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Organic disappointments…

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Of course,  it will shock you only if you haven’t been paying attention for the last decade or so.   The simple truth is that plants which are totally and truly organic spend considerable energy  fighting off  pests and diseases, which quite often results in produce which is rather ugly and not very palatable.

A bit of assistance from lavender oil or other biological treatments generally produces food which looks better and offers a full complement of nutrients.   I say this as a home gardener suffering from a much higher than customary invasion of insects all too eager to sample my fruits and veggies and herbs.   Let’s face it — anything which will eat a Thai pepper plant is a tough critter,  and frankly I don’t know what it is,  but I’m not anxious to meet it face to face.

The organic means much less than you think,  but it passes the fishing lure test,  which is that you convinced someone to buy your premise or product.   Yes,  less chemicals are better health-wise,  but if your crop fails because it lacks sufficient protection,  your health has not been helped.

You can eat organic if you wish,  but do your homework so that you know the vendors,  and what you are paying such a high price for.   You could also take a mixed approach,  as I do.  I grown some of my own food,  and much of what I buy I buy young and tender,  before the plant or critter has time to absorb much from its environment.

 

 

 

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July 31, 2017 at 5:41 pm

Beef comeback…

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Of course,  beef  never left  my menu.  It’s tasty,  simple to prepare,  very versatile,  and now that the price has decreased,  quite affordable.   There is still a medical bias against beef,  despite the extremely cautious retreat on its defects as a food item.   In fact,  there is still considerable bias against all types of meat,  and the food Nazis  will simply stamp their feet and says the environment has rendered the item unsafe if they can think of nothing else.   Remember that the same junk science responsible for this is being foisted upon you in the climate change/global warming/climate weirdness debate.

 

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July 5, 2017 at 5:12 pm

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Calorie counts don’t work…

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The Obama Administration will enforce their use anyway,  but common sense tells you  calorie counts  don’t work.   If there anyone in the nation who is too stupid to figure out that if you eat big burgers,  fries and a big soft drink and you gain weight,  you should stop eating that meal daily?  Well,  there are probably some Obama and Hillary supporters who may be,  but no one else has an excuse.

Even the few people who actually read calorie counts appear to have little actual understanding of their meaning.   They don’t even know how many calories an average person should consume during a day.   I am sick to death of the ever-present nanny state trying to tell us what to eat, when to eat it,  where to buy it.   If I ate as the government’s food pyramid instructs,  I’d weigh 300 pounds and be deathly ill.   My body doesn’t happen to process simple carbohydrates very well,  so I eat precious few of them.   I weigh what I should and I don’t feel deprived because I don’t feel bad.   Is it too much to ask people to be individually responsible for themselves in some small way?

 

 

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October 22, 2016 at 10:03 am

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Not many ethics…

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…to be  found in  the field of bioethics these days,  is there?

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September 24, 2016 at 11:56 pm

Hillary’s diagnosis…

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Let’s see,  if Trump is unhealthy because he needs to lose 15 or 20 pounds, why is Hillary deemed healthy when she needs to lose far more than that? Hillary thinks nothing of spending $1,500 for a jacket,  yet all that money, combined no doubt with custom tailoring,  can not hide the fact that she is at least 40 pounds overweight.  The tip-off is that all of her jackets are swing jackets,  which do not follow the body’s shape,  but are cut to stand off from the body.   When she clasps her hands in front of her,  you can often see her excess flesh pressing against the front of her outfit.   There are a number of shots of her climbing stairs,  where you can see the outline of her fanny against her jacket.

Second,  no one who takes a blood thinner is healthy.   Coumadin is a serious medicine,  and is not the first choice for most doctors helping patients avoid blood clots.

Third,  why does anyone expect Hillary to be any more truthful about her health than she is anything else?   The surprise may be that her doctor appears to have succumbed to the Clinton machine.  Why else would you provide a diagnosis which  does not  exist?   Why make other claims which don’t survive  scrutiny?

 

 

 

 

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September 16, 2016 at 11:44 pm

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Miami Zika…

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The  Centers for Disease Control is now worrying that the mosquitoes in the Miami area which carry the Zika virus  are resistant  to the insecticides being used there.   Florida is beginning  an aerial  spraying campaign covering ten square miles in the Miami area to eradicate the carriers of this disease for which there is currently no preventative.

The problem?  If you want to kill mosquitoes,  you do what  Dr. William Gorgas did during the building of the Panama Canal in the early 1900’s.   You eliminate breeding grounds  —  no standing water anywhere,  people —  and you use DDT.   Rachel  Carson and  her followers and their hysterics eventually led to the ban of DDT,  without a scintilla of scientific evidence that the chemical was to blame for even a fraction of the devastation they proclaimed.   Used properly,  DDT works without causing environmental harm,  but the green lobby and the junk scientists at EPA would rather 50 millions people die and even more be harmed by the failure to eradicate mosquitoes and the diseases they carry,  than even consider the sensible use of our vest defense against the little biters.

Call and write your Congress critters —  5 minutes of education on the subject will make you more educated on DDT than any of them.

Or consider the alternative,  which is flooding the affected areas with the proper species of mosquitoes with sterilized males,  who compete ferociously to breed with the females,  who then produce no offspring and die off.   Either way is better than the CDC wringing its hands and over-spraying Miami with insecticides,  which do affect mammals.   I’d also like to see Miami-Dade send its health inspectors out to root out standing water in the area  —  old tires, flower pots, etc. are prime breeding locations,  and if education doesn’t work,  again copy Dr. Gorgas,  who sent out people with guns to shoot holes in pots and buckets and such which held water.

 

 

 

 

 

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August 4, 2016 at 11:52 pm

Read books, live longer…

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It wasn’t a very large sample,  but  this recent study  showed that readers lived two years longer than non-readers,  and it appears that books made more of a difference than newspapers or periodicals.

Since I am a reader,  I certainly hope the research proves correct,  but I read for pleasure,  for information,  and for education,  so even if I don’t gain a longevity advantage,  I have already gained the advantages of having met those needs.

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August 4, 2016 at 10:06 am

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