International Women’s Year – How far We’ve Come! Posted on April 16th, 2011
My Birthday happens to fall on International Women’s Day. It is a day to personally and collectively celebrate. If you live in the developed world, women live longer and healthier lives than men. They earn three fifths of the university degrees. They make up half the enrollment in law schools and medical schools. Women are the breadwinners in a growing number of households. If you are a woman today you are singularly blessed. You belong to the freest, most educated and most affluent group in human history. Your own daughters will have more choices open to them than any group that ever lived. Since International Women’s Day was proposed in 1910, women have gained voting rights, property rights, marriage rights and employment rights. But the biggest right of all was to gain control over reproduction. Elsewhere in the world women still continue to fare poorly by comparison. Women in India, Afghanistan, Chile, Zimbabwe and a dozen other countries still endure hardship, beatings, sexual harassment, rape and violence. The same system that has lifted us up is connected to the system that keeps these women down. I-Technology with I-Phones and Kindles, fuels the market for coltan the mineral that lies at the root of a vicious war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Our desire for the latest designer label clothes drives the sweatshops of Bangladesh where women work for 3 dollars a day. The silent majority of the world’s women know nothing of International Women’s Day; they remain mired in the struggle for the most basic freedoms.
GMA Focuses on Food Dyes Posted on April 8th, 2011
I have spent the last 30 years working in a field called Environmental Medicine – the branch of medicine that deals with the body’s relationship to the environment. The program on Good Morning America sheds light on an issue that I have known about for 30 years. Why is mainstream-media so far behind?
In a clinical setting I saw many children who would be rendered completely incapacitated by exposures to food dyes and additives. Take the average kid, expose him or her to Red Dye # 40, Yellow # 3 or Blue # 6 and in some cases, you could be dealing with an uncontrollable entity – a behavioral nightmare. And then a label of ADD or ADHD. These scenarios are playing out all over the country from exposure to yellow # 3 added to cheese or red # 40 added to packaged cereals or drinks. When is this going to stop?
We have a whole generation of sensitive children who cannot withstand the barrage of chemicals and additives in today’s convenience foods. The inconvenient truth is that we as parents must feed our children healthy foods – hopefully organic and hormone free.
If you need more information, you’ll be interested in the work of Doris Rapp M.D., whose ground-breaking book Is This Your Child? sheds light on this important subject.
Good Morning America – good work – but this news is not new.