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“The plural of anecdote is not data” . . . part 1 of 4

I’m still laughing since I read that most excellent quote–thanks, Katie!   When I’m teaching my college students elemental data analysis and research, I tell them my two pet peeves about research in general, but particularly in the field of health and nutrition.   I say that I am completely frustrated with medicine.   The […]

FDA finally admits fillings containing mercury may be harmful

In my local paper June 11, local dentist Michelle Jorgenson, who quit using amalgam fillings 10 years ago, is “vindicated.”   That’s because, due to the settlement of a class action lawsuit, the FDA’s site now says,   “Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have nerotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and […]

Mark Bittman: western lifestyle causing global warming

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/263   This is a great speech worth your time, by New York Times food writer Mark Bittman.   Did you know that our massive meat consumption (which has increased per capita 250 percent globally in the past 50 years) contributes to global warming?   Bittman discusses the history of food since 1900, and he […]

Are GreenSmoothieGirl nutrition standards too high?

The interesting controversy over my nutrition quiz prompts this post. I supported myself in high school and college teaching piano lessons, and I taught again for about 10 years when my kids were  small.   When I quit, I had 33 students and a two-year waiting list.   My big frustration, teaching piano, was that […]

fun with community supported agriculture

  I just got home from picking up at our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) co-op.   We each paid $400 for a half share: weekly pickups of whatever they have, for a 4.5-month growing season.   Four friends and I take turns picking up.   It has been so much fun!   This week, we […]