Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Water you doing the rest of your life?

Every choice in life comes with a price tag. Usually, we don’t mind because the benefits vastly outweigh the costs. Ask a mother holding her newborn, if the pain of childbirth was a fair trade for the miracle in her arms. Or an Olympian, standing on the gold medal podium, if the years of grueling training were well spent. Clearly, to get something, we need to give something.

But in today’s world, there are times when we give up a lot for dubious returns. Take chlorine, for example. About a hundred years ago, when it was introduced as a disinfectant for our water supply, chlorine was hailed as a glorious weapon against cholera, typhoid and many other water-borne diseases. And, no doubt, it has since saved untold numbers of lives. Also, the corollary benefits have been massive – whole cities have grown and prospered as the result of the availability of disease-free tap water to homes and industry.

Ok, so what’s the problem?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Are you gonna eat that?

Sometimes people tell me that they hate the taste of greens and wheatgrass, or that they find the very rich chlorophyll taste of E3Live hard to take.

And, every time, like clockwork, that old Listerine slogan pops into my head. You know, the one that goes, “The taste you hate, twice a day”? For those of you too young to know what I’m talking about, here’s a then-unknown Morgan Freeman to fill you in.

The idea was that people used Listerine for its benefits, despite its horrid taste.  While the ad campaign was brilliant, I, myself, don’t use Listerine. Why? Because there are much healthier mouth rinse alternatives. But that’s another blog post for another day.

Back to the greens.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Anemic Vegetables

“Eat your veggies!” we are told. And for good reason. A diet rich in fresh vegetables, packed with vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients  we are still learning about, is one of the best gifts we can give our bodies. Please note that the key word here is fresh.  If I pick a vegetable straight from my own organic-nutrient-rich garden, and eat it right away, my body gets loads of nutrients it can use to replenish my cells, give me energy and fight diseases.  But, the longer I let that vegetable sit around, the less beneficial it will be to me.


Monday, June 4, 2012

Of Mice and Me

I have mouse-magnet toes. Really. Don’t believe me? 
Read on.

I was poking around in the basement of the house I grew up in, looking for some long-lost thing or another, when all of a sudden, I knew that I was not alone down there. Maybe it was a sound, or a movement in the periphery of my vision. I’m still not sure. But I did know that I needed to get out and fast. I did a quick check of the area between the door and my spot on the floor. About 10 feet of space. I could cover that in a few seconds, no problem.