Friday, August 17, 2012

Do You Want Veggies With That? Veggie RX. Cancer Prevention. Clean 15. Pesticides are Toxic. Dirty Dozen. Lou Gehrig. Double Eagle II.

For “Foodie Friday”:

Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables: They're Essential to a Healthy Diet.   by Dr. Carl L. Keen | Jun 08, 2012

Eat your fruits & veggies!“What people should be doing is eating more fruits and vegetables of all kinds -- whether they are conventional or organic.  Sadly, statistics show this is just not happening.  Rather, research shows that consumers are eating fewer fruits and vegetables and only a small fraction of the population is meeting USDA dietary guidelines to make half of what we eat fruits and vegetables.  Admittedly, there are many reasons for this including cost, availability and the fact that some people just don't like them.  But one thing is certain: Fear should not be a reason to avoid these healthy products.”  More at:


New Program Prescribes Fruits and Veggies for Some, NBC Digital Health | August 7, 2012

“Imagine a life without ever eating fruits and vegetables. That's a reality for some Americans... but a new program is hoping to change that. Doreen Gentzler reports from Washington, DC where they have started giving out prescriptions for produce.”       Watch more videos from NBC Digital Health  Video:


Eat Your Way to Long Life

“Maggie Rodriguez talks to Dr. Jennifer Ashton about a new study that finds the antioxidant, alpha carotene can add years to your life.”


Antioxidants and Cancer Prevention: Fact Sheet

“Antioxidants protect cells from damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals. Laboratory and animal research have shown that antioxidants help prevent the free radical damage that is associated with cancer.  Antioxidants are provided by a healthy diet that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables.” More at:


The Clean 15: How to Shop For Healthy Produce

“Want to know what types of organic produce are worth the money? Green living expert Terri Bennett shows you how to identify produce that contains the least amount of pesticides - the "Clean 15.”


Pesticides in Fruits and Vegetables: Are They Really Healthy?

“You know you should eat your fruits and vegetables, but with a "dirty dozen" list of pesticide-contaminated produce out today and the recent e.coli outbreak linked to supposedly safer organic produce, what's a would-be healthy eater to do?

The answer from health experts -- and even the people who did the study on pesticide residue in produce -- is still the same: Eat those fruits and vegetables, but get them as clean as you can.

The importance of washing produce before eating or cooking it was driven home today by the release of a "dirty dozen" list of fruits and vegetables that tested positive for the highest concentration of pesticides.

"Pesticides are toxic. They are designed to kill things and most are not good for you" said Sonya Lunder, senior analyst at the Environmental Working Group, which released the study. The non-profit organization attempts to raise awareness about pollutants and dangerous chemicals.”

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On This Day:

Lou Gehrig goes the distance, Aug 17, 1933:

“On August 17, 1933, New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig plays in his 1,308th consecutive game, breaking former Yankee Everett Scott’s record for consecutive games played. Gehrig would go on to play in 2,130 games in a row, setting a record that would stand for over half a century.

For his career, Gehrig’s offensive output was as extraordinary as his consecutive games streak. The left-handed slugger led the American League in RBIs five times and drove in at least 100 runs 13 years in a row. He led the AL in home runs three times, runs four times and in hitting once. On June 3, 1932, Gehrig became the first player to homer four times in a single game. In the Yankees first golden era, Gehrig batted cleanup, right after Babe Ruth, the bigger star of the two. It was Gehrig, however, who was named American League MVP in 1927, on a Yankee team considered the greatest team in history. He won the award again in 1936, another championship year for the Yankees. In all, Gehrig helped the Yankees to six World Series titles.

In 1938 Gehrig’s batting average dropped below .300 for the first time in his career and he began to experience chronic illness. As his strength continued to dwindle and doctors struggled to diagnose him, Gehrig took himself out of many games. He was eventually diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a rare degenerative disease now often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He retired and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939 and died just two years later.”


Balloon crosses the Atlantic, Aug 17, 1978:

“The Double Eagle II completes the first transatlantic balloon flight when it lands in a barley field near Paris, 137 hours after lifting off from Preque Isle, Maine. The helium-filled balloon was piloted by Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman and flew 3,233 miles in the six-day odyssey.

In 1981, Ben Abruzzo, Larry Newman, Ron Clark, and Rocky Aoki of Japan flew from Nagashimi, Japan, to Mendocino National Forest in California in the first transpacific flight. American Joe Kittinger made a solo transatlantic balloon flight in 1984. In 1995, American Steve Fosset accomplished a solo transpacific flight. One of the last frontiers of ballooning was conquered in 1999, when Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland and Englishman Brian Jones completed the first nonstop trip around the world in a hybrid helium and hot-air balloon. They flew from the Swiss Alps, circumnavigated the globe, and landed in Egypt, having traveled more than 29,000 miles in 20 days.

Then, in 2002, American adventurer Steve Fossett became the first man in history to fly around the world solo in a hot-air balloon.”



Misty and I drove down to Jay’s to pick him up, and during our walk we saw a Pomeranian and a skinny Beagle wandering around there.  But neither would come to us. Maybe they were lost, but that area is so far from the main road, that maybe they belong to someone.  Whoever it is needs to take better care of them.

Back here, Jay and I did several what he calls “rat-killing” jobs.  He prefers one job that you can sink your teeth into.  We carried my grooming table outside to the work area in front of the big workshop doors.  I had sold my fancy hydraulic grooming table months ago, and we had made one out of an over-bed hospital type table.  A neighbor was going to throw it out as the top was broken.  The H-base is like new, and it is steady, no wobbling, plus the table raised and lowered just like new.  We had screwed a plywood top on it, and I had bought some rubber matting, and this was the day to stick that on the plywood.  We took it outside to do it, as the fumes from the contact cement might hurt the puppies.  When that was adhered and the excess rubber was cut off, we cut that excess into three uniform strips and stuck them on the shed’s steps.

The patch job we had done on the dog cage’s tray looked awful, and stopped it from folding up, so we found a piece of fiberglass shower material and cut a floor out of that for the cage’s floor.  Now it looks like something that will sell, so I took pictures of it. 

We found two more remnant 24” pieces of treated 2 x 6, and fixed two more slats on my bridge that goes over the ditch.  Never did hear from the mobile home movers who ran over it in the first place, so I have had to fix it at my own expense.

In the afternoon, Kenya, my SPCA boss came and we gave the four puppies their second batch of shots.  We weighed them, and even the tiny pup is now over 2 lb.  Then we drove down to where their Mama is and re-vaccinated her, too.  They are on de-worming meds again for three days, before they go for their spay/neuter surgeries next week, Mama also.

I don’t feel any older, and I’d like to thank everyone who sent me good wishes for my birthday.

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