Saturday, June 27, 2020

Masks Are Not the Problem

The other day I was reading a rant on Facebook from someone complaining that people are extremely selfish for not wearing masks.  One of the responses to the post was from someone (I don't know) who replied "I saw someone the other day not wearing a mask, and I just wanted to go over and punch them."  Wow ... really?  People are actually tempted to resort to physical violence over something like wearing a mask?  What does that say about our society's moral core?

I belong to several holistic health Facebook groups, and those who voice their opposition to mask wearing do so because they believe that strengthening the immune system and promoting herd immunity the natural way (without vaccines) is the most effective way to eradicate this virus.  Many of these people have also read the report showing that coronaviruses can induce immune responses against one another, which aids natural herd immunity.  These individuals have also read the medical studies with regard to why masks don't work, several of which can be reviewed here. In essence, their views regarding mask wearing have nothing to do with being selfish at all. Rather, they have everything to do with their alternative views about healthcare in general.  Does this make them terrible people who should be punched?

The real problem here is not mask wearing; it's a heart problem.  There used to be a time when we listened to each other's viewpoints with open minds.  We also were intelligent enough to do our own research, so we could come to our own conclusions.  After doing that, if we still disagreed, we simply agreed to disagree.  We treated each other with respect and didn't feel the need to punch someone who had an opposing view on something.  Why have our hearts become so angry?  Why has our love for one another become so cold?

Finally, there's the issue of freedom.  There is something terrible going on in our country right now that is quickly eroding the freedoms set forth in our constitution.  We are being told what to do, what not to do, where to go, where to stand, and what to believe.  We no longer have the option to disagree or have our own opinion about anything.  Sound familiar?

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Cod With Roasted Garden Vegetables

It's the best part of summer when  everything is flourishing in the garden. The summer squash, zucchini and tomatoes are aplenty!  There's nothing quite like plucking fresh veggies and herbs from the garden to cook up a healthy meal to enjoy with a glass of wine. 

I typically cook on the grill during the summer months. In addition to enhancing the flavor of  food, it also keeps the house cool on hot evenings. However, last evening, we had some storms roll through, so I opted to cook indoors.

  • 1 lb. codfish fillets
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free panko
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 2 medium summer squash
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • your favorite fresh herbs, chopped
  • salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
  1. Thinly slice zucchini and summer squash; arrange on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  2. Slice onions into strips and arrange over squash slices.
  3. Arrange cherry tomatoes over vegetables.
  4. Drizzle all vegetables with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  5. Roast in a 375°F oven for 15 minutes.
  6. While vegetables are roasting, melt butter; stir in panko.  Add chopped fresh herbs of your choice (I used rosemary and sage); sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder and stir.
  7. Remove roasted veggies from the oven. Move the veggies from the center of the pan so they're closer to the edges. Arrange cod fillets in the center of the pan; top with panko mixture.
  8. Return pan to oven and bake for 20 minutes.