Opinion: Why I got vaccinated It’s the most responsible approach to the health of your neighbors and fellow community members. published in the Juneau Empire, Thursday, March 4, 2021 12:15pm A year ago, the Empire graciously printed my opinion piece “Why I’m Wearing a Mask.” I’ll tell you, one reason I got the COVID vaccines is because wearing a mask is getting old, and I want to do my part in helping us get past necessary mask mandates. Eventually, we will be safe to go maskless, but not yet. It would be beyond horrible to inadvertently be an asymptomatic carrier who infected a more vulnerable neighbor, patient or family member, who then suffered from getting sick, becoming a “long-hauler” or worse. Some say getting a vaccine is a personal choice — of course it is. However if you opt out of the vaccine then you’re responsible to not be a potential disease vector, which means staying home (not feasible if you can’t work from home) or taking all the usual precautions when in public. Many cultures, for many centuries, have...
By MICHAEL MOSS Published: February 20, 2013 On the evening of April 8, 1999, a long line of Town Cars and taxis pulled up to the Minneapolis headquarters of Pillsbury and discharged 11 men who controlled America’s largest food companies. Nestlé was in attendance, as were Kraft and Nabisco, General Mills and Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Mars. Rivals any other day, the C.E.O.’s and company presidents had come together for a rare, private meeting. On the agenda was one item: the emerging obesity epidemic and how to deal with it. While the atmosphere was cordial, the men assembled were hardly friends. Their stature was defined by their skill in fighting one another for what they called “stomach share” — the amount of digestive space that any one company’s brand can grab from the competition.
new research suggests yes, so moms, keep your minds open here: The Philadelphia Inquirer (philly.com) – Can giving babies solids sooner prevent food allergies? – By Christopher C. Chang, M.D., Ph.D. – (Tuesday, February 12, 2013) – Rice cereal first and then vegetables? What about fruit? I get these questions often from my patients. The timing of when to introduce solid foods to infants can be confusing for parents, and the recommendations can vary slightly from doctor to doctor. The research is ongoing, but there is a growing body of evidence which suggest introducing solid foods early may increase tolerance and reduce incidence of allergies.
If I had been asked this question 20 years ago, I would have gently explained that kids are clean — they haven’t had time to accumulate toxins or sully their health with the usual culprits associated with smoking, drinking and partying. However, sadly, we have all heard the news stories about noxious chemicals — many never properly tested by the FDA — found in breast milk. States all over the country are mounting legislative actions to ban BPA and phthalates and flame retardant chemicals