Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Ben Folds in power chair scooter jingle?

So I'm taking a break and turn on the TV. Big surprise, commercials are on, duh. About to switch BUT this one sounded so familiar..
So does anyone know? am I hearing things (I might, had a really tough week.. short span insanity a better option by the minute) or is this actually Ben Folds singing?
Couldn't find out anywhere...but I really think it is, super catchy. Ad is quirky enough, god knows. Starts at 10 secs.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

At last: acknowledging food allergies.
Thanks so much to the New York Times Magazine for choosing food allergies for its next Sunday's edition cover. A most important issue that is yet most incomprehensibly ignored by Health and Education organisms in most places, the media...society.  So people in general are clueless, or worse: full of mistaken ideas thinking they know when they don't.
This is specially sad here because that ignorance is these children's biggest danger. If people were aware of a few simple facts they would be so much safer. And they deserve to be.
Thankfully there are parents, doctors like Nadeau and organizations fighting hard to raise awareness and making big advances. FARE  is one of the most active, its youtube channel here. Pls get informed, chances are that sooner or later you'll interact with these parents and their children (after all it now affects 1 in 13 children, in different degrees from mild to severe), pls take them seriously. And please bear in mind that unfortunately, and contrary to general judgement, when talking precautions they (we) are not exaggerating.
While the NYTM piece mainly talks about a new trial, it still provides a very good insight into the world of children with severe food allergies.
Read the whole article, The allergy buster, here.
Regarding how serious it is, you can read this.
Update 2014:
This other article, "What parents of kids with food allergies want you to know", is also very informative.
For parents of children with allergies, this will ring a bell, to me specially 4, 6, 16 and 18. Ugg.