Monday, March 4, 2013

Ayurveda and health

I'm learning about the ancient Indian health practices of Ayurveda. The following is a story I did, at the time I knew nothing about Ayurveda, but since then have learned more about these practices as I work on my own health, with Cecile Gilchrest's help. There are a few errors in this story, that's the hazard of daily journalism.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Canned sardines and more

    Grandad loved sardines, probably from eating them so often when he served in the Army-Air Force in World War II. I started eating them when I was  kid. Grandad, Edmund E. Jacobs, of Wooster, Ohio, retired after years in the reserves as a Lt. Col. He also served for a while on the Wooster City Council.

    Anyway, I am trying to save money and watch what I am eating, but with my schedule, canned foods help out. I've bough sardines, canned salmon, beans, soups and chili. I'll review them as I eat. I'm also on a tea kick, more on that later.

     Why is it that it's hard to find sardines from Canada? I know the last U.S. processing plant closed a year or so ago. I used to buy Beach Cliff, which was made in the U.S.A. I also like King Oscar, but they are more expensive. Poland now seems to make most Beach Cliff products. I've heard it's a new plant, and I feel better buying sardines from Poland, Norway, Canada, the U.S. than Morocco (least offensive) or God forbid, China, Thailand, etc.

Western Maryland mountain names

Polish mountain apparently has nothing to do with Polish people, although it could have to do with polished people. And the name of Negro mountain is also a matter of dispute and a hot topic in Maryland. To learn more, visit and

Might make for a good research paper, and interesting stuff, no matter what. I enjoyed interviewing Sen. Gladden and Mr. Biggs.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hot dogs banned!

The year is 2050.

It’s been years since they were outlawed, but some of us still had to get our fix. You could still find them if you knew where to go, usually across the railroad tracks to the shady side of town.

Junk food, as addictive as heroin, the government decided years back. Junk Food penalties are now the same as a Schedule II narcotic. But I wasn’t addicted to any ordinary junk food; I was addicted to the king of junk food, the hot dog.
So I needed my fix and headed down to the corner of Vegan Street and Tofu Alley. I got out of my car and knocked on the back door. Joe answered, smiling as always. “Mustard and onion, right?”

I nodded. Joe handed me two dogs and his big freebie to regular customers, an Alka Seltzer packet. The dogs cost $10 bucks. They say Joe’s supplier is the Salami syndicate out of Jersey. They’re a tough group and punish narks by forcing raw sausage down their throats until they pass out or get trichinosis, whichever comes first.
Anyway, I took my dogs to the corner of the city park where I can eat in my car in peace. It was hot outside, I put the window down. In the middle of the second dog a tall thin girl in beads, a psychedelic T-shirt and jeans walked by, she looked at me and sniffed. She was walking a wiener dog, a vegetarian wiener dog I am sure.

“You know”, she said. “Those things will kill you.”

“No, they’re tofu dogs, I said, lying. She looked at me.

“Mister, they don’t smell like tofu dogs.” She walked away in disgust, with her wiener dog tagging along.

A couple days later, about midnight, I heard a knock on the door.

“Junk Food Police, Hot Dog Division, we have a warrant, open up.” That girl must have written down or memorized my car tag.

I opened the door. They saw the buns I’d left on the table. The three cops pushed me aside and headed to the refrigerator.

The lead cop barked at me: “Are you going to open that refrigerator door for us, or are we going to have to break the thing open?”

I opened it; they looked around and noticed something under the salad bag. It was the extra uncooked dogs I get every so often from Joe.

“You’re under arrest, mister”, the head cop said. Before I knew it, the cuffs were on and he was reading my Miranda rights.

A few weeks later I was in court with my Public Defender. The judge was thin, lean and mean.

“You’re a first offender, so I’ll go easy on you,” he said. “One year in the state penitentiary with mandatory counseling as part of the recalcitrant carnivores program.”

“You know what that means?”

“No, judge,” I said.

“You only eat vegetarian food while in the pen,” the judge said.

Well, I’ve been out for a couple weeks now and doing pretty well. Prison kind of took away my taste for meat, although all prison food is bad, I mean, you couldn’t tell the beets from the broccoli half the time.

But then I found myself walking down Vegan Street and remembered Joe’s, I couldn’t help it.

I knocked on the back door.

“You’re back. I knew it, they always come back,” he said.

I was ashamed. He smiled.
“You still take mustard and onions?"

Learn About the Amish

Have you ever wondered about the Amish? If you travel much in rural Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana and other states, you may see them driving a horse and buggy. I can recommend an excellent blog:

Erik Wesner is the author of the blog.

Check it out, almost any question you have about the Amish will be answered.

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Gold Standard of Fitness Programs: A Review

If you really want to lose weight, be healthy and sculpt your muscles, there is no more bluntly honest, well-researched program than Tom Venuto's "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle".

Don't fall for the fake programs anymore, go with the real thing. You can do this, you can lose weight and feel great. No, I have been paid nothing for this review.

Venuto is a bodybuilder, but his program isn't aimed at bodybuilders. The program is aimed at anyone who wants to be healthy and toned. He rips all the fake and hack fitness programs out there and gives you the lowdown on real research and how to achieve real, lasting results.

The program, which can be downloaded from the Web, may seem expensive, but you get a massive book and a bunch of freebies like "10 Foods You Should Never Eat" and "Foods that Burn Fat, Foods that Turn to Fat".

In the book are an overview of nutritional information, diet guidelines, exercise programs and recommendations on the best options for your program. Venuto also debunks much of the junk science and fad diets out there so that you can head into his program knowing you're doing the right thing.

The book is packed with psychological motivation, ways to keep yourself motivated and motivate others. The program isn't easy, you do have to want to lose weight and keep it off. By changing the way you live as Venuto recommends, you will make progress.

If you purchase the program, you also get full access to Venuto's blog, community and later email notification of free and discounted offers.

If you really want to look and feel great, the Burn the Fat program is an excellent choice. The changes don't happen overnight, but they last more than overnight too.