Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New February Life-Style is here!

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Saturday, January 28, 2012


A Look Back At 1961

The beginning of a new year always seems to bring a wave of nostalgia for times past.  Herewith, a backward glance at fifty years ago.

In 1961:

     The U.S. population was 183,691,481
     Life expectancy was 70.2 years
     Average yearly income was $5,735
     Federal Minimum Wage was $1.10
     The Chevy Impala was the most popular U.S. made car at $5,380.
                 Read more on page 16

Thursday, January 26, 2012


If you're like me, the thought of actually going to a gym and participating in EXERCISE is about as appealing as walking on hot coals or having an all-over body wax.  There are, however, ways that you might not have thought of to trick your body into exercising, ways that don't involve gardening or sports. See more on page 6

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


If you keep only one resolution this year, make it this one. Eat more vegetables. Yes, Mom was right. Your body is crying out for the healthy nutrition packed into each brightly colored plant. If you're not a veggie lover, perhaps it's because your idea of cooking them is confined to a frozen package in the microwave, or boiling the life out of them in too much water. Try one (or more) of these delicious recipes and take the blah out of vegetables.  See more on page 11 of Jan. Life-style

Sunday, January 22, 2012


We never fail to be astounded by the inventiveness of big corporations.  Take Monsanto, for instance (please).  They manufacture Roundup the all-purpose herbicide for weed control.  It worked great on weeds, but it also did a number on crops.

Was Monsanto defeated?  Hell, no.  After 
all, this was the corporation (along with
Dow Chemical) that brought us Agent
Orange, the defoliant used in the Vietnam

Monsanto went into their laboratories, did a little creative gene engineering and developed crops that were Roundup resistant.  Now farmers not only had to buy these genetically modified seeds, but the only weed killer they could use was ROUNDUP.

But weeds are stubborn little survivors and became resistant to the herbicide, so now farmers had to use more and more of it.  Now farmers are being advised 
to use increasingly powerful mixtures of multiple
herbicides and not Roundup alone.  No wonder our farmers are going broke.

For the latest reports on genetically modified crops, take a look at this.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


I found some interesting information in Dr. Joel Fuhrman's book Eat To Live (to be reviewed in the February issued of Life-Style).  If that name sounds familiar, you might recognize it from his lecture on PBS.   Here is an excerpt from the book:

"Fat, such as olive oil, can be stored on your body within minutes, without costing the body any caloric price;  it is just packed away (unchanged) on your hips and waist.  If we biopsied your waist fat and looked at it under an electron microscope, we could actually see where the fat came from.  It is stored there as pig fat, dairy fat, and olive oil fat - just as it was in the original food.  It goes from your lips right to your hips.  Actually, more fat from your last meal is deposited around your waist than on your hips, for both men and women.  Analyzing these body-fat deposits is an accurate way for research scientists to discern food intake over time.  Having research subjects remember what they ate (dietary recall analysis) is not as accurate as a tissue biopsy, which reports exactly what was eaten."

Wow!  No point lying to Dr. Fuhrman.  He knows what you did!  

Seriously, this is an interesting book for many reasons.  Be sure to read my review in the February issue of Life-Style.