Health is a Community Journey

Tuesday, 02 October 2012 23:13

 

By Patrice Lockert Anthony

PatriceLast year I spent about four days in the hospital, unconscious in the ICU, with a tube down my throat and main lines spilling from my body. If that doesn't make a pretty picture for you, it made an even less pretty picture for me. I have a theory or two about the cause. The air pressure changed. I probably wouldn't have felt it if something hadn't already been brewing inside my lower respiratory tract. The air pressure changed, and I could quite literally feel the shift in my lungs. I felt the corresponding pressure in my lungs shift, and I knew what it meant. I began to take corrective measures ... to no avail. I called 911. Within five minutes, I was calling again, because I was fading fast (that's asthma-speak for dying). I remember being hunched over, holding on, and trying to figure out who would call my mother in California, and tell her that her youngest child had died on a city street in Ithaca. That's not high drama; it was that bad. At that moment Fire & Rescue arrived and put oxygen on me. The ambulance was right behind. By the time they got my legs on the gurney, I was unconscious. I was told later they were unable to intubate me, or start an IV. At the hospital, in the ER, it took a few more people trying before someone was finally able to get a tube down my throat. Next crisis please. My blood pressure shot up to obscenely high digits and no meds were working to lower it. According to one of my nurses, it was the considered opinion that I would stroke out if they couldn't find the right medicine. As it turns out, the right medicine was pain medication. Main arterial lines took the place of regular IV's and a few days later I woke up when someone extubated me.

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No Edge

Tuesday, 02 October 2012 22:20

By Joe Romano, 

Marketing Manager 

Crab Nebula

I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center.


— Kurt Vonnegut

We have heard that the universe is expanding, that human consciousness is expanding, and now there is talk of GreenStar expanding, too... but what does it all mean and exactly how might it all relate?

Next month, members will be asked to vote on whether to approve the lease on a new store in Collegetown. They will also be asked whether they wish to receive a Patronage Dividend in place of the two-percent discount at the registers.

Before we answer how all these different expansions relate, let's ask more questions. For example, the universe is seen to be expanding. Empirically, the objects therein appear to be moving farther and farther away from one another, so the fabric of the universe is expanding. But how can something infinite expand? If it is infinite then it has no edge. If it has no edge, then what is the universe expanding into?

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Food and Justice Part Two of Two

Saturday, 01 September 2012 16:02

 

By Joe Romano, 

Marketing Manager

 

2012-food-justice-walkathonThe people, united, can never be defeated!
  

–protest chant

On Saturday, Sept. 22, GreenStar Community Projects (GSCP), in conjunction with GreenStar Cooperative Market and other campus and community partners, will hold the Second Annual Food Justice Walkathon and Street Fair to benefit Congo Square Market and other initiatives to help ensure that all of our community members have equal access to healthy food. The Keynote Speaker will be Charity Hicks, Co-Creator of the Detroit Food Justice Task Force and founding member of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. Musical guests are Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde, Thousands of One, Ernest Verb, Elly Holiday and the Zero Degree Crew Break Dancers. Please consider being a part of this important social justice movement. For those who missed part one of this article, let's catch up on what Food Justice is and why GreenStar has a tax-exempt affiliate like GreenStar Community Projects with such a strong commitment to seeing food justly distributed.

Food Justice simply means putting into the hands of as many people as possible all of the decisions and benefits regarding what food is grown and how it is produced and distributed. If we begin with a premise that there's enough food to feed everyone, and that we simply need to find the will and the way to do it, it's easy to understand why GreenStar and GSCP are so deeply involved with the Food Justice movement. That's how food cooperatives are designed to work, operating on principles that ensure that democratic access to food is part of their foundation. It's woven into the very DNA of any food co-op. To understand how this can work in our community, let's quickly go through our seven cooperative principles as they relate to the issue of food justice.

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