Fish soup

Omega 3 fatty acids

Fish soup is so delicious and need not be difficult to make if you have a source of cold water salmon, for example.

Cold water fish is the finest way to to get plenty of omega 3 oil.

If you ever get to Leeuwaarden in the Netherlands, don't miss Antonio's salmon soup. We had lunch there yesterday and it's the most magnificent I've ever had. So I chiselled the recipe out of him, of course.

Your soup can be made with many different ingredients depending on your taste. Some like it hot; add more spicy paprika like jalapenos. If you enjoy garlic, or other herbs, then by all means experiment. I like to add a few greens near the end; what the family calls Dad's weeds; parsley, rocket, basil and any of your favourites.

We love to visit the fish market where you can buy a salmon skeleton for a song. It makes a wonderful stock, rich in gelatine and Glucosamine, both known to protect degenerating cartilage, but it's a bit of a schlepp, so you really you can use regular fish from the supermarket.

  • One or two chopped onions; less if you suffer from heartburn.
  • Two chopped peppers, one hot and the other sweet. Have you seen the movie 'Some like it hot'? Marilyn Monroe at her best. It's a great film co-starring Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. Only $3.50 at Amazon.
  • 200g salmon pieces, diced.
  • Optional. One litre salmon stock, made from head and filleted backbone. Boil 45 min.
  • Three chopped tomatoes.
  • A couple chopped celery sticks. Include the leaves if they are fresh.


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PREPARATION of the full monty fish soup

  1. In a large caste-iron kettle prepare the fish stock. Boil a salmon head (best to remove gills first) and/or backbone in enough water to cover the fish pieces for one hour or until tender. Whole black pepper corns add a delicious peppery taste. Strain and keep the bouillon.
  2. If you have time and the inclination, use the flesh at the back of the neck, along the jaws, and even the eyes, a delicacy in many countries. Do not neglect to include the omega-3 rich fat that you will find. Discard the gills and and carefully ferret out the bones.
  3. Lightly fry the onions in a little olive oil (not too much, cold water salmon is already rich in oil). Add 1 TBSP water and continue frying lightly until the onion turns yellow and softens. A few cloves of garlic may be added to taste.
  4. Add the chopped peppers, frying gently, and then toss in the tomatoes and celery. Celery too has anti-arthritis properties and tastes wonderful in any case.
  5. Add the fish stock, and the salmon pieces. When the fish is tender, add a little white wine.
  6. Add salt to taste, sprinkle with parsley, a wonder food, misjudged as a pretty-pretty garnish. Often it's the healthiest food on the table, and ends up in the garbage. Believe you me, the snails have better sense than many humans. They will give all the other plants in the garden the miss, just to get a mouthful of parsely. I know, I've just dispatched about 20 tucking into our parsley patch to the nethermost ends of the planet. Actually to the swans that live in the "sloot" at the bottom of our garden. Have you a parsley patch? If you sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page, one of our back issues will tell you why I am so crazy about parsley as a health food.

Serve with sourdough bread.

Guests for dinner?

This eagle's obviously expecting guests, and he knows what to lay on...

Olive oil dips on bread go well with fish soup, especially if you are looking to counteract arthritis with known natural anti-inflammatories like olives, celery and fish. For a very simple Eggplant dip, Baba Ghanoush .., click here …

Warning. This is a very rich fish soup. Sensitive stomachs may get heartburn or indigestion. With bread or rolls it may create havoc in the early hours if you are prone to epigastric pain. Serve it rather for Sunday lunch.

Here's an interesting update. I've discovered that it's the chemicals that bakers put in our commercial bread, rather than wheat products that give me heartburn. I now bake this easy sourdough bread recipe, and I have minimal trouble with soup and toast for supper. Baked on alternate days, it takes only five minutes.

White bread rolls as served in many restaurants seem to be the worst; with a soup they're a recipe for a night of agony.

Salmon oil

This fella knows where to get his salmon oil; the whole fish of course contains much more. I'm convinced we should be eating a wide range of foods rather than swallowing bucketfuls of supplements. Nevertheless, far from the ocean, I too have difficult getting cold water fish.

Tingling in arms and hands and feet

Aside: Repeated bouts of indigestion may damage the cells that produce a very important substance for the absorption of Vitamin B-12. Deficiency leads to a serious condition called Pernicious Anaemia. Read about it at Tingling in arms and hands ... (Scroll down).

If you are regularly taking indigestion medication, consider a good Greek Olive Garden Salad recipe with every meal as it will go a long way to cure your indigestion. How can I be so sure? I too suffer from heartburn if I enjoy fish soup and bread, should I eat in an indiscrete manner. A good salad does wonders to prevent the midnight blues.

It'll cure your constipation too! Actually not a !!! laughing matter. Constipation is the cause of a whole host of misery. Click here for our cure-all for constipation. BEETROOT CONSTIPATION ...

Two more thoughts on tingling.

  1. A frank B1 deficiency causes a very serious fatal, but today uncommon disease called beri-beri. However most American are thiamine deficient. Still eating white (beri-beri) rice? Generalised muscle weakness and tingling ...
  2. Tingling in arms and hands and feet most usuall comes from a pinched nerve in neck or back...

GELATINE for Chiropractic help

The protein in bones and cartilage (and in the skin) is called gelatine. It contains all the proteins that are needed to build healthy cartilage. That is the gelatinous mass that's left after cooking up your fish skeleton, though it can also be made from chicken bones, actually any animal bones.

Interesting research shows that it is the Gelatine (easily made in the home) that can restore damaged arthritic cartilage. Just one more reason to enjoy Fish Soup! Read more about gelatine powder for arthritis …

Omega 3 and Parkinson's disease

Parkinson's disease occurs when cells in the midbrain (called the Substantia Nigra) degenerate, decreasing the production of a vital brain chemical called Dopamine. (Glutamate and nitric oxide preservatives are now known to release free radicals that target the substantia nigra)

Food scientists at the University Laval, Quebec, took two groups of white mice. One group was fed a diet high in fish oil, the other the normal diet. Both groups were then poisoned with a neurotoxin known to target the Substantia Nigra.

The result: "High omega 3 PUFA dietary consumption (fish oil) completely prevented the MPTP-induced decrease of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH)-labeled nigral cells." In English: fish 'completely prevented' the toxic effect of the poison on the Subtantia Nigra.

This test was done after the omega 3 in fish oil was found to have a similar effect on Alzheimers.


You may be wondering why a chiropractic help website is talking about fish soup, indigestion, Pernicious anaemia, Parkinson's disease, constipation and the like.

There are several reasons. Firstly chiropractors are into healthy, natural living. That means, amongst other things, eating better. Plus I just find the taste of a beetroot salad absolutely delicious if you do it right. Parsley and sweet basil are my favourite herbs.

And secondly, whilst a chiropractic adjustment is known to help constipation and indigestion, one needs to address other causes of these conditions. There is no substitute for eating right, combining foods in a healthy way, and getting more exercise in addition to your occasional, regular visit to your DC.

Enjoy your fish soup. It's a bit fiddly if you want to enjoy the full Monty, but not all food, alas, can be cooked in a jiffy. This one is definitely worth the effort. Cold water fish has proven anti arthritic and heart disease properties; delicious too.

I go at least once a month to the fish market for a salmon skeleton.

Ceramics museum

When you get to Leeuwaarden don't miss the ceramics museum, apparently the best in the world, some of the treasures dating back to 4000 BC.

This ancient plate is just one of (I would guess) hundreds of thousands of exhibits.

Then move on to Antonios for his fish soup. Delic. Better still, make it regularly at home if you are serious about avoiding Alzheimers, Parkinsons, heart disease and arthritis!


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Talking of museums...

If you ever get to Holland, make sure you visit my favourite Dutch museum in The Hague. The Escher story is magnificent and for my money every bit as good as Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Take a look at this ...

And if you're vegetarian... omega-3

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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

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. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

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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