For more than five millennia, human beings have treated their ailments with extraordinary creativity. For example, in 2000 BC Assyrian and Babylonian doctors used a salve made of frog bile and sour milk for treating infected eyes, but this concoction was considered effective only after the patient ate a sliced onion followed by a swig of beer. Milk baths became famous in Napoleon’s regimen. His sister, Pauline, maintained a herd of 400 asses for the production of enough milk to fill her daily bath.



The Great Molasses Flood of 1919. On January 15, 1919 a gigantic steel vat exploded in Boston, spewing 2.3 million gallons of molten molasses. Thirty-foot waves of the sticky stuff flowed through the streets, catching men, women, children, horses, and other live animals in its flow. Horses were stuck in the muck, cars, people, and houses were smashed to pieces as the molasses flowed at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. In fact the flood killed 21 people and injured another 150.





Kiss My Asparagus

A light-hearted approach to the role of

nutrition in health and disease

Barb Bancroft’s latest book, Kiss My Asparagus is a wise, sometimes hilarious handbook that stresses preventative choices and a healthy lifestyle. A powerful and effective guide to smart eating, the book is a must for every home and office library.

Presented in an alphabetical format, the book covers topics ranging from apples and alcohol to zinc and zucchini, and everything in between. The fun, fact-filled tome is peppered with historical highlights, witty quotes and up-to-date evidence-based nutritional facts. Barb presents the newest information on calcium and vitamin D, the benefits of coffee in asthmatic patients and patients with Parkinson's disease, insulin resistance and weight gain, and the power of berries and beans. Barb's humor is infused throughout the book—you'll laugh your way to better nutrition.


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ISBN 13: 978-0-9723541-8-9


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Alcohol. Can alcohol really contribute to health benefits? It appears that the answer is yes. The good news is that moderate alcohol intake can fit into a healthy lifestyle and can even offer benefits for the estimated 100 million Americans who choose to imbibe responsibly. One of the first research publications to extol the healthy attributes of alcohol was published in 1979. Did you hear the uproar? It’s been over thirty years since that momentous publication and studies continue to demonstrate the many health benefits of alcoholic beverages—in moderation, of course.

But first, what constitutes a drink? Apparently the average American has not been made aware of a "healthy serving" of alcohol. In fact, 54% couldn’t identify a standard serving of alcohol for distilled spirits, wine and beer. Here are the sobering facts:

  • One standard "healthy" alcohol serving is equal to:

  • One 12-ounce beer, 150 calories

  • 5 ounces of wine, any color, 100 calories

  • 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits, 100 calories

Remember, moderation is the key. Disease and death rates in the U.S. each year are highest in those who indulge in excessive drinking. There are 79,000 deaths annually due to excessive alcohol intake, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. So, zip it after two cocktails and always have a designated driver.


Milk production. How do you coax a cow to produce more milk? A kick in the dairy air? Not exactly. The 43rd International Science and Engineering Fair in Nashville shed some light on this dilemma. An eight-week study found that cows increased their production of milk by 6.2% if they listened to country music. Rock music only increased the output by 4.7%, and Mozart was a dismal failure—only a 1.6% increase in milk output with classical music.





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