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AARP Reports the “Skinny” on Healthcare Bill

Health Activism August 6, 2017

Executive VP, Nancy LeaMond issued the following statement to Congress:

This letter went to all 100 senators and exposed the “skinny” on the bill which she opposed, before giving the statement that follows.

In the letter, LeaMond states that the healthcare bill is opposed due to the fact that once again there will be millions of Americans left uninsured and would also lead to even more expensive insurance premium choices. The Independent Congressional Budget Office confirms that the “skinny” healthcare bill would also cause 16 million Americans to lose their healthcare. Four million Americans who have healthcare insurance sponsored by their employers, could also lose their healthcare insurance. LeaMond says, “It is unconscionable that rather than address issues of cost and coverage, millions of Americans would lose their coverage and see huge premium increases.”

As Americans take a good look around, they see many countries with healthcare that takes care of every citizen. This has never been the case in the U.S., as many Americans struggle to pay healthcare premiums or simply do without healthcare altogether. This is a dangerous system in that many people are living with chronic diseases and may not even know it, and many who are aware and have been diagnosed, cannot afford to be treated due to the costs of paying for healthcare yourself. This is an impossibility for most Americans, whether working or unemployed. If you go to the Emergency Room because of an illness, you may end up with a medical bill stating that you owe tens of thousands of dollars for your visit and treatment. The ambulance 911 service alone can cost 500-600 dollars for a ride to the hospital.

LeaMond says that the AARP will not cease to fight congress from passing the bill that could impose an Age Tax and cut Medicaid and Medicare which is the insurance that helps seniors remain insured and keeps a roof over their heads because they don’t have to pay full price for doctor’s visits or prescriptions they require to stay alive, or simply live a quality of life. The call is strong for all senators to vote NO on this healthcare bill. The AARP also asks that congress forget about taking sides with their parties, but to think in a non-partisan way when it comes to developing a healthcare bill that would work and be affordable for most Americans.

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Poisonous Health Food Apricot Kernels

Health Activism October 16, 2016

Whenever someone tells you about a new superfood, vitamin, or supplement, it’s always best to research the item before using it to avoid risk of injury, illness, or death. Stamping “Healthy”, “Organic” or “Natural” on something doesn’t make it fit for human consumption, although marketing companies might try to convince you that’s the case.

Earlier this year, the Food Standards Agency (UK) and the European Food Safety Authority released a warning regarding raw apricot kernels (whole or powdered), which are sold as a “healthy” food containing B-17 (purported to guard against cancer or prevent its spread). They stated, “We advise that bitter apricot kernels including the powdered forms should not be eaten. This is because a naturally-occurring substance in the kernels changes – after people eat the products – to cyanide.”

Basically, apricot kernels carry amygdalin (a glycoside found in many other fruits including apples, peaches, and plums), which turns into cyanide when it reaches the intestines. That’s right – by eating this “healthy” snack, you’re ingesting poison – and at an alarming rate. Thirty kernels is considered a lethal dose, and the recommended serving size on a regular package is between 12-15 kernels. If someone ate two servings of kernels a day, they could die.

Of course, the symptoms – which include nausea, insomnia, and headaches – could be misconstrued and indicative  of many other health problems, which could then lead to misdiagnosis and possibly, death.

Poisonous Health Food Apricot Kernels

So what about grocery store items that contain apricot kernels, such as jams or pastes? Luckily, these are alright to consume. While apricot kernels are sometimes used as flavoring, the foods containing them are safe to eat because the kernels have been processed (typically with heat) and the amygdalin has been eradicated.

Be wary of new “health” foods – you can always find helpful information at the following: WHO, EFSA, FDA

By Kaitlin Cone

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If Each of Us Spent $100 a Year on Local Business Rather than Chain Stores

Health Activism September 28, 2016

If Each of Us Spent $100 a Year on Local Business Rather than Chain Stores

We all know local business tends to be much healthier than chain stores. We know this isn’t 100% all-the-time true — there are chain stores that promote health, and local stores that don’t — but it is generally accurate.

We also know that chain stores are growing business while local business is being put out of business by these chains (and in some markets by internet business to varying degrees). The reason: local businesses cannot compete when it comes to price with large chains due to economies of scale and other things large businesses have under their belt.

It is also the case that small businesses are increasingly taxed and regulated, making it harder for regular people to start them and run them. Because regular people can’t afford accountants and lawyers to take on this job, or spend the time to learn it and do it themselves because they are already too busy, its more reason there are less and less people able to do business on a small (or “regular”) scale.

This also means people who work in our communities have less and less money coming in each year, because their small businesses are doing worse or are folding, so they can afford to spend less in the community — including spending less on healthier food and living.

So we find ourselves in a downward spiral away from what is better for us and our communities, in order to save individually on commodity costs.

But some interesting math has been going around. In one community, this sign was put up.

If Each of Us Spent $100 a Year on Local Business Rather than Chain Stores

Some related math, by Anthony Monshower II:

If 15% of the US Population spent $200 a year on local businesses, it’ll put $10,200,000,000.00 into local businesses and the local economy.

1,140,000,000.00 for Canada.

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Vandava Shiva Quotes

Health Activism July 31, 2016

“You cannot insert a gene you took from a bacteria into a seed and call it life. You havn’t created life instead you have only polluted it.” – Vandava Shiva, ecological activist

Vandana Shiva is an Indian scholar, environmental activist and anti-globalization author. Shiva, currently based in Delhi, has authored more than twenty books.

Her projects include “seed freedom,” “golden rice,” “GMOs and suicide in India,” and “ecofeminism.”

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