January 17th, 2013

Quote of the Day, from Ranit Mishori

From Nutrition Action Healthletter, Jan/Feb 2013.

"Ranit Mishori, a physician and associate professsor of family medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center ... [article describes cleanses, irrigation, etc.] ... "First of all, these supplements are meant to cause diarrhea, which is never a good thing." ... "The funny thing for me as a physician is that some people who ask me if they should do colon cleansing are reluctant to undergo a colonoscopy because of the prep. In both cases, you're sitting on the toilet for two days, and it's uncomfortable. When it's for weight loss, it's okay, but when it's for cancer screening, it's not. I find that very odd."

I am very skeptical of cancer screening and "cleanses", but I feel Mishori's observation offers real clarity and perspective.

She has more to say:

"People have incredibly stressful lives ... And there's this perverse thinking that if you just get some gunk out, by pooping it all out, it's going to make a huge difference in your life. So many other interventions are proven and safe -- yoga, exercise, walking, talking, and even having a glass of wine. Why do we have this need to detoxify and get the gunk out?"

Paying for Movies

Once upon a time, I went to movies. The last movie I saw in a theatre was Hitchhiker's Guide. I was pregnant. Since having T., I have not been to a movie theatre, and here is why. At first, there was the whole breastfeeding thing (and no way was I going to attempt to take one or more of the children with me -- I can wear ear plugs, but I didn't see that going over well with them) -- getting the 4+ hour block of time free just to sit in the (sticky) dark didn't seem all that compelling.

Once that was over, I had a related problem: timing a matinee movie to end in time for me to be home for the kids' return (3:15ish for the first one). There's no way I'd waste a (rare) evening out with R. on a movie.

So. No movies out, only movies in. Honestly, not very many movies in because my attention span just isn't that long for watching things, so I watch TV shows instead (shorter!).

When I was last seeing movies (ending in 2005), it was (and had been for a very long time) possible to pay for movies with credit cards, altho most people didn't and there was usually an ATM in the lobby or very close by. Things like Fandango (possibly including Fandango -- I don't really recall) already existed as well. But most people stood in line and paid with cash in the hour or so before they expected to sit down and watch the movie. If it was a big movie, someone might be sent to the theatre in advance to buy tickets for a larger group.

Apparently, during the time that I stopped seeing movies, people stopped paying for movies with folding green stuff. They may pay with a credit or debit card at the time of arrival at the theatre, in advance through Fandango or similar. Some people are still paying on the spot with folding green stuff (and there are still very handy ATMs), but outside of oddball places that show old or unusual movies, often for cheap, most people are not.

8 years. Big change. As near as I can tell, all but invisible to the people who lived through the change. Kind of a shock to someone like me, who thought she'd taken a brief hiatus from movie-going only it turned into almost 20% of her life when she wasn't paying attention.