December 13, 2009

Graham crackers

My mother used to say "you learn something new every day." Now, from the pages of the AARP Bulletin, the new fact for today:

America's first serious health care reformer was Sylvester Graham (1794-1855), the inventor of the Graham Cracker, which is still a nutritious snack.

Reading more about this early health care crusader, I found some of his nutritional theories fairly sound: avoid chemical additives, use only whole-wheat flour and don't eat meat. But Graham also advocated hard mattresses, cold showers, abstinence from alcohol, coffee and tea, and sexual restraint. And the purpose of this was also odd: he hoped to cure lust.

My mother had another saying that's also applicable: "Everything in moderation." A good suggestion.

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