such easy growing.

With all the research now confirming that many of cancers, for example of the breast and prostate, are caused by a high animal protein diet, mutton stew needs to be balanced with foods like lentil protein and one of our very simple, inexpensive, ten minute dinners; tofu nutrition.

My favourite vegetable protein dish, hummus, is so easy and excellent that I make it twice a week. Chickpea Garbanzo Bean dip or hummus can be made in only five minutes once you've got the ingredients; only the cumin and sesame seeds may be slightly unusual.

You simply can't eat too much vegetable protein and, besides which, they register high in the phytochemical foods that keep cancer at bay.

You can't live without protein, but too much is not healthy, especially if you are heavy into cheese, eggs and red meat.

On the other hand, if you are really overweight, that's not healthy either so, for a period, a higher protein diet, rich in fish, fowl, meat and  especially legume, together with a very low carbohydrate diet, is a good way to lose weight. Most of us are overweight because of too many carbs, not because of too much fat. Tuck into too many high GI carbohydrates and you'll have serious obesity. 

I've need read anything in the literature about too much vegetable protein resulting in poor health.

So, you can pig out on hummus and tofu and lentils; either in your mutton stew, or as a side dish.

Why all this at a chiropractic help site? What you eat, and those foods that your body is missing out on, will have a profound effect on your joints and overall health. Just a lack of omega 3 from cold water fatty fish or flax seed will give you serious arthritis.

Why nothing on this chiropractic help site about beef or pork. Frankly, being used to red meat that has access to the wide open spaces, I find the beef and pork in holland tasteless and repugnant. Only the sheep in holland roam the polders.

So much for the build up. Now to mutton stew.

Ingredients for mutton stew

  • 1 kg lamb. Frankly you can use any part of the sheep, or preferably a "two-tooth lamb" (flavour of mutton, but tenderness of lamb), that takes your fancy. I like the ribs, but neck, leg, chops ... any part is great. Cut up into moderate size pieces. Don't chuck the bones. Include them.
  • 2 onions
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 eggplant /aubergine
  • 1 leek
  • 2 sticks celery
  • Half a dozen leaves of spinach
  • Frankly any other veg that you like. I like to add knolselderij, something I've never seen anywhere else except in Holland.

  • Optional, 1 cup of cooked chickpeas.
  • Half to one whole corm garlic, be generous if you like garlic.
  • 1 cup of red wine
  • 2-3 TBSP of tomato paste, plus a couple chopped, very ripe tomatoes.
  • a few sprigs of rosemary, salt, black pepper. Some like it hot: a few slithers of chillies but don't drown the mutton flavour.


  1. Overnight soak a cup of dried chick peas. Cooking chickpeas.
  2. Using a very sharp knife, watch your fingers, slice the meat into edible chunks, discarding the fat unless you are banting. Cut the ribs away from the sternum, breastbone. Simulataneously, take a good look at that cartilage between the rib and the sternum. That's the stuff that causes tietzes syndrome, something I see on a daily basis in its mild forms, but still hell.

  1. Add a little olive oil to a heavy pan, and on fairly high heat braise the mutton. Include all the bones and cartilage. They are an excellent source of glucosamine chondroitin sulphate, important for healthy cartilage restoration in your own body.
  2. Whilst the meat is braising, turn occasionally to stop it burning, chop the vegetables, starting with the onions, and in a separate heavy skillet fry the veg in more olive oil. On low heat.
  3. If you want less fat, pour off all the juices from the meat when cooked into a separate container, and cool. Scrape off the fat when chilled, and return the juice to the stew.
  4. Drain and rinse the cooked chickpeas several times, 'they' say the peas give less gas then, though I can't say I feel a difference. Add to the meat, near the bottom so they boil in the liquid.
  5. Pour the fried veg on top of the meat, add the tomato paste mixed with a cup of water, add the wine, and cook on low heat for an hour, or until cooked. Make sure it doesn't dry out and burn.
  6. I like to add the garlic, spinach and tomatoes near the end, and at the last minute, I pour a healthy handful or two of freshly chopped parsley benefits ... on our mutton stew, and virtually everything we eat! Well, that's an exaggeration. Parsley is good stuff. Especially if you bruise easily.

A word of caution here. We chiros have to be careful - for certain persons with a very tight and stiff ribcage, an overly robust adjustment in the midback can strain this cartilage. If you get pain in the front of your chest after a chiropractic treatment, you must notify your chiropractor.

"Their meals are scanty, but even of these they eat sparingly; and though each is allowed a small carafe of wine, many refrain from this indulgence. Without doubt the most of mankind grossly overeat themselves. Our meals serve not only for supper, but as a hearty and natural diversion from the labour of life. Yet, though excess may be hurtful, I should have thought this Trappist regimen defective. And I am astonished, as I look back, at the freshness of face and cheerfulness of manner of all whom I beheld. A happier nor a healthier company I should scarce suppose that I have ever seen."

TRAVELS WITH A DONKEY by Robert Louis Stevenson.


This research in the American stroke association journal concerns the association between red meat, fresh versus processed, and a raised risk of stroke. Larssen was the chief researcher.

The background and intent of the research

There is research suggesting an increased risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease from a high red meat diet; that's more than 100g or 3oz per day. However, studies of red meat consumption and an increased risk of stroke are very limited. Their objective was to look for any evidence of a correlation between red meat consumption (both fresh and processed meats) and stroke incidence.


They followed thirty five thousand women without cardiovascular disease and cancer at the beginning of the study.


During a followup of ten years, they discovered one thousand six hundred and eighty cases of stroke. There were two kinds of stroke:

  • 1310 cerebral infarction (clot)  
  • 154 intracerebral haemorrhage (bleed).

Concerning the risk of both forms of stroke together, and a bleed, there was no risk from increased red meat or processed meat consumption.

Of the clot form there was indeed an increased risk.

Here's the interesting part. Fresh (unprocessed) meat consumption was not associated with the total number of strokes or, separately with either a bleed or clot. 

Only processed meat was associated with an increased risk of stroke. 


  1. Findings from this study suggest that red and particularly processed meat consumption may increase the risk of cerebral infarction in women. (No men were included in the study - women from a Swedish Mammography Cohort only were followed).
  2. Our mutton stew, particularly with all the veg that increases the flavour and decreases the cholesterol, has no increased risk of stroke associated with it. (But I wouldn't eat it more than once or twice a week, nevertheless.)

A side dish of vegetables

Vital with your mutton stew is a salad or perhaps a roast vegetable recipe ... not difficult at all, full of flavour, but requires using the oven. If you're concerned about your carbon footprint, make sure you roast a roll of beef for tomorrow's dinner.

Remember, 5 colours minimum every day, and the beauty of roast vegtables recipe is that you can easily get all five colours in one meal.

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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mrs B has had one of the nastiest of conditions; vertigo caused by a disturbance in the inner ear. Falling repeatedly and vomiting she consulted her doctor but medication didn't help. After two sessions of the Epley manoeuvres she was 50 percent better. After two weeks she was 75 percent improved; no longer vomiting or falling. She's not enjoying the Brandt Daroff home exercises.

2. Mr S, a 48 year old man, has right low back pain, groin pain and a numb feeling in his lower leg when he sports. For six months he's been off football. He too has two problems; a very treatable lumbar facet syndrome and a very serious blocked artery in the groin; it's called intermittent claudication. Smokers beware.  

3. Mr S looks like the leaning tower of Pisa; he has a slipped disc at L5 making him lean towards the opposite side. It's called the postero lateral disc hernia; we'll fix it, but he has to stop for a week or two. Antalgias are serious so take them seriously. 

4. Mrs V too has two conditions; a chronic low grade sciatica giving her an ache in the right leg, and a threatening Morton's neuroma. She's glad I'm back in Holland; chiropractic fixed it before, and we'll fix it again. 

5. Mrs W is one of the lucky ones, says her doctor. I agree. He says only 40% of patients with lumbar stenosis have a successful operation. We fixed a nasty slipped disc three years ago, but it came back two years later; the surgeon did a fine job but she has a weak ankle now giving her subtalar joint pain; it's routine stuff. 

6. I myself had an acute exacerbation of a femoral nerve lesion last year. One immediate treatment of the new strain by my colleague has fixed the pain in the lower back, but there's some residual numbness in the lower leg; no soaring tomorrow alas.

7. This lady is a 86 year old woman with a 63 scoliosis. Chronic lower back has been her lot in life but she's well pleased with chiropractic and comes for chiropractic help once a month; some conditions you can never cure.

8. She is an 78 year old woman, is doing remarkably well with a bad sciatica. But over 200 pounds she is not losing weight; in fact, gaining despite my suggestions. She's high risk for a stroke. I have referred her to a dietician to crack the whip.

9. A 61 year old man with upper cervical pain yesterday; it's not severe but also not getting better of its own accord. He's afraid it may turn very acute as when I treated him three years ago. Since then it's been fine. 

10. A 64 year old woman has had scheuermanns disease; it's left her with a spinal kyphosis and chronic middorsal pain. She responds well to chiropractic treatment provides she come every six weeks or so for maintenance treatment.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mrs D, a middle aged woman with hip pain of one year duration, despite other treatment. Xrays reveal an impingement syndrome and early hip arthritis. There's much to be done.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.

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