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Truthful Tuesday #4 : The Safety of our Drinking Water

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Truthful Tuesday Vlog Post #4

The truth this week is brought to you by me and Keith Clark. Keith spent ten years working for a water organization going to door to door to protect creeks and streams, until this year when he decided that if the organization he was working for wasn't going to protect our drinking water, he would!

Last weekend Keith and I had the privilege of attending a citizens conference on Fluoridation of drinking water in Crystal City Virginia.  Scientists, researchers, Doctors and Dentists from all over the world came to speak on the topic.  

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Things aren't always as they seem, and sometimes information we get about the safety of publicly funded practices is wrong until proven so.  We believe wholeheartedly that this is the case with fluoride.

Some of the guests included Dr Joseph Mercola.  Here is a link to an article he wrote about the Harvard study on Fluoride:

Another guest was The Girl Against Fluoride who came all the way from Ireland for the conference. Here is a link to her Facebook Page :

Last but certainly not least, the conference was put together by an incredible group of folks dedicated to this public health issue. They call themselves Fluoride Action Network. This is their website:

If this scares you and you want an option for getting better drinking water, is a great resource.  Keith and I travel regularly to Frederick, MD to harvest fresh mountain spring water.

If you would like to contact Keith regarding Cleaner Water Foundation, his e-mail address is

Until next Truthful Tuesday




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As flu season comes around the corner it is getting harder and harder for us to wake up and go to class. We are drowsy. We are weak. We are groggy. At MC we come in contact with tons of people, exposing us to tons of germs each day. The chances of you catching a bug are pretty likely! As a college athlete I spend most of my time with my team. If one of us gets sick, we all start dropping like flies. This week, with in days, each member of our team came down with something!

 When people are infected usually you don’t see signs right away. While we seem fine and healthy we may have already caught a bug and can pass it onto other students with out knowing. I don’t say this to make you paranoid, I just think we should be aware and make an effort to avoid getting sick (especially this time of year!!)

Growing up when I got sick I was always told, “make sure you rest your body and drink lots of fluids!” Sleep and a hot bowl of soup was the perfect remedy for me. As students we don’t have much down time. Between school, work and hobbies it’s hard to give our bodies time to heal themselves.

My team and I came up with 5 rules to try and avoid getting sick:

 FLU SHOTS! – seems obvious, but some may find it a hassle to take the time to go to the doctors and get shots! But I promise it will be less of a hassle than catching the flu and not being able to make it to class for a few days.

Wear Gloves- as the weather gets colder you want to stay warm. Wearing gloves will also prevent you from touching lots of potentially infected surfaces. You can even make a fashion statement out of it as well ;)

Wash your hands- we cannot completely avoid germs they are all around us. On average we have 50,000 bacteria per square inch. When we rub our eyes, eat a meal, bite our nails, etc., we are at risk of taking in germs. Stay clean.

Don’t share drinks- bring your own bottle to school. Fill it up at water fountains.

Stay Classy- Hard but important. Each person you hook up with increases your chances of getting sick. Try limiting the hook ups.

Sometimes no matter how hard you try, you still get sick. Here are some home remedies and treatments that we learned from our moms, which have helped us this week when we DID get sick: 

If you want to build your immune system, eat blueberries and orange juice.

If you have a sore throat, drink hot tea with lemon and honey.

If you’re feeling nauseous, eat saltines and drink ginger ale.

If you have a stomach virus, drink club soda with salt and lime.

If you have a fever, wrap cold moist towels around your feet, hands and head/back.

I hope my teammates have given you some good ideas to stay healthy this semester. They have certainly helped me. Good luck staying bug free!

Love Always,

Katelynn Suzanne


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Well friends it’s been a remarkable Manhattan week for this MC Student!  

As many of you already know I came up to attend the première of Sally Kirkland’s new film “Archaeology of a Woman". Kirkland didn’t fail to deliver and it was a most powerful and galvanizing performance.

I had a chance to meet and greet many beloved fellow actors I had never met before such as Rutanya Alda (Deer Hunter/Mommie Dearest) - Franc D’Ambrosio (Phantom of The Opera) - Angelica Page (Anna Christie, Edge, Sideman) not to mention many other theatrical and film people. After the screening we repaired to an East Village Italian place, John’s on 12th Street and enjoyed much copious laughter and good fraternal fun.  It was a sparkling evening all in all.

But not two days before as all Americans know and can never forget, was the anniversary of the September 11th tragedy here in New York City.  After many sunny days, it was the first to be glum and dark and gray from the earliest light. I opted to flee Manhattan and repaired to Brooklyn where a buddy had suggested I come to ride bicycles. I went. The day was languid and cool, breezy actually, if gray throughout. Also I had just heard very painful personal news. A man I dearly love, my brother-in-law, was diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the liver. The prognosis couldn’t be worse. So I spent the day in quietude with a very heavy heart and allowed myself to cry over him, the lost on September 11th, and all the pain currently swallowing up our world in war, discord, bloodbaths and enmity between nations and peoples.

But we must all endure wasn’t we? So I put on my best Broadway “show must go on” face and went on my long bike ride to the river’s edge where I saw the final rays of lovely sunset that at the end broke free from the miserable darkness, and there was our Freedom Tower shining its memorial beacon up into heaven.  I stood there, awash suddenly in my profound sadness. Why? Why must our race of creatures be forever enslaved by violence? Why do we kill off humankind’s best hopes for a world of peace? Ghandi. Lennon. JFK. MLK. Bobby. Why would anyone choose world dominance over world peace? 

On the bright side, I was able to attend my Art & Reason Honors course due to my professor’s kindness in accepting my offer to invite me into the class vis Skype due to my absence. It was beyond cool! Professor David Carter arranged it with IT over at Germantown and I was able to be broadcast to my class who could see me and I my class and professor with a cam.  I was able to listen to my student colleagues chime in about their feelings regarding the book we are dissecting: Art and The Zen of Motorcycle Maintenance. So I was never far from campus. And the truth is…I miss it.

Public Transport

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I am one of the MC students without a car. This semester and in previous semesters I’ve taken classes at both Takoma Park and Rockville campuses, so I can fit my classes into my schedule. I would prefer to take all my classes at Takoma Park because I live within a 15 minute walk to the campus. It’s a nice, easy walk that gets me in the mood for class. But it is great that there is the option at MC to take classes at the 3 campuses. If there wasn’t then I wouldn’t have been able to complete as many credits as I have done in my first year. Taking classes at Rockville for me means just one thing though…. Public transport.

If you are in the same situation as me, you know the drill. 9am classes at Rockville means catching the 7:50am bus at the latest from Silver Spring to get to class on time. Just getting to the bus stop on time is the first challenge. The next challenge is to get a seat. More often than not at that time, all seats are taken by the time the bus gets to my stop, so standing is my only option. The hour or so journey on the bus could be a perfect time to catch up on some reading for class, read through notes, flipping through flash cards and to be as prepared as possible for the next upcoming exam. Hanging on for dear life as the bus makes countless stops and starts driving through peak hour traffic becomes my number one mission though. It became apparent on the first bus ride to Rockville that my thoughts of holding on to a cumbersome text book is too difficult during the journey. So the only way to pass the time is to tune into my iPod and contemplate the day ahead.

This semester it looks like there is another option to traveling between the Takoma Park and Rockville campuses by way of a shuttle. Unfortunately for me I’m not taking any early morning classes at Rockville this semester to use the service. But from what I have read it is on a trial basis, so I hope that students get on board and the trial becomes a full time, integral part of travel between campuses in coming years.

Have you had a chance to ride on the shuttle? Let me know what your thoughts on it are.

Have a great weekend!


New Zealand fact for the week: If you are ever in New Zealand and you are invited to someone’s house, you may be asked to “bring a plate.” This doesn’t mean that your hosts haven’t got enough of their own so they want you to bring your own plate to eat off. What they are asking is to bring a dish of food, much like a pot-luck dinner. I have seen many international people arrive at parties in New Zealand with the embarrassment of an empty plate!


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