Thursday, March 27, 2014

"Cause I'm A Man!"

Detroiter Lance Swain, in vehicle, helps lift an elderly woman out of an overturned Jeep to other good Samaritans who stopped to help two women after an accident on southbound Lodge near the Howard exit in Detroit, Michigan on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (Daniel Mears / The Detroit News)
I saw another for real Detroit miracle the other day. It was reported in the established media, too!

This photo story appeared in The Detroit News. It shows four black men and a black woman helping a white woman out of an overturned Jeep on the Lodge Freeway. Another photo shows the the back woman and another black lady helping the elderly white women to their car to stay warm until police and firemen arrived on the scene of the accident.

In my mind these “good Samaritan” Detroit men and women exemplified one of Detroiters' least recognized attributes - they really care about one another. Not only did these heroes risk their lives to help these ladies, they did so regardless of race. That alone, in photographic proof, is a shocking fact for many suburban Metro Detroit people.

Detroit News Reporter Daniel Mears asked one of the good Samaritans, Mr. Lance Swain, why he helped the two strangers. “Swain answered, shocked by the question, ‘Cause I'm a man!’”

Please go here for the entire story, "Two Women Rescued from Over Turned Jeep", by Daniel Mears, The Detroit News, 25 Mar 2014.  Caption for the photo (above): Detroiter Lance Swain, in vehicle, helps lift an elderly woman out of an overturned Jeep to other good Samaritans who stopped to help two women after an accident on southbound Lodge near the Howard exit in Detroit, Michigan on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (Daniel Mears / The Detroit News)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Predatory Capitalism in a Can

Change the name from Panama to Downriver Michigan, or any other region in the USA, and the story is the same. Soda kills. Stop drinking it and giving what little money you have to the corporations which are killing you and your loved ones.

The people of Panama and the people of Downriver MI have more in common with each other than with the Coke and Pepsi executives. We just want to live life with our loved ones and not as profit centers of the diabetes-linked soda industry. (1) Please go here for more about the dangers of sugar in your diet.

1. "One Soda Per Day Raises Diabetes Risk, Study Suggests"
ABC News
By Liz Neporent, 25 Apr 2013

Here’s yet another reason for giving up soda: A new study out today suggests that just one 12 ounce serving of a sugar-sweetened beverage can raise the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 22 percent.

Since most research on the evils of soda has looked at North American populations, researchers at the Imperial College of London wanted to see if they could establish a link between sugary drink consumption and type 2 diabetes in Europeans too.

To test their theory, the researchers combed through over 15 years of data on sugar-sweetened beverage consumption that included more than 27,000 people from seven European countries. During that time period more than 40 percent developed type 2 diabetes, with those who said they drank at least one soda or some other sweet drink each day showing an 18 percent higher risk of developing the disease. When factors like body weight and body mass index weren’t controlled for, the risk rose to 22 percent.

This is consistent with findings from U.S. studies that find that soda drinking is associated with a 25 percent increased diabetes risk.

Notably, even diet soda drinkers had to worry about developing diabetes. However, when body weight and exercise levels were factored in, the link disappeared. In other words, healthy-weight, exercising diet soda drinkers were no more likely to develop type two diabetes than non-soda drinkers.

Why is sipping just one small can of soda daily so damaging to health? Sweetened drinks are the largest contributor of empty calories and processed sugar in both the American and European diet according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. It’s been pegged as a major contributor to a variety of health issues.

“Aside from sugar, there are nine other potentially dangerous ingredients in soda, including carcinogenic artificial colors and phosphoric acid, which can contribute to everything from obesity to cancer to the depletion of micronutrients essential for strong bones,” noted Jayson Calton, co-author of Rich Food, Poor Food, a book that explains the hidden dangers in food and beverages.

The British study is not without issues. Each country’s study center analyzed their data a little differently which might have introduced errors. It’s also what scientists call an association study, meaning the information is culled from self-reported drinking patterns – a technique that always chances inaccuracies.

However, it does seem to reinforce the clear message that sugary drinks have an unhealthy effect, not only on the waistline, but on overall health.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Mrs. Helen Brick Lost Her Life This Morning

I’ve been house-bound the past few months. We are taking care of Colleen’s 95-year-old mother who now requires near constant care and can not be left alone.

Colleen is an RN and we are fortunate to have Henry Ford Home Health Care, Henry Ford e-Home Care and Henry Ford Home Infusion support, without which taking care of Trula would be impossible.

Since I’m working out of the home office and have some medical training and experience, I help take care of her during the day and night time.

Our day normally begins at 4 am and this past Thursday was no exception. We were up taking care of Trula until about 4:40 am. I stopped into the home office and looked out of the window and saw smoke coming out of one of the condos located not too far from us.

A row of condos directly in front of ours obstructed our view of the burning building and we couldn’t see the entire structure. Fearful that our neighbors were in danger, we called our fire department and learned that they were already aware of the fire and on the scene.

Unfortunately, the building was totally engulfed by the time our first responders arrived and Mrs. Helen Brick, our neighbor, did not survive.

I wish I had gotten up earlier and seen the smoke so that we could have alerted our first responders and they could have gotten to her in time. Go here for more about Mrs. Brick.

Cincinnatus - A Leader Geo. Washington Respected

Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus  (519 BC – 430 BC) a Roman aristocrat and statesman whose service as consul in 460 BC and dictator in 458 BC and 439 BC made him a model of civic virtue. Twice granted supreme power, Cincinnatus held onto it for not a day longer than absolutely necessary. Early in his life, due to the actions of his son, Caeso Quinctius, Cincinnatus was forced to pay an immense fine, to sell most of his lands and compelled to live in humble circumstances on a small farm, where he and his family were able to subsist on the work of his hands. George Washington admired Cincinnatus. Today, would we value or denigrate Cincinnatus for placing public service above personal gain? (Wikipedia)