Posts Tagged ‘liver’

Zumba Danceathon To Stop Liver Cancer at Stanford Tomorrow, November 13th – Not Too Late to Sign Up!

Friday, November 12th, 2010

It’s going to be on tomorrow at Sanford University, what with 15 Zumba instructors on hand. Deets below.

Zumba Danceathon To Stop Liver Cancer

More than 600 to join the fight against liver cancer at Stanford fundraiser;

Event featuring the hottest new dance fitness craze is open to the public

WHAT: The fight against liver cancer continues at the LIVERight Zumbathon at Stanford University’s Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation. Fusing hypnotic Latin and international rhythms with easy-to-follow and fun dance moves, Zumba Fitness® is the hottest new global dance fitness craze.  More than 600 participants are expected to join in two hours of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring Zumba movements with 15 Zumba Fitness® Instructors leading songs.

In partnership with the Asian Liver CenterStanford Physical Education, Recreation and WellnessBeWell @ Stanford, and Answer to Cancer, this family-friendly event is open to the public. Enthusiastic Zumba® Fitness Instructors from across Northern California, prizes and games, and two hours of Latin rhythms will keep participants sweating, dancing and having fun, all in support of an important cause. All donations benefit the Jade Ribbon Campaign, a global hepatitis B and liver cancer awareness and education campaign, and the fight against liver cancer. Donations are suggested and will go to the Asian Liver Cancer at Stanford University.

The LIVERight Zumbathon at Stanford is the only Zumba Fitness® and Zumbathon® event that focuses on liver cancer, a cancer caused primarily by the hepatitis B virus and one that is easily preventable with education and awareness. Over the past five years, LIVERight has served as a model event for education and awareness of liver cancer. Be one of more than 600 anticipated participants to support the end of liver cancer worldwide.

For more information, please visit the Asian Liver Center’s website at liveright.stanford.edu.

WHEN: Saturday, November 13 from 1-3pm. Registration at 11:00am

WHERE: Stanford University’s Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation

341 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA 94305 – free parking!

About Zumba Fitness®: Zumba Fitness® is a Latin-inspired dance fitness party of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life.

About the Jade Ribbon Campaign: The Jade Ribbon Campaign aims to unite all people against hepatitis B and liver cancer through awareness, education, outreach, and research. The greatest health disparity between Asian Americans and white Americans is the prevalence of chronic hepatitis B infection and the high incidence of liver cancer, 80% of which is caused by chronic hepatitis B infection. One in 10 Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans have chronic hepatitis B infection compared with 1 in 1,000 of Caucasian Americans.

A Foie Gras Protest Coming to Napa Valley – Thomas Keller’s French Laundry Targeted

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

You know what Napa needs? A nice foie gras protest at The French Laundry, the finest restaurant in the West.

“The Animal Protection & Rescue League and several animal protection groups will be protesting outside Thomas Keller restaurants in three cities across the country on Saturday due to the company’s sale of “foie gras” – liver from cruelly force fed ducks. The groups will be displaying graphic banners showing scenes from inside Thomas Keller’s supplier, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, and other producers of this barbaric product. The coalition of groups, which includes the Animal Protection & Rescue League, Orange County People for Animals, In Defense of Animals, and Compassion Over Killing, have launched a campaign website at www.foie-gras-industry.com.”

So keep that in mind if you have reservations for May 8th  at any of Thomas Keller’s joints nationwide.

Ah yes. Peppery melba toast, fruits, sea salt, and le hockey puck du plaisir in the middle – that’s how Tom Keller rolls in suburban Napa:

via peterme

All the deets:

Thomas Keller Targeted for Animal Cruelty. Protests in NYC, Beverly Hills and Napa

NEW YORK, May 6 — The Animal Protection & Rescue League and several animal protection groups will be protesting outside Thomas Keller restaurants in three cities across the country on Saturday due to the company’s sale of “foie gras” – liver from cruelly force fed ducks.

The groups will be displaying graphic banners showing scenes from inside Thomas Keller’s supplier, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, and other producers of this barbaric product. The coalition of groups, which includes the Animal Protection & Rescue League, Orange County People for Animals, In Defense of Animals, and Compassion Over Killing, have launched a campaign website at www.foie-gras-industry.com.

 Protest locations and times on Saturday May 8:

 Per Se, 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019 – Time: noon
 Bouchon, 235 N. Canon Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90210 – Time: 7:30pm
 French Laundry, 6640 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599 – Time 7pm

 “As a veterinarian, I find foie gras to be a disease rather than a delicacy,” states Elliot Katz, DVM, President of IDA. “The liver’s function is to process toxins, and a liver in this grossly enlarged state from force feeding cannot function properly.”

To make the livers fat enough for foie gras, workers restrain the ducks, force long metal pipes down their throats, and pump up to two pounds of food into them per day.  After three weeks, their livers swell up to 12 times their normal size.

“The conditions I have witnessed in Hudson Valley Foie Gras are appalling,” states Bryan Pease, Esq., Board Chair of APRL.  “In visiting there and other farms to document conditions, I saw ducks panting incessantly and showing great difficulty walking and breathing in the later stages of force feeding, and I saw trash barrels full of dead ducks killed by the process.”

Animal cruelty investigations by APRL and a lawsuit filed by APRL and IDA led to enactment of Cal. Health & Safety Code section 25980, banning the sale or production of foie gras in California effective 2012. The cities of San Francisco, Berkeley, West Hollywood, Solana Beach and San Diego have recently passed resolutions in support of the ban.

Early last year, the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau found that D’Artagnan, a major U.S. foie gras distributor, was engaging in false advertising by claiming the livers are not diseased and implying the animals are treated humanely.

More information is available at www.foie-gras-industry.com.

The Delicious Wild Mushrooms of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Well, what do we have here growing up near the western side of a Blue Gum Eucalyptus betwixt the Pandhandle Bike Path and busy, busy Fell Street? About ten pounds of yummy mushrooms, it looks like. (Who says you can’t score shrooms in the Haight anymore?)

So get suited up (as in the most disturbing Youtube video ever: Dancing man wearing a horse mask cooks wild mushrooms (age verification required)) and get hunting. 

Oh wait a moment, on second thought, never eat wild mushrooms from Northern Califonia. You think you know what you’re doing (and maybe actually do, back in the old country) but never eat wild mushrooms from Northern Califonia. Addidtionally, the second rule of Mushroom Club is never eat wild mushrooms from Northern California.

Carry on.