Archive for August, 2011

La vie en rose – Edith Piaf

August 28, 2011

Edith Piaf is comparable to the Judy Garland of France. Her music is legendary and her life is quite a story to tell. I watched the movie La vie en Rose a while ago and her voice is truly captivating.

You might have also heard her song “Non, je ne regrette rien” on the movie Inception. Interesting fact: the actress that plays Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose (Marion Cotillard) also plays the wife of Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception.

Édith Piaf, born Édith Giovanna Gassion (December 19, 1915 – October 11, 1963)

C-sections on the rise in the United States compared to other countries

August 28, 2011

Interesting video of why Cesarean Sections (also known as C-sections) are on the rise in the United States compared to other countries. The normal C-section rate is around 7% and is only used in extreme situations. In the U.S. the C-section rate is now around 34% and still on the rise.

I also watched a documentary titled “Pregnant in America” that said many doctors recommend C-sections not because it is best for the mom or baby, but because they are either overly cautious due to fear of being sued for malpractice, or time constraints. When I say time constraints, I mean that usually a vaginal birth is not a fast process, but a c-section can be scheduled and takes about 20 minutes, which allows doctors to get back to their practice and see other patients…

Hmm… I still think I am more inclined to go to a hospital, but it does make you think twice.

What the bottled water industry doesn’t want you to know…

August 28, 2011

“Whiskey is for sipping and water is for fighting.” -Mark Twain

The bottled water industry has turned natural human necessities into products that we purchase for astronomical prices, many times not knowing exactly what we are purchasing or how it will effect our world in the future.

At the FDA there is only one person that overseas all the bottled world industry in the United States… talk about overworked and she also says she has “other responsibilities”.

Public drinking water is tested 300 times a month to ensure the safety of the water. Private drinking water (bottled water) does not go through this rigorous testing. The water companies themselves are the ones that conduct all of the safety tests! Can you imagine a big corporation actually bringing reports to the FDA saying their bottled water contains bacteria or that the plastic is leaching dangerous chemicals?? Neither can I.

PET plastic bottles and BPA water jugs can be dangerous, and studies are starting to show that they have an increased amount of estrogen and can cause reproductive problems. Also, the actual bottles are made from crude oil and 6 million of these bottles are disposed of a day. Where do these bottles go? Only around 20% are actually recycled… a lot have found themselves into our ocean, with an area the size of Texas in the Pacific littered with dangerous plastic. Did you know it takes on average 20 pieces of plastic debris to kill a fish? We will also be consuming these fish and ingesting these dangerous chemicals all over again.

The bottled water industry is marketing at it’s best, but it fails to offer anything different than tap water… and come to find out it may be more dangerous to our health and absolutely more devastating for our environment.

As someone that used to buy bottled water everyday, after seeing the documentary below, Tapped, I look at bottled water as a horrible convenience that is robbing us of a clean environment, making us more dependent on oil, and could be endangering our health.

Lesson for the day: drink tap water!!