Is Fluoride an Evil Conspiracy?

Next month on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, the Town of Rockport is going to vote on whether to retain fluoride in their water system. Because I sound like I know what I am talking about when it comes to science I have been asked by several groups to voice my opinion, debate in public, discuss the finer points of a paper or papers pointing out something good or bad about fluoride.

But I won’t. I am not a biochemist or public health scientist. I can tell you the myriad ways you can analyze the expression level of thousands of genes from one human cell, (my current interest is single-cell genomics), but fluoridation is not something I study in detail.

So what do I do and how am I going to vote? I do what I always do when I have a scientific question that I am fuzzy on. I ask the scientific experts in the relevant field. I look at the consensus of the National Academy of Sciences which is charged with the responsibility of advising the President on scientific matters. (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has some NAS members on faculty so sometimes this is as easy as walking down the hall.) In this case I also check the consensus science from the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, the American Dental Association, and other experts who have studied the question and written reviews. Since we have been adding fluoride to water for 65 years these reviews are extensive. They study the hundreds and hundreds of peer reviewed papers on the subject; there are old reviews and new reviews, they all say the same thing.

The one thing I will not do is google for the answer. That would lead to the Fluoride Action Network, or Dr Mercola, or Dr Oz, or the Food Babe, or Mike Adams of Natural News, or god forbid Alex Jones of Infowars. All of those sites are anti-science full of pseudoscientific mumbo jumbo that cherry picks when it cites papers, some of them even from Harvard and MIT. The problem is that all those sites have an axe to grind. They want you to fear something so they can sell you the filter or the cure or a book. The worst thing to do is to google for the information you want that supports your preconceived notion. This is called confirmation bias. This is something even the best scientists have to watch out for because it is an easy trap to fall into. That is why scientists double blind their experiments so that their own bias does not invalidate the results.

So if you go with consensus science;  fluoride is in the top five for awesome public health achievements in the past century. It saves your teeth, young and old, and there is no downside to one part per million fluoride added to your town water system.

If you go with the websites I mentioned, fluoride is a poisonous toxic waste that is being dumped into the water because Big Chemical does not know where else to put it. Big Government lets them because everyone is making money and why not medicate our citizens to make them more compliant? On most of those websites it is a big conspiracy along with vaccines and chemtrails.

To me it is simple. On the one side is anti-science. Global warming denialists, anti-vaxxers, anti-evolutionists, and anti-fluoride groups. On the other side there is real science.

You can vote to keep the fluoride in the water, or you can vote against all consensus scientific opinion and vote to take it out.

– Paul T Morrison
Principal Scientist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Principal Associate in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School

Megan Fox loves the taste of Rockport water.
Megan Fox loves the taste of Rockport water.

You wanna take your kids to something fun? Robin Hood At East Gloucester Elementary

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The EGS 5th-graders are ready to share their Robin Hood with the world!  As part of their preparations, I did some portraits, which can be seen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/martindelvecchio/sets/72157649450668933/.  

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I also made a time-lapse movie of the portrait process, which can be seen at 

Show times:
Thursday, April 9th at 7:00p

Friday, April 10th at 7:00p

Saturday, April 11th at 2:00p.

Email cat.barbagallo@comcast.net for ticket availability.

Passports Restaurant Celebrates Twenty Years By Giving Back to the Community!

Last night, Passports held their first “community dinner night.” Ten percent of the evening’s total receipts will be donated to the League of Women Voters scholarship fund. Judging by the fun had by patrons as well as from the staff’s enthusiasm, Passports’s community dinner event was surely the first of many more to come!

Each Tuesday night, Passports is available for an event to raise funds and awareness for a worthy cause. The worthy cause need not be a non-profit organization. Eric Lorden, Passports’s owner and chef, explains that this is one way in which he can give back to the community that has supported his business for over two decades. February 12th of this year marked Passports Restaurant’s twentieth year in business!

What makes Passports’s community dinners unique is that in addition to having the option to order from the regular menu, guests are invited to order from the very specially priced fifteen dollar three course dinner. For the League of Women Voters event, the prix fixe menu included choice of soup or salad, steak or bouillabaisse, and the option to choose from any one of Passports’s regular menu dessert items. It is worth repeating that diners can order from either the regular menu or the prix fixe menu.

If you are looking for an inviting and welcoming venue (with exceptionally delicious fare) for your worthy cause, contact Eric at passportsrestaurant@gmail.com.

 

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Don’t miss out on Martha Davis and The Motels with Ruby Rose Fox opening @ The Larcom Theatre on April 22,2015

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Her voice is unique, unmistakable and timeless. Already sold out at TCAN in Natic, Martha Davis and The Motels burst into Beverly on April 22 for one night only!

Don’t miss the band that defined MTV with their top 10 hits “Only the Lonely,” “Suddenly Last Summer,” “Total Control,” “Take the L out of Lover” and more.

“…arguably the most charismatic female performer in rock.”

– Robert Hilburn, The Los Angeles Times

“Martha Davis, of the Motels, was still strong in voice and admirably delivered hits like ‘Only The Lonely’ and ‘Suddenly Last Summer.'”

– Hollywood Reporter (about recent Hollywood Bowl Concert)

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Ruby Rose Fox opening

Ruby Rose Fox, a vocal powerhouse of soul driven, edgy rock ‘n’ roll (with a nod to newwave pop), whose voice threatens to knock down the walls of any room in which she performs is hard at work to make 2015 her strongest year of new releases and live performances. Ruby Rose Fox was the lone standout of Boston-based artists to make The Boston Globe’s list of “10 Bands and Solo Artists to Watch in 2015,” and winner of the 2014 Boston Music Award for Best Female Vocalist in addition to her nomination for Singer-Songwriter of the Year.

“arty, edgy rock ‘n’ roll that lets her be Lou Reed and Nico at the same time … [and seems] to come from another scene, another world.”
– Jed Gottlieb, Boston Herald

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more info & tickets here > http://gimmelive.com/Motels.cfm

Presented by Gimme Live

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When Sam met Amira…Fleet and funny Veteran movie AMIRA AND SAM at the Cabot April 10 – April 16

More local screenings for Amira & Sam update from Meg Montagnino-Jarrett, Executive Producer

“With a great interview and push for Veterans to attend, Boston radio station’s WAAF’s Mistress Carrie has been promoting our film Amira & Sam that will screen starting this Friday, April 10th until Thursday, April 16th at the Cabot Theater in Beverly, MA.
Skype Q & A with writer/director Sean Mullin after 8pm showing on Friday 4/10 and after the 3pm on Sunday the 12th !”
http://thecabot.org/event.cfm?id=201859&cart
WAAF’s promotion:
http://www.waaf.com/blogs/mistress-carries-blog/mistress-carrie-interviews-writerdirector-film-amira-sam-41811

Wednesday’s With Fly Amero ~ Special Guest: Jon Butcher 8-11pm

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Dinner Specials Every Week!

Wednesday, April 8th – 8pm
Special Guest: JON BUTCHER!

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After nearly a year, Jon Butcher returns as my musical guest
at the Rhumb Line! Along with his compelling, soulful voice,
and accomplished guitar technique, Jon will be bringing his
latest (and highly acclaimed) CD, “Two Roads East”. When
he and I get together, it’s always sure to be pure magic!~ Fly

Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Dinner specials prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ new wine menu!
Upcoming…

Dan King

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Ron Schrank

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and more!
Looking forward……to seeing you there! 🙂 ~ Fly

Gloucester Police Join Other Police Departments in Promoting Sexual Assault Awareness

Gloucester Police Join Other Police Departments in Promoting Sexual Assault Awareness

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GLOUCESTER — During the month of April, the Gloucester Police Department is placing teal ribbons on all cruiser antennae.  The ribbons are designed to bring public awareness to the issue of sexual assault.  The teal ribbon looks similar to the decals used in Gloucester for the Safe Sites initiative.  Additionally, officers will hand out cards from the YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center with information on how to seek help for themselves or others in the event of sexual assault, harassment or stalking. 

“As a department that believes strongly in community collaboration, we are pleased to have the opportunity to join with community organizations to help increase awareness of sexual assault,” Police Chief Leonard Campanello said. “Gloucester has about 15 cases of reported sexual assault a year, but we know there are many more victims who do not come forward due to fear or stigmatization.  We want to encourage victims to speak out, as we support them on their road to heal.”

Diana Mancera, Program Director, for the YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center stated, “We are also aware that the YRBS* documents a significant level of unwanted sexual activity among teens.  Their 2013 data states that 8 percent of high school students (11 percent female and 6 percent male) report that they have been physically and/or sexually hurt by a dating partner, and 5 percent report that they have been forced to have sex.”

This and other upcoming April initiatives are designed to raise awareness about the issues of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and stalking and are sponsored by the Gloucester Coalition for the Prevention of Domestic Abuse, the YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center, and HAWC.  These three groups will gather at City Hall on April 30 and be led by Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken on a walk through downtown. 

The Gloucester Police Department will be joined in the teal ribbon campaign by the police departments of Peabody, Lynn, Beverly, and Amesbury and possibly others.   

The YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center is a division of the YWCA of Greater Lawrence.  We are a social change organization which exists today for the same reasons it was founded back in 1892: to assure that women have the tools, skills and opportunities needed to become and remain personally and economically self-sufficient.  Behind every one of our milestones is a story, a journey and an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of women and their families.  The breadth of our offerings is great, with every program and service molded to our mission of helping to foster peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.  Each year we serve over 15,000 people from our Lawrence, Haverhill, Lynn and Salem, NH locations, where people know they can turn for caring, compassionate and highly skilled support.  You may be interested in viewing our website at www.ywcalawrence.org.

Banana Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Filling & Nutella Buttercream Frosting

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Banana Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Filling & Nutella Buttercream Frosting

A small container of Coconut Cream Filling used in a cake inspired me to create this Cupcake for dessert  a few days after Easter, during my quest to create new recipes using leftovers and  ingredients from our Easter Feast…I have to say…They the Banana Cupcakes are OUTSTANDING!!!!

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Relay For Life Cape Ann is scheduled for June 20th at Burnham’s Field in Gloucester

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Good Evening!
Relay For Life Cape Ann is scheduled for June 20th at Burnham’s Field in Gloucester.  Under 3 months away!  For more information on the changes to Relay for 2015, please join us April 9th for the Relay Rally at Cape Ann Lanes. 6:30-8:30PM in the party room. Free Bowling! Free Pizza! Free Drawings! The NEW and IMPROVED Relay For Life of Cape Ann will BOWL YOU OVER!


Upcoming Fundraisers & Events!

April 10th: Rockin’ for a Cure is holding a Karaoke Party Fundraiser in the back room at the Pilot House. Free to attend! 50/50 Raffle, Music Trivia and Sing THIS!. You don’t have to sing to come down and have a great time!

Teams – if you have a fundraiser you would like advertised, please send it to Vickie.Grassman@cancer.org

Would You Slip N Fly?

I am all about maximizing summer fun.  Maybe, for a few different reasons, even more so this year.

I’ve always loved summer….and, as it approaches quickly, you’ll hear me go on and on about it soon enough. Fair warning.

That isn’t what this post is about though….that’ll come later.

For now, check out these somewhat insane videos of other people maximizing summer fun for some inspiration.  I’d so be the one to get hurt.  I’d either over shoot on the Slip N Fly and go right out of the pool or go straight up and back down landing smack on the slide.  Yikes.

Good for these peeps though.  So my question to you is….Would you Slip N Fly or not?

 

The Latest Gloucestercasts…

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GloucesterCast 131 With Melissa Cox, Rick Doucette and Host Joey Ciaramitaro #GloucesterMA

Topics Include : 28th Annual Pride Stride, If you are a non-profit you are crazy not to participate in Pride Stride, Melissa explains how the City Budget process works and encourages citizens to get involved by showing up at meetings, parking lots and I4C2, The YMCA and Fuller School, Rick’s pitch for why the YMCA works at Fuller, Joey asks Melissa for Fiscal Year 2014 Gloucester Wind Turbine Data and she comes through with the data for GMG- 8,552,147 kWh produced, National Grid Net Metering Credit Payments $1,384,538. , Looking Back at The Windmill Poll Projections from October 14, 2012- Mayor Kirk Says City Will Conservatively Save $450,000 Per Year In Energy Costs, Bikini Speedo Dodgeball This Sunday Noon at Camp Spindrift, Please Take Cabs or Sign Up For UBER and get A free UBER ride to the event by signing up with free ride coupon code CAPEANN Here- https://get.uber.com/go/capeann ,YMCA Rockathon, YMCA Clean Team.

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This Week’s Podcast Subscriber Contest Winner Will Win Two Free Tickets At The Shalin Liu For The Miranda Russell Band’s May 7th Concert Details Here

GloucesterCast 130 With Toby Pett and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/6/15

Topics Include: Guest Toby Pett, Jazz Brunch at 525, Easter at Sista Felicia’s, Felicia’s Grille Lamb Chops, Toby Qualifies His Celebration Of Easter, Dispelling The Cafe Bishco Rumor, Some Movement at The Former Giuseppe’s Site, Indian Joint Plea, Pauline Bresnahan Doing Pauline Bresnahan Things…, Special Olympics Coming To Gloucester, 2015 GMG Photography Show This Friday Night Hope To See All Our GMG Friends There, Bikini Speedo Dodgeball This Sunday At Camp Spindrift Event Page Here, Sign Up For UBER here and use coupon code CAPEANN to get a free ride, John McElhenny fearful of imprisonment by ISIS for wearing his skinny jeans, Feel less comfortable temperature-wise this spring vs last winter, Boston Massacre Roller Derby Home Opener Coming Up, Rockport @ Night Rockport Twitteratti Are Social Media Savages, Miranda Russell Donates Two Tickets To Her Upcoming Show For The Podcast Subscriber Contest

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Will Johnson Performing at The Eastern Point Lit House Thursday April 9th

Chris Anderson from Eastern Point Lit House writes:

We have a very cool music event happening on Thursday with Will Johnson.  He typically plays much larger venues, especially when performing with bands like New Multitudes and Monsters of Folk (with Jim James, Conner Oberst, and M. Ward!) who typically play theaters and stadiums. This will be a very intimate and special performace–just Will and his guitar. Tickets are available online only, and no tickets will be sold at the show. They can be found here: http://undertowtickets.myshopify.com/collections/will-johnson