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Treasurer’s Report

Posted by Lynda Lillwitz on September 24, 2010

As of September 17, 2010, CCML’s balance is: $11,858.48. Total income since April 1, 2010 is: $727.32. Total expenses since April 1, 2010 is: $1,238.75. Please see: for a full report.

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Update from the world of eating

Posted by richardmaxwell on September 13, 2010

Joey Chestnut, who slipped in under my underpowered radar, is a major name in competitive eating and has moved from hot dogs to burritos (up in class? lateral move?) with a triumph at the Albuquerque State Fair.  Possibly he fasts for the rest of the year.

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MDs, nurses donating medical books for Afghanistan

Posted by skatsh on September 3, 2010

From the NYT:

Doctors Heed Call for Books for Afganistan

By Irene M. Wielawski

“Imagine cutting out a diseased appendix without ever having seen a Gray’s Anatomy diagram, or calculating drug doses without a Physicians’ Desk Reference, and you’ll have an idea what it’s like to practice medicine in Afganistan.

Nearly three decades of war and religious extremism have devastated medical libraries and crippled the educational system for doctors, nurses and other health professionals. Factions of the Taliban, which ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, singled out medical texts for destruction, military medical personnel say, because anatomical depictions of the human body were considered blasphemous. …”

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Posted by richardmaxwell on September 2, 2010

First of all, this notice on the MLA website is probably easily explained and completely benign, but does the wording make anyone else at least do a double-take?

New Code of Ethics for Sale” …  Is nothing sacred?

As has been the case for decades now, most of the news when it comes to the eating habits and morphology of Americans tends to be about overeating and obesity.  The latest stories involve our increasingly overweight kids and the health consequences of that sort of thing that are showing up in those of us at the opposite end of the timeline.

But well under the radar, as has been the case for decades, is that unique subset of very thin people who choose to eat less…often a whole lot less…than required to maintain a cushioning layer of baby fat.  I was reminded of this by a story on public radio in which the reporter engaged in a two-week fast under the direction of a web site.  His goal was to see if succeeding in following the plan would lead to some sort of higher level of intellectual acuity and spiritual awakening, as enthusiasts had told him it would.

That’s the claim of many who promote and use fasting, and who seem to have forgotten the closeness to universal truth that can be gained from getting around a bacon cheeseburger with mushrooms and grilled onions…but I digress and am now hungry.

Typical of the internet-based proponents of fasting is Fasting Center International (FCI), at  These folks want very much to help you in your quest to change your lifestyle, whether temporarily or permanently.  They even offer advice in the form of a “Recession special! Save money on food while doing a weight loss and detox. health fast!”  That would be for a fee of some unmentioned dollar amount temporarily reduced by $60.

Oxymoronically, the site also claims that they have served “the World’s Largest Fasting clientele over the past 35 years….”  They also are loath to exaggerate, simply saying that “fasting is the greatest of all healing modalities….”

Now studies in the last few years seem to indicate health benefits and increased longevity when calorie intake is limited.  What’s really happening there, what levels produce a benefit, who might be helped or harmed and many other questions would appear to be in need of more careful investigation, but in the professional fasting world, the results are in.

As one satisfied customer reported to Dennis Paulson, the head guy at FCI, “You said my mind would become clearer than those around me, and my friends wanted to know what it was that made me clearer than they were. You said people would notice a glow to my skin and a whitening of my eyes, and they did. You said I would feel serene and light, and I was.”  We would all like to be clearer than those around us, I’m sure, but I’m a little unclear on what that would mean.  Catch 22.

FCI offers a 14 day starter fast, but includes a menu which quickly bumps you up to 20 days, and increases in length in ten day increments up to the mega-fast level of 120 days.  The latter is available currently at the Recession Special price of $1299.

While it’s not specifically mentioned in FCI’s extensive but detail-deprived online information, “detoxification” generally includes cleansing enemas as a supplement to the juicy diet.  This possibility might be of interest to some prospective customers, but the nitty-gritty is only offered when you’ve become a paying FCI member.  They do, by the way, offer gift certificates.

If that’s not your cup of (herbal) tea, consider the opposite extreme, where we find the world of competitive (over)eating.

Proving that there’s a competitive sport for everyone if you’re willing to look around, competitions are held regularly and all over the world, with some of the most famous ones right here in our own homeland.  The first contest to gain national media attention was probably Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, held on New York’s Coney Island.  The legend who emerged from that one was Takeru Kobayashi, a 160 pound Japanese phenom who took the title from 2001-2006.  Showing his versatility, Kobayshi once “ate” 97 Krystal hamburgers in eight minutes.  Krystals (similar to the ones served at White Castle diners) are postage stamp thin slices of ground beef pulled from a vat of grease when you order, reheated, smothered in onions, and slapped on a bun.

Since 2006, we should all be proud to note, Americans have become increasingly competitive, and Kobayashi’s star has been fading.  It’s also become more open to all genders, with Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas staking a claim as a lobster eating champion after putting away 44 Maine lobsters, totaling 11.3 pounds of meat, in 12 minutes.  She has held more than 40 such titles over the course of her distinguished career.

So the fast is always an option, along with a spirited stuffing competition, but while you’re mulling over those choices, if you’re feeling peckish, you might want to head to the Clinton Station Diner in New Jersey, where at one time the title of “World’s Largest Commercially Available Hamburger”…there must be a snappier name…belonged to their 28” diameter, 11.5” thick, 105 pound food-like object.  What do you have to lose?

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