Eat right, exercise hard, die anyway

August 19, 2010

My cousin passed away this morning. He was 63. He wasn’t much older than me.

He was a farmer. He ran an organic farm, raised his own animals and ate healthy. He ate healthier food than I have access to. As a farmer he was also in much better shape. Taking care of the animals and the fields is physically demanding and for a man his age, he was in great shape.

He died of brain cancer.

He didn’t smoke, didn’t drink, didn’t do drugs.

But he couldn’t support the farm entirely on it’s own. So…he supplemented the family income doing hazardous waste cleanup for the county.

My 80 year old parents are once again making the trip back home to attend the funeral of another family member. Only this time it is not a parent or a sibling….it is a nephew. Someone the age of their own children.

My cousin passed away this morning after fighting brain cancer for over a year and being in a coma for the past few months.

He should have lived to be 100. (We are long lived in our family tree.)


Even more to avoid.

January 14, 2010

Plastic water bottles and canned foods. Then again, you’re not eating preprocessed canned foods anymore anyway, are you?

BPA. Looks like it may turn out to be pretty nasty too. It’s been dropped from baby bottles. But now it’s been found that the cans of canned foods are lined with it. And it’s used in plastic water bottles. Even the kind you buy to refill with tap water. And it’s used to line metal water bottles. Basically you can’t avoid the stuff unless you use glass.