I've been a little bit amazed lately at my ability to warp other people's minds.
I'm like The Brain over here, plotting to take over the world.
And seriously....shows like that need to be made again. Pinky and the Brain? Ren and Stimpy? Animaniacs? That's all just good stuff.
Sorry, showing my oldness again....
In all seriousness, I am completely messing with my husband. And I'm trying to use my powers for good. I warned a friend on Facebook yesterday that I could disturb her all the way though to her core if I wanted to.
She was talking about some piece on NPR regarding DNA mapping and data storage and how that information would be used. The whole big brother thing.
Then I says to myself....well, yeah. If you think that is bad, man could I tell you stories. I've been around the block long enough to see some really scary stuff. When you study a field like Bioethics then almost finish a program in public health, you learn all kinds of things about our health care system and the public generally that most people really don't want to know. That most people probably shouldn't know.
The vast majority of people out there are perfectly content to live in their tiny bubbles where you flush a toilet and the poo just magically disappears. Most people don't want to wrap their heads around the idea that most food borne illnesses are spread at home, and that most of those involve....wait for it....poo.
Most people want to believe that our health care system is always well intentioned and motivated by the notion that helping people is paramount to profits. Most people want to believe that vaccines always work (or the fringe that thinks they are all a crock), that our infant mortality rate doesn't blow, that drug resistance is a lie, that mutations don't happen.
Most people don't want to know that our food supply has been degraded in just about every way imaginable. That wheat is no longer what wheat used to be. That an apple today, even grown organically, has less nutritional value than one from 30 years ago. That hormones and antibiotics come with just about all your meat these days.
Most people don't want to know that there are all kinds of conflicts of interest when you have the USDA deciding what people should eat. Most people don't want to know that your body can't process refined carbs or processed sugars the way it can process normal carbs and normal sugars. And the companies that invented those food products sure don't want you to know either.
I've been steadily reducing my intake of refined carbs for a while now. For all kinds of reasons, not the least of which is the looming threat of diabetes in my life.
I mentioned something to my husband about gluten and the fact that wheat, even whole wheat products, are loaded with it...and how eliminating it might be a good idea. Mentioned an author and a book. One that you should read. Honest.
Sorry. I know how bad they are for you...but goddammit they are delicious. Which is part of the problem. Our minds tell us to eat them, because we essentially become addicted to this kind of stuff.
Add that to the list of things you probably didn't want to know either.
Anyhow, I mentioned this to the husband.
Boy, did he take it and run with it. He's almost done with the book and on a mission.
We're working on phasing gluten out completely. With the amount of allergies and asthma and skin conditions in our family, we both are in agreement that we have to at least try this.
And dude.....I got him to eat hummus. With carrots. Holy crap, people. He wants to try quinoa again. He bought gluten free pasta online.
Told you I brainwashed him.
Next thing you know, we'll be moving to a commune and buying Birkenstocks.
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