I had a physical today and told my doctor that I quit taking lipitor. I felt that it was inhibiting my memory and that I feared that since it was known to cause damage to muscle tissue and that your heart is the most important muscle in your body that I would rather not like to take the risk. She responded that, although there is no official stance that lipitor causes memory loss, there is an unspoken knowledge about this in the medical community. She didn’t seem too bothered that I quit and understood completely my concerns. She also told me that there have been autopsies of people that took lipitor that had no reported symptoms of muscle damage, but the autopsy showed there muscles were swollen and damaged from the drug. I can’t give medical advice, but I personally would rather risk the consequences of naturally high cholesterol – that is not actually proven to cause problems – than take a drug that has known side effects that could actually do harm.
- 3-4 Ripe Figs, thinly sliced
- 4-5 Pieces of Jamøn or Prosciutto, thinly sliced
- 1 Small Hunk Gorgonzola or other stinky cheese
- Handful of Fresh Arugula
- Olive Oil
- Corn Meal
- Pizza Peel (Big wood paddle)
- Pizza Cutter or Chef’s Knife
- Pizza Stone or Pizza Pan
- If you have one, place the pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 450. If you are using a pan, pre heat with pan then carefully remove it with oven mitts and replace it with the pizza on it.
- Dust the peel with corn meal. This acts as ball bearings for the pizza to slide off onto the stone.
- Lay the pizza skin (from yesterday) out on the peel.
- Drizzle a light coating of olive oil.
- Evenly arrange the cheese.
- Place sliced figs on top.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, until crust is golden brown.
- Remove from oven using the peel. If you are going to make more than one pizza it’s a good idea to have two peels so the second one can be prepped while the first one is baking.
- Add the jamon in a single layer.
- Top with arugula, a little more olive oil and some ground pepper.