Showing posts from April, 2020

Meat Processing, Pandemics and the Kitchen

This is a time when some common sense changes in behavior are worth doing, especially for those whose gut is more sensitive than the norm. Meat is going through a shortage, and it's a naturally gluten free food, absolutely essential for recovering from Celiac disease. We also finally have some official lists of cleaning products that can destroy SARS-CoV2, aka the Coronavirus responsible for the disease, Covid-19. This article is targeted toward people whose gut system is tender and warrants extra consideration during this crisis. There's no harm in anyone adopting these behaviors temporarily, though. 

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In a pandemic, even the richest countries with the fewest food related pathogens may need to take extra precautions.  I feel that it's my responsibility to speak up when I don't hear the official sources empowering us enough. In the human experience, risky food and water are a common problem.  And just as it doesn't help to deny a pandemic is happening, it…

Amazon Has De-prioritized Cooking Utensils During the Covid-19 Pandemic

In the midst of a global pandemic, Amazon has been defiant (with me) about keeping cooking utensils on a low priority.  Here are a few screenshots to highlight the problem. This is a dangerous stance because food is a necessity and if you're diagnosed with Celiac now, you will have to go out to a real store to buy new utensils.  People with Celiac have to reorganize their kitchens and often need to buy many new things.  When I asked them about it, one agent actually dropped me without even making an answer, and another offered to make a special case for one item for me.  

Maybe it's my history of having lived through the rationing of a brutal Communist regime, but that offer bothered me more than the priority change.  This pandemic is creating some nasty side effects on the normal pace of life.  I didn't even know how to react to that request.  On the one hand it was someone trying to be nice (and I responded to that).  On the other hand, it's the camel's nose in…

Coronavirus Around the World

At times like this, when everyone is trying to persuade everyone else of just about everything... I try to look for the voices that we don't often hear.  What do they say?  How are they doing? What does this crisis look like in other countries?  We can look at a map, but do we hear the voices of the people who live there?  I started doing searches for news videos form different parts of the world, discussing the pandemic and how they are doing.  I think that when you're evaluating the advice being given, or the criticism being leveled, it would be good to get a few more voices involved.

I've seen people in the past few days sounding like this is the end of days, and others blithely uncaring about their own or other people's lives.  Then I heard one US State Governor say that he didn't know about the 14 day incubation period of Covid-19, and then do a 180, ordering people to stay at home.  How could he not have known, I wonder?  Was he living under a rock?

I think…