Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Food Allergy Deaths: Less Common Than You Think

I have a new piece on food allergies up on the Huffington Post today. Check it out:

The number of deaths from food allergies, as collected from 2.5 million death certificates across the country, is miniscule. Only eleven people died from food allergies in 2005, the last year for which we have data available. More people died from lawnmower accidents.

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Thursday, October 02, 2008

VP Debate

We just watched the VP debate. The TV went on after our kid went to bed.

Now that the debate is over, I'm watching Sarah Palin holding her baby onstage. Here's what I want to know: what is her baby doing up this late? What kind of parent takes a baby to a late-night crazy hectic activity with thousands of people?

I seriously question Governor Palin's judgment about many issues, and I particularly question her choice to parade her child on television in (for him) the middle of the night. Not a good parenting decision.


Sunday, June 29, 2008

Waldorf School Cosmetics

Rudolf Steiner, the founder of the Waldorf School educational philosophy, also authored a a deeply eccentric school of early 20th-century European philosophy known as anthroposophy. Anthroposophy, a "spiritual science," posits the existence of a spiritual world that can be accessed by the human intellect.

Anthosophy also posits that growing plants in accordance with its philosophy will result in an extremely successful line of herbal Hollywood-beloved cosmetics. Or something.

At any rate, today's Times has an article about Dr. Hauschka cosmetics, a company that was started by a devotee of Steiner's. The new-agey, hippie-dippie California philosophy of the growers is a stitch.

Some of Steiner's critics have called him a cult leader. Literary nugget: Nobel Prize-winning novelist Saul Bellow was said to be a devotee of Steiner's. I've also heard that Waldorf schools eschew plastics, which is very trendy right now. Again.


Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Why stop crying?

I came across this excellent example of first-person narrative on the Onion today, and I thought I'd share.

I Cant Imagine Why Anybody Would Want To Stop Crying

The Onion

I Can't Imagine Why Anybody Would Want To Stop Crying

Life has so many wonderful experiences to offer. Like sleep. Or ingestion and evacuation. But I find life offers few opportunities more rewarding...