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http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix a multi-media journal of public affairs and popular culture produced by students at Hunter College Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:24:06 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.4 http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=561 http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=561#comments Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:24:06 +0000 Shafat Chowdhury http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=561 http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?feed=rss2&p=561 0 http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=550 http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=550#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 23:42:04 +0000 Allie Shafran http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=550 http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?feed=rss2&p=550 0 http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=544 http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=544#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:56:05 +0000 Leana Shugol http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=544 http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?feed=rss2&p=544 0 http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=542 http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=542#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:52:45 +0000 Leana Shugol http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=542 http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?feed=rss2&p=542 0 http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=539 http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=539#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:27:27 +0000 Alexa Morang http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=539 http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?feed=rss2&p=539 0 http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=528 http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=528#comments Wed, 11 Sep 2013 19:57:00 +0000 Joel Aybar http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=528 http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?feed=rss2&p=528 0 http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=502 http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=502#comments Fri, 09 Aug 2013 15:34:24 +0000 Kevin Bruno http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=502 http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?feed=rss2&p=502 0 http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=505 http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=505#comments Thu, 08 Aug 2013 20:06:10 +0000 Anna Norum-Gross http://fmfaculty.hunter.cuny.edu/~6mix/?p=505

In an interview with CNN Health, Dr. Michael Picco, a consultant on gastroenterology at the Mayo Clinic, said that cleansing did not have any real benefits. “The whole basis to this cleansing business is that people say it can help things like the immune system, fatigue and depression, and it can clean the toxins out of the colon, and it can aid in losing weight. There is really no evidence to that at all. Sometimes those cleanses could actually be quite harmful, too.”

Kat Olin, who is now doing the BluePrint Cleanse for the second time, says she wasn’t impressed the first time around and wants to give it another chance. “Basically, I think people expect an epiphany, expect to feel the toxins leaving their body,” she says. Because she did not find the cleanse to be difficult to maintain, she is trying it again, hoping to “make up for” the fact that she has not been keeping a healthy diet lately; with a full-time job at a law firm and three young children, she doesn’t have time to prepare many of her meals.

The BluePrint Cleanse website does seem to be aimed at people like Olin who want to consume healthy things but simply don’t have the time. “I know what whole foods are, and I’ve seen people buying them. I would too, but I’m too busy to be choosy,” states the site. Average people with busy lives are meant to relate to this sentiment.

The BluePrint Cleanse juices contain nutrients many of us do not get in our daily meals; they include things like kale, beets and cashews. According to Olin, it is questionable as to whether the BluePrint Cleanse will “trigger your body to cleanse and detox,” as the website states, but she thinks it’s a good way for her to get some of the nutrients she hasn’t been consuming lately.

But can a juice cleanse help with weight loss? If someone replaces all three meals with a low-calorie juice for up to several weeks, they most likely will shed some pounds. But will it last? Joanna Bak, a recent graduate from Tulane University says, “Anyone who has taken a basic nutrition course can tell you juice cleanses do more harm than good. And any weight you lose will be gained back once you go back to your normal diet.”

According to Dr. Picco, “Any weight loss you get is not real. It’s due to loss of fluid and waste and it is potentially harmful. Weight loss needs to be done with diet and exercise.”

“People don’t want to hear that the best way to lose weight and maintain it is to diet and exercise. It’s hard, and it takes a long time. People want shortcuts,” says Sarah Liana, a 27-year-old nanny.  “Remember those things that were in infomercials a few years back that you put on your stomach…[that] supposedly worked out your muscles for you so you didn’t have to go to the trouble of doing actual sit-ups?”

As you might have suspected, it is not healthy to eat little to no food for an extended period of time. In fact, in some cases, doctors link eating disorders with juice cleanses.

Dr. Pauline Powers, who leads the scientific advisory committee for the Global Foundation for Eating Disorders, was quoted in an article in Marie Claire describing juice cleanses as “the perfect pathway to disordered eating, with a great power to lead otherwise healthy women down the path of disordered eating.” Last year, the University of North Carolina Center for Excellence for Eating Disorders added juice fasts to the list of topics addressed with patients.

Perhaps juice cleanses shouldn’t be condemned altogether. Some provide vitamins and nutrients we often neglect to consume. But many juice cleanse diets mislead clients, selling them the idea that the diet will “cleanse their system,” discouraging them from eating entire food groups, such as protein and carbohydrates, for extended periods of time, which can have adverse effects on the body.

Moreover, these kinds of cleanses can be especially dangerous for people who are predisposed to body-image issues. As Courtney Rubin wrote in a 2011 article for Marie Claire, “It’s society’s most accepted form of eating disorder.”

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The community of longboarders continues to expand every year in New York. There are many events around the city hosted by many different companies, and each year attendance increases.

The Broadway Bomb race is one of these events and has the largest number of attendees. While it’s a competitive race, the majority of people go just for the experience. The event started in 2006 with just about 12 skaters. At last year’s event, in 2012, over 1,000 people from all over the world attended the race. The race starts from the Upper West Side near Columbia University and finishes downtown near Wall Street.

“It keeps people positive and healthy. I have awesome friends and met awesome people through longboarding,” says Pepaj, who has attended the Broadway Bomb for the past two years.

Like many other hobbies and sports, longboarding has characteristics that attracts certain types of people. “I started skating because I liked how you didn’t need a team or anyone else to do it. I was bad at playing with others anyway so it appealed to me,” says Edward Nieves, a sponsored rider for Earthwing Skateboards. “Skateboarding, to me, is a cheap, easily accessible means of freedom for anyone who seeks it out.”

Nobody knows when exactly skateboards were invented because they appeared in different places around the same time. But the unofficial birthplace was California around the mid 1900s. Skateboards provided surfers an alternative when the ocean waves were flat. Skateboarding was initially confined to city streets and sidewalks, but by the 1970s it evolved into a much more technically oriented sport. Tricks were invented and skate parks were built to make it a competitive sport. It was then that skateboarding split into two main disciplines, trick skateboarding and longboarding.

What makes a longboard unique are its wheels and manageability. In contrast to a trick-oriented skateboard, a longboard has smooth soft wheels and can mimic the moves of a surfboard slashing through waves — they’re not called longboards for nothing; the average longboard is around 40 inches or longer, but range anywhere from 24 to 60 inches.

There are two main longboard companies based in New York, Earthwing Skateboards and Bustin Boards, both based in Brooklyn.

Earthwing Skateboards focuses on the discipline of tech sliding, a form of skateboarding where a skater starts from the top of a hill and does sliding maneuvers all the way down the hill. Earthwing also experiments with different types of materials and stepping out of the industry norm of using 7-ply wood, experimenting with different kinds of fibers in its boards.

Bustin Boards’ longboards are composed entirely of wood, but they have many different shapes and styles. The company focuses on cruising and, more recently, the sport of downhill skateboarding – where usually four to six guys line up on top of a hill and race down to see who crosses the finish line first.

Both companies hold weekly events for riders to meet up and ride together. From beginners to professionals, the skill range of riders tends to be wide. Newcomers are encouraged to participate in these events, as this is how the New York community was first established.

Earthwing holds an event called the Friday Rip every Friday between 8 and 11pm. The event is held in Prospect Park on a hill off the park’s main loop. Riders meet up, skate, watch others, or just talk about their new favorite board.

Bustin’s event is every Sunday around 2pm. The Bustin crew leads the group around Central Park’s six-mile loop starting in the 59th street entrance at Columbus Circle.

The community is like a tight-knit family. Once you know a few of your local riders, you easily expand your network to riders from other places around the city and even the tri-state area.

“One of my closest current friends is named Ricky, and I wouldn’t have ever met him had I not been into skating. He’s the person I skate with the most in the city,” says Sami Hakim, who picked up longboarding through his high school friends.

Various forms of social media also help to foster the growth of the community. From Facebook groups to online forums such as Silverfish Longboarding, riders are able freely to discuss their love of longboarding.

“Longboarding is a way to meet people, a way to have fun, a way to try new things, and personally, it has become my favorite pastime,” Hakim says.  “I’ve chosen this as my hobby, and it’s something I can’t stop doing.”

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