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Bacon: Cure This!

Dr. Seuss left out one key ingredient to the most important meal of the day, Bacon!  I would eat the bumper off of any car if it were wrapped in bacon, and if Sam I am had this salty and savory treat, there would be no Green Eggs and Ham.  Fortunately for the millions of readers of the 1950's best seller, he did not.

Bacon has a way of intoxicating the air in any kitchen and with one taste we become hooked on its crispy luxuriousness, a luxuriousness that has been perfected for centuries. Bacon dates back to the twelfth century when the term was used to describe anything pork. The French called it bako and in Germanic it was referred to as bakkon, similar to the English pronunciation today. Bacon was so beloved that the phrase “bring home the bacon” comes from a twelfth century church who awarded any many with a side of bacon if he could guarantee before the congregation and God that he had not clashed with his wife for a year and a day. The husband who could bring home the bacon was thought of by his community to be a man of great tolerance. Similar sentiment will not be found in my home, I seriously doubt my wife would jump for joy if I brought home the bacon; after all she is a vegetarian.

In today's world bacon is readily available in any supermarket or restaurant, and is a staple at local hamburger joints. Many have noticed that the IC Food List records bacon below the try it section for reasons associated with the ingredients added to aid in the curing process during packaging, and yes you should be hesitant to purchase bacon at the supermarket. But forget about the supermarket, if you have a large container and an oven then you have everything you need to make bacon that is safe for Interstitial Cystitis.

The hot topic with bacon is that it is almost always cured, but all cured means is the meat has been soaked in brine, brine that is different from the traditional brine used in that of ham or salt pork. Brine used to make homemade bacon consists of water, salt, and sugar, all of which are safe for your IC condition. Some homemade recipes will call for smoking and some will encourage you to add unnecessary spices to the brine. These tips are dangerous for IC and add very little flavor; I promise. Little ambition is needed to make your own bacon, twenty minutes of preparation time and four days to soak the meat is all it takes to make bacon, should you crave a little salty treat.

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What is Interstitial Cystitis?

Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a condition that results in recurring discomfort or pain in the bladder and the surrounding pelvic region. The symptoms vary from case to case....

What causes IC?

Some of the symptoms of IC/PBS resemble those of bacterial infection, but medical tests reveal no organisms in the urine of people with IC/PBS...

How is IC diagnosed?

Because symptoms are similar to those of other disorders of the bladder and there is no definitive test to identify IC/PBS, doctors must rule out other treatable conditions before considering a diagnosis of IC/PBS...

What are treatments for IC?

Scientists have not yet found a cure for IC/PBS, nor can they predict who will respond best to which treatment. Symptoms may disappear with a change in diet or treatments or without explanation...

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