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There’s a blizzard; and all of the destruction is covered in a thin, white blanket. It’s no comfort. Currier and Ives are long gone from this place. You can hear the freezing wind whip through the mass of steel girders and concrete.
At one time, people from all over the world flocked here to try and make a new life for themselves. They tried to escape their own countries filled with persecution and poverty. When they entered the now frozen harbor, they would shed tears and applaud at seeing Miss Liberty; the massive statue and testament to freedom now in jagged pieces.
When the bomb came that day, few escaped. Many were vaporized and some were trapped until they perished. There was no help coming. The first-responders were killed too. Several thousand were underground in the transit system or frantically hid there when they heard the sirens. They stayed there for weeks until the food and water in the retail shops was exhausted. Then, they turned on each other, until the underground became one giant grave site.
For twelve years, the senseless World War had gone on, and of course, nothing was accomplished. Nothing changed, except for one thing: the greatest City in the world was lost.
When Iranians chant, “Death to America” in their legislature, many New Yorkers think they are talking about New York City. After all, it represents everything that is the American Dream. No one thought 9/11 could happen either.
People who say a nuclear Iran poses no threat while Iran is already threatening to kill us, must be, frankly, unbalanced. Iranians are saying the words. They are making a promise. New Yorkers, in demonstrating against this secretive nuclear policy for Iran, are envisioning much of the nuclear wasteland I described.
Donald Trump embodies all that makes the City what it is today. The reason he resonates is he is willing to tell these legislators in Congress that they are nuts for considering this Iran deal. He will say it, along with thousands of New Yorkers.
What are you saying to your legislator?
Let’s face it. There’s not always time to sit down and eat a meal in our fast-paced world. As much as I love to try new delicacies and interesting restaurants, sometimes I opt for a meal replacement bar.
There are many brands of food bars on the market these days. How do they provide the protein we need while remaining shelf-stable and vegetarian? The answer is soy. But these days, soy comes in many forms. It’s important to understand what type of soy is in your food bar and how it was processed.
Making it simple is an organization we talked about on the program last week. They put together an entire chart of food bars on the market and categorized them as safe or not safe. Some of my favorites were the dangerous ones on their list. You can listen to this important information in our audio clip here:
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 350 episodes of radio which airs each Saturday evening at 10ET on the Genesis Communications Network nationwide, You can read her articles and hear previous shows on her site and in the GCN archives link on her podcast page on the Dougherty Report website and on Facebook.
From the archives. . .
Before you order that expensive filet, listen to our interview on “meat glue” HERE because it’s back in the news.
We interviewed Attorney Bill Marler a couple of years ago about “meat glue” and why there are possible safety concerns associated with consuming it. Marler is best known as the attorney in the Jack in the Box lawsuit in which children suffered from E. coli poisoning after consuming hamburgers at the restaurant chain’s locations.
Transglutaminase is used to “glue” together beef, chicken, pork or fish transforming it into what appears to be one, seamless filet, steak or piece of surimi (imitation crab). It is difficult for even experts in the food industry to tell by appearance only if meat glue was used to stick protein products together.
Marler says the government considers transglutaminase aka “meat glue” as a GRAS food additive. GRAS stands for “generally recognized as safe”. We explored the meaning of that term and asked important food safety questions that challenge the GRAS designation of this food additive.
Find out some of the products in the food supply “meat glue” is added to and why we think there are safety concerns about its use in our broadcast interview with Attorney Marler here: Am I eating “meat glue”?
Elizabeth Dougherty has been a 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 300 episodes her radio program which airs each Saturday evening at 10 ET on the Genesis Communications Network and terrestrial radio stations. You can read her articles and hear previous shows on her podcast page on the Food Nation Radio Network website and on Facebook.
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.
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.
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.