will brady's ruminations
NEWS FLASHHealth Care Industry Threatened by Vegetarians
| This smile-maker from Rob Cohen on a Google Discussion Group
Other news heds he offers include:
Vegetarians are unhealthy for a health care system which relies upon diseased people for cash flow. "Type 2 diabetes mellitus is less likely to be a
cause of death in vegetarians than non vegetarians."
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1988
"Mortality from coronary artery disease is lower in vegetarians than in non vegetarians."
British Medical Journal, 1994
"Breast cancer rates are lower in populations that consume plant based diets."
American Cancer Society Cancer Facts and Figures,
"Vegetarians have a lower incidence of hypertension than non vegetarians."
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1994
"Incidence of lung and colorectal cancer is lower in vegetarians than in non vegetarians."
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1994
"Vegetarian diets low in fat or saturated fat have been used successfully as part of comprehensive health programs to reverse severe coronary artery disease."
Journal of the American Medical Association, 1995
"Vegetarian diets have been successful in arresting coronary artery disease."
American Journal of Epidemiology, 1995
"Scientific data suggest positive relationships between a vegetarian diet and reduced risk for several chronic degenerative diseases and conditions...
Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 1997
Cohen concludes with the following: "Modern health care seems more to be about insurance costs and cash flow than good health. It can be argued that the cure for what ails society's financial, health, and spiritual failings is the adoption of a plant-based diet. Scientific data published in peer-reviewed journals supports that conclusion
has successfully beaten back efforts to re-criminalize marijuana | After months of round-the-clock lobbying and grassroots organizing, marijuana will remain safe and legal on the North Slope |
Last September the Alaska Supreme Court upheld a previous ruling that allows adults aged 21 and older to use and possess up to four ounces of marijuana in the privacy of their homes -- and not just for medical use | Marijuana Policy Project
grants program helped fund this litigation | The success of the efforts occurred even though Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski (R) declared that re-criminalizing marijuana would be one of his top legislative priorities this year | That, too failed |
Marijuana's prohibition of use continues to defy common sense and logic | A 2001 National Research Council study sponsored by the U.S. government found “...little apparent relationship between the severity of sanctions prescribed for drug use and prevalence or frequency of use, and ... perceived legal risk explains very little in the variance of individual drug use
.” The primary evidence cited came from comparisons between states that have and have not decriminalized marijuana | You can find other examples of the absurdity of this prohibition at the Prohibition Facts Page
I've long been fascinated with the Philadelphia Row House
and its many permutations | While making some of my many aimless meandering drives through the city the past two weeks, I snapped a few photos | The samples here hardly touch the breadth of style and constrution techniques used in this vernacular architecture | I hope to have more examples up in the future |
Margaret Louise Buterbaugh Brady
1930 ~ 2005
This in recognition and sympathy to Audrey Brown and her family
who lost their
mother Tuesday night 17 May 05
HOME AGAINIt's been a long couple of weeks; jam packed with detail, only some of which I can share right now,
some of which I won't make public at all |
I walked on Salvador Dali's Face
; gorged on gooey butter cake
, took several aimless rides and walks around Philly, visited Independence Hall, Wissahickon Creek and Pennypack Creek Parks, bought grain alcohol at Roger Wilco's
, made daily trips to Frankford/Torresdale Hospital
and visited with family, old friends and neighbors |
It's a strange phenomena, the loss of a loved one | I'm still absorbing it |
More to come soon |
held a world premier performance of their new dange production, MEGAWATT > FULL STRENGTH
| It is, by far, the most athletic and oddly erotic production I've seen from this absolutely kinetic dance troupe | I should add that I'm a committed pilobophile
and attend their performances whenever I'm able, even if it means nose-bleed seats and dipping into the equity loan
balance of our house |
It is also demostratively the most ambitious work they've shown in public thus far | It's 65 minutes in length, with no intermission meaning not only no break for the audience, but no break for the performers either |
They remained up to the task | From the serpentine beginning to the absolutely electric conclusion six dancers tumbled about on stage in full action mode |
Given the performance was evocative of electrical energy, I found it intersting to overhear a viewer say that what he saw on-stage accurately mimiced the sensation of being electrocuted | He was a utilities man and he'd noted he'd gotten severely jolted on more than one occasion | He was duly impressed with the performance by dancers Mark Fucik, Renee Jaworski, Andrew Herro, Cleothea MCjunkins, Jenny Mendex and Manelich Minniefee |
I also have to give credit to lighting design | Neil Jampolis' direction in this regard made the performance even more ebullient for me | Given that I'm near-sighted, I sometimes take my eyeglasses off to study the blur of action more closely | In this show, the blurs were ablaze with kinetic light action as well ...made me want to suggest they troupe videotape their show with a gauzy lens for the effect | It was like multicolored paramecia
swimming across the stage is the best I can describe it |
Given that I'd just driven home from Philadelphia, had time barely to shower and travel again, the performance, while energetic, provided a welcome jump-start away from my grief process |