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Applause for Avocados


2014-0628 Future Avocado Tree

The linked article was written by Martha Rose Shulman for the New York Times. I am not a nutritionist, a medical researcher, an avocado farmer, or an employee of any store/restaurant that sells avocados.



I was planning to write about health benefits of the avocado, but there were already many great articles on the subject. Whether your goal is to reduce the likelihood of cancer or provide your body the nutrition it needs to recovery from a medical setback, the avocado can help.


Click here to read Shulman’s article.


Click here to read another Beyond Injury post about nutrition.

Thanks to Martha Rose Shulman who wrote the article for the New York Times; Google for helping me find the article and picture I used in this post; and all the other people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture and text I used in this post.

Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

2 Responses to “Applause for Avocados”

  • Esther says:

    You may or may not fin this interesting as a coment

    “The ahuacate, a pebbly-skinned, pear-shaped fruit, had been a staple food in Mexico, and Central and South America since 500 B.C. In the 16th century, Spanish conquistadors fell in love with the fruit after observing its prized status among the Aztecs.

    Until the early 1900s, the ahuacate had never been grown commercially in the United States. By 1914, however, hotels in Los Angeles and San Francisco were ordering as many of the fruits as they could and paying as much as $12 for a dozen.

    But the farmers faced a marketing problem. First, ahuacate was too hard for Americans to pronounce. It was named for its shape and reputation as an aphrodisiac. Then there was the other unappealing name: “alligator pear.”

    The farmers came up with a new name: avocado. They informed dictionary publishers of the change — and that the plural was spelled “avocados,” not “avocadoes” — and named their own group the California Avocado Association.”

    Taken from: NPR
    What’s in a Name? The Avocado Story by HOWARD YOON July 19, 2006 5:27 PM ET

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.