Are we the victims of our own altruism? In a recent post on loving relationships , I noted that: Our personal suffering makes us far more sensitive to the needs of others. We are attuned. We are accepting. We reach out. We respond with compassion. Crazy thing, we the “crazy” are natural healers and nurturers. ... But there is a tremendous downside. As Tabby observed, in response to my piece: I'm a good person and a loving person and I care deeply for people. People just do not, in return. And whereas I'm willing to go through the drama, the stress, the chaos of their lives with them and put up with their mistreatment of me (like I did with my ex-husband and his abuse for 20 years) so many just run and bail out on me, when things grow dark or topsy-turvy. Funny you should mention this, Tabby. I just finished reading Barbara Oakley’s “Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed and My Sister Stole My Mother's Boyfriend.” One of Dr Oakley’s ...
Did you know High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) can be found in Wheat Thins, Nutri-Grain Bars, several Pepperidge Farm breads and good ol’ Raisin Bran? HFCS can be found in over a dozen different Kellogg’s cereals, Thomas’ English Muffins, Capri Sun, Fig Newtons, Eggo Waffles — the list goes on and on and on. So what’s the big deal? According to the MayoClinic, HFCS is not like other sweeteners because it literally cannot be metabolized the same way glucose can be in the body. It is metabolized through the liver, and as a result, it produces triglycerides (a form of a fat in the bloodstream) that are incredibly destructive to your heart health and cholesterol levels. HFCS also does not trigger a hormone telling your brain that you are full… and then you overeat… and the food you’re overeating is probably not all that nutritionally fantastic in the first place. Many of the foods parading themselves around like health foods are simply not so healthy. ...
Our national obesity
epidemic didn't just happen. The people who study the statistics agree
with Dr. David Ludwig of Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
that before the early 1970s, the prevalence of obesity was relatively
constant in the United States. As he told the 63rd Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association since then there has been a dramatic
could have triggered it? Other people have pointed the finger at
several different possibilities. But one primary factor stands out: Your tax dollars at work. The
beginning of the obesity epidemic coincides too close for comfort with
what looked at the time like enlightened legislation. The Agriculture and Consumer Protection Act of 1973 established target
prices and deficiency payments to replace former price support payments. Before that time, our government paid our farmers not to grow crops, as unbelievable as it sounds today. When farmers took
some of their land out of production, the reduced supp...
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