Those were the headlines on the front page of the Business & Finance section of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) yesterday. Mark T. Bertolini – the CEO of Aetna since 2010 – stands to make a half billion dollars if Aetna successfully merges with CVS and he leaves his job. According to the WSJ, about $230 million will come from already vested stock appreciation rights while another $190 million would come from the common stock he already owns. An additional $60-$85 million is estimated to be his payout if he is terminated when the company sells itself. Read more
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States and the American Heart Association (AHA) professes to be on a mission “to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.” While this disease takes many forms, the primary concern of most people is atherosclerosis: “a big word for a big problem: fatty deposits that can clog arteries. These buildups are called plaque. They’re made of cholesterol, fatty substances, cellular waste products, calcium and fibrin (a clotting material in the blood)” according to the AHA. In addition, the AHA writes: Read more
Several years ago I started making donations to sanctuaries specializing in the rescue of animals from slaughter houses and abused “homes.” The stories were heartbreaking and I knew my dollars were primarily going to the veterinary care of the animals, food, shelter, and the selfless staff devoted to taking care of these animals.
When a cow escapes from a slaughter house in Brooklyn, I cheer for the cow (and curse the people chasing it) and often send a donation to the kind person who rescued the terrified animal. So, before I go further, I want to unequivocally say these charities deserve our support because they spotlight the abuse and horrific way people treat most animals. They make us think twice about our choices. Read more
We envision a life free of diabetes and all its burdens, which is fueled by our mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of al people affected by diabetes. ~American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) works to “prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.” The organization does this by education, advocacy, and providing grants for research.
Approximately 30 million Americans have diabetes with the majority (an estimated 29 million according to the ADA) suffering from Type 2. An additional estimated 84 million Americans 18 and older are prediabetic. In other words, 113 million people or 1 in 3 people in the United States suffer from prediabetes or diabetes. Read more
For decades I never gave much thought to aluminum beyond the rolls of aluminum foil in my kitchen drawer. Then several years ago, I was reading a cookbook (Vegan Chocolate..the ultimate chocolate baking book for chocoholics available at www.amazon.com and at bookstores nationwide) by Fran Costigan that recommended using aluminum-free baking powder which made my curious as to what the difference was between baking powder with aluminum (double-acting baking powder) and aluminum-free baking powder. Read more
We heard natural deodorant never works. So we made one that does.
Most antiperspirants/deodorants contain aluminum – a metal that temporarily plugs the sweat ducts and prevents you from perspiring. Although there is definitely an upside to not perspiring at times, there is also a downside to rubbing aluminum-based antiperspirant under your arms every single day because our bodies can absorb the aluminum. We don’t need aluminum to nourish our bodies and recent studies suggest a link between the amount of aluminum absorbed and retained in our body with cognitive decline. Read more
In our protein-obsessed culture, people spend enormous amounts of time thinking about how to consume as much of this nutrient as possible from animal sources. We’ve been conditioned to associate protein with muscle development, animals, and overall health but we need to step back and open our minds to both how much we need and where to get it. A generation ago, protein was associated with spinach (Where is Popeye of spinach fame when we need him?) but the emphasis is currently on getting protein from animal products. Why is that? Read more
There are all kinds of fancy and beautifully packaged fruit and vegetable wash products on the market that make all kinds of claims pertaining to effectiveness of removing pesticide residue but the best, most effective, and least expensive wash can be made at home by simply using vinegar, water combined with white vinegar, water combined with salt, or just plain tap water. Read more
Over the past few weeks as I’ve listened to arguments over healthcare, the “Freedom Caucus” keeps coming up which made me wonder “Who is the Freedom Caucus?” The answer: a congressional caucus made up of 30 men, almost all (28) of whom are white and middle-aged or seniors. The other two men include a middle-aged man who was born in Puerto Rico and an Arab-American.
The Freedom Caucus is a conservative group of congressmen who claim to represent the interests of their constituents. There are no women and no African-American members of the Freedom Caucus, and this fringe group only has 30 members (7%) out of 435 members of Congress, which is telling. And, yet the Freedom Caucus is a powerful group in that they can withhold enough votes to stop the Republican party from pushing forward their agenda (which actually helps the Democrats much to their dismay). Read more
Sometimes the problems in our world seem so overwhelming that we underestimate the power of our ability to make a difference in ourselves (both physically and mentally), the environment, and in the lives of other beings. We all tend to think of ourselves first but life would have little meaning if not for others. So, in the spirit of making the world a better place, consider doing one or all of the following “little” things to make a “big” change in your world: Read more