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Propel

Last month’s cover story about Propel (“Do what you love for those you love”) was unfortunately a sad but accurate description of the perils of today’s society – the necessity for mothers and wives to work to help support their families. Propel sounds like a fantastic program for women in need of a job as well as advice and guidance. My husband lost his job 5 years ago, and I have been working ever since to help pay our bills. I’m sure there are many other women in the community in the same predicament. Thankfully, they now have Propel to assist them. The only thing that I did not agree with in the article was the need for a woman to find a job as a self-esteem booster. Perhaps I’m old fashioned, but if additional income is not really needed – it is more beneficial for a wife and mother to be home. I find that too many women are more concerned with “finding themselves” than they are with the irreplaceable importance of household and family. Household happiness would certainly lead to less divorces and a better home environment to raise children and thus a happier life – with the mother and wife at home – rather than at work.

Celine G.

The Organic Food Debate

I was taken aback by last issue’s feature about the possibility of organic food being a scam (Is Organic Food Really Better?). Most of the article was based on the views of Mischa Popoff – most likely just a disgruntled employee. Organic food may not look as pretty but it certainly will help maintain your health. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, unless of course it is loaded with harmful pesticides and other additives! Sure, these items can make that fruit of yours appear pristine and delightfully appetizing. For me, however, the aesthetics and appearances of the fruit mean less as opposed to consuming a natural, fresh fruit that may have some bumps, bruises, and imperfections. Many of the additives and pesticides, while making the fruit pleasant to the eye, have been linked to a variety of health issues that are far less pleasant. Word to the wise – eat organic foods whenever possible. It might be a little more expensive – but isn’t the health and welfare of your family worth it?  

Lara T.

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I was delighted to see the article that appeared in last month’s issue in regards to organic foods. I have been telling my family and friends for years that organic food is not any healthier than non-organic food. The only difference is that organic food costs more! All growers who supply food for our stores have to be registered and certified, and their food products are regulated and inspected before the food reaches the consumer. Organic foods are merely grown without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. We, as a nation, have been eating non-organics for years, and we have had very few health problems stemming from consumption of these foods. Whoever started the organic movement has done a wonderful job marketing the so-called benefits of organics over non-organics, and they have added hefty prices to their products, which most American consumers cannot afford to pay.

Robert A.

Varicose Veins

The Community MD column that appeared in the September issue about varicose veins was pretty interesting. I’ve had varicose veins off and on over the past five years. It started to appear after I gained over 40 pounds and then started yo-yo dieting. I recently discovered that drinking grape wine greatly improves my condition. For the past few months I’ve been drinking about 5 ounces of grape wine three to four times a week. The results have been incredible! I know that this might not work for everyone – but it is certainly worth trying. L’Chaim!

David D.