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    Always seeking truth and understanding, despite censorship:)
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    Well, right now I'm trying to learn about economics from Krugman, Stiglitz, and Simon Johnson.
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    I used to teach high school Spanish before my kids were born.
  1. Lol, Rosie. When my sister changed her diet to one of sweet potatoes, fruits and veggies, and not much else, it was a big change. But being able, within days, to move her joints easily and without pain (not to mention being able to realistically envision a future without a wheelchair in it) has kept her on it. And losing 20 pounds effortlessly didn't bother her, either.;)
  2. There is a dietician who works with Dr. McDougall, Jeff Novick, who does private counseling. I don't know how much it costs, but he might be a good resource. Also, Dr. McDougall answers questions for free, though his answers are usually brief. The McDougall website has a discussion forum where you can ask questions of other McDougallers, as well as Jeff Novick. Maybe there would be some info there about metabolism of food and diabetes. http://www.drmcdougall.com/forums/index.php
  3. I would stay away from nuts and other high fat plant foods. Is your MIL overweight? A diet of fruits and veggies, legumes and whole starches (really important not to eat flour products), with no oil and no animal products, should get her weight down quickly and cheaply. It's great that you and your wife care so much for your MIL, and have the authority to regulate her diet. She will be well soon!
  4. I would give MIL lots of fruits and veggies, along with beans and whole starches (potatoes, sweet potatoes, brown rice, etc.). Avoid flour products and anything from an animal. No oil. A teaspoon of sugar on her oatmeal isn't going to kill her. Type II seems to be easily reversed with the right diet, and maybe some exercise (some walking after meals, for example). There are a lot of testimonies on the McDougall board of people who have reversed their Type II quickly, easily, and inexpensively with the diet described above. http://www.drmcdougall.com/stars/jason_wyrick.html
  5. I think you'll be fine with Apol. Bio I and Bio II. FaithManor has said that her daughter used these texts and did very well in her paramedic/pre-med training. Apologia may not be perfect, but it's fine as a starting point. My daughter has used their Bio I & II, Chem I & II, and Phys I, and will do Phys II this fall. She's really enjoyed Apologia. She's also familiar with evolution, gets Odyssey magazine, and is totally on board with modern and progressive science. Really, you'll be okay. And TM, thanks for reassuring people. :)
  6. We have traditional French music around that the kids are more or less familiar with, but some really good modern children's music with fun lyrics is that of Henri Des. Highly recommended. http://www.henrides.net/
  7. Paul Krugman says we need a return to tight regulation. Have you read his Return to Depression Economics? He explains how, before the Depression, there were boom and bust periods in America regularly. There would be panics and people would remove all their money from banks. It was really unstable and people of course did not trust the system. Then, during the Depression, tight regulation of banking was instituted, and for 60 years U.S. banking was fairly stable. Then, in the 90s, with the support of Republicans and Democrats, deregulation began. People were told they could trust the free
  8. Here's something interesting from economist Paul Krugman's blog yesterday: OK, here’s an unprofessional speculation: maybe it’s personal. Maybe the president just doesn’t like the kind of people who tell him counterintuitive things, who say that the government is not like a family, that it’s not right for the government to tighten its belt when Americans are tightening theirs, that unemployment is not caused by lack of the right skills. Certainly just about all the people who might have tried to make that argument have left the administration or are leaving soon. And what’s left
  9. Negin, you are so sweet! :grouphug: All the advice given is good. We live in an apartment complex, and it has been great for getting to know Indians, young and old. Our kids play with Indian kids every day, and Korean and Japanese kids, too, lol. I had grand plans for the baby's learning to speak Tamil, but it has not happened. I'm afraid I didn't try hard enough to get someone to speak to him enough of the time for him to absorb enough of the language to speak it, or even understand it, very well. My helper suggested letting her take him to her house every day for a few hours, but I d
  10. Lol. It's too bad we can't just focus on what we have in common (educational freedom, as another poster just said), instead of our differences.
  11. While religious fundamentalists may be the majority of homeschoolers (I don't know), they didn't start the homeschooling movement. Religion comes after reason, I think, as in Christians who say they believe in "theistic evolution". They believe in the truth of science, and try to reconcile it with their religious beliefs.
  12. :iagree: Everybody judges, I guess. I remember one mom saying that she wasn't mainstream enough for the mainstream group, and not alternative enough for the alternative group.
  13. A speaker at the IL conference, Dorothy Werner, who worked with John Holt, said that homeschooling grew out of the school reform movement of the 1960s.
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