Canker Sores Got Your Tongue?

Canker sores, otherwise known as aphthous ulcers, are the most common inflammatory disease of the lining of the mouth, yet are still poorly misunderstood.  Females, adolescents and children are more frequently affected and for some people, cankers are a recurrent (and painful!) problem.  Cankers (pictured below) which have a white base with a red border and can affect the tongue, cheeks and palate, are different than cold sores, which are caused by the herpes simplex virus.   

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Eat for Your Health: Eggplant Claypot from Vietnam (V, GF)

Here is part two from my series on plant-based recipes from around the world!  This one is a traditional Vietnamese dish that comes from Kim of Kay Vegan Bistro in Ho Chi Minh City.  I ate there several times during my stay in March and everything was so delicious!  The restaurant is tucked in a peaceful little side street in Saigon and the staff is so friendly, especially Kim!  Here is the recipe for a special traditional dish that many of their guests enjoy, myself included!  I also highly recommend the papaya salad.

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