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December 7, 2008

A new nutritonal unit?

I propose we get rid of all those grams and numbers and make a simplified unit for the Nutrition Facts labels: the Snicker.
We all know the Snickers Bar. It has a lot of sugar, fat and calories. But would you eat 11 of them? Well, if you pull up a chair at Romano’s Macaroni grill, you might. If you eat the spaghetti and meatballs, you will end up with almost 7 snickers of calories, 11 snickers of saturated fat and 3 snickers of carbohydrates. At Jamba Juice you could order a Chunky Strawberry—it has 2 snickers of both calories and sugar. Or you could go to Starbucks for a Pumpkin Spice Crème, with 2 snickers of sugar, fat and calories.
The snicker could put a whole new perspective on how we look at food…

Health and community

In a previous blog I questioned how community benefits health. I have since thought of an excellent example: Alcoholics Anonymous.
AA is a perfect example of a community formed exclusively for the purpose of treating disease. Started in 1935, AA was a last ditch effort to cure the incurable, alcoholics like Roland H., who were told there was no treatment for them other than a “vital spiritual experience.?
Roland was referred to the Oxford Group, a popular religious movement at that time. He and his friend Edwin T. found the strength in this community to overcome their hopeless problems with alcohol, and then turned to their friend Bill W., who was also suffering from unsuccessful treatment of a progressing problem. Bill W. is known as the founder of AA.
Today, AA has support groups in cities not only throughout the United States but throughout the world. It’s foundation of the 12 steps are used in numerous support groups to help people overcome their addictions before the addictions overcome them.