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21st Century Lesbian Trailer Trash

These are the mad musings of a middle aged woman, dyke, nurse, poet. I have a dog, a cat, a mobile home, and delusions of grandeur.

Location: California, United States

Monday, October 03, 2005

Dioxin Hell

As I sit down to eat my Amy's organic tofu vegetable rice bowl, it strikes me that I have once again been punched in the kidneys by progress. Why do I keep thinking that progress is my friend?

Some green conscious entrepreneurs out there have been kind enough to provide me with healthful frozen foods so that I can feel smug and still save time in the kitchen. Then, on Friday, my boss hands me an article that says that studies show that when plastics are heated at high temperatures (as in a microwave oven) dioxin is released into the food.

I would cite the article and give you the link. But it made me so depressed that I tossed the printed copy into the trash and promptly forgot about it. This not only killed a tree but it will eventually cause more killer dioxin to be born since our largest source of the poison is generated by incinerating waste.

So, back to Amy's. I realized that although the bowl is paper, the overwrap is plastic. I am either going to poison myself or starve. Peering back into the bowels of the refrigerator, I find 2 plums, 2 oranges, some wilted spinach, some cheese spread, an avacado, a few water crackers and some week old bread. And an aging quart of soy milk.

I could make a salad, I think to myself. Immediately my Inner Child begins to throw a temper tantrum.
So much for good ideas. I opt for the dioxin laced rice bowl and sit down to do a little online research. Here is just some of what I found on the Dioxin Homepage:

Dioxin was the primary toxic component of Agent Orange, was found at Love Canal in Niagara Falls, NY and was the basis for evacuations at Times Beach, MO and Seveso, Italy.

Dioxin exposure has been linked to birth defects, inability to maintain pregnancy, decreased fertility, reduced sperm counts, endometriosis, diabetes, learning disabilities, immune system suppression, lung problems, skin disorders, lowered testosterone levels and much more. For an detailed list of health problems related to dioxin, read the People's Report on Dioxin.

Juicy bedtime reading, no? I could probably install a woodburning stove in my little tin can home and plant a vegetable garden on my patio. But I can tell you right now that tough though I may be, I doubt I would have survived the days of the Puritans. Digging in the dirt is so hard on acrylic nails.

I suppose, as has so often been said, that I will eventually die of something. I just didn't think I would die of scientific and technological progress.

Kinja, the weblog guide


Blogger Seabiscuit said...

I try not to think about all awful chemicals I put into my body. I am a diet soda drinker. I'll probably perish due to some disease caused by drinking diet drinks. Here is how crazy I am...I found out that diet drinks aren't good for your teeth enamel, so instead of not drinking them, I use a straw. LOL

Have you tried the Lean Cuisine deep dish pizzas? You don't have to personally answer that question. But, if you haven't, check 'em out. My favorite is the Margherita Pizza. And, no plastic bowls in the microwave!

"Deep dish crispy crust pizza layered with a zesty tomato sauce, garlic and basil, topped with chunky tomatoes and a blend of mozzarella,Romano, Parmesan and Asiago cheeses." as quoted from their website.

That pizza with a salad (with Parmesan and Ken's Steakhouse Red Wine Vinegar dressing -yummy) is one of my favorite meals!

Give me cheese and chocolate, and I'm a happy camper. :)

5:49 PM PDT  
Blogger NursePam said...

I am a big fan of the Lean Cuisine deep dish pizzas. I also love the spinach and mushroom variety along with the Margherita.

7:22 PM PDT  

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