#Cancer: K-Cup® Plastic Products used under extensive Heat suspected of Estrogen Levels Rise

#Cancer: K-Cup® Plastic Products used under extensive Heat suspected of Estrogen Levels Rise.

Cancer survivors might want to read this article. It brings up some interesting results. I was thinking of buying one of these. After reading this, I think I will stick with the regular brewing system I have. Too much is not known at this time.

Betty Ford is Being Honored Today-Pioneer for Addiction & Breast Cancer Advocate

Betty Ford, former First Lady of the United St...

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Betty Ford passed away last week at the age of 93, the wife of former president Gerald Ford.  Many people will remember that she spoke out about Breast Cancer and was one of the first advocates for funding for this disease.  She also brought “Happy Hour” out of the living rooms of America into the limelight of addiction.

Yes Betty Ford spoke out about how “Happy Hour” used to start at 5 and continue until 9 p.m. and the children didn’t always have dinner.  She didn’t realize that “Happy Hour” was affecting her family until they did an intervention and she sought treatment.

Betty Ford set up the Betty Ford Center on the campus of Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California for people who needed help.  It had a an air of celebrity about it, but it worked.  It worked because Betty made sure the staff knew that everyone had to get back to life and have chores while they were in treatment.  Yes, the patients had to clean toilets and make beds and have kitchen duty, because that is what real people did at home.

My life and Betty’s crossed when my ex spouse went into the Betty Ford Center for treatment and I entered the family program so I would learn what had drawn me into a co-dependent alcoholic relationship.  After a week-long stay of the family program, I separated from my spouse and enrolled in a year-long program of after-care for families.  I also started working for the ad agency for the Eisenhower Medical Center.  After a year of after-care, I did not recreate the alcoholic in my relationships again.

We did programs for the Betty Ford Center from time to time and I would see Betty and she autographed her book for me.  She was very gracious and warm.

I attended a few of the reunions that the Center had for families and those who had attended the programs there.  Yes there were celebrities there, and no I will not show any names. Confidentiality is to be maintained always, and I chose to reveal that I was in the family program, but I can not reveal anyone else.

Her passing is the lose to the mental health field of addiction and the advocacy for breast cancer survivors.  I will miss her strength and her warm caring for everyone.

Celebrating a Nuclear Disaster 25 Years Later

Never forget Chernobyl

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We are marking 25 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.  What have we learned?  I remember the announcement the Nuclear disaster had happened in Russia 25 years ago.  No one knew exactly how bad it would be, but that it was the worst disaster at a nuclear power plant.

Marking this disaster yesterday, we have Japan going through a similar crisis and their water, milk and food supply tainted. Farmers protested yesterday in Japan demanding that they be compensated for their loss. 

 While in Chernobyl, we saw people giving prayers for the dead.  I think, we will see prayers for the dead in Japan after the clearing of the bodies from the area around the plant, but it will be awhile until everyone is accounted for and the missing presumed dead.

Chernobyl showed us that it isn’t safe to live around a nuclear power plant, and yet we have the same issue happening in Japan.  People having to leave their homes because of the nuclear contamination.  Radiation in rain water has been detected throughout the U.S., but will we know the extent of the danger?

What will happen in 10 years, more cases of cancer will begin to show up and clusters will develop around the nuclear power plant area, and then we will know the true toll of this crisis.  It is estimated by some experts that almost one million people may have died from radiation exposure to Chernobyl over the years.  How do they really know?

I remember my paper in college on nuclear safety and how my instructor told me it was a safe method to generate power, and yet while I was doing my research, I could not find experts that agreed on that topic.  Then just a few years later, we had the Chernobyl accident.  I think my paper’s thesis was correct.  You don’t have any control over nuclear power, and it isn’t safe.

The life around the Chernobyl plant was portrayed in an article in the Los Angeles Times in  this past weekend’s edition, and it spoke about villagers committing suicide because they have no way out.  They are dying around the plant and they see no way to escape its death grip so they take their own lives.  What a sad day in our humanity to not have a solution except suicide.

The beautiful island of Japan may become similar if steps are not taken to solve this crisis now and international think tanks must look at solutions for these problems. Solar, wind and geothermal power must be considered more now than ever before.  Utilizing those resources of Mother Nature that are not harmful, but that we can actually use to sustain ourselves in a better environment.

We must learn from these disasters before we all become part of the disaster itself.