Archive for May, 2007

9/11 Dust


May 31st, 2007

I read an interesting article in the NEW YORK TIMES last week. As many people are at least anecdotally aware (especially me), there seems to be a correlation between exposure to environmental hazards and certain health issues. Although the sufferers of those issues are more than convinced, the mainstream scientific data for these issues is shall we say less than mounting. An interesting thing happened last week…There was a women in New York who was exposed to dust from the Twin Towers who developed a mysterious illness. Initially, she has a severe respiratory issues (…sounds familiar…), but after a few months these symptoms gave way to undiagnosed internal problems (…twilight zone fades out…). She died 5 months later apparently undiagnosed and untreated.

Mrs. Dunn-Jones, a 42-year-old lawyer whose office was a block from the trade center. She developed a troubling cough weeks after fleeing the attack and died in February 2002.

While it seemed obvious I’m sure to her friends and family the cause of death, the medical examiner initially reported it as a natural cause. But last week, that decision was overturned. Their post mortem assessment was that they believed beyond a reasonable doubt that her death was caused by environmental issues and the cause of death was officially changed from natural causes to MURDER.

“Most people are fine,” Dr. Reibman said yesterday, “and if they haven’t developed symptoms by now, I doubt very much they will.” Still, she said, those who have respiratory, gastrointestinal and other problems that might be related to the dust should seek medical help.

While there is still a LONG way to go in elucidating the internal malfunction that led to her death, the ruling could definitely be considered PROGRESS…

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Rawsome!


May 31st, 2007

I haven’t even finished reading this book yet or tried any of the recipes, but i’ve already gotten my money’s worth.  While the book does contain 200 simple recipes to try, it is an excellent reference for a person with issues like mine.  One of the main issues I struggle with is extreme food sensitivities to just about everything.  This book details the nutritional properties of most commonly used vegetables, nuts, fruits, spices, and oils.  Not only does it talk about the vitamins and mineral properties of the food, it talks about it’s medicinal properties…what ailments they are traditionally used to treat.  It also has a reverse reference…starting with these basic vitamins and minerals, which foods contain them?  I’ve already started to glean some really useful insight from a bad reaction I had to seaweed salad this week.  This book is just an excellent foundation for the healing power of food.

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Raw Food. Real World.


May 31st, 2007

This book is really glamorous, and it has a lot of good buzz. It was highly recommended to me by multiple people at a raw food potluck. The authors are almost too beautiful to be true co-owners of PURE FOOD AND WINE in New York City. (They did turn out to be too good to be true as they have since parted ways). But, the book is really amazing. While many of the recipes are rather complicated and it’s definitely geared more towards those that are more about enjoying the process than getting ‘er dun, the recipes are really really good. However, given how much work is required for most of them, it will probably take me a while to get through all this book has to offer. Realistically, I’ll probably only get to try 2-3 a month. At the same time, the recipes are really inspiring and creative. I’ve definitely gotten ideas for more day to day things I could try from the exposure. In short, this isn’t the old reliable toyota that will get you really good gas mileage on the way to work every day, but it’s already succeeded in inspiring my chain smoking bff to turn a new healthier leaf :)

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Critical Mass


May 31st, 2007

Here is a picture of my dog, Harley, looking out at all the bikers from his buggy when we rode with Critical Mass in Minneapolis.

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Living On Live Food


May 30th, 2007

This is the first raw book I tried, and it is a great one for starting. I was initially attracted to it because the author’s name is Alissa, and hey! That’s my name, too. (She pronounces it differently though.) Anyway, what’s great about this book is that it breaks down the transition to raw food in really simple and easy to integrate terms. She lays out a complete 4 week program complete with shopping lists. You can order it with a DVD that walks you through the process, but I’m kind of a book person and I found the book easy enough to follow. The recipes are very simple and straightforward, and I was able to check out the benefits of eating raw without too much muss and fuss. I would definitely recommend this as a first book. I ordered it HERE.

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