In 2005 I reacted on a small article in the BMJ [British Medical Journal, which I consider since long to be one of the most honest International medical journals]

BMJ     BMJ  2005;331:E369 (9 July), doi:10.1136/bmj.331.7508.E369

Rapid Responses published: And wine that maketh glad the heart of man…..harold jitschak bueno de mesquita   (10 July 2005BMJ  2005;331:E369 (9 July), doi:10.1136/bmj.331.7508.E369

Minerva knows she’s not alone in having red wine because it’s”good for the heart,” so she was sad to read that the antioxidant vasodilator polyphenolic compounds of red wine didn’t offer the hoped for benefits of mitigating the blood pressure raisingeffects of alcohol. Compared with abstinence, red wine and beer both pushed up systolic blood pressure in otherwise normotensive men, and neither red wine nor de-alcoholized red wine lowered blood pressure ( Hypertension 2005;45: 874-9

[Abstract/Free Full Text])Rapid Responses published: And wine that maketh glad the heart of man…..harold jitschak bueno de mesquita   (10 July 2005)And wine that maketh glad the heart of man…..10 July 2005  harold jitschak bueno de mesquita,
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Re: And wine that maketh glad the heart of man…..
Minerva knows she’s not alone in having red wine because it’s “good for the heart,” so she was sad to read……………red wine and beer both pushed up systolic blood pressure……PSALM104:15 And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, making the face brighter than oil, and bread that stayeth man’s heart.
Maybe I can comfort Minerva by stating that our tradition/ rabbis would not have prescribed drinking wine as part of the so called Kiddush [“sanctifying” the Shabbat and Festivals] if this would have been a damaging issue.
Wine is used together with a meal and not alone as such.
This maybe the whole difference and this is sorely lacking in the article [ if I read the article well enough ] We will continue saying a blessing over wine and enjoy it, if not contra- indicated in special health conditions, and certainly not abolish a well established tradition because a single “non-specific” article.
So Minerva may do to her health!!Competing interests: None declared