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  1. Lalagigi
    December 19, 2017 @ 11:29 am

    OMG…those ads.


  2. Gennie hammes
    December 19, 2017 @ 11:35 am

    I agree about lobbyists, I say let them eat bacon and arsenic and sleep in asbestos snow. I used to work for two lobbyists and I can not tell you the amount of money passing through the office, SCAM, SCAM, SCAM. It is always all about the money. BTW, I am vegan, hate guns, love animals and no longer work for lobbyists.


  3. M Derthick
    December 19, 2017 @ 11:37 am

    Husband is a lung transplant recipient. We MUST ventilate the kitchen. That being said, I was in the no-hood camp for a long while. Now I have a powerful hood and I LOVE it. I love the bright lights. I love the absence of salmon in the living room. It compliments my vintage Chambers stove. But to each his own!!
    Husband also a dialysis patient before receiving a kidney transplant. (Anti-rejection meds/cystic fibrosis destroyed his kidneys). Dialysis is expensive (both to the public and the patient) and painful and it doesn’t really work all that well. People! Protect your kidneys at all cost! Diabetes and high blood pressure are prime culprits. I watched him suffer, I gave him a kidney. I don’t miss bacon, nope. Wishing you all health and happiness.


  4. Lisa
    December 19, 2017 @ 11:41 am

    Silly Victoria. Don’t you know that private jets are now tax deductible?

    Bacon is gross. I’ve never understood the allure. But, the husband likes it. Bake the bacon if you must make any. It’s easier and far less messy. No need for the vent hood! Our 1910 house does not have one. And when that blissful day arrives when we can reno our kitchen, I certainly won’t be adding one.

    Viva la revolution!


  5. Jeliza
    December 19, 2017 @ 11:51 am

    I began eating a plant-based diet due to increased cholesterol levels (thyroid disease – not something I “did”) as well as a statement against factory farming. My cholesterol levels have improved over last year! I know this doesn’t work for everyone, but for me it’s been confirmation that how I’m seriously choosing to honor my body in a new and better way is having a positive impact for me and for the environment.

    And for those not exposed to the health care industry on a daily basis, there is that horrible space between life and death known as permanent disability which will strip every shred of your dignity, your bank and investment accounts and the roof over your head. You deserve better, dear ones.

    Keep the faith, Vic – love ya back!


  6. JAptos
    December 19, 2017 @ 11:54 am



  7. Vickie H.
    December 19, 2017 @ 12:13 pm

    You are beyond amazing! Thank you for this post! God bless you and yours this holiday season and every day beyond!


  8. S Terry
    December 19, 2017 @ 12:17 pm

    I don’t even cook, I just think my vent hood is pretty. #noshameinmygame


  9. dux
    December 19, 2017 @ 12:20 pm

    Huh. I am brand new to this blog and today was the first I received in the subscription. Not what I thought it’d be …. I came because of the piano (in our foyer we’ve a piano desk which was made by my second great grandfather), so that was a warm fuzzy.

    Proselytizing is ugly, even if I agree with the message (I’m in my late-40s and have been fluctuating vegetarian / vegan for thirty years). However, even with my relatively healthy diet, I engage in some unhealthy practices (serious stress, grinding my teeth, don’t exercise as often as I “should”).

    And for some people (like my favorite youngest child), a ketogenic diet is medically prescribed and necessary, so I’d be careful to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

    That being said, when we redid our glorious kitchen nine years ago my partner, who is a magnificent cook (and Japanese, so lots of high-heat going on chez nous), insisted on a super-ultra extractor fan which could suck my wig off (if I wore one, which I occasionally do [a fuchsia pageboy] for kicks). And even still there’s gunk left over. The thought of not having one grosses me out.

    To each their own in all things.

    Happy new year.


  10. Darling Lily
    December 19, 2017 @ 12:22 pm

    When I was doing WHO (World Health Org) statistical research ( admittedly decades ago) I was shocked to discover how the differently statistical information is gathered from country to country.

    In the US, your age at death is entered, regardless of cause of death, and that info is averaged out. So, if you’re 12 and die in a house fire, you’re entered as 12 and go into the national average. If your 24 and get shot in a drive-by, ditto. 43 and die of cancer, same thing. The national average is then broken down by age, etc.

    When gathering stats for life expectancy, many European countries do not factor in anything that was accidental, criminal, or intentional ( suicide, homicide). Many do not factor in cancer, or any kind of disease. They’re not trying to hide it; they account for it in other categories like cancer, heart disease etc, . They break it down first, but their goal with life expectancy stats is to discover the life expectancy of what is considered death by natural causes. They’re basically trying to find out what the average age of death by old age is.

    When talking about life expectancy world wide, there needs to be clarity about what is actually being presented as such in whatever set of stats one is referencing.

    Which isn’t meant to take anything away from your points, as I mostly agree with them, while allowing for genetic tendencies that make some more susceptible to diet and environmental triggers, even if the cancer itself is not genetically based. Because millions of meat eaters do not get cancer, (just like millions of smokers do not get cancer and only a percentage of people at nuclear accident sites get cancer) and we don’t know if it’s because they simply wouldn’t get cancer under any circumstances because they are not genetically disposed to, or if they have some as yet unknown trait which protects them from it.

    If you want to compare health care systems ( socialized vs privatized) you need to check recovery rates, not life expectancy rates. You also need to make sure you are basing it on care/treatments given at government facilities and by government funded providers, and control by excluding anything done at private facilities and/or by private providers, because many people in countries with socialized medicine supplement their free insurance by buying private insurance to supplement the shortfalls.

    Infant mortality rates are another statistical subset that you have to be careful with in country-to-country comparisons.



    • Bernie
      December 27, 2017 @ 1:04 am

      I cant believe the amount of time I’ve spent reading all 86 (so far) replies. Yours makes the most sense! Thank-You for taking the time to write this.


  11. Darling Lily
    December 19, 2017 @ 12:24 pm

    Also, Chris Wark has great info about caner and diet, as well as links to other people with other great info!


  12. valz
    December 19, 2017 @ 12:26 pm

    All bacon eaten in my house is either cooked in the microwave (rarely) or outside on the grill in a pan by my husband so it does not permeate the house with grease and odor and yet I have a fan. So, bacon does not have to be the reason for the season (I mean) fan.


  13. B
    December 19, 2017 @ 12:34 pm

    Indoor air quality is improved by a vent hood. It doesn’t have to be bacon (which I don’t eat) but anything that aerosolizes during cooking will be removed. I love onions and fish, but don’t want my house, hair and clothing to smell like them for an extended time period.


  14. Ironstone and Pine
    December 19, 2017 @ 12:41 pm

    OMG those ads…………talk about leading sheep to slaughter………especially those DOCTORS puffing away! Illustrates your point(s) MAGNIFICENTLY!! Wonderful way to get people’s attention, man were we duped!!
    Keep up the inner voice posts, you can make a difference!!!


    • Old House Love
      December 20, 2017 @ 12:28 pm

      +1!!! Love! Thank you for showing me the light!


  15. Susanne
    December 19, 2017 @ 12:41 pm

    I appreciate your passion, but I live for bacon. And steak. And chicken. And all seafood.
    To each his own:) Vegetables are being mass produced by conglomerates genetically modifying what was originally a pretty perfect food. Cross breeding, pesticides, and modifications have turned wheat into a deadly toxic plant that is literally gut killing people.
    And my health is perfect, thankyouverymuch.


  16. Amber
    December 19, 2017 @ 1:01 pm

    Thank you so much for posting that chart – out of curiosity I went to see what are also Group 1 carcinogens!

    —Alcoholic beverages (!!!)
    —Dust from leather goods
    —Aristohochic acid (found in ginger and many “holistic” medicine supplements)
    —Sawdust or wood dust, literally from woodworking
    —All paints, except for explicitly marked “non-carcinogenic”
    —The birth control pill
    —Mineral oil (any kind) used in wood conditioning, as a laxative (my grandmother swears by it!), in MOST baby lotions, cosmetics, creams, and ointments, scented candles, and is used in a lot of commercial restaurants to condition wood surfaces.
    —And about a dozen other things that are everywhere OMG.

    But again – ALL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. Merry Christmas!



  17. Mah
    December 19, 2017 @ 1:07 pm

    Besides all that, you can cook your bacon in the microwave !


  18. Elaine
    December 19, 2017 @ 1:22 pm

    I really like perfectly cooked bacon. However, I can certainly live without it and rarely have any bacon or pork of any kind. I missed the whole range hood thing somehow. The thing about range hoods is that a lot of them are serving no function anyway … they are just up there but have no venting whatsoever. But I will admit what I do really want is a range hood that is the kind you see these days in nice kitchens that are tall and made out of wood or metal or a combo of the two, etc. I would really love to have one of those range hoods (vented or not) strictly because I want to look at it. 🙂


  19. judy
    December 19, 2017 @ 1:32 pm

    I am addicted to all things sugar. Weirdly I have little interest in most food and don’t care for meat because eating a formerly living creature just keeps popping into my brain cells and then imagining the heartless life it has endured and the fear and terror as it was slaughtered….yuck! I agree with your lifestyle, I know it is hard work creating and maintaining a garden but as lots of readers commented-we need exercise and activity not to turn into huge lumps of Bacon ourselves. If we all-especially the poor,had the right to have a garden and raise some chickens for eggs and maybe a pet goat for milk and yogurt the world would be a kinder place.
    I am 77 but I really hope that the majority of humans wake up and realize that unadulterated greed and avarice has warped our existence to the point where we ignore the threat of climate change,accept the possibility of Nuclear War or War around the planet as a necessary evil-rising poverty and a return of mindless bigotry-I grew up with separate bathrooms,water fountains. Please do not let a shameful History repeat itself.
    Great leaders-absolutely—-Despotic crude borish Ruler? No a thousand times No.



  20. Kelly Fisher
    December 19, 2017 @ 1:34 pm

    So many good points are made in this post…. the pictures make the news easy to follow for those who wish to look the other way. Thank you!!!!


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