Health Resolutions, GMOs in our food, and other topics discussed on The Urban Cafe

01/05/14 Dwaine Terry
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Tags: Health Resolutions for the New Year, Jeffrey Smith, GMO, HIV

1- Health Resolutions for the New Year- By now everyone should be working on their resolutions. Some people have committed to eat healthier, get diabetes under control, stop smoking, etc. As a result, many local hospitals offer FREE or LOW COST classes and seminars to help you get started and stay committed.

2- GMO Expert, Jeffrey Smith is coming to USF on Jan 16th. He has written a bestselling book "Seeds of Deception" and has a movie "Genetic Roulette." Brief explanation on what GMOs are and the reasons people believe that we should not be consuming them.

3- TRUVADA- the HIV prevention drug. Taking this drug daily makes it almost impossible to get HIV. We will discuss the details of this new medication which is not as popular as it should be. Hopefully, this mention will save someone's life.

-side note on HIV, President Obama recently launched an HIV cure initiative and increased the money going to the global fund to fight AIDS.

4- TIKKER- the happiness watch. There is a watch that uses some sort of algorithm to determine your time of death. So you wear this thing to remind you to not sweat the small stuff and live life to the fullest. Some people believe that those who focus on their own death are happier. You never know when you will die or become injured so we might as well enjoy life to the fullest while we still can.

5- Robot Assisted Surgery- becoming popular in all the hospitals. The surgeon controls a robotic arm with a computer and a camera. It's similar to laproscopic surgery with the smaller incisions, less pain and bleeding, small scars. We open up a 2 minute discussion about how people feel about this. The surgeon's viewpoint and control has changed. What if the robot messes up?


ACLU seeks details about NSA foreign electronics surveillance program & whether US citizen communications have protections from surveillance

Permission for govt to collect data comes from Executive Order 12333 which was authorized in 1981.

The Order allows the US to govern surveillance of foreign targets

The ACLU is alleging the NSA is using the Order to conduct sweeping surveillance of US citizen international communications.

The ACLU is suing the US Govt under the Freedom of Information Act

Colorado Opens First Weed Store:

The new year brought one of the nations first legal marijuana stores.

Colorado will begin allowing stores to sell marijuana for recreational use

The first purchase was for 3.5 grams for $40

Proponents for the legalization of recreational marijuana sales hope that other states will follow Colorado's lead if all goes well.

Supporters claim sales will stimulate economy, help regulate harmful additives, and reduce crime.

Opposers fear increased crime, increased drug abuse, and increase in use by minors.

While many states have approved medicinal marijuana use, Colorado will be one of the first states to allow sales of marijuana for recreational use.

Florida: FL Supreme Court recently heard arguments on whether Florida voters will have a chance to vote on medicinal marijuana usage on the Nov. 2014 ballot.

James Avery Dies at 68:

The actor, most famous for his role as Uncle Phil on the 90's sitcom, Fresh Prince, died on Wednesday, January 1st.

Fresh Prince was applauded for its depiction of an affluent and progressive African American family, post The Cosby Show.

James Avery also had other notable roles, including: NYPD Blue, Dallas, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Shredder)

Also served in the Navy during the Vietnam War

Died due to complications from a recent open heart surgery.

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I thought I would contribute to the GMO discussion. Please take a look at these images: Or look up look up Norman Borlaug, as GMOs have saved about a billion lives.