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    Organic vs. Non-GMO

     

    After doing approximately one zillion popcorn demos the one question I get asked most is: Is this GMO, or is it organic?  It’s at that moment where my shoulders slump just slightly, I sigh silently and put a smile on my face, getting up the energy to explain one more time that Non-GMO and organic are NOT the same. And why, my open-pollinated corn is something yet again different (and better).

    I thought I would take the opportunity to summarize the difference so that perhaps one of the 120 people that visit this website each month might read it and share this fun fact with their friends. But let me caveat this by stating that I am not a scientist, nor do I play one on TV. What follows is my attempt at a layman’s explanation of some pretty complicated stuff.

    Here goes…

    Organic –for our purpose, let’s stick to corn– means that the product was grown without using any chemicals or non-organic materials. These materials include, chemical pesticides, chemical or non-organic growth agents or additives.

    Non-Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) refers to whether or not the corn, in my case, has been genetically altered. To quote the Non-GMO project GMOs “are organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering.”

    Basically, the DNA of an organism is altered by the insertion of a new DNA element or the manipulation of the current DNA. The purpose of genetically modifying an organism is to produce, eliminate or change a specific trait.

    Unfortunately, neither organic or Non-GMO really touch on why our Petite Maize is so unique. Our popcorn is an heirloom variety; it is grown without any human intervention. Our farmers don’t control the pollination process or cross breed their seeds to generate certain traits. It’s about as Non-GMO as you can get. That is why our seeds are thin, smaller and more delicate, while hybrid popcorn is typically larger, sometimes much larger, yellow, chewy with harder hulls.

    The difference is in the taste! It’s good and good for you.

     

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    10 Tips for Overcoming Challenges of Returning to College

     

    • Just do the next thing. People constantly asked me how in the world I was managing. I worked full-time and was a full-time student, and they wanted to know the key to perseverance. Plan, study, keep your head down, utilize every second and complete the task at hand. Most importantly, don't look ahead, worry, and fret. It accomplishes nothing. Remember, this is only for a season, not forever.

       
    • Elicit help from your family. This commitment to advance your nursing education, after all, is for them too. My kids would bring me snacks and my husband ran the show. For a long time, I mourned not being able to be supermom anymore but he worked part-time and I was our main support. Life is what it is.

       
    • Age is not a barrier. I did worry that perhaps the investment was too great since I was fifty when I started the journey and fifty-three when I finish my MSN. However, as a friend astutely noted, I was going to be fifty-three anyway. It is never too late to go back to nursing school to advance your education for better opportunities!

       
    • Anything worth having is worth working for. Plan on sequestering yourself and studying. Also, if you are planning on attending graduate school, grades are important.

       
    • Have a study in your house. I was lucky enough for this. I could close the doors, put my ear plugs in and immerse myself in the task at hand. If the family is underfoot and you need to study, consider the library, staying over at work, or hijacking your bedroom for your very own.

       
    • Organization is extremely important. This is something I have to work at; it’s not an innate gift. However, rearing six active homeschooling children has probably helped me acquire some of these skills. Calendars are a must. Syncing phone calendars and computers are great technological advances.

       
    • The internet is indispensable. At the very end of my program, our internet cable was cut by local builders. I ended up getting an iPhone so I could tether to my computer to hand in some documents and I spent time at my daughter's house. If you are going to attend an online course, have a back-up plan for internet. Don't wait till the crisis happens.

       
    • It helps to have a friend. I was very blessed during my program to have one. Often on nights when we were working on projects, text messages of humor and complaint would fly back and forth over the airwaves. Yes, a friend is good. Thanks, Nikki.

       
    • Go for it! A BSN is becoming more and more necessary. I love working as a staff nurse, however in our area of the country, floor nursing is about all you can do without a BSN degree. Realize that in the future, the day will inevitably come when you are tired of required overtime, tired of being short staffed, or just plain tired. You may be to the point where you simply want more. Prepare now!

       
    • Learn the value of education. With more chances of going back to nursing school and gaining more knowledge comes more opportunity, more options, more independence and more autonomy. Yes, that pretty much sums it up. The older and wiser you get, the more you will desire these intangibles.

    Thinking about going back to school? Learn about your options at NHCC at our April Open House!

     

    An academic conference where everyone is included

    Recently, I asked a group of our closest Medicine X friends and colleagues to join me for a three-day spring retreat in Washington, DC. As I looked around the room, I saw something remarkable.

    Participating in the discussions about the future of Medicine X were a doctor, a nurse, two pharmacists, an Internet geologist, a hospital administrator, a policy leader, three patient community builders, artists, designers, and a dog.

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    Our conversations about our values at Medicine X mapped out concepts such as “give every person the dignity they deserve”, “value and respect the experience each person brings”, and “give everyone permission to be human.”

    At our founding four years ago we set out to create a world-leading patient engagement program where:

    1. At least 10% of our seats would be allocated to patients;
    2. Selection of patients for our programs would be merit-based and needs-blind, and conducted in a peer-reviewed and transparent selection process;
    3. Travel, housing and program scholarships would be awarded on a financial-need basis;
    4. Wellness programs would be created to care for our patients and delegates;
    5. Free open-access video livestream and social media would be used to engage those unable to attend in person and join the conversation.

    Because of these founding principles, we are sometimes referred to as “the patient conference”. Our conference tag line at inception was “an academic medical conference designed for everyone”. We still believe a better future for health care requires everyone’s voice.

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