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A Little Something I Wrote A While Back…

Elizabeth Dougherty (originally written for publication in 2006)

A Growing Trend Among Chefs:

Hunting Down Tonight’s Menu
Chefs are packing heat. Something to think about the next time you send a dish back to the kitchen.

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Thinking About You – 10/22/14

Elizabeth Dougherty

 

For the last two nights, I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night for about an hour. I’m not sure why. I do have a lot on my mind and it’s very quiet this time of the morning, so I can think.

Before my current commitments, which are great right now, I used to write often. Lately, it seems, the writing I do is void of emotion. By design, it’s meant to be factual and more about critical thinking. I’m “growing as a person”. Lucky me.

A couple of years down the road, I’ll be helping to shape policy in some important area of our daily lives. I’ll be continuing our radio show, which now seems to be in a groove again. It’s like our child and it’s a rebellious teen right now. Not a bad place to be.

I came back home to Orlando after some major events in my life to be closer to friends and loved ones. Ironically, we now seem farther apart. I’m not sure if it’s because of what we do (radio) or how busy I am. Maybe the perception is that I’ve changed in some way. I haven’t. I’m still the same fun loving, humorous person I’ve always been. Maybe you’ve changed, not me. I’ll keep my idealistic view of the world that still believes we can all make a difference, thank you.

Occasionally I do question where we are going, but I’m not a person who believes I pull all the strings and make all the decisions. Everything is as it should be right now. With that acknowledgment comes a confidence and a sense of calm.

The other day I was thinking I wish I could give that gift to you. It’s a great feeling to know you are doing what was intended for you to do in life. I’ve only felt it during one other space in time, and now once again. When you know you are doing the right things, every day feels like Christmas. It’s the best way I can describe it.

Sure, every once in a while I want to quit and take my toys and go home. My second grade teacher told me I have gifts and it would be selfish not to share them with others. It would be easy for me to do nothing all day and go to the spa, but I think I would go bat crazy if I did that.

It would also be unfair of me not to try to empower you in the same way I feel empowered; to question authority and demand answers.

My gift to you today is to tell you that you can make a difference. Tell your neighbor and your loved ones they can make a difference too. This is our country and YES, WE DID BUILD THAT.

Don’t let the miscreants win. Vote. Get rid of the career politicians. Take what is yours and don’t allow the socialists to act like they are doing you a favor for accepting the benefits of what you have built.

It’s your country. It’s your reality.  Don’t let anyone choose your future for you.

Most of all, ask that person that seems to be languishing through life how you can help. Sometimes just knowing someone cares can make all the difference. Life is hard enough. Have some compassion and empathy for others. It feels ridiculous having to write those words, but what I’m seeing every day in society has me worried. It’s not about giving to charity. It’s about just being a nice person. If we all did that, we wouldn’t need charities to make us feel better about ourselves.

If someone disappoints you, suck it up. It’s not all about you. Maybe they have problems at home or at work. Maybe they are unwell or caring for a loved one who is unwell.

In short, before we help the rest of the world, we need to fix our own problems and clean house. America is great. America is blessed. Don’t allow the money-changers in the temple corrupt our beautiful land we’ve worked so hard to cultivate.

Be who you are. Be an American.

 

The First Man-Made Foods Are Poised To Enter The Market

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Special to the Dougherty Report

One of the first synthetic foods to be lab-created was meat and the hamburger was the first in line to be tested. The scientist who created it had to have a taste of the burger, and he said it was not bad but needed seasoning. Since it is artificial beef cultured from the beef itself, one wonders if it is safe for consumption. This all depends of the level of pathogens present in the synthetic meat, but who is to say that it is safe or not safe when compared to natural beef? Suffice it to say, lab tests are still underway regarding this discovery, so do not expect to find a pound of this artificial meat in the supermarket soon!

Nano-foods on the other hand have had reports of toxins evident in them. Nano-foods are foods that don’t occur in nature as food. It has been reported that nano ingredients are being added into daily food basics such as fruit juices, cooking oil, teas, soft drinks and diet replacement milkshakes among others. These are items that are usually used in most households and it is therefore important for labels to be placed on the packaging. This would alert the consumer the product they are about to consume does contain nano ingredients, which gives them the choice of opting for them or others. Some organizations have called for a halt to the sale of nano foods until adequate testing has been done on them. This is important to show they are either safe for human consumption or not. Some of the nano materials used in the food industry include nano titanium oxide, nano silver and nano zinc. Scientists have actually gathered evidence to support the notion that most of the foods in the market exhibit warning signs of nano-toxicity, which can be toxic to both humans and the environment.

Since scientists have discovered that nano materials are unsafe for humans and the environment at large, governments should consider taking up this fight and have bills that regulate the usage of nano materials. They should also pass bills to mandate the labeling of all foods that contain nano materials in order to provide consumers with the option of choosing what they want to put into their bodies. Awareness programs should also be formed for the purpose of sensitizing consumers to the nano materials present in their foods.

For Justina

Primum non nocere is a Latin phrase that means “first, do no harm.”

The doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital seem to have lost sight of a lesson that is as old as the medical profession itself.

As we transition to The Dougherty Report, we’ve learned of a situation in Boston that is disturbing and should be alarming to every parent.  Ten months ago, a 15- year-old girl was removed from the custody of her parents and is being held at Boston Children’s Hospital.  It’s Christmas Day, and instead of this child being free to enjoy the day with her family, she’s under the constant surveillance of hospital personnel.

CLICK HERE to hear what I had to say about the situation as she spends Christmas Day 2013 locked away in the hospital.

Attorney/author Beth Allison Maloney recently appeared on the show to describe how this child was removed from her parents and is now among a group of five children in the same situation at the same hospital over the last eighteen months.

Elizabeth Dougherty has been a writer for over 10 years, and holds a Bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude from NYIT. She has been a talk show host of nearly 300 episodes of radio which air each Saturday morning at 8 on the Business Talk Radio Network nationwide, Saturday afternoons at 4 on flagship WWBA AM820 News, and Sunday mornings at 8 on the Space Coast on WIXC AM1060 News, respectively. You can read her articles and hear previous shows on her podcast page on the The Dougherty Report website and on Facebook.

Why are people bidding to go to Mars?

This is crazy. People are actively bidding to take a one-way trip to Mars. Mars, the planet, not the city. Yep. You read that correctly.

Here’s what I had to say about that: LISTEN

Elizabeth Dougherty has been a writer for over 10 years, and holds a Bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude from NYIT. She has been a talk show host of nearly 300 episodes of Food Nation Radio which airs each Saturday morning at 8 on the Business Talk Radio Network nationwide, Saturday afternoons at 4 on flagship WWBA AM820 News, and Sunday mornings at 8 on the Space Coast on WIXC AM1060 News, respectively. You can read her articles and hear previous shows on her podcast page on the Food Nation Radio Network website and on Facebook.

My Sweet Son Speaks On GMOs

Last week on Food Nation Radio Network, my nine-year-old son Jonathan, decided to record an open for the program to talk about genetically modified foods.

Here’s what he had to say: LISTEN

Elizabeth Dougherty has been a food writer for over 10 years, attended culinary school and holds a Bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations from NYIT. She has been a talk show host of nearly 250 episodes of Food Nation Radio which airs each Saturday morning at 8 on the Business Talk Radio Network nationwide, Saturday afternoons at 4 on flagship WWBA AM820 News, and Sunday mornings at 8 on the Space Coast on WIXC AM1060 News, respectively. You can read her articles and hear previous shows on her podcast page on the Food Nation Radio Network website and on Facebook.


 

NY & Colorado Poised to Label GMOs – Audio

From the Food Nation Radio News Desk

For the past 18 months, Food Nation Radio has followed the efforts to label genetically modified foods in Washington State.  While the ballots have been counted and the results were not what we had hoped for, in our opinion the final outcome of I-522 is still unknown.  An activist group known as Moms For Labeling helped raise awareness of the actions of the Grocery Manufacturers Association that were alleged to be unlawful. The Attorney General may yet take action against the GMA for their illegal campaign contributions that may have influenced I-522 voters.

In the meantime, the battle to label GMOs continues on a state by state basis and two new battleground states are moving to the forefront.  Grass root efforts are underway to inform consumers in both New York and Colorado and volunteers in those states are taking two very different routes.

Elizabeth Dougherty spoke with Stacie Orell of GMO Free New York and Larry Cooper of Right to Know Colorado about their individual state efforts and their very different routes to ensure their residents know what is in the foods they feed their families.

Elizabeth Dougherty has been a food writer for over 10 years, attended culinary school and holds a Bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations from NYIT. She has been a talk show host of nearly 250 episodes of Food Nation Radio which airs each Saturday morning at 8 on the Business Talk Radio Network nationwide, Saturday afternoons at 4 on flagship WWBA AM820 News, and Sunday mornings at 8 on the Space Coast on WIXC AM1060 News, respectively. You can read her articles and hear previous shows on her podcast page on the Food Nation Radio Network website and on Facebook.


 

Lassiter’s Views On St. Petersburg

As we leave beautiful St. Petersburg, we thought Bob Lassiter’s tribute to the city was fitting, so we are sharing it with you. Produced by Michael Serio, my husband and Executive Producer, in March, 1987.

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Elizabeth Dougherty has been a food writer for over 10 years, attended culinary school and holds a Bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations from NYIT. She has been a talk show host of nearly 250 episodes of Food Nation Radio which airs each Saturday morning at 8 on the Business Talk Radio Network nationwide, Saturday afternoons at 4 on flagship WWBA AM820 News, and Sunday mornings at 8 on the Space Coast on  WIXC AM1060 News, respectively. You can read her articles and hear previous shows on her podcast page on the Food Nation Radio Network website and on Facebook.

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