SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

September 13, 2014

Chuck Todd, destined host

Television

New host aims to boost Beltway bore

By Ben Terris THE WASHINGTON POST

WASHINGTON — With an office shelf stocked with a George W. Bush bobblehead, every conceivable issue of The Almanac of American Politics and a trove of recent electoral ephemera, Chuck Todd — the new host of the Sunday morning mainstay Meet the Press —is understandably perceived as a creature of Washington.

“Everyone likes to say, ‘He’s the ultimate political junkie; how’s he going to get out of Washington?’ ” Todd said.
“Do I get annoyed by this characterization? Sometimes, yes, but I try not to get angry about it.”

Todd has been a political reporter in Washington for 22 years — working at political tipsheet the Hotline, including as editor-in-chief for his last six years there, before moving to NBC in 2007.

But he points out that he grew up in unincorporated Miami.
His father wasn’t fully employed for the first five years of his son’s life. There were times, Todd recalled, when all of the members of his family slept on one mattress.

“I’m not trying to be Horatio Alger,” he said. “But it’s an advantage that I grew up middle-class in south Florida. . . . I feel like I understand that resentment that can build when the New York perspective or the Washington perspective doesn’t seem to understand what’s going on in America.

“Tim Russert had that advantage because he grew up a middle-class kid. I do think that helps.”

Even as Todd took the reins this month of the longest-running program on television, plenty of people think the show
— along with the other Sunday morning talk programming — is in need of help.

“As people have become more and more frustrated with Washington, the Sunday shows don’t seem to have adjusted to that,” said Jay Rosen, a media critic at New York University and a regular guest on Meet the Press.   “We have the same people having the same arguments. The political class is still invited on in the same way. There needs to be some recognition of that.”

The New York Times tabulated the appearances by the most frequent guests of Sunday programs since 2009.   The list is unsurprising: Republican Sens. John McCain (97 guest spots) and Lindsey Graham (85), former Obama strategist David Axelrod (83) and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin
(78) have logged the most face time.   Asked whether Meet the Press would implement a “McCain cap,” Todd laughed.  “The funny thing is, McCain hasn’t been on the show this year,” he said.

Although he won’t engage in a televised love affair with Washington, Todd acknowledged, “It’s important that the person who sits in this chair understands the insider part of this.”

He is facing a lot of pressure to succeed.

Gregory got $4M to quietly leave NBC

David Gregory, the previous host of Meet the Press, had a six-year run marked by a serious decline in ratings.

 

The show needs to regain its “edge,” Deborah Turness, president of NBC News, told The New York Times.   “I think the show had become a talking shop that raked over the cold embers of what had gone on the previous week.”

 

(Jan’s musings .  .  .

. .  .  Meet The Press is not only the longest running show on TV, but also a Sunday Morning Main-stay.    

Yes, it recapped the weeks major political/global activity, (seems we all have a craving for that) from the mouths of the most knowledgeable, involved and authoritative minds.

I shall forever see Tim Russert at the helm, his smiling congenial presence who genuinely “liked” people. His warmth and friendliness put guests at ease which produced more than a data driven piece,   we were given the workings and essence of events and those who were involved with it.   

In point of fact, no one could “replace” Tim Russert for he was  one-of-a-kind whom everybody loved and  trusted.     David Gregory accepted this position fully aware that trying to occupy those vacant shoes could not be the same.   But he did a very good job.  His was a smart, somewhat   reserved, dignified and pointedly ‘neutral’ manner.  A very professional performance.  

I missed the warm, heartfelt quality I had been accustomed to,. . took for granted.  Russert also  practiced a sense of neutrality, but in such an overt, friendly and casual way with candor, ease and openness.

Apparently, the Sunday AM shows became less important to me. . .just happened, I guess.    

Missed Gregory’s final show — didn’t anticipate it, and frankly, wondered what happened.  There was no announcement, no goodbye, well-wishing – the usual sendoff to a valued member of the group.  It was, frankly a bit stunning and in my opinion in bad taste.   In fact, I didn’t know until right now as I headed over to Google to find a photo of David for my comment here.   I’ll let it go at that as gossip is not my forte.  But I admired Gregory and found him competent and felt kinda bad that I had been so absent from the show.  Wish I could have let him know that there are those who appreciated him .  He was tall, handsome and a presence.            

Now we have Chuck Todd.  Everyone knows Chuck Todd.  He seems to have quite a reputation that I didn’t know about with his political smarts.  Easy to like him, has an easy smile and uses it generously.    He has been a presence, always there or nearby, kinda like a little brother, usually somewhere near. . . . Because he is ‘smaller’?  I donno — hope not!  Bill Mahr is smallish as well, but man — — what a presence!  Perhaps, I just never thought of Chuck as the guy in charge. (Of course, still missing Tim and his huge presence so much)  But this is old history now. . .  

With Chuck’s background, ethics, training and experience level  he should do very well.  But lets not forget that it was Tim Russert who brought Chuck Todd aboard!  Getting down to it — that’s all we need to know.    So Chuck, I’m ready to tune in and return to the fold. . so to speak.   Much success to you, Chuck. . . go for it ) 

 

 So Long, Old Friend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 11, 2014

Food Norms changing

 UNDERSTAND SOME CHANGES  and Get Healthier

We are living in interesting [if not strange] times.  So much is changing right before our eyes.  While it may be hard to stay currant and useful, it is nevertheless — exciting.  Do we all think about the value of these ‘changes’?  Lets see, there was:      

            THEN                                                    NOW

  • FATS  bad for you. .get fat            No Fats, we die > heart/brain need
  • GRAINS  good for us,                     Anti-nutrients >Diabetes, immunity, Alzh’s
  • CHOLESTEROL, bad -limit         Heart needs    >make CoQ10/function
  • Eating FATS make us fat              CARBS  make us fat [converts to sugar/liver]
  • Low SALT intake > heart             Heart needs 4 cell regulation 
  • Limit EGGS [cholesterol]            Perfect protein,  NEED cholesterol – eat up

Many worry about getting enough energy, and to give up grains, cereals, what is there left to eat.  How do we survive, be healthy?  A body gets energy either from Carbohydrates or fats. . both work fine.  If one limits or cuts out the grains, the body gladly converts all fats it gets to energy and actually is preferred – shown by better function.     It is the variety of Carbohydrates (grains, cereals, rice, potatoes and sugars in any form), which once presented to the liver is converted into sugar which consequentially draws the pancreas into overuse working to handle the sugar overload; producing all sorts of sugar problems for the body which ultimately become diabetes.  . . which then fully demands attention!  

Grains and/or sugar are two of the worst things our body must deal with, for they both lead to disease and death while being trapped in the addiction we have for them.  None of this is really and truly ‘our fault’ so to speak.  Its how we were raised.  What our trusted parents did;  what our doctors find no fault with and our government espouses – even encourages — look at any pyramid chart of dietary needs they put out.  

The scientific way our dietary guidelines come to us are based [as it happens], not on science but on skewed info  which is not scientifically conceived or tested, but accepted and becomes (biased) “truth” which all accept and live with.  But its not the truth any more than GMO’s are exactly the same as the original food..  . that farmed fish are just the same health-wise as those which swim freely in the ocean;   or that factory farmed chickens so grossly distorted with un-natural foods that they literally topple over frontward due to the large, unsupportable heavy chests and in cages, their beaks are cut so as not to injure the next one with which  they are stuffed together. Not to mention the hormones or antibiotics.  Ditto for all factory farmed animals. . . .  this is the world we occupy now.  Of course, it presents major challenges to those who prefer “CHOICE” and “LABELING”   But we can do this if we have to, and then maybe we’ll be able to get our voices heard and responded to with the kind of representation we are demanding.  That is, IF we demand,  and IF  we vote!  It’s kinda up to the people isn’t it?  They say people get the kind of government they deserve.

So we’ve touched on some changes we’ve seen of late, and they’re all good.  But outside the three major classifications of food into proteins, carbohydrates and fats   — there’s a whole lot more to food.  I absolutely loved the CEREAL KILLERS movie that Donal O’Neill did under the guidance of sports doctor Tim Noakes.  It was more than just amusing or slightly informative, it has changed my life, or rather my way of thinking about my lifestyle.       I have bought into the nut thing big time as a way of compensating for my inability to acquire pastured beef (won’t buy supermarket stuff, all factory farmed these days), nor do I buy bacon or swine in any form tho I once loved it.  I object to how they are bred, raised, live and fed.  Same with chicken which was once my mainstay.  Dr Aukerman cut me back on that idea as it wasn’t contributing to my health.  So between nuts, seeds, eggs, and a rather smallish amount of pastured ground beef, I’m getting by.  Can’t wait to buy Noakes new book, but the world is waiting with me — more printings are necessary to keep up with demand.     

Meanwhile I subsist as I generally have on fruits and veggies (mostly juicing), salads – a biggie, and occasional soups [Hippocrates, Beet Borscht and so on).  Remember, health is tied greatly into how much by way of minerals we are ingesting – not buying in pills!   Supplements are fine and at times necessary  when addressing certain issues as I do with my heart.  Still big on my amino acids which I have told you about.  Without eating most food raw, we aren’t getting our need for digestive and other body processes met.  There is no life without enzymes.  Take it or leave it, but if overlooked or ignored, be aware, a price will be paid in illness, dysfunction and early death.  So, give it a think.                   

What got me started on this post was an input from Kelley Herring of HEALING GOURMET. It is well done and I totally concur;  Have been using  Sea Salt from the Grain Society for decades, but this one  sounds hugely interesting.  Hope you like it and that it adds to your usable knowledge.  She points out another of the fabrications generations have lived with to our detriment.  She informs us of something we can’t get from our doctors.  Enjoy,  Jan

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Dear Jan,

If you have ever talked to a doctor about reducing your risk for heart attack, stroke or high blood pressure, I can almost guarantee that one of their main recommendations was to take it easy on the salt shaker.

For years, we have been told that the key to cardiovascular health is a “low-sodium diet”…

The American Heart Association and various public health nannies have portrayed “sodium” as the enemy of heart health – something to be feared and avoided.

Would it surprise you to learn that their advice is not just wrong… it could be “dead” wrong!

The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study which examined the relationship between a person’s salt intake and their risk of fatal heart disease.

What the researchers discovered is that people who consumed less than 3,000 mg of sodium per day had a 27% higher risk of death by heart attack or stroke than those who consumed between 3,000 and 6,000 mg per day.

In other words…

The “heart-healthy” recommendations given by government health organizations and the American Heart Association could actually INCREASE your risk of fatal heart disease!

The truth is that your body needs sodium to function properly. This vital substance helps carry nutrients into cells, transmits nerve impulses, influences the contraction and relaxation of muscles, impacts hormones, helps to regulate blood pressure and volume, and much more.

Why am I bringing all this up?

Well, my good friend John Cawrse recently uncovered some “unsettling” facts about salt after working with some salineros (salt farmers) in Colima, Mexico. Turns out, leading health officials are still pushing the “salt is bad for you” agenda - despite over 40 years of scientific research proving it’s not true.

He’s summarized his findings in this special exposé.

Before you sprinkle ANY salt on your next meal, I encourage you to read this…

To your best health,

Kelley Herring
Healing Gourmet

P.S. You might wonder how an essential substance got such a bad rap. As is the case with most foods, it is important to realize that all salt is not created equal.

In addition to sodium, unrefined primordial salt can contain more than 90 essential and highly beneficial trace minerals. On the other hand, the refined table salt found in most grocery stores and processed foods has had all of these valuable minerals removed (they are usually sold off to industry).

What’s left is sodium chloride and chemical additives, including, including bleaching agents, deodorizers, iodine, and other chemicals designed to keep the salt free-flowing.

It should go without saying that what you want is REAL unrefined salt with all the trace minerals your body needs…

OH Charter School Crisis

Elections / Attorney general’s race

Democrat puts focus on charter-school ‘crisis’

By Alan Johnson THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Troubled charter schools are “reaching a crisis level” in Ohio and must be made accountable for putting students and taxpayers in peril,

David Pepper, Democratic candidate for attorney general, said yesterday:  “We need to take a timeout,” Pepper told a retired-teachers council at the Ohio Education Association, 225 E. Broad St. “There’s millions of dollars missing” from failed and failing charter schools. “If this was a company doing trash pickup, it would be a big scandal.”

As part of his “Protecting Ohio’s Children” plan, Pepper said, if elected on Nov. 4, he will get tough on charter schools — something he says Attorney General Mike DeWine has not done.

DeWine’s office dropped out of an Ohio Supreme Court case that pitted charter-school operators against for-profit White Hat Management over who gets to keep computers, textbooks and equipment purchased with taxpayer dollars. White Hat owner David Brennan is a major campaign contributor to DeWine and the Republican Party — a reason DeWine didn’t pursue the case, Pepper claimed.

“When it hit the Ohio Supreme Court, the attorney general abandoned the case and the schoolchildren of Ohio,” Pepper said.
But DeWine’s office staff previously said the decision not to continue the White Hat case was made because the judge had dropped the Ohio Department of Education, whom the attorney general represents, as a party. It was decided that a friend of the court filing would be inappropriate, they said.

A Dispatch analysis this year found that 29 percent of Ohio’s charter schools have closed, dating to 1997 when they became legal. About 400 charters are operating, but 134 have closed.

  • Some shut down because of money problems, others because students weren’t getting healthy lunches or buildings were unsanitary. In one case, students were reportedly allowed to engage in sexual activity in a Dayton charter school.

Pepper also said he will work to rectify Ohio’s school-funding system, ruled unconstitutional in 1997 by the Ohio Supreme Court and never fixed to be “thorough and efficient.”

The system is going in the wrong direction, Pepper said, by increasingly relying on local revenue and less on the state, the exact opposite of the direction dictated by the court 17 years ago.

Christine McVicar, a retired schoolteacher from the Marietta area, said her son, now 28, was in elementary school when the DeRolph school-funding decision was issued. While he made it to college, “it was not a level playing field for him” because of school-funding inequities, she said.  “We are wasting the talent of so many students that could be adding to the state of Ohio,” McVicar said.

DeWine campaign spokesman Ryan Stubenrauch slammed Pepper for overreaching.  “If he’s elected the lawyer of the state, he’s going to do the job of the legislature, the governor and the attorney general all at the same time.

“No one is saying school funding is perfect right now,” Stubenrauch said. “But it’s inappropriate and unethical for the attorney general to be standing on the street corner yelling, ‘My client is breaking the law.’” ajohnson@dispatch.com

(Jan’s musings. . .          

 . . . indeed, no one is saying  anything about Ohio’s Educational System is perfect or even remotely adequate.  For a very long time!  But it had been part of his plan when Kasich took office to eradicate it,  such as it was, for his plans included his good friend David Brennan and his WHITE HAT Charter Schools.  To me, this is old news and just part of the angst Kasich has brought to Ohio’s struggling “middle class” if one could even call it that!  A problem which can’t be fixed as there is no money. . .why?. .because Kasich keeps cutting taxes on the wealthy and corporations, leaving  the tax -payer who also has no money to try to cope.

What does surprise me however is the part our AG Mike DeWine seems to have played here.  While I cannot place him in the same amazing category of Marc Dann whose every conscious pursuit was geared to the “people’s business” and what served them best;  I must say, of the entire Republican Gang of Thieves Kasich brought with him plus those already deeply ensconced here, I found DeWine to be most honorable and well motivated. . .from what I could see. So, this is a bit of a jolt to me that he is just another part of this ironclad rule of Political domination of this heartless regime.   For shame on DeWine and the Judge too.  

The rumbling also continues on the Common Core issue as well.  But it is wise to recall that it has been eagerly awaited in the majority of our states.  It was put together one might say by professional educators, Governors, parents and business leaders all having input and equal say and for the purpose of more completely equipping our students toward a more fulfilling life and enabling them to more efficiently handle entry into college.  All efforts have been applied over the last four years for the entry into full exercise of Common Core as the time has come to implement, only to find a great many Republican minds want to bail on this and start over.    All are entitled to a difference of opinion, for sure, but what on earth has happened to the idea of doing what serves the Highest and Best “GOOD” for all?  )

September 10, 2014

Autism-spectrum wide, varied

Autism in older adult not a common diagnosis

 

To Your Good Health
Keith Roach

Q: I am writing about a lifelong problem I’ve had with food.

A newspaper article spelled out exactly what I’ve lived through for 55 years.
The article was about an 8-year-old boy who is autistic and caused problems by taking his own food into a restaurant. The story described him as “autistic,” “a special-needs child” and that he “only eats 15 types of food.”
Also, it noted that, to the boy, “certain foods smell different . . . look different . . . have to look a certain way.”

This is exactly my life story. I eat only a limited number of foods, too. Many look bad, smell bad or are too pungent for me to eat. I also can’t tolerate many smells.

I was ridiculed, punished, harassed, lectured to and bullied as a child for my eating habits.

I am a poorly adjusted adult with many problems. I am single and have no friends. I have lost many job opportunities. I have had no girlfriends or dates after high school and can’t eat in public places.

Could I be autistic in my 60s? How do I find out?

A: I am very sorry to hear of the experiences you have had.

Autism is a disorder of development, with poor function in language and social interactions, usually with repetitive movements. Autism probably isn’t a single disease but multiple diseases that have a similar appearance to parents and doctors.

Most important, autism is a spectrum of illness, ranging from severely affected people to people with deficits that can be in large part masked through other strengths the affected individual might possess.

Autism in the 1960s was considered a rare disease, with prevalence rates of about five affected individuals in a population of 10,000, with males affected about five times more often than females. In contrast, the most recent data now show 147 cases per 10,000.

There is no way for me to tell you whether autism is the correct diagnosis for you.  The diagnosis in children is usually made by an expert in pediatric development after a comprehensive series of tests, usually with a dedicated team.

My guess, based on what you have told me, however, is that it is likely you would be considered to be on the autistic spectrum.
I have certainly seen adults diagnosed as autistic, but never someone as old as you.

If you want to look into this as a diagnosis, I would find someone experienced with autism in adults.

The group Autism Speaks has a list of support groups, including ones specifically designed for autistic adults.  Visit http://www.  autismspeaks.org  .
Dr. Roach answers letters only in his North America Syndicate column but provides an order form of available health newsletters. Write him at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or ToYourGoodHealth  @med.cornell.edu  .

 

(Jan’s musings. . .

 . . . one can’t fault Dr Roach’s response to this man who questions why he is the way he is. His life has been difficult through no fault of his own and apparently, no one has questioned why he is the way he is, or determined answers.  I do question the data Dr Roach is referencing however,  for current data I have been seeing is a good deal higher today with prevalence in ADD, ADHD and of course, all the various levels of autism and nervous system damage, none of which is the ‘fault’ of the child or parent, but most generally, the interference of normal childhood development by medical intervention using “protective vaccinations” throughout early growth periods.  

The dramatic escalation over the last 4 to 6 decades both in volume and intensity is reflective of the current data’s horrendous cost to humanity. . . in so many ways.  Fifty and sixty years ago, the inoculations were minimal and scant. Indeed, there have been successes, but very few of them. . .Salk’s Polio vaccine as an example.  Mostly, it has been over done to the detriment of families and to the benefit of the rising, ultimate power, dictate and greed of BIG PhRMA.  

For those like this querant, it seems he has struggled alone feeling out of step with everyone else for  his lifetime.  At this point, I question whether any ‘out there’ can provide the “why” to anyone’s satisfaction;  but there are  directions one could take if relief from of his preferences are growing too uncomfortable to continue. But it requires thinking outside the box and would take much effort to be able to willingly do the work required to incorporate the type of nutrient change which could enhance normal function within the entire organism.  The body is a simple organism with simple but definite needs.  And yet it is magical, complex and all knowing.  It knows how to heal itself, if freed of toxins and provided the natural, organic nutrients it requires to function normally.  

Since this man’s diet is an unknown, it can’t be determined what and/or which steps need to happen and/or how.  But seeing a doctor or practitioner who uses natural methods; and/or especially someone like Donna Gates of the (BED) Body Ecology Diet who has had great success helping those afflicted with autism. . .there can always be relief. She has a product line, personally developed using natural enzymes and potions.  Tried some and they  are delicious and do work.

But I also have an additional thought.  If this condition now under discussion were my own,  I would be motivated to secure an appointment with  DONNA EDEN (or one of her fully credentialed practitioners) of EDEN ENERGY over at “Innersource” for a consultation.  Why?. . .because they ‘see’  things differently, or one could say — they look for different things.  It is in their purview to determine if the body’s meridians (energy channels) are open and free-flowing or perhaps blocked and malfunctioning. They can test the health of the vital organs thru simple, educated  maneuvers, and importantly, how all of it is working together.  They also can test the efficacy of a nutrient’s effect on one’s body needs or conversely, it’s rejection.  One can find these helpful people all around the world, for surely, Donna Eden is a “Healing Goddess” who comes from an understanding of pain and sickness without hope. So these are my thoughts. .)

Where’s ‘Buck’ stop @ OSU 4 athletes?

Ohio State

Second incident of ‘rhabdo’ occurs

By Todd Jones THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

A member of the Ohio State women’s track and field team has been hospitalized since Friday after being diagnosed with exertional rhabdomyolysis following a team workout one day earlier.

“She’s stable, doing well and recovering well,” said James Borchers, a team physician for the Ohio State athletic department.
Borchers would not name the hospitalized athlete, but the mother of Ivy Horn, a sophomore multievent athlete from Wapakoneta, in western Ohio, said her daughter is being treated at the Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State. Kitt Horn declined further comment about her daughter’s condition.

  • Medical experts say rhabdomyolysis, commonly known was “rhabdo,” is potentially harmful. It occurs when muscle fibers break down after intense physical activity, releasing the protein myoglobin into the bloodstream. Myoglobin can cause kidney damage.

Borchers said five other members of the women’s track and field team were hospitalized on Friday after participating in the same workout and showing symptoms and signs — muscle soreness and fatigue — of possible rhabdo.

None of those five hospitalized athletes was diagnosed with rhabdo, Borchers said, and all five were released on Saturday after evaluation and treatment. Borchers said it’s uncertain how long the athlete suffering from rhabdo will be hospitalized.

In March 2012, six members of the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team were sent to the emergency room and told they were suffering from rhabdomyolysis. Five of those six were admitted, and three were hospitalized for as many as six nights.

An OSU committee investigated that incident and made recommendations that included more education about rhabdo for all members of the university’s 36 varsity sports programs. Three of the six families of the hospitalized lacrosse players implored then-OSU president E. Gordon Gee to have the university do more.

  • Asked if he was concerned about a second incident of rhabdo among OSU athletes in less than 2 1/2 years, Borchers said: “We see isolated cases of this occurring in athletes. I don’t have a concern other than the fact we have a large athletic department and we have a lot of athletes. I don’t have any concern from a medical standpoint, no.”

Although Ohio State has not identified the athletes in this most recent case, the father of OSU sprinter Khara Walker, a sophomore from Mason, near Cincinnati, said his daughter was released from the Wexner Medical Center on Saturday after being tested a day earlier.
“She’s feeling better,” Kevin Walker said. “I think there were some precautionary measures taken, as far as I understand it, to get IVs and rehydrate. They had some issues with dehydration and exhaustion and those types of things.

“Khara called me Friday afternoon en route to the hospital. She was going in to get an IV because she was experiencing some severe cramping in her calves. She mentioned it might be rhabdomyolysis.”

  • The latest case of rhabdo is another of a growing list of incidents that medical experts consider to be preventable but have been documented in recent years from youth to professional sports. Perhaps the most publicized case of rhabdomyolysis occurred in January 2011, when 13 college football players at Iowa were hospitalized after an offseason conditioning session.

Walker didn’t know details about the OSU track workout on Thursday that led to his daughter’s hospitalization, and neither did Borchers.
“I can’t really speak to the nature of the workout, the conditions and those sorts of things,” Borchers said. “All I can speak to is that an athlete had a condition and it was brought to our attention, and we treated her appropriately.”

Kevin Walker, who’s also a former NFL player, said an OSU trainer called him on Friday to notify him that his daughter was going to the hospital for precautionary reasons, but Walker said he hasn’t heard from anyone at the university since then.
“That’s very surprising, to be honest with you,” he said. “I’m kind of puzzled by their lack of communication. ... I’m thinking at minimum I’d at least get an update. I’m thinking even if you have a sprained ankle or something, people would call and let you know what’s going on.”

tjones@dispatch.com

(Jan’s musings. . .  

I must confess that my heart isn’t into sending kids off to college on any kind of “sports scholarship” arrangement after reading such stories.  While it continues and seems endless — what is jumping out at me now is there is no progress, its the same ole, same ole.  After an investigation, the  committee recommended additional training for all in charge of the 36  varsity sports programs to incorporate training about “rhabdo”  back in 2012 – – but was that done?  If so, why has it continued to be a problem?  Is it their mind-set?. . .must be where the problem is, because instead of overseeing this precious bunch of potential entrusted to them, they are being treated like maybe they are being trained to become ‘navy seals’ willing to die for country and honor.    

Why would I even dare to say such a thing?    Read this article again especially Dr Borchers’ responses.  There isn’t a trace of care or concern which remotely sounds like we are dealing with hurt or possibly injured athletes.  Only that he has done the appropriate thing.  He doesn’t know why this happened, how this happened. . .only that it did happen and he – they acted appropriately . .[this is the kind of cover-your-ass comment which is endeavoring to satisfy insurance claims], just in case.  But certainly NOT what one might expect from one of the most prestigious campuses in our country!  

This is a bit sticky for me to think about or discuss on several levels, 1) the Earth-mother thing I so easily segue into which always calls for the ultimate concern for our kids – no matter the age,  and 2) that I know just a smidgen about this athletic training thing with regard to athletes whether elite professionals or youngsters just trying to learn how to be the best they can be in their choice of sports.  Why?. .because of my son — that’s what he does, guess one could say, its his passion.  You know, stuff I’ve heard from him over the years.

If Dr Borchers is typical of the ‘group-think’ of the other doctors on board at OSU, well then,  Houston, we have a problem!. . be sure your Obama-care is up to snuff. )  

September 9, 2014

Amusing, kinda comforting

LAUNCHED ROCKETS

 

The reason the grandchildren will benefit by the launched rockets that you’ve set forth; is because they’re born with no resistance to the rockets of desires that you’ve launched forth… You’ve seen those little ones on computers?   They have no problem with that. They were born with computers in their life; they’re born cable-ready. They’re already up to speed with what you’ve launched into the vibrational future.   And that’s one of the reasons that it’s nice when the old ones croak and the new ones come in, because it sort of dilutes the resistance factor that’s going on on this planet.

—Abraham

Excerpted from the workshop: Tarrytown, NY on May 14, 2005
Our Love,
Esther (and Abraham and Jerry)

 

(. .Jan’s  musing:    

I am quite amused with the naturalness of Abraham as he references the passage of time, completely void of  the need for sentimentality which can cloud the waters of clarity. . .  .   there he goes again, telling it like it is!  

We have all witnessed the  easy acceptance and usage of modern technology;  the sparkling brilliance demonstrated by so many of them  — to the extent that observers like me can’t resist posting on so many of them who keep coming up with astounding contributions to our world.  Perhaps the older one is. . .the more the amazement.. .  I donno, but I’m loving  it.  

But is this a ‘new’ development?  Are we distorting the relevance of a natural flow?    Perhaps they aren’t being conditioned to believe that “stuff” can’t be done!  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all of us understood — there are no limits? . . . you know. . .”as a man thinketh in his heart, so he is”. . .  just sayin’ )         

September 8, 2014

Warren, Krugman XLNT talk

Joyful, Intelligent 90″. . . if you need a lift — this is it!

Senator Elizabeth Warren

and Paul Krugman in Conversation

New!

How do the struggles facing the American middle class affect our society and how will they affect our future? Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Paul Krugman, two of the leading thinkers on inequality, engage in a discussion of public policy, economics and the middle class. Recorded Thursday, Sept. 4 at the CUNY Graduate Center, Warren and Krugman address a range of topics, such as consumer safeguards, student loan refinancing, bankruptcy protection, banking controls, minimum wage reform and women’s health care. The conversation is moderated by Janet Gornick, professor of political science and sociology, and Director of the Luxembourg Income Study Center, The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Elizabeth Warren was elected to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts in 2012; a former professor at Harvard Law School, she served as chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), and later established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Barack Obama, before running for office. A Fighting Chance, Warren’s most recent book, was published in April 2014. Paul Krugman is a Nobel Prize-winning economist, New York Times columnist and blogger, and author of, most recently, End This Depression Now!. He is a Distinguished Scholar at the Luxembourg Income Study Center, CUNY Graduate Center, where he will join the faculty in Fall 2015.

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September 4, 2014

Eat Rice?. .see this. .

3 Toxic Foods Never to Eat

In today’s toxic world, you must be constantly vigilant about what is in your food, water, and cosmetics. In this featured article, discover THREE toxic ingredients you must avoid to help prevent cancer, stop heart disease and to support your body’s quest for health…

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TODAY’S HEALING GOURMET REPORT
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Although most people don’t know exactly what arsenic is or what it does inside the body… just about all of us know that it is a deadly poison. In fact, just saying the word “arsenic” conjures up images of a skull and cross bones or a vial full of poison.

So, what in the world are high levels of this deadly poison doing in so many common foods – many of which are specifically marketed as “healthy” and some of which are made just for babies? 

The truth is that it is virtually impossible to completely avoid arsenic. Because it is a chemical element found throughout the earth’s crust, it is often present in soil and groundwater. It is not uncommon to find minute traces of arsenic in everything from leafy greens and fruit to seafood and tap water.

But certain foods are especially high in this deadly poison. And what is even more troubling is that while the Environmental Protection Agency has established safety standards for arsenic in drinking water at 10 ppb, no safety standard has been set for arsenic in food.

The result? According the independent analysis conducted by Consumer Reports, some common food products contain more than 90 times the arsenic that’s allowed in drinking water!

And the food that should cause the greatest concern is rice…

Arsenic in Rice Products Far Exceeds “Safe” Arsenic Limits

Rice plants take up silica to help them stand up in water-logged soils. But to the rice plant, arsenic “looks” very similar to silica. So any arsenic that is in the soil is easily taken up by the roots of the rice plant. In fact, rice pulls more arsenic from the soil than any other grain.

Another part of the problem is where the rice is grown. Much of the rice grown in the southeastern US is land that was once used for growing cotton. The pesticides that were previously used on cotton crops (many of which contain arsenic) persist in the soil and groundwater, thus increasing the arsenic available for uptake.

In the Consumer Reports investigation, all of the rice products tested contained some level of arsenic. Brown rice contained more arsenic than white rice. And concentrated forms of rice – like brown rice flour, brown rice syrup and certain processed foods – contained the highest levels of all.

This is of special concern for people following a gluten-free diet, because rice is often used to replace wheat. And because brown rice flour is typically the main ingredient in gluten-free baking mixes, breads, crackers, chips and pasta, just one daily serving of these foods could significantly increase the risk of arsenic poisoning.

Signs of acute arsenic toxicity include blood in the urine, severe stomach pain and convulsions as the poison damages the lungs, skin, kidneys and liver. But keep in mind that very small doses of a poison generally do not cause acute symptoms.

Instead, their toxic effects build up and accumulate over time. The symptoms chronic low-level arsenic consumption can be very mild at first, including headaches, brain fog, diarrhea, and drowsiness. Often, these symptoms are discounted as general malaise.

However, studies show that these chronic low-level exposures can lead to heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic respiratory illness, and even diabetes.

  • And while arsenic is dangerous for adults, it is an even greater concern for infants and children, whose brains and bodies are still developing. Arsenic exposure during these early years is associated with delayed brain development, speech and motor impairment and neuro-behavioral problems… as well as chronic diseases (including cancer and lung disease) in adulthood.

And unfortunately, rice cereal is one of the first foods consumed by many infants. Consider these numbers reported by Consumer Reports (and keep in mind that the EPA upper limit for drinking water is 10 ppb)

  • Gerber Rice Cereal – 264 ppb
  • Earth’s Best Organic Whole Grain Rice Cereal – 274 ppb

And that’s not all, because many children’s snack foods – like gummy fruits, fruit leathers and other fruit snacks – are sweetened with brown rice syrup, an even more concentrated source of contaminants.

Or consider the surprisingly high levels of arsenic reported in these common gluten-free foods

  • Arrowhead Mills Organic Sweetened Rice Flakes – 963 ppb (!!)
  • Della Basmati Brown Rice – 568 ppb  Arrowhead Mills Organic Brown Rice Flour – 565 ppb
  • Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice Pasta Fusilli – 389 ppb
  • Great Value Brown Rice (Walmart) – 360 ppb
  • 365 Everyday Value Long Grain Brown Rice (Whole Foods) – 282 ppb

Unfortunately, arsenic cannot be entirely avoided. But by staying away from foods that are known to have high concentrations – rice and especially products made from brown rice – you’ll do a lot to reduce your exposure.

Reducing Dietary Arsenic Naturally

If you do consume rice, opt for white Basmati rice grown in California which has been shown to have a very low level – roughly 1.6 ppbof arsenic per serving. Also, be sure to rinse rice thoroughly before cooking and discard any water that remains after cooking.

If you are concerned about previous exposure and your body burden of arsenic, focus on boosting detoxification.

  1. Support Methylation and Sulfation Detox Pathways: Get sufficient vitamin B6, B12 and folate in your diet. These vitamins are essential to activate these two key detoxification paths. Free range chicken and turkey, grass-fed beef and bison, and wild seafood provide ample amounts of vitamins B6 and B12 while leafy greens, asparagus, avocado and broccoli are excellent sources of folate.
  2. Boost Glutathione: Boost your body’s “master antioxidant and detoxifier” with high quality protein. Good choices include grass-fed whey protein (non-denatured like Vital Whey), grass-fed beef, bison, free range poultry eggs and wild seafood.
  3. Optimize Selenium and Iodine: Deficiencies in these two minerals has been found to increase the uptake and storage of arsenic in the body. Eat raw Brazil nuts for a superior source of selenium and boost iodine levels with wild shrimp and lobster.

Unfortunately, no food is entirely without risk. Arming yourself with information and adhering to the native grain-free diet of our ancestors is the best way to protect against the contaminants found in the modern day food supply.

To your health,

Kelley Herring
Editor-in-Chief
Healing Gourmet

TLC for baby’s delicate skin

Baby’s perfect, beautiful, but Vulnerable Skin

For those of you who do not have children,  I ask your indulgence, understanding or forgiveness, for I do get it that I go on and on about our offspring. . .not only the one I gave birth to, but the granddaughters I raised part-way  thru their teens; and your sons and daughters and well, all our children.   Maybe “earth-mother” gave me an overdose or something as my concern for our kids has never waned.   This is why so many posts on all the toxins in our water; genetic modification of our foodstuff; fluoride and mercury in our dental products and most of all — the dreadful toxic vaccinations  which are injuring our children by the millions.   I bristle at the deliberate destruction of our public educational systems in favor of privately run (less regulated) schools and selectively provided to those who can avail themselves of it.  It can be inundating for it is so overwhelming.

Yes, these are non-productive worries, but they are real even tho they do not belong in the Twenty First century, but there it is along with the other issues of the day which also shouldn’t be in the 21 rst century, like a widening breech between the haves and have-nots and the horrific racism trend which should  have no place in modern thought.  Or that many of us are choking over the biased leanings of SCOTUS with it’s faulty judgments — an evident outgrowth of the power of money in politics, disgracefully so!

But we cannot sit around and carp and bemoan, that’s little better than baying at the moon.  We must try to be aware of what is and make an effort to see things as they aught to be in our minds and hearts.  If we can hold that better vision where equality and fair-play and justice have reign, we will automatically come upon right action and be more content as we go.  A better outcome. All of this stems from the reality that the future will belong to our children.  They have to run things and take care of Earth or perish.  They deserve the best chance  available and we must do everything possible to insure that.

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Perhaps most of you know that I am as concerned with what goes onto our bodies by way of “personal care” products for health, beauty and/or comfort reasons as I am about what goes into our mouths by way of nourishment — what we eat and drink and also the palliatives for our occasional boo-boos.

This past year or so, I’ve been sharing the new-found pleasures of DIY face care, shampoo, dental care, body butters and so on. The main reason behind this effort is to  be sure that our health is not impugned with toxic chemicals.  Personally, I’ve enjoyed almost every minute of it.  I’ve saved a bundle and I know I’m healthier because of it.   The two things I’m most pleased with is my face skin after I started cleansing with oil instead of soap and water. . . and finishing it off with tallow creme made from grass-fed cows.    The second thing is my hair.  In truth, I inherited marvelous genetics with the hair thing. (aside from being a bit thinner now).  My hair has never, ever felt so good or looked so happy.  It feels like pure silk.  Of course, it has grown so long now I hardly know what to do with it, but enjoy it.  . . it’s down my back to the bottom of my rib cage.  Haven’t cut it in more than two years and still no split ends.  Gotta tell you, I love it, I’ve never had my hair this long even as a teenager. Sometimes I notice people  look at me kinda funny, but others have said they love my hair.

The point of this post

Now to the reason I did this post – – – the babies.  A TV commercial has this darling baby smiling up at mommy with a voice-over saying something like  how glad she is that mom understand that her skin is far more sensitive than her mom’s and that her mom is wise enough to give her this wonderful, gentle creme which is so good for her body  – – or something like that. Johnson’s baby oil.    Each time I see it, I think to myself, how we have all been deceived.  Everyone buys into it.   All believe its gentle and healthy because its used on babies.   Its a very old company, so we’re talking generations. And it smells so good. How bad can it be?

Baby oil is MINERAL OIL.  Mineral oil is petroleum based derived from hydrocarbons.  It can block pores and interfere with normal skin function.  Some claim it destroys skin and breaks it down. See following from 2 sources.    Jan

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http://www.collective-evolution.com/2012/04/10/you-have-the-right-to-know-17-chemicals-to-avoid-in-cosmetic-and-personal-care-

 

Why Used?: Petrolatum is mineral oil jelly (i.e. petroleum jelly). It is used as a barrier to lock moisture in the skin in a variety of moisturizers and also in hair care products to make your hair shine.

Health and Environmental Hazards: Petrolatum can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Studies suggest that exposure to PAHs — including skin contact over extended periods of time — is associated with cancer. On this basis, the European Union classifies petrolatum a carcinogen and restricts its use in cosmetics. PAHs in petrolatum can also cause skin irritation and allergies.

Regulatory Status: In the European Union, petrolatum can only be used in cosmetics “if the full refining history is known and it can be shown that the substance from which it is produced is not a carcinogen.” There is no parallel restriction in Canada. Petrolatum has been flagged for future assessment under the government’s Chemicals Management Plan.

Related Ingredients: Mineral oil and petroleum distillates are related petroleum by-products used in cosmetics. Like petrolatum, these ingredients may be contaminated with PAHs.

10. Mineral Oil (Most harmful when poorly refined)

In many other care products such as baby oil, body lotions, soap and makeup. Mineral oil is a petroleum by-product which cloggs the pores and interferes with the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. Slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging. May be contaminated with PAHs (carcinogens).

Why Used?: Mineral oil is a petroleum by-product used for thousands of years as a sealing and building material, and more recently as a component of engine oils, pesticides, facial creams, hair products and even baby oil. It serves as a preserving agent and assists in retaining moisture. Aside from moisturizing skin creams and lotions, it is also used on skin supplements, foundations, and makeups that are intended for use on dry skin. It is very cheap and therefore very popular among personal care companies. Its solvent properties are honed when it is used on cleansers and other liquid formula that are intended to use in removing oil-based makeup and in removing the accumulated dust and dirt on oily skin types. On beauty treatments, it is an agent that enables the skin to absorb UV rays without drying the skin.

Health Hazards: Mineral oil may be contaminated with PAHs, which are associated with cancer. If mineral oil is absorbed into the skin because of habitual use, it may affect the functioning of the liver. The liver has to work very hard to break down mineral oil and may not be able to break down toxins efficiently. This can lead to poorer health and weakened immune system.

When mineral oil is applied to the skin it often prevents skin from breathing. Sweat, oil and toxins are therefore not released from the skin and oxygen is prevented from entering the skin. Mineral oil can clog the pores of the skin leading to acne and other skin problems. It can prevent skin cells from developing normally and when used regularly mineral oil may cause skin to age prematurely.

The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists reported that several studies have confirmed that poorly refined mineral oil can induce skin and scrotal cancers after prolonged, repeated and heavy direct contact with the skin. The U.S. Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances classifies mineral oil as both carcinogenic and tumorigenic.

Because mineral oil is frequently used for constipation, many of its best-known side effects are related to the gastrointestinal tract. According to the “The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics,” chronic use of mineral can cause leakage of oil past the anal sphincter and lead to pruritus ani, or irritation of the skin outside the rectum that can cause severe itching. Mineral oil use may also interfere with healing of postoperative wounds in the anorectal region and disturb normal defecatory reflexes. In one case in which a patient used mineral oil to excess as a laxative, the results included chronic diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, thirst and weakness.

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The following is imported from:

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2012/04/10/5-reasons-why-we-are-getting-sicker-how-to-reverse-it/

What are our bodies mostly exposed to in our everyday lives?

Bingo!

  1. Food
  2. Water/Liquids
  3. Air
  4. Personal care products
  5. Pharmaceutical drugs

It only makes sense that what we allow into our bodies will define whether or not it will operate at its peak capacity. So what is it about what we eat, drink, breathe, apply on our skin and take as medicine that has damaged our health?

The most commonly known forms of pollution are the air we breathe, water and soil pollution, all of which greatly affect human health and the eco-system. Pollution could be eliminated and the destruction of our planet could be reversed by committing to changing our ways and implementing free/clean energy technologies that are already available but have been suppressed for the threat they represent to the 200 trillion dollar oil industry.

Environmental pollution, however, is only a small part of the toxicity story. Did you know that harmful chemicals are deliberately added to water supplies, popular foods, personal care products, pharmaceutical drugs and even vaccines?

  • More than 77,000 chemicals are in active production in North America.
  • More than 3,000 chemicals are added to our food supply.
  • More than 10,000 chemicals in the form of solvents, emulsifiers, and preservatives are used in food processing, packaging, wrapping, and storage.
  • 315 chemical contaminants were found in U.S. tap water.
  • One in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals.
  • Neurotoxins and other chemicals are added to vaccines, and a german study shows that vaccinated children have at least 2 to 5 times more diseases and disorders than unvaccinated children.
  • More than 1000 new chemicals are developed each year.
  • Most of us have between 400 and 800 chemical residues stored in the fat cells of our bodies.

And guess what: Studies show that everyday chemical exposure is among the leading causes of the rapidly increasing cases of chronic disease in America.

Many commonly used chemicals have been linked to cancer, gastrointestinal illnesses, neurological damage, heart diseases, hormonal imbalances, enzyme dysfunction, altered metabolism, reproductive impairment, diabetes, obesity, immune system deficiency, allergies/asthma, arthritis, endocrine disorders…

WHY IS IT THIS WAY?

Just as our society could readily implement clean energy technologies, many harmless ingredients could easily replace the most popular chemicals that are used today. But why do most companies keep using them?

Well… not only are some of these chemicals cheap enough maximizes profit, they are also very good friends to the health care system. But why would health damaging chemicals benefit the “Health Care” system? Here’s a hint: We judge our success in healthcare according to the number of diseased people we treat, not by how many people are healthy.

To put it simply, the health care industry would be better described as a sickness industry. It benefits from illness rather than health. After all, maintaining symptoms and diseases are what generates a steady cash flow. We are being sold on the belief that pharmaceutical drugs and surgery are the key solution to all of our health problems.

However, making conscious choices such as the ingredients we allow into our bodies are of no emphasis in health care. Not to mention that the chemical industry and certain government agencies have fought back, labeling activists and health organizations as “chemophobic alarmists”. But what about all the doctors and research scientists now expressing their concerns?

You can see it on TV; chemical-filled products and fast-foods are glamorized, and when it comes to health, all we hear about is which drug can fix one symptom—only to put us at risk of having 30 new symptoms (side-effects).

But instead of changing our toxic system and educating the masses about disease prevention, healthy nutrition and the toxicity of certain ingredients, authority has more interest in censoring truthful information, persecuting herb and natural supplement companies, and keeping us both unhealthy and unaware.

TO PUT IT SIMPLY: The people in charge of the system do not care about our Health because it thrives on the profit generated by illness. That is why it is of no concern to most companies and corporations to promote misleading information and add cheap and detrimental ingredients to everything we consume. To them, it is a 3 in 1 benefit: chemicals are inexpensive, keeping us unaware minimizes the chances of us seeing the bigger picture, and there is nothing more profitable to the pharmaceutical and health care system than those who are sick.

Here are links designed to help you become aware of what’s in your food, water, and personal care products, and adjust your day-to-day choices accordingly.

WHAT’S IN YOUR FOOD & “FOOD MATTERS” DOCUMENTARY

WHAT’S IN YOUR WATER & FLUORIDE DOCUMENTARY

WHAT’S IN YOUR PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS & “THE STORY OF COSMETICS” FILM

THE TRUTH ABOUT VACCINES & “VACCINE NATION” DOCUMENTARY

Now that we know how food, water, air, personal care products and drugs have depleted human health, what can we individually and collectively do to reverse the process?

  • Don’t Rely on the Maintream Media For Accurate Information.
  • Eat Healthy Foods (Organic if possible).
  • Avoid Tap Water and Bottled Water with Added Fluoride. (CLICK HERE FOR A WATER FILTER SUGGESTION)
  • Don’t Get Vaccinated.
  • Avoid Cosmetic and Personal Care Products Containing Toxic Chemicals.
  • Raise Awareness With Those Around You.
  • Learn and Spread the Word About Clean/Free Energy Technologies. (CLICK HERE

September 2, 2014

Hot designer soars @13

Fashion

13-year-old designer hailed as ‘visionary’

By Jamie Stengle ASSOCIATED PRESS

ERIC GAY ASSOCIATED PRESS

Isabella Rose Taylor, whose line will be carried at Nordstrom

AUSTIN, Texas — As a 9-year-old, Isabella Rose Taylor — a painter since age 3 — took a week-long sewing class with an eye toward incorporating textiles into her artwork.

She quickly discovered a love for fashion design as well, taking the class twice more that summer.

Her line will make its debut in the fall at Nordstrom stores.

And the 13-year-old is set for her first show at New York Fashion Week, which will begin on Thursday.

ERIC GAY ASSOCIATED PRESS Isabella Rose Taylor at home with one of her paintings

“It just started out as a really fun hobby, and it grew into a business over the years,” Taylor said at her Austin, Texas, home, where she has converted one room into a studio and another into an office.  “I just really fell in love with it the way I fell in love with art, and I realized that I just had so much fun connecting the two.”

Inspired by an abstract mixed-media painting she once did that includes reds, grays, blues, earth tones and mustard yellow, Taylor created a fall line with a “street grunge vibe” and a “modern hippie” influence.  “It all started with the colors of the painting,” she said.

Jennifer Jackson Brown, a corporate merchandise manager for Nordstrom, considers the line a good fit for the juniors section.
At the time she was reached by the Taylor camp, Brown said, her team had been trying to pursue the young designer after seeing her on television.

“What we really liked about her is that she is actually the age of the customer, so there’s that relatability factor that she has,” Brown said. “And on top of it, she’s quite aspirational for them at the same time.”

Nordstrom managers were not only impressed with Taylor’s “keen sense of creating” but also with her ability to explain how each piece works with the others and how the collection came together.  “She’s actually quite a visionary at the age of 13,” Brown said.  “I think sometimes what a designer misses is that people want to understand how to dress head to toe, and she was able to do that,” Brown said.

Taylor’s fall collection includes “shorties” — high-waisted shorts made of a soft knit that can be paired with leggings and boots. Her flannel jacket features a detail that she likes to include: a tiny American flag button on the pocket. And a jersey baby-doll dress and a henley tunic dress feature the painting that inspired the collection.

After taking the sewing classes, Taylor said, she gradually grew more serious about fashion — making clothes for friends, designing a collection and eventually getting a handful of items produced and selling them online and at trunk shows. Her line is now produced in Los Angeles.

  • Taylor went to school on an accelerated schedule, graduating from high school at 11. She attends community college.
    Her aptitude for art was apparent early on, said her mother, Sherri.

“When she was really young, we really noticed how she played with colors, and it was just very unusual,” Sherri Taylor said. “We knew that something was happening, so we just kept buying her more colors.

“She’s tried a lot of different things, and some things stuck and some things didn’t, but art and fashion have been consistent.”
Her daughter’s fashion career, she added, “just kind of snowballed.”

Jennifer LaTorre-Daly, a 20-year veteran of the fashion industry, joined Taylor’s team almost a year ago as a strategic planning director. She focuses on getting her clothes in major retail outlets.  “It’s a great concept: She’s designing for her peers,” LaTorre-Daly said.

Even though her schedule can be hectic, Taylor said, she enjoys the work and feels as if she has a good balance of school, art, fashion and time with friends.

Some of her friends, she pointed out, are just as busy with interests such as acting and dancing.  “I get to follow my dream and be a teenager at the same time,” she said. “I think I’m pretty lucky in that respect.”

 

(My Comment:  I’m bowled over every time I read of the incredible accomplishment shown by some of our amazing youth of today.  Must be something in the stars or the water — I donno, its really hard for me to grasp, especially remembering my own childhood.  It was a doozy that I won’t try to explain; suffice it to say that there weren’t too many nooks or crannies that I didn’t explore, or new constructions that I didn’t feel I had a right to investigate, few trees that I hadn’t dangled from or fences left unclimbed.  Remembering,  I now know that I would never allow a child of mine to go off so unattended. . . . but things were so different way back then, and maybe I was slightly incorrigible.  It was a family joke that I crawled out of the womb with a pencil in my hand and have used it ever since.   It’s true that I indeed was trying to start a mini magazine along about 7 or 8, but the adults in my life didn’t take too kindly to that idea after neighbors saw me lurking in their bushes.

This young lady Isabella takes my breath away.  Looking at her, one can sense the presence of a self-assured poise,  generally stemming from far more years of living filled with rich experience. . .but there she is, full-blown and beautiful and accomplished at thirteen.  Go Girl,  Brava. . .  Jan

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