Eight Is More Than Enough
When did everybody start having -plets?
"-Plets" is what I call those extreme multiple births that seem to be everywhere these days: quintuplets, sextuplets, octuplets, etc. We seem to be in the midst of a population explosion. There's that crazy woman in California who just gave birth to eight kids -- after already having six. There's the woman who traveled from Sudan to seek the blessing of her mother-in-law -- and ended up having five kids at the Anne Arundel Medical Center.
And I just learned today about Jon & Kate, stars of a TLC reality show about their twins and their sextuplets.
There's an interview with Kate in today's Post Health section. After reading the interview, conducted by e-mail, I know I would rather lower my torso into a woodchipper than watch an episode of "Jon & Kate Plus 8." (I never trust anyone who can't resist overusing exclamation points.)
Apparently Kate has become some sort of organic food heroine, feeding her brood nothing but the good stuff. She points out: "I started realizing that we needed to switch to organic before it was 'in.'" Oh good for you, Kate.
Writer Jennifer Huget asks Kate, a nurse, whether she disagrees with the scientific evidence that has failed to prove that organic food is any safer or more nutritious than conventionally farmed food. Answers Kate:
Yes, I see that God created foods ABSENT of pesticides and hormones and antibiotics, so that is how we are meant to eat, no matter what the research shows. As I always say, it can't hurt; it can only help!
But, wait! Didn't God also create man? And didn't man then create pesticides and hormones and antibiotics, not to mention fertility treatments? Oh, I suppose God works in mysterious ways, bestowing -plets upon all sorts of irritating people simply for our amusement.
Or am I being too harsh?
Gone to the Dogs
My column yesterday about my dog, Charlie, and the "unfriendly" dogs and owners we encounter on our walks generated a lot of responses from readers. Among them was a link to a Web site called Find My Dog Alli.
Alli is a Newfoundland who went missing in the Foggy Bottom/West End area of D.C. on Jan. 21st. Her owner, Jarryd Commerford, is hoping his blog will help find Alli. Seen a Newfoundland in that neighborhood? It might be her.
February 3, 2009; 8:02 AM ET
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