It’s too late.
Cancer hit a little too close to home recently, the details I’ll spare, but it really gets you thinking.
The Documentary Forks Over Knives trumpets the plant based diet solution which is FAR healthier than what you’re eating now. “But Justin, bacon is awesome and vegan diets are extreme.” I’ll agree with the maker of Forks over Knives who reminds us that a million people this year will have a vein cut out of their leg and grafted onto their heart. Some would call that extreme.
Then we are finding that study after study of the things that have found their way into our everyday diets are killing us, just like we knew the were. This study reminds us that the soda we drink is not only eroding our teeth and intestines, but increases the risk of prostate cancer 40%. So if you drink a soda a day you go from a 1 in 6 chance to a 1 in 4 chance.
Congratulations, you’re dead. Now with more cherry flavor.
I’m not eating a vegan diet. I had a salami and bacon sandwich for lunch today and is was magnificent, but I’m paying more attention to my diet. Local foods grown without needing engineered pesticides or exotic gasses to falsely ripen fruit from another hemisphere. Less soda, NEVER diet soda, less cheese and no milk.
Yes, I said no milk.
“What about calcium for strong bones Mr Smartypants?” Well, you’ll never learn it in school but milk is actually TOO MUCH calcium, which leaches it from your bones, not adds to it. Common vegetables, which you’re going to start eating more of, give you more calcium than the recommended allowance of bovine breast milk.
Oh, did you forget milk is actually intended for baby cows, not humans?
A serving of broccoli or bok choy has as much calcium as a glass of milk, so why even drink it?
Most of what we’ve been told about the food we eat is wrong, a distortion or an outright lie. Yes I still eat processed foods but not nearly as much as before. I still grab a burger at the drive through, but not nearly as much as before. I don’t think I could ever go vegan, but if it came down to my life depending on it, I’d find a way.
I’m on my soap box hoping that someone, anyone will at least start paying more attention to their body and avoid the situation my friend is in. Some cancers can’t be treated, by the time they’re detected, by accident, no diet change known to man can reverse what has happened.
The title of this post asks how far you’ll go to win. Will you cut out dairy? Meat? Eggs, fish, whatever it takes to get and stay healthy? Exercise more? Teach your children to eat healthy?
Or will you not take this chance and find yourself across from a white coat, getting the news that you have between 6 months and a year, that the cancer has spread, that it’s about to take your last breath?
And how far would you go to end life on your terms, no the cancer’s?
It’s not just an old person’s disease. It’s not just losing your hair from the chemotherapy treatments (It’s the “medicine”, not the cancer that does that remember).
Walking dressed in pink or even wearing a kilt for a month, this is day to day shit you need to get dialed in before it’s too late. Call me crazy or a granola munching tree hugger, I don’t care, but skip the soda and milk for today…then do it again, you owe it to yourself.
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Last night was our fundraising event at a local piano bar. I won’t say how much we raised yet, but it was more than we could have hoped for!
Here’s a pic of me hogging the microphone as MC fawns.
On a scouting trip through the community we happened upon a few guys watching football and having a few drinks. When we came into the bar in our kilts they immediately began discussing it with us. One fellow approached us and seemed extra curious about our motives. I explained we were raising money for charity at an event in the area in a few weeks and told them to talk to their doctors.
He gave me his card.
His name is Steve Haworth and he happens to be the owner of Charity Auction Fundraising an expert in getting folks to part with their cash for a good cause. He works with the Grammys, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z…and now Kilted to Kick Cancer. We had a couple of things we scrounged together from Alt Kilt’s generous donations but Steve wanted to show us how impressed he was with our dedication to the cause.
Steve brought with him, and donated for auction, a night in San Francisco, dinner and a show as well as a day trip to wine country, with driver, for 4 people.
These items both went for considerably less than they usually do simply because of our limited audience, but I intend on getting Steve in front of bigger and bigger audiences as KTKC moves forward.
That Bar will also be donating a portion of the proceeds from last night and was more than accommodating to us and even donated a gift card to the night.
The Prince Charles Pipe Band sent over a couple of bagpipers willing to help out for a beer and a T-shirt. we even got them both on stage at one point and had dueling bag pipes!
Also a special thanks to Chief Picard from the San Ramon Valley Fire Dept Pipes and Drums for kilting up and wandering the neighborhood playing his bagpipes to drum up attention. Then he and his lovely wife stayed to bid on and win an auction item! Congrats Chief!
The total from the fund raiser will be donated to Blue Cure Foundation. We’ve arranged with Ambodriver to have that total added to our fundraising totals for the contest since BlueCure wasn’t able to get us the tracking links on time.
Oh, and one more thing, we got video of Motorcop dancing to Proud Mary in his kilt. Want to see it? DONATE! I also gave my very best shot at a highland reel. The wife, a former (and possibly future) competitive Scottish dancer said I did great. So there.
Less than 72 hours left to donate folks! If you aren’t kilted support a blogger who is!
Well, Kelly informed me recently that I’m lingering in the bottom 5 of fund raisers this year and that I should be
embarrassed to be associated with the organization trying a little harder to solicit donations.
Motorcop, fellow co-founder of KTKC, chimed in by reminding me that his own fund raising has
put me in my little medic place and I should just curl up and cry reached ever so slightly above my own.
Was it something I said?
Something I didn’t say?
I know Kelly has a big EMS audience and MC a big cop audience…but where are all the firefighters?
If Kelly and MC out fund raise us we’ll be in third place behind the ambulance drivers and the fuzz. I can’t accept that.
I offer a Kilted Challenge to my readers:
If I out fund raise MC I will wash and wax his motorcycle once a week for the entire month of October wearing a pink T-shirt. MC will be allowed to photograph this event and I will post the pic in the top of the sidebar of the blog for the year.
Donate early / donate often!