“And you sir, are born inherently ignorant. I recommend you get to know a pit bull as i did and you will discover the many positive characteristics of these dogs. Pit bulls were the most popular family dog in the early 1900's. Get to know one and you will discover why.”
craigkaos on May 7, 2014 at 06:59:33
“Charlotte, I've shared my life with Pit Bulls for almost 30 years. I've learned that you cannot change closed-minded people, such as Bradd. But keep going and make this world a better place one Pit Bull at a time.”
jmorgan1981 on May 5, 2014 at 11:18:37
“I have been around several large dog breeds, and every interaction I have had with a pit was one where I was actually concerned for my safety. Every single pit I have been around just acted weird, unpredictable is the best way I can describe it. And this is started when I was a teen and knew very little about the breed.
Sorry, you will never convince me that Pits are safe breed. I have never been attacked by one, thankfully. Oh sure the one's I was around seemed friendly, but there was just something I was sensing that I just couldn't shake, something that was just off.”
“Wow.... what a great story to brighten our lives and as But it is disturbing to read the comments by people who make assumptions about the homeless man, Billy Ray Harris. He notes himself, "what has the world come to when returning something that doesn't belong to you and all this happens." It was a simple act of honesty done by someone in extraordinary circumstances. He didn't ask nor expect an abundance of rewards.
The sad part of the story is the negative assumptions and comments made by people on this site. May all of those who felt the need to judge, find peace... Instead, may we all love and care for one another unconditionally. Blessings Billy Ray Harris for you have spread the goodness that resides in all of us.”
“I have had my son's pit bull for the last 6 months. I never would have owned a pit prior to this..... She is the best and sweetest dog. She is neutered... and well trained... so she came to me as an excellent and well trained dog, thanks to my son. If and when my son takes her back... I may just have to get my own Pit.... I love them.... and now want to be an active part in rehabilitating the image of this breed.”
“I am a Red Cross Disaster Volunteer in South Dakota....... I can't explain what happened with the Red cross.....except to say it is a volunteer organization. But would like to say.... there is a difference in leadership style. Governor Christie, Mayor Bloomberg and Mayor Cory Booker all advocated for their communities and state......and led the rescue efforts while The Staten Island Borough President Mulinaro got mad and blamed.
It would have been better if he had advocated.”
AndyB62 on Nov 2, 2012 at 20:56:20
“I'm standing and applauding your post! My best friend is away from his family with the Red Cross so that he can help people who were injured by the hurricane. Thank you for your help and your words Charlotte.”
White Paper on Nov 2, 2012 at 20:47:28
“charlotte, new fan and faved. Too many of the residents of Staten Island did not listen and have ended up paying the price for their refusal to evacuate. Having lived in a hurricane state, watched tornados touch down and take the house next door to me, I know that one can sometimes have the feeling of "it won't happen to me."
I live in Northern Virginia now and the storm was a lot worse than even I anticipated.
Like you, I have given blood, time and money the the American Red Cross. I have also seen the fantastic work they do and will continue to contribute to them, in any way that I can.
UnknownSolider on Nov 2, 2012 at 20:29:36
“Thank You, Thank You, Thank You”
brooklyncitizen on Nov 2, 2012 at 20:28:07
“Mayopr Bloomberg is mayor of staten island.
If he "advocated" this wouldn't be an issue.”
“Love your story. I too have put many things on hold because of my body shape. Your story is very inspiring.... the best line in your article. "I’m trying to get healthy and losing weight is part of that quest, but we need to do the best we can with what we’ve got. And if that’s what I’m doing, that’s a good day." And you did it with your beautiful 100 pounds. Just love it.”
May 5, 2012 at 10:50:13
“The research may not support improved circulation or running endurance, but I do believe that are some significant benefits that were overlooked in the research. Compression clothing heightens kinesthetic awareness which I believe translates into improved coordination, a greater sense of body awareness and a feeling of athletic competency. There is more feedback from the muscles to the brain that adjusts movements to improve performance. This is most noticeable in dancers and gymnasts. The researchers may refer to it as a placebo effect, but the outcome is the same.... improved athletic performance and coordination. The runner, walker or athlete "feels' the difference.”
Nov 26, 2011 at 12:11:13
“Keep a pencil and paper and write down everything you eat during the holidays. Really? This advice is well-intended, but not at all practical. The best way to avoid the holiday pounds is to stop talking about it, and instead slow down and enjoy each mouthful. Our obsession with fattening foods and calories leads to guilt and self-loathing when we indulge. These are not the best emotions to have when trying to be healthy and well.”
“I like the sentiment of this article, you can be fit, fat and be healthy and thin people aren't always fit and healthy. So, using body weight as a guidepost for health isn't always accurate. But the article reflects the struggle people have with the self-acceptance. With the idea of self-acceptance comes the notion that you not only love yourself just the way you are, but you also give up being healthy and accept your size.
To me the meaning of self-acceptance honors who you are at this moment in time, and you won't let anything, like body size deter you from living a full life. Along with that you can also desire to be healthy and well. You can eat good food and exercise and still be overweight. Some of us are better at being healthy than others.
Don't let weight or body size whether skinny or fat let you be less. We are all beautiful.”
Kira Scurro on Oct 26, 2012 at 17:08:37
“this is crazy thinking. we have had centuries, in fact our whole human history, to know what is healthy. it is not fat. if that were so, then we would have been fat our entire existence. obesity in humans would be the norm. this rationalizing fatness as beautiful and wonderful and even healthy is just that: rationalization. the human body has a standard size and if you allow yourself to balloon over that size then you are not living a happy healthy life. you are not caring for a body that automatically does everything it can to keep you alive. that is not something to satisfied about. how can anyone give up on being healthy?”
Oct 21, 2012 at 19:48:44
“I am taking care of my son's dog for the last several months.... Baby, the pit bull. She is wonderful and has taught me some amazing things: Patience, unconditional love, joy, and and napping. It is a huge responsibility.... but so worth it. I walk more, love more and live more.... Love my Baby.”
Jul 20, 2012 at 14:10:32
“Whether it's a placebo effect or not... it means success. Amazing how powerful the mind is.... let's take advantage of it and heal.”
King72 on Jul 22, 2012 at 11:32:53
“But if people see through the blind tests and find out that it is just a placebo effect then they will not try it. So keep the test results quiet and let people's brains trick themselves into healing.”
“I once owned a gym and a parent of a pre-teen said she needed to buy a membership for her pre-teen daughter, because she was getting a bit pudgy. (Pre-teens tend to get a bit pudgy). I discouraged her. I said take your daughter on a day long hike, canoeing, backpacking trip or try a climbing wall. Go on an adventure. This cultivates the love of nature, the joy of movement, and a healthy relationship between mother and daughter that a gym environment just can't match. And most likely a parent would be nagging the child to go to the gym so not to waste the membership.
Leslie, I believe you were right and the so called expert, Kelly Turner, who is most familiar with the gym environment, got it wrong. Go outside and play, touch nature, so children can cultivate the JOY of MOVEMENT. This is what breeds a lifetime of physical activity. An elliptical machine will never cultivate joy, it's a chore. It may be a means to an end, but it's still a chore.”
“I agree, there is nothing physically wrong with children on ellipticals, but you are immersing them into a sub-culture that teaches them their bodies, are not good enough and you must burn calories so you don't gain weight.
Goldman explains it well, when she writes wait until you have been "conditioned by society to think you must spend an hour a day on this hamster wheel in order to burn off the calories in your lunchtime salad with grilled chicken, walnuts and Craisins, dressing on the side!" This type of thinking is insane for adults, but definitely shouldn't be taught to children.
The gym is a very strong sub-culture. Children will pick up the messages despite a parents, or trainers best intent to tell them it's healthy for you. Gyms for young pre-teens is like a breeding ground for eating and body disorders. Beware.”
Dec 8, 2011 at 22:14:17
“Please lets all stop this assumption that being thin is the same as being healthy. Not all skinny people exercise and not all heavy people are sedentary. The author is eager to challenge the research so based on that premise let me state, a substantial amount of research clearly shows that one can be healthy and heavy. Let's find joy in the physical activity we choose to do and then it won't matter if it increases our appetite or not. It's a silly argument.
Step outside of the diet/exercise paradigm and and take a breath of fresh air. It's good for your body, mind and soul.”
kitsmom1990 on Dec 10, 2011 at 18:08:27
“Or the assumption that being thin makes you more moral as compared to the less thin. It also makes these moralists think that they have the right to dictate to other people that they feel superior to how to manage their health issues. Weight and diet are health issues. That's what MDs, CNPs, RNs, and RDs are for.”
SeniorMoment on Dec 10, 2011 at 17:23:48
“I didn't develop the complications of obesity until I took steroids to relieve pain. I first was prescribed a week post surgeries and then post second surgeries for 3 weeks of high dose steroids in an attempt to exclude causes of pain determined in due course to other than RSD, now called CRPS, in case the pain was related to a different undiagnosed problem, which it was not. The problem with steroids beyond the listed complication is that they move fat from other places in the body to the torso, (including the abdominal areas), where excess fat is more dangerous because it can impede critical organ functions.
Review the science at http://sciencedaily.com as it shows that studies which delink being fat with overall health or exercise only apply to those who are no more than moderately overweight. By the time a person exceeds that weight and becomes morbidly obese, medical complications are a certainty from obesity alone especially faster osteoarthritis (universal wear and tear arthritis that become noticeable in all over age 40), coronary heart disease and type II diabetes, which is one of the more expensive to treat diseases. Scientists rarely use morbidly obese people in research.”
SeniorMoment on Dec 10, 2011 at 17:22:21
“I concur with the statement that being skinny is not a protection by itself from disease. In fact medical research shows it is equally dangerous to your health to be 10% under-weight as 10% overweight. Our bodies need enough fat to be able to survive trauma and illnesses that deplete fat stores because of the length of time needed to recover.
Too much of anything can be fatal. People die annually in the Grand Canyon for example from drinking a lot of water to support their sweating, but not consuming enough electrolytes. The resulting clear urine reflects depletion of the body’s salt balance . Over the counter Tylenol is toxic to the liver if the label directions are not followed or the medicine is taken in less wait time between doses than called for in the instruction. Trace amounts of metals besides iron that the body needs in only trace amounts are lethal. There are far more examples.
A lot actually depends on how and why the weight was put on as well las the quantity. Fat stored evenly in the body or primarily in the breasts, buttocks, legs and arms is less harmful than excess fat stored near organs.”
Dec 3, 2011 at 09:37:56
“Let the evidence keep coming. Sugary beverages are harmful and should not be consumed. I follow one simple belief... stick close to Mother Nature and Nature only provides three sources of fluids, water, breast milk and water in fruits and vegetables. That's it! It is the soft drink marketers that make us believe we must have soft drinks, sports drinks and vitamin water to survive. And their marketing is very persuasive and effective.”
Nov 26, 2011 at 12:25:54
“It's always nice to read an article that validates the benefits of being at our best. It's a shame we have to rely on research to spawn interest in gratitude, but I am grateful for the research. There seems to be a gratitude movement which can't be anything but GOOD for our times.
I am grateful for this opportunity to share my thoughts. Happiness to all.”