I am back online after an unscheduled hiatus due to a period of intense stress. Shortly after I “birthed” this blog, one of my dearest friends had a sudden, aggressive recurrence of cancer. I was her primary care physician as she went through her cancer surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. When I left clinical practice in February 2010, her disease was in remission, but she asked me to promise that I would be there for her, as her doctor and her friend, if the disease recurred in the future. I made that promise and its fulfillment while stressful, was also a powerful learning process. As I catch up on all those things I did not accomplish during the most active month of her illness, I am in the process of grieving a truly dear friend while trying to recovery from the emotional trauma of watching her dying process. This started me thinking about death and dying in general, something most doctors experience more often than they would like, and realized I have learned many deep lessons from observing illness and death and the different forms it can take in different people. Over the next few blogs, I plan to share several experiences related to this subject and what I learned from them. I invite you to join me.
Thanks to all of you who helped this occur!
If you have concerns about our food supply and how it has been and is being altered then this will interest you.
Ci Yin Oliveira, 11, is in the sixth grade at Mountain Union School in Montgomery Creek in Shasta County, California. He wrote a speech "Why I Protested Monsanto" and delivered it March 16, 2012 at a protest at the Monsanto offices in Davis, California supporting a California ballot initiative to label genetically modified foods. You can watch the video of his speech here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=18pNDmOmMqU . You may prefer to read a condensed transcript that was published here: http://www.davisenterprise.com/opinion/opinion-columns/why-i-protested-at-monsanto/.
FRESH, the movie, celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.
Among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.
This movie is available to watch for free this week only. It is well worth knowing the information it presents. What we choose to eat has everything to do with our health but it also has everything to do with the future of our planet! http://www.freshthemovie.com/watch-fresh-streaming-1-week-only/
This movie is free to view for the next week and, in my opinion, it is well worth the time it takes to watch it. Please share the link with your friends so more people can be informed: http://www.hungryforchange.tv/online-premiere.
PS: I did take exception to the extreme metaphor comparing eating breakfast cereal to injecting heroin, however, the point that refined sugar is addictive and a huge contributor to suboptimal health and illness is true.