According to the cardiologists I spoke with, often, the first warning sign that something could be wrong with your heart is a heart attack. Sometimes they’re fatal, and these days, if you live through it, medical science has come so far that it’s likely you will survive and heal. Not so with my father.
While it’s still unknown if my father will be restored to full health, there was no warning sign and no heart attack. Just a small blip on the stress test. It took nearly three months for the appointment to come around that explored these results. The doc suggested an exploratory surgery, likely to clean out some minor plaque, possibly to put in a single stent. Instead, it turned out all his major arteries were blocked nearly 100%, and my dad had a quintuple bypass.
How is this possible? He seemed, and felt, healthy. On his 78th birthday the previous weekend, we had toasted and laughed and enjoyed ourselves — with no hint that he would be having open heart surgery five days later. Sure, he’d been slowing down, but the doctor said it was just his age. They tried a couple pills for various aches and pains, his morning lethargy; but hey, at 78, you’re kind of, well… old. You can’t expect to feel like you did when you were 50.
Three years ago, at 44, I was feeling, if not old, certainly middle-aged. My knees and back had begun to hurt. Climbing stairs was harder. My grudging willingness to go to the gym had become a bi-weekly battle that I usually lost. Then, inspired by my dear friend, Cheryl, who dropped eight sizes in the six months since I had last seen her, I stopped eating flour and sugar. I stopped drinking. I started weighing and measuring my food.
I won’t lie. It was a pain in the a**.Yet over the next six months as my body went from a size 14 to a size 6, I stopped feeling like a middle-aged woman.
One morning in Bali, as I raced back from my hotel room with the welcome packages I had forgotten for our tour guests, I wondered why it was so much harder to climb the stairs than it had been an hour ago. I was put in mind of my last trip — the stairs had been hard to climb then, too. Suddenly, I realized that I was carrying an extra 15 pound of papers. I used to carry that — and much more — inside of my body, every day.
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Despite all the hype about fuel efficient cars and the future of alternative fuels, there are few things more harmful to the environment than cars.
But the automakers know if they have any chance of selling cars to consumers, they need to wrap themselves up in a mantle of green. Environmentalists call this marketing “greenwashing” — trying to make your product look more earth-friendly than it actually is.
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When Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before a Senate committee this morning, she heard a lot about billboards.
Not just any billboard. She heard about one particular billboard in Olympia, Washington, that warns that “unregulated agriculture is putting our waterways at risk.”
That particular billboard was financed by a coalition of environmental groups and Indian tribes that was funded, in part, by the EPA.
For some legislators, it’s a “scandal” that a coalition receiving public funds would highlight the sad fact that farmers can pollute streams and get away with it. In the view of one senator, the billboard was a “malicious” attack on farmers, financed by EPA.
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