November 2012

Hi Mom, I did some research this morning about arterial plaque. I’d guess your condition is likely to turn out to be atherosclerosis. When you visit with the doctor, you’ll want to be sure of the names he gives you, because atherosclerosis is also known as arteriosclerotic vascular disease, both of which sound a lot like arteriosclerosis. “The […]


Scarcity increases value, an economic maxim that showed its power when boxes of Twinkies (8 per box) started selling for $100 on Ebay after the announcement that Hostess was shutting down production. I wondered if the failure of Hostess was because consumers had wised up to the dangers of junk food and were turning their […]


My forty-ish, 215 pound female friend from Georgia asked me to write about inner and outer beauty. “For many years, the ONE thing I wanted in life was to be beautiful. “I wanted to look like a supermodel. “If I were beautiful, people would want to be around me, they would respect me, I would […]


The really scary part for meat-eating humans in Martha Rosenberg’s Born With A Junk Food Deficiency is when she writes about mad cow disease. The difference between bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), aka mad cow disease, and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) is that the first is what cows get, and the latter is what people get. […]


When my counterpart, Ms. Immortal, told me about Dr. Mercola’s interview with Ori Hofmekler extolling the virtues of black coffee from freshly ground arabica beans, it sounded like a veritable fountain of youth. Sign me up for that. Freshly ground—that’s important. Not freshly ground because it says so on the can, but freshly ground because […]