Monday, August 7, 2017

Musings and Reflections for the Week of Aug 7 2017

  1. Arsenic is our food has been neglected for too.  The highest concentrations are found in animal foods but if you are plant-based, you're not off the hook.  Rice and mushrooms have high concentrations due to contamination of soil.  To minimize exposure, reduce rice consumption to no more than 1/2 cup per week, buy rice from California, and cook it using the parboil method of 1:10 rice to water and rain -- like making pasta.
  2.  Tomorrow night, Tues 8pm, PBS is airing a special featuring Dr. Greger about "How not to die."  Anyone who has not heard Dr. G, this could change the trajectory of your life.  Seriously, although perhaps a better title would be "How not to kill yourself gradually by eating foods which we were culturally conditioned to eat but cause heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, etc." 
  3. With one dietary change, the U.S. could almost meet greenhouse-gas emission goals.
  4. This piece from the New Yorker on Buddhism.  "Sometimes it helps to dwell on the immensity of the universe."
  5. More than two-thirds of Americans are financially illiterate.  One man hopes to changes that by sharing everything we need to know and it all fits on one index card.

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