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My Solution For Spring Allergies


My father's pollen allergies (hay fever) were so bad that our family had to move to a different state when I was young. My mother also has terrible pollen allergies. Other relatives on both sides of the family have very bad spring allergies. My uncle cannot even go outside without a HEPA mask over his nose and mouth sealed with vaseline! Obviously, it was in the cards for me to have pollen allergies. My worst allergy seems to be oak pollen.

Exercise and Glaucoma: Weight Lifting

I have never seen a single resource that recommends weight lifting as a means of lowering intraocular pressure (IOP). In fact, I think the conventional wisdom is that weight lifting would not be the right kind of activity to engage in for someone with elevated IOP or glaucoma.

One way to categorize exercise is as either aerobic or anaerobic. Weight lifting is usually anaerobic. Therefore, when one reads a statement such as “while studies show that aerobic exercise can lower intraocular pressure, other forms of exercise can increase pressure”, one naturally concludes that weight lifting will raise IOP.

On the Commonly Asked Questions page at Glaucoma Associates of New York, they address the issue of exercise and IOP or glaucoma in two questions. Both repeat the exhortation that aerobic exercise lowers IOP and non-aerobic exercise raises IOP. Here are those two items:

Ghee Comparison Table

Comparison of ghee products for quality and price

This article was updated January 1, 2009. Please make your browser window wide to see the full table.

Ghee is very important in regard to free radicals, health and longevity. I will write more about that in another post. For now, I'l just say that ghee is more than an indulgence. In a healthy vegetarian diet, ghee can be viewed as an essential vitamin supplement (albeit, one that tastes really good). In this post I want to take a look at the products that represent the best value and I want to compare quality. Ghee is so important as an addition to the diet that quality should not be sacrificed -- especially because only a very small amount of ghee needs to be used.

Think Your Food's Organic? Think Again


By Jim Hightower

When it comes to a healthy diet, I am not a purist. Too late for that because I grew up eating such culinary concoctions as toasted sandwiches constructed of Spam, white bread and that oddly orange, oddly spongy cheeselike stuff known as Velveeta.

As an adult, I even have been irresponsible enough to serve as a taster, judge and promoter of Spam creations that were served at a now-defunct annual event held in my town of Austin, Texas. Called "Spamarama," the festival featured unspeakable and (often unswallowable) dishes made from the gelatinous, pink potted meat, including -- get ready to gag -- Spam ice cream.

A Low Throw


Akasha chasing a low thrown Frisbee.

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Is Yellow Dal (Split Mung Bean) Safe? Part Two


Part One of the Article, Is Yellow Dal Safe?, can be found at this link:


In this part I want to show photographs of what I feel is strong evidence that some kind of coloring is added to the yellow dal commonly sold in Indian food stores. I compared a sample of certified organic yellow dal with a sample of standard yellow dal.


I rinsed both samples the same way and I took photographs of the water used to rinse the dal. If you are keeping up with the news about food safety and healthy foods, you are aware that foods are sometimes artifically colored while the manufacturers claim that they are not adding any coloring. The recent USA Today article says,


When Consumer Reports tested 23 supposedly wild-caught salmon fillets bought nationwide in 2005-2006, only 10 were wild salmon. The rest were farmed. Farmed salmon gets its coloring from dyes added to food pellets the fish are fed, while wild salmon gets it from the plankton they eat. "When you cook it, the wild salmon retains its color, and in the aquaculture salmon, the color tends to leak out," she says. Suspicious consumers can call the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Nutrition hotline at 1-888-SAFEFOOD.


Using that same logic I compared these two samples of yellow dal, one organic and one from my local Indian store. These photos show that the non-organic dal is a brighter yellow in the package. And I was shocked to see the amount of color that comes out in the water after rinsing this dal. In my mind, there is no way the bright yellow color of this water is natural. The yellow dal manufacturers's may deny that they are adding coloring to the dal, but I think these photos are proof that they are indeed doctoring the food.