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  1. Steven
    December 19, 2017 @ 10:56 am

    This should be a nationally posted Public Service Announcement………………!! Read and heed.

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  2. NevadaNy
    December 19, 2017 @ 10:56 am

    Love this Post!
    We need a plant based food society, and the plants should all be local and organic!
    Start with a veggie burger-a toasted sesame seed bun, lots of fresh lettuce, lots of red tomatoes, lots of sautéed onions, and slice of Good cheese (local small farm goat cheese!) ….who needs meat?

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  3. Lynn
    December 19, 2017 @ 10:58 am

    Bacon is definitely not good. But even veggies and tofu could use a vent hood as they sizzle away in a stir fry. Alas I know you have gone the other route. So here’s to open windows and cross ventilation as you lead the revolution.

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    • April
      December 19, 2017 @ 6:13 pm

      Not at all necessary to have a hood. Our architect suggested a commercial/grease grade exhaust fan: discreetly placed in the ceiling, painted to match said ceiling, very quiet and very efficient. Happy household all around!

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      • Emily R
        December 20, 2017 @ 12:36 pm

        That’s what the hood is doing – so you have one, it’s just in a different form.

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  4. Alta Walters
    December 19, 2017 @ 10:59 am

    You are absolutely correct. What we eat is killing us. And still, I eat bacon. Not a lot, and not the industrial cured stuff–small lot, local, GMO free, uncured (no nitrites or nitrates) bacon. It’s the damn sugar that’s killing us. (I don’t eat that either.) And chairs. Behind sugar, chairs are deadly killers. The more time you spend sitting, the more likely you are to die. And while we’re ranting about what NOT to do, let’s take on the bigger issue of sedentary living and how deadly that is. Folks need to get up off their collective asses and get regular exercise. We’ll reserve the high-intensity-interval-training for the dedicated health nuts, but the rest of the world needs to do some regular aerobic exercise. And stop eating foods tainted with pesticide residues. (Those pesticides are killing the soils as well as the consumers.) Oh, Dear God, where to stop? Surely, bacon isn’t the only culprit.

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  5. Cindy Andrews
    December 19, 2017 @ 11:00 am

    I love you! You are my smarter (soul)sister!

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  6. Sue Fiorentini
    December 19, 2017 @ 11:01 am

    Everything in moderation, except maybe arsenic and asbestos. Just think this all started because you don’t want a range hood?!? I prefer not to think of bad things during the Christmas season. I do my giving tree at church, write a check to the local food pantry, bake some cookies for the local bake sale, and drop coins in the kettle at every store I go. And then I let the sadness go and live in the moment. Blessed by a good husband, 3 children, 5 grandchildren, 1 black cat, a roof over my head and bacon in my belly. Life is good.

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    • Kiki
      December 19, 2017 @ 5:22 pm

      love love love (you and your post!)

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  7. Shirley weatherstone
    December 19, 2017 @ 11:01 am

    Oh yes all so true. Now go on to high fructose corn syrup. It’s deadly and I’m EVERYTHING #greed

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    • S Terry
      December 19, 2017 @ 12:12 pm

      Not just the hfcs, it’s SUGAR and all the processed carbs.

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  8. Karyn
    December 19, 2017 @ 11:02 am

    Thank you, thank you and THANK YOU for this post!! Signed a vegetarian x10 years.

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  9. Cindy
    December 19, 2017 @ 11:03 am

    Cannot give up bacon….boo! Great post though

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  10. Edith
    December 19, 2017 @ 11:03 am

    Wow! Thank you for shaking me up a bit. I needed that! I had heard tidbits of these facts but the way you put them all together made really re-think my eating habits. I’d like to think that I can make some serious changes.

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    • LeighTX
      December 19, 2017 @ 11:36 am

      You CAN make changes! My husband and I went vegetarian six months ago for many of the reasons listed above plus cholesterol, and it has been surprisingly easy. We both feel great, I don’t have problems with bloat anymore, and I rarely miss eating meat. Sometimes I think a hamburger would be nice, and then I remember how full and uncomfortable they made me feel afterward, and I eat a nice veggie burger instead. 🙂

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  11. Kathy Woodman
    December 19, 2017 @ 11:09 am

    I love you, Victoria, and I totally support changing the way America eats and particularly ending the horror that is the Meat Industry. It is cruel and inhumane and a disaster for our environment. But, I have to take exception to your attempt to make dialysis out to be the bad guy. Maybe you have never known someone who required it to stay alive. Or maybe you have but you judged that they only needed it because they ate copious amounts of bacon, which in your mind makes them not worthy? I don’t care for this judgement call. Maybe the industry that provides the machinery and care for patients with kidney failure is corrupt somehow and needs to be taken on? Fine. Maybe you think that health care should only be received by those who can afford to pay for it totally on their own? Or maybe, your point is that we need to do better with preventative care so that the burden of “aftercare” isn’t so massive? You have great ideas and great passion, but calling out dialysis as an “entitlement” and as an example of the evils of “socialized” medicine? You lost me there.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 19, 2017 @ 11:16 am

      I think we *should* have socialized medicine… my point was intended to illustrate how (some people) screech about “entitlements” (a word that makes me roll my eyes) we are ALL entitled to health care. GOOD health care… instead, we have an INSANELY PROFITABLE industry that does NOT care for patients!! if we spent a tiny percent to EDUCATE people, they would DEMAND better care!! The links I included in that part are really interesting to understand how politics derails human health!

      if you have time, this video:

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      • Kathy
        December 19, 2017 @ 3:57 pm

        Thank you. I agree that we need to get the word out so that we know what we are fighting. And I know that you are worked up about the injustices – I get the same way. I became defensive because my father-in-law was able to live an additional 15 years after kidney failure (as a result of damage to his kidneys by medicine that he was prescribed for another ailment.) He would have died without dialysis, and I’m sure that he would not have been able to afford the treatment if he had to pay for it himself out of pocket. So I’m all in on attacking corrupt corporate concerns who manipulate costs for their own gain. We need more oversight, not less, in my opinion. Keep up the good fight!

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      • Jayne Zabala
        December 19, 2017 @ 5:19 pm

        Great post Victoria! Additionally, when the government starting pushing “fat free” they were also supporting subsidies to corn growers and corn sugar (fructose) is now added in large amounts to fat free products so they taste good. Is it any wonder that a country that pushes fat free is now getting fatter and fatter! Fat is not the problem – it’s sugar.

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    • Emily R
      December 19, 2017 @ 11:21 am

      Agreed – and honestly, what’s wrong with socialized medicine? I’m all for single payer.

      Of course, that doesn’t mean that we as Americans shouldn’t eat better, and I do believe that many parts of the American diet are to blame – but I not everyone who is on dialysis is eating cheetos and bacon.

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  12. Stacey
    December 19, 2017 @ 11:11 am

    I adore you. This message is everything. Thank you for caring so much.

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  13. Elaine Miller
    December 19, 2017 @ 11:11 am

    Sing it, sister. High five to you. But then I’m a card carrying member of the no vent hood, no bacon, kitten huffing/smooching brigade.

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  14. Payton
    December 19, 2017 @ 11:13 am

    Victoria,

    Thank you for at least clarifying that it was Type Two Diabetes that MAY have a connection to eating meat. I’ve had Type one for over 24 years – I was less than a year old – not even old enough to chew solid food when I was diagnosed. So it’s very hard for me to hear people talk about diet without seeing the full picture. That said, I consider Bacon a purely unnecessary thing due to the monstrous way they basically farm it from the deaths of so many helpless animals…

    But do me a solid. Range or no range – and I’m a member of your revolution! 🙂 I love your work! Please. Please don’t generalize Diabetics. Merry Christmas.

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    • Abigail
      January 10, 2018 @ 10:42 am

      Thank you, Payton; Type 1 Diabetes is a terrible disease. I also get frustrated when Type 1 and Type 2 are lumped together. But Type 2 diabetics cannot be generalized, either. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes two years ago at age 36. I weigh 110 and have never been overweight. I’ve also been a vegetarian for 16 years; since age 12, for ethical reasons. I think that we should all eat better, for our own health, and for the health of our earth and all the other creatures on it. But it doesn’t always save us from serious health problems and long term, expensive care. Are many health problems diet- and lifestyle-related? Yes. But this is the reason that so many people are against socialized medicine: “It’s their fault! If they had lived a healthier life blah blah blah!” But there are a lot of people who do everything right in regards to their health, and still end up with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc.

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  15. Lora
    December 19, 2017 @ 11:15 am

    No matter what you are cooking, if you have a gas range you need a hood or downdraft. It’s usually required by code.

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    • April
      December 19, 2017 @ 6:18 pm

      NO! NO! NO! Again I say, a commercial/grease grade exhaust fan can be discreetly placed in the ceiling, where it will quietly cope with whatever wafts from your cooking.

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  16. Emily R
    December 19, 2017 @ 11:15 am

    I love you, but I’m not going to give up salami or bacon. I’m steering clear of arsenic and asbestos, and we’re all going to die anyway, so bring on the BACON!

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    • Elaine
      December 19, 2017 @ 11:20 am

      Yeah we’re all going to die but my kids will need to live on this planet for a while should I worry about them? or nah?

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      • Emily R
        December 20, 2017 @ 12:38 pm

        I’m not sure how me eating locally raised, organic, grass fed Bacon is going to kill the planet for your kids.

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  17. Sharon B
    December 19, 2017 @ 11:16 am

    Great comments, but have to remark on your inaccurate comment:
    “Do you know that taxpayers foot the ENTIRE BILL for dialysis? Dialysis IS socialized medicine!”

    Uh…no. My brother is on dialysis, and pays TONS for it. The supplies alone for his peritoneal dialysis run him thousands per month, and yes, that’s after Medicare picks up part of it, as any insurance coverage would. And don’t get me started on the cost of Medicare.

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  18. Rachel
    December 19, 2017 @ 11:17 am

    Well, I love the idea of a vent hoodless kitchen, but we eat bacon (it’s not the bacon, its the nitrates and such involved in curing it. So, get UNcured bacon! YES, this is a thing!), sausage, homemade fried chicken, etc.

    But in the concern of all things carcinogenic, we need to include air (filled with various toxins, depending on where you live), water (ditto, and in major cities, also filled with pharmaceuticals that water treatment plants can’t filter out), plants (what are they sprayed with? Where are they grown?), etc, etc. And my personal pet peeve (as a woman who has suffered great personal harm from it), hormonal birth control…a class 1 carcinogen that is a “sacred cow”, and therefore, not open to discussion as a health risk (and used as a band-aid instead of getting to the bottom of what is truly ailing we women!).

    So, eat your bacon, cured or UNcured. Drink, eat, breathe, live your lives. Do your own personal best to make responsible choices, and leave the world, your town, your home, a cleaner, better, place than you found it (something my parents, blessedly, taught me).

    Have a ventless, hoodless, kitchen (although there are very nice models with vents that raise and lower from the countertop, just behind the range top!). Have a kitchen with a glorious, huge, bright copper and brass range hood–complete with vent!

    But be happy! 🙂 And Merry Christmas, Victoria (and Paul, and all the snuggly little fluffers! )🎄🎄🎄🎄

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  19. Diana Deal
    December 19, 2017 @ 11:19 am

    Wow! Phenomenal post.

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  20. Parnassus
    December 19, 2017 @ 11:21 am

    I like how in the arsenic ad, the pretty girl is spoken of in the past tense.

    I agree about the hood. When I moved into my apartment 10 years ago, I had them take the old, filthy hood away, and have had no problems since–I use little or no oil or frying, and the area around the stove is still clean.
    –Jim

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