5 Tips for practicing *Slow Food*

by Audrey Nature et Découvertes   

According to a survey by INSEE on the power of time released in France October 2012, “the French spend  2 hour 22 minutes per day on average eating (2010) It’s 13 minutes more than in 1986.

The average time for meal preparation was reduced to 18 minutes from 71 to 53 minutes. ” Good news because it gives more time to be seated at the table to enjoy a meal. (The article is in French and worth translating)

My mother always says, “Just keep living!” when she talks about the effects of aging. I say, just keep dancing! Another good article from +Everyday Health 

Great animated graphic :Treating Ebola:By the Numbers By Nathaniel Lash, Alberto Cervantes and Drew Hinshaw for +Wall Street Journal http://bit.ly/1rZszeD

"We have to be vigilant. We should should be concerned, but certainly not panic. But we as a nation should see ourselves as members of a global community and therefore we should say "as long as this outbreak is spreading we are all at risk."

This attitude led to the eradication of smallpox, has almost led us to eradicate polio; “as long as its there we’re at risk;”

Former Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher

An Invigorating Juice for the Morning

Ingrédients (pour 2 personnes)

  • le jus de 3 oranges (ou 2 oranges selon si vous avez de grosses oranges à jus)
  • le jus d’1 citron jaune
  • 1 belle carotte cuite à la vapeur ou 2 petites (car ça garde tous les éléments nutritifs, vitamines etc)
  • 1/2 pomme juteuse et sucrée

Passionnade (jus de fruits de la passion maison) | Loetitia Cuisine

(Source: plus.google.com)

The deadly spread of Ebola mapped huff.to/1n7eeXT

And who says Republicans and Democrats can’t agree? They agree that GMO foods should be labelled like in Europe. It’s called democracy, my right to know, freedom of information. Monsanto, Dow Chemical, BSAF and big agriculture USA companies!

Regular exercise, including walking, significantly reduces the chance that a frail older person will become physically disabled, according to one of the largest and longest-running studies of its kind to date.

The results, published on Tuesday in the journal JAMA, reinforce the necessity of frequent physical activity for our aging parents, grandparents and, of course, ourselves.


IBMWatson Acquires Artificial Intelligence Cognea bit.ly/1tg14NU  

Sounds very Steven Spielberg Minority Report TechCrunch writes, “As IBM explains, “We believe this focus on creating depth of personality, when combined with an understanding of the users’ personalities will create a new level of interaction that is far beyond today’s “talking” smartphones.”

E-cigarettes can advertise on TV although they are known to be highly addictive like heroin with NO health benefits, yet red win cannot even though there is scientific evidence of some benefits in moderation.

Red wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart healthy. The alcohol and certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol) and protecting against artery damage.

While the news about red wine might sound great if you enjoy a glass of red wine with your evening meal, doctors are wary of encouraging anyone to start drinking alcohol. That’s because too much alcohol can have many harmful effects on your body.

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Mayo Clinic: Red wine and resveratrol: Good for your heart? http://mayocl.in/1lCQtXs

Most e-cigarettes are made in China and sold under more than 300 brands in the United States, some through retail stores, others online. The quality of the products is inconsistent, however, making it difficult to tease out the cause of any health problems.

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This was the advertising before the 1964 Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General. We heard it before and it turned out to be a multiple decades’ old lie that imprisoned millions into a life-long habit as addicting as heroin, cocaine, alcohol and marijuana …

We know scientifically that nicotine is as addictive as heroin, cocaine and more than marijuana, yet e-cigarette companies hide behind their so called public health altruism and have few marketing restrictions.

After the landmark Early on, the U.S. Congress adopted the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act of 1965 and the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act of 1969. These laws—

  • Required a health warning on cigarette packages
  • Banned cigarette advertising in the broadcasting media
  • Called for an annual report on the health consequences of smoking

Nicotine is as addictive as heroin, cocaine, alcohol and marijuana, but it is legal to advertise it on TV in Europe and USA. 

vapor smoking regulations and legislation in other countries

USA FDA states the following:

E-cigarettes have not been fully studied, so consumers currently don’t know:

  • the potential risks of e-cigarettes when used as intended,
  • how much nicotine or other potentially harmful chemicals are being inhaled during use, or
  • whether there are any benefits associated with using these products.

E-cigarettes heat liquid nicotine into an inhaled vapor without the tar of normal cigarettes. For the moment, marketers operate with few, if any, of the regulatory limits that apply to tobacco companies such as Philip Morris USA and Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) TV advertisements by tobacco companies were banned in 1971, and in 2010 the FDA eliminated cigarette sampling. Sporting leagues such as Nascar also have severed ties.

While the selling, use, and advertisement of e-cigs is permitted federally, individual states have weighed in and created their own independent restrictions. Click this link for a summary

E-cigarettes have spread to nearly all corners of the globe, and where there are vapor smokers, there are also conversations going on between government agencies about if, and how, to regulate these new devices.

A summary of the e-cigarette regulation in major countries 


The European Union currently has no direct legal ruling against the use of e-cigarettes. EU Directive 2001/95/EC(6) on general product safety does however provide restrictive measures that allow e-cigs to be banned throughout Europe if they are found to be dangerous to public health and safety in the future.

The EU’s position on e-cigarettes stands as follows: “It is for each national authority to decide, account being taken of all the characteristics of the product, whether it falls within the definition of a medicinal product by its function or presentation.”

This essentially means that the EU leaves it up to individual nations to decide upon their own regulations, which has led to varying rules across Europe.


This past May, the Health Ministry of France issued a ban on e-cigarettes that mirrors the nationwide restrictions of regular cigarettes and other tobacco products in public places.This came as a huge blow to the booming e-cig market in the country. It is estimated that as many as 1 million French citizens support the 100 million euro (130 million U.S. dollars) industry thus far.

France was the first major European country to prohibit e-cig use in public, Health Minister Marisol Touraine announced, “This is no ordinary product because it encourages mimicking and could promote taking up smoking.”


As usual, Great Britain and the rest of the United Kingdom are ahead of American policymakers when it comes to the federal regulation of e-cigarettes. In a press release on June 12, 2013, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)—the agency responsible for protecting U.K. citizens from unsafe medicines and medical devices—announced that all nicotine-containing products (NCP), including e-cigs, are to be regulated by the government.

This new classification puts e-cigarettes on the same legal level as nicotine gums, patches, and mouth sprays designed to help wean smokers off cigarettes, meaning that licensed e-cigarette manufacturers in the U.K. can market their product as smoking cessation devices.

Immediately following the announcement, Jeremy Mean, the MHRA’s Group Manager of Vigilance and Risk Management of Medicines, released a statement, saying: “The decision announced today provides a framework that will enable good quality products to be widely available. It’s not about banning products that some people find useful, it’s about making sure that smokers have an effective alternative that they can rely on to meet their needs.”

U.K. vapor smokers are free to use their e-cigarettes wherever smoking is allowed, and there still appears to be no indication that the U.K. will go down the same path as France in banning e-cigs from public places. As British chief medical officer, Dame Sally, says: “Smokers are harmed by the deadly tar and toxins in tobacco smoke, not the nicotine.”

Other Types of Regulation in the EU:

Austria – regulates e-cigs as medicinal devices
Czech Republic – the use, sale, and advertising of e-cigs is legal
Denmark – regulates e-cigs as medicinal devices
Finland – the sale of nicotine cartridges is prohibited, but cartridges containing less than 10 mg of nicotine may be brought in for private use
Germany – the sale and use of e-cigs is legal
Ireland – the sale and use of e-cigs is legal
Italy – e-cigs cannot be sold to individuals under the age of 16
Netherlands – the sale and use of e-cigs is allowed; however, advertising is banned pending EU legislation
Poland – the sale and use of e-cigs is legal
Portugal – the sale and use of e-cigs is legal


There is a strict ban on e-cigarettes coming into Canadian borders. Although vaping is not illegal there, Canadian officials reserve the right to confiscate any and all nicotine-containing devices being imported into the country.

The personal consumption of e-cigs is allowed in Canada, as well as the sales and advertisement of these devices. However, e-cigs cannot be imported. Basically, if you want e-cigs in Canada, you must purchase them from an authorized Canadian dealer.

Australia and New Zealand

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration has not yet approved of e-cigarettes, so all devices containing nicotine are completely banned in Australia. 

In New Zealand e-cigarettes are regulated much like they are in the U.K.—as medicinal products.


In Brazil, e-cigarettes are considered “tobacco imitation,” and the use, purchase, selling, and advertising of e-cigs is strictly prohibited. This ban is based on the country’s health agency, Anvisa, which found e-cigs “lacking enough information” to allow them for public use.

The battle over e-cigarette regulation is being waged all around the world. It remains to be seen how these restrictions will play out in other countries.

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