The food of the Pharaohs now greener, juicier
It all started in 20 years ago at a bazaar in a small Turkish town located
along on the ancient Silk Road.
Bill Waycott purchased some promising romaine seeds
that he took home to California, according to the New Times of San Luis
The seeds had noble origins. Lettuce has been grown
in the middle east for at least 10,000 years, and is even pictured on
the tombs of Pharaohs.
Starting with the descendants of these ancient seeds,
Waycott, one of 50 of lettuce breeders in the world, embarked on a
decades-long crossbreeding project to come up with a new lettuce.
Many plants were used in developing the new lettuce.
A spiny wild lettuce that, looks much like a dandelion, gave his new
plant disease resistance, for example. But he bred for other qualities
as well. For farmers, the lettuce will be easier to grow, with a larger
root mass that doesn't require irrigation and an upright head that is
quick to pick.
For consumers, it is as crunchy and juicy as iceberg,
but greener, with more nutrition than romaine. According to the Wall
Street Journal, the new lettuce has higher levels of vitamin C and
folate. Monsanto, the food developers, bought Waycott's patent and is
marketing the new lettuce as "Frescada," available at Sam's Club.
No Genetically Modified Organisms were used in the
Is it bursitis? Be sure to get a correct diagnosis
Housemaids, clergymen and coal miners, according to
medical folklore, all spend so much time on their knees they have their
What was once called clergyman's knee is known today
The condition, often mistaken by laymen for
arthritis, is actually an inflamation of the bursae, which are little
sacs of fluid that snuggle in between the bones and tendons.
Bursae provide a smooth, frictionless surface that
makes moving painless.
Problem is that extreme repetitive movement and
pressure, or an injury can cause the bursae to be inflamed. Once that
happens, you can get the sort of intense pain that makes you not want to
mine coal or clean floors or, worse, move the affected joint in any way.
Dr. James V. Luck of UCLA Orthopaedic Hospital,
quoted in Bottom Line Personal, says treatment is important, because if
you stop moving the joint scar tissue could develop, leading to chronic
inflammation, stiffness or a condition called "frozen shoulder."
Orthopaedic doctors at the Arthritis Foundation say
people often assume they have arthritis when the cause of their pain is
Your doctor can usually distinguish bursitis from
arthritis, but sometimes an x-ray is taken to help distinguish between
Preliminary home treatment
If you have an aching joint, you can apply a cold
pack to reduce swelling to the area once or twice an hour for 10 to 15
minutes at a time. Do that as often as you can for 48 hours and then
alternate with heat. Take an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen (Advil,
If you have more pain, a doctor can inject the bursa
with cortisone, to reduce swelling and pain, and an anesthetic that
stops the pain instantly.
If you have an infected bursa, you'll need
antibiotics or steroid treatment.
TAKE A LOAD OFF - Some aches and pains can be relieved by
simply losing weight. Walking puts three times your body weight on your
feet with every step, according to the Institute for Preventative Foot
Health. Even if you don't have to lose weight, address foot pain
immediately. Experts say it will only get worse.
DON'T GO CHEAP - Good shoes will save your feet. Look for a wide
toe box and a firm grip on your heel. Cheap shoe construction often
leaves arches and the foot pad unsupported.