- Created on Monday, 21 October 2013 08:59
We are producing a nation of unhealthy children and one major contributing category affecting our children's health is a type of food additives known as food dyes.
This rainbow of food coloring that comes in red, blue, green and yellow has its own special aisle in most grocery stores. When children – and their parents look at this beautiful bright array of appealing colors they have no idea that they contain a hidden poison.
In 2003, the dangers of blue dye #1 were highlighted when the Food and Drug Administration issued a public health advisory concerning its use in food. A 2013 study, published in the food and chemical toxicology report, contains some very scary facts about food dyes and the dangerous effects they may have when ingested, especially by our children.
- Created on Thursday, 17 October 2013 09:53
I've been watching "Saturday Night Live" since way back to the days when the star of the show was pretty much Eddie Murphy. Of course comedian Garrett Morris came way before Murphy did. But I was born in 1973 and my memory only takes me back so far.
Murphy's Buckwheat, Gumby and Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood skits were classic. Post-Eddie there hasn't been much "diversity" on the show. He left in 1984, and to my viewing eyes there seems to have been a void ever since.
For years, I could not understand why there were rarely any African-American hosts on the show. The first I can remember was actually Eddie Murphy...and he was still a cast member at the time. This was back in 1982 when Nick Nolte was scheduled to host the show but became ill. Eddie had starred with Nolte in "48 Hours," so he was tapped to host the show as a last minute replacement.
- Created on Thursday, 17 October 2013 09:28
For movies opening Oct. 18, 2013
BIG BUDGET FILMS
"12 Years a Slave" (R for violence, torture, sexuality, nudity and ethnic slurs) Adaptation of the autobiography of the same name chronicling the ordeal of a black man (Chiwitel Ejiofor) born free in New York who was kidnapped and sold into bondage in the Deep South. A-list ensemble includes Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano and Quvenzhane Wallis.
"Carrie" (R for profanity, sexuality, graphic violence and disturbing images) Chloe Grace Moretz plays the title character in this remake of the 1976 Stephen King classic about a shy teenager who uses her telekinetic powers to exact revenge on the classmates who teased her at the senior prom. With Julianne Moore, Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday and Gabriella Wilde.
- Created on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 16:44
(Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. talks about his new PBS series, "The African Americans," which premieres on Tuesday (Oct. 22nd) at 9 p.m. CT.)
Kam Williams: What was the biggest challenge in covering 500 years of African-American history in a six-hour PBS-TV series?
Dr. Henry Louis Gates: Precisely that, covering 500 years of African-American history in six hours. (Chuckles) Well, I've been working on this for seven years. The biggest challenge was deciding which stories to tell. In a one-hour documentary, you can tell maybe ten stories. That's how the documentary is structured.
- Created on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 06:56
Despite a federal government shut down, enrollment for ObamaCare – officially known as the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – went live on Oct. 1 and will continue through March 31, 2014. The legislation is groundbreaking for Americans, but the jury is still out on the execution of the program.
The intent is to give more Americans access to affordable, quality health insurance and to reduce the growth in health-care spending. No, it isn't designed to replace private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.
The new law issues a mandate that most Americans obtain health coverage by the year 2014, obtain an exemption or pay a fee on their taxes for every month they do not have coverage. Most states established specific health insurance marketplaces (also known as exchanges), allowing citizens to shop for health insurance using cost assistance. Since Gov. Bill Haslam chose not to set up a marketplace, the Tennessee exchange was put in place by the federal government.