Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Taka Update November 29th 2011

Taka Update November 29th , 2011

Fish delivery and more

Sounds like everything is back to normal. We will get Japanese fish delivery today.

Kona Kanpachi is not available because of bad weather in Hawaii.

MY Golf

I played golf 5 days in last 8 days. I was very happy. My dream? Play golf everyday when I retire.

It is very simple dream. The score on last Sunday was 44-44. I never lost money last 8 days, but got only $14. I cannot be a pro.

No More vacation this year.

It is very bad calendar this year, Christmas is Sunday and New Year is also Sunday.

So we do not have any extra day off. We open Christmas Eve, Non-Christian people welcome to TAKA.

Anyway 30% of our customers are Jewish people and they are very nice.

Simple Cooking Class at TAKA

A lady sent me an e-mail for asking cooking class. I sent her back it. We did the first Class on Monday evening. We are not busy at 5:30pm and can do easy one.

I taught her bonito broth, ,miso soup, noodle soup, tempura sauce and tosazu, vinegar soy sauce. We will do with more next Monday.

If you are interested in simple Japanese cooking class, let me know.

NSAIDs in Early Pregnancy Linked to Risk for Miscarriage

This is from Canadian medicine Association Journal.

Use of nonaspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in early pregnancy is linked to twice the risk for miscarriage, according to the results of a nested case-control study reported online September 6 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

"The association between the use of ...NSAIDs during pregnancy and the risk of spontaneous abortion remains unclear because of inconsistent research results and the lack of evidence for an effect due to specific types or dosages of nonaspirin NSAIDs," write Hamid Reza Nakhai-Pour, MD, PhD, from the University of Montreal and CHU Ste-Justine in Quebec, Canada, and colleagues. "We aimed to quantify the association between having a spontaneous abortion and types and dosages of nonaspirin NSAIDs in a cohort of pregnant women."

Case patients consisted of 4705 women who were identified from the Quebec Pregnancy Registry and who had a spontaneous abortion. For each case patient, the investigators randomly selected 10 control participants from other women in the registry, matching by index date, defined as the date of the spontaneous abortion, and by gestational age. Case patients and control participants were compared in use of nonaspirin NSAIDs, as reflected in filled prescriptions. The investigators analyzed associations between different types and dosages of nonaspirin NSAIDs and spontaneous abortion using conditional logistic regression, with adjustment for confounding variables.

Of the 4705 patients with spontaneous abortion, 352 (7.5%) had NSAID exposure, as did 1213 (2.6%) of 47,050 control participants. The use of nonaspirin NSAIDs during pregnancy was significantly associated with the risk for spontaneous abortion, after adjustment for potential confounders. There was no apparent dose-response effect.

The odds ratio (OR) for spontaneous abortion was 2.43 with any NSAID (95% confidence interval [CI], 2.12 - 2.79), 3.09 with diclofenac (95% CI, 1.96 - 4.87), 2.64 with naproxen (OR, 95% CI, 2.13 - 3.28), 2.21 with celecoxib (95% CI, 1.42 - 3.45), 2.19 with ibuprofen (95% CI, 1.61 - 2.96), 1.83 with rofecoxib (95% CI, 1.24 - 2.70) alone, and 2.64 for combinations of these NSAIDs (95% CI, 1.59 - 4.39).

"Gestational exposure to any type or dosage of nonaspirin NSAIDs may increase the risk of spontaneous abortion," the study authors write.

Limitations of this study include the lack of data on exposure to over-the-counter formulations of nonaspirin NSAIDs during pregnancy, and lack of information on the indications for which nonaspirin NSAIDs were used and on covariables such as smoking and body mass index. In addition, the investigators could not exclude the possibility of chance findings for 5.0% of the statistically significant associations because of the number of comparisons, and the study population covered only 36% of pregnant women in Quebec.

"Given that the use of nonaspirin NSAIDs during early pregnancy has been shown to increase the risk of major congenital malformations and that our results suggest a class effect on the risk of clinically detected spontaneous abortion, nonaspirin NSAIDs should be used with caution during pregnancy," the study authors conclude. "Future research should focus on determining exact mechanisms of action."

The Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec and the Réseau Québécois de recherche sur l'usage des médicaments supported this study. The study authors have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Are you too clean?

This is from U .S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Good hygiene has saved millions of lives, protecting people from countless bacterial and viral infections, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But there is growing concern that strict adherence to good hygiene, though a valuable means of protecting health, has left humans open to other forms of illness.

Proponents of the "hygiene hypothesis" believe that reduced exposure to bacteria, viruses and parasites have impaired the immune system's ability to properly respond to environmental challenges.

Researchers have identified the hygiene hypothesis as a possible cause or exacerbating factor in a number of illnesses and medical problems, said Dr. Graham A.W. Rook, a professor in the department of infection at Centre for Clinical Microbiology at the University College London. These include:

Severe allergic reactions.

Gastrointestinal disorders, such as inflammatory bowel disease and Crohn's disease.

Autoimmune disorders, such as type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis.

"The evidence for all this is very, very powerful," Rook said. "It's very easy to show if you live on a farm or keep a dog, you're less likely to have these disorders. If you are the youngest child in a big family, you're less likely to have these disorders."

The hygiene hypothesis has its roots in the theory of evolution, he said.

"The bottom line is organisms that were present in mud, untreated water and feces were with us right from the start of humanity," Rook explained. Proponents of the hygiene hypothesis believe that the human body adapted to these organisms and began using them as a means of training the immune system.

"What has happened over the course of evolution is, because these bugs had to be tolerated, they came to activate the tolerance of the immune system," Rook said. "They are the police force that keeps the immune system from becoming trigger-happy. Basically, the immune system is now attacking things it shouldn't be attacking."

Dr. Mitchell H. Grayson, an associate professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, said that the hygiene hypothesis is most strongly linked to an increase in allergic diseases and asthma.

"It's thought to have something to do with the way your immune system develops and is programmed," Grayson said. Bacteria in the environment teach an immune response to allergens that is more moderate and less severe. "In the absence of these bacteria, the immune system is thought to become more prone to allergic disease," he said.

Rook said that other researchers have used the hygiene hypothesis to show that parasitic infections can aid in the treatment of such conditions as multiple sclerosis and Crohn's disease.

Argentinean researchers, for instance, have shown that the presence of intestinal parasites can moderate the progression of multiple sclerosis. Follow-up studies indicated that, when people were treated for their parasitic infection, they had a relapse of MS.

A research team at the University of Iowa found similar results related to Crohn's disease, showing that intestinal parasites helped regulate the autoimmune reaction that causes the intestinal disorder. On the flip side, such revelations carry risks. Doctors are concerned that some might use the hygiene hypothesis as an excuse to abandon good hygiene, causing a surge in diseases such as dysentery and cholera.

"Public health and sanitation has been the single greatest improvement in our life expectancy," Grayson said. "I would not recommend living less cleanly."

On the other hand, tolerance of a little dirt here and there won't hurt.

"If your kids come back from the garden with a little mud on their hands, it's not a bad thing," Rook said. "They don't necessarily have to wash their hands before picking up a sandwich."

In general, though, it's wise to maintain good overall hygiene, he said, and wait for the scientists to figure all this out. Larger studies are underway to determine the exact mechanism by which bacteria and parasites are causing the immune system to moderate its response, Rook said.

"We need to figure out how to replace what is good from the microbiological environment while maintaining the advances of good hygiene so we can get the best of both worlds," Rook said.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

New wall painting for holidays

I just finished new wall painting for holidays.
Gold, red and green show holiday color, right?
 And sparkling wines are good matching.

Friday, November 25, 2011

I cooked this on Thanksgiving.

We are Japanese and we do not eat turkey.
So we decide to eat beef.

I bought block of prime rib eye at Costco.
Then, I cu it 4 inches and apply sea salt, rosemary, pepper, spices.
Then I left 1 night.
Cooking is most important.
350F for 14 minutes,
300F for 40 minutes, then up side down
another 300F for 40 minutes.
That's it. Slice and eat with no adding like soy sauce, Al.
It was delicious.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Kimnedai from Choshi-ko

This is kinme-dai and from Choshi.
Where is Choshi?
It is in Chiba near by Narita Tokyo Airport and faces to Pacific Ocean,
It is located just south of Fukushima.
We could not get any fish from those area for a while because of contaminated water went into the ocean.
And more than 6 months passed and they said OK?

Yeah, I think it is OK because contaminated water is very very thin now. But I still do not like to deal with this kind of fish.


 I like sashimi. I did not eat much sushi when I was child.
I was born at coast area and seafood is just like everyday dish.
We did not buy much fish, someone always gave us when they caught.
And simple is the best, means wasabi and soy sauce.
I can eat sashimi every day but cannot eat steak every day.

Rolled Cabbage

  I like this kind of food in winter.
We are Japanese restaurant but so what?
I do OX tail soup, curry rice, lamb chop.
It is easy to make.
Ground beef and some chopped vegetables like onion, carrot, gobo.
Then, rolled with cabbage and cook it. Add tomato sauce and ready to eat.
 I also make tomato sauce. I cannot eat American tomato sauce on shelves in supermarkets.
What are they thinking of taste? They are not tasty.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Taka Update November 9th 2011

Taka Update November 9sh , 2011

Fish delivery and more

We have very good condition except tuna.

Business in November is not bad, but it will be slow on Thursday night because of GA tech home game.

I feel like giving up good tuna for a while. Our supplier said they did not have much frozen tuna. The reason of shortage are coming from FDA inspection and more.\

We see more easy on the land but we do not see much under the ocean. But so many things happen there because of global warming.

Closed Information

We will be closed from November 20th to 24th (Sunday- Thursday). I was thinking to fly to Japan but canceled it.
And I wanted to go to SC beach but canceled it.
So I decided to stay in town and play golf. 2 of my friends family will come from Japan and they would love to play golf.
Do you know why? Golf fee is very cheap here in GA.
Black Friday? Oh no, I will be in bed. I never joined this kind of crazy event. I like Marshalls but I am not bargain hunter. I hate to make lines. Target and Macy will be opened the door at midnight on 25th.

My golf game is getting better but almost same as business. It is very very up and down. I shot 38 front 9 but shot 52 back 9 last Sunday. Our business is sometimes very good but sometimes dead. We will have 80 people competition this Sunday. This is Japanese chamber of commerce final cup. I will see my score. I practice more this week and need to get confident mind.

Buy the way, stock market is also up and down. It's been bad for a while because of Greek issue. And we saw some future and was up. I thought it would be fine. But Italian bond rate suddenly up to 7.13% last night. They say more than 7% is red signal. So, today's market will be very bad. Dow will be down more than 200-250 points today.

Sounds like ever thing is up and down. So, what we have to do? Prepare for the future. Be nice and have a happy life. Do not expect big, ordinary life is better than bad. This must be the best.

Girls With No Father at Home Undergo Sexual Development Sooner, Study Finds

Sexual development is more likely to occur earlier when a girl’s father doesn’t live in the home, but only in higher-income families, according to new study findings reported by a research team led by scientists from the University of California and Kaiser Permanente Northern California.

The overall aim of their ongoing study is to identify factors that contribute to the onset of puberty in young girls. The possible contributors to early sexual development that are under investigation include not only exposure to chemicals in the environment, but also dietary and even behavioral and social factors.

The study, called the Cohort study of Young Girls’ Nutrition, Environment and Transitions, or CYGNET, has enrolled 444 girls, aged six to eight, and will track their development, lifestyle factors and environmental exposures for at least 10 years. This latest finding, reported on Sept. 17 in the Journal of Adolescent Heath, is based on the analysis of the first two years of data.

The research is part of a broader program undertaken by a consortium called the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center (BCERC), which is funded primarily by the National Institutes of Health.

Consortium researchers last year helped bolster earlier scientific evidence indicating that girls now are undergoing sexual development sooner compared to girls in prior decades. Early sexual development – more specifically, early age of first menstruation – is associated with an increased risk for developing breast cancer later in life.

BCERC research findings also have bolstered evidence that girls who are overweight or obese are likely to develop sexually at an earlier age.

The link between family factors, including a father’s absence, and a girl’s sexual development also has been observed in previous epidemiological studies and in animal studies, according to the leading author of the report, Julianna Deardorff, PhD, an assistant professor of maternal and child health at UC Berkeley and an adjunct assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UCSF.

However, Deardorff notes, the new study is the first to separate out the effect of a father’s absence from the influence of body mass index (BMI), confirming that the influence of having an absent father remains as an independent factor after taking a girl’s weight into account. Researchers had earlier speculated that the absence of a father might plausibly lead to a less stable home environment, or to less attention at home, which in turn might lead to stress-related overeating. However, BMI did not act as a causal mechanism.

“A strength of our study is in the ongoing monitoring of breast and pubic hair development in the clinic as it relates to other information we have been collecting related to social environment and behaviors,” Deardorff says.

The association between a father’s absence and early sexual development was only statistically significant in families earning $50,000 yearly or more.

Why would the absence of a father independently hasten a girl’s sexual development, and why would the effect only appear significant in higher-income families? There are several ideas that may be worth investigating further, according to Deardorff.

University of London researcher Jay Belsky, PhD, has proposed that mammals have evolved to mature and reproduce early in the absence of optimal parental protection. If parents cannot be present or attentive, individuals may be more likely to live long enough to pass on their genes if they form their own families early. The presence of a father may exert an influence through molecules called pheromones that signal via olfactory glands.

Deardorff notes that the effect of an absent father on girls’ sexual development might relate more directly to added pressure on single mothers to work and provide for their families, which increases the stress level in the home and potentially takes away from parent-child interaction.

The association with higher income may be due to mothers also being less available in these families due to increased work hours, Deardorff suggests. Girls in lower-income families might also be more likely to be closer to other relatives or to rely on alternative caregivers.

In addition, in related animal studies it has been observed that exposure to artificial light causes earlier sexual maturation. In higher-income families girls may be spending more time in front of computers or television screens, Deardorff suggests.

The causal pathway for the new results essentially remains unexplained, she adds. Deardorff is interested in learning whether the observed associations are more directly due to stress.

“Until now, we have not examined data related to other interesting family factors, such as maternal depression, other stressful events, and biological stress mechanisms,” she says.

Deardorff and her colleagues plan to investigate stress levels and girls’ responses to stress in another long-term study of young children.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Maguro Nuta, new version

I like thi skind of design.
It is colorful and looks good.
Nuta is same as sumiso which is miso vinegar mustard.
But I add kizami wasabi, chopped wasabi from Japan.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

163.8 but still over weight.

It took 2 week to make this weight.
It was from 186.8 lbs.
I ate California Roll for lunch and got ice cream for snack. It was busy afternoon and no time to eat. I grabbed an ice cream bar and ate in my car.
I ate green salad and a banana for dinner. I drunk 1 bottle of light beer after I got home.
It was 154.0 yesterday morning.
I am looking for 160.00 lbs in another 2 weeks.

I go out tomorrow night with friends.So, I drink wine and some heavy food, maybe.

Why I say so much do diet? I feel we just need to keep same weight all the time. " I gain weight because I am old." This is not excuse.
Just think, our to legs need to hold upper body everyday. If we gain weight, our leg's burden get higher and higher. And it goes to knees, maybe. Then we get troubles there eventually.
I see so many over weight old people and have troubles to walk or run. I don't want to be like those people.

I checked Japanese version of weight watcher. I put my data, height 175cm and my proper weight is only 66.6kg, 146.8 lbs.
They say plus minus 5 kg is OK, so I can say 157.9 lbs is still fine. So, my goal 160 lbs is good number.

You can check your proper weight here.

I just checked and almost same. My height is 5.74ft and if I say medium, my proper weight is maximum 157 lbs.
So I am fat and overweight, anyway.
Life in America is good but there are so many temptations around here. We have to watch them.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Hirame Special

Simple Sashimi Appetizer is the best.
I do not know why this dish sells very well.
Sliced flounder and crawfish salad with shiso leaf and Yuzu pepper, sliced grape tomato, served with ponzu sauce.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Is this good?: Korean Black vinegar

Black Vinegar, have you heard of it?
It is getting popular in Japan.
Regular vinegar contains about 0.5% of amino acid but black vinegar does 2%.
So, black vinegar is healthier than regular vinegar.
Can you drink vinegar?  Many people say "Hell No."
I hate to drink it. Why do I have to drink sour vinegar?
But this black vinegar is made from brown rice and prune. And the taste is sweeter than other black vinegar.
We normally don't drink straight. We normally do 1:1 with water or 1:2.
The effect of black vinegar is below.
1, Good for high blood pressure
2, Make your blood clean
3, Antioxidant
4, Good prevention of colorectal cancer

Not bad? You can try it. You can buy at Buford Hwy, Farmers Market. I think you normally buy just vegetables and fruits there. Go to Asian grocery place and find something fun foods.