Food For Thought: Why donating to Susan G. Komen and other organizations might be a joke

This guy Chris is quite the character. He was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer back in 2003, but he didn’t go about treating it the way most of us would – yes he had surgery to remove the tumor and cancerous tissue, but he didn’t proceed with the standard chemo/radio therapy treatments everyone else goes through. He did a lot of research and realized most diseases are caused by unhealthy diets, so he made a lifestyle change and switched to lots of salads, smoothies and juices. When originally diagnosed, the doctors recommended chemo, predicting a 50% success rate and a 5 year life expectancy.

It’s now 2014 and thankfully, Chris is doing well, alive and kicking – CANCER FREE! 11 years later (thank you, but no thank you chemo). Check out his website www.chrisbeatcancer.com for more information on his healing process and a ton of other stories of people who have healed naturally with a similar lifestyle change.

In this video, Chris talks about why he doesn’t ‘race for the cure’ nor donate any money to organizations like Susan G. Komen, and urges everyone to google “Komen Watch” to see where the money REALLY goes. I must say I’m always quite skeptical when it comes to those organizations and don’t really trust most of those “non-profit” labels. The content in this video is exactly why. BUT he also names organizations that are worthier recipients of your money if you are still interested in donating!

All in all – this video is definitely worth five minutes of your time.

Inspirational story of a 13 year old entrepreneur. Hey, it got Mark Zuckerberg’s attention!

It breaks my heart to see how some kids have to give up their childhood and become adults to support their families. This story is definitely one for the books, and far from over, since Michael and his family don’t have it made yet.

 

I’m downloading the app, staying posted for updates and hoping this takes off for him. Wishing his summer internship gives him a load of knowledge and some funds to continue innovating, and hopefully he can finish paying for his high school and college years.

And So Project Craft Room Begins!

Been dreaming of having a craft room for a few months and I’ve slowly started the process. Turning the guest room into my home office/craft room/ happy place. Already took out the guest beds and painted (obsessed with the color). Actually, I need to start building right now so I can’t do a full on blog on what I plan on doing, but I wanted to give this project the official “on your marks, set, BUILD!” sign 🙂

PS – final self-given deadline of December to have it looking exactly like I want it to look, taking into account everything I want to do.

Ikeaing, thrifting, painting, building… And GO!

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Thank you for proving Princeton Mom wrong!

I read excerpts of the Princeton Mom book “Marry Smart: Advice for Finding The One” a couple of months ago, and I must say, I was pissed. In this book she advises women to get plastic surgery in high school, find a husband before graduating college, and not spend too much time focusing on their careers… ::Deep Breaths:: I know, I know, “to each their own” and we all have different aspirations in life. But seriously, I remember when Nicki Minaj did the Roman Holiday Performance at the 2012 Grammys, and one of my friends tweeted something about Nicki’s performance setting us back in time and  eliminating all the progress we had achieved in society when truthfully, I thought it was quite harmless as opposed to what Princeton Mom did with her book.

This is why I absolutely LOVED this open letter. I couldn’t care less about Clooney and his relationships, but I did enjoy reading about Amal and her impressive life/work resume (see how her mom is an accomplished professional as well? what a concept. She had time to interview Bill Clinton AND raise a kick-ass family? Pfffttttt blasphemy). To me it’s not a choice of successful career vs. family life. I think both are attainable through balance and in due time.

So back to the link I’m sharing – this piece, written by a wife no less (seeing married women calling BS on Princeton Mom is PRICELESS) is perfection. Being a working woman doesn’t mean you can’t end up with the man of your dreams. Are we clear Princeton Mom?

Lettera aperta al presidente venezuelano Nicolás Maduro dalla nipote di Benito Mussolini

 

Mi chiamo Martina Mussolini e mio nonno, Vittorio, era il figlio di Benito Mussolini, uno dei fondatori del sistema fascista che, ultimamente, lei usa a sproposito. Le scrivo dall’Italia dove risiedo da oltre vent’anni, le scrivo poichĂ© nonostante io non sia nata in Venezuela, ho avuto la fortuna di trascorrere in quel meraviglioso paese la mia adolescenza e in questo momento difficile il mio cuore e i miei sentimenti sono con i miei fratelli venezuelani.

Ho dovuto lasciare il paese perchĂ© giĂ  allora non c’era nessun futuro per me e mi dispiace dover dire ogni volta ai miei figli che non li porterò nei luoghi della mia giovinezza poichĂ© è uno stato troppo pericoloso, dove non c’è rispetto per la vita e coloro che dovrebbero garantire la giustizia, spesso, sono i primi a violarla.

Il grande statista che è stato il mio bisnonno, Benito Mussolini, ha lottato, amato e sofferto per il suo popolo e al momento della sua morte, quando è stato appeso per i piedi a piazzale Loreto, dalle sue tasche non è caduta nemmeno una lira!

Lei addita come fascisti degli studenti che manifestano perchĂ© nel loro paese non c’è sicurezza, mancano gli articoli di prima necessitĂ , scarseggiano i medicinali e le possibilitĂ  di vivere una vita dignitosa sono inesistenti, dovuto alla corruzione, alla svalutazione della moneta e all’inflazione che hanno preso il sopravvento. Un paese censurato, senza libertĂ  di espressione dove gli oppositori sono incarcerati ingiustamente.

Mi lasci dire, presidente, che a quegli studenti, a quei medici, a quelle mamme, a quelle nonne, a quei commercianti, a quei lavoratori, a tutto quel meraviglioso popolo non interessano le ideologie… Hanno fame! Sono stanchi di fare interminabili file per poter acquistare farina, latte, olio o caffè.

Desiderano poter studiare, lavorare, ricevere adeguate cure mediche e vivere nella loro terra, senza dover andar all’estero per vedersi garantito un futuro migliore. NON SONO FASCISTI

La maggior parte di costoro non riesce a capacitarsi della propria condizione di estrema povertĂ  nonostante abiti in un paese con enormi potenzialitĂ  economiche e illimitate risorse naturali. Sono venezuelani esasperati da un regime corrotto, che fomenta un odio sociale senza precedenti e che non rispetta i diritti umani.

Ringrazio Dio quando sento gli oppositori chiamare “fratelli” i Chavisti, quando vedo bambini porgere fiori ai poliziotti schierati contro di loro e i tanti messaggi di solidarietà della gente comune in tutto il mondo, mentre le organizzazione internazionali rimangono in un vergognoso silenzio.