From: "Abdul Alim Muhammad, MD" <email@example.com>
*NO MICROWAVE PERIOD!!!!!*
>---------- Forwarded Message ----------
>From: Kelli Muhammad <firstname.lastname@example.org
>CANCER NEWS FROM JOHN HOPKINS
>Cancer News from John Hopkins this was received from a nursing
>supervisor at Greenville Memorial Hospital. It was sent to their staff.
>Cancer News from Johns Hopkins:
>1. No plastic containers in micro. 2. No water bottles in freezer.
>3. No plastic wrap in microwave.
>Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This
>information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
>Dioxin chemicals causes cancer, especially breast cancer.
>Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze
>your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from
>Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle
>Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health
>hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said
>that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic
>This applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of
>fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and
>ultimately into the cells of the body.
>Instead, he recommends using glass, Corning Ware or ceramic containers
>for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So
>such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be
>removed from the container and heated in something else.
>Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer
>to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc.
>He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved
>away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the
>Also, he pointed out that Saran wrap is just as dangerous when placed
>over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high
>heat causes poisonous dioxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap
>and drip into the food.
>Cover food with a paper towel instead.
>This is an article I believe you should forward to your family and
>friends -- anyone who is important (or not...) in your life.
Goodbye, New Orleans
by Mike Tidwell
AS WE REACH THE 90-DAY mark since Katrina hit, it's time
we ended our national state of denial. Turns out House
Speaker Dennis Hastert had it right all along, though
his reasons were flawed. We should call it quits in New
Orleans not because the city can't be made relatively
safe from hurricanes. It can be. And not because to do
so is more trouble than it's worth. It's not. But
because the Bush Administration has already given New
Orleans a quiet kiss of death now that the story has run
its news cycle.
As someone who dearly loves New Orleans and has
experienced many of her charms, it pains me immeasurably
to call for this retreat. This is not a rhetorical stunt
or a shock argument meant to invite compromise talks. I
mean what I say: Shut the city down and board it up
before thousands more lives are lost.
In the weeks after Katrina, the American media somehow
portrayed the catastrophe as a matter of failed levees
and flawed evacuation plans. The "What went wrong?"
coverage involved autopsies of every breached dike and a
witch hunt for those responsible for the Superdome and
Convention Center fiascos. But these were just
horrifying symptoms of a much larger disease.
Katrina destroyed the Big Easy-and future Katrinas will
do the same-not because of engineering failures but
because one million acres of coastal islands and
marshland have vanished in Louisiana in the last century
due to human interference. These land forms served as
natural "speed bumps," reducing the lethal surge tide of
past hurricanes and making New Orleans habitable in the
But while encouraging city residents to return home and
declaring for the media audience that "we will do
whatever it takes" to save the city, the President
earlier this month formally refused the one thing New
Orleans simply cannot live without: A restored network
of barrier islands and coastal wetlands.
Tens of billions of dollars have been authorized to
treat the symptoms-broken levees, insufficient emergency
resources, destroyed roads and bridges-but next to
nothing for the disease itself, that of disappeared
land, which ushered the ocean into the city to begin
with. No amount of levee building or stockpiling of
bottled water will ever save New Orleans until the
state's barrier shoreline is restored.
Just since World War II an area of land the size of
Rhode Island has turned to water between New Orleans and
the Gulf of Mexico, most of it former marshland. And
every 2.7 miles of marshland reduces a hurricane surge
tide by a foot, dispersing the storm's power. Simply
put, had Katrina struck in 1945 instead of 2005, the
surge that reached New Orleans would have been as much
as 5-10 feet less than it was.
These marshes, as well as the barrier islands, were
created by the sediment-rich flood waters of the
Mississippi River deposited over thousands of years. But
modern levees have prevented this natural flooding, and
the existing wetlands, starved for new sediments and
nutrients, have eroded and "subsided" and just washed
away. Every ten months, even without hurricanes, an area
of Louisiana land equal to Manhattan turns to water.
That's 50 acres a day. A football field every 30
A $14 billion plan to fix this problem-a plan widely
viewed as technically sound and supported by
environmentalists, oil companies, and fishermen alike-
has been on the table for years and was pushed forward
with greater urgency after Katrina hit. But for reasons
hard to fathom, yet utterly lethal in their effect, the
administration has turned its back on this plan. Instead
of investing the equivalent of six weeks of spending in
Iraq, or the cost of the Big Dig in Boston, we must now
prepare to pay for another inevitable $200 billion
hurricane just around the corner in Louisiana.
The grand plan to change all this, commonly known as the
Coast 2050 plan, would use massive pipelines and pumps
and surgically designed canals to guide a portion of the
river's sediment-thick water back toward the coastal
buffer zone without destroying existing infrastructure
or communities. This would rebuild hundreds of thousands
of acres of wetlands over time and reconstruct entire
barrier islands in as little as 12 months. (It is
estimated that the government's plan to rebuild the
levees could take decades.) Everyone agrees the plan
will work. The National Academy of Sciences confirmed
the soundness of the approach just last week and urged
Yet in its second and final post-Katrina emergency
spending package sent to Congress on November 8th, the
White House dismissed the rescue plan with a shockingly
small $250 million proposed authorization instead of the
$14 billion requested.
How could this administration, found totally unprepared
for the first Katrina, not see the obvious action needed
to prevent the next one? My theory is that Bush hears
"wetlands" and retreats to a blind, ideological aversion
to all things "environmental." Which perhaps explains
why in multiple speeches given during six photo-op trips
to the Gulf since Katrina hit, the President has not one
time mentioned the words barrier islands or wetlands.
"Either they don't get it or they just don't care," said
Mark Davis, director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal
Louisiana. "But the results are the same: more
So stop the repairs; put the brooms and chain saws away.
Close the few businesses that have re-opened. Leave the
levees in their tattered state and get out. Right now.
Everybody. It's utterly unsafe to live there.
To encourage people to return to New Orleans, as Bush is
doing, without funding the only plan that can save the
city from the next Big One, is to commit an act of mass
homicide. If, after all the human suffering and expense
of this national ordeal, the federal government can't be
bothered to spend the cost of a tunnel from Logan
Airport to downtown Boston, then the game is truly over.
Anyone who doesn't like this news-farmers who export
grain through the port of New Orleans, New Englanders
who heat their homes with natural gas from the Gulf,
cultural enthusiasts who like their gumbo in the French
Quarter-should all direct their comments straight to the
White House. But don't wait around for a response.
Mike Tidwell is the author of Bayou Farewell: The Rich
Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast. He
lives in Takoma Park, Md.
To learn more about the causes and lessons of hurricane
Katrina, visit .
Wealthy Blacks Oppose Plans for Their Property
By GARY RIVLIN, THE NEW YORK TIMESPublished: December 10, 2005
BATON ROUGE, La., Dec. 9 - True Light Baptist Church is located in a down-and-out part of town here, but on Monday nights its parking lot fills with BMW's, Mercedes-Benzes and other late-model sedans that shine with a new-car sparkle.
Since September, hundreds of displaced residents from New Orleans East, the neighborhood that was home to the largest concentration of the city's black elite, gather there for a small taste of the camaraderie and community that they sorely miss. But the residents - whose ranks include lawyers, judges and a few elected officials - are also anxiously mobilizing to save their low-lying corner of the city, which some planners argue should revert to marshland.
So far, the group has used its clout to extract a promise that electricity will be turned on in the neighborhood next month, instead of waiting until June. It has also speeded the return of water service. Without either, many residents say, they must wait in Baton Rouge longer even if their neighborhood is open.
New Orleans's mayor, C. Ray Nagin, spent an evening at one of the group's meetings recently, hearing of the residents' longing to return home. But despite the group's considerable resources, the plan taking shape to remake the city lumps New Orleans East and its 90,000 residents with the Lower Ninth Ward and other deluged neighborhoods as the last priority of the city as it struggles to rebuild. The Urban Land Institute, a planning group advising the city, recommended that the city begin rebuilding less damaged neighborhoods first, provoking outrage from residents of the flood zones.
"It would kill the black psyche if New Orleans East wasn't rebuilt," said Talmadge Wall, an interior designer who for 15 years has lived with her husband and children in New Orleans East. "Think of what it would mean if the city successfully chased off so many African-Americans who had money, its doctors and successful businesspeople and lawyers and such. People who were aspiring to attain that kind of success would no longer feel like they have a chance."
At last Monday's meeting, organizers handed out black, white and green lawn signs that read, "I am coming home! I will rebuild!"
The meetings, which date to mid-September, have drawn upward of 1,000 people. Organizers say they have helped inspire the formation of similar support groups for displaced New Orleans residents in cities throughout the South.
"There's a real lonesomeness, a real yearning to connect with the familiar that I think everybody feels," said Tangeyon Wall, who with her sister Talmadge and their two other sisters and a cousin formed this neighborhood organization in exile.
Other, poorer neighborhoods have received more attention since the storm. The Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Wards, for example, have for decades been home to a majority of the city's blue-collar African- Americans: waiters, construction workers and custodians. New Orleans East, which barely existed in the 1970's, has been the site of most of the city's development over the past 30 years. It has become the next stop for children of blue-collar workers who moved up after securing better-paying professional jobs.
That has been the trajectory of Alden J. McDonald Jr.'s life. Mr. McDonald, the chief executive of Liberty Bank and Trust, New Orleans's largest black-owned bank, is the son of a waiter and grew up in the Seventh Ward. In 1974, the younger Mr. McDonald was a trailblazer when he moved his family into New Orleans East. A dozen years later, he bought a larger home there, complete with a swimming pool and an exercise room.
"New Orleans East represents the first time in New Orleans history that the African-American community has seen significant wealth creation that they can hand down to the next generation," said Mr. McDonald, who has attended several meetings at True Light.
The Wall family took a path similar to the McDonalds'. The sisters' father was a contractor, and their mother was a schoolteacher. The first two Wall sisters moved to New Orleans East in the mid-1980's, the last at the start of the 90's. In the days after Hurricane Katrina, the Wall sisters hunkered down in a set of rooms at their temporary new home, a Microtel Inn and Suites along Interstate 12 on the outskirts of Baton Rouge, surfing television news in a vain search for information about New Orleans East.
A predominantly black community that was also prosperous, it seemed, did not fit the broad-brush story as it played out on the television. "Our neighborhood was never talked about," Tangeyon Wall said. "Never, ever, ever. We'd hear about the Ninth Ward, we'd hear about Algiers and the Quarter and Uptown, but it was as if our community didn't exist. . ."
Much of Monday's meeting focused on the Urban Land Institute's draft report, released on the Monday after Thanksgiving. "It places less value on our neighborhood than other areas," said Terrel J. Broussard, a lawyer who took a turn at the lectern to criticize the report. "If we don't stand up to fight this, I don't know what we would stand up for. . ."