A Cardinal beginning

January 30, 2013 in Community, Front Page News by Nicole Davis

Kaley May teaches life lessons in her transition from Indiana All-Star player to Southport girls’ basketball coach

By Nicole Davis

In a new area where no one knew her name or her background, Kaley May said she was thrilled to begin fresh with her first basketball coaching job at Southport High School.

A former Indiana All-Star at Avon High School and a four-year All-Horizon League Academic Honoree at on a full basketball scholarship at Butler University, the 23-year-old said she was ready to move onto a different role in basketball.

“I always knew I wanted to go into coaching. I wanted to pursue the high school level because I wanted to build ball players from the ground up,” May said. “Now that I’ve started, I love it as much as I thought.”

When a position teaching Geography and History opened up at Southport, May said she was glad for the position that was still close to her home, but outside of her area enough that she wasn’t recognized. Since August, she says she has worked hard to earn the respect from players and other coaches as assistant coach for girls’ varsity and head coach for Junior Varsity. The JV team is currently 8-7. May said she knows they can do better, and she is continuing to learn what motivates players while the girls learn the game.

“I’ve enjoyed earning the trust and respect and becoming the coach I wanted to be,” May said. “I’ve learned a lot through my colleagues and other respectable coaches. I try to focus on what personality and focus I want to have as a coach. I try to communicate with my players so we can build an honest cohesion of the team. As a player I wanted to know what my coaches thought, so I thought I owed that to my players.”

Along with coaching basketball, May said she teaches life lessons that go hand-in-hand. She emphasizes communication because working with people is a life skill that needs to be taught in high school. She says basketball is a tool for many great values; none of them can measure up without communication.

Many of these lessons, May said she learned from her family. Coaching is in her blood. Her grandfather, Kenny Cox, was State Championship coach at Ben Davis High School. Her dad, Brian May, was one of Bud Wright’ assistant coaches at Sheridan High School, where they won several state championships.

“I always enjoyed looking at the game in a more fundamental way and analyzing team chemistry,” May said. “I think that’s attributed to my coaching background in my family. I always had a desire to help players reach their full potential in basketball.”

May said she will miss competing, but she is excited to continue taking the lessons she learned and experiencing them with the high school girls. With only two games left to the season, May said she wants to continue learning as a coach to someday start her own basketball program. Her main goal is helping the players better themselves to they can compete against the best.

“I try to stress the importance of living in the moment and not taking anything for granted because you don’t get those years back,” May said. “Once your career is over, you miss all the little things you took for granted- your teammates, being under the lights, shooting – those are memories you’ll never forget.”

Beech Grove Sunrise

January 30, 2013 in Community, Front Page News by Nicole Davis

First Christian Church of Beech Grove donates stained glass artwork to city in celebration of the church’s 100th birthday

By Nicole Davis

A new lighted stained glass artwork is hanging in the Beech Grove Council chambers. Portraying the brightly-colored sunrise design chosen as the winner of the 2012 Beech Grove Flag Contest, the piece is a donation from the First Christian Church of Beech Grove in celebration of its 100th birthday. It will be dedicated during the Feb. 4 council meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Pastor Paul Hartig created the stained glass piece designed by Merelaine Haskett, a member of the church. The lighting and the cabinet holding it was built by Councilman Edward Bell.

“I saw the design and said yes, I can turn that into stained glass no problem,” Hartig said. “Ed built the case, lighting and it came together real well. It was a nice church effort. It was a special way to give from the church to the city.”

Hartig came to the Beech Grove church located at 75 N. 10th Ave. more than two years ago, and his stained glass work can be seen throughout the building. Instead of the typical glass pieces bound together with lead, Hartig used a plain white background so he could layer the glass pieces with glue to eliminate the dark lines, making it appear brighter.

“I figured out the way to layer the glass well so it looks very similar to Merelaine’s,” Hartig said. “The colors match, the ideas match. I was able use my fine cutting ability for the long pieces to make it work. I like a challenge, things others may not have done before. It appeals to the engineering background behind all of my preaching background.”

As they brought the artwork into City Hall, Hartig said everyone was pleased to see it. As it hangs behind the council members’ heads, he said he feels the image is a great symbol for the city.

“The sunrise that Merelaine used in there – I like that idea,” Hartig said. “I look at it as there is a new beginning. I see that dawn of a new day coming just around the corner. It makes me all warm inside.”

Ed Bell, councilman, installs the artwork fixture at City Hall.

What's news today is history tomorrow

January 30, 2013 in Community, Front Page News by Carey Germana

*Photo: A scanned copy of the Thursday, Aug. 20 1970 edition of Perry Township Weekly.

What’s news today is history tomorrow

To the editor,

Congratulations on the 85th anniversary of your newspaper. The Southside Times and its predecessor, The Perry Township Weekly, have told the ongoing story of our community and its people every week. It sounds trite, but today’s news is tomorrow’s history. It is fun to look through issues from the past and read about local history as it was happening.

The Aug. 20, 1970 issue of the Perry Township Weekly is a good example. At the top of the front page was the headline, “St. Francis Hospital Center to be Built.” It told of plans for a new $11,300,000 tower to be constructed next to the older existing building. An aerial photo of the 1970 hospital was shown, along with an artist’s rendition of the proposed new tower building.

Next to that was a picture and article announcing the closing of Kautsky’s Super Market on Madison Avenue after over 50 years in business. On the back page was a full page ad for Heath’s Super Market, with pictures of former Kautsky employees they had hired. (Kautsky’s was at the southeast corner of Madison and Epler, and Heath’s was at the northeast corner of Madison and Thompson).

Also on the front page was an article announcing the upcoming inauguration of Gene Sease as the fifth president of Indiana Central College (now the University of Indianapolis).

On page 5, George Dudgeon’s Supreme Bicycle Store advertised the newest bikes from Schwinn, and proundly stated “We service what we sell.” Page six invited you to get your family’s coats cleaned for 99 cents each at Tuchman Cleaners. You could buy a whole beef at Moeller’s Freezer Beef for 19 center a pound. Page 8 had an ad announcing the grand opening of Haag Drug Store in the new Creston Village Shopping Center, at the southeast corner of Madison and Stop 11. Page 10 featured a large ad for Recommended TV at Thompson and Madison, telling about their big clearance sale on Magnavox color TVs.

The old newspaper looks so big – 15” wide by 23” long. A lot has changed over the years, but the importance of community papers has not. They keep us informed about what is happening in the area, and they are recording local history in the process.

Thanks for being a part of the Southside for the last 85 years.

Barry Browning

President of The Perry Township/Southport Historical Society

 

*Editor’s note: The Southside Times has turned 85 years old. Be on the lookout on the last Thursday of each month, when we will publish news and history about the Southside and The Southside Times in celebration. Share your stories by sending them to 85@ss-times.com.

Meet your Meat: Don't kill the messenger

January 30, 2013 in Health, Lifestyle, Living by Wendell Fowler

Wendell Fowler

NBC, CBS, ABC, reported that the Archives of Internal Medicine and The US National Cancer Institute say, “People who eat a lot of red meat and processed meats have a higher risk of several types of cancer, including lung cancer and colorectal cancer.”

The Archives of Internal Medicine published study say people who ate a serving of beef, pork, or lamb daily had a 13% higher risk of death than those who ate very little meat.  Those who ate processed deli meats were 20% more likely to die from cancer and heart disease.

 

I attend a cancer ‘Survivors Picnic’ sponsored by a local Cancer Center.  In attendance were 200 fortunate cancer survivors being served the precise food that gave them the unholy disease?  Like a Monet painting, from a distance everything looked cool until I followed the silvery smoke of charbroiled hot dogs and hamburgers rising menacingly to a fiery grill staffed by the cancer center director. I felt like Jesus in the temple and wanted to fling the food tables over in dismay at the despicable action of one human upon another. We’re all connected, because what we do to others, we also do to ourselves.

 

When I ask why they served charred cancer-causing meat, the flippant defense was

“It’s just a picnic.  We’re meat eaters and always will be. Loosen up”. I enquired why they forced their slanted values upon the survivor celebrants; awkward silence. “Wendell, you’re too upset.  We wanted it to be a classic All-American cookout,” the organizers feebly defended.

 

It broke my heart. There were no fresh-cut cruciferous, cancer-preventing vegetables or fruit, nor cleansing water, green salads, sliced summer tomatoes, corn on the cob or anything resembled healing and restorative food. But there were towering trays of cupcakes, sugary soft drinks, baked beans with carcinogenic nitrate-laced bacon along with charred hot dogs and hamburgers on white bread buns; a dietary recipe for cancer.

 

If you’ve struggled to overcome a deadly disease, you’re acutely aware it’s arduous even under the best of positive dietary circumstances to reprogram your temple’s taste buds. This train wreck put a cocktail in front of recovering alcoholics; a horribly insensitive group of potential role model healers blew a golden opening to lovingly educate, not pander.

 

What message did they reinforce considering medical science officially declared processed sugar Rapid-Grow for cancer cells? The Washington Post reported years ago charred meats can cause breast cancer. Soft drinks contribute to obesity and osteoporosis: white bread to diabetes, not to mention cancer causing imitation caramel food coloring. An egregious food crime slathered with selfish greed. Everything served could cause cancer within the holy temple.

 

More than any other time in man’s history, we desperately need to be nutritionally educated and question authority’s motives.  Otherwise we‘ll continue circling the drain. You deserve compassionate role modeling and the truths that disease is profoundly connected to our food.

Weekly Movie Review 1/31/13

January 30, 2013 in At Play, Opinion by Adam Staten

Mama, it’ll have you screaming for yours

 

Horror movies, in my opinion, are the most derivative and predictable of the film genres. A good number of horror films, especially within the last decade, seem to be more concerned with the most graphic way possible to kill a character than with any kind of story. But when the other options are a Jason Statham picture, a CGI witch hunting version of a fairy tale, and the nonsensical and putrid looking Movie 43, my options were severely limited. I figured I’d watch something that would actually be seen and watched the horror film Mama.

 

Mama tells the story of two young sisters, ages 1 and 3, abandoned in a creepy house deep in the forest. After 5 years of exhaustive searching for the children, they are miraculously discovered alive. But for anyone who’s seen a horror film in their life, the children are not the same, as they prowl around like animals on all fours and their vocabularies are basically a series of grunts. But how were children that young able to survive in the wilderness by themselves? Quickly, we learn they have had some assistance in the form of a ghost/spirit and the being isn’t real keen on the idea of letting the children go.

 

Mama is different from the average horror film today, as it relies more on sudden and unexpected movements to instill fear than the buckets of blood commonly seen. The eerie and mood setting music and the unsettling performances from the children lead to more than enough sequences that will have you leaping from your comfortable chair.

 

The film is able to sustain an unnerving and ill at ease tone that we expect from films intended to scare. The film does seem to lose some steam as it drags a bit during the middle portion, but this is the only real criticism of the entire film. The performances were better than your average horror film with Jessica Chastain as the lead. The story is engaging and interesting enough to keep you guessing and jumping to the fright-filled conclusion.  If you’re looking for a good scare and for a decent film in the most depressing month of the year for new releases, check out Mama; it’ll have you screaming for yours.

Letter to the editor 1/31/13

January 30, 2013 in Letters to the Editor, Opinion by Carey Germana

Punishment too harsh for Klinge case

To the editor,

Thank you for publishing the story of Donald Klinge as written by his son in your paper. What happened is so wrong! There had to be another way to motivate Mr. Klinge to sell and buy guns within the law. We believe that there should always be background checks and that auto assault guns should be banned or tightly controlled, but it appears that they targeted Mr. Klinge and took him away from his family that needs him. We believe the punishment was too harsh–that maybe he could have had a month in jail and a long probation with mandatory education about legal fire arms use or some type of program of that kind. It also appears that his attorney possibly led him in the wrong direction. We are disappointed in the Greenwood Police and their tactics. He wasn’t selling guns to criminals and he had no criminal record. They have ruined his life. Were the police officers wanting a conviction in order to earn some type of promotion in the police department? No wonder people don’t want stricter gun laws if this is how the police are going to run their departments. Could Mr. Klinge file for an appeal?

Thank you again.

Mr. and Mrs. Dorsey, Southport

On the Southside 1/31/13

January 30, 2013 in Opinion by Scott Emmett

Priceless moments on the Southside

My first born is getting married in June. Just today, she and her Mom went to a bridal show that was held on the Southside. I have never been to one of these events and I wager I never will. I had a ready excuse in that I wanted to stay home and spend some devoted time with my seven-year-old granddaughter.

I have come to the conclusion that, were we able to harness the energy of the under 10 crowd in this nation, we would have no need of fossil fuels,  hydroelectric dams, solar energy, or any other source to power our economy. Technology has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to little kids and their energy usage.

As soon as my wife and daughter left, my little four foot perpetual motion machine insisted that we go on a Lego™ building bonanza. We have a large tub of the miniature building blocks left over from raising two sons. We rotated between major construction projects (a jail being one of them) and playing “horse.” I assume you will know just who the horse was. We also spent some time tormenting our very old cat, Toby. He was unappreciative of our attention and made it known in unmistakable fashion that he was not in the mood to put up with us. Once repelled by Toby, horse and rider moseyed back to the construction site. After a minute or two of that, my indefatigable granddaughter announced that she wanted to go “snack sneaking.” Snack sneaking is a tradition in our house whereupon the matriarch (me) of the household takes one or more of the children in residence to a local ice cream joint (usually, Mrs.Curls™ or, in this case, Dairy Queen™)and indulges their sweet tooth.

Fortified by an infusion of ice cream, we went back home to our construction site and a, now in need of an afternoon nap, horse. I managed to horse around with her, watch a movie that she asked for, AND work on the Legos project that turned into a masterpiece of multi-tasking. Oh, and we had round two with our cat. He had the good sense to ensconce himself all the way under our bed in the master bedroom.

My little turbo of a granddaughter left only a few minutes ago and now I’m plum tuckered out.  I think, though, that those of you who have grandchildren like me, would not trade the time for anything in the world.

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Scott Emmett lives in Greenwood with his wife, Karen, and an ornery old cat named Toby. Write to Scott at Scott@scottemmett.com

Torry's Top Ten 1/31/13

January 30, 2013 in Opinion, Torry's Top Ten by Torry Stiles

Top ten reactions to the Southside Times change to the tabloid format

by Torry Stiles

10. “Hmph! Where’s the roller derby coverage?”

9. “Love the change. Wendell is such a hottie!”

8. “Hate the new format. When I sit across from my husband and open the paper I can still see him.”

7. “Ouch! Paper cut! I’m gonna sue somebody.”

6. “Great change for a great paper! I found that hilarious Top Ten list right off the bat. That Torry guy is the greatest, you should double his salary!”

5. “Cool. I always thought a tabloid was a new type of Flintstone vitamin.”

4. “Needs more Katie Douglas and less Mark Parker.”

3. “It’s okay. Tastes the same.”

2. “Love it. I’m only four feet tall and I can finally spread out the paper without getting a cramp.”

1. “Hate it. It takes twice as many pages to cover the puppy’s area.”

At Play Calendar 1/31/13

January 30, 2013 in At Play, Community by Carey Germana

Library

 

Visit with a Civil War Soldier • All ages are invited to attend as Johnson County Educator and Civil War reenactor Tom Haywood presents information and stories about Hoosier involvement in the Civil War. The library will also host the Civil War 150 National Exhibition on the Civil War. | When: Jan. 31, 6:30 p.m. | Where: Greenwood Public Library, 310 S. Meridian St. | Cost: Free. | Info: Register at greenwoodlibrary.us or call (317) 881-1953.

 

Preschool Yoga • Children ages six and under are invited to have fun exercising and learning yoga poses from a certified instructor from the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. | When: Feb. 2 and 16, 1 p.m. | Where: Fountain Square Branch Library, 1066 Virginia Ave. | Info: Call (317) 275-4390 to register.

 

Civil War Music and Dancing • Both the North and South used music and dance to rally troops, as recreation, to march by and many other reasons. The public is invited to join in the song and dance of this period. | When: Feb. 5, 6 p.m. | Where: Greenwood Public Library, 310 S. Meridian St. | Cost: Free. | Info: Register at greenwoodlibrary.us or call (317) 881-1953.

 

Alphabet Soup • Preschoolers ages 3-6 and an adult are invited to learn about the letter “D” through stories and fun activities. | When: Feb. 5, 1:15 p.m.; Feb. 6, 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. | Where: Franklin Road Branch Library, 5550 S. Franklin Rd. | Info: Call (317) 275-4380.

 

BG Chatterbooks • Adults are invited to read and come to discuss “Astrid and Veronica” by Linda Olsson. | When: Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m. | Where: Beech Grove Public Library, 1102 Main St. | Info: Call (317) 788-4203.

 

Church

 

Organ and Bayan Accordion Recital • Award-winning Dr. Marko Petricic, Organist at Northminister Presbyterian and teacher at the University of Indianapolis, will be performing in a recital open to the public. | When: Feb. 3, 1:30 p.m. | Where: All Souls Unitarian Church, 5805 E. 56th St. | Cost: Free admission. | Info: Visit allsoulsindy.org or call (317) 545-6005.

 

Let Your Light Shine • Messy Church, a new concept in community outreach, includes games, crafts music and stories for families. The activities center around families participating in games together. The event includes a light meal. | When: Feb. 9, March 9 and April 13, 4 – 6 p.m. | Where: Greenwood United Methodist Church, 524 N. Madison Ave., Greenwood. | Info: Call the church at (317) 881-1653.

 

Fundraiser

 

Art Fair and Auction • The Montessori Garden Academy will have an art fair and auction to foster enthusiasm among the students and the community for early childhood art education. The event includes a student art exhibition, music by Five Year Mission, raffle, art auction and refreshments. Proceeds will help purchase classroom supplies and equipment for the school. | When: Feb. 1, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Where: Wheeler Arts Community Theatre, 1035 Sanders St. (South of Fountain Square) | Cost: $5 per ticket and free for children 12 and under. | Info: To donate directly to the school contact Liz Jackson at (317) 782-9990.

 

 

Ladies Night • Think pink and come for Ladies Night! Guests will ride, create a hand printed handkerchief and enjoy food, wine and one another’s company. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. | When: Feb. 2, 5 – 8 p.m. | Where: Four Willows Farm, 1213 S. Franklin Rd. | Cost: $60 plus $12 craft fee. | Info: RSVP by calling Chris Loughmiller at (317) 501-2841.

 

Relay For Life Chili Cook-Off • Bring your best chili, side dish or dessert for the official kickoff of the Relay For Life of Southeast Indy season. Votes can be made on the best chili with a donation. | When: Feb. 9, noon – 3 p.m. | Where: Beech Grove Senior Citizen’s Center, 602 Main St., Beech Grove. | Info: RSVP to Jessica Hancock at Jessica.hancock@cancer.org. Register for a relay at relayforlife.org/southeastindyin.

 

Mystery Magical Show • The Greenwood Rotary Club and Kids Against Hunger will host Garry and Mihaela Carson’s Mystery Magical Show with proceeds benefiting nutritious meals with Kids Against Hunger. | When: Feb. 13, 7 p.m. | Where: Greenwood High School auditorium. | Cost: $10. | Info: Call (317) 517-0343 for purchasing information.

 

Workshop

 

Beginner-Friendly Computer Class • Adults, especially seniors, are invited to explore the computer in a class that provides instruction, fun and plenty of time to practice. The topic of this class is “Email.” Participants will sign up and use a Yahoo! Email account and learn how to send and receive emails. | When: Feb. 6, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Where: Garfield Park Branch Library, 2502 Shelby St. | Info: Call (317) 275-4490 to register.

 

DivorceCare • This 13-week program helps men and women going through separation and divorce. Each session includes a video with experts discussing issues and personal stories from people who have been through these same struggles. Free childcare is available during the sessions. There are also sessions for children 5-12. | When: Wednesdays, Feb. 6 – May 1, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Where: Southeastern Church of Christ, 6500 Southeastern Ave. | Cost: $15 for workbooks (scholarships available) | Info: Register by calling (317) 352-9296.

 

Grief Share • A support group for those who have lost a loved one will be offered in a 13-week workshop. | When: Wednesdays, starting Feb. 6, 6:30 – 8 p.m. | Where: Southeastern Church of Christ, 6500 Southeastern Ave., 6500 Southeastern Ave. | Info: Call (317) 352-9296.

 

Invasive Plants • Hoosier Heartland Resource Conservation and Development Council’s Bob Edelman will present a program on invasive plants popping up in our backyard. The workshop will emphasize helping people identify the more common invasive plants and methods of control. | When: Feb. 12, 6 p.m. | Where: Beech Grove Public Library, 1102 Main St. | Info: Call (317) 788-4203.

 

Music

 

CGHS Pre-Contest Show • The national award winning choirs from Center Grove High School will present their challenging vocal numbers, dancing and costumes for the public before their competition season begins. | When: Jan. 31, 7 p.m. | Where: Center Grove High School Performing Arts Center, 2717 S. Morgantown Rd., Greenwood. | Cost: $5 general admission and $4 for students and seniors. | Info: The season schedule can be found at centergrovechoirs.org and ticket questions can by answered by calling (317) 881-0581, Ext. 4100.

 

Indianapolis Brass Choir • The free concert features a large brass ensemble of professional musicians and serious amateurs, which will be playing diverse styles of music appealing to all ages.  Wheeler Mission will take a free-will offering. | When: Feb. 24, 4 p.m. | Where: Friedens United Church of Christ, Community Life and Worship Center, 8300 S. Meridian St. | Info: Call (317) 881-6779.

 

Art

 

Girl Stories Art Show • An exhibition of work from a girl’s empowerment project by Indianapolis artist Lori Leaumont will be presented to the public. Artwork by Leaumont and students from the Girl Stories workshop will be displayed. Music will be provided by singer, songwriter and guitarist Joy Mills at 7:30 p.m. | When: Feb. 1, 6 – 9 p.m. | Where: Wheeler Art Center, 1035 Sanders St. | Cost: Free admission. | Info: Call (317) 916-8894.

 

Social

 

Louie Dampier Night • Southport graduate of 1963, Indiana High School All Star and 1968 NCAA Basketball All American Louie Dampier will have his number (32) officially retired. The ceremony will take place between the Junior Varsity and Varsity game. | When: Feb. 1, JV at 6 p.m. and Varsity at 7:30 p.m. | Where: Southport High School Fieldhouse, 971 E. Banta Rd. | Cost: $5 per person. | Info: For pre-sale tickets contact the SHS athletic office at (317) 789-4893.

 

Gnomes in the Conservatory • Come see a whimsical display of garden gnomes amongst the Conservatory’s collection of orchids, ferns, palms and all kinds of tropical plants. | When: Feb. 1 – 10, Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. 1 – 5 p.m. | Cost: $3 per person or $8 per family (2 adult max) | Info: Call (317) 327-7184.

 

Meet the New IMCU Manager • Indiana Members Credit Union is hosting an event for the public to meet the new branch manager, Misty Faulkner. There will be complimentary refreshments and prizes. | When: Feb. 1, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Where: IMCU Center Grove Branch, 1604 S. S.R. 135 | Info: Contact Faulkner about the event by emailing mfaulkner@imcu.com.

 

English Country Dance • Join host Barry Levitt and dance caller Alice Smith-Goeke for a lively evening of dancing for all skill levels. English Country Dance is a form of social folk dance, which originated in Renaissance England. | When: Feb. 7, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Where: Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Dr. | Cost: Free admission. | Info: No registration is required. Call (317) 327-7135 for further details.

ORAC: Cancer Kryptonite

January 23, 2013 in Health, Lifestyle, Living by Wendell Fowler

Researchers say cancer rates will increase by more than 75% by the year 2030 in developed countries. Keep cancer away by keeping your Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (OREC) levels high. So, what the heck’s an ORAC level and how do you raise it?

ORAC measures the potency of antioxidants in plant foods; plant food’s free-radical-destroying-potential. Antioxidants are free radical kryptonite. Pesky free radicals’ cause heart disease, allergies, macular degeneration, arthritis, and premature aging.  Free radicals are sometimes created by the temple’s immune system as they neutralize viruses and bacteria, so they’re not always bad. Most sources of excess free radicals are outside the temple, including unhealthy foods, cigarette smoke and excessive alcohol consumption.

Humans must consume about 5000 ORAC units a day for maximum protection. Alas, most ‘vegaphobes’ don’t eat nearly enough heavenly produce. For example, to get your daily ORAC dose from apples, you would need to eat about 22 highly antioxidant apples. Antioxidants protect cells from damage caused by unstable molecules, AKA, free radicals. Laboratory research shows antioxidants help prevent free radical carnage associated with cancer. You’ve seen oxidation at work before, when you’ve sliced an apple and let it sit out, or rusting metal. Your temple rusts in same way, except from the inside out. This aging process results in loss of muscle tone, stiffening of tissue and dry, wrinkled skin. Ergo, the higher your ORAC level the more you’re protected. Aging reduces healthy cells in your temple. As more cells are affected and die off, your temple loses its ability to respond to infections and free radical attacks.

So many heartening discoveries are released each day about food as medicine, my head spins like Linda Blair in the Exorcist. I just learned about cacao; the raw version of cocoa. So what’s the big deal? The phytochemical analysis of cacao beans reveals raw chocolate is perhaps the most chemically complex food on Earth; the food with the highest OREC level is the unprocessed beans used to make chocolate.  Archaeology suggests the Mayans first cultivated cacao but its importance in Mesoamerica is much older; according to “The True History of Chocolate”. Cacao, not cocoa, found at all health food stores, rocks with essential minerals, magnesium, and dietary fiber. Cacao has been enjoyed for its healthful properties in South American for thousands of years.  Phytochemicals usually degrade in the cooking process, so raw foods should be abundant in your diet for longevity.

The antioxidants in quality 80% dark chocolate bars, not sugary Hershey’s, are also overflowing with magnesium and can balance blood pressure, lower high cholesterol, Roto-Rooter arterial plaque and promote wellness by reversing heart disease. Raw chocolate bars are found everywhere these days.  WebMd claims dark chocolate, in moderation, is good for you but not white or milk chocolate. Let that melt in your mind.