Just hours before Sunday’s NFL games were to begin, President
Trump urged fans to boycott the sport until owners “fire or
suspend” players who protest during the national anthem.
“If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop
disrespecting our Flag & Country,” he tweeted, “you will see
change take place fast. Fire or suspend!”
I agree 100%! The NFL is not a political engine – it is a sport
that is played by highly paid men who get that sort of life, in part,
because of the men and women soldiers who have died protecting and
ensuring a life of freedom of which the flag is a symbol.
For that reason, I stand proudly with the President on this and will
refuse to watch NFL games in the future...
And while the majority of the team owners have agreed that kneeling is a protected form of freedom of expression, I then also plan to mentally give all of them the 'finger' every Sunday about starting time. Individuals who disrespect the flag and what it stands for are complete cruds, in my view. I'm not going to waste my time cheering such individuals on in an arena where they make millions of dollars while others, who are now fighting and those who have fought and died for the flag and the nation it represents, pay the ultimate price tag for freedom.
After posting a short piece on counting
calories in raw versus cooked hamburger patties, I decided to go that
route for lunch on an otherwise nondescript Saturday in September!
My approach to dieting, in general is
to go for a ketogenic
approach which emphasizes a low carb high protein method of eating.
This is a proven path to weight loss that is not without some
for people with certain health conditions.
Quarter pound, 4 oz, 113 grams!
OK, so my approach for this particular
meal was to eliminate the buns, throw on a slice of onion and garnish
with a side of Lima beans. Why Lima beans? Well, Lima beans are a
very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber, (as are most other
legumes). In addition to lowering cholesterol, Lima beans high fiber
content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a
meal, making these beans an especially good choice for individuals
with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia. So, a high protein
and fiber addition to this meal was not a bad thing!
When I cook my burgers, I like to use
an old Joe Foreman grill. The design insures that a lot
of the grease will be drained from the finished burger. After
cooking, three on a slice of white onion along with a
generous amount of ketchup. The pat of butter was the real thing
while the salt I used was potassium chloride not table salt.
The end nutritional result? 260 calories, 15 carbs, 15 grams of fat and 16 grams of protein! The meal was also delicious and filling!
Whenever I eat anything, these days, I try and get some idea of the number of calories I'm putting in my mouth! For many foods, that's easy to do as you can read the number right off the package. However, some other foods are not so easy to figure out! Hamburger patties and spaghetti come to mind. Well, here's a tip. When looking at the published calories, nutritionists are most often referring to either the uncooked or dry weight of the product. That said, there can be other mitigating factors to consider. In the case of hamburger patties, there is also the fat to lean ratio to consider. Read on...
So, which is healthier for us humans to consume? A hamburger made
from 75% lean ground beef or one made from 95% extra-lean ground
Here are the numbers. Let’s start with two uncooked hamburger
patties, each weighing 4 ounces (a quarter pound or 113 grams). The
uncooked 75% lean patty has about 330 calories, (28 grams of fat and
18 grams of protein). The uncooked 95% lean patty has only about 155
calories, (6 grams of fat and 24 grams of protein). As you can see,
the leaner beef has more protein, and therefore far fewer calories
than an equal weight of the less lean beef. (The leaner patty is also
higher in water and a little lower in cholesterol).
Cooking results in a loss of weight (and nutrients) in both
patties, as the drippings fall away. The 75 percent lean patty, which
drops from 4 ounces to about 2.5 ounces after cooking, will now
contain 195 calories, 13 grams of fat and 18 grams of protein. After
cooking, the 95 percent lean patty, which drops to about 3 ounces in
weight, has about 140 calories, 5 grams of fat and 22 grams of
The above information was excerpted from an article by Edward R.
Blonz, Ph.D. Written in August of 2013!
World Heath Organization – A
September 2017 report released by WHO shows a serious lack of new
antibiotics under development to combat the growing threat of
antimicrobial resistance. It seems that most of the drugs currently
in the clinical pipeline are modifications of existing classes of
antibiotics and are only short-term solutions. The report found very
few potential treatment options for those antibiotic-resistant
infections identified by WHO as posing the greatest threat to health,
including drug-resistant tuberculosis which kills around 250,000
people each year.
"Antimicrobial resistance is a
global health emergency that will seriously jeopardize progress in
modern medicine," says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,
Director-General of WHO. "There is an urgent need for more
investment in research and development for antibiotic-resistant
infections including TB, otherwise we will be forced back to a time
when people feared common infections and risked their lives from
The report went on to conclude that
there is a serious lack of treatment options for multi-drug and
extensively drug-resistant M. tuberculosis and gram-negative
pathogens, including Acinetobacter and Enterobacteriaceae
(such as Klebsiella and E.coli) which can cause severe
and often deadly infections that pose a particular threat in
hospitals and nursing homes....
On lazy days, while I sometimes ponder, I find myself on roads to wander. As late summer sun turns to fall, my feet carry me forward body and all. Eyes wide open in silent wonder, I greedily suck in such visual plunder! God Bless all who live in the US!