SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

November 21, 2014

See Cereal Killers movie free – 7 days


Producer’s Gift – 7 Day FREE Viewing window

Everybody has somebody they’d like to see get healthier, right?

We know this – and we know from the emails we receive that Cereal Killers has prompted some folks to do just that.

We love those emails and we’d like to do more to help more people get healthy eating real food. So, for the next 7 days through Thanksgiving Day in the US (Nov 27), we’re putting Cereal Killers “out there” in the open as a FREE gift to everyone.

The viewing link is here.

Enjoy and PLEASE share this message around!

Don’t Fear Fat

Donal & The Cereal Killers


(This is not the first time The Cereal Killers movie  appears here,  so I am surprised and delighted to have it back again if only for 7 days.   I watched it several times before and will again.  I loved it and I plan to view it again as this message changed my thinking for all time. Donal drives home the message about getting enough fat into ones diet — especially if fighting coronary disease, which of course was his primary purpose,  to counter his genetic inheritance of the near fatal heart attacks both his father and uncle endured even tho both were well-disciplined athletes, neither smoking or drinking.  Seems unfair, doesn’t it.  

 So if you’ve seen it — watch it again and share it around  This information literally destroys the so-called food pyramid.  Jan)

November 20, 2014

Over-common woe Ill-treated

Starving Thyroid, misdiagnosed – badly treated


The Cancer Diagnosis You May Be Better off Ignoring
Despite up to 15 times more diagnoses, death rates haven’t come down – telling researchers they aren’t, in fact, dangerous. Yet removing them can lead to a slew of cascading health problems including depression, hormone deficiencies, and damage to your vocal chords.


(My comment:    

Actually, like hundreds of thousands of others  over the past 5 – 6 decades. . . this was my issue and perhaps   – my only problem.  It wasn’t just a genetic thing, but in fact my mother and grandmother both had the same problem and since I knew how they handled it  and it became a non-issue,  I wanted what they had – – IODINE.  When they presented to their docs with their list of symptoms, they were given iodine or Lugol’s solution.   All was restored to normal quickly, I was told.  Don’t know what side issues my family  had going on, but they both had goiters.     Now at 21, I had developed a goiter to my otherwise slender neck about which I was disturbed.  (ego thing)

Obviously my hormonal system WAS involved because my menses was so irregular that I had no expectations at all.  When it showed up, there it was.  Those periods were stressful to me and extraordinarily, debilitatingly  painful.   At that age I had not become the ferocious, informed rebel that I currently am.  Had no idea those issues were or might be connected.  I trusted doctors to care for me.  So I sought IODINE from them – – for over forty years.  Not one would comply saying only that “we don’t do things like that anymore”. . .iodine is passe.  And besides. . .my test results were “normal”.  

I was bleeding to death every time and the menses usually lasted around 7 days;   buying the largest boxes of the thickest pads.  Tampons could not stem my flow.  They probably assumed I was some kind of hypochondriac.  (One time as I deplaned, Mother saw I was ill and asked what was wrong.  I responded that I was fine, it was just my period.  They didn’t believe me and took me straight to the hospital.  Raging temp, much pain. . .appendix was rupturing.)  

So much bad doctoring.   Could it be that 19th and early 20th century docs were just better informed than our current crop.   The world around us has been changing in everything;  the way food is “manufactured,”  the burgeoning growth of chemicals EVERYWHERE and among other things — the way the nation baked bread.  Iodine used to be incorporated in the bread making process.  Everybody ate bread.  (And it was healthy not genetically modified back then the way grains of all kinds are grown – especially wheat).  But they removed the iodine and replaced it with cheaper  chemicals  – – (have covered this so often, not going there now) -( just Google Bread making if want to understand more).  So the ground shifted under the docs too, and perhaps they didn’t understand the connection,  but this was the beginning of the end  of our daily dose of iodine we all need so desperately in every cell of our body.  

So as I saw what Dr Mercola’s article was about – – Dr Jonathan Wright – one of my favorites, who pioneered ‘natural hormone therapy’ and so much more, I was pleased to put this up.  There are two separate videos in the scripted text.  Be sure to watch both as Dr Wright describes the beneficial way iodine used to be used and still is.  Ya just gotta find the right doc!   This is NOT  ‘new stuff’. . .but it so relevant.   All those years I went thru fertility stuff with my husband – unnecessary!   All that menstrual pain for so many years – -needless!  My goiter grew back fairly quickly — surgery was an unnecessary, needless expense and misery.  Problem never solved because I needed iodine and was too uninformed to understand that I could get it myself — why the hell didn’t I?  Ya live and learn, hopefully.     Jan)








November 18, 2014

Internet neutrality – go Obama!


Obama calls for Internet neutrality



WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama recently embraced a radical change in how the government treats Internet service, coming down on the side of consumer activists who fear slower download speeds and higher costs but angering Republicans and cable giants who say the plan would kill jobs.

Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to more heavily regulate Internet providers and treat broadband much as it would any other public utility. He said the FCC should explicitly prohibit Internet providers such as Verizon and AT&T from charging data hogs like Netflix extra to move their content more quickly.

                         The announcement sent cable stocks tumbling.

  • The FCC, an independent regulatory body led by political appointees, is nearing a decision on whether broadband providers should be allowed  to cut deals with the content providers but is stumbling over the legal complexities.
“We are stunned the president would abandon the longstanding, bipartisan policy of lightly regulating the Internet and calling for extreme” regulation, said Michael Powell, president and CEO of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, the primary lobbying arm of the cable industry.    .This “tectonic shift in national policy, should it be adopted, would create devastating results,” Powell added.

.Netflix swung behind Obama, posting to its Facebook page that “consumers should pick winners and losers on the Internet, not broadband gatekeepers.”

  • .“Net neutrality” is the idea that Internet service providers shouldn’t block, slow or manipulate data moving across their networks. As long as content isn’t against the law, such as child pornography or pirated music, a file or video posted on one site will load generally at the same speed as a similarly sized file or video on another site.

In 2010, the FCC embraced the concept in a rule. But last January, a federal appeals court struck down the regulation because the court said the FCC didn’t technically have the legal authority to tell broadband providers how to manage their networks.

Obama waded into the fray and gave a major boost to Internet activists by saying the FCC should explicitly ban any “paid prioritization” on the Internet. Obama also suggested that the FCC reclassify consumer broadband as a public utility under the 1934 Communications Act. That would mean the Internet would be regulated more heavily in the way phone service is.

.“It is common sense that the same philosophy should guide any service that is based on the transmission of information — whether a phone call, or a packet of data,” Obama said.

.This approach is exactly what industry lobbyists have spent months fighting against. AT&T threatened legal action if the FCC adopted Obama’s plan, while Comcast Corp. said reclassifying broadband regulation would be “a radical reversal that would harm investment and innovation, as today’s immediate stock market reaction demonstrates.” Similar statements were released by Time Warner Cable Inc. and several industry groups.

Many Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester, and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, sided with industry in denouncing the plan as government overreach.

“ ‘Net Neutrality’ is Obama-care for the Internet,” said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a tea-party favorite, on Twitter. “The Internet should not operate at the speed of government.”
.The Internet Association, which represents many content providers such as Netflix, Twitter, eBay and Google, applauded Obama’s proposal.
As the Standard & Poor’s 500 index edged up slightly, big cable companies slid. Time Warner, Comcast, Cablevision and Charter Communications dropped 2 percent to 4 percent in the hours immediately after the announcement.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said he is open to using a “hybrid” approach that would draw from both Title II of the 1934 law and the 1996 Telecommunications Act. Wheeler said he welcomed the president’s comments but suggested that his proposal was easier said than done.
“The more deeply we examined the issues around the various legal options, the more it has become plain that there is more work to do,” Wheeler said. “The reclassification and hybrid approaches before us raise substantive legal questions. We found we would need more time to examine these to ensure that whatever approach is taken, it can withstand any legal challenges it may face.”
The FCC isn’t under a deadline to make a decision.
The president’s statement all but guarantees that the major cable companies will spend the next few months trying to encourage Congress to step in to protect their interests. Still, Internet activists are hoping that Obama’s position will go a long way.
“When the leader of the free world says the Internet should remain free, that’s a game-changer,” said Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass.

Jan’s Comment:
Once again, our president is trying to serve the needs of the “people” over and above the demands of the “corporate complex” which is after more and more money and power.  
The way Congress has treated our president, it is amazing that he has been able to accomplish anything, but he keeps hammering away, mostly by himself.    History will reveal that his achievements will rank him among the best and most noteworthy, while this particular congress has also achieved a certain  distinction. . . one who is less capable,   obviously less educated in the essentials of governing, and of a pitiful class who serves petty political  ends over the needs of our people who have been so extremely impoverished and stripped of so many rights and privileges.  All this  while the rich have become obscenely moreso as they pull the corporate “corruption strings” there in Washington which is how and why all the things we need and normally expect from our government aren’t happening,. . .aren’t even heard, because our new laws and regulations are being paid for by them to line the greedy congressional pockets and their own corporate purposes.     
Our world in all its vital texture is imperiled;   the climate has already changed and is dangerously worsening;  animal species are dying faster than we can keep up with or properly tally.  The entire planet is being sterilized and poisoned . . . which of course, will not selectively kill, but snuff us all out.   We could stop all this craziness,  but we don’t!  Its true all these chemical toxins kill, but they destroy our ability to properly think and it would seem — that’s already happened.   Have we become a nation of imperiled idiots who can’t tell right from wrong?  
Have all those Democrats who were a part of the thrilled millions not only here, but around the world who lauded our first “black” president with all the great ideas who spoke words that everyone of us resonated to — become so jaded and inept that they have bought the scurrilous proclamations coming out of the Republican mouths?  Can it be?  There has never been a secret to the GOP mantra – – block everything he does and make him a one-term president!  They have been cruel, deceitful and devastating to the American way of life as we knew it.  Of course many of them are bigots, racist, but can anyone change that?  Maybe, but it ain’t easy.  I’ve known many who hate (or are intolerant of) and it seems to be in them deep, whether it was directed toward the Jew, Hispanic, anyone whose skin wasn’t ‘white’,  or any whose religion not their own including differing branches of the  ‘Christian’ religion.    Forgive my blind-spot please, as this is a concept I can’t easily deal with. I loosely think of this way of being and thinking  as  “againstness.”   I choose not to go there as I have instinctively felt that it is better to live and let live.  When any of us become open to a greater truth than we think we now have, life finds a way to slide right in bringing a different understanding.  
Anyway, its a good thing that the prez is trying to accomplish here to benefit all us everyday people in what is fair and right for our wants, needs and wallets.  Thank you Mr. President.      Jan

HI bans GMO’s from Maui

  • Monsanto Vows to Challenge Maui GMO Moratorium in Court…/maui-gmo-moratorium.aspx

    11 hours ago – As noted by Democracy Now, 1 Maui County’s measure is one of the strongest anti-GMO measures ever to pass. “The Maui GMO moratorium …

    (My Comment:  
    Could anything be more wonderful?    So many states are struggling to combat these horrendous Toxin-providers to our world and especially our food systems . . . . but here is tiny Hawaii being  outrageously outspent  – AND WON! Bravo!  We all must keep vigilant and  put our energies to the highest and best  use.   Jan)

November 16, 2014

Plasterwork Artisan renaissance


Ornamental plaster enjoying renaissance

                                                                                              CHARLES FOX PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER PHOTOS
David Flaharty has done plasterwork for the White House, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian.

 PHILADELPHIA — Thirty-five years ago, when John Doherty was doing rehab work for Campus Apartments, removing old plasterwork to make way for drywall, he was struck by the beauty of the buildings’ antique plaster flourishes — all destined for the landfill.  

Instead of throwing out the pieces, he began salvaging them to sell at a flea market on the weekends.   Then he learned that he could make rubber molds of the pieces and replicate them as many times as he wanted, for use in his own designs.   “It became my own Home Depot,” he said.  

Doherty, now based in Delaware County, Pa., started one of the area’s first salvage businesses, with a sideline in plasterwork.  

Today, there may be a greater appreciation for such architectural detail, but there aren’t nearly as many plaster artisans as there were in the heyday of Victorian mansions.   The remaining craftspeople see demand from historic sites such as the White House, serious institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, not-so-serious institutions such as Las Vegas casinos and high-end interior designers who are adopting the Victorians’ interest in ceiling ornamentation.  

Flaharty uses molds based on old plasterwork to create it anew in his Green Lane, Pa., studio.

David Flaharty got into the business in the ’70s, mostly by coincidence. He was a sculptor who rented studio space from a plasterer and began going along on jobs.   Their work caught the attention of Edward Vason Jones, architect for the White House during Richard M. Nixon’s administration.  

That led to more than 20 years of commissions, including decorating the State Department’s reception rooms and the secretary of state’s office   — which had “looked like a Howard Johnson” because of their midcentury construction.  

  • In the White House, Flaharty has done what has to be among the most televised ceiling medallions — the one in the Blue Room used each year to hook up the lights for the official White House Christmas tree.   “Every year, I see it on TV,” he said.  

Flaharty works much as his predecessors did a century ago, carving molds or making them from existing pieces, then casting them in plaster. He sometimes substitutes sturdier synthetic materials, such as urethane rubber.  He has amassed about 300 molds of decorative elements that can be reconfigured in endless variations.  

Because so many shops have closed, James Kuryloski, owner of Felber Ornamental Plastering Corp. in Norristown, Pa., gets calls from across the country for specialized jobs.   His recent projects have included providing adornments for the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., and working from old photographs and paintings to carve molds for plasterwork in the Maryland Statehouse’s Old Senate Chamber.  

He also works on new construction, where demand for crown moldings and decorative period ceilings has been particularly strong.   “A lot of people now don’t want their ceilings to be just flat and boring,” he said. “They want a modern house that might have lighting and sprinklers and speakers up on the ceiling, and then they put a decorative ceiling on top of it. They want the best of the old and the new.”  

Some industrious designers have been tinkering with 3-D scanning of damaged historic plaster pieces, which can then be repaired digitally and re-created with 3-D printers, but Laran Bronze in Chester, Pa., hasn’t had a call for it yet, said owner Larry Welker.  

For now, Flaharty and others will keep doing it the old-fashioned way — and trying to recruit the next generation of artisans to continue their work.   “It’s a dying art,” he said, “but I’d like to pass on my trade.”

November 15, 2014

Asians demand Non-GMO SOYbeans

JUSTIN WAN THE BLADE Larry Holloway stands among grain elevators at the Delong Co., a soybean collection                                        point for Asian markets.

Asian markets hunger for unaltered Ohio soybeans

By Jon Chavez THE BLADE

   KIRBY, Ohio — It’s not Tokyo, but a grain elevator in this tiny town in Wyandot County has become a de facto doorway of opportunity to the Far East for northwestern Ohio farmers who choose to grow soybeans that are not genetically altered. The DeLong Co. Inc. elevator, which can hold about 1 million bushels of grain, stores and processes non-genetically modified organism soybeans. Those beans are highly sought by Asian buyers, particularly the Japanese.  

“In the past, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan beans have been incredibly popular with the Japanese market. We have better protein content,” said Larry Holloway, general manager of the DeLong operations in Kirby, about 6 miles west of Upper Sandusky.   And the Asian markets, which include Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, long have been insistent that the food-grade soybeans used to make tofu, miso and soy sauce not be genetically modified.  

  • “The beans in China and Japan are all non-GMO. They don’t allow GMO beans,” Holloway said. “They fear that GMO will cause adverse health problems, so getting them to use GMO beans — it’s just not going to happen.”

That’s been a good thing for 25 years for DeLong and others who make a nice profit serving what is essentially a niche market.   About 98 percent of the soybeans grown in the United States are genetically modified. But that 2 percent of non-GMO soybeans is a market worth pursuing.  

“It’s actually bigger than you think. It’s a pretty big market,” Holloway said. “Japan alone for food uses about a million metric tons of soybeans, and they grow about a third of what they need.” For the two-thirds that it needs, Japan imports 70 percent from the United States and 30 percent from Canada. Besides wanting non-GMO soybeans, Asian buyers prefer the taste and protein content of soybeans that come from Indiana, Ohio and Michigan — known as IOM beans — and they are willing to pay a premium price to get them.  

“It kind of ranges with the market,” said Gary Shick, a non-GMO soybean farmer who lives just outside Kenton in neighboring Hardin County. “But Kirby’s premium this year is $2 to $3 a bushel depending on (soybean) variety.”  

In other words, DeLong will pay farmers $2 to $3 more per bushel for non-GMO soybeans than they would get if they grew GMO soybeans. Shick said he sells a third of the 650 acres of non-GMO beans he grows to a Japanese firm, Kapi-Ohio, in Marysville. He has been growing the specialty crop for the export market for nearly 25 years. He is one of about 120 Ohio farmers that DeLong contracts to grow non-GMO beans for its Asian customers.  

DeLong, of Clinton, Wis., works with farmers as far south as Marysville in Union County, north to Lake Erie, west to Delphos in Allen and Van Wert counties, and east to Bucyrus in Crawford County.   DeLong is one of five grain elevators in Ohio that serve as non-GMO soybean collection points for the Asian market.  

In the Toledo area, the Andersons Inc. of Maumee contracts with northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan farmers to grow non-GMO soybeans that the company sells directly to Japan and other Asian countries.  

The soybeans are collected in special bins, sent by rail to the Andersons dock on the Maumee River, loaded on a ship and sent directly abroad. A trip to the Far East takes about 30 days.

November 13, 2014

12 yr old creates Braille printer 82% less


PATRICK TEHAN SAN JOSE (CALIF.) MERCURY NEWS PHOTOS Shubham Banerjee, now 13, assembles the Braille printer he built out of Legos in his California home for a science project.

 12-year-old develops cheaper Braille printer for the blind

By Heather Somerville    SAN JOSE (CALIF) MERCURY NEWS
 SANTA CLARA, Calif. — In December, seventh-grader Shubham Banerjee asked his parents how blind people read. A Silicon Valley tech professional, dad Neil Banerjee told his son to “Google it.” So Shubham did, and with a few Internet searches he learned about Braille, the tactile writing system used by the blind, and Braille printers, which, to the 12-year-old’s shock, cost thousands of dollars.   
 .One school science-fair victory, a few national accolades, $35,000 of his parents’ savings and a visit to the White House later, Shubham today is the founder of the Palo Alto startup Braigo Labs, which aims to become the first purveyor of low-cost, compact Braille printers.   Last week, Intel Capital, the company’s global investment arm, announced that it has invested in the teenager’s company, making Shubham the world’s youngest tech entrepreneur to receive venture-capital funding.  
 “It was curiosity,” explained Shubham, now 13 and an eighth-grader at Champion School in San Jose. “I’m always thinking up something. If you think it can be done, then it can probably be done.”  
The new Braille printer could drop the price for a home model for the blind from $2,000 to around $350.
What started as a home-built Lego project for a science fair has morphed into a family-run startup, with mom Malini Banerjee the president and CEO, and dad on the board of directors and serving as Shubham’s chauffeur and chaperone to press events, interviews and business meetings. The seed funding from Intel will permit the Santa Clara family to hire engineers and product designers, allowing Shubham to return his focus to school and easing the financial burden on the Banerjee family; Neil was contemplating dipping into his 401(k) before Intel made its offer. Intel declined to disclose the amount.  
 “It’s a classic Silicon Valley story, isn’t it?” said Neil Banerjee, who works as director of software operations for Intel. “Everyone else started in a garage, but (Shubham) started at the kitchen table.”   The investment also earns Shubham a place in history. He is two years younger than British entrepreneur Nick D’Aloisio, who previously was the world’s youngest venture capital-backed tech entrepreneur . He received an investment for his startup Summly, a news-reading app, in 2011, say business groups and media organizations that track venture investments. Yahoo later bought Summly for a reported $30 million.  
Braigo includes software that Shubham created using Intel’s new Edison chip — an inexpensive development platform to power wearable devices, prototypes by early startups and other gadgets built by hobbyists — and a printer that uses various motors and impression tools. Shubham published the code for the software open-source on the web, so other developers can use it, but the family has a patent pending for the printer.  
 Organizations for the visually impaired welcome the prospect of an affordable Braille printer, which they say could give blind people better access to literature and news and improve Braille literacy rates, which hover around 8.5 percent among the 60,000 blind schoolchildren in the country, says the American Printing House for the Blind.  
 There is absolutely a need,” said Gary Mudd, spokesman for the Printing House for the Blind. “In a business situation, that equipment is purchased by the company that employs you. People who want their own, though, just get to pay for it. Being blind is sometimes very expensive.”
 (My Comment:
 All know I am blown away, left in the dust,  when I learn about brilliant kids and their  apparent mental-composure and clarity of purpose as they set about doing something that has never been done before.  Often, that doesn’t matter to them. .  they see a need or a possibility in a different direction of what already is. . .  somehow, it is clear to them,  and it comes about.     If only we could bottle that talent and spread it around.            
Bravo Shubham.  You will enrich so many others. . . improve their lives.   May you enjoy the blessing you so richly deserve.   Jan)

November 11, 2014

Detergent Pods injure kids

Latest study

Detergent pods make kids sick

   CHARLES REX ARBOGAST ASSOCIATED PRESS   In 80 percent of studied cases,        the affected children swallowed the detergent pods, researchers found.

By Lauren Coleman-Lochner BLOOMBERG NEWS

NEW YORK — More than 17,000 U.S. children came into contact with laundry-detergent pods in 2012 and 2013, sending thousands to hospitals and resulting in at least one death, according to a study in the medical journal Pediatrics.

Researchers, examining statistics for kids younger than 6 from the National Poison Data System, found that the number of exposures to the pods jumped more than seven-fold in April 2013 from the previous March. The children were hospitalized 4.4 percent of the time, and 7.5 percent had a moderate or major medical outcome, according to the study.

The detergent packets, such as Procter & Gamble Co.’s Tide Pods, have become increasingly popular with Americans. Researchers suggested reducing the risk of poisoning by changing packaging, reformulating the detergent or better labeling the pods.
In response to the study, the American Cleaning Institute said detergent makers have been working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to reduce accidents since 2012.

In 80 percent of cases, the children swallowed the pods, while an additional 7.2 percent got detergent in their eyes, researchers found.


Don’t really think this requires any sort of comment. . . other than — so sad, on any account!   Jan

November 8, 2014

Got a M/C doctor ?

Insurers offer doctors who are unavailable

By Andrew M. Seaman Reuters

More than half of the dermatologists in Medicare Advantage plan directories were either dead, retired or not accepting new patients, or specialized in particular conditions, researchers found when they tried making appointments.
Inaccurate directories of doctors covered by an insurance plan might lead to people having few options and to the U.S. government approving plans that don’t meet standards regarding provider availability, the study team writes in JAMA Dermatology.
“I think it just identifies a big area that needs a lot of help to increase transparency to patients,” said Dr. Jack Resneck Jr. of the University of California-San Francisco, the study’s lead author.

The U.S. requires private insurance plans offered through Medicare (the government-run insurance program for the elderly and disabled) and through exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act to offer plan participants a variety of doctors.

  • Even so, insurers have been increasingly “narrowing” their networks by eliminating contracts with physicians, the researchers write.
  • They add that there is increasing attention on the limited choices offered to patients through the private plans in Medicare — known as Medicare Advantage — and the Affordable Care Act.

For the new study, Resneck and his colleagues analyzed the accuracy of the lists of dermatologists that insurance companies said accepted Medicare Advantage plans.

The directories, from 12 U.S. metropolitan areas, included the names of 4,754 dermatologists. Forty-six percent of those doctors were listed twice, however.

The researchers attempted to make appointments with dermatologists for a fictional father who had an itch for months and was about to select a Medicare Advantage plan.

  • Of the remaining 2,590 dermatologists listed in the directories, 18 percent were not reachable, 9 percent had retired, died or moved and another 9 percent were not accepting new patients.

Overall, only 1,266 dermatologists — or fewer than half — were reachable, accepted the specific Medicare Advantage plan and offered an appointment.

  • For one of the plans, the researchers were unable to make an appointment with any of the listed dermatologists


My comment:
For more than a month I have been poring over brochures and plans and the Book from our government outlining all the relevant insurance companies available to me here  in Ohio in my county.  Its not an easy matter.  It deserves a great deal of consideration by each of us.   It is better to be thoughtful rather than take things for granted. . .for that is the source of so much needless painIt’s a pain in the gut to have to do this every year.  Have been with one company for 3 or maybe four years now.  Tho I plan never to be in a hospital again,  I have, nevertheless, learned that life sometimes has different plans for us than we might choose for ourselves.    So it pays to cover those bases as well as we can.  
Stuff changes,  my easy to ignore insurance company has  put a premium on my $0.00 premium plan.  I don’t take meds, so no cost factors there and I only saw a doc once this year for a mole removal and of course, a blood draw.  Don’t know how your budgets are doing, but mine is being squeezed.  My rent took a jump,   m y electric utility bill almost doubled. . .am spending near triple what I was  a year or two ago on groceries.  And like all other retired folks,  we pay more than $100 monthly for our medicare whether we use it or not from our Social Security.  So for those rare occasions I might need attention from the medical complex, I try to associate myself with the best I can get for the least amount of money.  While so much is going up, I shook my head at the paltry increase in our S.S. cola. . I think I read it was going to be 1.7%. .don’t take my word for it, check it out yourself.  
Well, anyway,  while all this decision-making is going on, I’m seeing this above article and now I’m spitting tacks!  Is this even possible?  I have to vent. . .so damned livid.  Call my son and relate to him. . .and he literally breaks up laughing. Guess he figured the old lady has really lost it now. . .just making stuff up.  No I assured him, this happened.  You know that old adage. . .the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree;  sometimes I wonder if my apple and I are even related.  But wait, I’m not done. . .         
. . .Thinking I’ve got my choice narrowed down to two, I related my thoughts on why I chose these two and the difficulty I was having opting for either.   My younger, modern and current son whose inner guide and smarts has always had my utmost trust and admiration,  casually recounted my dilemma and cleared a path for me to easily see my way and bingo. . there I was with a choice.   So I decided to call the only doctor I have now and see if their office accepts the new  (to me) insurance company.   Seems he is gone now to another location which is a good deal further for me to go.  Never got to speak to anyone as they were in transition to the new spectacular new shape of their practice.  But I could go online, check it out and even sign up and subscribe online if I so chose.  Well I went online  and couldn’t believe my eyes.  I’ve done an article some time ago within the last six months or so regarding concierge doctors.  There is an annual fee due up front and promising all the bells and whistles.    Too bad, since I liked him. . . a good man. I wish him well, but he has seen the last of me. 
Can’t believe I will also have to find a new doctor  to go along with my new insurance.   I put this story up not to mess with your head,  indeed, it’s just to alert you to check stuff out, take nothing for granted, do your due diligence before you sign anything.    .      .      ..   .  just sayin’. . .take care,  Jan

November 3, 2014

Dr Bruce Lipton – Epigenetics

Be Amazed with this startling, useful “deeper” understanding

in this discussion with Dr Lipton –  brought to us by David Wolfe

The Cutting-Edge Science of Epigenetics / David Wolfe …

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(My Comment: 
We have all heard the ongoing bits and pieces here and there about  understanding how our GENES actually work.   Mostly, we are born with marvelous genes, fully capable of orchestrating how we live out our lives with regard to our health or lack thereof.  No matter how perfect our genetic inheritance might be,  the genes can be altered in their function by the way we live our lives, what we do and the choices we make dietarily and the  intrusion of toxins from our chemical-filled world.
We know about nutritional needs,  even with all the changing new realities such as hi-fat and/or lo-fat or no-fat; commercially prepared (?) foods  as it compares with wholesome, organic, fresh, untainted by chemicals REAL foods;  our life styles and habits which impact our living experience, e.g. . . smoking,  addictions of all sorts and movement needs of our motion-loving bodies . . . all of these ingredients enter in to allow or impinge on our genetic potential to function optimally. 
Shamefully, when stuff goes wrong, illness emerges. . .causes not fully plummeted or understood, ergo it is symptoms which the medical complex essentially deals with.   This is why it’s chemicals which are used to treat our out-of-balance body which is crying out for help,  generally– adequate nutrition (corrected dietary choices),  and/or the elimination of  toxic overload.  Medical complex focuses on pharmaceuticals to correct the symptoms.  But symptoms are just a reflection of an inner problem which then remains both ignored and untended which allows further deterioration and the drugs are also part of the body’s problem in that they are alien (unrecognized by the body), hence toxic and a further burden as the body must further drain it’s resources to detoxify. 
Standard, regulated medicine (allopathy) seeks answers too, but most frequently in laboratories and drugs.  With the advancement of the understanding of genes (with the genome being plumbed), it has become fashionable to blame the genes for everything.  Of course I rail at this because it is LAZY use of SCIENCE and entirely in the service of financial flow to BIG PhRMA and the medical complex.  If instead of the myopic concentration on pharma — the same energy had been spent all these years to fully delving into what HEALTH looks like and what the body actually NEEDS to fully function optimally, I am totally convinced that we would not be finding one new DISEASE after another with increasing regularity.  We have healthy women, armed with genetic information who are removing beautiful, healthy breasts because of family genetics.  Genetics do in fact run in families,  but so do styles of eating. . . those foods and experiences we so lovingly remember and enjoy.  And what we eat and do influences (and changes) those genes.  
Wouldn’t it be helpful to know with certitude that  if we have gene # XYZ which is involved in a disease pattern in my family and that gene is dependent on nutrients A,B and C to function in an integral, harmonious way within the total organism, and that those factors can be found in everyday, common foods such as G,H and M.  Simple, just correct the diet (slight re-focus),  not a cost factor, no fear to contemplate!  This would be a vital, welcome and correct use of science.  Works for me.  There are multitudes  of Medical people going in this direction even now and for rather along time. It’s easy, logical and so much preferred over becoming a captive invalid, dependent on drugs and procedures and stripped of resources. 
But this video conversation between David and Dr Bruce Lipton is fabulous!  It goes beyond and behind all the above. I absolutely loved it and will revisit it often and might have to get those books Dr Lipton has written in order to truly nail this down.    The video is short – not 1/2 hour. . . but so good.         enjoy.     Jan)
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